Moon Signs: Why They Matter

How the position of the moon at your birth affects your emotional life.

Moon in the sky above a mountain with the wheel of the zodiac around it.

What is a Moon Sign?

A moon sign is where the moon was in the sky at the time of your birth. Unlike sun signs, which inform your overall personality, moon signs determine your emotional core. In the world of astrology, the moon is related to emotions, intuition, and our inner world. 

The moon sign is one of three major signs that make up your astrological profile, along with sun signs and rising signs. These three things taken together help you form a full picture of yourself.

Why Do Moon Signs Matter?

Knowing your moon sign can tell you a lot more than you might think. It governs your:

  • Emotional nature: Moon signs control how you respond instinctively to situations, stress, or crises. Not everyone responds the same way to the same situation, and this gives an insight into why.
  • Inner Needs: Moon signs can tell you what you need to feel secure, and they can reveal your subconscious needs and desires. 
  • Subconscious Self: Sometimes the hardest person in the world to understand is yourself, but moon signs can give insight into your own behaviors that you don’t fully grasp. 
  • Intuition and Instincts: Far from how you logically go about solving a problem, moon signs explain what your first instincts are. 
  • Personal Relationships: Moon signs can tell you the kinds of people you’re compatible with and the ways that you express love. 

How to Calculate Your Moon Sign.

To find your moon sign, you need to know your date of birth, time of birth, and place of birth. There are free tools online you can use to find this out, or you can calculate it yourself using an ephemeris – a table that shows where celestial bodies are at any given time. 

The 12 Moon Signs

Aries Moon

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and its mascot is a ram. Those born during an Aries moon are passionate, emotional people. They like to take risks and are action-oriented. If your moon sign is Aries, that means you’re prone to strong, fiery emotions and are quick to react to new situations.

Those with an Aries moon sign are quick to love, quick to act, and quick in their decision making. Someone with these traits can break logjams and introduce passion where it’s sorely needed, but it’s also healthy for those with this moon sign to remember to slow down every once in a while and not let themselves get burned out.

Woman standing confidently against a blackboard with muscular arms drawn on.
People with the Aries moon sign are confident, passionate, self-assured people.

Taurus Moon

Taurus moons are calm and collected people, grounded in the material world. They are relaxed and appealing to everyone around them. In general, they prefer to take things slow and are emotionally steady. However, they have a great need for security, whether that’s in finances, family, or friendship. As such, they are drawn to places and situations where they can feel this emotional security. 

Those with a Taurus moon sign are affectionate and show it in tangible ways, like physical touch, gift giving, and creating a healthy environment. They want routine and predictability, even if that makes them occasionally inflexible.

Gemini Moon

Emotionally, those with a Gemini moon sign have an easy time of it deciphering what people around them are feeling. After all, they’re quick-thinking socialites with a keen eye for people and relationship dynamics. When it comes to their own emotions, however, people with this moon sign have a more difficult time. They have a tendency to over-intellectualize how they’re feeling and explain their challenges away. 

Still, Gemini moons are emotionally adaptable and use their wit to navigate the world around them. The Gemini sign is known for its duality, so people with this sign can exhibit contrasting, seemingly contradictory behavior at times.

Cancer Moon

Those with a Cancer moon sign are sensitive people who feel intuitively and deeply. As such, emotional security and real relationships are extremely important for them. They are family-oriented and caring, and they want to create security and acceptance wherever they go. Some traits that describe those with a Cancer moon sign are:

  • Empathetic
  • Imaginative
  • Nurturing
  • Quiet
  • Sensitive

Some things to keep in mind for those with this moon sign is that while their sentimentality provides them with unique strengths, it can also lead them to cling to the past or stay in unhealthy situations. Finding a balance between caring for others and caring for yourself is necessary.

Man relaxing in chair with headphones on.
Cancer moons are empathetic and should try to find a balance between caring for themselves and others.

Leo Moon

A Leo moon’s emotions are remarkably fickle because they care deeply about what other people think about them. When they get recognition and appreciation, they are quick to feel pleased and have high self-esteem. If things aren’t going their way, they are prone to feeling frustrated. Because of this desire for outward recognition, they’ll often discuss their feelings with others out of a desire to have them validated. 

People with this moon sign live their life without apology and prefer to always have all their cards on the table. While this means a Leo will fight many battles others aren’t willing to, it also means that they can be drawn into conflicts that might be better left unfought.

