New Moons, Full Moons & Eclipses


” Ultimately, a man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is HE who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life ; to life he can only respond by being responsible……… Responsibleness is the very essence of human existence. So one should not search for an abstract meaning of life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment.  Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Victor Frankyl

So, what’s the deal with all of this stuff? The New Moon, Full Moon and all of these eclipses? One of the most common questions that I receive is: “what does this mean for me?” We all possess an individual birth chart, and this will tell the story. Before we move to the macro level, I would like to hit everyone with some very basic information about these phases of the lunation cycle so that we may be in a position to take advantage of the energy:

New Moon: A New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (at the same degree,in the same sign) For example: when  the Sun is in Cancer at 13 degrees and the Moon is also in Cancer at 13 degrees, this is a New Moon. The energy of the sign that the Moon occupies at this time is rather intense. The current moon sign’s expression is “all over the place” if we’re paying attention. In order to gain maximum benefit from this phase, we must check our personal birth charts to see where the new moon is occurring. This will give us clues as to where to focus our energies. This is an excellent time to set an intention. To make a new beginning. To essentially reclaim anything concerning our own personal power or identity that we might have given away to anyone else….. Like: bladow! Gimme that back!! 

Full Moon:  During the full moon phase, the sun and the moon are at  the same degree in opposite signs.  For example: If the Sun in Sagittarius at 5 degrees and the Moon in Gemini at 5 degrees,  this is a full moon. Just as the symbolism of the physical entities indicates, our psyches also become more aware of polarities, or opposites. We’re naturally searching for a bridge to unite the divisions that occur inside of us.  We might even benefit from using our personal relationships as mirrors to become more aware of the positive or negative behavioral patterns which have become embedded in our way of being. It’s also important, no matter what we discover, that we’re able to exhibit objectivity and examine both sides of the equation. By instituting a balanced approach to all we encounter during this period, we’re then able to counteract the unsettling energies that come with the territory. Once again, where the full moon occurs in our individual chart will assist in the unfolding of the plot.

Eclipses:  The New and Full Moons are the times at which eclipses occur. Most of the time, we get two sets of solar and lunar eclipses per year. So… here’s the deal…. Eclipses are very unpredictable. Some Astrologers say: “the truth finally comes out!” While I would be reluctant to say if it’s really the “truth” or not, chances are, whatever we might be suppressing, or have moved into the furthest regions of our mind has a reasonable chance of re- surfacing during an eclipse.  The elders say :“you’ll deal with it until you’re done with it.” I would say that this adage is ultra- applicable during these times.  If we’ve been ignoring the tapping and soft knocks on the window of our psyche , the energy is ripe for broken glass.

Now… don’t get me wrong, this “broken glass” can also serve as a symbol for our freedomAn eclipse is a fruitful time for wiping our personal slates clean. Opening our eyes and ears REALLY wide in order to make a serious, and even ruthless assessment of whom and what we’ve allowed into our circle up until now: relationships, behaviorsactivities, jobsattitudes, goals and all else. At this time, we have a huge opportunity to retain, and improve upon what constructively serves us, and purge ourselves of what doesn’t.

So…. what does this all mean for US?

I agree with the approach to Astrology that says: WE happen to events, events don’t HAPPEN to us. Through our choices, we’re the ultimate assigners of meaning to our experiences. These cycles are merely symbols that serve as initiators for our future actions. In his book “Cycles of Becoming“, Alexander Ruperti  touched on this point:

“The way we act and the meaning we find in a particular experience during a given cycle represent the creative, individual element, the nature of the cycle and the cycle’s phase which corresponds to the experience enable one to understand better the significance of what one does and experiences at the time.”

These events mean what WE make them mean, via the clues that are supplied within our birth charts.

It doesn’t matter if E.T. emerged and touched any one of us with his illuminated index finger. If we have no context in which to apply significance or meaning to that experience, it is very unlikely that there will ever be any. At best, it will just be a bugged out story to share with friends over drinks.

Let’s always remember that while the planetary cycles may serve as the motorwe still serve as the keyWe must access our own inner power to turn that key, start our engines and establish a clear direction in which to travel.


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