Hi! I was hoping you could help me understand something. If the moon is how we react to things and how we feel, but Mars is how we show anger does that mean that I feel things as an aries would, but I express it in a gemini way? I'm confused because anger is an emotion so I don't fully understand why mars is how we get angry instead of our moon. I'm so sorry if you've answered this before!
The confusion here is due to an oversimplification of the planets.
..You know, I once wrote astrology for a new astrology website, like as a freelance writer…and I had to quit because they kept sending my writing back, asking me to dumb it down, take out specifics, shorten the sentences…they were writing to an audience of adult women and yet felt that a sentence with a comma in it that mentioned Jupiter in a way that was more than just some sort of “I’m knowledgeable!” name-drop was too much and would put people off and overwhelm them…and I see a lot of that around tumblr, too, and then…we end up with situations like this, hah.
I would classify Moon as the essence of our feelings…the roots and most basic forms of our emotions…where our motives begin to secretly develop…similarly, Moon also rules over memories, ancestry, our physical home/real estate, the Mother…a lot of times, when we remember a Mother who treated us well, the memory isn’t so much hard and clear pictures, but more a sort of warm and safe sensation…that’s the difference between Moon and Mars…
Mars is those feelings recognized and evolved to a point that you may begin expressing them, as well as ambition, drive, base instinct…it indicates how you handle conflict and what angers you to a point that you’ll need to express your anger, and also tells a bit about how that anger does emerge…this is more concrete and easier to see than Moon.
My planets 101 post defines them like this:
Moon: just as important as sun. your instinctual self, your inner emotions, the unconscious side of your personality. the place comfort, peace, childhood memories, anger, hate, jealousy, and fear may be found. even if you don’t relate to your Sun sign, you will almost always resonate completely with your Moon sign. the side of you that is typically seen by only close friends and relatives. rules Cancer.
Mars: your animal instinct. how you approach sexual encounters, how you fight, why you fight, how you go after your goals. influences whether you’re aggressive or passive, detached or intense. gives you energy, both negative (rage) and positive (passion). how enemies and sexual partners see you.
Here’s a post on Aries Moon for you: http://astrolodee.tumblr.com/post/150202163653/aries-moon
And Gemini Mars: http://astrolodee.tumblr.com/post/140264778038/gemini-mars-in-the-5th-house
Hope this cleared things up a bit. <33