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The Sun and the Moon in tense aspect

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 Sun and the Moon in challenging aspect

In this article, we examine the major aspect of tension, sometimes called a dynamic, negative, or challenging aspect, between the Sun and the Moon, that is, in square, opposition, or unfavorable conjunction.

The encounter between the Sun and the Moon features two essential actors in the analysis of a birth chart.

The first celestial body represents our deep goals, desires, and will, while the second relates to our emotional needs and spontaneous reactions to situations.

This connection links our conscious and unconscious, our yang (masculine) principle and our yin (feminine) principle. The Sun and the Moon are comparable to the energy of day and night, complementary and equal, in constant dialogue.

We can also talk about public life (for the Sun) and private life (for the Moon).

The Sun is the driving force of our actions, our individuality, and our capacity for external affirmation. The Moon, with effects sometimes less apparent, corresponds to how we have assimilated our nourishment, both symbolic and concrete, especially when we were children. Its presence in a sign and house indicates how we seek security.

In the case of a square or opposition between the Moon and the Sun, there is a confusion between the feminine and masculine, often due to upbringing or parental discord, which can make reconciling these two facets of personality difficult in adulthood.

The ability to be objective is challenging because when one commits to a direction, there is a constant tug-of-war with the fear of losing something on the other side. For instance, there may be difficulty in harmoniously balancing professional life with a couple or family life.

In the case of an opposition, affected individuals tend to want to put themselves in someone else's place or try to integrate a perspective by dissociating themselves. This internal struggle can affect their vitality. Conflicts with parents – or between them – are frequent, and one must learn to overcome these to find their path in the world.

These confrontations or challenges often reappear in romantic or couple relationships due to this confusion between feminine and masculine roles, between passivity and initiative.

In the case of a square, it is more about a permanent internal tension rather than a balance or polarity made of two opposing forces. To resolve the inner problem of this configuration, it becomes necessary to adopt an active commitment to transcend incompatible domains.

Nevertheless, this fluctuating energy brings great dynamism. In this planetary duo, it is essential to reconcile emotions and will, which maturity and experience generally allow. One then comes to fully enjoy the qualities of these two luminaries, similar to the corresponding harmonious aspect.

In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities. Here Liv Tyler (opposition), Kirk Douglas (opposition), Miranda Kerr (square), and Michel Houellebecq (opposition).

This article deliberately isolates the aspect 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 Sun and the Moon in tense aspect (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.

Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler / Author: lichtmaedel2 01-2008 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)

Illustrating perfectly the dichotomy between the luminaries in a dynamic aspect, Liv Tyler was kept away from her father, Steven Tyler, the lead vocalist of the band Aerosmith, during the early years of her life.

He was then immersed in rock and roll excesses and drug addiction. At 8 years old, Liv discovered her true origins, and when she turned 14, the matter was made public. It is therefore not surprising that the configuration we are studying is notable in her chart.

In her case, the Moon is in Capricorn, in exile, positioned on the Descendant, directly opposite the Sun, which it rules. This complex figure indicates several challenges to overcome related to parental and couple relationships.

Liv Tyler also suffered early on from hyperactivity and was diagnosed with an attention disorder.

Her own romantic relationships have subsequently been quite chaotic, although she seems to have found balance in recent years.

It is important to note that Pluto adds another layer of profound demands, forming a T-square with the two planets under study. It is clear that heavy secrets affected her childhood and subsequently influenced her own relational behavior. Fortunately, the actress has shown resilience.

Born:Friday, July 1, 1977
In:New York (NY) (United States)
Sun: 9°27' CancerAS: 16°43' Cancer
Moon:13°24' Capricorn MC: 27°07' Pisces
Dominants: Cancer, Capricorn, Taurus
Moon, Mercury, Sun
Houses 12, 6, 11 / Water, Earth / Cardinal
Chinese Astrology: Fire Snake
Numerology: Birth Path 5
Height: Liv Tyler is 5' 9½" (1m77) tall
Pageviews: 161,615

You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Liv Tyler.

Below, you will find the horoscope of Liv Tyler:

Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Liv Tyler (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Liv Tyler, born July 1, 1977, 6:08 AM, New York (NY) (United States) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 20° 40' 27° 07' 18° 31' 24° 31' 19° 14' 19° 52' 27' 11° 10' 16° 43' 15° 08' 11° 26' 20° 54' 47' 14° 06' 13° 24'

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas / Author : Unknown photographer 1955 / Public domain

Let's start with some good news for those who believe that a dynamic aspect between the luminaries inevitably signals health setbacks: Kirk Douglas lived to be 103 years old, remaining very lucid until the end.

Although he came from a Jewish and Belarusian background, far removed from the glitz of Hollywood, Kirk managed to shine there and establish a true dynasty, being the father of Michael Douglas.

He had to break away from both his homeland and his original environment, distancing himself from an alcoholic and violent father, and overcoming ostracism related to his roots.

This Sagittarius native has the Moon in Gemini, the opposite sign, highlighting a very restless and mobile character. For him, the Sun is in the 11th house and the Moon in the 5th, which emphasizes personal and collective creativity as well as sports.

In his case, the struggle allowed him, when he was young, to earn respect, and thanks to his musculature, he excelled in action roles, such as Spartacus in the eponymous film directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1960.

With the axis between the two signs emphasized, Kirk Douglas always needed to learn and communicate. For example, he took an interest in learning several languages, including French for a film, and eventually spoke and read them all fluently.

