The Moon was full yesterday. It is in the fixed earth sign Taurus at 20° which is in opposition to the Sun, at 20° in fixed water sign Scorpio. This pretty much means that the moon is 180° away from the sun. It happens two weeks after the new Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in the exact same spot. When the Moon is back in the new phase, it marks the new month, or a new Sun sign. The full Moon marks the halfway point of the cycle.
The sky is measured like a full circle and the 12 signs measure 30° each around the full 360° of a circle. It’s kind of like a clock. Each hour is measured by a zodiac sign. The Sun goes through each section like the hour-hand. So, the Moon’s orbit would be like the minute-hand. It travels through the full circle a lot faster.
In a recent post, I mention that astrology starts with the sign Aries. So, imagine Aries is at 9 o’clock. Each hour represents its own Sun sign. The minute hand represents where the Moon is at. As the Moon completes an orbit around the 12 signs, a month passes by and the Sun slowly moves to the next segment of the sky. The zodiac signs run counter clockwise because that is how the planets orbit. So, in two weeks, when the Sun and Moon meet again, it will be the new Moon in Sagittarius. The Moon will spend a couple days in each segment, while the Sun slowly shifts from Scorpio into Sagittarius.
In another post, I was talking about what the planets represent. They each govern a different characteristic. The Moon represents emotion. This is why we talk about the full Moon in relation to how we feel. An opposition angle, which is 180°, means that things are heightened and more intense. There’s some friction there. But, when there’s 0° (a conjunction) between the Sun and Moon (the new Moon), this means things are just beginning and have a better flow. It’s a helpful degree. All the planets form different degrees between each other at different points. Learning the Moon phases based off of the aspects (angles) is a great place to start to understand that new layer of meaning.
0° Conjunction Harmony
60° Sextile Support
90° Square Restriction
120° Trine Opportunity
180° Opposition Tension
New: Goals, Beginnings, Rest
Waxing Crescent: Intentions, Ground Work
First Quarter: Challenges, Decisions, Hard Work
Waxing Gibbous: Adjustments, Changes
Full: Benefits, Opportunities, Engagement
Waning Gibbous: Gratitude, Abundance, Sharing
Last Quarter: Letting Go, Forgiveness, Release
Waning Crescent: Reflect, Reset
It’s all a basic cycle. We go through the different phases with different emotions, intentions and reactions. There are so many details in astrology but there’s still a repetitive cycle to the system. There are layers to the different experiences. In recent posts, I’ve talked about knowing what the planets represent. They are associated with a specific sign, too. The signs have different elements and modalities that give more insight to their function. The orbits create different angles between these planets. It’s always shifting. There’s always something new to learn or pay attention to.
When you hear about which signs are compatible for you, it really just means they’re from the same element and are at a 120°, a Trine aspect. But this is just about the Sun sign. Each planet was in a specific sign when you were born and they each represent specific things. So, you can look into the Venus (value/love planet) aspects between yourself and others. You can also look at the Mercury aspect to read into how your communication styles relate. The Moon aspects would tell us about the interaction of emotions between two people. Here are the compatible signs, which basically means that they’re Trine to each other, they are of the same element, and this can be applied to any planetary aspect beyond your Sun sign: