Moon in the earthy signs, Taurus Virgo Capricorn

Moon is our entire self, the sum of our past, present, parallel and future selves. He is the astral, emotional and ultimately the spiritual self too. He is said to be watery in nature but the real meaning here, is that he flows. Life is a flowing experience. The Sanskrit word, ‘Jivan’ means ‘water’ also means ‘life’ and ‘connected to the individual soul. Moon in your energy system, rules over the Ajnya chakra. He decides how the pran/vital energy you pull in from the Universe is allocated. He builds your body/mind. We Indian astrologers/ Jyotishi-s consider the Moon and his placement to be extremely important.

The signs of the zodiac are divided into fiery, airy, earthy and watery. Of these the signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the earthy ones. These make up the natural Arth trikon, this triangle gives meaning to our life. All the things that one requires for a comfortable secure life and those which give meaning to life are represented by Arth trikon signs. In this trikon, the three signs are sequentially still, dual-natured, moveable. (There are 4 aims in life. Dharm is the foundation of life and right action. Arth is the meaning and all the things which give life a meaning. Kaam is the desires which drive the life. And finally Moksh, release and liberation.)

Moon in the earthy signs, Taurus Virgo Capricorn

If you want to ace your Arth trikon, you have to consider all the three signs as they are interlinked to each other very deeply. The 9/5 axis operates here, each is the foundation/creativity of the other two. If you are a birth Moon in any of the earthy signs do analyse at the other two signs for support. Of these, the first two signs, Taurus and Virgo fall in the first half of the zodiac. You are focussed on your own self, the energies are directed more to the development of the personality. Capricorn falls in the second half of the zodiac where you give your energy outwards.

  • In Taurus you focus on your close family, personal history, family wealth. How you present yourself in company, small intimate groups etc. You want to get more resources for your own self not for public welfare! Here you build your perfect body/mind. You are built strongly, physically dominating in any setting. Getting you change your mind is a difficult task.
  • Virgo is the service that you are required to perform. The focus is entirely on rebalancing the personal karma with pin-point awareness. You are very wary of creating new karma so can come across as being shy and self-deprecating. Here you understand and act on your sense of karma. This is also a type of building activity where you act to rebalance your karmic debts. Quick thinking but always rooted in solid logic and deep analysis. (Ever really seen a doctor at work? He is focussed on the patient completely, but it is essentially an abstract interest, he wants to diagnose and cure, not for the patient but for his own mental satisfaction. He is internally aware of his duty/karma of serving the patient. But if the patient does not want to listen, he does not bother much. He has done his duty. Now to take the prescribed medicines or not is the patient’s free choice.)
  • Capricorn is where you finally emerge into the larger society. You face shifting goal posts here. Society is in continuous evolution and you feel emotionally validated when you contribute to its regulation. So you are always in movement in tandem with your organisation. An excellent professional, you evolve with your organisation.

Moon in the earthy signs, Taurus Virgo Capricorn

If you are born with the Moon in these signs, you are highly sense-oriented, you emotionally require comforting material stuff around you which you can see and touch. Luxurious clothes, jewellery, art, food, patients, medicines, people, money etc. You have very typical habits which you change with great difficulty as you are emotionally linked to security and stability. And because the overall orientation is towards the material, you require material security preferably a hefty bank balance.

The earthy signs are able to think dispassionately. You are analytical and see logic and the practical applications, hard-working. Desire is for order and method! (I think Hercule Poirot must have been a Moon-Virgo!). Things on purely emotional or imaginative basis do not satisfy your mind. Strangely you come across as being lazy too, but this is when you have temporarily satisfied you need for creating structure and are now expecting to be pampered. Recognition is necessary for all earthy signs. Taurus expects to be pampered by his loved ones. Virgo expects self-recognition from his own mental processes. Capricorn craves social recognition.

General health remains good as the body/mind prefers to remain stable and resists the changes caused by disease. But one thing is common all three sings suffer from digestion related problems. So take care of your diet and exercise. Indigestion is a physical indication that you have not absorbed/understood the things you have achieved. You appreciate the visual, sensual, analytical, material, social angles but miserably fail to appreciate the emotional aspect. If you are a birth moon in an earthy sign, you have to remember that satisfaction linked to material things is not complete unless you feel the emotions also. So try to feel. And if you keep on accumulating worldly goods, you will be perceived to be greedy and materialistic.

Productive, dependable, you create tangible results. Pragmatic, practical and efficient, you start any project with a solid foundation. Your mind is more linked to tangible things, it may be beautiful vases or whatever. It does not imagine or visualise much and you often suffer because of that. Try to be creative too. Being too rigid will ultimately stifle. Your Moon requires repetitive cycles. Try if you can combine the energies and enter a repetitive cycle of growth and consolidation. These three signs are all Vaat in nature. You cause movement and this movement is based on the security of a solid foundation. Thus if you do manage to create something it endures. So when you start a project, make its foundations as solid as you can.

