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why this Moon-1

A Revolutionary with a conservative anima

Furthering prior life desires of understanding the nature of reality, the Souls
evolutionary intention in this life was to know the whole truth objectifying consensual
reality and distinguishing it from Reality.
In former lives the Soul needed to lock itself between close limits in order to feel safe,
but these was subjective egocentric limits. In order to overcome frustrations the Soul
has also pushed limits (SN ruler in Aries), and because of the flip-flopping with NN in
Scorpio also manipulated to attain its goals.
Now through the Cap Moon the Soul intended to consciously focus on limits and
limitations, in order to accept ego frustrations as a way to mature, as well as accepting
responsibility for its limitations, frustrations and errors (guilt).
The causes of frustrations and limitations were need of security and egocentric desires of
actualization, locking itself in his own desires and beliefs and intents to control others
and even the flux of life; the causes of guilt were avoidance, absence when needed by
In addition, in 3rd Individuated the Soul is beginning to understand that power is not
based in a dominant ego but in self-dominion, in identifying the soul as the Dominus
(Lord) of the ego, the lens for the Light from which it is a photon.
Thus a Cap Moon, ruled by Saturn in Sag conjunct Neptune in 12th house: the ego, the
center of consciousness focuses according to a conscious structure aligned with Natural
law and intended to give human concrete form to Consciousness, to the All.
In 3rd Individuated, with Saturn balsamic to Neptune in 12th house and LQP square
Sophia, we can say that the goat is arriving to the top of the egocentric mountain and its
desires to control its life, and becomes ready to perceive the need to surrender to God;
to perceive that there is still path to thread in order to attain the top of the spiritual
mountain. This is reflected in the repolarization of consciousness in order to embrace
universal truths, related to the Absolute and not limited by the belief system. (Moon
balsamic Novile Sophia, trine PPP conjunct NN Sophia, Saturn and Neptune LQP square
Sophia; Moon LQP square NN Mars conjunct Vesta in 4th house, Moon NP conjunct SN
Pluto and Jupiter).

The transition from the past fixed SN to the future - 11th NN in Scorpio with the
intention of deconditioning through observation and acquiring objectivity by knowing
deep causes - needed a reflective ego, able to manifest from the baseline of past
knowledge and experience and ripened by experience and awareness achieved in prior
lifetimes (Mercury balsamic Pluto), but directed to new building and new formulations in
the belief system (Jupiter NP conjunct Pluto, Venus in Aires NP conjunct Jupiter).
Therefore the choice of a cardinal Cap Moon in a firm fixed house.
After lifetimes exposed to authoritarian control of made-man religions and moralistic
societies, experiencing fear of external judgment, persecution and consequent
repression, the Soul wants to find new ways of understanding nature of reality and
personal freedom from moralistic conditions that created guilt.
Now the soul intends to penetrate to the nature and causes of repressions and
distortions, breaking free from them but accepting responsibility for natural guilt.
For this to occur, it is imperative to reflect on all the causes that have lead to a
cumulative state of guilt, and the negative self-image that it produces by means of a
high degree of internalized compression (instead of repression) that induces an
awareness of how the new individuals ego structure must become progressively refined
through reflection and understanding of the causes of trauma. The change in the
subjective position, focused on timeless values and actual Reality gives orientation to the
creation of structures that allow the evolutionary intention to take root. (Moon
semisextile balsamic Sun, ruler Saturn balsamic Neptune in 12th house, CP square Mars
in 10th house).

When analyzing the Jungian functions of consciousness in the chart, we find that Water
(emotion) is the dominant function.
However, except Uranus in Scorpio all water planets and asteroids are in Pisces, and
Pluto and Moons rulers are balsamic in 12th house. Emotions are related to spiritual or
transcendent themes, while personal emotions are not very mature or evolved, and
there is fear of their vulnerability.
It looks like a Soul that brings a patriarchal concept of Spirit as transcendent, with focus
on spirit and matter, but skipping the emotional realm, feared as feminine or
And although Ceres conjunct Pluto suggests a powerful need to become a parent and
nurture, the nurturing function appears more related to intellectual children or themes.
( Ceres in 3rd house conjunct Mercury and Jupiter, trine Uranus, opposite Urania; Ceres
SN in Cap conjunct asteroid Prometheus, and NN in 6th house conjunct Pandora which
is in Gemini conjunct NN Uranus)
Jung said that This spiritual inflation is compensated by a specific inferiority of
sentiment, a realundernourishment of the other side, the side of the . . . personal
sentiment (the English version is mine, sorry!)
Therefore an intention of overcompensating this difficulty of expressing personal
emotions with the earthy function: reflection or responsible care, duty. Being the Moon
the only earth planet (in an earth house), when isolated it overcompensates as a
defense mechanism by intensifying its characteristics. In the life of Darwin we can see
this in the list of conveniences of marriage, and also in his responsible dedication to
family, especially his children, which resulted a way to contact with his emotional
With Cancer in the 8th house, power could be found in vulnerability, in developing
internal security and even in nourishing himself and his family.
With Moon balsamic conjunct to SN Saturn, Venus and Vesta, the cycle of understanding
and overcoming patriarchal and egocentric structures in his consciousness and values is
culminating and finishing. At the same time the ego is already beginning a new cycle of
relation to the patriarchal collective roots regarding emotions and nurturing.( Moon NP
conjunction to SN Pluto and Jupiter, Moon LQP septile Ceres)

