Let’s be real: entertaining as they may be, most astrology columns come off as BS. Why? One reason is that astrology’s actually really complicated, so writers–myself included–have to dumb it down to fit the space available and not bore you. (The other reason is that many “astrology writers” are just making shit up.)
First off: you don’t have “a sign.”
Yeah, yeah, Seventeen magazine told you when you were eleven that you’re a Taurus or whatever. Well, they were just talking about where the sun was when you were born. But a sun sign is just one of a bazillion astrological descriptors of you. It’s just that, unlike the sun, most of the other points used in astrology aren’t in the same place on your birthday every year. So you have to actually look up your birth chart to know where they are. I give instructions for doing this (super easy) here.
Take the moon, for example. Go find your moon sign; I’ll wait.
If you know any white ladies with dreadlocks, you can probably guess some of the moon’s associations in astrology. Women, yep, and intuition, emotions, cycles, motherhood, etc.
Don’t get too hung up on the female thing, though. Gender’s not binary, blah blah, duh.
The moon represents the capacity to nurture and protect those you love, and the yearning for nourishment and safety. Everyone has these capacities and yearnings. They just tend to play out differently depending on gender, because most cultures are still stupid about what they permit in women vs. men.
Here are some quick thoughts about how to rock your moon sign during this month’s Cancer new moon cycle.
If you’ve got a fire sign moon (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), what you crave most is playtime, and support for your projects and adventures. This month, you (especially Aries moon) might find your progress impeded by emotional overwhelm–yours and/or someone else’s. Try to be patient with this, and take pleasure in turning some of your explorer instincts inward.
Earth sign moons (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) value loyalty and helpfulness. Your unwavering reliability can be a rock for your friends who feel like life is kicking the shit out of them. But don’t be afraid to get a little emo yourself, too, even if it doesn’t seem like a practical use of time.
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius moons–the air signs–feel safe when things make sense, and get uneasy when shit starts getting irrational. This month is a good time to practice accepting emotions for what they are: barometric readings of safety and fulfillment. Don’t just shove yours down, or dismiss your upset friends as drama-mongers. Listen for the underlying information about what you can change so your life and relationships work better.
If your moon’s in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), you need empathy and a sense of emotional safety with those around you. And you likely have mad skills for providing the same things to others. This month, those skills are probably in high demand, as your friends contend with feelings they may not be as accustomed to as you are.
(this article first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Bellingham on Tap magazine)
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