What you see is what you get
* The Moon is the Earth's only natural satellite. It orbits the Earth in such a way that the same side of the Moon always faces us -- which has given rise to the notion of there being a "dark side of the moon" when, in reality, there is a far side of the moon which is lit with reflected sunlight when we have a New Moon ... and is deprived of sunlight when we experience a Full Moon.
* The Moon gives off no light of its own. What we romantically call "moonlight" is really reflected light from the Sun. Still, the Sun and the Moon are both known in Astrology as "the luminaries." This is a term that means "light-giver, but the light from the Moon really originates with the Sun. Without that, The Moon is just a cold gray rock in the sky -- which we wouldn't be able to see anyway without sunlight.
* Cultures that mark time by a lunar calendar (instead of the way we do in the West) use the appearance of light from the New Moon to mark the start of their various months.
* In Astrology, the Sun represents your ego, your self-identity, your fundamental sense of who you are as a person ... and as a spiritual being.
What makes it special
* In Astrology, the Moon represents your emotions, your feelings, your inner self. Moon energy is responsible for your intuition, your instincts and habits, your family connections and your ties to the past.
* When the New Moon forms every month, in whatever sign the Sun occupies at the time, it brings together these two energy clusters and unites their concerns in one powerful point of interest. That will be described by the characteristics of the sign where the New Moon forms and by the house of your horoscope which contains this exact degree and minute of arc.
* There will always be a New Moon for each Zodiac sign every year, but not always a New Moon every month. Occasionally February gets skipped because it's about 29 1/2 days between each New Moon, and February is usually only 28 days long.
* New Moons are considered times of new beginnings. They are good for initiating new ventures, starting new routines and habits and leaving the debris of the past behind as you move into the future. Projects begun soon after the New Moon in a month have a better chance to succeed, because they are moving with the natural flow of energy instead of catching it somewhere in the middle.
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The New Moon
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Quick Notes on the New Moon -- It gives you the basics and saves lots of time ---> The Solar / Lunar alignment ---> * In astrology, the celestial phenomenon known as the New Moon occurs at the exact moment the Sun and the Moon occupy precisely the same point in the sky-map of the Zodiac -- the same degree and minute of arc in a particular sign. This alignment is known as a conjunction.
The Moon in Astrology
Basic Stuff About the Moon ---> Reflections of your inner world ---> * Every month the Moon travels through all twelve Zodiac signs. It completes its circuit every 27.3 days staying in each sign just under 2 1/2 days. * The Moon rules Cancer, one of the emotional, intuitive Water signs. * The Moon is associated w/ the interests of the 4th house of the horoscope which rules the life areas of home, family, roots, history, private life and living arrangements.
Quick Notes on the Moon ---> The Moon is second fiddle? Maybe. Maybe not. ---> * The Moon in your Natal Chart is considered the second-most important element in your horoscope ... & therefore in your character. But there are plenty of reasons (& arguments) to take exception to this except as a general statement of status in the astrological array. * The Moon symbolizes your Inner Self, your Emotional Self ... the part of your character that feels & responds to things
The Moon -- Physics, Metaphysics and Myth -- Part 1 ---> Physics ---> Luna, the Earth's Moon, is also the Earth's only natural satellite. Neither Mercury nor Venus have any moons at all. The rest of the planets in our Solar System have anywhere from 2 moons (Mars) to dozens of moons. Jupiter has 67. Even Pluto has five. Still that makes Earth and its Moon -- and their peculiar relationship to one another -- fairly unique.
Sun Sign / Moon Sign -- Sun Energy / Moon Energy in Your Horoscope -- What's the difference? ---> You have a Sun Sign ---> Your Sun sign is the Zodiac sign the Sun was traveling through at the time you were born. There are twelve signs in the Zodiac, starting with Aries and ending with Pisces. When you arrived in the world The Sun was in one of them. The "signs" are pretty familiar to many people because "astrology" as presented by the mainstream ....
Does Knowing Your Moon Sign Information -- Help You Understand Yourself? -- When Being One in Twelve is Not Enough ---> The Sun in your horoscope ---> You have to start somewhere ---> In describing character qualities, pop culture Astrology deals with Sun Sign descriptions as a matter of convenience. Almost everybody knows his birthday., and from that, he can almost always find himself in one of the Sun Sign categories ....
Getting a Fix on Your Moon Sign Energy ---> Your Moon sign
Is it important? ---> What does a person's Moon Sign tell you, and why is it important? For starters, knowing the Sun Sign / Moon Sign combinations in the people around you can do great things for your relationships ... and who couldn't use help with that? What if a shortcut could help you recognize "emotional neediness" in your loved ones ... and give some ideas on a fast ....
More on the Moon
Moon Lore ---> Once upon a time ... ---> In ancient times, Moon phases, Moon cycles, were the readily visible, incontrovertible calendar people depended on to mark the passage of time. The appearance of the Full or New Moon in the company of certain well-known and predictable constellations signaled the arrival of specific important moments in the year. The interval between one New Moon and the next marked one length of time ... roughly equivalent to our modern idea of "a month."
Major Aspects of the Moon ---> The Moon in its travels ---> The Moon, in its travels around the earth, cycles through all twelve signs of the Zodiac every twenty-eight to thirty days. It changes signs about every two and a half days. In each new sign, the Moon forms angles with the other planets in the sky, angles which are occasionally quite significant (called major aspects) and which mark the ebb and flow of both easy and irritating moments in everyday life.
The New Moon
* Full Moon / New Moon? Or New Moon / Full Moon? -- Variations on the rhythms of life ---> Different rhythms ---> It's a subtle difference, I admit, but it's there nevertheless. Life's psychological rhythm has a different sequence, depending on whether the New Moon in a particular sign forms first, followed about two weeks later by the Full Moon in the opposite sign ... or whether the Full Moon forms first, followed then by the New Moon lining up with the Sun in its sign.
* Black Moon, Dark Moon, New Moon -- Ok, let's get this sorted out ---> Three names, three things ---> You've certainly heard the term New Moon applied to that part of the Moon's cycle when a small sliver of light appears in the western sky at dusk ... and gradually begins filling in over the next two weeks to reach the glorious display of the Full Moon before diminishing down to nothing again.
So what IS a Black Moon? ---> A black moon. Ever hear of it? ---> Sure most people have heard of a "blue moon" ... as in "once in a blue moon." Not so many can give you even one of the several definitions for that, though. They know it means a long time -- except for those who think it means something that never comes along at all. There is such a thing as a Blue Moon, though.
* What's the Difference Between -- A Solar and a Lunar Eclipse? -- Different Issues ... Different Requests for Your Attention ---> The physics of it ---> A Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the sunlight from view for a short time. ( Earth ---> Moon ---> Sun ) A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun blocking sunlight so that it cannot reflect off the surface of the Moon. (Moon Earth Sun )
* Eclipses -- Special Alignments between -- The Sun, The Moon and The Earth -- for those who like their Astrology straight-up and hard core ---> An eclipse -- why it happens ---> In ancient times, eclipses were viewed with fear and wariness -- since they were imperfectly understood. But even today, when we fully understand the cause of eclipses ... and can predict their appearances years in advance, there's still a definite ambivalence ....
* Eclipses: A Celestial Show in Light and Shadow -- The User-Friendly Version ---> A celestial sensation ---> Eclipses have long been viewed with wariness and caution. They are, for certain, visually impressive events. If you ever have the chance to see one, it's worth the effort. But if you missed the latest one, never fear. There will be others! Eclipses also seem to foretell changes and developments far more momentous than those predicted by an ordinary lunation.