DEPTH ASTROLOGY: A Handbook
The Moon aspecting the Ascendant brings the emotional/subconscious function (symbolized by the Moon) in contact with the integrative function of the psyche and with the projection of your persona (both symbolized by the Ascendant). A Moon-Ascendant aspect generally signifies the capacity or the need to integrate your emotions and your subconscious mind with the rest of your psyche. It may also indicate the degree to which integration may occur at the subconscious level.
The Moon-Ascendant contact also suggests that Lunar qualities will be prominent to some degree in your persona. These may be positive or negative qualities, depending upon the degree of successful integration (suggested by the aspect) and your level of consciousness. It is debatable how strong or significant Moon-Ascendant contacts are, beyond the conjunction, and the strength of the typical dynamic may vary greatly and is likely to be affected by other patterns in the astrological chart.
Moon symbolizes the maternal feminine psychological
archetype, the Cosmic
Mother. The Cosmic Mother represents
that Source from whom all things are born and out of whom
all Becoming takes
place. From this archetype springs the
Moon’s association with mothering, family, security,
rootedness and the
past. Thus, a Moon-Ascendant aspect
symbolizes the ease or difficulty with which you integrate
mother-archetype with the rest of your psyche.
It is also associated with a projection of your maternal
or relations with your mother or older women through your
There is some tension suggested in the conjunction of the Moon and the Ascendant, although this tension is easily resolved if your emotions are healthy and you have no significant negative subconscious complexes to hide. The tension derives from the Moon’s affinity with introversion, protecting the ego-self and security (as represented by the family), while the Ascendant represents the outward projection and revelation of your psyche and personality. The key to whether you will be comfortable in projecting your personality, psyche and emotions lies in how well you have integrated the various facets of your psyche into a whole personality.
The Moon’s conjunction with the Ascendant indicates that you have probably integrated your psyche at the emotional level or using your emotions as a frame of reference. You may also tend to look at things through the prism of the past, your heritage or your family. The integration of your psyche can also take place at the subconscious level, as well. Rather than an unconscious integration (which is common for most people who do not explore their inner life at all), the Moon’s conjunction with the Ascendant suggests that you are capable of integrating the content of your subconscious so that your psyche becomes more whole and more conscious. By integrating your subconscious, you become more conscious.
If, however, you fail to do the inner work that is suggested by this aspect, it is likely that subconscious forces within your psyche will dominate the integration process. If you have negative issues or complexes lingering in your subconscious, these can become the core around which your psyche and personality becomes integrated. This will generally result in the formation of negative emotional complexes from which you will suffer. These complexes may also involve your relations with family members and/or your heritage and culture. Complexes deriving from your relations with your mother or from a dysfunctional integration of the mother-archetype within your psyche are also suggested by the Moon-Ascendant conjunction.
Whatever is formulated in the psyche will tend to be projected through your personality. With the Moon’s association with security and protection, you may have a tendency to hold back your psychic content and not release it through your personality. You may appear cautious, withdrawn and difficult to get to know. You may also appear to be overly sensitive and reactionary, particularly if you subconsciously feel that you have something to hide or if you see the world as a dangerous place.
If you have positively integrated your emotions and your subconscious with the rest of your psyche and personality, you are likely to project positive qualities that are associated with the Moon. You will display an emotional personality, but one that is emotionally healthy and vibrant. You are likely to be seen by others as someone who is caring and nurturing, even motherly. You are likely to be seen as sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Your personality may be warm and embracing, creating a sense of security around you. Others may also see you as someone who is domestic. Involvement with family, heritage and culture are likely to be an integral part of your persona.
The transcendent potential of the Moon conjunct the Ascendant is realized when you have become fully aware of your subconscious and have integrated your subconscious to form a psyche that is positive and whole. You have done much inner work, much of it at the emotional level. This has resulted in your clearing away any negative emotional complexes and opening up a clear channel to your subconscious mind. This work has also allowed you to get in touch with the primal feminine force within you and to own it. This has given you an intuitively-based power that you project through your personality. This is not a threatening power, however, but rather a power that is warm and nurturing and that is comforting to others. You, yourself, have found the ultimate comfort and security within yourself.
The perspective through which you view the world is one that has been formulated by your subconscious fears and misperceptions. You see the world as a place of danger, from which you must seek protection. Thus, warding off any harm to yourself has become a dominating characteristic of your persona. You are exceptionally sensitive, emotionally, and you react quickly to any inferred insult or threat. Others see you as someone whose feelings are easily hurt, someone who is overly emotional and/or someone who is exceptionally moody and touchy. You may also appear to be withdrawn and a little aloof. This is a part of your defense mechanism designed to protect your insecure ego by revealing or projecting as little about yourself as possible.
