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Did you know that the subconscious controls 95 percent of your behavior and only 5 percent is under conscious control?
The Moon represents the subconscious. It’s symbolism provides clues as to how to best navigate this terrain.
The first clue is: the subconscious can only operate in the present moment.
The Greek goddess most associated with the Moon is Artemis, twin sister of the sun god, Apollo.
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Today we are going deep into the astrological makings of a very complex man. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Howard Hughes!
The first thing that really draws my eye into his chart is that Mercury at the very bottom of the chart. It is in Virgo (the ever over-analyzing, perfecting and exacting scrutinizer) and it is under some serious pressure.
Howard Hughes seems to have acquired the brunt of his OCD from his mother, who used to scrub him clean all through his childhood and teach him to be afraid of germs.
His Mercury is found at the bottom of the chart right on the 4th house cusp. This is the place in the chart that is associated with the Mother and early childhood (because it is the house that is connected to the sign of Cancer).
Mercury is the planet associated with our thinking. It is always listening and responding to our environment (like DNA!)
Hughes Mercury (thinking) is under pressure from both Mars and Pluto via the square aspect (an aspect of 90 degrees). So let’s meet the personal “bullies” of Hughes’ mind!
Mars is energy! It is motivation and stress. The stuff that propels life along. Hughe’s Mars is located in the 7th house of relationships. It’s a common know fact that Hughes did “go (very) big” in the dating field.
Hughes was infamously entangled with a bevy of beautiful starlets. The glitz and glamour would satisfy his Venus in Leo as well as his Moon in Leo. Venus for a man will point to something he is drawn to in a woman. The Moon points to an emotional hunger that we yearn to satiate. This is also connected to the mother and early life.
It’s interesting to think of all of that OCD doting that his mother did for him was still a form of constant attention. Hughes was known to be a hypochondriac in childhood to secure the constant attention of his parents, both of whom died within his later teenage years. Hughes went to court and bought out the rest of the family for the inheritance and became a billionaire.
Ok, so back to the pressure on his Virgoan mind.
Let’s meet the next “bully”, the ever secretly-up-to-something Pluto. And as a side note, these “bullies” are not inherently bad, they are just motivators. The aspect of the square suggests that it’s a bit more challenging for Hughes.
Pluto motivates in a very hidden way. In Gemini this may take the form of always seeking mental stimulus, and variety of thought. It lies opposite of the Mars in the 7th house of relationships so we can expect to find a lot of variety there too (and there sure was!).
Pluto is like a rabbit hole. It’s job is to constantly renew us and purify us through emotional purging. Hughes’ rabbit hole was so very mental, so full of variety and choices. For a mind that is suited towards precision and order (Mercury in Virgo) this influx of variety might have been a bit overwhelming.
It would have been nice to see Hughes’ Virgo mind take the Virgoan modest approach to these heavy-weight bullies. To humbly (Virgo) take things in stride and be aware of his own tendency to over-worry (Virgo pitfall). We can bring so much peace back to our psyches with a bit of awareness. This is the department where the horoscope truly shines as a tool. It serves us to give ourselves a break and be on the lookout for unhealthy habits!
Until next time!
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Many astrologers will equate the Sun with consciousness and the Moon with unconsciousness. The waking hours of daylight (consciousness) bring us out of our dreamlike state (unconsciousness). It is pretty impossible to argue that obvious symbolism, it speaks loudly and clearly. The thing that doesn’t sit right with me personally is when the Sun is therefore associated with the ego, i.e. the center of consciousness, and further more the Moon just cast out into her own sea of irrational emotions. There seems to be so much more going on here…
Let’s start with looking at the days of the week that these two represent. Sunday for the Sun, and Monday for the Moon. There certainly is a big difference between these two days for most of us.
On a Sunday we generally are doing what we want to do and enjoying ourselves. In latin, the word for Sun is sol, and in french soleil, thus we have a connection with the word soul, and the other “s” word spirit. Spirit is associated with breath, as in respire. The Sun rules the heart in the body which is intimately connected with the lungs. And in nature, fire (Sun) needs air to grow. Sundays are the time for us to reconnect to spirit, to tune back into ourselves and let the world pass us by a bit.
