The DIY Guide to Full Moons

Here at Jo Tracey Astrology where we have a mission – to bring astrology out of the textbooks and into real life. Intrinsic in this is helping you to help yourself. DIY astrology.

To that end, here’s my handy how-to guide to the Full Moon.

Oh, and although I talk in the royal “we,” Jo Tracey Astrology really just consists of me and Kali, Adventure Spaniel who deigns to wag her tail every time I talk to myself during the course of the day.

Anyways, the Full Moon.

What is the Full Moon?

It’s that time of the month where the Sun and Moon are in opposite signs.

The night sky is filled with as much light as a night sky can be filled with.

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.

The other thing about the Full Moon is that it highights the balance (or inbalance) between two parts of your life. Eg, if the Full Moon falls in the 7th house, your relationships are under the spotlight. It also asks you to look at how your ego is invested in you ie the 1st house. If the Full Moon is in the 10th and your focus is on career, what sort of balancing act needs to happen at home ie the 4th house?

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.

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.

What does the Full Moon mean for me?

Each month I’ll ask you a couple of questions:

  • Where does the Full Moon fall in your chart?
  • What part of life is getting the Full Moon treatment?
  • What planets or chart points are being aspected for you?
  1. Where on the chart?

Before you can even begin to answer these questions, you need a chart.

If you’ve had a reading with me as a client, I would have sent you a copy of your chart. Keep this handy each month.

If you haven’t had a reading with me, you’ll need to generate a chart. This is super easy to do- even easier if you know your birth time.

Just head over to astro.com (sorry, if I put the link in, it links to all the charts I have in there- and that is so not a good look), enter your details, and there it is.

If you want more info, I’ve pinned this post to the front page of the website.

Now, find the sign that we’re talking about. Each month, just before the Full Moon, I’ll pop up a post that will include the symbol you’re looking for.

Once you’ve found the sign, you’ll need to find the degree. Each month I’ll tell you this too. This will tell you what part of life is being energised by the Full Moon.

  1. What part of life?

Each segment of the chart- we call them houses- represents a different part of life. On the astro basics page, you’ll find a run down of what this means. Or, you can check out this post. Your chart should be numbered with the ASC on the left-hand side of the chart marking the start of your 1st house. From here they run anti-clockwise with the 4th at the bottom of the chart, the 7th (or DC, descendant) on the right-hand side of the chart, and the Midheaven (or 10th, MC) at the top.

The Moon will be transiting one of these.

  • Any Full Moon falling in angular houses ie the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th, will work more obviously and publicly. These houses are associated with action.
  • The Full Moon falling in succedent houses, ie the 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th, will make you look more closely and work a little harder to identify and take advantage of the opportunity being presented to you. These houses are associated with security.
  • The Full Moon falling in cadent houses, ie the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th, will require a deeper focus, an adjustment or change, and will ask you to think, observe and learn from something or someone.

Look also at the axis being triggered, bearing in mind that the house where the Sun currently is will be where your ego is concerned, and the house where the Moon is will be what your heart is interested in. Balance or adjustment may be required in these parts of life. Where the Moon is shining is where you should focus:

  • 1st and 7th Relationships- you/we, me/us. How you see yourself, how you see others, how others see you, your relationships, your patterns of relating, the mirror, how you project yourself onto others.
  • 2nd and 8th Desire- your money, our money, other peoples money. It’s investments, budgets, inheritances, taxes, the things we want, the things we need, the things we desire, the things we hang onto, the things we let go of.
  • 3rd and 9th Mind and Learning. Education- early and later. Travel- near and far. Routine and journeys. Communication and broadcasting. Messages and publication. Mind and Spirit.
  • 4th and 10th Home and Career- family, work. Parents, bosses. In here, out there. At home, in the world. Private, public. Endings, culmination, publicity.
  • 5th and 11th Creativity and Sociability. Children, projects, risks, fun, play, speculation. Hopes, dreams, networks, friends, the reward for work.
  • 6th and 12th Service and Sacrifice. Duty, routines, health, servants, pets. Escape, institutions, secrets, undoing, subconscious.
  1. What planet or chart point is being aspected?

Look at the degree again. Now take a look around your chart. You’re looking for any planet or chart point that is located within two degrees (either side) of where the Full Moon falls. As an example, if the Full Moon is at 22 degrees, you’ll be looking for planets between 20 and 24 degrees anywhere in your chart.

What about the degree that’s on your ASC or MC? This should be clearly marked on your chart. This is what I mean when I refer to chart points.

  • Any planet within 2 degrees either side of the Full Moon in the same sign as the Full Moon is conjunct the Full Moon.
  • Any planet within 2 degrees (either side) in the sign opposite the Full Moon is in opposition to the Full Moon.
  • Any planet within 2 degrees (either side) 3 signs around from the Full Moon, and in the same modality to the Full Moon is square to the Full Moon.
  • Any planet within 2 degrees (either side) 4 signs around from the Full Moon, in the same element as the Full Moon is trine the Full Moon.
  • Any planet within 2 degrees (either side) 2 signs around from the Full Moon, in the same polarity as the Full Moon is sextile the Full Moon.

Give emphasis to the personal planets- remember, everyone in your generation will have Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in a similar degree to you- what becomes important is not the aspect being made by the Full Moon to these outers, but the aspects that those outer planets make within your natal chart that are, in turn, activated by the Full Moon.

  1. 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.”

Trines and sextiles are supportive, but if the situation promised is not a welcome one, it will happen quicker and easier than anticipated. Likewise, squares and oppositions are challenging and may make you work harder and wait longer for a promised but welcome situation.

  • 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. If the Moon is in a masculine sign (a Fire or Air sign), the opportunity could drop into your lap. If the Moon falls in a feminine sign (Earth or Water), you’ll need to be aware enough to recognize the opportunity when it arises.
  1. What does it mean?

In short, here are the guidelines I use- thanks to the remarkable “The Eagle and the Lark”, by Bernadette Brady:

  • 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.

In my case, my natal Moon is in the 1st house and rules my 5th house. All Full Moons regardless of the sign they are in, will, for me begin with me (1st house), and have their outcome on my “babies”, i.e. everything in my 5th. The main action around this will occur in the house the Full Moon falls in. The story will be altered by any planets being aspected along the way.

  1. What if there are no planets in the house receiving the Full Moon?

That’s ok. This area of life will be activated regardless. Aspects made by the Full Moon to planets in your chart will change the conversation that’s happening. No aspects, means general energy directed to that part of life. This house will have extra importance to you at this time.

  1. What about intentions?

Set your intentions for the month based on the area of life that is being triggered by the Full Moon. What does that area of life mean for you? What is currently happening there? What compromises have you been making? What compromises need to be made? Are you feeling unfulfilled or dissatisfied in this area? What adjustments can you make to improve the balance here?

If you need to, take a step back or away and sit quietly with this. Make note of any lightbulb moments that come up at this time.

  1. Keep an eye on any longer lasting transits

The Full Moon will activate the promise of any slow moving transit currently present in your life.

  1. What will happen?

Maybe something, maybe nothing. It will be what it will be. An “event” doesn’t need to be an Event. It could be a connection, a thought, a feeling, a breakthrough, a breakdown, a realisation, a dream.

  1. Keep Track

It’s a great idea to keep a Full Moon journal- it allows you to track the Moon through her cycles, to check in regularly with how your goals are going. I keep a Full Moon journal of sorts- it helps me be aware of patterns that may have been occurring over the months. Often rather than a single event, the Full Moon is a steady growth, a series of hints and nudges, towards a bigger picture.