The twelve astrological signs represent character traits and styles of expression. Almost any word that can be expressed as an adjective belongs to one of the twelve signs, but the signs represent more than just a list of personal quirks. They represent paths of development, and the processes and methods that illustrate how to walk along those paths. Not just the character trait of boldness, but the process of learning bravery. Not just an inquisitive and curious style, but walking the path that leads toward opening your eyes to truth in all forms.
To understand the signs, simply remember a basic rule of thumb: the signs represent what we are, our style, characteristics, and psychological processes, versus the houses, which are about the activities in life, the things we do. The signs are described by nouns and adjectives, such as the Aries energy that is a direct and spontaneous style, or the Cancer energy that is about developing nurturing and gentle characteristics.
This guide was created to give you the core concerns, lessons, and needs of each natal Moon sign, so you can understand your emotional foundation as you go through each lunar progression and try and incorporate what you are learning into what your baseline emotional needs are.
Natal Moon in Capricorn
A sense of independence is essential for you, because part of feeling capable is knowing that you can do something on your own, without help or direction from others. You are learning that your brain, your skills, and the ability to discipline yourself can take you as high as you choose. Hence, feeling weak or being in a position where others think you’re incapable or small is exceptionally hurtful to you. The manager also commands a certain sense of authority, another thing that inspires you. The authority to plot your own course and determine your destiny, by being willing to work for something step-by-step over time, thrills you. Succeeding at something on your own merits is far more powerful than merely being an authority over others.
A Capricorn Moon person can have a sense of restraint about them because they are learning the wisdom of not just letting situations or oneself fall apart at the first sign of trouble. A lack of emotional control can definitely be upsetting for you, and in relationships this can be a tricky balance. You are naturally more able to trust someone who is not needy or dependent because you tend to be more autonomous, but you are also sometimes so self-sufficient that interdependency may not come to you easily. It’s important that you don’t falsely make yourself appear weak or needy to make your friend or lover feel an inflated sense of importance in your life, because that can only lead to resentment and not true intimacy; but it’s equally important that you find natural ways that they can fit into and share your life. Opposites attract: you can benefit from partners that can teach you to trust others to help you and take care of you once in a while.
LOSING YOUR WAY
In Greek mythology, the gods punished Sisyphus by compelling him to roll a large rock to the top of a steep hill, but just before he’d reach the top, the rock would roll back down again and he’d have to start all over. We use the word “sisyphean” to describe a pointless or repetitive task that can lead to pessimism and hopelessness after an extended period of time. With your Moon in Capricorn, you are so prone to focusing so much on what’s required of you and being responsible that you can drain your emotional bank by getting lost in a bottomless pit of duty. Capricorn energy also has a particular attraction for those who need direction or help, so you may find yourself taking up the slack for others around you because you know you can and "it needs to be done." If you can’t accept help outright, at least delegate!
From Astrology of the Moon, by Amy Herring
Amy Herring (Shoreline, Washington) has been a consultant and teacher of astrology since 1995. A graduate of Steven Forrest's Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship program, her articles have appeared in various astrology ...