The Psychology of the Moon


The soulful Moon is what we look to when assessing what we need to feed ourselves with emotionally and physically. In fact, many eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia are usually seen through challenging aspects to the natal Moon. According to Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis, the author says that emotions are vitally important and infants deprived of handling over a long period of time sink into an irreversible decline, and prone to succumb to disease. “In effect, this means that emotional deprivation can have a fatal outcome.”

In many cases, especially in the early part of life, the Moon is more powerful than the Sun – being that dark passive side. In ancient astrology, the Moon was thought to rule creation and a time when the human being was ready to be ensouled. The Moon also directs the emotional side of any individual, and this part can be especially hard to fathom. The lunar part of the personality governs over remembering, dreaming and belonging, taking us back to our sepia coloured past, and to that nocturnal scent of something passed. It is also responsible for our reminiscing, recollections, and musings as well as the divide between the conscious and the pull of the unconscious.

With sprinklings of nostalgia, and dripping with emotional residue the Moon is the ruler of the days and the years and time gone by. It rules over what happened, but what really matters is how we recorded it and this always requires our participation, as well as personal bias. It is thought that many people edit or entirely rewrite previous experiences – unknowingly and unconsciously. The Moon, when triggered can bring up a whole host of memories in its back catalogue of recordings. It can involve wonderful recollections of childhood, but also painful ones that disrupt life, and the individual is sometimes left endlessly repeating habitual mistakes.

The Moon in astrology represents a deep valuing of the past, and a deep sense of history, describing where we come from and where a part of us will always belong.  To feel emotionally content, we need to feel a sense of roots in life or we become incredibly anxious and afraid. Some people hunger to go back to the place they were born, others need to find a lifelong partner and soul mate to feel really at home; some people feel that career or the material world is where they feel most emotionally secure.


Memory works strangely on the passage of time, however, for to remember is to make past moments present. If time’s passage is like a line, then memory bends the line into a circle, or rather into a spiral, for we know very well that when we revisit the past in memory we are not in the past but have only made the past present for a while. And we know that our reliving of the past is imperfect: we have forgotten some of the details, or repressed them, or polished them up with the glamour of delusion, hope, or love…Memories are imprecise and conceptual, faded not lived; the experience of an art work corrects these limitations. So does the apprehension of a ghost, and so too do dreams where the encounter with revenants most often occurs. Thus dreams—which typically also offer rooms or landscapes in which the repeated, beloved past can be enacted.  Compacting time

It is the hidden dimension of the lunar aspect of the personality that rules the inner messages we received in childhood and reflects the feelings that take over consciousness. The Moon is essentially the ruler of what we were, presiding over the shadows of days gone but always remembered deep within the soul. Within the Moon hides a deep yearning for approval, and a strong need to belong and be part of a family as it is extremely security orientated. Many of the Moon’s hang-ups involve emotional insecurity, uncertainty, timidity and fearfulness.

The Moon’s sign, house and aspects in the horoscope will reveal where we act compulsively and in what manner, especially when we are feeling insecure and unsafe. How can we tell if we’re acting emotionally hungry in that area? Usually, there is a compulsive need, over-dependency, clinging and anxiety in that particular part of the chart. Wherever the Moon is placed is also where we emotionally react, and where we experience the lunar cycles, where things tend to fluctuate and feel most cyclical. It is also where our most ingrained habit responses lie, and conditioning occurs. Any unfulfilled needs tend to play out more hungrily in the house. The sign and aspects of the Moon represent the touchy areas of the emotional self and where we are rendered highly sensitive.

The Moon is our emotional undercurrents, and it can be where our dependencies reveal themselves, attachments form, and fluctuation of feelings occurs. The Moon rules the sign of Cancer and according to Isabel Hickey Astrology, A Cosmic Science: The Classic Work on Spiritual Astrology, ”The most subconscious of all the signs, everything being latent and hidden. Cancer is at the mercy of their moods one day up another day down, with difficulty cutting the umbilical cord that binds them to the past. The personality is an unlit room.”  The moon also tends to describe what we find comforting or at least familiar. Everyone feels anxiety from time to time and this is only natural. It becomes a problem when lunar hunger dominates the personality, basically the Moon likes to feel comfy and we like others to ask how we are feeling ‘on the inside’.

The Moon can represent the whole round of womanhood, eternal feminine, womb and container of life, in each of the various stages. The Luminary in one month travels through all twelve signs of the zodiac and has a close relationship to our fluctuating moods and menstrual cycles. The Moon is nocturnal and reflects our emotional side, unconscious, feeling responses and soul nature. It also reveals our basic needs, it is associated with the deepest part of the psyche and according to some astrologers the shadow side of the Moon is the monster that devours everything.

Lights Out.