Moon Shine 2018

Each month the Moon makes a complete circuit of the zodiac, spending about 2 ½ days passing through each of the twelve astrological signs.  Tracking the Moon’s movement and phases – especially new and full Moons - can provide helpful timing information. 

  • When the Moon is new, it is in the same sign as the Sun.  It is not visible in the night sky, but it’s a great time to begin something that’s associated with the sign it is moving through.
  • When the Moon becomes a full, juicy orb, it is in the sign opposite the Sun. Something can come to completion that was started about six month ago when the Moon was new in the sign it is now moving through.

Eclipses are special new and full Moons.  They are created by the relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth, and generally come in pairs, approximately two weeks apart. Although some consider eclipses to be “bad,” I, along with many others, believe that to be an outdated view that may have arisen from the shadows that are cast by the planets involved in the eclipses.  Instead, I see them as moments of opportunity and insight, because they are always associated with the new and full Moons:

  • A Solar Eclipse is a “special” kind of new Moon.  The Sun and Moon are travelling close together, and the Moon blocks the light of the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth.  Solar eclipses are heightened times for new beginnings, and the results of the seeds planted under a solar eclipse can take several months to manifest.
  • A Lunar Eclipse is a “special” kind of full Moon.  It happens when the Sun and Moon are opposite each other, and the Earth comes between them, casting a shadow on the Moon.  Lunar eclipses are heightened times for things to come to completion, and have a strong effect on the emotions and unconscious, asking us to examine what we are really feeling.  It’s a time when we can let go of old business and clear the decks for new undertakings. 

New and full Moons, and especially eclipses, are most fully understood when you know exactly where, by sign and house, they are falling in your own unique birth chart, but knowing the signs they are occurring in is important in itself. 

A Blue Moon occurs when there are two Full Moons in a single month. 

Knowing when the Moon is Void (i.e. Void of Course) can be very helpful when making decisions or plans.  As mentioned above, the Moon changes signs approximately every 2 ½ days.  Between the time it leaves one sign and enters another, there is a period of varying length when the Moon is not making contact with any other planet.  That is, it is moving through the sky flying solo.  During this period, the Moon is called void.  Astrological wisdom advises that you should not try to initiate or finalize anything important during the time when the Moon is void because it won’t turn out as expected.  Many websites offer listing of the Void Moons.  Since I cannot guarantee the accuracy or currency of anyone’s site other than my own, I won’t offer a link to any of them, but here are dates/times of some void moon periods (all EASTERN TIME) from the resource I use, Llewelyn’s Astrological Planner.  You can use these to compare with the information you find out on the web, and determine whether or not to use that resource:

2/1/18 – Moon goes void (V/C) at 5:59 AM (ET) and enters the sign of Virgo at 2:13 PM (ET)

6/13/18 – Moon V/C at 3:43 PM (EDT) and enters the sign of Cancer at 3:20 AM (EDT) on 6/14/18

-->IMPORTANT:  Time zones matter when it comes to Void Moons.  If Pacific Time is listed in your reference, ADD 3 hours to get Eastern Time.   

 

The chart that follows lists the New and Full Moons, including eclipses, for 2018.  Click on the sign alongside the date to get some insight into the kinds of experiences and activities that are associated with each lunar event. Note that in 2018 TWO Blue Moons occur: in January and in March.

ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN (DAYLIGHT).

MOON SHINE 2018

New Moons

Sign

Full Moons

Sign

 

 

January 1, 2018
9:24 PM

Cancer

January 16, 2018
9:17 PM

Capricorn

January 31
**Lunar Eclipse**
8:27 AM

**11° Leo**

February 15 **Partial**
**Solar Eclipse**
4:05 PM

**27° Aquarius**

March 1
7:51 PM

 

Virgo

March 17
9:12 AM

Pisces

March 31
8:37 PM

Libra

April 15
9:57 PM

Aries

 

April 29
8:58 PM

Scorpio

May 15
7:48 AM

Taurus

May 29
10:20 AM

Sagittarius

June 13
3:43 PM

Gemini

June 28
12:53 AM

Capricorn

July 12
**Partial** **Solar Eclipse**
10:48 PM

**20° Cancer**

July 27
**Lunar Eclipse**
4:20 PM

**4° Aquarius**

August 11
**Partial** **Solar Eclipse**
5:57 AM

**18° Leo**

August 26
7:56 AM

Pisces

September 9
2:01 PM

Virgo

September 24
10:52 PM

Aries

October 8
11:47 PM

Libra

October 24
12:45 PM

Taurus

November 7
11:02 AM

Scorpio

November 23
12:39 AM

Gemini

December 7
2:20 AM

Sagittarius

December 22
12:48 PM

Cancer

 

SIGNS AND SUGGESTIONS

Aries

Start something new.  Make something happen.  Get moving towards your goals.

Taurus

Plant a garden, even if it’s only a few clay pots in a sunny window.  Get a massage.  Go on a vacation.  Smell the roses.  Save some money.

Gemini

Read a book – or start writing one!  Sign up for a workshop or a new course.  Plan a weekend getaway with your sibling(s).

Cancer

Cook up some comfort food.  Rearrange the kitchen. Start a diet. 

Leo

Have a party.  Start a creative project.  Try out for a part in a community theatre play.  Celebrate something.

Virgo

Spruce up your work area.  Get a new job.  Adopt a pet.  Start an exercise program.  Do someone a favor.  Give service.

Libra

Paint a room.  Hang a picture.  Settle a dispute.  Make a commitment – even to marriage!

Scorpio

Solve a mystery.  Heal a problem or situation.  Make an investment.  Take a romantic partnership to a new level.

Sagittarius

Book a faraway trip.  Enroll in college.  Get some necessary legal matter underway.

Capricorn

Identify a goal and go for it! Take the lead. Climb a mountain, real or metaphorical.  Build a strong foundation.

Aquarius

Get involved with a group.  Do something to make the world a better place.  Hope a big hope – dream a big dream for your future.

Pisces

Start a meditation or yoga practice, or go on a retreat.  Get involved in a new creative project, especially if it’s non-digital photography.  Call that therapist you’ve been meaning to contact.

 

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