Moon in the 1st House

With a rising Moon there is a powerful hunger for personal significance and strong intuition about the trend of future events. Once the restlessness and moodiness of this position is brought under control, this can lead to amazing achievements.

People with this position are generally too sensitive for their own good, and tend to go to extremes, especially in youth. They usually have large, expressive eyes, a wide, expressive mouth, and a responsive face. They have a hard time masking thoughts and feelings, which flit rapidly across the face (though less so in Scorpio or Capricorn). They are inclined to think out loud, to speak whatever is passing through their minds at the moment, no matter how out of context or inappropriate it may seem to their listeners. Actually, they are always talking to themselves.

People with a rising Moon tend to marry young, and may fall in love too easily throughout their lives. Each new love does not diminish the emotional hold of past loves, though, which can make their love life pretty complicated until they begin to understand themselves. They love best those companions who cherish them for what they are, allow them to ramble on, and then set limits for them. They know that limits must be set, but have a hard time setting them for themselves.

They are pretty much incapable of objectivity. Even sympathy is hard for them as they do not see others clearly although they can become them, or feel them - that is, identify with them through empathy. This can make them appear cold when they turn away from persons or situations that are painful, because they have no buffers to protect them from the intensity of their own responses. They are generally not thinkers, because their intuition is capable of giving them all they require to grasp concepts and figure things out. They can come up with answers without any notion of how they arrived at them.

Extremely self-conscious in youth, they feel that everyone is looking at them and thinking about them all the time. They have a hard time getting over this, always giving themselves more importance in the scheme of things than is realistic. Yet this quality invests them with a natural authority, so that people tend to look to them for answers, particularly during a crisis. They are so self-oriented because their minds constantly fill with ideas and images and they must continually seek outlets or they become mentally and emotionally clogged.

They may seem unrealistic to less sensitive and less imaginative people. In fact, given a few other placements in that direction, they may acquire a reputation as a first-class eccentric. However, they generally have a circle of friends who enjoy their idiosyncrasies, for although they appear to be paying no attention to anyone but themselves, their listening powers are tremendous. They can absorb more about others than most, and are capable of astonishing feats of memory and thoughtfulness. Even so, they are hard on intimates as they require constant outlets for their ideas and emotions, and so require a large social circle so they can go from one to another as they wear out each person.

They are usually very expressive in art, writing, speaking, acting, and music, but frequently have a hard time staying with one effort long enough to bring anything to fruition. They need a strong Saturn in their chart or they will blow all over the pond. They are usually very clever at spotting trends and coming up with the 'next big thing' that will please the public. However, they will need disciplined partners to help them take advantage of this gift or nothing will come of it.

If harsh aspects from Mercury show mental or emotional problems, there may be a danger of mental illness with this position, in which other people appear only as mirrors that reflect back the self. Surrounded by self images, they can find no objective reality to grasp hold of. At some point indicated by progressions, mental or emotional illness may even claim them as a permanent casualty. In general, though, the rising Moon gives a great potential for growth and change throughout the lifetime. After the roller-coaster ride of youth slows down a bit, these people should be able to get a grip on themselves and put their great gifts to use.

Moon in 1st House: Your self-perception and responses to people and the environment will be strongly influenced by feelings, emotions, and instincts. Life will be experienced and interpreted in terms of emotional reactions, where these biases of affinity and dis-affinity will shape your life-style and decision-making. When choices need to be made, they will be referred to your instinctive feelings.

With such a dominant subjective response, you may lack an ability to understand others who have a different nature. This can cause misunderstandings and diminish potential relationship with those who relate to life through different perspectives, for instance those who evaluate experiences intellectually.

You have a sensitive and receptive lunar personality, which may create a phase-type quality to your temperament, through 'internal waxing and waning' creating changeable moods which can at times disconcert both yourself and others, especially where issues of emotional relationship or commitment to aims are involved. Finding a life direction may prove difficult, as your preoccupation is toward satisfying emotional needs, and you may find that the direction which develops is shaped by the paths of anyone you rely on for emotional support.

This can create dependency situations in which your attitudes and values are highly influenced by others, so that, through being impressionable, you reflect only what others want to see. Part of this may have developed during childhood conditioning by parental influences, especially by your mother's. Through your deep need for approval, you chose to behave to satisfy others' projections onto you. In so doing, you may have built a life-style that reflects the wishes of others rather than fulfilling your own needs.

Becoming clear as to your needs, desires, and ambitions may not be easy to achieve, yet it is essential in order to break negative dependency or become free from relationships where you have to deny your feelings in order to satisfy someone else.

Your lunar qualities form a sense of emotional connectedness with people; and at times this sensitivity can be close to a psychic or mediumistic talent which allows you to receive 'messages' from people or the environment. You may feel emotional empathy for some, and will have considerable sympathy for those suffering emotional pain; but you may have to guard against too deep an involvement with others through your empathic 'fusing' of feelings and emotions. Your presence can be supportive, although a dispassionate and objective type of counseling is not your natural style, due to your inability to distance yourself from feelings. This can distort your perception of others' needs.

Moon in 1st House: Self-expression: Here we have a paradox: when the Moon is in the 1st house, the natural and active projection of self is inverted, so self-expression becomes 're-active' or, more properly, responsive. Your natural personality radiance is emotional, sensitive, maternal, and subject to the ebb and flow of moodiness. Needs are immediately projected from the surface, visible for others to see. When your needs are not met, there may be explosive tantrums, defensive shutdown, or collapse into hysteria, all major pitfalls. In general, however, this placement correlates with a 'softness' of personality. You are protective toward those you love or feel drawn to, with urgent sensitivity to those individuals' needs; and you're subtly defensive toward strangers, who may seem alien or threatening. The challenge is to make sure you're safe, then open up.

Natural persona: Your natural face is soft and maternal, almost 'moist', either sympathetic or needy, and sometimes both. This is especially true when the Moon occupies an expressive or emotional sign; it is less true when the Moon's placement is in a sign like Capricorn. There the moist quality may be replaced by a solid wall of seeming passivity.

Your name-tag says, 'I am responsive. Tell me what you need, and I will provide it for you, for needs are the most important thing in the world'.

Self-awareness: Spontaneous projection of emotional receptivity births awareness of the central, core self. Radiating yourself outward as either 'mother' or 'child' ¬defending, protecting, feeding, needing, clinging - reveals to you whatever your inner nature actually is. Awareness ebbs and flows in tandem with feelings. Once you're in touch with your needs and have discovered your inner self in any momentary setting, then come through your persona and act on what you've realized. Responsiveness to the outside world makes you aware of what you truly are, and what you truly want to do.

Boundaries: You buffer the tension between internal and external realities by being sympathetic to the needs of others. Insensitivity or lack of emotional expression disconnects the two different realities, creating a numbing alienation from self, while compulsive mothering or unconscious neediness destroys the distinction between the two, causing a sense of perpetual hunger and emptiness. the challenge, however, is to nourish yourself and your environment without creating dependencies. The positive result is contentment.

Vitality: Vitality is directly linked to emotional well-being. Proper diet and emotional comforts maintain your life force, although there may be heightened sensitivity to fluids, as well as vulnerability in the digestive or reproductive systems. You must learn the meaning of action in order to balance your tendency toward reaction. The force of habit has a profound effect on your stamina, either protecting and maintaining it, or disrupting and draining it. To heal yourself, discover what your habits are and reroute the imprints. Your relationship with your own mother is one of the most important of these factors, whether the connection is current and ongoing, or merely the result of childhood experience long buried within.

Moon in 1st House: Your mood depends on your feelings at the moment. When you are emotionally high you are outgoing; but you are shaken by any unsettling experience. Because of your emotional nature, you tend to lose your composure under stress. You become aggressive only when you have to protect yourself from abuse. It is essential that you improve your self-image, which you do by getting a formal education. This will allow you to compete successfully and will help you cope with your personal relationships. You must be able to deal objectively with the problems of the real world and not allow abrasive situations to disturb you emotionally. You need to develop your creative imagination in order to be productive. You must raise your credibility by capitalizing on your gifts. Education will help you find a way to express your understanding, compassion and concern for less fortunate people.

You want friends who understand your moods and feelings of inadequacy; but you often assume that people want your friendship only because you are so willing to help them. You are deeply concerned about your future and whether you will have sufficient resources to sustain yourself in later years. You are anxious to translate your ideas into tangible rewards so that you needn't depend on others. Although you should set up a plan to achieve your goals, you tend to dawdle. You may feel that you are always making concessions to others, but you aren't really sure what you can do without them. Making concessions is a way to maintain contact with people; but it does make you feel inferior, which may cause some discomfort.

Your family-ties may be so strong that you don't have a life of your own. Breaking with the past will be difficult, but it must be done if you hope to become self-sufficient. Your goal should be to pursue your own destiny and to like yourself for what you can accomplish. It isn't easy for you to secure a position in your career, because you aren't sure you can succeed on your own. But remember, you cannot afford to deny yourself the benefits of using your talents imaginatively and purposefully. Loyalty to family is admirable, but not when it interferes with your destiny. When it does, it becomes slavery. No one has the right to expect you to put your own destiny aside in order to help realize theirs. Coping with these deep frustrations will not be easy, because their roots are buried in your early conditioning.

You willingly help people who need your tender loving care, but you should understand when to conserve your energy in order to avoid exhaustion. You are too eager to be available when someone says he / she needs you, perhaps because you want human companionship at any cost. Direct some of your energy to developing your own creative potential. Sacrifice some of your time for others if you want to, but remember to put yourself at the top of your list of priorities.

Don't underestimate the value of your creative imagination, which can help you solve your own and other people's problems. You have a calming effect on people in their time of need; they feel protected in your presence. Since you are insecure, however, you must be firm and refuse to allow others to dominate you. Learn to accept reality and use your talents to build tangible assets that will sustain you in later years. Don't feel sorry for yourself, and don't bury your talents.

Moon in 1st House: Any planet in the 1st house is amplified as if the volume has been raised on that principle. According to its sign placement, the Moon there energizes the emotional, instinctive and feeling responses of the individual. Unless strongly modified by other aspects in the chart, the person will radiate lunar qualities - sensitivity, receptivity and a kind of child-like openness to which others are naturally drawn.

While the Sun in the 1st wants to exert a dynamic impact on the environment, the Moon in the 1st is more inclined to stay fused with mother and surroundings. All little babies instinctively know that winning the love of the caretaker helps to ensure survival; and therefore they adapt to the mother likes or wants. But those with the Moon in the 1st - even later in life when survival is not dependent on the presence of another person - may habitually act as if their lives depended on being what others want them to be. Consequently, they exhibit a radar-like ability to pick up and read signals emanating from those around them. However, the interpretation of these signals is often distorted by a high degree of subjectivity. They can be so swaddled in their own needs, feelings and emotional complexes that they are sometimes incapable of viewing life or others at all objectively. In extreme cases, all they care about is what they want, and they can't easily give another person anything unless it fits in with that. Nonetheless, the Moon in the 1st bestows an almost animal-like intelligence ¬instinctively knowing what to do in certain situations. They can 'sniff out' opportunity, 'feel' danger or 'hear' trouble.

The house with Cancer on the cusp or contained within it will be connected in some way to a 1st house Moon.

See also: Moon in the 1st House;

Moon in the 1st House: Al Capone, Carlos Castaneda, Charlie Chaplin, Madonna Ciccone, Walt Disney, Uri Geller, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, U.G. Krishnamurti, Benjamin Netanyahu, Friedrich Nietzche, Vaslav Nijinsky, Ramakrishna, Joseph Ratzinger, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Babe Ruth, Swami Vivekananda, H.G. Wells, Bram, Elijah, Gabriela (cusp), Jean, JerryP, JulieD, LucJr, Nancee, Pete, Prabhuta, TonyC, Tyler

Moon in the 2nd House

There is a quality of reserve or silence to this position. Still waters run deep. The Moon here absorbs impressions but does not easily find ways to give them outward expression. This is a good placement for artists and writers who will use their craft to translate their impressions into effective ideas and images. Generally well-spoken in any given situation, people with this Moon will usually not be the first to speak, nor will they speak often, or long. They delight in plain, straight-forward speech, direct and to the point. Sometimes they are masters of the witty aside. Garrulousness with this position is an indication of serious sexual frustration.

Sexual fulfillment is extremely important to this position. They are generally powerfully attracted to potential sexual partners. If, for some reason, this attraction does not bring them a fulfilling relationship, it will cause a variety of mental and emotional problems. Both sexes seem to radiate sexual energy. They are very aware of sexuality in others from an early age. The Moon's sign and the aspects to it from other planets will show whether this is a positive and healthy development, or if it leads to repression and a fear or hatred of sex on the one hand, or to a cynical exploitation of it on the other. In our sexually confused society, children with this location need a lot of healthy physical love in babyhood to avoid the pitfalls that a second house Moon can bring to those without a strong early foundation.

Love is very necessary to these people, although it may or may not be directly connected with sexuality. If others show it, they may make fools of themselves for love. Powerful attractions that are hard to deny and may last for years occur. Artists with this Moon position will seek a 'muse' or love object for their talent to revolve around.

A second-house Moon creates a strong instinct for acquiring money and property. For less highly evolved souls, this might mean acquisition by illegal or immoral means. On a higher level, there may be an appearance of disinterested love or affection that somehow results in the fortuitous acquisition of wealth or property. The most highly-evolved souls will cheerfully acknowledge their love of beautiful, valuable things and an interest in acquiring the means to obtain them. Along with the acceptance of this acquisitiveness as a natural desire goes a willingness to use property for the benefit of others and the desire to take good care of it.

If there are stressful aspects to the Moon, there may be long bouts of poverty, particularly in childhood or youth. This can result in intensified efforts to acquire money and property later. It can also result in a painful awareness of the inherent injustice of a social structure that allows the rich to get richer while the poor get poorer, and an interest in the reform of property laws.

Moon in 2nd House: What will feel essential to satisfy your inner needs is material and financial security associated with a stable life-style. The foundation for this will be establishing a loving family home; and achieving this will be a preoccupation. You prefer a controlled life, minimizing the threat of unsettling changes; and you erect barriers to keep those changes at a distance. Money is important in this respect to protect against financial concerns, although this is unlikely to be absolutely secure, due to the lunar fluctuating nature. If the Moon is placed in a fixed sign, then your financial situation may be more stable than if it is in a mutable sign.

