and the Implications of Its Satellite Position
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The Moon’s satellite position
For a better understanding, I would like to remind the reader of the following points:
1. We already saw (1.3) that every planet has its own Zodiac, based on its orbit time around the Sun. We understood this Zodiac to be that planet’s own projection, as an environment for development (6.2) that it has at its disposal (16.2).
For our understanding, it is important to realize that the Moon is not a planet. In the field of the Sun, she does not take up a primary position like an independent planet, but merely a secondary one via its connection to Earth, trailing along in its Zodiacal field. This means that the Moon does not have her own Zodiac, nor a developmental field of her own. Consequently, the Moon can never play the role of ruler over one of the Signs of the Zodiac. In the absence of a field of her own within the larger Solar field, it would seem that the Moon does not have the ‘assignment’ to develop herself within that specific field (16.2).
2. Later on, we saw that planets, through the rotation on their axis, call into being their own spherically ordered field (6.2), which we interpreted as an energetic field with an inner, orderly arrangement of its own (14.2). In contrast to the planets, the Moon does not perform such an independent rotation, as she revolves on her axis only once during her 28-days’ journey around Earth. Therefore, her rotation is conditionally connected to her orbit. Although this rotation, too, may be capable of realizing an orderly arrangement, it is always conditionally connected to Earth’s rotation (16.2).
So the Moon’s development takes place within her local connection to Earth and can be tracked down in the Lunar Node’s 18-years-long backward journey through the Zodiac. For as we have seen (1.4), by analogy, this point corresponds to the progressive movement of our Ascendant point, and also, in a larger context, to the precession of the Spring Equinoctial point. So it is with this twofold enveloppement and the access points of both spheres that Moon’s development is connected to the larger, Cosmic context.
3. While accompanying Earth in its orbit around the Sun, the Moon continuoulsy keeps itself focused on Earth: Wherever Earth goes, the Moon revolves around it. Her presence in the Solar System is inextricably linked to that of Earth.
The Moon’s lack of an independent pivot of her own implies that she is always facing Earth with the same side of her surface (fig. 18.3.3). Standing on Earth, we never get to see her backside. This means that the Moon has a side that is unknown to us, as Earth’s inhabitants. It is not inconceivable that this implies a second identity and function. For us, this would then be a hidden function.
4. As mentioned before, through her relatively short orbiting time, the Moon generates a kind of shell around Earth (19.1). All outside influences must pass through this Moon shell before they can reach Earth. However beside this short orbiting time Moon is the only celestial body revolving around the Earth. Earth is the centre of its orbit. So, in contrast to all other celestcal bodies, she fits in the geocentric world view on which astrology is based. (12). The ephemerides and Nautical Almanac give their calculations in this geocentric system as well. (3.1) So due to this satelite-position Moon defines the horoscope factors in two ways:
b. By giving entrance Moon introduces the celestical influences in her own excusive, Earth-centered sphere, and as a result, submits them to it. (6.2) (21.3) So due to her position around the Earth Moon makes heliocentric factors work as geocentric ones (12). In this respect she conditions the horoscope for all incoming influences.
5. Seen in this way, we should certainly understand the Moon in astrology as our protector and servant, but indeed also as an all-determining ruler. Her satellite position actually gives her this key position: She shows us reality through her own glasses. So now it seems that the horoscope shows us a projected image, which has started from ourselves and allows us to gain our experiences within it. As a result it plays a final role in the interpretation of the horoscope.
This means that the Moon and the Earth are not only linked to each other in a factual astronomical sense, but now also appear to be inseparable from each other in astrological sense.
A framework of her own
Because these reference points place the Moon in a different framework than is used in traditional astrology, we will trace her core characteristics according to this framework. Nevertheless, in this process we will see how the values traditionally attributed to her will show up again, one by one. The big advantage here is that, just as with the other planets discussed so far, the core meanings of the Moon will naturally emerge from the organic constellation around Earth (18.1).