Many ancient astrological cultured prioritized the Moon over the Sun. Many of the 20th century astrologers, especially the American pop astrologers (who might not be called true astrologers) made their focus the Sun. For (I’m guessing) 80% of Americans, their sun sign is the only thing they know. That has changed a lot in the last 20 years, and more people know what moon signs are about — and more people know their own moon sign.
It is said — by David Cochrane, if I recall — that Linda Goodman was the original impetus for putting modern astrology into the popular lexicon and coming up with the first modern understanding of astrological signs and what they meant. Because before Linda Goodman, astrologers defined signs very differently, almost unrecognizably.
But Linda Goodman didn’t focus that much on the Moon, either.
“The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need” (Joanna Martine Woolfolk) is not the only astrology book you need (not even close) but it is overall a worthwhile book especially for its interpretations of Moon signs, which are top-notch.
There’s a three page description of what the Moon is, and then two pages for each moon sign. These are among the most 27 important pages you’ll ever read. Before I get into that, I want to get into David Cochrane’s understanding of what the moon means, which is as follows:
“The Sun and Moon regulate our relationships to time … The Moon reflects the past into the present. The Moon gives memory, soul, habits, instincts, moods, and connection to ancestry and past lives.”
Modern western society, especially in the U.S., didn’t value these themes. To a degree we still don’t.
In any case, people who are thinking of whether they want to be in a relationship with somebody else, would do well to compare Moon signs or even evaluate somebody based on their Moon sign. For me, personally, I’ve been in a relationship with an Aquarius Moon, and don’t want to do that again. I would also probably have issues to varying degrees with Gemini Moon, Leo Moon, and Scorpio Moon, based on both my experience and different descriptors I’ve learned — descriptors for each sign I’m going to list below, first from Woolfolk, then from other sources.
Keep in mind that the descriptors are important, but it’s best to read the two pages after it.
Positive: You are more energetic, enterprising, optimistic, open to change, idealistic.
Negative: You are more impulsive, opinionated, domineering, impatient, vain.
Positive: You are more trustworthy, determined, warm, affectionate, artistic.
Negative: You are more obstinate, possessive, rigid, overcautious, a slave to routine.
Positive: You are more versatile, witty, charming, lively, amusing.
Negative: You are more disorganized, inconsistent, superficial, cunning, manipulative.
Positive: You are more imaginative, sympathetic, protective, tenacious, loyal.
Negative: You are more possessive, moody, critical, self-pitying, a nag.
Positive: You are more exuberant, creative, broad-minded, colorful, fun-loving.
Negative: You are more self-indulgent, self-centered, conceited, overbearing, bullying.
Positive: You are more intellectual, meticulous, industrious, steadfast, responsible.
Negative: You are more critical, high-strung, standoffish, argumentative, hypochondriac.
Positive: You are more adaptable, creative, charming, good-natured, diplomatic.
Negative: You are more indecisive, self-indulgent, dependent, frivolous, changeable.
Positive: You are more imaginative, determined, ambitious, emotional, idealistic.
Negative: You are more obstinate, secretive, jealous, resentful, domineering.
Positive: You are more adventurous, optimistic, exuberant, open-minded, sincere.
Negative: You are more restless, extravagant, irresponsible, careless, uncommitted.
Positive: You are more determined, responsible, disciplined, patient, committed.
Negative: You are more rigid, pessimistic, opinionated, materialistic, overexacting.
Positive: You are more idealistic, creative, tolerant, a humanitarian with a progressive outlook.
Negative: You are more unpredictable, contrary, aloof, fixed in opinion, tactless.
Positive: You are more compassionate, sensitive, loving, creative, loyal.
Negative: You are more indecisive, discontented, vague, secretive, easily confused.
(All from The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, by Joanna Martine Woolfolk).
I also like The Round Art for interpretations, and I don’t think I’ve posted it here before. The Round Art is by A.T. Mann. The descriptors are, shall we say, unique.
will influences feeling, strong personality, lust for power, travel; impulsive, restless, primal, passionate, energetic, rebellious, independent, anarchistic.
constancy, deep emotions, acquisitiveness, strong maternal image, appreciation of beauty, firmness; cautious, affectionate, melancholic, easily injured, tranquil, stable, loving.
