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Traditional Rulerships of the Planets
saturn Saturn
jupiter Jupiter
mars Mars
the sun Sun
venus Venus
mercury Mercury
the moon Moon

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The Moon

Of the MOON, her properties and significations

Adapted from William Lilly's 17th century text Christian Astrology, pp.80-83

Adapted and annotated by Deborah Houlding
References in the footnotes include explanatory remarks
and modern translations of Lilly's terms

The Moon we find called by the Ancients, Lucina [1] , Cynthia [2] , Diana [3] , Phoebe [4] , Latona [5] , Noctiluca [6] , Proserpina [7]

Rulership by signCancer
Sign of detrimentCapricorn
Exaltation (sign & degree)Taurus - 3
Fall (sign & degree)Scorpio - 3
Triplicity rulershipEarthly triplicity by night
Associated termsThe Sun and Moon have no rulership by term
Rulership by face (or decanate)
Taurusdegrees 11 - 20
Cancerdegrees 21 - 30
Libradegrees 1 - 10
Sagittariusdegrees 11 - 20
Aquariusdegrees 21 - 30

Feminine, nocturnal, cold, moist and phlegmatic

People Signified:
Queens, countesses, ladies, all manner of women; the common people, travellers, pilgrims, sailors, fishermen, fishmongers, brewers, tapsters [8] , vintners, letter-carriers, coachmen, huntsmen, messengers, mariners, millers, alewives, malsters, drunkards, oisterwives, fisherwomen, charwomen, tripewomen, and generally such women as carry commodities in the streets; midwives, nurses, &c, hackneymen, watermen, waterbearers.

Anatomy and Illnesses:
Apoplexies [9] , palsy [10] , the colic [11] , the bellyache, disease in the left side, stones, the bladder and members of reproduction, menstruation, the liver in women, dropsies [12] , fluids of the belly, all cold rheumatic diseases, cold stomach, the gout in the wrists and feet, sciatica, worms, rheums [13] or hurts in the eyes, viz., in the left of men, and right of women: surfeits,[14] rotten coughs, convulsion fits, the falling sickness [15] , kings-evil [16] , apostems [17] , small pox and measles.

Colours and savours:
White or pale yellowish-white, pale green, or silver. Of saviours, the fresh, or without any flavour, such as is in herbs before they be ripe, or such as do moisten the brain, &c.

Herbs, Plants and Trees:
Those which have soft and thick juicy leaves, of a waterish taste, they love to grow in watery places, and grow quickly into a juicy magnitude; and are the colwort, [18] cabbage, melon, gourd, pompion, onion, mandrake, poppy, lettuce, rape, the linden tree, mushrooms, endive, all trees or herbs who have round, shady, great spreading leaves, and are little fruitful.

Fields, fountains, baths, havens of the sea, highways and desertplaces, port towns, rivers, fishponds, standing pools, boggy places, common shores, little brooks, springs.

Minerals & Stones:
Silver, selenite, all soft stones, crystals.

Attributed orb:
12 degrees

Gabriel [19]

Day of the Week:
Monday, and the first and eigth hour of that day [20]

Physical descriptions offered:
Generally fair stature, white (pale) complexion and colour, round face, grey eyes, and a little louring [21] ; much hair both on the head, face, and other parts; usually one eye a little larger than the other; short hands and fleshy, the whole body inclining to be fleshy, plump, corpulent and phlegmatic: if the Moon is impedited by the Sun in the nativity or question, she usually signifies some blemish in, or near the eye: if she be impedited in succeedant houses;[22] in the sight if she be unfortunate in angles and with fixed stars, called nebulosae.

Manners when well placed:
Composed manners, a soft, tender creature, a lover of all honest and ingenious sciences, a searcher of, and delighter in novelties, natural propensity to flit and shift habitation, unsteadfast, wholly caring for the present times, timorous, prodigal, and easily frightened, however loving peace, and to live free from the cares of this life. If a mechanic [23] , the man learns many occupations, and frequently will be tampering with many ways to trade in.

Manners when badly placed:
A mere vagabond, idle person, hating labour, a drunkard, a sot, one of no spirit or forecast, delighting to live beggarly and carelessly, one content in no condition of life, either good or ill.

Notes & References:
  1] Lucina: Roman goddess of childbirth.
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  2] Cynthia: 'Of Cynthos', a name applied to Artemis, referring to her mountain birthplace.
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  3] Diana: Roman goddess corresponding to the Greek Artemis. After her brother Apollo had been associated with the Sun, philosophers naturally linked Artemis to the Moon.
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  4] Phoebe: Greek Phoibe, grandmother of Artemis, in Roman times often identified with her.
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  5] Latona: Latin derivative of the Greek Lato or Leto, mother of Artemis, probably from the Lycian lada 'lady'.
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  6] Noctiluca: Latin for 'she who is awake at night'.
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  7] Proserpina: Latin name for Persephone, the daughter of Demeter.
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  8] Barmen.
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  9] Sudden impairment of neurological function, such as that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.
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  10] Paralysis
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  11] Billiousness
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  12] Characterised by the accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues.
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  13] Watery discharge
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  14] Nausea through overindulgence.
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  15] Epilepsy
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  16] Cervical tuberculosis or scrofula - a disease in the lymphatic glands.
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  17] Apostumes: derivation of impostumes, meaning 'abscesses'. Gk - apostema.
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  18] Kale
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  19] Gabriel: 'Strength of God'. According to the Bible, there are seven archangels who "stand in the presence of God". (Tobit 12:15). Gabriel sits at the left hand of God, and is the angel of incarnation, conception, birth and dreams. Gabriel is best known as the angel of the annunciation. It was Gabriel who announced to Elizabeth that she is to give birth to John the Baptist (Luke 1:19), and who tells the Virgin Mary that she is to be the mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:26).
The word 'angel' comes from the Greek angelos meaning 'messenger'.
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  20] This is the planetary hour that starts at sunrise, not midnight.
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  21] Scowling or frowning
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  22] 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th houses.
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  23] Tradesperson.
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