Ever since I started studying Astrology more in depth, my way of seeing the world and interacting in it has changed.
I mean, as a witch* I generally knew what phase the moon was in and what sign it was in. Just knowing the phases or sign of the moon helped me plan out my life (mundane and magickal) and helped me recognize certain energies in myself and others. Example: My kids used to fight with eachother A LOT more aggressively when the moon was in Aries. A is a Leo and K is a an Aries (both fire signs). Something about an Aries moon would set them off and they would be at eachother’s throats the whole time. Once I saw the pattern, instead of saying “OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU KIDS TODAY?” , I would check to confirm the moon phase and then just try to find seperate activities for them to do. Rather than punishing them for acting out under the influence of a fiery moon, I would find ways to calm the fires – or at least not stoke them! This didn’t always work, but I began to see the power behind the simple awareness of the moon’s sign.
I began to notice subtle things about myself. As a generalization, the element of the moon sign has a great correspondence with how my day will go. If the moon is in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) I might be more motivated to do practical things like house work, paying bills, etc. I also might be drawn to just staying home instead of going out on those days. When the moon is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) my emotions are more intense. This can result in my depression or anxiety being worse on those days as I feel my trauma triggered in ways that feel overwhelming. Now I don’t always get depressed when the moon is in a water sign – sometimes I might have a really great day! Those days I feel happy it is an amplified happy – though not generally a “stable” happiness – as anything can burst that bubble pretty easily. It’s a delicate balance on those days. I have my mental illness every day, and there are other influences on how I might experience my mental illness day to day besides astrology, but knowing the moon sign has helped me bring another level of awareness to living with Borderline Personality Disorder.
To be clear, I don’t really use this awareness as a predictive tool. Meaning; I don’t wake up and think “Oh no the moon is in a water sign today I am gonna be so moody today!”. I still have power over what kind of day I am going to have. It’s like knowing the weather. Weather might influence how we prepare for our day… if it might snow we probably bring a warmer jacket when we leave the house and make sure to double check that pipes don’t get frozen or that we have emergency supplies in case of a power outage. Astrology can be the same way! When we know about what astrological influences may be beaming into us unseen, we can “dress for the weather” So I woke up today and saw the moon is in Cancer. I just said to myself, “Okay, I am giving myself space to feel emotions fully and deeply today. I’ll be patient with myself and try not to take things personally.” Instead of fighting it, I can let it unfold in harmonious ways. Having a heightened emotional state isn’t a bad thing… wow that’s when my intuition is working in high gear, my compassion runs deep, and I can even allow myself to go into the deep sadness or trauma and allow more healing to happen. I allow myself to see that somehow the energy of the moon is being tinted with a slight watery vibration today, so how can I use that energy for the best? What can I learn from it?
This awareness came from simply tracking the moon sign regularly. I often keep a journal to keep track of my physical health symptoms, as well as just keep a record of my life. I started marking the moon sign at the top of journal pages and began noticing themes in my writing that corresponded with certain moon signs. This was how I first noticed the Aries moon seeming to be relevant to my kids fighting. I had vented several times in a journal about the kids having a bad day and just arguing with eachother non stop. Looking back through my journal I realized that all of these journal entries occured with the moon in Aries. ( I also noted my own irritability increased at this time, which was part of why I would feel the need to vent in my journal in the first place!) I noticed a trend of to–do lists and a focus on household projects during moon in earth sign days. I saw the more emotional type journal entries coming out when the moon was in water signs. I noticed I didn’t make as many journal entries on days when the moon was in fire or air signs. Perhaps I was just too busy being fiery and airy on those days? 😉
Everyone will have different responses to the energy of the moon sign. Some people may be more or less influenced by certain moon signs than others, and in different ways. Understanding my own natal chart helped me understand why these energies affected me the way they did. My natal moon is in Scorpio (A water sign) So I already have the tendency to have more of the watery traits of high emotion, intuition, etc. My Sun and Mercury are in the 12th House, which is the house ruled by mutable water sign Pisces. So I’m already (again) influenced by water, even though I am an Earth Sign (my sun and ascendant are Capricorn).
As I have ventured deeper into understanding Astrology, I’ve started seeing more layers to this awareness. All these energies of the archetypes are dancing around the cosmos and the way they pass by each other adds depth to the vibration that is unique for everyone. Sure, today the moon has been in Cancer. I found myself wanting to be alone, quietly reflecting on whatever crossed my mind. I felt like I needed to be doing something but had no idea what I should do. I was sort of stuck, directionless feeling. A little depressed about what I should be doing, but having major Executive Dysfunction. I checked the Chart of the Moment just to see what was going on with this energy today. Yes, moon in Cancer but it was also square Mercury (in retrograde), Venus, and Uranus (in Aries) while in exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn.** Knowing the lessons and energies of these planets and signs gave me a quick yet detailed glance at the vibratory energy being filtered in by the moon and the sun. I felt a little less guilty for not getting things done and realized I actually HAD done some important things. I had just been focused on some failures in specific areas of my life. But today was a good day.
And I realized just how theraputic it has been for me to learn astrology.
It can be for you too. Just start by tracking the moon.
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*Referring to my personal practice of witchcraft – in which I focus a lot on the wheel of the year and signs/phases of the moon. For clarity, not all witches follow the same path – for some witches knowing the phase of the moon may not be relevant. (And they are still witches if that’s how they choose to identify their path)
** I apologize for not going into detail on these planetary aspects, but didn’t want to get too wrapped up in details that I lost the main point!