Home is seen as a castle protecting you from the storms of life. Sitting there, surrounded by family, material possessions, and comfort, you feel a sense of solidity, emotional security, and well-being. If anything threatens this, you feel extremely vulnerable, as your center of identity has been displaced into the external world. Your feelings have been projected onto family and possessions, and they become the center of your life, the heart on which everything depends. Losing a favored life possession becomes emotionally damaging, reminding you that life cannot be controlled and that instability lurks around every corner, pointing out the impossibility of erecting inviolable barriers. If this need for emotional security is allowed to become too powerful, it can become claustrophobic and suffocating to loved ones, and can leave you too vulnerable to the independent actions and choices of others.

These needs may have developed during childhood, where you felt protected and nurtured by parents; you wish to recreate this feeling in adult life. You may have received social or parental attitudes related to security and stability needs; perhaps beliefs concerning the maintenance of the status quo and conservative attitudes in life were stressed, or perhaps pursuing financial prosperity was emphasized as an essential adult objective. Certainly, such attitudes and values have influenced your adult behavior.

If you develop some flexibility within these security needs and withdraw any projections onto others or onto possessions, a more sensible balance can be achieved, one that is less vulnerable to being shattered by unexpected experiences. The sense of emotional well-being should be found within, through integrating feelings and dependency needs, and by an awareness of what is necessary for self-nurture. The most fulfilling roots are those which exist within yourself, not in the external world.

You may be attracted toward mankind's history and heritage, or to family traditions, a trait which could be used for personal interest or for business purposes. You may have an instinctive talent for understanding the marketplace, using your affinity with material possessions and comfort to sense what consumer products people need or can be persuaded to desire. Such a perception could be exploited effectively through business concerns for your future prosperity.

Moon in 2nd House: Self-worth: With the Moon in the 2nd, the psychological evaluation of self-worth is linked with the ability to emotionally respond to needs. If you protect yourself (and others) in a sensitive way, you'll feel good about yourself. However, even in the best living, the Moon is connected to the ebb and flow of the temperament. There will be fluctuations, mood shifts from good to bad feeling, and back again. These are cyclic and should be understood as temporary. Flow through the changes. Also, when personal needs for comfort or security go unfulfilled, good feelings invariably decay. The challenge is to provide yourself with what you need, not as others define it, but as you feel it.

Possession: The experience of 'mine' is tied to personal security more strongly here than with any other planet in this house. There is an attitude of sentimentality attached to possessions; and the older they are, the more attachment is likely to be felt. On the other hand, the sense of 'mine' tends to wax and wane - when needs are strong or go unmet, possessiveness is heightened; when needs are fulfilled, however, the grip of ownership fades quickly. Thus, possessions tend to come and go with momentary tides of feeling. Don't get stuck demanding a particular type of possession; try one thing, and if it's unsatisfying, move to another form. The pitfall is conscious possessiveness, while the challenge is to recognize ownership as a tangible way of grounding the emotions.

Money: Money is a primary source of security, an issue of regular daily concern. To feel comfortable, you need to know that you have enough. The pitfall is a feeling of constant 'hunger' no matter how much money is stockpiled. Fortunes tend to fluctuate, and your anxiety level mirrors the monetary ups and downs. Don't just sit around and worry - you'll make yourself crazy. Channel your concern into pragmatic, disciplined efforts to acquire the wealth you need. The challenge is to protect your personal security by conservation of your finances. Save, but do not scrimp; and when you spend, get your money's worth in full emotional satisfaction.

Self-exertion: Work is strongly influenced by changing moods. As with the Sun, there is considerable immersion, but here it is not the center of the consciousness that is immersed, but instead the level of personality we might term 'habitual' or 'automatic'. You need to exert yourself physically in order to remain centered in the flow of day-to-day well-being. The pitfall involves inconstancy; working only when you feel like it. The challenge is to moderate effort in tune with the ebb and flow of inner feelings.

Sensuality: You need sensory pleasure to feel nourished, to maintain regular emotional balance. The pleasures of physical movement, of muscles and skin, trigger interpersonal warmth and sensitivity, producing a maternal consciousness. Conversely, feelings are palpable sensations, linked strongly with the body. Whenever you feel responsive, it's natural to want the pleasures of touch. You need sensory stimulation, for it's a kind of food, and will satisfy many hungers. The challenge is to fulfill basic needs through adequate sensation, to see the necessity of physical pleasure in life, and to luxuriate in the comfort it provides.

Moon in 2nd House: Your worries about security are unnecessary, for you can convert your creative talents into tangible assets. You never refuse any unsolicited gifts, though you may not reciprocate. It isn't that you aren't generous, but that you are anxious to have the necessities of life. You are preoccupied with having what you want always at hand. You enjoy life's comforts and feel that if you don't take care of yourself, who will? Because you are a deep-feeling person with unusual sensitivity to the pain of unsatisfied desires, you seek a career that will provide security and fulfillment. In your career, you do whatever is necessary to achieve stability and security and to get everything you want. You easily win the approval of your superiors for your efforts, and you know they consider you an asset. You would work well before the public because you can identify with people's problems, and you earn appreciation for your accomplishments. You learn new skills easily and adapt yourself to the requirements of any situation. Basically honest and sincere, you win the respect and admiration of your fellow workers as you handle your responsibilities with patience and dedication.

You are compassionate to the needs of less fortunate people; and although you do not give material gifts, you give of yourself to help those who truly need you, and that is a far greater gift. You realize your social obligations, and you do extend yourself when others won't. But it is just as important to develop your creative ideas for your own sake and to indulge yourself in them. Don't let your preoccupation with security interfere with your social life, however. You may be lonely if you sever the lines of communication with people who can make your days happy with the joys of sincere companionship.

Avoid making comparisons with other people's success and what they have gained thereby. This will result only in much inner tension as you try to match their accomplishments. You have to live up to your own potentials and capitalize on your resources to achieve financial security. You are attracted to people who seem in complete control of their destinies; but you can do just as well if you focus on exploiting your own talents. Don't be afraid to take measured risks on occasion, if only to reassure yourself that sometimes that pays dividends. Although you prefer friends who don't make demands, by being an isolationist you are likely to miss many opportunities.

You know your earnings will increase if you are well-informed; and you are willing to work if necessary to pay for your education. But you are a realist and will probably select a course of study that can easily be translated into increased security and even provide tenure in your occupation. You are not the most adaptable person, but you can adjust to learning new skills when necessary. You are responsible and trustworthy, but you are suspicious when people make demands, and you are curious about their motives.

Your fear of asserting yourself may allow people to try to take advantage of you. Learn to be more aggressive in promoting your ideas and programs; and don't be afraid to let others know that you won't allow them to use you. It isn't wrong to concentrate on accumulating material resources; but this should not take all your time.

Moon in 2nd House: Whereas the Sun in the 2nd enhances its sense of identity and power through money and possessions, the Moon in the 2nd is content with the emotional security these things bring. The Sun must find its own value system, but those with the Moon here might swallow whole the value system of the family of origin or those around them. The Sun projects prestige onto possessions; the Moon projects feelings onto what it owns. There can be a sentimental attachment to objects, especially those inherited from the family or linked with the memory of key people or situations in life. Often there is an interest in heirlooms and antiques - anything from the past.

Like the changing Moon in the heavens, financial circumstances might fluctuate. Money can be earned through professions related to the Moon such as those which serve public needs, careers in catering, pub or hotel work, child-care, housing and real estate, or even work at sea. This position suggests inner resources of adaptability, sensitivity and the ability to instinctively know what others want or need.

Moon in 2nd House Woman: Some women with this position are so afraid of sex that they hide behind ugly clothes, unbecoming hair styles, and off-putting facial expressions. Others revel in it and have no qualms about taking anyone who pleases them to bed, maintaining all the while a virginal façade and a total and lifelong silence on the subject, even to best friends (whose partners may number among their conquests). Then there are others who advertise their sexuality through tempting clothing and attitudes, whose only real pleasure is the material gain they receive from their lovers. Conversely, some may be the prey of such persons.

Moon in 2nd House Man: Men with Moon in the second house will be attracted to sexual partners by their sexuality, by their possessions, or by both. If the Moon is in a fixed sign, they will be too possessive of partners. Some men deal with the sexual pressures of this position by turning to prostitutes.

For men, the intense sexuality of this position can lead to homosexual episodes, though more often it leads to a fear of potential homosexual tendencies in themselves, or a paranoia towards homosexuals and a fear of possible homosexual advances from friends and acquaintances. With the Moon in Cancer, the sexuality may be so responsive and intense that it results in bisexuality or bisexual episodes.

See also: Moon in the 2nd House; Moon in the 2nd House;

Moon in the 2nd House: Warren Beatty, George Bush, Sr., Milton William Cooper, Princess Diana, Thomas Edison, Nicole Kidman, Maitreyi, Karl Marx, Paul Newman, Brad Pitt, Edouard de Rothschild, Elizabeth Taylor, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joanne Woodward, Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew, BenSt, Carolyn, Doug, Erin, Jane, Johanna, Ju, Raga, Ricardo, Sky, Sugeet

Moon in the 3rd House

The Moon in the third house gives a hunger for self-expression, and for community and an easy give-and-take relationship with others. Without afflictions, these people express themselves easily and early in life, choosing their words carefully with attention to the effect on their audience; and are natural and spontaneous in speaking to groups. Usually humorous and entertaining, they are not inclined to reveal themselves or their inner workings, but aim to communicate by means of stories, anecdotes, and jokes. If they are artists, their works will show this, plays and novels being a series of episodes. If teachers, they use anecdotes to get a point across.

They are usually pleasant companions, rarely putting pressure on others. They are very sympathetic and understanding of the human condition. Throughout their lives, they accumulate stories of people and keep account of the sum total of valor and suffering. They are quite objective about their own place in the scheme of things, and are usually modest and self-deprecating. If the Sun is in Cancer of Virgo, or either of these two signs is rising, there may be too much modesty. They will not think well enough of themselves, or will be afraid to push forward in life, continually asking that others evaluate them.

With the Moon in Capricorn, lack of understanding can damage rapport with others. There will be the desire to entertain, but not the understanding of how to do it. Stories will be off the mark. With bad Saturn or Pluto aspects, bitterness, self-pity, and jealousy may distort their evaluation of their relation to the world. Their anecdotes will reflect this, the point of every story being how he or she 'showed them'. There may be times when their balance and good humor prevail and other times when the humor is sour and self-pitying. If other factors in their charts show a drinking problem or mental / emotional troubles, this lunar placement will intensify it.

With the Moon in Scorpio, emotions may get in the way at times, leaving them silent in groups, wishing they could join in spontaneously but finding it difficult to begin.

Those with the Moon in the third house are very people-oriented. They believe in the old adage that 'the proper study of Man is Mankind'. They often become teachers, or reach part-time for the fun of it, because they communicate so easily.

Moon in 3rd House: Communication and thought patterns will be influenced by emotions; and attitudes, values and beliefs are derived from the bias. This can be displayed when making rational decisions, yet the decision has already been made by your dominant feelings, or within intellectual disagreements when rational thought dissolves into a passionate and emotional defense of a personal viewpoint.

One area of difficulty may lie in establishing consistency of thought or concentration, as the lunar fluctuating nature may result in changeability, and lack of persistence and application. Repetitive routine bores you; and regular changes of mental stimulation are needed to satisfy your curiosity for knowledge. Information is required, as you feel it helps to satisfy your security need, almost believing that the more you know about the world and people, the safer you can feel. Absorbing this knowledge will be a task that attracts you throughout life. This, associated with a retentive memory and imaginative abilities, may provide a source for opportunity and exploitation, especially if you continue to develop your talents for communication and literary abilities. You may have a tendency to fantasize and enter daydreaming states. This could be applied in a more concentrated, imaginative focus for creative expression.

Your environment and relationships will play an influential role in your life. While you may be capable of adapting to various types of environment and relationship, this is achieved mainly through a process of reflection and remolding your nature to accommodate changes. This can be through adopting the worldviews of those closest to you as your own and then reflecting them out again. The demarcation lines between yourself and intimates dissolve; and your thoughts and attitudes become indistinguishable from those of whoever is a major influence at that time. You may imaginatively project yourself 'into others', and instinctively sense whatever they are feeling or thinking. This derives from an emotional need to feel connected in life, both through discovering knowledge and through empathic relationship.

Your experience and perception of life is conditioned by the state of your feelings, emotions, and instincts at any given time. These deep emotional complexes are the source of your decision-making, even though you may try to disguise this by logic and justification. If your life is not satisfying and fulfilling, or decisions, aims and relationships are failing, be advised that self-exploration can bring clarity regarding the emotional biases which are secretly shaping your life.

Identifying the roots of your attitudes may enable wiser future decisions. Transforming any negative complexes would be extremely valuable, and is likely to release considerable blocked energy when healing has occurred. Holding onto negativity is foolish and will spoil your life; moving toward a more positive outlook will improve life. Learn how to observe and listen to yourself in communication and relationship; signs of inner needs will be there to be realized. Recognizing them is an essential step toward being able to consciously fulfill them, instead of failing to recognize your own messages to yourself.

Moon in 3rd House: Outreach: A 3rd house Moon indicates that you need motion and movement on a daily basis more strongly than other types. Curiosity is linked to emotional temperament; and since the Moon is strongly people-oriented, there is usually a desire to interact with others at the level of feelings rather than facts or figures. Interestingly, your maternal instincts are often directed at relative strangers as much as or more than at intimate family. It's almost as if the very sense of family becomes a function of the immediate environment. Thus, when people enter into your world, they are first approached with caution, but are soon welcomed with open arms. However, as they become less a source of curiosity and more three-dimensionally human, your interest may fade. So this placement embodies a blend of depth and superficiality. The challenge is to fulfill your needs for diverse stimulation while also providing interactive stability.

Concrete mind: You have a sense of cunning, a kind of 'feeling' basis for mentality, rather than the cold logic of sheer rationality itself. Needs are conditioned by the influx of information; and, conversely, perceptions are heavily influenced by emotional needs, which can be wonderful or terrible, depending on the situation. The pitfalls surround misinformation or misunderstanding through substitution of feelings for logic, while the challenge is to combine emotions and mentality into a mutually supportive and seamless whole.

Curiosity: There is a hunger to know, to understand; and you 'eat' information. Depending very much on your particular temperament, this can lead to profound temporary satisfaction, or it can produce an invisible 'mental indigestion', which will register in uncomfortable feelings. Curiosity waxes and wanes accordingly. When the need to know goes unsatisfied, your security dissolves; so, do everything you can to find out what interests you. However, deeper insecurity can produce a condition where nothing will satisfy your need to know, in which case you must look within for the knowledge. Distinguishing between these two conditions is a real challenge.

