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The Moon in the Twelve Signs
Moon in Aries
With Moon in Aries you're enthusiastic and naïve, each day becomes a new adventure. You express a joy of living and people are attracted to you for it. Even so, you have a bit of the rogue and rascal in you.
You can be emotionally detached from the people around you, somewhat reluctant to ask for help, even when you need it. The nature that has developed and the habits learned make you very independent. You feel with your ego. You don't much care for advice, and rarely follow the advice you get. There is much in your instinctive nature that is original and restless. Sometimes you get too assertive, and those that know you well realize you have a quick temper. You aren't one who always plays by the rules, as you are something of a renegade. To a degree, Moon in Aries hides a sense of insecurity behind an independent and assertive exterior.
Extremely competitive, you love a challenge from a worthy opponent. You tend to see just about everything as a challenge and everyone as an opponent. Its hard for you to give in on anything and compromise is generally an option you don't exercise. Intensely individualistic, it's hard to see someone else's point of view. Oddly enough, when it comes to a romantic partner, you'll insist on someone who is not shy about standing up to you.
Moon in Taurus
This is a stable position for the Moon; reactions and emotional responses are slow, but full. Easygoing, even-tempered, and good-natured, you are a great companion and a devoted friend. You don't anger easy; you believe in loving, not fighting. Little annoyances don't really bother you very much. There is a deep emotional need to gratify physical appetites. You can be very possessive, and sometimes quite self-indulgent. Stable and steady, loyal and lasting, you are a determined, if sometimes stubborn person.
In a romantic sense, no lover of yours will ever want for affection. On the other hand, this person may feel a little smothered by your possessiveness. Yours is a strong sense of ownership, and this may extend to your partner in a romance. It is important to remember that you can't buy love and you don't own your lover. Your needs and desires are simple, down-to-earth and of a practical, physical nature. Sensual and strongly sexual, your enjoyment of sex is direct and unabashed. You very much like physical contact; hugs and back rubs. With friends and lovers you can be quite demonstrative.
Sense impressions are very strong, the sense of touch and taste is highly developed, and you probably have a pleasant speaking and singing voice. At least you are fond of music, art, dancing and all things that make life more pleasurable. You innate good taste probably extends to decorating the home and having a great sense for interior design.
You have deep powers of concentration and generally a conservative outlook. Your ideas are very conventional. You only welcome those ideas which are compatible with your stable temperament. Conservative and conventional, you have to avoid becoming narrow-minded and fixed in your opinions. You don't like contradiction, simply because you don't like to argue. You will stick to your ideals through thick and thin, being blindly faithful, sentimental, affectionate and basically timid.
Moon in Gemini
A trademark of Gemini is observation, as impressions seem to form quickly. With the Moon in Gemini, you are able to verbalize all sorts of observations with amazing speed. You are quite mentally alert, versatile and perceptive, chiefly interested in the intimate contact of the moment.
Friendly, gregarious and sociable, you're likely to have a lot of friends, lovers and acquaintances. You truly like people, and they like you. Communication with people is all important to you. All types of communication interest you, and you are never at a loss for words. You have a natural ability to communicate; both orally and in writing.
Your emotional personality requires variety and novelty rather than durability and depth of feeling. In fact, you may be incapable of long-sustained feelings, or of undivided interests. Moods are changeable; you can be up one minute and down the next, and because of this, you tend to be somewhat nervous much of the time. Sometimes can appear superficial because you seemingly lack real perseverance, constantly jumping from one project to another. Actually, you are torn apart by changing feelings, and you can spread yourself too thin and scatter your forces. Your restless nature is always searching for something new.
You have the instinct to always be adaptable and flexible, and the capacity to be a little shrewd when you want to be. This attribute becomes pronounced because your senses serve the intellect rather than the emotions. The result is an ability for dispassionate observation and reasoning. A life-long student, you want to learn a little about everything.