Virgo Moon

Practical and detail-oriented – those are some of the defining traits of those with a Virgo moon sign. Because of their attention to detail and grounded nature, it’s a lot easier for Virgo’s to approach emotionally delicate situations and look at them objectively. This makes them excellent problem solvers and respected advice dispensers. They don’t act impulsively but always have a well laid plan before they make a move. If you’re looking for unnecessary drama, don’t look at a Virgo. 

This hard practicality can make it difficult for people with this moon sign to set aside their logic and simply process their emotions as they are. Virgo’s can also get overly critical of both themselves and others. As difficult as it is, sometimes a Virgo has to accept that even the best plans go sour, and they can be more adaptable than they realize. 

Two people using sticky notes to create a plan of action.
People with the Virgo moon sign are meticulous planners.

Libra Moon

Those with a Libra moon sign seek harmony in their life. They’re extremely interesting people, with good social skills. Yet with that, they don’t worry overly much about the opinions of others. Libra’s are fun-loving and spontaneous, and they have refined tastes. One of the most important tasks for a Libra is finding the balance between their inward and outward life. 

Often Libra moons can be distracted by less important things, but they are driven by a strong sense of justice. Ultimately, they know how to create peace and harmony with those around them.

Scorpio Moon

The emotional world of people with a Scorpio moon sign is a deep and highly complex one, and it can be difficult for people with this sign to handle the breadth of their emotion. Because of this, they are far from straightforward people, and they are possessed with an astute insight into the people around them. Scorpio’s are especially good at detecting emotional subtext lurking underneath the surface of a conversation. 

Those with a Scorpio sign seek intense emotional extremes, but work hard to keep their feelings guarded from others. Working on being vulnerable is an important task for a Scorpio looking to create meaningful relationships. Learning to work with, rather than simply repressing, emotions is another area for improvement. 

Sagittarius Moon

Optimism, kindness, and warmth are some of the best words to describe people with a Sagittarius moon sign. They are free-spirited and open-minded, yearning for freedom. Those with this moon sign are most at home when they’re on the move, seeing what life has to offer for them. They have a live and let live attitude and are more concerned with the broad brush strokes rather than tiny details. Their heart urges them to explore and find philosophical understanding. 

Sometimes this positive attitude toward life can cause people with this sign to put on a pleasant face when they’re dealing with hard things. While their optimism is certainly a strength, it shouldn’t stop them from delving into deep, meaningful relationships where they can discuss things that truly bother them.

Woman basking in the glow of the sunset, arms outstretched.
Sagittarius moons are free-spirits who love adventure.

Capricorn Moon

Capricorn moons are emotionally secure and thrive on close, intimate relationships with other people. They are goal setters and take the initiative. However, their emotional life is hard to pin down, as they are usually not that expressive. Still, they soften to certain people over time, and they are eager to show their affection – just in concrete, practical ways. Some traits that describe them are:

  • Ambitious
  • Self-reliant
  • Grounded
  • Controlling

As said by that last item on the list, sometimes a Capricorn’s desire for stability and achieving their goals can lead them to become judgemental. They know they are hard workers, but they don’t feel they can trust others to be the same, so learning to build that trust is important. 

Aquarius Moon

People with the Aquarius moon sign are innovative, out-of-the-box thinkers. They are fiercely independent and see beyond just the appearance of things. Despite this independence and intuition, they are deeply humanitarian and care about what is fair and just. Those with this moon sign are willing to lend a hand to those in need. 

Some may see those with this moon sign as eccentric or aloof, despite their compassion, because of their independence and originality. Aquarius moons have a unique mind and look for alternate perspectives, but sometimes that can make it difficult to connect with other people as they feel misunderstood. Taking the time to decipher what you’re feeling and translating that to other people might be a challenge, but it’s an important one for Aquarius moons to undertake. 

Pisces Moon

Above all, people with the Pisces moon sign are empathetic. They have a sixth sense for how others are feeling, and more often than not their gut instincts are right. Pisces moons are tender, loving, and imaginative. They are naturally creative and can talk about their emotions well. People see them as naturally trustworthy and kind. 

The flip side of their empathy is that Pisces moons can feel the emotions of other people like they are their own. While being an excellent listener helps them care for others, sometimes it can drain them beyond their limits. Those with this moon sign need to remember to take care of themselves as well as the people they love. 

Moon Signs and…

As mentioned before, moon signs aren’t the complete picture. In astrology, they are meant to be taken together with a sun sign and rising sign to provide a fuller picture of yourself.

Now that you know the signs determining your inner self, you can see how your moon sign plays into a larger self-portrait! 

Brennan Berryhill

Brennan Berryhill is a professional writer studying English at Hillsdale College.
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