Changeable and ever moving, the moon is an apt metaphor for shifting emotions that occur during our daily activities. The zodiac sign the moon is in at the time of our birth tells us how we relate to others emotionally, what makes us feels secure, and what makes us feel “at home.” But there is an added layer to our moon sign, the phase of the moon when were born. Moon phases leave distinctive marks on how we relate to the world.
How do you know in what phase you were born? There are free apps for your smart phone available to find your moon phases. Choose one and pop in your birth date and you have it!
New Moon—0 to 44 degrees from the sun– Sitting in the shadow of the sun, the moon reflects no or little light. Born in this phase, you reach out to others in spontaneous and unplanned ways. You are a great initiator of new projects, often exuding contagious enthusiasm for them. The ability you have to make connections with other people is the basis for your success. You need, however, to develop the discipline to start what you finish or risk being labeled as unreliable.
Waxing Crescent—45 to 89 degrees from the sun— Born in this moon phase you have a burning need to get things started but often face obstacles. You have a great talent to nurture new ideas, helping you to develop a solid base from which to operate. However, you often stumble over yourself by insisting your way is best. Try to develop the ability to listen to other people.
First Quarter—91 to 134 degrees from the sun—The first quarter moon is in a challenge aspect to the sun. You have great need to prove yourself and tend to act first, and consider the consequences later. You spend a great deal of time cultivating your ideas, though you tend not to take other people into consideration when you do so. Because you have an ability to overcome difficult circumstances other people tend to look at you as a protector. Your courage is an inspiration to others.
Gibbous Moon—135 to 179 degrees from the sun–In the phase you actively search for answers and set goals. In this particular phase, you are ultimately dissatisfied with any answer you reach You see the world as existing in layers of meaning. As soon as you peel back one layer, you dig for the next. You can become overly stressed by your own imperfections. Work for accepting yourself as you are. Other people are inspired by your ability to dig deep for answers.
Full Moon—180 degrees to 134 degrees from the sun– As a full moon person you are painfully aware of other people around you. Relationships are all important. Without the contact of others you can easily feel lonely. Attending family gatherings and other social events is very important. You are very aware that your actions can affect others and you work consciously to build and maintain relationships. People are inspired by your ability to care for others.
Waning Gibbous—135 to 89 degrees from the sun—The waning gibbous moon person is filled with awareness. You do things from conscious intent instead of instinct. You desire to share your experiences and inspire other people to action. A natural teacher you enjoy nurturing the potential of others. It is important to you to do things “by the book” because you recognize the value of rules. However you can be too rigid in maintaining them. People are awed by your patience.
Third Quarter—90 to 44 degrees from sun—Extremely aware of the right way to do things, you act consciously on your ideas. Faced with the results of your actions, you may not be pleased with them. You tend to be hard on yourself and the people around you. It is important to learn to relax rules so people are more willing to work for you. People appreciate that they can count on your in difficult situations.
Balsamic/Waning Crescent—45 degrees to 1 degree of the sun—Under this phase you are very adept at working within groups help to facilitate the common good. You feel strongly in reaching consensus or agreement before moving forward on plans. Accomplishing something important through the combined efforts of the people around you gives you great satisfactions. Your greatest gift is your ability to guide while letting go of the results.