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8.2) : The Moon : “The Moon is watery air airy( Kapha and Vata) in constitution, she is intuitive and has a round body; she has a luminous countenance, sweet speech, is changeable and moody” Parashari 3.24

As the Sun represents the cosmic masculine force(yang), the Moon indicates the cosmic feminine force (Yin). The Sun is the “Purush” ; the Moon is the “Prakriti”. The Sun is the spirit or energy and the Moon is the creative force, which becomes matter. The Sun is the seed and the Moon is the womb. The Sun is the “Shiva” and Moon is the “Shakti” Together they represent the great primal duality of Yang and Yin or masculine and feminine, active and passive, mind and body, day and night, independence and relationship, will and love, and Fire and Water.

The Sun represents the Self, which is our independent, directly perceiving consciousness. The Moon shows the mind, which is our dependent, reflective, usually conditioned consciousness. As the Sun represents who we are in ourselves, the Moon shows how we relate to others, our social consciousness.

The Sun represents the present and future; the Moon represents the past. The Sun shows who we are and who we are meant to be; the Moon shows who we have been and what of the past we bring with us. Thus the Moon can show positive resources from the past which gives us greater consciousness in life, or it can show negative influences from the past that bind us to regressive patterns of behavior.

Badly placed Moon or affliction to Moon in the chart, show personality disorders, difficulty in relating to others, and emotional disturbences. A badly placed Moon can give wrong imaginings, hallucinations, and psychological turbulences. It creates lunacy as our language reflects. A badly afflicted Moon shows bad heredity, poor family background, bad education, and other traumas to the emotional nature.

The moon shows our capacity to receive and to be affected, but it also indicates our capacity to get hurt.

A strong Moon on the other hand indicates sensitivity, receptivity, caring for others, and a nurturing attitude in life. It gives emotional maturity, responsibility, and the capacity to have a beneficial effect upon others. Moon is a sattvic or spiritual planet. It gives faith, love, openness, surrender, devotion, peace and happiness. It imparts the grace of the Divine Mother or ‘Shakti” It makes us pliable, sensitive, and contemplative. It causes us to do good for the sake of others and to be obedient to higher principles. Moon gives us strong connection to our tradition and religion. However the main weakness of the lunar type religious or spiritual mind is that it may cause people to be too orthodox. They may rely unquestioningly on an authority that does not represent the truth. They like organization, ritual, and tradition and represent the best of it; but when that tradition has become negative or regressive, they are often unable to question it or challenge it much less break away from it.

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