12 ways to Destress with your Moon Sign
Blessings seekers and mystics!
It has been a huge goal for me to use astrology, and the art of tarot reading, to help align others with conscious living and choosing pathways in life that lead to healthier versions of themselves. It is an absolute dream come true to be asked to write for this platform from that perspective. For my first contribution to conscious sober living from an astrological perspective, I would love to break down how your Moon sign can help aid in finding the right way that is special to you when it comes to finding healthy ways to cope with stress, rather than turning to an unhealthy addictive pattern!
Our Moon sign typically gets the least amount of attention when it comes to horoscopes, but it equally makes up such a large part of who we are. Our Moon in our birth charts symbolizes who we are on an emotional and subconscious level, and what we need when it is time for us to hunker down, retreat within, and feel nurtured in our personal lives. In astrology there can be a spectrum as well as a duality within the archetypal energy of a planet and sign. We can fulfill the positive and empowering expression of that energy, or we can also lean towards the negative or not so positive expression of that energy.
Some of you may be wondering how you find out what your Moon sign is in astrology? In order to find out what your Moon sign is, you can have your birth chart read by an astrologer ( like myself), or you can download an astrology app that will tell you. My favorite astrology app is called Time Passages. You will need your birth date, exact birth time as it is on your birth certificate, and the location of where you were born in order to find the correct birth chart data for yourself.
Our Moon sign in astrology represents what we need on an emotional level and how it is expressed. It also is a good place to see what types of coping mechanisms we gravitate towards when under stress, and how we can choose healthy ways for self care when met with challenges in life. Everyone is different. We may wonder why one person needs a lot of alone time when they are under stress, while another may need to go out with friends for a night and talk about all of their problems. Our Moon sign can show this side of our nature, and help us better understand to set ourselves up for success when it comes to finding healthy coping mechanisms. This was such a crucial part in my sobriety journey when understanding my nature and why getting drunk and listening to sad music was something I gravitated towards when I was feeling emotionally distraught ( my Moon is in Pisces the sign that rules music and alcohol.)
After over 3 years of studying astrology and doing tons of birth charts, I have found what tends to help others feel stress free and more in alignment when the needs of their Moon sign are getting met in healthy and grounding ways.
So here it is, your guide to healthy emotional coping mechanisms based on your Moon sign!
You’re learning how to cool off and gain control of that temper!
Aries Moon’s are known for not always being able to keep their cool when under pressure! With the planet Mars ruling your Moon, you have a tendency to feel irritable and frustrated when your needs are not getting met. Aries Moon can sometimes feel hard as your needs are dependent on whatever you feel you need in that moment, and if that need does not get met in that moment, you are going to feel like you are about to blow a fuse! For this reason, it is important that Aries Moon’s find a way to feel like they are in control of their environment in ways that feel empowering. You need to remove yourself from others, and almost go on a personal journey that reestablishes your sense of independence and control of your surroundings. Aries Moons benefit from working heat through the body with physical activity. It is extremely positive for you to go for a run, or a bike ride, or do something active when you are feeling emotionally ungrounded, and doing it alone so that there isn't anyone around to slow you down!
Celebs with their Moon in Aries:
Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Selena Gomez, Pamela Anderson, Kendall Jenner, Tupac Shakur, Tyra Banks, Ellen Degenres, Russel Brand
You’re learning how to balance work and play, you don’t need to be hustling 24/7!
Taurus values a strong sense of material security. Taurus Moons need to feel grounded and stable when it comes to their physical environment and the work they are doing in the world needs to feel steady and constant. Unfortunately life is not always stable and constant so Taurus Moons need to find things in their environment that give them a sense of security, when maybe other things in their life are not so stable. The first and foremost is a comfortable and stable living environment, the home needs to feel lived in, cozy, and beautiful.
Taurus Moon’s also feel most grounded and nurtured when they are able to cook and enjoy food that is comforting to them! You benefit from finding a recipe you have always wanted to try and spending the day gathering all of the ingredients, putting on some romantic and soothing music, while spending the day preparing this meal for yourself as well as whomever you share your life with. With Venus ruling the energy of your Moon, physical sensations and romance is something that Taurus Moons also find comfort in when needing to rejuvenate. Having a romantic date night with a fancy dessert after a nourishing dinner will help any Taurus Moon individual feel rejuvenated and complete for the days that follow.