You do not have an understanding of emotions so can easily hurt people. And you do not understand that you have hurt them! These people are often in the background ready to sabotage you. Beware as your professional behaviour and successes will create jealous and envious enemies around you who will attack you purely on the basis of their emotional contexts. You are not a team player and thus your more ambitious projects fail. Lacking imagination, you fail to appreciate that there will be problems in the project as everyone thinks and more importantly feels differently. You have raw power but lack in team work. You have to inspire your team-mates not compete or keep secrets from them. Pettiness, non-communication, hoarding/holding back important information, getting stuck in the mundane stuff, this always causes problems. Your desire for stability can easily translate to boring and predictable. Serious by temperament. Sometimes calculated risks are important and so is depending on someone else. Step back and look at the bigger picture instead of getting stuck in details. Do this once in a while with your bigger projects. Listen to the opinion of your watery partner, this will also reduce the stress on you.

All these three earthy signs find their preferred partner in the watery signs of Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer, sequentially. Soil and water is a highly potent combination, so use your spouse/business partner’s energies. Often your spouse will be the imaginative one and you will turn his ideas into reality. If you can work with your loved one/business partner, both of you will succeed beyond your combined dreams. Your dreamy spouse loves you beyond limits while the solid you offers him unconditional protection. If you both go with this, your relationship will be mutually satisfying. Partners should be compatible not similar, each filling each others blanks, presenting a unified front against others.

Moon in the earthy signs, Taurus Virgo Capricorn

These three signs are ruled by Venus, Mercury and Saturn. All three look on Moon with some animosity. Venus dislikes his need based loving. Mercury is his teenaged son (that says it all). And Saturn with his restrictive behaviour creates fear for the Moon. So there remains a sense of conflict and fear in the background of these earthy minds. See if you can resolve this, to make more sense of your personality.

Then each of these signs are composed of 3 lunar mansions, Nakshatra, of these

  • The first one is owned by the Sun, this lies partly in the sign preceding this one
  • The second one lies completely in this sign and is owned by the Moon.
  • The third lunar mansion is owned by Mars and it lies partly in the sign following this one.

Now these planetary owners are as per the Vimshottari dasha system, but can be used as a valuable pointer on how the time periods controlled by Sun, Moon and Mars will unfold. The Vimshottari ruler of the birth nakshatra is very important as he always has a very subtle but deep impact on the Moon. This is the Vimhottari planetary dasha you were born in and spend your baby-life in. Whatever events and environment was created by this planet has a lifetime impact on you. If you want to know more about innermost self, do read up on the Nakshatra devata/deity of your birth Moon lunar mansion.

Now there is an interesting thing. Moon himself rules the three nakshtras, Rohini, Hasta and Shravan, and these belong to the earthy signs. Thus we should appreciate Moon’s existential character is best reflected in these earthy, Vaishya, Arth trikon rashi/signs.

Moon essentially Builds.

And on very material levels, the biggest resource that we have is our soil. Soil is formed very slowly over millenia and without it we wouldn’t have our civilisation. Water removes the rigidity of the soil and brings it into use. Earth is passive and only when energized by movement does it yield its gifts. So Moon in the earthy signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, has enormous potential to actually yield results. This just depends on the extent of your awareness and ability to work.

 

Moon in the earthy signs, Taurus Virgo Capricorn

Saturn gives you luck and money

Saturn is the most feared of all the grahas, with a dark forbidding and brooding image. In fact, Shani himself is the agent of fear, we are deeply scared of all the things he is connected to in our horoscopes. And it is a very specific kind of fear, it is payback coupled with responsibility and service! Our own actions from some past life are back demanding balancing. If you can identify these areas influenced by Saturn, you are one step ahead in removing your karmic fears. eg, if your Saturn is in the 12th house, you are likely to be rather uncomfortable with receiving guidance from the subconscious, ancestral spirits, your sleep will be affected etc. But if in some way you are able to affirm and convince yourself that there is nothing frightening about all these things and you trust your Saturn, you will be better able to access what is yours from this 12th house.

Saturn gives you luck and money

I have written a post on his true nature, a strict school-teacher he takes down your illusions related to each of the 12 houses one by one systematically, over his transit time of 30years. He grants maturity and also opportunities to work your way through your karmic backlog and balance your karmic account. And he rewards your efforts and gifts you your due, luck and money and a chance to make your name in the society. As the natural ruler of the 10th sign Capricorn and the 11th sign Aquarius, Saturn makes your work for your successes and these achievements are permanent. Whatever we see and perceive, Saturn puts his ‘legal lens’ on it, Is it as per the Law?, It is as per the Right?, and finally, is It as per your own conscience?.

