Lunar Phases in Natal Chart
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- Lunar Phases: Overview
- Lunar Phases in the Natal Chart: Interpretations
Lunar Phases: Overview
The two most fundamental energies in our birth chart are the Sun and the Moon.
While the Sun is the most yang, projective, giving us our sense of individual
self and purpose, the Moon is the most yin, receptive, providing us with the
application of our purpose. The Sun is the light and life of our system. The
Moon being the closest heavenly body to us controls the rhythm of the sea and
all its creatures as well as the flow of blood in the human body. As the Moon
distributes the light of the Sun each night, we experience this partnership and
are able to understand their relationship in forming the personality of the
Each night a different amount of light is given off by the Moon according to its
changing relationship with the Sun. Within an approximate twenty-eight day cycle
the Moon will have passed through eight phases, each phase lasting about
forty-five degrees or three and a half days. These phases each have their own
unique characteristics which influence all life on the planet. The first phase
is the New Moon at which time no light is emanating from its surface. Beginning
at zero degrees it will have completed its cycle at three hundred and sixty
One way to describe these phases is to use the analogy of the plant.
At the New Moon the seed is in the ground preparing for germination. It is
implanted in a new beginning.
In the early degrees of the Crescent Phase, the sprout is drawn up from the
earth by the initial impulses of light. During the remaining stages of the
Crescent Phase the plant goes through a strengthening process, mobilizing its
energies against the elements of nature.
When the First Quarter comes about, the plant has passed the initial stages of
survival and is now sending down roots. By firmly anchoring its life force, the
plant is able to concentrate its energies in the growth of stems and leaves with
the tiny buds appearing by the beginning of the Gibbous Phase.
During the Gibbous Phase the plant is focusing on the reason for its existence.
By ridding itself of everything superfluous, the culmination of its entire past
from its beginning is brought to the moment of its achievement by coming into
The phase of the Full Moon is the completion. The work has been done and the
gardener can stand back and assess his efforts. As the Full Moon progresses
through its forty-five degrees the flower becomes the fruit.
The Disseminating phase is the harvest. The purpose of the plant is to now give
back to the earth, to those who brought it into being and to nurture others.
By the time the Third Quarter comes around, the harvest is over, the abundance
has been shared and what is left in the fields begins to decompose. The cycle is
beginning to end.
During the Balsamic Phase the seed capsule is buried underground. It is clear
that what was, no longer exists in its original form. This is the time of
transition. The light of the Moon has grown very dim and by the end of this
phase will have disappeared into darkness.
Lunar Phases: Descriptions
When we are born we come in under the influence of one of the Moon's phases.
The degree will pinpoint its intensity.
When a person is born under the influence of the New Moon it is thought that in
terms of reincarnation, this person has been born into the first incarnation of
an eight fold sequence. This person possesses a quality of spontaneity, thus,
planning ahead is not always met with success. They view life as a grand
adventure with unlimited possibilities. Living in the moment, the past is not
important to them. Being born when the Moon sheds no light, they have come to
learn to respond instinctually and to act on intuition. They are able to
navigate without maps and arrive at their destination with time to spare. They
are often criticized for being overly self involved, but there is a need for
them to learn about who they are and to project it into the world.
Keywords: Initial urge; Instinct; Projection
A key word for the Crescent Phase is breakthrough. It is a time when what was
begun during the New Moon is carried forward. It is a time of struggle because
it often has to wrestle with the ghosts of the past which were in effect before
the new cycle began. This new identity needs to overcome old standards,
attitudes and structures in order to become fully functional as a whole and free
individual. People born during a Crescent Moon often find themselves emotionally
tied to the past. They may be drawn to habitual behaviors, wanting to stay
within their comfort zones, feeling the need for security. They can be
vulnerable to emotional blackmail, falling victim to those who want to "keep
them the way they are", not supportive of their growth. Crescent Moon types may
find it difficult to leave home until well into adulthood. It is imperative that
they establish their life force in independence. It is important for them to
understand that the first step is the hardest, but that once it is taken new
opportunities will open up. Their final challenge is to take those opportunities
and act on them.
Keywords: Activation; Striving; Future
The First Quarter Moon can be referred to as "crisis in action". It is a time in
which the challenge is to manage the energy which is released by crisis and then
to restructure it into its new form. People born during this phase are able to
rise to the occasion of any emergency. They are able to make split second
decisions and act on them. They have the ability to tear down old structures and
to recreate new ones. They are the pioneers, the trail blazers, the hero and the
heroine. It is important not to unconsciously create havoc in their lives just
for the sake of excitement even though the crazier it gets, the better they get.
