What is Moon in Astrology? What does the Moon represent in Astrology?
Moon in Astrology represents our mind and mother. The condition of the Moon in the birth chart will show how enlightened we are in experiencing the divine mother within us, how clearly we can feel that our ability to nurture and empathize with others is unbounded and unlimited, and how brightly our mind can shine in sensitivity and comprehension.
A native with a very well-placed Moon will feel the world is bright under any circumstance, will be able to experience the world as a place that is nourishing and supporting, and therefore be the same to the world. When Moon in the astrology chart is challenged, the mind will have shadows and dark corners, and fear that there is a shortage of support to carry us through; blocks our eyes from seeing the divine mother shine for us and through us.
Moon in Astrology represents the mind. It signifies the thoughts and emotions, and the complex psychological faculty that takes input from the senses and tells the body how to respond. The Moon is the single most important planet in Astrology (Jyotish) because the state of mind is responsible for all the emotional responses to life, and therefore defines the subjective perception of life. Conditions affecting the Moon (Chandra) in the chart influence the thinking and feeling processes, mental skills and attitudes, and also responses to the world at large.
Moon in Astrology represents mother, or motherly figures, emotional response to your environment, and imagination since the Moon is mind. The Moon shows the way the native thinks and reacts to situations.
External Object Represented
Internal Object Represented
Leaders & Authorities
Talent for Leadership
Leadership, Aristocratic, Authoritative, Fatherly
High Ranking People having a Nurturing Role Mother
Ability to rule in a caring & supporting way, Nurturing Skills
Caring of groups, Motherly
CEO, Commander, Chief of Operations
Ability to Command others, Executive Skills
Commanding Ability to get others to do work
Diplomats, Secretary to Highly Placed People, Carefree People of Hight Status
Diplomatic Skills and Access to Highly Placed People in general
Mediating, Playfulness, Curiosity
Judges, Advisors, Scholars, Professors, Experts
Ability to Judge and Advise others, Ability to master a knowledge
Wise, Scholarly, Advising, Consulting
Counsellors, Advisors, Representatives
The ability to create harmony among people, the ability to relate to others pleasantly
Harmonizing, Understanding, Representative
Employees, Helpers, Servent, Assistants
The ability to serve others, our draw to most basic values in life
Serving, Involved to Basic Value Work, Hardwork
People that rebel and break boundaries, people that are not part of the community
The wild side in us, Intense desires
Hard to Contain, Unpredictable
What Does Moon in Astrology Signify?
Moon (Chandra) represents highly placed natives having a nurturing role, such as queens and first ladies.
Whereas Surya gets its importance from being at the heart of the solar system, Chandra gets it from being closest to the Earth, and from our subjective perspective on Earth, being at the heart of the solar system. Surya gets it's power from mere gravitational pull, but Chandra gets it from being close.
Therefore, Chandra represents powerful people that play a more subjective role, nurture or are simply close to us like a mother.
The light of the Moon is the reflection of the Sun, most visible in the absence of the Sun. Therefore, Chandra represents natives that pass on the inspiration and spirit of the leaders, but in a supportive and gentle way.
The Moon controls the state or local government like State Government, Municipal Corporation, City Counsel, etc, whereas the Sun controls the Central or Federal government.
Moon stays in a single zodiac sign for about 2.5 days, compared to 30 days for the Sun. This narrows down the native's search for a true personality.
What does Moon Signifies Physically in Astrology?
The systems of the body that nurture and feed the body are represented by Chandra.
The blood distributes nutrition and oxygen to all parts of the body.
In a females, the womb nurtures the child.
The brain is represented by Surya because of it's controlling function, but the hormones that are produced by the brain are represented by Chandra.
Of the two eyes, the left eye is represented by Chandra.
What does Moon Signifies Internally in Astrology?
Moon (Chandra) signifies our mindset and emotions, our response to sensory experiences, our imagination, our ability to care and support others, nurturing skills, empathy.
In order to understand the compatibility of a man & woman for marriage, the basic details come to two main planets; Moon in a chart of a man, and Venus in a chart of a woman.
A man’s Moon must be closest to woman’s Moon in her chart. The quicker a man’s Moon can reach a woman’s Moon, the better a relationship will be, because a man needs to always check for the woman’s feeling, because women automatically know how to reach out to her man.
Example 1:- If the native's Moon is in the first house, (and this is for males only) in the sign of Gemini, or any house in the sign of Gemini, and in his partner’s chart, her Moon is in Virgo, that means, his Gemini Moon only needs to skip 4 signs to reach his partner’s Moon. In other words, it will not take him long to ask your partner, ‘How are you feeling’? “Are you okay, because you look sad?’ ‘Let me help you with that.’ In this match, the native will know his partner’s feelings right away, and he will do whatever it takes to be there for them.
Example 2:- If a male native has a Moon in Gemini in his chart, but his girlfriend’s chart has a Moon in Capricorn, which means, from Gemini to Capricorn, it’s an 8 signs difference, because Capricorn comes after skipping 8 signs from Gemini. Once this happens, that means the native will not really understand his girlfriend as much, or he will not really care to pick up her phone calls as much. This will take both of them apart. This situation of the Moon makes a bigger impact after the marriage ritual, when both of their charts and planets are now legally locked in and start affecting each other.