Moon in Gemini yields a highly developed sense of humor which makes you fun to be around. Shrewd by natural instinct, you know how to play up to others and get what you want, including your romantic partners. Emotionally shallow, you don't tend to form strong attachments or get deeply involved romantically. Gemini fails to rank as one of the more domestic Moon positions. You seem to have a psychological need to do a lot of different things before you settle down to have and raise a family. Having your own home is not necessarily one of you primary goals. You want a life that won't tie you down and restrict your mobility. Freedom is important to you, and you don't want to be restricted by emotional demands.
Moon in Cancer
You rarely go out of your way to garner new information, but once something sinks into your mind, it is indelibly impressed upon it. Everything that you experience is held in feeling memory. You let your heart rule your head, and you can have trouble making rational, detached decisions. Yet your intuition is quite keen, and you would be smart to rely on it. You have an almost psychic ability to "tune in" to what other people are thinking and feeling. By nature, you're suspicious and distrusting, although, surprisingly, you tend to almost naively trust your own feelings and gut hunches.
The Cancer influence is often far too sensitive surroundings. This over-sensitive nature can be a positive or a negative; on the positive side, you are no doubt very intuitive; on the negative side, you are moody and subject to emotional upsets. This thin-skinned attitude toward outside influences causes you to pick up negative vibrations from others. You are frequently moody and prone to having problems in personal relationships. Often, Cancer Moon people wear their heart on their sleeve, but like so many of them, you may have a habit of hiding your true feelings and strong emotions under a rather hard shell.
You have an especially strong love of home and family, and you staunchly protect your personal security. In Cancer, the emotions reflected by the Moon are sensitive to matters that affect people as a whole, the "universal parent." Towards loved ones, you are gentle, peaceful, and romantic. You have a nurturing attitude toward your family and to those you consider under your very broad protective "wing." Security is of primary importance to you, but often you feel your life lacks the comfort of inherent stability. Things that offer a sense of protection become very important: money, material belongings, family, home, country, and traditions, may all be included in this. Change, risk-taking, relocating, and opinions differing from your own are things that pose a challenge to your security, and are usually rejected accordingly. You have a great deal of apprehension regarding matters outside of your own personal control.
Moon in Leo
Self-sufficient and self-reliant, you get deeply and emotionally involved with all that you do. This Moon definitely accents personality, and causes a tendency toward display. It is likely that an attitude has been instilled in you that you can do anything you want, and that your creative ability has no actual bounds. You may have been spoiled somewhat. There is a need to be admired and applauded, and you seek appreciation constantly. You have an innate sense of the dramatic and always do things with a flair. Something of a showman, entertaining may come naturally for you. You seem to thrive on constant attention and you are something of a flirt, expecting the object of your flirtations to be responsive, as well.
The Moon has a natural association with the fourth house of the horoscope, or the home. Moon in Leo gives a natural creative flair to make the home a show place. You may have a gift for interior design and be good with color and decorating. You think of your home as your castle, and you may have a tendency to overextend yourself financially to impress others with your fine life-style.
You are uplifted socially and you command respect. Your reactions are straight-forward and usually dignified, enabling you to garner esteem and responsibility. You have a deep-seated need for this respect and nothing hurts you more than not feeling as though you are appreciated. One thing you can't handle very well is someone stepping on your pride.
There is a natural love of luxury and a desire for social pomp and prominence as Moon in Leo lends a certain nobility to the persona. There may be an inborn tendency to be somewhat pretentious. Thus, sometimes you can be a little self-centered and even pompous, lacking objectivity and having a blind spot in your emotional perspective. It's very hard for you to ever back down or to accept any sort of a compromise.
The Moon in Leo tends to produce a loving and very devoted parent, boss, or ruler, but it is important that leadership potential not be spoiled by the tendency towards being bossy, arrogance, and displaying an overbearing ego. Emotions are powerful with Moon in Leo, and the drive for prominence and power is very strong, as well. Unless the Moon is harshly aspected, you should be like the benevolent monarch, having a great sense of charity and being a rather generous person. You are one who projects concern with an optimistic approach to life.
