Sun Square Moon

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, War of Two Roses, 1955, oil on panel

Sun Square Moon

The Sun Square Moon in the Natal or Birth Chart

Natives with the Sun-Moon square (90° angle) configuration in the natal chart are born under a half-Moon, with Luna either waxing or waning.

Although a dynamic aspect, the Sun-Moon square does suggest tension and conflict between the ego and the emotions. Unresolved issues surge between what one wishes to project (the outer expression of the self) and what one requires on a fundamentary level (the inner self, including one’s intimate sense of security). Often, this behavioral pattern parallels environmental conditions present in the native’s early life. First impressions of one’s immediate environment were witnessed as a series of disparate perspectives, usually between parental figures.

Sun-Moon square natives can become enveloped in overly argumentative and defensive relationships, echoing life’s early environment, where relating, compromising, and understanding was challenging amongst adults. While the tendency is to blame past experiences for present conditions and setbacks, this mindset must be relinquished in order to progress beyond the Sun-Moon square. Although challenging, the objective is to release the past and commit to the improvement of the present and future.

Usually, the individual is split into two personalities, where the conscious, willful aspect of the self is one which becomes readily identifiable to the native. However, the more subconscious personality, indicative of the Moon, is more often than not, more easily perceived by the outer world. In other words, self-identification tends to be processed through the lens of the ego (or Sun). The Sun-Moon square, as a result, is expressed by frustration, irritability, and emotional excess, until the full spectrum of the personality is adequately integrated in a manner that is conscious to the native.

Working with Sun-Moon square natives, one notable pattern is that, often, separation or divorce between parents occurs during the native’s childhood or adolescence. Parental figures possess entirely disparate world-views and approaches to life, a fractal that is subconsciously interpreted by the child and, if not mindful, is cyclically re-enacted throughout adulthood.

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, Configuration No.16, 1955

The Square Configuration or Aspect in the Natal Chart

The square is a 90° angle with a 6° orb range. Planets in a square aspect share modalities (cardinal, mutable, fixed).

The square aspect is considered dynamically challenging, since its difficulties propel significant work on the issues indicated by the planets involved. Planets in the square aspect are at cross-purposes: their tension can produce frustration, although diligent labor and perseverance can foster triumph. The level of resolution over the square aspect is the result of successful integration of two disparate principles (here, the Sun, our will, and the Moon, our emotional cores). Because this aspect is considered to be traditionally challenging, we look to the signs and places/ houses involved in order to understand where adjustments, integration, and patient application must be employed. Again, with the square aspect, growth is always the result of incessant laboriousness, but this should not suggest that its limitations are without resolve. For the purposes of this article, it is also helpful to understand sect, in order to understand a chart’s diurnal or nocturnal components, and further understand the significance of the planets involved.

* Note: Single aspects should neither be isolated nor fixated upon in interpretation, as the overall chart can demonstrate mitigating or contradictory factors. Instead, a thorough chart analysis will bring the necessary clarity and cohesion of celestial influences.

Meaning of the Sun in Astrology

The Sun represents the visible intelligence and perception of the soul. The solar orb is, in essence, the all-bountiful fire that supports the existence of life. Therefore, the Sun indicates the central, physical vitality and conservation of each human organism. The Sun oversees the ego and moral principles, as indicated by self-esteem and conscientiousness.

The Sun Correspondences in Astrology

The Sun, (Helios in Greek, called amongst poets and historians as Sol, Titan, Ilios, Phoebus, Apollo, Pean, Osiris, Diespiter) is hot and dry, of choleric temperament (considered more temperate than Mars), masculine, and the luminary of the diurnal sect. Placed in the center of all planets, he passes through all twelve zodiacal signs once per year. His mean notion is 59 minutes and 8 seconds, yet his diurnal motion is sometimes 57 minutes and 16 seconds (sometimes more, but never exceeding 61 minutes and 6 seconds). The Sun always moves in the ecliptic and is void of latitude. [1] In Hellenistic astrology, the Sun finds his joy in the ninth place.

The Sun has his domicile in Leo, is exalted at 19° Aries, in adversity/ detriment in Aquarius, and receives his depression/ fall at 19° Libra. By day, the Sun governs the fiery triplicity (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, respectively). The Sun is always direct, and although his pace in movement can oscillate, he is never retrograde. His day is Sunday, overseeing the first and eighth hours. He befriends all planetary bodies, aside from his energetic resistance, Saturn.

Sun Square Moon

Max Ernst, After Me My Only Sleep, 1958

Correspondences of the Moon in Traditional Astrology 

The Moon’s nature is cold and wet. She is feminine, principally phlegmatic, and of nocturnal sect. Luna is the traditional, domicile lord/ ruler of Cancer, exalted in Taurus (degree of exaltation: 3° Taurus), in adversity/ ‘detriment’ in Capricorn, and in depression/ ‘fall’ in Scorpio. In traditional astrology, the Moon finds her Joy in the 3rd place. Along with the Sun, she is considered a luminary, and will have more or less significance in one’s chart relative to sect. Her taste is salty and governs silver and glass substances.

