Birth Chart Astrology: The Meaning of The Moon In The Natal Chart

Bringing Birth Chart Astrology Down To Earth

This the first of a series of articles in which I try to bring Astrology down to Earth, by explaining what each planet represents in us at a basic level. This article explains the Moon, which is one of the Ego planets, Sun and Saturn being the other two, understanding each in turn and learning to see them as sub-personalities that need to work together to make you feel secure, worthwhile and complete. An awareness of these different energies will help in the understanding of your inner core self which is needed before the process of integration can successfully occur.

The Moon in the Birth Chart

The Moon is a very important planet in the Birth Chart as it is from this that we operate from through childhood and thus it becomes our foundation. Although we grow towards our Sun (our own ‘mind’) in adulthood, the Moon is a ‘feeling, reflective’ energy that picks up and stores early messages and experiences. Many of our behavioural and emotional problems can be uncovered by examining the role of Moon in the Natal Chart. The Moon informs and represents the way we habitually respond and react throughout life. It denotes our instinctive behaviour and the sign it is in describes its innate quality, whereas the house reflects the environmental influence. Any aspect to the Moon shows how it reacts. If for example it has a connection to Mars, then it may be more assertive in having its needs met. Moon with Venus will emphasise its female or creative quality and Moon in aspect to Mercury may be able to express its feeling in some communicative way..

What The Moon represents in You

In essence the Moon represents our emotions, responses, habits and contact needs. It symbolises the inner child that gains experience itself through the contact with others. It is our basic need to be loved and nurtured and the ‘feeling’ self looks to gain this from others. We usually receive this from our family and home environment and often a pet feeds our emotional self. Uncontrolled and immature emotions all come under the Moon’s domain as we never lose our inner child. We often revert back into our Moon when we behave irrationally, or become moody or sulky, usually because our needs are not being met. If we feel unsafe or threatened we have a tendency to fall back on our Moon and it is by sign, house and aspect that describes how we react.

The Moon in us is always that inner child who likes to play and have fun and each of us look for this in our own way. Even when we grow older we still look for things we enjoy or that bring us emotional nourishment.

The Moon’s Element in the Astrological Birth Chart.

The Moon’s element can be a vital clue for our emotional nourishment in feeling secure and good about ourselves. Your Moon’s element then gives you a sense of emotional stability and confidence at a deeply profound level.

As discussed the Moon is a ‘feeling’ planet. Therefore having Moon in a Water element (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) will intensify the ‘feeling’ nature. Therefore anyone or anything that allows the nurturing quality to be used or expressed will assist you in feeling secure and at home with yourself. On a negative note this type of Moon could be clinging, possessive and controlling in a nurturing way.

Moon in a Fire element (Aries, Leo or Sagittarius) will react directly and with enthusiasm to anything that they can pioneer or have a leading part in directing change or something new. Emotions driven by fire can be explosive, impatient and restless but will feel at home in having a mission and implementing action in getting things off the ground and aiming for a goal.

People with ‘Airy’ Moon, (Gemini, Libra or Aquarius) will need to communicate to others their ideas, opinions, ideals, knowledge or beliefs to others in order to feel right about themselves. Finding out, learning and passing on information on will be nourishment for them, as well as a good conversation with like-minded or intellectual people. Curiosity and the need to know could be the thing that forces them out their comfort zone. Negatively they could be too influenced by others options, be indecisive or simply a ‘gossip’.

Moon in Earth (Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) will be in their element when they are making money, adding to their resources or making their home cosy, comfortable or beautiful. They cannot just wish or believe, they need to have and to hold the tangible or to make progress in order to feel secure. They react in a grounded, steady and matter- of-fact manner, which can turn into stubbornness and a reluctance to change or let go. They are very much at home when working or being productive in their practical way.

To Find Nourishment

It is a really good and interesting exercise to find out what it is that nourishes you. When you feel that you’re in your element, then you are in your Moon, your ‘ emotion’ body. The Moon represents the past and stores all our memories thus creating a foundation. The Sun symbolises the mind and it’s from our own mind that we can view the past. In so doing we can let go of any shaky or insecure structures in order to establish a firmer sense of self. It is only from this that our Sun can begin to shine until we acknowledge this it will be a dim light looking for recognition. Remember however that it is the Moon that holds our experience and a lot of creativity. Coming from our emotions, feeling and need for contact with others (Moon) will always keep us vulnerable and dependent on others’ opinions of us.From the light of the Sun and the establishment of our own foundation (as opposed to that of our childhood) then we can bring out the qualities, playfulness and creativity that our Moon has kept in store for us.

As the physical Sun and Moon need each other, likewise we to need to work consciously with our own Moon and Sun and you can only do this by knowing your Astrological Birth Chart!

Free Chore Chart – Good Vs Evil

Have you used a free chore chart in your home with your children? What results did you get? Were you satisfied with the improvements in your child’s ability to stay on task and complete his jobs?

Generally, when I ask this question, I get mixed answers. Which is why I think using chore, behavior or reward charts of any type can make a parent feel as though they are in a battle of good vs. evil. Let me tell you why.

The evil downside.

With chore chart usage, there is a downside. You can see it for yourself. Grab any free printable chore chart from the web, fill it out and post it on your fridge. Tell your child this chart is just for her, to help her complete her chores.

