How to Find Your "Soulmate," According to New Trending TikTok Moon Test
Why some people think the moon is their answer to their love life.
You can turn to TikTok for anything these days, including how to find your soulmate. There's a new trend happening on the social media platform that claims to reveal if you're compatible with your partner by comparing the moon to the day you were born with theirs to see how you match up. People looking to the stars and moon for answers in their lives is nothing new, but does this test really work? Read on to find out more.
Why People Believe the Moon has Relationship Answers
People are putting their relationships to the test on TikTok, and here's why. Good Morning America reports, "The monthly lunar cycle follows the moon's transitions into different phases according to its visibility from Earth, which is dependent on how the sun is reflecting on its surface. The eight phases of the moon, according to NASA, follow in this order each month: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter and waning crescent."
How to Take the Soulmate Test
According to the TikTok trend, to determine if your partner is the perfect fit, you have to download the editing app CapCut, which you can find users by searching #moonphase. After you have the app, the next step is to check what the phase of the moon was when you and your partner were born. From there, you download the images and put them in CapCut.
The great thing is the template automatically superimposes the two images. Next, hit "text" in the editing bar, and type in your date of birth and your partner's. Then hit the "Add sound on TikTok" button to save the videos to your phone and export them to TikTok. Compare the two images—if both fit together, you've found "the one."
What the Moon Represents
Astrology can be used to help people discover their course in life and find meaning that hasn't been found elsewhere. The moon is significant in astrology because it represents feelings and desires. According to Yoga Journal, "Your Moon sign is perhaps your clearest indicator as to the workings of your inner world. When you consider that the Moon illuminates the night and guides you in the darkness, this seems quite fitting. All of the subconscious stuff going on below the surface is your Moon sign."
In addition, "It directs the more emotional and fluid parts of your life, much like the tides, which are also controlled by the Moon. It rules the deepest parts of your being and everything that makes you feel emotionally secure. If you want to take a more in-depth look at your feelings, intuition, empathies, and how you express yourself, your Moon sign will show you the way."
What an Astrologer Says About the TikTok Trend
Millions are trying out the skyrocketing trend, but celebrity astrologer Kyle Thomas says don't count on it for accurate results. Thomas told Good Morning America, "Relationships and compatibility are multi-layered and very complex. From an astrological point of view… love, intimacy, connection, and partnership cannot be broken down into a simple TikTok trend regarding moon phases." He said, moon phases "do affect our lives at all times," but it is not indicative of complete compatibility. That's left to the stars. There are more important factors," he said. "Like astrological alignments and planetary placements at the time of your birth."
No Link Between the Phase of the Moon and Relationship Compatibility
While the latest TikTok trend is fun, it should not be taken seriously, one critic says. "The moon phase soulmate trend is old wine in new bottles," deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and author Ben Radford, told Space.com via email. "It's obviously a twist on astrological sun signs but has removed some of those trappings, maybe to give it a sense of scientific legitimacy. This trend plays into magical thinking and provides some psychological comfort. This has all the hallmarks of a typical TikTok trend, including making a game out of something that is personal and relevant to users — such as a name, home city, face, or birthdate."
Radford also acknowledged what is missing from the moon test is the link between the phase of the moon and personality or relationship compatibility. "Why in the world would the phase of the moon have any connection to or effect on relationship compatibility?" he asked.