Our moon placement is significantly important to our fulfillment in this lifetime. So many of us navigate this physical realm feeling very unsettled and unhappy with our lives. We often think that there is someone or something outside of ourselves that can fill that void, but in many circumstances, even when we seek something outside of ourselves the feeling of emptiness still remains. The sign and house position of the moon in our natal charts reveal what we need subconsciously in order to feel safe and secure. Associated with the zodiac sign Cancer, this is the mother placement where our desires to be nurtured, taken care of, and given a safe place to rest are fulfilled. If we were not provided with the proper lunar fulfillment in our formative years, it is even more important to make sure that we acknowledge and then take action to fulfill the needs of our lunar position.
The Moon and Emotional Fulfillment
Everyone has specific emotional needs that must be met in order to feel safe and secure within this experience. No two individuals are alike in their emotional needs. In general, the moon sign as well as the placement describes characteristics needed for us to feel nurtured and the ways in which we seek out and give nurturing. Even if two people have the same moon sign, other variances such as the house placements and aspects create different emotional desires.
This example is the perfect reason why it is important that we do our internal work in order to determine what we need to meet our lunar needs.
The Hungry Moon
When lunar emotional needs are not being met, we experience what is called a hungry moon. Again, consider that the sign Cancer is ruled by the moon. Cancer energy is the motherly energy that supplies nurturing and care to its offspring. The sign of Cancer rules the breasts as well as the stomach which are the two areas that are associated with supplementation either through breast milk or via the consumption of food.
For a moment, consider how we feel when we are not able to eat. Some of us become agitated. Some of us become sick. Others may just tolerate the lack of food for the time being. The common denominator is that everyone eventually reacts to not being able to nourish themselves. This is instinctual because we all require nourishment in order to survive. It’s been this way since conception when we received nourishment via the womb.
Since we are no longer within the womb, it is important as adults that we take the responsibility of fulfilling our lunar energy in order to feel safe and open to this experience. The ability to fulfill the lunar needs will vary based upon the aspects that are made to the Moon according to the natal chart. Some people have positive moon energy aspects making it easier for them to accomplish the work of honoring their lunar needs. Others are in a bit more complicated position where significant internal work and adjustments will need to be made in order for them to positively embrace and do the work of honoring their moon needs.
Giving Your Moon What it Needs
Embarking on the journey to fulfill our emotional needs through lunar energy is a commendable feat. Many people continue to go through life ignoring that inner call to feel secure and ultimately end up living a life that was never emotionally fulfilling. We are all born with the ability to have our emotional needs met so that we can have emotionally fulfilling lives.
The following are a few examples of how different signs express their lunar energy or fulfillment. It is important to note that even if several individuals have the same moon sign in, let’s say Gemini, it does not always mean that these individuals will be expressing Gemini energy in the same way. Someone with a Gemini Moon in the 3rd house could have different emotional needs than someone with a Gemini Moon in the 8th house. Yes, they both have Gemini moons, but the house placement provides specific details as to how individuals will manifest their lunar energy in the physical plane.
Moon in Aries
Individuals with the moon and the sign in Aries have a desire to be first which makes sense because they are the first of the zodiac signs. They enjoy taking initiative, being competitive, and taking a hold of their lives. Risk-taking is very important for these individuals whether it be gambling or taking an impromptu trip to some unknown place. When these desires are not being met through the lunar energy, moon in Aries people can feel deeply frustrated, combative, and feel as if there’s a lot of pressure that they need to release due to the suppression of the Martian energy.
Moon in Virgo
Moon in Virgo needs a clean, organized, service-oriented life. Traditionally, these individuals are really not ones for extravagant displays of emotion or being in the spotlight. Taking care of the self (mind, body, and spirit) is a requirement in order for Virgo moons to have a healthy emotional life. When the Virgo Moon it’s not fulfilling itself, this can come out as being hypercritical, lack of cleanliness, and the inability to properly discern…which healthy Virgo energy is able to do quite well.
Moon in Libra
Librarian moons have a need for intellectual stimulation in the realm of relationships. Like the scales, a healthy moon in Libra is able to live a harmonious, balanced life. These individuals will actually have highly functioning partnerships that offer the proper give and take that Libra desires. When Libra energy is not functioning as best, these natives can be indecisive, and passive-aggressively discordant.
Moon in Pisces
The Neptunian Pisces moons require a deep connection to Oneness in order to feel fulfilled. This can be a tricky placement because Pisces has a continual desire to meld with the universal while on this Earth. Individuals with healthy Pisces Moon energy are able to channel their desire to absorb and melt into everything in a positive way through creative activities and spiritual pursuits such as art, music, yoga, and meditation, and assisting those who are less fortunate. When the moon in Pisces element is not fulfilled properly, this can lead to bouts of delusion, being deceived and/or deceiving others, and attempting to escape reality via substance abuse.
Overall, we each have internal needs that must be met in order for us to feel as if we are living our best lives. While many of us think that the answer is outside of us, it is not. The lunar sign and house position shows exactly what we need to feel secure and safe in our lived experience. Once we all can focus on getting what we need to feel emotionally secure, we will be in a better position to honor ourselves and to interact with others in our full authenticity.