The phase of the moon under which you were born reveals your basic personality and karmic mission. The relationship between the sun and moon forms the basis of how astrology works. But because it’s so obvious, it’s sometimes overlooked. Once you understand the lunar cycle, you will understand just like any other planetary cycle.
I have already discussed the seasonal cycle of the sun in my article “How does astrology work”. The sun-moon cycle is very similar. We all know the basics, right? The new moon and first quarter are increasing and the full moon and last quarter are decreasing.
Perhaps we also know our sun / moon aspects, for example the sun in conjunction with the moon (new moon) or the sun square to the moon (quarter moon). But are they increasing or decreasing? Where does the solar trine moon fit into the cycle? This post examines the different phases of the moon and how they coincide with the meaning of the aspects.
What phase of the moon Was I born under?
Astro Style has this practical moon phase calculator.
How to find your moon phase birthday type Once you find your moon phase degree on the calculator, check the list below to find your moon phase type. Check your natal chart on the chart maker to see if your sun is related to the moon. There are eight classic moon phase types, but I’ve added the aspects that bring the total to a very nice twelve! I have included the aspects below in Dane Rudhyar’s scheme.
The eight lunation types according to Dane Rudhyar
- NEW MOON TYPE 0 ° – 45 °
- Sun conjunction Moon 0º
- HALF MOON TYPE 45 ° – 90 °
- Growing sun sextile moon 60º
- TYPE IN THE FIRST QUARTER 90 ° – 135 °
- Growing sun square moon 90º
- Growing Sun Trine Moon 120º
- GIBBOUS MOON TYPE 135 ° – 180 °
- Rising Sun Quincunx Moon 150º
- FULL MOON TYPE 180 ° – 225 °
- Growing sun conjunct the moon at 180º
- Waning sun conjunct the moon over 180º
- Waning Sun Quincunx Moon 210º
- WIDEN MOON TYPE 225 ° – 270 °
- Waning Sun Trine Moon 240º
- LAST QUARTER TYPE 270 ° – 315 °
- Waning sun square moon 270º
- Waning sun sextile moon 300º
- BALSAMIC MOON TYPE 315 ° – 360 °
- Sun conjunct the moon at 360º
Birthday meaning moon phase In astrology
New moon type ~ sun in conjunction with moon
Seed germinates deep in the ground. Intuition is the guide.
“A highly subjective, emotional and impulsive approach to life .. a tendency to be emotionally confused .. projecting your feelings onto people and situations.” 
New moon souls come out of the darkness. The soul breaks through its metaphorical eggshell. However, new moon babies sometimes still feel like they are in the dark lap of the moon and the bright planet Earth blinds them. You blink your eyes a lot; You can’t quite believe they are here! New moon babies aren’t always brand new souls, but they definitely start a new cycle.
These souls are still working on their instincts and venturing into adventures without a second thought. You are impulsive, passionate and try new things with great enthusiasm. New Moon Babes also have a childish charm that makes them quite naive at times. They trust everyone, which means they are often ripped off by more devious guys.
No matter what life throws at them, new moon types will recover very quickly because they are not world-tired like some other phases and therefore have a lot of energy. They can often appear at a distance. But do you have a heart; they are still getting used to having a physical form. Some of them can fail very quickly at the worst possible time.
New moon people need to spend time grounding in the natural world more than any other. They often long for nature and feel a close, instinctive connection with moon animals like rabbits, deer, and owls. Everything you can find in a magical forest!
Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Ray Davies, Ashton Kutcher, Queen of England Victoria, Hugo Junkers, Lucky Luciano, David Coulthard, Heinrich Hoffmann, Maurice Ravel, Florence Nightingale, Angela Davis, Lorraine Kelly.
Crescent Moon Type ~ Sun Sextile Moon (Growing)
Seed breaks out its shell and sends out shoots
“Determined self-assertion, active belief, … to pave the way for the fulfillment of new goals … a feeling of frustration and struggle against too great adversity.” 
