The Moon rules our daily
activities. The Moon does not come along and cause major events in our lives, or
our world. The Moon does not cause an earthquake or a volcano eruption, but it
may tip the scales and help the other planets to do something big. In astrology,
when we have been following the planets and wondering when something will
happen, we look to see if Mars or the Moon will soon trigger the transit.
Most of us are familiar with the
major phases of the Moon, the New Moon and the Full Moon. A New Moon occurs when
the Sun and the Moon are together in the same sign. The Moon is on the side of
the earth closest to the Sun and blocks out the light of the Sun so that the
Moon appears dark. During a Full Moon, the Moon is on the opposite side of the
Earth from the Sun, and we the Moon looks big and bright. The light that we see
is the light of the Sun bouncing off the Moon. Think of the Sun as a big
flashlight shining on the Moon and that is what we see.
At the New Moon, the light and
energy from the Sun is not radiated out from the Moon and things are dark and
hidden. If we are out at night things are harder to see, and we tread carefully.
However, the lack of light is about to change. For the next 14 days the Moon
will start to grow and increase in light. The New Moon, is a solar connection.
That is where the term Solar Eclipse comes from.
Because the Moon is about to
increase in size, this is the time to start new
projects and have new adventures; it is a time of activity.
The Moon is now radiating out the
full light of the Sun, and the Full Moon is as bright as it can be. For a
few days we are able to go about with confidence and see everything with full
awareness, but soon it will start to decrease in size and light. The time just
before the Full Moon is considered very powerful, but afterwards the power is
waning. The Full Moon is a lunar power time, and a Full Moon Eclipse is called a
After the Full Moon, the Moon
begins to decrease in size, losing its power. This is why it is not a good time
to start new projects. The Moon which rules our daily activities is not able to
help them increase and grow. This is a time to share the knowledge that you have learned, to
enjoy the fruits of your labors, or release what does not work; it is a time
of quiet, inner work and meditation.
If you have never worked
with the Sun or Moon before don't worry that you won't do the right
thing. You don't need to do
elaborate rituals or visualizations. All you have to do is have the
intention to work with the Sun or Moon and think of what you would like
to accomplish and do things at the right time.
FIRST AND LAST QUARTER
There are two other phases of the
Moon. The first quarter and the last quarter.
The first quarter is the time that
is halfway between the New and Full Moon. It is a stopping point, a time to look
at what you're doing and see if any adjustments need to be made. It's kind of a
point-of-no-return. You have to make a decision to keep doing what you're doing,
and there's no turning back. That is why many astrologers say this is a time of
clinging to the past. It's not easy to go ahead into the unknown and leave the
comfort of the past, even if it wasn't that great. Often what we know feels so
much safer. The excitement of the new thing has worn off. This is the testing
time. Will you keep going forward?
The last quarter is a letting go
period. You look back at what you've done, and realize that you've done as much
as you can. It's time to regroup and see where you want to go next. Now you
decide if you want to totally change, or take what you've been doing to a new
level. You're ready to make new plans. During the next week, it's best to go
within, contact your subconscious, and let intuition guide you forward.
Moon through the
Signs - Activities
In a 28-day period from New to
Full to New once again, the Moon goes through all twelve signs of the zodiac.
These signs tell what the focus will be while the Moon is in a certain sign.
Also note the phase of the Moon, whether it is new or full.
If you have your chart, notice the
house the Moon is traveling through. The things that are related to the house
will be prominent while the Moon is in that house. To go a step further,
consider the phase of the Moon. If the Moon is new and traveling through your
first house, this is a time to start new project just for you. If it is a Full
Moon, it is time to let go of thing related to you, such as extra weight. Go to
my page on houses to find
out what each house means.
Following is a list of the meaning
of the signs. This will help you show you what is happening on a daily basis and
help plan your activities.
