©2009 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
The Moon passes through the twelve signs of the zodiac in its monthly orbit. You can track it through an astrological calendar or an ephemeris. Clearly, a calendar is no match for the kinds of social problems we are facing, but it can be a helpful stress reduction tool. Following the Moon’s monthly and yearly cycles helps us keep on an even keel emotionally and cut our stress levels. Doing things during a Moon sign alien to what you want to accomplish builds up inner friction that can be wearing. When you work against the flow of lunar energies, you work harder and less effectively than when you work with them.
One clue to understanding the Moon signs is the repetition of the four elements‑‑fire, earth, air, and water‑‑throughout the twelve signs. Signs within the same element share basic energy patterns and concerns. To summarize, while the Moon passes through the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), people are more emotional and introspective. The fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) put people in a more energetic, lively, assertive mood. When the Moon transits the air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), communication and mental pursuits are highlighted more than feelings. As the Moon travels through the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), people focus on practical, down‑to‑earth concerns. Understand, however, that these patterns go around in a circle, rather than a straight line.
As you learn the nature of each sign, avoid wasting energy by taking advantage of its most constructive qualities. For example, the Moon traveling through Cancer seems to put many people in a domestic mood. They may enjoy working around the house, cooking, visiting family, or just being quietly at home. A Cancerian who goes off on a business trip then might feel especially homesick. Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn–the earth signs–are good for taking stock of your financial situation or embarking on small business endeavors. A party? Moon in Leo, Libra, Aquarius, or another outgoing fire or air sign.
Wanting to organize the closets or files? Try Moon in Virgo. If you did it while the Moon was in Pisces, you’d probably never find anything again! Moon in Gemini isn’t the greatest for closets either. You’d spend the day on the phone and at the end shove everything back in a worse mess than before . . . but at least you’d catch up on the gossip.
This technique can help with much more important issues than that pile of junk at the back of your closet. I’m using these small matters to show how much more productive it is to work with the zodiac than against it.
To give an example, the Moon in Gemini produces the urge to communicate. Being stuck at home alone with dreary, routine tasks will only create frustration and restlessness. It’s a good day to do lunch with someone you’d like to know better. If you’re homebound at a time like that, ditch the routine and pursue worthwhile Gemini activities. Catch up on correspondence or write that story that’s been rumbling around in the back of your mind. If you do want to write, I’d suggest you deliberately block off communication by putting the phone on an answering machine, turning off the ringer on your cell, and ignoring the email so the verbal energy will pour out in words on paper.
Ah, but you say, “If I butterfly under Gemini, how will those dull household tasks get done?” The zodiac to the rescue! The Moon goes into Cancer next and you’ll feel more like tending the home fires. That’s the fascinating and profound thing about the zodiac‑‑the sequence of the signs seems to take care of problems like these. If your thinking about an issue is too rigid and traditional while the Moon is in Capricorn, wait a day or so. When the Moon goes into Aquarius, you’ll be more innovative. Moon in Pisces got you dreamy and a bit lazy? That’s because you need to rest, regroup, and be in touch with your spirituality. Don’t worry or feel guilty. The Moon hits Aries next, and you’ll spring into action with all those creative ideas you dreamed up under Moon in Pisces.
People sometimes wonder how I get so much accomplished and yet work so little. One way that happens is that for all the years I’ve been involved with astrology, I’ve consciously worked with the energies of the current Moon sign rather than try to force my work into rigid agendas and to do lists. When I flow with the Moon, the work flows.
More Posts about the Moon on this Blog:
- How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score?
- Why Cancer Isn’t a Popular Sign
- 2010 Eclipses–How do They Affect You?
- Eclipses: Moving Beyond the Four Walls of the Known
- 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
- Outtake from a Moon-Pluto Life
- 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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