Your Comfort Zone: The Moon in the Astrological Houses

Your Moon Sign is not the only factor that has an effect on your Lunar Mechanism. According to Eugenio Carutti, the House the Moon is in, the Zodiac Sign the IC falls in and any aspect the Moon is forming to other planets or points also have a huge influence on our inner worlds and the way we experience our emotions.

Today, we’re zooming in on the House the Moon is in. All birth charts are split into twelve “slices,” if you will. These slices are known as “Houses” in Astrology, and each represents a different area of life. Everybody has the Moon in one of these Houses. 

As the Moon has to do with what gives you emotional fulfillment and a sense of safety, the House it is in is the area of life where you’ll experience those things. When you’re a child, the Moon expresses itself the most clearly, oftentimes more than the Sun itself, which only starts to develop by the time you’re 12. The Moon is often linked to the people who are the most involved in raising you. This person in our patriarchal and heteronormative society is often the mother. However, as we don’t want to assume that your mother was the most involved in raising you, whether your mother likes to be called a mother, or whether your first mom was involved in raising you at all, we will refer to this person as your primary caretaker. 

You can find in which House your Moon is by having your chart drawn here and finding the crescent moon symbol. The number of each house is located more towards the center of the circle. Here is an example with Princess Diana’s chart, who has her Moon in the 2nd House.

Lady Di's birth chart with the Moon encircled
Princess Diana’s birthchart

Moon in the 1st House

People with the Moon in the First House need a strong sense of self to feel safe and secure in the world. Paying attention to their appearance is something that can give them great emotional fulfillment, especially if they end up looking exactly like they intended to. They are the kind of people who will get piercings, tattoos or a new hairdo if they feel upset and they need to express it to the world. Besides appearances, they may be really emotionally fulfilled by the thought of becoming pioneers and/or leaders. They are very adventurous and they live for the adrenaline of doing something risky.

If you have your Moon in the First House, your primary caretaker was very concerned with you developing a strong sense of identity. They wanted you to stand out from the crowd and be nothing like your peers. This is a message you internalized and, as an adult, you know who you are clearly. Be open to being surprised about things you have yet to learn about yourself. 

Moon in the 2nd House

People with the Moon in the Second House place a lot of stock on material things that can make them safe and secure. From how much money they have in the bank, to having a secure job with tons of benefits, a nice house and material things, these Moons prioritize feeling safe through what they have. Periods of unemployment or being in debt or short on money can make them really anxious and upset. They tend to like stability and routine. It’s hard for them to be open to change. Gifts are a pleasant surprise that can make them very happy. Nothing gives them as much emotional fulfillment like buying property, a big-ticket item that they saved up a long time for, or an investment that goes well. 

If you have your Moon in the Second House, your primary caretaker may have really taught you the value of a dollar from early on. On the other hand, you may have seen them struggle with money and vowed that you yourself would never go through money troubles. You may need to learn to be less materialistic and place more value on things that you can’t touch.

Moon in the 3rd House

People with the Moon in the Third House get a certain sense of emotional tranquility when they are learning about something new or doing research. They may tend to rationalize their emotions because they feel they can control them when they do so. They find refuge in reading books and taking classes. They’re the kind of person who will go out and buy a self-help book about it whenever they have a serious problem. They may also be really talkative about their emotions. Not knowing what the next step is or what is logical and reasonable in a situation may drive them a bit crazy and make them upset. 

If you have your Moon in the Third House, you may have felt like the attention of your primary caretaker was split between yourself and other children around your age. Perhaps you have siblings close to you in age or your primary caretaker had a job that involved other children. Relationships with siblings, cousins, neighbors and childhood friends may be significant in your life, and they may still be important confidantes to this day. The way you deal with your emotions makes you very clever, but you also need to make space to actually feel them and cope with them in a healthy way.

