Personalizing the Moon for Creative Growth and Self Awareness
Creativity and your Natal Moon
Your lunar birthday is when the moon returns to the same phase it was in when you were born. This happens once every lunar cycle. That’s 12 to 13 moon birthdays a year!
If you have the day, time, and place of your birth - you can enter it in to this website to get the sign that your moon was in along with the phase: Moon Sign and Moon Phase Calculator
For example, below is my natal moon phase. The moon phase degree is the distance the moon has traveled along the 365 degree orbit. You can see mine says it is 254 degrees and 15 minutes (to get precise and technical) - which is almost a last quarter moon.
AWARENESS OF Self AND PHASES
The moon illuminates our emotional needs, intimacy, private rather than public, nourishment and nurturing, feelings and intuition, home and heart, primal and instinctual self. Moon work can take the form of building trust so that the creative spark of the inner child feels safe to express themselves.
Look at the word phase. What expressions or associations do you have with it? “It’s just a phase.” The word comes from Latin and Greek phasis which means to appear, or appearance. It also relates to things that are temporary or happen gradually.
Once you know the phase of your natal moon, this article written by the astrologer Kelly Surtees may give insight into some qualities or characteristics of your relationship to your lunar self: Eight Phases as Personality Types
Just like any personality type take it with a grain of salt. Allow this to be a tool for understanding and awareness rather than an overly simplified category or box to fit in. We are multifaceted, multidimensional beings.
I love this imagery of the lunar cycle as a river that we are each born into.
The moon is a mirror and bridge that helps us connect with our inner wisdom. Every phase has a distinct quality, and developing a relationship with your natal moon phases may illuminate a dimension of yourself that may have been hidden.
Focus on the qualities of the moon that you love and then see how you might begin to internalize, integrate, and embody those qualities.
PERSONALIZING GROWTH AND CREATIVE FERTILITY
In the mid 1950s a Czech doctor named Eugen Jonas discovered that in addition to the scientifically established hormonal cycle, there is another fertility cycle that resonates with the cycles of the Moon. It began from an Assyrian source that Dr. Jonas happened to find in a library: "Woman is fertile during a certain phase of the Moon." (source)
Which phase? From his case studies Dr. Jonas found that women could become pregnant on their natal moon phase, regardless of where they were at in their hormonal cycle. A google search will turn up a number of article if you’d like to learn more.
Whether you are a human who menstruates or not, is trying to conceive or not, notice your experience on this particular day in the cycle and see if you feel more ‘fertile’ - productive, juicy, radiant - in your relationships and work around that time.
You can get a list of your natal moon days from this website: Fertility Days Calculator.
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FINDING NATAL MOON DAYS TUTORIAL
Once you know the dates for the current year, you may wish to mark these days on your New Moon Calendar Journal and see if it feels like this energy holds the potential for initiating something like a creative project, a relationship, a spiritual quest, a social movement, or even human baby.
Notice how you choose to direct your life force energy to support it’s development.
Now it’s your turn: What was the moon phase on your day of birth? Does the lunar personality type resonate with you? Share your discovery in the comments below or come over to the facebook group and introduce yourself and your moon birthday.