Basic education: Early education is conditioned very much by the maternal figures through whom the child forms imprints. The mother's bent shines through in the child's attitudes toward school and learning. There is real appetite for knowledge; and when this appetite goes unfulfilled, the relationship to the real world is gradually damaged, first through frustration, then through disinterest. The challenge is to learn something new every day, and this is no less authentic than any physical need such as hunger or sleep.

Communication: Speech and emotion flow together into a seamless whole, with each influencing the other. The voice is often pleasing in tone, soothing to the ear. Emotional defensiveness can be heard as well as felt. Both thinking and speaking reflect the emotion of the moment; the mind is often the servant of the temperament, directed according to the current status of your feelings. In addition, what is said feeds back to and influences the emotions. The only surprise here is that both speaker and listener are often fooled into believing that what's being offered is 'objective' data. If others want clear communication with you, be sure they understand your underlying emotional stage before they interpret what's being said.

Moon in 3rd House: Because of your natural curiosity, you accumulate considerable knowledge about many subjects. While your ability to retain information is notable, you sometimes have difficulty discriminating between fact and fiction. This is mainly because you allow your feelings to interfere with logic, which results in an emotional bias even in important matters. In your eagerness to communicate what you know, you often take liberties with the facts, especially when you want to impress people. At times you truly believe that events occurred as you have related them. Your gift of creative imagination only needs development to help you realize your goals and give you financial security for your later years. Pay more attention to your friends' suggestions for achieving your goals. You are on good terms with most or all of your friends, and you are happy to do favors for them, knowing that they will reciprocate.

Because you like people and have a talent for dealing with them, you might seek a career in communications. You indulge in much self-analysis, which has made you reasonably familiar with people's motivations. You could capitalize on this knowledge in a career that uses social contact as a tool for communication, such as writing or journalism. You easily show people that you are well-informed, and you stimulate them to enter freely into conversation with you. You should direct your attention to those who need your understanding and compassion.

Your fear of rejection and not being loved causes you to remain in an obscure position until you gain greater self-confidence. In this area, your imagination works against you. Pay more attention to others; they have their hang-ups and fears too. Then apply yourself to becoming proficient in your career to take advantage of every opportunity. Your most urgent priority is to get a formal education, so you can learn to use logic rather than emotion when you are faced with problems involving people. You must know as much as you can about human behavior in order to make accurate judgments. Don't take the chance that your feelings will give you the necessary information for making proper decisions.

You should not have any serious problem in winning approval from your superiors, because you are usually available for extra duty. You assume that it is your obligation to volunteer, because you feel you must do more than others to get the results you want. In spite of this, you become defensive when superiors show an interest in you, for you suspect them of insincerity. Personal involvement with people is part of your destiny; and it is the best investment you can make to win deserved appreciation for your efforts on behalf of others. You may experience some uncertainty and anxiety about the best way to satisfy your partner's desires.

Take advantage of your natural talents to gain the security you need to feel truly comfortable with your accomplishments. This might cause some discomfort and strained relations with your parents, if they disagree with your plans. The worst thing you can do is to yield to the pressure of family ties and deny yourself the privilege and opportunity to prove that you are capable of succeeding without interference from them. Your progress and success depend largely on establishing your independence and self-determination.

While the Sun in the 3rd bursts in on the scene and wants to create an impression on the immediate environment, the Moon in this house reflects and is shaped by the surroundings. As there is the ability to 'feel' what others are thinking, those with this placement may have some difficulty in distinguishing between their own thoughts and the ruminations of others around them. At times, they may believe that they are being objective and rational when in actual fact they are reacting on the basis of some emotional complex. Situations will be colored according to their moods and sensitivities. If they are in a positive frame of mind, then they will interpret everything positively. If they feel touchy and vulnerable, the same environment will be interpreted quite differently.

The mind is imaginative; and there is usually a retentive memory. The Sun in the 3rd house believes that knowledge is power; the Moon in the 3rd craves knowledge for the security it brings to truly know how something works. Since the Moon is associated with influences from the past, there may be a fascination for such subjects of study as archaeology, genealogy and history. This placement gives a certain adaptability to changing environments, but the mind may wander or fluctuate from one interest to another. The relationship to siblings - especially female relatives such as sisters, aunts or girl cousins - is worth examining for clues to the psychological make-up of those with this placement. Comfort and security is sought through a sibling or a relative, or they may have had to be 'mother' to others around them during the growing-up years. The actual mother may be related to more like an older sister than a parent.

The Gauquelins found that this placement confers some degree of writing talent. Unless the Moon were in an Air sign, the writing would be likely to display heartfelt emotion or describe personal memories and experiences. Public speakers with the Moon in the 3rd should be able to sway the feelings of the audience. Teachers with this placement can relate to the deeper feelings and needs of their students.

Moon in 3rd House Man: Men with this Moon placement will be attracted to witty, communicative partners: teachers, writers, librarians, or students. With the Moon in Aquarius, Gemini, Pisces, or Sagittarius, they may find their partners hard to hold. Women with the Moon in these signs will find it hard to stay faithful, at least in youth It generally indicates a talkative and/ or intelligent mother.

See also: Moon in the 3rd House;

Moon in the 3rd House: G.W. Bush, Tenzin Gyatso, Adolf Hitler, Carl Jung, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Mickey Mantle, Jack Nicholson, Barack Obama, Robert Plant, Elvis Presley, John D. Rockefeller, Susanna Arundhati Roy, Patti Smith, Suzanne Somers, Tiger Woods, AndyF, Ashira, Bobbie, Collon, Fergus, Geoff, George, JT, JudyPl, Miriam, Victoria, VinG, Yarrow

Moon in the 4th House

The Moon in the fourth house gives a great hunger for emotional security. People with this position will pour all their emotional energies into securing the steady, protective maternal kind of love that they must have in order to go out and achieve something. Love relationships are dangerous for them because they do not play around and can be wounded to the depths of their being by the apparent treachery of loved ones whose emotional needs are not as deep as their own. This attitude can be repressive to others. They are the children who required an official 'best friend'. If they feel secure in the love at home, they can rise to great heights of accomplishment as they have a deep instinct for people and business, and their need for security is a powerful driving force. If the Moon is in an Earth sign, physical security is also very important to them, and they will do whatever it takes to own land and have a substantial savings account.

There is a shyness with this Moon, a fear of the limelight. In a creative chart it will show one who plans or works behind the scenes; if they actually step onto the stage, it will be only under the utmost creative compulsion. They usually feel completely at ease only in the immediate family circle and among long-time friends. They are self-conscious in front of groups, and they are always cautious about revealing their true feelings about things. This insecurity gives them an instinctive identification with underdogs and all victims of injustice. The rights of individuals are important to them. Someone victimized by a machine-like social institution can cause them to stick their necks out where nothing else will.

They go through emotional cycles and have dark moods during which they brood over the betrayal of lovers, the ingratitude of family or friends, and man's inhumanity to man (or woman). In some cases, their standards of devotion are so high that they can turn aside from all long-term emotional commitments out of fear of being hurt. Also, if betrayed, their love can turn to hate, and they will bear grudges and be exceedingly vindictive towards former loved ones.

Men with this position usually want their wives to stay at home and keep house and not go out to work or have a separate circle of friends. It may mean that the mother was more important than the father, or played the father's role in some way.

Moon in 4th House: Your home and family life will be highly important, anchoring personality roots within the domestic environment so that you feel stable and secure. It will be your family experience that most dominates, rather than your physical environment.

To feel emotional security, well-being, and inner peace, you require a satisfying life, and you are prepared to devote considerable effort to building one; this is probably the most meaningful area in your life. Having a positive and loving home is your dream. If this is achieved, your worldview will be correspondingly positive and constructive. However, if your family life is having difficulties, your perspective similarly suffers and is tainted by emotional pain and concerns. Creating a safe family and home structure to act as a sanctuary from life's insecurities is a vital task for you, and you love to retreat into the protective embrace of the family.

Childhood experiences have been very formative influences; and your relationship with your parents has contributed to adult needs for nurturing and security. Aspects made to the natal Moon are significant, as they indicate the probabilities of harmony in your childhood home; challenging aspects may suggest environmental disruptions or a lack of harmony with a parent - perhaps a lack of emotional resonance with your mother. You may have preferred your father; or his influence may have proven more influential in your later development. In adult life, this may affect the type of intimate relationships that you prefer: a woman may look for a strong father-type figure; a man may look for a partner capable of performing a mothering role.

You may feel inwardly uneasy, spending time looking backward instead of forward, reliving the past as an experience of security and repetition. Ties to parents may still be important factors in your adult life, both in a physical sense and by influencing attitudes and needs. You are not always comfortable about your feelings; and those which fail to fit into your 'ideal life-style' may be denied and repressed. Sensitivity to people and the quality of your environment will influence your moods; so awareness may be needed to register your reactions to certain people or places.

If you are unable to create or experience your ideal home and family, you may feel lost in life, personally unanchored, and lacking a firm and stable foundation. You urgently feel a need to belong; and this can become an urge demanding action lest you feel insecure. During such periods, conditioning patterns derived from your childhood may be activated, manipulating choices and decisions. A positive step is to realize their nature, so that, when the situation has stabilized in the future, these needs can be taken into account, enabling appropriate self-nurturing to satisfy those emotions and feelings.

Moon in 4th House: Microcosm: In the 4th, the Moon reveals that your inner sanctum is truly emotional in nature. Security, self-protection, and privacy are key issues. The ebb and flow of daily emotional needs and their fulfillment is more important for you than for others. Maternal imprints form the walls here, both for better and for worse. The pitfall lies in overly defensive emotions, feeling too insecure to risk fulfillment with others; the challenge is to provide yourself and all your loved ones with a firm, enduring emotional groundwork.

Personal security: The nesting instinct is strong, deep, and permanent. Giving security to family and taking security from family cannot be distinguished from the safety of your loved ones. The pull of the past is persistent; and the imprints are both conservative and traditional. The pitfall lies in the risk of giving up too much of your life to achieve and maintain security that may be illusory, or, at best, temporary. The challenge is to learn that taking care of yourself begins within, since control of the environment is an ineffective way to make yourself feel safe. Instead, regulating personal emotions and understanding your early relationship to your mother aids fulfillment.

Emotional imprints: Early conditioning was a river of wet and warm emotions coursing through an otherwise forbidding landscape. Imprints were absorbed largely through feeling-empathy. You felt it necessary to become a nurturer yourself, for someone around you seemed to need protection, so you learned to take care of yourself by taking care of others. Early habits die hard; they cling long after they have outlived their usefulness. Nourishment and protection form the core of these imprints.

'Inner-link' parent" The mother is ultimately important with the Moon in the 4th. She is very likely to have been the most dominant influence in your life. It's almost as if there had been a direct transfer of instinct between mother and child, for you are polarized not only to your mother's perceived traits, but also to her role in the family. Although the Moon's house associations always have basic relevance in the life-structure, this one in particular is immensely potent in what it reveals about personality. We cannot predict the actual relationship with the mother; that depends on factors that go beyond simple planet / house connection, but what we can assert is that her role as a symbol in your psyche extends far beyond normal expectations.

Private intuition: Private intuition ebbs and flows on a daily basis, sometimes profoundly strong, other times conspicuous by its absence. Don't lose contact with the emotional self within, for your inner guides are guardians, the source of your protection from harm. Curiously for a placement indicating such strong self¬-absorption, there is often an inversion: you interpret what you intuitively receive not in terms of your own life, but rather as instructions surrounding protection or nourishment of others, especially those you love. This is because your sense of self does not end at the physical boundaries of the body; your psychological territory extends outward to embrace all those with whom you have emotional attachments. In a very real sense, you consider them part of you.

Moon in 4th House: Your early family conditioning caused you to develop strong personality ties. This is fine in itself, but it may deny you the opportunity to grow to maturity with enough self-confidence to become secure in your individual achievements. You tend to submit your plans to members of your family, hoping to win their approval and support. You must acknowledge the importance of becoming self-supporting and on your own as soon as possible. You will learn the value of your natural talents when you are forced to use them imaginatively to solve your daily problems. Once you stop feeling sorry for yourself, you will be able to extend yourself to people who are less fortunate or capable, and to learn how competent you are in dealing with such situations. Your natural compassion for those in need can be used best by getting an education so that you can make a worthwhile contribution to help others. When people need help, they naturally turn to someone like you.

Your emotional dependence on others makes you greatly preoccupied with financial security. You assume that if your material needs are satisfied, you will be more stable; but unless you truly believe that you can form personal relationships without family interference, that stability is only an illusion. Develop goals that are within your reach and work diligently toward them. You can achieve the long-lasting security you want if you plan realistically and work for it.

The first major crisis you must deal with is learning to live with yourself and, if possible, on your own, especially if you always ask for your parents' approval or if they insist that you should not do this or that. Once you decide that you will make your own way, it will be easier to choose your own career direction. You will never be indifferent to those you love, but it is essential to put past, present and future in proper perspective. A partner will give you the initiative to accomplish more than you might otherwise. Knowing that your partner appreciates you will provide sufficient reason to extend yourself in your career. If you accept competition as an opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities, your victories will be even sweeter.

Getting an education to reveal your talents is the best investment you will ever make. Your compassion for others means little unless you are trained to help them deal with their problems. When you can confidently help those who need your skills and understanding, you will also have the comfort of knowing that you can make your future as secure as you want it to be.

You have many intangible assets that you can draw on when you need to. Once you learn to convert them from ideas to definitive action, you should succeed in your chosen career. But be careful that you don't indulge in daydreams or wishful thinking. Put your anxieties on the shelf and stop delaying your progress by being apathetic and indolent. You should feel guilty only if you refuse to develop your creative potentials or if you underestimate your talents. This same negative attitude can make you assume that you aren't loved because you do not deserve it. It might be easier to wait for others to demonstrate their feelings before you make any commitment, thus reducing the possibility of romantic disappointment.

Moon in 4th House: Whereas the Sun in the 4th struggles to free itself from too great an identification with the family, the Moon in the 4th finds security and a sense of belonging within this structure. Refuge from life's battles is sought by withdrawing back into the home. Even when they have a family of their own, those with this placement may pack their bags and run back to the family of origin when difficulties arise. They need the home to be a kind of retreat and sanctuary, and therefore they are highly attuned to the undercurrents and changes of atmosphere in that environment. Nonetheless, they may not always make their own feelings obvious to others. Often they regress into their early childhood behavior patterns when the struggles of life become too much. I know one person with this placement who whenever he is upset has an intense craving for chocolate chip cookies because that is what his mother gave him to make him feel better as a child. It is as if there is a mechanism in the psyche which says 'All right, I've had enough growing up for now; I'm going backwards for a while'.

