Your sun sign may be the brightest spot in your birth chart: but your moon sign holds the key to understanding the hidden side of your personality.
In astrology, your moon sign shows the clearest picture of who you are on the inside. The moon represents your hidden sense of self and heavily influences your interpersonal relationships, as well as how you intuitively experience life. Everything from how you connect with people to how you make friends to your relationship with yourself is influenced by the moon. “The moon most closely ties to our inner world—notably our emotions and how we internally process the world around us. It involves what we feel, how we feel it, and how we express it,” says astrology expert and writer Lacey Ramburger.
The magic of La Luna influences everyone–but not everyone experiences the cycles of the moon the same. Your moon sign shows the unconscious side of your mind and gives you insight into what motivates your passions, dreams, feelings, and emotions. “Your moon sign operates differently from your sun sign, which is linked to your ego and core values. If the sun serves as a foundation of who we are, the moon reflects that purpose and colors in that framework with what moves and inspires us,” says Ramburger.
The stars are always shifting across the expanding night sky, and using astrology and moon mapping techniques can make life smoother, more productive, and less stressful. And while it can seem overwhelming to start uncovering the undiscovered sides of yourself: it’s worth it. That's why we've put together a complete guide for learning how to harness the power of your moon sign.
Read how your moon sign influences your love life, emotions, and more below.
What Is A Moon Sign, And How Do You Find It?
The astrological night sky is divided into twelve sections, one for each zodiac sign, and each of the planets moves through each at its own speed. Your moon sign is determined by where in the sky the moon was on the day you were born. If you don’t already know your moon sign, you’ll want to use a moon sign calculator to find out.
What Your Moon Sign Says About Your Personality
Your moon sign is more than how emotional you are: many astrologers believe the moon is the key to being more mindful, aligning your destiny and living your best life. And while many people harp on how the moon shows all the ways you are emotional–it’s even better for learning which parts of your personality you suppress. The moon reveals the things that move you and how you feel safe and secure. You can learn how you’re shaped and influenced and how you’ve grown into the person you are (and the person you’ll become) by observing your moon sign closely.
There’s no right or wrong way to work with your moon sign–just different approaches that work best for different people. “The position of your moon sign in your birth chart plays a key role in how its energy is presented,” Ramburger says. “Start by determining what sign and element your moon sign falls in; because it gives you a lens to work through in how emotions show up and play a role in your life.” Tuning into the moon’s rhythms can help you understand your personal ebbs and flows, which makes life much easier to manage.
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Moon in Aries
Aries moons value independence, passion, authenticity, and freedom. You’re a very passionate and flamboyant lover who loves to shower people with grand displays of affection and even grander promises of love. In return, you need to be with someone who can match your energy. Aries moons do have an aversion to being perceived as weak which makes this a challenging placement at times. As an Aries Moon, you can become easily bored or restless when things don't move at your desired pace. You are very emotionally self-sufficient and tend to have little patience for people who are excessively needy or more emotionally dependent than you are.
Moon in Taurus
Taurus is exalted in the moon, which explains your relaxed, down-to-earth personality. Your energy is very sensual and inviting–and people can’t help but find your vibe alluring. Taurus moons like to take things slow and don’t react well to being pressed or pressured. Like other earth signs, it’s not easy for you to express your feelings on the surface. It takes to crack through your guarded exterior and see the softer side of your personality. When it comes to love, you’re a romantic with high standards. Taurus moons tend to seek romantic connections that promise a long-term payoff: so you won’t settle down for just anyone.
Moon in Gemini
If you were born with a Gemini moon, you’re probably the chatty, lively, and quick-witted social butterfly of your friend group. You're fun to be around, and people like your open-minded outlook on life. Gemini moons are incredible at understanding the emotions of others; however, introspection into your own feelings can be very difficult and confusing. While other people like to dive deep into their emotions, you have a tendency to try and intellectualize and explain away your feelings. Your mind is always moving at warp speed. You need a lot of space and time to process how things really make you feel.
