In order of understanding the Moon Signs we first have to try to understand the language of the soul which is art. Paintings of artists will tell us much more about the zodiac signs than words.
Taurus Moon Artists
The first Earth Moon Sign is sensual, compact, enduring and down-to earth Taurus. Rossetti (1828 – 1882) is the first example for a typical Taurus Moon Artist who aspired to mirror the beauty of nature as realistically as possible. Taurus is the sign which mirrors the Earth most since we associate everything with the Taurus which we also associate with Earth: consistency, native land, calm, physicality, sensuality and fertility. Thus it does not come as a surprise that sujets of Taurus Moon Artists often are flowers, fruits and women in a voluptuous, sensual, seductive and juicy manner.
Another example for that is the Art of Max Pechstein (1881 – 1955). At first it is easy to confuse him with a Fire Moon Sign since his style is expressionistic. But the clearly outlined corporeality of the sujets in the paintings of Taurus Moon Artists reflect the compact physicality of a typically Taurean body.
Rufino Tamayo (1899 – 1991), a Mexican Taurus Moon Artist, also demonstrates his love for fertility and nativeness in his paintings.
Karl Schmidt Rottluff (1884 – 1976) demonstrates the Taurean desire (as the biggest savorer of the Zodiac) for the fullness of life through his expressionistic still lives. If you once have been at the house of a Taurus Moon you know that it’s their greatest pleasure to set the richest table and fill all bellies with the juiciest fruits.
But there is another omnipresent desire which the Taurus Moon Artist Diego Riviera (1886 – 1957) enjoyed to portray. It is the desire for a simple, traditional life with an ubiquitous connection to Earth. Probably the reason why so many Mexican Artists with Taurus Moons emerged is that Mexico has preserved the sense of nativeness and connection to Earth in many places.
Another Mexican Taurus Moon Artist is Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) who incorporated the symbolism of herself as Earth in one of her paintings.
The last Taurus Moon Artist in the list is Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956). This time I have to admit this was a surprise to me and only my forth guess after Sagittarius, Aries and Gemini. I still cannot quite wrap my head around it that Pollock who produced this expressionistic pieces as the one below had a Taurus Moon. His art mirrors a wild emotionality whereas a Taurus usually has a set, consistent and “clearly outlined” emotionality. Thus the only way to explain Pollock’s Taurus Moon is that to him it must have been more about the sensual, physical act of his action painting than about the result.
To create his art he performed somewhat comparable to a dance where he lay the canvas on the floor and then dripped, poured and hurled the colors on it. This sensual act of creating Art is very typical for a Taurus Moon whereas the result is actually quite surprising.
Capricorn Moon Artists
In contrast to the Taurus Moon Artists above who had a tendency to embrace a childlike simplicity through their Art, the Capricorn Moon clearly aimed for perfection. One example for a typically highly ambitious Capricorn Moon is Rubens (1577 – 1640). He had studied the techniques of the old Italian masters thoroughly and implemented them in his paintings with impeccable certainty and better than most Artists who came before him. In his tremendous artworks he aimed for superlative – with more light, more room, more figures. Traveling from court to court to fulfill his numerous orders he had to coordinate them with high organizational skill. On this way he also became a significant diplomatic figure.
Another Capricorn Moon aspiring for perfection was Degas (1834 – 1917) who was especially interested in the modulation of light and shadow and the solid physicality of everything visible. He often painted ballet dancers which is to be expected of a Capricorn Moon since ballet is all about perfection, discipline, will power, strictness and ambition – the qualities of a typical Capricorn Moon. To increase the illusion of actual three-dimensionality he often painted overlapping dancers since corporeality, physicality and tangibility are very important features for all Earth Moon Artists.
Courbet (1819 – 1877) is the Capricorn Moon Artist who estimated corporeality, physicality and tangibility more than the Artists who came before him. Thus he created the term realism as a whole art direction. What was important to him were reality and truth which is to be seen in his lifelike and plain paintings. Though it was a time of theatricality Courbet as a typical Capricorn Moon did not bend to any authorities but his own.
Munch (1863 – 1944) is the first Capricorn Moon in this list to give us actual inside in his emotionality. If you know a Capricorn Moon in real life you know that they tend to always keep their cool, carry a ton of responsibility on their shoulders and appear to have super powers. The concentration of a Capricorn Moon is unbeatable and he usually romps through everything. But if he cracks under the pressure (which happens RARELY), the emotions of devastation and desperation are as “concentrated” as he usually is on his challenges. In Munch’s painting below we can see how intense the emotional life of a Capricorn can be though we would never expect it under the layers of his poker face.
The Capricorn Moon which mirrors the mindset of a Capricorn Moon best is the Russian Artist Malevich (1878 – 1935). We can see a mindset which had learned to self-abstract in a categorical manner. There are two sides to the person as there are two sides to the Capricorn’s mindset – good and bad; black and white. What we can see in this picture is someone who thinks in more abstract ways than the signs before him, who learns to build analogies but still from a perspective of a self.
Virgo Moon Artists
Caspar David Friedrich (1774 – 1840) makes his Virgo Moon very obvious through his paintings. A Virgo is a Voyeur whose characteristics are: observant, melancholic, realistic, analytical, thoughtful but also a little haughtily. A Virgo is the cultivator in human history. She had to oversee vast tracks of land to coordinate and organize the collaboration on the soil so that everyone would be fed during winter. It is the second Earth Sign after Taurus. In contrast to Taurus who identified with Earth, Virgo exhaults herself and dominates over it in the way of cultivation. Caspar David Friedrich, as a typical Virgo Moon, demonstrates this mindset in his paintings.
Eugene Delacroix (1798 – 1863) has a similar realistic but still soft style of painting as Caspar David Friedrich though his motives were usually spectacles he observed on his travels to northern Africa rather than landscapes. As a painter he was a voyeur of foreign lives in foreign lands, always driven by curiosity – the most typical quality of a Virgo.
Another Virgo Moon Artist who was driven into foreign lands by curiosity was Gauguin (1848 – 1903). He moved to Tahiti to portray the untainted nature’s children who lived there. He longed to get back the simplicity, nativity and “naivety” of the natives. This desire probably flourishes best on the ground of a person who is the opposite of those attributes – too complicated, too cultivated and too ruminative just like a typical Virgo Moon.