From the perspective of the Solar identity our closest luminary is the Moon. Within all its’ phases of waxing and waning, giving light then receding into darkness, it is symbolic of the inner emotional and instinctive life of our subconscious mind. Like the tides, it affects us in a most subtle and unconscious way; we move and respond but are not aware of the fluid and organic adaptations that run our reality.
The archetypes of the Moon in Psychological Astrology are represented by the feminine aspects of the self, the Inner Child and the Mother inside us all. The lunar function for all humans represent our basic imprint at birth (memories-known or unknown); our instinctive nature to survive and have our needs meet (thrive); our biological inheritance (tribe), which includes the body (substance); feelings and emotions (reactions); and our unconscious habits (patterns) that drive us to stay safe and comfortable.
These conditioned aspects of the ego-identified self represent our story: how we learned to relate in our primary connection with Mother, and our trust of others and of life itself. Do we see life as a wonder-filled joyous adventure or a scary place filled with hurt and disappointment? Can we trust that our needs will be met with love or with neglect? How do we learn to self-soothe and nurture, or do we deny/punish ourselves? Do we expect others to meet all of our needs and make us feel secure in the world? How can we grow up and leave for the unknown path (the Hero’s Journey) and find our authentic Self?
Deep inquiry is demanded as life’s disillusionments curtail our futile attempts at living in the status quo. To live authentically we must journey the hard road of discovering how our child-like and immature behaviors keep us dependent and stuck in familiar roles. We must first understand, process and grieve, if necessary, the nature of our initial nurturing and how that sets up our beliefs about our sense of lovability and worthiness. We then begin to look at how we can learn to love ourselves without expectation of reward from others; assimilate and mature into a more whole-hearted partner in relation to others and life; and begin to care for our Inner Child with the wisdom and unconditional love of a Merciful Mother.
Written by Corey Gilbert, Astrological Counselor/Mentor