The Moon in the Signs

THE Moon has to do largely with personality, just as the Sun has to do with individuality. The signs in which the Moon is placed describe the type of the personality. It shows the variety and quality just as the Sun shows the type and quality of the individuality. As the personality is the intimate and more immediate expression of the temperament and measures the quality and power of sense impression, and therefore the scope and precision of the mental forces, it indirectly determines what we might call the fluid of being. Moreover, as both mental and emotional forces depend first upon sense impression, and since personality is that singular union of the mental and the emotional, it follows that the Moon's position is the focal point wherein sense, mind, and emotion meet in the formation of character.

The Moon largely determines the kind of life and activity with which the average human being meets life day by day. Excellent illustrations of this are found throughout history; in fact, there is really no exception or contradiction to this rule. Robespierre, for instance, with his Moon in Aries, gave his life to political revolution and to civil war. Shakespeare, on the other hand, with his Moon in Taurus, although gifted with a marvellously brilliant mind, never felt willing to write purely original play, but conservatively preferred to develop already established dramas, and to instil into them his practical though dramatic vision of the everyday. Kipling, with his Moon in Gemini turned early to letters and has had a distinctly journalistic quality throughout his poetry and prose. A man like Theodore Roosevelt, though he became President, is known best of all for his influence toward national conservatism and a development {155} of home life, which mental tendencies are perfectly illustrated by his Moon in Cancer. Asquith, on the other hand, with his Moon in Leo, was the typical fixed politician, the natural ruler, while Cleo de Merode, with her Moon in Virgo made, so far as herself was concerned, a commercial success of the loose moral tendencies shown in the rest of her nature. Maeterlinck, with his Moon in Libra, has given his whole life to the furtherance of beauty, poetry, and the drama, while Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm, with his Moon in Scorpio was possessed of that type of personal egotism and martial love of war (the mailed fist) which the Moon in Scorpio so loves. Huxley, with the Moon in Sagittarius, is a perfect picture of the clear, scientific mentality and the like interest of this position, while Bismarck, the subtle, reserved, covetous politician, exactly expresses the Moon in Capricorn. Henry Ford with his Moon in Aquarius, where it is so wonderfully placed, shows all the humanitarian instincts of this splendid position, while Lily Langtry, with her Moon in Pisces, expressed all the idealistic, dramatic and somewhat weakly emotional tendency of the position.

Indeed, we may say that the average person is largely judged in life by the sign position of his Moon, and that this position may even act as a completely qualifying influence, if evil aspects interfere, and thus bring out some of the lower phases of the sign influence. We have thousands of instances, in astrological record, of such complete modification of the personality through the Moon position that the whole life was totally wrecked; and it is not difficult to see why this should be so, for, if the Moon primarily governs the Sensorium, that is, the sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, it necessarily is sufficiently strong absolutely to dominate the man. If we remember that all knowledge, all information, all preference, all judgment, come into the man first of all through the use of his senses, that the sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch are the mental mouth, without which the rational stomach can receive no food, we can understand why the Moon can completely block a life development.

Among famous figures showing such a complete modification of the life, we have that of Savonarola, whose Moon in Capricorn, evilly aspected in the tenth, was certainly his ultimate undoing. It {156} gave him that tense, religious egotism and moral repressiveness which ended his life at the stake. George the III, on the other hand, with his Moon in Capricorn, in the sixth house, evilly aspected by planets in the ninth house, dealing with the mind, had senses which became so twisted as to produce absolute madness most of his days.

We might go on indefinitely, bringing similar instances where the mere position of the Moon, reacting in such a way as to congest the Sensorium, either ruined or made the whole figure. Huxley's position of the Moon in Sagittarius, on the other hand, was a tremendous factor in his scientific success. He was really made by this position.

Lastly, we must remember that the Moon, being a luminary, that is, one of the lights, has a tremendous influence over the eyes, particularly the left in man and right in woman, and when placed in signs that react upon vision and evilly aspected, has much to do with blindness. We should always look to see where the Moon is placed in estimating any affliction of this kind.

Finally, it would be well to remember that the Moon, which rules over Cancer, being watery in influence, usually enters into all case of drowning, either though a discordant position or through evil aspects. Few, if any, cases of drowning are on record where the Moon is exalted and in no way afflicted. The Moon governing the public also has much to do with those types of death that are of a public order, and here again its sign position is important. It will be seen, therefore, that the Moon is more sensitive to its sign than the Sun or any of the planets.

We now turn to a totally different subject. The astrological quality of the Moon determines the character of the women who are thrown into the life of the native. Even in such special cases as the mother and the wife, where they are signified by particular houses, the Moon has still some effect. But more especially, it refers to those women with whom the native becomes acquainted either in a social or business way. It will immediately be objected that everyone who lives to a reasonable age meets hundreds of women, no two of whom are alike; and this is, of course, perfectly true. The objection is, notwithstanding, untenable. In the first place, the Moon can hardly be held to refer to mere casual acquaintances, but only to {157} such women as have some marked effect upon the life of the native, or are naturally attracted to him. Yet it is still frequent for anyone to be intimately associated with a dozen different types; nevertheless there will be disuniformity in that diversity, that, in so far as they touched him, they will resemble one another. For example, in the case of a man who has the Moon in Pisces, practically all the women with whom he is closely associated will be very emotional, romantic, poetical, affectionate, unselfish and solicitous for his welfare. Now, in the case of a man with Aries rising and Mars very strong, this condition might be unfortunate for him; he might be pestered to death by their attentions. It is only where his own nature responds naturally to such people that he will consider himself lucky. As a rule, however, there is this great safeguard against too much trouble arising from such a cause, that those women who have the most influence upon the life of the native have very often their own Moon in his rising sign or on his Sun, or otherwise sympathetic with his nativity; the so-called law of natural affinity has, in nine cases out of ten, an astrological basis of a quite obvious kind. For example, it may occur in the case of a great and beautiful passion that the Sun of one may be in the exact place of the Moon with the other. It is for such reasons that astrological investigation of the horoscopes of both parties become so enormously important where marriage is contemplated. One may have two machines, each of which goes splendidly by itself, but if they are connected and fail to synchronize, the result is the breakdown of both.

The Moon being so easily influenced by every other force, it is of prime importance to investigate everything that may, by any possibility, react upon her. She is more sensitive to the influence of the signs of the Zodiac than the planets. One might imagine two children born exactly twenty-four hours apart whose horoscopes would be, to all intents and purposes identical, except for the Moon, and this one change might produce the most significant differences in the two lives, owing to the Moon having moved, say from Taurus into Gemini.

Not only do the signs themselves affect the Moon tremendously, but also their subdivisions into the decanates. This refinement, however, is too subtle to treat of in this volume. {158}

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