A child normally looks to its mother for security and containment; but with the Moon in the 4th it is possible that the father emanated a safer feeling than the mother. Some with this placement may still be searching for a father to make life secure for them. In the long run, the parent needs to be found on an archetypal level from within the self. Depending on the aspects to the Moon in this house, qualities of caring and nurturance might have been learned from the father rather than the mother.

Sometimes the 4th house Moon wanders restlessly in search of the home or even the country in which it feels the most safe or has the greatest sense of belonging. Sometimes it is the conditions within the home itself which fluctuate. Often there is an interest in family lineage, real estate or archaeology, and perhaps a strong desire to live by water. The conditions surrounding the end of life may be shown by the aspects to the Moon in this house.

See also: Moon in the 4th House;

Moon in the 4th House: Helena Blavatsky, Marlon Brando, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hughes, Elton John, Helen Keller, Maharaj Ji, Karl Renz, Sting, Donald Trump, Brian Wilson, Malcolm X, Arrow, DonW, Duane, Fisher, Jen, JRosh, Jude, Komala, Phylissa, RoyO, Shakura, Tammy, Tom, Travis

Moon in the 5th House

This is a very strong and positive position for the Moon, as it is often trine both the Ascendant and the Midheaven. It gives a strong sense of self and a competitive nature with a hunger for creative self-expression. These people have a great desire to accomplish something; to be better-looking, smarter, quicker to make money, or faster to turn out more work than anybody else. There is a great desire for victory against competition, yet not to the point of damaging competitors. They know instinctively that a strong competitor is the best means to their own improved performance.

Men with this position will be attracted to and try to win the prettiest girl, the one all the others want. A woman with this position wants to be that girl, and probably will be. She will want to be more than that, though, and will probably try to handle both a career and kids. These people have a great love of children. They make good teachers, particularly of small children.

They also love sports and games. They like sports where they can participate, as well as watch and take sides. They generally like to gamble, although they aren't inclined to become steady gamblers because they don't enjoy losing.

The Moon in the fifth house adds and aura of self-confidence that is very attractive to others. Romance will be very important; and there will be romantic episodes from early in life (though they may be quite brief if the Moon is square its dispositor). If the Moon is trine the ascendant or a rising planet, the personality is very powerful and attractive to others. There is a theatrical flair to it that is excellent for actors, politicians, salesmen, entertainers, and athletes. It gives the power to attract an audience, or a broad circle of admirers. It is also good for novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, directors, impresarios, and others of that sort, because it gives a theatrical imagination.

Men with this placement of the Moon will be attracted to younger lovers. Both sexes have a lifelong sense of romance, and will be on the lookout for romantic adventures or, rather, for adventures with romantic overtones, for the love of home and family usually prevents real philandering. They just want to be assured from time to time that they can get it if they want it. Once youth is past, they are generally too busy being creative in a thousand other ways to keep playing romantic games. In an Earth or Water sign, there is bound to be a 'green thumb' that can grow anything. Actually, there is likely to be at least one hobby at which they excel, and possibly several.

Moon in 5th House: will manifest through creativity, love affairs, children, and pleasure. Romances may play a pivotal role; emotional fluctuation is related to love affairs, arising from your innate changeability. This is especially likely if your Moon has challenging aspects, as these can diminish clarity of feelings and the recognition of deeper needs. There may be parental interference in your romances, perhaps not objectively, but through shaping attitudes, values, and beliefs absorbed during childhood, or through living in the psychic atmosphere of the parental marriage relationship.

These sometimes unrecognized needs will influence your adult relationships, possibly emerging as imaginative desires, or through idealizing a partner. Emotional dependency will probably be projected onto any lover; and becoming reliant may leave you vulnerable to later disappointment and suffering if the relationship fails, or if your partner proves to be less reliable and trustworthy than you believed.

The role of children is highlighted, and you will greatly enjoy their company. It is probably that your 'creativity' in this area will potentially be fecund; having a large family is likely, or at least a family structure that becomes highly demanding of time and attention. As a parent, you may tend to repeat parenting patterns absorbed from your own childhood experience.

Artistic creative talents are probably present, although it may require determination to exploit them; if undeveloped, they will remain latent and unrealized, which would be regrettable, especially as you would feel good when expressing creativity. It could be through this route that you become known publicly, if your creative endeavors and communicative abilities enter the public domain and attract attention.

You are self-confident, perhaps possessing a 'lucky streak'; and this can encourage impulsive speculative adventures in business, the stock-market, or gambling. Such activities can generate excitement, especially if progress and good fortune occur at first, although their unpredictability may later tax both your emotional stability and your financial security.

Moon in 5th House: Conscious persona: The 5th house is an area of active radiance and conscious behavior - life as a stage with the ego as star. The Moon is a psychological function of responsive caretaking and habit-oriented behaviors. How can you be the star in what is - by definition - a supporting role? How can you be conscious and unconscious at the same time? You often adopt a role coming from childhood imprints, especially those surrounding protection. The pitfall is overly self-centered nurturing - seeing others as needy when in reality it is you who has the need - the need to give, to feel necessary and important. The challenge is to make these emotions as conscious as possible, and to respond in a way that offers others what they truly require. Give boldly, but only when it is requested.

Romance, giving love: You're drawn to courtship like a moth to a flame. It is one of the basic necessities of life, like food and shelter. Love is more automatic than conscious, more a product of habit than an intentional pattern of action. Even desire is to some extent automatic. Characteristically, your romances are based on security ¬yours, your beloved's, or, more probably, both. If there's one pitfall to watch out for, it's the syndrome mentioned above: fostering neediness to create an artificial sense of dependency on your strong, capable shoulders. The challenge is to nourish your beloved, but to do so in a way that promotes healthy, independent adulthood.

Sexual performance: This is the placement of 'mother-as-lover' (or vice versa), and it carries with it all the complications implied in such a melding of roles. Sexual activity is seen as food to quell inner hungers. But since your sexuality is responsive in nature, you often have to manipulate your beloved to initiate the contact. The sexual tone is emotional, lodged more in feelings than physicality; and you are rarely happier than when sexuality is ongoing. You judge your performance by how 'full' your partner feels. Literal fertility is more emphasized here than in other placements. The challenge is to respond in appropriate sexual ways, without creating the pitfalls of codependency, and to fulfill your personal needs for security through warm and moist sexual expression.

Personal creativity: Creativity is second-nature to you. However, it does tend to be somewhat more synthetic than original, in that it emerges out of the stockpile of everything you've ever absorbed. This is not to suggest that there is anything invalid about what you create, but rather to emphasize that the act is aided by processes occurring beneath the level of your conscious awareness. If you have children, much of your creativity is likely to be directed toward their upbringing; and while this may be somewhat more emphasized if you are a woman and a mother, it is still a strong likelihood even if you are male.

Competition: You need to be competitive, and yet the whole notion of risk is antithetical to the Moon's basic function of security and self-protection. Paradoxically, you can only protect yourself by continuing to risk your ego. The Moon shows how a person stays fluid and well-fed, and here that method involves stepping beyond the ordinary boundaries of self, out into the world, onto fields of battle or play. However, your caretaking can both obscure and complicate the natural competitiveness of the placement. As a result, you often support others by challenging them, and this may or may not succeed.

Moon in 5th House: Your imagination is stimulated by learning about people who have succeeded by exploiting their talents. A romantic at heart, you daydream about having public attention for your achievements. There are many outlets for your creativity, but you must get formal training so you can meet the challenge of competition. You have many ideas for putting your imagination to use; and you only need someone who is already established to provide inspiration. Your sensitive romantic nature makes you especially vulnerable to the distractions of personal relationships. Your major problem is to establish your priorities and then plan your life accordingly. Once secure in your profession, you will be more free to indulge personal desires. Love is very important to you, because you feel secure only when you know you are loved. You must dedicate yourself to developing and using your creative gifts.

You have a flair for meeting and talking with people easily. You learn much from the people you contact every day, because you are very sensitive to external conditions. You easily accept the challenge of competition because you understand people's frailties and can establish your own position more firmly. You are romantically drawn to people who enjoy conversation and who are sympathetic with your objectives. You need to know you are loved, and you will do almost anything to show that you appreciate it. You want a partner who will support you in your efforts at self-expression, and you want to work toward goals that will be satisfying to both of you. You spend much time trying to find the proper medium for your creativity; and because you have considerable potential, you may have several choices.

You dream about the future, when you will reach your goals, gain financial security and be satisfied with your accomplishments. But before you can achieve that goal, you must learn to balance your finances to avoid a drain on your resources. Indulging in romantic affairs or gratifying your taste for pleasure will keep you from acquiring enough money for the training you need. You should make your creative talent available to others, but this demands self-discipline. You want the public to consider you worthy before you extend yourself, because rejection is very painful to you. But proper training will make rejection unlikely. Living up to public expectations will be your greatest stimulus, motivating you to achieve even more.

If you underestimate your creative potential, you do yourself a disservice. You must accept responsibility for developing your skills. Although obscurity may be painful, it is only temporary. Sacrifices are always necessary when you establish a goal. It doesn't mean you aren't talented; it just means you aren't ready to assume the position you want until you are properly trained. You have to make an investment of yourself so that you will be secure in the position you aspire to.

Take advantage of the assets that your parents provided, and use them for your own development. The worst thing you can do is to lose interest in achieving your goals because you are used to having others take care of your needs. You might justify your inactivity by saying you are obligated to your family. It is imperative that you develop your creative potential and apply your skills so that you can be completely independent.

Moon in 5th House: The Sun in the 5th stresses and strengthens its individuality through tackling hobbies, romance and creative pursuits; those with the Moon in this house, however, engage in such outlets in the search for comfort, security and relaxation. While 5th house Suns struggle to be creative, 5th house Moons feel most 'at home' when creating. Often artistic expression is innate and natural. An inborn sense of importance and specialness allows them to enjoy themselves - they don't have to prove anything. Of course, aspects to the Moon must be examined in this respect to see with what degree of difficulty or ease this principle is operating.

Unless the Moon is difficultly aspected by Saturn or the outer planets, there is normally a desire to produce children. We meet the mother in whatever house the Moon is in. In this case, patterns established with the mother during the growing-up years may be re-enacted through their own children. For instance, if they felt that mother didn't like them when they were small, they may then fear that their children won't like them or they may be afraid that they won't like their children. The Moon in any house evokes old memories and associations. Similarly, issues around the mother could be relived through romantic entanglements.

Very often, those with 5th house Moons have a great appeal to the public in general. Their way of presenting themselves is pleasing, engaging and usually non¬threatening to most people, as if there is something vaguely familiar about them.

See also: Moon the 5th House;

Moon in the 5th House: Sri Aurobindo, Johnny Depp, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Robert Hand, William Randolph Hearst, Ernest Hemingway, Alex Jones, Henry Kissinger, Donovan Leitch, John Malkovich, Al Pacino, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Mother Teresa, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Robin Williams, Robert Anton Wilson, BarryKl, Cesar, ChrisC, Dipesh, Jason, Lori, Merrill, ScottS, VinCar, Zoë

Moon in the 6th House

With the Moon here there is an immense hunger for significance, for worthwhile work and service. There is a great capacity for hard work; but unless other aspects show it, these people are not often self-starters. They usually need someone to work for, someone they respect. They have a strong desire for accomplishment, but by someone else's lights, at least in youth. Unless other chart factors indicate the contrary, they may lack the self-confidence to work on their own, setting their own standards. There is a great desire for an ideal boss, one who will set standards and limits, who appreciates hard work and rewards results. Unfortunately, this is an ideal that is not often found, which causes them a great deal of tension that can result in disorders of the stomach or the glands.

Often these people are not paid what they are worth. There is a selfless aspect here, a desire to work for the love of it, purely for the results and not the personal gain. Either that, or the effort of asking for raises in salary brings up issues of self-worth that they find painful to deal with. Therefore, they often wind up working for non¬profit organizations, volunteering in charity organizations, or even going into religious orders; sometimes because they believe in the work, and sometimes because this way they can avoid issues of self-worth (and possibly both).

These people are deeply concerned with their purpose in life, and will continually keep an account of their record, which creates a lot of internal tension. 'Did I do as much as I could have done? Would Thomas Merton (or Albert Schweitzer, or Mother Theresa) have done more?'

Often, in childhood, they felt they could get their mothers' love only by proof of accomplishment, hard work, and success. The attitude may persist, consciously or subconsciously, that love is the reward of hard work, not likely to come for free (and when it does come for free, it must not be the real thing). If the Moon is under pressure of bad aspects, this constant striving can cause a health breakdown at some point, resulting in a total inability to work, generally because of a desperate need for approval.

As they get older, these stresses can lead to one of two things. On one hand, they may finally realize that no boss will ever fulfill the ideal they have been seeking, and that if they are to function as effectively as they wish they must figure out some way to be their own boss and serve humanity in their own way, a process that may involve a good deal of emotional suffering and painful self-understanding. On the other hand, if they continue to work for someone else, they will probably stop looking for perfection sooner or later, and come finally to view their co-workers like family, forgiving them their faults and working to bring about a happy family atmosphere at work, socializing outside work with colleagues, and organizing office birthday parties and company picnics.

If the Moon is close to the seventh house cusp, or if it is trine the ascendant, these people will be more aware of public needs and will be more likely to rise to a position of importance.

Moon in 6th House: Lunar activity will influence health and employment; and you may observe that any unfulfilled feelings and emotional needs eventually have a detrimental effect. Diminishing physical vitality and psychosomatic responses may occur through unresolved emotional stress; and your health quality will fluctuate depending on the nature of your emotions.

When your outlook is positive, health will be good; when you are more negative, then diminished vitality will occur. If you persist in maintaining a dissatisfied mind, then hypochondriacal worries and uncomfortable physical symptoms will increase. Obsessions with health, diet, and appearance may develop if this goes unchecked. If this occurs, you will move away from a natural body balance, having failed to listen to inner messages which suggest ways to maintain a healthy, free-flowing energy connection between the levels of your whole being.

