Mind & Spirit | 19 July 2016How Moon Transits Affect Your Sign Share article facebook twitter google pinterest As April Elliott Kent explains in her book Astrological Transits: The Beginner’s Guide to Using Planetary Cycles to Plan and Predict Your Day, Week, Year (or Destiny), transits of the sun and moon are fast-moving and often repeated. They have less to do with major life events, however, they are still important. It is these transits that symbolize the development of emotional well-being and a healthy ego that allow you to handle life’s larger transits more gracefully. Read what Kent explains about the transitioning moon by astrological sign. The Transiting Moon by Sign What mood is the world in today? What are people looking for? What colors, clothes, and attitudes will appeal to the public on a subconscious level? The Transiting Moon’s sign is a terrific tool for any situation that requires tuning in to others, such as interviews or social engagements. And it’s a good way of figuring out which activities and endeavors will come most easily to you today. The Moon changes signs every two and a half days, so if you don’t like what’s on today’s menu, you won’t have to wait long for a new selection! Transiting Moon in Aries Aries is the Nike moon: “Just do it” is the motto for the day. While the Moon is in Aries, don’t make excuses. Don’t give in to self-doubt or fear. Be brave enough to live a life that’s right for you, not one that’s meant for someone else. What to get done today: This is one of the better Moon signs for breaking old habits, standing up for yourself, and doing the things you’re afraid to do. What people want today: action, speed, courage, sass, the color red, plain talk Transiting Moon in Taurus Immersed as we are in modern life, with its sedentary pace and wall-to-wall electronic gadgets, it’s easy to become estranged from our bodies. Today, while the Moon is in Taurus, the sign representing the joy of physicality, be in your body and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. What to get done today: Taurus is determined and habit oriented, so it’s essential that you use these few days to form positive and healthful routines. What people want today: enjoyment, good food, a happy use of the physical body, the pleasures of the senses, the colors pink and baby blue Transiting Moon in Gemini When the Moon is Gemini, your attention easily wanders—not because you don’t care about others, but because you’re listening to so many stories at once. From songbirds to the whisper of wind in the trees, in your email inbox and on social media, the whole world seems to be talking to you today. Like a restless bird or butterfly, you crave motion; your mind needs stimulation and variety. What to get done today: Gather information. Gossip shamelessly. Deviate from your usual routines and habits. Socialize. Catch up on email and phone calls. What people want today: variety, conversation, new ideas, information, bright colors, distractions Transiting Moon in Cancer Cancer the Crab doesn’t let go easily; just look at those claws. Inside each of us there’s a little Cancershaped box with a secret cache of beloved objects, people, and memories that we treasure and hold on to for dear life. They make us feel connected with someone we used to be, someplace we used to live, or loved ones who are gone. Part of a glowing, lacquered shell of familiarity and warmth, these treasures feel like home. What to get done today: The Moon is strongest in this sign, and the pull of personal rituals and routines is strong. Don’t push yourself to change these while the Moon is in Cancer. Instead, take care of yourself, eat what you like, and enjoy your home and family. What people want today: comfort, security, tenderness, nourishment, silvery colors, old songs and movies, relaxed times with people whom we consider members of our tribe Transiting Moon in Leo So many of us—even Leos!—are embarrassed by our need to express ourselves and to be acknowledged by others. We create but refuse to share our creations for fear of rejection. Or we share our artistry but pretend that we don’t care how others respond. How often do we simply stand before an audience, looking great, doing our best, sharing everything in our hearts, and trusting our audience to love us back? It takes a lot of guts and conviction to take the stage and offer up a part of one’s soul. While the Moon is in Leo, take your place in the spotlight and show us what you’ve got. What to get done today: These are good days to solidify habits and routines that you’re hoping will last. It’s also an inspiring time for creative work and one of the best times of each month for self-promotion. What people want today: an audience, dramatic fashion, fiery colors, spicy food, glamour, fun, parties Transiting Moon in Virgo To be of service—untangling the knots of the world, solving vexing problems, relieving pain and suffering—is a Virgo impulse. Throw the Moon into the mix, and even the psyche grows watchful. You don’t need to be asked for help; today you observe need in the smallest gesture, like the faint tightening around a loved one’s mouth. The physical world whispers to you, and intuitively, almost unconsciously, you respond. You add more oregano to the sauce without tasting it; somehow you know just how much it needs. You reach for precisely the right size screwdriver to fix the cupboard hinge. The computer that’s been acting up for days suddenly hums in your presence. You are ready and able to fix the world’s problems. What to get done today: Offer yourself in service. Aspire to craft, to art, to empathy; show the world how well you understand it, how carefully and thoroughly you can love it. What people want today: something to fix, a job to do, a problem to solve, useful things, practical fabrics, time outdoors. Transiting Moon in Libra? As its symbol—the scales—suggests, balance is key to understanding Libra. In any situation, Libra instinctively notes which side of the scales is too heavily weighted and then jumps to the other side to balance things out. The nastier the mood of the room, the sweeter Libra is apt to be. But when confronted with an atmosphere laden with cloying sentiment and excessive politeness, Libra won’t hesitate to level it out with acerbic observations and irreverence. While the Moon is in Libra, the sign of balance, harmony, and partnership, we instinctively temper volatile situations with diplomacy and instigate trouble if life grows tame. When we find the perfect partner to provide the harmony to our melody, the result is magical. What to get done today: Bring situations into balance. Play music, paint a picture, or feng shui your house. Beautify yourself and your surroundings. Collaborate. What people want today: companionship, beauty, someone