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What do Lunar Phases Mean in Astrology?

Astrology of Moon Phases
Astrology of Moon Phases
Filed Under: Astrology, Science, Knowledge.

Everyone knows about the Full Moon, but did you realize that there are seven other phases of the Moon that profoundly affect our lives? The Moon changes signs every 2 ½ days and has a 28-day cycle. There is also the phrase Void-of-Course Moon which has a lot of people spooked. Basically, a void-of-course moon happens when the Moon makes its final aspect to another planet before it changes signs. The Moon is literally resting before it changes signs, and many people tend to feel scattered or confused during this period. Plans or decisions don't work out as planned and I have had many clients moan that they don't want to initiate any action because they fear nothing will come of it. It feels like the Moon is retrograde, and since we all know how frustrating a Mercury retrograde can be, we are better off just reflecting. But I would like to clear the air about what signs can represent opportunity periods, when the Moon is void-of-course when the Moon is in :

  1. Taurus, because it is exalted in Taurus.
  2. Cancer because it rules Cancer.
  3. Sagittarius due to Jupiter's fiery domicile.
  4. Pisces, due to Jupiter's watery domicile.

Feel free to initiate actions during a void-of-course Moon in these four signs.

We also need to pay attention to the applying and closing aspects of the Moon. An applying aspect occurs before a New Moon and indicates that two planets are moving towards an exact aspect while a closing or separating aspect occurs when the two planets have found their exact aspect and are moving away from it. Obviously the applying aspects of the Moon pack more of a punch.

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The New Moon

The New Moon

The first phase of the Moon is the New Moon. It happens when the Sun and Moon are conjunct in the same sign. It is considered to be waxing because it is between the New Moon and the Full Moon. The New Moon has a solar-lunar arc of 0° - 45°. It represents a period of fresh starts as opportunities arise within 48 hours of the New Moon to plant seeds for your wishes and to begin projects. It is a time to follow impulses. If you are born in a New Moon phase, you are either born on the New Moon or within the 3 ½ days following the New Moon. You will tend to project your feelings upon people and situations. Individuals born under a New Moon have an emotional and impulsive approach to life. Famous people born under a New Moon phase are:

  1. Queen Victoria
  2. Sigmund Freud
  3. Woodrow Wilson

The IInd Phase of the Moon

Waxing Crescent of the Moon. Day, 4

The second phase of the Moon is the Crescent Moon and is waxing with a solar-lunar arc of 45° - 90°. It happens 3 ½ to 7 days after the New Moon. There is a slowdown of enthusiasm because of our desire to produce tangible results. It can be a time of obtaining more information to move forward with plans. If you are born during a Crescent Moon phase, you are probably self-assertive and have a strong desire to carry out your goals. Or you could wind up feeling frustrated by struggle. Famous people born under a Crescent Moon phase:

  1. Andrew Carnegie
  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Louis XVI
  4. Franz Liszt

The IIIrd Phase of the Moon

Waning Crescent of the Moon. Day, 8

The third phase of the Moon is the 1st Quarter Moon and it is waxing with a solar-lunar arc of 90° - 135°. It occurs 7 - 10 ½ days after a New Moon. Emotions are stirring and we are more inclined to trust our instincts now. Obstacles could crop up that force us to reevaluate the situation. If you are born during a Crescent Moon phase, you have a strong will, organizational skills, an ability to make decisions easily but can sometimes be ruthless. Those born during a 1st Quarter Moon phase are:

  1. Joseph Stalin
  2. Oliver Cromwell
  3. Walt Whitman
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The IVth Phase of the Moon

Waxing Crescent of the Moon. Day, 11

The fourth phase of the Moon is the Gibbous Moon and it is waxing with a solar-lunar arc of 135° - 180°. It happens 10 ½ - 15 days after a New Moon. During this period distractions tend to come up and analysis is required. We need to process information and integrate our goals with the people around us. It can be a period of organizing, synthesizing and adjusting as necessary. If you are born during a Gibbous Moon phase, you have a strong desire to improve yourself, evaluate people, handle money and seek out the light. Some famous souls born during a Gibbous Moon phase were:

  1. Louis Pasteur
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  3. George Gershwin

The Vth Phase of the Moon

The Full Moon

The fifth phase of the Moon is the Full Moon, which is waning with a solar-lunar arc of 180° - 225°. It occurs either on the Full Moon when the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs or less than 3 ½ days after the Full Moon. The waning period of the Moon occurs between the Full Moon and the New Moon. This is a time when we can be divorced from reality and divided against the self. Or we can be more mentally objective and seek to make our ideals a reality. Full Moons stir the emotions and big reveals are disclosed. If you are unhappy with what is going down during a Full Moon, you should use the next New Moon to take proactive steps to move in the direction of your dreams. If you were born under a Full Moon, you have a magnetic personality but can be indecisive. I have also noticed that many of my clients born under a Full Moon tend to have parents who experience discord and conflict in their marital relationship. Famous Full Moon babies include:

  1. Goethe
  2. Rudolph Steiner
  3. Krishnamurti
  4. Mary Baker Eddy
  5. Evangeline Adams
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The VIth Phase of the Moon

Waning Crescent of the Moon. Day, 4

The sixth phase of the Moon is the Disseminating waning or Gibbous Moon phase which has a solar-lunar arc of 225° - 270°. It occurs 3 ½ - 7 days after the Full Moon. During this period everything is coming together in a creative fashion. We are seeking higher guidance and feeling compelled to share what we have learned with others. We want to shed light and communicate with more intuition, insight and imagination. If you were born under a Disseminating Moon phase, you can wind up either mentally confused or a crusader and/or fanatic. Some noteworthy births of the Disseminating Moon phase are:

  1. Thomas Jefferson
  2. Teddy Roosevelt
  3. Disraeli
  4. Bismarck
  5. Hitler

The VIIth Phase of the Moon

Waxing Crescent of the Moon. Day, 8

The seventh phase of the Moon is the Last Quarter, which is waning and has a solar-lunar arc of 270° - 315°. It happens 7 to 11 days after a Full Moon. We can find it easier to manage and organize people's beliefs on the basis of idea, reform, transform and work hard toward a future goal. If you were born during the Last Quarter Moon phase, you can either possess a strong sense of humor or the inability to take criticism and might hold a dictatorial attitude. Famous Last Quarter Moon babies include:

  1. Gandhi
  2. Lenin
  3. Trotsky
  4. Mussolini
  5. George Washington
  6. Victor Hugo

The VIIIth Phase of the Moon

Waxing Crescent of the Moon. Day, 10

The eighth and final phase of the Moon is the Balsamic Moon, which is a waning crescent and has a solar-lunar arc of 315° - 360°. It occurs less than 3 ½ days before the next New Moon. At this point in time we are eager to serve groups and institutions, while identifying with ideals and causes in order to bring the past to a conclusion. If you were born during a Balsamic Moon phase, you could possess prophetic gifts, a sense of personal destiny and a sense of finality in your judgments. Balsamic Moon phase babies include:

  1. Thomas Paine
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Louis XVI
  4. Robespierre

Final Thoughts

I hope that this helps you to understand what the emotional temperature is during the stages of the month and how it affects your personality if you know what Moon Phase you were born under.

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