The Moon – planet of emotion, intuition, and connection. In modern astrology, Luna is associated with Cancer and the fourth house. This makes sense when we consider the connection between the fourth house and family, comfort, and roots. All of that surely fits the Moon. But in traditional astrology, the Moon rejoices in the third house. It might seem like an odd combo, but understanding this connection can help you learn more about the Moon, the third house, and even a little about our shared humanity.
The third house can seem like a strange grab-bag of interpretations. It is communication, short trips, and siblings. In traditional astrology, it is known as the house of the goddess, and is concerned with the small cycles and rituals that make up daily life in a community. It is how we relate to our peers. It is how we move through the world as a person among other people. So why does the Moon rejoice here?
For most of human history, people lived in small tribes and communities. In order to keep these groups cohesive, each community would develop rituals both large and small. Whether these were as small as daily devotions or as large as monthly or yearly celebrations, these routines are what brought people together. In fact, many were based directly on the lunar calendar! Congregating around the bonfire, telling stories, dancing and singing – these are all the foundations of communal life. In this way, we see that the Moon’s role of bringing people together is a perfect match for the third house.
The moment we enter the world, we are part of a community. Each group, whether it be a tribe, small town, congregation, or anything else, has rules, values, and other important information to communicate that helps us learn to belong. The Moon, being the fastest planet, gathers this information and quickly transmits it directly to our innermost world, allowing those values to become part of who we are. In that way, the Moon is the bridge between our community and our emotional world.
When we think of gathering and transmitting information, Mercury might be the first planet to come to mind. As I mentioned in the article about Mercury in the first house, Mercury helps us rationally categorize information to understand the world, and does so best through direct information from the senses. But what happens when there is no clear category or no direct outside stimulus? It’s then that we rely on an even deeper, more powerful kind of knowing: intuition.
When we connect with our intuition, we are connecting with the deepest truth we have. We’re also able to make decisions very quickly. This is reflected in how much more quickly the Moon moves than Mercury. If we’re stuck in the woods and see two glowing eyes staring at us in the darkness, its intuition that wins the day. Intuition tells us to RUN. The Moon and its intuition has already gathered the information and made the decision while Mercury is still trying to identify exactly which predator those eyes belonged to. The Moon is knowledge without analysis. It just knows.
The Natal Chart
In the natal chart, the Moon in the third house functions beautifully no matter what sign it’s in. A dignified Moon in Cancer will be amazing at bringing people together, providing a real sense of kinship and affinity, and intuiting other people’s needs. But even a fallen Moon in Scorpio will be a powerhouse, creating community based on shared resources and expertly intuiting motives and protecting themselves and others from danger. However the Moon expresses itself in its sign, it will do it damn well.
Bringing It Together
The third house is about information and communication. The Moon gathers and transmits info at lightning speed. The third house is about daily life, and the Moon gives us the rhythms that have defined it for generations. The third house is about community, and the Moon connects all things. When they come together in the natal chart, you know you’ve got a powerful, intuitive community builder who can see through a brick wall, regardless of what sign the Moon is in. And by understanding the connection between the third house and the Moon, we understand that their deepest functions are essentially the same – to help us learn to belong.
Do you have the Moon in the third house? What is it like?