The Eight Phases of the Moon.
You know your Sun Sign, but your Moon Sign is just as important, as the phase of the moon on your birth date gives insight into your soul’s purpose.
The lunar month takes 29.53 days to go from one new moon to the next.
During the lunar month, the Moon goes through all of its phases which you can see in the image below.
Just like the Earth, half of the Moon is lit by the Sun while the other half is in darkness, and the phases we see result from the angle the Moon makes with the Sun as viewed from planet Earth.
After the new moon, the sunlit portion is increasing, but less than half, so it is waxing crescent.
After the first quarter, the sunlit portion is still increasing, but now it is more than half, so it is waxing gibbous.
After the full moon (maximum illumination), the light continually decreases. So the waning gibbous phase occurs next.
Following the third quarter is the waning crescent, which wanes until the light is completely gone, hence a new moon.
The first four phases make up the waxing or growing half of the cycle, when the energy is building.
The last four phases make up the waning or ending half of the cycle, when the energy is released.
Here are the the eight phases of the Moon, and their astrological meaning.The New Moon
First day after Balsamic/Dark Moon up to 3.5 days; 0 to 45 degrees ahead of the Sun.
The New Moon is when the moon is 0° ahead of the Sun. - The aspects are the conjunction 0°, and semisextile 30°.
You tend to be emotional, impulsive and spontaneous. You enjoy starting new projects and are always seeking out new opportunities for creativity and expression.
To your work, you bring tremendous passion and fervor. Your eagerness is unstoppable.
This phase is a time for planning and conceiving, as well as for recharging your mind, body and spirit and opening up yourself to setting new goals.
This is a period of calmness and awareness.
Music therapy and massage are a good release as is gardening.
3.5 to 7 days after the New Moon; 45 to 90 degrees ahead of the Sun.
The Crescent Moon is when the moon is 45° ahead of the Sun. - The aspects are the semisquare 45°, and sextile 60°.
You are assertive and willing to make changes to your life to ensure a better outcome.
If you meet with some hurdles, you will need to use your quick thinking abilities to get around them.
You have faith in yourself when it comes to tough challenges. In fact, you look at all angles to solve problems, either using conventional or unconventional methods.
This phase is a time for starting momentum and getting the ball rolling.
This is a phase for taking action.
7 to 10.5 days after the New Moon; 90 to 135 degrees ahead of the Sun.
The First Quarter Moon is when the moon is 90° ahead of the Sun. - The aspects are the square 90°, and trine 120°.
You are strong willed, results driven and idealistic. You have no problem asking others to assist you in obtaining your goals and dreams.
Your strong suit is creating new ideas, even if at the cost of getting rid of old ways of thinking and doing.
You tend to question everything and people may construe this as you being confrontational or quarrelsome.
This phase is a time to stay focused and committed to the tasks at hand.
Traveling will boost your confidence.
7 to 10.5 days after the New Moon; 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun.
The Gibbous Moon is when the moon is 135° ahead of the Sun. - The aspects are the sesqui-square 135°, and quincunx 150°.
You are goal oriented, but always have time to assist and help others. Your deep down wish is to make the world a better place for all to live in.
You continually seek the true meaning of your journey and always look to obtain more knowledge.
This phase is a time to break through any roadblocks or obstacles in your way.
You might also begin to see progress in projects you have taken on.
The Full Moon
15 to 18.5 days after the New Moon; 180 to 135 degrees behind the Sun.
The Full Moon is when the moon is 180° ahead of the Sun. - The aspect is the opposition 180°.
You are objective and determined to bring your ideas to fruition.
You have a keen ability to balance your practical side with your creative side and your side with your rational side with your intuitive side.
You are also extremely aware of other’s needs, however, don’t lose sight of your own.
You will maintain many positive relationships in your life.
This phase is a time when you will experience either success or failure.
3.5 to 7 days after the Full Moon; 135 to 90 degrees behind the Sun.
The Disseminating Moon is when the moon is 135° behind the Sun. The aspects are the quincunx 150°, sesqui-square 135°, and trine 120°.
You easily convey your message to others and are often looked upon as an educator. Experiences will give you considerable knowledge and you are motivated to share it with others.
You innately want to better people’s lives, however you can become over zealous.
This phase is the time to reap some benefits, engage with others in relationships or just get ready to make a new start or let go of a failed plan.
It is a good time to release things such as bad habits, stresses and any negative thinking.
7 to 10.5 days after the Full Moon; 90 to 45 degrees behind the Sun.
The Third Quarter Moon is when the moon is 90° behind the Sun. The aspects are the square 90°, and sextile 60°.
The moon is one-half and decreasing in illumination.
You have a special ability to help and counsel others. You draw out their innermost feelings, help them to resolve problems and lead them into a more organized lifestyle.
Because you are quite sure of yourself, at times you can be seen as stubborn and obstinate.
This phase is a time to leave the past behind and work toward your hopes, goals and dreams.
Dancing and moving to music will be healing.
10.5 days after the Full Moon up to New Moon; less than 45 degrees behind the Sun.
The Balsamic Moon is when the moon is 45° behind the Sun. The aspects are the semisquare 45°, and semisextile 30°.
You are keenly intuitive and you possess inherent insight into the spiritual aspect of humanity.
You are self sacrificing and hold a strong belief in pre ordained destiny.
You will encounter many transitions throughout your life and you will be able to adapt and achieve happiness and success.
This phase is a time of release, transition, completion of projects, introspection and the formulation of any new plans that might be germinating.
This is also a time to question your desires. This might also be a time to look for good deals.
Moon Phase Astrology: The Lunar Key to Your Destiny.
A guide to understanding the phases of astrological Moon signs and their effects on emotions and personality.
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Moon Phases for the Lunar Month of May - GMT
New Moon 14° 11' Taurus ~ 4th May, 22:46 pm.
1st Quarter Moon 21° 3' Leo ~ 12th May, 01:13 am.
Full Moon 27° 39' Scorpio ~ 18th May, 21:13 pm.
Last Quarter Moon 5° 9' Pisces ~ 26th May, 16:34 pm.
Which Moon Phase Were You Born Under.
You can look up your Moon Phase here, for anywhere in the world, at moonpage.com
Moon Page lets you quickly find the phase of the moon for any date, also the next or previous new or full moon phases.
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