Last time we talked about emotional weather forecasting.
Knowing the forecast is one thing, how you react to that is another, much more complex matter.
The way I react to a forecast, my perceptions of it, will be very different to how you might react.
As an example, I have difficulty with the Moon in Capricorn, Libra and Virgo.
When the Moon is in Capricorn I feel like I have a big black cloud obscuring my vision. I feel depressed, I feel lonely and I feel as if I’m not good enough. I feel as though I have no confidence in myself- or my abilities- and that my efforts will all come to nothing.
Despite the Capricorn Moon being sextile to my Pisces Moon, I have a very poor relationship with Saturn natally- it’s this that I feel when the Moon is in Capricorn.
Others may find Capricorn Moon times as great planning days, great strategy days, great just get in and get it done days. I struggle with this.
I feel the mood lift as soon as La Luna shifts into Aquarius. Even though I don’t deal with Air energy well, even though the traditional ruler of Aquarius is also Saturn, it’s the emotional energy of Uranus that I tap into. Natally I get Uranian energy- I live with that energy every day through my Uranus- Sun/Moon opposition.
Mercury in my chart is also weak- it’s seriously the worst Mercury in history. As a result, I struggle with Gemini Moons. My Mercury instinct is a 12th house one, the Gemini Moon forces me to be social.
But that’s just me.
I know this so try and schedule my activities around it.
I know I’m going to be forced to socialise when the Moon is in Gemini- whether I like it or not- so consciously arrange lunches or coffee catch ups…and usually enjoy them. Having said that, I know that by the end of it I’ll be ready for the Cancer Moon and to retreat to where my head can be quiet again.
I know that creatively I’ll be fighting an uphill battle when the Moon is in Virgo and Capricorn so schedule those tasks that I know I don’t enjoy anyway.
I know that my energy will be high when the Moon is in a fire sign or in Scorpio and under no circumstances blow off training sessions. I know that without a release of this energy, the potential for pointless argument is very high.
I know this because I’ve tracked my moods over a long time- and I know my chart inside and out.
So, my pointers:
1. Know your influence.
If you’re a lunar type- have the Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Cancer, Sun or Moon in the 4th house, other personal planets in close aspect to the Moon- you will be more influenced by the emotional weather forecast than others may be. Know this.
2. Your Sun sign
When the Moon is in the same sign or element as your Sun, head and heart will be operating from the same motivation. This is a good thing- even if natally your Moon and Sun don’t get on.
3. Your Moon sign
When the Moon is in the same sign or element as your natal Moon, you will be familiar with the energy- good or bad. What do I mean by this? Say for example you have the Moon in Gemini square Mars. This can be a difficult placement- and one that you need to learn how to deal with. Each month when the Moon moves into Gemini, it will replicate that natal pattern. It mightn’t be comfortable, but it is familiar- you live with it every day. It’s also a good opportunity to work with that energy.
4. Know your challenges
This is similar to the above point. Know which planets are relatively challenging in your chart. This might be a planet that doesn’t aspect any other in your chart. Because you’re not working with it every day, when it’s triggered each month by the Moon, it will act like a toddler clamouring for attention. Good or bad, you’ll notice it.
Your challenge might be a planet that is like my Saturn and Mercury- in a sign where it is debilitated. I’ll post more on this later.
5. Know your houses
If you know your Ascendant, or rising sign, you’ll know which part of life the Moon is influencing. When the Moon is tracking through your 12th house, you might feel like staying in bed for the day or sitting cross-legged under a pyramid on the top of a mountain. When the Moon is in your 6th house, make the most of any opportunity to get the routine work done, and when it’s in your 5th house, make the time to have some fun or be creative. Yu can plan your days accordingly.
If you don’t know your birth time, use the solar house system ie your Sun sign will be on the cusp of the 1st house and so on- this will give you a reasonable approximation.
6. Know your transits
The Moon moves quickly so is rarely responsible for anything more life changing than a good or bad hair day. La Luna can, however, act as the trigger point for a major transit. What do I mean by this?
Say you have Saturn applying to square your Sun. The energy has been building for a while and you can feel the heaviness, but as yet nothing has happened. The Moon transiting either of these points could be the trigger. Remember, we are talking here about an aspect being exact or almost exact, and we’re talking outer planets transiting personal planets.
7. Know your Lunar nature
Your Moon might be in Pisces, but if it is closely aspected by another planet (especially by conjunction, square or opposition) it will behave very much like the sign that planet rules. When the Moon is in those signs, the energy will feel familiar. Eg my Moon is conjunct the Sun, and opposite Uranus and Pluto. The energy of the Aquarius, Scorpio and Leo Moons feel familiar to me. If your Moon aspects Saturn, you probably won’t have the difficulties with the Capricorn Moon that I do. If your Moon aspects Venus, you’ll be in tune with the Taurus and Libra Moons.