Moon Phases

Moon Phases

Moon Phases

Your Astrology Journal

I love making my astrology journal and creating interesting pages that are zodiac themed.

At the moment I’m using a Leuchtturm1917 journal. I chose the one with a yellow cover as I like that.

Moon Phase Keywords Page

On this page, I’ve listed the eight Moon phases.

The lunar phases in order are:

  • New Moon
  • Crescent
  • First Quarter
  • Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Disseminating
  • Last Quarter
  • Balsamic

I’ve drawn how each phase appears like when you look up at the Moon.

At the New Moon, the Moon is all dark and you cannot see the Moon.

At the Full Moon the whole of the Moon is illuminated, and you can see it clearly in the night sky.

 

Moon Phase Keywords for each lunar phase.

Moon Phase Keywords

 





The Lunar Cycle

The Sun and Moon’s Synodic Cycle

The Moon takes one month to orbit the Earth.

The Moon phase cycle, known as the synodic cycle, starts at New Moon when the Sun and the Moon are conjunct.

This happens once every month.

At New Moon, we cannot see the Moon as it is close to the Sun

The Moon starts to grow in light every day in the waxing part of the cycle.

Around day fourteen it reaches the Full Moon when we can see the most light from the Moon.

It begins the waning part of the cycle reducing in light back to the New Moon.


The Light and Dark of the Moon

The Moon is mainly dark for half of the month and mainly light for half of the month.

The darker half is during the last quarter, balsamic, new moon and crescent phases.

The light half is the first quarter, gibbous, full moon and disseminating phases.

This light/dark difference is symbolic and has much to say about the meaning of the Moon and its phases.

 

Lunar phase aspects showing the light and dark sides of the Moon's cycle.


Lunar Phases in the Chart

The lunar phases are based on the angular relationship between the Sun and the Moon.

If the luminaries are in aspect to each other, the aspect between them must be considered highly in the chart interpretation.


Moon Timing

The synodic cycle is around twenty-nine and a half days.

The Moon is in each phase for around three and a half days.

The Moon is in each sign around two and a half days.

Planetary Phases

The planets also have phases shown by their relationship to the Sun and particularly the inferior planets Mercury and Venus.


Eight Lunar Phases

There are eight lunar phases, four in the waxing period and four in the waning period.

Even if the Moon is not in aspect to the Sun, it will be in the phase shown below.

 

Each phase begins at the exact aspect and runs through until the next aspect.

Lunar phases are closely related to the aspects between the Moon and the Sun.

Table with the eight lunar phases and the corresponding angle and aspect.





Moon Phases and the Growth Cycle

The cycle of the Moon can be symbolically correlated to a plant’s life-cycle.

It can also be related to the yearly solar cycle and the seasons.

This correlation shows the driving essence of each lunar phase which is expressed through individual charts.

 

New Moon Phase – Germination

The seed is in the dark, underground and germinates.

It is a delicate time, and it can be touch and go if the seed and plant will survive.

It is the beginning. Winter Solstice – December 21st.

Crescent Phase – First Leaf

The fresh sprout breaks through the soil into the light and the first leaves form.

During this time the little seedling grows and strengthens. Imbolc – February 1st.

First Quarter Phase – Roots and Growth

Stronger roots appear to stabilize the plant.

Fast growth happens as the plant strives to reach full potential.

Bigger leaves form and branches thicken.

The Vernal Equinox around March 21st and the start of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Gibbous phase – Buds and Blossom

The plant starts to bloom as buds and blossom form showing potential.

The plant is now established, and you can see what it will become.

This time relates to Beltane around May 1st when the Sun is at 15 degrees Taurus.

Full Moon Phase – Flowers and Fruit

The flower becomes the fruit. The plant puts forth its full sweet bounty.

The fruits of its efforts are available for all to see.

The fruit ripens.

The summer solstice is around June 21st and signals the start of summer in the northern hemisphere.

Disseminating Phase – The Harvest

This is the harvest phase where fruits are harvested.

It is the culmination of the plant as it gives up its bounty to others.

This relates to Lamas around August 1st and when the Sun is at 15 degrees Leo.

Third Quarter – Decomposition

Now the planet begins to decompose and withers.

The leaves fall, and the remaining flowers make seed pods for next year.

Seed pods explode as the plant casts forth its life potential for the next cycle.

This is known as the fall or autumn equinox around September 21st and signals the start of Autumn in the northern hemisphere.

