Cancer Moon: Needs nurturing, safety, family and creature comforts good food, nesting, cozy clothes. Can be fearful of abandonment and require lots of reassurance. Craves excitement and a conquest, someone to celebrate life with them. Strong sense of leadership that needs to be expressed. Virgo Moon: Needs order, to feel helpful and of service, mental stimulation.
Likes to problem-solve and analyze, but can be anxious or worrisome. Libra Moon: Needs harmony, beauty, companionship, equality. Hates conflict and craves a peaceful and aesthetically pleasing environment, tasteful clothing, fine art and a strong sense of justice. Sagittarius Moon: Needs adventure, conquests, wisdom, variety. Attracted to worldly and open-minded people, loves to travel and have new experiences, meet people of all walks.
Life should feel like a constant carnival and celebration—bores easily. Power is a turn-on, and this moon sign needs someone with firm boundaries and ambition.
Redirect it towards what you can do to stay afloat. Email it to a friend! This moment also lifts up the projects that you are working on behind the scenes. A full moon just for you, sweet Pisces! The Harvest Moon gives you ample opportunity to witness how your creative dreams have recently come into form. Let any creative triumph you have in this moment become an affirmation that you can use for future projects. While the Sun is rational, the Moon is irrational.
Craves solitude and time to recharge—can be depressive or melancholy at times. Can be emotionally distant and not very nurturing.
Aquarius Moon: Needs friendship, collaboration, a common cause—but this rebellious moon soon also craves a strong sense of individuality and subverting the powers that be. Can lapse into people pleasing at times. Settling down is hard for this moon sign—and even when they do, they need lots of freedom and autonomy! Pisces Moon: Needs fantasy, compassion, escape, creative outlets, security.
Can be powerful healers and drawn to artistic, sensual and spiritual pursuits. For tips on how to gauge how well your moon signs match, read our complete guide to astrology and compatibility here! Get the Horoscope Guide! Moon Signs: The Inner You. Various approaches to measuring and dividing the sky are currently used by differing systems of astrology, although the tradition of the Zodiac's names and symbols remain consistent.
In Western and Indian astrology, the emphasis is on space, and the movement of the Sun, Moon and planets in the sky through each of the zodiac signs. In Chinese astrology, by contrast, the emphasis is on time, with the zodiac operating on cycles of years, months, and hours of the day. While Western astrology is essentially a product of Greco-Roman culture, [ citation needed ] some of its more basic concepts originated in Babylon.
Isolated references to celestial "signs" in Sumerian sources are insufficient to speak of a Sumerian zodiac. By the 4th century BC, Babylonian astronomy and its system of celestial omens had an influence on the culture of ancient Greece , as did the astrology of ancient Egypt by late 2nd century BC. This resulted, unlike the Mesopotamian tradition, in a strong focus on the birth chart of the individual and in the creation of Horoscopic astrology , employing the use of the Ascendant the rising degree of the ecliptic, at the time of birth , and of the twelve houses.
Association of the astrological signs with Empedocles ' four classical elements was another important development in the characterization of the twelve signs. The body of astrological knowledge by the 2nd century AD is described in Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos , a work that was responsible for astrology's successful spread across Europe and the Middle East, and remained a reference for almost seventeen centuries as later traditions made few substantial changes to its core teachings. The following table enumerates the twelve divisions of celestial longitude, with the Latin names still widely used and the English translation gloss.
Association of calendar dates with astrological signs only makes sense when referring to Sun sign astrology. He explained the nature of the universe as an interaction of two opposing principles called love and strife manipulating the four elements, and stated that these four elements were all equal, of the same age, that each rules its own province, and each possesses its own individual character.
Different mixtures of these elements produced the different natures of things. Empedocles said that those who were born with near equal proportions of the four elements are more intelligent and have the most exact perceptions. Each sign is associated with one of the classical elements ,   and these can also be grouped according to polarity: Fire and Air signs are considered positive or extrovert , masculine signs; while Water and Earth signs are considered negative or introvert , feminine signs.
A modern approach looks at elements as "the energy substance of experience"  and the next table tries to summarize their description through keywords.
