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What Your Moon Sign Says About You...
What's your relationship with your emotions?
Let’s talk about the mother of the night sky—the moon.
In astrology, the moon sign, also known as the "natal moon," is one of the three most important factors in a person's astrological profile, alongside the sun sign and the rising sign (ascendant).
The moon sign represents the position of the moon at the time of your birth and is believed to influence your emotions, instincts, and inner self (you can also look into the moon phase of the night you were born for more info). I believe your moon sign also signifies your relationship to your emotions and your unconscious.
Karmic Connections author and late astrologer Judy Hall believes the moon represents a person’s “deeply ingrained, instinctual response to life that has arisen over many lifetimes.”
While many people get fixated on their sun sign (which represents more of your ego, personality and the way you go after your goals), your moon sign will point you towards your emotional reactions and deep-seated needs.
Some key factors that your moon sign can shed insight on are:
Emotions and Feelings: Your moon sign is associated with your emotional nature and how you process and express your feelings. It reflects your instincts, reactions, and your deeper, more hidden emotions. It can shed light on your emotional responses to various life situations.
Personality: The moon sign is a key component of your personality. It can reveal your innermost desires, fears, and needs. This helps astrologers and individuals understand what makes you feel secure and emotionally fulfilled.
Mother and Family: The moon is often associated with the mother or the maternal figure in one's life. Your moon sign can provide insights into your relationship with your mother, as well as your family and upbringing.
Habits and Routines: The moon sign can influence your daily habits, routines, and behaviors. It can reveal your comfort zone and how you seek emotional security in your daily life.
So what does your moon sign say about you? Let’s see what Judy Hall has to say (and let’s remember our girl Judy doesn’t mince words)…
Moon in Aries
”The soul incarnating with the moon in Aries has a powerful desire to have its needs met, instantly. Those needs are immediate, overwhelming and inherently self-centered. The Aries moon finds the notion of emotional sharing difficult and illustrates the insensitive person who demands his or her own way. This is a placement that cannot tolerate frustration, and much outward behavior is unconsciously created by hidden sexual or comfort needs. Due to past life experiences, this independent soul often puts out the unspoken message that it doesn’t need anyone, so that there is an isolation and separation from other people and close relationships may be a difficult area. The potential, however, is to become aware not only of one’s own needs but those of other people also.”
Moon in Taurus
”This moon has one of the most deeply ingrained patterns of behavior of all the signs. Emotions can be toxic as the past is held onto firmly. This soul can put aside its emotional needs if they conflict with its basic desire for security. The moon in Taurus dislikes change of any kind. Home, family and work are where this soul finds security and the person with this placement will often lose parts of itself that do not fit rather than make necessary changes in its emotional environment. This is a soul with both a powerful sex drive and deep sensual yearnings, and if these can be satisfied, relationships are usually a bonding for life. This moon has the potential to develop a deep, unshakeable inner security.”
Moon in Gemini
”The soul incarnating with the moon in Gemini has a deep desire to communicate and, on the surface, appears to talk about needs and emotions quite openly. The problem comes with actually feeling those feelings—they can quickly be verbalized or rationalized out of existence. As this is such a changeable sign, emotions tend to be facile and superficial, and the person gives out double messages. Way back in the past, the soul has had traumatic emotional experiences it prefers to forget. It eschews real intimacy as being too scary and its emotional fickleness and infidelities can be a defense against a close relationship, which, in other lives, has created pain. However, this moon has the potential to be able to recognize not only its own emotional needs but to clarify those of other people also.”
Moon in Cancer
”Deeply possessive, the soul with this moon clings to the past. This is a highly sensitive, and sensitized, soul. As a moon-ruled sign, Cancer is extremely emotional and vulnerable but does not want to display this openly. The moon in Cancer tends to be defensive and overly protective. Events in the past may have given this soul good reason to be afraid of loss, and its natural instinct to nurture can create a situation where it will not let go. This moon is prone to manipulation for similar reasons. Of all the signs, this is the one most affected by unconscious emotional needs and childhood conditioning, but the conditioning may go much further back into the past. It is essential that this soul takes time to process its emotions, then it will be capable of deeply nurturing both itself and others.”
Moon in Leo
”The soul with the moon in Leo has been working on opening the heart in the past, and may find itself int he present life challenged to keep an open heart within relationships. Another challenge this moon faces is the conflict between arrogance and humility. This is the moon of power, and power struggles will have featured in past relationships, as did emotional games. Leo has a strong need to be special and as a sign it craves adulation and attention. With the moon placed here, this is the repeat of an old pattern of grasping at specialness to overcome feelings of mediocrity. Events int he past may have led the soul to deeply doubt itself. Given sufficient ego-massage, the soul bathes everyone around in sunny warmth. Denied it, a drama queen can emerge who demands attention. The soul with this moon usually has overweening pride, and will stand on its dignity if emotionally challenged. This is a soul that takes offense easily. Partners need to be aware of this. Leo can be playful but hates to be made to look like a fool. Nevertheless, this moon signifies a generous spirit and a soul who has the capacity to become empowered from the heart and thereby find its own validation.”
