TRANSCRIPT EPISODE 141 | Podathon Day #3: Moon Memo! with Celeste Brooks (9.7.22)
It’s Podathon week on The Big Sky Astrology Podcast. And for five big days in a row, we are bringing you special episodes that put the fun in fundraising, including the week’s planetary news, a closer look at the Moon and five special guest astrologers, plus, your chance to win prizes, people, so many prizes. And now, here’s your host, Astrologer and Author, April Elliott Kent!
April: Hello, invisible friend, April here. The date today is September 7th, 2022. Welcome to Episode 141 of The Big Sky Astrology Podcast, and Day Three of The Third Annual Big Sky Astrology Podathon. “What is a Podathon you might well ask?” This is the week each year when I bring you five daily episodes complete this year with five very special guest astrologers. And not coincidentally, it’s when I make my appeal for contributions, which help me cover the cost of producing the podcast all year long. You know, some podcasts are funded by Patreon accounts, which are great, this is a very similar process, except that I’m just focusing all my fundraising efforts on a single week of the year.
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As long-time listeners know, Podathon is the week each year when I can really give the Moon a little extra attention, because there are days during a week when not a whole lot else is happening, other than the Moon changing signs or making aspects or going Void-of-Course. The day’s Moon sign in particular describes the tempo and pace of the day and the way that we will cope with things emotionally.
Today, the Moon is an Aquarius, coming off a couple of days of being in Capricorn, a sign which is a lot more businesslike, and a lot more pragmatic, a lot more keyed into just getting down to business. But when the Moon goes into Aquarius, it’s generally a day that’s a lot more sociable. Aquarius Moons are generally a bit more cheerful and a lot less emotionally fraught than some other Moon sign days. Aquarius is able to get some distance from its feelings, so these days are like a little mini-vacation each month for those who have the Moon in more emotional signs, or maybe in tough aspect.
Today, the Moon makes a sextile aspect to Jupiter at 6:45 AM. So, hit the ground running with a sense of adventure, accept invitations from unexpected sources. And then the Moon makes a trine to Mercury at 10:48 AM Pacific Time. This is great time to have discussions about business or personal relationships, coming off of the Capricorn Moon when everything was very geared toward business in particular. This is a good time to call on social contacts to help you with some projects that you may be thinking about approaching. The Moon and Mercury are both in air signs, so these discussions can be dispassionate, focused on problem solving.
Then the Moon makes a trine aspect to Mars at 1:13 PM. This is the time to act on our feelings. Now, I said already that this tends to be a little cooler Moon sign, emotionally speaking, so, what does it mean to act on your feelings? I think it’s a common misconception that the Moon in air signs, Gemini, Libra or Aquarius, don’t have feelings, and nothing could be further from the truth. But the sign that the Moon is in talks about how we process our feelings, and the Moon in Aquarius processes its feelings intellectually and through discussion with others. So, acting on feelings means in this context, because Mars is about the action, so it’s acting on what you have processed intellectually about your feelings, about what’s going on inside of you. So, that is the Moon for the day. The Moon is still in one of its waxing phases, which means that it is increasing in light and that it is a time when we feel the freshness of new beginnings. So, it really is a wonderful day for acting on all kinds of things.
Now, keeping in mind that we’re still headed towards Mercury turning retrograde at the end of this week, so things don’t necessarily go in a really straightforward way and exactly according to plan, but it is nevertheless a good time to start to initiate something.
April: Well, as you know, this week, I’m trying something new on the podcast by bringing you interviews with five wonderful astrologers. And I brought them on the show to talk about the Moon and their particular specialties in the Moon or their way of working with the Moon. My guest today is Celeste Brooks of Astrology by Celeste. Celeste is the Founder and Principle Astrologer at Astrology ny Celeste LLC. Understanding her celestial design unlocked the mysteries of her personality, deepened her relationships with others and provided a beacon for her life’s purpose. Since living in sync with a celestial cycle, she says she’s happier, healthier and she manifested early retirement from her corporate career.
