Everything you need to know about your moon sign

Kerry Ward
·10-min read
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We probably nearly all know our star sign (otherwise known as sun sign). This represents which sign the sun was in when you were born. The earth takes 30-31 days to change signs as it orbits around the sun, so you share your sun sign with everyone born in that month-long time span. But did you know there’s a whole lot more to your astrological make-up? Your complete zodiac birth chart maps where ALL of the planets, as well as the sun and moon, were in the sky at the exact moment of your birth, and this creates a much more detailed picture of your personality, strengths and destiny in life.

One of the most important parts of that is where the moon was at when you were born, effectively your moon sign. The moon is the Earth’s only satellite, and it changes zodiac sign every few days, so it’s a fast-moving piece in the birth chart (whereas an outer i.e. far away planet like Pluto or Uranus only changes zodiac sign over years, if not decades). So, your moon sign can be a big reason why you act and are different to other people who share your sun sign.

It’s your moon sign which reveals the real you - the cauldron of emotions, fears, longings and obsessions bubbling below the surface of your sun sign-driven persona. It’s about the private self and its motivations and anxieties. It is about what drives and moves you, and what you need from other people and how you are in close relationships. It’s all that private stuff that no one sees until they really get to know you (and maybe they never even see it at all). Your moon sign is your voice in your head.

How to find out your moon sign

Use Cafe Astrology's tool to work out your moon sign, and then read on to discover what it means for you and your life… FYI, you’ll need your date, time and place of birth.

ARIES

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Emotionally, you’re courageous and competitive and your feelings are most stirred by a challenge or obstacle to bash down! You often feel impatient with other people, with life in general, and require a lot of stimulus and, frankly, ACTION to keep you out of trouble.

In relationships, you feel the urge to take the lead, to be in control, to dominate your partner… but then you get bored of that and want someone to take you on! Life is never dull, that’s for sure.

Famous Aries moonies: Angelina Jolie, Cardi B, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Pamela Anderson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Kendall Jenner

TAURUS

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Deep down, you feel the need to nest, both in the sense of creating a secure, safe and stable HQ, as well as a giant den-like larder to indulge your material, physical desires (like food). Your home world is your life, and you’re protective (ahem, obsessive?) over money, your stuff (DON’T TOUCH IT) and your space ( F*** OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE).

In relationships, you need a powerful physical connection (ahem, great sex) and like to create a private kingdom for you and your partner, you two VS The World. You can be a little bit jealous and dogmatic, but it takes a lot to get you to really lose your rag (on those rare occasions… they’d better RUN).

Famous Taurus moonies: Christina Aguilera, Elle McPherson, Nicole Scherzinger, Meryl Streep, Lindsey Lohan, Cameron Diaz

GEMINI

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Youthful, flighty, crafty and flirty… Geminis like to have fun a heck of a lot more than they like feeling things. Always on the look out to distract yourself from everyday, humdrum life, you’re a thrill seeker and an explorer. Although you are kind and generous (to those you like… anyone else belongs in the "dead zone"), some people might think you can be a cold fish, because you just don’t go deep that often. Feelings… ugh, no thanks.

In relationships, you get bored. Big time. You need a partner who can entertain/ignore/adore/flatter/challenge you a mile-a-minute, and then some. Good luck.

Famous Gemini moonies: Dita Von Teese, Khloe Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Kylie Minogue, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lawrence, Tina Turner, Jessica Biel

CANCER

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The emotional heavyweight of the zodiac! Cancer is ruled by the moon, so to have Cancer as your actual moon sign makes you incredibly empathetic, sympathetic, compassionate and even psychic when it comes to tuning in to your, and others’, emotions. You are very sensitive personally. You have a habit of hoarding stuff (not just possessions either, you have a significant ‘active’ cupboard of exes… some of those bodies are still warm aren’t they).

In relationships, you are a carer, you like to mother people and will serve them your undying love and loyalty… as long as they return that in equal measure (and woe betide those that don’t).

Famous Cancer moonies: Taylor Swift, Shakira, Chrissy Teigen, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani, Kris Kardashian

LEO

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Your emotional life is passionate and fiery. Your feelings can soar and dive and everything is tinged with drama and high-octane excitement (even a mooch around Primark can play out like a KUWTK season finale). You’re enthusiastic, warm and you have a hard-wired urge to protect the underdog, or the bullied. You’re the kind of person everyone wishes was their older sibling.

In relationships, you are equally dramatic and passionate. You need your partner to worship you and lavish the majority of their attention and energy your way… in return, you can promise a fire love life so it’s not like a totally unfair deal…

Famous Leo moonies: Eva Mendes, Katie Holmes, Julia Roberts, Little Kim, Lana Del Rey, Megan Fox, Jessie J

VIRGO

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You have a powerful inner voice, but it has a tendency to judge and criticise (yourself first and foremost, but friends/colleagues/family/bosses/partners/pets will also get a dose of the Virgo critique service). This makes you a perfectionist - maybe, sometimes, a bit of a control freak. You also possess a deep-seated need to serve, protect and organise others. You’re good at taking control and doing what needs to be done because you can just, well, SEE it.

