The best part about the tips below is you don't have to know anything about astrology to put them to use. The Sun and the Moon are visible and user-friendly. Plus, in the 21st Century, technology has made the use of astrology so much easier. Now you don't even have to check out the sky because apps are available for the astrology illiterate that will quickly give you all the information you need to start using astrology in your day-to-day life.
1. Be Your Own Astrologer
One of the best ways to use astrology in your life is to become your own quasi-astrologer. How's this possible? Well, there's a fun, engaging, user-friendly and free astrology app named TimePassages, which you can download onto your smartphone.
If you want to know what astrology has to say about you or others, this app has that covered.
- It calculates a natal chart and generates a visual natal chart just like an astrologer uses.
- With just a few taps, it can give you a personalized astrology reading based on your natal chart.
- You can find out the astrological signs of all the planets and if you know your birth time, it will also clue you in on your rising sign. If you don't know your time of birth just tap Sunrise Chart.
- It can provide you with a daily horoscope based on the transits to all the planets in your personal horoscope and give you information that's more personal and insightful than Sun sign horoscopes.
- You'll be able to check out all your friends' personal horoscopes.
Additionally, for only $9.99 there's an upgrade for this nifty little app that gives you an unlimited number of chart comparisons, along with an in-depth synastry interpretation. Getting this upgrade will make it easy to find out just how compatible you are with that interesting person you have your eyes on.
2. Navigating the Ups and Downs in Relationships
Your relationships wax and wane related to the Moon's journey from new Moon to full Moon and then back to new Moon again. Knowing what to expect and scheduling romantic activities will be easier if you understand how the phases of the Moon will affect the emotional tenor of a relationship. Knowing this alone can help you more easily navigate the complexities of relationships.
A good rule of thumb is if you want a relationship to grow, begin just after the new Moon. If you want to end a relationship, take steps about a week before the new Moon. Of course, there's also a free Moon Phase Calendar app to help you plan romantic activities and plan for emotional shifts.
The three days around the new Moon is the opportune time to set your intentions for attracting a relationship but not a good time to take any significant action. Just visualize and imagine the sort of person with whom you want to become involved. If you're in a relationship, this is the time to visualize and imagine how you can spark new life into the relationship.
Waxing Crescent Moon
The waxing crescent Moon is about setting aside all doubts and committing to attracting a new relationship, beginning a new relationship, or moving a relationship forward.
First Quarter Moon
If you're looking for a new relationship, the first quarter Moon a good time to tell your friends, coworkers, and family, and to test the water by going out and having some fun. If you're in a relationship, it's time to have some fun together, push a few boundaries, and plan an exciting evening out.
The gibbous Moon is not the time to have a first date, but it can create a calming energy that would be perfect for a heart-to-heart with a current lover. If something's not working, this is a good time to fix it.
During the three days around the full Moon, individuals often see where they need to make changes in a meaningful relationship. During the full Moon is also when the person you've been flirting with might ask you out, or when you might consummate a romantic relationship.
The disseminating Moon is a good time to for group activities. So, plan a party and introduce your new love to your friends. Or if you're still a single, get out in the community and focus on your romantic endeavors.
Third Quarter Moon
The third quarter Moon is the time you let go, acknowledge the truth, and address any doubts you have about your current relationship. Breaking up is easier now, which means it's not the time to go out with someone new. It's time to re-think a relationship or replace it. If you're single, it time to rethink just how you've been going about finding a relationship.
The waning crescent Moon is the final phase of the Moon. Now begins a few days of introspection. Most individuals prefer to be alone during this phase of the Moon, so it a good time to take a break from dating or create space in a relationship to reflect on the past and look to the future.
3. Haircare According to the Moon
The stylists at Schwarzkopf's say what most hairstylists will tell you, that the Moon can be an important timer when it comes to cutting, conditioning, and coloring your hair.
Using the following information to schedule your next 'do.
During the two weeks from new Moon until full Moon regeneration and replenishment takes place.
