Planets: Moon—ray 4 (non-sacred)

Ray 4 triangle

B Ray 4 (non-sacred planet)

Method: To follow

Rulerships: Orthodox: Cancer Esoteric: Virgo Hierarchical: Aquarius
Dignities: Exaltation: Taurus Fall: Scorpio Detriment: Capricorn
Paired planet (Ray 4): Mercury
Symbol: B Two conjoined semicircles facing in the same direction.
Moon triangles:

Moon: general information

Details to follow

The exaltation of the form, ruled by the Moon, can be traced throughout the entire zodiac and provides in itself an interesting and progressive story (…) told by the various women who figure in the different constellations and around them some day the astrology of the form will be built. There is Cassiopea, Venus, Coma Berenice, Andromeda (…) as well as Virgo… the most important of them all. I can only indicate here a field of thought and of astrological investigation hitherto untouched (…) “Our Lady, the Moon” is related to all these and before the great disruption in an earlier solar system which led to the Moon becoming a dead planet, the energies of these stars and certain of the planets which were produced through their activity, were all focussed in and transmitted by the Moon in a most mysterious yet powerful manner. {192 PDF}

Moon: rulerships

…the Moon is usually regarded as “veiling” or “hiding” Vulcan, Neptune or Uranus… These three—which form a triangle of immense creative potency—determine or condition the physical, astral and mental natures, thus creating the personality, the ‘mother’ or matter principle symbolised be the mutable cross, that nourish and feed the life of the inner self or soul, until the time comes for that inner self to awaken at the first initiation. (edited from EA 106-7)

  • Vulcan: physical
  • Neptune: emotional (astral)
  • Uranus: mental

Moon as orthodox ruler

There is a hint in the exoteric interpretation of the Moon’s rulership in Cancer of the esoteric rulership of Neptune.

More details to follow

Moon as esoteric ruler

In Virgo the Moon usually veils Vulcan as the forger of a material form fit to express the self within. If even-numbered rays are emphasised in the chart, it may instead veil Neptune.

The Moon, as esoteric ruler of Virgo, veils either Vulcan or Neptune.
—Robbins, Michael D. Roberto Assagioli (FCD)

Moon as hierarchical ruler

In Aquarius the Moon is most likely to veil Uranus or Neptune.

Moon: relations

Moon dignities

Exaltation in Taurus

To follow

Fall in Scorpio

To follow

Detriment in Capricorn

To follow

Moon decanates

(To follow) The decanates in Esoteric Astrology are not given consistently. They are sometimes reversed and other times given in the familiar direction. Current research aims to provide a coherent system that ensures consistency and reduces ambiguity, while adhering to the basic tenets of the esoteric decanates as well as the “reversal of the wheel”. Alan Leo’s decanates tend to follow the traditional method (i.e. the rulers of each sequential sign by element), yet Alice Bailey often replaces these, sometimes with Sephirial’s planets, and at other times with fresh esoteric replacements.

For now, decanates are covered under the “Details” tab in each sign.