ABOUT MOON SIGNS
The sun, the moon and the planets all move (or rather, appear to move) through the sky following a circular route, a route which takes them at varying speeds through the twelve sections of the sky known to astrologers as the signs of the zodiac. So, at the moment we were born, not just the sun, but the moon and the planets were all located in one of those sections, one of those signs.
Basically, that is what your horoscope is: it charts the position of the sun, the moon and the planets at that moment, and indicates how they relate to each other uniquely for you. So when you were born, the sun might have been in Taurus, the moon in Libra, Mars in Gemini, Venus in Cancer, and so on.
Myself, I am very interested in the position of the moon, and have made something of a study of Moon Signs. Why? Well, partly because it is a very old form of astrology, possibly older than Sun Sign astrology. Certainly it was practised by the Babylonians hundreds if not thousands of years before Christ.
And partly because some say that while the Sun Sign shows the yang, masculine, outgoing, active and perhaps more superficial aspects of our nature, the Moon Sign shows our yin, feminine, introspective, passive, deeper and more private side. This is not to say that the Sun Sign is for men and the Moon Sign for women; far from it. It is very important for any man and especially perhaps for the macho man to know something of the feminine side he is perhaps at pains to hide from others and from himself, and for every woman to know something of the assertive self she perhaps keeps bottled up inside her.
The moon is about feelings, about aspects of your personality governed by the emotions – parts of you that the rational mind cannot reach, may not even be aware of.
Which brings us to another way of looking at the contrast between the Sun Sign and the Moon Sign. The Moon Sign relates to the sub-conscious, or unconscious. And as such, according to those who believe in reincarnation, it relates to past lives.
As Judy Hall puts it (in Past Life Astrology, a book I am reading – and learning a lot from! – now, and shall be reviewing on this site very soon) “the sign in which the Moon was placed when you were born [tells you about] your soul’s history and the deeply ingrained emotional response you have built up over many lives. Your Moon placement also shows what you need to nurture and comfort you.”
I have already posted articles on being born when the Moon is in Cancer, the Moon is in Sagittarius, and the Moon is in Aquarius. Today, I am going to look at what it signifies to be born when the Moon is in Aries.
MOON IN ARIES
The three key words here are: Emotion, Passion, Temper.
As you might expect, divas have a tendency to make their entry into this world while the Moon is in Aries. Angelina Jolie, for instance, who is famously tempestuous, and Jennifer Lopez – also notoriously fiery-tempered, and seen here with Puff Daddy (born when the Moon was in Virgo, and therefore liable to be something of a control freak – no wonder that relationship didn’t last!)
Outbursts of passion, then, are characteristic of those born under this Moon Sign. This will very often be a good thing, but of course will sometimes be simply a sudden and dramatic loss of temper. Thankfully, these outbursts of emotion are quickly forgotten (though not necessarily by those on the receiving end!)
They fall in love (passionately, of course!) at first sight, but need a partner who reciprocates on the same level, otherwise they quickly become disillusioned. And cannot stand anyone trying to control them.
While they tend to suffer from tension headaches when under pressure, they get relief from vigorous sports – letting off steam is, for them, the only way to relax. (People born under this Sign were definitely not born to be yogis!)
As they are impatient with anyone slower or more cautious than themselves (i.e. most people!) and have no sympathy with normal preoccupations and anxieties, they do not make good bosses. Or good subordinates. Ideally, they should be their own boss in business or in a demanding profession such as surgeon (though not physican – they do not make good carers, either) or as a performer – other performers born under this Moon Sign include Whitney Houston, Antonio Baderas and John Cleese.
The archetype for Aries Moon people is the hero, the knight errant, riding off to right wrongs. And in their past lives they will at various times have been just that: the warrior, the soldier, the crusader, the defender of the defenceless and the disinherited. But for this and their other achievements, they demand recognition and admiration – a weakness which frequently results in them lapping up flattery like thirsty sponges. This dependence on ego-boosting relationships, along with the desire for immediate gratification of every emotional need, are what those born under this Moon Sign need to grow out of and leave behind them during this present life – or failing that, during a future one.
Think not just of the performers, but of movers and shakers such as Bill Gates and Henry VIII (forget the wives, he took on the Catholic Church and made England a Protestant country), and highly original creative artists like Salvador Dali and Edgar Allen Poe.
Don’t know your Moon Sign? Remember it is quite different form the Sun Sign. The sun takes a month to pass through each Sign of the Zodiac but the moon only takes two days! You can look it up at Lunarium.