The Moon has a mystique all its own. It is often associated with secrecy and mystery ... and is associated with strange, uncanny powers. It evokes a peculiar range of responses in cultures everywhere, from curiosity and wonder, to romance and affection, to awe and dread. In legend (and the lore of police and hospital personnel), the Full Moon brings forth weird behaviors, extreme reactions, and over-the-top emotional outbursts associated with no other time on the calendar.
Folktales and superstitions tell of the Full Moon being the time when witches, werewolves, goblins, ghosts, and vampires were able to penetrate "the other realms" ... and walk on earth again -- creating problems and a fair amount of fright, whether they were real or not. Dogs, wolves, and the coyotes here in the desert howl mournfully at the Moon ... and the sound is certainly enough to catch your attention, and prompt you to make sure all your doors are well locked for the night.
Some people claim that the minds of the already unbalanced are "drive over the edge" by the power of the Full Moon ... for reasons that remain a mystery ... but the word "lunatic" as a designation for someone insane, has its roots in the Latin word for Moon. In contemporary Spanish, La Luna ... is still the Moon.
On the other hand, people fall in love under the Full Moon. It's hard to see a beautiful yellow-gold Moon rising ... and not want to walk along the sea shore ... or into the desert night ... hand-in-hand with the one you love. Love songs and poems that evoke the magic imagery of the Moon are found in many cultures and all through the generations.
Ancient cultures worshipped the Moon, and held ceremonies, rituals, and festivals in its honor. Many contemporary primitive people continue to give the Moon divine status. Mythologies speak of Moon Goddesses ... and even the image evokes feelings of a powerful archetypal energy. The Moon influence the tides. It influences the gravitational field of the earth. It influences the fertility cycle in some (and maybe all) species.
In Astrology, the Moon is considered the second most important placement in a Natal Chart and thus the second most powerful influence on and descriptor of a person's character. As I've said in many places and at many times, I'm not sure you can set that kind of hierarchy ... because the Moon may be every bit as important and essential as the Sun.
The Moon represents your emotional self, your inner self, your instincts, habits, and automatic reactions. The sign it occupies in the Zodiac at any given time will color your reactions, feelings and "personal responses" according to the issues and characteristics represented by the sign involved. The Moon changes signs every 2 1/2 days ... and keeping track of the Moon's position in its travels through your Natal Chart is one of the very best ways I know to stay in touch with the currents of your own emotional flow.
The Moon is the ruler of
Its position is a rapidly-changing astrological indicator
of the overall mood and the variable climate of emotions and
When the Moon is in
- Aries = emotions are direct, honest, immediate, and vigorously expressed
- Taurus = emotions are steady, solid, practical, and hedonistic
- Gemini = emotions are inquisitive, changeable, more "intellectual" and "logical" than instinctive
- Cancer = emotions are deep, intuitive, sensitive, and often concerned with family and security issues
- Leo = emotions are dramatic, playful, creative, fun-loving, and "on-stage"
- Virgo = emotions are sensible, realistic, discriminating, interested in "applied efforts," and critical
- Libra = emotions are cooperative, sociable, open-minded, and interested in teamwork and "togetherness"
- Scorpio = emotions are secretive, willful, possessive, powerful, often manipulative, and interested in "improvements"
- Sagittarius = emotions are optimistic, cheerful, vivacious, philosophical, and sometimes "over the top"
- Capricorn = emotions are reserved, self-disciplined, controlled, undemonstrative, and "business-like"
- Aquarius = emotions are independent, idealistic, friendly, humane, and experimental
- Pisces = emotions are profound, inclusive, compassionate, often self-sacrificing, and based on psychic information
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Shadows in the Moonlight -- The Full Moon and its Testy Temper ---> The Sun Opposing The Moon -- Who you are now vs. who you used to be The aspect of the Sun opposing the Moon is the classic celestial show the rest of the world calls The Full Moo. In Astrology, The Full Moon highlights tension between two conflicting desires, ambitions, requirements, or sets of values -- each a necessary part of life, and each somehow a problem for the other.
Fractiousness and Fracture Lines: The Full Moon -- The crisis is predictable. It happens every month. ---> One of life's great divides -- All Full Moons involve some kind of conflict. Usually, as the Full Moon forms ... and for several nights following, you feel pulled in two directions at once, required to try and serve two masters ... no matter how impossible you know that is -- logically. Life's demands in two opposing / competing areas become equally insistent and intense.