Understanding Astrology: A Guide to the 12 Moon Signs

The Moon sign. What is it? What does it mean? One of the most important parts of your Birth Chart is the Moon sign, which plays a vital role in influencing our emotions and desires.

In today’s post, I’ll go back into the fascinating world of astrology and explore the 12 Moon signs. By understanding the unique traits and characteristics associated with each Moon sign, you will gain a deeper insight into yourself and those around you. Let’s go!

What’s the Difference Between a Sun Sign and a Moon Sign?

Most people associate their Sun sign with their Zodiac sign (which isn’t always accurate). Your Sun sign tells you the position the Sun was in the moment you were born. Your Sun sign traits represent your ‘outer self,’ or how you display yourself to the world around you.

Your Moon sign is slightly similar—it tells you the position of the Moon at the time you were born. The Moon influences our deepest personal needs and our emotional sides. By learning more about your Moon sign, you can learn more about your moods, your habits, and your subconscious.

Think of your Moon sign as your inner self.

How to Determine Your Moon Sign

If you want a really fast way to determine your Moon sign, use a Moon sign calculator from sites like Cafe Astrology or BirthChart.net.

The Moon has different phases and it takes 28 days to orbit around the Earth. To ‘calculate’ your Moon sign, you divide 28 by 12 (12 months = 12 Sun Signs), and you will get 2.3, which is the number of days the Moon will spend on each Moon sign. The position of the Moon in your Natal Chart on your birth date determines what your Moon sign will be.

The Moon was in Cancer when I came into the world, making me a Cancer Moon.

Moon Sign Characteristics & Traits

Once you’ve determined your Moon sign, you’re ready to start diving into the details. Learn more about how the Moon influences your personality and inner self.

Jump ahead:

Aries Moon

Positive traits:

  • Confident
  • Positive
  • Creative

Negative traits:

  • Gets angry easily
  • Can be selfish
  • Attention whore

If you are an Aries Moon, you are probably fiery and impulsive—you know what you want and you know how to get it. Aries Moons can be temperamental because the planet Mars rules Aries. They will feel the need to fight unnecessary battles, and they can get moody for no reason.

Aries, being a Cardinal sign, loves to set things in motion. They love making a plan and instructing other people what to do. That’s why Aries Moons are natural-born leaders.

Aries Moons will always say yes to an adventure. They love to explore unknown areas of their lives, and they enjoy adventures with those that are close to them.

Aries Moon and Sun signs are usually compatible with other Fire Moon signs (Leo and Sagittarius) or Air Moon signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). If your partner is an Aries Moon, they will expect you to have their back at all times.

Aries Moons also love to dive headfirst into new relationships.

Taurus Moon

Positive traits:

  • Loyal
  • Trustworthy
  • Consistent

Negative traits:

  • Stubborn
  • Materialistic
  • Don’t like change

Taurus Moons are usually very organized individuals. So if you ever need to complete something quickly, ask a Taurus Moon. They are also very patient people. A patient and organized Taurus Moon can go very far in life.

But Taurus Moons can also be pretty temperamental and stubborn. They are also very independent, and they don’t like asking for help from other people. You may notice a Lunar Taurus likes to detach themselves from others, which means they will probably always put themselves first.

Taurus Moons love to be someone else’s “rock,” and they value security in a relationship. Taurus usually has good compatibility with Earth Moon signs (Virgo and Capricorn) or Water Moon Signs (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio).

A Sagittarius Moon is not a good match with a Taurus Moon, because the Sagittarius will want to explore the world, while Taurus will want the security of home.

Gemini Moon

Positive traits:

  • Witty
  • Great conversationalists
  • Energetic

Negative traits:

  • Unorganized
  • Impatient
  • Easily bored

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the communication planet, so anyone with a placement in Gemini is known to be a talker. Sometimes Gemini Moons talk so much, they don’t know when to stop. They will feel the need to get everything out.

Gemini Moons are usually very energetic, and they have wild imaginations. They also love going into a room full of people and making themselves known to everyone before the night ends.

Gemini Moons tend to be compatible with Air Moon signs and Fire Moon signs, especially a Sagittarius Moon. Gemini Moons aren’t afraid of crazy ideas and they want a partner who is accepting of the Gemini’s exciting life.

