The Moon represents the mind and accordingly, it indicates a person’s thinking, feeling, and other mental processes. It represents all things that have to do with one’s mother, as well as motherhood in women.
It is representative of interaction with the public, or public businesses, water, liquids and the tides of the sea, over which it rules. It also has dominance over the waters and liquids within our bodies.
Emotions and sensitivity may be understood by the position of the Moon in a person’s chart. The Moon’s nature is tender-hearted and wise. It rules peace of mind and gives a general sense of comfort and well-being. The Moon reflects understanding and sense of purpose, intuitive ability, sensuality, love for fine arts, music and jewels. It also rules our moods, emotions and sensitivity.
The Moon is also responsible for growth, fertility and impregnation or conception. It influences childbirth and memory and has great influence over travel.
A strong Moon in the chart will indicate a happy mental state, good mother, opportunities for travel over water and success in businesses that has to do with the day to day needs of the public. It may bestow a wonderful social life and pleasure from different modes of enjoyments if the Moon is beneficially disposed, or well aspected. A powerful Moon gives emotional strength, makes for good relations and love for others. It will give good intuition, purpose to life, an attraction for the fine arts and make a person attractive to others.
If the Moon is weak in the chart you may be subject to mental anxiety. There may be emotional instability and an inability to relate well to others. If badly aspected, the Moon can make one unfriendly and unable to share intimacy, or will cause you to lack contentment or peace of mind. An ill-placed Moon may make for inclinations to moodiness and feelings of depression, with an unclear mind. Depending on how severely afflicted it is, there may be a tendency towards neurosis, hysteria or insanity. It can make a person feel lack of joy or satisfaction, there by bringing about acute realization of the sufferings felt in this material world. There may be indications towards ill health of the mother, or difficulties in social advancement.
Physically an afflicted, debilitated, or otherwise ill-disposed Moon may indicate anemia, lack of body fluids or body weight, constipation and dryness of the skin. It can cause colds, fevers, bronchitis, intestinal problems, or even susceptibility to cancer. Organs, such as the lungs and kidneys, may also be weak and there may be menstrual or infertility problems in women.
The Moon is the ruler of the sign Cancer or the Zodiac and is strong there in its own sign. It is most powerful, or exalted, in Taurus and fallen, or debilitated, in Scorpio. Jupiter, Sun and Mars are the Moon’s natural friends. Moon is very strong in its birthstars of Rohini, Hasta and Shravan. It is still quite strong in Jupiter’s birthstars of Punarvasu, Vishakha and Purvabhadrapada. It is also giving good effects when in Karttika, Uttara Phalguni, Ashlesha, Jyestha, Uttarashadha and Revati.
The Moon is auspicious for those born during the waxing of its cycle but causes difficulty if born during the descending cycle. It is always a benefic planet and is strongest from the tenth day of waxing to the fifth day of its waning. Its effects are powerfully felt in childhood, as Moon rules over this period of life.
It is believed that the Lord Moon was born out of the divine chest of Lord Vishnu. Some say the the Moon emerged from the “Holy Ocean Of Milk”. Others claim that he was born to Saint Athvi and his wife Anusuya.
Lord Moon married all the 27 daughters of Dakshan, who are star constellations in the sky. But the Moon did not evenly share his love with all his wives, preferring to spend more time with Rohini. This upset the neglected wives and they complained to their father. Dakshan appealed to the Moon many times, however the Moon refused to listen. Dakshan therefore cursed the Moon that he would diminish in size and become diseased. Day by day the moon waned and due to his sickness, all living things developed consumption. The celestial beings interceded on the Moon’s behalf, fearing that all life on Earth would succumb to this wasting disease. Dakshan promised that if the Moon would behave and visit all his wives he would be free from this consumption for half the month – hence as the Moon wanders in his celestial orbit he waxes and wanes.