Moon Cycles

Moon Cycles

Much has been written about the Moon and its cycles and it is the greater focus of a calendar we produce each year and it is also the focus of certain aspects in predictive work. This is somewhat different than the more popular Sun Sign forecasts. In ancient times, the Moon’s cycles were followed long before the Sun’s cycles were followed, primarily because it was a visible anchor for the ancients who lived, planted and hunted by the Moon. Even today, many investors and farmers still follow the Moon’s cycles since it shifts about every 2.5 days and moves, quite dependably, from a New Moon (when the Moon looks black) to the Full Moon in full light. There are two weeks from the New Moon to Full Moon, which is called the ‘waxing’ cycle and then two weeks from Full Moon to New Moon (waning), where it dies on the vine (lunar humor!).

Depending on circumstances, of course, it is a good practice to begin ventures, even marriages from New to Full Moons, since this is the growing cycle of the Moon. Over the course of approximately 27.32 days, the full cycle ebbs and flows along with the tides. From Full to New Moon, as we see the light diminishing, this is a great time to finish things, clear desks, go through files, and even start diets, thereby ‘shrinking’ our environments so we can be ready to go when the New Moon cycle re-appears and the monthly growing cycle begins again.

In our Starcycles Calendar which we’ve published since 1995, we feature Void of Course Moon cycles with a very graphic black-out bar. The Void of Course Moon is important and doesn’t suggest stopping all activities, of course, but, instead, suggests a more universal, stop, wait, and see what happens moment. These may last for either a few minutes or for an entire day as you will see in any astro calendar! We mark the last aspect moment the Moon has with another planet with either a (+) sign or a (-) sign. An aspect is a geometric conversation (an angular distance) with another planet and whether it was amiable or discordant is indicated by the plus or minus symbols.

I find that when planning a meeting during a Void that it’s best to clarify, edit, or clean-up a matter that needs culling. Starting a brand new idea or business during one of these might be too early to tell but this opportunity provides for an explorative session. Planning an event to begin on a Void Moon is not a good idea. Neither is signing an agreement or a contract, because more often than not, something was overlooked (not always intentionally) — it just didn’t come to ‘light’ until after the Moon is back on course, indicated by the ending of the black-out bar (all of which are set for Pacific Time) in our calendar.

The Void

An interesting perspective comes from Eastern cultures regarding the Void, which is somewhat different than the astrological perspective. In the five hundred year old Samurai manual, A Book of Five Rings, written by Miyamoto Musashi and sometimes used in M.B.A. programs, he writes about the Void. The upshot of those few pages is that the Void is where all the magic happens — the idea of incubation before inspiration — and, this is a positive and alternative view of the Void of Course Moon.

We have marked the New, First Quarter, Full and Last Quarter Moons with their times (Pacific time) and the signs of the Tropical Zodiac where they are seen. We include a grid explaining these quarterly cycles and provide a breakdown for each Moon’s meanings — for those of you familiar, you can use these as a tool. For those unfamiliar with them, you can always find weekly micro-forecasts and podcasts that compliment them.

The Moon and the Eclipses

One of the most predictable cycles is the 18.6 year nodal cycle which runs with the eclipses. Every 19 years, we often have precisely the same eclipse on precisely the same date! These repeating cycles blast open the same areas of your life every 18 to 19 years.

Since their tone is evolutionary, when they return, they push you forward onto a new path that sequences the pattern of the last cycle, affording opportunities to confront and change outworn patterns. The patterns for 2010 are almost exact to some of the patterns in 1991, particularly the January 15, July 11, and December 21, 2010 Eclipses. All hit on those same days in 1991 and at the same intensity and the same signs, degrees and minutes!!

This suggests that those situations, thoughts, conditions left unresolved in 1991 and 1992 present new opportunities for resolution. Like DNA, whose strands are similar to rungs in a spiral ladder, evolution can occur in personal as well as professional lives if one is willing to open to new options.

The astronomers define an eclipse as “a temporary loss of light so that we see a shadow”, which explains the often ‘dark’ feeling we experience when eclipses hit our charts. Often the few days and sometimes the entire month before many feel a psychological darkness and exhaustion. Doors are about to close, but in the ‘shadow’ one is unable to see as clearly as they might see in the months ahead.

