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Much has changed in our world since those words appeared in the Moon Sign Book in 1948, but
we have the same basic needs, desires, and concerns today as that generation did. We want to realize success and advance as the result of our efforts, too. It is possible to achieve many of the things we want in our lives by using the knowledge of cycles within our universe that has been accumulated through the millenniums by men and women who have observed the correlation
between events in the heavens and those on Earth. Their observations inform us about the best times to undertake important events, but it's up to us to understand and incorporate the knowledge of universal cycles into our daily lives. The Moon Sign Book provides you with
essential tools that you can use to reap the benefits of timing events based on lunar cycles and the
cycles of planets. While the Sun is indeed the origin and sustainer of life on Earth, the exposure of the Sun's light and heat alone would not offer the stimulus to change and growth as do the
tides that respond to lunar influences. Using astrological knowledge in our everyday lives will nurture and support us, just as the lunar cycle supports the growth of all living things on Earth.
From the very beginnings of life, Earth's two companions in the sky"”the Sun and the Moon"”established two separate rhythms that continue to this day: the Sun with its pattern of heat and light, and the setting of the seasons; the Moon raising and lowering the water in and with
which life is nourished. Twice each lunar day (a 24.8-hour period), the tides are high; and
twice each lunar month (29.5 days) at Full and New Moons, there are higher tides. With each rise of the water, there is a new stirring of life in the waters, and with each retreat of the waters, life is left behind on the shores for other creatures to consume"”thus setting the basic patterns of growth and harvest. About Almanacs If you wish to plan by the Moon, it is important to know how the Moon Sign Book differs from most almanacs. Most almanacs list the placement of
the Moon by the constellation. For example, when the Moon is passing through the constellation
of Capricorn, they list the Moon as being in Capricorn. The Moon Sign Book, however, lists the placement of the Moon in the zodiac by sign, not constellation. The zodiac is a belt of space extending out from the Earth's equator. It is divided into twelve segments of thirty degrees each.
Each segment represents one of the signs of the zodiac and bears the name of a constellation. However, the constellations are not in the same place in the sky as the segment of space named after them. In other words, the constellations and the signs don't "match up." For astronomical calculations, the Moon's place is given as being in a constellation; but for astrological purposes the Moon's place should be figured in the zodiacal sign, which is its true place in the zodiac,
and nearly one sign different from the astronomical constellation. The Moon Sign Book figures the Moon's placement for astrological purposes. For example, if the common
almanac gives the Moon's place in the constellation Taurus, its true place in the zodiac is in the zodiacal sign of Gemini. Thus it is readily seen that those who use the common almanac may be planting seeds when they think that the Moon is in a fruitful sign, while in reality it would be in one of the most barren signs of the zodiac. To obtain desired results, planning must be
done according to sign. Some common almanacs confuse head of their columns "Moon's Sign"
when they really mean "Moon's Constellation." In the Moon Sign Book, however, "Moon's sign" means "Moon's sign." Tools for Timing The Moon Sign Book contains five tools that can be used separately or in combination to help you achieve optimal results for your efforts. The
first tool is our easy-to-use Astro Almanac, found on pages 19-27, which lists the best dates each
month to begin important activities. The dates provided are determined from the sign and phase of the Moon and the aspects the Moon makes to other planets. For example, the best time to apply for a new job would be when the Moon is in one of the earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, or
Capricorn, and making favorable aspects to Jupiter or the Sun. If your personal Sun sign is involved, that's even better. However, when the Moon is in Capricorn you would want to avoid asking for a raise because those in positions of authority would not be as sensitive to your desires. (Capricorn energy can be very somber, conservative, and structured.) To further increase
the likelihood of getting the raise you seek, select a time between a New and Full Moon, the waxing phase. While the dates in the Astro Almanac are approximate, you can fine-tune the timing of events by also taking into consideration your own Sun and Moon sign. The Moon Tables and the Lunar Aspectarian/Favorable and Unfavorable Days Tables found on pages
34-57, the Gardening Dates Tables found on pages 302-309, and the Best Dates to Destroy Weeds and Pests on pages 310-311, make up the second set of tools. The Moon Tables list the day, date, time, sign, phase, and element (air, earth, fire, or water) the Moon is in; the Lunar
Aspectarian gives the aspects of the Moon to other planets, and the Favorable and Unfavorable Days Tables take your Sun sign into consideration; the Gardening Date Tables provide dates and times for various gardening activities; and the last named table is useful for any occasion that calls for ridding yourself of unwanted circumstances, including garden pests, a bad relationship,
or a bad habit, for example. New tables are compiled each year. Of course, every day is important and brings its opportunities for doing good work, but some days are special days. By knowing the dates of favorable and unfavorable influences you have the opportunity to think before it's time to act, and to set a day in advance for any affair that will be most in keeping
with the good results you desire. If you're unable to affect the timing of something, at the very least you will be aware of the potential energies, which will in turn afford you the chance to determine your actions ahead of time.

