Secret #4: Enjoy the nuances of daily Moon signs.
I have a fair collection of Moon books. I also get plenty of letters and emails from people describing their personal experience with Moon signs. What I’ve noticed is there’s lots of intriguing advice—but very little agreement. Advice in one book often differs from another. What works for one person won’t be true of the next who writes. Sometimes what is said is astonishingly accurate. Weak digestive tracts do flare on a Virgo Moon! The Moon is in Gemini and everyone’s so chatty! And yes, the air does feel damp this Pisces Moon! But at the next moon in Pisces, the day may be no different than the Aquarius Moon’s weather. Or on Virgo’s moon you’ll look in vain for people popping DiGels and Tums. Worse, the office will be quiet and sullen in Gemini; then it erupts in a party mood in Capricorn, of all things.
Such contradictions are inevitable whenever we look too far outside our personal experience of the signs. If we get too attached to the expert’s rules and predictions, we’ll miss the primary conduit through which Moon information actually comes—through our bodies and intuition. Science works on the premise that anything true must be true at all times in all contexts. But Moon work is not like that. The Moon mixes with each of our varied, changing lives and offers countless reflections. On any moonlit night, Earth holds millions upon millions of Moons, reflected in oceans and lakes, in windows and mirrors, in raid puddles and strips of chrome. So it is with daily Moon signs. They bring an intriguing variety of experiences. Enjoy them! Recognizing their presence is exciting—how in cycle after cycle, your life shifts with Moon signs in both traditional and surprising ways.
Recently, on two occasions while shopping at the local health food store, I noticed the scent of someone’s perfume hanging in the air… it was delicious. I happily followed its trail through the aisles. The first time the Moon was in Aquarius, the second time in Libra. Both were air sign Moons. Traditional astrology assigns air the qualities of “hot” and “moist.” This combination makes me think of a rain forest, teeming with activity, lush with sound and scents. I wondered if scents indeed lingered in the air more potently on air sign Moons. I’ve never read this in any Moon sign book, but I recalled how at home, the same scented candle would seem to fill room on some days, yet on other days its scent was hardly noticeable. I experimented. It was difficult measuring something so subjective as intensity of scent, but more often than not, I found that scents were indeed more noticeable on air Moon days. Scientists would scoff of course, but as a daughter of the Moon, I continue to enjoy my discovery anyway.
Learn the traditional expectations for Moon signs and then be prepared to play with them—or rather, watch the Moon play with you. The goal of Moon work is to steady yourself enough to discover your own reflection of the moon’s movement. This is the emphasis of my monthly Twelve Moons workshops, where along with learning the “rules,” I encourage my students to observe, play, sense and record the natural flow of their own experience. I’ve been delighted by the many letters I’ve received from students you’ve watched the Moon dancing in their lives and been happily and irrevocably changed by this experience.