Cresent Moon Folk are the teenagers the moon types. They grow knowing that to move forward, they need to let go of the past. The crescent phase is young energy. They are excited as they soar high in the sky with their new wings. However, there are still moments when they realize how far they are from their nest, which makes them anxious.
In this incarnation, life is about overcoming fears and insecurities and building confidence, just like a teenager. Unlike the fearless new moon brat, the crescents are beginning to realize that the world can be a dangerous place during this cycle. At the same time, they are eager to please so that they can still be manipulated emotionally.
One problem with the Cresent moon types is that they feel haunted by the past and their fear of the unknown. Although it is an experimental phase, the subject can fall back on past bad habits and addictions. As the crescent moon grows, their talents thrive as they have the fresh new energy of the waxing moon combined with maturity. These people will be inventors and artistic innovators who are often way ahead of their time.
Galilei Galileo, Robert F. Kennedy, Matt Dillon, Joe Pesci, Montgomery Clift, Bette Davis, Sandie Shaw, Britney Spears, Willie Nelson, Bob Geldof, Gina Lollobrigida, Venus Williams, George Eliot, Maria Montessori, Indira Gándhí, Nicolas Sarkozy, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
First Quarter Type ~ Sun Square Moon (Increase)
A seed becomes a plant. It constructs its root system and builds structure.
“Your typical personal characteristics are: strong will and organizational skills, the instinctive rebellion of the man of action against a binding or inadequate social-ideological tradition, the ability to make decisions – sometimes ruthless; Self-increase in the thrill of activity and overcoming difficulties, negative, a feeling of defeat. ” 
Moon types in the first quarter are young adults who have now reached the stage where they encounter figures of authority. Unlike the fleeting teenage years, putting down roots takes precedence. During this increasing phase of growth, the native is impatient to build his personal empire and establish himself in the world.
During this time, they inevitably come into conflict with the competition. This life is one of the foundations that usually comes with hard work. In the square aspect, the battles are reflected, which embody the energy of the waxing quarter moon very well. It is still an arduous struggle as they break away from home comforts and take care of themselves in society.
You will encounter challenging obstacles in this incarnation and may encounter some of your ancient enemies from previous lives. In this karmic cycle, the first quarter moon person may find himself in crisis after crisis until he learns to control his knee-jerk defenses. Your pioneering energy is best used to clear overgrowth and boulders to make way for new structures.
Waxing Sun Square Moon develops great stamina and strength in this incarnation, and you can hardly wait to play these new muscles. Their impatience and tendency to dominate can upset others. Once people get over their initial reluctance in the first quarter, they’re keen to start new businesses and break new ground. Woe to anyone who stands in their way; They’re like steamrollers once they get going.
George W. Bush, Marquis de Sade, Germaine Greer, Michael Douglas, Lloyd Bridges, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Charles Baudelaire, Marie Besnard.
Pre-Gibbus-Type ~ Sun Trine Moon (Increase)
Light increases to encourage the plant to bud.
You can see a marked difference to the list of natives with the square to the trine. I would say that the luck of the wax trigon is definitely at play here. The moon is approaching full bloating during the waxing quarter / gibbus phase and is potentially pregnant. The luminosity of the moon increases along with the consciousness of the soul.
The native is now aware that it is actually an individual. She has overcome a number of obstacles and mastered one crisis after another with grace. So this trine represents a karmic reward. At this stage of the plant, the root system is complete and supportive; now the buds are starting to swell. The soul feels like it is on the verge of enlightenment!
All the domed moon has to do now is be patient and wait for the flower to bloom. The gibbous phase is one of perfecting and refinement. Technically, the trine aspect is closer to the end of the waxing quarter phase than the gibbous. But I call this waxing / gibbous because it falls halfway through the two.
Marie Curie, Boris Johnson, Grace Kelly, Winona Ryder, Olivia Hussey, Patricia Arquette, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Kline, Liza Minnelli, LeAnn Rimes, Joan Jett, Eros Ramazzotti, Bobby Womack, Wayne Gretzky, Joseph Campbell, Charubel, Deborah Houlding, Cyril Fagan, Gustav Holst.