The Moon’s General Meaning and Natal Significance

Luna, or the Moon, is a receptive, mirroring luminary that usually absorbs the qualities or characteristics of other planets. The Moon is associated with the body, the mother or maternal guardian in the native’s early life, sensitivity, and intuition. She is oscillating and unstable, referred to as ‘wandering’ in traditional astrology. The Moon is our emotional core, indicative of our needs, in contrast to our desires.

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Full Moon in Taurus

Egon Schiele, Still Life, oil on canvas, 1908

Full Moon in Taurus: The Harvester

October’s Luna illuminates the Venusian constellation of the Bull, heralding the descent of Spirit into matter, clothed in forms and qualities for evolution of natural phenomena. Consciousness seeks the solidity of the strewing soil, spirit grasps the roots of the fleshy earth. It feels for sprouts, for the planetary pull, for the tangible essence of life itself.

Taurus, or ‘Torus’ (meaning protrusion, akin to the protective barrier of the cerebellum), is the fixed modal expression and the first of the earthy trigon. Here, nature’s visual manifestation and objective fruition takes precedence. Yet the manifestation of this growth is steady, seemingly unswerving, and connecting to a vast reservoir of internal spaciousness. What, then, are the fertile Bull’s lessons? As the timeless simplicity nestled in the infinitely complex, its lessons bestow the embodiment of depth without the necessity for verbal translation. Excavating and maintaining profound serenity is the Venusian Bull’s task.

Taurus Decan I: The Industriousness of Venus and Mercury

At 1°13′ Taurus, this Full Moon’s first decan is surveyed by Venus and Mercury, engulfed in the quickening, germinating powers of silent thought and assimilation. Its chief cerebral characteristics are industry and application, and its material fecundity is firmly forged in the imagery ascribed to Taurus’s first decanate. Agrippa illustrates the ascension of a ‘Harvester or Husbandman, goeth forth to plough, build, people [populate] and divide the earth, according too [sic] the rules of Geometry…’ The Bull’s laboriousness is echoed in Picatrix, painting ‘a face of plowing and working the earth, of sciences, geometry, of sewing seed, and making things. And this is its form.’ As necessity summons form, Taurus is the first emanation of matter in its most etherealized, feminine expression. Thus, the Taurean full Moon embodies the consciousness of Divine selfhood: the spiritual reality within our conception.

Full Moon in Taurus

Giandomenico Cassini, Original Drawings of the Moon, 1671-1679

In this lunation, the patient industry of Venusian Taurus is curiously stirred by the conjunction by erratic Uranus. At less than 1° orb, the Luna-Uranus conjunction remains the most poignant aspect of this lunation. Upon the intellectual plane, Uranus governs idealized sentiment and imagination, qualities possessing extraordinary abilities in specialized paths. Uranus evokes earnest ingenuity of an unappreciated variety, for its talents and influences are not yet understood by this epoch. The eccentric orb of Uranus conjoined with Luna can summon justly rebelliousness from veritable reformers of humanity. Often, their contempt for surrounding conventionality generates active hostility from those who admire the forms, customs, and opinions of established society. This, in parallel, is part of the energy stirred by Uranus’s prior ingress into Taurus. Operating on sensation instead of action, Uranus in Taurus functions through a Venusian lens. However, Uranus transcends worldly matter, aligning with the elevated realms of thought. The innate incompatibility between worldly desires and transcendental exaltation is the impetus behind forthcoming revolutionary change. Historically, Uranus’ previous Taurean transit, from June 1934 to May 1942, ushered a plethora of revolutionary fluctuations, including economic shifts deviating from the U.S. gold standard coupled with bank closures, the lamentable rise of the Hitler regime, and the Great Depression (to the middle of World War II). In essence, values inherent in materialism were as challenged by the erratic undercurrent of Uranian transcendence as they are currently underway. Now, decades later, we arrive at a similarly pivotal precipice of change. As we experience individual (and collective) dissolution of the tyrannical structure of monetary transaction, newly inventive forms of exchange will be embraced, orchestrated by the principle of self-worth.

In the backdrop of the Moon-Uranus centerpiece, Luna opposes Venus retrograde at 4°15′ Scorpio. Likewise, in their early degrees of 1°21′ Leo-Aquarius, the nodes forge a potent grand-cross configuration with Luna-Uranus and Sun-Venus (conjunctions). As with any challenging aspect, this seeming resistance holds the capacity and potential for growth, considering we harvest the industry and application of Taurean momentum, impetus, and fortitude. Lastly, harmonizing with Luna and poised in his domicile, Saturn serves as a somber compass directing the limits of personal boundaries. Essentially, this tug-of-war impetus, propelled by the nodes, alludes to the dual possibilities inherent in traditional and revolutionary passages.

