Moon Chart Ruler: Traits, Meaning Through the Signs

If your rising sign is Cancer, the Moon is your chart ruler. The Moon represents your instinctive reactions and emotional needs. Its birth chart placement will help mold your character and the mask you wear to show the world. As a chart ruler, it will offer more details about how others see you.

You may already know your Moon sign, and the Moon is important in everyone’s chart, showing a person’s general mood and what could bring them happiness. As a chart ruler, however, the Moon’s role becomes even more influential.

Read on to learn more about how your chart ruler, the Moon, affects how you show yourself to the world and what this may mean for you.


  • As your chart ruler, the Moon influences your outward personality.
  • The Moon’s traits of compassion and intuition may shine through to others.
  • The Zodiac sign your chart ruling Moon sits in will also add to this “mask you wear.”
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Moon Chart Ruler: Meaning

Your chart ruler is the planet that rules your rising sign.

Since your rising sign helps to describe the “mask you wear,” its ruling planet weighs in on your outward persona too and will help to influence the way you view the world and the way others see you.

With Cancer as your rising sign, the Moon is your chart ruler and its placement will help to shape your outward personality and the way you interact with the world.

While the Moon is always a big player, as your chart ruler, this planet will hold extra significance for you, not only influencing your emotional landscape and soul but also the person you present to others.

So, what kind of influence does your chart ruling Moon bring to the “mask” you wear when interacting with others?

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Moon Chart Ruler: Traits and Desires

According to Astrology.com, the Moon represents “mood swings, instinct, how we feel about things, and how our feelings affect others.”

If your rising sign is Cancer, the Moon helps to shape your personality because it is the ruling planet of that sign.

Cancer is then infused with the characteristics of this planet, some of which are highlighted below.

  • Emotional
  • Imaginative
  • Compassionate
  • Seeking happiness
  • Protective
  • Seeking a sense of belonging
  • Intuitive
  • Instinctive
  • Seeking security
  • Creative
  • Sensitive
  • Nurturing
  • Connected to the past
  • Associated with the unconscious mind

Moon Chart Ruler Through the Zodiac Signs

Each sign in the Zodiac has certain desires and drives that, if acted out in a positive way, can add more fulfillment and joy to your life.

Here is a rundown about how your chart ruler, the Moon, could be impacted by its sign.

Remember that the descriptions below are not rules written in permanent ink. They are intended to give you a general feeling of how each sign could “paint” your chart ruler in a slightly different shade.

Moon Chart Ruler in Aries

With your chart ruling Moon in Aries, others may see you as someone who thrives in competition and you always love a good challenge!

Your friends and family may know you as someone who has a fiery spark and may be quick and hot with your emotions, but who also simmers down quickly after being upset.

They may love your passionate nature and they know that if someone speaks a bad word about them you will be the first in line to defend their good name.

Even though they may know that you love being a homebody, they may also know that if they are going on an adventure you may want to go along!

With your chart ruling Moon in Aries, you may love to argue your point, even if it’s not a serious argument, and all in good fun.

Just be sure that after real arguments, even though you may calm down quickly, you find a way to let go of any resentments that may be still lurking inside.

Aries shapes the Moon to be:

  • enthusiastic
  • intense
  • a bit more independent
  • physical
  • assertive
  • impulsive
  • passionate

Moon Chart Ruler in Taurus

If your chart ruling Moon is in Taurus, others may see you as someone who doesn’t get overly worked up when things don’t go exactly as they should.

They may appreciate your grounded and peaceful influence and know that you are someone they can just be in the moment with.

You may be known as the person that keeps traditions alive in your family or the one that keeps track of family history or genealogy.

With Taurus helping to shape your chart ruling Moon, simplicity is bliss for you.

However, be sure that you don’t confuse simplicity with predictability and find yourself stuck in a rut as change is necessary for growth.

Taurus shapes the Moon to be:

  • peaceful
  • simple
  • more reliant on companionship
  • consistent
  • stable
  • sensual
  • seeking comfort to a greater degree

Moon Chart Ruler in Gemini

With a chart ruling Moon in Gemini, others may see you as someone who always has something interesting to talk about.

You may be able to naturally draw others out of their shell and can engage anyone, even strangers, in discussions, with your combination of a nurturing persona and conversation skills.

