With its rhythmic patterns and morphing physical form, the Moon was adopted very early on as the central organising principle shaping daily life within ancient cultures. Its changing nature and effect on fertility cycles and the tides lent themselves to the creation of myths, legends and rituals that formed the basis of social living and belief in early civilisations. Yet, with the rise of patriarchal ideologies embraced by religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the observation of the Moon myth became relegated to the intimacy of the home, in a society increasingly promoting solar masculine values such as efficiency and worldly success.
To this day, the lunar principle gives voice to the feminine in all of us, whether males or females, with its focus on instincts, intuition, emotions, and comfort. Moon-inspired communication draws from non-tangible, spiritual sources, and is infused with collective wisdom and ancestral learnings. Through the Moon, we re-connect to our roots, heritage, tribe, and even our DNA. The Moon is our memory, an unconscious pull to the past tinted with sentimentality and nostalgia that gives us a sense of identity, safety, and belonging.
The placement and aspects of the Moon colour our unfiltered responses to experiences and external stimuli, the emergence of self-consciousness from a well of instinctual stirrings and associations. Perpetually evaluating and calibrating our emotions, it reveals our subconscious predispositions and conditioned reflexes, as we scan and respond to each tangible or ineffable trigger from the outer world.
In our chart, the Moon describes how we meet our needs to be safe, nurtured, and accepted, both emotionally and physically, through food and our home environment. It is our most authentic, intimate, vulnerable self that only those closest to us get to see and experience. The more challenging aspects from the slow planets can significantly affect our emotional peace, sense of inner stability, and domestic and emotional security. A wounded Moon can manifest as various psychosomatic and hypochondriacal symptoms, distortions of self-image, and chronic feelings of alienation from others. Planets aspecting the Moon reveal how people’s emotional and home lives are supported, stimulated, or challenged by other energies.
Another critical symbolism of the Moon in a natal chart is that of representing one’s mother, and indirectly, one’s family, as perceived by the individual. At times, it may also signify female connections, or the public, and how we interact with them. In a male’s chart the Moon also symbolises the type of woman he is likely to be attracted to, what qualities will make him feel comfortable and warm, what is essential for a nurturing relationship. In the charts of both sexes, the Moon is the primary indicator of relationship harmony or lack thereof. Awareness of our partner’s Moon sign and aspects in relation to our own can dramatically improve how we relate to one another. If we understand our partner’s Moon, we understand his or her true needs.