Planetary States of Moon in Astrology:-
Moon in Young Stage:- Planets are considered young between 1-5 degrees. In this stage, they act like a teenager, with lots of energy, versatility, and eagerness to learn. This is considered quite a good stage for planets. Moon needs maturity and development to have a stable mind and intelligence.
Moon in Adult Stage:- The adult planetary stage happens between 6-25 degrees in any sign. This is when planets are the strongest and give solid yet grounded results based on their placement. Moon in adult stage gives good results for Moon because it is able to make mature decisions and give good results. This is the best stage for Moon where it gives the best or worst results as per the placement of Moon in the birth chart.
Moon in Old Stage:- Planets in old age are between 26-30 degrees in birth chart. They are very experienced yet slow, and they take their time in doing things. An old man has the most wisdom, and when he works or takes on a task, he completes it; regardless of the time it takes. Since Moon is the Queen and moon in mature degrees, it gives stable results.
According to Phala Deepika & Parashara, Moon is the Significator of:-
It is the Moon that determines the character of one's heart, understanding, royal favour, mother and prosperity.
One who worships Sasta deity, a female, a washerman, a cultivator, an aquatic animal, a hare, an antelope, crane and the greek partridge - are denoted by the Moon.
It is from the Moon that one ought to determine the welfare of the mother, mental tranquility, sea-bath, white chowrie, umbrella, good fan, fruits, tenderness, flowers, corn, agriculture, fame, acquisition of pearls, bell-metal, silver, sweet substances, milk, etc., cloth, water, cows, women, good meals, bodily health and beauty.
Karakatwas of the Moon in Astrology:
Karaka is the reason for happening events in life whereas Karakatwas is the domain of the planet for delivering things. For example- Venus is Karaka of Marriage whereas Karakatwas of Venus is Marriage.
As per Uttara Kalamrita Vedic Textbook, Moon is the Karakatwas for mind, mental disposition, virtue or vice, impartial outlook, intelligence, agility of mind, heart, happiness, joking, pleasure, lover, flower, good perfume, going to a fortress, disease, blood purity and vitality, idleness, sleep, phlegmatic humor, consumption, epilepsy, enlargement of the spleen, ailment of the shoulders, belly, eating, nourishment, wheat, good fruits, thick sugarcane, honey, love of curd, salt, saline, sourness, silver, typhoid, anything like water, well, tank, pond, mid-day, winter season, whiteness, white color, pearls, diamond, nine gems, bell-metal, waistband, short stature, mother, woman, one who does penance, splendor, face, beauty, strength at night, facing westward, love for west, getting a job, fame, the middle world, middle age, life, travel, going to far off countries, umbrella or any other royal insignia, fish and other water creatures, serpent, fine blossoming, brilliant things, clean crystal, soft and velvety clothes, and silk garments.
Effect of Moon in Conjunction with Other Planets
One thing to understand about the Moon is that it is the one planet in astrology that gets influenced the most when in conjunction.
The Moon is a dark, cold, and lifeless place, but it is revived due to the light from the Sun. This is why each planet brings his or her own reflection upon the Moon through which it shows its color, lust, and quality.
One thing to remember about the moon is the day of the phase the native was born on. There are two phases in the astrology that are considered malefic and benefic for the Moon. Waxing Moon is benefic, while wwaning Moon is malefic; and depending upon which phase the native was born into, it will either work for him or against him in certain cases.
Names of Moon in Vedic Astrology
According to Brihat Jataka: The Moon is named Sitarasmi.
According to Jataka Parijata: Soma, Seethadyuti, Udupathi, Glou, Mriganka, Indu and Chandra signify the Moon.
According to Horasara: Sasi, Sasanka, Vidhu, Soma, Nisakara, Seethamsu, Udunatha, and Indu are synonyms of Chandra.
According to Suka Jataka: Chandra, Seetagu, Chandrama, Soma, Rajanipathi, Seetarasmi, Ratrisa, Sasi, and Kumudinipathi.
Health and Physiology Significance of Moon in Astrology
Moon governs blood, water retention in the body, sickness of the mind like bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, breasts and heart.
The following effects on health & physiology will be positive or negative according to the placement of moon in the birth chart.
As per Parashara Vedic Textbook: The Moon signifies blood.
As per Phala Deepika Vedic Textbook: Excessive sleep, laxiness, phlegmatic affliction, (Kapharoga), diarrhoea, carbuncle, typhoid, fever danger from horned and water animals, indigestion (Agnimandya), tastelessness, trouble from women, jaundice, mental aberration, impurity of blood, danger from water; fear from Balagrahas, Goddess Durga, Kinnaras, God Yama, serpent and from female Yaksha may be expected through the Moon. The Moon brings on death through cholera, watery diseases (such as idodara-ascitis) or pulmonary diseases in general. The Moon governs taste (along with Venus). The Moon signifies the left eye.