JWG defined emotions (Moon) as reactions to feelings (Venus). With Venus in Aries in
3rd house, SN ruler, the Souls feelings have been impulsive, narcissistic and self-
In addition, SN Venus in Cap in 2nd house conjunct SN Sat and SN Vesta suggests prior
fear of vulnerability, due to losses; also persecutions and cruelty in the passage from
matriarchy to patriarchy.
On the other hand DkM in Cancer in 8th house reflects distorted manifestations of
emotions caused by the repression of them because of fear of vulnerability, as well as
emotional manipulations. (Ruler Moon in Cap conjunct SN Saturn, Vesta and Venus)
The Souls reaction to these past feelings and guilt was one of responsibility and safe
limits, and the intention of throwing off the distorted emotional manifestations
consequence of repression. (Moon opposite DkM)
The emotions that the Soul couldnt deal with were lived in the body. Although currently
is said that almost all his health problems were consequence of Chagas disease,
including Helicobacter Pylori, his stomach disease and headaches look like psychosomatic
illness related to Moon and Venus-Vesta.

Animus-anima relationship: JWG spoke about the dark side of the Moon related to
the Jungian archetype of the anima/animus, the male/female component in all of us.
Evolutionarily, some Souls reach a point in which it is necessary from an evolutionist
point o view to make a conscious effort, Moon, to integrate this anima/animus into
behavioral reality every single day. (The Moon Workshop).

I will consider here the anima archetype as a complementary relationship to the persona
as reflected in the Moon-Sun relationship.
Anima as an inner personality is complementary to the persona and stands in a
compensatory relationship to it.
The persona, the ideal picture of a man as he should be, is inwardly compensated by
feminine weakness, and . . . because the inner world is dark and invisible . . . and
because a man is all the less capable of conceiving his weaknesses the more he is
identified with the persona, the persona's counterpart, the anima, remains completely in
the dark and is at once projected, . . . (CW 7).Hence those qualities absent from the
outer attitude will be found in the inner.
In order to actualize its special destiny the Soul choose a stable, consistent and
structured Moon complementary to his deconditioned, revolutionary Sun. However, the
structures were not manmade but aligned with the Source through the Natural Law, as
reflected in the Moons ruler.
Jung also suggested that in a man's development, coming to terms with the anima is the
"master-piece, and the goal is her transformation from a troublesome adversary into a
function of relationship between consciousness and the unconscious.
In the life of Darwin, on one hand this was intended through his paternal Cap Moon,
through which responsibility and duty (also Vesta in Aries in 4th house, SN Vesta in Cap
conjunct Moon) regarding his children was the path to finding inner contact with his
vulnerability and emotional power.
On the other hand, it is reflected in the fourth of the stages of the anima that Jung
distinguished and personified as Eve, Helen, Mary and Sophia. In the first stage, Eve, the
anima is indistinguishable from the personal mother; the man cannot function well
without a close tie to a woman. In the second stage, personified in the historical figure of
Helen of Troy, the anima is a collective and ideal sexual image. The third stage, Mary,
manifests in religious feelings and a capacity for lasting relationships.
In the fourth stage, as Sophia (called Wisdom in the Bible), a man's anima functions as
a guide to the inner life, mediating to consciousness the contents of the unconscious and
cooperating in the search for meaning.

Asteroid Sophia (whose SN is conjunct Pluto and NN conjunct PPP) is conjunct Sun, LQP
Saturn and Neptune, and FQP trine Uranus, looking like a possible mediator between
consciousness and unconsciousness.
The Moon balsamic to Pluto, Sun and Sophia (novile), trine PPP conjunct NN Sophia
suggests also an Anima in an advanced stage gestating new perceptions and revelations
to come in future lifetimes. Sophia NP conjunct Sun and Pluto NP Sophia are hints to
these new spiritual perceptions, for . . . as psychopompos she [Sophia] conducts the
path to God. . .

Thanks Rad for this wonderful oportunity to focusing on the why of each planet, and for
any correction that will help me some-time understand how this blessed paradigm

Why is the Moon in

Capricorn in the 2nd
In the act of creation, Source expanded from within Itself - and out of nothing there was
One. Through this Oneness, each Soul has been created and projected into being by
Source. And from Oneness duality has arisen with the associated underlying laws of
motion, magnetism, electricity and gravity.
Each created Soul is immutable, and inimitable - representing an eternal and unique (if
tiny) facet of the Source itself. As such, each Soul is simultaneously an apparently
separate form of Creation, yet also inherently united with and thus one with the Source.
Existing in such a duality, the Soul has no choice but to evolve (change), which it must
do according to the laws of Creation. Simply, the Souls evolution can proceed in one of
two directions into more and more separation, becoming ever more individualised; or
into less and less separation, dissolving ever more back into Source.

