The moon has a long history in the realm of astrological prediction, and its role in the ever changing fates of human beings is a powerful one. Techniques involving the New Moon and Full Moon are ubiquitous. However, a little later on I will show you one of the sneakiest, secret astrological forecasting techniques that not only works but is simple to figure out. (If you can’t wait, scroll down to the next heading!) What’s more you don’t even need to know much (if any) astrology. For now, though, let’s start at the beginning with the so-called Lunation Cycle, from the New Moon to the Full Moon and back again (though it commonly refers to the specific times of the new and full moons each month). This is when the moon is conjunct the sun by degree and minute; and when it is opposite. My good friend, astrologer Bob Makransky tells us that:
‘The lunations are the points in time when the solar principle of decision can be brought to bear upon the lunar principle of memory. They are the epochs when we can most easily make a conscious decision to shake off stodgy habits and ways of feeling, and reach out to grasp a little joy. Although the times of New Moon and Full Moons are significant for all beings on the earth, they have a particular importance for those people who have planets in their natal horoscopes located within a degree of conjunction or opposition to the point of the lunation.
In this analysis it doesn’t make that much difference whether the lunation is a new moon or a full moon, nor whether it contacts a natal planet by conjunction or opposition. In a general sort of way, new moons symbolize new beginnings, whereas full moons symbolize a coming to completion or fruition. Similarly, oppositions may have more of a flavor of apparent conflict or estrangement to be overcome than do conjunctions. These effects, however, are not usually that important. Nor does it matter that much whether the lunation happens to be an eclipse (eclipses are generally more important in mundane astrology than in natal astrology).’
So, the time of the New Moon is suited to taking action, but if it occurs with an eclipse then watch out. For one, we had a total solar eclipse in early July this year (2019) when the new Moon had reached 10º 38′ Cancer. Astrologers don’t always agree on the time-range of an eclipse’s influence – some look to at least six months for the period following, as it leaves its cosmic wake behind. But a solar eclipse always invokes the unexpected, and can be fairly summarised as a major period of instability. In fact they often coincide with sudden explosions, freak weather or natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes. For example, after the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21st, 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck on Aug. 25–30th, followed by Hurricane Irma, (Sept. 6–10th), followed by an earthquake in Mexico and Hurricane Maria (Sept. 19th). Previous solar eclipses coincided with earthquakes in Nepal, April 25th, 2015 (eclipse – March 20th); in Turkey, Aug. 17th, 1999 and later in Athens on Sept. 7th, (eclipse – Aug. 11th). Finally there was Afghanistan on Feb. 4th, 1998 (eclipse – 26th Feb.).
However, the eclipse can also be applied to a personal birth chart, like a transit. Again, astrologers concur that a new moon symbolises a new beginning. If it’s an eclipse time it’s also quite intense and can be a phase of stress and uncertainty, even bringing formerly hidden issues to light, ones you hadn’t considered. Look to the degree where a New Moon and solar eclipse is occurring on your chart, to planets or angles within 2 degrees of this zodiacal point, or the squares and oppositions. Then ask yourself if there aren’t unresolved issues here, plans with some ‘missing factor’ from the arrangement, meaning you can’t yet move forward. This instability is a major stress point – don’t expect things to go according to plan, and allow that decisions made close to the eclipse may go awry. But if it takes you into uncertain territory or inconveniently shakes things up, if you become wiser after the event, then that can be a good thing.
The late great Donna Cunningham wrote about the lunation cycle in her excellent and comprehensive book, Moon Signs (Ballantine, 1988) along with delineations for every moon sign position. I cannot recommend it highly enough. One thing she doesn’t mention is what follows …
Your Personal New Moon – Changing Your Luck With Lunar Highs And Lows
As I said, there is a sneakier and simpler way of looking at the moon when making personal astrological predictions. Think of it roughly as a kind of New Moon and Full Moon set up, but one which applies especially to your sun sign. It’s like being on the road when the sign ahead says either ‘go’ or ‘stop’ and it works like this: for the two and a half days when the moon moves into your sun sign, you’re having your ‘peak’ days of the month; when it moves into your opposite sign, these are troughs, or low points. Hence, the shorthand ‘Lunar High’ or ‘Lunar Low’. If you have an ephemeris – and they’re easy to obtain online for free – you can check on these personal Lunar High/Low days. If you want to obtain a free Swiss Ephemeris for your personal use, click here. (They can be downloaded in individual or multiple year formats.) Nor do you need worry about working out your opposite sign:
Aries is opposite to Libra
Taurus is opposite to Scorpio
Gemini is opposite to Sagittarius
Cancer is opposite to Capricorn
Leo is opposite to Aquarius
Virgo is opposite to Pisces
What The Lunar Highs Do
What happens on a peak day, or in a ‘High’ period is obviously good for you. It isn’t necessarily lucky, but it does have overall beneficial results. Energies tend to be more plentiful and you are in the ‘flow’ of things, as the Taoists might say. If you’re a fan of Eckhart Tolle and following his mindfulness teachings, it is easier to be in The Now and enjoying the Presence on a Lunar High day. This naturally leads to improved performance at work, relationships are more harmonious and your focus is good. Vitality – depending on your overall state of physical health – should obviously be up and you can get more meaningful things done at these times. Magicians and spell-workers should be putting out their healing energies into the Universe on a lunar peak day. Creative people will get more inspiration, as the muse is strong. And who knows what will happen when you buy that scratch card or lottery ticket?
All in all, a Lunar High is an excellent time for getting what you want, whatever that means to you. Whether it is trying to persuade the boss to give you a raise, or win over hard to deal with human beings. You could even have what appears to be appalling luck on these days – but wait; what transpires later may just prove to be a blessing in disguise!
What The Lunar Lows Do
During a lunar low period you are apt to find that what happens is not exactly in your best interest. Impediments arise in unexplainable ways and you’ll soon see that your powers are limited, somehow. Maybe it’s because of the depletion in energy – you are likely to run out of steam quicker than at other times. Any influence over others may be minimal and there is little else to do but go with the flow, if you can. Suspending certain plans is a wise move – they may run into difficulty. This is the time in the month to get a complete rest from striving – take it easy, chill out, meditate, get spiritually recharged! Helping other people out with their dreams and schemes or problems is not a bad idea, though! It’s a time to be more charitable and show some empathy.
Check out the Astro-Tarot Oracle now on my website for this month, listing all of your Lunar Highs and Lunar Lows and other predictive material. Plan ahead to be doing something important on the Highs; stay out of trouble and rest on the Lows. You know it makes sense!