Gibbous Moon Type ~ Sun Quincunx Moon (Increase)
Buds on the plant are about to bloom.
“The desire to improve oneself and others, to evaluate things and people .. to bring a social trend to an end; Devotion to a personality .. Longing for more light. “
Gibbous moon is defined by the energy of the quinkunx. I have devoted an entire post to the quincunx aspect because I find it so fascinating. If you have a Sun Quincunx Moon, you also have the possibility that this aspect forms a very significant yod. (Especially when the moon falls on the top). The quincunx is said to be the adaptive aspect; some say karmic adjustment (again usually with the yod.)
The pinching and refining energy goes so well with the gibbous phases, but there is also a risk of boredom and dissatisfaction. Gibbous people are often tested to see if they have the persistence to pull off projects. They have reached the point in their development where the climax is in sight, but they still shouldn’t let go of the reins.
Complacency can set in, and if you take your eyes off the ball, it can get out of hand very quickly in this life cycle. There is one more mission to complete. Natives who have the quincunx have a built-in thorn in their side that never allows them to fully rest on their laurels. You will always be kept on your toes. The quincunx is conflicting energy and will keep you busy. So close and yet so far, but always interesting.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Hurt, Meat Loaf, Joan Cusack, W. O. Bentley, Chelsea Clinton, Max Factor, Kim Kardashian, Michael Bolton, Michelle Phillips, Marc Almond, Barbara Dickson.
Pre-full moon type ~ sun opposition moon (growing)
The first petals the plant begin to unfold.
The opposition moon, the Growing Sun, has an energy similar to that of the quincunx; only this is more about relationships. Oppositions always ask you to consider the “other”. At this point, the bright moon is considered happier in planetary magic because the moon is still waxing. But it’s not a full moon either. Here we are at the peak and climb to the top of the mountain.
Growing full moon people have come to the point in their journey where they will discover their karmic mission. Usually this occurs after the age of 50 when they suddenly have that “aha moment”. If they spend the rest of their lives in service to others, they will typically draw happiness and abundance into their lives by midlife.
The full moon phase is generally the point of maximum individualization, as the sun and moon are as far apart as they ever will be. Usually people with this placement are very sure of their identity and don’t care what others think of them.
Donald Trump, Luciano Pavarotti, Demi Moore, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gloria Vanderbilt, Max Weber, Lynda Hill.
Full moon type ~ sun opposite moon (waning)
Top light. The flowering of the plant (or the collapse.)
“The ability to concretize ideals, receive enlightenment, fulfill the past; negative, separated from reality and split against itself. ” 
The actual full moon (as with the increasing conjunction) is also about relationships and achieving the highest solar identity. The ego is now fully developed. The fading energy is a little less energetic and “happy”, but it should be much more mature in dealing with relationships. The challenge for these people is to integrate the polar opposites of their nature.
Full moon natives will be very attracted to their opposite sign. Men will be fascinated by women who embody the energy of their moon sign. The females they lure might have a stellium in the male’s moon sign or cause that sign to ascend. With women it will be the other way around; they will have an irresistible attraction to people who have the same sun sign as themselves, but this is due to the polarity of the moon.
This is a very creative contrast, as the tensions between the luminaries always want to generate new ideas. Of course, this is also a very fertile moon phase and will push these people to find their perfect partner. The concept of the soul mate will be crucial for them. However, we must not forget the potential collapse of this position. The paradox of this position is the need to find the other half even though it is at the height of individuality.
The diminishing movement means a return to the sun. So the individual longs for romantic union but cannot make the compromises necessary to maintain a harmonious relationship. Then the failed action happens. Some individuals will have a number of broken partnerships until they get the news. It’s you, not her!
The longing for a guru is quite intense in this position as the soul tries to find reasons why life has been so challenging. However, in later life, when the soul has learned its lessons, the “harvest” should come in relationships and careers. Life can be a struggle with a waning full moon birthday. You experience many dramatic twists and turns with a lot of emotional “woe to me!”. But in the end they arrive.
