Moon Astrology: Dark, Yielding and Receptive
The Moon is dark, yielding, receptive, and it is symbolic of the female-maternal. In all primal mythology, the feminine principle is ancient darkness and it envelops everything else. The Moon is considered a “luminary” (along with the Sun), and the silvery light emitted – denotes the illumination of the unconscious. As the illumination of the night, the enigmatic “moonlight” generates diffuseness, and blurs the edges of feeling, encouraging us to delve deeply into all things nocturnal. The Moon is one of the most personal points on the astrological chart and it symbolizes our most cherished and intimate emotional side. Moreover, it creates emotions that lead us to automatic feeling responses and it deeply nourishes the soul, and especially if we can attune into exactly what it is that we really need. The Lunar part of the personality also represents the often difficult-to-remember (“dimly lit”) preconscious events of early childhood. As children, we are like “sponges” and the early environment helps to shape our psyche in ways that we can never fully remember by the time we reach maturity.
The light of the Moon fuses everything together rather than separating them. It does not show up earthly things in all their hardness and distinctive edges, and it doesn’t illuminate the world in a harsh, glaring light. The enchanting, night-time Moon has a way of blending in an elusive shimmer, magically transforming our surroundings and softening all edges, tinting it with the color of a bluish haze, and merging the nightly scenery. The Moon in astrology represents the unconscious, past, and habitual responses. Same old, same old is probably a good description for this body. Even though our internal kingdom is engraved and pre-set by the power of this luminary, the lunar perceptions through the waxing and waning of the emotional undercurrents describe our ever-shifting moods, and it can also make us incredibly subjective.
The Moon, Queen of the Night in her silvery splendour, reaches out to us as she glides across the black, moonlit skies. Each night she appears robed in a different garment, which hints at the mysteries surrounding both her luminous and shadowy displays. Who is this lady of the moon, and what gifts does she shine down upon earth creatures? And when, each month, she disappears altogether for several days, what does she conceal behind her dark time, her most secret time? Mysteries of the Dark Moon