- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Destiny Books (March 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594774013
- ISBN-13: 978-1594774010
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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“Astrology can be overwhelming for novices, but this guide makes for both easy reading and comprehension. The heart of the book tells the stories of 96 moon phases and moon-sign combinations, from the Infant's Moon to the Prophet's moon. . . Beginners will finish with an understanding of how to find their moon sign and phase through an astrological chart, and more advanced readers with a greater interest in using the moon as a life guide will find much useful information here. Easy-to-understand astrology for beginners and beyond.” (Kirkus Reviews, March 2011)
“Moon Phase Astrology is a valuable resource on a neglected topic. Through the use of descriptive and poetic titles, insightful text, and inspiring historic quotes, Raven Kaldera illuminates the subtle differences of the often forgotten Moon phases through the twelve zodiac signs. A must read for those walking the path of the Moon.” (Christopher Penczak, author of Ascension Magick, Spirit Allies, and The Three Rays of Witchcraft)
“In Moon Phase Astrology, Raven Kaldera weaves a magical tale of Moon lore, astrology, archetypes, and practical spiritual insight that imparts deep knowledge and understanding of the Moon’s impact on our lives. The wisdom of the ages permeates this methodical collection of information, enticing you to learn more about your dance through the seasons and cycles of the Moon based on the lunar phase at the time of birth. Highly recommended!” (Susan Selene, internationally known psychic and astrologer)
“Raven Kaldera’s Moon Phase Astrology is a much-needed addition to astrology’s literature on the Moon and how it affects our emotional and spiritual approach to life. By understanding the current Moon phase and the phase we were born under, we can more easily manage our responses to the ebb and flow of both stressful and joyful intervals. This book is an exceptional tool for keeping ourselves on an even keel during these challenging times.” (Donna Cunningham, MSW, author of Moon Signs and The Moon in Your Life)
“Moon Phase Astrology portrays the 96 Moons with a poetic license that captures the talents and gifts of each Moon, as well as the challenges and negative tendencies.” (Dell Horoscope, October 2011)
“For those interested in moon astrology, or for pagan peoples who are interested in anything Luna–related, this will provide another perspective on lunar frameworks.” (Frater U.I.F., Behutet Magazine)
“...the book is well-written and sufficiently covers an interesting niche area of astrology. For those interested in moon astrology, or for pagan peoples who are interested in anything Luna-related, this will provide another perspective on lunar frameworks.” (Frater U.I.F., Behutet Magazine, October 2012)
“This thick tome is a complete introduction to developing and understanding a personal relationship to the phases of the moon. Kaldera walks with the reader across the varied path of the moon as it glides through all of its 96 incarnations. Besides simply understanding the celestial path the moon takes, Kaldera shows the reader how the moon is a metaphor for our own lives, our personal relationships, and our general disposition towards the world. Kaldera brings a great sense of storytelling to his explanations of the moon’s place in our lives.” (Witches’ Almanac, December 2013)
“Intuitive, poetic, and intriguing. More reverie than textbook, Raven Kaldera’s work makes for an enticing read.” (Sue Tompkins, author of Aspects in Astrology)
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“Moon Phase Astrology is a valuable resource on a neglected topic. Through the use of descriptive and poetic titles, insightful text, and inspiring historic quotes, Raven Kaldera illuminates the subtle differences of the often forgotten Moon phases through the twelve zodiac signs. A must read for those walking the path of the Moon.”
--Christopher Penczak, author of Ascension Magick, Spirit Allies, and The Three Rays of Witchcraft
The Moon’s ever-changing phases offer a way to deepen our understanding of our natal Moon sign as well as the Moon’s day-to-day influence on our emotional tides. Through its 8 phases and its wandering dance through each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac--from the Infant’s Moon (the New Moon in Aries) to the Storyteller’s Moon (the Full Moon in Gemini) to the Prophet’s Moon (the waning Balsamic Moon in Aquarius)--the Moon shares its story in 96 different ways.
Telling the stories of the heart of all 96 Moon phase and Moon sign combinations, Raven Kaldera explains the creative gifts and emotional challenges bestowed upon those born under each Moon archetype as well as how to nurture the positive traits and improve--or at least discourage--the negative ones. Exploring the influences each Moon archetype has on us as it passes, the author reveals which Moons are the most difficult, what innate qualities each Moon brings out in us, and what we can do to honor each Moon. Including evocative quotes illuminating the nature of each Moon, Kaldera shows how to use your natal Moon’s astrological sign and phase to find your “hidden Moons”--the shadows cast by passing Moons--and predict how current and approaching Moons will affect you.
RAVEN KALDERA is a Northern Tradition Pagan shaman who has been a practicing astrologer since 1984 and a Pagan since 1986. The author of several books, including Pagan Astrology and, with Kenaz Filan, Drawing Down the Spirits, he lives in Hubbardston, Massachusetts.
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In this book, he uses the 8 phases of the Moon highlighted by Dane Rudhyar, and assigns each phase to the 12 western sun signs, for a total of 96 different archetypes.
What I find intriguing about this book is that he manages to do with moon phases what Vedic astrology has done with the nakshatras - delineate unique personality characteristics with no relation to western Sun-sign astrology. There is nothing Vedic about this book - its concepts are entirely western and mostly neo-pagan - but the way he deconstructs all the layers of meaning in the Moon is eye-opening. This book is a worthy successor to Rudhyar's classic, "The Lunation Cycle". If you want to begin to understand that book, you almost NEED to read this one.
Once you check out your own Moon sign, the best way to really understand what Kaldera is offering is to understand each phase archetype in your sign. If you want to really understand the Taurus Moon, for example, the best way to do it is to follow the phases from beginning to end, and see how the Taurus manifestation shifts focus from "Crescent" to "Gibbous" to "Disseminating" to "Balsamic". The Taurus Moon is all about values, and property ownership, and stewardship, and creative expression, for example. Yet each of these qualities becomes the primary focus in some phases far more than in others.
The biggest drawback of this book: the paragraph or two that he devotes to natal descriptions is very positive for some sign-phases, and quite negative for others. Kaldera goes with his gut, and doesn't sugar-coat his perceptions. This makes it a useful book for readers who want to understand the people in their lives, but less useful for an astrologer who is trying to counsel a client, or even for a reader who gets a miserable moon - how many readers with natal New Moon in Scorpio are going to be all that pleased with the "Raging" Moon description?
Nonetheless, Kaldera is doing some very innovative astrology, and a reader without undue sensitivities will appreciate a whole new way to understand the western Moon and its secrets. The Vedic sages understood the complexity of the astrological Moon centuries ago, and with books like this, the west finally appears to be catching up.