Five reasons to keep an astro journal…

The New and Full Moon posts that I publish here are excerpts from my journals – and I share them with you.

Each time we have a New or a Full Moon, before writing a post, I read what I wrote at last year’s lunation. Sometimes it surprises me how similar the themes are. Sometimes it surprises me how far I’ve come.

Reading last year’s Taurus New Moon entry yesterday made me tear up. It also prompted me to write what is, for me, an extremely personal (and overly long – for which I apologise in advance) post for this year’s Taurus New Moon. You’ll see that in a couple of days.

There was so much going on back then that I still can’t share with many people and although, I’ve censored some of what was happening in my post, the memory of that pain lingers. I suspect that bitterness is what I need to let go of this Taurus New Moon…but more on that tomorrow.

The thing is, I’m a mad journaller- it’s something about the notebooks, I think. I’ll start a new journal for each major trip, and a new notebook for each fiction project. I also have an astro journal. I used to put all my transits in there. I was still learning about astrology- although, really, there’s never a time when you’re not- and also going through a heap of really scary looking transits.

These days although it’s mainly used it for New Moon intention setting and Full Moon insights, lately I’ve had cause to add some of my other impressions regarding particular transits in there. Reading it helps make sense of the chaos. I think it’s also helped me to be a better astrologer – a more intuitive astrologer – and one that looks beyond the literal meaning of a transit to identify the bigger picture.

Anyways, whatever stage of the astrology journey you’re on, here are five ways an astro journal can help you…

New Moon intentions…

As a minimum I jot down the aspects made by each New Moon, and the houses being transited. I also set my intentions for the month. It really helps me focus my energy. Plus, I can flick back to see what was happening last year – what my concerns were in that last cycle. You’d be surprised how the patterns repeat.

Full Moon insights…

Again I make a note of aspects and houses, but I also always just sit with this for a few minutes and think about how the concerns of these houses are balancing themselves out – or, more usually, over-balancing.

Moon days…

If you’re into something a little more regular, keeping a view of your mood and concerns during the cycles and transits of the Moon can help you maximise your good day quotient. Always tend to take things personally when the Moon is in Cancer? Avoid or re-schedule performance sessions or the like. Totally chaotic when the Moon is in your 10th house? Factor this in and avoid plans that require you to leave work on time or early.

Transits…

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get so caught up in the detail of analysing a single big transit, that I completely lose the big picture.

The thing is, most of these transits don’t operate in isolation, it’s when we see them together that we begin to see themes emerge- and also regain perspective. Journalling helps with that.

Repetition…

You know how they say that if you notice something once it’s interesting; if it comes up again it’s a coincidence; and the third time? Hello, you should be paying attention. Keeping a journal helps you identify these patterns and repetitions. If the last three New Moons have transited your 10th house, or aspected a planet ruling the 10th house, or aspected a planet natally in the 10th house, it’s a fair bet that the Universe wants you to have a good hard look at the work you do, who you do it for, and how you’re seen in public. Just saying.

It was through a journal entry that I realised that every single Saturn transit, regardless of what else occurs around it, will coincide with my back or shoulder problems flaring up. Responsibility issues anyone?

What about you? Do you keep a journal?