A while back, I was surfing the Net half-heartedly and feeling rather discontented. The discontent arose from the fact that I was looking at the end of another weekend without having much to show for it. This despite the fact that I did more this weekend than I usually do and even managed to fit in a nap. Nonetheless, I felt unhappy because I hadn’t written much.
I remember reading a Barbra Taylor Bradford where one of the characters is standing in his study, looking out the window and addressing a tree in the courtyard. He addresses it mentally and says that he had never thought one could be happy, but as an adult he had hoped he could snag contentment. I read this a decade ago but it has stayed with me because, like Nick, all I want is contentment.
So I updated my Facebook status with “A day when I don’t write is a day that leaves me unsatisfied,” and got up wanting to fix dinner. Nothing remarkable in that unless you know me. I don’t like to cook. But the cook did a no-show and I had this extraordinary urge to tinker in the kitchen. Inexplicable urge. But the transiting moon is in Cancer as I write and that probably explains the aberration. But even as I was planning out what I was going to make, my mind was on the fact that I hadn’t written anything today. Then I remembered what my friend, Hitch, told me the other day, “I have a friend with Moon in Virgo in the 2nd house who can just clean all day! It makes her feel useful and productive, and satisfies the 2nd house need for self-affirmation. ElsaElsa frequently advises that we should ‘live our Sun and satisfy our Moon’, and I’ve always remembered it!”
And then I knew! I wanted to write about the Moon and emotional satisfaction. So, cooking was put on the backburner (do note the pun) and here I am typing away and altogether very happy. That’s all it took. My moon is in the ninth and for as long as I can remember I’ve always had the need to read. The desire to write came later and the need to write on astrology is very recent. The ninth house rules publications of book. Writing for newspapers and magazine (which I’ve done) and this blog is more third house. So what’s going on? My Moon is in a T-Square and this is part of what my astrologer friend Raphael told me a few days ago, “The arms of the T-square, i.e., Mars and Moon may cause you to write and/or teach as a way of work and service. The Moon’s depositor Mars shows where the Moon’s expression goes. Mars is in third. You may want to write small pieces of a Higher Mental nature. You are writing astrological pieces.”
I know someone with a twelfth house moon who feels good if he spends some time alone “communing with himself.” One of my friends has her moon in the fourth and she enjoys pottering around her house and rustling up culinary delights in the kitchen. Raphael generously contributed some personal information for this post vis-à-vis his moon and house location. This is what he says, “My Moon is in the third house and by mutual reception it is also in the tenth house. I need to read, write, travel, and develop my career to feel good. Moon in Sagittarius is always reaching further and further. I have a big library that I have to weed out from time to time to keep the house from bursting. I like to take lots of short trips.”
Although, when I started this, I thought I’d just focus on the house (realm of activity) the Moon is in, Raphael’s comments make it clear that to truly understand your Lunar needs, you also need to look at the Moon sign and the aspects this luminary is making in your chart. The moon is connected with emotional nourishment, feed it well and who knows, you may snag that elusive contentment after all.
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