It is within your emotions that a short circuit is actually occurring; and you may need remedial action to transform accumulated moods and emotional anxieties. If depressions become regular, you may need self-therapy and personal exploration to become objective about the roots of such feelings and discover how you can release or resolve stress blockages. Altering diet and becoming conscious of the interrelationship of body-emotion-mind is important for your well-being.

Work will be affect by your emotional state, and will often prove an unsatisfactory experience unless you are fortunate in entering employment that can fulfill your need for emotional involvement. Pursuing a career alone will not fulfill unless it also satisfies your emotional needs. A Moon placed in a mutable sign may indicate employment changes; a fixed Moon may indicate being stuck in a position, which could be equally unsatisfactory, although you can favor continuity and repetitive life¬style / work patterns in daily life. You find security in the familiar and predictable, and you prefer to take well-known paths through life. Meeting strangers and having new experiences arouses feelings of unease and fear, as you cannot rely on repetitive responses to deal with these situations.

Service or vocational activities may fulfill certain inner needs related to nurturing others. If this path were to become your employment, you might find it fulfilling and personally beneficial; any tendency to self-obsessiveness with your emotions and health would be re-diverted into caring for others. You are likely to possess good practical abilities related to the health and healing of others. You enjoy feeling wanted by others and being of some use. Satisfaction is received from feeling connected when working directly with others who are in need. Taking this direction may be the road to greater meaning, purpose, and integration in your life.

Moon in 6th House: Disease and healing: Disease is often linked with feelings, habits, and needs. The gastrointestinal system is especially vulnerable, so diet has primary relevance. The most significant disorders revolve around chronic problems resulting from long-standing habits. Any neuroses surround security and issues involving the family, the origins of which may possibly be traced to a difficult childhood relationship with your mother. You didn't feel safe to express needs with her, and as a result have grown up mistrusting others, while remaining needy inside. The pitfall lies in rejection of your 'inner child', which creates hidden hysteria and secret compulsions. The challenge is to learn appropriate fulfillment of your needs. Healing involves the simplicity of taking good care of yourself.

Unequal relationships: All unequal relationships reflect the basic mother / child scenario. When you perceive yourself in an inferior posture, you amplify what you felt as a small child. If you were frightened, you could be terrified. If you were resistant, you could be defiant. If you were angry, you could be enraged. When in the superior position, you tend to parody your mother. If she was supportive, you'll tend toward caretaking. If she was overly protective, you may be smothering. If she had difficulty providing emotional support, you might refuse to give any, abandoning those around you when they're needy. The pitfall is remaining stuck in these memories forever, while the challenge is to grow through them. Become a mature adult by learning to recognize your inner child; and then invite that child to come home to you.

Duty and service: Helping is compulsive, something you don't actually choose, but simply do because it feels so natural. you seek out individuals who seem insecure or uncomfortable, and in supporting them feel more secure and comfortable inside yourself. The pitfall rests with your tendency to 'help' others whether or not they wish it, like the boy scout so eager to get his merit badge that he pulls the old lady across the street even though she doesn't want to go. The challenge is to perfect yourself by serving the real needs of others through the emotional support you provide.

Technical mind: Thinking is akin to eating a full meal. You have a personal need to dissect the world around you, to reassemble it, to pay full attention to details. You want to understand how everything works, but only insofar as it has personal relevance to your own emotional life. The pitfall is being drawn off-course by feelings that resonate through and around you, like a scientist studying trees in autumn only to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the multicolored leaves. The challenge is to blend insight and warm feeling. Thinking would be moist rather than dry.

Discipline and routines: Your entire system is sensitive to regularity. Once you form habits in your daily routine, they become part of the hierarchy of needs, and any disruption in the pattern has immediate emotional effects. Any time you need good feelings, it's helpful to immerse yourself in the measured pace of real work, the rhythm of a task with a definite goal. The pitfall involves imprisonment into random or self-defeating habits, while the challenge is to provide yourself with a steady flow of positive, productive routines.

Moon in 6th House: You are generous and warmhearted toward people in general, but especially toward those you love. Because you feel insecure about your ability to be self-sustaining, you try to compensate by accumulating material comforts. For the same reason, you want to be financially independent. You are usually involved with people who are glad to give you opportunities to show how much you care for them. But sometimes you resent it when they expect too much from you, for you know they are imposing on you. You are attracted to people who seem stable and whose actions indicate that they have the high human values that you admire. You may neglect to get an education on the assumption that you can learn everything you need through experience. This may be true, but it will make the road to success in your career more hazardous and time-consuming.

You take pride in serving the needs of those around you; and your early conditioning gave you the belief that efforts on behalf of others are never wasted. You have some difficulty in serving your own needs, however, because you lack self-confidence. Because of your low self-esteem, you relegate yourself to obscure positions or those that bring limited recognition for your accomplishments.

In view of this situation, wouldn't it be a good idea to seek work in an institution or with some social program? Your sincere concern for people in trouble or in a precarious social predicament would be an excellent basis for making a worthwhile contribution to improve their circumstances. You don't usually seek the limelight of public recognition, but you accept it humbly if it comes, knowing that you did what anyone else would have done in the situation. If you implement your many good ideas, you should be able to earn a comfortable income. You can succeed as well as others, but you won't, unless you are convinced of your abilities.

You owe it to yourself to improve your self-image. You make more concessions to others than necessary because you feel obliged to serve them as they indicate you should. Remember that you also have obligations to yourself, and you will need security later on when you are no longer gainfully employed. Don't allow friends to distract you from this goal, because you will come to resent them for it. Another consideration is your health, which varies according to your moods. You feel fine when your spirits are high, but when you are depressed you may have all kinds of irritating ailments, such as digestive problems or nervous-tension headaches.

There are many worthy uses for your creative imagination if you recognize that you must develop your potentials. You have no difficulty using your skills to benefit your children, so why not boost your spirits by using your talents when your own career interests are at stake? You usually compensate for it when your mate slips into lethargy, but you must make it clear that each of you has to share the burdens in your relationship. Unless you let your partner become self-reliant, the marriage will suffer from lack of mutual respect. Indulge your mate because you want to, not because you've become a doormat and it's expected of you.

Moon in 6th House: Those with this placement find security and comfort attending to daily routine and administering to the needs of the body. Daily rituals like making the coffee, taking tea at four, and the bath last thing at night give them a feeling of continuity and well¬being.

Physical health and their ability to function and cope with everyday contingencies will vary according to moods. Aspects to the Moon in this house reveal how successfully a person can contain the kinds of anxieties that crop up from day to day. A trine from Saturn could indicate, for instance, that the physical vessel is a hardy container, remaining steadfast in situations to which others might overreact. A square to Mars, though, suggests that the person 'acts out' every little anxiety - the body just cannot contain or support the stress that quietly. There may be a connection between how the mother coped with daily tensions and the way in which this person does the same. Those kinds of illnesses which can be inherited or which 'run in the family' should be noted, and preventative measures are worth taking. They should be careful about diet - eating problems or overindulgence in alcohol could arise at the onset of emotional difficulties. The body has an instinctual wisdom of its own which they can learn to respect and recognize without too much effort. If they take the time to notice what their bodies register when they walk into a room or meet someone for the first time, they will realize just how much can be intuited through bodily sensations.

There is a need to feel emotionally engaged in work. Usually a job which involves interaction with other people is better than working in too isolated a situation. Sometimes they find themselves entangled in the personal life of co-workers or servants. Those with the Moon in the 6th are adept at fulfilling the practical and emotional needs of others, and are well suited to any employment in which they can play 'Mother'. Unresolved mother issues may be projected onto the dog or cat. More seriously, a pet to love and care for and who is there when they come home could contribute to both psychological and physical health.

See also: Moon in the 6th House; Moon in the 6th House;

Moon in the 6th House: Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, Alan Arkin, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Wilt Chamberlain, Albert Einstein, Sally Field, Judy Garland, Hugh Hefner, Bill Hicks, Paul McCartney, Nisargadatta, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ayn Rand, Robert Redford, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nikola Tesla, Vincent van Gogh, Jesse Ventura, Beth, Clark, Joy, Marybeth, Michael, Mikael, Molly, Olof, Prabhukar, River, Sarik, Suzanne, Tara, Zeno

Moon in the 7th House

Here the Moon gives a hunger for response. The life may seem to be fated, or strongly marked by destiny. People with the Moon here, opposite the Ascendant and square the Midheaven, often seem to struggle all their lives against a tide of circumstance that forces them into the same kind of situation over and over. This is wearying, but develops emotional strength. Others do not struggle against the tide of destiny, but learn to flow with it. They may avoid much suffering in this way, but also may not develop as much emotionally and spiritually.

People with this Moon are very aware of and sensitive to public opinion. They often wish they could change themselves and be more what others seem to want them to be. Sometimes it works the other way, and they become very defensive of their individuality. They have a strong feeling for the needs and desires of the public and, given other factors, can achieve success as a public figure or a performer. Even if they do no rise to a level where they can address the public and manipulate them, they may have a sense of public destiny, an inner call to serve the public in some way. Usually they develop a strong personal style in response to the sensation of being the focus of public attention. Where other chart factors show a public career, this position gives a big push towards success. These people feel married to the public, and often have a hard time with personal relationships as their true partner is their audience or constituency.

With the Moon in Capricorn, there may be a Peter Pan complex - a rejection of the ugliness and phoniness of adult behavior, a clinging to the purity and values of childhood. These people often become teachers or counselors of children, or work with them or for them in some way. It takes them much longer to grow up than others, and they shouldn't marry young. Sometimes they never marry.

A seventh-house Moon gives a special emphasis to the relationship with the mother. In some cases, she is gone early in life (dies or deserts), so that they spend the rest of their lives seeking a substitute. Or she may acquire too much control over their lives, in some cases becoming their only true partner. Other factors will tell which variation is more likely (absence of death of the father, for example).

These people are not usually successful in attempts to choose a mate; usually they are chosen by others. There can be many strange and fateful circumstances surrounding their mating. If they feel they are being forced to marry against their will or have doubts about the marriage, they should certainly wait until they feel more positive because it is probable that marriage won't be good for them under the circumstances.

In a woman's chart, this lunar placement may be a partial testimony to homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual episodes, because the powerful need for feminine love and affection causes them to keep seeking it until they find it. Mothers of children with a seventh-house Moon should be aware of the difficulties that can follow a lack of physical affection in childhood, particularly the first four years. At the same time, they must be careful not to cling to this child as he / she grows older, but give him / her the freedom he / she needs to learn through trial and error to make the right choice of his / her own companions.

Moon in 7th House: The nature and quality of your relationships, marriage, and partnerships are important and emphasized; and your experience of these will be influenced by feelings and needs.

Feelings of security and well-being are sought from a partner; and you may believe that security comes from togetherness and companionship. This encourages your search for a fulfilling intimate relationship. There is a danger that these needs will dominate other valid concerns, such as real compatibility, or tend to unbalance a relationship through either dependency or domination. Wanting to 'belong' to someone is not a suitable attitude for an evolving relationship. Nobody is a possession; and this may make you vulnerable to abuse and exploitation by a less solicitous partner.

You need to look clearly at your deeper needs. Just what do you want in a partner? Do you even recognize what your needs actually are? What is essential for you to receive from another in order for you to feel nurtured? What can you offer to a partner; and is that what he or she needs?

Are you looking for a surrogate mother or father figure, capable of protecting your hidden child-nature and making all the important choices for you? Do you adjust your will, emotions, feelings, and desires in order to accommodate those of a partner? Is your identity dependent on a partner, or can you stand alone? Is your focus on satisfying your partner, even at the expense of your own needs?

You will be highly sensitive to others and, if unprotected, this could diminish your emotional stability. As you are liable to experience emotional fluctuation anyway ¬through moodiness, inconsistent feelings, and restless impulses - additional external influences can only exacerbate this tendency. Yet you will continue to look for emotional sustenance through relationships, as you believe a search is necessary to discover a suitable partner. Resolving your dependency need and learning to respect your needs as equally important in a balanced relationship may prove to be a key for future success.

Moon in 7th House: Mirrored awareness: In the 7th house, the Moon reveals that relationships are the vehicle to awareness of your needs. They are not an end in themselves, but the means. If you succumb to the pitfall of believing that others are the actual source of your fulfillment, then you remain a child, seeking out only partners who reflect the real or idealized qualities of your mother. Your challenge is to let the awareness that comes through relatedness awaken sensitivity to your needs, so you can then fulfill them for yourself. Whenever you lose touch, move back into relatedness for more stimulation. Alone and together ebb and flow. Discover what you need with us, through us, then take care of yourself.

Equal partnerships: Unlike the Sun's meaning in the 7th, where simple existence of a relationship is often enough to fuel the self, the Moon's significance is radically different. Mere existence is not enough; here there must be regular and frequent contact with the partner, a kind of 'checking in' to reestablish the feeling of secure togetherness. The pitfall involves creating dependencies in partnership. Too much regularity or predictability may seem wonderful, but it is also a very addictive 'emotional drug'. The challenge is to create working partnerships that are both stable in structure and flowing in content. Self-protection is always a double-edged sword; keep your sword with you, but be awake - don't cut yourself with it.

Contracts, commitments: Your commitments are not mental experiences, but reasonable, well-thought-out decisions. This is not to say that you misunderstand commitment or enter into relationships out of faulty motives. rather, it indicates that the natural reasons for commitment are emotional, based on deep feeling. Commitments change over time as your needs for security, certainty, and support grow toward maturity. If your needs are not being met, then by all means change your commitments by altering their level or their form; but remember also that a promise is not something to be taken lightly.

Co-operation: What passes for co-operation is often compliance or caretaking. You are so hungry for shared experience that you sometimes are willing to give in. This is compliance, and in the extreme leads to a collapse of sharing as you gradually retreat into a defensive shell. Taking care of your partner - or vice versa - can be natural and loving, but it can also be habitual and deeply unconscious. True co-operation is the experience of willingly mutual support based on good-faith negotiations, with each person taking care of him or herself. The fact that a healthy relationship helps fulfill your most basic emotional wishes and makes you feel good is reason enough to learn to co-operate well.

Natural partner or partnership: Your natural partner is a very emotional person, perhaps even moody. He or she gladly responds to your true needs, and expects you to do the same, but does not prey upon you by fostering dependency in either direction. Your mate willingly shows you his or her innermost softness, even if it is shown to no-one else.

A natural partnership has an emotional immediacy, a here-and-now presence. The relationship reveals something universal about emotion. Though you must guard against the tendency to become overly dependent upon the partnership for safety and support, the relationship teaches you a great deal about the validity of those needs, and the importance of creating a vehicle for their fulfillment. The image is a clear stream, surrounded by woods of lush, dense foliage.

