The Moon is one of the "Big Three"...
The Big Three are the Sun, the Moon and the Rising Sign.
If our personality was a kingdom, the big three would be the three most important people. the Sun would be the King, the Moon the Queen and the Rising Sign would be the Knight- who-interacts-with-the-outside-world-on-their-behalf.
Have you heard of the concept of "sub personalities"? Usually, we think of ourselves as one person, which we call "me" ... but what if we were actually more like several people sharing one body?
Have you already had the experience of having a friend who you usually meet for certain activities, and one day, they invite you to their home; there, your friend looks like they have become another person! You are finding out another "facet" of their personality...
The energies represented by the planets don't blend seamlessly; we can consider them as sub personalities in their own right.
The Sun is the King. It's a male energy; the Moon is the Queen it's a female energy; let's drop immediately our feminist views, or rather let's keep them for the world of people, but not for the world of symbols.
The Sun and the Moon are present in everyone's chart, so whatever our gender, we all have our fair share of masculine and feminine energies. Say Yang and Yin if you prefer.
Masculine or Yang energies are expressed from inside out, they are creative, active, dynamic, self centered. Feminine energies are receptive, reactive or passive, attractive, relationship centered.
When we read a chart, we should always start with looking for whether Yang or Yin is dominant. Traditional gender roles have been confusing energies and people. Men used to believe they could express only the Sun and Mars, women were supposed to express only the Moon and Venus, as if all these energies weren't present in everyone's make up...
The Moon is our Yin side. Our inside. The Moon is us when we are receptive, when we submit or surrender, when we let go, when we relax, when we relate to others and the environment. (To relate we need to shut up and open to whoever or whatever is not us. That's Yin)
The Moon is how we are when we are at home, when we find ourselves in a safe environment, in private, able to express our emotions and be receptive to other people's emotions.
The Sun by contrast, is how we are when we leave home and shine our own light in the world. The Moon is our most intimate personality, the vulnerable part of us. The Sun is not vulnerable. How could it be? It's all from inside out. No arrow can hit the Sun's heart!
The Moon in a birth chart also tells about our own childhood, how we were as a child, how was our mother, or more specifically how was our relationship with our mother when it came to caring and nurturing us.
I don't believe that planets represent people. You will often read that the Moon is the mother. To me, the Moon is the function of nurturing. When our mother was forcing us to do things, when she was forbidding or punishing, she was Saturn. When she was the great love of our life, she was Venus; When she was a role model, she was the Sun, when she taught us things she was Jupiter and she she was a rival for our father's attention, she was Mars! ...and When our father was preparing food or telling a story before we slept, he was the Moon.
Now that we have grown up (if we have) the Moon represents our "inner child" that is the most vulnerable and sensitive part of us. The Moon in our chart shows how we need to be cared for in what we need to feel safe.
The Sun also represents our "inner child" but it's the creative and playful inner child which is symbolized by the Sun, not the emotional one.
The Moon in a few key verbs:
If you remember only four, remember:
I belong I feel I need I nurture
If you can remember more:
I dream I imagine I remember I am fecund I am pregnant I give birth
I change I go round in cycles
I care I long I howl I attract I react
I feed I eat I share I intuit I absorb...
I mother I cuddle I smother I embrace...
I like to repeat that everything in life is the expression of the fundamental energies of the zodiac. A great way to learn is to look around and put "energy tags" on things and people... Let's go for a walk in the street. What are we going to label "Moon"?
If you feel like being serious about learning, don't read the following straight away. Go for an imaginary walk in a street and search for buildings, things and people to tag "Moon" ....
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OK! here are my answers:
First of all, all the private houses get the "Moon" label. That's where families live!
The grocery shop, the supermarket... where the food is, Moon goes. (A restaurant would rather have the Venus tag, because we don't need to eat there, it's rather a pleasure, even a luxury. However, it's food, so a little Moon can still be tagged there anyway...)
The shop called "Everything for the home"... Moon tag!
The nursery, the playground, where the children are cared for get the Moon label indeed!
A wedding shop! The Moon wants to belong, the Moon wants to get married. Big Moon tag for the wedding shop! ... along with a Venus tag, as hopefully wedding is a story of love and partnership between two people (Venus) and not just a story of having children for your parents to become grandparents whilst you are dealing with your in laws!
A Honeymoon gets a Venus tag.
In the hospital, the nurses get the Moon label. Their job is to care... The hospital itself is tagged Neptune. The doctors get Jupiter and Mercury. (Mercury is the specialist in health. Jupiter is the expert and the VIP)
I told you Mercury was associated with the age of 10 or 12, before puberty. Actually Mercury times start as soon as we learn to coordinate our movements, learn to walk and talk etc.. The Moon is associated with our early childhood, when we were just born and lived our most intimate and vulnerable moments. At that time we were mostly soaking in impressions... Our personal unconscious is made of the events and emotional memories we get from these times.
The lunar temperament is sensitive, imaginative and impressionable.
People with strong Moon energy can even be psychic.
At school, a child with a lot of lunar energy will be easily distracted and even disturbed if the atmosphere is not peaceful enough. They may well be a cry-baby. They will have a lot of imagination and enjoy stories. His or her favorite subject will be history.
They will hear "You are too sensitive!" a lot during their lives, unless human beings eventually learn to respect sensitivity.
When not overwhelmed by family duties, a Moon person will enjoy staying home, cooking and eating good meals, not doing much sitting on the sofa, striking the cat, listening to music, reading or watching TV...
If the Moon was an animal... It could be a she wolf, howling at the Moon. The Moon can be wild you know! We may find it hard to believe when contemplating a amorphous being sprawled on the sofa eating tons of chips, but yes there is an deep instinctive wild beast hiding in there...
The Moon could be represented by a hen as well. One day I saw a hen followed by ten little chicken, on a farm. A young dog approached. The hen charged the dog and chased it away. I was really impressed by the courage of the hen.
Other than that, if the Moon was an animal, it would be a unicorn, a winged horse, a feathered dragon, a kind crocodile in need of affection, a teddy bear, or something like that... a fantasy. A chimera...
The element associated with the Moon, and with Cancer, the sign it rules, is water. It's all emotions and feelings. Don't try to convince them with logic, kindness works better.
Do you get the spirit of the energy?
If you remember only a few things... remember:
Feeling - Mother - Child - Family - Belonging - Imagination - Memory - Emotions - Home - Instinct - Unconscious - Emotional and physical needs - Intimacy - Sensitivity -
More later. Take care!