Meaning of the Moon in astrology

Your natal Moon sign and house placement hold the key to some of the most important information of your astrological identity, this fast-moving celestial body completes a cycle through the 12 zodiac signs every 29.5 days, spending approximately 2 and a half days in each sign, that’s why having an accurate birth time is absolutely essential in calculating the moon sign. The moon symbolises emotions, intuition, the divine feminine, fertility, and its cycle is closely tied to the menstrual cycle. When the moon transits through a sign, the energy of the sign is heightened and is more prominently felt collectively. The moon goes through 8 phases per cycle, representing the ebb and flow of our emotions and the spectrum of emotions we can experience.

The moon rules Cancer and the fourth house, the house of home and family, and is exalted in Taurus. Your moon sign reveals the underlying theme of your emotional response towards the outside world, it has a significant influence on your personality. The zodiac sign’s quality becomes the innate nature of your inner self. Combining your sun and moon sign can give you a better profile of yourself, if your sun moon has conflicting energy, like an Aries sun with Scorpio moon, you may feel “misunderstood” by those around you. Your impulsive Aries sun may be held back by the calm and secretive Scorpio moon. It is important to consider your astrological profile as a whole instead of each planet position or aspect alone when you choose to use astrology as a tool for better self-understand and self-development.

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Discover your emotional nature from your natal moon sign:

Natal Moon in Aries / Moon in the 1st House

With a natal moon in Aries, you are fierce, impulsive and straightforward about how you feel. You like competitions and love the feeling of winning. You instinctively know what you want and are not afraid to go after them, more than that, you are very motivated and it is hard for anyone to stop you from doing so. You may be an adrenaline addict and love being spontaneous and adventurous. Learn how to master your Aries moon.

Aries moon celebrities: Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Cardi B, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Tupac, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates

Natal Moon in Taurus / Moon in the 2nd house

You feel emotionally secured by being financially independent, you may be very careful with your money and start saving up from a young age, but that doesn’t mean you don’t know how to splurge. You enjoy the finer things in life and being able to afford the lifestyle you desire gives the ultimate comfort. You love sensual pleasure in life and in bed. You can be very stubborn about your feelings no matter what everyone else says.

Taurus moon celebrities: Cher, Keira Knightley, Gal Gaddot, Adele, Lizzo, Gigi Hadid, Nicola Peltz, Tina Fey, Saoirse Ronan, Quentin Tarantino Christian Bale, Chris Pratt

Natal Moon in Gemini / Moon in the 3rd house

Emotional fulfilment comes from mental stimulation and conversations. You have an active mind and love talking to people from all walks of life, hearing interesting stories, and because of that, you tend to know a lot more than most people. You are intuitive when it comes to what others are thinking. Gemini moon is more logical than emotional, you value the mind over the heart, it may be hard for you to connect to your own emotions and others.

Gemini moon celebrities: Tilda Swinton, Olivia Wide, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Chastain, Alison Brie, Joan Small, Jet Li, James Wan, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Connelly, James Marsden, David Schwimmer, Armie Hammer

Natal Moon in Cancer / Moon in the 4th House

Cancer is ruled by the moon, as a Cancerian, you are sensitive, protective and intuitively in tune with your own emotions, because of that you tend to act with your feelings first and may come across as emotional before you learn how to express yourself constructively. Your need to feel safe, to have a sense of belonging is strong, you may enjoy putting effort in staging and enhancing your apartment, depending on your other placements, you may even centre your life around your home. You are likely to maintain a close bond with your childhood friends into adulthood. Cancer may be passive but as a cardinal sign, you are a self-starter.

Cancer Moon celebrities: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Middleton, Kris Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin, Gwen Stefani, Janelle Monae, Mary J. Blige, Penelope Cruz

Natal Moon in Leo / Moon in the 5th House

With your natal moon in Leo, your inner self is affectionate and fun-loving, those who know you well may think that you have a child-like demeanour regardless of your age. You are light-hearted and creative but you may get offended easily as your inner-self is connected to your ego. Your presence is felt by others in the same environment. Since Leo is a fixed sign, it can suggest that you are stubborn in nature.

Leo moon celebrities: Monica Belluci, Lana Del Rey, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, Charlize Theron, Renée Zellweger, David Bowie, Jeon Jungkook, Tom Cruise, Shia Labeouf, Liam Hemsworth, Marilyn Manson

Natal Moon in Virgo / Moon in the 6th House

With your natal Moon in practical and logical Virgo, your emotions may not be easily felt. You may not even allow yourself to be in touch with your emotion, chores and routines become a natural way to escape the feelings, especially when they are intense. You may come across as uptight and you can be harsh on yourself as you feel like positive emotions need to be earned. As an earth sign, having a stable life with a routine you craft perfectly gives you a sense of security and satisfaction.