In any one life the Souls evolutionary intentions are based on these two types of desire,
with the particular mixture of desires being determined firstly by the Souls evolutionary
stage, and secondly (as a result of the Souls past) by the Souls evolutionary intentions
for the future. And due to the nature of the function that the Sun and Moon fulfil in our
charts, they are both intricately bound to these evolutionary intentions of our Soul. In
any one life, for each person it is the Sun and Moon that register these evolutionary
intentions - via urges to act, conscious desires (Mars), arising from the usually
unconscious Soul (Pluto). And through this process all the other energies in our life (our
minds, our relating energies etc.) are then also correspondingly mobilised.

Together, the Sun and Moon - the two most visible and obvious and lights in the sky -
describe the sense of selfthat has been imparted into the personal life by the Soul.
Firstly, the Sun, imbued with creative purpose reflecting the Souls intentions, floods the
personal life with light and vitality, and is usually a point of maximum consciousness.
The Suns location in the chart (sign and house) is where this consciousness is naturally
anchored, focussed. The sense of self imparted by the Sun is a feeling of being a
creative force, and the experience of this is universally the same the feeling of simply
existing - for no reason at all, just existing as a creative being. This universally shared
sense of ourselves is our natural and simple sense of being present as I am, oneself,
and feeling distinctly unique in this. The Fire signs correlate to the sense of specialness
that arises from this realisation of newness, uniqueness, and in Leo (the Suns natural
home), the sense of being a unique self is heightened into a peak experience of I

In the night sky the Moon always reflects the Suns light - just as our feelings (Moon)
reflect our creative sense of Self (Sun). Feelings are like water, they are very changeable
- mirroring not only what is sensed via the Sun in terms of feeling unique and special, of
being I AM, but also mirroring everything in the environment that we are consciously
or subconsciously aware of on a moment-to-moment basis; including other people and
our responses or reactions to them. Our feelings (Moon) determine whether we either
raise or trim the sails on our ship (the Sun) as we interact with our internal and external
environment, thus making the continuous adjustments necessary to stay focussed on
our purpose (held within the Sun), thus being able to integrate on an on-going basis the
desires arising from the Soul via Mars. In this way the relationship between the Moon
and the Sun is the critical balancing factor in the psyche, responsible for maintaining its
dynamic equilibrium a constantly changing point of balancewhich subsists through

Consequently, like the Sun, our feelings (Moon/Venus) and emotions (Moon - reactions
to anything causes the initial feelings involved to become charged with energy, to
become e-motions) also contribute to the sense of self. However the sense of self the
Moon provides is different to that promoted by the Sun. We are not usually so conscious
of our feelings and emotions the Moon operates much of the time at a more
subconscious level, and while through the Sun we have the experience of always being
(more or less) present in a constant way - at least in our waking hours - through the
Moon we constantly shift from one inner state to another, in and out of moods, through
different feelings and emotions. As a general rule, in our everyday functioning, inwardly
nothing stays the same for very long here we constantly change as we either mirror or
react to the constant changes in our inner and outer environments.

As human beings what makes us feel secure is consistency things staying the same.
We would struggle to cope with life if the objects in our environment didnt stay in their
fixed forms, if the table alternated between being solid for a while and then liquid for a
while. But the table doesnt ever do this, and we take it for granted that matter has a
constant form, at least as far as normal everyday living is concerned. Also our solar
sense of I am, our presence, is also relatively constant, and we mostly take that for
granted too. Just as we are present today, generally speaking for better or worse we
know we can expect to be present in exactly the same way tomorrow too. Yet we all
know that no two days are the same, in fact no two moments are the same, and despite
often wanting to repeat the pleasurable moments, it never seems possible each
moment is always inevitably different, is new, and thus unique. This constantly changing
present moment is always endlessly arising out of the moment that has just passed. And
the only way we can keep abreast of this changing phenomenal kaleidoscope is via our
feelings and emotions, via our Moon. On a personal basis it is largely via our feelings and
emotions that we constantly monitor for, and register, change.

Naturally, if we were constantly changing inside in concert with every change going on in
and around us, both small and big, we would feel giddy, out of control, and most
insecure. For the average person life would simply be a nightmare. So of all the changes
we subconsciously register, we naturally filter out anything we arent interested in - as
far as providing us physical and emotional safety, and an internally consistent sense of
self is concerned. And for each person it is the location of the Moon that defines what
has been identified by the Soul as theinternally consistent sense of self. For example, if
the Moon is in Gemini, then mentally ordering each feeling and emotion as it occurs as a
way of processing it will provide the sense of consistency required by the personality to
feel secure. If the Moon is in Capricorn, then feeling respected through adhering to the
status quo agreements of any group, community or society in which the personality is
operating engenders the necessary feeling ofconsistency. So in this way, just as the
location of the Sun is where our creative force, our integrative capacity is located, the
location of the Moon is where we create an internal anchor, inwardly a consistent sense
of self that is intimately personal and as varied and different as there are people on the
planet. It is therefore via this internalised sense of self that we feel our difference to
everyone the most; it is this sense of self that we identify as truly being me, the I I
have been, and the I that over time I am moving towards, am becoming.

