Full moons are often associated with spooky nights, eerie happenings or mysterious and ghostly occurrences. After all, legend has it that full moons are responsible for anything from an increase in childbirths to pet injuries to bad luck to earthquakes, and everything in between.
But it turns out that full moons have just gotten a bad rep.
BRIDES spoke with professional astrologer Allie Schultz of Reality Check Astrology for expert insight into full moons and what they might mean for your wedding. And spoiler alert—it’s not what you think!
Why? She says that, perhaps surprisingly, “Full Moons bring out genuine emotions, strengthening the bond of marriage and commitment.”
It’s actually the period after the full moon that you might want to worry about. When the Moon is waxing, also known as the fourth quarter phase that leads up to the New Moon, it is, “much less favorable,” she says, adding, “It has been said in folklore that the New Moon brings a decreased number of marriages that last for the long-haul.”
If you find your wedding date falls around this time, don't worry. Shultz says you can relax and, “seek out a professional astrologer to obtain a more personally accurate idea for you and your soon-to-be spouse.” A professional can compile and analyze the birth charts of both you and your partner, along with your actual wedding date to compare aspects—which is astrological speak for the relationships formed between planetary bodies.
With a Full Moon in Leo combined with a Total Lunar Eclipse approaching next week on January 21st (shortly after midnight, EST); Shultz says that, ironically, “the above actually doesn't quite apply,” The combination of a full moon and eclipse is unique, and she notes that, “it has been said that during Eclipse time, it's wise to wait it out.”
Unfortunately, she explains, “An Eclipse wedding may seem exciting and hold special meaning for a couple's special day, but unfortunately can result in a later realization of incompatibility.” That’s actually the whole point of eclipses—to, “shed light on truths.”
Ultimately, she advises that, “embarking on any type of major new beginning in life just doesn't seem to be the best idea around Eclipse time.”
So it’s the eclipses you want to avoid most—with full moons being most favorable and new moons being least.
If you’d like to plan around what the stars have in store, Shultz provided us with lists of both the remaining New and Full Moons of 2019. Happy planning!
Monday, February 4th in Aquarius Wednesday, March 6th in Pisces Friday, April 5th in Aries Saturday, May 4th in Taurus Monday, June 3rd in Gemini Tuesday, July 2nd in Cancer (*along with a Solar Eclipse) Wednesday, July 31st in Leo Friday, August 30th in Virgo Saturday, September 28th in Libra Sunday, October 27th in Scorpio Tuesday, November 26th in Sagittarius Thursday, December 26th in Capricorn (*along with a Solar Eclipse)
Monday, January 21st in Leo (*along with a Lunar Eclipse) Tuesday, February 19th in Virgo Wednesday, March 20th in Libra Friday, April 19th in Libra Saturday, May 18th in Scorpio Monday, June 17th in Sagittarius Tuesday, July 16th in Capricorn (*along with a Lunar Eclipse) Thursday, August 15th in Aquarius Saturday, September 14th in Pisces Sunday, October 13th in Aries Tuesday, November 12th in Taurus Thursday, December 12th in Gemini
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