Moon in 7th House: You have a deep need for meaningful contacts with people at the personal level. You often make concessions to allow these relationships to develop, and you maintain a low profile to avoid being rejected. You sometimes feel that people are not interested in you, which isn't true, of course, but it would be hard to convince you otherwise. Your initial discomfort about being with others in a social environment will change as you learn to express yourself more freely. Being a good listener will give way to actively participating in conversation, which will show that you have many creative ideas to share. You might suffer some disappointment in marriage if you imagine that it will provide the key to all of your dreams and expectations. Certainly this is possible, if you and your mate have a sincere desire to understand each other and can make allowances for each other's imperfections.

You will face life and its abrasions more easily if you have a formal education. Because you are so sensitive to the highs and lows of your daily affairs, you must learn to be more objective about life. Finding a suitable career may be a problem, but you should consider an occupation that brings you into close contact with the public. Your compassion for people's problems and your willingness to offer assistance qualifies you for this type of work. You like people, and you don't hesitate to tell them so when they win your approval. You hope they feel the same way about you, because you are so anxious to have people like you.

Your greatest liability is that you are too closely tied to your family, so it is difficult for you to meet people objectively in social situations. In your desire for personal contacts, you might marry early to escape the painful prospect of remaining in your parents' limited environment. A strong mothering urge is always at work in the background of your consciousness, so that you want to take care of others; but that is not the most desirable motive for marriage. You must gradually detach yourself from the home you grew up in and take your place in society, where you will have greater freedom to choose your destiny without being challenged. You might use your understanding and desire for personal contact in a career that allows you to help people solve their problems.

While it is admirable to help those who deserve it, you must always be on guard against people who would abuse the privilege and use you as a doormat. Don't get too deeply involved in the affairs of those you serve. The burden might be more painful than you could endure and even affect your health. If you must make sacrifices, do so for the person you share your life with as an investment in a more secure future.

You are very talented and can do many things that others can't do. This certainly wins the attention of possible suitors, who know you will do your share to make a partnership work. If your mate appreciates everything you do and the effort you put into the relationship, you can truly be on a 'high'. You need someone who just cannot do without you, so that you feel important and necessary.

Moon in 7th House: Those with the Moon in the 7th may be over-sensitive or over-adaptive to the needs of the partner, deriving their identity too much from what the other person wants them to be.

Conversely, they may be looking for a mother in a mate. Early emotional patterning around the partner might be projected onto the partner, clouding an objective perception of the here-and-now reality. A host of problems arises if a partner (male or female) is confused with the mother in this way - not to mention the fact that even the thought of sex with the mother is taboo. Marriage may be sought for the security it offers and the promise of a cozy home and family which provide the person with a sense of belonging. The Moon is not that concerned about being a separate individual. Getting married is what most people do - so why shouldn't they follow suit? Hard aspects to the Moon from Saturn or the outer planets may render the fulfillment of these basic desires most difficult: while the Moon in the 7th is definitely inclined towards relationship, other parts of the self may not be so co-operative.

The partnership itself may need the kind of nurturing and caring that a small baby would be given. The fluctuating nature of the Moon could manifest in a number of ways. Those with this placement might experience many moods and changes of feelings in connection to the relationship. In some cases, the Moon in the 7th describes a restless, unstable or emotionally idiosyncratic partner. As with any planet in the 7th, the person is advised to reflect on why he or she has attracted those particular qualities in another person. What is the other person 'living out' for him or her?

See also: Moon in the 7th House;

Moon in the 7th House: Ammachi, Shirley Temple Black, Dick Cheney, Cher, Deepak Chopra, James Dean, Queen Elizabeth II, Farmer, Jane Fonda, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Carl Lewis, Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Albert Schweitzer, Stevie Wonder, ChrisTr, Ellen, JerryGr, Joze, Jyothi, Keith, Leigh, Marie, Mick, Patrice

Moon in the 8th House

This position gives and innate openness and attunement to hidden forces operating personally or collectively, which might express itself as the ability to sense evolving social currents, especially subtle economic or business trends. However, those with the Moon here could, at times, be confused or ‘taken over’ by powerful unconscious complexes which grip and overwhelm them. As children, they would have been extremely sensitive to undercurrents in the home environment, especially the mother’s deeper feelings, moods and frustrations, which they may still be ‘carrying around’ inside them. Present relationships will reawaken earlier emotional patterns and there is the need to delve into the past to uncover the roots of these problems.

Early experience with sex or death may have strongly affected the character. Sex or intimacy could be sought primarily for emotional security or as a way of getting the struggles of the world. This placement is usually very responsive to the sexual or emotional needs of the partner wand will probably not find it difficult to adapt to these. Very often, there is a natural capacity to help others discover a greater sense of their value and worth.. They may literally ‘care for’ other people’s money, or nurture others through times of trauma and transition. If the Moon is difficulty aspected, divorces, endings or separations may be messy and fraught with more than the usual degree of anxiety, although hitherto untapped resources and strengths could be discovered through such breakdowns and crises. On a more mundane level, there is the possibility of inheritance of land or property, most likely through the mother or the partner.

Moon in the 8th House: With Moon in the eighth house, the mother is associated with tragic loss or suffering. The native may have also seen the mother as dependent or emotionally manipulative. Emotional sensitivity is increased, and particularly with a water or perhaps earth Moon, or an association to Neptune, there may be psychic abilities. The native is likely to feel an intense need for intimate union with another, and be emotionally demanding in relationships. As a result of repeating patterns from childhood, there can be much suffering in relationships and financial matters before the native learns to control their impulses and avoid negative attitudes.

See also: Moon in the 8th House;

Moon in the 8th House: Ursula Andress, Jim Carrey, Johnny Cash, Bill Clinton, Bette Davis, Sigmund Freud, Dustin Hoffman, Osho, George Patton, O.J. Simpson, James Taylor, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., AndySc, BPoe, Cheri, Dewitt, Dunja, Eva, Kay, Marcy, Mark, Nirvesh, Pankaj, Robert, Seligma, Shiloh, TomW

Moon in the 9th House

These people love truth and adventure, and can never get enough of each other. To them, home is where the hat is, or the heart, and is not connected to land or buildings (unless the Moon is in an Earth sign). They are never content to sit by the fire - at least, not for long.

These people are usually good storytellers and appreciate good stories. They want to hear about life from the horse's mouth almost as much as they want to experience it themselves and tell others about it. They are attracted to various systems of thought, and will try one after another, seeking the truth within each as they seek the essence of life in adventures. They are somewhat inclined to lose sight of goals and get carried away by passing enthusiasms unless there are balancing features in the chart. Their search for the meaning of life can lead them into almost any field. They may be drawn to the ministry, but be put off by its restrictions on their freedom.

With the Moon in a Water sign, they will have deep insights into natural laws. In Capricorn, they may be attracted to a public career. In Air, they will be able to see into human nature. In Fire, they may work to become a virtuoso of some sort.

In any sign, they will have insights into life often enough so that seeking and nourishing their insights will be part of their lives. Trips will be important to them. Many of the important events of their lives will occur on or because of a trip to a faraway place, or because of a visit from someone from far away.

This Moon position often gives a wise, religious, or refined mother, one who stimulates their interest in knowledge, learning, and the truth; although, if there are bad aspects, the mother may also bring grief, have mental or emotional problems, or have a life situations that will isolate them from her in some way. Thus enters the element of search, especially in a man's chart.

These people like to teach, but often lack the patience for it.

Moon in 9th House: You may need a new mental paradigm, a worldview or personal philosophy through which the world can be perceived, experienced, interpreted, and understood. This is an internal structure that can help to increase feelings of security and stability. You may have absorbed influential belief structures during childhood - perhaps from religious, political, social, or parental sources - which have conditioned your adult opinions and viewpoints.

You will have deep emotional connections to this conditioning; and any attacks made on it by others will often be met by an immediate emotional defense, as your convictions are rooted in feelings rather than derived from intellectual analysis. In a religious sense, they may be associated with 'faith'. This emotional identification with your beliefs prohibits real rational discussion, and may restrict your ability to progress into deeper understanding due to mental barriers. A narrow-mined and dogmatic attitude may emerge at times, especially if your Moon has challenging aspects.

However, you do recognize the importance of clear values for both individual and family life and, as this is the house of the higher mind, you could move beyond earlier limitations into a higher expression of these tendencies. This involves applying imagination and intuitive inspiration to exploring new horizons. You may stretch beyond the parameters of traditional beliefs into unique personal experiences, perhaps through meditative contemplation and a spiritual quest in search of meaning and life purpose. As you approach life through feelings, you may discover that you can utilize this sensitivity on less rational levels, through working with symbols and images which evoke your imagination and feelings. Often, your type of sensitivity can be more effective than a rational intellectual one, enabling you to feel inner presences and subtler energy vibrations. Prophecy may be a latent talent.

If you evolve a personal mental paradigm, your life will change accordingly. Travel may become prominent, and the concept of 'journeys' may be emphasized, although whether this is in outer or inner worlds remains to be seen. Much depends on how you develop your spiritual path.

However, you should guard against using an inner path as an escape from real life. The real spiritual path is never an escape route; it includes and embraces every aspect of human existence, and is never exclusive in nature. It may be that, eventually, your insights and understanding can benefit others; and you may serve to indicate paths for others to follow, lighting the way like the Hermit in the tarot cards. But all this may depend on moving beyond childhood conditioning and transcending any inner and outer barriers which initially resist your progress.

Moon in 9th House: Conceptual frameworks: In the 9th, the Moon reveals that you nurture yourself mentally. The higher mind is emotionally satisfying; and you need to move into those airy realms of pure thought in order to feel safe and certain, every single day of your life. Your interest in thinking is automatic and habitual, although your thoughts are not. You also nurture others by providing the same mental food for them, offering the comfort of wisdom. This is one of your strongest traits, though it can also be a pitfall. People don't always appreciate mental generalizations when they're needy, no matter how true or optimistic the message may be. Your challenge is to learn about the protection of maternal images, including the Earth herself. Feed yourself from her wisdom.

Cultural perspective: Security comes from making the unknown known. You need to travel to fulfill an inner longing, to scratch and emotional itch. You may explore vicariously, by education rather than by direct experience. But even so, you still feel pressure to literally see what's over the next hill, to protect yourself by enlarging the vistas of your experience. What you most enjoy are sentimental memories of your travels, like creating a living museum. The challenge is to bring everything back home, to make the world familiar.

Higher education: Your education is stimulated by the movement of temperamental emotional tides. You phase in and out of higher education, putting it aside whenever your emotional life is stable, picking it up whenever there is an emotional crisis. Each period of your life brings new emotional challenges, causing you to look more deeply into systems you already understand and use, but also to reach out for new ways of seeing clearly. Of the two approaches, you are more comfortable with expanding previous knowledge; but keep in mind that there are times in life when we must make a significant shift into new understanding. Remember that however insecure it may feel to embark on an alien path, this is sometimes the most productive course.

The search for truth: Where truth is concerned, the world will provide you with the questions. You provide the answers. This is not as immense a task as it seems, for there is no requirement to have easy or simple answers; nor are you expected to know every answer. It is perfectly all right to admit that you don't know. What is critical, however, is that you be willing to let the truth come through you, even if you can't see its source. Your truth changes from moment to moment, from setting to setting; so flow with the changes to stay in the middle of the current. Don't rationally figure out what's true - feel it. Avoid the pitfall of telling others what they want to hear. It's more nurturing to respond authentically. Emotional integrity is the challenge, both in understanding and in communication. Enhance your own creativity by blending objective honesty with emotional sensitivity. Truth is security.

Ideal society: You believe society would be a better place if it were safer for all of us to open our emotions, to express our needs more honestly. There would be no hunger, neither physical nor emotional. Pure mentality would be relegated to a back seat, used only as a tool for better communication of feeling. You idealize a more secure culture where family values are sacred, but not limited to mere biological relatedness. You want the world to become one huge family, where the predominant concern is for children, either literal young ones, or the child within each of us. As Ruler of the World, you would be warmly maternal, firm in discipline, but willing to take us back into the fold.

Moon in 9th House: In your desire to make the most of your potentials, you utilize every opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills. You know that success depends on having the proper training when a job opening is available. Your intellectual interests are unlimited, so you can adapt to many kinds of opportunities and handle them adequately. Because you absorb new information readily, your development on the job usually proceeds well. To enhance your career position, you will probably consider taking extra educational courses. Mainly you are attracted to persons who, like you, are not content merely with a basic education, and who show much promise in their continuing development. Working with children would be especially meaningful, for you can impart the enthusiasm that children and young people need to exploit their potentials. You generally give people the benefit of the doubt and allow them to demonstrate that they can succeed.

A good listened, you get along well with people if they have something substantial to say. You are easily annoyed with trivia, for you consider it a waste of time. You make a generous contribution to every conversation, because you are so well-informed on many subjects. Your keen imagination is blended with creative inspiration; and you constantly think up new goals and objectives for yourself. You are drawn to friends who have similar interests and who are equally enthusiastic in pursuing their aspirations.

Solving your own day-by-day problems and helping others with theirs will add much meaning to your life. You always want to be an active participant; and you abhor people who lack the backbone to get involved in the important issues of their environment. Your career should bring you into close contact with the public. Never assume that you know everything there is to know about people, because dealing with the public effectively requires you to be at least one step ahead of their demands. Purely physical work is not for you because it would not allow you to extend yourself to the fullest of your potentials.

You will be much happier if you learn to be self-sufficient. It may be quite difficult for you to achieve independence from your family, for they may try to make you defer your own needs and fulfill your obligations to them. but you must establish that your own destiny requires you to be more detached. Getting an education may require some personal sacrifice, but the results are certainly worth it. A career in education, travel, politics or financial management would be especially well-suited to your temperament.

Maintaining a high standard of ethics in your job and in your dealings with the public is very important. Otherwise you risk severe chastisement, which could undermine your career. Your superiors may ask you to take liberties with what is legally acceptable in your career, but you must refuse. You don't need that kind of harassment, and you can surely succeed without it. With your resources, you can always offer your professional services to people who need them. Your career could be in family counseling as well as in counseling groups or individuals about their financial affairs.

