Astrology is so delicious. The more you learn about it, the more riveting it becomes! So let's talk about the moon, because it's a really great place to get a foundation in all things magical. And of course, the moon's influence on us isn't only magical, it's scientific. After all, we know from studying the tides that the moon has a powerful influence on water, which makes up about 60 percent of the human body. No wonder the moon has such a strong effect on our everyday lives!
The great thing is, you don't have to be ruled by the moon—you can rule with the moon! The more you know about it and tune into its mystery and science, the more you can use its cycles to empower yourself and live your fullest, most magical life.
Sound good? Beautiful! So, let's start with the basics:
Moon Phases for Beginners
The moon goes through phases. Each phase is defined by the shape of the sunlit portion of the moon, as seen from Earth. The first phase is the new moon. This is when the sun and moon are aligned, and the moon cannot be seen from Earth. From there, the moon builds up—this is called waxing—to a full moon. After that, it decreases—or wanes—back to a new moon again.
This is the best time to set intentions! Think about what you really want in your life, and write it down. Keep it on your altar, with your favourite crystals and candles, to honor their energy.
This is the time to express gratitude for all that you have, and take stock of what did—and didn’t—work over this past month. It’s a time for releasing attachments and cutting the cord on what you no longer want.
The energy is starting to slow down now. It’s a good time to put a stop to old habits that don’t serve you, implement a budget, or set up new systems to help your life run more smoothly.
The cycles in action, as seen from the northern hemisphere:
As the moon waxes and wanes, it also moves through the zodiac signs, staying in each one for a couple of days. It's a neverending cycle. And every month, the cycle can take on different energies, depending on which signs are dominant at the time. iLuna is a great app to help you stay on top of all this, but to get you started ...
Here's how you can follow the moon to inner peace this August and September:
Note: Each sign has its own style, but here I’ve grouped them by element, just to keep it simple. The elements are distinctly different from one another, and there are very distinct ways to get the most out of each one!
When the Moon is in Water (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio)
Expect to be in your feelings! You can ricochet off of other people’s emotions more than usual during this time, but you can use this to your advantage by choosing to gather with people who are loving and supportive. Express your emotions, whether through writing or talking it out.
August 17, 19, 26
September 5, 13, 14, 22
When the Moon is in Air (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra)
Let your curiosity take the lead! Sign up for that class, speak to a charismatic stranger, watch a documentary.… All of these things will feel fantastic under an air moon. The more you can make your world feel beautiful and interesting, the more nurtured you will feel.
August 15, 23
September 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 20, 30
When the Moon is in Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
When the moon is in an earth sign, we’re more drawn to practicality and the material world than usual. Make a list, plan your future, and start ticking things off. Move your body and break a sweat. Enjoy food, and go buy yourself something nice!
August 21, 31
September 1, 9, 27, 28
When the Moon is in Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
Spontaneity rules! Seek out pleasure and adventure—sex toy shopping (perhaps for one made of crystals) followed by a trip to an amusement park would be a perfect fire moon day. Change something, start a fun new project, or surprise your loved ones. When the moon is in a fire sign, you’ll feel more energetic: put it towards something fabulous!
August 19, 28
September 7, 8, 15, 25, 26
When the Moon is "void of course"
This means the moon is not allied with any signs. Everything seems to come to a stop. You might feel more tired than usual, so be sure that you get enough rest. Drink water, watch movies, read, relax. Write down your dreams, they hold insights!
September 6, 10, 24, 29
*Note: The moon will intermittently go void on some other days in August and September, but to keep things simple, I've only included the dates that it will be void for the majority or entirety of the day.
Why do you feel the way you do? Discover the secrets behind your unique emotional nature with your Natal Moon Report.
Feature illustration courtesy of the Stanford Solar Center.
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