Moon in the 4th House

People with the Moon in the Fourth House hold onto their emotions for a long time, and they may have a hard time letting go. They may be very interested in their family history or the history of their countries or the countries of their ancestors. They may be repeating emotional patterns, positive or negative, from their family history or their ancestors. They often use their past to understand their emotions. They may try to remember when was the last time they felt the way they do now and how they dealt with their emotions. They may use this tendency in a healthy way to improve very gradually over time, or they may simply hold grudges and still feel lots of anger for things that happened a long time ago.

If you have your Moon in the Fourth House, you may easily empathize with your parents or parents in general. Ever since you were little, your primary caretaker taught you about putting your family first and honoring your ancestors. Or perhaps you saw them fail so much as your primary caretakers that you swore you’d build a close family when you were older. You’re very loyal to those you love and you have a stellar memory, but you should work on letting go and releasing what no longer has an impact on the present.

Moon in the 5th House

People with the Moon in the Fifth House are artistically inclined and need to exteriorize what they feel in one way or another. They are all about self-expression and keeping how they are feeling to themselves is their personal idea of hell. Children are naturally drawn to them. Hobbies and pastimes are also of great importance for them. They may get lost in a hobby for hours if they are upset. Casual relationships may also be a valve of escape for them. When they are sad or angry, all types of fun keep them distracted.

If your Moon is in the Fifth House, your primary caretaker paid you loads of attention. Or perhaps they neglected you so much that now you fight for people to acknowledge you and pay you attention. The worst thing someone can do to you is gaslight you. You know yourself and you know how you feel. You’ll cut anyone who denies it off your life. Or you’ll try really hard to change their minds as a way to validate how you feel. 

Moon in the 6th House

People with the Moon in the Sixth House tend to find refuge in their routines and their habits. They want to have their lives under control, otherwise they can be really upset. They feel that they lose control of their inner world if their outside world spirals down. However, they can be more receptive to change than people with the Moon in the Second house, for example, but they need a plan of action for the new circumstances and they need it fast. If they repress their emotions for long enough, they will get sick. They often pay far more attention to their physical health than their mental health or their emotions, so they subconsciously bring their emotions to the body as physical symptoms. 

If your Moon is in the Sixth House, your primary caretaker only paid proper attention to you whenever you were sick, or something else like that happened that made you internalize that only physical symptoms are worthy of notice. Perhaps your caretakers were in a vulnerable position and you were a stoic child who didn’t want to cause any inconvenience and relied on orderly habits. You may need to let go of control of your external reality and gain control of your internal one. They are not as interconnected as you think.

Moon in the 7th House

People with the Moon in the Seventh House place a lot of stock on being well-liked by others. They have a natural talent for diplomacy and compromise. They find themselves in others. When someone has a poor opinion of them, they can get very upset and question their own value as people. They can be quite vulnerable to toxic relationships, especially when they are younger. The realm of relationships is where they find calm and emotional fulfillment. If they are not big on romance, then business partnerships can be significant for them. 

If you have your Moon in the Seventh House, you tend to put others’ interests before your own. You may need to learn how to assert yourself and defend your own interests as you mature. Your primary caretaker may have placed a lot of stock on outward appearances and how things looked to others. Pleasing others was something you were rewarded for.

Moon in the 8th House

People who have their Moon in the Eighth House are all about processes of transformation. They are naturally very emotionally intelligent. They may love to discuss their emotions in therapy or with friends who help them process them and grow. If they are not very evolved, they may turn to emotional manipulation and other toxic patterns to deal with their emotions. They are always seeking to evolve and to emerge stronger from any emotional crisis that they go through. The Eighth House is also about inheritances, both material and non-tangible. A person with an Eighth House Moon is very sensitive to family karma and family resentment and anger, as this is one kind of inheritance we receive from our families. 

If your Moon is in the Eighth House, back when you were a child, you felt like your primary caretaker could read your mind, with positive or negative consequences. They seemed to guess what your wants and needs were, sometimes even before you knew about them. As an adult, you expect those closest to you to be mind readers, like your primary caretaker. You need to understand that the fact that they are not as in tune with you as you’d like doesn’t mean they don’t love you. You need to communicate what you need and want in order to have healthy relationships. Sometimes, expecting others to guess what you want is a way for you to deflect the responsibility of knowing those things yourself, too. 