Moon in 9th House: The Moon in the 9th often exhibits an uncanny ability to foretell the outcome towards which events are leading. There is a natural receptivity to the realm of philosophy and religion, and an intuitive grasp of concepts and symbols. The feelings give access to what the mind cannot rationally comprehend. Although those with this placement may rely on a faith which has been inherited via the family or culture, they have an ability to adapt the philosophy to changing influences and conditions.

Ninth house Moons may reside in a foreign country for periods in the life. Travel is connected to the emotional life - some people yearn for their spiritual home, or feel a special link to a particular culture other than their own. Travel, adventure, fanciful dreaming or philosophical pursuits could be used as a means of escaping from stressful situations of the struggles of everyday life. They may feel most 'at home' when contemplating the meaning of life, praying in church, or when they are about to board an airplane or embark on a new venture or enterprise.

Their way of caring for others may be through sharing philosophical or spiritual insights, or inspiring potential disciples with new hope, vision, meaning and direction. The image of God may have a matriarchal slant, although this will be strongly colored by the Moon's signs and aspects.

The Gauquelins found a correlation between the Moon in the 9th (just after culminating) and writing as a profession.

Moon in 9th House Man: In men's charts, there can be close relationships with foreign women, or women who somehow broaden or expand their horizons. Difficult aspects to the Moon in the 9th could indicate problems with female in-laws.

Men with this placement are inclined to be attracted to partners from faraway places, or from a culture very different from their own. They may also have a hard time holding onto them. Most men with this position of the Moon lose a partner or important love relationship at least once, and possibly more than once (unless the Moon is in Cancer or Capricorn). Often, the relationship seems to fade away while he is involved elsewhere, at work, or on a long business trip.

Moon in 9th House Woman: Women with this location of the Moon are adventurous and daring, even if they hide it, and will strike out for faraway places or adventure at least once or twice in their lives.

See also: Moon in the 9th House;

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Moon in the 10th House

You may feel a need to achieve recognition, public status, and success; and these high expectations are influential and motivating forces which determine many of your eventual choices and decisions.

The primary source of this may come from childhood experiences, where your parents held high ambitions for your future, whether realistically or not. This may be related to your 'social class', and to parental aspirations. You may have received projections of parental wish-fulfillment, especially from your mother, who may have wanted you to achieve or experience something that she was unable to reach. It may be that the life you have been living is a reflection of parental desires rather than resulting from your own needs and desires. One way of determining this is to evaluate how satisfying your life-style feels. If it does not satisfy, first define your attitudes and try to establish if they are actually yours or have been absorbed unconsciously from others. If they are conditioned attitudes, consider if they are still suitable or should be changed. If they are your attitudes, reconsider your objectives and aims, or refocus with greater determination to achieve them.

You seek approval from others, as if you were a child wanting reassurance from parents. In so doing, you conform to others' expectations of you, and often deny your feelings, instincts, and freedom. If social approval is achieved, you feel more secure, developing a sense of community and belonging; you need to feel wanted and safe, and may gravitate toward careers that have a high social profile or status. Becoming an authority in some sphere is attractive, and having others rely on you also appeals.

You are extremely concerned about what others think about you. By trying to ensure that only good opinions are formed, you create a persona that reflects a social image appropriate to your role. If taken to extremes, this can cause severe personality repression of characteristics that fail to match this ideal. This can also create personality fragmentation, and should be avoided.

Become a whole person; acknowledge your totality and do not condemn any part as failing to meet expectations, your own or those of others. You need greater self-insight, identifying deeper needs which demand satisfaction and nurture, and taking time to fulfill them. The result will be extremely beneficial and will allow integration through defining your identity. Self-denial is a route toward fragmentation, and is an unwise action which sows seeds for eventual suffering. You need to accept and love yourself, becoming less dependent on the transient or inaccurate opinions of others; living from your own light is more revealing then living through reflected light.

Moon in 10th House: People with the Moon in the tenth house have a feeling for the public. They know instinctively what 'the people' need and want, and are clever at molding themselves into an image that will arouse public enthusiasm. The public gives its heart to those who somehow can express what it feels but cannot express for itself.

This placement is a very strong testimonial to a public career, although supportive aspects are necessary to make it permanent and successful because there are facets other than popularity that must be present. With just a tenth house Moon, there may be too great a hunger for popularity for its own sake. If so, they may appear to have no strong will of their own.

With squares, oppositions, or inconjuncts to the Moon, there is a tendency to a loss of self-control under pressure that can bring unfortunate results.

Moon in 10th House: Collective responsibility: Maternal energy is quite powerful in your personality, although you may not always recognize it in operation, since it's so natural for you to express. Taking care of others is a deep imprint, a responsibility you took on early, usually in reaction to your mother.

In moderation, she may have been a constant presence, an unflagging model of dignified, receptive strength. In the extremes, she might have been strong and overly protective, or she could have been missing, weak, or inadequate to your needs. In any condition, you learned that it was your job to take care of others. Your protection is not limited to those in your personal life; it goes much further. It is a need to be responsive to the troubles of the world. You draw out the child within everyone, and this can be heartwarming or tragic, depending on how you do it. Your challenge is to be responsive and nurturing in ways that foster strength, and to do so spontaneously without conscious effort.

Professional ambition: Your orientation toward social status will typically be somewhat conservative, since safety is very important here. Any you may be subject to worry or greater than ordinary day-to-day concern with keeping your career world in smooth running order, since regular maintenance is at the heart of this placement. As for the actual profession you might choose, it's more natural to provide a service than to produce a product, since you're more oriented toward people than toward things. You could succeed in any profession where protection, survival, or the fulfillment of personal needs is involved. Ambition is linked with personal security.

Missions and messages: The combination of vulnerable softness under a strong, defensive surface is so radiant in your personality that others receive a universal message. Your personal emotions are sometimes down played to near-invisibility; but your continual concern for the care of others' feelings is very visible. Our awareness of the basic human need for protection is stimulated when we're in your presence. We learn about mothering from you, either how to do it well, or how not to do it. In either case, your mission is to show us the meaning, process, and effects of maternal influence, the power of early imprints, and the importance of security, for better or worse.

'Outer-link' parent: The classical parental roles may have been reversed in your family. It's likely that your mother played the dominant role in your external conditioning, in the imprint of beliefs about the outside world. It's possible that your father was a feminine figure, more of a warm nurturer than a firm structuring force; but this is somewhat less likely than the first condition. The reversal itself does not present any particular problems, although it does tend to unify what are ordinarily differentiated roles of fathering and mothering.

Authority: You believe that the correct role of authority is to protect, to make secure, and to provide strength in emergencies. Your own need to be in an authoritative position is strong, but not totally conscious. In fact, you may experience conflict when you have to make a conscious choice about authority or power, since you're more comfortable just responding instinctively to what you see as others' needs.

Moon in 10th House: You have a strong need to be involved with the public in your career; but you are easily distressed when people react unfavorably to your efforts. You sincerely want to be helpful, so don't worry if others criticize your methods. That happens to anyone who works with the public, so don't feel you are being singled out in this regard. When you see human suffering, you react instinctively to get the wheels turning right away to provide whatever help is needed. It makes you happy to know that you have provided a valuable service when it was needed most. Since you are devoted to the demands of your career, it should be spiritually uplifting to know that many people consider you indispensable.

No one understands people as well as you do; and your sympathetic concern makes you qualified to help them with their problems. Because of this faculty, people seek your advice, for they know you will do everything you can for them. All your life you will have to cope with this kind of situation. You may dream of the day when you can think only of yourself; but probably there will always be someone who needs your help, and you won't have the heart to refuse. For your own protection, however, it is imperative that you insulate yourself somewhat to avoid the crisis of becoming so overburdened that you lose contact with reality. You have to learn to allow yourself time and energy to use in the way you want; you need to reserve space for yourself. You should not feel guilty when you say 'no' to people who always expect you to agree to help them - it's a matter of personal survival.

You face the dilemma of trying to accommodate the demands of your career with your family's needs. You are bothered by the fact that your career sometimes intrudes on your close relationships and causes distress to your partner. If your partner is understanding, this situation should not cause too much tension between you. It is important not to lose your own identity while helping others. While it is good that you consider other people's needs as most urgent, it may mean that your own priorities will have to come second. But don't feel guilty for not doing all you can under the circumstances.

With your skill in management, you will find a way to satisfy your responsibilities to your children and family and still remain active in the career that you have chosen, which is commendable. But don't forget that you are important, too, and that you have an obligation to develop your ideas so they will serve your goals and ambitions. You shouldn't sacrifice your objectives simply because others feel they deserve your attention.

You are probably more qualified than you know; and you will receive deserved recognition for your accomplishments. Because of your natural feelings of inadequacy, you will always try harder than others to live up to the public's expectations. You have a vast storehouse of valuable information that will help you when you need it most and expect it least. Don't forget to put aside time and space for yourself; and don't let people talk you into indulging them. You deserve some time to indulge yourself without feeling guilty about it.

Moon in 10th House: As children, our well-being depends on our mother loving us. Those with the Moon in the 10th project the 'mother' onto the world: their safety and security needs are linked to issues of profession and status. They are extremely sensitive about their reputations, standing before the public, and what people think about them in general. No matter how mature and self-sufficient they appear, inside is a little boy or girl looking up to the mother / world and asking to be loved. Squares and oppositions to the Moon in the 10th denote other parts of the person which frustrate or do not necessarily gel with what winning that approval requires.

The person with the Moon in the 10th often exhibits, through gestures and movements, a close identification with the mother. As children, they are exceptionally responsive to her physical and emotional life. Later on, some people with this placement may even become like mothers to their own mothers. At some point, they need to sort out just where mother ends and they begin, by defining their own space and physical reality.

The career or profession may reflect mothering qualities: serving and catering to other people's needs, feeding them, housing them, nursing them, etc.. Career issues will elicit and expose their feelings and emotions. Bosses or authority figures may be the target for unresolved problems with the mother or parents in general.

Some may look to the world to mother them via the welfare state. There will be a sensitivity to the moods of the public, and a potential to sway the feelings of the masses.

Moon in 10th House: Here the Moon gives a hunger for success, prestige, and renown. People with the Moon at the top of the chart often have most success working with or for women. A woman - whether their mother or someone else - may influence their choice of a career and help them get started.

Moon in 10th House Woman: Women with this position rarely remain financially dependent on their husbands. Usually they start early to earn their own living, and even with children, generally keep on working, often managing a full-time career. They are usually good at organizing and managing others, especially other women. Often, they marry men who depend on them, at least the first time, as it is a pleasure, at first, to be looked up to as the organizer and protector. Later, they usually want to escape from such a relationship; not to one where they are dependent on a man, but to a wider sphere for their managerial talents. They don't relish dependency, and have little respect for those who do. With the Moon in a Water sign, they may understand emotional dependency - but they will still want out.

Moon in 10th House Man: Men with the Moon in the tenth often marry women with more drive and ambition for them than they have for themselves. Often, they will go into business as a team, with her providing the ideas and drive. In any case, she generally 'wears the pants'. Such men often have strong-minded and ambitious mothers as well. It is usually best for men with this lunar position to wait until their careers are established before they marry. This way, they will meet their mates working in their own career field, and the working relationship will be the foundation of their emotional lives. Whatever their relationships with women, they will find it hard to keep them private. Somehow the spotlight always finds them.

See also: Moon in the 10th House;

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Moon in the 11th House

Those with the Moon in the 11th seek security, comfort and a sense of belonging through friends, groups and organizations. They could be very impressionable and should exercise some discrimination in the choice of people or circles with whom they associate. Unless the Moon is strongly fixed, they have the capacity to blend in with many different crowds.

They may like to ‘mother’ friends and likewise expect a fair degree of support and nurturing from others when needed. Some may keep friends as far back as childhood. If the Moon is in a mutable sign there may be some changing acquaintances and fewer lasting friendships. Early hurts or disappointments with friends are worth exploring if the Moon is difficultly aspected as problems may have established patterns which need to be examined and cleared. Women with hard aspects to the Moon in the 11th often complain about getting along with other women. It is possible that ‘unfinished business’ with the mother could be projected onto female friendships with women. The mother may be experienced more as a friend than an actual mother.

Many people with the Moon in the 11th involve themselves in group activities and social outings as a way of relaxing and unwinding from the struggles in other areas of life. Others join groups which promote causes about which they feel very emotional. Some may play ‘mother’ in the group, making sure everyone else is comfortable or they may even open their own home as a meeting place. There is the potential to stir the feelings of large groups of people. Goals and ambitions could fluctuate with moods, and are perhaps too easily influenced by other people’s opinions about what would be best for them. Provided heated emotional issues don’t cause too many problems with others, this placement is indication of those who could accumulate a ‘family of friends’ with whom they share ties as strong as those of blood.

Moon in the 11th House: Your emotional and sub-conscious development is focused on social responsibility and involvement.

The Eleventh House placement of the Moon affords you a social avenue through which you can constructively channel your emotional needs and drives. It also suggests that you are likely to be a warm, caring person (conditioned, of course by the Moon’s sign), at home in a group situation and committed to social justice. You may find yourself in the role of "group mother” (or “father"), providing the care-giving energy that keeps a group cohesive and committed to each other. Your own identification with a group is likely to be high, especially if your connection to the group is based on family, ethnic or historical ties.

If you become active in social causes, you are likely to pour emotional energy into your efforts and feel personally committed to the cause. The primary danger of such intense and emotional group involvement is that you may not have the emotional energy left to share with your own family or to provide yourself with emotional "down time."

You may, however, experience some conflict between your private and extroverted sides. Conflict would occur when you are thrust out into group or social situations but would rather remain alone or with family or more intimate friends. Under such circumstances, you could feel threatened and vulnerable or feel shy and retiring. If, however, you embrace the opportunities suggested by the Eleventh House, you may find that your avenues for emotional expression and fulfillment are greatly enhanced.

Transcendent Potential: You can actualize the transcendent potential of the Moon in the Eleventh House when you become committed to high ideals and social values. This will often lead you to work for the benefit of others self-sacrificingly. You abandon your concern for your own welfare in order to aid humanity. You may have a strong sense of social responsibility and a desire to care for and protect those who are less fortunate. You generally see social action as the primary vehicle for accomplishing this.

It may occur, however, whether through disillusionment or a sudden shift in point of view, that you retreat from active social involvement in order to undertake your own personal quest. You may realize that changing the system does not necessarily equate to its improvement and that true change depends upon raising consciousness. You then see that consciousness raising must begin with yourself. You, therefore, embark on a personal journey toward actualizing your high ideals.

