With the Moon in Aquarius, you are far more concerned about matters that pertain to mankind rather than one individual. The Moon in this sign is emotionally charged with futuristic qualities and instinctively knows about social trends before they appear and you’re nourished by ideas and patterns at work in your environment. An Involvement in the media may suit you as your sign often likes to be where it’s happening, whether it’s politics, fashion, art, or social activism. Aquarius is the sign of humanity and social observer viewing life from a distance. Astrologer Liz Greene describes the air signs as “fly on the wall” types that need to discuss and view feelings from an intellectual and a safe distance.
Rising Above It All
Air is light and comes and goes with our breath and speech. It is boundless space and the element of winged creatures. It represents the possibility of rising above the earth and seeing things in perspective, with detachment, perhaps losing touch with the ground, or getting above oneself. In the emotional sphere, you need to be free of negative emotions such as greed, fear, anger, and jealousy, to rise above it. Emotions which might be deemed selfish and demanding are usually controlled or unacknowledged. Aquarian principles are concerned with social issues, ethical standards, and equality. As a rule, you hate confinement and over emotionalism, and prefer to keep it cool. Family ties and attachments might not be as important to you as they are to most people. In your personal relationships, you insist upon a certain amount of independence and the freedom to pursue friendships with as many people, of both sexes, as you choose and do not appreciate a possessive partner.
The Need for Friends
You feel comfortable in an atmosphere that is open and experimental; you need verbal and social contact as isolation tends to create anxiety. Your Moon in Aquarius has a naturally friendly, observant, and detached manner; you offer impartial advice and have a tendency to intellectualize situations. Though if this is taken into personal one-on-one relationships, you can appear overly detached or emotionless. Aquarius’s energy has a great need for “friends” and functions best in groups that nurture and share the same ideals, opinions, and vision. You tend to see what you have in common with people, and frequently encourage others to be aware of the larger picture in any given situation.
According to Dana Gerhardt:
As a beginning astrologer, when I made my first tentative offers to read charts for friends, Aquarians were the first to step forward. Aquarius Risings, Aquarius Suns, Aquarius Moons—they were all intrigued by astrology. They didn’t need my profuse and nervous disclaimers that I couldn’t predict their futures. Whatever it was I could tell them, they found fascinating. Those early sessions were so affirming. I’d say “You’re a unique individual—not like the rest of your family.” They’d nod their heads. I’d say “People, especially friends, are important to you,” and they’d say “Yes, that’s true.” When I said, “You’re creative and a bit rebellious,” not one disagreed! Their sheer friendliness allowed me to think I was becoming a good astrologer.
Aquarius is one of the most likeable signs of the zodiac. If you walk into a roomful of strangers, feeling awkward and shy, an Aquarian will likely break ranks and welcome you, as happy to see someone new as greet an old friend. This sign has a genuinely curious and unpretentious manner. No wonder its natives seem to know everyone in the room. And when their eyes turn on you, you can suddenly feel so interesting. Think of Oprah Winfrey—the Aquarian talk show host—whose effervescent rapport with guests and audience allows millions of viewers to feel like she’s a dear friend.
A Scorpio client once complained, “I have the hardest time with Aquarians. Like my daughter-in-law… she’s so detached, always doing for everybody else. My grandson got hurt on a gate at daycare. I was furious. I wanted to drive down and yank him out if they didn’t fix it immediately. But instead my daughter-in-law gets a toolbox and the whole family heads to the school to fix the gate themselves. ‘That way,’ she tells my grandson, ‘no one else will get hurt.’ Can you imagine?” She shook her head. Water sign Scorpio is so intensely emotional, that the cool efficiency of Aquarius can be derailing.
But detachment does not provide protection. Aquarians do bleed from their social wounds. I first learned this from my good friend Molly. With her Aquarius Moon, she’s a citizen of the world. Wherever we go, restaurant, concert, meeting, or hike in the woods, we run into someone she knows. True to the eccentric and egalitarian nature of Aquarius, her eclectic interests connect her with a wide variety of people. Molly knows bikers, classical musicians, drug addicts, and recovering alcoholics; also, equestrians, born-again Christians, native American traditionalists, holistic health practitioners, dog breeders and more. Yet social rejection has been her recurring theme. Reading for Aquarians over the years, I’ve learned to ask this standard Aquarius question: “Have there been times when you felt like an outcast?” The answer is always yes.
The Non-Judgemental Moon
The Moon in Aquarius is open-minded, non-judgemental and needs to be well-informed about society. Secrecy and non-communication would not sit well, and planets placed in Aquarius operate with high standards of decency and integrity and will give others space if needed. Sue Tompkins says that this placement needs good platonic friendships with women. The impulse is to be different from others and not to be pigeonholed, which may feel alienating. You are inventive and innovative with an instinctive understanding of technology. Your Moon has genuine flashes of real genius, and the humanitarian in you want to make the world a better place. So, for you, security is found in the world of ideas and spheres that are not touched by the imperfection of reality.
Moon in Aquarius: This gives some inclination for astrology, fortune telling, dreaming, visions, mediumship, mysticism, and the occult generally. Subjects that are unusual, original, eccentric, and novel, attract you. You may become a freemason, or join some secret or mystical society, association or brotherhood. You are broad and humanitarian in your sympathies; fraternises readily with those who are congenial to you, you’re easily drawn into the company of such, and will be found in some club, society, association, or group of those similarly minded. You have an inclination for political, educational, and scientific work, and may join any movement or public body relating to these; you also have some inclination for local politics and municipal affairs. You’re sociable and sympathetic in manner, and desirous of the good opinion of others, and yet may be very independent, unorthodox, and unconventional at times. Alan Leo