Where were the planets when you were born? Does their alignment affect you?
Ruled by shocking Uranus, Aquarius very much epitomes the planet that inspires it. This sign has astonishing intellectual and communication skill. Aquarius may the sign of the rugged individualist, the mad scientist and the lone eccentric, but this visionary also represents social interaction and higher consciousness. Aquarius' title, the "Humanitarian of the Zodiac," is well earned! For a fixed sign, Aquarius has a lot of adaptability. Attribute this to the need to accommodate others. A passion for life, new things, and novel situations sends Aquarius in all directions! Without stability and a willingness to listen, however, this sign can become erratic. Aquarius can try many new things but end up mastering none. That can stifle the great success potential here. Slowing down long enough to establish a solid foundation gives Aquarius the ability to ground his or her electrical energy. Receptivity can calm rebellious tendencies, especially those that put a member of this sign at cross-purposes with his or her boss! Aquarius' future-oriented energies give all members of this sign the advantage of living as if they are well into the 25th Century!

Sun Signs: Aries - Taurus - Gemini - Cancer - Leo - Virgo - Libra - Scorpio - Sagittarius - Capricorn - Aquarius - Pisces

Aquarius is the sign of perspective, the future and projects. An air sign, it symbolizes intellectual development through communication. Uranus pushes Aquarius toward change and innovation. It is the most human of the zodiac signs with a strong sense of community and fraternity

Originally referred to as your Star Sign, your Sun Sign represents the Sign of the Zodiac that the Sun was in at the time of your birth. The Sun rules will power and ego. It is the core of your potential and uniqueness as an individual; who you are and what you are about.
Your Sun Sign represents the main direction and focus you want your life to take and your determination to accomplish what you set out to do. It represents your personal honesty and integrity, your ability to command respect and authority and your capacity to impress and influence others
Aquarius is the eleventh Sign of the Zodiac, and Aquarians are the perfect representatives for the Age of Aquarius. Those born under this Sign have the social conscience needed to carry us into the new millennium. These folks are humanitarian, philanthropic and keenly interested in making the world a better place. Along those lines, they'd like to make the world work better, which is why they focus much of their energy on our social institutions and how they work (or don't work). Aquarians are visionaries, progressive souls who love to spend time thinking about how things can be better. They are also quick to engage others in this process, which is why they have so many friends and acquaintances. Making the world a better place is a collaborative effort for Aquarians. The Sign of Aquarius is symbolized by the Water Bearer. In much the same way that the Water Bearer brings that precious liquid as a gift, Aquarians shower the world with their thoughts and new ideas. Luckily for Aquarians (and the rest of us), they are at a near-genius level, so their minds churn out some amazing things. Their thought process is also inventive and original.

While Aquarians are happy to bestow these ideas as a gift with no strings attached, they are much happier when the rest of the world agrees with them. Naysayers will quickly find out that Aquarians can be impatient, even temperamental, with those who disagree. Yes, these folks can be quite fixed in their opinions, in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this Sign. Even though Aquarians are happy to give, and they do, it's often on their terms and within their comfort level. Generally, that means ample space, since these folks are freedom-loving and individualistic and need to roam (and yes, they do enjoy travel). While Aquarians are generally sympathetic and compassionate, they like it when things go their own quirky way. Some might call their behavior eccentric (and they would be right), but when you consider that the Aquarian's heart is truly in the right place, a few oddities should be overlooked. In their own way, Aquarians treasure their many friends and acquaintances and want to give back as much as they can. Aquarius is ruled by the Planets Saturn and Uranus. Powerful Saturn was considered the father of many gods in ancient Roman times, and was the original ruler of Aquarius. Uranus is the oldest of the gods in Roman mythology; this Planet was discovered much later than Saturn and was only more recently assigned to this Sign. The combination of these planetary energies is strong and vibrant. Saturn's force field is that of the stern taskmaster, which is one reason why Aquarians love to think and put their ideas out to the world.

