Have you ever been curious about the moon and the phases it goes through every 29.5 days? Or wondered why you feel great at certain times in the month and not so great on others? It may have more to do with the moon than you think! Do you feel more emotional at new moons and high on energy at full moons?
While this is a very in depth topic that I could go on and on about ... I am going to break it down as simply as possible and show you how I track the moon in relation to my feelings and life.
Like I said, the moon makes a complete cycle around the earth in 29.5 days, and astrologically it moves from one sign to the next roughly every 2.5 days. So throughout the month's cycle, it is only in each astrological sign one time. With each of these changes into different astrological signs, AND factoring in the phase of the moon, the energy you feel may be different.
In general, when the moon is in Aries, we may feel more like starting new projects and have lots of energy and drive to go after what we want. Compare that to when the moon is in Scorpio, and we may be feeling moody, broody, and digging up all our wounds.
Now, everyone has different signs that make up their astrological chart, so while I may feel great when the moon is in Gemini, you may feel like a basketcase :) That's why moon charting is so fun... and it can help you have greater insight into yourself and your personal rhythm.
Above is an example of how I do it. In my planner, every week I write on each day what sign the moon is going to be in and what phase it is. (In the image above I hadn't yet written the phases, but you can see on Saturday the 5th it was a 3rd quarter moon going into waning crescent.) I also write down any other astrological happenings that I know of if I feel like they are important, for instance you could write the start and end dates of Mercury Retrograde. You don't have to do this if you are not that into astrology though, or it feels too complicated at first.
Next, at the end of the day, I write down how I felt that day, how my energy was, anything important that may have happened, and then if I have any interesting dreams that night I will write them in the next morning. If you tend to or want to be wordy, you could do this in a journal, but I like the calendar format and I just write a few keywords. Then, voila! After a month you can go back and see what correlations there were, and even better after a few months you can check out if there were any patterns in how you felt when the moon was in Taurus, or Leo, etc.
The other thing to pay attention to, that I mentioned above, is to look back at how you felt on the full and new moons.
So, how do you know what phase the moon is in??? Easy! I have a few apps on my phone that tell me (they even remind me when a New or Full moon is coming!), and I consult them when writing out my planner. Deluxe Moon is my favorite simple one, and Time Passages is amazing if you want more details and want to compare the phases to your own birth chart. Here are samples from right now in the Time Passages app...
Once you get the hang of it and want to get even more into moon phases, you can look into what is best to do at different moon phases. Maybe you've heard that the new moon is a great time to start new things, where the full moon is a good time to assess where you're at and let things that aren't working for you. I will be writing more on this topic, as well as rituals you can do at different times of the month, so let me know if you are interested and what you want to learn more about!!
I hope you enjoyed this, and Happy Moon Charting!