It is likely they will create conflict in the lives of those entrenched in the
status quo. You may find them working in emergency rooms and driving ambulances.
Keywords: Clearing; Action; Building
Those born during the Gibbous Phase have an innate desire for perfection. Having
sharp, analytical minds, they have a need to understand. Looking at a subject
from all angles, they experience sheer joy when delving into the core of the
matter. Bringing things to the essence of their being, the truth will be
revealed. They live their lives in anxious expectation augmented by the breath
of the coming revelation. Children born at this time will not be happy with the
answers, they will want to know why and how the answer came about. Gibbous Moon
people make good apprentices as their goal is to learn all they can and become
as good as they can get.
Keywords: Perfecting; Analysis; Interpret
The Full Moon brings about the completion of all the hard work that came before
it. It is the time in which the structure having attained perfection experiences
the urge to become infused with meaning and purpose, the breath of life. It is
time when all that was instinctual becomes deliberate action, all that was felt
before will now be made visible. The ideals are to be realized, brought forth
into the world for all to have. It is the debut. People born under the Full Moon
are idealists. They may spend a lot of time searching for belief systems that
they can relate to. Relationships are important to them and they need to be
fully conscious of the effects their words and actions have on others. It is
hard for them to find the ideal relationship in this material world and they
will often turn to religion or an ideal cause. In looking for the right
relationship, one needs to proceed through the clarity of the light of
consciousness and not get caught up in the emotional bog of sheer desire.
Keywords: Perfection; Completion Conscious; Illumination
The Disseminating Phase of the Moon is the second phase of conscious operation.
That which came into completion at the Full Moon is ready to be distributed now.
People born during this phase are natural communicators. They are what they
believe and their purpose is to spread it to the world. They share and
communicate information acquired from their own experience. They are the
teachers and philosophers. If they have no message to share they can become
despondent. It is their lesson to realize that they are not responsible as to
whether the message is received or not. It is not the role of everyone else to
act on what they say, but it is the role of the person born in the Disseminating
Phase to say it. They make good publicists and reporters as long as they believe
in what they are saying.
Keywords: Imparting; Convey Awareness
The key word for the Last Quarter is readjustment. It is the hardest to identify
as many of its characteristics are hidden. As the First Quarter experiences
"crisis in action", the Third Quarter experiences "crisis in consciousness". Old
systems and values are becoming useless. It is hard for people born at this time
to relate to life in the here and now. They often appear to be living in a world
of their own, when in actuality they are going through an internal process of
reorientation. They will present to the world an acceptable face as they are
quietly developing on the inside. At the point when their own internal self has
been completed, a brand new, fully developed person emerges. This butterfly is
quite different from the caterpillar it had been, and is quite the surprise to
those who thought they "knew" them. These people need the time and space to find
themselves. If pressured to conform, they may revolt causing others to regard
them as uncooperative and rebellious. As children, they require a lot of "alone"
time and may need more rest than others as they process much in their sleep and
in meditative states.
Keywords: Readjustment; Correcting; Disillusionment; Elimination
The Balsamic Phase is the last phase of the Moon's cycle. This is the time of
adjustment from one cycle to another. It is the bridge between the past and the
future. People born at this time are finishing an eight phase cycle of
lifetimes. Therefore, this lifetime is a very karmic one. There is a pattern of
very intense, all-consuming although short term relationships with people from
the past including other lifetimes. These karmic ties are in need of resolution
before continuing on into the next new cycle. These people often have pronounced
psychic abilities. They are the visionaries seeing years ahead of their times.
As children they often feel apart from their peers; they are loners. Balsamic
Moon people are able to take the true meaning of a situation, distill it into
its wisdom essence and plant it into the awareness of others. They are the
gurus. Their job is the transmission of essential knowledge which will germinate
at the next level during the next Lunation Cycle.
Keywords: Incubation; Preparation; Closure; Surrender
Lunar Phase at Birth
NEW MOON NATAL PHASE 0 deg - 45 deg
If you were born into the New Moon Phase of the Lunar Cycle...
You have been born to project yourself into humanity. Because you respond to
life more instinctually, you are one who truly lives in the moment, the past
having little to do with the decisions you make today. Your intuitive abilities
will give you more direction as opposed to conscious, rational reasoning.
Because you need total spontaneity, planning ahead is not your best method of
operation and may meet with obstacles. Working best without pre-thinking or an
elaborate, organized approach, you can totally plunge into new experiences as
long as you have the freedom to explore. You may become confused in complex
situations where a specific technique or action is expected of you.