Thus it is this internal sense of self that is the agent of separation as it is the anchor of
consistency that we have to constantly create to buffer ourselves against the tides of
unceasing change both inside and outside us. This internal lunar sense of self - the lens
through which the consciousness of our being (the Sun) is filtered - is the mechanism in
us that maintains our separation on a moment to moment basis, which then becomes
the complex emotional basis for our entire on-going sense of ourselves, our inner picture
of ourselves - our personal definition at any point of time, our personality, or in other
words the Ego. All this is represented by the Moon.

Our Ego works to keep us out of harms way, and focussed on our primary imperative -
our creative purpose - which will in turn bring into effect our Souls evolution. The less
adjustments we have to make, the more our feelings and emotions are of a constant
nature, the more continuously consistent the feelings and emotions that we experience
are, the stronger the sense of being safe is felt, the more we are able to relax, the more
we feel we naturally belong regardless of what environment we are in. The ego
(Moon), created in this way to provide security and relaxation, and to ensure that we
stay focussed on our creative purpose (Sun), is always in its own particular relationship
with this creative purpose, and the continuous integrative process that is associated with
the unfolding of that (the Sun). The Sun and Moon operate in tandem, as a natural
pairing, and the location of the Moon in the chart is always linked to that of the Sun,
with this relationship being shown by the aspect phase between the two.

Another way that the Moon is related to the evolutionary intentions of the Soul is
through its Nodes. Via the Moons Nodes we can see how the need for egocentric
consistency is expanded beyond any one life, being extended from the past (S.Node)
through the present (Moon) and into the future (N.Node). So to determine why Darwin
was born with his Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd house we will also need examine the
lunar Nodal axis.

As has been pointed out in so many ways by everyone, this is a very high stakes lifetime
for the Soul of Darwin. This is shown by the Soul intention to culminate a whole cycle of
evolution - to transition through resistance, insecurity and fear of the unknown towards
surrendering to a Higher Will (collective unconscious); by the intention to dissolve many
karmic remnants remaining in the Soul. Also having such a large amount of energy
accumulated in one concentrated area of the psyche, plus skipped steps from past lives
still needing resolution, every planetary location in this life has now become critical and
highly significant.

To recap how it has got to be like this we can briefly summarise this Souls past

Right from the Souls distant past, family & children have been highly important to this
Soul due to suffering from the very violent treatment given to them, and to the Soul
itself, by various authorities, plus further social misfortune at the hands of deceitful
business people, tricksters, violent rogues etc. This has immeasurably reinforced the
importance of family to the Soul in very painful & sorrowful ways. (SN Pluto conj Moon
2nd and all aspects to it, S.Node Chiron 4th). As a result this Soul is deeply familiar with
2nd house experiences, and well acquainted with 4th/10th and 12th house issues, with
inevitably intense soul memories regarding them all. Particularly, issues of survival and
self-sufficiency have been the primary and overriding focus in a great number of distant
past lives, and as a result, out of this desperation a focus on the spiritual side of life has
arisen, with the Soul becoming heavily involved in organised religion, clinging to it
devoutly from an inner security need (Moon). In this process it became immersed in, and
also heavily conditioned by, scriptures and procedures (SNs Pluto/Sat, rulers and aspects
to all etc.)

Because of the struggle for so many lifetimes simply to stay alive the Soul has learnt to
always highly value its parents and siblings, and in turn all the families that it has since
created. Through knowing that any of them could be ripped away at any moment by
harsh acts of others, or tragic events of nature, gradually over time they have become
very deeply treasured. Also in these kind of conditions ones own self becomes highly
important too, as survival depends on taking nothing for granted and being prepared to
help oneself whenever possible. So out of such hardships the soul also developed an
independent and self-centred nature, which over time also led to, as well as a desire for
physical security, a desire for personal freedom (SNs Mar/Jup/Ura 1st). Because of this,
as a natural extension of its religious views, the Soul has desired to search for things of
non-material value, and as part of that, enquired into its natural physical environment
which it perceived as a wonder of creation. Over time, this new independent approach
slowly expanded to become a search for something else, gradually it more and more
became a search for something of real depth a search for ultimate meaning. To simply
continue to plod on (2nd house) struggling against such limiting, oppressive and cruel
conditions (SN Sat conj SN Ven: both square Mars in 10th, ruled by Sat in 12th - Sat
also being the natural ruler of the 10th) had ceased to be a valid option anymore. Great
disillusionment (Nep in 12th conjuncting Sat - ruler of SN Pluto) has been faced in those
times, and the Soul's simple faith (SN Pluto sext Jup Pisces) in material sustenance alone
(SN Pluto conj Cap 2nd house cusp) collapsed. As well guilt that it has not been able to
prevent suffering to its families due to circumstances outside of its control, and guilt
from bringing suffering to its family unnecessarily through direct provocation of stronger
social forces.
Thus, arising out of all this, for the first time - a real search for the spiritual. And
although still heavily conditioned by organised religion (Sat/Nep 12th), out of all this
physical, emotional and mental hardship the Soul has identified within itself a new value
(2nd house) of deep and vital significance. The Souls new need was to find some true
meaning in life (SN Jup 1st Cap) - from the Souls own actions, and on the Souls own
terms (SNs Mar/Ura 1st Sag). Although such things cannot be determined from the chart
alone, it appears to be at this point very likely that the Soul has made a break, away
from the consensus reality and towards individuating. And also at this point that the Soul
has recognised that it's best talent to approach this quest with, to use to instigate it, was
its mind (SN Pluto conj SN Mercury conj SN Vesta Cap 2nd). And thus the Souls journey
with the mind was launched.