- If you want to accelerate your hair's growth, trim it a day or two after the new Moon.
- If your hair is dull and lifeless and in need of conditioning, the time between the new and full Moon is when deep conditioning treatments will have the best results.
During the two weeks from full Moon to new Moon, growth slows and shedding occurs.
- If you have short hair or a new style you want to maintain, cut your hair just after the full Moon, and it will keep its shape longer.
- Your hair is in its peak condition at the full Moon and just after, so coloring your hair at this time will bring the best and shiniest results.
The dark of the new Moon and the light of the full Moon are clearly visible in the night sky. However, you can use the Moon Phase app mentioned above to help you plan ahead for the best days to make future appointments with your stylist.
4. Lunar Gardening
The Moon has a large impact on the way living things feel, move, and grow. Its strong gravitational force pulls on water from oceans, lakes, and rivers, and it also pulls the water in the ground, which has a direct impact on how well different kinds of plants will grow.
The Waxing Moon
A waxing Moon is when the Moon is expanding in size. The Moon is waxing from the new Moon until the full Moon. From new Moon until full Moon, the Moon's light grows brighter, and it pulls water up to the surface. The waxing Moon is the best time to plant things that have shallow root systems and plants that produce their bounty above the ground.
- Use the waxing Moon to put down sod and sow crops like leafy vegetables and flowers that are grown for beauty and fragrance.
- The best time for planting during drought conditions is just before the full Moon because this is when there is the most moisture in the soil.
The Waning Moon
The full Moon heralds the beginning of the waning Moon. As the Moon begins to contract in the sky, water moves away from the surface and deep underground.
- Use the waning Moon to plant and attend to root crops, such as beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peanuts.
- It's also the optimum time to plant bulbs and perennials, as well as for transplanting.
- If you mow your lawn during the waning Moon, its growth will be retarded.
These are simple rules of thumb. If you want to know more, check out "The Farmer's Almanac," where a more detailed gardening by the moon calendar is available. There's even an easy to use Moon Gardening app for only $1.99 that offers specific gardening advice based on the Moon.
5. Time and Energy Management
There are times to start projects, and times that are meant just to let things be and enjoy the rest. As the light of the Moon builds, so does your energy and as its light recedes, your energy follows suit. Attuning yourself with the building and decreasing energies of the Moon is one of the many ways to plan your time and manage your energy.
For 2.5 days after the exact new Moon, your energy is at its lowest, and you're the most introspective and introverted. This time is meant for rest and rejuvenation. Plan for it and don't anticipate setting the world on fire. Just do what you have to do and think creatively about what you'd like to do next.
As the Moon slowly reappears in the sky, your energies will begin to rise again. It's now time to start preparing for upcoming projects by gathering supplies and putting things in place that will support what you want to do next.
At the exact full Moon, your energy and enthusiasm are at their peak. The next 2.5 days are the most productive time of the month. So, once again, plan for it and put it on your agenda so you don't allow for any downtime. Ride with the momentum, even if that means you're up until the wee hours of the morning.
After the full Moon, expect and allow for your energy and enthusiasm to begin to decline slowly. The next week and a half are about finishing up what you've been working on, assessing what you've accomplished, clearing away any clutter, and letting go of any need to shine.
If you didn't accomplish what you intended to, or even if you did, take the time to slow down and turn inward so you can begin again with renewed vigor at the waxing Moon that will start just after the new Moon.
If you haven't already, download the free Moon app and begin planning ahead. FYI, there's also an agenda app where you can note the new Moon and full Moon dates so you'll be reminded when these important times of the month are about to occur.
Leading Life in Tune With the Sun and Moon
You don't need to know any astrology to use the tips above. Although using the apps will certainly make the tips easier and more fun, all you really need to do is look into the night sky, watch the Moon, and like the ancients before you, realize what an amazing and mystical experience it is to plan your everyday life in tune with the Sun and Moon.