All this talk about new and full moon energy can be confusing. Let’s see if we can make some sense of the astrological impact that the moon has on our energy, shall we?
New Moon Energy
There are 13 moon cycles each year. The new moon is when the sun and moon are in perfect alignment. The sun shines on the side facing away from the earth, so there is no reflection visible from earth. It appears dark in the sky. At this magical time, for a period of only one day, the Sun and Moon occupy the same Zodiac sign. This is actually a pretty cool phenomenon because the Sun represents your wants. The Moon represents your needs, and on this day, they are in alignment.
Also during this period, we feel more introspective. It’s good to allow ourselves to tap into that because the Moon is ready to support you in starting new things. So all those new ideas can take flight. If you don’t pay attention, you could miss a golden opportunity. The astrological sign that the new Moon is occupying is more active at this time too. If you’re trying to manifest something in particular, it’s good to pay attention to this. The New moon is a time of high negative ion flow. This puts us in a good mood.
Full Moon Energy
Full moons happen when the opposite alignment of the Sun and Moon occur. The Sun is not behind the Moon, but facing it. This makes the Moon fully illuminated. It also means that the Sun and Moon are in opposition, or your wants and needs are not working together. Since the full moon energy can amp you up or lead to a flood of emotions. The moon is also increasing positive ions which enhance this effect. If you feel tired, wired, stressed, or challenged, this could be why. Your conscious and unconscious desires could be in conflict. Guess who will win?
There is always a silver lining to everything though. This is the perfect time to finish things up or let them go. When you make a conscious choice to do this, it frees up energy so that you don’t get bogged down with too many projects, relationships, or obligations. If you set intentions at the new moon, this could be when you start to see the fruit of your labors show up too.
Eclipses are super powerful times when the moon energy is magnified. Full moon (lunar) eclipse energy can be felt up to 2 months before and 6 months afterwards. New moon eclipses (solar) can block us from seeing the big picture, miss opportunities, and consider things that are outside our comfort zone. At this time, expect major shifts in jobs, relationships, perspectives, or finances. Because the energy is so big and unstable, it’s best not to act or react to changes right now.
This doesn’t make eclipses “bad.” There is an element of Fate in play. The thing that you have been avoiding or hoping for could show up at this time. This tends to be a time for a shake up. If you have been snoozing at the wheel, it may prod you to start paying attention. If you have been going in the wrong direction, you will know that now too. You may be tempted to grab the steering wheel, but your best bet is to just hang on for the ride. You’re not driving the bus right now. Any attempt to control will just tire you out and frustrate you. But don’t worry. It’s a self correction. You won’t go off the cliff.
The other thing to keep in mind is that everyone has a different natal chart. The position of the Moon in your chart may mean that an eclipse has a mild impact on you while other people seem to be going crazy. This is normal. If you want to predict the type of effect an eclipse might have on you, look at the House where they fall on your natal chart. If it falls on a planet, that planet will be activated.
Solar and lunar eclipses occur in pairs. The solar eclipses (full moon) tend to expand your outside world. Lunar eclipses (new moon) have more of an effect on your internal environment. Expect headaches, fatigue, anxiety, vivid dreams, feelings of relief, and sensitivity to electronics. Practice good self care during this time.
Super Moon Energy
The Moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical pattern. Sometimes it’s closer to the Earth than other times. When this happens and the Earth, Moon, and Sun are in alignment, the Moon appears larger in the sky giving us a Super Moon. The energetic force is 18% stronger at this time. This results in a stronger full moon effect, but not as strong as an eclipse.
The Moon in the Signs
Everyone has a natal Moon. This is the astrological sign of the Moon at the time of your birth. This energy stays with you your entire life and impacts your emotional needs – particularly when you are stressed.
Then there are lunations. Lunations are the period of time from one new moon to the next. When the Moon enters into a sign, the energy of the moon stays in that sign for the whole lunar cycle or month. This can get confusing because the Moon spends about two and a half days in each sign, going through the whole Zodiac in a month.
If the new moon is a feminine sign, the next full moon will be a masculine sign. If the current new moon is a feminine sign, the next new moon will be a masculine sign. To visualize this, see above. The red boxes are for January 2018 where we had a Capricorn (earth, feminine) new moon followed by a Leo (masculine, fire) super, full, blood moon. Capricorn happens in January. Leo starts in July, so they are on opposite sides of the zodiac. You will see that the pattern repeats in February 2018 with the moon phases in green. This is to create wholeness and balance.
All this changing energy might lead you to think that the Moon is always changing. She is, and she still has the same energy at the start of your life for your entire life. She has the same energy at the start of an astrological sign/new moon for the entire month despite moving into a new sign every 2 1/2 days. The wheel of life isn’t one wheel. There are wheels within wheels. They are all turning together. I will speak about this in a future article so look out for it.