Moon in Virgo
”The soul with the moon in Virgo has been strongly identified in the past with service. Previous events can have created an unconfident soul who served out of the need to be thought good enough. Now the need is to be of service without servitude or servility. This soul has a strong perfectionist streak and high standards which are imposed both on itself and on partners. If these standards are not met, then the critical side of Virgo comes into play. This heavily developed critical faculty is often applied to sexual desires. The moon in Virgo is more likely than most to have taken an earlier vow of celibacy and to regard purity as goodness and sexuality as bad. The soul is challenged to integrate sexuality with spirituality, allowing the earthy sensual nature of Virgo to flower. This soul has the potential to accept itself, and others, as perfect now.”
Moon in Libra
”As with Virgo, Libra has a deep desire for perfection, especially in relationships. This placement indicates a soul who has been intimately involved in partnerships throughout many lifetimes, and who may have come to rely on a partner for validation and a sense of completion of itself. More than any other sign, Libra is looking for ‘my other half’ and this soul is deeply involved in the search for a soulmate. It is not comfortable alone and sees its own self-worth reflected through how other people respond emotionally. Int he past, the soul with this moon has adapted, compromised and adjusted its own needs to meet those of another. These unmet needs burst out from time to time, demanding attention, and the challenge is for the soul to find a creative compromise that meets the needs of all concerned. The potential for the Libra moon is to reach a point of emotional equilibrium that creates wholeness.”
Moon in Scorpio
”The soul with this moon sign has experienced an enormous amount of emotional trauma and drama in the past. It brings forward resentment, jealousy and other painful emotions for catharsis. Fears of rejection, betrayal, abandonment and persecution run deep—the soul has come to expect this because it has experienced it so intensely in the past. This soul is deeply in touch with its own darkness, and that of others. Expressed unconsciously, it draws to itself all that it fears, and enters into compulsive and obsessive relationships until it becomes aware that things can change. When the destructive side of this moon is played out, relationships may explore all the taboo areas of life. When the constructive side is allowed to surface, there is an emotional powerhouse that transforms previous experience. With such a deeply intuitive moon, and sensitive antenna, this soul can see under the surface of a partner and know what is really going on, which can be disconcerting for the partner. Only with complete honesty can such a relationship function, but if it does the emotional rewards are considerable.”
Moon in Sagittarius
”The soul with the moon in Sagittarius has a strong urge towards emotional freedom. It is a moon that finds it hard to trust, or else trusts too easily and then finds that the trust is misplaced. In the past this soul may have been tied into tight, possessive relationships. now it wants space. If excessive emotional demands are made, this soul’s instinctual urge is to move on, and for ‘excessive’ you can usually read ‘any.’ Pressurized to commit, the Sagittarius moon quits. But given sufficient space, this moon develops an inner emotional freedom that ultimately allows the soul to commit. In the meantime, the Sagittarius moon happily discusses feelings and relationships because it is fascinated by these subjects.”
Moon in Capricorn
”A Capricorn moon indicates a deep mistrust of relationships and a blockage around expressing feelings that has built up over several lifetimes. The soul with this placement represses emotions and tries to keep strict control. It is often believed to be unemotional but this is not so. The emotions are there but the soul is simply too afraid to allow them to the surface, or just does not know how to express them spontaneously. In the past, there will have been an enormous pressure to be respectable and to conform to social norms; now the soul wants to break out, but is afraid that this is unacceptable. All the old rules are still there, internalized and rebelled against, but in command nonetheless. This is a moon placement that can indicate a particularly inhibited or difficult childhood, with burdens shouldered early. There would have been little emotional closeness with parents—a preoccupation with wealth or status often means that one or both parents is rarely there for the child and this results in enormous pressure to succeed. The potential for the soul with this placement is to develop personal autonomy and a deep-rooted sense of personal worth.”
Moon in Aquarius
”Intimacy is a huge issue for the soul with the moon in Aquarius. Aquarius can relate to the mass of humanity—in the way that a scientist observes an experiment in the laboratory. But one-to-one relationships are difficult for this placement. Traditionally, Aquarius is an unemotional sign. But the soul with the moon in Aquarius is detached from emotions that run very deep indeed. The problem is that the soul is not in touch with them, which can lead to erratic emotional responses and sudden outbursts. The past may have contained traumatic emotional events and so the soul cut off, to protect itself. Now, these emotional currents create a reaction that the soul is unaware of and pull emotional events towards the soul for resolution. The challenge is to be in touch with the emotions once again. Until this occurs, the soul inhabits a cold and lonely place whenever any emotional pressure or challenge makes itself known. The potential is to find the kind of emotional detachment that allows one’s self to stand in the center of the emotions, feeling the feelings but not being overwhelmed by them. When this stage is reached, the soul then has to challenge to express universal love to all.”
Moon in Pisces
”Everything is emotion for this placement. The soul flows here and there as the emotional current takes it, with no direction and no discrimination. The soul with this moon has a far memory of how it felt to be in blissful union with the divine, and wants to recreate that in a current relationship. It is seeking a soulmate, but anyone who comes into the Pisces moon’s orbit is sucked into the fantasy of the perfect relationship. So, relationships tend to be messy for this soul. One affair is rarely ended before another begins. Lies, evasions and deceptions are common with resultant karma. Past life scenarios inevitably include victim-martyr-savior-rescuer roles. Emotional contacts are on a subtle, unseen level, but extremely strong nonetheless. For this soul to disentangle emotional ties is a priority, but one that is rarely addressed. This is a highly sensitive and intuitive moon with the potential for empathetic relationship with another.”