Why Track The Moon?
This process requires you to keep a journal, which in my experience is incredibly helpful for building self-awareness. Just noting what happened in your day can, over time, help you see patterns over time. In turn you can become more aware of what’s working and what causes disruption in your life. From there, you can adjust either in taking different actions or changing your reactions.
These patterns I just mentioned, over time, create something I’m calling intuition. This is a tricky word because people have lots of different interpretations of it, but in this case I really just mean a deep knowing, that might feel like it’s coming from your subconscious (and maybe it is) that isn’t a result of reading a book or watching a Youtube tutorial.
One way to build this inner knowing, is through pattern recognition. The study of astrology, in this case, is a great way to start to note those patterns and in turn, build intuition.
Guide your yoga practise
Naturally, I recommend using the Moon to guide your yoga asana practise, partly because I know how important it is to physically honour the waxing and waning of your own energy, and the Moon is a great external guide.
I have a daily yoga practise, and much of the time it is self guided. If left to my own devices, I’d likely hurt myself (and have done in the past.) I forget that just because I was full of beans yesterday, doesn’t mean I’ll be as energetic and limber today.
When I connect to an external source, I can honour that need for balance much better. And let’s face it, the Moon is a lot more fun than a reminder on your phone or note on your calendar.
That said, do keep in mind your own intuition will become an even better guide than a simple note of whether the Moon is in a ‘yin’ sign or a ‘yang’ sign. As you start to track the Moon, you might find that your own bodily patterns are more intricate, and need a different system.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what tracking the Moon will allow you to do.
Connection to… something bigger
Finally, and one of my core reasons for learning about astrology, is to connect with something bigger. The sky has been, for thousands of years, our way to do just that.
However you choose to see the connection between the above and below, it’s hard to deny the sense of meaning you feel when you get to experience that unity.
Noting that when the Moon was in Sagittarius, you happened to feel an emotional need for freedom and space, for example, might help you make sense of what may sometimes feel a random and chaotic existence.
For that alone, tracking the Moon is well worth the time you invest.
How To Track The Moon
There are various apps to track this, which I’ll list at the end of this post, and you can always go to astro.com and click ‘Chart of the moment’ to see where the Moon is.
I’ll list a few different ways to do this, each more complex (but also rewarding) than the last!
Option #1: Track The Moon Phase
This is probably the best place to start for most, because it isn’t difficult to find out what phase the Moon is in. Heck, if it’s a clear night you could just look up.
Ezzie Spencer introduced me to this idea before I really ‘got into’ astrology beyond a hobby, and I started to track the Moon as a way to plan my week in terms of rest and work. My main reason was to get my hormones back in check, and after hearing Ezzie’s story, I figured it could work for me.
As someone who struggles to ‘back off’ and take rest, whether it’s in the gym or at the laptop, just having an external marker to remind me when to slow down and when I can drive forward, is a huge help.
There are 8 phases of the Moon – New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter and Waning Crescent.
You can find different rituals or practises to honour each of these phases (or check out my journal prompts) OR you could simply track your own life events and note what Moon phase you’re in.
Here’s a list of some Moon phase significations, though I’d encourage you to track and try to spot patterns that are true for you. Even if you just paid attention to the New Moon and Full Moon, you’ll undoubtedly get a lot from that outer guidance.
Option #2: Track What Sign The Moon Is In
The Moon moves through a zodiacal sign every 2–3 days, which definitely gives the Moon a different vibe. A Moon in Cancer is going to feel very different to one in Virgo.
What I also like about tracking the Moon through signs, is how speedy it is. You don’t have to wait a whole month to start to tune into that zodiac sign vibe, yet it’s just long enough to feel it’s effects.
Option #3: Track What Aspects The Moon Is Making
The idea of this is to look at any planet the Moon is connected with, within 3 degrees. So if the Moon is at 7 degrees of Gemini, and Neptune is at 9 degrees of Pisces, then a square is happening and you have something to work with.
It’s well worth checking out this video from Adam at Nightlight Astrology, as he goes through the interpretation of a Moon transit:
Option #4: Track All The Above Overlaid On Your Natal Chart (!)
You might have an idea of your birth chart or natal chart (and if you’d like to delve into that further than a free chart online will allow, feel free to check out my offerings). You might now also have an idea of the current Moon phase and transits.
But how are the current transits effecting your own chart? Your own astrological blueprint? This article is a great step-by-step explainer for working out how the current transits map onto your own natal chart.
Houses are the most important things to look at when you interpret these Moon transits, as they will tell you what area of your life is being affected.
However, planets also transit signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc.) and make aspects to your natal planets (conjunction, trine, square, opposition etc.) so there is plenty to keep you busy here!
How To Set Up A Moon Tracking Experiment
I learned this from Adam Elenbaas of Nightlight Astrology, who has videos on his experiments on tracking the moon, and are well worth a watch.
The key is to not think about the Moon during the experiment. The more you think about the Moon while you’re tracking, the more likely you are to (1) throw off your findings – as you’ll start to ‘make’ things happen even subconsciously to match the Moon and (2) go crazy! Well, there’s a chance you’ll become a bit of a hypochondriac if you’re checking your tracking app every hour to see what ‘should’ happen.
In short, to run a successful Moon tracking experiment:
- Pick a short period of time, 2-3 days to track
- Journal carefully every day you track about the day’s events
- Only check the Moon transits and phases after your experiment period
Once your experiment is up, pull up your tracking app or online tool and compare your journal with the map of the sky. Ideally, you’ll have exact or close-to-it times for each event you recorded, as the Moon moves pretty quick and aspects will change throughout the day.
Journal Prompts for Moon Phases
If you’re new to astrology, just Google what you see. If you aren’t sure what a balsamic Moon can signify, Google it! If you don’t know what Moon conjunct Uranus means, Google it!
I can’t recommend this enough for learning about astrology and the possible interpretations (there are a LOT!) of the planets and aspects are.
Some resources I’ve found helpful:
Moon giant – great for tracking the Moon phase – probably the best designed, clearest of the web apps for this.
Lunarium – a calendar displaying the phases and signs the Moon is in, as well as lunar days, the mansions of the Moon, void-of-course periods and the apogee and perigee moments for any month.
Luna Solaria – a free app for iOS and Android that gives you a beautiful, real-time view of the Moon, telling you the sign and phase it is in.
Astro.com – excellent site with lots of options for viewing the current sky.
Tracking the Moon can be a great way into understanding the significance of certain positions of the planets above, as well as paying greater attention to the connection in your own life to them.
It’s a matter of opinion, but I find a lot of meaning when I connect to the sky in this way, and it seems to help me be a lot more compassionate for the circumstances I find myself in.