When we talk about processing emotion, it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone does it the same way. The common advice is to sit quietly with your emotions, feel them thoroughly, and then let them go. But not everyone is built that way. When the Moon is in an earth sign, things work a little differently.
Earth signs are grounded in the physical. When the Moon is in an earth sign, emotions have to be grounded in the physical in order to be fully processed. And each sign has its own method.
· Taurus Moons process in their own time. Taurus is arguably the most fixed of the fixed signs, and is well-known for being an immovable object. Taurus emotions are held in the body and felt deeply on a physical level. Here, the Moon takes ample time to truly explore and understand its feelings. That said, Taurus is the Moon’s very favorite place to be. Taurus is like a fertile garden, and each emotion plants a seed that, when given time and care, grows into a beautiful bloom. As long as they are allowed to process as slowly as they please, Taurus Moons can integrate their emotions more fully than most any other sign.
· Virgo Moons process through activity. Virgos also feel emotions in the body, but unlike steady Taurus, Virgo’s nervous energy needs an outlet. My Virgo Moon father is well-known for dealing with his emotions by mowing the lawn, lifting weights, or cleaning the gutters. As a Virgo Moon moves the energy out of their body and organizes their physical space, their mind and heart also organize themselves. However, when they are denied this kind of outlet, emotions can become backed up and manifest themselves in health issues. So it is important for Virgo Moons to move.
· Capricorn Moons process privately. Capricorn is symbolized by a goat with a fish tail. Capricorns feel things as powerfully as a water sign, but feel a duty to handle them like an earth sign. Capricorn Moons are fiercely self-protective, and are often secretly horrified by the vulnerability that comes with deep emotions. Thus they retreat to their own private space to work through them. Once in their protected space, they will reflect on their emotions and try to find both a practical reason for them as well as a practical solution. When they are successful, they are able to harness their emotions as fuel to drive them toward their goals. But until that occurs, they will deflect through humor, sarcasm, and irritability. So if your Capricorn attempts to retreat, let them. They will work through things on their own.
While each chart is unique and each person will have their own way of moving through the world, there are features all earth Moons share. They feel their emotions in the body. They need time and space to work through emotions in their own way. And they often prefer privacy while they do so. There are certainly challenges with this approach, but at the end of the day, earthy Moons are left with deep emotions that are integrated down to their bones. And that is a pretty good deal.
Do you have the Moon in an earth sign? What is it like?