Monday, January 18, 2016

Munchies for Astro-Thought: Are You Sunny or Looney?

Munchies © 2016 by Joyce Mason

Here’s a little background on the Munchie posts.

Tropical astrology, as most of us practice it in the West, is solar based. You “are” your Sun sign. It’s the part of our chart we use as a quick identifier. (I’m a Virgo, many of my friends are Aries, my Dad was a Leo, etc.) Sidereal astrology, practiced primarily in India and the East but growing in popularity in the West, is lunar based. Your Moon sign is considered the central light and operating point in your chart in a zodiac system that shifts everything approximately 24 degrees. In this Vedic astrology, my Moon shifts to Sagittarius—quite a different energy from my Tropical Capricorn Moon.

This is a reminder that while the Earth revolves around the Sun, the Sun in our charts may or may not be our primary Light. Good to know there are astrology systems built on a different premise. So are some individuals.

How do you know if you’re sunny/solar or lunar (looney for fun)? Why does it matter?

Determine your primary Light as a shortcut to knowing yourself and others.

Knowing Your Light. Knowing whether Sun or Moon is “bigger” in your chart doesn’t negate the importance of the lesser emphasized Light, but it certainly is a heads-up on which one is usually more influential and directive. For instance, if you go around basing your preliminary astrological take on a potential new love interest based on your Sun sign compatibility (more so if you have other planets in your Sun’s sign), you may be in for a rude awakening if his or her planets clash with your focal Moon. Knowing this helps not only with synastry but with “knowing thyself.”

For instance, while the name of this blog celebrates my Virgo Sun sign, I am a complete lunatic (Moon focal)! My Cap Moon squares nearly half of my chart. While I have as many Sun aspects, they are mostly “milder” (conjunction, trines). You might say I’m a lot more comfortable owning my Virgo Sun than I am at ease with having a Cap Moon. It took me many years to relate to my Moon in Capricorn, yet I finally came to the conclusion that if I didn’t; I would feel even worse from the fears and tension those squares sometimes reflect. My solution was to learn to find the positive in my Moon, warts (squares) and all. Since one of the squares is to Neptune, extreme sensitivity has been my blessing/curse. One of my favorite observations is that were it not for my Moon’s reserved Capricorn sign, I’d probably be out on street corners emoting and making a public nuisance of myself. Knowing about my lunar orientation also helps me realize that while I have more logic than stars in the sky as a Virgo Sun, I need to feel my way through life as my first line of navigation. Hypothesis is my GPS. I get a hunch, a visceral feel of what is true or what direction I should head—and then I analyze the situation to see if the logic matches. If it doesn’t and the hunch is strong, I’ll probably still go with it.

Subtleties.  The Sun and Moon are headlights that help us navigate life. Even if one shines brighter than the other to light the way, we need them both to be safe on the road. Nor should we toss friends, relatives or lovers who challenge our primary Light. Growth comes from those differences, but knowing whether you’re Sun-handed or Moon-handed can help you know where to find a breather and when to realize there are probably potholes in the road (primary Light incompatibility).

Look at your primary Light from more than just sign and aspect compatibility. For instance, my Cap Moon is not compatible with my husband’s Leo Moon by sign, but he has Saturn closely conjunct his Moon. This gives his Moon a strong Saturn influence, and my Moon in Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. I don’t think we could be any more comfortable together in our home life, habits and routine.

And sometimes it’s the difference of viewpoint between your primary Light and others’ that forms irresistible attractions, especially among friends. Out of my six closest friends, five have Moons that connect with mine by either square, opposition or sextile. We also have a commonality in Cardinality, making us go-getters and problem solvers. We truly enjoy figuring out life’s puzzles together.

Context.  Of course, we’re only talking about part of your chart and anyone else’s, but it’s a part that stands out and it’s a good starting point for understanding yourself and others. I’d invite you to determine and study deeper your primary Light.

What do you learn about how you operate, relate to others and how you “light up,” whether we’re talking humor or enthusiasm? Look at images and objects you favor and whether they have a solar tinge (bright yellow or gold) or lunar (silver and shiny). Where are you more comfortable? In full sunlight or at night by the light of the silvery Moon?

Enjoy the sunlight or moonlight, and please share any new and interesting discoveries in the Comments.


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