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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.  

The Moon Sign

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 12:10 AM

The Moon is represented in a natal chart by a glyph we are all familiar with:


the crescent moon.


Although in astrology the Moon can be referred to as a ‘planet’, it is also acknowledged by astrologers as one of the two “Lights”, the other being the Sun. This is another reason why both the Sun sign and the Moon sign are weighted so heavily when looking at a birth chart.


The Zodiac sign which holds the moon at your time of birth influences how you express your emotions, how you nurture yourself or how you look to be nurtured. It also has to do with family, roots, home, and mother. Again, approach any interpretation of your moon sign with an open mind to the powerful symbols the moon represents.


For example: someone with an Aries Moon will be pretty fiery in both their way of processing emotion as well as their way of nurturing themselves. Example, they may express emotions quickly and easily, or loud and explosively, but they keep moving and don’t hold grudges. Also, an Aries moon may require activity to process their emotions, like working out, a punching bag, or for some of the more Earthy, grounded Sun signs with an Aries moon, yoga may be more appropriate.


Cycles of emotions are necessary for healthy everyday functioning. The moon cycles through the entire zodiac once every 28 days. This means it returns to the spot where it was when you were born once a month. It hits every planet in your natal chart once a month. Any emotional baggage generated by any planets that are feeling the impact of your developing personality and growth are picked up by the moon through the month.


Quite often a generic interpretation of the Moon sign will say specific things about what your mother is like. This is misleading. Although the moon is representative of mother, it is not usually that specific. And logically speaking it’s ridiculous to assign personality of your mother to where the moon is in YOUR chart. Rather, it may be that you looked for ‘mothering’ in a certain way. In fact, it may be that your mother’s personality did not match where your moon sign is at all. Sometimes this creates conflict, sometimes it shows up in other ways that has nothing to do with the woman who gave birth to you!


For today’s practical activity, look up your Moon sign. There are plenty of sites that will give interpretations on what the moon in each sign can do.   After you have pinpointed your Moon sign, try to observe how you express emotions and what kind of things you do to help you FEEL better. If what you do to process emotions seems like it could use some help, try looking at your Moon sign for ideas.  This is one way to consciously use the astrological information for your own benefit.


The Rising Sign

Posted on December 6, 2015 at 11:35 PM

The Rising Sign, also known as the Ascendant, is usually located on the left hand side of a natal chart like the one below:

In this chart, the Rising sign would be Cancer. This point is also known as the Ascendant. It may be symbolized like this: As or Asc.


Your Rising Sign is basically the portion of the Zodiac that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. This is why professional astrologers will ask you for your time of birth along with date and place. Because the Earth rotates once per day, the Rising Sign changes every two hours.


When it comes to interpretation of personality, the Rising Sign also has a fascinating influence, but in a slightly different way than the Sun sign. The Rising Sign is more like your approach to life. I’m sure you have met people whose personality gives one impression, but the way that they choose to go about living seems in conflict or at least to be slightly different than their way of being. This CAN be a function of the differences between Rising Sign and Sun Sign. Personality, the way you ‘shine’, is Sun Sign. Approach to life, ‘your way of being’, is Rising Sign.


The popularity of Sun Sign to identify with is a very recent phenomenon in ‘popular’ astrology. Before astrology fell out of favor, it was common for people to know what sign they were ‘born under’. This was actually the Rising Sign.


If you were not born at sunrise, then your Rising Sign is most likely different from your Sun Sign. Finding out your Rising Sign can lead to great insight into your own approach to life.


If you are curious about finding out the various planetary signs for your own birth information, you can check out free online programs such as For more in-depth questions and insight, please contact me for an introductory appointment.


More Than the Sun

Posted on December 6, 2015 at 1:55 AM

Have you read your horoscope today?

How accurate was it?

Not very? Not surprising.

The horoscope is a generic reading for the placement of one heavenly body in the sky, the Sun, for every person born during a certain period of time. We are all familiar with the speed of the Sun through the path it makes in our sky. (It takes the Earth one year to orbit around the Sun… making it about 30 days for the Sun to go through each 30 degree segment named after a constellation in the zodiac.)