We also know that between then and the current life the Soul has had a huge
involvement in mental searching and development, asking its own philosophical and
spiritual questions and leaving no stone unturned in its search for answers, for relief
from suffering and for meaning in life (S.Node Jup Cap 1st sextile Pluto Pisces 3rd;
Mercury balsamic conj Pluto; Jupiter new conj Pluto). We know that at many times this
has involved the Soul having penetrating new insights, and creating numerous personal
theories that seemed to explain diverse natural and social phenomena, that in short the
Soul has had its eyes opened by the truth many times. But in this process it has
struggled to integrate its truth with the societies in which it has lived. While often
having something valuable to contribute, the Soul has often not been received or
accepted by society due to its ideas being too close to the truth, or too radical, or simply
too bigoted etc. On many occasions the Souls intellectual arrogance has bolstered it in
the face of these setbacks. But in many other situations harsh rejection has been deeply
wounding to the Soul, and it has suffered crushing blows to its self-esteem. This in turn
has caused the Soul to become abusive itself, to attack back, to become the persecutor.
These actions have then caused a corresponding backlash from society, and the result
has been a great deal of suffering.

Wearying from all this over many lifetimes has subsequently caused the Soul to
periodically hide its light as a way to minimise danger (being a monk etc). In these
lifetimes the Soul has sought to isolate itself from society, abandon its mind and its
contents, to sweep its unanswered questions about life under the carpet, and bury
itself in learning religious scripts as a way of forgetting about all the psychological pain it
was carrying. It was in these lives that the skipped steps (Chiron and S.Node Mercury
square the Nodes) were substantially created. The many lives of struggle also catalysed
the Soul into progressively surrendering its wild, unruly and independent attitudes for
more socially acceptable behaviours. And another result from all these lifetimes of
struggle and suffering was the development of the Souls feeling nature, its compassion
and the awakening of a desire to help others in the world.

In very recent lifetimes all this has come to a head for this Soul as the reality of the
skipped steps (Chiron, S.Node Mercury) starts to finally surface. All the buried wounding
from its extensive family trauma, from a great deal of intellectual rejection, from its
failure to dissolve for itself the unknown, and from lifetimes of personal shock and
suffering - had all started to cause severe energetic disturbances for the various
personalities manifested by the Soul, and increasingly stunted growth at the Soul level.
Starting to feel like a trapped rat, the Soul has started behaving like one losing sight
of its evolutionary intentions as it has alternatively engaged in periods of 3rd house
activity, to periods of 5th house activity, to periods of 11th house activity, and periods of
9th house activity and also chopping and changing haphazardly between them all as it
felt the meaninglessness and stagnation in its Soul increasing. So both Nodes have been
active before the current lifetime, as well as the 3rd and 9th houses. We can see that the
core issue is the need to bring so many lives of mental exploration and development
(intensely packed 3rd house) to some kind of culmination, fruition (Mercury balsamic
conj Ceres balsamic conj Pluto all in Pisces 3rd ruled by {Sat balsamic conj} Neptune
in the 12th), through creating a completely new philosophy, system of thought, or social
understanding (Pluto new conj Jupiter). However with Ceres new conj to Mercury and in
close balsamic conj to Pluto, his intellectual momentum has been lost and now needs

We can see the recent attempts to get a revival of his intellectual progress to happen,
with the S.Node ruler Venus in the 3rd house trine Saturn balsamic conj Neptune in the
12th. the desire was there, however Venus is in Aries and being conjunct the IC and
quincunx the N.Node, ruled by Mars in the 10th which squares the Moon in Cap 2nd, this
would probably have manifested in attempts that were (again!) too self-orientated, and
also too half-hearted or fearful. Old memories of rejection by authorities, of prison cells,
of doubts about his family safety would have meant the Soul never got his personal
intellectual renaissance happening from there. However what he would have done is
ignite his creative spark again (5th house) and use his instincts and initiative to start
rebuilding his resources (Taurus).

But when he tired of the lack of any significant progress at the S.Node, off to the N.Node
he would go. Operating from the 11th house and a Scorpio psychology much more
progress would have been looking possible. Ruled by Pluto, and also trine Pallas,
Mercury, Ceres and Pluto, suddenly all his 3rd house Pisces energies would become
available, and he would as a result be able to tap into all his intellectual skills from many
past lives, plus hed have constant insights and flashbacks to actual memories from
those lives (shown via Uranus conj the N.Node Uranus holds all these memories).
However this would also eventually have been a threatening process for the Soul, as not
only memories of intellectual value would be surfacing, but painful memories of trauma
as well (Uranus conj N.Node), and so the Soul would inevitably always abandon the
N.Node after a while too.