who brings balance to the situation Transiting Moon in Scorpio When the Moon moves through Scorpio, dragons need slaying. Some are outside of you, but the scariest dragons live in your heart. Today, if you don’t feel equal to the task of wrestling your demons, it’s not the end of the world; you’ll have other chances. In the meantime, don’t let your fears, or the terrible discomfort of vulnerability, provoke you into attacking others for their own frailties. Before letting loose with Scorpio’s legendary sting, examine why you want to do it. Sometimes it’s easier to attack others instead of our own problems—or worse still, to let our emotions ice over or give in to cynicism. What to get done today: Be patient with others and gentle with yourself. Dig deep to get to the root of problems. What people want today: someone trustworthy; honesty; dark, dramatic colors; emotionally challenging films, television, and music Transiting Moon in Sagittarius Ask a Sagittarian anything: He or she will usually answer honestly. It’s tempting to think that’s because Sagittarius is more trusting than the rest of us are. But I don’t think that’s it, exactly; rather, Sagittarius simply sees honesty as a road to freedom. The only information that can be used against us, Sagittarius reasons, is what we try desperately to keep hidden—from other people, and from ourselves. The less Sagittarius hides, the freer, more energetic, and more creative he or she is. What to get done today: You may never be as comfortable as Sagittarius about sharing your secrets. But today, while the Moon is in this uninhibited sign, try, at the very least, not to take yourself too seriously. Laughing first gives others the chance to laugh with you, rather than at you. What people want today: a good laugh, optimism, a big idea, an adventure, the colors—and the spirit—of Mardi Gras Transiting Moon in Capricorn New Year’s resolutions are tough to keep. Sometimes that’s because we don’t really know what we want to accomplish. Other times, we find that we’re daunted by the sheer distance that lies between us and our goal. Capricorn, symbolized by the mountain goat, knows there’s only one way to close the gap between you and the summit: one hoofstep at a time. It’s not important that every step be graceful, or that you smile and think positive thoughts while you’re climbing—it’s only vital that you keep moving forward. If you’re determined to reach a goal, whether small and personal or of social significance, you can generally find success simply by showing up and doing the job—and, with dogged determination, by outlasting the competition. What to get done today: Choose one goal you can reasonably reach in the next twenty-eight days. If you’re willing to sweat, to be discouraged and exhausted, to sacrifice comfort, luxury, and afternoon naps—you can achieve that goal by the next Capricorn Moon. Practice this exercise every month, and you’ll develop strength and confidence in your ability to meet your resolutions. What people want today: respect, authority, competence, and maturity; old movies, cars, and songs; subdued colors and classic fashions; excellent quality Transiting Moon in Aquarius Aquarius is a sign of contradictions. It symbolizes society’s oddball, the rebellious square peg who stubbornly refuses to be shoved into a round hole. The world needs its rebels, outcasts, and weirdos. Without them, nothing much ever changes. Aquarius is also the sign of the local celebrity, the person who knows everyone in his neighborhood. In some cases, it’s the sign of the master politician or superstar, someone of singular stature who nonetheless exudes human-scale warmth. An Oprah Winfrey, Ronald Reagan, or Franklin D. Roosevelt succeeds because others relate to him or her. The mark of a leader is the ability to embrace the spirit of the collective. The mark of a great leader is the ability to elevate the discourse and move the collective out of its comfort zone—and into history. What to get done today: Ask yourself how you can best influence the world: by shaking up the status quo, or by persuading the world to be better, braver, and more compassionate than it thinks it can be? Gather with others who share your views, interests, and goals. Walk toward the future. What people want today: feelings of belonging; a friend; a place to fit in; exciting, unexpected experiences; socializing; a feeling that they are doing something that will matter long after they’re gone; cool, electric colors Transiting Moon in Pisces A nap. You could really use a nap. For the two and a half days each month when the Moon is in Pisces, you alternate between being delightfully sociable and finding your fellow humans unendurably exhausting to be around. Suddenly you find that you absorb every feeling around you—joy, anger, jealousy, inspiration. Holding all that emotion can make you feel heavy, like a rain cloud before a storm or a sponge that needs wringing out. This is the time of the month for rest, for release, and for emptying your mind and soul to prepare for new experiences to come. What to get done today: Like the sleek, vulnerable fish for which it’s named, Pisces is a gentle creature with only a few scales for protection. No matter how tough you normally are, today you may feel helpless. Wiley escape may seem to be your only defense—and this is excellent astral weather for time spent alone in rest, reflection, and meditation. What people want today: rest, retreat, and inspiration; shimmering ocean colors; music; positive words and thoughts Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Your birth chart is a snapshot of the sky taken at the moment and place of your birth, one that reflects your character, personality, strengths, and challenges. But the moment after that picture was taken, the planets moved on–some quickly, some very slowly. Astrologers call the moving planets “transits,” and by comparing their movements to your birth chart you can gain a complete view of how best to prepare for challenges, meet opportunities, and stay grounded in a constantly-changing world. In Astrological Transits, astrologer April Elliott Kent will guide you through the best ways to make the most of your birth chart. Learn how to make the most of good transits and harness and transform the energy of “bad” ones. You’ll also understand planetary cycles and anticipate your own transits. Finally, you’ll know how to read planetary return charts, work with planetary retrogrades, and use eclipses to recognize major patterns and turning points in your life. If you are comfortable reading a birth chart, you are ready to move your chart into the future using transits. Instructions, tables, and worksheets will make tracking your transit cycles simple and exciting! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.