DIY Full Moon


Full Moons are the culmination of a cycle, the high point, the, well, full point of something you’ve been working on. It’s like a spotlight, a high beam on whatever part of life the Full Moon is falling in. Often it’s a realization, a light bulb moment. Sometimes it’s an event, although often times that “event” is nothing more than you suddenly knowing something that you’ve sort of always known.

Easy peasy…right?

Sort of.

When it comes to lunations ie New Moons or Full Moons, we often forget all about our basic transit theory.

Transit theory? Really? When the Sun is in Pisces?

Normally we wouldn’t worry too much about Moon transits. Sure they can trigger a longer lasting, more developmental, outer planet transit that’s been brewing, but other than that a transit by the Moon brings little more than a change in planetary weather. Besides, the Moon moves so quickly, you could go mad, or at least cross eyed, plotting each and every Moon transit.

At the Full or New Moon, though, it’s worth having a look at what’s really going on, and whether it’s bringing to light, exposing something, that’s been hidden below the surface of your daily busyness.

How to interpret what this Full Moon means for you?

Check out where the Full Moon falls in your chart

  • This Full Moon is at 26 Virgo, so pull out your birth-chart, and look for 26 Virgo. The Virgo symbol looks something like and M with its tail tucked between its legs…(see the pic above)…
  • If you need a refresher on getting your chart, go to this post.
  • What house is that in?
  • If you need a refresher on what each house means, go to this post.

Does the Full Moon make any aspects to planets or points in your chart?

  • If you have planets at 24-28 degrees of Virgo, they will be conjunct the Full Moon
  • If you have planets at 24-28 Pisces, they will be opposite the Full Moon
  • If you have planets at 24-28 Gemini or Sagittarius, they will be square the Full Moon
  • If you have planets at 24-28 Capricorn or Taurus, they will be trine the Full Moon
  • If you have planets at 24-28 Scorpio or Cancer, they will be sextile the Full Moon
  • Don’t forget to include chart points as well (ie house cusps- especially the 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th).

What is the nature of the aspect

What is the nature of the aspect? This will tell you whether the transit will be “easy” or “hard”- and that doesn’t mean “good” or “bad.”

  • When the Moon is conjunct a planet or chart point, her energy is fused with that planet. She takes over that planet. Her energy is stronger than the planet she is invading.
  • When the Moon is opposing a planet or chart point, “someone or something “out there” is doing something to you and furthermore, it’s their fault.” A decision is necessary.
  • When the Moon is square a planet or chart point, there is tension and frustration- something happens which will force you “into a mode of action that you have not yet explored…results stimulate actions rather than decisions.”
  • When the Moon is trine a planet or chart point whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily.
  • When the Moon is sextile a planet or chart point opportunities may arise.

The Theory*

  • What house is the Moon in natally? What house is the planet being transited by the Moon in natally? These areas will be where the transit starts to happen.
  • What house is Moon transiting? This is where the main action will be occurring.
  • What house/s is ruled by the Moon natally? What house is ruled natally by the planet being transited? These are the areas of life that will be affected by the outcome of the transit.

DIY it…

This Virgo Full Moon falls in my 7th house, opposite my Moon (and Chiron). Taking a no more than 2 degree orb, it’s also sextile Jupiter and Neptune. So, if I was to DIY what this Moon means to me, it might look something like this:


Aspect 1: Full Moon opposite Moon

  1. Natally, the Moon is in the first house for me. This is where I’m feeling it- in me- my behaviour, my vitality, how I nurture (Moon) myself (1st house)
  2. The Moon is transiting my 7th house. Hello, I’m already snapping at my husband.
  3. The Moon rules my 5th house- this is where the outcome will be. The fact is, unless I do prioritise my tasks, and let some things go, what will suffer is my creativity- and without that, I don’t have me.

Aspect 2: Moon sextile Jupiter

  1. Jupiter is in the 5th house. Yes, I’m already feeling like the fun cop has come calling.
  2. As above, the Moon is transiting the 7th.
  3. The Moon rules my 5th, Jupiter rules my 10th and is co-ruler of my 1st. Are you starting to see the repetition here?

Aspect 3: Moon sextile Neptune

  1. Neptune is in the 9th. This is about travel, publishing, widening of viewpoints and boundaries. Neptune in the 9th has also been known to be where some, shall we say, excesses can be found.
  2. Moon is transiting the 7th.
  3. Neptune rules my 1st.

My dream is one where I write, publish, travel and teach for a living. That’s the 1st, 9th, 10th and 5th houses taken care of. Creativity (5th) nurtures me- this makes sense- it’s the house that is ruled by the Moon, and the house that holds my (traditional) chart ruler, and the ruler of my 10th house- Jupiter.

My fear is that if I stop writing, if my busyness takes away my creativity, it will also take away my dream.

In truth, the criticality and imperfections that I’m projecting into relationships and 7th house matters are related to the fear that I’ll lose my dream. The way I see it, I have two choices:

  • I can do the martyr thing. I can blame my new job for not being able to work on my writing. I can run myself mad trying to stay on top of everything at home. I can create my own blame and excuses, and then I can justify drinking too much and not exercising enough on my extreme busyness and how I’m sacrificing my dreams. I can choose the shadow.
  • I can be grateful for the opportunity of this role to exercise my brain, provide for the next family holiday/s and mortgage reduction, and provide new inspiration for my writing. I can ask for help around the house, I can let some stuff go, and I can schedule non negotiable time in for writing and exercise- even if the bathroom needs cleaning. I can choose to be inspired. easier said than done, I know.

What will I do this Full Moon?

Firstly I’m ripping up that list, and writing a new one. The only things that will be on it will be the things I have deadlines around.

I’ll ask my family to help with the cleaning, but, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if that doesn’t get done today.

Then I’ll pop something into the slow cooker for during the week, take el poocho for a walk, and spend the afternoon writing.

What about you?

*With thanks to Bernadette Brady’s The Eagle and the Lark