The new Moon occurs around 8:11 PM in Toronto on Friday, September 30, 2016 in the sign of social balance, Libra. It will culminate in a full Moon at 12:23 AM on Sunday, October 16th in the sign that gets in done first, Aries. Let’s go macro then micro when considering how to practically work with lunar energies.
The Moon moves fast. One lunar orbit around the earth is about 28 days long. Sunlight reflects off the surface of the moon. From our perspective on earth, we see it from different angles as it rotates around us, and have named these the Moon’s phases. It will travel through a zodiacal sign in about 2 ½ days – thus the Moon is the symbolic reflection of humanity’s fluctuating emotions and unconscious dreams and desires.
There are 4 major phases: new, waxing first quarter, full, and waning third quarter. The new Moon phase is about beginnings and initiations. We start fresh under a dark new Moon planting the seeds of new intentions and goals. A certain emotional stillness may be apparent. The Moon grows larger as it waxes towards the first quarter phase, as we concretize those new Moon goals. With the bright light of a full Moon, it’s time to celebrate achievements, good fortune, and the joy of living. Feelings peak and may over flow. Great time of the month to gather friends and family close. Finally, with the Moon growing smaller, the waning third quarter phase kicks in and it is time to evaluate and learn from both the ups and downs of the lunar month. Compost those goals and intentions, successes and failures and prepare for the next new Moon cycle.
Practical tip #1: on a calendar of your choice (paper, computer, phone, etc.) note the date of each moon phase. Make a notation about your emotional life, dreams, intuitions and gut feelings. One line or one page – just let it flow and make no judgement. Give it a try for two or three lunar cycles and see if an emotional pattern emerges.
Let’s add the nuance to the lunar cycle. The upcoming Libra new Moon suggests that in our emotional lives face to face relationship issues will surface, the desire for social equity may come to the fore, or we may desire emotional balance in our personal connections. Have your natal chart handy? This new Moon is at 8° of Libra. Find where it falls in your natal chart. Is it in the 4th house of family, children, home and tribe? Emphasis will be emotionally centered there around 4th house issues with a particular Libra outlook. This is the emotional tone for this specific lunar cycle.
Now consider where in your natal chart the full Moon will fall. October 16th’s full Moon is at 23° of Aries, the polar opposite in emotional tone and color to a Libra new Moon. Aries is a take charge, dynamic whirl of energy. It is the me to the Libra’s you and I. If it falls in the 10th house of public life, career and social prominence then the party starts there and it brings with it the energy of Aries to fuel the celebration.
Practical tip #2: these are the remaining lunar cycles for Toronto, Canada in 2016. Do a similar calendar exercise as with the Moon’s phases. On the dates of the new and full Moon identify where it falls in your natal chart. The house will signify the area of life to consider and the zodiacal sign will suggest the emotional tone. Write about it. Begin to breathe life into the key astrological meanings. Try it for the remaining of the year. May lunar wisdom ebb and flow through the contours of your daily life.