The Moon has always held the attention of Earth’s peoples and was not classified as either benefic or malefic by the Ancients, although Ptolemy leaned towards a benefic influence. Her position shows where you are subject to emotional ups & downs; and where we have failed to show enough emotion previously. The pull on our emotions this time, can cause us to react overemotionally to those house affairs in this life.
The Moon is the only natural satellite of Earth. It was called Luna by the Romans, Mani by the Norse, and Selene by the Greeks.
The principle ruler of those born at night (nocturnal chart), it astrologically relates to one’s emotions and security needs. It is your instincts, those primal stirrings that creep into your thoughts. The natural ruler of Cancer, it has an influence on domestic and nurturing issues. It represents the unconscious, the habits and instinctual behavior patterns we drift into when we are not operating from the realm of ego and consciousness (Sun). She rules women in general, the mother or mother-figure in particular; and will describe (by sign, house, and aspects) how you experienced and perceived your mother. The Moon is a very important influence in the chart and is looked at first, along with the Sun and Ascendant. She represents sensitivity, moodiness, fluctuation, childhood and the patterns we learned in childhood, past conditioning, habits, how we seek to nurture and be nurtured, and the private life.
Physically, the Moon rules the breasts, stomach, nutrition, digestion, brain lining, bodily fluids, uterus, and the subconscious mind.
For colors, gemstones, and metals, Cancer is associated with smoky grays and greens; the pearl; and the metal silver.
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The Earth and Moon form a double-planet system. The Moon is the closest astronomical body to the Earth and we know more about it than any other object in the heavens. Many surface features are visible to the unaided eye, and a pair of binoculars reveals a great amount of detail. A small telescope shows vast seas of lava, large mountain ranges and hundreds of craters of all sizes - much larger than here on Earth.
the Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
Waxing Crescent: the visible Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
First Quarter: one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
Waxing Gibbous: the Moon is more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
Full Moon: the visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight.
Waning Gibbous: the Moon is less than full, but more than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
Last Quarter: one-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
Waning Crescent: the Moon is partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
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