Celebs with their Moon in Taurus:
Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Mother Teresa, Meryl Streep, Carl Jung, Frida Kahlo, Kobe Bryant, River Phoenix, Quintin Tarentino, Joe Bidon, Edgar Cayce, Mick Jagger.
You’re learning how to worry less and breathe more!
Gemini Moons have a dual nature to them, on the one hand you need to be social and find someone to talk out your feelings with, on the other hand you also feel like you need to shut yourself out and turn off the phone for the day. It is incredibly important that you have friends you can trust with listening to your emotional process. Having a good therapist to help you with mentally processing what you’re going through is also extremely helpful. While talking your feelings out is incredibly therapeutic for you, you equally need a balance of quiet and alone time. Gemini Moon’s are prone to anxiety and overthinking every single possible outcome of a situation. Gemini energy has such a hard time coping with anxiety and overthinking that it is common to gravitate towards substances that subdue and calm the mind, but what is equally beneficial for you is grounding exercises. Having a physical routine helps get all that flow of energy moving in a positive direction. Anxiety is typically energy that has nowhere to go. It will be incredibly helpful for you to have a physical exercise routine that gets all of that pent up energy moving, someone to talk your emotional process out with, and then meditation/breathing exercises to wind down at the end of the day. Take some breaks from reading news articles and scrolling through social media posts. Write in a journal what fears or worries you have, and then write down the solutions you can create in your life to calming those fears. You might surprise yourself with all of the knowledge you already possess to problem solve your own dilemma!
Celebs with Gemini Moon:
Barack Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Jim Carrey, Khloe Kardashian, Tina Turner, Sigmund Freud, 50 cent, Jackie Chan, Karl Lagerfield, John Cena, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields, Benicio Del Toro, Florence Welch.
You’re learning to nurture yourself, rather than force others to need your nurturing!
Cancer Moons need to feel needed and often need a lot of alone time to rejuvenate. It can feel good for Cancer Moon individuals to avoid their feelings by being there for someone else's emotional process, but this can turn Cancer Moons into feeling resentful. You benefit from finding space in your home to chill out and shut yourself away from the outside world with an old classic movie, a cup of tea, and a nice soothing relaxing bath to top it off. Similar to Taurus Moon people, Cancer Moon’s also feel a large connection to preparing comforting and nourishing foods for themselves, their families, and loved ones. It fills Cancer Moons with joy to buy gifts for others, or do grandiose acts of service for friends and family. Cancer Moons are known for taking things personally and being extremely sensitive. It is important you allow yourself to feel your feelings, but be mindful that not everything is a personal attack. It's ok to cry it out, and actually a very healthy thing for Cancer Moon to do! Cancer Moons also benefit from days at home to wind down and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the world. You need lots of down time at home to recharge.
Celebs with Moon in Cancer:
Taylor Swift, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Cobain, Shakira, Drake, Heath Ledger, Jimi Hendrix, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Issac Newton, Kris Jenner, Drew Barrymore, Janis Joplin, Roman Polanski.
You’re learning how to love yourself, rather than searching for constant likes and applause from others!
Leo Moons need a lot of love, attention, and admiration from others when they feel emotionally unfulfilled. This can be a slippery slope for Leo Moon individuals, as there really is no bottom when it comes to the attention seeking game. It is important for you Leo Moons to find ways to give this to yourself rather than doing large performative displays to your friends hoping for praise and external validation. Leo Moons benefit from self love activities such as mirror work, getting dressed up for yourself whether you have anywhere to go, doing a photoshoot, any kind of self grooming, getting your nails done, things that give you a sense of accomplishment, and pride in who you are and what you bring to the table of your own life. Leo Moon’s need to be careful when it comes to dating apps and one night stands. Learn to take yourself on a date. Send yourself flowers. Become your own number one fan!
Celebs with Moon in Leo:
Lana Del Rey, Mahatma Gandhi, Julia Roberts, David Bowie, Paris Hilton, Paul Mccartney, Charlize Theron, Halle Barry, Marylin Manson, Bruno Mars, Jane Fonda, Winston Churchill, Patrick Swayze, Ringo Starr, Oscar Wilde.
You’re learning how to go with the flow.
Nothing needs to be planned perfectly all of the time!
