The position of the Moon, which is also called Soma and Chandra, is the next most influential aspect of the astrological chart, second only to the Sun.
Even though the Moon appears to be very small in the sky, as viewed from the earth, its influence is very great because of his proximity to the earth.
Comparison of the Sun and the Moon
Just as the Sun has the capacity to influence the soul, the Moon has the most power in its capacity to influence the mind.
The Sun is likened to Purusha, the soul, and the Moon is compared to Prakriti, its nature. The Sun is Brahman, the Supreme Divinity, and the Moon is Maya, all of creation.
The Sun manifests in nature as He Who Experiences Pleasure and Pain. The Moon manifests as the various forms of the creation. The Sun is the Creator. The Moon is the illumination of Creation, and its protector.
The Sun is the seed, while the Moon is the field. The Sun is the heat of the fire, while the Moon represents water.
The Sun is Father. The Moon is Mother.
The Sun is the supporter, and the Moon is that which is supported.
The Sun is the intrinsic nature of each individual, and the commander of his or her destiny. The Moon illuminates the circumstances of creation.
The Sun causes the energy to flow; the Moon flows with the energy.
Importance of the Moon
The Moon, which is the illumination of life, is a primary focus in the astrological readings and charts.
In fact, the Moon is so important in astrological readings that, in order to understand the influence of the planets, it is necessary to check the strength of the moon in relation to them.
When the Moon is exalted, it takes on those forms of exaltation. When the Moon is with the planets in their various houses, it assumes the form of the planet, and the attitude of its house.
For example, if the Sun is in the Muladhara in an astrological chart, then the prominence of the Moon is greatest.
If the Moon is united with Brihaspati (Jupiter) in someone’s chart, that individual has the tendency to become a reservoir of wisdom with a broad, heart-felt, love. This individual will share knowledge that is inspirational to all.
For these reasons, the Moon is extremely important in astrological readings.
The 5 Tendencies of a Strong Moon
The root of all feeling is influenced by the Moon. So, whoever takes birth with a strong Moon will tend to:
1) be compassionate like a Mother, with a tendency to be very loving, soft and empathetic
2) display feelings of unity with the entire universe, and have the propensity to ease universal suffering
3) live in non-duality, and dwell in truth
4) befriend others
5) be absent of selfish motivation.
But, should the moon be in a depressed position, there will be a tendency towards restlessness and agitation.
If you want to learn more about the Moon, and how chanting the Moon’s Mantra can attract the Moon’s divine qualities, just click: Moon and Mantra. Also, this will allow you to listen to Shree Maa chant the mantra.