To understand the concept of Sun Moon connections we first have to go back into the past for a moment.
In the early 1980s a "new" approach of assessing major themes in a natal chart saw the light by the "invention" of the so-called "ZIP Code."
It was a method invented by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns (hence the name "ZIP Code") and further propagated by her daughter Maritha Pottenger, that made use of the so-called astrological alphabet.
The concept of the astrological alphabet is that astrology deals with twelve basic ways of being, twelve human drives and modes of operation that are all needed in this world.
These twelve sides of life are mirrored in the natal chart by a planet, a house and a sign.
So it is in the astrological alphabet that Mars, the 1st house and Aries all share the same principles (though they are NOT the same!).
Venus, the 2nd house and Taurus also share the same principles and this goes on for the other planets, signs and houses.
What the theory of the ZIP Code or astrological alphabet presents is that certain groups of planet/house/sign combinations share similar themes.
For example: Mars in Libra or Mars in the 7th house share the same principles. The 7th house is in mundane astrology a Libra house (whatever zodiac sign is on the cusp of the 7th house in the natal chart).
This system has been enhanced by German astrologers who developed their own system based on the same principles but they converted the signs and houses to their respective planetary rulers.
For example: Mars in Libra becomes a Mars/Venus theme because Venus always rules Libra. Mars in the 7th house too becomes a Mars/Venus theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 1st house (in mundane astrology ruled by Mars because Mars always rules Aries and Aries is always the 1st sign in the natural order of the zodiac) in the 2nd house (in mundane astrology ruled by Venus as the ruler of Taurus) is another Venus-Mars analogy.
The more you find such analogies, themes or connections between two planets, the more this planetary combination becomes an important part of the natal chart and the life of the native.
To find out the connections or analogies between planets, we take especially into account:
Planets in houses are more important and powerful than the planets in the zodiac signs because they work on a more personal and individual level (we use the Topocentric house system which gives almost the same results as the Placidus house system).
When do we have Sun Moon connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) to define Sun Moon connections but this would lead us too far and make it more complicated than necessary):
When at least three of the above listed analogies or connections can be found in the natal chart, we have a very powerful Sun Moon connection that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Sun Moon connections signify?
This connection or affinity blends two opposing energies (like the Venus-Mars, Jupiter-Saturn, Mercury-Neptune and Mercury-Jupiter connections), denoting that in some extreme cases, it may result in a short-circuit (noticeable in one's behavior, mindset or experiences).
In this case, male (the Sun) and female (the Moon) energies blend.
The radiating Sun wants to shine, be at the center of attention by expressing itself while the receptive and reflective Moon is the receiver of impressions and part of our perception.
Both acting together point to parental issues, one way or the other.
Often the parents of someone born with a powerful Sun-Moon connection were involved or entangled in some kind of competition, marked by disagreements and/or arguments.
This combo reflects moody behavior and a weak physical and/or mental constitution.
People with predominant natal Sun-Moon connections should beware of being manipulated.
Also, they seem to have a weak physical circulatory system.
Identity crises point to the need to also take care of the own mental state (mindset).
Not all nativities with this connection in their natal horoscope are able to connect properly with who they are and the gender they represent.
Because of the weaker physical constitution, men don't really feel masculine and women don't always feel really feminine.
This is balanced out by attracting a "strong" partner (in the case of a man) or a "submissive" partner (in the case of a woman).
More developed people and those of a higher consciousness who have this connection in their natal charts are able to integrate polarities and opposites in their life quite well and are above average very creative (most often in an artistic way).
They are also very well able to adapt to whatever environment and situation.
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