Today’s Key Topic – The Moon.
Once you have a handle on Sun signs and what they mean, the next best step is to learn the Moon. The Moon is the compliment to the Sun. She shows our moods, emotions and needs. Think of it this way, The Sun is the outline of our IDENTITY and The Moon is the shading that adds PERSONALITY to the portrait. The moon also describes our attitude towards our mother and mothering. The SIGN tells us WHAT we need. The HOUSE tells us WHERE to find it. The glyph for the Moon is a crescent.
Note: The Moon moves about 13 degrees every day. Since each sign is only 30 degrees each, this is important to consider when looking at a chart with no birthtime. If a time is not given, we usually just substitute noon for the time. This chart will be close to correct, however, the Moon could be anywhere around plus or minus 7 degrees from what it says. This may put the Moon in a different sign. It will also change any aspects to the Moon. With practice you will learn to make an educated guess about which moon is correct. But remember, without a confirmed time, it is just a guess.
Now, Let’s dig into today’s chart!
Ascendant (aka “the Rising Sign”) – 22 degrees Aquarius.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and Saturn. What? Two rulers? No fair! Here’s the deal, planetary rulership was handed out before anyone knew anything about Uranus (or Neptune, or Pluto.) So, they worked with what they had and Aquarius shared Saturn with Capricorn. So, now fast forward, Uranus is discovered and we decide it’s a better fit for Aquarius only some people like to hang onto the old ways of doing things. So, depending on who you talk to Aquarius is ruled by one, the other or both. But most will side with Uranus nowadays. Uranus as chart ruler will give an overall rebellious energy to the chart. Aquarius rising people define cool and are not afraid to stand out if that’s who they are.
The Sun – Scorpio in the 9th house
Scorpio is a natural detective. Penetrating and enigmatic, they get to the core of whatever it is they are investigating. The 9th house adds an expansive viewpoint perfect for seeking higher forms of truth. This is one who holds tenaciously to their high IDEALS.
The Moon – Virgo in the 7th house.
Another 7th house moon like Chart I. In this case Virgo gives a need to relate on an intellectual level. This picky person may cycle through several partners before finding one that makes the cut. Practicality is always a consideration.
Hey, can you guess who else has this combination of Aquarius Rising, Scorpio Sun and Virgo Moon?
Now here’s Satori to help you put it all together…
After identifying the basic energies of the Big Three, it’s time to address how each relates to the other and to the chart as a whole. The Sun is in sextile (an aspect of opportunity) to the Moon, a relationship in which the energies are helplful to each other. It is important to note that both the Sun and the moon have planets conjunct (close to), sharing energy and addiing to their expressions.
With Mercury, the planet of communication, conjunct, the Sun’s energy (the ego) will be in tune with the way this individual expresses themself. Also conjunct, Neptune, the planet of spirituality, illusion, and higher creativity gives this person’s Sun a dreamy quality. In the ninth house (publishing, education, philosophy, adventure) this combination might indicate someone who tells elevated tales of powerful (Scorpio) adventures, or perhaps they merely dream of such things (Neptune).
The Moon conjunct Pluto (depth, power, and the shadow) denotes a person who seeks a deep connection and transformation through one on one relationships. With the chart ruler, Uranus, here as well, they may seek electrifying emotional experiences and need a good measure of space.
The Ascendent in Aquarius is at odds with both the Sun and the Moon. Its square to the Scorpio Sun indicates someone whose outward affect appears cooler and more distant than their more internal self. Saturn loosely conjunct the Ascendent adds gravity and responsiblity and will slow down that quick Aquarian energy. Saturn exactly quincunxes the moon, an energy not unlike a see-saw. With this aspect one finds themselves with difficulty expressing their outer personality while simultaneously meeting their needs, in this case a need for deeper connection.
The good news here is that these three parts of the chart connect to each other in a closed pattern, sextile to quincunx to square. They relate and can be integrated in a workable way. It will take effort (Saturn involved), but effort pays off. There’s some work and some play, but Jack (Jill) sure doesn’t look at all like a dull boy (girl).
As a 9th house Scorpio sun, you broadcast your depth. Still, Virgo moon can be read as cool because it’s so analytical, often more comfortable in observation mode than owning those messy feelings. Be aware of the tendency to distance from your emotions, because those deep (and sometimes dark) feelings feed you. You don’t have to tell anybody about what you find. That’s against Scorpio’s credo. But do focus on maintaining a good working knowledge of your emotional drives. The understanding will give you more peace and sharpen your relationship skills.
Now its your turn! Got a question, ask away. Anything in common with this chart? Tell us about it. Itching to show off your skills? Give us your reading. This is your workshop. Have Fun!