This is the glyph that appears in a natal chart to represent the Sun. It’s easy to remember because the Sun is at the center of our solar system.

The Sun is powerful. It gives heat and light that support life on the 3rd planet in orbit. But it’s not the whole solar system.

Any beings looking at our solar system from other locations in the universe will see our star first, Sol.

So it is with our Sun sign. The sign itself influences how the ‘Sun’ of your personality shines. It’s how we show up when others look at us.

I don’t need to go through every single Zodiac sign – most of us have a basic idea of what the different Sun sign personalities are like – or at least we know their reputations.

However, to say that one person’s Sun sign description completely describes them is basically committing astrological profiling. It’s turning what is supposed to be a flexible guiding archetype into a literal, categorical stereotype.

There is more to a person than their Sun sign. Specifically, there are 9 other ‘planets’ to include in an astrological chart profile. [This includes Moon sign, and the sign where Pluto resides, because even though neither of them are considered ‘planets’ scientifically, they are ‘sky-wanderers’ in the astrological interpretation tradition.]

I hope over the next few days that you will follow me as we use those same Zodiac understandings for other parts of our being besides personality. Symbolism is a powerful part of interpretation in astrology. If you have the ability to think in images, to interpret symbols liberally, then approach any interpretation of any planet in any sign with an open mind to the powerful symbols the planet and the sign represent.

After the Sun sign, it’s best to investigate your Rising Sign and your Moon Sign. These are the next two strongest points in a natal chart.

From there we will look into the signs containing Mercury, Venus and Mars; then, Jupiter and Saturn; finally, the outer planets (discovered during the contemporary age of astrology) Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

I hope you will join me.



Posted on March 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Do you have a number of close friends/family members/key people in your life with birthdays at around the same time? 


It could be that there is a point / planet in your astrological chart with which they connect.  The sun is close to the same degree in the sky for those with similar birthdays.  It's possible that this point is a connection in your chart ant that the 'light' that they shine in your life is attempting to show you something important about who you are.


Synastry is the name given to comparing two natal charts to each other in order to look at the many complexities in any relationship between two people.  Although merely looking at someone's sun-sign is a simplistic comparison given that they are so much more, it's a great place to start for the beginner.   Typically people want to look at dynamics with their significant other, however, this activity provides benefits for parent and child, siblings, coworkers, neighbors and any other relationship that you may wish to strengthen or understand.


I can help you understand the complexities of your own chart - before delving into how you may be interacting with others in your life. 

Astrology Orientation

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 12:05 AM

A few principles to keep in mind when viewing an astrological chart or reading or consulting with an astrologer:

The planets are like gauges. Their unique placements in your natal chart are indicators of certain energy patterns that are present in your life force.

Because the planets are archetypal representations of your energy, they do NOT determine your life for you. You make choices every day on how you interact with every circumstance and energy. The planets are only indicators of what types of energy you may encounter and how your method of handling them may work or not.

The subject of the birth chart is best able to tell the story of their chart whether they understand the symbolism of the planets or not. Any astrologer who gets dogmatic about specific interpretations is not open to all that the universe can say through its variety of energy. Specifically they are not open to what YOU have to say about how that energy is working through you.

A computer CAN generate chart placements and generic interpretations for the majority of people. However, for any details or discrepancies, consult with a trusted astrologer.

Also, a few warnings about common pitfalls most people fall into when using astrology:  WARNING: and this may be redundant but it can’t be stated often enough… do NOT treat a reading as if it was a horoscope. You have the capability to make your own choices no matter what kind of circumstances are coming. You navigate the energy – do not let it dictate to you.

Also, beware of the tendency to seize on one negative or even several negative statements – that is actually an indicator of a fear you have. Navigate it by acknowledging the fear as well as the presence of that energy in your life without passing judgment on it (if you can). It’s been my experience that if something in a reading resonates with my fear I can often end up keeping that one thing in my focus and miss all the strengths and tools that the reading has offered to help me through the challenge.


Finally, An OFFER:

I would be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding your chart, your interpretation report, or the implications of either.  Contact me to inquire about scheduling a reading.