Gemini Moons usually don’t do too well with Earth Moon signs because the Earth sign is more ‘homey,’ while the Gemini will always want to go out and adventure. They can’t stand being bored.

An image of a dark, cloudy sky with the Moon visible.

Cancer Moon

Positive traits:

  • Protective
  • Devoted
  • Caring

Negative traits:

  • Clingy
  • Over emotional
  • Moody

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, naturally making someone with this placement more emotional. People with the Moon in Cancer are usually emotional and very sensitive, and they hate dealing with conflict. If you have a friend who is a Cancer Moon, you might upset them and not even know it. They won’t tell you, but instead, they’ll drift away from you without telling you.

Cancer Moons are protective people who are loyal to those around them. They love kind people, and they want to make sure everyone around them is comfortable. A Cancer Moon will go out of their way to accommodate others.

Cancer Moons also likes to impulse shop to retrieve items to fill emotional voids. I am in fact a Cancer Moon, and I can relate to this SO MUCH.

Cancer Moons make a good match with other Air Moon signs and Earth Moon signs. A Cancer Moon with a Libra can help bring more balance to the Cancer’s life.

Cancer Moons aren’t too good with other Water signs like a Pisces Moon, because they might feel each other can be too passionate.

Leo Moon

Positive traits:

  • Self-confident
  • Creative
  • Great leaders

Negative traits:

  • Stubborn
  • Enjoys fighting
  • Doesn’t like changing plans last minute

If a Leo Moon is comfortable, they absolutely love being in the spotlight. Naturally, Leos are known as great leaders.

Leo Moons are also creative and powerful, and they love being ~extra~ when they can. They are usually attracted to danger because they love the thrill and they know they are strong.

Leo Moons can pair well with other Fire Moon signs and Air Moon signs. They’re highly compatible with Gemini because they are both great communicators.

Leo Moons are less likely to be compatible with a Cancer Moon because Leos like adventure while Cancers enjoy the comfort of home.

Virgo Moon

Positive traits:

  • Helpful
  • Protective
  • Good communicator

Negative traits:

  • Restless
  • Compulsive
  • Overreacts often

Virgo Moons always want to lend a helping hand—they are usually the first ones to volunteer for a task.

With the Moon in Virgo, this placement enjoys fine-tuning the details of their life. So, they will probably enjoy errands like paying bills or grocery shopping. Many people might see a Virgo Moon as an underachiever, but in reality, Virgos just love the simpler things in life.

When a Virgo Moon is unhappy, they can become fussy and moody. If their routine changes or they can’t perform their routine like they want, they will get upset. They are also usually very restless signs.

Virgo Moons make great partners with Water Moon signs and Earth Moon signs. Virgo Moons will expect their partner to help them achieve their goals, and if they can’t do that, the relationship might not work out. Virgo Moons and placements in Pisces usually make a good couple because Pisces can offer stability and confidence to Virgo.

Libra Moon

Positive traits:

  • Gentle
  • Sympathetic
  • Listens carefully

Negative traits:

  • Too nice
  • Can’t say no
  • Sabotages themselves

A Libra Moon might act like they enjoy being single and alone, but they actually really love being dependent on others. Libra Moons are gentle signs and they like to make everyone feel loved. They are normally very relaxed and they are great listeners. They’re also very creative.

Libra Moons love spending time with their loved ones. They love being sociable with others. Honestly, if they could, Libra Moons would spend their lives loving people.

A Lunar Libra is usually compatible with Air Moon signs and Fire Moon signs. They will search for someone who can help them make decisions (like Aquarius). Libra Moons just want to find their forever partner, and they don’t want to be disappointed.

Scorpio Moon

Positive traits:

  • Self-reliant
  • Strong
  • Committed

Negative traits:

  • Stubborn
  • Jealous
  • Rigid

Scorpio Moons are hardworking and determined people—they only want to follow their dreams, but they will do almost anything to achieve those dreams.

Having the Moon in Scorpio usually means the individual is in touch with death—meaning they aren’t afraid to die. Scorpios are strong.

