Most astrology-obsessed peeps are pretty familiar with their Sun sign—it's the zodiac sign that aligns with your personality (and is the basis of most monthly horoscope predictions). But Moon signs are something completely different.
What is a Moon sign, exactly?
In astrology, your Sun sign reflects your outward personality, while your Moon sign controls your emotions and mood, says Donna Page, a professional astrologer with a graduate degree in counseling psychology. "The moon rules the night and our emotional world," Page explains. "It’s huge in determining your overall personality."
Think of your Sun sign as how other people see you—the job you choose, where you like to live, your style. Your Moon sign is more about how you respond to what life throws your way. It also helps set a foundation of emotional stability and support for you, so it’s kind of a big deal, Page says.
How do you find your Moon sign?
It's pretty simple—you need to know the date, place, and time you were born. The moon moves through the zodiac pretty often (so it might be totally different than your Sun sign!), which is why you need so many specifics for this one. There are plenty of online calculators that can do the work for you, but this one from CafeAstrology.com should do the trick.
How do Moon signs affect your life?
Knowing your Moon sign can also help you learn a little more about your life. "It can tell you how you respond to situations on an emotional level," Page notes. "It also tells you what you need in personal relationships for people to understand why you respond the way you do."
Once you've found your Moon sign, here's everything to know about how it plays into your personality:
If your moon sign is Aries, you feel more fulfilled when you're in an environment that allows you to speak up about your feelings. "You have the ability to say, 'If I need this, then I need this,'" Page explains.
You have an emotional need to be first, whether it’s grabbing the new iPhone or climbing the corporate ladder faster than your peers. The plus side? You’re easily inspired. The minus? You can jump into something before you realize if it’s what you actually want. But you also enjoy a challenge and will fight for what you believe in.
Got a Moon sign in Taurus? Your love language comes in the form of giving/receiving gifts, and you want to be comfortable in life. Nothing wrong with that, buuut it might make you more likely to stay in a bad situation or relationship if the material side of it is good. (BTW: Good sex is pretty important to you in a relationship. If it’s lacking, you may go elsewhere.)
"You have a need not to be pushed into something," Page adds, noting that you also want to make sure you have time to think things over before you act.
If your Moon sign is in Gemini, you need to be heard and listened to—in life and at work. "Not necessarily just to have people communicate with you, but to be welcomed and understood," Page says.
That’s also true in relationships: You need a partner who is a good communicator, or it just won’t work. You have a constant need to work to feel content and peaceful in your inner mind and, if you don’t, you’ll keep at it until you do. You may end up juggling more than one relationship at once to find what you really like—and that’s okay. (You can't help it that you're popular!)
With a Moon sign in Cancer, you’re very emotional and tend to have a lot of feelings. You want to take care of others, but deep down, you also want to make sure you’re taken care of, too. "You have a need for someone to understand how you feel about something," Page adds.
Just a heads up: You can hang on to relationships past their prime because you don’t want to throw away all the energy and effort you put into them, making it painful to let go. You also want a home where you can feel comfortable and love the idea of creating your own family.
You like to shine, Moon sign in Leo, and crave being the center of attention (uh, duh!). You have an emotional need to be appreciated, whether it’s in a relationship or at work. "You need to feel that people recognize you as special," Page says. Even though you want everyone to see your awesomeness, the world doesn’t necessarily work that way, so...learn to make peace with that.
You also love to have fun and party, and can be very generous and loyal with your friends. Just remember that people change, and don’t always deserve your love.
If your Moon sign is in Virgo, you feel compelled to be able to have your life in order. "You need people to understand that you're not being critical—you're seeking perfection," Page says. Maybe your closet has to be arranged a certain way, or your work life has to be just so. Totally okay to have your preferences, but remember that perfection isn’t always possible. Let it go!
You’re also happy and fulfilled when you feel like you’re living a healthy lifestyle (green smoothie, anyone?). Worth noting: You can be picky in relationships, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don't be so picky that you write off someone who could be amazing for you.
Got a Libra Moon sign? You love relationships, and you’re always looking for your other half. You enjoy having someone to do things with, whether it’s a friend or an S.O. "You have a need for peace and harmony, in relationships and the world," Page says. That explains why you naturally want to choose a partner who is like you—similarities ensure fewer arguments that could sink your 'ship.
You tend to be super accommodating, and people naturally gravitate toward you. The downside: Your desire to be a natural peacemaker can turn you into a doormat if you’re not careful.
You’re intense at times and can have trust issues, but you’re also a very intuitive person. You know when people are lying to you—and hate when people keep secrets from you. "There is a need to know that I can trust you," Page says of those with a Moon sign in Scorpio. You have to learn to trust your instincts—otherwise, you’ll just end up being totally paranoid that people will hurt you.
You also dig competition. Just make sure that stays more along the lines of advancing your career and less in competing with someone else for love—that only spells trouble.
With a Moon sign in Sagittarius, you want it all—and there’s nothing wrong with that. You crave freedom, traveling the world, and knowing as much as possible. You can get unhappy when you feel trapped, whether it’s in a relationship or by life circumstances. You need to be with someone that you feel will let you grow and won’t keep you tied down—and who will be upfront with you. "You have a need for the truth and don’t want to be lied to," Page says.
Oh, and FYI: You have a fear of being judged, but also tend to judge others. You have a knack for getting drawn into arguments and debates, and looove to be right. Just know that it’s not going to happen every time.
If your Moon sign is in Capricorn, you have a fear of not having everything be just so, and love being prepared for anything and everything life might throw at you. But, you sometimes over-prepare, which may keep you from taking on new opportunities.
In relationships, you’re very loyal once you commit—it just can take you a little time to get to that point. "You have an emotional need to be respected and for people to understand that just because you’re not mushy-gushy doesn’t mean you don’t love them," Page says. You’re super responsible, but need to have strong boundaries so your reliability isn’t taken advantage of at work.
With your Moon sign in Aquarius, you have a strong need to be different and find where you belong. "You need to be honored for your brilliance and for people to known that you’re unique," Page says. You love experiences with people, places, and situations that are different from what you grew up with, and are often drawn to people from different cultures and countries. Still, you’re always looking for someplace to fit in.
If you’re not able to have new experiences, you can feel detached from those around you, which is why it’s so crucial for you to travel when you can. Side note, you have a need for strong friendships and relationships and will often stay buddies with an ex when things don’t work out.
Got your Moon sign in Pisces? You’re the romantic of the zodiac, and love being loved—exactly as you are. "You need to feel that someone will accept you, warts and all," Page says. But you tend to feel personally victimized when you think life is unfair or that someone is treating you badly.
You often want to have answers to questions that are unanswerable, and can be seriously impacted by tragedies. You find fulfillment when you can do something where you help alleviate suffering or do something that you believe in, even if it’s as simple as helping a friend out.