Alternatively, your defense of your insecure ego may be through overcompensation. If this is true, you will project an overly protective image. Especially if you are female, this is likely to come across as mothering. If you are male, you may be perceived as “old-womanish” and overly cautious. You may also project your emotions to the extent that you become emotionally intrusive. You hold others at bay by gushing at them emotionally and/or by smothering them with nurture. This also provides you with a “strong” persona behind which you can hide your real self.
Your personality may also display qualities associated with the Sun in Cancer or Sun conjunct the Moon.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
The Moon-Ascendant sextile suggests that you are able to positively integrate your emotions and your subconscious if you make a little effort at it. This also gives you the ability to project your emotions through your personality. Thus, you may be seen as someone who is an emotional person or a caring and nurturing person. Depending on the extent of your conscious (or subconscious) control of your persona, you may be able to project your emotionality or sensitivity when it suits you, but otherwise function in a manner that is not dominated by your emotions.
Your ability to integrate your emotions internally increases the likelihood that you are an emotionally healthy person. To the extent that you integrate the subconscious psychologically, your psyche can be even healthier. Of course, if it is the negative content of your subconscious that is “integrated,” the result may be entirely the opposite.
If either the Moon or the Ascendant has a difficult aspect from another planet, the sextile suggests that you have opportunities to relieve the stress that is associated with the difficult aspect. Your ability to integrate psychologically or your ability to project your state and/or your needs through your personality may come to your aid (when the difficult aspect is to the Moon). You may find comfort emotionally or through your family when you experience internal stress (due to problems with psychological integration), physical problems with your body or problems involving self-projection or other people’s reactions to you (when the difficult aspect is to the Ascendant).
The transcendent potential of the Moon sextile the Ascendant is realized when you have taken advantage of the opportunity that life and your nature have given you to become fully aware of your subconscious and integrate it positively within your psyche. You will have had to do much inner work, much of it at the emotional level. You will, thus, be able to clear away any negative emotional complexes that may have plagued you and open up a clear channel to your subconscious mind. This work has also allowed you to get in touch with the primal feminine force within you and to own it. Thus, you have access to intuitively-based power that you can project through your personality when it is useful to do so. This is not a threatening power, however, but rather a power that is warm and nurturing and that is comforting to others. You, yourself, have found the ultimate comfort and security within yourself.
Your ego is too insecure to allow you to delve into your subconscious or to any inner integrative work that might threaten your internal status quo. Instead, you tend to use your personality to assuage or to feed your insecurities by projecting your emotions. This is often an attempt to demonstrate your neediness and gain sympathy from others. You can also employ your mothering or nurturing nature to try to create situations in which others become dependent on you, thus validating your worth and bringing false security to your ego. You let slip by any real opportunity for emotional integration and better emotional health, however, in your concern to protect your ego from any threat or harm.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
The Moon’s square to the Ascendant generally has only a mildly negative effect, for when the Moon is square the Ascendant it is usually conjunct either the Mid-heaven or the Nadir. Usually, any problems that are associated with the Moon square are due to too much emphasis being placed on achievement and accomplishment (if the square is from the Mid-heaven) or on domestic and family issues (if the square is from the Nadir). Thus, there is an imbalance in the psyche and the overemphasized area is not properly integrated.
You may also have an undue emotional attachment to those functions symbolized by the Mid-heaven or Nadir. Your emotions may, thus, negatively impact on your personality. Your challenge may be to control your emotions so that they become a healthy part of your personality or to more properly integrate the Mid-heaven or Nadir functions with the rest of your psyche and personality.
Meeting the Challenge and Transcendent Potential
The transcendent potential of the Moon square the Ascendant is realized when you place your emotions and that area of life symbolized by the Mid-heaven or Nadir in their proper context. Achieving this level of detachment not only allows your emotions to become healthier, but it also allows you to engage in your inner work more effectively. If the Moon’s square is from the Mid-heaven, you can now properly set your goal in life to be the exploration and integration of your subconscious, making it conscious or super-conscious. If the Moon’s square is from the Nadir, then your focus becomes finding your ultimate rootedness and returning to the Source of all consciousness within the subconscious.
