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Ceridwen
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posted April 14, 2013 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astrology traditionally is a system of symbolism and analogies AND derives meanings from observation, especially of the solar and lunar cycles.
Now I know that other systems have been developed, but I just wanted to share this perspective.

There are eight Moon phases:
New Moon
Waxing crescent
First quarter
Waxing gibbuous
Full

Waning gibbuous
Third quarter
Waning crescent
(new)

These eight moonphases relate to the aspects of:
Conjunction
00 (New Moon)

Semisquare
45 (waxing and waning crescent)

Square
90 (waxing and waning quarter)

Sesisquare
135 (waxing and waning gibbuous)


These aspects mark the beginning of each Moon phase.
Each Moonphase also relates to a solar festival.

00 degree Aries is the beginning of the zodiac, the point of reference in astrological tradition (in Babylonian astrology the axis of reference was the opposition between the fixed stars Antares and Aldebaran, which were on 15 Scorpio and Taurus respectively at that time).
This is definitely true for Western astrology and especially the Northern hemisphere. I am not sure how Australians handle it.


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posted April 14, 2013 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 00 Aries relate to the Spring equinox (and since 00 Aries is the exact reference point of the zodiac through the seasons, it is related to the aspect of conjunction, and therefore the New Moon).

00 Libra relate to the Autumn equinox (aspect of opposition, and full Moon, always in reference to 00 Aries)

00 Cancer relates to the Summer solstice (a waxing square or quarter Moon is symbolic of this)

00 Capricorn relates to the winter solstice (a waning square or third quarter Moon)


These are the four main markposts within the year; they are also so important, because on the soltices and equinoxes, the Sun changes direction in the declinations, thus these four points represent turning points throughout the year.

There are four other solar festivals, and they mark the midpoint between these four main festivals.
These relate to the aspects of semisquare and sesisquare, or crescent and gibbuous Moon.

As I said these aspects, which we usually consider dynamic aspects, coincide with the BEGINNING of each phase of the Moon, indicating an influx of incoming energy, but in the case of the semisquare and sesisquare they are not turning points.

However all the dynamic aspects are guaranteed to call for attention, to make people look up, indicate a peak in energy (or stations on the way to the final peak).

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posted April 14, 2013 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The harmonious aspects, sextile and trine, and also the slightly uncomfortable semisextile and quincunx, do not relate to any of these turning points during the year. There are also no festivals held at the moment of these aspects perfecting (always the relation of the way of the Sun in reference to the Aries point).


However they are located in between the way from one phase to another. I believe that they represent the smooth phases in between, those phases where you can take a deep breath, relax and just enjoy the smooth flow. However they are so fluid, that they will not call to attention; they will just be there, and comfortable and flowing. They will promote harmony, but they will not make anything happen. (unless they are part of a pattern of at least three planets closing a circuit with each other and I am talking tight orbs here).

However they are areas of release.


The big release aspects are:
Sextile: 60 and 300
between New Moon and first quarter Moon; third quarter and New Moon.

Trine: 120 and 240
between first quarter Moon and Full Moon, and Fullmon and third quarter Moon

So, the four Turning point aspects of conjunction, opposition, and square (waxin and waning), have four Release point aspectsin the form of Sextile and Trine (there are always 2 of these).


In the case of the minor energy peak aspects (two semisquares, two sesisquare), we find the equivalent of the minor aspects quincunx and semisextile
(the relation of harmonious to dynamic does not seem to be as present here, as it was in the major aspcts).


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posted April 14, 2013 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To summarize the relationship between moonphases, solar festivals and phasal relationships of aspects:

waxing cycle:
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New Moon: Spring equinox
conjunction 00

Semisextile 30


Crescent Moon: Beltane semisquare 45
Sextile 60


First quarter Moon:Midsummer square 90
Trine 120

Gibbuous Moon Lammas
sesisquare 135
Quincunx 150


Full Moon:Autumn equinox
opposition 180

Waning cycle
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Full Moon:Autumn equinox
opposition 180

Quincunx 210


Gibbuous Moon Samhain (Halloween) sesisquare 225
Trine 240


Third Quarter Moon Yule/ Winter Solstice square 270
Sextile 300

(de)crescent Moon: Imbolc semisquare 315
Semisextile 330

New Moon Spring Equinox
conjunction 360/ 00

Since these are entirely related to the relationship between Sun, Moon and Earth, I suppose that if there is a fullmoon or New moon happening on the dates of the solar festivals, the influx of energy might be more prominent than on years when such does not happen.

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posted April 05, 2014 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LeeLoo2014     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bumping this thread, because I like it a lot. Thanks, Ceri

So the four intermediary solar festivals would be at:

15 Taurus
15 Scorpio
15 Leo
15 Aquarius?

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posted April 05, 2014 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, sort of, but actually they are rather aligned with the declinational equivalent. They might end up on 12 Scorpio for instance, but the declination will be always 15 N or S.

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posted September 26, 2014 02:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
got reminded of that

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Ceridwen
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posted May 04, 2015 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ceridwen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So `ve JUST entered a new phase in my progressed Sun-Moon-cycle.

In fact Ive entered the fullmoon-phase, exactly on 10:50 a.m. this morning, leaving the last phase which had started in january 2012, and this fullmoon-phase which is now just at the beginning will last until 9th july at 11:32 p.m. when the next phase is going to start.

I wonder if the chart for the beginning of such a phase, will be significant for the unfolding of the phase itself. If so, well my personal fullmoon takes place from 7 Leo - Aquarius. (which is funny enough exactly trine/ sextile my ASC).

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posted May 04, 2015 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astra7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ceridwen:
So `ve JUST entered a new phase in my progressed Sun-Moon-cycle.

In fact Ive entered the fullmoon-phase, exactly on 10:50 a.m. this morning, leaving the last phase which had started in january 2012, and this fullmoon-phase which is now just at the beginning will last until 9th july at 11:32 p.m. when the next phase is going to start.

I wonder if the chart for the beginning of such a phase, will be significant for the unfolding of the phase itself. If so, well my personal fullmoon takes place from 7 Leo - Aquarius. (which is funny enough exactly trine/ sextile my ASC).



Kate Middleton's birthday is 9th July.

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posted May 04, 2015 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lalalinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you mean January, astra7

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