Balsamic Phase – Rest and Lying Fallow

Seeds become buried in the dark and bulbs stay hidden underground.

The plants rest.

Nothing is happening as the ground lies fallow.

The wait.

This relates to Halloween on October 31st and when the Sun is at fifteen degrees Scorpio.

 

 





Four Waxing Moon Phases

In the waxing half of the Moon’s cycle, the four phases are new moon, crescent, first quarter and gibbous.

During the waxing half of the month, the light of the Moon is growing.


New Moon

Instinct

You see life through your own eyes, and not the eyes of others.

Subjective

You are subjective and struggle to see another person’s point of view.

Starts projects

You enjoy beginning new projects. You are good at starting jobs but not so good at finishing them. You have lots of energy and are independent.

Emergence

You have the potential to emerge and do good things. At this stage, we don’t know.

Self-involved

Concerned with your life and your issues.


Crescent

Forward

You feel compelled to move forward in your life.

You can do this when you have a strong foundation underneath from which to launch.

Self-belief

You have an opportunity to grow in your belief in yourself.

As your life unfolds and expands, you will become more comfortable with the feelings you have about your future path.

Eager confidence

You will probably face the future eagerly.

In time you possibly will develop inner confidence.


First Quarter

Forceful

You perhaps have the forcefulness of youth, and there will likely be much subjective activity throughout your life.

You prefer to lay a good base for your future and will take action to make this so.

Growth and building

You are likely to construct your own plans to suit yourself.

Your life is expected to be filled with lots of personal growth and experiences with which you can build a firmer foundation for your personal future.

Strong-willed

You are usually strong-willed, and some may even say ruthless.

Crisis in action

You have controlled energy expenditure which comes in bursts, and much can be done.


Gibbous

Contribute

You generally have a desire to contribute something of value to society.

You probably understand broad concepts and may have an impulse to clarify and work towards your personal goals or for a cause.

Overcome

You are an individual who can overcome obstacles.

You have a youthful approach to life.

Perfection

There is effort spent to get better at what you do.

 





Four Waning Moon Phases

The four phases in the waning half of the Moon’s cycle are full moon, disseminating, last quarter and balsamic.

During the waning half of the lunar cycle, the light of the Moon is diminishing.


Full Moon Phase

Clarity

You can see the other person’s point of view, and it is clear to you. You are very self-aware. You can discriminate between truth and lies.

Illumination

You can see the big picture and use broad strokes. It is all quite clear to you now.

Mature

You are supremely confident and have a mature outlook on life. You are realistic and accept things as they are.

Relationships

You can build fulfilling relationships confidently. You approach life through an adult’s eyes, and there are no illusions.


Disseminating Phase

Transmit information

You are likely to have the desire to transmit what you have learned through both study and your personal, worldly experiences.

Probably you quickly disseminate ideas to pass on to others.

It is as though you are on a crusade to share your learning.

Knowledge dispersal

Perhaps you wish to spread your wisdom and knowledge with other people as a disciple would. You can probably use demonstration as a tool to impart your grasp of situations.

Convey Awareness

It is vital for you to let others know what you know and share your beliefs with them. You wish to make contact.


Last Quarter Phase

Objective

This indicates that you are fundamentally objective and can pass on your experience and sow seed for the future.

Crisis in consciousness

You may spend much time reorienting your outlook. You may have a crisis in consciousness and be able to change your beliefs into concrete thoughts. Old values become useless.

Pioneer

You perhaps can be a pioneer in your day, and, with time, posterity will appreciate you.

You may be tiresome and stubborn.

Readjustment and Reorientation

You may feel it has all come to naught and that it was not worth the bother.

A transformation emerges as you process life’s cycles.


Balsamic Phase

Release

You can become released from issues.

You are likely to be visionary and have a confident belief in the future.

Sacrifice and surrender

You may be called upon to sacrifice something in your life as a martyr perhaps.

You need to surrender to the karmic cycle of life.

Closure

You are good with the closure of both relationships and situations but will mourn for what has past.

 





Moon Extras

The Moon your Mother and food.

Creating Good Habits with the Moon

New Moon Wishing


 

 

Your Astrology Journal

Your Astrology Journal

by Alison Price

Your Astrological Journal

This year my main plan to improve the presentation of astrology for your understanding and pleasure is a little different.

I am working on the development of astro art or creative pages to help aspiring astrologers or anyone and everyone learn more about our art.