(Moon is exalted in Taurus).
manifold expressions of feeling, multiple relationships, moibile, multifaceted, superficial loves; moody, inconstant, restless, nervous, manic-depressive, flirtatious, contradictory.
emotional strength, depth of feeling, attachment, devotion, affection, motherliness, the Unconscious; domestic, impressionable, hyper-sensitive, despondent, discreet, poetic, agreeable.
(Moon is in rulership in Cancer).
instinctive or intuitive creativity, love of grandeur, self-aggrandizement; confident, generous, passionate, sociable, luxurious, hedonistic, magnanimous, warm-hearted, lively, popular, responsible.
head rules heart, simplicity, correct behavior, coldness, prudery, hypochondria, reserve; articulate, practical, methodical, pedantic, anxious, hyper-sensitive, undemonstrative.
vivid expression of feelings, need for love, dependent on partner, seeks pleasure and amusement; affectionate, romantic, courteous, kind, refined, luxury-loving, vague, silly, unreliable.
self-destruction, conflict with mother, death wish, extremes of self-control and liscentiousness, intense emotions, jealousy; passionate, one-sided, obstinate, vicious, possessive.
(Moon is in fall in Scorpio).
vivid inner life, striving for wisdom, voyages, manic-depression; changeable, inconstant, imaginative, jovial, frank, free, restless, quick, kind-hearted, sociable.
emotional repression, lack of gratification, patience, responsibilities, professional concerns, depression; reticent, undemonstrative, loyal, possessive, practical, cautious, reserved, steadfast, inhibited.
(Moon is in detriment in Capricorn).
wealth of ideas, concern for others, abundant hopes and wishes, dislike of solitude, many friends, generous spirit, sympathetic to new methods; civilized, humane, political, superficial, indiscriminate, inane.
yielding, surrender, feelings of inferiority, hyper-sensitivity, addiction, loneliness, danger of exploitation, attraction to the mysterious and occult; seducible, sentimental, self-doubting, dreamy, moody.
This is all from A.T. Mann’s The Round Art.
Because I am only posting descriptors of the Moon signs from two sources (in part because it would be hard to pick and choose from the pages for each Moon sign in The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need), I’m going to rely on Kevin B. Burk’s Understanding the Birth Chart for the rest.
He describes the Moon as:
“represents our unconscious, receptive, responsive, emotional side. The Moon is the container that gives form to the Sun’s energy and expression.”
Later on in his book he delineates each of the planets in each of the element groups — in the case of the Moon, he discusses them in the order of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. This is a well-organized discussion. In his Moon in Water Signs, he says:
“Being of such a fundamentally emotional nature, the Moon is naturally associated with the element of water; and at least in Cancer, the Moon is at its most powerful. But Cancer is, in fact, the only water sign where the Mon has any dignity at all.”
He then gives roughly half-page descriptions in the order of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Moving on to Earth signs, he underscores:
“The Moon is the noctural triplicity ruler of the element of earth. In a night chart, the energy of the earth signs provides a necessary and welcome source of structure and groiunding, helping to focus and balance the Moon’s fundamental changeable and emotional nature. In a day chart, however, the overly practical nature of th earth signs takes precedence, and the Moon can find it difficult to express itself at all.”
He then discusses Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Notably, if you have a Capricorn moon and were born at night, as I was, the Moon is both dignified by triplicity, and debilitated by detriment.
For the Moon in Fire signs, he explains:
“The moon is peregrine in all fire signs except from 11 to 20 degrees of Sagittarius, where it has dignity only by face. Fire signs are too one-pointed in nature, and too focused on only a limited range of emotions, to allow the Moon the freedom to experience its entire emotional repertoire.”
He discusses Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Finally, for the Air signs,
“As with the fire signs, the Moon is not very comfortable in air signs and is peregrine in air signs except from 1 to 10 degrees of Libra and 21 to 30 degrees of Aquarius, wherre it has dignity only by face.”
He discusses Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. He considers a planet can be dignified by term or face, which, actually, was not covered in my Vibrational Astrology program, but this at least tells you where the term and fall degrees are. And Kevin Burk defines all the dignities and debilitants, including term and face, in his book on pages 80-86. His book is called Astrology: A Comprehensive Guide to Classical Interpratation, and he focuses on the birth chart in this book.
That’ll be it for the Moon today. I’m tempted to write about another personology source by Gary Goldschneider that I just unearthed. Maybe this Friday.