But it would seriously whet it's appetite for some kind of intellectual breakthrough. So
besides deriving his core security from all the ideas he had become attached to (3rd
house) he would also periodically try and synthesize some all-encompassing theories
that would explain all the facts he had in his mind on a particular subject. This would
have been difficult to achieve firstly, because due Pluto in the 3rd combined with the
Taurus S.Node there would have been many fixed beliefs created that the Soul was
stubbornly attached to for its security. Also, while in bursts 9th house activity would
have been a good exercise for his mind and intuition, it would also not have been happy
camping in the long term there for the Soul either, as there is a close quincunx from the
PPP to Chiron in the 2nd house, plugging the Soul yet again directly into more painful
memories, and strong energetic disturbances on a cellular level.

So these very recent lives have been ones of stagnation and frustration. However they
have allowed the Soul to reset its vision. The rat would have come to know all the
walls of its enclosure, it would have been able to experientially assess its strengths and
weaknesses, and measure its readiness against the social norms of the day, making any
corrections necessary as part of doing that, thus bringing itself into alignment with the
social resources it will be needing (Mars Libra 10th Full quincunx Pluto). And the last life
before this one was spent almost exclusively at the N.Node. This is because Uranus is
conjunct the N.Node so we know the Soul has been working with that energy and
function prior to the current life. But also the N.Node and Uranus are trining most of the
3rd house planets including Pluto. And given it was Uranus in the 11th as the energies
and realm involved, we know the Soul was readying itself for a major breakthrough life,
where the aims would be resolution of much trauma, liberation from its own mental and
personal limitations, healing from alienation and fragmentation, rebellion against the
status quo, and a reclaiming of individuality.

So in light of all this, why did the Soul create a Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd house? We
know why the Soul has created the Sun in Aquarius in the 2nd mainly

To provide fixity of purpose, stability, and focus on his creative purpose and thus his
evolutionary intentions. To be consistent with good systematic organisation.
To ground his consciousness within the physical body, so that his wounds could
manifest through his body so that he could finally face them and deal with them. This
would allow healing due to the surfacing and release of the stored energy of the traumas
in this way. To aid in listening to himself, and in the reliving of the past life traumas.
The need for objectivity in his work, and to detach from the most valued beliefs he
had clung to for security for many lives (e.g. scientific ideas, some religious beliefs), so
that a loosening up of his mind could happen. The need to liberate, to be open in the
formation of his values so that new treasures could be found. The need for withdrawal
and introspection so that he could re-formulate new ideas and concepts with minimum
distractions. To resolve his skipped steps: the Chiron wounding around survival, but
more importantly around his self-esteem. Plus to bring his mental journey to a
completion (S.Node Mer in 2nd squ Nodes).
To be somewhat insular from criticism, rejection, rumours, and public attacks, so that
he was not unduly affected.

So what is the relationship of his ego (Moon) to his being, to his creative purpose (Sun)?

All through what this Soul has experienced over so many lives there has been a
background theme, or deep Soul purpose running. That of mental development - both
logical and intuitional. And even behind that the Souls real interest has been in finding
the truth, the whole truth a spiritual quest, a desire to return to Source. The desire to
individuate that arose so many, many lifetimes ago was partly a reaction to the suffering
and trauma the Soul had suffered at the hands of mainstream society over time, but in
large part also due to a natural appreciation this Soul has had for nature from many
distant lives ago (Sat in Sag 12th ruler of S.Node Pluto; Sat balsamic conj Neptune). And
the whole journey into the mental realm was simply to get closer to natures secrets, to
hopefully penetrate the mystery of nature and in so doing perhaps also the mystery of
the Creator as well. And it has proved to be a very beneficial pathway to take for this
Soul as it has helped individuate greatly. However the Soul has found out in the most
recent lives that this pathway is nearing completion, is almost spent as a viable
individuation path (Mercury conj N.Node Mercury). That is why this lifetime is a high
stakes lifetime the mental body must culminate so that all the energy invested in it for
lifetimes can be released, and a new journey using a different aspect of the personality
can start for the future (the Souls current life primary evolutionary intention). And it
isnt only the mental body that is nearing the end of its cycle. The emotional body too
has matured through all these lives, and it is apparent that Darwin was coming very
close to the spiritual stage, was preparing for it (all the Pisces, 12th and Neptunian
factors in the chart combined with his actual life history). Consequently the Moons
rightful relationship to the Sun in this life was to in a balsamic phase that meant the
Moon could only be in the 1st or 2nd house, and in Capricorn or Aquarius. By having a
Moon in the balsamic phase Darwin could focus on all his unfinished and incomplete
business from a long series of lives. It would also give him the means to reflect on the
meaning of life in an eternal sense, on the nature of reality as a cosmic (ordered) whole.

So which sign and which house? The house is always primary so that is the first to
consider. This Soul has basically finished with Aries/1st house energies for the time
being. They were used in the distant past to create independence (SNodes in 1st), and
very recently as the Moons SN ruler. Its a thing of the past, so that leaves the 2nd
house for the Moon.

Now Capricorn or Aquarius?

