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The Basics of Astrology
The Moon and Neptune in Dynamic Aspects
Astrological aspects: general introduction
The analysis of a natal chart must be as comprehensive as possible. This is what we do as we make our personalized reports available in our e-shop. It must be borne in mind that many astrologers concentrate on the interpretation of planets in signs and in houses, and of angles, without paying enough attention to aspects. On the contrary, we believe that when aspects involve personal planets between themselves or slow-moving planets, they are of fundamental importance. In all cases, they are at least as significant as the Ascendant or the Sun. This is particularly relevant when the orb is tight (i.e. when the aspect is exact). This is the criterion we apply for this new series of articles which describe how well-known personalities experience certain aspects.
The Moon and Neptune in inharmonious aspect
The Moon represents the daily emotions of the moment, the unconscious, the part of femininity, and sensitivity.
She also relates to many other important fields of life such as the past and nostalgia in general, the mother (later, the life partner in male charts), motherhood for a female and her relationships with her children if she has any. The Moon brings about or increases popularity, especially when she is in the 10th House or near the Midheaven.
When the configuration is unfavorable, the Moon may cause mood swings or instability, and in other cases, she may produce laziness or indolence.
As for Neptune, a planet invisible to the naked eye, he is a collective planet (because he moves slowly and therefore is in the same position for all those born within a few weeks or months). He suggests great dreams and ideals, merging with others, and imagination. This is the reason why he is often prominent in the charts of artists, especially painters, musicians, and poets.
Neptune may also be associated with illusions, frauds, or deliquescence. In some cases, he provides protection against reality, and encourages to dream one's life instead of living it and to focus on virtual worlds to the detriment of concrete facts.
When these planets are in play and do not get along well (this is called harsh or sometimes dynamic aspect, because tensions always release energy and enable to progress in life), their positive character traits remain active, but the way they function prevents to adapt well to society or to the goals pursued.
For instance, people having a tense aspect between the Moon and Neptune are imaginative, but this may play tricks on them. Victimization, masochism, or a tendency to be deceived may thus occur. They are not very aware of it, or they make no effort to fight their inner demons.
Both squares (90°) and oppositions (180°) between these two planets are very noticeable in daily life, insofar as the Moon speaks volumes in this area. She is one of the key features that the astrologer analyzes to better understand the character of a person, male or female, particularly in terms of spontaneity.
The square functions like a permanent jammer, although its effects are expressed as a backdrop. It is not necessarily as powerful as the opposition, but the person who has may find it painful to experience, because it continuously causes inner conflicts. One may feel torn between the need for protective intimacy (the influence of the Moon) and that to melt in the group, to the extent that one loses one's bearings (the influence of Neptune). Unfortunately, real and concrete facts often increase this state of things by making it difficult to take decisions suitable for the situation.
As for the opposition, it translates more into an alternation of the forces of the Moon and of Neptune. The aspect works like a roller coaster, depending on the transits of the moment. One may be cyclothymic. At times, one reacts – it is usually said that the Sun is active, and the Moon, reactive – according to one's own sensitivity (the Moon), wary of groups, especially if one has been disappointed by them (Neptune). Then, there will be a period during which one has doubts about one's weaknesses (the Moon) and prefers to rely on the opinion of the majority (Neptune).
In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities. This article deliberately isolates the square aspect and the opposition so as to better describe them. For this reason, it claims on no account to be a psychological analysis of the celebrity in question, for whom many other articles are available in the "Focus" section.
It is possible to find thousands of other horoscopes having the Moon in aspect of square or opposition with Neptune (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.
With the Moon in Gemini and in the 6th House (connected with daily life, health, and pets), forming a quite tight square with Neptune in Virgo in the 9th (great ideals), Brigitte Bardot is an emblematic case of this association of planets.
Firstly, the natal Moon describes a jaunty personality, shifting from one emotion to the other in less than no time, Gemini reinforcing the vivacity of her moods. Revealed to the whole world by the film of Roger Vadim, And God Created Woman, the young lady from a good family, unknown at that time, became a planetary celebrity all at once. One recognizes the influence of the dominant Moon in the tremendously attractive woman-child archetype that she played in many films afterwards.
Naive, whimsical, sulky – her well-known pouty face – even her initials, B.B., the actress became an icon. Bardot managed to have all the males at her feet and at the same time, to earn the affection of females who tried to resemble her.
Regarding the role of Neptune, who actually has just clouded the issue and provoked a stain on the perfect image, there is a whole world between phantasm and real life. In retrospect, we understand that Bardot paid the high price and did not find happiness despite her social status, her popularity, and her exceptional career.
She lost her bearings, not knowing how to trust people, and she found a way out thanks to animal welfare. Indeed, it is believed that the Moon in the 6th House may flourish in such cases, and this is what this celebrity achieved, surrounded by her four-legged companions.