Moon in Cancer
The moon is in rulership in the sign of Cancer, which means people with this moon sign have a higher level of emotional sensitivity and intuition than others. Having a Cancer moon can mean your feelings are intense and fluctuating at times: which is why things like mindfulness and breathwork might suit you well. You have a deep attachment to your family and seek to create a sense of security and acceptance wherever you go. Communication is hugely important to you: and you wear your heart on your sleeve wherever you go. You're very protective of the people you consider close to you: and would do anything for them.
Moon in Leo
People with the moon in Leo are known for being emotionally headstrong, expressive, feisty, impulsive, loyal, and confident people. Let’s cut to the chase–you have no trouble expressing how you’re feeling and believe direct communication is non-negotiable. You live your life unapologetically. Unlike other signs that choose their battles, let things slide, or rely on passive communication, you prefer to lay it all out on the table and deal with issues openly. Those with a moon in Leo have a strong need for emotional validation and recognition. You have a strong sense of self-worth, and you won’t settle for anything less than you deserve.
Moon in Virgo
Emotions run deep for Virgo moons, even if you rarely show them. Virgo moons are devoted and attentive lovers who prefer small acts of daily devotion to grand gestures and public displays of affection. Attention to detail and having a grounded nature make it easy for you to approach emotional situations objectively. It’s why you’re so good at resolving conflicts and playing the mediator. However, it also makes you prone to excessive worrying about things you can’t control. Don’t stress too much, Virgo. Although it's difficult to find your center in the quick-changing phases of the moon, life will feel a whole lot easier when you learn to let things pass.
Moon in Libra
Having your moon in Libra makes you a very sociable and fun-loving person. There’s just something about your aura energy that gives off a flirtatious and free-spirited vibe to everyone you meet. Libra moons have the ability to see any situation from another person's point of view and can always be counted on to provide objective advice that benefits everyone. You're also a very romantic lover who likes to indulge in playful, fun, and flirtatious partnerships. It's important for you to find a partner who can embrace your need for spontaneity to keep things exciting.
Moon in Scorpio
The moon is in detriment in Scorpio, which means it's hard for you to handle the complexity of your emotions. You might seem composed on the surface, but underneath is a brooding intensity bubbling just below the surface. Scorpio moons have an almost psychic ability to pick up on emotional subtext in group settings, often living between the lines of what’s unsaid. This makes you an excellent listener who can easily sympathize with others. It’s also why you have trouble hiding your moodiness and or displeasure with loved ones when you feel ignored.
Moon in Sagittarius
If you were born with your moon in Sagittarius, you probably get told how warm and loving you seem all the time. You always look for the silver lining in life and believe in making the best of things. Your charm and optimism are infectious, and you inspire other people with your pleasant attitude in life. However, it's important not to put on a happy face just because it's easy! You tend to laugh off big feelings and play the class clown to avoid dealing with the hard stuff. Don't let your fear of rejection keep you from embracing deep, meaningful connections in your life!
Moon in Capricorn
Capricorn moons can be tricky to understand. The moon is said to be in detriment in Capricorn: which is why you have a bad habit of trying to deal with your problems on your own. It’s difficult for you to express what you’re feeling to people who have never been in your situation. And you tend to be very stoic and reserved when it comes to expressing your feelings. However, you tend to soften up quickly when you’re smitten. Though you may struggle with expressing your emotions outwardly, you like to find other ways to show your love through acts of service and practical romance rather than flashy displays of affection.
Moon in Aquarius
Having your moon in Aquarius is a sure sign that you’re an intellectual oddball who needs a lot of freedom and space. You're very curious and open-minded, always seeking an alternative perspective on things. Aquarius moons aren't known for being sensitive or vulnerable, and you tend to approach your emotions from a more intellectual standpoint. And because you live your life on a different wavelength than most, you need time to decipher your emotions and translate them into a way others may be able to understand. In love, you need a partner who appreciates your unique mind, deep thoughts, and eccentricity.
Moon in Pisces
If you were born with your moon in Pisces, you have a keen understanding of people's dreams, feelings, fears, and emotions makes you a very tender-hearted and empathetic person. Pisces moons have an almost otherworldly ability to read other people, so it’s good for you to learn to trust your gut and third-eye senses. When it comes to love, you're looking for a storybook romance to rival all the classics. Casual romances and one-night stands are not your thing. You need commitment. You feel the most secure in a relationship when your partner creates a space where you can openly share your emotions and feelings without judgment.