For me, I have a few signs that remind me I am out of balance. And, the best way I know to support myself to re-centre and find my balance is to look up and take in the beauty of the night sky. The Moon The moon cycle affects the tides and affects our emotions on varying levels. When we are open to understanding the cycle of the moon we can use this knowledge to enhance our connection with her powerful influence and graciously work with her changing cycles throughout every month. Just as the moon waxes and wanes so to, can we address and clear obstacles and manifest miracles in our everyday life.
In my spiritual practice I regularly draw upon the power of the moon. As a Cancerian Sun sign, Ascendant and placements in other planetary bodies, I truly enjoy connecting with my ruling archetype and connecting with the ebbs and flows of daily life to maintain peace and harmony.
Over the years, I have found many ways to honour the gifts of the lunar cycle. The Moon and Soul In astrological lore the Moon phases are often said to reflect phases of the soul, describing where you are in a series of eight tiers of incarnation. Like astrological lore, in modern astrological practice the Moon phases are used to describe the rhythm or nature of your birth chart and your life. The importance of the Moon phases has long been respected by ancient astrologers and was reintroduced to the modern world during the twentieth century by the astrologer Dane Rudhyar.
The links between the Moon phases and reincarnation are said to have evolved centuries earlier from the eastern astrological philosophies, where fate and karma have a greater influence. The Sun or Star sign is one of the easiest astrological factors to generalise, making it easier for modern society to cater to the general public through Sun sign columns and the like. Take a few minutes and research or inquiry with an Astrologer who can confirm what Moon phase you are born under. Knowing the Moon phase you are born under, describer your instinctive personality urges, from an emotional, unconscious and soul perspective and reflects the basic rhythm of your life how you feel; qualities of the Moon.
Your Sun sign is subtly, however essentially different depending on the Moon phase you are born under. We are reminded of this significance with the calculation of dates for major religious festivals. The Full Moon can occur anywhere up to a month after the March Equinox; being the reason the date of Easter changes so much from year to year.
There are numerous other religious festivals across various faiths including both Chinese and Vietnamese New Year and Ramadan that are timed to either the New of Full Moons in certain astrological signs or in relation to a specific equinox or solstice. The Eight Moon Phases The eight moon phases are precisely 45 degrees in zodiacal longitude; covering 45 degrees of the space on the Zodiac wheel. The zodiac wheel, like all circles is degrees and our eight 45 degree Moon phases add up to this number. Each Moon phase lasts approx. Reflecting on what the Moon is doing at each phase; be that gaining or losing light, helps to understand the intrinsic rhythm of anyone born under that phase.
Generally the waxing growing cycle from New Moon to Full Moon, shows growth, development and establishing; whilst the waning loosing light cycle through the Disseminating to Balsamic phases, shows a time of graciousness, giving and reflection. Within the Moon cycle, we work with eight Moon phases. Four of these are Yin and four are Yang. During the waning cycle, from Full Moon back to New again is a cycle of release, giving back and return, working towards designing new structures, new systems that are old, out dated and ready for renewal.
Recognising that you are a contributor to the greater good. New Moon — planting the seed, set New Moon intentions In this Moon phase there is little light, therefore making the ideal time to set your intentions, to create your vision of the way you wish to experience yourself; your life; your relationships and experiences. To plant the seeds; to create and manifest your dreams.
This is an ideal time to set your intentions for the coming Moon month cycle based on the astrological house placement activated by the New Moon for your Sun sign. You can learn more here.
Write a list of your intentions or goals for the future; maybe in your journal. Create a vision board. Be creative if this you. Read your intentions out to the Universe then either throw out your list, or set it aside to check in at the Full Moon, to see what you have manifested. Then follow up at the next New Moon cycle.
Crescent Moon — relax all is coming together with Divine timing As the Moon grows larger in the sky, the seeds planted during the New Moon phase begin to emerge from the ground, tentatively putting their feelers out to the world. Knowing that there is more to come, tune into yourself and practice slowing down a little. Who are you really? Find creative ways to navigate through your busy day-to-day lives. Direct your energy towards specific causes and goals in preparation for the coming First Quarter phase.
First Quarter Moon — take action to support manifesting your intentions Growth shots are taking form, and the seedling becomes a strong plant. Working smarter, rather than harder helps you to acknowledge your objects. This is a great time to refer back to your New Moon intentions for the month. What action can you take during this Moon phase to ensure you are working and moving towards manifesting your goals; your vision; your dreams?
Be mindful that this phase can also create tension or bring on nervous energy. Maintain your passion and steer yourself gracefully through any challenges. Gibbous Moon — trust all is coming together with Divine timing Buds are taking form, fruit begins to grow. Being with uncertainty, going within and having trust that all is coming together.
Find time and ways to learn and develop your craft, reach out to develop skills from a respected mentor or master. This phase can also teach us, where we should acknowledge dis-trust and learn that trust is not the same as blind faith. Full Moon — moving forward, or accepting adjustments are needed Flowers in bloom, fruit ripens. If they have no message to share they can become despondent. It is their lesson to realize that they are not responsible as to whether the message is received or not. It is not the role of everyone else to act on what they say, but it is the role of the person born in the Disseminating Phase to say it.
They make good publicists and reporters as long as they believe in what they are saying.
The key word for the Last Quarter is readjustment. It is the hardest to identify as many of its characteristics are hidden. Old systems and values are becoming useless. It is hard for people born at this time to relate to life in the here and now. They often appear to be living in a world of their own, when in actuality they are going through an internal process of reorientation. They will present to the world an acceptable face as they are quietly developing on the inside.
At the point when their own internal self has been completed, a brand new, fully developed person emerges. These people need the time and space to find themselves.
If pressured to conform, they may revolt causing others to regard them as uncooperative and rebellious. This is the time of adjustment from one cycle to another. It is the bridge between the past and the future. People born at this time are finishing an eight phase cycle of lifetimes.
Therefore, this lifetime is a very karmic one. There is a pattern of very intense, all-consuming although short term relationships with people from the past including other lifetimes. These karmic ties are in need of resolution before continuing on into the next new cycle. These people often have pronounced psychic abilities. They are the visionaries seeing years ahead of their times.
As children they often feel apart from their peers; they are loners. Balsamic Moon people are able to take the true meaning of a situation, distill it into its wisdom essence and plant it into the awareness of others. They are the gurus.
Their job is the transmission of essential knowledge which will germinate at the next level during the next Lunation Cycle. You have been born to project yourself into humanity. Because you respond to life more instinctually, you are one who truly lives in the moment, the past having little to do with the decisions you make today. Your intuitive abilities will give you more direction as opposed to conscious, rational reasoning.
Because you need total spontaneity, planning ahead is not your best method of operation and may meet with obstacles. Working best without pre-thinking or an elaborate, organized approach, you can totally plunge into new experiences as long as you have the freedom to explore.
You may become confused in complex situations where a specific technique or action is expected of you. Because you were born when there was no light emanating from the Moon, your lesson is to learn your identity, who you are, and how to project it into the world. You may feel that you need to make your mark somewhere this lifetime. Magnetic and shining with personality, many actors and actresses are New Moon people working to project themselves into the spotlight as a career, having the ability to act on impulse and meeting the challenge of the moment.
Self centeredness is a necessity for self development. Although the New Moon person needs a certain amount of attention, as the actor needs the audience to project to, the danger that might occur is that this projection is merely the ego bringing itself into view by casting a shadow over everything or everyone else around it. This can cause the alienation of others. It is important to remember your associations are more than the drama or symbology in which that person is involved.