Zodiacal Affinity: Cancer.

House Affinity: Fourth.

Polarity: Feminine.

Colors: White, pearl, silver, light blue and iridescent colors.

Anatomy: The body itself. The breasts. The lymph glands. The cerebellum and the lower ganglia.

Metal: Silver and aluminum.

Gem: Moonstone, crystal, pearl, opal. Any white stone.

Astronomy: The Moon takes about 27.3 days to complete its sidereal cycle around the zodiac. It requires about 29.5 days to complete a synodic cycle—from New Moon to New Moon.

People: The mother, wife, daughter and women in general. Managers, cooks, teachers and counselors. Crowds and the proletariat.

Things: Household items, familiar things and the essentials of living. Food. Fertility, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and childbirth.

Symbology: The glyph for the Moon is based on the crescent form, representing the principle of receptivity, or, in another sense, a vessel collecting solar power for distribution on Earth.

The Moon in a man’s chart indicates the sort of woman with whom he feels most comfortable, happy and secure. It also represents his feelings and emotions, and, along with Venus, the feminine aspect of his personality

Graham Nash, Yogananda, Jack Kerouac, Modigliani, and Paul Verlaine have Moon emphasized in their birth charts.

In a woman’s horoscope the Moon symbolizes her approach to security and to traditional female roles in general. Women with Moon emphasized in their birth charts often feel secure enough, and adequately inspired, to assert themselves in the creative world.

Martha Graham, Stevie Nicks, Teresa de Avila, and, in a different sense, Marianne Williamson have Moon emphasized in their birth charts.

The adaptive, managing agency that protects and nourishes individuals along the path of growth and actualization of their solar potential.

Traditional Attributes
The mother image. The home. Protection, nourishment, feelings and instincts. Responses and reactions to everyday, practical situations. Adjusting to the demands and flow of daily life. The body and surface personality traits. Appearances. Receptivity, changeability and passivity. Imagination, moods and sympathy. Public life, the mass mind and public opinion

Humanistic Interpretation
Reflecting solar rays as cool, tranquil light, the Moon is the mediatrix of solar light and life. It inspires and sustains solar will. The lunar principle enables one to adapt, develop and mature within the area defined by Saturn (the symbol of limits). In a birth chart, the Moon shows how you most comfortably and naturally adjust your feelings, actions and responses to suit social requirements and daily needs. The Moon symbolizes the constant ebb and flow of feeling, emotions and moods, especially those produced by our relationships with others. It represents the first impression we make upon others. The Moon also symbolizes habit patterns and conditioned responses, and the influence public opinion the has upon us.

For A Man
When relaxed, at home or among friends, a man’s lunar qualities surface. But under circumstances where a man feels he must show his best face and impress others, especially other men, he is more likely to rely on his solar self. Similarly, a man tends to show more of his lunar side when romancing or interacting with women. The Moon in a man’s birth chart also symbolizes the kind of women with whom he feels most relaxed, happy and secure; the sort of woman to whom he feels most comfortable showing his emotions, his receptivity and his vulnerabilities. The Moon in a man’s horoscope, however, does not necessarily represent his “ideal woman” or the features he finds most attractive and sexually appealing in a woman—qualities better symbolized by Venus. It can, however, symbolize characteristics of a man’s mother which he tends to seek in or project upon other women.
      The Moon in a man’s birth chart also represents his emotions and how he expresses them, or fails to do so. How a man adapts to the demands of daily life and changing situations is also represented by the Moon, as well as his management style and organizational abilities.

For A Woman
The Moon in a woman’s chart symbolizes the face she puts forward in her everyday interaction with others, especially at home and with family members. For a girl or a young woman, the Moon in her horoscope represents her ideal role model and the qualities of traditional womanhood she wishes to embody. For a mature woman, the Moon in her birth chart symbolizes her approach to motherhood, domestic partnership, family responsibility and to traditional female roles in general, as well as the enduring influence of the mother. The Moon in astrology, however, is not the prime symbol of a woman’s femininity and sexuality, which is better symbolized by Venus in her horoscope. The significance of the Moon for a woman deals more with how she expresses her femininity at home and in the world.
      In the workplace, the Moon in a woman’s chart represents her capacity for and style of coping with ever-changing demands and priorities, and how she interacts with employees, employers, colleagues and clients.

See the forthcoming installments, “The Lunation Cycle,” and ”Situation of the Lights,” for more on the significance of the Moon in a birth chart. Until then, read an early treatment of the subjects in my A Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer, or online browse the section on The Lunation Cycle

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