When someone asks the famous line, “What’s your sign?” they’re asking about the position of the sun in the sky at your time of birth. Your zodiac sun sign symbolises the ways in which you radiate out to the world. It’s the glowing essence of your personality and the premise of most horoscopes. As a result, the sun sign is the first thing most people learn about astrology. But there are other aspects of your birth chart to be aware of, including your moon sign, that reveal important things about your personality. Your moon sign can be described as your “mushy centre,” or your inner child that needs tending to (and is often neglected).
Not everyone feels connected to their sun sign, which is why it’s important to look at all parts of your chart. For instance, what if you’re a Sagittarius who’s not into traveling, a Cancer who focuses more on facts than feelings, or a Capricorn who despises wealth? According to the teachings of astrology, an individual’s unique complexities are revealed by their complete birth chart. A snapshot of the cosmos at your moment of birth, this chart serves as your astrological fingerprint. It contains a comprehensive collection of planets, asteroids, and celestial points that correspond to different aspects of life. Upon reviewing your birth chart, it’s clear that the sun sign is only the tip of the iceberg: There are dozens of other placements to explore.
Your moon sign is one of the most significant aspects of your astrological profile and is calculated based on the position of the moon at your time of birth and represents your emotional inner world. Read on to learn what yours is and how you can use your moon sign to take care of yourself.
How Your Moon Sign Differs From Your Sun Sign
The sun’s powerful glow maintains and sustains life, but the glowing star doesn’t work alone. The mysterious and intuitive moon is also a vital part of existence.
The moon orbits the earth every 27.5 days, gliding across the zodiac into a new astrological sign every two and half days. Within its fast-moving cycle, the moon’s appearance is constantly transforming: Its shape and luminosity are dictated by its proximity to the sun and Earth. Over the course of a month, the moon will assume many different forms, emerging as a bright sphere during the full-moon phase; in diverse crescent shapes during its waxing and waning phases; and then as entirely invisible during the new-moon phase.
Likewise, within a birth chart, your moon sign reveals the ever-changing ways you’re impacted by experiences. Just as the moon reflects the sun, your moon sign reveals your innate reactions to life’s experiences. It’s your internal monologue, the key to understanding your emotional profile.
The moon stays close to Earth, hugging the planet with its consistent, steady ascension. Sometimes, even in the daylight, we can see the outline of the moon, a reminder of its dependability. The moon has a long-established association with feminine energy, specifically the role of the mother. In astrology and all things witchy, people often talk about the divine masculine and divine feminine. However, it’s crucial to understand that these are not binary. Everyone contains both divine masculine and divine feminine traits, regardless of your gender.
Your moon sign, accordingly, reveals how you “mother” yourself, representing your comfort zone and sense of security. Unlike the sun, which relies on logic and divine masculine energy, the moon creates a raw, psychic feeling. The moon sign is one of the most private and protected areas of the chart: Though it’s not always visible, it guides us through nocturnal illumination.
While the sun signs acts, the moon sign reacts, but the moon’s responses have a tremendous impact. Consider the way in which the incredible gravitational force between the earth and moon influences the ocean’s tides: When the moon is closer to earth, the tide is higher.
How Your Sun and Moon Signs Work Together
The moon sign works behind the scenes, but it has a substantial impact on your character. It governs the ebb and flow of your moods; simply put, it’s the internal “you.” Within astrology, feeling “misunderstood” is often attributed to the moon’s relationship to other planets and luminaries. For instance, someone with a Leo sun sign may exude robust confidence but feel the intense emotional depth and sensitivities that come with a Pisces moon. Another individual with a Virgo sun sign may lead with the earth sign’s signature analytical disposition but also feel impulsive thanks to a fiery Aries moon. In these instances, it’s important to find a unique rhythm with your moon sign by honouring and respecting the way it differs from your sun sign. Remember, we are complex beings. Our essence is based on discord.
Alternatively, if your moon sign is in the same triplicity as your sun sign, this element may be enhanced. For example, a Gemini sun with a Libra moon will exhibit intensified air sign attributes, such as caring deeply about interpersonal relationships, since both Gemini and Libra are air signs. Those whose moon signs are the same as their sun signs were born under a new moon and are often committed to making their mark on the world (after all, the sky’s completely dark during this lunation). Individuals whose moon signs are directly opposite their sun signs were born under a full moon, and it is their life mission to integrate divergent forces.
The moon’s phase and the house it occupies — in a birth chart, “houses” refer to different areas of life — reveal how and where we express our emotions. For instance, someone with a Capricorn moon in the ninth house, the zone that governs expansion, feels emotionally satisfied when achieving greatness through exploration. Accordingly, this person may love to travel for work. Someone with a Scorpio moon in the seventh house, the zone that governs partnership, may feel most fulfilled through deep, intense bonds. (This individual must remember to not get lost in relationships and maintain a solid sense of self.)
Your moon sign provides dynamic insight into your psyche, so it’s important to build a relationship with this placement. Don’t hesitate to create your own interpretations for how the different planetary energies in your birth chart blend. A thoughtful analysis of moon signs always requires a deep dive into the soul, and your moon sign will always be energised when you show yourself honest compassion.
And of course, as with all things astrology, understanding your moon sign is mostly a witchy way to have fun. If you need help stabilising emotions or process trauma, please seek out the help of a certified therapist (but by all means, feel free to share your moon sign with them).
—————-to be continued…The Traits Associated With the 12 Moon Signs, in December, 2021 edition