Moon in Virgo
Your desire to be considered superior intellectually may be a cover for a deep-seated inferiority complex. Often, this position denotes a shyness and a decided lack of self-confidence. You respond well to encouragement and appreciation, and you have a need for these to stay your emotionally overeager nature. Overly critical of yourself, you assume that people will judge you harshly and find you lacking. You may feel that people don't like you, for this is a placement that shows much lack of self-esteem. Thus, you tend to pretty much keep your feelings under wraps.
You have a desire to serve others, but not enough understanding of the other person's feelings. Consequently, you follow your intellect rather than your intuitions in most situations. You have trouble understanding other people's motivations and intentions. Your reactions are often rather cool, deliberate, detailed and analytical. You don't like emotional expressions, because you really don't understand them. Analyzing emotions may occupy a good bit of your time.
This is not a very sexual position for the Moon for there is an introverted aspect to this placement. Even when your feelings are engaged, your shyness makes it hard for you to be demonstrative with your affections. Instead you express caring by doing things for the people you love, trying to make yourself indispensable to your loved ones so they won't be able to get along without you. Whether in a relationship or not, you enjoy doing things for people and you are at your best when you are able to take care of someone who is needy. You never shy away from such responsibility.
You do understand reality and practicality, and you react in a very common sense manner, never viewing the world through "rose colored glasses". Mental qualities are emphasized by this position, but the qualities in Virgo are practical and useful. You want what you want, when and how you want it. You don't value learning for learning sake, but for the use and application that can be made of the learning. Temperamental at times, you tend to get picky and argumentative. You are shrewd, with good business sense and meticulous attention to detail. You analyze and criticize all sense impression with care; sometimes you can be quite fussy about minor details.
Moon in Libra
The adaptability of this Moon sign is considerable; you don't like disputes and disorder, and you do what you can to maintain a well-oiled social and business life. Balance, harmony and domestic tranquility are very important to you. Even-tempered, well-mannered and congenial, you display all those attributes that assures many friends and an active social life. You are truly a thoughtful and good-natured person who goes out of the way to be nice to people. You are very fond of people and don't enjoy being alone for very long. You have a need to have everyone like you, and your emotional well-being depends on the approval others. Thus, you are over-anxious to please. This is the sign of the consummate peacemaker and diplomat.
Your nature is affectionate and easily swayed, often exhibiting a tendency towards indolence. Sometimes you tend to have too much reliance on others and you may delay making important decisions. At many times, you seem to be facing life's problems and decisions on more or less a trial and error basis. Too willing to compromise, you frequently allow others to take advantage of you. You freely sacrifice your own wishes for someone else's. It is very hard for you to be assertive and stand up for yourself. Since you don't like conflict situations, you may refrain from expressing the dissatisfactions you have in your relationships, often waiting until it is too late to rectify the situation.
Relationships are important to your and you don't like being alone. A stable partner, you tend to settle with one special person rather than playing the field. Devoted and faithful, you spend a great deal of your time catering to the needs and desires of your mate. Stability rather than passion or excitement is your goal in a partner. It is usually thought that Libra love affairs are of the head rather than the heart. Concern with what others think and doing what is correct makes you rather conventional and conservative in all your romantic and social activities.
You are refined and you have a definite love of the refined; art, music, etc. You may have some natural artistic or musical talent. At the very least you appreciate all the finer things in life and you are apt to be a patron of the arts if your means permit.
You are a good planner, but often it is hard for you to get your plans into action and to see them through to completion. The Libra mind is more contemplative, building great ideas, but sometimes failing carry them out. Decisiveness is not usually a strong quality with Moon in Libra; the mind may be building great ideas, but you are not always ready to act on them. Decision-making can be tough, because you can usually see both sides of every issue. For you, judgment is more important than execution.
Moon in Scorpio
A Scorpio Moon position gives an absolutely phenomenal memory. In ways, this is very good. Yet in other ways, it designates a person who may carry a number of psyche scars from remembering, too vividly, past events that perhaps should be forgotten. This is a difficult position for the Moon as the emotions become very powerful. You are impatient, moody and sometimes given to brooding.
