The Psychology of the Moon

moon,astrology,cancer,horoscope,With sprinklings of nostalgia, and dripping with emotional residue the Moon is the ruler of the days and the years and time gone by. When triggered this body can bring up a whole host of memories in its back catalog of recordings. It governs over remembering, dreaming, and belonging, taking us back to our sepia colored past. It is the source for our reminiscing, recollections, and musings, forming the divide between the conscious and the unconscious. The Moon is nocturnal and reflects our emotional side, unconscious, feeling responses and soul nature. It 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.

In many cases, especially in the early part of life, the Moon is more powerful than the Sun – being that dark passive side. It 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. 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. Many of the Moon’s hang-ups involve emotional insecurity, uncertainty, timidity, and fearfulness.


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

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? Usually, there is a compulsive need, over-dependence, clinging, and anxiety. Wherever the Moon is placed is where we emotionally react, and where we experience our lunar cycles, so it is 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, hence, the sign and aspects of the Moon represent the touchy areas of the emotional self and where we are rendered highly sensitive.

The Moon symboloizes our emotional undercurrents, and it can be where our dependencies reveal themselves, attachments form, and fluctuation of feelings occurs. The Luminary in one month travels through all twelve signs of the zodiac and has a close relationship to our fluctuating moods. According to Isabel Hickey, Cancer is ruled over by the Moon and it is ”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.” Astrology, A Cosmic Science: The Classic Work on Spiritual Astrology 

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.’ To feel emotionally content, we need to feel a sense of roots in life or we tend to become incredibly anxious and afraid. Some people hunger to go back to the place of their childhood home, others need to find a lifelong partner and soul mate to feel really secure; some people feel that a career or place in the world is where they feel most emotionally happy.