In his private life, Kirk Douglas was married twice, which is not surprising with the luminaries in double signs on the relationship axis.

Author: Unknown authorUnknown author
Credits: http://www.acertaincinema.com/browse/person/kirk-douglas/?p1=24&p2=1&p3=1&p4=1
Licence: Public domain
Born:Saturday, December 9, 1916
In:Amsterdam (NY) (United States)
Sun: 17°15' SagittariusAS: 0°33' Aquarius
Moon:18°26' Gemini MC: 24°57' Scorpio
Dominants: Aquarius, Sagittarius, Cancer
Uranus, Neptune, Saturn
Houses 7, 5, 11 / Air, Fire / Fixed
Chinese Astrology: Fire Dragon
Numerology: Birth Path 11
Height: Kirk Douglas is 5' 9" (1m75) tall
Pageviews: 66,261

You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Kirk Douglas.

Below, you will find the horoscope of Kirk Douglas:

Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Kirk Douglas (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Kirk Douglas, born December 9, 1916, 10:15 AM, Amsterdam (NY) (United States) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 44' 37' 08' 14° 19' 24° 57' 17° 15' 25° 50' 02' 20° 05' 33' 16° 36' 25° 39' 18° 26' 42' 29° 55'

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr / Eva Rinaldi 08-2011 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en)

The beautiful Miranda Kerr is an Aries native, with the Sun at the last degree of the sign, in an exact square with the Moon in Cancer, the latter being on the Ascendant.

Both luminaries are in strong positions and harmonious with the signs they are in, as the Moon is angular and in its domicile, while the Sun is exalted.

Despite these advantages, the dialogue between the two planets is not easy. The Moon initially gives an impression of gentleness since it is in the sector related to the need for security and Cancer is rather reserved by nature. However, this Ascendant hides a much more determined and strong-willed personality than one might think, as Cancer is a cardinal sign, let's not forget.

In life, Miranda Kerr was propelled very young into the fashion world by swimsuit photos that created a controversy. She then pursued a modeling career, capitalizing on these same physical assets, becoming one of the highest-paid models in the world.

Her love life also reflects the internal tensions of the Moon-Sun aspect. She has had multiple relationships, notably with Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio, before marrying Orlando Bloom, with whom she had a son.

After a divorce followed by a new period of instability, she is now remarried to Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, and is the mother of three more children. With the dominant influence of the Moon and Cancer, family is as important to her as the couple.

Born:Wednesday, April 20, 1983
In:Gunnedah (NSW) (Australia)
Sun: 29°29' AriesAS: 0°33' Leo
Moon:26°18' Cancer MC: 17°52' Taurus
Dominants: Taurus, Cancer, Aries
Moon, Sun, Mercury
Houses 9, 10, 12 / Fire, Earth / Fixed
Chinese Astrology: Water Pig
Numerology: Birth Path 9
Height: Miranda Kerr is 5' 8" (1m73) tall
Pageviews: 167,367

You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Miranda Kerr.

Below, you will find the horoscope of Miranda Kerr:

Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Miranda Kerr (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Miranda Kerr, born April 20, 1983, 1:10 PM, Gunnedah (NSW) (Australia) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 10° 32' 29° 29' 10° 44' 17° 52' 19° 19' 49' 26° 45' 26° 18' 33' 27° 22' 28° 06' 15' 33' 10° 06' 29° 08'

Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq / Author : Fronteiras do Pensamento 11-2016 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en)

Michel Houellebecq, one of the most well-known French writers, often presented as a somewhat sad Droopy, has the Sun and Moon among the top three planetary dominants.

The two planets oppose each other on the 3-9 axis, related to communication and writing. His natal Moon in Virgo describes a scholarly man but one suffering from a feeling of limitation—and thus a need to break free—well illustrated by the square it forms with the Ascendant and the aspect to his Sun in Pisces.

The latter would like him to go with the flow, trusting in his sense of fraternity and empathy. However, the more critical Moon repeatedly undermines his illusions.

A large part of his work illustrates this dilemma. He often describes characters seeking compensation and affected by the decay of Western values.

As he enjoys controversy, it has never been lacking and has even contributed to his success. We also find the traditional influence of this tension between the Moon and the Sun in his relationships with his parents.

His father is a mountain guide, and his mother is an intellectual sensitive to communism. He suffered from their disinterest in him and, raised by his grandparents, retains an original wound from this.

It is possible that his sometimes disturbing ideas, which touch on base instincts, also stem from this upbringing and this conflicting aspect.

Author: Mariusz Kubik
Credits: Own work
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Born:Sunday, February 26, 1956
In:Saint-Pierre, Réunion (France)
Sun: 6°45' PiscesAS: 8°27' Gemini
Moon:10°51' Virgo MC: 14°26' Pisces
Dominants: Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo
Moon, Sun, Mercury
Houses 9, 3, 6 / Water, Fire / Mutable
Chinese Astrology: Fire Monkey
Numerology: Birth Path 4
Height: Michel Houellebecq is 5' 7½" (1m71) tall
Pageviews: 58,702

You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Michel Houellebecq.

Below, you will find the horoscope of Michel Houellebecq:

Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Michel Houellebecq (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Michel Houellebecq, born February 26, 1956, 1:00 PM, Saint-Pierre, Réunion (France) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12° 33' 13° 21' 28° 23' 28° 28' 10° 40' 45' 14° 26' 17° 50' 27' 28° 52' 25° 13' 27° 09' 10° 51' 15' 38'