If your ego is insecure, then its fears will prevent you from engaging in any positive psychological integration, for then you may find out that your ego is an illusion. Instead, your attachment to career and accomplishment or to family and domesticity is strengthened as you grip that which provides you with emotional fulfillment and security. Your personality may suffer from emotional imbalance. In particular, any negative experiences that you may encounter in your career or the pursuit of your goals, if the Moon is conjunct the Mid-heaven, or with your family or home, if the Moon is conjunct the Nadir, are likely to be projected emotionally through your personality.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
The Moon trine the Ascendant suggests that you easily integrate your emotions as a part of your whole psyche and that it is also easy for you to positively integrate the content of your subconscious. Thus, your personality is likely to display an innate emotional harmony. Unless you are emotionally afflicted, you are likely to project warm and positive emotions through your personality. Generally, you are psychologically attuned to those things that tend to bring security—home and family, heritage and tradition. This tends to naturally create a sense of inner comfort within you and your comfort is often displayed in your caring and nurturing attitude, which you take on easily. You may also be more comfortable showing your emotions than many people are.
If either the Moon or the Ascendant has a difficult aspect from another planet, the trine suggests a way for you to relieve the stress that is associated with the difficult aspect. Integrating your emotions more thoroughly or projecting your state and/or your needs through your personality may help you deal with the stress associated with a difficult aspect is to the Moon. Emotional or family support or your intuition can usually help you deal with the stress associated with a difficult aspect (if it is to the Ascendant).
The transcendent potential of the Moon trine the Ascendant is realized when you have consciously integrated your emotions and subconscious with a view toward achieving inner harmony and peace. This is often done through a process of discovering the innate harmony that exists between the conscious psyche and the subconscious mind when both are brought to a higher level. You realize that your persona and psyche are simply projections of or emanations from the Ocean of Being that is the subconscious. As you consciously integrate your subconscious and make it conscious, you discover the Light and the Harmony that exists in this Ocean. By bringing everything into conscious harmony within yourself, you transcend and overcome the conditioning forces with which the subconscious Being envelops the unconscious self.
Your insecure ego is too fearful of discovering its illusive reality to allow you to consciously integrate your subconscious. If life is emotionally easy for you, which is likely, then you experience little pull in this direction and are happy to live your life through your persona, engaged in its emotions, attachments, routines and conditioned behaviors. If you should experience emotional distress, then it is easy for you to vent this through your personality, relieving much of your stress onto others.-- Gargatholil Back to Top
Moon conjunct Descendant
This aspect magnifies the qualities of Moon in the Seventh House. You tend to be emotionally attached to others and to be emotionally involved in your relationships. It may be difficult for you to integrate your emotions into your psyche and personality apart from their role in your relationships with others. You may even be unsure about your own emotions, receiving your emotional cues from those with whom you are interacting.
The Moon opposed the Ascendant symbolizes a duality involving self and other, consciousness and the subconscious. It is also likely that you have difficulty integrating your subconscious with your conscious psyche. You are more likely to see your subconscious impressions or complexes reflected in others, particularly those with whom you have close relationships. The cues that you receive from others and to which you react are also likely to provoke conditioned behaviors from you. The role that your subconscious plays can produce confusion and complexity in your relationships.
You are likely to be faced with the issue of developing a strong emotional life, independent of the emotions and influence of others. You can give only what you have and, the emotions that you bring to a relationship will only be real when you have owned your emotions within yourself. If you develop your emotional self and recognize your subconscious tendencies, you can engage in relationships in an emotionally healthy way and with more consciousness.
Whether from a position of strength or a position of dependency, you are likely to spend much emotional energy on relationships with others. You are likely to be emotionally attached to the prime relationships (marriage, business partnership) in your life. Relationships involving family can be especially important to you and you are likely to tinge many of your relationships with a flavor of domesticity or traditionalism.
The transcendent potential of the Moon opposed the Ascendant will be realized when you have risen above the duality of self and other and balanced the conscious and subconscious forces within you. Gazing contemplatively at the vast, subconscious “Other,” you have realized that your persona is only a small part of the Existence that is your heritage. Objectifying your subconscious has allowed you to bring it into consciousness and to integrate is psychologically. Ironically, however, the point of integration is not your self-oriented psyche, but the other-oriented subconscious world. Rather than incorporating the subconscious as a part of your psyche, you have seen your self as a part of the greater Unconscious/Super-consciousness. Thus, you are able to live in balance, your conscious life in the world of consensual reality taking its proper, secondary place within the greater world of True Reality.
You are too emotionally insecure to separate yourself emotionally from your dependency on others. You also project all of the subconscious content with which you are unwilling to deal onto your relationship partner(s), thus bringing a tremendous amount of emotional baggage with you. Your relationship(s) are an emotional mess, but you refuse to take any blame. If you confronted your own emotions and sought to integrate them into your psyche, you would have to take ownership of your emotions and your subconscious. Since you are afraid of what this might bring, you continue to cling to your emotional dependency.
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