Because you were born when there was no light emanating from the Moon, your
lesson is to learn your identity, who you are, and how to project it into the
world. You may feel that you need to make your mark somewhere this lifetime.
Magnetic and shining with personality, many actors and actresses are New Moon
people working to project themselves into the spotlight as a career, having the
ability to act on impulse and meeting the challenge of the moment. Self
centeredness is a necessity for self development. Although the New Moon person
needs a certain amount of attention, as the actor needs the audience to project
to, the danger that might occur is that this projection is merely the ego
bringing itself into view by casting a shadow over everything or everyone else
around it. This can cause the alienation of others. It is important to remember
your associations are more than the drama or symbology in which that person is
involved. In a more refined approach, this projection can take the form of a
purpose, or goal, an involvement that is more far reaching than the personal
CRESCENT NATAL PHASE, 45 deg - 90 deg
If you were born during the Crescent Moon Phase of the Lunar Cycle...
Having passed through the darkness of the new Moon, a sliver of light has
just begun to illuminate the path as the Moon embarks on it's new cycle.
Your greatest challenge is to become independent of belief systems and concepts
that are part of the past. This is necessary in order to fully realize selfhood
and individuality. Be aware of comfortable ruts and habitual behavior. They
represent the chains of the past. As you break free, opportunities will open up
to you. The first is the hardest. It may feel as though you are going against
the grain. In many ways you are. As you take the initiative to make changes you
may find a lot of resistance in those who are used to relating to you in a
certain way. They may feel threatened by your breaking from the status quo. By
asserting your will and determination you will foster belief in yourself and
develop creative new vision.
FIRST QUARTER NATAL PHASE 90 deg - 135 deg
If you were born during the First Quarter Phase of the Lunar Cycle...
This is the third phase of Instinctive Action. Action is the essence of this
phase, whether it is to clear the way for the idea to manifest, or to bring the
essence of the idea into actualized being. You are the one that can always be
expected to do the unexpected. Able to arise to the occasion, your innate
impulsivity and creative ability thrive in situations that require,
simultaneously, quick thinking and action.
You may feel your life is characterized by crises that you either find yourself
in, or that become crises by the way you handle situations. Constant mental
and/or physical movement is a natural state for you to be in as it is necessary
in your instinctual approach to tearing down the old to make way for the new.
This energy can be applied to the physical world as well as to ideas and
concepts i.e. antiquated ways of doing things. Getting the old out of the way is
more important to you than the actual building of the new. You know that
progress cannot continue by living in or holding onto the past. Because you push
in order to keep things moving, you may invite crisis. You can handle it.
Survival is something you learn early on. Managerial skills come naturally to
you, because you handle crisis so well moment to moment, you can be trusted to
manage the new into existence even if there is barely a vague outline of what
the new actually is. Your lesson is to manage energy which has been released by
crisis and then restructure it into new form in order to get on with business.
GIBBOUS NATAL PHASE 135 deg - 180 deg
If you were born during the Gibbous Moon Phase of the Lunar Cycle...
The Gibbous Phase is a transitional Phase, with the first three phases before it
operating at a more instinctual, projective and experiential approach. During
the Gibbous Phase, one is growing from instinctual, spontaneous movement, to
conscious, deliberate action. This is why "Analysis" and "Growth" are key words
describing this phase.
You have a continual urge to make your life something of "value". Your constant
analysis of how you are growing, where you are going and what you are doing
helps you to create meaning in your life promoting a sense of purpose, thus,
value. Self growth is important for the purpose of having an efficient operating
system with which to be able to contribute to something of a more universal
nature. Self revelation is one of the results of your constant questioning and
evaluation of your own growth.
As a personality, analyzing yourself helps to define yourself. This allows the
perfecting and refining of techniques for projecting your identity into the
When you went into the "why" stage of childhood you felt right at home and
decided to stay there. You are likely to stand out in any group as you will need
to question and understand the structure of any operation you are a part of.
Functioning efficiently is of great importance to you, perfecting what has been
created. By understanding the structure of how something works, you are able to
identify its working elements and can then implement them into new working
patterns, promoting growth for yourself and for others. This is how you perform
best. Once you have decided on some plan or course of action, it is hard for you
to understand why everyone else doesn't do the same.
FULL MOON NATAL PHASE 180 deg - 225 deg
If you were born during the Full Moon Phase of the Lunar Cycle...
It is possible that in the development of your personality there may have been a
pull between the mother and father functions in your life and that until you
came to a "conscious realization" of what you were projecting as an individual,
your identity could have been somewhat unstable. It is apparent in your
direct and concise manner of speech that you communicate clearly and openly with
others. Your interest in astrology goes deeper than most people and this shows
your need for meaning in your life.
