By Natori Moore
Whatís your Sun sign?
Most people know the answer to this question. Not everyone, however,
knows that the Moon sign in the astrological chart is equally important.
In fact, in the areas for which astrology is commonly used Ė relationship
compatibility and event timing Ė the Moon takes on great significance.
If youíve had an astrological
birth chart calculated before, you know your Moon sign and some of its
strengths and weaknesses. Your Moon sign is the sign through which
the moon was traveling -- or transiting -- on the day you were born.
The sign in which your Moon is positioned can tell you about your general
emotional nature, as well as about the types of people with whom you are
most likely to share long-term associations. For example, if your
natal moon is in Virgo, you may be hard working, detail-oriented and health-minded.
Youíll want to look for partners and friends with the earth signs (Taurus,
Virgo, Capricorn) represented in their birth charts for greatest long-term
Another very valuable way
to follow the moon is to look at the moonís current or transiting position
in the Tropical zodiac. [Since Western astrology uses the Tropical
zodiac, the positions of the moon will vary by a sign or so from those
that appear in the sky, which are based on the Sidereal zodiac.]
Since the Moon changes its sign every 2-1/2 days, it can be fun to follow
the Moon. Did you know that gardening and domestic activities are
most likely to be successful when the moon is in Cancer or Pisces?
Or that more police officers tend to be on the roads when the Moon is in
Scorpio or Capricorn? Or that parties tend to be more successful
when the Moon is in Gemini, Leo, Libra or Sagittarius and when the Moon
is in a positive relationship with the planet Venus? These are just
a few of the practical ways that following the position of the Moon can
help you effectively plan your activities.
To learn the Moonís position
on a given day, consult an astrological calendar such as Jim Maynardís
Pocket Astrologer or Celestial Guide, Llewellynís Daily Planetary Guide,
or the Farmerís Almanac. Start by looking up the current date, and
noting the sign the moon is in on that date. Itís easiest if you
get a calendar constructed for the time zone you live in, so you donít
have to repeatedly calculate the time difference in your head. After
you know where the Moon is on a given day, focus on learning the meaning
of the sign energy of that moon position. For example, when the moon
is in Aries, people around you may exhibit Aries qualities. They
may be energetic, impulsive or impatient. They may be outgoing, angry,
have high energy levels, or want to start new projects (but not be inclined
to finish them!). One reason an Aries Moon is considered a poor choice
of Moons for a wedding date is that, like the hot and fast sign of Aries,
the wedding may be passionate but short-lived. But an Aries Moon
is good for breaking new ground on many types of projects. When the
Moon is in Pisces, people are more likely to be relaxed, compassionate
and intuitive. They may want to withdraw from the crowd. Following
the Moon as it transits each sign is a good way to learn the basic nature
of each sign, as well as to plan activities that correspond with the sign
For you advanced Moon followers,
the next step is to notice how the transiting Moon interacts with your
individual birth chart. As the Moon moves around your chart and conjuncts
your birth planets, the Moon acts as a kind of trigger, activating events
and issues related to the planets, signs and houses that it contacts.
For example, if the Moon is moving through Taurus, and it conjoins natal
Venus in your Second House of personal values and income, you may receive
extra money (Second House), purchase something beautiful (Venus), or decide
to get a massage (Taurus). If the Moon is in Leo, moving past Saturn
in your natal Fifth House, you may want to plan (Saturn) some playtime
(Leo) with your children (Fifth House). Or you may need to confront
a responsibility or limit (Saturn) involving your children or recreational
pursuits (Fifth House).
A couple of handy Moon hints:
1) When the Moon is moving through your natal Sun or Moon sign, these tend
to be pleasant and productive days for you. (There are exceptions
if you have challenging aspects to the Sun or Moon, but for most people
these days provide an extra emotional boost.) 2) When the Moon is
waxing (moving from New to Full), itís a good time to begin new projects
or relationships. When the Moon is waning (moving from Full back
to New), itís best to finish up existing projects, rest and reflect, and
prepare behind the scenes for another new beginning at the next New Moon.
As the Moon transits each
sign and shines its reflected light on your birth planets, you can maximize
the unique opportunities each of your chart planets offers, and time your
activities for greater effectiveness and pleasure. Of course, if
all of this Moon following feels like too much to tackle on your own, your
astrologer can help! Enjoy following the Moon.
Originally appeared in Star
Club News, 1994