From ancient times, it has been an accepted fact that there are seven classical planets or luminous bodies in the sky, much visible to the naked eye. These consist of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
In the context of astrology, these signify or represent basic or native urges or drives of the subconscious or energy flow regulators that represent the dimension of experience. These manifest themselves with different qualities in the twelve houses and signs of the zodiac.
Sun gets prime attention in astrology but fate and emotions are not determined alone by this star alone.
Moon in astrology is associated with the deepest and core part of the self that can’t precisely be expressed with words. Moon represents our spiritual side and subconscious side -the unseen elements dictating our actions. The moon is also an important qualifier in our quest for self-knowledge. Along with the rising sign, the sun and the moon make up the holy trinity known in astrology as “the big three.”
Moon highlights our inner style or nature of desire and nourishment that one receives or did not receive as a child. Sun is the light that shines while the moon is the shadow we keep or hold. Astrologers see the birth chart and read the shadow part to find out the survival instincts, and defence mechanisms including eating habits.
How are we fed and formed? By the light of the ever-loving moon
The moon has long been associated with fertility and childbirth. Likewise, the Moon in astrology is indicative of maternal influence and how we tend to the soil or foundation building of our own inner child.
For a more thorough understanding of the role your moon sign plays in your life, the Moon is the ruling planet of the zodiac sign Cancer, the 4th house in the natal chart. The Moon represents the mother, the Divine Goddess. Goddess Parvati is the presiding deity of the Moon. The Moon represents the feminine creative energy. The Moon navigates roughly 2 1/2 days in each sign and takes 28 days to revolve around the twelve zodiac signs. The house the natal moon occupies reveals the areas of life where we ourselves feel most at home.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Chandra or Moon came from the sea during Samudra Manthan, the churning of the ocean. He is the father of Budha (planet Mercury). He is married to 27 daughters of Lord Daksha, after whom the Nakshatras are named. Chandra is portrayed as fair and young, with two hands holding a club and a lotus. He rides his chariot across the sky every night, pulled by ten white horses or an antelope. Chandra is also known by several names like Soma, Rajanipati, Kshuparaka and Indu
The sacred text, Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali comprises 100 names of Lord Chandra. It praises the Moon as the lord of the wise men and remover of all sins. It also helps to remove the afflictions caused by ancestors. The text also hails the Moon as the fulfiller of wishes and dreams. Worshipping Chandra is said to bring relief from all sorrows and helps in increasing mental and emotional strength. Lord Chandra adorns the head of Lord Shiva. Worshipping Chandra on Mondays is an effective way of getting his blessing.
If the Moon is strongly placed, it signifies encouraging, caring, sensitive and receptive qualities along with the person being emotionally mature, mentally strong, responsible and helpful and beneficial to others. On the other hand, if the Moon is weakly placed or associated with a negative planet, it is seen as an afflicted Moon.
An afflicted Moon can cause mental disturbance, emotional instability, confusion, poor reasoning and personality disorders. The Moon is easily influenced by the energies of other planets. It symbolizes relationships and communication with others. There are several slokas and mantras dedicated to Lord Chandra, like Chandra Gayatri, Chandra Kavasam and Sri Chandra Stotram.
Blog by – Astrologer Monojits
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