In western astrology, I think the Sun sign is considered the most important. I see matchmaking sites and daily prediction sites which use the Sun sign for the predictions. Sun sign determines your physical energy, your ego, your place in the society etc, and the Sun changes its sign in transit once per month. But in the Indian system we are more focussed on the Ascendant i.e. the sign which was rising at the east when you were born, and we majorly focus on the birth Moon sign. In this post I will cover a bit on how your birth Moon is influenced by other aspects and how this is expressed in your life.
Moon is reflection and impression. He faithfully reflects whatever energy rays fall on him. And if you think about this, the mind also always responds to what is happening around it. It picks up impressions and then it reflects the same impression faithfully. A happy event will make it happy and a sad event will make it sad. The function of mind is to respond, to laugh, to cry, to feel happy or depressed on what is happening around it. So the goal of life in Sanatan Dharm is to gain a state of internal stability where the mind is not swayed by what is happening around it. Rather the mind is trained to look deep within itself, and find the internal consistent ultimate joy which it will reflect for ever.
Anyways back to the astrological details. So whenever you have to analyse anything to do with the moon, remember to check out the aspects of the other planets on him. The other planets who are conjunct with him. And the location of the owner planet of the house that he is placed in. These other planets will influence the moon. The Moon is your emotions and your emotion is ultimately who you are. And the emotions change with time, age, locations, surroundings, influence of others etc. eg a beggar will be comforted by a piece of dry bread but you and me really wont look at that piece of bread twice.
Another interesting observation is that all planetary combinations with the Moon allow you to project your feelings on others. for example. Sun is self ego, logical thinking, rational behaviour, confidence etc and if you have sun-moon aspects you will project your these traits on others irrespective of what they are actually.
The moon tells us what will comfort us, what will disturb us and what will make us satisfied emotionally. This is the domain of the mind.
Moon with Mars will link the expression of your energies with your emotions. You will be emotionally competitive and even though others might find this a bit odd, you will find mental comfort in behaving like this. You are confident but sometimes want to be taken care of. Your mother will be a vitally active person and may be an important member of the society. You will receive a lot of nurturing from your father and other father-figures. You will believe in brotherhood and may have several male friends. Your residence will be comfortable. You will like working in places where active physical movement is see. You are emotionally upset by arguments and diseases. You will be most satisfied when you are the first and recognised as the first.
If you have your Mercury influencing your Moon then be prepared to add your emotions into your communication style. Your expressions of creativity will be emotionally charged and you will find it deeply satisfying. You may be a writer or an artist, and the topics on which you write will be the emotions, maternal figures, the homeland, love and friendship. You like analysing and going into details. You may feel happy when you preach or deliver messages from a higher authority. You will take joy in siblings and extended cousins of your same age group. You are emotionally upset if someone preaches to you or scolds you for being immature.
Jupiter is the planet of expansion and when it influences the Moon it will make you emotionally effusive. You will feel emotionally satisfied when you expand, maybe your thoughts, your family, your business etc. You are sensitive to guidance from a higher authority and you often feel like a teacher or a preacher. You will be teaching religious, scholarly or pedantic subjects. You like seeing the overall broader picture and cannot be bothered by nitty-gritty. You are comfortable in being cautious and would not do anything that would make you seem ridiculous. You are apprehensive about appearing silly.
Venus with Moon makes you emotionally involved in relationships. You have several emotionally satisfying and comfortable relationships with your loved one, parents, family members, friends, teachers, neighbours etc. Often in these relationships, you may be the indulgent one, spoiling the other one, letting him have his way. You may be physically beautiful particularly with beautiful eyes. You are comforted by beautiful things and may have a beautiful mother. You are passionate about justice and fairness. You may be a teacher too but teaching esoteric topics of deep knowledge.
Saturn influencing Moon is one of the saddest combinations I have seen. You are just so emotionally restricted. You do not know what comfort means, you also do not know real rest. You may be well off but still unable to feel joy in what you have. You also work a lot but in that too there is no joy, just duty. You may find comfort in working in a governmental structure. Your mother did not have a happy childhood herself and she is afraid internally of allowing to love now. You have suffered because of this sub-consciously and now express by being blunt and harsh in speech and behaviour. You feel deeply responsible for young children and find comfort in making life comfortable for them. You may have had to become a Parent for your parents. You have no emotional support.
Sun if influencing the Moon makes you highly self focussed, and you derive emotional satisfaction from being entitled. You father may be a prominent member of the society and you have felt security with him. You are the bright king, sensitive yet confident and you are insistent on your own self and your ego. You do not like to share. You are however unaware of other’s emotional needs and are less sensitive to other’s feelings. You are less comfortable in your house but more satisfied when you are in the center stage of politics of theatre.
Rahu influencing Moon makes you emotionally attached to the “want to achieve”. You are emotionally satisfied by the act of the achievement. The object of the achievement is not important. You want more and more opportunities to achieve. You are comforted by the high-risk, the exotic and the unusual and you want to feel exceptional always. Though you may be from a lower status you want to enter higher status by hook or crook. You do not have a moral compass. You find being exotic and passionate comforting and you often disrupt your relationships and social standings. You must guard against over-reaching.
If in your birth chart, Ketu influences the Moon, this makes you makes you unconcerned with emotional perceptions such as empathy, sympathy, compassion etc. You don’t really need any emotional support or comfort. You are emotionally unavailable and generally indifferent to the mother and maternal figures. Probably these were emotionally unavailable or you were abandoned by them. You are not emotionally linked to your homeland and family culture. You are internally the rootless hitchhiker with a need to wander around. You have zen-like awareness of observing everything without any emotional attachment and feel partly like a pilgrim.
So do go through your birth chart and check out which planets are influencing your Moon, your emotions, your feelings and your comfort zones. Do the same for your loved one and compare notes. If not anything, at least this post might help you and your loved one connect more on the emotional levels this bringing more emotional fulfilment in your lives.