Moon – Meaning and Influence in Astrology

BY Tracy Roberts

Moon Astrology


moon symbolEverything feminine, passive and conservative, is influenced by the moon. It symbolizes protective instincts, moods and enthusiasm. She indicates introversion, intuition and receptivity. Furthermore: buying and dependency, adaptability, reaction, reflection, subordination and obedience. Art, poetry and dreams.

It rules the water and all liquids. Ebb and flow fall under its dominion, including fertility, menstruation and conception. It further symbolizes the mother, the crowd, the people, the soul, the unconscious and the psyche. In the horoscope of a man, the moon indicates a mother figure. The nature of the planet is reflective and reproductive. It imitates the forms created by the sun. The individual with a strong Moon-position could be an excellent (reproductive) artist.

what does the moon represent

Moon characteristics


Imagination, memory, sensitivity, literary feeling, intuition, empathy, adaptability.


Inconstant, dreamy, absent, capricious, hypersensitivity, tends to flight from reality.

Other Associations

Zodiac SignCancer
Housethe fourth
Anatomythe stomach, breasts, uterus and the lymph
Colourwhite, cream, silvery grey and to a lesser extent green
Gemstoneall iridescent stones: moonstone, labradorite, opal.
Also: pearl, carnelian, milk quartz, amber

Symbol : Two semi-circles express the essence of the moon, It bends inwards as a fetus in the womb of the mother, tending towards the interior, while the sun bursts out to all sides!

Occupation : all professions which relate to liquids: liquor, wine, mineral water, milk, laundry, dying of fabrics, sailors. All professions related to the imagination: poets, writers, painters. All professions related to caretaking: nurse, preschool or kindergarten teacher, governess, midwife. Additionaly, all professions which do not produce anything (Sun) but focus on maintenance, support and repair.

(this planet rules the sign of Cancer)

Basic Astronomy:

The Moon is the natural satellite of the planet Earth. It takes the Moon close to 28 days to revolve around our planet. It doesn’t have its own light and it only shines because it is illuminated by the Sun.

In Mythology:

She is The Moon Goddess (The Mother) the one who nurtures and nourishes

In Astrology – Chart Interpretation:

The Moon represents your unconscious instinctive responses, your habits, emotions, behavioral patterns and moods. It tells your desires in life.’What and how’ you deeply feel is the product of your Moon sign at the moment of your birth. The position of the Moon in your natal chart by sign, house and aspect will indicate your type of emotional responses, a kind of ‘automatic pilot’ natural reaction to people and situations in our everyday life.

Astro Keywords:

your instinctive reaction to life your ‘instinctive antenna’ of the psyche, home, emotions, security, fertility and moodiness

With a well aspected Moon in your natal chart and personal planets in Cancer you probably can relate to vibes of this maxim by Sigmund Freud ‘In personal life we should be governed, I think, by the deep inner needs of our nature’
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Serena Weaver


The Moon reflects the subconscious, emotional and fluctuating side of the personality. It is considered the ruler of Cancer and its natural house is the 4th house.

In the astrological chart, it is considered a personal planet, reflecting basic psychological functions within the personality.

Notable astronomical characteristics

It is the only natural satellite and nearest body to the earth. From our vantage point, the moon’s observable size equals the observable size of the Sun, and as such it can be contended that its influence is as potent in the personality, if not, on occasions, more so, as observed in the natural phenomenon of solar eclipse. In this way, its situation in the astrological chart can be crucial in the reflection of a healthy and balanced personality.
Although for symplicity’s sake itis considered a planet in astrology, it is of course not really a planet, but a satellite. Even so, it is considered one of the most important elements in the astrological chart.

Astrological qualities

It is personal in that it mostly deals with private matters and is not naturally open to public issues. It is whole in that it deals with its own matters, is self-experiencing and is rather accepting of its qualities. It is regulatory in that other planets are given to a degree to its guiding light.

Psychological function

It is considered the baggage of the personality, emotional impressions that have settled deeply in the personality. It is reflecting the darker, unconscious side of the personality, qualities of which can sometimes even be renounced by the conscious, “sunny” side. Its expression is often so “automatic” that the person, being so build into that compartment, may be completely blind to the patterns, often getting a taste only of the superficial consequences.
It shows emotional drives which are difficult to explain. It is also the emphatic side of the personality, the maternal and protective instincts. It reflects the most fundamental needs of the personality, which may be more unconscious than conscious, and may not be apparent at first sight.
It is reflective of the person’s loyalty, especially towards his natural affiliations (family, culture, etc) and past.

By house
The location of the moon in the houses reflects what is our home base, where do we really come from. Although it is the person’s second house, after the house of the Sun, it is really the place where the personality begins forming, and as such has much emotional significance for the individual. It is the house of home, and where we go to rewind and refill our emotional batteries. It is our refuge and where we go when the going gets rough. Naturally, when balanced the individual leaves this place and focusses on the house of the Sun. Returning to this place can sometimes even feel nostalgic.
It is reflective of areas where we feel emotionally compelled to delve, especially in times when our emotions are higher. It shows where we keep returning, what we are intricately, emotionally envolved with. It shows where we go and what we do when we are in our emotive mode.
It is the backflavor of everything that we do.

In non-natal charts (horary, return charts, progressions etc) a prominent Moon reflects a period of a heightened emotional state. There are often worries that cause this, especially worries for the family or some important family member. There may be a need to take care of, or help another. Alternatively, there may be other emotional issues and difficult moods that cause pain and introversion. There may also be some failures, or other problems that are responsible for this. Even the conjunctions to it will usually reflect some problematic manifestation.


Next planet in astrology : Mercury

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