Why Knowing Your Moon Sign Is Key to Self-Care, According to Astrologer Lisa Stardust

Here's how to nurture yourself this holiday season and beyond, based on your moon sign.

How to Nurture Yourself Through Knowing Your Moon Sign
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According to astrologer Lisa Stardust, author of The Astrology Deck, our astrological profiles are far more complicated than simply knowing our sun sign. Natal charts, a map of the planets' placements at the exact moment of birth, are like thumbprints, nearly completely unique (even identical twins have different charts). And understanding where the Moon falls in one's astrological birth chart is just as important as knowing where the Sun falls.

Whereas the Sun sign represents our ego and motivations, the Moon governs our emotional nature. The Moon sign is a part of ourselves we can't express literally, but feel on a deep and soulful level. Moon signs go beyond emotions: It also represents our memories, our idea of comfort, and the actions we take to nurture ourselves and others.

Since they are inward-facing in nature, our Moon sign's effects aren't always outwardly visible. Still, it's among the most significant aspects of a chart, precisely because of that interiority. Your Moon sign speaks to who you are on an intimate level — the part that people don't see. Therefore, knowing — and understanding — your Moon sign can be an act of self-care. You're tending to yourself.

Below, we'll delve into how the Moon behaves in the 12 zodiac signs, and how placements affect the Moon's function as well. One last thing: It's important not to isolate any one part of your chart, but rather think of them in conversation with other aspects (and you may need a pro to help you do that math).

Finding your Moon sign is simple.

Chances are, you're already well aware of your Sun sign (a.k.a. the zodiac sign the Sun was in when you were born. The Moon changes signs every 2 to 2.5 days, so there is a broad range of possibilities.

To find your Moon sign — or the sign the Moon was in when you were born — you'll need to find your birth chart on an astrology website, like cafeastrology.com. For that, you'll just need to know three things: Your birthdate, your birth time, and the location of where you were born.

Here's how to nurture yourself, based on your Moon sign.

Now you know the sign the Moon was in at the time of your birth. But what does it mean? Well, the Moon behaves differently in each sign. By understanding your Moon sign's unique challenges and strengths, you're also taking care of yourself. Below, we've listed techniques and actionable steps for nurturing yourself, based on your sign.

If your Moon is in Aries, meditate.

Those with a Moon in Aries may have an impulsive nature. They need to blow off a lot of steam. As a result, they'll need to incorporate regular meditation into their routine if the Moon is in Aries. "It'll help calm internal stresses so you know how to deal with hot-headed emotions," Stardust says.

If your Moon is in Taurus, indulge.

Stardust notes that the Moon is "exalted" in Taurus, meaning that it is comfortable while sitting in Taurus's sensual, decadent nature (each planet is exalted in one sign). Those with Taurus Moons should head to the spa. "Have a luxurious bath, take a long shower, go to the spa, get a facial."

If your Moon is in Gemini, talk about your emotions.

Geminis are known for being social butterflies. Communication is their strength — and also their method of processing the world. In short, Moon in Geminis understand their lives by talking it all out. To nurture themselves, Stardust says it's essential for Geminis to have an outlet, whether through talk therapy or journaling. For more structure, check out our journaling tips.

If your Moon is in Cancer, embrace your inner child.

The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, and feels at home in this sign. Cancer Moons are said to be nurturing, sentimental. With that in mind, Stardust recommends Cancer Moons nurture their inner child the same way they care for others. "Do something you wanted to do, but couldn't as a kid," she says. Go to a carnival and get cotton candy. Watch a beloved movie. Anything that sparks feelings of comfortable nostalgia.

If your Moon is in Leo, give back to others.

Possessing a wellspring of inner warmth, Leo Moon's superpower is generosity of spirit, Stardust says. As an act of self-care, Leo Moons should consider shining their light onto other people. Essentially, fill up their own well by doing something for someone else: Writing a card, planning an event, buying flowers, making dinner, or making your feelings known.

If your Moon is in Virgo, take a mental break.

Those whose Moons fall in the sign of Virgo don't just feel emotions — they analyze them, too. According to Stardust, Virgo Moons want to understand their inner landscape and express it as clearly as possible. But all that reflection can be stressful. As a result, Stardust recommends Virgo Moons try out activities that give their mind a break and curb anxiety, whether it's watching TV, crafting, or listening to audiobooks. "Their minds can go a thousand miles a second," Stardust says. "It's good for Virgo Moons to zone out and not think so hard all the time."

If your Moon is in Libra, surround yourself with beauty.

According to Stardust, those with the Moon in Libra like to feel in harmony with their surroundings. They appreciate deliberately designed, aesthetically pleasing spaces. With that in mind, those with the Moon in Libra should consider taking a few mindful breaths in a pleasing space. It could be a museum; it could be a room in your house that's peaceful. Think of this time-out as taking a "beauty bath."

If your Moon is in Scorpio, release what you're carrying.

The Moon in Scorpio is intense and passionate, according to Stardust. Emotions run deep — and sometimes linger. When it comes to releasing burdens, Scorpio Moons may need an extra nudge of encouragement. As an act of self-care, Stardust recommends processing — and letting go of — the past through forgiveness rituals or emotional detoxes. "Write everything you're feeling down, then tear it up," she said.

If your Moon is in Sagittarius, explore your world.

Those born with their Moon in Sagittarius crave freedom, Stardust says. Even in close partnerships, the Moon in Sagittarius will treasure their independence. As an act of self-care, Stardust recommends these individuals should either travel, or explore their surroundings to find traces of newness. And if that's not possible, then learn about the world through a book or a podcast.

If your Moon is in Capricorn, ask for help.

Those with Moon in Capricorn may take pride in their own self-sufficiency. But we can't do it all alone, all of the time. "They have to allow someone to take care of them, because they always take care of other people," Stardust says.

If your Moon is in Aquarius, take up a cause.

Humanitarian in nature, the Moon in Aquarius may be concerned with the "big picture" of the world. It's important for individuals with this placement to be involved with causes they feel strongly about, whether charities or a local organization. Feeling like your work is healing a problem is meaningful.

If your Moon is in Pisces, get your imagination going.

Stardust describes people with Moon in Pisces as being giving and intuitive — intrinsically able to know what a situation requires. For self-care, those with Moon in Pisces should tap into their intuition through their creative and imaginative sides. Dancing, playing an instrument, taking up photography, sketching, creative writing. You name it. Don't worry about whether it's "good." Just make it yours.

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