So anyways, if you’ve been following along with the Toolbox series, you’ve probably built up a few layers of knowledge about your own chart- and should also be well on the way to understanding your own motivations and challenges a little better.
We have one more layer to apply before we can begin looking at individual planets and how they talk to each other…and that’s the phases of the Moon.
Most of you will, by now, know what sign the Moon was in when you were born. That’s your Moon sign.
Of course, you know the sign that the Sun was in when you were born.
It’s the relationship between these two luminaries that we’ll be talking about over the next few weeks. At the end of this section, aside from knowing yourself a little better, you’ll also be getting an idea about what aspects are, and what they mean.
First up, the technicalities.
There is a difference between:
- Zodiacal position of the Moon- the sign in which the Moon is in, and
- The aspects between the Moon and the Sun.
The Moon makes a complete journey through the zodiac each month. This cycle is known as the sidereal period and lasts on average:
27 days 7 hours and 43 minutes.
This means that the Moon spends around 2 ½ days (give or take a little) in each sign of the zodiac.
As the Moon travels through the zodiac, it forms aspects or connections to the Sun. This cycle- the relationship between the Sun and the Moon- is known as the lunation cycle, which, in itself, is a cycle of phases referring to the synodic period of the Moon- the cycle between New Moon to New Moon. This cycle lasts, on average:
29 days 12 hours 44 minutes
Are you still with me?
When we talk about the lunation cycle, or phases of the Moon, we’re talking about things like the New Moon, The Full Moon, the Balsamic Moon…and so on.
The thing is, when we talk about the phases of the Moon, we’re not saying anything about the Moon herself, or what sign of the zodiac she happens to be in at that time.
When we talk about the phases of the Moon, we’re only talking about the relationship, and the state of that relationship, between the Sun and the Moon.
And that’s where aspects first come into the picture…
The phases of the Moon are based on the aspect, or number of degrees between the Moon and the Sun:
- New Moon: Conjunction- the distance between the Sun and Moon equals 0 deg.
- First Quarter Moon: Square- the distance between the Sun and Moon equals 90 deg
- Full Moon: Opposition- the two bodies are as far apart as they can get- 180 deg.
- Last Quarter Moon: Square- the distance between the Sun and Moon equals 90 deg
You can see this in the pic below.
What about the waxing and waning thing we talk about?
This also is part of the cycle:
When the Moon is increasing in light- as we go from New Moon to Full Moon- she is said to be waxing.
When the Moon is decreasing in light- as we go from the Full Moon to the New Moon- she is said to be waning.
But what does all of this tell you about your chart?
You’ll have to wait until next week to start learning about that…