Recently, I had the opportunity to take a workshop on the Moon in astrology at New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland with local evolutionary astrologer Paul H. Richard. This is the second workshop I've taken with Paul. The first, on Jupiter, was so inspiring I got a reading with him, and he's since become a mentor to me.*
If you ever have the opportunity to take this class (or any class with Paul), I highly recommend it.
In the meantime, here is a sliver (a crescent?) of what he covered in the class:
1. The Moon is your path to happiness. The sign that your Moon is in describes what you need to be happy, and the house your Moon is in is the place where it's most important for you to get that thing. My Moon, for example, is in Aquarius. I need authenticity and freedom in order to be happy. It's in my 6th House, which means that I need to make sure that my work allows me to be who I am. I also need a lot of autonomy and the freedom to choose how I spend my time as much as possible.
2. The Moon is equal to the Sun in importance. Most people know their Sun sign, but a surprising number of people who respect astrology don't know their Moon sign. The Moon is a powerful force in the sky, not just astrologically but physically. Anyone who has stood on a beach and watched a bay empty or tried to hold steady in a strong riptide knows that the Moon's effect on the oceans is a powerful thing. If you don't know your Moon sign, you can calculate it here.
3. The Moon is sent to the place where your basic needs for security, nurture, and happiness has been thwarted. This trauma means that we tend to either cling too tightly to our Moon needs, or we have trouble accepting their importance and integrating them. Personally, I've felt a lot of guilt over how much I wilt when my routine becomes to constricting. It's taken me a long time to come to peace with the fact that just because other people are happy with repetition doesn't mean that I lack maturity and discipline.
4. To evolve your Moon, go to the next sign and the opposite sign. There are no good planets or bad planets. Every Moon placement has things it does well and places it needs to grow. One of the lower expressions of Aquarius, for example, is the Exile. A Moon in Aquarius struggles with disassociation and being emotionally vulnerable. In order to address these imbalances, someone with the Moon in Aquarius can learn about openheartedness from Pisces (the next sign) and self-expression from Leo (the opposite sign).
5. The progressed Moon is where your heart is at the moment. Every 2.5 years or so, the Moon progresses into a new house and sign in your chart. Progressed planets reflect your evolving self, and the progressed Moon represents your evolving emotions, the work that your heart is particularly into at the moment. My progressed Moon, for example, has been in Pisces for the past couple of years. As you know from #4, I have a lot to learn from Pisces, and I've found myself meeting people with a lot of Pisces in their charts over the past couple of years.
So, where is your Moon? What does Lady Luna's place in your chart have to teach you? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
I leave you with "Traveller's Prayer" by John Renbourn, a song Paul introduced us to in class:
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