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Astrology: The Moon

Updated on July 15, 2013
Sélène et Endymion by Sebastiano Ricci
Sélène et Endymion by Sebastiano Ricci | Source
The Moon
The Moon | Source

The Moon in Astrology is represented as a "Planet" though it is considered by some to be a luminary. It rules over the Fourth House and is symbol or glyph is Crescent shaped, akin to the moon.

One thing to note is that the moon isn’t a technically planet (by science/scientist/scientific standards), but the only natural satellite of Earth. Even so, in astrology the moon is a planet and a very important planet, along with the Sun. The sun and moon in astrology is considered a Luminary in that they illuminate and provide light. Some say the moon is a more important influence then the sun and your sun sign itself. Even so, these two “planets” in astrology are unique in that they aren’t planets but they have the ability to provide light, whether in darkness or in light.

The moon throughout history is important, not just in astrology. Understanding and studying the moon (its phrases, its cycles among other things) has led to the development of time in relation to calendars and tracking agriculture/cultivation. So when you understand this fact the moon is especially important to not only humanity but in astrology as well.

The moon, as a “planet” rules over the Fourth House. The Fourth House represents the home and family. The moon represents emotions and emotional needs, our habits, our unconscious and how we protect ourselves. The moon also represents mother and our inner child. Every one’s personal natal chart contains the Moon and it is one of our personal planets.

Luna (the moon) by Nicolaus Pruknerus and Guido Bonatti
Luna (the moon) by Nicolaus Pruknerus and Guido Bonatti | Source
Luna by Evelyn De Morgan, 1885
Luna by Evelyn De Morgan, 1885 | Source

The moon in Ancient Roman Mythology is best represented by the goddesses Luna and Diana. Luna the goddess symbolized a female counterpart to Sol, Roman god of the Sun.

In Ancient Greek Mythology the moon is represented by the goddesses, Selene and Artemis. The Grecian goddess Selene was known for her beauty and passionate love affairs (which include her more famous lover,Endymion). In the collective they all represent hunting, fertility, and other qualities associated with the moon. There is much debate and speculation on as to which goddesses in ancient mythology best embodies the moon, even so Luna, Selene, Artemis, and Diana are all commonly associated with the Moon.

Though mythology depicted The Moon in generally pleasant terms, there is another meaning and representation of the Moon. Derived from the Latin word for the Moon, "Luna," lunatic and lunacy (aka crazy) is also a common interpretation of the moon. The Moon (especially the full moon phase) seems to have an effect on people that some speculate causes them to do irrational and insane things ( like turn into werewolves, cause people to kill and commit suicide).

This long-standing reputation and association to the Moon shows that the Moon also symbolizes irrationality, mental illness, and the unpredictability of the Moon. All of which is explored in astrology.

Taurus by Guido Bonatti
Taurus by Guido Bonatti | Source

Exalted: Moon in Taurus

Exalted in astrology means the highest and best position a sign in a planet can be in. It is exalted in Taurus because Taurus captures the true and ultimate expression of the Moon’s energies. Even though Taurus is an Earth sign, it is ruled by Venus so its main focus is for art, pleasure, beauty and love. Venus is a social planet, devoted to relationships, contentment and happiness.

The moon rules emotions, and though we can only feel our own emotions by ourselves, emotions can also be influenced collectively and through other people. So in a sense the moon is not only a lonesome planet but is also a social planet. Also the moon in Taurus has the best of both worlds. Taurus is a clear, stable, logical and slow moving planet; emotions aren’t logical, stable and can occur in rapid and often confusing secession. Taurus is deliberate and considers everything before acting on it. Taurus is also based on pleasure and beauty, so it naturally seeks out the best in life, something the moon also strives for.

Capricorn by Guido Bonatti
Capricorn by Guido Bonatti | Source

Detriment: Moon in Capricorn.

Detriment represents a planet and zodiac signs most difficult and challenging position. Detriment doesn’t fit the ideals of a planet that it’s supposed to represent at all.

Unlike its Earthly brother, Taurus, the Moon hates being in Capricorn. Though clear, stable, logical, and deliberate, like Taurus, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, of structure, responsibility, practicality. Capricorn and emotion do not mix. Moon in Capricorn is stern, business-like, serious and frankly boring. Capricorn is also concerned about status, money, power and career building, and in turn you get a money obsessive workaholic that much more concerned with numbers than emotions and unconscious.

Moon in Capricorn is emotionally repressed, inhibited and even the more “positive” aspects of the Moon in Capricorn such a strong sense of responsibility, stability, ambitious, and consistent doesn’t exactly fit and represents with the role of the Moon. Moon in Capricorn is very earthy and practical and doesn’t dwell on emotions. Remember emotions aren’t logical and quite irrational, messy, and time consuming, something Capricorn doesn’t tolerate, accept and linger to. And if they decide to do, it will get quite serious and cynical.

Scorpio by Guido Bonatti
Scorpio by Guido Bonatti | Source

Fall: Moon in Scorpio

Fall in astrology represents a sign in which its position in a planet is uncomfortable and weak. Though this position is not the worst position it’s difficult to express the nature of the planet. The Fall of a planet will always be in the sign in opposite of the exalted sign. Scorpio is the sign opposite to Taurus. Though Scorpio is a water sign and shares the characteristics with other water signs such as sensitivity, receptivity, intuitive, and emotional. So unlike Capricorn it understands, lives, and breathes in emotions and can achieve depth. Even so, Scorpio, and moon in Scorpio is not a good fit and the moon is unhappy in Scorpio. Scorpio is ruled by both Mars and Pluto, Mars represents war, aggression, and competition and Pluto represents death, the underworld and destruction/regeneration. So naturally moon in Scorpio is dark and intense and doesn’t fit with the ideals and expectations of the moon.

Moon in Scorpio is also quite lonesome and solitary. Scorpio is private and secretive and the moon as a planet represents how we react and relate emotionally, by ourselves and in relation to other people. Moon in Scorpio doesn’t react or relate emotionally and willingly with other people (at least on the surface). Everything that happens is hidden, latent and it lives in the undercurrents. Scorpio also needs and strives for control, which in turn makes these lunar natives, jealous, full of suspicion and mistrustful and can be very cynical. Scorpio is about breaking down, rebuilding things and transformation and the moon is focused on comfort, home, family, and peace. Scorpio wants stability and peace but struggles with it and distrusts it when it gets it. This makes moon in Scorpio on a constant battle and mission of finding ways to get peace without losing control, expressing its true emotions and giving up power. Moon in Scorpio has the potential for great emotional and depth and understanding but oftentimes this is taken for granted, lost and disappointed in its need for control, truth, and power.

Full Moon
Full Moon | Source

Overall the Moon is an important planet in astrology. The moon is about emotions and it represents fertility, the irrational, the unconscious, and the mother/child. The moon is important and powerful in history too and has significance and influence over the development of time/calendars, agriculture/cultivation. The moon has different phases, runs on cycles and is associated with anything nocturnal, primal, gravitational, melancholic and magnetic.

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