Current Phase of the Moon
New Moon (0 - 45 degrees in front of the sun)
The energy of the new moon is birth and its metaphor is spring. It's a
good time to start new projects, begin relationships, and plant gardens.
You might find yourself feeling impulsive and you have access to a
dynamic burst of energy.
Crescent Moon (45 - 90 degrees ahead of sun)
Consciousness comes into the picture now with a little bit more light.
In our own life cycle, the crescent moon symbolizes the period when you
become aware that you're not part of your mother, that you are your own
entity. A dawning realization shows you that you have a choice, that you can
struggle against the established pattern.
Psychologically, it's the beginning of individuation, the setting apart of
the self. You may find it very important during this time to broach your
own idea. Some religions have important celebrations honoring the crescent
First Quarter Moon (90 - 135 degrees ahead of sun)
This is a time when things come to a head -- some might call it crisis
time. You feel the friction in the air, but that's not necessarily bad --
friction starts a movement toward solution.
Think of starting a fire. You need friction to create the first spark. Rub
two sticks together or strike a match; the fire will warm you and cook
You may sense a problem, but not know what it is. Awareness is still
moving toward understanding. It's the time to implement ideas, look at
possible solutions if you've identified the knot in a situation.
Gibbous Moon (135 - 180 degrees ahead of sun)
Now we move to analysis and evaluation, understanding why we've taken
action. We appraise our personal progress. This is more
intellectual than the first quarter, which was dynamic and intuitive.
Full Moon (180 -225 degrees ahead of sun)
The full moon is the pinnacle, the climactic point. Now we get answers.You'll see a lot of extremes now. The way you interpret those has a lot to do with your inner landscape -- you reflect what's going on around you.
With such a polarity, projection runs rampant. If you go outside and see
people acting like lunatics, that's your projection. If everyone looks
beautiful, that's also your interpretation. What you perceive depends
on how you're feeling.
The gravitational pull of both sun and moon, with the earth in middle,
sets up these extremes. The trick here is to find balance. If we're out of
balance, we'll go one way or the other; we'll either be blinded by the
light or we won't even see it.
The moon's magnetic pull makes this a very powerful time. Whatever Sun Sign
the full moon is in has a strong effect on our energies. That
effect will play out according to each person's individual chart.
A lot tends to happen around the full moon: more people
end up in emergency rooms, the police scanners go wild. But it's also a
time for romance. The play of light over the water, the moon hanging in the
branches of trees, the huge orb rising over a cityscape -- all these put us
more in touch with our creature sense. Time to howl at the moon.
The full moon is also associated with fertilization and ovulation.
Disseminating Moon (135 - 90 degrees behind the sun)
A strong desire to demonstrate to others what you've learned makes this a time to share your knowledge.
Your intellect is in charge: you see, you acknowledge, you tell somebody.
Last Quarter Moon (90 - 45 degrees behind the sun)
Like the first quarter, this phase is about movement. This time you can engage in conscious action. The choice is in your hands and you know it. It's up to you to create the outcome.
This is dynamic, conscious movement. You decide whether to take action
Balsamic Moon (45 - 1 degree behind sun)
We have another word for this moon phase -- Karma. This is the closing, the conclusion of the cycle during which you reap what you've sown. If you haven't learned the lessons, taken the action called for in the first seven phases, you can't move on.
People born during this phase often have a mission, something bigger than themselves that they must carry out.
This energy is greater than yourself. This time, the outcome of whatever's going on is not yours to decide.
You have already taken the steps that set up this outcome. It's a time to release the past.
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