The astrological Moon is generally connected with the archetype of the Mother. In today’s more gender fluid world, it is not so unusual for a father to be the more nurturing parent and I typically find that the energies surrounding the way an individual is nurtured is found in the fourth house. The parent who inspires and affects the way we present to the world is found in the tenth house.
Regardless of which parent is most present or most nurturing, though, the Moon is still tightly bound to the Mother – the feminine body that carries the fetus in the womb for 280 days, more or less, regardless of what happens afterwards.
Aspects to the Moon, the sign the Moon falls in, and the general disposition of the Moon in the chart reflects the way the individual perceives the maternal relationship. Our perception of the energy of our mother is not always the same as what the mother is projecting, and I have had to soothe many a mother who comes to me for a reading about her child and discovers a stressed Moon in the child’s chart.
Often, but not always, the sign that the Moon is in reflects the way the child perceives the mother. A Capricorn moon child perceives mom as being somewhat distant and perhaps cold. A Virgo moon child feels criticized and not ever good enough. A child with a Pisces moon may find the connection with mother elusive.
Pluto, the planet of death, is conjunct my own Moon and I often felt that my mother wished I was dead. In fact, my mother had an abortion before I was born and in a meditation I experienced being that child, before I ever […]