Moon signs. What do they actually mean? Like the Sun, the Moon—and the rest of the planets and other heavenly bodies—are in constant motion against the backdrop of the constellations, the signs. Each of these signs holds the potential for different traits and characteristics. The Sun takes a year to move through all of the signs, but the Moon only takes around twenty-nine days. Its impact is fleeting because of its speed, but the Moon is the closest heavenly body to your own physical body, and therefore its influence—though brief—is also powerful.
Astrologers read (or interpret) a natal birth chart by looking at the signs the planets were in on the date when someone was born and then comparing the angles—or aspects—they make to each other. When the aspects of the natal chart are compared to the aspects of the planets on any given day, these are called transits. Knowing the influence of the natal Moon is a start; knowing what the Moon is doing now, and how that will impact your moods, is the next step in living by the Moon.
It's easy to know the Moon's phases; you can look up and see it in the sky. However, you will need an ephemeris or aspectarian to know the signs the Moon is in at any given time. Because the Moon moves very quickly around the earth, it only stays in each sign for around two and a half days. Its aspect to your natal Moon will only last a few hours. Therefore, even though quite important, the transiting Moon's influence will only be a fleeting thing.
The Moon Phases
The New Moon is the start of a new lunar month. You won't be able to see it because it rises and sets with the Sun. This is the best time to begin new projects or embrace new ideas.
The waxing crescent Moon is the second phase in a lunar month. It hangs in the sky in a graceful thin curve, appearing in the western sky as sunset approaches. It adds discipline and focus to the energy of the New Moon and is a good time to look at things from a different angle.
The third Moon phase in a lunar month is the first quarter Moon. This is visible from late afternoon onward and hangs in the sky like a half circle or a capital letter D. This phase adds energy and enthusiasm to anything you are trying to accomplish.
The waxing gibbous Moon is the fourth phase in the lunar month and often looks full because of how brightly it is shining. This Moon rises late in the afternoon and is visible most of the night. It often brings a sense of urgency, but you must try to find patience, for it is during this time that important details could be overlooked.
It's easy to see the Full Moon, for it is round and bright. It is the apex of the Moon's journey through its phases, and it is the middle of the lunar month. It rises in the east as the sun sets and sets in the west as the sun rises. This is the time to blend inventiveness with practicality and look more deeply at long-term goals. It's often a good period for team meetings and socializing, for people are apt to be more open at this time.
The waning gibbous Moon—or disseminating Moon—starts the journey from full back to new. It is the sixth phase in the lunar month, with the Moon rising after sunset and setting after sunrise. Its energy brings a bit of reserve, but it's still a good time to share knowledge and what is being learned.
The penultimate phase in the lunar month is the last quarter Moon. This is the time to tie up loose ends, for the energies are slowing down and becoming more reserved. It is the opposite energy to the first quarter Moon, and the half disc hangs in the sky resembling a backwards letter D.
The last phase in the lunar month is the waning crescent Moon—also called the balsamic Moon. It is a time for resting, reflecting, and rethinking what has been accomplished over the last lunar month and contemplating what you want to achieve for the next one. It's not a particularly social time, for the overall energy is reserved and restrained. Like all Moon phases, this one will last about three days and then we move to the New Moon, where the cycle begins again.
Understanding the Moon's phases is a good start; next, we'll take a brief look at the Moon through the signs. To understand this fully, it is important to consider both the phase and the sign of the transiting Moon. I'll get to that a bit later at the part about how to put it all together. It’s quite easy when you get the hang of it—promise!
Aries is a cardinal fire sign. As the first sign of the zodiac, it rests on the cusp of the spring equinox. Fire signs are warm, passionate, and grandiose—but like a house fire, that energy has to be contained and adequately controlled or disciplined, or the consequences could be quite unpleasant. Here, the Moon takes on a fiery energy that is independent and impulsive. Stay busy and find a way to dispel frustrations before they arise.
Taurus is a fixed earth sign. The second sign of the zodiac, it is practical and pragmatic; it is stubborn and dependable. This is not the right time to rush ahead, for the energy is more reserved than animated. Think of the land, how the glaciers slowly formed the peaks and troughs and how the soil quietly supports and nurtures the life upon it—until it starts to shake, and then with a few tremors it can raze everything to the ground. That, in a nutshell, is the influence of a Taurus Moon.
Gemini is a mutable air sign. The third sign of the zodiac, it is communicative and full of ideas but has quite a short attention span. There's a restless energy with a Gemini Moon, and focus tends to flit from one thing to another. This is a good time for short-distance travel and for paying attention to all things dealing with communication.
Cancer Moon Cancer is a cardinal water sign. As the fourth sign of the zodiac, it is on the cusp of the summer solstice. In astrology, the Moon rules the sign of Cancer, so it's very comfortable here. Pay extra attention to home and family during Cancer Moons.
