Hi, this isn’t a question pertaining to my sign or birth chart or anything, but rather I’ve been wondering: Hypothetically-speaking, how different would astrology be without the moon and instead a ring (most likely rock) encircling Earth? Do you think the ring would have any astrological effect at all? And what if we had two moons? How do you think they’d play into astrology?
Brilliant question! Thank you.
Back in the day, there were only Seven Planets - those that were observable to the eye.
Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Sun was the sun - the light of our lives, and the Moon was it’s companion. Mercury, Venus, and Mars were considered “wandering stars,” because they appeared like other stars, only they moved much quicker (and occasionally moved backwards).
First of all, we gotta start from the ground up. Well pretend the Ring is “above” the Earth’s Equator. The sky would look like this:
(Greece/Egypt would closest resemble the Washington DC one)
If there was a Ring around the Earth, it would gain lore. Much like the Seasons, and the rising and setting of the Sun do. Man would ask - what is it? How did it get there?
Maybe they would think that it’s the plains on which the Gods exist - or maybe it was the dancing energies of spirit’s deities.
Whatever they decided - they would still watch it. And watch, and watch, and watch. They’d notice slight movement, and then they’d notice patterns, and they would track it. Much like they did with the wandering stars, and the sun, and the moon.
Maybe there’s a certain cluster that revolves around the Earth and is noticeable - they’d track it’s motion, and it would be said “I have a Sun in Aries, [ring cluster] in Leo.”
It would probably acquire different meaning than the moon. The Moon is associated with Emotions and depth, because of it’s shifting cycle (I think, I can’t say for certain, but for the sake of this theory, we’ll go with that.)
The Ring would probably have shifting lights, too, because of Earth’s Shadow (hell, maybe that’s what they’d track), but not the same way as the Moon. Maybe the Moon would represent not, the emotions in our soul, but the brightness of our Spirit. Hell, the Sun (with it’s constant ups and downs) might have meant our Emotions, instead!
Alright, so - people already think that there’s two moons. We’re going to ignore that, and skip right to the What If game of “Yes, we have Two Moons, and have known so since forever.”
Once again they would get lore, and be observed, and tracked.
Each would gain it’s own separate Astrological meaning. I believe that the second (farther away/smaller/darker) Moon would come to mean the same as one of the Liliths does:
The Moon represents personal, subjective feelings, the Second Moon would probably represent a primal, objective, impersonal instinct that seeks identification beyond the physical and emotional realms.
The three Luminaries - Sun, Moon, and Second Moon - would probably have the same implications as the Id, Ego, and Superego do. The Second Moon would be our Id, the Moon would be our Ego, and the Sun would be our Superego.
I REALLY enjoyed this question, and if you have anymore, keep them coming.