Virgo moon celebrities: Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Blake Lively, Michelle Williams, Nicki Minaj, Chris Hemsworth, Elle Fanning, Amy Adams, Channing Tatum, Natalie Portman, Elisabeth Moss, James Franco, Jon Hamm, Rami Malek, Carey Mulligan, Maggie Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mia Wasikowska

Natal Moon in Libra / Moon in the 7th House

With your natal Moon in Libra, you put other people’s feelings before your own for the sake of harmony, you love being in groups and perhaps loath being alone. Partnerships may make you feel “safe” and “completed”, but it is important for you to overcome the fear of being alone so that you can be more in touch with your own emotions without outside influences. You must first learn to be with yourself to be able to truly enjoy what real partnerships can offer as you tend to sacrifices or overcompensate your own needs. You love art and the finer things in life, you also have a knack for debate since you understand both sides of the situation.

Moon in Libra celebrities: Emma Stone, Tom Hardy, Kristen Bell, Aaron Paul, Kate Upton, Claire Danes, Jesse Eisenberg, Megan Markle, Patrick Dempsey, Tina Fey, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss

Natal Moon in Scorpio / Moon in the 8th House

If your natal moon is in Scorpio, your emotions may feel like an active volcano underneath your skin, something that is out of your control especially during your teenage years. Having your own tribe, your ride or die, make you feel safe. You tend to seek intense emotional connections, the “all or nothing” kinds that are based on honesty and loyalty, you want to know everything about the people you care for and you will not turn away from them because of their past no matter how daunting. You may encounter a lot of disappointments since what you need is very rare in this day and age. But regardless of their intention, you have superb intuition to get to the core of a situation or a person. Sex is an act of emotional bonding and adventure at the same time. Read more about your Scorpio moon.

Moon in Scorpio celebrities: Wes Anderson, Alan Rickman, Mads Mikkelsen, Owen Wilson, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Laday Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Miles Teller, Kit Harington, Mila Kunis, John Cusack, Ridley Scott, Penn Badgley, Joe Rogan, Will Smith, Kate Moss, Thandie Newton, Ricky Gervais, Kylie Jenner, Chris Evans, Matthias Schoenaerts

Natal Moon in Sagittarius / Moon in the 9th House

A wanderlust at heart, with your natal moon in the freedom-loving Sagittarius, you crave adventures and being on the move, you are optimistic and love learning about every culture and religion through experiences. You tend to be an extrovert who is prone to escapism, you may have little interest in routines and mundane tasks. You are a great storyteller who speaks from experiences. Unlike Scorpio moon, you may not cope as well with the darker side of life. You are full of energy and may come across as restless when young.

Moon in Sagittarius celebrities: Kiernan Shipka, Liam Neeson, Naomi Watts, Paul Rudd, Iggy Azalea, Erin Wasson, Ezra Miller, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Kevin Hart, Keke Palmer, Daniel Dae Kim, Jerome Flynn, Alfie Allen, Woody Harrelson, Paz de la Herta, Eric Dane, Danny DeVito

Natal Moon in Capricorn / Moon in the 10th House

With your natal Moon in Capricorn, stability and structure are important for your emotional well being. You feel safe by playing by the rules, following traditions. Unlike Sagittarius moon, you are not very adaptive and flexible, on the good side you work hard towards your emotional security, perhaps through building up your finance and social status. You are not very a very expressive person and may come across as a bit stern and calculating. Nonetheless, you are very grounded in nature and you nurture your emotional well being through acquiring tangible things.

Moon in Capricorn celebrities: Bryan Cranston, Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Liam Cunningham, Ruper Grint, Bella Thorne, Tatiana Maslany, Emma Roberts, Julia Stiles, Asa Butterfield, Seth Rogen, Jaden Smith, Rashida Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Judi Dench, Dane DeHaan, Pedro Pascal, Sofia Coppola, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson

Natal Moon in Aquarius / Moon in the 11th House

Idealistic and independent, you may feel disconnected from the secular world and misunderstood by your peers with your natal Moon in Uranus-rule Aquarius. You are observant and want to change the world for the better, you are perhaps more connected to the collectives than your own feelings since you tend to place collectives values above your own. You are sociable by nature but your grand ideals may not find easy implementation or acceptance in the world and it can make you feel alone. While some may find you unpredictable, others will love your interesting company. You value highly your independence and any clingy partners are likely to turn you away.

Moon in Aquarius celebrities: Henry Cavill, Michiel Huisman, Nina Dobrev, Christina Hendricks, Joel Kinnaman, Morgan Freeman, Constance Wu, Andrew Garfield, Viggo Mortensen, Sienna Miller, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Murray, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sarah Paulson, Franca Sozzani, Ethan Hawke

Natal Moon in Pisces / Moon in the 12th House

Pisces moons are the dreamers at heart. You find comfort in daydreaming, being creative like writing music or poetry. You may be very fond of the unknown or esoteric subjects, and you seem to intuitively know what something is about without having to go through the experience yourself. This nature makes you an incredible actor or writer since you have both the understandings and an innate need to express yourself creatively.

Moon in Pisces celebrities: Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Chris Pine, Felicity Jones, Anna Faris, Rachel Brosnahan, Diane Kruger, Ron Perlman, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Cera, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Laurence Fishburne, Brit Marling, Grace Kelly, Michael Jackson

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