One feature of the Moon that is rarely discussed is her ability to give us information about the history of our soul. Usually the lunar effect is described in terms of habits and reflexive reactions. But these habits are really soul habits. We become attached to both our virtues and our shortcomings from simple repetition, reenacting them from incarnation to incarnation, wondering where the habits come from, why we are this way.
What any planet represents will be focalized both within and outside the person. When we consider the internal focus, then the planet operates on the psyche of the individual. But when we consider the external focus we are actually resorting to a crude level of communication where we are spelling out messages with children’s blocks. At this level of chart reading, the planets represent people, places and things that are very much outside the person.
Adopting this external viewpoint, the Moon in Libra is saying that a Venusian person will fulfill the Libra-Moon role objectively, in the external events of the person’s life. Such a Moon becomes altogether more than a mere symbol of the native’s psychic functioning.
The individual(s) represented by the Libra Moon may be men, although we certainly would expect the Moon to most naturally represent women, because the Moon is a general significator for women. The “Venus” part of the formula simply comes from Venus’s rulership over the sign. We’d use much the same language for the Moon in Taurus, or even the Moon in Pisces (Venus’s exaltation).
But the Moon is also a basic symbol for the generality of people, and when she is in Libra she is describing a certain attitude and interaction with strangers. In spite of this, however, the sign Libra is not a collective kind of sign. It specializes in one-to-one human interactions.
If the Libra Moon is in a good house, is waxing, and is unmolested by afflictions from bad planets then she will usually provide a very good life.
Moon through the Terms
Much depends on the Term ruler of the Libra Moon. For those unfamiliar with Terms, they are five uneven divisions of a sign, each one given over to five of the traditional planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, or Mercury. The Sun and Moon do not get to rule the Terms of signs.
I use the Egyptian Terms for all chart work.
If the Libra Moon is in the Terms of Saturn, which are the first six degrees of that sign, then male natives may delay their marriage until they are (approximately) in their 30s, and even then they are at a mild risk of divorce. In general, folks with the Moon in the first six degrees of Libra have a chance of being sued by some woman. Monetarily it could be difficult as well, with the person burning through their funds, again, until they hit their 30s. After that, it becomes easier for such a native to accumulate some wealth.
Even here, though, the Libra Moon in the Terms of Saturn will usually provide a happy marriage and contentment through children. The spouse usually lives long.
Degrees 6 to 14 in Libra belong to the Term of Mercury makes a writer and an intellectual, someone whose mind is always working with plans. At the very least, writers and intellectuals would appreciate such a native’s company. I’ve seen lots of people with the Moon in this Term of Libra enter into legal professions, although by no means all of them will. In general, we might say that such a placement helps the native have good relations with authority figures who can help her or him, although the refinement of this sign almost certainly means that the individual will have to work for someone she or he deems crude and vulgar. Nevertheless, the Moon in this Term of Libra helps individuals to complete their projects wonderfully.
Jupiter rules the Term of 14 to 21 degrees of Libra. If the Moon is here, then the native might make a good living from commercial and merchant trades, and will likely go on many voyages. Above, when writing about the Moon in Saturn’s Term of Libra, I mentioned a risk of being sued. Here, with the Moon in Jupiter’s Term, it might be the other way around—the native could be the one generating the lawsuit. This placement is good for children and money. There’s an excellent chance the native will have many reasons to be proud of his or her children, if the native has any. Financially, the wealth can grow throughout the life, which will be a long one—usually. Basically, this placement of the Moon provides for a good existence.
Venus rules the Term of 21 to 28 degrees of Libra. She also, of course, rules the entire sign. So if the Moon is here, it’s getting a double-shot of Aphrodite. There are, however, some interesting oddities to discuss. Queerly enough, marriages can start under stressful circumstances since the native tends to be quite fond of coitus. In fact, it is common for such Libra Moons to have children from multiple spouses, especially if the native is a male. Also, separation from the spouse becomes a real possibility here. The partner herself or himself tends to be radically different from the native. Finally, it is pretty decent for money and dealings with very important people.