Celeste feels a calling to guide others on their paths. Her offerings include personal readings, cosmic business coaching, group events, and her Moon mastery classes. Before transitioning into astrology as a full-time career, Celeste had a successful seals and marketing career at fortune 500 companies spanning over 25 years, she has an undergraduate degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from St. Mary’s College. Here is our conversation.
April: Celeste I am so happy to welcome you to The Big Sky Astrology Podcast.
Celeste: It is such a pleasure to be here, April.
April: Yay. I kind of feel as if you’ve been in the background of the podcast for a long time, because you and I share this passion for the Lunar Phase Family Cycle, and you actually introduced Jen and I to it, because we mentioned something on the podcast a year or two ago that somebody had asked about “What is this two and a half year cycle of the moon?” And we were puzzled, we couldn’t figure it out, but you gave us the answer on the website. And ever since then, whenever I’m talking about the Lunar Phase Family, I try to remember to shout you out because if hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t know anything about it.
Celeste: And I so appreciate the shoutouts, it always thrills me. It was my pleasure.
April: Well, why don’t you for the benefit of the people who do not know about this cycle, why don’t you explain to folks a little bit about this Lunar Phase Family Cycle, what it is, how it works and whether you’re using it really in your work with people?
Celeste: Yes. So, to start, I’d like to point to the cycle that people are most familiar with, the monthly cycle of the Moon, and there are eight phases, but there are four phases that really connect with people. And the ones I really work with, I work with the main four phases where we have a New Moon each month where the Sun and the Moon come together, whispering secrets to each other about what they want to create at our lives, and the Sun is our conscious mind and the Moon our subconscious. And then about a week later, the Moon pulls ahead of the Sun, 90° and the two are in a square formation and it’s during the waxing phase. And so, you will feel yourself pushed to take action, it’s called ‘The Crisis of Action’ and people, if you start to track it, you’ll realize you start to make decisions around this point.
So, you set intentions at the New Moon, you refine them at the First Quarter Moon. At the Full Moon, a week later, the Sun and the Moon are opposite each other as far apart as they can be. And it gives you like a full perspective. It’s a time for celebration and releasing what no longer serves you. And then, the Moon starts to wane and it pulls 90° again, and then it’s at a square to the Sun again, but this is the Last Quarter Phase. And it’s time for you to like, what lessons did you learn over the cycle? And think about that, and you can still as well celebrate your achievements. But psychologically, we integrate the lessons that we’ve learned and we feel like, a push to let go of things and disseminate, and then make it starts something new in another week when there’s a New Moon typically in a new sign and stimulating another house in our chart typically.
So yes, there are these cycles of growth and decay that simulate life, what life is all about, and it is about how we grow and change and evolve and whatnot. And so, the 27-month cycle, it was discovered by Dietrech Pessin, an astrologer who wrote a great book called “Lunar Shadows Three”, that she noticed in these cycles that they were repeating on a larger scale. So, there’ll be a New Moon at a certain point. And so, let’s talk about this cycle coming up on the Full Moon that we’re going to be having. So, the New Moon was at 23° of Pisces back in March of 2021. So then it’s nine months later, they’re called the Lunar Gestational Cycle, so you can think about, you know, with pregnancy, that nine month timeframe. And so, a story will start in your life, sometimes you’re not conscious of it, because it starts in the dark, and then, but nine months later, approximately you give a week or two on either side, there’ll be something that pops out, something that, like a marker, typically people can put in the ground at that nine month. So, the Moon will be in approximately the same position, so for this cycle, the Sun was in Sagittarius and the Moon in Pisces at 19°, so almost at that same degree of the new Moon. And then nine months later after that, there’ll be a Full Moon where all is illuminated and that’s coming up this September 10th, the Moon will be at 17° Pisces, the Sun at 17° Virgo, so all is revealed.
