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 empathize 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.
The notorious sign of Scorpio is co-ruled by the planets Mars (traditional) and Pluto (modern). Scorpio has dominion over the 8th House of the horoscope. The many associations attributed to the sign of Scorpio include control, death, sex, taxes, other’s resources (material and emotional), vampirism, the astral realm, transformation, buried things, manipulation, crimes of passion, the excretory system, and waste/decomposition.
At first glance, the combining of these two forces seems to be recipe for disaster. After all, the Moon is considered in its detriment in the sign of Scorpio. For better or worse, this pair does have something working for them, though: the formation of a trine aspect by their shared element of water. The trine is an aspect that indicates ease in two energies working together due to similar goals. But what exactly are the goals when the Crab and the Scorpion come together? Self-preservation and environmental control. The person with this placement subconsciously insulates themselves from any perceived instability or dangers in their environment by detecting weakness and using it to their advantage. The personal subconscious can always be attributed to early childhood, when our perceptions of the world were fresh and new, and we were without any tools to understand or cope with it. The person with their Moon in Scorpio learned to cope with insecurity in their early environment by taking control. This may have been due to a maternal figure who exhibited controlling or possessive behaviors or on the contrary, a maternal figure that did not possess any control and instead expected others to demonstrate control and power of the environment on her behalf. The relationship with the mother would also have themes of emotional or physical abandonment. Regardless of the manifestation, the person with this moon placement learned very early on that in order to survive on your terms, you either had to find a way to take control of your surroundings or surrender yourself to the uncertainty that exists when you are under the control and possession of others.
On the negative side, people with this placement may have a penchant for a range of emotionally detached and/or manipulative behavior. They can be jealous, suspicious, controlling, vengeful, and parasitic. They can demand more of others than they would ever give of themselves, which is either due to their need to establish firm trust in others before they allow themselves to become vulnerable or because they have buried the part of themselves that can emotionally connect with others. As a romantic partner, they might siphon financial or emotional resources from their significant other. They could be the friend who prevents their friends from forming other close emotional ties. They are the dreaded coworker who attempts to dominate their colleagues, while sabotaging them in secret. As relatives, they can be smothering while also emotionally unavailable.
On the positive side, this placement provides someone with the ability to “feel” underlying emotional and energetic currents in their environment, enabling them to work with others strategically and navigate any situation with ease. They can be reliable due to the consistent and loyal nature that Scorpio shares with its opposing sign of Taurus. They are protective of their loved ones, and of those whose best interests also serve their own agenda; taking whatever action is needed to ensure their stability and survival. They can be excellent at being able to see the hidden mechanisms behind their own emotional processes which in conjunction to their transformational abilities and fixed nature, allows them to transcend limiting or destructive behavior once they’ve made up their mind to do so.
Their capacity for transformation and detecting weakness, would assist them in a career relating to resource or crisis management. Their respect for secrecy and discretion make them ideal for work as assistants to executive level management, funeral home work, public relations, and even work in the sex industry. Their understanding of what is hidden and buried and being able to subsequently see the things that are hidden in others, would make them great detectives, social workers and psychotherapists.
Written By Cameron ©