Last week's full moon in Pisces is over, and we've all moved happily on to the next moon phase, not that we had a choice in the matter. This is the waning gibbous phase of the moon — when the moon rises in the east, each day with less intense brightness until the last quarter moon (which has 50 percent luminosity). There are three phases that occur after a full moon and before a new moon: the waning gibbous moon, the last quarter moon, and the waning crescent moon. Last week we focused on what it means to be born on a full moon, and now our focus will be on what it means to be born during a waning moon. Any of these phases can affect us just as deeply as someone born on a full moon, just in different ways.
Even if you don't follow astrology, you've probably noticed that during the full moon, our emotions can be erratic, spontaneous, and conflicted. The waning phases that come after a full moon are about slowing down a bit, and this reflective quality has a lasting impact on the personality, life path, and relationships of those born during one of these three waning phases. To find out if you were born during one of these phases (waning gibbous, last quarter, or waning crescent) use this moon calculator.
Waning Gibbous Moon
People born during the first phase after the full moon are reflective, and have the quality of being an old soul, or someone wise beyond their years. They could be interested in religious study, or could make good teachers, speechwriters, or orators of some sort. They're driven by a desire to teach others what they know, and to learn as much as they can about whatever their passions are. They do, however, have a problem with being a little too preachy toward others, forgetting that conversation is supposed to be a give-and-take.
The key to smoother relationships is for them to keep in mind that everyone has a different understanding of things based on their own subjective experience, and that no matter what your intentions are, by lecturing others, you're assuming a position of authority or superiority over them. A challenge for you to overcome in life is to respect the path of others, to learn boundaries, and on a more specific level, when to talk and when to listen. Your relationships will benefit when you humble yourself.
Last Quarter Moon
Last quarter moon children are born with a sense of nostalgia. They hold on to the past out of love, because every memory, relationship, and experience they have makes a lasting impression on them. They have a quality about them that stays the same throughout their lives, no matter their age. They are the living representation of the phrase, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
They have an ability to connect to the deeper meaning of any experience, since nothing is ever lost on them, but this can keep them trapped in the past, preventing them from growing and changing or simply enjoying the present moment. They could come off as slightly rude because of a capacity to stay lost in their own minds. They must learn to love the present moment the same way they give attention to past experiences, and to let go of old grudges.
Those born during the last phase before the new moon have a strong psychic side to them. The upcoming new moon's energy and the reflective period of the two phases that come before have influenced their intuition in ways they may not fully comprehend until later in life. Suffice it to say, they would benefit by keeping a dream journal or even just a notebook of random insights that seem to come to them from nowhere; these psychic nudges could be of use to them if they follow through on what their inner voice guides them to do.
You may be sought out for your wise advice, although you might feel as if you don't really, truly connect to others because of an inability to relate on a more superficial level; you have trouble with small talk and with large groups of people. You would, however, be a good person to go do mushrooms with in a desert somewhere. Try to cultivate relationships with people who embrace your weirdness as well as their own. Trust me, there are plenty of weirdos out there for you.