So, it’s really good to go back and look at these dates and see if you have a cycle that you can connect with, especially if you have planets or points around 16 to 24° of Virgo, it may connect with you. And then nine months after that, there’ll be a Last Quarter Moon where the Sun is in Gemini and the Moon is 19 Pisces next June. So, there are these 27 months cycles where big things will evolve in your life. It’s great for working with big projects. I used this larger cycle with my business from moving from corporate to cosmic, and yes… So, hopefully I wasn’t too wordy with that!
April: That was perfect!
April: No, that’s such a great explanation. And I feel like I talk about it pretty often, but I’ll also get emails from people about “What is this cycle and how are they connected?” And, I’m with you. What I like about it and find so valuable is it’s great to follow the monthly cycle, the 28-day cycle but to be honest, there’s not a lot you can actually accomplish in 28 days. It’s a really great cycle for initiating the idea and then working through it. But what I love about this cycle is it spreads it out and gives you time to actually accomplish something. You can do a lot in two and a bit years as you probably have in your – when did you make the segue from your corporate job to your life as a professional astrologer?
Celeste: Yes. Last May, 2021. Yes.
April: Wow. Did you see how it fit into this?
Celeste: Yes. So, part of the cycle was activating my Venus, and one of the cycles was an Eclipse on my Venus…
April: Oh, right.
Celeste: –right before. Yes. And so, it’s very related. And I have Venus in the 11th House, and the 11th house is the money you make from the work you do, as well as friends and groups and hopes and dreams and all of that. So yes, it really tied intimately into my chart when I was able to look back and see the cycle.
Celeste: And I’ve had, sometimes people tell me to the day they recognize things. Like I had someone who it activated, I think it was her Jupiter, and it was about moving. She moved every nine months and almost to the day with the cycle.
Celeste: Or like people with real estate transactions for big things, they’ll see it come to light. Or, relationships. I would say to people really consider not marrying someone until you get to that 18-month mark, because people often meet, have new relationships at a New Moon, definitely not before that nine months where stuff is revealed. You know, you kind of know some stuff about them at nine months, but the Quarter Moon, the Half Moon, you only see part of the story. So, if you wait till that 18 months, you’ll really see all of the layers of the person. Although, we unfold over many, many years, but…
April: That is such a good insight though, that you’re only seeing half the story. Because, when you look at the sky, you’re only seeing half of half of the Moon, and it’s almost as if, if we had the whole story, we might not act at all, which is kind of what the First Quarter wants us to do. It’s like, well, just do something. But don’t do something that you can’t undo maybe, at the First Quarter Moon, because you don’t really have all the story.
Well, that’s interesting. What I’ve been encouraging people to do in this little workbook that I have for my subscribers is there’s a little sheet at the back that gives those dates in that Lunar Phase Cycle, because it comes out at the New Moon. And I just invite people to journal about that and track it because you don’t always remember every little nuance. So, I think journaling about it, writing it down, is so great.
Celeste: Yes. What I do in my journal, I actually journal on my iPad because I can’t read my handwriting, but I demarcate each page with, what was the Moon Phase? So, was it a New Moon and the degree, then First Quarter, Full and Last Quarter? So, when you get to one of the bigger cycles, you can go back and read and can see the connection from what was going on then to what’s going on now. And I always pretty much, especially if it’s activating something in my chart, see some kind of parallels to the story.
April: That’s a great idea. Yes, we tend to forget to journal a lot of us. I know I do. Are there any other ways that you’re working with the Moon that you find really, really helpful in your day to day life, for yourself or in working with your clients?
Celeste: Yes. So, working with – as well as the Moon Phases, I mean I’m just endlessly fascinated by the Moon Phases and I talk a lot about astrology and action, so, what’s going on in the collective? And I do on my Instagram lives, I do a lot of talk about this. And so, oftentimes I will explain it to the Moon Cycles and show people these larger stories.