In relationships, you need someone who can lighten the mood, make you laugh, help you to cast off your insecurities and anxieties. You’re a lot of fun when you’re not stressing.

Famous Virgo moonies: Blake Lively, Amy Adams, Bella Hadid, Dolly Parton, Madonna, Gal Gadot, Nicki Minaj, Jada Pinkett Smith, The Olsen Twins, Carey Mulligan

LIBRA

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You have a tendency to intellectualise your feelings, to rationalise and compartmentalise them, which can make you seem cold or aloof to others. The thing is you like to deal with facts and data, rather than impressions and opinions. You want stuff to be fair above all, and emotion doesn’t seem to lead that way all too often. You’re not wrong, my friend.

In relationships, your deeply romanticised and aesthetic character can lead to you feeling disillusioned with the realities of relationships. You’re kind of "in love with love", and it can take a while for you to come down to earth and feel comfy in the realities of romance.

Famous Libra moonies: Kristen Stewart, Lily Allen, Amber Heard, Ariana Grande, Ann Hathaway, Alicia Keyes, Emma Bunton, Lupita Nyong’o

SCORPIO

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You’re a strong, shrewd and intuitive character, underneath whatever social poise or grace you project. They’d better take you seriously! You have a penetrating insight into what makes people tick, it comes naturally to you so you don’t think it’s anything spesh… but, my friend, it is. Your intensity and inner self-belief can make you come off as a bit, dare I say, scary to others. You actually like it that way. Power makes you horny.

In relationships, you like to take control and you can get scary-jealous! Sex is incredibly important to you, it’s how you best express your love and commitment in a relationship, so if that side of things isn’t cookin’ then you’re going to start lookin’ (elsewhere).

Famous Scorpio moonies: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Gisele, Jennifer Lopez

SAGITTARIUS

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You’re emotionally uncomplicated, because your reactions to things are largely knee-jerk and spontaneous and you live in the moment. You have no filter on your mouth- if you’re thinking it, you’re saying it! A hard-wired need for freedom and space keeps you on the move, looking for adventure and excitement. Always.

In relationships, you don’t like being smothered or petted or analysed. You want a fun partner who is prepared to go explore the world with you, giving you lots of space… but always being on hand for plenty of passion and warmth. You prefer the physical, VS the emotional side, of relationships, frankly.

Famous Sagittarius moonies: Adele, Oprah, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Ellen Page, Ellie Goulding, Naomi Campbell

CAPRICORN

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You can be a bit, well, stiff when it comes to your feelings - preferring to keep stuff buttoned up and under control, thank you very much. Your natural reserve and caution can make you come off as distant or, maybe, unavailable. Sometimes, this actually makes the pursuers even more ardent. A smile from you is a hard-won token!

In relationships, you need an equally ambitious and hard-working partner who takes their duties seriously. You’re not just looking for love and romance, but an actual life partner. Someone with who you can create a luxurious, coveted empire. You like riches. You like status.

Famous Capricorn moonies: Sarah Jessica Parker, Chloë Sevigny, Kate Hudson, Reece Witherspoon, Geroge Clooney, Cher

AQUARIUS

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"Quirky" is probably how most people would describe you, after they get to know you. You don’t mind that, in fact it’s cool because at least it suggests you’re unique, and you prize individuality above all else. You’re friendly and have a big network, but few people get close. You like people (and nurture progressive, humanitarian core values) but you sort of hold others at arm’s length. Your emotions are really for Your Eyes Only.

In relationships, you’re an enigma. Your partner may feel they never truly get to know the real you.

Famous Aquarius moonies: Kim Cattrall, Britney Spears, Sandra Bullock, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba, Cara Delevingne, Sophia Loren

PISCES

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Gentle, sympathetic, creative and sensitive… you’re an open book of emotion, your feelings flow easily and you can tune in to how others feel too. Sometimes there is, frankly, too much feeling going on (and not a lot else… you’re no stranger to the sofa or the dressing gown). Sometimes, real life is too painful and you just need to stay home, get cosy and hibernate until it all goes away.

In relationships, you’re loving, caring and kind. You have a tendency to put your partner’s needs first but you like to play the martyr too, so they’ll sure know about every little sacrifice you’ve made, oh yes. Your life’s lesson and journey is to learn to believe in yourself more.

Famous Pisces moonies: Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora, Michelle Obama, Diane Kruger, Cheryl, Carrie-Ann Moss, Isla Fisher, Winona Ryder

For your own unique and personal tarot forecast, visit Kerry's TarotBella page.


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