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.
Cancer Moon Artists
The first Water Moon Sign is soft, dreamy and loving Cancer. Francisco de Goya (1746 – 1828) is one example of a Cancer Moon Artists who demonstrates how full of dreams and phantasies the soul of Cancer Moon is. As a portrait painter Goya was highly esteemed at the Spanish courtyard but the motives of his paintings he chose himself were not the royals but rather ghosts and witches.
Another Cancer Moon who followed the lead of Goya was William Blake (1757 – 1827) who was considered insane at that time.
But creatures from dreams and phantasies are not the only motives for the Cancer Moon. The favorite motive for a Cancer Moon to draw is nature itself. As the Sign which appreciates flowers and plants by far the most, loves gardens and in general watching nature grow it is not surprising that gardens are the favorite motive for Cancer Moons as seen in the Art of Cancer Moon Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910), an autodidactic painter from the era of Post-Impressionism.
Probably the most significant Cancer Moon Artist and figure in Impressionism is Claude Monet (1840–1926). As one of the first artists he went outside to draw in natural surroundings and inspired many artists at the time to follow suit. He furnished his boat to take the atmosphere and the natural light in so he could capture all the natural colors in his paintings. Carefully blending the colors on the pallet he matched them applying several layers to create a harmonious whole by staying true to the impression of nature rather than focusing on details. Monet gives us inside into the soul of a Cancer Moon by showing through his paintings how he himself perceives the world. His loving look on the world surrounding him demonstrates how a Cancer Moon lets the world sink in undissected without a wall to protect his soul and how each moment leaves an emotional impression behind like the tender touch of a feather.
Impressionism arose in the time of industrialization when rationality overruled emotion. As a result this time brought up a lot of emotional Water (element of emotion) Moons. Also photography emerged and the role of the artist changed significantly liberating and robbing the painter from his formerly “secure” but also clearly defined position.
Pisces Moon Artists
It was a time in need of diffusion, thinking outside the box, emotion, and the return to nature. Thus it is no surprise that most Impressionists were born with a Pisces Moon placement. Cezanne (1839–1906) was one Pisces Moon who led the way to Impressionism in the first place. As a typical Pisces Moon he was always seeking out complete harmony in his paintings – especially considering room depth and corporeality. It appears as though he was aiming to create a universal connection between the physical reality and the non-physical.
Another Pisces Moon Impressionists were Pissarro (1830 – 1903) and Seurat (1859 – 1891). Seurat, as a pioneer of Pointillism, created his paintings with even points of unblended colors to mirror the flickering of colors in nature. Since the accumulation of colored points appeared to dissolve the motive, Pointillism got criticized. As the sign of dissolution, however, dissolving the motive, merging the pieces into a soft and fluent whole and creating a universal and harmonious connection between the individual parts is typical for a Pisces Moon.
As to be seen in paintings of another Pisces Moon Artist Paul Klee (1879 – 1940).
The universal love and devotion (to the point of conflation) of a typical Pisces Moon we can observe best in the paintings of famous Pisces Moon Artist Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918).
Universal love, devotion and dissolution goes hand in hand with the difficulty to define a self since the connection with the surrounding is highly present at all times for the Pisces Moon. That becomes obvious in the art of Pisces Moon Artist Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967).
Roland Topor (1938 – 1997) also makes an example for this specific “problem” or strength of the Pisces Moon.
On the other hand not being able to identify a self is the first step to identifying with the higher self which is the whole universe. Dissolution of the self, devotion and self-abstraction lay the groundwork for universal love, spirituality and in general comprehension of the harmonies our universe works in (physics). Who makes a better example for those cognitive abilities than Pisces Moon Artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) who merged art and science.
Scorpio Moon Artists
Very different to the Art of soft, nurturing and devoted Cancer and Pisces Moon Artists the Motives in the paintings of Scorpio Moons are much more precisely outlined.
Rembrandt (1606 – 1669) is one example of the intense, dark, truth seeking and deep Scorpio Moon. He painted the unvarnished truth he detected with incorruptible honesty. In the portraits he drew, it appears as though he uncovered the bare soul of his model with a piecing look and conveyed it through his paintings. When you look at his portraits you get the sense that you know the person in it your whole life since there is so much depth to the person. It is almost scary how much Rembrandt appeared to know about the people he portrayed just by painting them.
Diego Velasquez (1599 – 1660) was another typical Scorpio Moon Artist from the same era as Rembrandt and just as devoted to painting the unadorned reality he detected.
Emil Nolde (1867 – 1956), a Scorpio Moon Artist from a completely different era preferred the ugly and grotesque as his motives. Also like Rembrandt, he often painted the stormy sea and what motive could better mirror the intense, passionate and deeply emotional soul of the Scorpio Moon than the stormy sea.
Also the use of colors of a Scorpio Moon differs distinctly from the use of colors of any other Moon Sign. Rembrandt and Velasquez for example chose a generally dark tone for their paintings to intensify the lighter moments through sharp contrasts. The impact of the paintings was severely increased through that technique. Emil Nolde used very strong colors as seen in painting above. Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970), another Scorpio Moon Artist, also became famous for the strong use of colors. As absurd as it might sound his paintings with the two monochrome, stacked color fields teaches us the most about the soul of the Scorpio Moon.
When I first saw a painting of Mark Rothko in real life I couldn’t understand why two colored fields were classified as art. Yet, after 10 seconds or so I was so overwhelmed by emotion I almost started crying. Somehow these color fields managed to trigger the deepest, most intense and purest feelings.
The painting with one dark blue and one red level mirror the Scorpio Moon soul best because it shows the two levels of a Scorpio mindset. The red mirrors the hot system of the brain which initiates the reactions of our sympathetic nervous system on an emotional, unconscious level whereas the blue mirrors the cold system of the brain which is in control of our reactions through cognitive and partially conscious processing.
The connection between the two and the intense dominance of both parts is what Scorpio as a Sign is all about. It is the most intuitive and deep sign because the consciousness of a Scorpio seems to be very connected to the primitive parts of the brain which are responsible for survival instinct, passion and fight-or-flight-reactions. This strong connection and intense parallel existence of the two at the same time is the reason why a typical Scorpio appears to have this dark side to him and a somewhat gothic vibe. It is also the reason why a Scorpio Moon can detect the truth everywhere and see through you with his piercing look like you’re an open book.
The hot system in our brains is also responsible for our basic urges and libido in general. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986), the last Scorpio Moon Artist in the list, used motives like flowers and flames for her paintings conveying a strong sexual vibe.