Description of Planet Moon in Astrology
As per Parashara: Chandra is very windy and phlegmatic. She is learned and has a round body. She has auspicious looks and sweet speech, is fickle-minded and very lustful
As per Horasara: Chandra is tall, tender-natured, brilliant in mental disposition, kind, skilled in policy or politics, and has mixed humour of wind and bile. She wears white robes and ornaments. Her body resembles a well-drawn circle. (Imagine the full Chandra which is a perfect circle.)
As per Brihat Jataka: The Moon has a body that is round and slender, her temperament is much windy and phlegmatic, intelligence, great, soft voice and gentle eyes . She has an auspicious appearance. Her eyes are beautiful. She has a mellifluous voice. She is fair in complexion, has an emaciated body, is youthful, tall, curly and short hair, is learned, soft, of satwik disposition, beautiful, phlegmatic, amicable to friends, has pure (excellent) blood, is kind, fond of old ladies, fickle minded, very fortunate, and wears clean apparels.
As per Phala Deepika: The Moon has a huge body, and is young as well as old, he is lean and white; has fine lovely eyes, black and thin hair. He governs blood. He is soft in speech, wears a white a garment and is beautiful in complexion. He has wind and phlegm in his composition and is mild in temperament.
As per Sarvartha Chintamani: Moon is the white body, of average size, well at speech, with round body, has the power of right thinking, is somewhat weak in body, has pleasing speech, is satvik in temperament, possesses all the three humors i.e. bile, phlegm and wind.
Professions of Moon in Astrology
As per Phala Deepika: If the Navamsa occupied by the lord of the 10th house be that of the Moon, the income of the native will be through trade in water products (pearls, corals, etc.), through agriculture and cattle-farming, pigrimage to holy shrines, service under a damsel or trading in clothes.
As per Sarvartha Chintamani: If the lord of the Navamsha sign occupied by the lord of the 10th house is Moon, the native earns from products of water, agriculture, from earth products, law suits, through pleasure affording matters (cinema etc), through the patronage of the royal females, or from the sale of cloth.
Muhurat Significance of Moon in Astrology
On a day presided over by the Moon, or when she is the ascendant, or when the sign Cancer is rising, or when she is posited in one of the Kendras (angles), work relating to the following things will be successful: ornaments, conch-shells, pearls, lotus, silver, water, sacrifice, sugarcane, eatables, women, milk, milky trees, grass, marshy place, corn, liquids, path (or travel), singing, horned animals, agriculture etc., commander of an army, a king who attacks another from behind, kings, popularity, nocturnal beings (or evil spirits), medicines for phlegmatic troubles, maternal uncle, flowers and clothes.
Dasha Significance of Moon in Astrology
From the results predicted for dashas (planetary periods), additional favourable and unfavourable significations and associations can be learnt.
As per Brihat Jataka: During the Moon's auspicious Dasha or Antardasha, the native will be blessed with the Mantras from the twice-born (the Brahmanas) and will derive profits by dealing in molasses, curds, butter, clothing, flowers, amusements, sesame seed, food and his personal strength. He will respect the virtuous Brahmanas and Devas and he will acquire an increase of wisdom, wealth and renown.
As per Brihat Jataka: During the Moon's inauspicious Dasha or Antardasha, the native will indulge in laziness and sleep, he will be of a forbearing nature, he will get daughters and lose his quick intelligence, wealth and renown, and will be involved in enmity with the strong and with his own relations.
Abode (Residence) of the Moon in Astrology:
As per Parashara: The Moon's abode is a watery place.
As per Brihat Jataka: The Moon presides over wells and water.
As per Phala Deepika: The Moon's abodes is place where doddess Parvati is kept, the spot occupied by a female, a place where there is water, a herb or plant a spot where honey or liquor is kept and the north-west quarter.
As per Gnana Pradeepika: The Moon and Venus govern watery places.
Characteristics of Moon in Astrology:-
Very windy, phlegmatic, learned, a round body, auspicious looks, sweet speech, fickle-minded, very lustful
Person of 70 years
Malefic when waning (i.e. Krishna Paksha - Purnima to Amavasya)
Aspect of Life
Mind, body, taste
Vision (Sun & Moon only)
Characteristic mark on body
On the left side, head
Apparel / Clothing
White cloth, relatively new cloth, white silken
White, crystal, tawny
Commercial Community (Baniya or Businessman Community), Vaishyas
Satva or the goodness and purity, Sattvic
Mother of the child born in the night, maternal aunt
North & North west
Average Daily Motion
13 to 15 Degrees
Rashi of Exaltation
Taurus 3 degrees
Rashi of Debilitation
Scorpio 3 degrees
Rainy season, Varsha
Moments or two ghatikas or forty-eight minutes, a Muthura (2) ghatikas, muhurta
Grain / Pulse
Salty, saltish, brackish, mixed saline
Gems, bell metal, bronze
Dhatu / Mula
Dhatu (minerals), minerals (in own signs), vegetables (in other signs)
Ear ornaments, engraved gold chains or pearls-set chain
Pure spotless pearl, Pearls
Plants, Trees and Food
Creeping plants, trees that are supple and blossoming, herbs milky trees and rubber yielding plants