(Excerpt from the Lecture on the Cancer/ Moon Archetype as taught in my Growth Astrology Mentorship Program)
Our Emotional Self is reflected by the position of the Moon in the birth chart (in sign and house) as well as the aspects formed with the Sun, the planets, and various points in the birth chart.
The Moon is connected to the Element of Water which functions as a conductor of psychic energy and signifies the processing of experience on an emotional level. Astrologically speaking when we’re talking about feelings, emotions, moods, humor, temper, we’re expressing the lunar function as reflected in the birth chart.
The signs of Cancer (ruled by the Moon), Scorpio, and Pisces are known as the Water Signs as their needs to connect, love, belong, merge and transcend are fully expressed by the unifying nature of water.
Every sign/astrological archetype is connected to a range of emotional states and patterns. However, individuals with an emphasis on the Water signs tend to be the most sensitive, intuitive, empathetic and to experience emotions at a very deep level.
The position of the Moon in the horoscope reveals how a person is likely to process emotional experience, within the context of the entire chart, as in Astrology nothing functions in isolation.
From the perspective of Psychological Astrology, the Moon represents the personal unconscious, the way we react and respond instinctively, how we nurture and care, and the way we have internalized the mother figure.
The Moon also reveals the kind of psychological evidence we have collected from experiencing certain events and defining moments during childhood as well as our need for emotional security and the ability to transform the unconscious into conscious awareness.
The Moon in the birth chart is the vehicle for making the unconscious conscious so that the psyche can integrate all of its aspects and function as a whole.
The Moon is our memory system and the main factor in our Emotional Conditioning which is the result of our learned responses & reactions to stimuli shaped by the ‘messages’ received from the parents, and especially from the mother.
Example of Emotional Conditioning:
A mother gets angry every time her 5-year-old child wants a new toy or another cookie. The child is threatened to be punished (no dinner, sent to another room) if she starts crying. The child learns that expressing her wants and needs is wrong and means trouble.
This child later becomes an emotionally conditioned adult who is never comfortable expressing their desires and expects rejection and dismissal of their wants, needs and requests, especially from women.
The other scenario is the child grows up to be extremely demanding and pushy when it comes to the gratification of her desires to overcompensate for what was denied to her during childhood.
These psychological issues cannot be resolved without the exploration of childhood memories and defining moments, the internalization of the mother, the self-limiting beliefs formed around those experiences and how this entire dynamic is reflected in the birth chart mainly by the following factors:
*Placement of the Moon in Sign & House
*Aspects the Moon forms
*Planets in Cancer and the 4th House
*Position of the Moon dispositor – the ruler of the Sign where the Moon is placed in the chart.
Working with emotions to heal negative programming is a psychological process represented by the Cancer/Moon Archetype.
Overcoming the fear of rejection, learning emotional self-sufficiency, and controlling reactions to triggers is part of mastering the Emotional Self.
Also, the Lunar Self is a huge indicator of adequate, healthy psychosexual development of boys/men as they evolve psychologically through their relationship with their mother, which is their first encounter with feminine energy.
Girls/women need the energy of the Moon to develop a healthy perception of themselves, embrace their femininity and cultivate their own ability to nurture, care and be a mother.
Healing the inner child when needed and resolving conflicts with her own mother is the first step for a daughter to accept herself fully as a woman and prepare to dedicate herself to motherhood.
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