Lunar Phases

Lunar Phases

The Lunar Cycle

The Sun and Moon’s synodic cycle

The Moon takes one month to orbit the Earth.

The Moon phase cycle starts at New Moon when the Sun and the Moon are conjunct. This happens once every month. At New Moon we can’t see the Moon when 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

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

If the luminaries are in aspect to each other it 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. 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.

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 probably 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 likely to be filled with lots of personal growth and experiences with which you can build a firmer foundation on 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. This 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 the type of individual who can overcome obstacles.

You have a youthful approach to life.

Perfection

There is effort spend 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, there are no illusions.

Disseminating Phase

Transmit information

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

Probably you easily 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 important 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 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 closure of both relationships and situations but will mourn for what has past.

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Aspiring Astrologer Activity: Lunar Phases

Referring to your chart.

Write the answers in your astrology journal.

 

  • What is the Sun’s position in degrees and minutes?
  • What is the Moon’s position in degrees and minutes?
  • What is the exact angular distance from the Sun to the Moon?
  • Name the lunar phase
  • Approximately how much light can we see of the Moon?
  • Is the Moon in the waxing or waning half of the cycle?
  • What is the Sun Moon aspect?
  • Write a paragraph about the Moon’s position by sign and house.
  • Write a paragraph about the Moon’s aspect to the Sun.
  • Write a paragraph about the lunar phase.
  • Write a paragraph about the Moon’s other aspects excluding the Sun’s aspect.
  • Over which houses, hemispheres and quadrants does the Moon have influence?
  • Explain the Moon’s essential dignity.
Astrology Houses Introduction

Astrology Houses Introduction

Houses Introduction

Houses pertain to different areas of life.

They are like the backdrop or stage of a play.

There are twelve houses in every chart.

The houses are numbered from one to twelve anti-clockwise starting from below the ascendant.

Houses can be any width; some are as small as twenty degrees wide and some are as large as forty-five degrees wide.

It all depends on the house system being used and the place of birth for which the chart is set.

House Systems

All the charts on this website use the Placidus house system.

It is recommended that you stay with one house system (these days most astrologers use the Placidus house system mainly because there have been Placidean Tables of houses available for years, which may not be the ideal, but it is the reality) for the first year of your astrology study or until you can make an educated decision by exploring other house systems to decide which one you may feel resonates better with your own chart.

Other house systems in common use are Equal house, Koch, Morinus, Porphry and Regiomantanus.

House Cusps

House cusps are measured in degrees and minutes and are the dividing line between two houses.

The house flows anti-clockwise and ends at the next house cusp.

A house has a cusp at both sides, but the anti-clockwise cusp is the one that pertains to the house.

A planet is in one house or another it is never in both although it can be very close to a cusp (within one degree).

House cusps are derived from the birth time.

It follows that a correct birth time is required for exact house cusps.

If you do not have a firm birth time, then the houses cannot be used.

House Rulers

Every house has a ruler. The ruler of a house is the planet which rules of the sign found on the house cusp.

For example: The ascendant sign’s planetary ruler is the ruler of the first house.

This is a special case as the ruler of the ascendant is also the chart ruler.

The Sun and the Moon usually rule one house as the rulers of Leo and Cancer.

Mercury and Venus usually rule two houses each Gemini and Virgo for Mercury and Taurus and Libra for Venus.

Mars, Jupiter and Saturn usually each rule one house and co-rule another (traditional) house.

Mars rules Aries and co-rules Scorpio, Jupiter rules Sagittarius and co-rules Pisces and Saturn rules Capricorn and co-rules Aquarius. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto usually co-rule one house each.

Uranus rules Aquarius, Neptune rules Pisces and Pluto rules Scorpio.

Chiron does not rule a house because it does not rule any sign.

If a house is thin (less than thirty degrees wide) then one planet may rule two consecutive houses as the same sign may be on both adjacent house cusps.

A house ruler (by its sign, house and aspects) imparts its energies onto the affairs of the house.

Intercepted Signs

If a house is very wide (more than thirty degrees) there is the possibility that one sign is on the house cusp, the next sign is fully within the house and the third sign is on the following house cusp.

The middle sign does not have a house cusp.

This is known as an intercepted sign.

If the intercepted sign is Cancer or Leo it means that one of the luminaries does not have a house to rule.

Intercepted signs are always in pairs and are found opposite each other.

The planetary ruler of the intercepted sign is a moot point for that house’s interpretation.

It is as though it has no voice in the chart.

That planet does not have as much weight.

Three Types of Houses

There are three types of house; angular, succedent and cadent.

Angular Houses

The angular houses are the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses.

