Star signs are one thing, but moon signs actually often tell you more about a person than anything else.
We all know our own star sign. After all, tagging our crush in zodiac memes is how millennials flirt. However, star signs are only one piece of the extremely complicated puzzle that is astrology. Your typical horoscopes give you the low-down on your star (aka sun) sign, but they usually gloss over what's going on with your other signs, which are determined by where the moon and planets were in the sky when you were born. Chief among these forgotten signs is your moon sign, whose placement reveals your emotional, inner self.
Your zodiac sign dictates the brushstrokes of your personality, your outer self. However, it’s your moon sign which reveals the real you, and the private person inside that you know yourself to be. The moon only stays in each sign for around two days, so it’s a much more variable aspect of your birth chart, it largely explains why you are so different to the other people you know who share your star sign.
Your moon sign reflects the barrel of emotions, fears, longings and obsessions bubbling below the surface of your star sign-driven persona. It’s about the private self and its motivations and anxieties. It impacts heavily upon your relationships and bonds with others, and how you truly feel about, well, everything. In short, it's pretty deep.
The best thing is, is that these signs are extremely easy to calculate. To figure out your moon sign, you need to know what time of day and where you were born to calculate this or by having your birth chart drawn up by an astrologer. We suggest the former out of convenience. All you have to do is pop your date of birth, city of birth and time of birth into this online calculator and voila! Your true self is revealed.
Once you've done that, you can check the details of your moon sign below:
Lunar Aries: “Lunar Ariens have an unmistakable independent streak. They put themselves right out there in the world, and make an impression in whatever they do.”
Lunar Taurus: “Moon in Taurus natives are generally very romantic. Their affections are strong, deep, and unwavering. They are sentimental and warm...”
Lunar Gemini: “Nervousness and worry are common traits with this lunar position. An underlying restlessness is common, and many Lunar Geminis need more stimulation than others. They usually read a lot, talk a lot, and think a lot with this airy, mutable position of the Moon.”
Lunar Cancer: “Moon in Cancer people are never detached — they cling to things, their home, and people they care for. They seek out security and familiarity in all they do. They look for peace and quiet. Their attachment to all that is safe means they are a little leery of change.”
Lunar Leo: “Lunar Leos often feel a need to organize, and even control, their families and friends. They have an inner mission to set things right, and generally like to oversee the goings-on in their little circle.”
Lunar Virgo: “Lunar Virgos find security in the little things in life. They feel most content when they’ve straightened out all the details of everyday life. Many of them enjoy running errands, paying bills, and balancing the books. They take care of these things happily, although some won’t let on.”
Lunar Libra: “Lunar Librans feel safe and secure when they are in a partnership. These are the people who seem to always need to have someone tag along with them wherever they goeven if it is to the corner store. They find strength and reinforcement in and through others.”
Lunar Scorpio: “Many Lunar Scorpios are intelligent and astute. Those that use their enormous powers for intimacy and honesty are the happiest, and they make the most interesting and rewarding friends and lovers.”
Lunar Sagittarius: “More than anything, Lunar Sagittarians have a need for personal freedom and space. They are extraordinarily happy and easygoing folk, as long as they don’t feel caged in or cooped up..”
Lunar Capricorn: “Calm, cool, and collectedthese words sum up Moon in Capricorn natives well. Messy emotions and “leaky” souls are a bit frightening for most with this position of the Moon. Truth is, they can have plenty of mood swings and some dark emotions now and again.”
Lunar Aquarius: “Whether due to character or conditioning, Moon in Aquarius people often grow up feeling “different”. Although rather sociable, they are often loners at heart. Many grow up with strong egos or at least powerful defence mechanisms, and most Lunar Aquarians will do their best to be the most unique and unusual person they can be.”
Lunar Pisces: “Lunar Pisceans are known to be dreamy and not always in touch with reality. However, though these people may not always show real-world savvy in day-to-day, practical affairs, they make up for this with remarkable intuition.”
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