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Here is an article written by M.A. (who studies Astrology with Vic)

The Moon: Mind, Mother and Mental Well-Being

 In Astrology the root symbol for the Moon is the mind. The mind (Moon) is the way in which consciousness, as symbolised by the Sun, projects itself on to the material world, so that it can be perceived and experienced. Another important and well-accepted symbol of the Moon is that of the mother/nurturer in both the archetypal sense as well as an eclectic collection of nurturing influences.[1] These two symbols contribute to yet another significant symbol of the Moon: mental well-being.

The moon as our subjective mind  

As stated above, the mind manifests consciousness out into material existence. The fluctuating nature of the Moon (as seen by its phases) illustrates the conditional nature of the mind because it is based upon subjective interpretation of reality and is the forerunner of opinions, desires and emotions.

The subjective minds’ engagement with reality is entirely relative. It experiences the material world from its own distinct point of view and thus lends itself to forming opinions of its experiences, liking things that align well with its perspective (pleasant) and disliking things which do not (unpleasant). Opinions, of course, lead to development of desires; the mind seeks to avoid experiences that are deemed unpleasant and eagerly moves towards pleasant experiences. Emotions follow suit as the tangible expression of either having a desire fulfilled or dealing with unwanted experiences.

A high functioning Moon in a birth chart, with a lot of supportive influence would indicate subjectivity that is stable and rational, opinions that are meaningful, desires that are fruitful and emotions that are expressed in a dignified fashion. A Moon that finds itself in a difficult situation would lack the capacity to reflect objectively on experiences, forming ridiculous opinions and would often be swept up by destructive desires and the accompanying emotional turmoil, creating a lot of turbulence in the mind.

Moon as the “mother”

Just as the consciousness would not be able to experience material phenomena without the reflective capabilities of the mind, the body would not be able to come into being without a mother to help it grow and deliver it into the world. In fact, it is the fertility cycle of the potential mother that allows the procreative process to seek fruition and this cycle closely mimics the Lunar cycle in both its duration and phases.[2] Beyond the process of conception, it is the mother who grows our body, lending directly from her own body resources, both in utero and in many cases for the first months/years of life as an independent being through nursing the child. It is usually the mother/ nurturer that predominantly ensures the physical well-being and development of the child by providing food, shelter and security. Further to this, mothers/nurturers contribute to the development of the mind by facilitating emotional well-being. They act as both enablers and modellers of emotional behaviour by helping a child navigate through complex, often “larger than life” feelings and express them appropriately. They provide a safe and loving environment to experience a full range of emotions in a productive way.

Developing productive emotional responses have “real” and ongoing benefits (because they are the tangible manifestations of the mind) that carry through to many areas of life. It is important to note that it would be very difficult to thrive physically, let alone mentally if basic needs such as nutrition, shelter and security are not met.  This nurturing is crucial early on in life where the plasticity of the mind is at its peak, but it is just as important at all stages of life and highlights the need for lifestyle choices that promote both the advancement of the body and the mind. Ultimately, mothers/nurturers (and the entire spectrum of nurturing experiences through out life) provide the critical resources needed for optimal development of body and mind.

A troubled Moon in a birth chart could indicate a lack of both physical and emotional nurturing resulting in a pervasive sense of scarcity and longing. Conversely, a well-supported Moon would show an abundance of physical and emotional resources provided by the mother/nurturer that can contribute to an overall sense of contentment and well-being.

Moon and mental well-being; the mind-mother connection

Mental well-being can loosely be defined as the way in which we relate to our inner self (emotional nature) and in turn how we relate to everything else. A positive and meaningful relationship with our emotions gives rise to a great deal of contentment and connection with life, whilst a destructive relationship can signal dejection and loneliness. Mental health thrives on the stability (rationality of opinions, productive desires and emotional composure) of the subjective mind and the nurturing (both physical and mental provided by mother/nurturer) that it receives.

The Moon thus beautifully reflects not only mental health in and of itself but also the two most important factors that contribute to it. The mind, regardless of its innate condition is constantly bombarded and swept away by the vicissitudes of life, and requires nurturing all through out life to provide guidance and security so that it can replenish itself and continue to thrive even through difficult circumstances. By understanding the moon in this light, we can become dedicated to seeking out sources of nurturing than not only enables happiness but also ennobles the mind towards equanimity, allowing it to become as radiant and poised as a bright Moon through even the darkest of nights. 

References

 

  1. Dicara, V. (2017). Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology. Middletown, DE: Vic Dicara/Vraja Kishor.
  2. Astrology 101 –The Planets, Vic Dicara/Vraja Kishor

[1] The biological mother is typically the person who presides over and ensures both physical and emotional growth of their child. However, it is possible to extend this title and its significations out to any source that directly contributes to development both physically and mentally (emotionally).

[2] The female menstrual cycle approximates to a month, which is how long the Moon takes to complete its orbit of the Earth. The Moon has four phases (new, waxing, full and waning); similarly the menstruation cycle has four distinct phases (menstrual, follicular, ovulation an luteal).

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