Virgo Moons need everything in their lives to feel organized and in place. Routine is incredibly important for Virgo Moon, and you will feel incredibly imbalanced if you have found yourself in any kind of disarray. It is important for Virgo Moon to put order to things by blocking out chunks of time to rearrange, reorganize, or establish a new exercise and health routines . You have to be careful to not get too obsessive over this, as Virgo is known to possess some qualities that can be overly focused on perfectionism. You have to find the balance between keeping a healthy routine, while also learning to have grace around where you are human and can’t keep things perfect and orderly all of the time. Cut yourself a break and find a way to have the best of both worlds. Plan a cleaning/organizing day, and then follow it up with some time out in nature doing something good for your body, but maybe don’t have a meticulous plan for once, and just see where the day takes you.
Celebs with Moon in Virgo:
Madonna, Sharon Tate, Nicki Minaj, Natalie Portman, 14th Dalai Lama, Elon Musk, Zac Efron, J.K Rowling, Jack Nicholson, James Franco, Sean Connery, Gordon Ramsy, John Travolta, Stephen Hawking, Serge Gainsburg, Channing Tatum.
You’re learning to be more decisive with what you need, especially in your relationships!
Libra Moon individuals love to connect emotionally to another person, but often struggle with feeling indecisive at times which can cause them to have a hard time taking action when it comes to self care, or finding out how to fulfill their own emotional needs. You often can come off aloof or cold to others because you will go with whatever other people want of you, but the truth is that you are actually very particular about what you want and what you like, and have very specific needs that require some space away from others. You will often feel you can’t get your needs met in a group environment, so you avoid the group altogether. You enjoy partying, but probably need more nights at home curled up with a good book rather than forcing yourself to partake in what others are doing. Finding a healthy balance between socializing and retreating is important for you and something you are naturally good at, but it can be hard for you to know when to make that decision because you are so focused on making others happy. Don’t sacrifice your own peace and happiness to make others comfortable. Find a way to be direct and clear about what you need, because being able to clearly define your needs, enables you to have better relationships in the end. You benefit from balancing out your need for connection, while also prioritizing yourself with beauty rituals, reading a good book, and getting plenty of sleep.
Celebs with Moon in Libra:
Justin Bieber, Leonardo Dicaprio, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Nikola Tesla, Mel Gibson, Helena Blavatsky, Emma Stone, Alicia Keys, Edward Norton, Nicholas Cage, William Shakespear, Sting, Tom Hardy, Walt Disney.
You’re learning how to find more gratitude in life! Work on avoiding feelings of victimization when things don't go your way. Not everything in life is about winning and losing!
Scorpio Moons are prone to negative self talk and depression when imbalanced within their emotional process. Scorpio Moons tend to retreat into the shadows and need quite a bit of alone time shut out from the outside world when they are feeling ungrounded and out of alignment within the self. It is incredibly important for Scorpio Moon to get this alone time and space to recalibrate, but it is equally important that Scorpio Moon people do not get too far into the hole of self pity or victimized thought processes when feeling burnt out. What helps Scorpio balance this out is through gratitude journaling, and finding ways to see beauty in the world rather than focusing on only the perceived negativity in things that may be happening around them. Scorpio has a strong relationship to sex, and Scorpio Moons may also find rejuvenation when it comes to their sex lives. It is beneifical for Scorpio Moon individuals to have a healthy relationship to their sex lives with themselves, their partners, and their sexual expression.
Celebs with Moon in Scorpio:
Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner, Will Smith, Bruce Lee, Elizabeth Taylor, Mark Zuckerberg, Mila Kunis, Bjork, James Dean, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela, Bono, Kate Moss.
You’re learning to find balance in needing freedom, spontaneity and fun while still fulfilling your responsibilities!
Sagittarius Moon needs freedom to explore the world and search for truth beyond the obvious. You are a deep thinker, someone who is constantly asking “why.” You benefit from finding rejuvenation by escaping mundane reality by venturing to a new place whether physically, spiritually, or both. It is easy for Sagittarius Moon people to fall into unhealthy coping mechanisms in regard to excess. You often desire a need for more peak experiences.. What helps you balance this out is prioritizing a spiritual practice that empowers you to explore the recesses of your mind, while also planning out trips that get you out of your routine and help you feel alive. You are not meant to work 9-5, 5 days a week, doing the same thing week in and week out. You need adventure, exploration, and to experience constant growth. Sagittarius Moon is the lifelong student and teacher. You benefit from learning new skills, and never limiting your potential to just one thing. You also teach others what you have learned along the way. If you are feeling emotionally in a rut, you benefit from taking a class in something you have always wanted to learn, or visiting a new place that gets you inspired on your journey towards self discovery.