Then walk away.

Check the results at the end of one week. Generally what you’ll find is:

Day 1 – Chores got done. Checked off. Gold star achieved.

Day 2 – Sometimes the same. Sometimes not so good.

Day 3 – Probably nothing happened.

Day 4-7 – Same as Day 3.

You know the worst result in this scenario? By the end of the week, not only did your child not make any improvements in good chore habits, he also knows something new about himself.

He has failed.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Failure is a part of life and offers some of our finest lessons. But failure that doesn’t find its completion through lessons learned is simply a hit to a person’s self-confidence. Which is the opposite of what you were looking for when you printed out that chart.

Now for the good upside.

The upside to using free chore charts is pretty easy to put into practice. However it does require treating the charts as the tools they are, keeping firm control of their usage and making adjustments as required.

For example, printing out that same task chart and posting it on that same fridge is actually step 2. You see, step 1 is you, as Mom or Dad, figuring out what your goal for using that chart is.

Do you want to see…

– less nagging?

– Chores completed correctly instead of haphazardly?

– Doing the assigned chores without being asked?

A little upfront planning can make all the difference in successfully using chore charts with your child. After planning ask yourself what the consequences will be for both success and failure in regards to the chart. Make sure these consequences are reasonable, age appropriate and communicated clearly and cheerfully to your youngster.

Then, be a coach or a mentor for your kiddo. Cheer them to success during that week. Work alongside of them. Show them what it means to do chores well and with a positive attitude.

Because the real goal here is not to get a pre-adult to do a couple of chores this week.

The real goal of parenting is always to help a child move forward in maturity while deepening a wholesome relationship with that child.

And that’s something that free printable chore charts can be quite helpful with when used thoughtfully and creatively.

Chart Trading The Forex – Is There Really Any Value?

What role do charts play in forex trading? Are they of any value? Can a retail trader only use charts for trading success?

Using the chart for forex trading is the primary analysis tool for the retail trader. This is simply because the fundamental analysis required for understanding global events, market moving news, interest rates, economic growth and other fundamental information is beyond most retail traders.

Even if it were possible for a retail trader to totally understand fundamental events, it would require painstaking research, analysis and interpretation before fundamental analysis could be turned into anything useful for actual trading.

Charts for Forex Trading

To trade using the chart, there are several key points that a trader might find it useful to understand. They are:

  1. Charts are based on price history. That is, charts are formed on what has already happened in the past.
  2. Technical Indicators are based on past information. That is to say, price has to move first before the indicator moves. Not the other way around.
  3. Chart patterns are also based on price history (point #1).

In essence, everything that you see on the chart is based on past price movement. The fundamental tenet of technical analysis in using the chart for trading is that the past can predict the future.

This is so important, that I’ll say it again:

The fundamental tenet of technical analysis in using the chart for trading is that the past can predict the future.

In case you didn’t see it, I emphasized the word “predict”.

The Value of Chart Trading For The Forex Trader

Charts provide past information to the trader, in the anticipation that the past can provide some clues to possible future price movement. But that is where beginning traders can take the wrong idea home.

Chart trading provides clues, helps us to predict and anticipate possible future price movements, but they do not guarantee the movement of the market. They do not guarantee.

The inexperienced trader’s first encounter with Technical Analysis is akin to moving into a new realm in trading, where seemingly the Holy Grail of trading can be found when this subject of Technical Analysis is unlocked.

And because of this expectation, some traders tend to trade with charts as if it were the Holy Grail. How?

Some of the ways of this happening are:

  • By taking unnecessary risks that are too large for their account size to handle.
  • By putting their ego on the line by thinking their analysis has to always be spot on.
  • By believing that charts are the primary influence on how the markets move.

People Move The Markets

People are the ones that move the markets. Traders in banks, hedge funds, central banks and other financial institutions influence the way the markets move. Sometimes, they use the charts. Sometimes, they use fundamental analysis to make their decisions.

While charts provide valuable information in how one should begin to anticipate potential price movements in the future, they are not and will never be the “Holy Grail” of trading. With a good technical analysis trading system, you can put the probabilities of success on your side, but that alone will not guarantee you success.

Other factors like your trade management, position sizing, personality, time available, understanding of how markets work, and many other elements will influence your success in trading.

There are times when one might want to stay out of the markets. Times when there is huge uncertainty in the markets that could throw all your technical analysis awry.

An Example

For example, let’s say your technical analysis indicates that the market should go down. But you didn’t realize that an announcement on interest rates is coming up. Just as you place a trade towards the downside, the announcement released is a bullish one that is contrary to most expectations.

What happens then is the market participants rush in to cover their sell trades, and start going long by buying. Even though your technical analysis has indicated the most likely trade is to the downside, news announcements can completely throw your trade off.

Using The Charts

When you use the chart for your trading, always remember that you could be right, and you could also be wrong.

While you don’t always have to know the content and implications of news announcements, knowing WHEN these announcements are going to take place could be very helpful in your decision-making. Either to stay out, or to reduce the size of your trade.

Charts do provide value to trading success, but they are not the “Holy Grail” of trading. In every single case, the Holy Grail of trading that needs to be polished is right there, between your two ears.