bodies, forever cycling through the ebb and flow of natural rhythms,
refuse to let us forget the profound interweaving of the physical, mental
and emotional selves. Most health problems stem from the body’s instinctive
urge to restore a healthy equilibrium between these three, through any
means. Symptoms of ill health are the warning lights of a very wise
inner guidance system. These red lights of early dysfunction, often
shown through exhaustion or emotional distress, signal to us an imbalance
that may precede more serious problems.
medicine is slow to recognize the profound impact of emotional and mental
well-being on body function. Women tend to be more aware of and impacted
by emotions, yet are caught in a culture that programs us to ignore
the emotional instinct and to put the needs of others before our own.
chart can step beyond current cultural attitudes to reveal the interweavings
of the physical, mental and emotional selves. We have considered Mercury’s
position in the chart and its influence on the mental
body and the nervous system. Now let’s look at the Moon.
Moon and Support
in an individual’s horoscope is indicative of the ways in which we receive
support and get what we need to feel healthy and happy. In a woman’s
chart, the Moon is particularly indicative of how she responds to emotional
and hormonal tides, and it tends to be a more significant part of a
woman’s awareness than it is for a man.
If we did
not receive appropriate nourishment in our early years, and were not
encouraged to learn appropriate ways to care for ourselves as we transitioned
out of childhood, we are likely to revert to primitive subconscious
patterns when stressed. These may no longer be appropriate or healthy,
though when we are under stress, we need increased emotional support.
astrology has identified a tendency for a reflex action into the opposite
sign when the needs of the natal Moon are not being met. The Moon is
a reflector of light, not a generator, and uses this reflective effect
to project ignored or misplaced emotions onto body parts and functions
associated with the opposite sign. For example, a client with a natal
Moon in Pisces, swamped by emotions due to her Piscean Moon’s instinctive,
subconscious tendency/gift for empathizing, developed a hyperacidity
of the digestion (reflex into the opposite sign of Virgo, which is linked
to digestion). This was her constitution attempting to digest and assimilate
the floods of experience she had absorbed, spongelike, from her environment.
of the hyperacidity was unsuccessful with conventional antacids, and
more successful when healing modalities were used for the emotional
overwhelm. Journaling to process the emotions (Virgo response) was less
successful than turning to poetry (Pisces response) to clear the emotional
backlog. Her body was highlighting an imbalance by reflex symptom to
the opposite sign, though the most effective treatment occurred through
application to the originating cause—the natal Moon in Pisces.
client with Moon in Scorpio, a configuration suggestive of a high capacity
for emotional intensity and a destructive predisposition toward creating
emotional crisis, developed debilitating neck pain (reflex into Taurus—Scorpio’s
opposite) which was unresponsive to chiropractic adjustment or acupuncture.
The client's eventual willingness to redirect her obsessiveness into
a tactile art form—sculpture in clay—fed her Scorpionic need for passion
and devotion, and slowly resolved the neck pain.
examples are similar in that the root cause had to do with a water sign
Moon (Scorpio and Pisces) projecting emotional intensity through an
earthy opposite (Taurus and Virgo). Consider another example: Moon in
fiery Aries, under stress reflexing into airy Libra, manifesting in
serious skin eruptions and weight gain. In one Aries Moon client of
mine, the diet was found to be very high in sugars and carbohydrates,
cravings that were difficult for this person to curb. The pancreas
(ruled by Libra) regulates blood sugar in the system, and was overstimulated
into hypoglycemic fluctuation by excessive sugar ingestion. This condition
could eventually develop into pancreatic exhaustion or diabetes.
treatment in this case required support for the Moon in Aries through
challenging physical activity, herbal stimulants to overcome inertia
and homeopathic/essence supports to overcome indulgent habits and bring
more fire to the system.
opposite to the Moon often acts as a warning light of emotional distress,
and does this through physical symptoms associated with that sign that
are not responsive to conventional allopathic treatment. If neglected,
the unresolved emotional backlog eventually affects the natal Moon sign,
often with more serious afflictions.
bodies will manifest a physical symptom as a last-ditch effort to have
us respond to life's challenges and opportunities. If instead we get
to know our own style of emotional responsiveness, as represented by
the sign our Moon is found in, we can perceive and respond to impulses
while they are still in the subtle dimensions. Here they can be adjusted,
worked with and resolved with greater ease.
the body has taken on a symptom, it becomes harder to shift, though
certainly not impossible. As we have seen, be alert to symptoms associated
with the sign opposite your own Moon (Aries to Libra, Taurus to Scorpio,
Gemini to Sagittarius, Cancer to Capricorn, Leo to Aquarius and Virgo
to Pisces). They are mirroring or reflecting an emotional imbalance
that will respond best through treatment directed toward your own Moon
sign. Homeopathic medicines, vibrational medicines such as flower essences
and some herbs are particularly effective in treatment of lunar disorders.
We will discuss treatments for each of the twelve lunar signs in the
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