They also love to think they're right! It's Uranus which instills Aquarians with their visionary spirit. If it's new, radical and rebellious, Aquarians are all over it. The fact that these folks can think so creatively and inventively is one of their greatest assets. Water Bearers are all about progress and technology -- they love the latest gadgets, gewgaws, computers and next-generation technologies. Thanks to a genius which borders on insanity (!), those born under this Sign have the unique ability to present ideas which will revolutionize the world. Their approach in doing so may be unpredictable, impersonal and at times cold, but that's a mad scientist for you! The Element associated with Aquarius is Air, and that means the rarefied air of the intellectual. Aquarians will accomplish much with their broad and logical minds, entertaining complex and scientific ideas for the betterment of all. That said, they are also artistic and inventive. It's all in the spirit of creating a better world, hopefully one in keeping with their broad-minded beliefs. Aquarians believe that their offbeat, original approach will win the day, and that new thought is what is needed to change the world. Those born under this Sign are altruistic, humane people who are determined to make a difference. At play, Aquarians like to surround themselves with lots of people, preferably family and friends. That said, if they don't know the 'players,' they soon will! Baseball and tennis are fun for these folks (though they should be wary of weak ankles), although a spirited match of water polo would also be nice. It's watery colors which Aquarians favor, a shiny silver or an aqua blue. When it comes to love, Aquarians will also be playful, even flirtatious. While they play for keeps, it won't necessarily feel that way, since these folks are the antithesis of jealous. The great strengths of the Aquarius-born are their vision, intellect and humanity. They are determined to make the world a better place and to help everyone they can along the way. They are truly the trailblazers of the Zodiac.

Jupiter is known as the Planet of Luck, particularly from ancient times. It rules your potential for growth and expansion on many levels -- physical, intellectual, spiritual and cultural. It also governs the accumulation of material assets, power and status. It describes your optimism and aspirations.

You find luck through your visionary skills and the ability to see beyond outmoded traditions. Prepare yourself for luck by positioning yourself in situations that value your innovative thinking and rebellious nature. With your revolutionary ideas, you have the potential to be a catalyst in organizations. By overcoming stubbornness, and through willingness to compromise, you will be able to find even more success and luck than you thought possible.

Used to describe a planet which is unfavorably aspected; squares, oppositions and quincunxes. An ancient term which is still commonly used.
Air Signs:
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Signs belonging to this Element represent the intellectual and thought process.
Anaretic degree:
The final degree (29th degree) of any Sign. It is also known as the degree of fate.
The lines of the chart wheel which lie at 0 degrees (the ascendant), 90 degrees (the I.C.), 180 degrees (the descendant), and 270 degrees (the M.C.). These are major points in a chart and represent Cardinal Qualities.
Aquarian Age:
A time period of 2000 years where the influence of Aquarius is prominent. An age lasts for 2000 years and moves backward through the Zodiac. The Age of Aquarius starts at approximately the new millennium.
An angular measurement between two celestial planets or points.
See Rising Sign
The angular distance, calculated in specific number of degrees of the chart wheel, between two celestial planets or points. It also provides the nature of the relationship between planets.
The study of the influence of celestial bodies on any behavior, activity or condition on Earth. It is a guide to who we are.

Birth Chart (also known as a Chart or Chart wheel):
A 'map' detailing the positioning of the planets in the Signs at the specific moment of an individual's birth. The chart is rendered by using the individual's place, date and time of birth as the data source for this planetary snapshot.
Cardinal Signs:
Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. This Quality represents initiative.
Celestial body:
A physical form which exists in space; such as a planet.
Composite chart:
Two individual charts which are merged to form one. It shows the relationship between the individuals whose charts are combined.
An aspect involving three or more planets.
Two or more planets sitting next to each other within an acceptable orb, generally considered within 8 degrees for major aspects. A conjunction gives great strength to the energies of the interacting planets.
A group of visible stars in the same section of the sky.
The midway point between two Signs of the Zodiac; also used to refer to the start of a House within the chart wheel.
A planet's Zodiacal period; the time it takes a planet or point to make one complete revolution in the heavens.
The partitioning of each Sign into three equal parts of 10 degrees each. Each part is known as a decanate. Every Sign is composed of 30 degrees.

