Abounding in Vata and Kapha and filled with knowing is the Moon of round body. O’ Twice Born, auspiciously eyed, of sweet speech, fluctuating and lovesick.
-Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra: Nature and Form of the Grahas, 24
The soft, gentle moon as atmakaraka imbues an individual with sensitivity, adaptability, and nurturing ability. Moon as a soul planet guides an individual through intuitive ability and emotional intelligence, and their gut instincts are often right. This is why the moon is said to be full of knowing – they seem to just “know things” and skip tedious problem-solving. A person with Moon Atmakaraka will need to learn to trust their inner feelings and instincts – not the conflicting information of their mind or what others say.
Brihat Parashara describes the moon as fluctuating. The changing nature of the moon lends adaptability to the Moon Atmakaraka individual. They tend to be the person in a group who can “go with the flow,” especially if means keeping the peace. This adaptability can, in some cases, give a fickle or restless nature, which can be seen when they try to decide on longterm plans for themselves.
The moon has no light of its own, but reflects the light of the Sun. This is what gives it it’s lovesick nature and sense of longing for that ‘source of light‘ in their life. The soul’s desire of those with Moon as Atmakaraka is to experience a deep, deep emotional bond and total acceptance from someone. The challenge is usually to approach relationships in a more balanced way. The lovesick Moon is happiest in a relationship and will go to great lengths to keep their partner happy and support them, even to the point of codependency if the moon is afflicted. With Moon Atmakaraka being so lovesick, they can “lose themselves” in their relationships, or become uncomfortably needy.
For the Moon Atmakaraka person, they will need to pay close attention to mental attitude and emotional imbalances. There is a potential for neediness resulting from inner emptiness, and this will be an area of life that moon Atmakaraka people need to work on.
Meditation and writing are good exercises for those with Moon Atmakaraka, especially if you’re full of unsettled emotions, or your mind is burdened with worries, fears, and fragmented thoughts. Writing or meditation will help keep you centered in yourself and your emotions balanced.