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Your Moon lines: Interpretations

Refer back to the post I did on May 16. Today I’ll be focusing on the Moon lines, which are the Ascendant, IC (what some term the ‘nadir’, although it’s almost never directly, or 90 degrees, below the earth), Descendant, and Midheaven (respectively, the cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses).

I’ll be posting Astro Maps, as well.

As I’ve said a lot before, if you’re very near one of these lines, it matters a lot which side of the line you find yourself on — 12th house vs. 1st house for the Ascendant, 3rd house vs. 4th house for the IC, 6th house vs. 7th for the Descendant, or 9th house vs. 10th for the Midheaven.

My Moon ascending line is as follows:

Moon Ascending line running diagonally from southwest to northeast.

You can see my Moon ascending line, which is very close to the Mercury Ascending line as the planets are conjunct to within less than a degree, running through Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, through the Atlantic Ocean, and coming right next to London, and not far from Paris. Hopefully you have a good idea as to how to interpret an Astro Map; if not, look at the May 16 post. You see the symbol for the Moon at the bottom of the screen.

West of the line, the Moon is in the 1st house; east of the line, it’s in the 12th house. The Round Art (by A.T. Mann) interprets the 1st house as follows:
will influences feeling, strong personality, lust for power, travel; impulsive, restless, primal, passionate, energetic, rebellious, independent, anarchistic.

The Moon in the 12th house is interpreted by the Round Art as follows:
yielding, surrender, feelings of inferiority, hyper-sensitivity, addiction, loneliness, danger of exploitation, attraction to the mysterious and occult; seducible, sentimental, self-doubting, dreamy, moody.

Big difference! The Round Art is only one interpretation, though.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation for the Moon Ascending line:

With the Moon at the Midheaven, this location will have a strong emotional impact on the course of your professional and public life. You may get in touch with your passion to contribute to the world in a larger way while you are here. Following your heart and becoming aware of unconscious inner processes could give you important clues to your place and purpose in the world. You might even become an authority in a field connected with the Moon, such as home, food, or care-taking. You might also find that you have an easy time here combining your work life with your home life, or your emotional life with practical concerns. You may be seen to be more emotionally vulnerable in public, which with the right attitude, could serve you as a strength rather than a weakness. This is also a changeable area of the world for you; projects here may ebb and flow like the tides, and if can you learn to respond to these fluctuations with ease and grace, you will gain wisdom that you can take with you when you leave.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation:

Moon on the Ascendant marks places where we wear our heart on our sleeve, opening ourselves emotionally in ways that may not always be safe. We are likely to project outward the qualities that we believe others see or wish to see in us, so that our identity is flexible and fluid, seeming very mutable and responsive rather than solidly consistent, and needy of what we hope to gain from others, though we may also develop well our abilities to help others.

Looking at my Moon IC line, it looks like this:

The Moon IC and Midheaven line are always vertical.

You can see the Moon IC line, which, in the Time Passages software, is always dashed, running north from Antarctica, spending most of its time in the Pacific Ocean, but going fairly close to where Juneau, Alaska is. (Juneau is not shown, but it’s part of the panhandle that goes south right next to British Columbia.)

The Moon in the 4th house (west of the line), is interpreted by the Round Art as follows:
emotional strength, depth of feeling, attachment, devotion, affection, motherliness, the Unconscious; domestic, impressionable, hyper-sensitive, despondent, mediumistic, religious, artistic.

The Moon in the 3rd house (east of the line):
manifold expressions of feeling, multiple relationships, mobile, multi-faceted, superficial loves; moody, inconstant, restless, nervous, manic-depressive, flirtatious, contradictory.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation for the Moon IC line:

With the Moon at the Nadir, this location lends itself to relaxing, unwinding and taking care of personal needs. You may find that you resonate strongly with the land and the people of this locale and feel a sense of belonging. This could well manifest as your enjoyment of natural surroundings or your connection with trusted loved ones. Nesting could become your favorite activity in this place, and home your favorite place to be. You will want to nurture yourself here, and this extends to everything around you. This is also one of the best places in the world for introspection and getting in touch with important feelings that you hold deep inside yourself. Emotional security becomes of high value while you are staying in this location, and you may find that you go to great lengths in order to feel safe. Whether you create safety through the people you surround yourself with, the foods you eat or the things you buy, it helps to be aware that you gain the most when you explore the roots of your feelings and find your healing there.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation for the Moon IC line:

Moon on the Nadir emphasizes most directly the Cancer and 4th house themes of home and the mother. Here family relationships dominate our attention and may absorb us completely. Locations under this line favor most directly a woman’s desire to give birth and raise a family, and can provide a strong sense of centeredness and belonging, yet these places may not give the privacy we seek, as it can seem that family, friends and others are drawn to us here, so that our time is rarely our own, and that those who seek solitude will feel the need to escape to other places. People here may come to appreciate Groucho Marx’s line: “There’s nothing better than a close-knit, loving family living 200 miles away.”