The arc of measurement in degrees north or south of the celestial equator.
A degree is 1/360 of a circle. In Astrology, degrees are the commonly-used unit of measurement.
The opposite point from the ascendant; the cusp of the Seventh House. It describes one's interaction with another.
Earth Signs:
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Signs belonging to this Element represent a practical nature.
Eighth House:
Also known as the House of Sex. It describes shared resources, inheritance, alimony, taxes and surgery. It is also the House of regeneration, death and rebirth.
Electional Astrology:
The branch of Astrology which deals with selecting the best time to initiate any given activity or project.
A four-fold division of the Zodiac which is comprised of Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Signs of the same Element share similar characteristics. Also known as Triplicity.
Eleventh House:
Also known as the House of Friends. It describes friendships and acquaintances, as well as hopes and dreams. It rules groups, humanitarianism and philanthropic attitudes.
An almanac which lists the Zodiacal positions of the Planets and other astronomical data for a given time period. Plural is ephemerides.
Means a time of equal day and night. This occurs twice a year and marks the beginning of Spring and Autumn.
Feminine Signs:
The Earth and Water Signs, comprised of Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces. Indicates passive and receptive energy.
Fifth House:
Also known as the House of Pleasure. It describes romance, creativity, children, fun and speculation. It also rules the dramatic and one's artistic ability.
Fire Signs:
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Signs belonging to this Element represent a fiery nature.
First House:
Also known as the House of Self. It describes the outer personality. It is the image we project to the world, our mask.
Fixed Signs:
Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. This Quality represents stubbornness and inflexibility.
Plotting the movements of the planets to determine upcoming trends.
Fourth House:
Also known as the House of Home. It describes the residence, real estate, ancestry and the past. It is also speaks to parental influence.
Grand Cross:
A configuration in which four planets form mutual squares. It creates much tension.
Grand Trine:
When three planets, generally of the same Element, meet each other to form a triangle. The energy of this configuration is harmonious.
Hard Aspect:
Aspects which create tension and friction. Squares, oppositions and quincunxes are all hard aspects.
Horary Astrology:
The branch of Astrology devoted to answering specific questions by means of a chart drawn up for the time the question is asked.
In this century, the word 'horoscope' has become synonymous with the daily 20-50 word predictions offered in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet. It literally means the 'marker of time,' and it is a map of the heavens at the time of one's birth (technically speaking, synonymous with 'birth chart').
The celestial sphere taken as a 360-degree circle divided into twelve sections. These sections are referred to by their numbers, such as 'the First House,' 'the Second House,' etc. Houses are generally numbered counterclockwise from the ascendant (starting at the nine o'clock position), with the House which begins at the ascendant known as 'the First House.' Each House speaks to a particular component of one's life.
Immum Coeli. One of the four major angles of a birth chart; this one falls at the bottom of the chart wheel. It is the start of the Fourth House and is one of the most personal points of the chart.
Intercepted Sign or House:
A House which appears within another House on the chart wheel. Common to those born in far northern or southern latitudes.
See Report
Represents luck, philosophy, religion, higher learning, ethical values, expansion, abundance and excesses. It also rules long distance travel, aspirations and judgment.
An ancient term used for the Sun and the Moon.
Medium Coeli. One of the four major angles of a birth chart, this one is at the top of the chart wheel. It is the start of the Tenth House, and it addresses public life and reputation.
Represents action, passion, drive and determination. It deals with one's sexuality, force, daring, courage, competitive nature, aggression and assertion.
Masculine Signs:
The Fire and Air Signs, comprised of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius. It represents assertive and self-assured energy.
Represents communication, intellect, consciousness, transportation, dexterity and the mind.
See "Qualities."
Represents the Mother and the women in one's life, nurturing, home, emotions, instinct and memory. It also represents one's emotional response to situations and experiences.
Mundane Astrology:
The branch of Astrology which deals with places as opposed to people; world events and universal trends are the focal point.
Mutable Signs:
Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. This Quality represents a flexible nature.
Synonymous with 'birth.' Natal chart and birth chart are terms which can be used interchangeably.
Rules music, television, movies, fashion, glamour, dreams, illusion, drugs, the intangible and the elusive. It also represents abstract thought, alcohol, the universal subconscious and the oceans of the Earth.
Ninth House:
Also known as the House of Philosophy. It represents religion, travel, foreign countries, in-laws, higher education, publishing, import/export and ethics.
When Planets are exactly opposite each other in the chart wheel; an arc of 180 degrees. Creates stress. Balance is needed in the presence of an opposition.
The space on the chart wheel measured in degrees, between planets and points, by which an aspect may vary from exactness and still remain effective.
Out of Bounds:
Planets which are outside the usual north or south measurement of the celestial equator within which planets rest.
Also known as a dissociate aspect; addresses the importance of measuring aspects by degree rather than Sign. For example, a conjunction between a planet at 29 degrees Leo and 1 degree Virgo is within a 2 degree orb but not the same Sign. This weakens the aspect.