Your friends and family may refer to you often with questions because they see you as someone who has a wide range of knowledge, but also someone who can communicate it to them well.

But, they may also trust your opinion because your skeptical nature mixed with your intuition means you aren’t someone who is easily duped.

Your chart ruling, Gemini Moon loves to talk with others, but remember that others may not enjoy conversations as much as you do. Be careful not to take it personally.

Gemini shapes the Moon to be:

  • curious
  • restless
  • adventurous
  • a great communicator
  • quick-minded
  • intellectual
  • charming

Moon Chart Ruler in Cancer

Your chart ruling Moon is in dignity in Cancer and loves making its home there.

Others may see you as someone with a tender heart of gold who would drive as far as needed to get them a good cup of chicken noodle soup if sick.

Your friends and family may be in awe of how deeply you can love and nurture.

They may know that if they have something bothering them, you may pick up on it even before they had a chance to tell you.

Home and family are important to everyone, but for you, it may mean everything as the Moon in Cancer wants nothing more than to take care of others and be looked after in return.

Just be careful to not get stuck in the comfortable to completely avoid the hurts of life. A nest is something to enjoy, but also to fly away from periodically, not something to hide in.

Cancer shapes the Moon to be:

  • incredibly compassionate
  • protective
  • more of a homebody
  • highly intuitive
  • selfless
  • moody
  • quite imaginative

Moon Chart Ruler in Leo

If your chart ruling Moon is in Leo, people may describe you as someone who is warm and generous, but also confident.

Your friends and family may know that you have a need to express on the outside what you feel on the inside, which may come from your rich imagination.

They may also know that once you have made yourself vulnerable enough to express yourself, you need them to appreciate what you have shared or you may struggle to open up like that again any time soon.

You may love to be pampered, but it wouldn’t be one-sided as you are great at nurturing and pampering others, as well.

With your chart ruling Moon in Leo, others may see you as someone that has an air about them and that, without even trying, you carry yourself with pride and dignity no matter what.

Just be sure that you aren’t taking this too far and wearing a confident smile on the outside when the inside is in need of some love and attention.

Leo shapes the Moon to be:

  • grand
  • organized
  • magnetic
  • expressive
  • appreciative of attention
  • generous
  • passionate

Moon Chart Ruler in Virgo

With a chart ruling Moon in Virgo, others may see you as someone who is always willing to help when they are in need.

Not only that, but they probably think you are pretty good at it, too.

You may feel as though you are always needing to improve yourself, not because you dislike who you are, but because you have a great eye for seeing the great possibilities in what something could be, including yourself.

Because of this, you may become very skilled at whatever you try as you are willing to work hard at it, and you may tie your emotions to how competent you feel.

Your friends and family may view you as smart and very capable but know that you may prefer to work your magic behind the scenes, not in the spotlight.

With your chart ruling Moon in Virgo, reflect on whether or not you point out things other people could improve in themselves before they have asked for your feedback. It isn’t help if they don’t want it.

Virgo shapes the Moon to be:

  • concerned with details
  • hard working
  • mature
  • practical
  • self-improving
  • hard to satisfy
  • sensual

Moon Chart Ruler in Libra

If your chart ruler is the Moon and lies in Libra, others may view you as someone who they always feel good being around.

People can breathe easily around you because they know that you will never bring drama as you require peace and harmony in your relationships.

You may really thrive on being around your close circle of family and loved ones and dislike being alone.

The tools your soul carries are a charming nature and an ability to respect everyone even if they think or behave differently than you do and you use these tools to bring people together.

Civility is paramount. Be careful, however, with Libra shaping your chart ruling Moon that you don’t try to keep the peace at the expense of your own needs as sometimes a little discord is needed to spark necessary change.

Libra shapes the Moon to be:

  • peaceful
  • diplomatic
  • very reliant on partnerships
  • charming
  • indecisive
  • strategic
  • a creative artist

Moon Chart Ruler in Scorpio

With a chart ruling Moon in Scorpio, others may see you as someone that they can be real around.

They may have no choice as they know that you will see right through any facade that they try to put on anyway as you are incredible at reading people.

Your friends and family may open up to you first about anything they need to get off of their chest.

They know you won’t judge them, can make them feel more at peace with it, and can more than likely handle emotionally charged topics.

