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!