may have walked on the moon, and referred to its more prominent
features as "the man in the moon", but there is no denying the
fact the influence and energy of this "planet" is indeed feminine.
gender specific Astrology has been in discussed, particularly
in the late 20th century, the indisputable fact is that the
for centuries has represented the “mother-archetype”. Erin Sullivan
writes an extensive article on this topic that can be viewed
For purposes of this article we will consider the moon feminine.
Upon initial examination of a chart, an astrologer will look at the positions and degrees of three components to best understand the native of the chart: The Sun Sign, the Ascendant or Rising Sign, and the Moon Sign. In general terms, the Sun is the physical, the Ascendant is the appearance of self to others, and the Moon is the emotional and the subconscious of the native.
The Moon is the treasure chest of our dreams and subconscious desires. The silver light of the night hands us a mirror and compels us to look deep within our inner self. The influence of the Moon extends to all aspects of our lives: how we feel about our relationships, how we feel about ourselves and how we emotionally react to situations.
Earth’s satellite is the ruler of the astrological sign Cancer
and fourth house of the Natural Wheel.
Representing home and our maternal influences of our own mother
and mother within ourselves. Through our daily activities the
energy of the Moon is present in our physical, emotional and
mental environments. The Moon's energy is nurturing and much
like our own mothers "nudging" at times. Intuition
is an influence of the Moon's energy. One has only to think
of the great tides of the waters of the world to understand
the far-reaching powers of the Moon, and the ways this power
touches each of our lives with change and fluctuation.
What zodiac sign the Moon was in at the time and place of your birth will lend its interpretation to the characteristics of the energy of your Moon Sign. Below you will find some brief yet common interpretations for the 12 Moon Signs.
Also considered in reading the influence of the Moon on the native is what is referred to as lunations and the Moon Nodes. These topics will be covered in another part of the web site in the future. Briefly, Lunations are the study of what phase the moon was in at the time of your birth. Moon Nodes are the astronomical calculation of when the Moon's orbit intersects with the Sun's orbit. The two intersecting points located opposite each other in the Zodiac are differentiated by ascending and descending or more commonly, North and South Nodes. If the Sun and the Moon are positioned at one of these nodes, there is a solar eclipse. In Karmic Astrology the Moon Nodes have a leading role.
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