As used in Astrology, this refers to the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Earth is excluded, as it is our point of reference. In general, it is a major body which revolves around a Sun in a periodic orbit.
Rules transformation, regeneration, rebirth, destruction, annihilation, power and elimination. It also represents atomic power, intensity, crime, death and the underworld.
See Report
A method of advancing the planets and points of a natal chart to a particular time after birth. Used to illustrate one's evolution.
The Signs are classified by their Qualities
An arc of 150 degrees. Also known as the inconjunct; this aspect creates a certain uneasiness and a feeling of discomfort, and it has karmic lessons to teach us. It is a minor aspect.
An interpretation of one's birth chart. Also known as delineation.
When a planet appears to be traveling backwards from our perspective on Earth. The energy of a retrograde planet is less assertive and more internalized.
Rising Sign:
Also known as the Ascendant. The degree at which the Zodiac rests over the eastern horizon of the birthplace at the moment of one's birth; commonly refers to the Sign which is peering over the horizon at that very moment. A new Sign rises approximately every two hours. The Rising Sign represents one's persona and image to the world.
Represents discipline, responsibility, ambition, restriction, limitation and delays. It also rules older people, tradition, authority, structure, patience and wisdom through perseverance and age. It teaches us our lessons in life.
Second House:
Also known as the House of Possessions. It describes your material assets, monetary income and the potential ways it may be earned. It also indicates what you value throughout life.
Secondary Progressions:
See Progressions
An arc of 30 degrees. This aspect creates unease; it is a minor aspect.
Seventh House:
Also known as the House of Partnership. It represents marriage, joint partnerships, ventures and business partnerships. It also rules divorce, legalities, open confrontations, contracts, lawsuits and negotiations.
An arc of 60 degrees; this is a favorable aspect. The planets involved are usually in compatible Elements. A sextile allows the influences of the planets to work in harmony; it brings forth
Sixth House:
Also known as the House of Health. It is about your job, routine, daily responsibilities, diet, employees, pets and physical fitness. It also addresses a fulfillment of duty and the conscious mind.
When the Sun reaches its maximum declination. This occurs twice a year, at the beginning of Summer and Winter.
An arc of 90 degrees which is traditionally regarded as unfavorable. It represents the struggle of two forces at cross purposes. A square brings stress and denotes obstacles which can inspire growth through concentrated effort.
Star Sign:
See Sun Sign
A meeting of three or more planets or points, usually occurring within one Sign or House. It is a focal point of energy.
Represents the ego, self, willpower, your uniqueness and your individuality. It is your identity. It also represents the Father and male influences in one's life.
Sun Sign:
What people think of as their 'Sign' or 'Star Sign.' It is the position of the Sun in the Zodiac at the moment of one's birth. The Sign placement of the Sun shows an individual's basic character. It is the core of one's potential and uniqueness as an individual.
Comparing natal charts to find strengths and weaknesses in the area of compatibility.
The configuration formed when two planets in opposition both square the same third planet (and form a 'T' in the heavens). This is a challenging focal point for planetary energies.
Tenth House:
Also known as the House of Social Status. It represents one's vocation, career, profession, ambition, reputation, authority, prestige and achievements, and it also rules government. It addresses one's parental influences.
Third House:
Also known as the House of Communication. It is the way in which we express ourselves and think on an intellectual level. It also represents consciousness, siblings, neighbors and our local environment, as well as early education, mechanical dexterity and short trips.
The position and movement of a planet or point on any given day.
An arc of 120 degrees; the most harmonious aspect. In most cases, it joins planets in congenial Signs of the same Element. These energies combine with ease. The drawback, however, is the lack of challenge -- benefits are derived without effort.
See Elements
Twelfth House:
Also known as the House of the Unconscious. It represents the hidden or unknown, the subconscious mind, the intangible, sleep, dreams, karma and spiritual debt. It rules solitude, confinement, fears, sorrow, secrets, hidden enemies, non-reality, institutions and charity.
Represents the erratic, the bizarre, and the different. It rules freedom, inventions, originality, computers, technology, science, electricity, revolution, rebellion and change. Uranus breaks through barriers and tradition.
Represents love, romance, beauty, culture, the aesthetic, affection, one's social appeal and acceptability, good taste, harmony and values.
Void of course:
A term describing a planet that does not make a major aspect before changing Signs. It is used primarily with respect to the Moon.
Water Signs:
Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Signs belonging to this Element represent an emotional, sensitive and intuitive nature.
From the Greek 'zodiakos,' literally meaning 'circle of animals.' A band in the heavens divided into twelve Signs, each containing 30 degrees of longitude and acting as the barometer for various human traits. Source for definitions and readings
Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book: And Gardening Almanac
With Gloria Star Manufactured by Llewellyn Publications
                Format: Paperback, 480pp.
ISBN: 0738700312
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Pub. Date: August 2001

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