Celebs with Moon in Sagittarius:
Donald Trump, Albert Einstein, Jennifer Aniston, Freddie Mercury, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Mozart, Al Pacino, Vincent Van Gogh, Adele, Ted Bundy, Pablo Picasso, Michael Jordan, Naomi Campbell, Mike Tyson, Beethoven, Stephen King, Charlie Sheen.
You’re learning how to be more vulnerable and laugh at yourself every once in a while!
Capricorn Moons out of all of the Moon signs tend to have the hardest time acknowledging their feelings. This is because out of all of the signs you tend to be the most rational and practical when it comes to life. But unfortunately, not all aspects of life can be rationalized and explained away with logic. While Capricorn Moons may beg to differ, this can cause others to perceive you as cold and unapproachable, which can then have you sometimes feeling like you are not sure why emotional connection is hard for you. Capricorn Moons typically avoid vulnerability and pour all of themselves into projects. Capricorn Moon people need to feel productive. Work is where you find stability and joy. But all work and no play makes Capricorn Moon a dull and unfulfilled egg. Capricorn Moon benefits from learning how to balance out work and play by seeing that play is an equally important part of life. Capricorn Moon enjoys competitive games and sports, and will find emotional fulfillment in things that give them a sense of accomplishment. Finding activities that you can do outside of your every day work that open you up to laughter, and a healthy sense of competition, will help to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. These are things that enable you to find emotional fulfillment in your life when you feel stagnant or bored with the empire you have built for yourself.
Celebs with Moon in Capricorn:
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Amy Winehouse, Ryan Gosling, Arnold Shwarzenegger, Kourtney Kardashian, David Beckham, Melania Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Cher, Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Douglas.
You’re learning how to embrace being different!
Aquarius Moons feel fulfilled when they spend time with their friends or doing something they see as valuable in their community. You feel rejuvenated by doing community work, whether it be volunteering at a shelter, organizing a protest, or just spending a day/evening with friends who make you laugh and get you feeling a sense of connection. Your gift in the world is having a healthy level of detachment while also having the motivation to want to make positive change in the world, even if no one else around you really gets it. You tend to be extremely interested in sticking up for the underdogs, but can sometimes forget to stick up for yourself. You benefit from finding ways to do things that empower you to love yourself for who you are, even if it is weird, different, or just too progressive for our current world. It's ok to be ahead of the curve. You benefit from self acceptance and not always needing the outside world to validate you. Trust in the work you do for others, while also being patient when it takes people longer to get your bigger vision you have for the future.
Celebs with Moon in Aquarius:
Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Britney Spears, Eminem, John Lennon, Billie Eilish, Charles Manson, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, Pope Francis, Sophia Loren, Lil Wayne, Johann Sabastian Bach, Caitlyn Jenner, Cary Grant, Steve McQueen.
You’re learning how to set healthy boundaries and not get too bogged down by the collective suffering of others!
Ah Pisces Moon, last but not least. You tend to have the hardest time dealing with reality which can cause you to find an array of unhealthy ways to escape. Pisces is the sign that rules alcoholism and escapism. If you could become a fairy princess and live happily ever after in an alternate universe, you would! The pain of the world can just be too much for you to handle at times so it is extra imperative you take long breaks from being around other people, the news, and social media. Boundaries are not your strong suit, so learning how to say no and when you need to take a break is imperative to your mental and emotional well being. You benefit from blocking out days where your phone is off, you are taking relaxing baths, and taking as many naps as possible. Listening to or playing music, writing poetry, and art projects are also beneficial for the Pisces Moon individual to find inspiration and rejuvenation.
Celebs with Moon in Pisces:
Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Kanye West, Elvis Preseye, Leonardo Da Vinci, Grace Kelly, Prince, Robin Williams, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Che Guavera, Cindy Drawford, Winona Ryder, Coco Chanel, Egar Allen Poe.
So there you have it folks. Twelve ways to cope with stress based on your Moon sign. I hope if you have read this it resonates for you in relation to how you relate to your own archetypal energy There are many additional factors that play into our birth chart and what our emotional needs are that a full astrology reading can answer for you, the Moon sign is a large part of it.
This article was originally featured on thesobercurator.com
Analisa Six is a Tarot Reader, Astrologer and Co-owner of The Mystic Parlor.
She lives in Yucca Valley, CA with her two dogs Bam Bam and Bruce Wayne, and her husband Terry Six. In her off time she loves hiking, hanging out with dogs, yoga, being vegan, studying the occult, and talking about conspiracy theories with her business partner Evelyn Zuel.
You can book a reading with her here.