by Alison Price
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
- First Quarter
- Full Moon
- Last Quarter
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You see life through your own eyes, and not the eyes of others.
You are subjective and struggle to see another person’s point of view.
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.
You have the potential to emerge and do good things. At this stage, we don’t know.
Concerned with your life and your issues.
You feel compelled to move forward in your life.
You can do this when you have a strong foundation underneath from which to launch.
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.
You will probably face the future eagerly.
In time you possibly will develop inner confidence.
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.
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.
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.
You are an individual who can overcome obstacles.
You have a youthful approach to life.
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
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.
You can see the big picture and use broad strokes. It is all quite clear to you now.
You are supremely confident and have a mature outlook on life. You are realistic and accept things as they are.
You can build fulfilling relationships confidently. You approach life through an adult’s eyes, and there are no illusions.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
You are good with the closure of both relationships and situations but will mourn for what has past.