Aspects in Astrology: Sun Sextile Moon
Sun Sextile Moon
Aspects are a powerful method of chart analysis used by astrologers to describe different dimensions of your personality. The aspect system – derived from the principles of trigonometry – provides a unique way to understand the complex layers of your psyche.
Keep reading to learn more about aspects between the Sun and Moon. As you go, think about how your Sun-Moon aspect influences the way you express the fundamental qualities of your Sun, Moon and Rising signs.
To think like an astrologer you need to combine different sign/house/aspect combinations into a fully formed understanding of who you are.
Focus on synthesis, rather than trying to analyse each part individually!
Sun sextile Moon or Moon sextile Sun
If you were born with a sextile aspect between the Sun and Moon, then you were born with a light and easy quality that will benefit you in many different arenas.
These “planets” (another term astrologers use is The Luminaries) were approximately 60 degrees apart from each other when you were born. They would have been in signs of the same POLARITY, meaning a common underlying approach to life.
The term polarity refers to an essential quality that traditional astrologers termed masculine or feminine. It’s important to remember this has nothing however to do with gender and is not binary in any reductive sense. Instead, polarity here refers to male/female, yin/yang, active/passive as contrasting points within a spectrum.
So if your Sun sign is Fire and your Moon sign is Air, then you were born with a sextile aspect between the Sun and Moon in masculine signs. Or, if you are a Water Sun and your Moon is Earth, you have the sextile aspect in feminine signs.
Fire and Air signs are called Masculine (Active or Yang). Earth and Water signs are called Feminine (Passive or Yin).
The principle forces which shape your personality can easily relate to each other (Fire – to find meaning, Earth – to create stability, Air- to know and understand, Water – to flow and connect) creating a kind of inner stability and comfortable self-expression.
Most importantly, because you were born when the Sun and Moon were harmoniously aligned, you will experience less tension within your personality. You are likely to find within yourself a blend between will and instinct. Your approach is consistent and smooth because what you expect and what you need align.
Here’s an example. If you have a Sun Fire sign you want excitement and passion. If your Moon sign is Air you need communication and information. Combined, you find it easy to stay stimulated through maintaining connections with other people and learning new things.
Or you may have been born with an Earth Moon (Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn) giving a sensual and pragmatic quality to your nature. With a Water Sun, you also have an emotional and sensitive quality to your nature that makes empathy and rapport very natural for you. You know how to get along with others and flow from one situation to the next.
Your individual qualities of course depend on the sign and house in which the Sun and Moon were found at birth. The sextile aspect can create a level of ease in your life, and increase your ability to relate to others.
If you are unsure about what any of this means or want to create your birth chart, we have a short video that can help. Look at the grid at the bottom of your chart to see if there is a star-like symbol connecting the Sun and Moon.
If there is, then you were born with the Sun sextile Moon!
The Meaning of a Sextile Aspect Between Sun and Moon
Your will (Sun Sign) and your instincts (Moon Sign) are naturally aligned. What you expect from life is matched by your unconscious reactions. This helps stabilise your journey and maintain connections with others.
You tend to respond to events with a level of congruency. You will either be direct, clear and assertive or calm, empathetic and practical. This depend on whether your Sun/Moon combination are active (Fire/Air) or passive (Earth/Water).
The biggest benefit here is your capacity to communicate and connect with others. You have a range of understanding and degree of harmony within your personality that others can relate to. You appear to be authentic and internally aligned. This creates the impression that you are exactly as you present.
With the Sun Moon sextile your biggest challenge is to not take things for granted. You need to assert and challenge yourself, rather than relying on “luck”, but because the Sun and Moon are in different elements you are likely to have the inner spark needed to overcomer such tendencies.
Your capacity to understand people comes from your ability to understand yourself. Don’t underestimate how helpful the ease with which you integrate new things is. Find ways to express yourself in the world that really align with your birth chart.
The most practical thing to do is think about the house in which the Sun was placed when you were born, then consider how you can focus your attention here. The house position of your Moon adds further detail, showing the areas of life in which you are innately gifted and comfortable.
Combine the two and you should find that you easily discover your niche in life and ways to express your talent.
Most astrologers agree that the sextile aspect between the Sun and Moon is generally fortunate and greatly increases your chance for social success.
Just remember, focussing on only one aspect of your birth chart fails to account for other equally important qualities within the chart.
It is essential that you do not try to interpret each aspect in your chart on its own, but instead consider the chart as a whole
The Sun, Moon and Family Story.
One of the greatest and most fascinating mysteries in astrology involves how the relationship between the Sun and Moon at the time of your birth can reflect the nature of the relationship between your parents.
Maybe not so much who they were as an objective couple, but more who you understood them to be.
How and why this works is beyond anyone’s knowledge. The simple fact is – it very often does. The way you saw your parents when you were young can be accurately described by the position of the Sun and Moon in your birth chart.
“Easy” or flowing aspects (like the trine, conjunction and sextile) are often found in the charts of people who see their parents as pretty much on the same page.
“Hard” or challenging aspects (like the square, quincunx or opposition) are often found in the charts of people who sensed a level of tension between their parents, or who see their parents as very different people somehow.
The fact that this occurs with such constancy is one of the features of astrology which suggests the Universe is far more complex than we currently imagine.
Because you were born under a Sun Moon sextile, you are likely to have grown up in a mostly harmonious environment where you saw your parents as well matched. You may have considered them to be “good for each other”. They seemed to connect and complement each other in ways that worked well for the family unit.
In most (though not all) circumstances your relationship with your parents was probably helpful to your growth. Because they allowed you to find and express your individuality you can accept yourself for who you are, rather than trying to be something that you are not.
In short, you are likely to have grown up in a home where there was a kind of connection between your parents that created a happy and harmonious environment. Even if they did not stay together, you are likely to see them as complementary somehow with a similar view on life and willingness to support you on your way.
Born under the Sun Moon sextile you have a tendency to land on your feet simply because you know who you are and what you need.
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