Rupert Sheldrake, Richard Dreyfuss, Kirk Douglas, Terry Jones, Gloria Swanson, Susan Boyle, Marc Bolan, Tony Sheridan, Edie Sedgwick.
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Pre-Propagating Type ~ Sun Quincunx Moon (Waning)
The petals fall off. Preparation & Refinement
Waning quincunx may have a more difficult time making the karmic adjustments than the wax version. Just because the soul is now very tired and exhausted from so many attempts to refine itself. You may have experienced many failures and now feel doomed to repeat past mistakes. So these people are going to have an urgency.
That they absolutely have to get it right this time! There is often frustration and impatience when mistakes are made. As in the dissemination stage below, they want to get their message out, but the words are raw and unprocessed. On the plus side, the diminishing quincunx is refreshingly honest and often “low”.
Note the number of writers and singers in the list below, and they all seem to have that quincunx quirkiness about them. Although, as always, an edgy and uncomfortable aspect of the quincunx, it’s still jazzy. The evolved people with this aspect will be very original in their creations. They are incredibly inventive and their unusual and often confusing style makes them unforgettable.
Goldie Hawn, Marlene Dietrich, Dolly Parton, Tim Curry, Grace Slick, Trent Reznor, Captain Beefheart, Keith Emerson, John Coltrane, James Garner, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Harold Pinter, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Valerie Solanas, Paul Claudel.
Spreading moon ~ solar trine moon (waning)
The plant bears its fruits & attracts the birds & BEES!
“The ability to demonstrate to others what you have learned, to spread ideas, to participate in social-religious movements, to be a crusader; negative to get lost in social or moral struggles … fanaticism. ” 
The trine aspect shows his luck here with the number of famous people in my research. Interestingly, in the list below we have the only two royals who have abdicated from their duties. The common fate of these people is to spread information and wisdom. They are the most mercurial of the moon phases.
At this stage, our metaphorical plant also bears ripe fruit, which is now ready to be eaten. The soul has now learned to navigate relationships and realizes its Dharma. These people have refined their message and can’t wait to get it out to everyone who will listen. Communication is the main motive for the expanding moon.
You will find multipliers in the fields of media, broadcasting and entertainment. So it can go two ways; the wiser souls (who may be their second birthday in the lunar phase cycle) will be teachers that others will look for. Your tree of knowledge is ready to be plucked and others are drawn to its fruits.
Dissemination will be effortless and most of the information they give to the world will naturally go “viral”. The danger with the less developed individuals is that they will become fanatical types of “warriors of social justice”. Their problem is that they only feel validated when everyone else on the planet agrees with their views. While it is great that they feel passionate about good causes, their intolerance of other “wrong thinking” can lead to very angry self-righteousness. As with all negative moon phase traits, age brings more sensitivity, serenity, and wisdom.
Prince Harry Windsor, Edward VIII, King of England, Benjamin Disraeli, Michael Moore, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young, Beau Bridges, Whitney Houston, Sheena Easton, Richard Carpenter, Edwyn Collins, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, David Byrne, Melanie C, Arthur Conan Doyle, Boris Becker, Georg Ohm, Andrew Cunanan, Nick Kollerstrom
Moon type of the last quarter ~ sun square moon (decreasing)
The fruit withers on the vine
“The ability to organize people on the basis of ideas and socio-political concepts, to change, reform and transform people’s beliefs, to build ideological structures; Humor .. the inability to accept criticism; a dictatorial attitude. ” 
The moon in the last quarter brings a crisis with it in consciousness. While the first quarter was about material matters, the last quarter was about ideas and beliefs. So here old, outdated and redundant belief systems have to be discarded. Sometimes there is nothing new to replace right away and the local may feel lost and confused. The feeling of this cycle is very Uranian. They tear down the old to make way for the new.