With your Moon in Scorpio, reflect on how you release these emotions that come in and watch for signs of them pulling you down.

If so, you may need to purposefully schedule in time to blow off steam, whatever that looks like for you.

Scorpio shapes the Moon to be:

  • intense
  • extra passionate
  • very emotionally deep
  • honest
  • quite moody
  • tenacious
  • empathetic

Moon Chart Ruler in Sagittarius

Your family and friends may know that your love might flow out in a warm and exuberant way, and your emotions may run a little fiery at times.

They may know that you are someone they would never be bored with as you may crave new experiences and adventures, big or small.

This love for life boils out of you in the form of enthusiasm, optimism, curiosity, and a great sense of humor.

If the Moon is your chart ruler and is at home in Sagittarius, others may see you as someone who simply loves new experiences.

For Sagittarius, trying new things is the bread of life.

Just be sure that you aren’t trying to taste them all at the same time, finding yourself overextended and overwhelmed.

Sagittarius shapes the Moon to be:

  • adventurous
  • passionate
  • restless
  • independent
  • philosophical
  • enthusiastic
  • open-minded

Moon Chart Ruler in Capricorn

With a chart ruling Moon in Capricorn, your family and friends may see you as someone who has never let them down when they needed them.

You would never dream of not supporting the people that you love and they know that you would work tirelessly to help them out.

Others may see you as someone who is responsible and hard-working, but also humble, not looking for a round of applause for your efforts.

There is a drive inside of you that may allow you to work nose-to-the-grindstone, even when you may not be feeling like it, and this allows you to be highly productive.

Just be sure that you aren’t working yourself into the ground. Taking breaks to walk outdoors will do wonders for your soul.

Capricorn shapes the Moon to be:

  • extra devoted
  • practical
  • mature
  • hard working
  • less dependent on others
  • patient
  • stoic

Moon Chart Ruler in Aquarius

If your chart ruling Moon is in Aquarius, you may be seen as someone who is going to be your own, authentic self no matter what other people may think.

But, because of this, your friends and family know that you would never judge them for being who they are and that they can “let it all hang out” around you without fear of rejection.

The world may see you as someone who is sympathetic to the plights of humanity.

You may love your independence, and being allowed to fully explore whatever your heart leads you to, but your Cancer rising sign is also pulling you toward connection at the same time, which could cause dissonance at times.

Also, Cancer is eager to hold on to the past while your Aquarius Moon only wants to look to the future. This is one more internal tug-of-war that could arise with this placement.

Aquarius shapes the Moon to be:

  • self-sufficient
  • unique
  • concerned with fairness
  • idealistic
  • extra imaginative
  • very loyal
  • honest

Moon Chart Ruler in Pisces

With your chart ruling Moon in Pisces, people may see you as someone capable of compassion at incredible depths.

Your friends and family may know that you are someone who will love them unconditionally no matter what.

They may even get a sense that you know what they are feeling before they tell you, or may even before they have figured it out.

You may feel more than anyone you know, and you are guided by those feelings.

However, with your chart ruling Moon in Pisces, people may comment that you get sucked into your phone, tv, your books, or whatever it is for you, as though you are escaping from reality.

This may very well be true and could be necessary for you as long as it is done in a balanced and healthy way.

Be careful, however, that you aren’t trying to escape too much into those things, and try adding a few minutes of quiet meditation daily if you find yourself spending too much time in mindless entertainment.

Pisces shapes the Moon to be:

  • very compassionate
  • quite instinctive
  • highly devoted
  • imaginative
  • mystical or spiritual
  • need others to connect with
  • vulnerable

What does it mean if the Moon is my chart ruler?

If the Moon is your chart ruler, it means that the Moon rules the Zodiac sign on the cusp of your 1st House. The sign the Moon rules is Cancer, so if Cancer is your rising sign, the Moon is your chart ruler. Your chart ruler helps shape your outward persona.

What are some characteristics of someone with the Moon as their chart ruler?

Someone with the Moon as their chart ruler may come off as nurturing, protective, family-oriented, and have a vibrant imagination. Others may be drawn to their compassion.

How does the sign the Moon sits in affect it as my chart ruler?

Because it’s your chart ruler, your Moon’s sign will help to add another level of complexity to the “mask” you wear when presenting yourself to others. The qualities and desires of this sign will influence how others view you and how you view the world.

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