In the astro art section so far you have posts on a binder cover page to colour and a wheel of fortune to make for yourself.

Creating an astrological journal supports the multiple input method of learning and is a good way to build a resource that you can use later.

 





How To Use Your Astrology Journal

A Journal can be used in several ways:

  • To plan your day for things you have to do (pick up the kids and take the dog to the vet etc.) and this works best as a bullet journal.
  • It can be a “dear diary” style for capturing what did happen and how you felt about it, whatever it is.
  • Or it can be used to build a personal resource to learn and remember information and build a knowledge base that you can use for years to come.

It it the third one that we will talk about here.

How to make an astrological journal that becomes a personal resource to learn , understand and appreciate the little pieces in your chart.

Things like signs, planets and houses meanings that go to build a comprehensive chart reading.


The Benefits of Journaling

Your brain remembers things easily if it knows them via more than one means of input.

Teachers read aloud, or make you draw pictures, or glue a collage from dried macaroni, or do a play like astro drama to reinforce your knowledge.

The variety or ways to learn is important because the information arrives in your memory through different channels.

This is why just reading books makes it harder to learn stuff.

In the multiple activity way of gaining knowledge, what you know can be retrieved in snippets through thoughts like, “Oh gosh, now what do I know about Jupiter in Virgo?”

You will get better at remembering the many things that you need to know to read a chart by writing and drawing in your astrological journal.

 





Which Journal to Choose?

There are a few points to consider and choices to be made for a journal that is good to use for astrological journaling.

If you are going to invest your time and energy creating a beautiful astrological journal you might as well get a decent journal in the first place.

Size does matter

The best size is A5 or about 6″ x 8″ because this is easily carried in your bag and can be whipped out on a plane or at dinner. Who does that?

If you choose a size smaller (say 3″ x 5″) it will work as a pocket journal, but will get full quicker.

You can think of this one as your on-the-go journal, or field journal, which is best to jot down ideas while you are out and about or at a conference or lecture.

When you get home you can transfer the gems of knowledge to your main A5 journal. This process serves learning.

Paper quality

Can you see through the pages in your journal?

If you can, the paper is too thin and too cheap.

Get a better quality book.

I like the Moleskine A5 plain paper journal and the Leuchhturm1917 dotted bullet journal.

Each year I buy a few new journal books and I have one for each year but that’s another story.

 


How to Use Your Astrological Journal – Basic Layout

Title page

You will have a title page which is usually the very first page in the main body and not the inside flap page which is thicker than normal.

State your journal name.

Typically this will be “My Astrological Journal” or “My Journey into Astrology” or something in that vein.

Contents page

Open to the first double page.

This will be a contents overview and here you can specify the deeper level of detail that you want. The choice is yours.

This will help you gauge the number of pages you need between each section.

For instance if you have 12 signs you may need 12 (or 24) pages.

This depends on how large your journal is to start with.

How to plan your astrological journal with sections and segments

For each main section like natal signs you will make a title page on the right hand side.

You will do a section title page for each main section in your contents page.

It is best to add a tab sticking out at the right for your main sections and perhaps your segments.

 





Signs Summary Journal Pages

Signs

 

This is a summary page to note things about the zodiac signs.

 




Signs Journal Page

 

This signs full spread shows the signs in the natural wheel and some main keywords for each sign.

The ruling planet is shown in the inner wheel for each sign.

 

 


Elements and Modes Journal Pages

 

See how this element and mode table can help you work out each sign.

You can perhaps draw this table and place your planets in their corresponding signs from your chart to show which planets your have in each sign.

The colours relate to the signs.

 


Planets Journal Page

Houses

  • 1st to 12th houses
  • Planets in the first house, in the second house etc.
  • House systems

Chart Division


Aspects

Aspects of longitude 

  • Soft aspects
  • Hard aspects
  • Neutral aspects

Aspects of declination

  • Parallel
  • Contra parallel

Aspects of antiscia

  • Antiscia
  • Contra-antiscia

FORECASTING SECTION pages

  • Transits (outers)
  • Eclipses
  • Solar returns
  • Secondary progressions (inners)
  • Firdaria
  • Profections
  • Solar arc directions
  • Summary

You can do as much detail and depth as you wish. If you are just starting out with astrology I suggest the following sections, natal and forecasting and keep it simple.

Going deeper means a page for each planet in sign and house and deeper still is nice-to-haves about astrology like eclipses or the oriental planet.