Insecurity: If you are inwardly insecure, you will be so bonded and attached to your identification with your group, that you lose your own sense of personal identity. In essence, you merge your identity into the group identity so that the group consciousness becomes your own subconscious, in a sense. Your attachment to the group results in your own attitudes and behavior being conditioned by the group.

Your behavior is very vulnerable to domination by peer pressure, for you cannot see yourself going against the group or leaving it. The group has become your family. You will do anything to remain a part of the group and retain the group's approval.

Focus of Your Emotional Development: Your emotional development is likely to have been nurtured by group and peer influences during your early years. Your interaction with peer groups and group members, the dynamics of your emotional attachment to the group and your reaction to the attitudes and actions that the group takes toward you are often the vehicles through which you further develop your emotional capabilities and patterns. At a later stage in life, it is not uncommon for your emotional involvement and attachments to be bound up with your relations and attitudes toward the larger society in which you live. You may also experience emotional development in connection with thinking about or planning for the future.

Your Conditioning Influences: You are subject to conditioning by the mores of the larger society in which you live and also by peer groups to which you belong. This conditioning to society's mores and expectations is likely to occur through your parents at first. Later it will be imparted by schools and by direct media and psychological cues that reinforce your conditioning toward becoming a constructive member of society. You may be particularly receptive to conditioning that emanates from electronic media. Peer group conditioning may reinforce or work against the conditioning that you receive from the larger social body. Peer group conditioning may be especially strong and any conditioning from an anti-social peer group could overwhelm the less localized positive societal conditioning.

Where You Are Behaviorally Comfortable: Generally, you are most comfortable in a group situation or when you are feeling that you are a part of a larger social dynamic. It is only when the emotional/nurturing element becomes dysfunctional or when stress is experienced due to the conflict between personal and social obligations that you would feel ill at ease in a group. You also are likely to feel good when you can feel that you are contributing to society or working for the benefit of others. Your attraction to and comfort with groups may predispose you to join and work for various causes. Your personality may also express undertones of Moon-in-Aquarius.

See also: Moon in the 11th House;

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Moon in the 12th House

This placement is similar in many ways to the Moon in the first house. People with the Moon in the twelfth are highly impressionable and sensitive; the mind floods with ideas and images, and is open to inspiration. However, there is usually some constraint. Either they do not feel free, for some reason, to translate their inspirations into meaningful efforts, or these efforts meet with little or no success. The early life may be so turbulent with emotional crises of various kinds that they can't stick to anything long enough to bring it to completion. When there is success, it is often tinged with loneliness.

This is a rather lonely position in general. Men with this Moon placement often have a hard time maintaining a close relationship with a partner, or with anyone. If they do have a good relationship, the partner will often have to carry the burden of responsiveness as the man will cloak himself in self-isolation from time to time, and it will be up to the other to penetrate it. This usually comes from a painful relationship with the mother, the loss of the mother early in life, or the lack of her nurturing love.

Women with this position also find it hard to maintain a close and constant relationship over a long period of time. They have a great need for privacy. They are inclined to break off a relationship that threatens to become too intimate without explanation; to move, or take a job in another town and leave no forwarding address. Both sexes are often sentimental about love, but deep down they don't enjoy intimacy, and many times would rather do a disappearing act and keep the memories than go through the aches and pains of maintaining a long-term relationship.

This Moon gives deep insights into people and the truths that lie below the surface of appearances. It is good for creative efforts, especially the kind that are accomplished alone, or partly alone. There is an ability to appeal to an audience at a subliminal level. Often they cannot explain how they do it or even understand themselves why it works. This is a good position for detectives or for anyone who must seek answers below the surface. It is good for politicians because it gives the ability to appeal to the deeper needs of the public, although the public life may be marked in some way by tragedy or failure. They may have secret love affairs that bring sorrow or disgrace.

With a twelfth house Moon the public may be painful in some way. These people may be excessively shy, suffer from claustrophobia, or have a fear of crowds. Their freedom may also be restricted in some way.

They do not like to be stuck in one place, and will go from job to job until they find one in which there is a lot of mobility, where they must drive a lot, or can travel. If their job won't let them do this, they will save up for vacations in faraway places. They usually enjoy school, particularly the social facet, and continue to learn and study one thing after another all their lives, though the formal side of learning, with its degrees and so on, is usually of little interest (unless the Sun or its dispositor is in Capricorn). They generally relate well to children and have a way with them. They keep a youthful, eager approach to life, and rarely get overweight or out of shape.

Moon in 12th House: You may encounter various difficulties related to oversensitive emotions and feelings. There are close connections made to your unconscious mind, and these influence your moods and sense of well-being. There may be unresolved experiences from childhood and parental relationships that have had a powerful impact on you, especially those involving your mother. The approval of your parents may still be important in your adult life; and your life-style may reflect their wishes and desires for you. You may follow a path first indicated by them; or, alternatively, your life-style may be a deliberate reaction against and rejection of their influence. You may consciously pursue a different path designed to display your independence.

Look at your parental relationship and see how it has affected your life. Determine what it now means to you, and see how this has shaped your choices and decisions. This may not be easy, as the roots of some of these patterns lie deep within your unconscious mind and may not be easily accessible. But if parental shadows still loom large, insights can be found from such an exploration. Your mother's role is especially crucial in this context.

You often feel very vulnerable, and are sensitive to others and empathic to their inner suffering. You may attempt to veil this heightened feeling nature from others, and may also repress it from yourself through self-control and emotional denial. You may be afraid that your emotions could be too powerful to contain, unless you restrict their release. This can create reluctance to enter emotional intimacy and relationship. As a form of protection, you may lock emotions away, refusing to open and embrace life. You can feel uncomfortable dealing with feelings, afraid that, by expressing them to others, you may reveal your vulnerability.

You may erect a 'shyness barrier', or develop an atmosphere around you of distance and disinterest in social relations. Your identity boundaries can be extremely diffused, lacking a stable inner center. You may feel inwardly exposed to the presence of others and fail to establish your identity. Often, you will simply react to the influence of others, instead of to your own inner messages.

Psychic and intuitive perceptions are likely, and you will be highly sensitive to the intangible realms of life. The nature and quality of your environment is important, and will also influence your feelings of well-being.

You may experience some difficulties in coping with the demands of daily life; city life may be particularly challenging and stressful. You tend to withdraw into the privacy and seclusion of your home, seeing it as a personal sanctuary and retreat from the world. You hope to relax into the vibrancy of an inner life that appears more attractive than does the outer world.

This preference can have either positive or negative effects. It can become a world of evasion, fantasy, delusions, and neuroses if the emanations from your unconscious are not resolved through self-healing. In extreme cases, this could eventually precipitate a descent into mental imbalance. Or, used positively, this can become a valuable resources for greater life enjoyment, perhaps even for creative inspiration. Dreams may become prolific and meaningful; new ways of living may be intuited; you could become a channel for inner guides, able to unlock the doors to an inner storehouse of wisdom through a contact with your spiritual self.

What is likely is some type of inner crisis, created by the clash of inner and outer energies, between inner messages and impulses and the necessity of coping with daily life. This could be triggered by any transiting planets (especially Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) moving through your 12th house toward the Ascendant and your image of identity. You need to ensure a positive conclusion to such possible experiences, so that results are transformative, beneficial, and integrative, rather than disintegrating your sensitive personality. You may need inner healing, which releases unresolved patterns and blocked energy and cleanses the accretions of the past. This would enable you to face your future with renewed confidence and personal stability.

Moon in 12th House: Imagination: You are not entirely comfortable in your body; you need time every day to relax the ordinary effort of self-awareness. Immersion in fantasy provides you with a way to rejuvenate your willingness to be human. It's necessary; and if you don't get it, you break down emotionally. Imagine being in the womb, completely safe, with no troubles. You may not be aware of your need for release from the pressures of ordinary life, and as a result could go on autopilot, dreaming unconsciously without emotional benefit. The challenge is to nourish yourself with conscious fantasy. Dreams are the background source of manifestation, so go to the well often. Just don't fall in and drown.

Unfocused intuition: Intuition is instinctive; how you use it is the question. Early imprints with your mother or other maternal figures fostered a high sensitivity to intangible information. Now your intuitive radar is second nature. Mediumship can replace fear and confusion with safety and certainty. The pitfall involves boundaries. Your own emotional opinions often intertwine with intuitive messages. You may identify with feelings not really your own, or presume your feelings to be messages. The challenge is to identify what is truly yours in the realm of emotion, to separate personal feelings from intuitive information.

Withdrawal or isolation: No matter how vibrant your personality nor energetic your life may be, you become more softly translucent in solitude away from the world. You float with the emotions that surface in withdrawal; they take you somewhere else, other than here, other than now. You need to slow down and pull off the side of the road to let yourself cool, so you can remember the mystery of things. This placement requires sleep to 'knit up the raveled sleeve of care'. Rest is exquisite when you're in your natural flow; but if you encounter periods where sleep is troubled or denied, you suffer terribly, becoming run down almost immediately. Then you must consciously pull away from life.

Selfless giving: Your maternal feelings are easily aroused, so much so that you may be regarded by others as a 'soft touch', someone whose sympathies are easy to gain. And this is as it should be.

Strength does not arise from a hard edge or steely demeanor. On the contrary, your greatest strength is your deep willingness to feel the predicaments of others' lives, and to respond gently. Avoid being overly self-effacing; false humility serves no-one. Sheltering the poor, comforting the sick, and calming the disturbed are all acts of compassion. But don't be swept away by sympathy. Remain a safe harbor in the storm, an emotional beacon, like a lighthouse, guiding others to shore. It is not your task to rescue, but to provide sanctuary, so others can save themselves.

'Past lives': The pattern of your emotions and needs is strongly connected to other realities, which have bled into this life to be understood and resolved. There are significant and deep karmic connections between you and your mother, as well as other individuals who touch maternity and nourishment from your life. Examine these relationships carefully to discern any patterns 'from the past'. There was a tendency toward unconsciousness or habitual behavior in prior incarnations, as if you didn't really see what was unfolding as your created it. Those rhythms have been brought in this life so you can let go of them and get on with the full development of conscious choice.

Moon in 12th House: You are well aware that you must learn to stand on your own, but your overactive imagination plays tricks and creates fantasies out of ordinary circumstances, which distracts you from this task. Certainly some of your reactions to external conditions are inaccurate, and that keeps you from developing resistance to people who try to intimidate you. You don't have to take a submissive role, as you will discover if you invest in yourself and learn the skills you need to deal successfully with challenges. The public will gladly pay for your services when you are well-trained. Perhaps your feelings of obligation to your parents kept you from developing your own ideas about what you should do with your life.

You should try to prepare a program to guide you in your affairs, and be sure to include a plan for increasing your financial resources. You can lessen your feelings of inadequacy by freeing yourself from anxieties about security. Take enough time to decide on a career that will give you satisfaction and make you feel that you are providing a worthwhile service. Stop comparing your skills with other people's, because that will only intimidate you further.

You may need professional help in choosing a career that will be rewarding and give you a comfortable living. If possible, get a formal education so you can more effectively meet the challenges presented by your competitors and thus enjoy the more abundant lifestyle that they have. A service-oriented profession seems best suited to you, but that decision is yours to make. You are well qualified to be a specialist in any field in which you feel comfortable. Your feeling of inadequacy makes you overreact to the challenge of your competitors, and you will probably become more qualified than anyone else.

By applying some discipline in developing your creative potentials, you can derive many benefits; you cannot afford to neglect this task. You must be aware that you are qualified to provide unique services to the public. Finding an appreciative patron will give you greater self-confidence. Be careful not to overindulge your children so that they expect you to sacrifice your needs to satisfy theirs.

Don't feel obligated to 'friends' who try to take advantage of you. You are always willing to help those in need, but that doesn't mean you should play host to every parasite who wanders into your life. You have the rare gift of sincere compassion for people in need of help, which you might utilize by following a career that requires close contact with people. You deserve a fair return for your efforts, and you must be firm in demanding to be paid accordingly. It is a waste of time to doubt that you can achieve your goals as well as others do. All you need to do is establish goals that are within your abilities and right for you. You have all the resources you need to get everything you want out of life, and at the same time you are willing to commit yourself to serving others.

Moon in 12th House: Like the Moon in the other Water houses, this placement suggests an innate psychological openness and vulnerability. A thin line exists between what they are feeling and what others around them are feeling. Like psychic vacuum cleaners, they 'suck in' what is circulating in the atmosphere. They may believe they are experiencing their own emotions, when, in actual fact, they have absorbed those of someone else. Without foregoing their inborn receptivity, they would be wise to develop ways of strengthening their ego-boundaries in order to protect themselves from being too invaded. They need to master and use their sensitivity rather than be overwhelmed by it. Some may require periodic seclusion to re-establish their inner peace and equilibrium.

The root of emotional problems is deeply embedded in the unconscious and not easily accessible to the conscious memory. Psychological difficulties could stem from very early infancy or even pre-natal experiences. Reincarnationists would maintain that hard aspects to the Moon in the 12th suggest that present life problems are directly connected to unfinished emotional business from past lives. These could manifest in difficulties with the mother, children, and women in general, or may reveal themselves in the house with Cancer on the cusp or contained within it.

In any case, the Moon in the 12th often indicates a complex or unusual relationship with the mother. The 12th house knows no boundaries: the child would have been very receptive to the mother's feeling life and would continue to be so even when physically separated. Through dreams, mediumship and visions, many people with 12th house Moons are still closely linked with mothers long departed from the world.

While those with this placement have vivid feelings and dreams, they may carefully conceal their emotions and exude an air of mystery. In certain cases, there are secret love affairs or emotional liaisons which are kept hidden for any number of reasons.

There is a natural capacity to care for those who are limited or afflicted in some way. As with the Sun in the 12th, some may be so overwhelmed by deep-seated phobias and complexes that they have great difficulty in leading an ordinary day-to-day existence. In some cases, an institution may have to 'mother' them. Sometimes early experiences in hospitals or childrens' homes would have affected the character significantly.

In general, the Moon in the 12th indicates a fairly prevalent desire to regress back into the bliss of a womb-like existence. Those who had difficult pre-natal experiences or who were deprived of the mother at an early age may need to heal these wounds before they can accept incarnation and say 'yes' to life.

More positively, the Moon in the 12th often indicates direct access to a storehouse of wisdom available to the individual at those times when insight and inner resources are most needed. Some will act as vessels to mediate mythic and archetypal images for others. The Gauquelins also found a correlation between 12th house Moons and careers in writing and politics.

See also: Moon in the 12th House;

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