1) The main stellium in Pisces 3rd is the powerhouse that will be doing the bulk of the
work as far as the Souls primary evolutionary intention is concerned. Darwin loved
observation and scientific analysis. However the 3rd house is a mutable house and Pisces
is a mutable energy, and given the critical nature of this lifetime and the high stakes
involved karmically. The Soul MUST get things right this life, opportunities to do so will
not be able to be as favourable for a long time after this life. Over a great string of lives
the Soul has sacficed so much on the alter of the "Mind" at the expense of more
emotionally fulfilling involvements, that it cannot go much further with this. So it is now
vital that all this work is capitalised on and taken right through to full fruition (and not
just done for the sake of enjoyment alone in any way whatsoever). And the best way to
make sure that happened is to combine all this mutable energy, with the Suns airy
Aquarian energy, with EARTH energy. And Capricorn earth energy in particular would be
ideal for managing the whole process to a solid result. Discipline would be a vital
requirement of the personality in order for the evolutionary intentions to be completley

2) We must also remember the mess the Soul has got itself in because of its skipped
steps. Particularly the Chiron skipped step. Chiron is a paradox in a way; it orbits in
between Saturn and Uranus, and helps make a bridge between these two radically
different energies and functions. It represents a unique combination of the creativity
and vision of Uranus, with the respect for the past, personal limits and the laws of
society and the material world; in one sense life is a ceaseless process of
transformation, but on the other hand we live in the world of separate forms, structure,
limitation and suffering. So with Chiron and the Sun in Aquarius in the 2nd, representing
the Uranus issues, we now need to balance that by having the Moon represent the other
side of the wounding, by being in Capricorn, representing the Saturn issues. This will
give the balance needed to help open up the Chiron wounds and to heal them.

Additionally, one aspect of the Chiron wounding was that the Soul has been over
exposed to the collective unconscious in it's involvments with society in the past (Chiron
Aquarius). The membrane between the personal unconscious and the collective has
become too thin, allowing too much personal fear and apprehension to take root. Thus
the Soul is now needing to be shielded from any more confrontation in this way to avoid
any further damage of this kind to the psyche occurring. While the Sun in Aquarius will
necessarily be challenging the status quo as it is, it is very important that these
challenges do not get out of hand, as has often happened in similar past situations. Thus
having the Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd will create a withdrawn, emotionally restrained
and non-threatening personality - such a cautious approach is in the Soul's best interests
in this "must culminate" kind of lifetime.

3) The Moon is our link on a personally conscious and subconscious level back into our
past. The Soul had a deep history with organised religion, and no doubt was carrying a
reasonable amount of religious conditioning. By having a Capricorn Moon this link could
be preserved, thus carrying forward into the current life a great deal of inbuilt security.

4) The Soul would need to face the challenge (once again) of getting important and
radical messages out into the world. It would be important that the Soul was equipped to
deal with those people in society it needed to in order to do this to the greatest extent
possible. Having a Capricorn Moon would allow it to resonate and relate in a traditionally
acceptable way. This would create a great deal of social security for the Soul.

5) A link to the past egocentric structure can be created by having the Moon squaring
Mars in Libra 10th, as Mars rules Venus, the S.Node ruler. The Moon also quintiles
Uranus (which conj NNode) in Scorpio 11th great to channel the creativity of Uranus
with, and to link into the N.Node 11th house future space. Also having a Capricorn
Moon would enhance his ability to reflect, which he needed to do a great deal of ... he
needed to process lifetimes of emotional trauma and guilt.


a) Again, having the Moon early in the 2nd house with the Sun late in the 2nd would
allow the Soul to surround the skipped step points - Chiron and S.Node Mercury thus
keeping a great deal of consciousness close by and present to them.

b) Also by having the Moon in Capricorn 2nd it can conjunct the S.Nodes of Jupiter,
Pluto, Saturn, Vesta, Venus, and Mercury. This is an amazing emotional link back into all
those distant past life energies. Plus being ruled by Saturn in the 12th, which is trine
Venus the Moons S.Node ruler, many of those old events were being repeated in his
most recent lives. With the Moon being balsamic to the Sun, Darwin could bring all
unfinished business relating to those past periods into his current life again, via
recreated events and circumstances in his family and career life, even if largely scaled
down in intensity, so he could have yet another chance to make new choices and new
responses in the face of the same old dynamics. This would mean that the Moon was a
constant pressure point for Darwin, a point of constant processing, and often a point of
intense emotional pain (e.g with the death of his eldest daughter, and also the other
children that died). But having the Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd meant he could often
still function in his daily work life whether dire personal circumstances were occurring or
not. In fact some of his best work in Origin was written when he was under intense
family stress.

c) With the Moon in crescent square to Mars in Libra 10th, Darwin was able to make
many professional connections that immensely enhance his chances of practical success
in the world. The solid themes of Capricorn here lent him the strength and
determination, the maturity and sensibility required to win the cooperation and trust of a
great many people, both in the scientific community, and just socially in the world. He
was generally well liked, and handled all personal confrontations with grace,
conscientiousness and humble practicality.

d) The Moon trining the PPP meant he could keep tuned into his Soul goal on a daily
emotional basis. This is a massive boost of help to the Sun to fulfil its creative purpose,
to reach the 9th house, keeping the goal close to the beating heart. Until the full concept
for Origin came to Darwin, basically his mantra was transmutation which he practically
muttered under his breath 50 times a day. Due to this trine he could smell and hear his
salvation the final culmination of his mental efforts into a new understanding (PPP) of
great worth (Moon Cap 2nd house). He just needed to doggedly plod on until he could
touch and taste it too (Sun & Moon 2nd house).