Often those insights appear at 87 to 90 day periods after the eclipses [marked in our calendars by fireworks]. These periods of peripheral vision provide insight and clarity not found during the eclipse. Human beings don’t make changes unless really uncomfortable, and eclipses create discomfort ultimately forcing decision making and action.

Watch for those ninety days (90) after the eclipses, which reveal the ‘rest of the story’. They are in late March, mid April, late September, and mid October 2010.

The larger economic and world trends are also reflected in this 18.6 year cycle. Some of the cycles that follow this trend are the interest rates, real estate activity, fashion cycles, and even popular colors, particularly for automobiles. The eclipses run with two points called the North and South Nodes. These two points are also referred to as the Dragon’s Head (North) and the Dragon’s Tail (South). Where the ‘head’ travels through your chart for 1.5 years is where you get a chance to eat the Sun — i.e. take uncomfortable risks that you normally don’t. The area of your chart through which the ‘tail’ travels is where you are asked to let go so that you move forward in your life.

In 2010, the eclipses are in Capricorn and Cancer. The last one of the year starts a new series in Gemini, but the main thread in 2010 is that of conservation and prudence. The North Node runs through the sign of Capricorn suggesting it is time to take risks regardless of one’s fears. Trepidation can be your friend if you partner it with careful analysis and assessment. The ‘colors’ often associated with Capricorn are in the dark hues — the grays, blacks, navy and steel gray tones. Those will be the colors seen prominently from fashion magazines to home improvement magazines. Did anyone even realize that there are hundreds of different tones of just the color black?? Black was a color found very prominently in fashion between about 1984 and 1995. It never went away, but there was a period where bright and clear colors emerged after that. In the last year or two, black is returning and we see it everywhere. This is the influence of Pluto in the sign of Capricorn accompanied by the North Node.

This could be a time in which money is made by those who think strategically. Ask yourself where are the opportunities? Since the South Node will be traveling through the sign of Cancer, which is the sign that rules housing, homes, families and their properties, the letting go of certain organizations or families of their long held properties, both tangible and intangible, offer opportunity for prudent money managers or people needing to begin their lives, but are on strict budgets. If people are patient, work hard, and budget, much can come from nothing.

Capricorn energies (everyone has this somewhere in their chart — you don’t have to be born one) are about doing a lot with very little. It is the sign of ‘minimalism’. This is why businesses with a ‘recycled’ or ‘consignment’ or ‘vintage’ slant will do well. In addition, thinking outside the box regarding what else can be consigned that isn’t clothing or computer hardware and finding a niche for it can bring magical opportunities. Plus it is fun and gives something back without wasting anything.

The talent of finding several uses for one thing is a commodity you can use or sell. Redesigning that favorite skirt by shortening the hem or adding trim, or, taking a favorite shirt whose color has faded and dying it gives it an entirely new life to something. The same goes for someone’s furniture junk, which with a few brushstrokes and a little sanding can create the ideal piece of furniture. Combining old favorites with only one or two new pieces in the season’s classic colors of not only dark hues, but dark plums, dark greens, and chestnuts lend themselves well to the high end and classic quality indicative of Capricorn. Capricorn is also the sign of dark brews such as dark beers, coffee and tea as well as concrete, stone, brick, construction, recycled materials and buying better and spending less.

2010 is the year of the deal. Governor Schwarzenegger of California recently okayed selling off approximately 1/3 of the automobile fleet owned by California because it is excess inventory. If you can’t use a car, then maybe you can resell the parts?? In addition, the State of California has issued all kinds of IOUs as tax refunds for people. Many are buying them from their owners at a 15% discount giving their owners their refund with a slight discount and providing far sighted investors a 15% profit when they are paid. Where can one get 15% interest in today’s market?

Bernard Baruch, a famous American financier, who lived in the early part of the 20th Century, would sit on the park bench across from the White House lawn, where many politicos including presidents would confer with him on ‘what to do’ regarding the economy. When asked the secret of his success, his response was, “I buy my straw hats in the winter!” And, that, my friends, says it all.