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.
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.
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.
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 probably 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 likely to be filled with lots of personal growth and experiences with which you can build a firmer foundation on for your personal future.
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.
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 the type of individual who can overcome obstacles.
You have a youthful approach to life.
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
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, there are no illusions.
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.
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 important 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 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 closure of both relationships and situations but will mourn for what has past.
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.