Many of these nearly 80 posts have delved into each planet, where I discuss on two separate posts both the influences of the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant and IC (Nadir) — and also, separately the influence of what house each planet is in and any aspect to the Midheaven or Ascendant makes.
We’ve made it through Uranus — BUT, two planets I’ve neglected to cover house placements and aspects to the Ascendant and Midheaven, are the Moon, and Mars.
I was tempted to post exclusively about Mars today. It’s a planet that today feels very personal to me. Mars was in my 3rd house at birth. From the age of 18 until today (over 32 years) it’s been in my 4th house. It didn’t change when I moved from Pittsburgh to Denver.
I’d like to get it out of my fourth house for a variety of reasons, one of which is the fact that Mars in 4th house is more ‘accident-prone.’ By that I mean falls, or bumping your head, hard, on the back of a concrete stairwell, which is something I did about four or five months ago.
(Because I’m on a blood thinner due to having a mechanical valve in my heart, such accidents, although they seem minor, require an automatic visit to Urgent Care — and in this case they saw fit to do a CT scan of my entire head. I suspect because of COVID they needed the business, which is a very conspiratorial thing to say, but you can imagine how much my insurance paid out for that. Thank God for Obamacare.)
However, I’m doing the planets in traditonal order, so I’m going to be covering the Moon on today’s post, and will do Mars later. (The Moon lines post came out on June 2. Interpretations of the Moon, which came out October 13, covered both Joanna Woolfolk’s ‘The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, and the Round Art, which means I’ll only need to cover the Mapping Your Travels & Relocation — by Maritha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske — interpretations today.)
The Moon lines post didn’t describe what the Moon does or is for. David Cochrane interprets it as follows:
“The Sun and Moon regulate our relationships to time … The Moon reflects the past into the present. The Moon gives memory, soul, habits, instincts, moods, and connection to ancestry and past lives.”
There are other astrologers who would add to that — although I believe this is a relatively recent finding — but it makes a great starting point. There’s not really anything that astrologers would contradict in David Cochrane’s reading.
I can also add what Mapping Your Travels & Relocation says:
The Moon reflects home, family, domestic matters, feelings, safety, protection, security, food, shelter, clothing, land, real estate, and matters relating to the homeland and the public. If you plan a career in real estate or the restaurant business, a strong Moon could be helpful. If your domestic life is not as developed as you would like, moving to a location that emphasizes the Moon might help you give more priority to home and family matters. Generally, a prominent Moon will highlight strong emotional connections and family feelings.
I would add that Moon regulates emotions, and especially, the degree that the Moon is in is related to one’s level of emotional maturity. Some astrologers don’t care to focus on that, but I do.
Let’s get in to the Mapping Your Travels interpretations. The standard disclaimer applies: Try not to relocate somewhere unless you’ve actually been to the place at least once. Try to observe yourself in the context of the interpretations that you should bring with you to the location. (That is what I did five years ago before moving here). Once your trip is over, reflect on the changes you saw and what’s in the interpretation for a while. Look at all the interpretations you can. You will find many of them in this blog as well as the sources they came from.
Moon in the 1st house:
With the Moon in your relocated first house, you can learn how to better nurture yourself, as well as focus more on the familial aspects of your life. If you’re emotional and sensitive, however, this placement could make you even more so.
Moon in the 2nd house:
If you want to hang on to possessions (and money) longer and build pleasurable family connections, put the Moon in your relocated second house. Beware, though, of letting emotions rule your checkbook. Spend wisely.
Moon in the 3rd house:
When the Moon is in your relocated third house, you can nurture ideas, spend time on the care and feeding of your mind, integrate emotional and intellectual understanding, and encourage more family discussions.
Moon in the 4th house:
If you want to emphasize a strong domestic life, revisit familial feelings from your childhood, strengthen your skills as a caretaker, or deepen the “ties that bind” with those you love, the Moon in your relocated fourth house can help fulfill your desire.
Moon in the 6th house:
If you want to be of service, to assist others, to offer both compassion and competence, the Moon in your relocated sixth house can help you achieve that goal. This placement also promotes common sense, especially if you have strong emotions.
Moon in the 5th house:
Children are in focus when the Moon is in your relocated fifth house, as this placement encourages involvement with youth. You may express your creativity within the domestic environment, and be drawn to mutually supportive love relationships.
Moon in the 7th house:
The Moon in your relocated seventh house is influential if you want to emphasize family involvement, relationships, or establishing partnerships that emphasize mutual caretaking. Caring and sharing with others move up on the priority list.
Moon in the 8th house:
With the Moon in your relocated eighth house, you can delve deeply into your own psyche and those of other people. This placement also encourages you to look beneath surface appearances and to explore the connection between nurturing and sexuality.