Childhood Environment and Parents

With Moon in Cap he would have been born into a family that was strong on tradition
at the least he would have supported whatever traditions his family adhered to. As a
child he would want and respect clear boundaries, and would expect his family
relationships to be sincere and without guile. He would have great respect for his
parents, and look up to them as role models. He probably willingly took on chores and
other responsibilities, and at other times found them to be very tedious. His main
concern would have been to choose a family where there was some kind of worldly
status, some intrinsic social standing and respectability to be born into. He would have
shown respect himself for his siblings, and valued (2nd house) the family he was born
into highly (esp. given his soul history of family trauma) another reason for having a
Cap Moon to be able to revere the family of birth and any family of his own he might

He chose a mother who was going to die early in his life (Moon close opp 8th house
cusp, with Cancer on cusp), as he is working on emotional maturity based on internal
emotional security that he supplied himself (Moon balsamic Sun). Whatever shock this
caused would have thrown him back upon himself, and set him on a path of emotional
self-sufficiency (Moon 2nd) early in life. Thus he would have grown up not ever really
missing his mother at all. And this would mean that by the time he was an adult he
would be very emotionally balanced, despite the inner repressions and guilt he carried
from his troubled past. And he still would have some emotional challenges with the
nervousness and tension of the crescent square to his Mars in the 10th but with Mars
in Libra having some emotional energy available for moderate (Libra) assertion would
probably be a good thing. He tended to be too dismissive of his feelings and too modest.

He would have been respectful to his father and grandparents (Moon Cap), although
being in the 2nd house not necessarily wanting to follow in their footsteps he would
have strong values of his own, and prefer to withdraw into his shell (2nd) rather than
follow someone or something he had no heart for (Moon LQ sextile Jupiter, Moon new
semisquare Neptune).

As a Parent
Having a Moon in Capricorn as a parent would mean Darwin would take his role as
parent very seriously, and very traditionally he would see himself as the breadwinner,
and as the authority of the family; his word would probably be final. With the crescent
square from the Moon to Mars in Libra he would be able to relate to his children in a
playful way, and appreciate their youthful qualities. With the Moon LQ sextile to Jupiter
in Pisces 3rd he would want to teach his children from his own wisdom as much as
possible, being willing to endlessly answer all their questions. Given his traumatic soul
history with families he would spend much time with his family and his wife, and
probably be somewhat possessive of them in a cautiously reserved way with all those
3rd house energies he wouldnt feel to clip their wings in any way being a bit of an
eternal child himself in some respects. In another vein as Gonzalo pointed out his
relationship with his children would also have a timeless quality to it (Moon balsamic
semisextile Sun). He had an eternal love for all his children, and in return they all loved
him dearly, and were very protective of him.

How did Darwin see himself from within?

With Moon in Cap 2nd he would have seen himself as a quiet, civili8sed and eminently
reasonable man, and indeed he would have been. He would have felt affectionate in a
gentle and slightly reserved way, liking to observe those he loved without interfering
with them, or needing constant physical contact. Yet hed appreciate their form and
particularly their intrinsic spirit (Moon sextile Jupiter Pisces). He also would have felt the
organising of time to be very important (Cap Moon).

Fears & Attacks

Darwin would have had to face many fears with a Capricorn Moon. His need for
respectability was naturally high because of this, but this would have been hugely
magnified due to this issue also being that of his old Chiron in Aquarius 2nd wound. And
would have feared that he would not be good enough at his work, that no-one would
support him, that he would be rejected by the scientific authorities. The Moon rules his
8th house, and he would inevitably go through many transformations around emotional
security as a result of his professional fears. Because of his Capricorn 2nd Moon, with its
deep link into his traumatic past, he had many fears about publishing his theories, and is
why Wallace caught him so unprepared. He would often prefer to keep getting in more
evidence as a way of avoiding writing up and publishing the huge amounts he already
had. In particular he was frightened the authorities would come and get his family again,
also once having a nightmare that he was hanged (Pluto Pisces {rules Ura 11th}, Nep
{rules Pluto} trines Vesta 4th which conjuncts Venus which is ruled by Mars which
squares Moon in 2nd).

He also shrank from anything verging on public or personal dispute/controversy.

becoming very upset if attacked (Moon Cap 2nd, Chiron Aquarius, Uranus 11th, Mars
Libra, Saturn 12th).

Gender Switch
Without being sure I feel this Soul is also possibly becoming aware of the need for a
gender switch. It wouldnt be something that is in the Souls immediate future at all, but
something the Soul may have identified that will be necessary before too long, and is
thus in the very early stages of preparation for it. This can be glimpsed via the Moon
being in Capricorn and ruling his Cancer 8th house, the 4th house ruler (Venus) being in
the 10th house, and possibly all his Pisces energies. His mother died when he was about
8 years old, and he had to be his own mother. Through most of his life he mainly kept in
touch with his sisters, relating more to their feminine minds. He was possibly needing to
balance his anima/animus out, and thus in the early stages of preparation for a gender
switch after a few more lifetimes.