We hear a lot about Sun signs in Astrology, but do you know how much the Moon also affects you? Changing signs every two and a quarter days, the Moon is the fastest moving astrological “planet.”
The Moon represents our emotions, and as it travels through the different horoscope signs, our moods follow suit. We feel best and operate most effectively when we’re cooperating with the energy of the Moon, as indicated by the horoscope sign it's in at any given time.
Monthly power times
Pay special attention to when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun sign -- these few days of each month are your power times! The tides are flowing in your direction, so you’ll feel more confident and energized, and people are more likely to respond to you positively.
So, if you’re planning to invite someone special out on a date, ask for a raise, go on a job interview or any other task requiring self-assertion and risk-taking, these are the days to go for it.
On the flip side, when the Moon is in the sign opposite to your Sun sign, keep a low profile. (If you’re not sure which sign is opposite, just count six signs away from yours.) Catch up on rest, and do for others rather than expecting things to go your way. Plan accordingly -- this is not the time to push it and try to get ahead.
Discover how to make the most of the Moon’s visit to each horoscope sign:
Get physical! The first horoscope sign calls for action and movement. Go for a run or hike, dance, work out at the gym or find some other way to let off steam. Tempers can rise under this fiery Moon, so find healthy outlets for expression -- physical and/or creative. This Moon can light a fire under you to start putting your ideas into action, so take a risk in the direction of your desires.
Slow down and take time to nurture your body and the planet. This sensual and earthy sign invites you to appreciate the physical world and the realm of the senses. Walk through the woods, work in the garden, get a massage or play soothing music. This tends to be a mellow, restful and reflective Moon -- a time to practice simply being.
Call your friends, catch up on emails and chat with the neighbors while the Moon visits the airy sign of the Messenger. Your mind is especially active, even hyper-active, so give it something to stew on. This is an ideal time for taking (or teaching) a class, learning something new and exploring multiple perspectives. Follow your curiosity and keep an open mind.
Curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea during this homebody Moon (Cancer is, afterall, the Moon's home sign). As a sensitive Water sign, the Crab calls for tuning in to your inner world. When you give yourself permission to feel and express your emotions, you’re more likely to avoid the down side of this Moon -- crabbiness. Cook a nourishing meal, perhaps inviting a close friend or family member for dinner.
This fiery Moon wants to play and celebrate. Let your inner child take the lead and do something spontaneous that serves no purpose beyond having fun. The Lion rules the heart, inspiring romance and passion -- an ideal time for getting decked out in your most glamorous attire and hitting the town. Creative energy abounds -- express yourself!
Attend to the nitty gritty details of daily life when the Moon enters this sign of service. Catching up on household chores, organizing the closet, balancing your checkbook -- these mundane tasks might sound like a bore, but you feel so much better when you stop procrastinating and get the job done. People tend to be more critical and fault-finding than usual, so pay attention to the little things.
The Moon in the horoscope sign of the Scales brings attention to what’s out of balance, inviting you to create more harmony in your relationships, environment and inner world. Libra is ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty and the arts. Enhance your appearance with a new hair style or clothes, and plan to socialize. Cultural events and creative activities are especially recommended.
Invite your inner witch or wizard to come out of hiding during this magical Moon, a prime time for casting spells and performing rituals. You’re more tuned into both the invisible realm and the dark side now -- including shadowy emotions that require an outlet. Share your deepest feelings with someone you trust. This is not a time to party hearty with the crowds -- plan an intimate date instead.
When the Moon visits the horoscope sign of the Archer, you’re ready for adventure, exploration and expansion. These days are perfect for travel. If you can’t take a trip in the physical world, broaden your intellectual and spiritual horizons by attending a lecture or workshop. Restlessness is common, as your mental arrows shoot out in multiple directions -- plan for lots of activity, movement and socializing.
Now is the optimal time to accomplish any ambitious projects requiring hard work, perseverance and pragmatism. For best results, mimic the Mountain Goat -- move slowly, cautiously and deliberately as you reach for the top. Don’t let the heaviness and somber tone of this Moon get you down -- if you stay focused on your plans and goals, you feel energized and productive.
You’re in the mood for networking, connecting with friends and all group activities when the Moon calls on community-minded Aquarius. Your intuition is heightened, inviting flashes of insight that help you to see your life from a higher perspective. If you’re feeling stuck, this revolutionary Moon wants to liberate you from old ways of thinking and inspire you to make changes that enhance your sense of freedom.
During this sensitive and squishy Moon, retreat, rest and reflection are recommended. Your dreams are more active than usual, so pay attention -- they may have important information for you. The sign of the Fish activates your imagination and fantasies, offering an ideal opportunity for creative expression, especially music, dance, painting and poetry.