Mars rules the final Term of Libra, from 28 degrees of the sign to its end. Here, we really need the aspect of a fortunate planet to alleviate the fiery wrath and temper experienced by this native, who under no circumstances should take up sports that use firearms or bladed weapons. These devices can seriously injure natives with this Moon. Whereas the other placements provided careers dealing with people and the intellect, this one can often cause the native to work with heat and metals of some sort.
Habits of Soul
More intriguingly, the Moon in Libra reveals patterns of past-life conduct and experiences, patterns that dog us through our various lifetimes, and until we wake up to these habits they will continue to haunt us.
Of course, it is entirely possible that, upon waking up, we will decide that we like these habits of soul and will continue them. Whether we will persist in our lunar routines or not is shown by the Sun.
The Moon looks to the past, whereas the Sun looks forward.
Therefore, if you have the Moon in Libra you may be sure that your past lives revolved around a motif of working with people in some capacity. The one-to-one interaction was very important. Perhaps you were a teacher, a lawyer, a social reformer and activist, or some other Air-element kind of profession. Your past lives featured a strong desire for harmony, both of the aesthetic and the social kind. The focus would have been on equality in relationships. You would have relished the company of others, and social functions would have been very important. The need for domestic tranquility and for love would have caused you to seek out partnerships (maybe even in a reckless and superficial manner) in order to satisfy these soul cravings. These are the automatic habits of the Libra Moon, based on extended repetition throughout many lifetimes.
If your Sun is in any element other than Air you may be sure you are being groomed for a spiritual “change of gears,” and in this case it becomes more important to let go of the soul habits shown by your Libran Moon.
Libra Moon through the Houses
What follows applies just as readily to question charts or even election charts as to birth charts.
In the 1st, the native is marked as an archetypally lunar person. In a way, this archetypal lunar stamp upon the personality of the individual would occur regardless of the Moon’s sign when she is in the first. The Moon’s sign in this case would mostly speak toward the competence of the Moon in forming this archetypal mold on the personality, and in the goodness or difficulty of the lunar projection with respect to 1st-house outcomes. What do I mean by an “archetypal stamp”? Mainly that the Moon in the 1st will want to regulate reality, for the individual himself and for others. This regulatory attitude could be an integral part of the personality, and moreover would be employed as a method the native would use in order to satisfy the motivations and goals of her Ascendant. The Moon here gives the individual a sense of authority—let’s remember that the Moon is a luminary, a natural symbol of authority—and helps the person to be very effective at accomplishing things. It usually causes a lot of activity, a lot of moving around. It also brings happiness from maternal figures and authoritative women.
In the 2nd, the regulatory role of the Moon is aligned with the finances. Perhaps the individual earns her money through one-to-one human interactions (Libra). Libra is a human sign, and the combination of the Moon and Libra in the 2nd house of heaven can quite often remove money, causing the native much consternation.
The 3rd is the house of the Moon’s joy and it brings much happiness here, with wealthy and important people often serving as the source of the happiness. As with Moon in the 1st, the Moon in the 3rd helps the native to accomplish the things she or he wants. It also causes travel, even overseas travel. Friends will come to the native and be an important part of his or her life. And it is good for romance.
The 4th is a rather bizarre house, because it is both good and bad. It’s good because it is an angular house. It’s bad because the 4th is a bit morbid—for centuries it has had an association with endings. And more so than in the houses we’ve evaluated so far, the “day-ness” or “night-ness” of the chart has a significant effect on lunar outcomes. If the chart in question is a day chart, then the Moon in the 4th can bring some sadness and trouble, especially in the earlier parts of life.