Some of these natives may have very prosperous lives, but somehow it seems meaningless. Many people in the final quarter of the year will partake in one or more life changing events that cause them to question their religion, marriage, or career choices. They can suddenly turn around and shock their friends by simply getting up and going to another country or making some other extreme change. Your life will always be a subject of rebellion, so your sudden change of heart may not be so unexpected.
Often times people have a successful project from last quarter and then just drop it for a new project with no explanation. It just didn’t fit. The greatest challenge for the last quarter moon person is breaking ties with abusive relationships from the past and moving away from repeated negative behavior patterns from childhood. Some live with a lie much longer than necessary until some event out of the blue takes it from them (just like a Uranus transit).
Allen Ginsberg, Otto von Bismarck, Regiomontanus, Luis Buñuel, River Phoenix, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Nesmith, Paul Simon, Roger Eno, Robert Shapiro.
Pre-Balsamic Moon Type ~ Sun Sextile Moon (Waning)
The fruits fall to the ground and begin to decompose.
The waning solar textile moon falls between the last quarter moon and the dark balsamic moon. I have found in my aspect research that the sextile is not as benign and harmonious as one would expect from a soft aspect. The list of natives below confirms this a bit as you can see that they are mostly not fluffy bunny types. So combine a waning sextile and a dark moon and you get a bittersweet favor for this part of the cycle.
The sextile falls under the meaning of the last quarter but is still in the cycle. I say this is when the fruit has just fallen from the tree so it can still be edible. In fact, the harvest will be most ripe and tastiest! The problem is you have to consume it quickly or it could turn sour at any moment. With this cycle, it feels like any success will be short-lived, so waning sun / moon sextiles will want to be silly for as long as it lasts.
Here, too, there is the feeling of forbidden fruit. Sweet but dangerous. You don’t know if you will get an upset stomach afterwards! These people are the best at learning how to recycle and reuse ideas, much like they do in the balsamic vinegar cycle stage below. Her gift is to revive old material and present it in a new style.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Leonardo da Vinci, Angelina Jolie, Steve McQueen, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Aniston, Henry Winkler, Samantha Fox, Alan Wilder, Alannah Currie, Gerry Rafferty, Adolf Eichmann, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II ., Napoléon II Bonaparte, Billie Jean King, Antonia Fraser, Jessica Mitford, Anaïs Nin.
Balsamic Moon ~ Sun in conjunction with the waning moon
Seeds return to the soil and await rebirth
“The eagerness to serve social institutions … to bring the past to an end and to sacrifice oneself to the future; … prophetic gifts, a feeling for personal fate, to be led by superior powers. ” 
Balsamic moon types are the “old souls”. It’s also the most feared as it is that creepy dark moon! The oscillation of this moon phase is very plutonic. The plant’s declining vitality will now encapsulate itself in a seed that will eventually be reborn. This moon phase is then one of the resurrection.
Balsamic moon men are the black sheep, witches and outsiders of the cycle. They are specialists in endings of all kinds and live in this underworld between life and death. Did i say creepy? Yes, I already have. You get the picture. Balsamic Moon Folk is super-Gothic. They may not dress like that, but they have the soul of a Goth!
This cycle is about tying all of your karmic loose ends before your new cycle. Some spend their entire lives looking for someone to pass the baton of wisdom to. They are very much aware of the lunar cycle and the need to leave their semen behind. The “sowing” could manifest itself in having many children.
Much like the full moon, the balsamic moon can also be quite obsessed with relationships. There is another reason for balsamic vinegar. They are much more likely to have a series of very intense, short-lived connections. Romances are super-condensed because they have so many unfinished business with so many people from different lifetimes! Balsamic Moon people need to make peace with those they loved, lost, and hated.
The balsamic cycle comes with LOTS of karmic baggage. However, this cycle has the great advantage that it loses a lot of experience and wisdom. These are the wounded healers and shame of the phases of the moon. Their balsamic cycle is very busy with so many projects to complete. They often think that they just don’t have the energy to do all of their tasks, but they do. All you have to do is make sure they recharge regularly. Often the recharge comes from a new career or relationship. Balsamic Moon people are the kings and queens of reinvention.