Monday not by accident sounds similar to the word MUNDANE, defined by the dictionary as “of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one.” This derives from the latin word mundus, meaning “world”. The french call the world “monde”. The moon brings in an earthly element. Monotonous mundane Mondays where we tend to earthly matters. We go to work to make money, another Moon sounding word. In fact, the words for ‘silver’ (the element associated with the Moon) and ‘money’ are the same in fourteen languages or more.
Silver is the metal associated with the Moon and gold is for the Sun. Let’s look closer at the properties of these metals.
The elemental symbol for gold is Au, derived from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise”. Gold is the most malleable and ductile metal of all. Malleable as in it can be pounded out into the thinnest piece of paper, and ductile meaning it retains it’s strength. Webster’s definition for ductile is “able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle.” So with gold comes immense flexibility without sacrificing it’s strength. Because of its resistance to heat and acid it’s also a symbol for immutability. Sounds a lot like an allegory to the heart and it’s capacity to love again after hardship and inevitable changes.
Silver’s elemental symbol is Ag, derived from the latin argentum which means “grey” or “shining one”. Silver is the most reflective metal of them all. What other metal could better represent Mother Moon who’s main function is to REFLECT the light of the Sun. Carl Jung talks about how the ideal job of the ego is to reflect that nature of the Self (the radiant totality of our beings that dwells in the unconscious). This is why I can’t get cozy with the idea of the Sun being the ego. It seems to me that ego is more in the realm of the Moon. We can reflect our own Selves, as well as the Selves of others.
Another interesting fact about silver is that it conducts electricity better than any other element. There are some theories out there these days of us living in an electric universe, with the Sun being a giant force of electric energy. What if the Moon not only reflects the Sun but also conducts it’s energy toward Earth? I am no scientist– just a fun idea.
So if the Moon is all matter and the Sun is the “spark” of spirit, what would one look like without the other?
Aside from the Sun, we don’t see much fire in nature. The spirit remains hidden. We can’t look at the Sun too long without burning our eyes. We can only look at it reflected in EVERYTHING around us. Perhaps this is why things like fireworks are so mesmerizing. They fill our hearts (Sun) with a joyous feeling (most of us!).
So to bring this all back home, literally let’s go to mom and dad. When reading a chart I find that an excellent beginning is to discuss the client’s parents with regards to the Sun as the father and the Moon as the mother. Ultimately these perceptions are deeply infused into who we are, and getting at these routes can be enormously helpful. If for example someone has a Sun that is squared with Uranus, we would be looking for what in the father has a challenging Uranian element. Issues of emotional detachment or mental superiority perhaps. Or strangeness, not fitting in somehow.. these are all shades of a challenged Uranus. The first step is to have the client see it in the parents, the second step see how they’ve integrated that into themselves. Or how about Moon conjunct Saturn. How is the mother an authority somehow or how might she be restrained? Or how is she the symbol of hard work and perseverance? Have you set that bar too high for yourself? It can really open up a well of dialogue. We can’t escape our beginnings and we certainly can’t dwell in them, but they can teach us a ton.
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Remember the last time you looked up at a full Moon? Did it do what it usually does (at least for me) and fill you with a flash of mystery? At the same time a sense of comfort? Maybe a small strange feeling of yearning?
The Moon is forever elusive, always changing, yet oh so soothing. Moonlight feels like magic does it not? It produces a PULL within us, similar to the influence it has on the tides. It awakens the dreamer in us. We become more inward and reflective. The Moon itself reflects the Sun and is also reflected in the many lakes and puddles of our world. It’s a two way reflection. Very Orson Welles…
The question is, what does the Moon represent in our psyches? As I said before, I am HIGHLY influenced by my favorite astrologer, Alice O. Howell. She speaks of the Moon as the “matrix of consciousness” having the capacity to “give birth to those limitless little or big attacks of insight through which we turn experience into empiric knowledge”.
She draws symbolic parallels between the stories of “the virgin births” and an inner psychological process of uniting our egos to our Selves (capital S as Jung speaks of the Self). The “Self” is the “divine guest” within us. From this union of ego and Self comes the “spiritus renatus” or the “twice born Self”. It is a virgin birth because it all happens within you. The “ego” is how we attempt to live in our worlds, feel comfortable and make sense out of it. Over identifying with the ego cuts us off from our divinity, but ignoring the ego cuts us off from our world. We need both.