Leo is the fifth sign in the zodiac, and is a fixed fire sign. It brings gregarious and passionate energy, but there's a bit of ego here. This is a time when luck and creativity are heightened, but make sure to take everything at face value and not jump to any conclusions.
Virgo is a mutable earth sign and the sixth sign in the zodiac. Its energy is one of precision, and there can be a lot of criticism and judgement going on in a Virgo Moon. This is the time to organize things and to pay attention to daily routines and health matters.
Libra is a cardinal air sign and is on the cusp of the autumn equinox. As the seventh sign of the zodiac, it deals with partnerships of all kinds. Libra's energy is social and it likes company, making this a good time to mingle with others.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign and the eighth sign of the zodiac. Passion and tempers may flare with a Scorpio Moon. It is a good time to pay attention to finances and intimate relationships and anything to do with intuition, mystery, or the arcane.
Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign. As the ninth sign of the zodiac, it brings a focus to philosophy and the higher mind. This is another excellent time for socializing with like-minded people and humanitarian pursuits, but stay flexible, for plans could change abruptly under a Sagittarius Moon.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, the tenth sign of the zodiac, and is on the cusp of the winter solstice. Its energy is practical and pragmatic and headstrong to the point of stubbornness. This is a good time to focus on motivation, ambition, and professional goals.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign. It is the penultimate sign of the zodiac and its vibration is lofty and philosophical. It brings individuality and sometimes even eccentricity, for the energy here is spontaneous and unpredictable. This is a good time to seek out like-minded people and pull together for a common cause.
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and is a mutable water sign. It's dreamy and romantic, and this Moon is either your best friend or your nemesis depending on how its energies are faced. This is a period when sensitivity is likely to be heightened, and it is a good time to center on esoteric ideas or spiritual pursuits.
Knowing the Moon's signs and phases is a start, but this is a blanket influence overall, and not everyone is going to react the same. The reason for this goes back to astrology again; the Moon is going to tug at the Sun and the different planets in the skies as they are now as well as influencing the map of the heavens when you were born—your natal birth chart. This is what makes you an individual and why different people respond to the same situation in different ways.
Analyzing—or reading—a natal birth chart takes a long time. Applying the transits takes even longer! However, to understand the Moon's influence on you as an individual, the best place to start is with your natal Moon sign. You may even already know it, but if not, this information can be found on any reputable online free birth chart calculator.
|Transit Moon Aries||Most favorable, familiar, energetic|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Mildly favorable, grounding, possibly frustrating|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Restless, mercurial|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Challenging, counterproductive|
|Transit Moon Leo||Very favorable, creative|
|Transit Moon||Virgo Most challenging, disharmony|
|Transit Moon Libra||Neutral, mirrors current emotions|
|Transit MoonScorpio||Most challenging, distracting|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Very favorable, spontaneous|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Challenging, impatient|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Favorable, philosophical|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Mildly favorable, enigmatic|
|Transit Moon Aries||Mildly favorable, energetic|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Most favorable, familiar, practical|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Mildly favorable, communicative|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Favorable, comfortable|
|Transit Moon Leo||Challenging, impatient|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Very favorable, detail-oriented|
|Transit Moon Libra||Neutral, harmony or superficiality|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Neutral, adds passion to current issues|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Most challenging, unpredictable|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Very favorable, patient and pragmatic|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Challenging, impulsive|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Favorable, humble|
|Transit Moon Aries||Favorable, eager|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Mildly favorable, either anchoring or restricting|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Mildly favorable for family and home|
|Transit Moon Leo||Favorable, inventive|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Neutral, good for ideas, bad for patience|
|Transit Moon Libra||Very favorable, good for socializing|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Most challenging, disharmony|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Neutral, adds spontaneity|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Most challenging, impatient|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Very favorable, humanitarian|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Challenging, conflicting energies|
|Transit Moon Aries||Challenging, too busy|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Favorable, soothing|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Mildly favorable for new ideas|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Leo||Mildly favorable, creative|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Favorable, industrious|
|Transit Moon Libra||Challenging, needy|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Very favorable, perceptive|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Most challenging, inhibiting|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Neutral, can be soothing or oppressive|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Most challenging, hectic|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Very favorable, intuitive and insightful|
|Transit Moon Aries||Very favorable, energetic|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Challenging, restricting|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Favorable for new ideas|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Mildly favorable for domestic activities|
|Transit Moon Leo||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Mildly favorable but possibly impatient|
|Transit Moon Libra||Favorable for partnerships|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Challenging, too demanding|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Very favorable, spontaneous|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Most challenging, impatient|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Neutral, group activities influenced|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Most challenging, lack of focus|