The Libra Moon in the 5th house is almost 100% guaranteeing children, and probably many of them. Since Libra is a masculine sign, the 5th-house Moon might produce a number of sons—especially in day charts. In night charts, daughters would be more common. In any case, happiness from the children is indicated. Additionally, a Libra Moon in the 5th (actually, any Moon in the 5th) can signify rumors and lies that people speak about the native behind his or her back. In order to judge what the lies are, and who they come from, examine the planet with whom the Moon was most recently in aspect and from whom she is separating in the chart. Check the Moon’s next aspect—her applying aspect—to see the outcome of the rumors.
You should check the Moon’s separation and application as a matter of course anyway.
In the 6th, the Libra Moon promises fights and disagreements, although it can bring money from small four-footed creatures, believe it or not. It is good for the health.
The Moon generally has a good bit of analogy with marriage, and when she is in the 7th matrimony becomes a near-certainty, especially in male nativities. In any event, benefit from women and nuptials is indicated by the Libran Moon in the 7th.
The Libra Moon in the 8th is rather destructive. It destabilizes the mind and produces anxiety. Bad thoughts will trouble the native, and there’s a marked propensity for escapism—not necessarily through drugs or alcohol, but more like fleeing a situation in order to avoid conflicts and trouble. The person’s operations and actions are a bit disorganized. And it is rather ruinous for authority figures in the person’s life! I’d hate to be the boss of an employee who had the Libra Moon in his or her 8th. Again, the Moon is similar to the Sun in its ability to symbolize VIPs. Finally, similar to the Moon in the 5th, the Moon in the 8th is a match for lies spoken against someone, but on top of this fighting is added.
The Virgo Moon in the 9th makes an astrologer or even an astronomer, but the Libra, Aquarius, or Capricorn Moon here makes an alchemist, someone who has a very subtle and fine knowledge of many things, someone who knows how to be happy, and who has a head for music. Moreover, it shows the authority of women in the person’s life, and similar to the Moon in the 1st, the Moon in the 9th will provoke many travels and changes of place. “Knowledge” is a general, catch-all keyword for the Libra Moon in the 9th. And to be quite frank, I have known many astrologers and astrology lovers who have had the Moon in any sign in the 9th.
The Libra Moon in the 10th often shows someone whose work will cater to the needs of the public, and in general it is a very effective placement. Furthermore, it shows the importance—even the command—of women in the person’s life. And yet the authority of the women will be fleeting, because the 10th is strong in meanings for the Sun but not so much for the Moon. In other words, the “rule” of the women in the native’s life will go from woman to woman to woman, at various times in the life.
In the 11th the Libra Moon will bring much happiness from associates, friends, and those who earn the native’s trust. The dreams of the native will be attained. Many things she wants will come into her hand. It is a match generally for “women’s groups.”
The 12th is a place of stress and trouble and instability, and the Moon here is showing that Libran matters will engender enemies and bring about mistakes. It brings about fights and instability and occasional troubles relating with others. Also, it could introduce some health difficulties. The activities of secret enemies and critics will be confining to the native, preventing her or him on occasion from being his or her own person, in a manner of speaking. On a less objective, more internal level, the Libran qualities of the Moon—the craving for social experiences and one-to-one human interactions—will bring about some grief and annoyance for the native. The Libran qualities lead to mistakes and confining or restrictive circumstances. It’s usually fairly horrible when an impeded Saturn squares or opposes a 12th-house Moon, but since this article is about the Moon in Libra, then no matter what house she is in, any aspect of Saturn with her counts as a reception. Saturn will receive the Moon when he aspects her, and this will detract from the badness.
I have not said all there is to say about the Libra Moon in this post, but hope that this brief essay will arm you with tools to understand this Moon both in birth charts and in horaries.
Libra contains many fixed stars that used to be in Scorpio. Hence, the latter half of this sign is included in the much-maligned “Burning Path.” For this reason I recommend you not begin anything crucial while the Moon is in the final fifteen degrees of this sign (or in the first fifteen degrees of Scorpio), as this will introduce a measure of affliction into your enterprise. Please note: it doesn’t seem to be much of an issue for birth charts. The Burning Path—sometimes referred to as the Via Combusta—is more of a problem for horary and electional charts.
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