Moon is the agent of your mind. His transits are the fastest with 2.25days per sign, quite understandable as your mind changes the fastest! Knowing your Moon in transit helps you be more prepared for your day. Also Moon is quite susceptible to influence by other planets. And he gives quite transformative results in his signs of exaltation and debilitation. He is the ruler of the 4th sign of the zodiac, Cancer and especially individuals with cancer ascendant can be quite unusual.
In my experience, the 2 most important signs in the chart are the Ascendant and the birth Moon sign. One controls the physical body and material things and the second controls the mind and the emotional states. If I have to predict, I use 1) the birth chart with the ascendant as the first house and 2) the chart with the moon sign as the first house, side-by-side, so that I can get a balanced view of the physical conditions and the emotional states. If my client is more than 49yrs old I always consider the moon sign chart as the more important.
Each planet ‘matures’ at a particular age. Before the age of maturity the planets generally produce incomplete/immature results. By the age of 49yrs, all the planets attain ‘maturity’ and are completely developed. Thus they interact more wisely and comfortably with each other in the chart and even with naturally unfriendly planets/aspects.
A simple example; If someone loses his arm at the age of 20yrs and someone loses it at the age of 60yrs. The trauma to the body is the same but the level of mental trauma will be different because of the age and life experience. This is the domain of the moon. The events of our life always perceived through the lens of the emotions ie the moon. I always find it strange that the Moon as no planetary enemies, probably the Mind is its own Enemy?
The moon is our mind and our mind defines our self. The mind is the complex of the emotions and the thoughts. Our mind has learned and evolved over several lifetimes, every incident in each life has contributed to its making. The mind is indeed the original fathomless sea of creation, because it creates us, our personality, the way we think. Whatever we do and undo is based on the guidance of our mind. So then are we just the mind? Not really, we are something called the ‘Intelligence’. But this pure Inteligence is always coloured by the mind. Thus the efforts by seers and sages to silence the mind and access their real self uncolored by the influence of the mind. Just like a riverbed is seen clearly when the turbulence of the water flow is stilled. The turbulence is the emotions/thoughts, the water is the mind and the river bed is the Intelligence. And strangely when you see such still waters you can appreciate the beauty of the water itself.
Back to the horoscope. The Moon is the mysterious everything. Its quite difficult to really know what the moon is because it reflects! The Moon faithfully absorbs and reflects every influence falling on it. The moon aspecting or conjoint with any graha emotionally sensitises its results. Eg, Moon with Mars will make the person, very comfortable in competitions, with brotherly figures and emotionally needs to feel like a champion always.
This moon is the owner of Cancer, the 4th sign of the zodiac, thus in any horoscope irrespective of the ascendant the moon and the sign Cancer will have a subtle influence on the matters of the 4th house. The 4th house is one of the 4 houses that make up the foundation of the chart (the other 3 being the 7th, 10th and 1st).
The mind requires comfort and emotional hand-holding always, so the moon is the significator of the mother, the rhythm of the lullaby, the home, the lands/properties, the familiar customs, the homeland, all those who protect. This security however has to be felt on the emotional level. All liquids, from the sea to the blood are controlled by him. All vehicles from boats to aeroplanes are his. The moon also controls rest, sleep, deep healing, recovery, the sub-conscious, the intuition, dreams and astral planes.
The moon controls the astral body thus the karma related to the emotions remains even after death and continues on to the next life, then these emotions may be expressed as phobias. (One of my clients was extremely scared of being alone, sleeping under a low roof and generally claustrophobic, found the answer one day through guided mediation, she was given death punishment in some past life by being sealed alive inside a wall.)
The moon is the basis on which the entire horoscope has to be analysed. All the ‘past memories’ are reflected in the future. The past is not the present ‘physical reality’ but is the ‘psychological reality’. All psychological behaviour is rooted in the moon the earliest indication of which is the mother. The Moon’s influence begins right from the birth mother’s uterine fluids. eg. Moon with Rahu is hyper-charged emotional behaviour and a vivacious mother. Moon with Ketu causes emotional disinterest indicating a mother who needs her space.
The influence of the Moon on a person has to be seen from the following.
- the actual birth moon sign
- the planets conjunct or aspecting the birth moon
- the location of the sign cancer in the chart and the planets in or aspecting it
- the moon sign in the navamsha chart
Here for the first time I am talking about the divisional charts, the 9-th divisional chart/navamsha. So to know yours. for Indian/Vedic system, for windows, “Jagannatha Hora” or “Parashar’s Light” and for iphones “Drik panchang” by developer “Adarsh apps” is be quite accurate.
The most intimate relationships for a person are with the birth mother and the wife/husband. The navamsha moon sign will determine the kind of emotional, nurturing support and comfort that a person requires from these relationships. We cannot control the interaction with the mother, but we can choose our husband/wife. So its critical that during matching horoscopes for marriage, the two charts should have some links to each others navamsha moon position. This will ensure harmonious relationship at the emotional level. Even close friends will have some connections with navamsha Moon.
To be really happy you should always be aware of the birth Moon. You should try to mould your life as per the requirements of this all important force in your horoscope. Thus you will be emotionally stable and internally comfortable in whichever physical situation you find yourself in.
The nature of life is to experience, and it is the nature of the mind to tie the emotion to the experience. The Moon aka the Mind is a complicated topic, this is one in series of posts which I will write on it.