What Moon Phase Were You Born Under & Why is it Significant?

Posted on February 18, 2022
Updated on February 28, 2022

A figure holds a glowing orb close to their body.

Once you know your Sun sign and Moon sign and their exact locations, you can take the next step and find what Moon phase you were born in.

The Moon phase you were born under can give a little more insight into you and your personality. It can provide information about how you express and understand yourself.

So, let’s find out — What does yours say about you?

About the Lunar Cycle

The Moon travels through all 12 zodiac signs in less than one month, and as it does, it comes to specific distances from the Sun. This creates the lunar cycle, and there are eight phases in the lunar cycle that are 45 degrees each. They are:

  • New Moon Phase: 0 - 44 degrees
  • Crescent or Waxing Crescent Moon Phase: 45 - 89 degrees
  • First Quarter Moon Phase: 90 - 134 degrees
  • Gibbous or Waxing Gibbous Moon Phase: 135 - 179 degrees
  • Full Moon Phase: 180 - 224 degrees
  • Disseminating or Waning Crescent Moon Phase: 225 - 269 degrees
  • Third Quarter or Last Quarter Moon Phase: 270 - 314 degrees
  • Balsamic or Waning Gibbous Moon Phase: 315 - 359 degrees

In transit, each Moon phase lasts for about 3 ½ days.

Read this: What is Moonology?

How to Determine What Moon Phase You Were Born Under

To find what Moon phase you were born in, you’ll need to find the distance between your Sun and Moon. Find the exact position of your natal Sun, and then count forward to get to your natal Moon position.

There are 30 degrees in every zodiac sign, and the signs go in order as follows:

(Starting over again at Aries.)

So let’s say your natal Sun is located at 8 degrees Leo, and your natal Moon is located at 17 degrees Capricorn. They are five signs apart, which is 150 degrees (30 degrees times 5), and 17 degrees is further ahead than 8, so there’s an extra 9 degrees (17 degrees minus 8 degrees). This makes for 159 degrees difference, which would mean you were born in the Gibbous or Waxing Gibbous Moon Phase.

Let’s say your natal Sun is located at 23 degrees Scorpio, and your natal Moon is located at 5 degrees Gemini. They are seven signs apart, which is 210 degrees (30 degrees times 7). And 5 degrees is behind 23 degrees, so there’s 18 degrees less (23 degrees minus 5 degrees). This makes for 192 degrees difference, which would mean you were born in the Full Moon Phase.

If you don’t want to do it by hand, you can search for an online Moon phase calculator.

Check this out: Your Dark Side, Based on Your Moon Sign

The Moon’s Phases

New Moon

New Moon people tend to be high energy, easily excited, and all about new beginnings. The New Moon is a time of new beginnings and enthusiasm, so when you’re born under a New Moon Phase, you’re someone who can always be ready for new projects and ventures that you’re enthusiastic about.

You may be open to adventure and jump into whatever stirs your interest quickly without much thought. You can have killer instincts that guide you, but likely do need to learn to gather information sometimes.

You may be impulsive, so getting some control over that can be important to keep you out of trouble. Learning more about yourself may be a constant journey throughout your life.

Learn more about Astrology Answers' new moon and full moon guides now.

Crescent or Waxing Crescent

Crescent/Waxing Crescent Moon people tend to be more productive and focused. You can understand the importance of planning and laying the groundwork, so you’re someone who can quietly sow and make progress.

You can be creative and optimistic about the possibilities before you, and feel confident in what you can create with the opportunities you have, but may feel there’s too much expected of you (even from yourself) and need to listen less to what others think.

You may encounter many challenges throughout your life but can push through with determination. Sometimes, this may lead you to not know when to give up though, so that’s something that has to be learned.

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First Quarter

First Quarter Moon people tend to be active people. You can feel a huge push to make things happen and accomplish something tangible and can keep going no matter what to make it happen. Learning how to put less pressure on yourself is likely one of your lessons.

You may feel instinctively that you have to keep busy to work through internal pressures and challenges, and this can make you excel in many areas, yet you may need to turn more inward at times and focus more on yourself.

You can be great in the moment, able to handle any crisis that hits you with ease.

Gibbous or Waxing Gibbous

Gibbous/Waxing Gibbous Moon people tend to be great at research and investigation (times 10 if you’re a Scorpio Sun or Moon!). You likely want to understand as much as you can about situations and people, and will keep going until you’re satisfied.

This can also apply to you personally, and you can be comfortable with turning inward, reflecting, and being introspective. You can ask hard questions of yourself to understand yourself better.

Professionally, you can be talented in many areas, and this can give you lots of options, so you may not be very loyal to anyone option and prefer to try a bunch out.

Full Moon Phase

Full Moon people tend to have dynamic personalities. When born under the Full Moon Phase, you usually find that people either love or hate you, and there’s not much middle ground. Once you accept that, you can find your relationships grow.

Your connections with others can be important to you, and you can learn a lot about yourself via your relationships and partnerships. You may bring lots of different people into your life, and learn through each of them.

You may struggle at times with satisfying your ego needs and your emotional needs, so this can be something that you have to learn to balance.

Disseminating or Waning Crescent

Disseminating/Waning Crescent people tend to be speakers, writers, teachers, and overall communicators. You have plenty to say, lots of experience and wisdom, and want to share this with the world to help make it better.

It may be frustrating at times when it seems like no one is listening or taking action from what you say, so you have to learn to accept that you can’t control their actions. You’re just the messenger.

You can go big in the causes you’re passionate about and can work to dismantle the status quo.

Third Quarter or Last Quarter

Third Quarter/Last Quarter Moon people tend to be comfortable with solitude, especially when young. You may find the world to be too demanding, and like to have quiet time to yourself to renew your energies.

You may live a life where you have much to let go of, and letting go may be something you do periodically. You may be someone who can’t handle too much excess and doesn’t like clutter as it clutters your mind and heart.

A transformation may come at some point in your life, and it’s a big one that puts you on a completely new path.

Balsamic or Waning Gibbous

Balsamic/Waning Gibbous Moon people tend to feel different from everyone else. Yours is an old soul, and you can feel the weight of karmic baggage throughout your life when born under a Balsamic/Waning Gibbous Moon phase. This life may be focused on releasing some of that karma.

This also gives you a great ability to be in tune with the energies around you, making you both highly intuitive as well as perceptive. You can understand how the pieces fit together instinctively, and have a view of the future that others don’t quite see, but turns out to be quite correct.

Transformation can be an important theme for this phase too, and you may transform at many points throughout your life.

Be In Tune with Your Own Lunar Phase!

Learn more about what Moon phase you were born under, and keep learning more about what this means for you. Use your Moon phase wisely.

Suggested reading: The Ultimate Guide to Your Moon Sign

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Nic Gaudette’s astrology career began in 2004. She’s performed thousands of astrology readings, helped thousands of students learn astrology, has written over a dozen horoscope… Learn More About The Author »

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