BEYOND THE HOROSCOPE: THE MOON
No matter how technologically advanced we become as a society, moonlight’s mysterious pull hypnotizes us. The Moon casts her cool, serene glow, transforming the landscape into a magical land of wonder.
Mistress of the night, oceans, clouds, and tides, she receives the Sun's light and reflects it back to us. Always changing, yet her pattern remains constant. The Moon also builds her symbolic repertoire from our experience of her.
The Meaning of the Moon in Astrology
If the Sun represents the cosmic Yang force, the Moon is the yielding Yin.
The Moon sheds no light of her own; she only reflects the light of the Sun. And so she’s associated with the act of receiving, accepting, and feeling.
Nevertheless, the Moon’s just as important to life on Earth as the Sun; we need the Moon’s gravity to stabilize our climate and allow life to evolve and thrive. And so she’s also linked to things that nurture, cultivate, comfort, and protect.
Paradoxically, the Moon represents change as well as routine. While her form changes from night to night, the pattern of change is predictable. And so the Moon represents our capacity to handle change, as well as actions that are familiar, habitual, instinctive, or routine.
If the Sun represents our conscious mind, then the Moon is our subconscious or even unconscious mind. Whenever we relax or shift into another altered state, such as sleeping or dreaming, we evoke the Moon. Even memory, and nostalgia, dreaming of the past, are all functions of the Moon.
The “negative” sides of these concepts are the “unskilled” uses of the Moon’s energies. Things like co-dependency, intoxication, emotional irrationality, becoming stuck in habits or routines, or feeling victimized by fate and addictions.
The Moon in a Horoscope Chart
Now that we sense the Moon’s vibe, we can begin to brainstorm what it might symbolize in an astrology chart.
For example, the Moon gives clues to how one might:
- Nurture others or practice self-care
- Learn to relax or sleep soundly
- Start new habits, or break them
- Reflect on or feel one’s emotions
- Remember the past
- Change gracefully
Of course, this is just a start; use your imagination and see what you come up with for yourself from your own experience of the Moon.
Astrology Glyph for the Moon
The Moon’s glyph is a crescent, representing the first appearance of the crescent Moon after the New Moon.
The crescent glyph also evokes the Moon’s reflective nature. The Moon generates no light of her own, merely reflects back the Sun’s light. As such, she represents what’s fated, or outside of our choice.