Moon in the 9th House

People with the Moon in the Ninth House tend to find emotional wellbeing in systems of thought and belief. They may be really into an organized religion, an ideal, or a political party, as explaining reality in the taxative way these systems of belief tend to do is something that gives people with the Moon in this House a lot of peace. They also recur to mentors and teachers for emotional soothing, especially in their younger years. Over time, higher education can be a way for them to cope with their emotions, and becoming the teacher themselves can increase their emotional intelligence.

If your Moon is in the Ninth House, your primary caretaker was very intellectual and perhaps they subscribed to an organized system of thought. If they didn’t, you thought this made them disorganized and perhaps even showed that they lacked principles and integrity. You need to be careful so as not to become a fanatic and question the belief system that makes everything make sense to you. If you end up becoming a teacher or a mentor, don’t abuse your power and try to recognize that the learning in that relationship can go both ways.

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Moon in the 10th House

People with the Moon in the Tenth House tend to care a lot about their career and their reputation. Having a job they love gives them emotional fulfillment like nothing else. They may have some workaholic tendencies, as they may work excessively to avoid addressing an emotional issue. They naturally know what the public wants emotionally, and they may build a reputation by exposing how they feel. They may be overly serious and have a hard time having fun. 

If your Moon is in the Tenth House, your primary caretaker may have taught you at an early date that it is very important to be responsible and prioritize your duties. They may have been a bit authoritative and punished you harshly if you did something that they didn’t approve of. They may have placed a lot of importance on their careers, or perhaps they were unemployed or underemployed and you thought you may have had a happier family life if they had gotten it together when it comes to their careers, so you want to be different from them. Try to learn how to relax and have a better work-life balance.

Moon in the 11th House

People with the Moon in the Eleventh House find emotional fulfillment and support in their friendships and groups of like minded people. Their dreams and goals, whether they be professional, artistic, or otherwise, are very close to their hearts. They may depend on their friends for their emotional wellbeing, sometimes becoming codependent. As they get older, though, they can become capable of building a strong network for emotional support and they will deal with their emotions in this way, which tends to be healthy. Some causes like their environment or social causes can be very near and dear to their hearts. Injustice and people being marginalized can very easily upset them. They are the kind of people that get sad just by watching the news. 

If your Moon is in the Eleventh House, you may have had a step-parent who was very involved in raising you, either in a positive or negative way. Your parents’ friends may have also been very involved in your care. If your primary caretaker didn’t have much of a support net, you may have thought that it made their lives significantly harder and that you wanted something different from your own adult life. Don’t depend too much on your friends and learn to stand on your own, too.

Moon in the 12th House

People with the Moon in the Twelfth House like to be alone and keep their emotions private, perhaps even secret. They tend to be very spiritual, even if they don’t subscribe to a religion. They are intuitive and very much in touch with what their guides have to say to them. They may easily lose touch with reality and have a hard time staying grounded. They may also have a hard time getting out of the role of the perpetual victim and own up to having wronged somebody. They may also need to learn to ask for help when it comes to their emotions. The lesson that it isn’t always wise to keep what you feel to yourself is definitely one they need to learn at some point. People who have the Moon in the Twelfth House tend to feel very deeply and are able to pick up on everyone’s emotions like a sponge. 

If your Moon is in the Twelfth House, your primary caretaker may have had some sort of issue that made them somewhat absent in your life. If they weren’t an absent parent at all, you may have felt like they were everywhere in your life and that they felt overbearing. If you had an overall positive experience with your primary caretaker, they taught you compassion and how to be spiritually aligned. Caring for the elderly or another family member who needed special care may have been a theme in your childhood. You need to learn to differentiate others’ emotions from your own and set boundaries so your empath tendencies don’t get the best of you.  

Where is your Moon sign? Did this resonate? Tell us all about it in the comments! I personally have a Tenth House Moon and can definitely work on having more of a work-life balance.

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