"Anything in the Full Moon phase implies an inherent instability in that
function UNTIL the person integrates the opposing pulls of the "parts" of his
personality that make up that total function. He may be torn between two ways of
handling things in that part of himself. This happens so that he can come to
SOME NEW AWARENESS. The phase also implies that the function is, of itself,
perfected as a function. It merely needs a purpose, a meaning, a CONTENT,
outside of itself, that the ILLUMINATION the opposing pulls can bring could
provide. Instability is the result of NOT integrating two polar forces. When one
DOES integrate opposites he has reached a culmination of perfecting
complimentary forces, ability to operate for a common goal".
DISSEMINATING NATAL PHASE, 225 deg - 270 deg
If you were born during the Disseminating Phase of the Lunar Cycle...
You are a person who will leave a lasting mental impression on those you make
contact with. Spreading ideas and information will be successful for you as long
as you think before you act. Being born in the second stage of "conscious
operation" you possess an innate objectivity with an ability to keep your eye on
the big picture. It is easy for you to bypass your own ego when communicating
with others so that the true essence behind the subject is able to come through.
You may have a tendency to get caught up in causes. You may also tend to feel
responsible to those you are attempting to enlighten. Remember , you can lead a
horse to water, be careful you don't end up drinking it for them also. Once you
have given the message, let go and know that you have planted the seed and
passed the torch. It is now up to the receiver to take the responsibility for
the gift of knowledge that has been imparted to them.
LAST QUARTER NATAL PHASE 270 deg - 315 deg
If you were born during the Third, or the Last Quarter Phase of the Lunar
Just as it sounds, this is a time of endings, when the energy of the Moon is
winding down towards the Balsamic Phase. This Phase has been characterized as a
"crisis in consciousness." As the First Quarter Phase is described as a "crisis
in action," the external organization of energy, creating a strong foundation to
build upon, the "crisis in consciousness" is an internalized re-organization of
It is a time of turning away from what has been, reflecting feelings of
discontent towards those passions characteristic of the times you found it hard
to relate to the status quo as a child. Perhaps you found yourself responding to
the enthusiasm of the status quo with a not enthusiastic "this is it?" attitude.
Always standing a little apart from your peers, you had your own internal
processes at work guiding and directing you in life. You may have needed a lot
of alone time. Perhaps you needed more rest as a child. Your way of processing
is through the unconscious state. Naps as a child would have helped you sort
life out, and meditation as an adult will give you the internal clarity needed
to separate from the day to day hectic-ness so prevalent in the physical world.
You can be a master of the game, wearing the appropriate mask of participation.
But what others may see isn't necessarily what they get. All the time, you are
undergoing ideological transformation. As the butterfly suddenly appears from
its chrysalis, you to will emerge entirely new, much to the amazement of all who
thought they new you quite well.
Dreams are a vehicle for understand your internal process. Keeping a dream
journal and reading your story as it unfolds can bring what is unconscious, to
the light of understanding.
BALSAMIC NATAL PHASE, 315 deg - 360 deg.
If you were born during the Lunar Cycle of the Balsamic Phase...
This is a very karmic lifetime in which you are meeting all those with which you
have unfinished business from the previous seven lifetimes before this one.
Therefore, you may encounter many brief, but intense relationships. There is a
need for completion, a sense of closure to occur concerning these individuals.
This can be confusing at times. It may be helpful to ask the question either to
the person or to yourself, "Is there anything I've ever needed to say, do or
give to you, let me do it now. If there is anything you've needed to say, do or
give to me let's not put it off any longer, let us complete it now." If you
cannot finish something in person, you need to ask in meditation to be released,
possibly to forgive or to be forgiven. Having a full past of prior lifetimes to
reflect upon, you are a born visionary, a natural psychic with a bridge to the
You realized at an early age that you were different and may have pretended to
be like everyone else to fend off alienation from peers. You may have been
described as an unusual child, and may have even been regarded as the black
sheep of the family. Others will recognize your special-ness. One of your unique
qualities is to be able to take the key meaning of all situations and distill it
into its wisdom essence. You can then transfer this awareness and consciousness
in others to live beyond this physical life. Your commitment is to the future.
By reckoning with the past, you can consciously make a break with it. You sense
that something larger than yourself can manifest through you if you make the
commitment to allow it to do so. For one to understand you at all one needs to
look at what is happening THROUGH you. The transmission of essential knowledge
is your purpose.
Interpretations from the excellent Kepler program.