The Moon in a chart reflects the most basic, subconscious, reactionary patterns we experience and express.
It’s sign, location in chart (which house), and contacts with other parts/planets in the chart paints a picture of our emotional nature. It signifies what nurtures us, what re-balances us when we’re running on empty, how we react instinctively when triggered. Whilst the Sun indicates our conscious, egoic, core self – what we identify with and are working towards cultivating more of – the lunar aspect of our chart is under the surface, our inner world where thought, feeling, images and intuitions all combine to create a meaningful flow without the inclusion of logic or rationality.
It also signifies what kinds of things we’re potentially having too much of if we find ourselves in a rut of comfort and safety; what we’re overusing in order to maintain an equilibrium, that although safe, can cause suffocation and blockage on a growth level.
The moon represents our past – ancestral information passed down in the form of instincts and adaptations developed. It also shines light on our maternal self – how we experienced the feminine/females from early on in life. What femininity is and what nurturing is – to us. Issues around this aspect of our nature can indicate to us previously problematic patterns our parents, grandparents (and so on and so fourth) experienced, or patterns that were once useful to our survival but are now outdated and need to be re-wired for personal evolution.
In its highest form, a conscious and aligned lunar nature will yield intuition of a higher and more profound level, the want to nurture and love self and others in an unconditional and fulfilling way in the way one can personally contribute, and also the experience of contentment in daily life.
If our ‘cup’ is running on empty it is hard to give love authentically to others. Though, if we maintain a sense of fulfillment (being nourished by supporting the needs of our moon) this is reversed and an overflow and want to share and connect develops. The necessity for self-love and self-nurture by feeding our moon in the way that we so naturally need, is integral to give back to the world in the most true and beneficial way possible.
A simplified, and somewhat light overview of the moons in the different signs is linked below. It may help to brainstorm and reflect on your own emotional temperament.
Moon in Aries, Taurus, and Gemini – http://rubyxia.com/?p=90
Moon in Cancer, Leo, and Virgo – http://rubyxia.com/?p=168
Moon in Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius – http://rubyxia.com/?p=262
Moon in Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces – http://rubyxia.com/?p=288
NB: Position in the chart in addition to aspects made to other planets will have a distinct effect on the expression. Having a look at aspects to the moon in the birth chart will shine some light and explain in more detail what is happening.