Everyone wants to feel good, but how to get there varies significantly depending on your unique needs. While your Sun sign shows how you express your identity and shine your light out in the world, your Moon sign gives insight into your inner world, revealing what you need to feel safe, happy and comfortable.
The Moon moves so quickly -- changing signs every two and a quarter days -- that you need to know your time of birth in order to be sure about your Moon sign.
Once you know your Moon sign (a free Cosmic Profile reveals your Moon, Sun and Rising signs, and more!), read below to discover your path to emotional fulfillment. Learning about a friend or loved one's Moon sign is a great way to get a deeper understanding of their needs and desires.
Maria DeSimone explains the importance of the Moon:
Moon in Aries
Aries is the warrior, and you need to express your fiery, creative and pioneering spirit. Ideally, you have a place in your life where you can take the lead and be number one, possibly within your home or family. To feel safe in relationships, you require honesty and directness -- you prefer to experience conflict and get your emotions out in the open rather than gloss over unpleasantness for the sake of harmony.
Moon in Taurus
Your earthy, sensual and peace-loving temperament requires frequent communion with nature, and you appreciate having plants and animals in your home. You feel best when you have a stable routine, are surrounded by creature comforts and can indulge in the pleasures of the physical world. In relationships, you need loyalty, reliability and sensuality. Naturally grounded, you have the ability to remain calm even in the midst of crisis.
Moon in Gemini
With your Moon in the airy and mentally active sign of the Twins, staying connected with others through various forms of communication brings a feeling of security. You're happiest when your ever-curious mind is being fed with new ideas and perspectives, and when you're sharing the knowledge you've acquired. You need a steady flow of communication in relationships, and subscribe to the theory that variety is the spice of life.
Moon in Cancer
The Moon is strong in its home sign of Cancer, so lunar themes are prominent in your life -- home, family, food and your inner world. You need plenty of time to devote to these realms. With your strong connection to the past -- especially family and ancestors -- you feel secure when surrounded by family photos or other mementos. You need nurturing relationships where you can share your deepest feelings and be treated with tenderness and sensitivity.
Moon in Leo
The Lion is the king of the jungle and you need to be treated like royalty -- to feel special and be the center of attention. Leo also represents the archetype of the child, and playing and having fun are food for your soul. Expressing your creativity leads to satisfaction and is your best bet for avoiding emotional drama. You have a big heart and need to demonstrate your generosity, perhaps through entertaining in your home.
Moon in Virgo
Above all, you need to feel useful -- to know that you're contributing your skills and talents to a worthy cause. Order, efficiency and simplicity give you a feeling of comfort and ease -- otherwise, you can be prone to overwhelmed feelings, worry and anxiety. You find security in the little things in life, and feel best when you're in your own environment. You have high standards in relationships, and require reliability and responsibility from your partners.
Moon in Libra
Your inner world is symbolized by the Scales, giving you a strong need for balance, justice and harmony. You feel secure in peaceful and beautiful surroundings, while discord can throw you off-kilter. You enjoy an active social life, but withdrawing into solitude from time to time is essential to discover what you really want. Expressing your needs leads to genuine harmony -- avoid the temptation to suppress your desires to please others.
Moon in Scorpio
With your Moon in the sign associated with the underworld, you need to dive into the emotional depths. While other Moon signs may feel uncomfortable with emotional intensity, you thrive on it. Scorpio symbolizes the process of transformation and rebirth, and you need to engage with this process in some way -- creativity, spirituality and psychology are some possible healthy outlets. In relationships, you require passion, depth and loyalty.
Moon in Sagittarius
You have the soul of a gypsy and need travel, freedom and adventure to feel fulfilled. Most of all, you require a lot of personal space -- being tied down by routine or obligations stifles your spirit and dampens your naturally buoyant personality. Being active, including vigorous exercise, healthy competition and time in the wilderness helps you thrive. You're happiest when you balance your physical activity with philosophical and spiritual exploration.
Moon in Capricorn
Your highly pragmatic Moon finds satisfaction through being productive and competent and by achieving your ambitious goals. You need to feel respected by others and are willing to earn this respect through hard work. Being organized and surrounded by the highest quality material objects gives you a sense of security. In relationships, you seek long-lasting quality, and are willing to wait for the best. You may need to let go of control and show vulnerability.
Moon in Aquarius
In an intellectual Air sign, your Moon requires mental stimulation and social activity. Aquarius is the sign of friendship and your many friends are likely to feel like family. You need an outlet for expressing your uniqueness and unconventional thoughts, perhaps through writing or another form of creativity. A sense of freedom and independence makes you feel secure in relationships, while too much clinginess turns you off.
Moon in Pisces
Pisces represents dreams, fantasy, spirit and the imagination. To feel nurtured, you need to take regular time out from ordinary reality to connect with these other-worldly realms, whether through meditation, creative pursuits or daydreaming. Your highly sensitive nature easily picks up on others' emotions, and you need solitude to identify your own feelings. You feel the urge to merge with others in relationships, but need to be careful not to lose yourself.