Full Moon in Taurus

From Dans le champ des ètoiles: Les Photographies et le ciel, 1850-2000

Fixed Star Mirach: The Sash of Andromeda

The Full Moon in Taurus is poised on fixed star Mirach, noted as the primary star of the Andromeda constellation. This brilliant star accentuates the splendor of fertility via receptivity, feminine power, intuition, and the arts. German philosopher Immanuel Kant, having Mirach culminating with Luna on his day of birth, parallels the influence of this reconciliatory star through his visionary works on the welfare of humanity. Mirach’s Venusian influence on Luna is echoed by Ebertin in its inspirational ‘base for artistic creations, altruism, cheerfulness, happiness, and love of company.’ Mirach grants inspirational influence, ‘making friends easily’, and helped by social spheres. In parallel, Robson’s interpretation of Mirach notes ‘personal beauty, a brilliant mind, a love of home, great devotion, beneficence, forgiveness, love, overcoming by kindness, renown, and good fortune in marriage.’ However, we are cautioned of Mirach’s shadow side: one of self-indulgence and personal obsession. Venusian themes are engraved in Mirach as she unites with Luna, illuminating aesthetic inclinations, intuition, and peaceful meanderings, noted in Mirach-governed natives such as the late rhythm guitarist and vocalist, J. Lennon. [5]

The industriousness of Mirach echoes the essential nature of Al-Thurraya, the third lunar mansion whose tropical boundaries extend from 25°42’ Aries – 8°34’ Taurus. Positioned in the Mansion of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, this mansion augurs abundance. Noted by Warnock in Mansions of the Moon, although Al-Thurayya is a positive indication regarding career-based prosperity, beauty, and creativity (again, note the Venusian correspondences), there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence. [4]

Taurus and Agate

The Kabbalistical gem of Taurus is the agate, a natural talisman for this lunation or those with the Venusian Bull on the ascendant. Agate is primarily of cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz. Historically and culturally, moss agate has been known as the crystal of gardeners and agriculture, paralleling the chief characteristics of Taurus decan I. The laboriousness and fecundity of this Full Moon naturally merge with the properties of agate, fortifying the industrious nature of the Venusian Bull. Red agate is a suitable choice, in color correspondence to the third lunar mansion. [4] According to the Picatrix, reconciliatory talismans between opposite genders are suitably crafted under the first decanate of Taurus.[5]

Full Moon in Taurus

Rare copper alloy statuette of the God Serapis (Egypt, 1st century B.C.)

Serapis: God of Fertility and the Afterlife

Noted in 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, at 1°13′ Taurus, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Serapis (or Serapis), the Graeco-Egyptian deity said to have been constructed as a means to foster harmony between the Egyptian and Greek subjects of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Linguistically, Serapis is said to combine Osiris and the Apis Bull (the sacred bull of Memphis). In unison, Apis is the sacred Bull of the Egyptians, another conception of Taurus. Aspects of the Greek gods include Zeus, Dionysus, Helios, Hades, and Asklepios (god of medcine). According to Gods of the Egyptians, evidence suggests the cult of Osarapis surged prior to the Ptolemaic Period.

Serapis personified divine majesty and represented the Sun, fertility, healing and the afterlife. On top of Serapis’ head is a modius, commonly known as basket or a tall, dry corn measure. This was meant to symbolize Serapis’s fertility attributes and demonstrate his affiliation with Osiris. Occasionally, Serapis is portrayed with a pair of curved ram’s horns, along with instances where Cerberus is placed at his feet.

Full Moon in Taurus

The Taurean lunation, while overseeing the unpredictability of Uranus’s eccentric orb, is simultaneously grounded and exalted. The Full Moon in Taurus embraces the influences of Venus and Mercury, chiefly characterized by patient laboriousness and application. In the midst of Venus retrograde, this lunation serves as an opportune emblem of the forces of fructiferousness. The revelation of matter in its purification process and material fecundity is firmly forged in the imagery ascribed to Taurus’s first decanate. Reconciling matter as the humble servant of spirit, the flourishing of procreative forces in all planes of Nature envelop the earthly consciousness of Taurean endurance.

The Full Moon at 1°13′ Taurus occurs on the day of Mercury, October 24th, 2018, at 12:45 PM ET.


1. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom

2. Agrippa, Heinrich C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

3. John Michael Greer & Christopher Warnock, Picatrix

4. Warnock, Christopher, The Lunar Mansions

5. Robson, Vivian E., Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology

6. Ebertin, Elsbeth, Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation

7. Crowley, Aleister, 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings

8. Budge, Wallis, The Gods of the Egyptians

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