The Moon signifies human mind. Different phases of the Moon affect the mind just like its journey through the Zodiac signs and constellations. Different phases and locations of the Moon keep affecting our moods and thoughts. In Vedic astrology, location of the Moon in the sky, during birth of a baby determines the baby’s Moon sign. It is considered the most important factor for astrological analysis to make future predictions about life.
What is Astrological Moon sign?
The Moon travels through our Zodiac path once in a month. While gliding through the 360 degree path, its stopover at every Zodiac sign (an expanse of 30 degrees) is for two and a half days. Each Zodiac sign from Aries to Pisces have unique atmosphere created by almost three star constellations, generally speaking two constellations occupy almost 13 degrees each and the third one 3 degrees. Moon has to traverse these stellar mansions too.
When a baby is born in India, the birth-time is noted precisely for the astrologers to find the baby’s Moon Sign. Looking up a Panchang or Vedic Almanac, location of the Moon in the sky is accurately determined. The Zodiac sign in which the Moon is located at the time of birth is considered the Moon sign of the baby.
What determines characteristics of each Moon sign?
People with different Moon signs have different nature – now, how is that calculated? Well, saints in ancient India had simplified our understanding of the signs. They discovered that each sign creates the most favorable atmosphere for particular planets and is ruled by a particular planetary energy which is represented as an archetype of the sign. The Zodiac signs are also associated with a gender and natural element such as air, water, fire, space and Earth.
Let us see how it works out. Sun is ruled by Lord Shiva, has fire element and is masculine in nature. The Moon sign Aries is ruled by planet Mars with over-lordship of archetype Lord Muruga/Karthikeya, has fire element and is masculine in nature. Gemini is ruled by planet Mercury, with archetype Lord Vishnu, has air element and is neutral in nature. The Moon sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon with archetype Goddess Parvati, has water element and is feminine in nature.
How Astrologers study compatibility of Moon signs?
According to Vedic astrology, each of the Moon signs has distinct characteristics and it is important to find out which of the signs are compatible with one another. Aries being ruled by Mars makes a person born with Aries Moon sign active, courageous, self-reliant and so on. Being a fire element, this sign is compatible with Moon signs Leo and Sagittarius but not compatible with Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Similarly, Gemini ruled by Mercury makes a person gifted in communication, and compatible with a person with Moon signs Libra and Aquarius but not compatible with Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Moon sign Taurus is compatible with signs Virgo and Capricorn.
How do Moon signs affect human lives and relationships?
Every human being is a bundle of various energies and traits. The riddle of relationships, “Why certain people get along well despite all adversities of life, and why some of them cannot when apparently every other thing in their lives look ideal”, has always intrigued people. Astrological calculations can provide explanation why an Aries person cannot get along with a Cancer sign. With fiery temperament an Aries loves freedom, is bold, egoistic and tend to dominate the other in relationship. Aries person is also generally restless in their actions and impatient about implementing his or her ideas. On the other hand, a Cancer person is sensitive and timid. He or she is very cautious in planning and take longer time to make decisions. Aries person gets impatient with Cancer Moon signs quite often and judge them as unadventurous.