Unfortunately, Scorpio Moons do like to hold grudges and they like to get even. They may even be manipulative.

The Scorpion can be a good match with other Air Moon signs or Water Moon signs. Scorpio Moons will want a stable partner, so they could pair well with a Cancer Moon.

Sagittarius Moon

Positive traits:

  • Optimistic
  • Kind
  • Independent

Negative traits:

  • Attention seeker
  • May seem careless
  • Can’t commit

Sagittarius Moons are fascinated by how people’s minds work, making them great in the psychology field. They are usually kind people that always see the glass half full. Where ever a Sagittarius Moon may go, positivity is bound to follow them.

Jupiter rules Sagittarius, so this means the sign is not afraid to take risks. They’re also known to have a lot of faith in themselves. They’re independent souls, so they need to be able to freely speak their minds. If they cannot express themselves, they might become moody.

Sag. Moons will probably be the first one to say “I love you,” in a relationship. They’re compatible with Fire Moon signs and Air Moon signs like Gemini. Sagittarius Moons and Gemini Moons make great partners because they would love to adventure the world together.

Be careful though, Sagittarius Moons usually have a tough time keeping their promises and commitments. That applies to relationships too.

Capricorn Moon

Positive traits:

  • Humble
  • Down to Earth
  • Hardworking

Negative traits:

  • Workaholic
  • Won’t take ‘no’ for an answer
  • Manipulative

Capricorns are calm souls to spend your time with. Being an Earth sign, they are naturally in tune with our home planet. They’re don’t care if they impress anyone else or not, which is one of the reasons why they don’t really care about materialistic things.

Capricorn Moons can be hardworking and practical. They are so hardworking that many people with this placement tend to work too much. They also value safety and a security net, so they will work hard to be prepared for anything.

Other Earth Moon signs and Air Signs are great matches for a Capricorn Moon. Since this Moon sign values safety so much, they want a partner they feel secure with. They’d probably get along well with a Pisces Moon.

Aquarius Moon

Positive traits:

  • Independent
  • Intelligent
  • Open-minded

Negative traits:

  • Forgetful
  • Quick temper
  • Self-centered

Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of innovation. Uranus influences an Aquarius Moon placement by making that person highly unpredictable, but independent.

Aquarius Moons are known to be humanitarians who are not afraid to fight for their rights. They are free spirits who will enjoy their alone time. They don’t only enjoy seclusion, they pretty much need it. If you know someone with the Moon in Aquarius, you may notice that they like to get away all the time. They like acting ~mysterious~ and escaping reality.

An Aquarius Moon might lose their temper often and quickly, so watch out. They’re also prone to judging others.

Lunar Aquarius pairs well with Earth Moon signs and Fire Moon signs. They will search for a partner that understands their need for alone time. Aquarius Moon might do well with a Sagittarius Moon because they both love adventures.

Pisces Moon

Positive traits:

  • Multi-skilled
  • Creative
  • Sees the good in people

Negative traits:

  • Extremely sensitive
  • Trusts too easily
  • Pessimistic

Pisces Moons like to help others in need, and they are highly emotional Moon signs. This actually makes them a great shoulder to lean on when you are feeling down. They always try to see the good in people.

Since Pisces Moons are usually emotional signs, they can become way too sensitive at times. They also tend to trust others too easily.

Pisces Moon matches well with Fire Moon signs and Earth Moon signs. The Pisces will look for a partner who is compassionate—someone who is there to tell them it’s okay.

Also, two Moon Pisces probably shouldn’t date, since they will both be very emotional and anxious.

Moon Signs: A Look At Your Inner Self

By becoming more familiar with your Moon sign, you will gain a greater understanding of your subconscious. Each Moon sign is associated with specific traits and tendencies, influencing how individuals express vulnerability, nurture relationships, and seek emotional fulfillment.

What’s your Moon Sign? Let me know in the comments.

One response to “Understanding Astrology: A Guide to the 12 Moon Signs”

  1. I have a Capricorn Moon signs so it was interesting to read about the possible positive and negative traits associated with that. I definitely recognize some things as quite typical of my inner self (others not so much), but it’s lovely to be able to potentially learn more about ourselves!

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