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.
Major aspects of the Moon include:
Conjunctions -- when the Moon is in the same sign and degree with another planet in the sky.
Conjunctions show moments of intense emotion and focus, depending on the other planet involved.
Sextiles -- when the Moon is approximately 60° on either side of another planet in the sky, either approaching conjunction or departing from it.
Sextiles show moments of opportunity and insight, when the energy of both the Moon and the other planet can be put to good use.
Squares -- when the Moon is approximately 90° on either side of another planet in the sky, either approaching conjunction or departing from it. Squares show moments of aggravation, hindrance and working at cross-purposes.
Squares to the Moon show times when your emotions and desires compete with or have to accommodate the demands of the other planet and its energy.
Squares represent feelings (and times) when different areas of your life, or different parts of you, both want your full attention -- and you have to accommodate them.
Trines -- when the Moon is approximately 120° on either side of another planet in the sky, either approaching conjunction or departing from it. Trines show moments of easy flow, stress-free living, "being in the right place at the right time," "things just falling into place."
Trines to the Moon show times when your instincts and "feelings" are right on target, when you know what to do and can follow your impulses, when life opens up to your desires and abilities ... and the path ahead is straight and level.
During trines to the Moon, benefits are effortless and life is really sweet. Your feelings work "hand in hand" with the other planet to create good results for both.
Oppositions -- when the Moon is 180° away from another planet in the sky, directly across the horoscope circle in what, even visually, looks like a confrontation.
Oppositions, indeed, show times of conflict, competing interests, antagonism, blockage and the need to balance two strongly adversarial (perhaps mutually exclusive) interests.
Oppositions show friction between you and someone else ... often described by the planet opposing the Moon. Oppositions can also show two deeply ambivalent elements of your own character in conflict with one another, but still, some compromise, truce or balancing act where you take other people, different things, or competing components of your own personality into account must be arranged.
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