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Moon Facts

Moon facts – all you need to know about the Moon and Astrology

Moon Facts
Astronomical Moon Facts

Mean Distance From Earth: 384,400 kilometers (238,855 miles).
Perigee (closest): 363,300 kilometers (225,700 miles).
Apogee (farthest): 405,500 kilometers (252,000 miles).
Orbital period around the Earth: 0.075 Earth years / 27.321661 Earth days

The regular daily and monthly rhythms of the Moon, have guided timekeepers for thousands of years. Its influence on Earth’s cycles, notably tides, has also been charted. The presence of the Moon stabilizes Earth’s wobble. This has led to a much more stable climate over billions of years, which may have affected the course of the development and growth of life on Earth.

Astrology and Moon facts

Zodiac Sign Rulership: Cancer

In the birth chart, the Moon is second in importance only to the Sun. Unlike the other planets the Moon orbits the earth, and seen from the earth is the same size as the Sun (hence the possibility of total eclipses). The Moon gives off no light of its own, however, but reflects and polarises the light of the Sun.

The Moon represents memories, feelings and instinctive responses that lie just below the level of consciousness. As the Moon orbits the earth, it generates the movements of the tides and governs other natural cycles, such as the menstrual cycle in women. The Moon therefore symbolises the ebb and flow of feeling and emotion (symbolised by water in Astrology), and the feminine principle in nature and in the individual.

The Moon’s sign position and aspects to the Moon show how we react instinctively, and what we need to feel comfortable and secure. As children the Moon is the Mother, or at least how we experienced our mother. As we grow older this extends to our relationships with women in general (particularly for men), and our instinctive or conditioned responses to the world in general; based on the often unconscious memories of this early nurturing experience (or lack of it).

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