O. Howell sees this concept symbolically represented by the inner marriage of the Sun and Moon. She puts the Moon more on the frequency of the ego and the Sun more on the frequency of the Self, although she says the Self is so vast it is really more the unfolding of the entire chart over a lifetime.
On a more immediate level, the Moon represents our emotional nature, and the emotional current that really drives us in life. Is it along the lines of going forward towards new experience (Aries Moon)? Or maybe to feel safe and secure emotionally (Cancer Moon)? Or to feel that you are efficient and useful in the world somewhere (Virgo Moon)?
By the same token these signs will flavor our natural REACTIONS to what life throws at us. The Moon is connected to the stomach in the body (as well as the breasts and womb). Those knots in our stomach when we are stressed our the butterflies when we are elated put us in touch with this fact. If we are not conscious of how our Moons operate we may become a slave to our emotions, letting them run wild and boss us around! On the flip side if we cut ourselves off from our Moon entirely our emotions grow hungry. We are like an undernourished child inside in desperate need of comfort and cut off from the beautiful mysteries of life. We need to give ourselves permission to retreat to an inward HOME where we are safe and secure.
The sign of Cancer is the sign related to the Moon. Cancer is represented by the crab. This creature more than any other that I can think of embodies the concept of HOME. It IS it’s own home in a sense. The hermit crab literally carries it’s home on it’s back. But all crabs have that hard exoskeleton, which serves as a strong barrier, a “shelter from the storm” of life. They also need to always be near water (another home) because the breath through gills on their legs. Their little leg gills must always be kept moist. The hermit crab even carries back up water in his shell! Crabs can be solitary creatures (Cancer is also related to privacy) or they can live in groups. When they are in groups they work hard to provide food and protection for their families (a very Cancerian way of life!).
The ancient Glastonbury Zodiac that stretches over miles of land depicts the sign of Cancer as a dog instead of a crab! It’s ear is illustrated by a lake, and for years people around the area never knew why it was called “Ear Lake”. I remember being stupefied by a move my dog pulled one Christmas eve. My sister and I had bought my mother a concertina as a gift. She pulled it out and my little dog came running in and began howling to the music. He had never howled before that! Concertinas, at least to me evoke a stroll along a Moonlit road in some romantic place, there is a connection there..
Are you at home in your own matrix?
Again and again when I tune into The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon I am struck by the magic that happens between him and his guests. There is a true sense of child’s play, like they are actually getting lost in the fun- something you just don’t see ordinarily.
With a Virgo Sun in the 7th, (as well as just about everything else) he is naturally tuned into the balance that takes place during social exchange. This is highlighted by a very strong Venus on the 7th cusp. The Virgo energy settles into an comfortable groove of humility and makes sure to not waste anyone’s time. Add in his Scorpio Moon and we have all of this precise social energy fueling the emotional need to merge with others, to get deep together.
His Scorpio Moon is in the 8th house which pretty much puts the word Scorpio in neon lights because it is the natural ruler of the 8th. Opposite the 2nd house (what I have) the 8th house is what WE have. With Fallon, it’s what he AND Jake Gyllenhaal have when they play a card game of war where the winner gets to dump a glass of water on the loser. It’s what he AND Blake Shelton have when they go face to face in a karaoke battle.
We are watching delightful social alchemy (another 8th house word). And it’s interesting to see such lightness in a moon sign/placement so commonly associated with dark and brooding characteristics.
His Sun/Moon blend is a double yin- earth and water. I see this reflected in his tendency to not have to LEAD his guests too much. He is more about REACTING to them, and RECEIVING their energy, not dominating it. There is a real natural relaxation that is brought forth this way.
He seems to truly love his guests. It’s a far reaching non judging open armed kind of love. Very fitting to his Jupiter in Pisces on the Ascendant. His own personal reward (Jupiter) being ignited in expressing (Ascendant) all-accepting love (Pisces).
Clearly I’m a fan of the show.