thousands of years, sailors, fishermen and farmers have believed
that the movements of the Moon correlate with the life cycles
of many living things on planet Earth. Today this belief is a
fact; scientists have demonstrated that many marine organisms
and mammals do indeed behave in accordance with lunar cycles.
But what about humans? We know that a woman's menstrual cycle
is, on average, the same as the monthly lunar cycle, and some
researchers have pointed to a similar monthly cycle in men. Here's
where astrology steps in. This ancient science has not only recognized
a lunar influence on human emotion and behavior, it has developed
a way of mapping it.
Moon in the Signs
monthy cycle of the Moon is one that should be of special interest
to those learning astrology. This cycle is tracked, or mapped
out, by the movement of the Moon through the zodiac. In one month,
the Moon travels through each of the twelve signs. As it passes
through each sign, its impact on our lives varies.
people experience a cycle of emotional highs and lows throughout
the month that correlate with the movement of the Moon as it travels
from sign to sign. Everyone is different. Some people may experience
emotional highs when the Moon is in Leo, others may experience
lows. These variations are explained by the arrangement of planets
in our personal horoscopes. We can discover our normal cycle by
keeping notes on how we feel each day for several months. Over
the course of several lunar cycles, a pattern should emerge.
printed tables called ephemerides, or computers, we can find the
dates and times that the Moon enters each of the twelve signs
of the zodiac. The Moon passes through each sign in about two
and a quarter days, on average.
the Moon passes through each sign, it reflects the properties
of that sign. For example, when the Moon is in the sign Aries,
people seem to be more impulsive and anxious to do something.
This may be particularly true for people born under Aries. When
in Taurus, the desire for comfort and security is strong. In Gemini,
people are more curious and nervous. When the Moon is in Cancer,
people seek out the past and tradition. Leo brings out a need
for creativity and recognition. In Virgo, the Moon moves us to
sweat the details and clean things up.
the Moon is in Libra, people are generally more social. Scorpio
intensifies emotion while Sagittarius stimulates a desire to take
risks. In Capricorn, people tend to be more practical. The Moon
passing through Aquarius brings out friendliness and in Pisces,
it stimulates a need to escape from normal conditions. Understanding
the nature of the signs of the zodiac will allow for a deeper
understanding of the Moon's passage through each sign.
you follow the news, you'll see that many front-page events follow
the Moon's cycle. Of course, major events are also triggered by
alignments of other planets as well, but the Moon's sign alone
counts for something. Groups of people are strongly affected by
the Moon and the sign it is currently passing through. I noticed
this years ago when I used to play with a band four or five nights
a week. When the Moon was in Cancer, people wanted to hear oldies.
When it was in Gemini, they wanted happy, simple tunes, and in
Capricorn or Scorpio, it was the blues that got people involved
with the music.
Phases of the Moon
way that astrology maps the lunar cycle has to do with the aspects
the Moon makes with the other planets. Aspects are the angles
and alignments that form as the Moon moves from sign to sign and
changes its relationship to the other planets. The new Moon, Full
Moon and the quarters are aspects between the Moon and the Sun.
Since ancient times, the lunar aspects have been used to make
weather predictions and to select times to do things. They are
still found in some almanacs and on astrological calendars. The
phases of the Moon that appear on nearly every calendar are a
relic from the days when almanacs and calendars were one and the
New Moon, which occurs when the Sun and Moon pass near each other
in the same part of the zodiac, marks the beginning of the Sun-Moon
cycle of 29.5 days (the synodic cycle). This close passage between
them, when they are 0 degrees apart, is called the conjunction.
If the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, it's a solar
eclipse—a particularly high-powered New Moon.
sign that the New Moon happens to be in can describe the emotional
energies of the public over the next week or two. For example,
the recent New
Moon in Aries. Occurred around the time that the stock
market took a big dip. Aries is a sign of impulsive action and
many traders were getting panicky. The New Moon in Taurus can
bring out security needs and people will most likely make conservative
choices then. Check out the sign that the New Moon falls into
for insight into public trends.
Quarters of the Moon
quarters of the lunation cycle mark periods of tension. They occur
when the Moon is halfway between New and Full, at an angle of
90 degrees (the square) to the Sun. Stress is often high during
the day of the quarters, and even the day before and after. The
First Quarter marks a time of pressure to do things, the Third
Quarter pressure to understand things. Don't commence a major
undertaking, like opening a business or getting married, when
the Moon is at either of the quarters.
the Full Moon, the lunation cycle reaches its halfway point. The
Sun and Moon are now at opposition, 180 degrees apart. Like the
New Moon, the sign that the Moon is in when it is full can offer
us valuable information on public trends. Very often important
decisions or announcements are made at the Full Moon. Peace treaties
may be signed and agreements between competitors reached. It can
be a time of clarity and objectivity. But there's also a darker
side to the full Moon. Sometimes emotions get out of hand and
the Full Moon marks a time of riots and social disruption.
Part Two of this article, we’ll look at more aspects of the Moon
and at the Moon void-of-course.