When one wants to dissect any planet, one must start with the Domicile, Detriment, Exaltation and Fall. The Domicile is opposite the Detriment. The Exaltation is opposite the Fall. Most of us have planets in each, but our discussion, here, is limited to the Moon. The Moon is in it’s home in Cancer. Hence, the Moon becomes the best of what it is. The person with Moon in Cancer will be soulful. They will feel empathy for others because they are in touch with their own feelings. One cannot have empathy for others, if one has none for oneself. This is a crucial statement and entirely true. If one lacks empathy and wants it obtain it, one must connect with one’s own feelings and accept them. Someone who has no empathy for others has wiped out his feelings to himself. He is callous to himself. That is my opinion and experience. As to the practical manner in which one would go about obtaining empathy, Alice Miller deals with this subject in her pivotal work on child abuse. She has a website, which is filled with wonderful articles, reader’s questions and her own answers. I have written to her, myself, and gotten an answer. Miller is an advocate for the child.
Another manner in which to obtain empathy is open up the avenue of tears. The out of print book “Cure By Crying” by Stone is a simple exposition of this concept, but it is brilliant in it’s simplicity. If you cannot get a hold of this book, Google Right Brain Trauma Theory, as that is what Stone’s book is about. One must cry out one’s pain because pain is stored in the right side of the brain( the emotional side), not the left side( the rational side) One can talk to a therapist for years and never heal because talk therapy will not touch this pain.
I have gotten a bit afield from Astrology, but I am interested in anything that helps people heal. Back to Astrology. Cancer is the single best place for the Moon. I have a Cancer Moon and can attest to this. The Moon is wrapped in a cozy pair of flannel pajamas.The second best place for the moon would be in it’s Exaltation. The Moon is Exalted in Taurus. Both Cancer and Taurus make for a sweet person.We will discuss aspects to the Moons, in another article, as even a Cancer or Taurus Moon could have bad aspects, which would mitigate the position, but for this article, we won’t deal with that, as we want to keep it simple. So, if your lover has a Cancer or Taurus Moon, you could surmise several things. They are not intentionally mean. They do not intentionally bully. If they see someone being hurt, they will be upset and will try to help, if they can. They have tender hearts, in other words. They will, most likely, be kind to you. They will, most likely, be nurturing and can be trusted with your own fragile heart.
Let’s look at the Detriment and Fall positions. I want to say that I am not disparaging anyone. We, each, have easy positions and hard positions. I write to help people understand their lover( or anyone) Each person can choose his actions, but his basic nature is determined by the chart. The Detriment position of the Moon is Capricorn.Let’s examine the Capricorn Moon. Capricorn is goal oriented. Capricorn is status oriented. If there was one sign who could marry for money, it would be Capricorn. Capricorn is very savvy to the workings of social climbing. Capricorn is very politically savvy. If there is one Moon position that is perfect for a politician, it is Capricorn.So, hopefully, you can picture the nature of Capricorn. If you want one phrase which will summarize Capricorn, it would be ” head over heart”. Capricorn can defer gratification, as can no other sign. It can climb the ladder of success, one rung at a time, as can no other sign. However, for the case of the tender moon, Capricorn is not a feeler. Capricorn will override his feelings with his head. This can work well, for a business partner. It can work well in many settings, but you may not want a lover like this. If I were to put a song to Capricorn moon, it would be Madonna’s” Material Girl”.
Let’s look at the Moon in it’s Fall, Scorpio. Scorpio Moon has different issues than Capricorn Moon, VERY different issues. Scorpio is too intense. It is not his fault. He takes things very hard. He feels things very intensely. Hence, he gets possessive and jealous when his lover goes to the corner store for milk. He follows her to make sure she is not having an affair with the clerk. He feels badly about being like this. Most Scorpio Moons do not like this moon placement. Most feel encumbered by it, but the placements are what they are. One good thing about Scorpio moon is the fact that it is a water sign. Water feels deeply. Scorpio moon feels too deeply. If you want to summarize this moon in one sentence, it is that it feels too deeply. To Scorpio moon’s credit, it is very perceptive. If you want keen perception on any situation, find a Scorpio Moon because this moon can sniff out a bad person or situation, as can a dog. So, for Capricorn Moon, he is too mercenary. For Scorpio Moon, he is too intense. The Detriment and Fall positions are very different in their EFFECT. You can see that, in this example, and it is the case for all Detriment and Fall placements.
