I’ve broached the topic of Moon Signs before; your Moon Sign (the sign of the zodiac the moon was in at the time of your birth), rules your emotions and personality, and is the second-most important placement in your chart. An individual’s Moon Sign describes how they will emotionally handle the characteristics and traits indicated by their Sun Sign. And, since your Moon Sign rules emotions and personality, it makes a great guide for gift giving during the holidays. Instead of racking your brain for those perfect gift ideas, let the lunar energy of the birthchart guide you as we move into this season of giving.
Moon in Aries: Those born with the Moon in fiery Aries desire action and physical experiences, and act with passion when going after what they desire. These individuals do have tempers, and are quick to lose interest if they don’t find passion, excitement, and adventure in their daily tasks, partners, or commitments. Give them something that fires that passion, whether that be music, books, movies, or concert tickets. Though a calmer activity, a book on yoga (like The Pure Heart of Yoga) will give them something to do and that might open a new life path.
Moon in Taurus: Individuals with a Moon in fixed, earthy Taurus enjoy a comfortable home life (the home itself which may include several high-ticket purchases, with Taurus’ love of material possessions). Give them something for their home, whether that be something to cozy up the interior (candles, framed photos, or throw blankets) or something to beautify the exterior (gardening implements or a cute new bird feeder). I highly recommend Tess Whitehurst’s Magical Housekeeping, as it allows any Taurus Moon individual to imbue their home with energy and love through feng shui and other little magical touches.
Moon in Gemini: Moon in mutable Gemini folks are intellectual and talkative, and have a love for puzzles and gossip. Great gift ideas are those items that will stimulate their insatiable curiosity; try books, puzzles, or a gift certificate for enrollment in a new class. You could also wrap a new journal with a book on dreams, like Ana Lora Garrard’s Your Dreams, so your recipient can try their hand at dream interpretation.
Moon in Cancer: Because the sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon itself, those with their Moon in Cancer are extremely emotional. Those with the Moon in Cancer are also often artistically talented and/or have a great appreciation for the creative arts. My mother and sister both have Cancer Moons, and this year I’m planning to give them each Llewellyn’s 2011 Woodland Faeries Calendar (Ssshh! Don’t let the cat out of the bag!), since the art is so phenomenal. Other options include tickets to an art museum or the opera, or for something more sentimental, a scrapbook of family photos would do well.
Moon in Leo: Moon in Leo folks are outgoing and cheerful, and most happy as the center of attention. I suggest something that allows them to be that center of attention, such as a book on palmistry or a Tarot deck (like The Golden Tarot of Klimt, which speaks to the Leo’s royal side with gold foil). Once they’ve mastered the art of palmistry or the Tarot, they can maintain their status as party celebrity by giving readings for others. Other gift ideas could include showy pieces of clothing or jewelry, gift certificates to their favorite store, or something else that would show them that you know they are the center of attention.
Moon in Virgo: Those with a Virgo Moon are strongly analytical as well as neat and tidy in their appearance, home, and work space. Those with a Virgo Moon are highly intuitive and compassionate, and often know what will make others feel better; Virgo Moon people delight in helping others. Puzzles and books, organizers or decorative home items, or a donation to a charity in their name would all make great gifts. With a Virgo Moon myself, I give myself the gift of Llewellyn’s Astrological Pocket Planner each year, so I can easily keep track of (among all my other lists and appointments!) all of my astrological data.
Moon in Libra: As an air sign, those with a Moon in Libra do require social activity, and pretty, expensive (at least expensive-looking) items. Tickets to concerts, movies, or the hippest restaurant would be a good idea, as would a designer watch or ring. Since they likely have the latest gadgets, another option would be ebooks for their Kindle.
Moon in Scorpio: Individuals having a Moon in watery Scorpio are emotionally deep and very intense, and are often intuitive or interested in New Age and metaphysical topics. Gift ideas include books from Llewellyn (Sherrie Dillard’s Discover Your Psychic Type or Michael Newton’s Memories of the Afterlife would allow the Scorpio Moon individual in your life to explore their mystical side), aromatherapy candles or incense, or enrollment in a yoga class.
Moon in Sagittarius: Moon in Sagittarius individuals are independent and adventurous, and are most happy when exploring something or somewhere new. Give these friends something to let them keep moving, whether a new bike, a weekend at a new bed and breakfast, or books of foreign lands. As an added bonus, wrap it up with a copy of Mapping Your Travels & Relocation; whether a weekend getaway or a big time move, any change in location changes your horoscope, and this will allow any on-the-move Sagittarius Moon to stay on top of their changing astrological aspects.
Moon in Capricorn: Moon in Capricorn individuals place heavy emphasis on logic, rules, responsibilities, as Capricorn is the workaholic of the zodiac. These folks are serious and shy, but derive great satisfaction from their accomplishments. Get them a datebook (such as Llewellyn’s 2011 Witches’ Datebook or the 2011 Daily Planetary Guide) to help them keep track of information and appointments, or something for the home or office (monogrammed towels or a pen set), any of which will without a doubt get used often.
Moon in Aquarius: Generally friendly and open, those with the Moon in Aquarius may often be found surrounded by friends and family; they subscribe to a philosophy of “the more, the merrier.” Give these folks something technological that lets them keep in touch with their circle or explore their interests (think one of Llewellyn’s favorite Tarot apps for their phones or other gadgets.)
Moon in Pisces: Those with a Moon in Pisces are very sensitive and emotional, with a strong sense of idealism and romance. Flowers, a romantic getaway, or a Victorian-era romance novel would make good gifts. For those giving to a Moon in Pisces partner, try a book to amp up your intimacy with sass and spice, like Tantra for Erotic Empowerment or Wicked Voodoo Sex.
Still can’t decide what to give your favorite person? My best answer is always something with a personal touch, regardless of Moon Sign; gifts need not be costly, nor should they always be. You simply can never go wrong with a framed photo of you and your friend, a “gift certificate” for a girls’ night out, or a six-pack of your favorite beverage with a date to hang out. Enjoy your holiday season, and good luck with the gift wrap!