During the New Moon it is time to
build the qualities of the signs, to do physical, external things related to
them, and in relationships with other people. It is a time of new projects and
In the Full Moon it is time to
work on them on an internal level, through such things meditation,
visualization, journaling, prayer, affirmations, or hypnosis. It is time to do a
review and let go of the qualities that don't work and are not for your highest
independence, leadership, vitality, energizing, forging ahead,
athletics, strength, impatience, impulsiveness, anger, over-assertion. Physical
things rams, armor and weapons, badges, knives, doors, entrances, rubies,
New Moon - start new
projects, look for new ventures, and adventures, build independence, blaze
Full Moon - let go of
impulsiveness, anger, rivalry, not completing things
Taurus working with the earth, gardening,
stamina, loyalty, stability, patient, practicality, possessive, greedy,
New Moon - gardening, staying
power, persistence, working on determination and patience
Full Moon -Look for things you may be hoarding,
let go of possessive, or overly materialistic attitudes
communication, letters, e-mail, writing, studying, learning, transportation,
speed, flexible, scheming, scattered
New Moon - work on new
communication, send new letters, e-mail, do some writing, studying, learning,
work on adaptability,
Full Moon -
Let go of anxious thoughts, mental chatter, and learn centering
and family, feelings, emotions, protection, privacy, intuitive, security,
tenacious, touchy, defensive
New Moon - Do something new
with your home or family, work on intuition,
Full Moon -Clean out your home and old habits,
let go of the tendency to cling, and security fears.
creativity, drama, children,
Open your heart to your creations
Full Moon - Let go of things that do not express the true you
making lists, planning projects,
New Moon - Plan new
schedules and plans, make new lists, start new health and exercise programs
Full Moon -
Let go of self criticism, start a weight loss diet, stop eating junk food
Libra - social
situations, restore balance and harmony,
New Moon - Notice others in a new way
Full Moon -
Let go of old relationships, even in the mind
- Extra energy, stamina,
determination, deep feelings
New Moon -
Be like the Phoenix, and fly free and high
Full Moon - Release deep wounds,
need to manipulate,
Travel, education, legal problems,
New Moon -
Be open to new exciting thoughts, do something you've never done before
Full Moon - release old beliefs that no longer serve you
building structures, setting
New Moon - build new forms,
Full Moon - let go of old
worn out structures, responsibilities, limitations, and ways of working that no
longer serve you.
groups, friends, freedom
New Moon -
Be open to new friendships
Full Moon - are you ready to let go of the Age of Pisces?
visions, dreams, stories,
New Moon -
Connect with new mystical beliefs
Full Moon -
Look for and let go of hidden compulsions
Void of Course Moon
It is best not to plan activities during the Void
of Course Moon. To read more about the Void of Course Moon
For the time of the current Void of Course Moon
click here to go
to the home page. The Void of Course Moons are listed in the Weekly
Planets on the upper right corner of the page.
A lunar standstill is
based on the
measure of the highest and lowest of the Moon from the
Earth during a two-week period. When the maximum difference between
south and north declination of 57 is reached, a standstill occurs. The
Moon is either as low as it can get in the sky,
or as high as it can get. The difference in the Moon is
noticeable by its size and it closeness to the Earth. Go out and look up at the sky at night. For instance, in the
summer of 2006, as the Moon sinks, it looks like a
huge ball, skimming the horizon.
This year (2006) is a lunar standstill year.
Southern standstills for 2006 are 3/22, 5/16, 6/12, 7/9 and 9/29. The
major northern standstill is 9/15/06.This happens every 18.6 years. The
next standstill year will be 2025. The beginning of the September
standstill is within two days of a Lunar
eclipse. The 9/29 standstill is 7 days after the Solar Eclipse.
It has been found that many of the ancients set up stone structures to
follow the standstills. The Anasazi carved out a cave as a
calendar of the Moon and its standstills. Callanish in the British
Isles has another standstill calendar.
Standstills, like all
unusual astrological events, bring intensity, powerful reactions, and
sometimes extreme weather conditions. When all the aspects look decent
but drastic events still occur, look to the the lunar standstill for
During a standstill year,
you'll notice a difference
in your emotions all year, but especially at the standstills. At times they'll be unusually
quiet, and at times they act up.
If you meditate or channel, there will
be a difference as well, sometimes things come easily and at other times
you'll feel as if you're alone. Our Moon is a satellite and amps
things up. Notice how it works for you. For some people, the highest
point will bring a flood of information and connection, while for others
the lower points bring more. One clue is your feelings when the Moon is
low, do you feel low? When the Moon is high do you soar and feel closer
to spirit? Or is it vice versa? And some people frequently feel calm,
Notice where the standstill is in your chart, and
what aspects it's making. That will be the area of your life that is
Try to stay emotionally
balanced and connect with source. Major mishaps at this time have to do
with the emotions more than mental or physical errors
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