Classification according to element has gained such importance, that some astrologers start their interpretation of a natal chart , by studying the balance of elements shown by the position of planets and angles  especially the Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant. Each of the four elements manifests in three modalities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Christian astrology relates the three qualities to the three aspects of God in the trinity [ citation needed ]. The combination of element and modality provides a basic sign characterization.
For instance, Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning that it is associated with action cardinal modality in the material world earth element. That can translate into ambition or practical application to the concrete, everyday necessities of life. Rulership is the connection between planet and correlated sign and house. Psychologically-oriented astrologers often believe that Saturn is the ruler or co-ruler of Aquarius instead of Uranus; Neptune is the ruler or co-ruler of Pisces instead of Jupiter, and that Pluto is the ruler or co-ruler of Scorpio instead of Mars.
Some astrologers  believe that the planetoid Chiron may be the ruler of Virgo, while other group of modern astrologers claim that Ceres is the ruler of Taurus instead. Other astrologers, still, use the former planets Pallas, Vesta, Juno and Hygiea in their delineations and rulerships, for example Vesta to Taurus and Pallas to Virgo.
Debate continues between those who consider the newly discovered planets as rulers or co-rulers of certain signs and those that do not. Therefore, they do not take into account planetary rulerships and the essential dignities when interpreting an astrological chart. Note that, if one starts from Leo and Cancer, the traditional planetary rulers are arrayed outward in the same order from the sun as they occur in the natural solar system.
Note that modern rulerships, which attribute Pluto as ruler of Scorpio, break this symmetry. The following table shows both traditional  and modern  rulerships. To note that Fire and Air light elements signs are opposited between them, like happens for Earth and Water ones heavy elements. A traditional belief of astrology, known as essential dignity , is the idea that the Sun, Moon and planets are more powerful and effective in some signs than others, because the basic nature of both is held to be in harmony.
By contrast, they are held to find some signs to be weak or difficult to operate in because their natures are thought to be in conflict. The most important of these categories are Dignity, Detriment, Exaltation and Fall. In traditional astrology, other levels of Dignity are recognised in addition to Rulership.
These are known as Exaltation see below , Triplicity , Terms or bounds , and Face or Decan , which together are known as describing a planet's Essential dignity , the quality or ability to give of one's true nature. In addition to essential dignity, the traditional astrologer considers Accidental dignity of planets.
This is placement by house in the chart under examination. Accidental dignity is the planet's "ability to act. On the other hand, Moon in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th would be more able to act as these are Angular houses. Planets in Succedent houses of the chart 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th are generally considered to be of medium ability to act. The first decanate is said to be most emphatically of its own nature and is ruled by the sign ruler.
One of the most important pieces of your astrological chart is your moon sign ( where the moon was when you were born). The moon sign shapes your emotions. In astrology, your personality is defined by your Sun sign. It is easy to determine – just look at your date of birth. The Sun moves around the zodiac over the.
The last decanate is sub-ruled by the next in order in the same triplicity. While the element and modality of a sign are together sufficient to define it, they can be grouped to indicate their symbolism.
The first four signs, Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer, form the group of personal signs. The next four signs, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio form the group of interpersonal signs. The last four signs of the zodiac, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces, form the group of transpersonal signs. The tropical zodiac is the zodiac of seasonal factors as opposed to the sidereal zodiac constellation factors. The primary seasonal factors are based on the changing ratio of sunlight and darkness across the year.
The first factor is whether the chosen time falls in the half of the year when daylight is increasing, or the half of the year when darkness is increasing. The second factor is whether the chosen time falls in the half of the year when there is more daylight than darkness, or the half when there is more darkness than daylight. The third factor is which of the four seasons the chosen time falls in, defined by the first two factors. Thus  . In Indian astrology, there are five elements: fire, earth, air, water, and ether.
The master of fire is Mars, while Mercury is of earth, Saturn of air, Venus of water, and Jupiter of ether. The relation of the signs to the elements is the same in the two systems. Chinese astrological signs operate on cycles of years, lunar months, and two-hour periods of the day also known as shichen. A particular feature of the Chinese zodiac is its operation in a year cycle in combination with the Five Phases of Chinese astrology Wood , Fire , Metal , Water and Earth. So the Chinese year calendar is a solar-lunar-jovian calendar.
In Chinese astrology , the zodiac of twelve animal sign represents twelve different types of personality.