Natal Moon in Virgo
In natal Astrology, the Moon represents how an individual absorbs and interacts with their environment on a subconscious and intuitive level, including their emotional nature. It is important to remember that this contrasts with the very conscious and logical analysis of the environment that are handled by the planet Mercury. The Moon represents the ways we care for and protect ourselves psychically and emotionally; it’s how we empathise with others and the things that we find comforting and safe. The Moon is also representative of the Mother, or nurturing parent, and how we subconsciously learned to address our emotional needs in early life. As such, the Moon is the natural ruler of the sign Cancer, which is assigned the activities and themes of the 4th House.
Virgo is a feminine earth sign with mutable qualities. It concerns itself with practical matters and is much more responsive than it is projective, which facilities it’s adaptive nature. It is the natural ruler of the 6th House and shares its planetary ruler Mercury with Gemini. Through the lens of Gemini and the 3rd House, Mercury observes and assimilates its native environment to determine how to interact with it accordingly. In the 6th House through Virgo, Mercury prepares and organises the information obtained by Gemini and the 3rd House, for practical and efficient application in daily life. The keywords to remember when dealing with Mercury via Virgo and the 6th House are analysis, organisation, daily routines and habits, service to others, health, hygiene, everyday work, and small animals.
The Moon and Mercury are seemingly at cross-purposes here; one addresses the perceptive and emotional part of our identity while the other handles our intellectual and logical faculties. The 4th House is sextile to the 6th House, however, so if we consider the common goals of these houses, we can also see that they can easily merge to achieve cross-purposes. Without a need for security and reliability in our environment, structure and routine would be unnecessary. When we do not exercise caution and our ability to critically think, achieving emotional stability in the material world can become a difficult feat. Regardless of the positive outlook that is made possible when any two variables come together, it does not mean erase the difficulties it presents, as with every other placement. When we consider our emotions, we would expect an outlet of expression that enables others to be able to relate and sympathise with us. With this part of ourselves being expressed in a way that is filtered through logic, practicality, criticism and concerned with the most effective functioning of systems and routines, we can also see the potential for restriction of emotional expression or emotions that are negatively expressed in very indirect or unexpected ways.
The early home environment for someone with this placement, may have been one that involved a tremendous amount of structure and routine surrounding day-to-day activities. The child with this Moon could have observed their Mother as quite domesticated and service-oriented, or as someone who was the glue that held the family together. The mother may have even been perceived as critical and nit-picky, and unable to be satisfied unless things were done exactly the way she preferred them. On the opposite end, the early environment could have been one that completed lacked the organisation that the native felt they needed. If this was the case, they may have become the critic of the family, taking it upon themselves to handle cleaning duties, cooking and generally organising the household in a way that they felt it was most efficient and up to their specific. Since the 6th House is where we prepare to meet and join with others in the 7th House, if the child was self-conscious of their home, their clothes or even their appearance, it may lead to the development of meticulous manners and exceptional hygiene habits. On the contrary, if they became accustomed to having their needs and standards met without having to contribute to the work behind it or developed a disdain for the rigidity of the structured environment they grew up in, they may even rebel against these things.
For these people to be emotionally satisfied they must keep their minds busy, which often entails seeking out mental stimulation through activities that require them to use their analytical and critical skills. In work, they would prefer serving others by taking on duties that are logistically oriented or analytical in nature. They need their environments to make sense to them, and to function in a way that is conducive to them working and playing without distractions caused by lack of order, and the subsequent need to correct it. In relating with others, they need to fully grasp the logic that informs your actions and behaviour in order to truly understand you, so they will often ask lots of questions, appearing almost intrusive at times. Their own emotions will usually be analysed and criticised by them prior to being expressed in their typical explanatory manner, but as Virgo is a mutable sign they will periodically have moments of weakness where they are unable to establish enough control over their emotions to filter them, leading to what can be a meltdown of fantastical proportions. If they attempt to restrict or repress their emotions too much, their expression is often redirected into passive aggressive behaviours over petty matters that make it hard for others to feel secure or cared for in their presence.
On the positive side, these are curious and helpful people who use strategy and their mechanical mind to make sense of even the most complex situations. They yearn to be helpful and understanding of the totality of the situations they find themselves in. They are fast-moving, quick to adapt once they have had time to assess, and always becoming proficient in something new. It’s very easy for them to be enthusiastic about mundane matters, and to infuse that enthusiasm in others when it pertains to change that they have deemed constructive. They can also have a very clever and sharp tongue and are quick to contribute to a conversation. They are the employees that employers turn to, when they can’t figure out a solution to a problem. They are the friends that are always available to give you sound and practical advice. In relationships, they are the partners that are more than willing to iron out all the messy details and practical concerns related to daily life, that most would rather let fall by the wayside.
On the negative side, they can be meddlesome and subjective people that cannot leave well enough alone. Always striving to achieve perfection, they might take a very well-oiled machine and attempt to reconstruct it to their standards, only to realise they have made a bigger mess than they intended while everyone else must scramble to put things back together. They can be harsh and overly-critical of others, unabashedly pointing out very real flaws without feeling guilty or considerate of the other person’s feelings towards those flaws. They can attract and seek out problematic situations to feed their need to clean up situations that they didn’t even necessarily create. They are prone to obsessive-compulsive behaviours and can be extremely picky about how things are done around the home or the types of food they eat. They are also prone to low self-esteem, due to their inability to exclude themselves from the criticism that they subject others to. This can manifest as the co-worker that constantly keeps a watchful eye over their colleagues, ready to point out a mistake or flaw in execution. There can be a need to process thoughts which can create anxiety around the emotions. In friendships, they might gossip about what they perceive to be your short-comings, or constantly tell you what they feel like you should be doing. In romantic partners, they can seek out people who don’t have their lives together, in order to make themselves useful. Once they are in a relationship, they can be impossible to satisfy and are able to really hit you where it hurts if you challenge them or dare to make them feel inferior.
Being able to objectively analyse details gives them an edge in fields such as: Banking, Accounting, Insurance, and Programming. Their innate organisational skills would make them exceptional Account Managers, Resource Planners, Financial Advisers or ultimately a Director of Operations or Finance. If they are especially oriented towards health and hygiene, they would serve others well as Nutritionists, Chefs or even Housekeepers. The 6th House rules small animals, so it would not at all be unlikely to see them as practising Veterinarians.
Written by Cameron ©