After the Full Moon

Year: Solstice  |  Sun: Sagittarius

Moon Cycle:  Waning Gibbous in Cancer  |   FM+3  |  90% Illumination

The full moon is so exciting and gets all of the attention, but what happens after the full moon?

Here we are after all of the melodrama. Those few days of the full moon get all the attention with the anticipation and passion that comes with it, but life does not stop after it’s all over. The moon cycle doesn’t stop, either. There are rich gems to be found all through the month.

Did you have a good full moon? Mine was a bit rocky, to tell you the truth, which I will get to in a minute.

Not all full moons are alike. And your full moon experience can be very different from mine. And mine are different all through the year. We can use astrology-speak and talk about birth charts and soli-lunar axis and Venus transits and the whole mix of planetary aspects for the day. Jupiter is retrograde, and Uranus goes direct in a few weeks.

Sometimes we can set all of that complexity aside and consider the moon cycle all by itself.

But something magical happens two and three days after the full moon.

There is a dependable symmetry to the cycle that I look forward to every month. Yes, my full moon experiences vary according to my personal transits and birth chart, and I welcome them. But something magical happens two and three days after the full moon. Life returns to Normal. At least, the hysteria recedes and if I didn’t get a chance to act in a graceful manner through the drama, I can look at it now to sort it out.

For example, during this last full moon I observed two distinct experiences – one was internal and the other was external.

Internal Full Moon Experience

My personal turmoil often comes in the form of a technical issue for one of my many projects. I have a plan all worked out, and then one of the steps in the plan gets a glitch to it. It’s frustrating, but often I find out quickly that it comes along for a good reason. Like, I need to learn something else or a better solution comes along. That’s what I hit this month.

I was working with a technical person, and the item we were working on did not fit together with my personal vision. When I recognized that the full moon magnified the situation, I decided to bow out of the whole thing for a couple of days. I told my technical person that the full moon was on Saturday I was letting it all go for the weekend and taking some time off from the project. It is hard to let go when immersed in an activity that you like, but I switched to some routine chores and gritted my way through it.

External Full Moon Experience

A few days before the full moon someone in our neighborhood posted a flier outside. It was a full page of typed print and nicely presented. The topic was interesting. It covered all of the reasons why no cats should be allowed outside, and included a scientific study that showed that an outdoor cat will kill 164 birds per year. This person clearly had a specific mindset about cats and birds. I did not necessarily disagree with everything this person wrote, nor did I agree with it all, but the attitude came through as nasty.

One of my neighbors was quite upset about the whole thing and posted a rebuttal. The situation had such a full moon atmosphere about it that I could only stand back and admire it all. I even got caught up in the dramatic emotional momentum for half a day until I recognized what was going on, meaning it was a fine example of a full moon experience. It didn’t affect everyone in the neighborhood the same way. If it did, no one mentioned it.

It’s Predictable

Back to today. It’s after the full moon. The symmetry about the moon cycle I mentioned is that it doesn’t matter if Mars is conjunct Pluto, or the Sun is in Sagittarius. Each day of the moon cycle has a certain flavor to it that you can depend on returning each month. I like the drama and spiritual character that the full moon days can offer, but I like Normal, too. In fact, it’s the prospect of Normal returning in a few short days that gets me through the time when a full moon experience is a little too exciting. I know these two days are on the way. It’s predictable. Every month.

Full Moon – Wild Success or Agonizing Anxiety

Year: Summer | Sun: Cancer | Moon Cycle: FQ+4 in Sagittarius

Have you ever noticed that the moon sometimes looks ‘full’ a few days before the calendar says it is full moon day? I’ve noticed it and heard others exclaim with an element of extreme surprise: Look! The moon looks full already! This illustrates my ongoing experience that the ‘effects’ of the full moon typically start 1-2 days before and extend another day after the actual full moon day.

Full Moon Coming – What is my Clue?

When I feel anxious or pissed off that the full moon is approaching, it is a sure sign for me that something was missing from my plan for the cycle. “Why,” I wail, “does it feel so painful? What is wrong? Who did it to me?”

Then I come to understand that no one did it to me, and there is nothing wrong, but the emotional pain is a signal that I am in the middle of a personal learning session. For instance, I’m not ready to make a job change because it was too comfortable to keep the status quo; or I don’t want to let go of my personal concept about how an old boyfriend treated me ten years ago; or I was not ready to change the way I perceived money from what I learned from my parents.

These kind of full moon days can be stressful. I can choose to wallow in the negative complaints or reach for positive solutions. The particular solution may be to take a simple action in the outside world or to dig deep to find the issue that I need to change inside myself. If I am too stuck to do either choice, I can hold on, keep a good attitude, and ride the cycle through the next few days. I know for certain these full moon days will pass along in their proper turn in the cycle: I will get further insights the following week and on through the waning moon and, if needed, I get another chance in a later cycle to discover what I need to learn in different way.

Your personal full moon experience represents your sense of growth during the month-long cycle

This natural occurrence of cycle is up for ridicule when, in fact, it could be a useful tool. Uncertainty during the days of the full moon means more information is needed about current issues, whether they are internal ones or related to physical projects. Observe closely around the few days of the full moon and get to know your particular brand of reaction. Then, when someone giggles vaguely about the full moon, you can reply with certainty and positive affirmation, “Yes, it is a full moon!” – without revealing your personal journey. A little mystery is not a bad thing.

Cultivate a tone of welcoming for the full moon days. Look forward to it coming along and count the days to its bright climax. Your personal full moon experience represents your sense of growth during the month-long cycle. How you feel at the full moon is a clue to what you have achieved – or not – this cycle.

When I feel elated that it is a full moon, there is no mistaking it. I know I’ve learned something important. I am ready to celebrate, even if it is just a pat on my own back and a shine on my face. After all, who else needs to know?