The nature of this sign is not always very apparent, as you are very good at hiding your true feelings. In fact, you may be almost pathological in your secretiveness, never revealing yourself entirely. Very few people ever know very much about what goes on inside you.
Jealous, proud, and possessive, the Moon in Scorpio frequently has difficulty in romantic relationships despite the fact that this is perhaps the most sensuous of the signs. You attempt to dominate and totally control. When you become involved with someone, you throw yourself completely into the relationship. If a romantic relationship ends, you are devastated as though you had lost a piece of yourself.
You judge people too quickly, and you rarely give them a second chance once those negative vibrations have been received. You react to situations in an abrupt, impulsive and intense manner. You can be vindictive and determined when it come to getting even with someone who has wronged you. Easily hurt or offended, you are apt to hold a grudge and take revenge.
With an executive flair, you are a very determined person, achieving whatever goal is set. You're always searching for new challenges. You react to sense impressions with great accuracy, and can usually see through situations, and through people, with an extremely acute judgment. You insist on thinking for yourself, and you're not one to ever be pushed around. An extremist in much that you do, you never pursue anything halfheartedly. Even when a situation turns out to be detrimental to your well-being, you may still refuse to give it up. Emotional stubbornness marks your nature and natural reactions.
Moon in Sagittarius
In Sagittarius, the emotions are jubilant, enthusiastic and highly optimistic. You are socially naive and blissfully unaware of real human differences. You meet people on your own terms, merging and melting into relationships with them. You are open and friendly as a puppy. Your good-natured and fun-loving manner generally produces many friends and acquaintances. Yet few of your friends are really intimate.
Rarely will you feel the need for group movements or organizations to provide you with a sense of who you are. You know who you are and where you're going. Although you may change your mental directions and modify your goals a number of times, you are quite comfortable with yourself, and where you're headed. Optimistic and idealistic, you can see the silver lining inside every cloud, and believe things will turn out for the best. Usually they do. You bounce back easily from setbacks and immediately start again. Unfortunately, you often fail to learn from your mistakes.
Your sense perceptions are accurate, but you often speak before you think. You seem to be able to form a clear picture of the world around you. Decisive in manner, you are outspoken, buoyant, and ever interested in both learning and spreading knowledge. Thus, you're a natural teacher or preacher.
As a child, your parents were probably very lenient with you, and encouraged your aptitude for adventure, both physically and mentally. Quite likely, you will encourage your children in much the same way, becoming more of a friend than an authority figure. When it comes to discipline, however, you may be a little lax. Sometimes the Sagittarius influence views children as inhibitors of freedom.
Your love relationships probably are romantic friendships rather than deep emotional commitments. You can be affectionate and enthusiastic, but your emotions are shallow, and you probably are happiest with a partner who will play, socialize and go places with you, without making heavy demands. Being free and unfettered is one of your deepest needs. Intimacy poses a certain threat to this need. As soon as you begin to care for someone, you start feeling emotionally trapped, usually choosing to regain your freedom by making an exit.
You need physical outlets for your restlessness and energy. Running, skiing, dancing and bike-riding in particular might appeal to you. Exercise can also help you keep your weight down, since you have a tendency to overindulge in food and/or drink sometimes.
You're prone to make many changes in your life; changes of residence, changes in careers, or just changes of ideals and goals. This is because you are able to maintain a great deal of control over your life, skillfully combining business and pleasure. Adventure and travel are strong urges in your makeup and you are likely to travel a great deal. You may have some reluctance to buy a home and begin collecting physical possessions because you believe these would merely tend to tie you down.
Moon in Capricorn
Expressing your emotions is difficult for you, and people around you may view you as a little cold, rigid and unfeeling. This appearance will persist because it is so hard for you to relax and let go. In most ways you are reserved, especially in communicating, and the way you interact with people. You are self-conscious and emotionally conservative. So serious and prudent, you tend too often to look on the dark side of matters, and express a shyness and doubt about your own worth. You are supersensitive to real, or fancied, slights. There is a subconscious tendency to become dispirited and gloomy. You can be emotionally stable and down-to-earth when things are going okay, but when they aren't, you can be down right depressing.
