If the Moon within us is not getting Her needs, she becomes full of tension and anxiety. Without serving our Moons, our worlds feel colder, smaller and fraught with danger and strife.
Taking some simple steps to ensure that we are mothering and nurturing ourselves can go a long way in making us feel like the best version of ourselves.
These suggestions are based on my hands-on, client-based research as well as from personal experience and feedback from friends and family.
Moon in Aries
There is no feistier, more explosive Moon than the Moon in Aries. Think of the explosive passion of the Maenads or the fierce combats of the Samurai Warriors and you’ll know what the Moon in Aries is all about.
Anxiety is stirred up in a Moon in Aries native if they feel like the special and unique world of their imagination is not being taken seriously. The unbridled realm of unlimited human potential provides the greatest comfort and nourishment and so it is important to express the imaginal realm in some fashion particularly if it makes them feel like they are blazing a new trail or setting a new trend.
Aries represents the boundlessness of the human spirit and the rosy visions for a bright, new world. This unquenchable romanticism means that the mind is alive with dungeons and dragons and damsels in distress and so the Moon in Aries needs a battleground –either literal or symbolic –so that the visionary world of their inner genius can shine forth and take the people in their immediate environments into unchartered territory.
Daniel Craig and Angelina Jolie both have the Moon in Aries.
Moon in Taurus
This sensuous, tactile earth sign can alleviate a lot of tension by making sure that the needs of the body are being met. Body-centering is vital in balancing off-kilter Taurus energy because Moon in Taurus likes to be in control of its environment and there is no “environment” more immediate than that of the body. Naturally, this extends to sports and yoga (dynamic physical self-care) as well as to spa treatments and face masks (passive physical self-care).
Cooking, a well-stocked pantry, eating something hearty and nourishing, exercising, getting a massage, taking a long, hot bubble bath, a cupboard full of clothes and a bathroom full of lotions, creams and potions –these are all things that sing to the Moon in Taurus native.
The Moon in Taurus likes to be surrounded by physical tokens of comfort and can derive immense satisfaction in “life’s simple pleasures.” Indulge your innate tactility with silks, satins, duck down duvets, creamy hot chocolate, vases full of flowers and lots of cuddles.
Prince Charles and Meryl Streep both have the Moon in Taurus.
Moon in Gemini
This fidgety air sign can ensure that it’s getting its needs met by surrounding itself with good friends and stimulating debates and conversations. Isolation and long periods spent alone are not good at keeping Gemini Moon energy in balance so make sure that you’ve got plenty to keep you busy. Projects, people and parties can do wonders at making you feel more like yourself.
If you must spend time alone, nourish your innate curiosity with radio shows, podcasts and/or magazines/blogs. If you have things to do, sitting in a coffee shop and getting them done there is also a good idea because it will help you feel more “connected” thereby nourishing your inner networker.
Journaling and writing are also wonderful ways at making your needs “heard” and processing complicated emotions through the sieve of the intellect and the rational mind. It’s important for air signs to be able to “think” their feelings rather than being overrun by them thereby turning insight into a weapon that brings about needed change (change/variety being of the utmost importance to a Gemini Moon native).
Barack Obama and Amelia Earhart both have the Moon in Gemini.
Moon in Cancer
When the Moon is in its domicile, natives express their sensitive emotional natures through a desire to feel included and at one with those who are near and dear to their hearts.
Watery Moons feel a constant yearning to merge with Source and to be at one with all humanity and Cancer Moon natives can feel that individual boundaries are a harsh reminder of reality and its limitations. This means that close emotional contact and intimately expressing and flowing with their oh-so-many feelings are an important element in their emotional well-being.
Cancer is the sign of birth and incarnation, of stepping out into the world/womb, and a need to anchor their fertile imaginations into their creations. This can help them express the divine in their daily lives while helping them process the constant stream of inspiration that wells up from a profound connection to source and universal consciousness. Caring for and nurturing nascent life forms can help them heal their own vulnerability and assuage any feelings that make them feel like they are unprepared to face reality.
Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin both have the Moon in Cancer.
Moon in Leo
Feeling invisible can feel like physical extinction for a Leo Moon native (remember the Moon shows us what our physical needs are). The showy extrovert of the Zodiac needs constant external validation from others. A lack of acknowledgement can lead to anxiety and temper tantrums and they’re not afraid of amping up the drama to get the desired reaction from others.
Theatrical and grandiose, Moon in Leo natives need a place where people can hold space for them, allowing them to radiate their presence and warmth. Any kind of creative project will help them channel all their “ME” energy into something that mitigates all that intense self-focus while potentially also helping and healing others.
Moon in Leo needs a lot of attention and can often forget about the needs of others through a constant need to radiate outwards. Engaging in activities that can help focus the attention on themselves while also giving voice to a concern that they care deeply about can help transmute their innate self-focus into something more positive and life-affirming.
Winston Churchill and YouTube sensation FullyRawKristina both have the Moon in Leo.
Moon in Virgo
Despite being pegged as a serious and regimented sign, Virgo is an earth sign and it is therefore of vital importance to have tactility, touch and body-centering as a tool for self-care and self-healing. As the earth sign related to alchemy, it is important for Virgo Moons to feel into their routines and maybe use the word “ritual” or “rite” instead to help reframe what the word “routine” actually means.
Instead of seeing routine and work as a duty, it is important for Virgo Moons to prioritise the importance of being dutiful to their own unique nature and being of service to their own natures. By honouring the body and accepting that it needs what it needs when it needs it, Virgo Moons needn’t feel weird about needing a bath at 3am or a 3 hour massage when they feel like they “ought” to be working.
We are cyclical beings, not Energizer Bunnies and Virgo Moons need to learn not to impose “shoulda woulda coulda” onto their daily practices by balancing Dionysian chaos and revelry with Saturnian structure and order.
J.K Rowling and Dustin Hoffman both have the Moon in Virgo.
Moon in Libra
The diplomats and networkers of the Zodiac are outgoing and sociable by nature and need to keep their fingers on the pulse of their own social whirl. Moon in Libra natives are intensely likeable and accommodating and are talented at forging and maintaining contacts with people from all walks of life.
Feeling out of touch with people can awaken great anxiety in the Moon in Libra individual, as can anything that they perceive as being coarse or ugly. Being surrounded by order and beauty is deeply healing to Moon in Libra natives as are meaningful social engagements and the civilising arts –things that help give meaning to the existential questions concerning the human condition and its fundamental unfairness.
Turning everyday dross and drivel into Art can be a deeply moving and beautiful experience for the Moon in Libra native and channeling their refined aesthetic sense into their environment and into their one-on-one relationships can help lift their awareness up to the lofty and sublime facets of human existence.
Being an air sign, Moon in Libra is concerned with human potential and progress as expressed through mediating heaven and earth. Whether this mediation is expressed through human interaction, Art, the sifting/sieving of values or moral standards will depend on what the individual attaches the most value to.
Walt Disney and Julia Child both have the Moon in Libra.
Moon in Scorpio
Wild, unbridled emotions and a complicated inner life are the hallmarks of Moon in Scorpio natives. The love of intensity and drama need to be honoured in the lives of these people, allowing them to always somehow be touching the depths of the intangible world.
There is a depth and profundity to the Moon in Scorpio that needs to be acknowledged and harnessed if they wish to feel nourished and secure. This sense of drama is very much at home in deep, intimate exchanges, sexual activity and plumbing the depths through the activation of their sensuality. Life and its mysteries as expressed in the occult sciences and esoteric doctrines may also provide the soul with the food that it needs.
There is a strong spiritual and mystical component to the Moon in all watery signs and so a need to feel in touch with the Divine through the breaking down of individual barriers may provide the Moon in Scorpio native with much solace and comfort.
