Using New and Full Moons
Last week, we went through your new 1998 calendar or appointment
book and recorded all the 1998 lunations: New Moons, Full Moons,
and eclipses. I told you that in my appointment book, I draw the
New Moon as a circle filled in (representing a dark circle, like
the darkness at the New Moon) and a Full Moon as an empty circle
(the white interior looking like a Full Moon.)
The New Year started after a New Moon. So the first lunation in
1998 will be a Full Moon on January 12 (12:24 p.m.) at 22 Cancer
18. If there is any planet or personal point in your horoscope conjunct
or opposite this degree, then the two weeks following the Full Moon
will be of significance. The significance is usually in the nature
of the planet involved.
For example, the New Moon that will occur on January 28, 1998,
at 1:01 a.m. in the Eastern Time Zone and at 12:01 a.m. in the Central
Time Zone, will occur on January 27, 1998, at 11:01 p.m. in the
Mountain Time Zone and at 10:01 p.m. in the Pacific Time Zone. This
particular New Moon has the Sun and Moon at 8 degrees 6 minutes
of Aquarius. At the same degree, 8 Aquarius 40 minutes, will be
Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, shocking, unusual, unique,
and electrifying. This New Moon cannot be separated from the nature
of Uranus. If you have a planet conjunct or opposite 8 degrees Aquarius,
an event will occur in your life in the following four weeks that
will be in the nature of that planet combined with the nature of
If you can, erect a chart for the New Moon or Full Moon (even if
it is not in a degree that touches your chart) in the city where
you live. For those of you who have computers and astrology software,
the task is easy. I have given you the dates and times of the lunations.
You know which time zone to use for your city, and by now you know
the longitude and latitude to use.
Now look to see if the Midheaven or Ascendant of the chart touches
something in your personal chart. If the Midheaven or Ascendant
is conjunct or opposite something in your own chart, then the lunation
does have significance for you, or for other people in your environment.
The effect lasts until the next New Moon.
If the lunation itself does not touch a planet or personal point
in your own chart, and the chart drawn for your city does not touch
your own chart, then the ensuing weeks will go along with no particular
event of significance. This may be a blessing.
In the Thursday evening "chat" that I conduct here at
Astronet, I usually erect the New Moon or Full Moon for the major
cities of the United States so we can talk about them. Some of the
cities are not major, but cities where the participants live. It
is very interesting to see what these charts look like. I was curious
to see the January 28, 1998, New Moon chart because of the Uranus
conjunction. So I ran off the usual major cities, and then I concentrated
on a certain location.
I discovered that cities at a longitude of approximately 86 degrees
West, all have Uranus at the nadir of the chart with the Sun and
Moon. Who can say what the event will be? Who can tell what city
will be involved? Well, first I looked at a map of the United States,
and then I erected the charts for the following cities: Grand Rapids,
Michigan; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Muncie, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana;
Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama;
Birmingham, Alabama; Montgomery, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.
The most exact conjunctions of the Sun?Moon?Uranus to the nadir
occur in the charts of Nashville and Indianapolis. The effect of
the January 28 New Moon will last until the next New Moon on February
26, by which time we will have seen the Uranian effect.
In your personal horoscope, the house in which the New Moon occurs
indicates the area of your life that will be highlighted for the
coming month. The effect of the New Moon lasts until the next New
Moon, approximately four weeks. The effect of the Full Moon also
lasts until the next New Moon, approximately two weeks.
1998 is a year with five eclipses. We will discuss eclipses at