"What the new Moon promises, the full Moon delivers."
--a saying  

What this blog is about...

This blog--Coming of Age in the Aquarian--has evolved into monthly reports of the new Moon/full Moon cycle for the upcoming month. These reports are usually published at the time of the current new Moon.

The reason why we follow the Moon's phases in mundane astrology, which discusses events and influences of groups and nations, is that the Moon denotes

the common people, women generally, crowds, and all matters of a common or public nature. The position of the Moon in a mundane chart will show where the public's attention falls (Skyscript, Ingresses).

In charts for which we have no birthtime or place of birth, we can only talk in a general way about how planets, lights, and asteroids may affect us.

Something little discussed is how the new Moon, being conjunct the Sun, is overwhelmed by it. While the occurrence of the new Moon is a concentration of energy, it is also a time when the male, fiery essence of the sun prevails. Thus, in nature, the Moon appears dark. The Moon comes into her own at full, when she brightly reflects the light of the Sun and stands opposite it. At this time the consciousness of the common people--or the crowd, if you prefer--becomes aware of the forces at hand. Of course in the interval between new and full Moons the cosmic players have moved and taken up new positions. What may have looked one way at the new Moon may look different at the full. Another way to view this is--the conditions described by the new Moon evolve into the conditions described at the full.

Charts are published with the monthly post and they're in the form of PDF files for you to download. There are two charts each for the new and full moons and two charts that show the relationship between the new or full moon to the U.S.'s natal chart. To see why I use the U.S. chart that has Scorpio rising, take a look at this article at Neptune Cafe.

Every three months calendars with astrological information are published, also for download.

My intent in posting these reports is to make tools for learning astrology available. There is a little interpretation of the charts included and references to interesting articles that relate to the current cycle or aspects of it.

2017 Last Moon Cycle

image: chart showing this cycle's new Moon

This cycle begins on December 18th with the Sun and new Moon in Sagittarius; and comes to fruition on January 2nd, 2018 with the full Moon in Cancer and the Sun in Capricorn.

It seems my numbering system for cycles has failed with this one numbered 13. Astrology's yearly cycles are 12 in number and are based on the Sun moving "through" the constellations in relation to the Earth (tropical astrology); but the Moon's synodic cycle "takes 29–30 days. The moon completes its orbit around the earth in 27.3 days (the sidereal month), but due to the Earth's motion around the sun it has not finished a full (synodic) cycle until it reaches the point in its orbit where the sun is in the same position ." (Wikipedia)

So there can be 12-and-a-half to nearly 13 cycles in a year. There are many ways to look at the Moon's long and short cycles, so take a look at the Wikipedia article on Lunar Month for more information.

Something not dealt with in this blog previously are the synodic cycles of all the planets. Often they are used in natal astrology when relating a planet to its starting position in the zodiac; but they can also be discussed in terms of one planet to another, such as Venus to Mars. For a good discussion of synodic cycles, check out Synodic Astrology: Synodic Cycles and Planetary Retrogrades at the Lunar Planner.

On the 21st of December the Sun crosses 0° Capricorn, commonly called the Winter Solstice, also known as the Winter Ingress by astrologers. This signals the promise of longer days for those of us above the Equator. Astrologers are divided on whether this marker or the one at 0° Aries (Spring Equinox) signifies the beginning of a new astrological year. In her blog, Diary of a Mundane Astrologer, Raye Robertson presents some interesting points on the Winter Ingress. A chart for the Winter Ingress is available.

Two U.S natal charts are again being considered--one with Scorpio rising and one with Sagittarius rising (new Moon and full Moon are linked here). In the natal chart with Scorpio rising the Sun is positioned in the 9th house, ruled by Jupiter; Sagittarius rising places the Sun in the 7th house, ruled by Venus. Both placements include the Moon as ruler because the Sun is in Cancer. In the Sagittarian chart the Moon's placement is in the 3rd house, conjunct the cusp; in the chart with Scorpio rising the Moon is in the 4th house, her home.

Currently, Uranus, Ceres, and Mercury are retrograde. Mercury will turn direct in Sagittarius on December 23rd and Uranus will turn direct in Aries on January 3rd. Ceres will remain retrograde until mid-March.

At the new Moon there is a large stellium in Scorpio, containing Mercury, Venus, Moon, Sun, and Saturn. At the full there is another stellium, this time in Capricorn; it contains Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto. Common to both stelliums are the Sun, Saturn, and Venus.