The Moon is the ruler of Cancer, cardinal water, and is exalted
The Moon is traditionally associated with womanhood
and the Sun with fatherhood, although the Moon probably has more
to do with the roles woman have played (wife and mother) than
with women themselves. As the Sun stands for the positive self-expressive
part of our nature, so the Moon stands for the feminine, indrawn,
receptive, and imaginative side. It tends towards carefulness,
prudence, and sensitivity although the lunar person is often shrewd
and practical in business. It is maternal, affectionate, sympathetic,
impressionable and yet tenacious and enduring in regard to its
own activities. The lunar nature dwells much in the past and has
a long memory.
Along with the Sun and the ascendant the Moon is
one of the centers of the chart. The Moon can be considered as
a medium or container in which an energy may become manifest.
The Moon is connected to all forms of motherhood and represents
the idea of where we have come from: the source, the womb, the
Great Mother. It is also bound up with our ideas of country and
native land. Hence the tendency to treat the homeland as mother
and the feminine endings on the names of many nations.
Moon as a nurturing principle affects one most strongly at a time
of life when one is not very conscious the action of the Moon
tends to be unconscious. The Moon relates to unconscious assumptions
that we have made about life from the beginning – attitudes
picked up from our parents, positive and negative. The Moon also
represents the emotions; aspects of ourselves that cannot be understood
by purely rational means must be understood through feelings and
emotions, emotions being a strong sign something deep within us
is being stirred.
The Moon is also said to indicate the people
of a country as opposed to its rulers, who are supposed to be
solar. An individual with a strong and well-placed Moon is able
to appeal to large groups of people and make them feel that they
are one of them. This is a requirement for politicians, actors,
writers and salesmen. The Moon is also one of the indicators of
psychic ability, a mode of perception in which everything, everywhere
is in some way connected.
The Moon will manifest as whatever activity
in a person is spontaneous, and it is usually more obvious in
a sign than the Sun.
The Moon represents our urge to nurture and
be nurtured and protected. Aspects to our Moon have a great deal
to say about the ease or difficulty we have in nurturing ourselves
or in finding sanctuary and safety for ourselves.
The Moon along
with the IC and it’s ruler, describe where
we are coming from in the widest sense; our past, childhood, family,
roots, history and heritage. The Moon as significator of home
also has a bearing on how “at home” we feel with ourselves,
and this affects how we respond to others and how others respond
to us. The Moon should describe how we felt safe as a child, and
even if we didn’t feel particularly safe, we still tend
to gravitate to whatever our Moon represents, for the planet describes
habitual patterns which we get attached to, because they are familiar.
Moon is a major significator of the mother, our early experience
of her and our experience of all our early care-taking.
bond is with our mother for we are carried around within her,
we absorb her feelings and her moods in the same way we are nourished
by her food. She is the first person we are bonded to and therefore
the first person we turn to for unconditional acceptance. Our
Moon, by sign, house placement and planetary aspect will have
much to say about how we felt as a child, and more especially
whether we felt safe. How we feel safe now, how we feel protected,
how we protect and care for others and the ease or difficulty
with which we are able to do so are influenced by the Moon.
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