Now, I will go on to good and bad placements of the Moon and the reasons. Each person has his own personal favorite Moon placements. I love Leo moons. Leo is the sign of the child. Leo Moon is very affectionate and childlike. He is enthusiastic over simple things, like buying people the precisely perfect present. If a Leo Moon loves you, you will get a wonderful birthday present, picked with great care and great attention to your personal tastes. I have gotten two such presents.The giver delights in giving, as much as the receiver does in receiving. Leo Moon has a good heart. He is not mean or a bully. He is like a friendly lion, bounding into the room with a giant catlike smile on his furry face. Some people do not like Leo moon because they say he needs too much attention. I don’t feel that way, myself, but that is where personal taste comes in. I find him to be delightful.
Aries moon is not one of my personal favorites because it is too cause oriented, but it is a nice place for the moon. Aries moon will stand up for cause, or those whom he loves. He is a warm person and a go getter for the goals which are important to him. He will be strong about who he is, as Aries is cardinal. Cardinal signs are the leaders of the Zodiac.
Libra Moon is not a good placement for the moon. Libra Moon would be similar to Capricorn Moon, in that it thinks when it should feel. It is called the Courtesan’s Moon because it is said to be able to have sex, while divorcing emotions. In simpler terms, it can be cold. The Moon likes to swim in the world of feelings. It does not like to think, when it should be feeling. That is why Libra Moon is not a good place for the moon. I would say that Libra Moon would be the second moon that could marry for money. So, for a quick phrase to remember Libra Moon, think the Courtesan’s Moon. One more thing before we get off Libra Moon. They have a very, very hard time making decisions. This is not their fault and they truly do need help, so if you are choosing restaurants etc, YOU choose.
Gemini Moon is not one of my favorites. This is because Gemini is a very high strung sign. Gemini is wonderful for Mercury, it’s Domicile. It is nice for the Sun, as I have it and like it very much. However, the moon does not like to be on a permanent adrenaline high, which is the easiest way to describe a Gemini Moon. They have a very hard time sitting still and completing a task. You could call this the ADD moon. Some Gemini Moons have told me that they, barely, can sit through a movie. My heart goes out to the Gemini Moon, as I understand how high strung Gemini can be. On the upside, they love to travel and love change. Many are avid travelers, which is nice, but if they are not on the move, they may suffer from acute boredom. Gemini, as a whole, is known for being superficial. Gemini has a bad reputation, with some, for being too flirty and being a tease. I really don’t know if this is the case with Gemini moon. I know it is, with Gemini Venus. I ask all you Gemini Moons to write and spill.
Taking on the subject of Virgo moon will get tomatoes throw at me. Ha ha, I am in the computer. Virgo Moon is not a favorite with people. Remember that if a Moon trines your Moon, it will be a favorite for YOU, regardless of which Moon it is. Virgo sextiles my Cancer Moon, so I may not be as averse to Virgo moons, as are some people. At any rate, let’s get started. Virgo is very detail oriented.It can be hyper-critical of itself (and you). This is the worst trait of Virgo. It is the critic. Virgo makes a wonderful accountant and a wonderful organizer, but can be a bit of a Spock. Virgo Moon will show love by doing. Virgo will nurse you, better than any other sign. Virgo will pay the bills, so you want for nothing, but don’t expect overly romantic expressions of love. It is not in Virgo’s nature. Virgo is a service oriented sign. There is something very beautiful about Virgo’s service because it is selfless. There is something very beautiful in altruism and Virgo has altruism, more so than any other sign.
Sagittarius Moon is one of the few we have left. I have not had much personal experience with this Moon. My sense is that it likes to roam. It likes adventure and new, new, new. This would be a hard placement, in the same way as Gemini Moon. Gemini and Sagittarius are, both, restless signs. They like fun, adventure, constant change and excitement. I would not like to have either of these Moon placements, myself. If you have a Sagittarius moon, please weigh in.
We have two moons left–Aquarius and Pisces. These are very different, as different as night and day. Aqua Moon is a cold moon. It likes space and it thinks, rather than feels. Pisces Moon is the sweetie of the Zodiac. It is too giving, too self sacrificing. As such, it suffers. It dies of dehydration, while it waters others, to put it too extremely. Anyone with a Pisces moon will be a sweetheart and a tender sensitive soul, even if he has a gruff exterior. Do you see why it is so important to understand the Moons?