I was wondering if you’d like to understand a little more about astrology, the terms we use and what they mean. I will save this information into the ‘Learn More’ section of my website after this week, so you can refer back to it at any time and it will be easy to find.
What is a New Moon?
A New Moon is when the Sun and Moon are in the ‘same’ Zodiac Sign and the same degree of that Zodiac Sign i.e. in conjunction. (Because of their different orbits, they seem together when they’re actually in alignment.) Hence the new Moon always falls in the Zodiac Sign we are in. It represents new beginnings. Astrologically, the tone of the Sign it falls in influences the new beginning e.g. an Aries new Moon will have quite a different energy to a Taurus New Moon.
A Solar Eclipse is an ‘exact’ new Moon – the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth and there is an exact alignment. Astrologically, this has an intense energy.
What is a Full Moon?
There’s a Full Moon when the Moon is in the ‘opposite’ Zodiac Sign to the Sun and the same degree as the Sun. Hence, when it is full, the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun i.e. when the Sun sets in the west, the Moon will rise in the east. The Full Moon is always in the opposite Zodiac Sign to the one we are in. When we are in Aries Zodiac time the Full Moon will fall in Libra; when we are in Taurus Zodiac time, the full Moon will fall in Scorpio, and so on. Astrologically, the Full Moon signifies a strong energy and represents emotions, situations and plans coming to a head; it can be exciting or challenging. However, an Aries Full Moon will have a different tone to a Taurus or Cancer full Moon; Full Moons aren’t all the same.
A Lunar eclipse is an ‘exact’ Full Moon: the Sun, Earth and Moon are in an exact alignment. Astrologically the energy is intense.
What is a waxing Moon?
The Moon’s waxing cycle begins on the New Moon and ends at the full Moon. It is a cycle of growth.
What is a waning Moon?
The Moon’s waning cycle begins on the Full Moon and ends on the New Moon. It is a cycle of consolidation or retraction.
I hope you find this helpful and useful. If you have any questions or matters you would like to know more about please let me know.
Wishing you joy,