Adriana Lima and Eric Clapton both have the Moon in Scorpio.
Moon in Sagittarius
The teachers and gypsies of the Zodiac need space and freedom in order to truly come alive and feel nourished. Spending time outdoors and in Nature has a grounding and healing effect on the Sagittarius Moon native as do hiking and sports. Any activity or cause that allows them to feel like they are in touch with the endless possibilities that life has to offer are good, as are abstract ways of piecing together the meaning of life. Travel refreshes and revitalises as does anything that is rich in symbolic meaning as this accentuates their natural buoyancy and the desire to feel at one with the cosmos.
Restlessness and inquisitiveness are best channeled into activities that bring meaning to life’s bigger questions. The desire to integrate knowledge and transmute it into wisdom can help touch other peoples’ lives through personal interaction or by aiding in humanitarian concerns that can bring healing and wholeness on a larger, more transpersonal scale.
Friedriech Nietszche and Yoko Ono have the Moon in Sagittarius.
Moon in Capricorn
Gloomy and taciturn yet deeply ironic and darkly humorous, Moon in Capricorn natives function best when they are caring for and succouring others, turning any potential self-focus outwards onto the people and things in their immediate environments.
Moon in Capricorn’s noble sense of responsibility and indebtedness to others can be a blessing as much as it can be a curse. On the one hand it forges strong connections through personal integrity and cementing social bonds but on the other hand they can be out of touch with their own personal needs, which can eventually lead to resentment and burnout.
Because it is an earth sign, Moon in Capricorn is deeply tactile and sensual and a need for daily rituals and body-centering are imperative in maintaining a sense of well-being and nourishment.
Since a sense of worldly achievement is important in bolstering Capricorn’s sense of self-esteem, a need for financial security and vocational structure can help the native shine and thrive.
Amy Winehouse and Abraham Lincoln both have the Moon in Capricorn.
Moon in Aquarius
Detached and unemotional, Moon in Aquarius types champion reason, progress and uncomplicated human relationships above all else. There is a strong desire not to feel tied down to anything or anyone, Moon in Aquarius natives do better when they are espousing a political ideal or philosophical cause that can help mankind rise above its chthonic origins thereby giving meaning and order to life’s meaninglessness.
This socially astute sign may find physical imperfection and bodily needs difficult to acknowledge and there is often a need to stuff uncomfortable emotions into the safe and reliable world of the mind. Seeing patterns of meaning in life and in its processes may be a valuable asset in learning to untangle confusing emotions from a web of chaos thereby imparting Aquarian perfectionism onto the imperfect world of feelings.
Aquarius’ innate idealism needs to believe that it can rise above the tug of war that results from too much emotionality. This means that harnessing the power inherent in emotional distancing and pouring it out into activities and causes that are designed to serve mankind can help put the Moon in Aquarius’ life into greater perspective.
Britney Spears and Denzel Washington both have the Moon in Aquarius.
Moon in Pisces
The need for the dissolution of physical boundaries may express itself in troubling ways such as through a need for alcohol or other mind-altering substances. The feeling of not being at home in the world of form needn’t be resisted or experienced as a liability. Any activities that attune their empathic emotional natures to the love and benediction of the divine must be a daily facet of existence for Moon in Pisces natives.
Walking the tightrope between dissolution and incarnation is a tricky cross to bear but it is one that awakens compassion for mankind and its suffering. This boundless oceanic energy that swirls in and around them may be channeled into creative works such as dance or poetry. Allowing the chaos of the unfathomable, irrational world to be expressed through them needn’t be destructive or dangerous and can provide a healing balm to others through the inchoate expression of sad, sweet longing.
Their highly refined and delicate emotional natures are best channeled into healing others. The trick is to not let these interchanges turn into vampiric energy exchanges whereby the person being healed sucks the Pisces Moon native of all their energy. Introspection and time spent alone are key.
Audrey Hepburn and Alesteir Crowley both have the Moon in Pisces.
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