You’re a thinker. That broad swath of sunlight reflected on the Gibbous Moon signifies the importance of light—emblem for conscious awareness—to your journey. You have a fine analytical mind, likely sharpened by the whetstone of a few rough times in childhood. But difficult experiences got you thinking. And that’s how your mind was well honed for problem-solving. You’re always interested in developing new strategies. The bookshelves of your Moon tribe are usually filled with self-help books.
The Moon was almost full on the day you were born. Energy was rising. There was a sense of expectation in the air—and a kind of irritation too. There’s an instability in this phase that can knock you back off your feet. When my clients enter their progressed Gibbous phase, I describe the time this way: “Imagine you’re a theatrical director. You’ve written the play, cast the actors, rented the theater and rehearsed the lines. But the night before the show will premiere, the theater burns down. That’s Gibbous. You’re almost there. Then life throws you a curve—or maybe you just have to wait interminably. Either way, you have to take that great mind of yours and figure out what to do next. Give up? Or get creative?”
Of course you know all about this instinctively. And you’ve learned that things are often made better by having to persevere through obstacles. Some might call you a perfectionist. But it’s just your commitment to bringing things closer to the ideals that inspire you. The days of the Gibbous Moon each month are an opportune time to renew this idealism. The quality of this phase is like an energetic nectar whose formula—encoded by the Sun and Moon in your birth chart—is especially designed to refresh and revitalize you. You can absorb a little of its blessings through the atmosphere, but you can increase your nourishment if you pay attention.
Spend time with this Moon. Learn when and where it appears. Pick a quiet moment each month to sit and breathe with it. Let your breath slow, lengthen, and deepen, as your energetic field gently grows bigger and more diffuse. This is how your receptivity unfurls and your spirit begins to drink in the Gibbous Moon. The less you think about it, the more this rejuvenating nectar soaks in.
“Gibbous” is an astronomical term meaning “almost full.” Derived from the Latin gibbus meaning “hump,” gibbous describes your birth Moon’s lopsided fullness, as well as the sometimes wobbly nature of this time. It can present an obstacle one has to get through (as in the phrase “over the hump”). But for you, let this lopsided Moon be a sign of encouragement: Your almost full Moon is saying “Hang on, you’re almost there!”
The play of light and dark on the face of the Moon is a “secret” teaching—meaning, most people don’t bother to notice or ponder it. But the next time you sit with your birth Moon phase, observe how much of the Moon is lit and how much is dark. Light symbolizes awareness—conscious intelligence (or the “masculine” mind). Darkness symbolizes instinct and unconsciousness (or the intuitive “feminine” mind).
Now that you know which is who, you can see how the play of reflected sunlight on your birth Moon may also hint at the ideal flow between your own conscious and subconscious minds. It’s a picture of the sacred contract between your left and right brains. So what does all that light on the face of your Moon phase mean? Given your amazing mind, I’ll let you figure that out!
The monthly dates for your birth Moon phase each are available in my Moon Workshop and Moonprints report—where you can also learn about your “progressed” Moon phase. Many astrologers believe your progressed phase is one of the most important factors for assessing your current potentials. I agree!
Copyright 2021 Dana Gerhardt