16 April 2014 0 Comments

Eclipse of the Lunar Goddess

Reading some of the astrological commentary on the internet regarding last night’s eclipse of the lunar goddess one could forgive a lunar eclipse April 15 2014student new to astrology for assuming that the Moon is all important, that it acts independently without reference to the Sun.
Some consider the Moon Goddess to be the primary power in our local universe. However an astrological understanding of the Moon makes most sense when understood in terms of its relationship with the Sun.
The Moon’s light comes from the Sun. Its light is a reflection of the Sun‘s, it is nothing without the Sun upon which it is totally dependent. In previous eras the Sun was understood as representing truth, everlasting life giving energy, absolute power, authority, and the ultimate source of life and the physical representative of God, a word which in modern times is often substituted.
The Moon was seen as the Sun’s beloved, filling up with his light and love each month and then emptying out, repeating the process over and over again. She hungers for his light until she is filled with his radiance. She loves him with all her heart until she is delirious. Her cycles reflect the rise and fall of our own, the process of growth and decay.
To use ancient terminology: he is the God and she is the Goddess. In the zodiac they each rule one sign and the other five classical planets take their places either side of these luminaries in a specific order. The Moon as Goddess has her joy in the 3rd house and the Sun as God has his joy in the 9th house. Their relationship is intense and intimate.
Without the Sun the Moon is nothing, no light or nurture to offer. The Goddess without the God has nothing to offer.
While we may describe the Moon in terms of the zodiac sign and house in which it is placed and the aspects it makes to other planets, the primary relationship is with the Sun; everything else is secondary. It cannot be otherwise.
As beginning students discover early in their astrological education the lunar phase, which is a description of the Moon’s relationship with the Sun, provides a very important contribution to the psychological profile.
When the angular distance between the luminaries is projected from the Ascendant we have the Part of Fortune and the Part of Spirit.
The Moon represents the experience of the soul being in the body. This is referred to as the emotions, our body/mind experience.
The Moon’s relationship with the Sun in any horoscope is a primary consideration and in this sense the Moon does not have an independent life.

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