They are found anti-clockwise from each angle. (Ascendant 1st, IC 4th, descendant 7th and MC 10th).

Planets in angular houses are dynamic, front and center and are present.

Succedent Houses

The succedent houses are the 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 11th houses.

They fall behind the angular houses.

They are also known as support houses as they support the angular house next to them, usually financially.

Planets in succedent houses are paused, on hold and are pending.

Cadent Houses:

The cadent houses are the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th houses.

They fall behind the succedent houses.

Planets in cadent houses are passive, retiring and are mute.

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Aspiring Astrologer Activity: 12 Houses

In your astrology journal, and referring to your natal chart, please do the following:

  • Write a short interpretation on each house. Mention the sign on the cusp, the house ruler, if there is an intercepted sign in the house and any planet in the house (100 words for each house).

 

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The Astrological Modes

The Astrological Modes

Modes

There are three modes (modality, quadruplicities or qualities). The three modes are cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Each sign has one mode. Every mode has four signs associated with it.

The four Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

The four Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.


The four Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

Modal Emphasis

Balanced Mode

The modes are balanced when they are spread evenly (as much as you can evenly spread seven into three).

For example, three planets in cardinal signs, two in fixed signs and two in mutable signs are considered in balance.

 

Strong Mode

A mode is considered strong when there are at least two more planets in the mode than the next best mode.

For example, four planets in cardinal signs, two in air and one in a mutable sign makes the cardinal mode strong.

Weak Mode

A mode is weak when there are no planets in the mode.

For example, three planets in cardinal, four in fixed and no planets in a mutable sign makes the mutable mode weak.

Cardinal Meaning

Strong Cardinal

People with many planets in the cardinal signs usually start things.

They are self-motivated, have goals and are the leaders of the zodiac.

Cardinal signs initiate change.

Weak Cardinal

A lack of planets in the cardinal signs suggests the individual is not one for starting things or getting things going.

For a weak cardinal person procrastination may be an issue.

Fixed Meaning

Strong Fixed

Those with many planets in fixed signs stick to things and can complete things.

They are tenacious, reliable, stubborn and steadfast. They are resistant to change to the extent that they may have to overcome inertia.

Weak Fixed

A shortage of fixed planets in the signs indicates the person has a certain wavering in life.

Mutable Meaning

Strong Mutable

Strong mutable signs are flexible, adaptable and inclusive.

They are accommodating, adjustable, amenable to change and they can move things along.

Weak Mutable

When there are no planets in a mutable sign it imparts some rigidity to the individual.

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Aspiring Astrologer Activity: Modes

In your astrology journal, and only counting the seven visible planets from the Sun to Saturn, do the following:

  • Note which planets are in the cardinal mode.
  • Note which planets are in the fixed mode.
  • Note which planets are in the mutable mode.
  • Decide if there is a modal emphasis or a lack of any mode.
  • Write a brief interpretation of your chart’s mode strengths and weaknesses (50 words).

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Eclipses of 2021

Eclipses of 2021

by Alison Price

Eclipses of 2021

In 2021 there are two eclipse seasons with a total of four eclipses, two lunar eclipses and two solar eclipses.

First Eclipse Season

In the first eclipse season of 2021 there is a lunar eclipse on May 26th and a solar eclipse June 10th.

 

Zero Aries

These charts are set for Zero Aries house system, Vancouver and the Pacific time zone.

The eclipses may actually occur the day before or after in your part of the world.

 

 





Eclipse Table 

Second Eclipse Season

In the second eclipse season of 2021 there is a lunar eclipse on November 19th and a solar eclipse on December 4th.




Millennial or Gen “Z”? Astrology has the Answer

Millennial or Gen “Z”? Astrology has the Answer

How to Tell if You are a Millennial or a Gen “Z” with Astrology

Preamble

The other day I was having a patio lunch with my daughter.

She spoke about how sometimes she feels she relates better with Gen “Z” than the Millennials.

She was born around the division between the two generations and the Millennials is where she felt she was.

This got me thinking, and I have some answers for those born on the cusp of the Millennial / Gen “Z” generations with the help of astrology, of course.

 

Introduction

Categorizing people into generations is a way to analyze trends in society.

One generation group will do things this way and the next cohort will do things another.

The specific dates when one generation ends, and another begins are blurred.

Astrology has a way to categorize each generation by the outer planets.

Heck, the outer planets are even called the “Generational Planets.”

 




 


Visible Planets

The seven visible planets are the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

They are called the visible planets because you can go outside and look (GOAL) up at the night sky and see all of the seven planets.

Generational Planets

The three generational planets are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

The generational planets are outside the usual visible planets realm from the Sun to Saturn.

