Astrology Practical Magic

Honoring Your Moon Sign

collage of a woman standing with hands folded behind her back, her head turned away and silhouetted against a bright yellow moon in a dark purple sky

I’m in love with the moon.

Driving when the moon is out is dangerous for me, because I can’t help but crane my neck around to get a glimpse of her.

Walking when the moon is out is also dangerous; I’ve often tripped or walked into something while gazing rapturously up at her shining face.


I also love astrology.

It’s an amazing language that helps us better understand ourselves, our world, and our beloveds.


It’s often said that the top three astrological positions to be aware of are the Sun sign, the Moon sign, and the Ascendent or rising sign.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOON who may or may not also be my girlfriend

Our moon sign represents our needs, our emotional body, and our comfort zone.

(And when I say “moon sign” I mean the position of the Moon at the time of your birth. More information about how to find your moon sign at the bottom of this post.)

For those who struggles with anxiety, depression, and/or illness of any kind, the moon sign can be a great indicator for self-care.

When I begin to slip under the ocean waters of depression, I turn to my moon sign as one pathway back to the shore.

My moon is in Gemini, the mutable Air sign ruled by planet Mercury.

Gemini loves travel, talk, storytelling, spontaneity, exploration, escapism, and getting busy with the hands.

So some of the ways in which I honor my moon sign include:
  • Impulsive day trips
  • Going down the tumblr rabbit hole
  • Binge-watching a really good serial story on Netflix; lately it’s been Twin Peaks and The X Files so clearly I’m in some kinda spooky ’90s FBI mood
  • Listening to Bri Saussy’s audios from Spinning Gold
  • Feeling myself
  • Busting out my watercolors
  • Doodling in my sketchbook
  • Getting blazed with an intellectually-minded buddy and talking about All The Things
  • Going to the movies
  • Listening to music

All things that honor my Gemini need to connect, chat, use my hands, and be freeeee Sméagol is free

Recently, I was feeling those dark ocean waters begin to lap at me.


Then, the perfect opportunity to revitalize myself with moony Gemini activities fell into my lap: my babe Gala’s book release party for Radical Self Love, her shiny literary baby.


A road trip to NYC. On a Wednesday — the day of Mercury, ruling planet of Gemini. With the moon in Sagittarius — Gemini’s opposite but equally travel-loving sign.

And the cherry on top: spending time with Gala and Veronica, two of my very favorite witchy babes.


I loaded some snacks and a sack full of old CDs into the car, put on my sparkle star cape, and hit the road.


It felt so good to fly down the highway, sing along with some battered Cranberries CDs, and gad about with shiny happy New Yorkers.

And when I got back to Massachusetts at 2am, I fell into the deepest, most satisfied sleep.


And speaking of soundtracks, here’s a lovely live recording of my Gemini moon theme song: “The Moon and St. Christopher” as performed by Kate Rusby, one of my faves.

I mean, how cute is she? Crackers on a plate!!!


(St. Christopher is the patron saint of travel and, if Tom Waits is to be believed, bachelors. Appropriate for freedom-loving Gemini.)

Now: not sure about your moon sign?

Draw up a free chart at — and for bonus points, check out the Lunarium lunar calendar to find out what phase of the moon you were born under (be sure to adjust the time zone accordingly). Just input the month and year of your birth and see what’s up!

(I was burn during the waxing crescent. Pew pew, laser beams of increasing energy!)

Totally lost in the astrobabble?

Check out my mentor Theresa Reed’s free resource, Star School. Once a month she breaks down the basics of astrology for total beginners. Once you know your Moon sign, you can check out that sign’s characteristics in Lesson 2 and begin to extrapolate some self-care practices from there.

AND TELL ME WHAT YOU FIND. For serious my fellow babies — I want to know your moon sign and what kind of self-care it indicates for you. Comment below or hit me up on social media @tarotandtea!


Want to become an astro master? I highly recommend Amelia Quint’s Elemental Astrology course. I love the way Amelia breaks it all down — and I ESPECIALLY dig that she’s into queer-friendly, non-heteronormative astrology. Fuck the patriarchy!



Paige Zaferiou

p.s. I’m not an affiliate for any of the fine programs I’ve mentioned above and get no kind of kickback for linking to them: my recommendations are made solely based on my own positive experiences with the aforementioned. 

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  • Reply
    March 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I’m a loony lunar Scorpio – introverting with tea, sleeping and dreams. Solitude is good. Allowing myself to indulge in horrifying, violent tv shows is okay too.

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    Trish Finley
    March 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I discovered my moon sign is Sagittarius! Theresa says they have “wanderlust, like to roam.” This explains why sometimes I have to take random solo road trips too!

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    March 23, 2016 at 9:05 am

    interesting! Im a introverted, thoughtful Scorpio sun sign with a ..Ta DAHH Leo moon.. not really sure how to nurture that side of myself,, dress up and put a show on for my pets?!

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    Denise Romesburg
    March 23, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Sun and Moon both in Aquarius.

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    Theresa Reed
    March 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Aw thanks for the shout out! Such a beautiful post too. I’m a Moon in Scorpio – intense, passionate, and a bit dark. Heh heh…kinda like a good action film!


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    March 26, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    My moon is in Virgo, which explains why, when I’m upset or stressed, the first thing I do is start cleaning, organizing and compulsively listing and planning. Sometimes this turns into obsessing about every little thing that’s wrong or has ever been wrong in my life, though, so I have to watch that. I’m thinking that to put a more positive spin on it, I should seek my Virgo-ness by engaging my mind with puzzles and games and maybe finding ways to be helpful to others. Also, my Virgo moon makes me seem out home and comfort and stability.

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    March 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    ahahahah, i just discovered you via joanna devoe. i really appreciate the way you write. i am a gem moon, too; you’re soothing! even in standard conversation my mind is like, “YES PLEASE SWISS CHEESE” and “SHIT YEAH MUFUCKAS” and of course i don’t ALWays let it out.

    all hail mini roadtrips.

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      April 14, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Aha!! I love this. It’s wonderful to meet other lunar Geminis with whom I can let out the mental SHIT YEAH MUFUCKAS. Represent!


      Yes, please!

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