Now you may wonder Mars is the ‘First Born’, Sun is also the ‘Center stage’, both give power and prestige, so whats so special about Saturn’s gifts?

So how does Saturn compare with Mars? Mars is that fiery energy which is, more often than not, unregulated over-kill! Mars is the ultimate competitor, the warrior and always desires to be first. He is the expression of the vitality of the Self-ego, the energies of the ego in motion. He has huge energy stores for any fight, but lacks the maturity and patience to work and wait for the results. Even if he wins he cannot sit down and consolidate his victories, he will be off on another conquest. He does not have the skill to administer to his victories. He will win a piece of land or a nation but then will be at a loss as to what to do with it next! This is not a long term stable success, it is the Thrill of Conquest!

Saturnine energies and the Solar fire are an interesting comparison too. Saturn is the son of the Sun. The Sun is all about entitlement, he wants it because he feels that he has the right to it. He is the King because he is! He has not worked for it and never will. The Sun dazzles his subjects with his radiance and magnificence. He has a large ego, sense of self importance and is self-righteous. Surya is the self ego and voluntary expression of the will power in action. He is uncomfortable with ideas of equality, service and fairness, and will never mingle with or think of the ‘commoner’. His placement in the chart indicates personal self-authority and self-determination. He is defined by only himself. Even if he works for someone, his attitude will be like he has done the other a favour by working for him. He works only for his self-promotion. If he ever gives it will be an attitude of a king distributing largesse among his subjects. He is, in all ways, the Radiant Ruler!

Saturn and Capricorn

Now, Saturn is obligatory or karmic action. He as the natural lord of the 10th Capricorn thus he is social prestige, class structure, responsibilities of the leader, governance, contribution to the society, recognition by the public and the rule maker. He is also the highly professional and career driven man labouring under a heavy-work load. He is the driven, determined common man who has worked hard to reach the top of the social structure by being patient, persevering and consolidating his position and power. He may not get much of an income from public service. He derives his position from the masses he serves, he has no other entitlement to his throne. He may be born into a family already recognised for its social service thus get a step-up. Saturn works in the 10th and the Mars the 1st  (4th from 10th), enjoys his self-ego, position in society etc, the intangible assets of the personality.

And Saturn being the lord of constraints and restrictions, will give out only that much resources as can be effectively used to the last drop. Only then will he release more resources. He is respected because of the quality of his work and his focus on giving back to the society. This is a very responsible position and is affected by presence of benefic and malefic influences of other planets. The exact opposite house to the 10th is the 4th, residences and comforts and in the dasha periods when the 10th is active, the family-time suffers. This is his House of Labour.

But the gift from Saturn is this, you will feel that inner satisfaction of having worked not for personal glory but for sustaining and improving the society structure. These are intangible assets. And the honor that the society bestows on you for being the efficient administrator will be genuine and permanent. Saturn here is the Servant who becomes a Popular King!

Saturn gives you luck and money

Saturn and Aquarius

Now the second sign that Saturn owns, the 11th Aquarius. Here, he regulates linkages and networked systems, the government, large corporations and even the friend-circle. Shani is into all sorts of gatherings, even fan-clubs! The achievements, gain, material goals and luck in the market ecology and the economy are his domain. The 11th ruled groups are intensely social and established on a complex and regular network of human relationships. Saturn sets up the physical structure of the network, the people and also the regulations to operate it. Everyone irrespective of class and creed is welcome here, just the interests should be common. And naturally here too, it is essential to work if something is to be Gained. Thus the 11th is Saturn’s House of Profits.

In this house of Shani, all the grahas do a good job. From the Negotiator Venus, to the Chatty Mercury, the Regal Sun, to the Pedantic Jupiter, the Comfort-seeking Moon and the Competitor Mars all have something for them in these networks. Even the nebulous Ketu is welcome here and the Rahu, the foreigner the rule breaker the opportunist, is welcome to do business here. However the mode and object of gain for each is different as per his nature. Saturn allows Rahu co-ruler-ship of the 11th to some extent, this is because these networks have controlled components of risk and foreign-ness and selfish-ness which is the domain of Rahu. So, if you understand the Rules/Shani you can take a Risk/Rahu!

In the 11th, Laabh/Gain, Shani gives the ambitious, the right to aspire, to achieve and to create tangible gains! In the 11th, Saturn earns income thorough every source possible and in the (4th from the 11th) 2nd house Venus stores his treasury as a resource!

Shani is the agent of ethics, the rules that a society lives by and thrives. Shani is the force which makes you work off your karmic debts, helps set you set up your social position, helps set up the society, helps set up the markets, assures gains, and also grants you maturity in the process. What more can you ask for!

So you see, Shani does give you your Luck and your Money, but only after making you work hard for it, so that you appreciate it all the more! A deeply-felt Namaskar of gratitude to Shani for his blessings!