February 8, 2016. New Moon in Aquarius
Edited version published in February’s Issues Magazine.
If we understand the Natural Laws of Cycles and Phases, we may accept more easily that conditions are always changing whether globally or personally. Acceptance does not necessarily mean, complacency. Knowing the pattern of cycles, using the symbolic language of astrology, can help us to use the “energy” of a time period to our advantage. When to put elbow grease into a work project or whether to lay in a hammock dreaming about a new creative venture, keeps us in flow with the rhythm of cycles and phases which are rooted in natural principles.
Astrology looks at the relationships between celestial bodies (the planets, the Moon, the Sun and others), to find meaning relevant to events on Earth and in our own lives. It is a natural medium to become familiar with cycles of change.
In my own life, studying the phases of the Moon and other planetary cycles has increased my capacity to feel more engaged in my own life’s journey, as well as, less frustrated when I want to harvest the fruit of my efforts which have not been tended to or ripened sufficiently.
Cycles are varied and come in wide-ranging lengths. There are cycles close to 26,000 years long called “The Great Year” or the “Precession of the Equinoxes.” Even longer cycles called Yugas are described in Hinduism. Then there are the cycles that we can more easily grasp and work with in our daily lives. One of those is the Lunar cycle, that is the relationship between the Sun and the Moon.
The real-time Lunar cycle is 29.5 days and within that period are 8 phases, each with a unique quality, alternating with the principles of Yin and Yang, offering respite or inner work, followed by more active or external pursuit. Each of us has our own personal Lunar Cycle, as well, which is 29.5 years long.
Most of us are familiar with the New and Full Moons. Some of us use those dates for ceremony, communal gathering, or intention setting. Eclipses which occur at New and Full Moons make these time periods more meaningful. Sometimes when they are significantly placed in our own birth map, we may be presented with a turning point.
The birth map is a representation of what the heavens looked like at the date and time of our birth from the perspective of geographic location.
The Lunar Eclipse in September 2015 was in Aries, a fire sign. A Penticton fire left several of us without our studios when an office building burned. Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, symbolized an initiation into something new. CBC’s Jian Gomeshi’s ‘fall from grace’ happened during a Scorpio Solar Eclipse period in 2014 that was significant in his birth chart. Scorpio can correlate to sexual matters.
Lunar phases are roughly 3.7 days long in real-time and 3.7 years long in individual lives.
Moon signs play a role in this cycle by changing zodiac signs every 2.5 days. This creates a unique energy flow each month.
Sun and Moon Phases
The New Moon Phase begins the Lunar Cycle. Seeds are planted, intentions set, leaps of faith or promises made. Initiate something new. There has been a recent ending. The moon sign colors the intention. Practical Virgo New Moons, for example, orient to daily routines or health matters. Yang.
The Crescent Moon Phase is used to understand the value of the intention and to gather information for the rest of the cycle. How will I change my routine? What fats to easiest for me to digest? Yin.
At the First Quarter Phase we are asked to commit. Resolve not to return to the past or the old ways. It is time to build the foundation, protect and secure the intention. Yang.
The Gibbous Moon is one where we recognize a solution or a talent, followed by an analysis of whether the work we have done up till now is going to bear fruit and what to do if it won’t. Yin.
At the Full Moon, what was initiated at the New Moon is ripe. There is no more personal work to do other than present the result to others. Feedback comes from the outside and from interpersonal connections. We reap the results. Yang.
The Disseminating Moon is known as the “give back” phase a time to share what we have learned. We might reflect on the larger meaning of the process especially if feedback is not what we hoped. Vision questing, reflection and being present for others. Yin.
Last Quarter Moons are active decision-making times. We may polish up some old skills learned in the first quarter. We re-value our intention or actively discard. Ideally integrity plays a role. If we let go, do this in a good way. Yang.
Balsamic Moons close the Lunar cycle and prepare for the next one. This may include grieving. It can feel like a time of loss in the personal Lunar cycle. Dream, meditate, envision, rest. Lying fallow prepares the inner landscape to accept the seeds of the next cycle. Yin.
Through watching these phases, one can learn astrology through daily life practice. I recommend journaling the highlights and feelings of each day, marking down the moon sign and lunar phase. Lewellyn’s Astrological Calendars are helpful. Over time, more is revealed about behaviors and patterns. You might notice days where you would like to rest, if you could. Pay attention to the phase and moon sign. Even if the phase is not YIN or inner-directed, FOR YOU, it may be the perfect time based on your own birth map.
By knowing that it is a dream time, we can feel free to rest and dream. When it is time to share our wisdom, we can do so with grace and gratitude. When we need to find a teacher, we can open our awareness to receive a teaching.
Resources: Writings & Lectures, specifically about the Sun/Moon phases absorbed through osmosis over time. Dane Rhudyar, Bernadette Brady, Demetra George, Steven Forrest, Buz Meyers. Value of Phases in general through the teaching and writings of Jeffrey Wolfe Green.
Shawn Limbach is an Evolutionary Astrologer and freelance WordPress website builder. She dreams of more writing and artistic offerings and engages in distance consultations in Canada and the U.S. via phone, Skype or Facetime. Contact Shawn.Share, please and thank you.