In relationships with others, you are loyal, devoted and highly dependable--but demonstrative you are not. You show you care by being available, by coming home on time, by providing for financial needs--rarely do you express deep emotions or seem to show your love in the more conventional ways. With your own children, you're likely to be strict and demanding. You want them to be self-sufficient and responsible. Though you may love deeply, even with closest family members, it is hard to express those most intimate feelings of affection.
A practical, steady approach to problem solving makes you an excellent manager with superb executive abilities. Security and stability are very important to you--making money, establishing yourself as a community leader, or accepting the responsibility that will secure your status and attest to your worth as an individual. Your attitude toward life in general is that of the traditionalist because you were raised to believe in solid values and a very conservative approach to living.
This placement of the Moon is difficult, but its saving grace is the fact that it easily picks up the best of a chart featuring good aspects, while it gives a sense of stability to those charts in which the aspects are particularly challenging.
Moon in Aquarius
You sometimes seem eccentric and unconventional in your responses to everyday problems. You're very broad-minded and imaginative, but you're also likely to be somewhat impractical and perhaps lacking in common sense, or so it may seem. Actually, you consider all that you do as being on a utilitarian level, even if many of your ideas are a bit idealistic and outside the mainstream. You have a universal quality that places you ahead of your time. An interesting conversationalist, you are a fascinating person, and a good friend.
It may be that you enjoy a good confrontation now and then and really don't want things to go too smoothly. A little on the high-stung side, you don't like things to get to routine and boring. The quickest way to end a relationship for you is to have the other person begin to take you for granted and cease to challenge you in a variety of ways. Stubborn, brusque and willful, you have difficulties in your relationships due to the insensitive attitude you so often reflect towards your partner's feelings. Women born with Moon in Aquarius are very demanding of a relationship that is entirely "equal". Even during the best of times, you may demand the freedom to come and go as you please. Possessiveness makes you feel trapped. Casual companions and relationships are much more comfortable for you because they do not impose so many demands.
Your Aquarius Moon may make you seem to be too impersonal or detached for many with whom you come in contact. You are good at observing and analyzing others, but you may lack a true understanding of the needs and feelings that other people have. You are generally friendly to all, but in a rather impersonal, cool, and aloof way. This position overemphasizes friendliness and humanitarianism, but often misses the mark in one to one emotional relationships. You may seem cold because you have difficulty understanding the real emotions of another person.
Moon in Aquarius is apt to have given you a special concern for humankind. Often, the placement denotes someone who has very fixed and determined humanitarian instincts, and who participates in activities directed toward the poor or homeless. You relate well to humanity, if not always to individuals.
The physical home is not especially important to you, and you may change your residence often or have rather unconventional living arrangements. Some may describe your lifestyle as "bohemian," modern or offbeat.
Moon in Pisces
With the Moon in Pisces, you can be overly optimistic, sometimes looking at the world through "rose colored glasses." Emotionally naive, you continually overlook other people's shortcomings and deficiencies. You are essentially so romantic that you may rarely see life as it really is. You are tremendously unselfish, trusting and open-handed. Sometimes you can be a little too generous, especially with your boundless sympathy. This is a very passive position, and if you are not careful, others may attempt to take advantage of you. When they do, you are always so easily hurt; and you may spend much to much time feeling sorry for yourself.
You are neither analytical nor critical, but maybe a little psychic. Most astrologers agree that this is the most psychic Moon of all. Highly sensitive, you connect with others on an unconscious, emotional level. You actually feel what they feel. Thus, you have a most sympathetic and compassionate nature, and these fine instincts can be invaluable to you in the everyday world. In many situations, you can be too giving and overly-idealistic. You may have difficulty seeing your people in a clear way, preferring instead to live within a fantasy that you have created.
You expect much of yourself, even perfection, and sometimes you may get down on yourself because of this.
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