by Steven Forrest
I keep seeing damaging, stupid, evilly-intended misinformation all over the internet about how astrology is wrong, with the idea that "you were not born under the sign you think you were" because there is a "13th sign." Astrology is sacred and this kind of fake news can cut people off from the help astrology offers. That's why I feel so strongly about this.
The story is bogus. It gets circulated every year or so too, even though many Western astrologers have refuted it. It’s based on a total misunderstanding of the basis of astrology, and the authors never both to fact-check their "information" with professional astrologers.
So here's what they're missing. You hear "Aries" and of course think of the CONSTELLATION Aries in the sky. But when Western astrologers tell you that you were born under the sign Aries, that is not what they mean. Instead, Aries begins exactly where the Sun is on the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. The confusion today stems from the fact that a few thousand years ago, that point WAS in the constellation Aries. Not anymore! There is a slow 26,000 year shift in the position of the Equinox and enough time has gone by that the constellation Aries no longer aligns with the season Aries.
In a nutshell, Western astrology is based on the seasons, not the constellations. And because of that, the constellations can continue to shift, and there will never be a 13th sign - in Western astrology anyway! So don't worry, you're not an Ophiucus. But if you want to hear some interesting thoughts about why Ophiucus is "in the news," check out Demetra George's lecture "Ophiucus and the Galactic Center."
Venus in Aries. The evolutionary intent is to establish relationships that help the person learn courage and develop the will. There is a soul-desire to learn how to express strong emotions, positive or negative, in the context of love. This is in reaction to soul-memories of deadening prior-life dynamics in which intimacy was eclipsed by unresolved, unexpressed anger.
Venus in Taurus. The evolutionary intent is to develop lasting bonds that help one maintain calm, simplicity and an easy connection with one's instinctive side. There is a soul-desire to experience naturalness in the sexual arena, in reaction to stiff, formal, or undesired prior life sexual relations.
Venus in Gemini. The evolutionary intent is to form relationships that help develop one's open-mindedness and ability to perceive without judging. There is a kid-in-the-candy-store quality here, based on prior-life experiences of celibacy or sexual monotony.
Venus in Cancer. The evolutionary intent is to form relationships that help develop and heal one's inner world of feelings. These relationships must be as safe as possible, involving profound, lasting commitments by gentle, nurturing partners—in stark contrast to prior-life dynamics in which the soul was driven to take refuge within a psychic shell.
Which one of your kids do you love the most? Anyone who actually answers that question obviously has no future in politics. In a similar way, authors, down the road in their careers, are often asked which of their books is their favorite. The stakes are lower, but the dilemma is the same. Books are like your kids.
Any book, at least any book worth writing, comes straight out of the marrow of your bones. If it gets a “good report card” from the critics, you glow—and you are tempted to show that review around like endless baby pictures. One bad review, and you metamorphose into mama bear facing down the bully who stole your kid’s lunch box—even if the critics are right.
You love all your books, in other words, the warty ones no less than the handsome ones that go agreeably to bed at bedtime, make straight A’s, and become class presidents.
But if you threaten me? If you say, Steve, confess! Which book is your favorite or you will face waterboarding, dentistry, and a tax audit, I would probably go with The Night Speaks. It was my fourth-born, but we’ve always had a special relationship. It brings me a lot of joy to bring this updated version to life. I am particularly happy that younger astrologers will now have it in their arsenal. As I believe you will see, this is a different kind of astrology book, unlike any others you might have read. It is a book you might want to give to the people you love who think you are a little crazy because you believe in astrology.
Why might anyone have a favorite child, however secretly? I suspect the answer lies in some fundamental sympathy between their natures. Parent and child “understand each other,” often wordlessly. One child got your eyes, another your nose. But sometimes there is one who seemed to get your soul. It has always been that way between me and The Night Speaks. These pages came whole-cloth straight out of my own DNA. Without a doubt, it is my most personal book. I am sure it reveals more about me than I know, or perhaps would even admit. Astrology has been a major focus of my spiritual experience. I have devoted my life to it. This is the book about why.
The following are twelve principles of the natal moon
The Moon represents your inward, subjective reality, and is strongly connected to your reigning emotional and psychological needs.
In street language, the Moon is the heart or the soul.
If we could average a person’s mood over a lifetime, we would have a good fix on his or her Moon.
Just as in taking care of the Sun you ensure your sanity, in taking care of the Moon, you ensure your happiness.
Since half of what we think we see "in the world" is actually more reflective of our own attitudes and emotional biases, in understanding a person’s Moon we discover a solid clue about his or her elemental assumptions about the nature of reality.
When you are truly intimate with another person, you reveal your Moon. Thus, it is linked to your domestic behavior and style. It reflects the parts of you that must be seen, fed, and respected if you are going to experience a sense of easy, ongoing intimacy.
Unguardedly unveiling your lunar side is the primordial act of human trust.
The Moon correlates with the archetype of the Mother. It may indicate something about the nature of your experience of your own biological mother, but more reliably it describes how you can best "mother" yourself—which is to say, how you can most effectively be sensitive to your inner state and nurture your own "inner child."
A critical step in understanding the role of the Moon in the psyche is to reason from the observation that life is often difficult, exhausting, even battering. Since no one is made of steel, it follows that rest and recovery are absolute psychic necessities. We must re-energize and comfort ourselves. Taking care of those needs is the task of "Mother Moon" within you.
Mother Moon is the Healer, in charge of keeping you soft, open, loving, happy and healthy.
The Moon is inherently non-rational, and any strong response to it must entail a willingness to surrender to impulse and whimsy.
In mind/brain morphology, the Moon is the left side of the body and thus the right brain hemisphere.
by Steven Forrest
With the Moon in Aries, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart courage. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for adventure. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires challenge, newness, and some degree of tension. The ambient mood is one of urgency, edginess, and often of competitiveness. Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through teasing. The domestic environment tends towards explosiveness and hair-on-fire pressure, yet there is a fierce sense of protectiveness toward it. Gone sour, the Aries Moon degenerates into an attitude of rage and resentment.
With the Moon in Taurus, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart earthiness, peace, and acceptance of the animal nature. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for naturalness and ease. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires the presence of Mother Nature, creature comforts, and unchallenged serenity. The ambient mood is one of earthy physicality. Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through touch. The domestic environment tends towards predictability and steadiness, and there is a deep love toward it. Gone sour, the Taurus Moon degenerates into an attitude of stubborn rigidity.