You may know about the lunar phases and lunar cycle as most have heard of this even if you don't know any astrology. But how well do you know each lunar phase? There are 4 Quarter Moon Phases in the lunar cycle, and each corresponds to a different type of energy. The 4th Quarter Moon Phase is the time for cleaning things out.
The Quarter Moon Phases in Astrology
The New Moon is the 1st Quarter Moon Phase, and is the time when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon align. The phase is a time of beginnings, to start anew, and has higher energy that lasts for a week up to a year.
Coming after the New Moon but before the Full Moon, the 2nd Quarter Moon Phase is when the transit Sun and Moon square (90 degrees or 3 signs apart). As we're going from the New Moon to the Full Moon, this phase is a time to adjust.
The Full Moon is the 3rd Quarter Moon Phase, and is when the transit Sun and Moon oppose. This is a time where we reap what we've sown and see results, and comes with emotional energy.
Coming after the Full Moon but before the next New Moon, the 4th Quarter Moon Phase is when the transit Sun and Moon square again. As we're leaving the emotional Full Moon and readying for the New Moon, this is a time to clear things out.
Each Quarter Moon Phase lasts about 1 week, and occurs in different Zodiac signs. They're usually in sets of signs in the same quality/modality (cardinal, fixed, mutable). The sign the phase is in tells you about the specific energy of that phase. In the case of the 4th Quarter Moon Phase, the sign it's in can tell us how or what we need to let go of, move on from, clean up, or clear out.
The 4th Quarter Moon Phase in the Zodiac Signs
In Aries, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to take action with clearing out, and focus on what we can eliminate that will improve our energy and drive. Take the initiative to do so, and get moving.
In Taurus, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to clear out what has slowed us down and kept us stuck. We can focus on what we need to eliminate carefully, and make sure we get rid of all of it before moving on
In Gemini, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to clear out any mental sludge. Anything that's been filling your brain and clouding your mind too much, you can work on getting rid of now, and clear your mind so you can focus better going into the New Moon.
In Cancer, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to clear out emotional sludge. Focus on what's been bothering you lately emotionally, what has irked you or made you more sensitive, and work on trying to get to a better place with it.
In Leo, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to let go of blocks that have stifled us creatively, or kept us from enjoying ourselves. It may be a time to take a little break and have some fun.
In Virgo, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to get the little things out of the way. Tackle the little tasks and projects that got pushed aside so you can get them done, and not have to worry as you go into the New Moon.
In Libra, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to let go of some relationship sludge. We can work on eliminating issues in relationships in healthy ways, and work better with others as we go into the New Moon.
In Scorpio, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to dig deeper to get rid of anything that has been festering for a while. We can work on getting to the root source, and find a healthy way of resolving so we don't have to deal with it anymore, and may transform in the process.
In Sagittarius, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to get rid of anything that has been keeping us from going bigger and bolder. We can be a little more courageous about it, and take a lighter approach to moving on.
In Capricorn, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to focus on what we can eliminate that will help us make progress with our goals and keep on the right track. We may also need to assess responsibilities, and make wiser choices.
In Aquarius, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to look at what changes we need to finish, or what endings we need to change. We can be open to doing things in different ways, and may take that approach to what we need to clear out.
In Pisces, the 4th Quarter Moon wants us to get rid of spiritual sludge, and we can work on anything that from the past that is making things more difficult now. We can work on letting some of that go, and free ourselves up spiritually.
Suggested Reading: Adjusting With the 2nd Quarter Moon