Here’s a picture of the Moon Descending line:

The Moon Descending line reaches a lot of locations in Austraila, Indonesia, and China.

My Moon Ascending line comes very close to Brisbane, Australia, parts of Indonesia, and many places in Eastern China, not far from Shanghai and Beijing. Eastern China is extremely densely populated, with lots of big cities.

Again, it matters what side of the line you’re on. West of the line, Moon is in the 7th house:
vivid expression of feelings, need for love, dependent on partner, seeks pleasure and amusement; affectionate, romantic, courteous, kind, refined, luxury-loving, vague, silly, unreliable.

East of the line, the Moon is in the 6th house. These are all Round Art interpretations.
head rules heart, simplicity, correct behaviour, coldness, prudery, hypochondria, reserve; articulate, practical, methodical, pedantic, anxious, hyper-sensitive, undemonstrative.

Big difference!

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation of the Moon Descending line:

With the Moon on the Descendent, relationship is important to you in this location. The partnerships you form in this area may both challenge and support you in your emotional development. Your energy for relationship with others will likely change in some way as a result of time you spend in this locale. Important people you meet here may help you get in touch with your vulnerability, your femininity and stretch your capacity for emotional expression. You could also face situations where others expect you to mother them, or you may attract a sensitive and moody partner while visiting here. It could benefit you to take advantage of this location by using it to reclaim your own emotional self. As you get in touch with your needs and learn how to meet them, you might find that you attract sympathetic others to you who share in a mutual practice of give and take and who ultimately provide you with a strong sense of family and belonging.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation of the Moon Descending line:

Moon on the Descendant lines are the most relationship-centered of all. People located here tend to find themselves engaged in service professions and other jobs that involve interaction with clients and the public in general. Marriage and love partnership appeal almost irresistably here, as we feel powerful urges for attention and emotional support. Here we also attract needy, emotionally dependent people who push our boundaries and may even become energy vampires who leach our energy away, so that one challenge that will inevitably come here is one of learning how to draw the line and say No when it is time to make our own interests primary.

My Moon Midheaven (always vertical) goes through Madagascar, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, VERY close to Tehran, Iran, and northward into Russia. The Round Art has Moon in the 10th house/Capricorn as follows:
emotional repression, lack of gratification, patience, responsibilities, professional concerns, depression; reticent, undemonstrative, loyal, possessive, pratical, cautious, reserved, steadfast, inhibited.

Moon in the 9th house, is:
vivid inner life, striving for wisdom, voyages, manic-depression; changeable, inconstant, imaginative, jovial, frank, free, restless, quick, kind-hearted, sociable.

I would also add that the interpretation in The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need (Joanna Martine Woolfolk) describes the Moon in Sagittarius as sincere.

Here’s the Time Passsages interpretation of the Moon Midheaven line:

With the Moon at the Midheaven, this location will have a strong emotional impact on the course of your professional and public life. You may get in touch with your passion to contribute to the world in a larger way while you are here. Following your heart and becoming aware of unconscious inner processes could give you important clues to your place and purpose in the world. You might even become an authority in a field connected with the Moon, such as home, food, or care-taking. You might also find that you have an easy time here combining your work life with your home life, or your emotional life with practical concerns. You may be seen to be more emotionally vulnerable in public, which with the right attitude, could serve you as a strength rather than a weakness. This is also a changeable area of the world for you; projects here may ebb and flow like the tides, and if can you learn to respond to these fluctuations with ease and grace, you will gain wisdom that you can take with you when you leave.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation of the Moon Midheaven line:

The Moon on the MC line is linked with the need for professional status and success, especially in service professions, and is also, on the spiritual level, the Goddess line where we’re likely, whether we’re female or male, to connect with the sacred feminine element in our being. Authority figures activate our attachment to the mother, so that we can crave the notice and approval of our colleagues and superiors, and go out of our way to accommodate their wishes.

The Moon has a lot of interpretations. It involves “emotions, instincts, unconscious, and past memories” (The Idiot’s Guide to Astrology). David Cochrane in Vibrational Astrology has it as regulating time by “reflecting the past into the present. Giving memory, soul, habits, instincts, moods, and connection to ancestry and past lives.”

Living on a Moon line is not as significant as living on a Sun line. But people have different objectives in life, and many value what a Moon line, or the Moon in general, has to offer.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on relocationastrology.guide.

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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