We’ll be looking at your Natal/birth moon through each of the twelve signs, twelve houses, and eight phases in upcoming videos, as well as the transiting/current moon in each of those.
Later on when we talk about transits in more depth we’ll discuss how the Moon and other planets (the Moon is considered a planet in Astrology) interact with each other (the aspects), as well as how the current planets interact and how the transiting and natal planets play off each other.
The Moon in astrology represents our subconscious, our inner self, our emotions, our reactions, our deepest desires. It is ‘the beast within,’ our primal, instinctual nature that oftentimes we’re not aware of and will naturally try to prevent others from seeing.
If the Sun is how we act, the Moon is how we react. When we’re scared, angry, stressed out, emotional, excited, drunk, or otherwise in a place where we’re not thinking or acting rationally, that is when our moon sign comes out. It is our ability to empathize and receive other’s emotions, to nurture and be nurtured; it’s your intuition and your gut knowledge.
It shows how you defend yourself, your inner fears. It’s why many people don’t relate too intimately to their Sun sign, because it’s our consciousness, something we’re trying to be, while our Moon is our core self, our inner child, and often feels more like our true nature. Children don’t develop an ego consciousness, and therefore their Sun sign, until about five or six years old, so growing up you’ll more prominently display the characteristics of your Moon sign.
If our Natal/birth moon is our emotional default (think of it like your long-term emotional climate) then the transiting moon is the emotional weather cycle (the seasons that it goes through). The moon goes through all 12 signs every 29.5 days, so it spends 2-2.5 days in each sign. For each Sun sign (the hour hand on the clock) the Moon (the minute hand) makes a complete turn.
Each phase of the Moon – new, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent – lasts about 3.5 days. There is one new moon and one full moon in each sign every year, plus a bonus 13th moon due to the 28 day cycle.
The new moon each month is in the same sign as the Sun and the full will be in the opposite. March-April is Aries ‘season’ so we’ll have a Libra full moon and an Aries new moon. Then in September-October during Libra ‘season’ we’ll have the reverse, a Libra new moon and an Aries full moon. Things you start or set as an intention during each new moon will oftentimes manifest six months later during the corresponding full moon, it’s a powerful cycle to observe!
In Astrology the Moon rules the sign of Cancer and the Fourth House, all relating to home, nurturing, love, safety, intuition, and emotion. It’s very much a water planet, and is tied to the High Priestess in Tarot and the number two in Numerology. Its colors are silver, white, and light blue. Two great crystals to have around if you want to work closer with the Moon are Selenite and Moonstone.
The Moon is heavily worshipped around the world, both for its feminine, cyclical nature and its connection to fertility, childbirth, healing, intuition, and emotions. In many Romance languages Monday is the day of the moon, Lunes in Spanish comes from Luna. In Korean moon and month are the same word – 달. Many Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year and a tradition that I love in many places in Africa is to bathe a child under the light of the first full moon after its birth as a blessing.
Studying the Moon is important because the more aware of it you are and the more you integrate your emotional needs consciously, the less these hidden feelings and desires will manifest in unhealthy ways. So many times I’ve run charts and talked with people about their Moon sign and it’s a lightbulb going off, an ‘OH, that’s why I am the way I am,’ moment! I hope studying your Natal Moon and the transiting Moon will give you lots of insight and awareness into your emotional ‘default’ and the way your own feelings change along with the Moon in the sky.
Homework: Start keeping a moon journal! I use the app iLuna (one time $2.99 cost) to track what sign and phase the moon is in and if you watch the video on running Astrology charts you can also start to track which house the moon is passing through for you at various times.
Taking five minutes a day to note what sign the moon is in and how you’re feeling, your energy level, what desires are coming up for you, etc. is a great way to learn how each of the signs feels for you! And I find that doing this practice helps me feel more connected to nature, the moon, and myself.