Tarot and Planets – The Moon

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The Moon

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Emotions—Self-Nourishment—Instinct

The “inner child”. The second of astrology’s most important celestial body is not a planet but Earth’s satellite. The moon cycles—new moon, waxing, full moon, waning, dark—symbolise the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Its gravitational pull on the Earth’s surface is linked with the tides, and its phases influence numerous biological rhythms in plant, animal and human life.

The Moon represents our imaginative and reflective side, unconscious impulses, emotional reactions, childhood experiences, the mother-child relationship and our need for emotional comfort.

Ruler of: Cancer; in the physical body the Moon rules the breast, womb and digestive system.

In Nature: Feminine, cold and moist; benefic (when waxing) and mildly malefic (when waning)

Positive aspects: sensitive, caring, compassionate, artistic, intuitive

Negative traits: emotional instability, self-absorbance, weakness, confusion, fear.

Associated Tarot cards: The High Priestess, The Chariot

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