As Bardot suddenly put an end to her career, she finally took advantage of her fame to divert public attention from her and to raise awareness of animal suffering, and in the first place by condemning the cruel fate of baby seals, on March 1977. Nowadays, the voice of the pasionaria continues to ring in the ears of hunters. "Even though seal hunting is part of your traditions, well, traditions change. Only fools do not change their mind."
More and more numerous condemnations followed, with courage and perseverance – for those days. Although the activist has not be always been able to choose the right words due to clumsiness, she had worked efficiently to change mentalities durably, and it is entirely to her credit. As far as her performances on screen are concerned, the actress with a lion's mane will keep on making us dream forever.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Brigitte Bardot.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Brigitte Bardot:
It would have been impossible not to illustrate this aspect without mentioning Michael Fassbender. This man with the Sun in Aries has the theme of an idealist, with the Ascendant in the sign of Sagittarius, and a very strong Neptune in an angle.
This slow-moving planet is often very active in the chart of charismatic artists; this is precisely what this actor of German-Irish descent has become. Indeed, Neptune forms numerous aspects, in particular with the Sun in Aries. This aspect instills in Fassbender an ardor which is well-received by the public.
However, as we focus on the square with the Moon in Virgo and in the 9th, we can deduce that the actor may tend to experience a few concerns about his own popularity. He strives to control the effect he produces on people through the use of strong self-discipline, knowing that he may have difficulties understanding it.
He is demanding down to the last detail; he may be exceedingly pernickety and meticulous, before he lets go completely, based on feelings. Here, the Moon-Neptune square is strengthened by Mars in Pisces, in opposition with the Moon and in the 3rd House (communication), the whole group forming a T-square. This is how the actor can shift from rigor to some level of confused nervousness, without grasping the reasons why.
Fortunately for Fassbender, the Sun-Saturn-Ascendant Grand Trine is there to control the situation in most cases. There is a subtle balance, a blend of wild intensity and iron fist, which is certainly among the attractive features of the comedian.
Regarding love life, for a long time, Fassbender had flirted with famous ladies, especially those who were his film partners. It was precisely on a film set that he met his current wife, Alicia Vikander. Incidentally, he married her in Ibiza, a bohemian island entirely matching this Moon-Neptune aspect.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Michael Fassbender.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Michael Fassbender:
Since the Moon as well as Neptune play a significant role in everyone's affective life, it is not surprising to see that their square or their opposition considerably impact this area. It applies particularly strongly in the case of the actress Kristen Stewart, whose chart displays the highly attractive Moon in Libra and in the 5th House (love, creativity). Better than anyone, the comedian can choose the right emotional vibration in order to please.
Besides, this attraction phenomenon equally aims at the public and at her possible partners. The Moon is also in square with Neptune, who is posited in Capricorn and in the 8th House (challenges, crises and metamorphoses, symbolic death). Therefore, we guess that in Stewart's chart, this aspect has its share of demand, and manifests at the same time through sexuality, which may be erratic, and through a propensity to experience psychodramas.
For example, one remembers that for a long time her alleged affair with Robert Pattinson, her partner in the Twilight saga, did not prove true. Nevertheless, shortly after it became public, Steward provoked a worldwide scandal as she compromised herself with a married director, Rupert Sanders. She had to apologize to Pattison. The star disrupted the entire situation, and this brought about breakups on all sides.
Later on, she carried on openly with many partners, males and especially females, thus confirming her bisexuality in her interviews.
From an astrological viewpoint, it is interesting to observe that this ambivalence can be explained, and that here we are dealing with a versality which has every chance to be long-lasting. We must also underline the simultaneous square of Uranus (non-conformism, freedom) with the natal Moon, indicating a possible proneness to provocation, or in any case, the will to steer clear of any kind of typically normal relationship, certainly too bland in the actress's eyes.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Kristen Stewart.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Kristen Stewart:
With Stevie Wonder, a multi-talented author-composer, blind since his early childhood, we are led to discuss the Moon-Neptune opposition after three instances of squares. The opposition aspect is prevailing in the natal chart.
Like for Michael Fassbender, here Neptune is also on the Ascendant. This is synonymous with mysteriously enchanted personality, in front of the Moon in Aries, in conjunction with the Descendant. In addition, Venus is in conjunction with the Moon and is part of the configuration. For such a case, it is mainly in the romantic life that unclear situations are found.
Libra indicates that Wonder is driven by an irresistible need to seduce and by extreme romanticism. It is also the backdrop which allows Neptune to express all his artistic hues.
From the other side, the Moon in Aries heralds lack of hindsight, reckless spontaneity regarding his love commitments. She probably threw him into the arms of many partners; it must be underlined that his affairs ended as quickly as they started.
We know that Wonder married three times and that he has nine children with six different women, which is unusual. The family has a key role in his life and his marriages, which matches very well a Moon with this configuration.
Lastly, it must be added that natal Jupiter (abundance, and sometimes immoderation), is in the 5th House (children, romance, and creativity), which probably also explains Wonder's rich and intense private life.
You can also read the astrological portrait of Stevie Wonder.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Stevie Wonder: