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The Moon in Astrology

The Moon in Astrology is the ruling planet of the sign Cancer and is affiliated with the fourth house. It represents the mothering instinct and is linked to the feminine energies within each and every one of us. The Moon deals with primal emotional needs. It is where we nurture ourselves and take care of ourselves on an emotional level. It is where we feel safe within. The Moon is reflective of our emotionally reaction to life’s problems and also where we find the answers. It provides us with a safe haven--a comfortable and secure emotional foundation that feels like home. It is where we can go and reside in a gentle manner away from the intrusive forces of life and secure a place for ourselves during times of strife. We call this the emotional home or safe haven.


Feelings of security are linked to the Moon and along with the 2nd house can provide the deepest emotional support that each of us so fundamentally require. The Moon sign and its house position depict our emotional reaction to outside stimuli in our lives.


For example, someone with the Moon in Taurus, or in the second house, will find emotional security through building a foundation often based on material gatherings and monetary comfort. Someone who has the Moon in Pisces will secure this emotional structure through an interaction with the higher sources and will find peace through communication with spirit and with having an inclination to psychic linking and intuitive perception.


The Moon also rules the basic habits we form in our formative years. The Moon is reflective of our upbringing and often relates directly to the most nurturing parent and how they provided us with early support in childhood. The moon is linked to the past and memories from the past and also how the past has affected us in our world today. We carry with us how we were comforted through “mothering” and how our emotional requirements were taken care of.


The Sun in Astrology has to do with our ego, our will and our conscious selves, while the Moon has to do with instinctual response on an emotional level, the unconscious mind and letting go of the ego and its intervention. The Moon is responsive, reactive and instinctual. It often deals with our inner selves, our emotional being and our sense of self-worth.


The Moon is our deepest emotional self and describes our needs, our emotional wants and how we emotionally react to the world around us. The Moon is our mothering side, our nurturing side and our response to the environment. This mothering and nurturing response to the world deals with how we tend to our own emotional needs as well as how we tend to the needs of those that are important to us.

In its positive responsive state, the Moon fosters emotional interaction, sensitivity and the need to assist others on an emotional level. This in turn provides us with self-assuredness also on an emotional level. The Moon is representative our nurturing requirements being met and then our natural response to the world around us in times of need. It fosters emotional kindness, emotional sympathy, emotional compassion and love.


In its more negative expression, the Moon has to do with feelings of unworthiness, self-insufficiency, emotion worry, excessive emotional responsiveness and a general feeling of anxiety about the world around us.


The Moon by sign, house placement and aspect will define our emotional reactions, the emotional state of being and the emotional instinctive reactions to life itself.


We should also check the Moon’s position by the element (Air, Earth, Water and Fire) and modality (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable).


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