Moon in the 9th house:
If your desire is to fill your home with books, ideas, or people from many different places, or philosophical discussions, the Moon in your relocated ninth house can help you attract what you want. You find security in adventure and in exploring the world.
Moon in the 10th house:
When the Moon is in your relocated tenth house, you can solidify your career, play a supportive role on the job, or become more active in vocations involving home, family, land, real estate, the public, women, security, safety, or parenting.
Moon in the 11th house:
If you want to turn family into friends (tolerant, open-minded, accepting) and friends into family (warm, supportive, helpful), the Moon in your relocated eleventh house promotes that desire. You might welcome an unconventional aura or fresh ideas in your home.
Moon in the 12th house:
With the Moon in your relocated twelfth house, you want to create a sanctuary, a private space toget away from it all. Your desire for lovely surroundings is apt to increase, and mystical tendencies may deepen. Nurture spiritual aspirations in yourself and others.
Covering the Moon’s aspects to the Ascendant and Midheaven, we get.
Moon conjunct Ascendant:
Your body might be more sensitive to the environment here, and food issues can move into higher focus. Moodiness, security needs, receptivity, and vulnerability might become more emphasized. Emotional attachments move up on the priority list, and you might be more active with family members or more involved with domestic matters. Although you could feel torn between looking after yourself and protecting others, this is a good placement for learning to more fully nurture yourself.
Moon trine or sextile Ascendant:
This area is apt to support your domestic instincts and desire for security, emotional attachments, and nesting behavior. Emotional matters are highlighted. You may increase the caretaking you do of others, or feel greater dependency and the need for the assistance of those you love. Your
personal actions tend to flow naturally into activities that involve home, children, family, food, or building a secure foundation. It will probably be easier for you to balance your personal needs with the needs of others in this location.
Moon square or quincunx Ascendant:
In this location, conflicts could arise between you and women, children, your mother, or nurturing figures and family members. You may feel torn between meeting your personal needs and attending to the needs of others. Questions of support, especially on an emotional level, could arise. Food issues might intensify. You may feel your security is threatened through relationships or through what you feel you have to do here. Your challenge is to find a happy medium between dependency and independence, initiative and receptivity.
Moon opposition Ascendant:
Relationships are likely to emphasize emotional security, and mutual nurturing can occur, with you and others being supportive of each other. Or, waht should be a partnership could operatemore like a mother-child relationship, with you playing the role of the protective parent or the needy, dependent kid. Warmth and family feelings are highlighted. Emotional connections are a greater priority in this location.
Moon conjunct Midheaven:
You might become more involved with women, the land, real estate, the public, commodities (food, shelter, clothing, etc.), emotions, the sea, or protective caretaking pursuits in your professional life. You also could nuture the careers of others, acting as a mentor for youger people. Security is a major priority in this location, and you might seek safety through gaining power or status, or by being an authority figure. Parental issues (your own paernts and your role as a parent) move into higher focus, and you will be more aware of the need to balance domestic duties and desires with contributions to the world at large.
Moon sextile or trine Midheaven:
Family members may assist you professionally, domestic circumstances could prove to be more supportive of your vocational aspirations, and women, emotions, or the public could contribute to your status and success. You’re likely to have a good balance between compassion and competence, between nurturing and the bottom line, between gentle caring and pragmatic capability. Security needs are reinforced. You can move easily between the private and public worlds.
Moon square or quincunx Midheaven:
You may feel that your domestic needs are at odds with your professional ambitions in this location, where challenges could arise regarding women, the public, emotional matters, parental responsibilities, or the quest for security. Pragmatism could vie with sensitivity and compassion. You may feel torn between looking after family members versus pursuing a career or making a contribution to the wider world. Your task is to find a comfortable blend of caring and competence, of warmth and the bottom line, to do your duty both in terms of the nest and loved ones as well as vocational demands.
Moon opposition Midheaven:
Family focus is strengthed and deepened in this location, and you might spend more time in the nest, with family members, or doing things that relate to the home, land, real estate, food, shelter, clothing, or basic emotional safety. Old feelings about a mother figure(s) could be triggered, with the chance to work throuigh issues. Protection is a major drive, whether you strive to protect yourself, look after others, or both. Depending upon other factors in the chart and your current life circumstances, this placement can accentuate maternal instincts (even to the extreme of the ‘smother mother’ tendency) or highlight feelings dependency and vulnerability. Establishing an emotionally and physicially secure home base is essential.
This is, of course, only one interpretation: the Mapping Your Travels and Relocation book (Maritha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske, MA). I covered the Round Art interpretation on October 13.
That should do it for today.