The Traits of the 12 Moon Signs

An orange-tinted image of the moon over a teal background. Two smaller moons are reflected off to either side of it--a lighter version, and its shadow.

The Power of Your Natal Moon Sign

Your moon sign is, simply put, the astrological sign that the moon was in at the time of your birth. In astrology, looking at the moon’s sign, phase, and house placements in your chart can reveal what you love and what makes you happy.

This sign shows the unique gifts that you bring to the world with your emotions and energy. Furthermore, it rules how you relate to other people, and it especially rules how you relate to the maternal and other nurturing figures in your life. In turn, it can also influence how you express your own nurturing tendencies, affecting how you treat other people.

The way in which you express your moon sign is ultimately your choice, giving you the potential to use this emotional energy in both positive and negative ways.

Are There Good and Bad Moon Signs?

The moon expresses itself most easily when it’s in the sign of Cancer, where it rules, or Taurus, where it is exalted. All moon signs have so-called “good and bad” traits, and all moon sign energies can be used either skillfully or clumsily.

The limiting traits of any moon sign can actually be better understood as potentialities that simply haven’t yet developed and evolved. All moon signs have their own unique ways of contributing to the world, and all are indispensable parts of the mosaic that is human life.

The positive ways in which you express your moon sign can reveal how you nurture and encourage yourself and the world alike. It’s how you can help the people around you flourish — and make yourself happier at the same time.

The Moon Through the 12 Signs

Here is a short list of traits associated with the 12 moon signs of the zodiac. Find your own moon sign, and the moon signs of your loved ones, below:


Aries Moons are brave and loyal, and they have the ability to act on their beliefs. They are independent, strong, and warm. They have passionate emotions, and they find those feelings easy to express. Honesty, courage, and loyalty are common traits shared between Aries Moons, and they tend to be emotionally energetic and direct. Call an Aries Moon when you have an emergency, and they won’t let you down.

Shadow Aries Moon: They can be selfish and ego-driven at times. A “my way or the highway” attitude often makes collaboration difficult for them. You may want to have earplugs handy!


The Taurus Moon is sensual, grounded, and musical. They are in touch with the earth and are great lovers of beauty. The moon is very strong here, and it tends to be a “gathering moon.” They love staying connected with plants, animals, and people. They are masters at manifesting practical results, usually by applying their thoughts and ideas in concrete ways.  If you’re having trouble finding their address, look for the most fragrant, colorful, and comfortable house. That one’s theirs.

Shadow Taurus Moon: Unreasonable stubbornness is sometimes a pitfall for Taurus Moons. When they get dogmatic, their thoughts, words, and actions can be unimaginative and rigid.


Gemini Moons are colorful, witty, and cheerful. They are brilliant communicators and masters at connecting and networking. They sparkle with intelligence and ingenuity, making them natural entertainers. People adore their inventiveness and sense of humor! You normally have to pay a lot of money to get that many laughs.

Shadow Gemini Moon: They can be a little flighty and insincere when they’re running from true connection.


The moon is in its natural home in Cancer. Cancer Moons are the nurturers of the world. They are tender, caring, and very emotionally responsive. They are brilliant nurses, doctors, and healers — regardless of what profession they go into. Their hearts are “home” to many people. They may cook for you on the first date, and they’d probably love it if you did the same for them!

Shadow Cancer Moon: When they get coddling and moody, their nurturing abilities turn completely inward.


People with their moon in Leo are regal rulers who are generous and loyal to their loved ones. They enjoy pomp and luxury, but they’re also giving and devoted. They endow the people around them with everything they themselves enjoy. They feel responsible to those in their world, and they want their loved ones to flourish and have what they need. Theirs will be the biggest and best birthday present on your doorstep.

Shadow Leo Moon: They believe they always know what should happen, and they tend to assume that they’re always right. Wear your sunglasses.


The Virgo Moon is service-oriented and practical. They want to make a real, concrete difference in the lives of the people that they love. Additionally, they are excellent at dealing with technicalities, and they enjoy detail and precision. They adore small animals and often have many loving pets. They’ll help you grow your herb garden and brew you a great cup of tea!

Shadow Virgo Moon: Prone to micromanagement. Their proclivity toward overanalyzing situations can paralyze them.


People with their moon in Libra are masters at collaborating and working on their partnerships. They love harmony and fairness. They are known for their refined speech patterns and thought processes. They understand the power of both the written and spoken word. They possess the ability to create beauty in human communications with their tact and diplomacy. If you can copy how a Libra Moon manages their interactions, you’ll have a lot of friends.

Shadow Libra Moon: When they’re imbalanced, they’re prone to indecision, uncertainty, and insincerity.


Scorpio Moons are intense, magnetic, and mysterious. They’re known for their ability to face and walk through situations that are otherwise extremely scary and difficult. They constantly persevere, even despite setbacks. Their insight is penetrating and powerful, and when a goal is important to them, they are relentless. They can assist themselves and others through transformations that are as drastic as life and death. Furthermore, they’re unceasingly loyal to the causes and people they consider worthy, and they have the ability to earn and keep other people’s confidence. They’re unshakable!

Shadow Scorpio Moon: All-or-nothing thinking can result in distorted decision-making. They can be secretive and suspicious.


Sagittarius Moons are adventurous, generous, and honest.  They are open-hearted and open-handed, as their philosophical mindset tends to be both tolerant and inclusive. They inspire other people with their teachings and writings because they themselves love to learn. Ask them about anything! They probably know a lot about it.

Shadow Sagittarius Moon: The shadow Sag Moon wears the clown mask, even when it’s inappropriate. They can be haphazard and accident-prone.


People with their moon in Capricorn are dignified, traditionally minded, and often conventional in a classic sort of way. Their thoughts and emotions run deep. They’re willing to work hard and be patient, possessing a strong sense of responsibility and a love of excellence. At work, you can almost certainly find them in the CEO’s office (they probably are the CEO).

Shadow Capricorn Moon: Their love of excellence can sometimes turn into a superiority complex. A slavish adherence to tradition keeps them tied up in emotional knots, especially when they’re obsessed with their reputation.


Individuals born with their moon in Aquarius have a knack for objectivity and thinking “outside the box.” They’re visionaries and true individualists, and they love things that are different and innovative, always celebrating diversity. A lot of Aquarius Moons strategize ways to make a better, fairer world. When you join their team, you’ve joined the entire human race.

Shadow Aquarius Moon: They can act eccentrically for shock value and attention. While they love humanity, they can sometimes be indifferent to their friends and family.


Pisces Moons are empathic, gentle, and kind. They often possess psychic insight, and they can make great mediums. They’re willing to make sacrifices for the people they love and are known for their creativity and imagination. They are the true artistic geniuses of the earth, though their inspiration can certainly seem like it’s out of this world.

Shadow Pisces Moon: Confused thinking can lead them to inaction. When they feel unbalanced or when they aren’t managing their psychic impressions, they can develop a proclivity toward martyrdom.

Harnessing Your Moon Sign

Simply put, the more deeply you understand and express your moon sign, as well as those of other people, the more you can encourage positive developments in life. When you know about what really makes people tick deep down, you’ll know how you can best help them find happiness, allowing you to manifest success and joy for everyone around you, including yourself.

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One thought on “The Traits of the 12 Moon Signs

  1. Daniel Osei Owusu

    Please good day, I really appreciate your work because the planets doesn’t lie, keeps up the good work, stay blessed.


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