©7-8-2010; revised 1/2012 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
The popular series of tests for planetary strength here on Skywriter follow a particular pattern, with points scored and orbs specified for various features of the chart related to the planet in question.
In testing the strength of the Sun and Moon, however, you’ll find differences in the scores, including some bonus points, wider orbs allowed, and other considerations.
That’s because the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are by nature the strongest and most telling features of a chart, and the scores need to reflect that.
The Moon rules the sign Cancer. You’re Cancerian if you have Sun, Moon, Ascendant or several planets in that sign. These are true lunar types. Perhaps the strongest lunar influence of all is Moon in Cancer, since it’s in its own sign. The Moon and Cancer are also related to the 4th house of the horoscope. Having any one of those features prominent will strengthen your lunar side.
The Test for the Moon—What’s Your Score?
The tests in this series aren’t a perfect scientific measurement—that’s impossible. They’re just meant as a simple and fun way to find out the strongest influences in your birth chart.
Note that the orbs and scores are higher for this and the Sun test than for the other planets.
____ Moon conjunct the Sun, Ascendant, or Midheaven, 15 points each; square, trine, or opposite, 10 points each. (Moon’s orbs: 10° for conjunctions, 8° for oppositions, 6° for trines.)
____ Moon conjunct, square, trine, or opposite other planets, 6 points each.
____ Moon in minor aspect to the Sun, Ascendant, Midheaven or other planets, 4 points each. 3° orb. Specify.
____ BONUS: Moon conjunct or opposite the Sun and within 6° of the North or South Node, 10 points, because you were born at an eclipse. (For each degree that separates the Moon and Sun, your birth was about 2 hours from the eclipse. 6° represents 12 hours.)
____ BONUS: The Moon’s North or South Node in Cancer or the 4th house, 5 points.
____ BONUS: Moon in Cancer, 15 points.
____ Sun, Ascendant, or Midheaven in Cancer, 10 points each.
____ Other planets in Cancer, 5 points each.
____ BONUS: Sun or Moon in the 4th house, 10 points each.
____ Other 4th house planets, 5 points each.
____ Bonus: Cancer on the IC or Cancer planets in the 4th, 5 points each.
____BONUS: Part of a major configuration like a stellium, T-square, or Grand Trine, 5.
____ Add 2-5 points for each other factor you consider important, such as Moon aspects to the nodes or having a Node or Part of Fortune in Cancer or the 4th. Specify.
____Total. 0-15 low, 16-25 moderate. 26-40 strong. Over 40 off the charts!
High Scores? What are Lunar Types Like?
Issues for the Moon: the home, family, roots, mother figures and being a mother, nurturing, dependency, security, the emotions, ties to the past and our ancestors, memory, food, the female reproductive system and its cycles, beliefs about the role of women, responsiveness, instinct.
The Moon by nature is traditional and conservative—an ancient, feminine energy that yearns for family and roots. It’s security-minded, safety-conscious, and wants to preserve the past, so it can be sentimentally attached to Mom and to possessions and mementoes that remind us of happier times. It’s home cooking with an old family recipe and going back to our old home town for our high school reunion. It’s how we deal with our emotions, our dependency needs, nurturance, and issues around food.
Many of you will snarl about how UNLUNAR you’re despite a high score on this test. I can already hear your protests and feel the burn backlash telepathically over the internet. If your Moon’s sign and aspects are difficult, you may very well hate your Mom, call in a bomb scare to your high school reunion, and generally detest all things lunar.
And yet that doesn’t make those issues any less critical in your life. It just alters the way you deal with them. Whole books have been written—in fact, I’ve written a couple—about how to heal your lunar wounds. What I just wrote was the archetypal version of a lunar type.
(Did I just say archetype? On Skywriter, archetypes are as rare as politicians who give a crap about their constituents and aren’t cheating on their wives. As rare as a freebie that doesn’t wind up costing you more than it’s worth. As rare as an astrology newsletter or article that doesn’t try to wind you up about the nearest eclipse or Mercury retrograde period.)
Here are some reasons you might not be a typical lunar type:
The Moon is reflective, and for Cancer Suns or Moons, lunar traits would be modified by aspects and other chart features.
For example, if you have a Moon-Uranus aspect or were born between 1949-1946, while Uranus was in Cancer, you may be a wild mixture of lunar and Uranian qualities.
Cancer Suns and Ascendants are especially strongly affected by the Moon’s sign, house, and aspects. A Cancer with an Aries Moon wouldn’t have much patience with either kids or cooking.
A Cancer with Capricorn rising will not readily show the world that tender or sentimental side. A Cancer Sun or Moon in the 9th might be a citizen of the world and even live abroad or far from home for years.
Concerns of the 4th House: The 4th house is associated with the Moon and the sign Cancer. I often find that 4th house Suns are similar to Cancers in their attachment to the home, family, and roots. Depending on the sign, they may or may not share the moodiness, sentimentality, and sensitivity Cancerians are noted for, but they’re likely to be homebodies.
Some areas of life that are crucial to people with a strong a 4th house are the home and home life, family of origin, roots, family ties, heredity, family influence, the nurturing parent, and the senior years.
So, folks, how did you do? Were the test results accurate about you and your loved ones? This is a new test, so you’re my beta testers. Tell us how it went in the comments section by scrolling down past this article.
In case you missed them, here are the other planetary tests so far:
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Saturn? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
Other Posts about the Moon on Skywriter:
- Why Cancer Isn’t a Popular Sign
- 2010 Eclipses–How do They Affect You?
- Using the Daily Moon Sign to your Advantage
- How To Use The Moon For A Daily Emotional Weather Report
- The Moon Signs and their Emotional Habits
- Understanding Mercury Aspects to the Moon
- The Void of Course Moon–A Lunar Sabbath?
- Why Transits to the Birth Moon are so Challenging
- How Outer Planet Transits to the Moon Affect Family Life
- Cancerians, Memory and Emotion
- Fool’s Gold—the Slippery Slope of the South Node
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