Lunar Illuminations

Lunar Illuminations

The two most fundamental energies in our birth chart are the Sun and the Moon. The Sun is the most yang, projective, giving us our sense of individual self and purpose.  The Moon is the most yin, receptive, providing us with the application of our purpose.  The Sun is the light and life of our system. The Moon being the closest heavenly body to us controls the rhythm of the sea and all its creatures as well as the flow of blood in the human body. As the Moon distributes the light of the Sun each night, we experience this partnership.  This relationship is intrinsic in forming the personality of the human being.

Each night a different amount of light is given off by the Moon according to its changing relationship with the Sun. Within an approximate twenty-eight day cycle the Moon will have passed through eight phases, each phase lasting about forty-five degrees or three and a half days. These phases each have their own unique characteristics which influence all life on the planet.  When we are born we come in under the influence of one of the Moon’s phases.  Knowledge of our lunar birth phase is helpful for our continuing conscious self-knowledge.


A key word for the New Moon Phase is instinct. Being born when the Moon sheds no light, the person possesses a quality of spontaneity.  One has come to act on intuition.


A key word for the Crescent Phase is breakthrough. The new identity needs to overcome old standards, attitudes and structures in order to become fully functional as a whole and free individual. It is a time when what was begun during the New Moon is carried forward.


The First Quarter Moon can be referred to as “crisis in action”. It is a time in which the challenge is to manage the energy which is released by crisis and then to restructure it into its new form. People born during this phase are the pioneers, the trail blazers, the hero and the heroine.


Key words for the Gibbeous Moon Phase are analysis and interpretation. Those born during the Gibbous Phase have an innate desire for perfection. Having sharp, analytical minds, they have a need to understand.


People born under the Full Moon are idealists.  Born after the completion of all the hard work that came before it, they experience the urge for life to become infused with meaning and purpose.


People born during this phase are natural communicators. They are what they believe and their purpose is to spread it to the world.


The key word for the Last Quarter is readjustment. People born under this phase experiences “crisis in consciousness”. Old systems and values are becoming useless. They are going through an internal process of reorientation.


The Balsamic Phase is the last phase of the Moon’s cycle. This is the time of adjustment from one cycle to another. It is the bridge between the past and the future. People born at this time are finishing an eight phase cycle of lifetimes. Therefore, this lifetime is a very karmic one.

Contact Stephanie to learn about your personal Lunar Phase and its Cosmic Patterns interpretation.