You are welcome to excerpt my commentary... and I would appreciate the attribution.
I have written widely on this subject.
Back in the l990s when anti-depressants became the rage and I was stunned to learn that MILLIONS of Americans (along with citizens all over the Western world) were regularly ingesting them, I felt that a cursory understanding of the lunar cycle and its direct impact on not just mood but a vital sea of internally shifting personae would help many to come to terms with these interior changes.
So I wrote: "Moon Dance: The Feminine Dimensions of Time."
At the time I was reading two books by Jungian therapist, Jean Shinoda Bolen: "Goddesses in Every woman" and "Gods in Every man." It was something of a revelation to find someone with a background in Psychology giving voice to these archetypal components that make up human personality (and character) structure.
Most driving of all was the glaring truth that there is no singular standard for human normalcy.
I went to work aligning the prototypes of mythology with their astrological counterparts. And since I had a very active clientele (with my own Florida Keys TV show) and was living with a man, I was able to do a lot of "field research."
Living with a man provided me with a very powerful projection screen as I began to chart where I was at--internally--based on the moon's position. The moon is linked to Yin or feminine essence whereas the sun signifies the Yang side of this most paramount of all (living) equations.
Today, for instance, the moon is in Aries and that would typically associate with active behavior emanating from a sense of personal independence. However, since Aries (the sign) answers to Mars and Mars is locked into a tight bond with Saturn (the cold planet of winter and associated with stillness), I don't feel that movement at all.
In 18 hours the Moon will advance to Taurus which is very related to FOOD and security and sensuality.
30 hours later, the moon will move into Gemini which brings out the chattiness in people and for many, the duality that comes from the Twin's orientation.
And so on.
When I talk to women about this subject they joke that their husbands frequently ask "Which one are you today?" or "Who are you today?"
The whole concept of "lunacy" is tied to the moon's cycle and it impacts females much more than males. Heck, the menstrual cycle is itself based on this 29 day rhythm structure built into time, as biologically experienced. Women experience TIME differently than men do... but they are expected to conform to the Male Model (as patriarchy demands).
It was my intention to have women journal and come to recognize the recurrent nature of particular feelings and responses and notice how these often linked up with the 12 sign archetypes.
In my own experience, I recognized that during some lunar phases I was very desirous of having contact with my male companion and at other times, I wanted to be alone. I also came to see when my writing would be most profound in contrast with those times when I could deal with business, bureaucrats and accounting.
There are outer planet cycles that ARE depressing and these tie in with the planet Saturn, a dour figure who totally fits the persona of Richard Nixon and other Capricorn rigid patriarchs just like him.
In other words, I write about these correspondences all the time. I just finished an article on The Human Maturation Process and the key planetary cycles that drive it.
I see the cosmic clockworks as a didactic system intended to support the spiritual evolution of human beings.
So much of this wisdom has been subsumed into the authoritarian model that insists that all people (blending Yin into Yang and thereby taking away the voice of Woman, the intended counterbalance and partner to Man) are alike, that there is one god (curiously a lot like any white male CEO), and that one size fits all. It also presents time as uniform slots marching in straight rows on calendars.
And just as the MDeity, largely the product of the masculine concepts of science does their tests on men and generalize results to women, there is ZERO interest in, or study of the relationship between the moon's tie to the female menstrual cycle AND the personae it gives rise to.
When I lived with the man in the Florida Keys, I noticed that tensions always broke out when the moon passed through the sign of Cancer. (There were volatile influences to that sign among 3 family members.) I tried to get him away from my space at that time.
What was also shown to me is that people have moments--that can be predicted (or plotted) where they may feel like they are "losing it." If, instead of taking a drug that shuts off full sentience, they understand it's a passing 2-3 day cycle... they can learn to master themselves and get a better grip on their emotions.
That is one of the key reasons for "taking on a body" according to a variety of spiritual sources. The Bible itself relates that "He (or she) who conquers himself is greater than he who conquers a city." According to Edgar Cayce, the "emotional bodies" are the most challenging to tame.
I have a theory that's based on balancing the triangle: and the triangle in its equilateral form requires a person to take care of their body (respect the body temple) through wise dietary choices (and no major substance abuse); constantly exercise the mind, working it like a muscle through the conscious exposure to new learning, and lastly, find ways to balance the emotions. That could entail running, biking, Yoga, meditation, Martial Arts, walks by the still waters, etc.
IF these 3 aspects are kept in balance then I think LOVE is possible and possibly even reflexive. (This ties in with the chakras... with the HEART represented by the 4th chakra.)
Those who are substance-dependent (or addicts) tend to be narcissistic and most of their time is spent feeding the habit. They typically lie to loved ones and even steal to support these habits. These behaviors betray love.
When people are in poor health they may love as best they can, but their condition prohibits them in many ways, too.
And people who are emotionally out of balance or intellectually stuck hold back the progress of those in their circles. These are usually the relatives who set up problems for others to solve.
Thanks for the nod. I am also working on a Ted Talk concept and some of what I've mentioned here will no doubt factor into that. I'm amazed by the variety of speakers and subjects, but I didn't see anything on Astrology.
As I often joke, we're in an era where every possible sexual expression is out of the closet yet Astrology--the meta-science of broad relationships--remains in the closet.
Years ago I heard a memorable lecture by Robert Hand (who some in my field term "the father" of modern astrology) where he explained WHY the Astrologer was the first--and potentially the last--heretic. It goes back to the one size fits all tyranny and how that premise, alone, has thwarted the spiritual growth of humanity for ages.