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The Moon in Astrology: Meanings and Uses

The Moon in Astrology: Meanings and Uses

Episode 294 features a discussion with astrologer Israel Ajose about the meaning of the Moon in astrology, and some different techniques that incorporate the Moon in the western astrological tradition.

This is the first in a series of new episodes on the significations of each of the planets, and I decided to start with the Moon because it is the closest celestial body to Earth.

In order to ground the episode in the astrological tradition we read through several different passages from ancient and modern astrologers to see how they described the meaning of the Moon in astrology.

We then used this as a jumping off point for further discussions, and in order to look at some of the different techniques that use the Moon as their focal point in western astrology.

The passages that we read from different astrologers include Vettius Valens, William Lilly, Reinhold Ebertin, Robert Hand, Richard Tarnas, and Demetra George.

Israel Ajose is a practicing astrologer from the UK, and is the President of the Astrological Lodge of London, which is the oldest astrological society in the English-speaking world, having been founded in 1915 by Alan and Bessie Leo.

Israel previously appeared on episode 213 of The Astrology Podcast where I interviewed him about the Astrological Lodge in person while on a trip to Europe.

You can find out more about Israel on his website:


Follow Israel on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his YouTube channel.

This episode is available in audio and video versions below.


Here are some timestamps for topics covered at different points in the episode:

00:00:00 Intro
00:06:49 Moon sign vs Sun sign
00:10:11 Rising sign vs Sun sign
00:13:10 Earthiness of the Moon
00:17:10 7 spheres diagram
00:20:26 Causal influences of moon
00:24:24 Moon glyph and dignity scheme
00:26:20 Valens’ Moon significations
00:33:23 Moon in Thema Mundi
00:34:30 Joy of Moon in 3rd house
00:37:52 Moon and mother
00:40:09 Body parts and the moon
00:42:12 Israel’s natal chart
00:43:00 Night charts and the moon
00:49:26 Domicile rulerships
00:51:00 The Moon as receptor
00:56:23 Possessions and fortune
01:02:10 Valens 3rd house significations
01:08:26 Mother figures and the Moon
01:11:20 William Lilly moon significations
01:16:30 Condition of the Moon
01:20:15 Moon Phases
01:26:30 Application and separation of the Moon
01:29:30 Void of Course
01:43:20 Paulus Alexandrinus on separation and application
01:46:30 More on Void of Course
01:54:50 Moon phases in the birth chart
02:01:21 Eclipses
02:05:21 Reinhold Ebertin significations
02:07:24 Moon and the Soul
02:11:28 More Ebertin significations
02:20:45 Moon and Women
02:23:45 Robert Hand significations
02:27:21 Jung and Freud
02:30:40 Richard Tarnas significations
02:42:00 Demetra George significations
02:48:00 Secondary progressed moon
02:52:33 7 Ages of Man and lunar ascendant
02:55:42 Moon sign horoscopes
02:58:46 Israel’s 11th house moon
03:00:44 Astrological Lodge of London
03:02:00 Israel’s website
03:04:17 Closing remarks

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  • Wonderful information, thanks. Was reflecting on moon=mind, mercury=transmitter, vedic astrology gives the word Buddha to occidental mercury, so Siddharta Gautama was “only” a transmitter, that makes a lot of sense to me studying Buddhism. Thank you! Greetings from Mexico.
    Petra Meyer

  • This was such an excellent and enjoyable episode. It was so in depth, I know feel like I have a real understanding of the moon’s qualities and significations in the chart. I would love to see you continue this as a series through the planets. Thank you so much.

    • That’s a good question! I don’t have a particular one that I use, as I usually just know roughly what phase the Moon is in in my head. But now that you mention it, maybe it would be nice to get one.

      • get the Jewish calendar, it is totally lunar and always throws significant light on solar or other calendars.
        You’ll love it. PS it probably will be the closest we get to the Babylonians, before the Greeks and Romans and Christian Popes thought they knew what to do about the Moon.

  • What a beautiful and comprehensive presentation! I would love to see a series on all of the celestial bodies. Thank you for your devotion to the art of astrology.

  • Thank you so much for this podcast. It has given me a much better understanding of my own moon but also the role it plays in my life. I really look forward to your next podcast on the planets, just what I was looking for.

  • This was such an interesting topic about the moon! I didn’t realize how there would be so much to talk about. The first thing I look at is how long the podcast is, and when I saw 3 hours, I couldn’t imagine. In fact, I thought I would be bored, instead I was interested the entire time. I also have an 11th house moon and enjoy groups. I will certainly look forward to the part 2! This was very informative.

  • Thanks so much for yet another informative episode!
    Question: Does the Moon collect & anchor energy just from the planets or from the nodes and angles too? And would the type of aspect make a difference?
    For example: Moon separating from a conjunction with the Asc by 1° while also separating from a trine to Saturn by 20′ and applying to:
    -the nodes (trine & sextile) within 45′
    -to the MC within 50′ (square)
    -Mercury with a 4° orb (trine)
    1) Would the 1° separation from the Asc play a stronger role since it’s a conjunction or would the separation from Saturn play the stronger role since the trine is just minutes apart?
    2) Would the trine & sextile to the nodes play a role and, if so, would they do so equally despite forming different aspects?
    3) Would the almost 1° applying square to the MC play a role more significant than if it was a trine, opposition or sextile?
    4) Or, would you just consider the next applying aspect only to a planet (Mercury in this case) even though it has the widest orb?
    Thanks very much for considering!

  • Yes, I agree with the others, it is an excellent podcast, full of various perspectives on the Moon that opened it up beautifully as a symbol.
    Also glad to ‘meet’ Israel Ajose. Look forward to further explorations of the planets.