January 5, 201511 Comments

“Astrology for the astrologically challenged,” by Deborah Smith Parker

So how do you draw the symbol for the Moon? At a New Year’s brunch for astrologers I asked a good sampling of those present to demonstrate how they make their Moon glyphs.

Moons-crescentI knew I wouldn’t be surprised. I’ve done this at least once every couple of years for the past 30 plus years, and the results don’t really change. On average over 75 percent (I’m being conservative) draw their Moons facing left, meaning the open cupped curve faces left, like the center moon in the image to the left.

Of all the choices of Moon phases to select, why do most choose the left? In many traditions and disciplines the left side is considered the side of the mother, of the feminine. Also related is the accompanying receptivity of which the emotions are a large part, as is the subconscious. So most of us draw our Moons facing “home” without being conscious of it. Well . . . that’s the Moon.

The Moon represents our past—collector, holder and dispenser of memories long forgotten—or events never really “experienced” because they were too insignificant or intense or ahead of our developmental curve and, therefore, were stored for later processing. And how does this processing happen?

The Sun represents our conscious behaviors and actions, the only “planet” in our solar system that shines with its own light. All others, including the Moon, reflect his light which she does the most brilliantly. So one of her roles is to make conscious what has been unconscious. Nature, as usual, provides a model for how this works.

The Sun, king of the day sky, is never visible in the realm of the Moon, queen of the night sky–but she is regularly seen in his! Several days out of every month she is clearly visible in the day sky, symbolizing that our subconscious content can and does pop up in and even intrude upon our conscious lives in ways we may not be aware of which can spring out in surprising ways when triggered.

Astrology has a unique role in this since the tools an astrologer uses can help someone go back in time to identify key timelines for revelation of unconscious patterns gestating, and for when specific planetary configurations interacted to cause the Moon to reflect her light into consciousness in ways that bring awareness and understanding to situations in which there previously was little.

In our rather linear culture we are conditioned to picture our past as a long continuous line. But that isn’t how the Moon reveals the contents of her “lunar storage module.” She and all other planets move in circularSPIRAL STAIRCASE cycles. So it’s more like looking over the bannister of a stair case connecting the floors we’ve ascended, which makes the story more close in hand and visible than if it were stretched out in a straight line disappearing over the horizon.

One of the best ways in astrology to find these fascinating stories is through the progressed Moon –which I will explain in Part II—next post—and the enormous surprise my progressed Moon gave me. (To read Part II click here.)

I’d love to read any comments you post here.

Deborah Smith Parker is a professional astrologer and writer on many subjects. She is author of the newly released (2014) “The Horse that Haunts My Heart” and (2010) “Humanus Astrologicus,” both available in paperback and Kindle. To sign up to receive her blog or follow her on Twitter (@astro_logicus) and Facebook click to the right of this post.

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Deborah Smith Parker is re-writing the often impenetrable language of astrology into a much friendlier form. She has spent her 30 plus years as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and lecturer freeing the rich astrological images and their descriptions increasingly buried under modern clinical and technological descriptions. Her additional work in public policy has provided many outlets for demonstrating her ability to break down highly complex systems into information that’s easily understood.

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  1. Jill Estensen says:

    Beautiful analogy! The photo of the staircase really brought this linear vs cyclic living response home for me. Thank you for the perfect visual!

  2. Betty OHara says:

    Excellent !!!! Can’t wait for part 2.

  3. Jim says:

    I LOVE the idea of looking at time as a spiral staircase. Would be so interesting to see one of those history timelines we see everywhere presented in that manner – I’m sure many insights would be revealed. Great stuff, as always, Deb.

  4. Pepper Frey says:

    Such great insight! Sometimes we see things and never think beyond the image given to us! Thank you!

  5. Teri says:

    I love how nature gives such a clear portrayal of one of the moon’s roles being to make conscious what has been unconscious. Easy to get. Thanks for pointing that out.

  6. Greg Kramer says:

    The Moon facing left is also a waxing new Moon, growing in the light of the Sun, which shows her promise and intimate association with her fellow luminary more prominently than if she is waning or weakening in light. 🙂

  7. Ka says:

    This is so beautifully written. 🙂 What a lovely article about the moon.

  8. Hi, Deborah. I save your mail until I have plenty of time to absorb and reabsorb the contents. You are so gifted.

  9. Beautifully written Deb! Wonderful lunar insights. May I share with my students? Also, I consciously draw the moon symbol in that direction because it is the new moon — the waxing crescent, so lovely in the sky and a symbol of our constant renewal. But I see someone else has already pointed that out. Anyway I agree that most astrologers draw it that way. When I see someone drawing the waning crescent, it always strikes me as curious.

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