The sun gets a lot of love in astrology, and sometimes I feel like the moon isn't receiving its fair share. Not just with regards to your moon sign, either. Every 29.5 days, the moon goes through eight cycles. Just like the Sun's placement in the sky can help predict your personality traits and even influence current events, the phase the moon is in at any given time — and the cycle you were born under — has a huge influence on your life, mindset, and mood.
"The stages correspond with the stages of the planting cycle, beginning with the potential represented by the seed planted in the ground," Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com, tells Refinery29. "Events in our life begin to unfold as the same way the seed takes root and begins to grow," she says. "Being born during the various moon phases affects the personality, and the personal focus in life."
Adds Mysticalcraft Arriana, a Keen.com advisor and tarot card reader, "Knowing what the moon phase was when we were born is essential, as it allows us to add knowledge in life." Your fate isn't necessarily predetermined because of where the moon was on your birth chart, but you may be pulled toward certain personality traits or ways of thinking. And knowing about those predispositions can help you take advantage of them — or avoid them.
We asked Hale and Arriana to tell us what each moon phase means for life here on Earth. And for those who want to dig a little deeper, we also asked about the personality traits typical for people born under each phase. To find out what the moon looked like when you were born, plug your birth date, time, and place into a birth chart generator, like the one on Chani Nicholas's website. Then swipe through.
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Mercury retrograde is one of the most talked-about transits in astrology. Even if you’re not into the cosmos, you know that when Mercury goes retrograde, things are about to get seriously out of whack. It’s become almost a joke, something to blame no matter what’s going wrong. Emails aren’t sending? Thanks, Mercury retrograde. Ex paperclipped you? Thanks, Mercury retrograde. Broken nail? Don’t tell me — Mercury’s in retrograde. But how did we get here?Mercury retrograde’s popularity can be tracked back to a certain political figure, astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “In the 1980s, Nancy Reagan’s interest in astrology brought more insight into retrogrades and astrology,” she says. “In modern times, it’s become the go-to meme on social media, so we can thank the internet for making it big.”Mercury retrograde definitely gets a bad rap. Sure, the messenger planet backtracking through the sky can cause communication to go haywire, words to be misconstrued, and travel plans to be upended. But its effects aren’t as intense as many of us tend to make them out to be.Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com, blames what she calls pop astrology, and “the variety of overly dramatic descriptions on the internet” for Mercury retrograde’s scapegoat. Memes about the transit tend to trend when one is taking place, and they’re often very relatable. No one can blame us if, after laughing at a few dozen “Thanks, Mercury” Instagram posts or tweets, we’re more inclined to blame the planet for whatever little thing goes wrong in our own lives, without fully understanding what the effects of retrogrades really are.Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com and Horoscope.com, says that another reason this particular cosmic event has become so popular is because “our society is highly dependent on technology, so when a text or an email gets lost, or our computer crashes, we are highly inconvenienced.”“We are beings who talk, travel, and rely on information and news,” Stardust agrees. “Obviously, this retrograde would be the biggest one we discuss.” What’s more, Mercury goes retrograde the most often out of any planet — at three to four times a year. So it’s no surprise that it’s the one we tend to hear the most about. But there are worse retrogrades out there.Montúfar names two in particular: Venus and Mars. When these two planets go retrograde, we feel it. But they don’t happen often, so they’re not as talked about. “Because Venus goes retrograde every 18 months, and Mars every 2 years, we get to experience these the least, even though they are hardest to navigate,” she says. Montúfar says that we tend to overlook Mercury retrograde’s positive effects too. “Mercury retrograde is a time to slow down, a time to revisit, redo, and rethink plans or projects,” Montúfar says. “But in a fast-paced culture like ours, that is seen as negative, when the truth is it offers us a chance to fix projects and situations that actually needed revision in order to be successful.”So why don’t we reframe the current Mercury retrograde mindset? Thinking of it as a short break we’re given a few times a year to slow things down could be more beneficial to us all. “We can’t go full steam ahead every day of our lives, therefore retrograde Mercury is part of the natural process,” Hale explains. She has a point.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Neptune Retrograde Is Coming For Your Love LifeMercury Retrograde Might Be Coming For Your PeriodThe 2020 Revolution Was Written In The Stars
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Even before the 2016 election, New York City’s Trump Tower has been a site of protest, with people gathering on Fifth Avenue to protest everything from gun violence to the nomination of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. As of today, though, this stretch of Fifth Avenue will look a little different, thanks to the addition of the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in giant, yellow letters on the street directly in front of Trump’s Midtown Manhattan building.Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio authorized the mural to be painted in front of the Trump headquarters, and the project kicked off today with Mayor de Blasio painting alongside dozens of city employees. Predictably, Trump is against the mayor’s plans. In a tweet on July 1, Trump said, “NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue.” Trump also called the move to paint the sign as something that will “further antagonize New York’s finest,” referring to the NYPD, and said that the words Black Lives Matter are a “symbol of hate.”In response to the president, Mayor de Blasio said, “President Trump said we would be denigrating the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you: we’re not denigrating anything, we are liberating Fifth Avenue, we are uplifting Fifth Avenue.” New York is not alone in painting Black Lives Matter in large, bright letters on city streets — a similar painting exists just outside of the White House in Washington, D.C. Proponents of these signs say they send a serious message of solidarity, and communicate that local leaders and communities are prioritizing the anti-racist movement. And, the decision to make the message inescapable to Trump, in particular, is important considering that the Black Lives Matter movement has sustained many attacks from the president, who recently called protesters “hoodlums” for trying to take down racist statues. Of course, affixing murals in Trump’s periphery is not a solution or real response to the ongoing crisis of police brutality in America — and many activists don’t support the murals at all. After the Black Lives Matter mural was painted outside of the White House, the D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network called it a “performative distraction from real policy changes.” And let’s not forget that the painting outside of Trump Tower comes after the New York City council voted to change the NYPD budget, but failed to meet protesters’ other demands. Though there are undoubtedly purely performative aspects to this mural, the message to Trump — which is loud and relentless — still stands. Mayor de Blasio has maintained that, “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter’ there is no more American statement, there’s no more patriotic statement, because there is no America without Black America. We are acknowledging the truth in ourselves and in America. By saying ‘Black lives matter’ we are righting a wrong.” It remains to be seen how de Blasio and other local leaders across the country plan to put their words into real action, but all eyes are on them to see if they can make good on their promises.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Housing Crisis Is A Black Lives Matter IssueTrump Tweeted A Video In Support Of "White Power"Protests Haven't Led To A Spike In COVID-19 Cases