|Transit Moon Aries||Most challenging, disharmonious|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Very favorable, good for focus|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Challenging, but good for new ideas|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Favorable, good for home matters|
|Transit Moon Leo||Mildly favorable, prone to impatience|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Libra||Mildly favorable for socializing|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Favorable, but perhaps moody|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Challenging, too impulsive|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Very favorable, good for detailed work|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Most challenging, aloof and distant|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Neutral, good for introspection and spiritual pursuits|
|Transit Moon Aries||Neutral, good for socializing, but could be impatient|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Mildly favorable, watch overindulgence|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Very favorable, good for entertaining|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Challenging, possible mood swings|
|Transit Moon Leo||Favorable, good for creativity|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Mildly favorable, don't overthink things|
|Transit Moon Libra||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Mildly favorable, teamwork could become challenging|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Favorable for all personal interactions|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Challenging, guard against boredom|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Very favorable, philosophical and social|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Challenging, prone to delusions and fantasies|
|Transit Moon Aries||Most challenging, opposing energies|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Neutral, grounding, possibly frustrating|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Most challenging, too superficial|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Very favorable for domestic activities|
|Transit Moon Leo||Challenging, lack of harmony|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Favorable, good for attention to details|
|Transit Moon Libra||Mildly favorable, not a time for making decisions|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Mildly favorable, good for new ideas|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Favorable for investigations and research|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Challenging, possible disagreements and conflicts|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Very favorable, relax and unwind|
|Transit Moon Aries||Very favorable, harmonious energies|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Most challenging, discord and potential delays|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Neutral, ideas come easily but could leave just as quickly|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Most challenging, relationships could be strained|
|Transit Moon Leo||Very favorable, creative and industrious|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Challenging, too many details|
|Transit Moon Libra||Favorable for all socializing|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Mildly favorable, good for fact finding|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Mildy favorable, good for minutiae|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Favorable for philosophical endeavors|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Challenging, could create unseen consequences|
|Transit Moon Aries||Challenging, watch for impulsiveness|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Very favorable for reaching realistic goals|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Most challenging, flighty and inconsistent|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Neutral, handle relationships with practicality|
|Transit Moon Leo||Most challenging, headstrong and impatient|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Very favorable for detailed work|
|Transit Moon Libra||Challenging, indecision may cause delays|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Favorable for fact-finding and accounting|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Mildy favorable if you do not get distracted|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Most favorable, comfortable and familiar|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Mildy favorable for teamwork|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Favorable for a bit of rest and relaxation|
|Transit Moon Aries||Favorable, good for launching new plans|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Challenging, could be hard to get ahead|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Very favorable, wonderful for brainstorming|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Most challenging, emotional discord likely|
|Transit Moon Leo||Neutral, can be either stimulating or frustrating|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Most challenging, potential to be bogged down by minutiae|
|Transit Moon Libra||Very favorable, socializing and teamwork highlighted|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Challenging, tempers may flare|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Favorable, spontaneity could be rewarded|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Mildly favorable if you remain patient|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Mildly favorable, great for daydreaming|
|Transit Moon Aries||Mildy favorable, ideas take on new energy|
|Transit Moon Taurus||Favorable for putting a foundation under your dreams|
|Transit Moon Gemini||Challenging, confusion may arise|
|Transit Moon Cancer||Very favorable for love and romance|
|Transit Moon Leo||Most challenging, don't get overwhelmed|
|Transit Moon Virgo||Neutral, could be an anchor or a tether|
|Transit Moon Libra||Most challenging, watch for deception or dishonesty|
|Transit Moon Scorpio||Very favorable, insightful|
|Transit Moon Sagittarius||Challenging, uncomfortable|
|Transit Moon Capricorn||Favorable for adding practicality to your plans|
|Transit Moon Aquarius||Mildy favorable, good for networking|
|Transit Moon Pisces||Most favorable, comfortable, familiar|
The above tables are just a brief look at how the energies of the transiting Moon might be applied to daily life according to your natal Moon. To further enhance this, add the Moon phase to it; a general rule of thumb is if the Moon is waxing it is a time for growth, and if the Moon is waning it is a time for repose. For example, if the natal Moon is in Pisces, the transiting Moon is in Virgo, and the current Moon phase is first quarter, this is a perfect time to look at practical ways you can start to make your dreams and ideas become reality. If the natal Moon is in Leo, and the transiting Moon is in Cancer, and it is the waning crescent phase, then it is time to slow down, relax at home, and not take on any new plans or projects just yet.
When it's all put together, studying the lunar cycle has the potential to provide not just a glimpse at things to come but also a tool for calculating the most appropriate time for activities and projects. Keep a Moon journal and record your activities and feelings during each lunar phase and transit. This creates a blueprint of your own personal responses to the lunar cycles and a key to further self-understanding.
Excerpted from Llewellyn's 2022 Moon Sign Book.