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Aspects: Full Moon

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 11:55 PM

Phases of the Moon part 5

Full Moon = Opposition


When two planets are 180 degrees away from each other, the aspect is called an opposition. In the case of the Moon opposing the Sun, we see a full moon.


The symbol for an opposition looks like this:

Obviously it clearly shows the two planets facing off across the Zodiac with a line drawn between them.


When the Moon is 180 degrees from the Sun, it is receiving the full light of the Sun and reflecting it back to Earth.  Here, we see its full face, the Full Moon.  As symbolized on a calendar:


When the Moon is opposite the Sun on a natal chart, it looks like this:

Notice in other chart examples I have had the degree AND minutes match exactly.  In this chart I have shown that the aspect of opposition is still considered in effect even when the minutes (and even degrees) are not exact.


As another example of an opposition, please see the chart below:

Here is an example of an opposition that commonly occurred from 1952 through 1989 as Chiron and Uranus traveled around the Sun in their orbits directly across from each other.


Because we think of 'opposition' as a competitive faceoff word, it is often viewed as a negative aspect.  Again, the symbolic meaning of the planets, the energies they represent, and the way that the individual represented by the chart (the native) works with the energy lend a lot of influence on how the opposition works.  Some oppositions are definitely a 'push you-pull back' struggle between two planets.  Then again, many oppositions have more of a mirroring effect where the energies work together to improve each other as they reflect back and forth what they see and how to improve.  


Perhaps the differences between how oppositions can work could be seen in thinking of it as either a tidal effect or a reflecting effect.  The Full Moon effects the tides in a pull-push type of way.  But when it comes to light reflection, the Full Moon reflects back to the Earth the light of the Sun, bringing light to what would normally be hidden in the dark.

 

Aspects: Gibbous Moon

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 11:40 PM

Phases of the Moon part 4


Gibbous Moon = Trine


Only two more phases of the moon left to illustrate two more of the major aspects used by astrologers, Gibbous and Full.

(Reminder: An aspect is a word astrologers use when two planets are within a certain number of degrees of each other. We’ll use the familiar phenomenon of the moon passing through its phases to illustrate the aspects that astrologers study between all of the planets.)

 


When two planets are 120 degrees from each other, the aspect is called a trine.  The symbol for trine is again a familiar symbol:



In the case of the Moon trine the Sun, we have what is called a Gibbous Moon.  The Gibbous Moon looks like it is swelling but not yet full.  On a calendar the symbol for the gibbous moons look like this:



Here is a chart showing the gibbous moon trine the sun:

This is a waxing gibbous moon as it is moving closer towards the opposing point on the Zodiac from the Sun.



As another example of a Trine, please see the Moon Trine Pluto in the chart below:




In general, planets that are trine each other relate harmoniously.  Sometimes this means that they get a lot done.  Sometimes it can mean that they're too comfortable with each other to make anything happen.  There are strengths and weaknesses of all aspects.


 

Aspects: Half Moon

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Phases of the Moon  part 3


Half Moon = Square


In everyday life, we see the moon’s phases throughout a month.  We’ll use the familiar phenomenon of the moon passing through its phases to illustrate the aspects that astrologers study between all of the planets.


An aspect is a word astrologers use when two planets are within a certain number of degrees of each other. The aspect itself has it's own kind of symbol showing how many degrees are between the two planets. This connection between two planets within the circle of a chart helps show how the energies symbolized by the planets interact.


When two planets are 90 degrees from each other, the aspect is called a square. The symbol representing a square looks just as you might expect:




In the case of the Moon square the Sun, we see a half moon, also called either the first quarter moon or the last quarter moon.  On a calendar, it is represented like this:



Below is the quarter moon represented on a chart:


Notice that this particular Moon square the Sun is a FIRST quarter moon.  The Moon moving faster than the Sun is moving AWAY from the Sun through the path of the Zodiac.


As another example of a square, here is a chart showing Venus square Mars:


In medieval times planets squaring each other were considered bad omens.  


While planets 'squaring' off with each other can be a difficult merging of energies within an individual it also usually proves to be a very dynamic, if challenging, part of the personality.  Often, when a person has worked with the battling energies inside of them and come to an understanding of how to accomplish purposes at angles they have quite a bit of insight to offer in situations that follow the same pattern.


 

Aspects: Crescent Moon

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 12:25 AM

Phases of the Moon part 2


Crescent Moon = Sextile


An aspect is a word astrologers use when two planets are within a certain number of degrees of each other. The aspect itself has it's own kind of symbol showing how many degrees are between the two planets. This connection between two planets within the circle of a chart helps show how the energies symbolized by the planets interact.


When two planets are at 60 degrees from each other, they are said to be sextile.  The symbol for a sextile aspect looks like this:

 



When the Moon is sextile the Sun it appears to be a crescent.  In the sky it can look like the Cheshire cat's smile or a glowing fingernail!  On our calendars it is symbolized in one of two ways:



When the Moon is sextile the Sun in a natal chart it appears like this:


 Notice the glyphs for Sun and Moon as well as the line connecting them with the sextile glyph along the line to clarify how the two points are aspected.



As another example, here is a chart containing Jupiter sextile to Saturn:

Here, Jupiter is at 21 degrees Libra which is 60 degrees (Sextile) away from Saturn at 21 degrees Sagittarius.

 


A sextile is considered a more harmonious aspect as well as a slightly weaker one.  The way the planets work together will both be distinct from each other, but they will also have occasion to move towards their purposes in mutually beneficial ways.

 

 

 

Phases of the Moon: Aspects for Beginners

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 12:55 AM

An aspect is a word astrologers use when two planets are within a certain number of degrees of each other.  The aspect itself has it's own kind of symbol showing how many degrees are between the two planets.  This connection between two planets within the circle of a chart helps show how the energies symbolized by the planets interact.


Two planets close together are said to be in conjunction.  The symbol for a conjunction looks like this: 



At New Moon, the Moon conjuncts the Sun.  In the sky, we see no moon.  On our calendars, the symbol looks like this: 



On an astrological chart, the Moon conjuncting the Sun looks like this:


NOTE: This new moon is located on the Descendant - it occurs right at sunset.



A second example of a conjunction represented on a chart:


 

NOTE: Here the Sun and Mercury are shown to be at the same degree in Capricorn.



A conjunction of two planets is fascinating to watch if possible and can be just as fascinating to interpret.  Some planets energies mix better than others.  The closer the planets are together in the chart the more 'jostling' will happen.  The identity and symbolism of the one planet will interact and mix with the other planet very strongly. 



A conjunction is what is known as 0 degrees between planets.  However, planets are still considered conjunct when they are within up to 8 degrees of each other.