Uranus

Uranus is the modern ruler of the sign of Aquarius the Water Bearer.

The traditional ruler for Aquarius is Saturn.

Uranus takes seven years to pass through one sign.

Neptune

Neptune is the modern ruler of the sign of Pisces the Fish.

The traditional planetary ruler for Neptune is Jupiter.

Neptune takes around fourteen years to transit a signa.

Pluto

Pluto is the modern ruler of the sign of the scorpion, Scorpio.

The traditional ruler of Scorpio is Mars.

Pluto takes, on average, 25 years to transit each sign, but this can be wildly different for Pluto as its orbit is more elliptical than the other planets.

It is much faster through Scorpio (20 years)  than Taurus (35 years.)


Named Generations List

The named generations list, as referenced in Wikipedia, shows the current thinking for each generation’s years.

  • Lost Generation: 1883 – 1900
  • Greatest Generation: 1901 – 1927
  • Silent Generation: 1928 – 1945
  • Baby Boomers: 1946 – 1964
  • Generation “X” (Gen “X”): 1965 – 1980
  • Millennials (Gen “Y”): 1981 – 1996
  • Generation “Z” (Gen “Z”, Zoomers): 1997 – 2011
  • Generation Alpha (Gen “A”): 2012 – 2025
  • Generation Beta (Gen “B”): 2025 –

Millennials and Gen “Z”

Millennials are those who achieved adulthood around the year 2000. They are widely accepted as having been born loosely between 1981 and 1996.

Generation “Z” are those born after the Millennials. They are widely accepted as having been born loosely between 1997 to 2011.

 

Outer Planets  and Generations

Astrology has a way to differentiate between the generations.

We are specifically looking at the border between the Millennials and Generation Z people.

This time frame could also be called a cusp between the generations.

Let’s take a closer look at where the outer planets were between these two generations.

The years we are zooming in on are 1995 and 1996.

We are going to look at where the outer planets were and which zodiac signs they were in at this cusp moment.

 


Note: If your birthday is on any date 
in the table above, you will have to 
cast your birth chart to find out 
exactly which signs your outer planets 
were in when you were born.

You are a Millennial if…

You are a definitely Millennial if you have Uranus in Sagittarius, or Capricorn and you have Pluto in Scorpio.

Millennials may have Pluto in either Libra or Scorpio.

Millennials may have Neptune in either Sagittarius or Capricorn.

Millennials may have Uranus in either Sagittarius or Capricorn.

You are a Gen “Z” if…

You are definitely Gen “Z” if you have Uranus in Aquarius or Pisces, and you have Pluto in Sagittarius

Gen “Z” may have Pluto in either Sagittarius or Capricorn.

Gen “Z” may have Neptune in either Capricorn or Aquarius.

Gen “Z” may have Uranus in either Aquarius or Pisces.

 




Chart Division

Chart Division

Chart Division Overview

Horoscopes developed with the early Greeks and Babylonians. These early astrologers made a conformation that all charts are represented in a certain way.

It is as though you are standing facing south with the east to your left and the west to your right. At this point, the north is below your feet.

The compass points, when placed on a birth chart, fall in unexpected places. Note the east is on the left, the west in on the right, the north is at the bottom, and the south is at the top.

Is this news to you? Well, that is where the word NEWS comes from North, East, West, and South. However, on a birth chart, the compass points are in different places.

 





The Angles

The four angles are the ascendant (ASC), the descendant (DEC), the Midheaven or Medium Coeli (MC) and the Immum Coeli (IC). There are two main axes in a chart, the ASC/DEC

Ascendant / Descendant axis – (Self / Other)

Ascendant meaning:

The impression you make on others. How others see you. It shows the self and your personality. The façade or mask you wear. It indicates the vehicle you use to get through life. The ascendant fronts for you. Other initially see your ascendant before they get to know you and then they see your Sun.

Descendant meaning:

The descendant gives ideas on how you treat other people and strangers. It shows your relationship with the general public. This point also indicates who you are looking for in a partner. The descendant shows your spouse in sharp focus.

Medium Coeli (MC) / Immum Coeli (IC) – (Public / Private)

MC meaning

The Midheaven is at the top of the chart, and it indicates how the world sees you. The Midheaven suggests your highest achievements possible. Life outside the home and your public persona are shown here. The MC has a lot to say about your career and how you carve a life out for yourself. It is about all the things you do in the public domain. It shows your public face as opposed to your private face.

IC meaning

The IC shows the foundations of your life and from where you are coming. It is your private life. It suggests your family dynamics and the inside of your home. It can indicate the situation in your twilight years.


More About Chart Division

Hemispheres

Quadrants

Triple Division – Houses

Houses