But also just the transiting Moon. I do what’s called “Moon Memos” where every time the Moon changes signs. I do a little video on Instagram and TikTok to talk about what to expect for people. But, I found it was life changing to work with the transiting Moon because it can help you plan your schedule and also just help you understand what’s going on and your reactivity and how you’re feeling. I find that when the Moon is in fire, Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, it’s really important for people to get some exercise or move their chi or do something like that. And for myself, I learned when the Moon’s in Sagittarius answering to Jupiter, I have to really watch over indulgence, my self-Indulgence.
April: Ah, yes.
Celeste: I’m a Taurus Sun and Cancer Rising, so I like to enjoy my food or whatever. So that’s something for fire Moons.
And the Earth Moons, whether it’s Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn, these are great times to like work and get stuff done. A Virgo Moon, I get so much done, especially like if you have just tasks you put off because you don’t really want to do them, they’rer mundane, that’s the time to do the chop wood, carry water task, Capricorn more like larger planning, I find.
Yes, the water Moons, Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio, I’m not as big of a fan for those because I get a little bit more emotional and want to go internal and want to get a little quiet, especially Pisces Moons. I never push myself at a Pisces Moon if I can help it because I just know I won’t be as productive, productivity’s for the Earth Moons. And the Air Moons, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are wonderful for connecting with others, for socializing. We’re taping this during a Gemini Moon.
April: Oh perfect.
Celeste: They find just naturally you adapt to these cycles, but if you know what’s coming up, you can do some pre-planning. It just helped me so much understanding why I was useless during the Pisces Moon.
April: I think all of us have at least one Moon sign that if we’re paying attention, we know even without looking at the ephemeris, we know the Moon is in that sign because we’re dragging and we just want to be left alone and pull the covers of our heads.
Well, thank you so much, Celeste, it’s been delightful to reconnect with you. I know you’re teaching some classes. I know you’re doing one in particular about the Moon. Tell us about the classes and how people can get in touch with you and work with you.
Celeste: Yes. So, I am Astrology by Celeste, everywhere. My website’s astrologybyceleste.com and you can go … I do a lot on Instagram. I’m also on Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.
April: You are such the media maven.
Celeste: Oh my God, I’m like all over.
April: Your Instagram is amazing.
Celeste: Thank you.
April: You all have to, in particular, check out Celeste’s Instagram account.
Celeste: Yes. Thank you. And I’m teaching, I call it my Moon Mastery Program, and I found it so life-changing to work with the Moon that I created a signature course around it, where I teach people about all things about the Moon and to really understand and tap into your inner world and make the subconscious conscious as well as learning astrology, and yes, especially for people who want to use the Moon cycles to effect change in their life or grow projects or whether it’s write a book or start your own business or just improve relationships or whatever, just understanding your Moon, your children’s Moon, your partner’s Moon, can really help people.
April: It’s such a great introduction to astrology generally, isn’t it?
Celeste: It is. It’s a great way to start learning.
April: And at whatever level you’re at, there is something that you can learn from working with the Moon. How terrific!
Celeste: Yes. So, there are two classes, Moon Mastery 101 and 201, they’re each six weeks. And I’m teaching four free webinars so that people can check them out. I call them my Moon Mastery webinars, check them out, see if they like my teaching style and see if they want to learn more with me. You can find it at my website too.
April: Well, great. Do you have a mailing list that people can sign up for at your website?
Celeste: Yes. Yes.
April: And then they can probably get news about all this, I would imagine?
Celeste: Yes. I have a “Setting Intentions with the Moon” Guide. You sign up and then you’ll get all my information.
April: You just told me that you’re on your way to the ISAR Conference in Colorado.
Celeste: Yes. I’m so excited about that. So excited to be meet my people in person that I’ve been talking to for years.
April: Oh, it’s going to be wonderful. And are there any particular Moon related lectures that you’re excited about catching there?
Celeste: Yes. So, Michael Bryant is speaking about something about the Moon Phases in Mundane Astrology. I’m taking an electional workshop with Wade Caves, and there are actually a couple other Moon things that are on my schedule that I can’t think of right now. But yes, there’re some great talks, all sorts of world class astrologers there. You know, I can’t wait.
April: It’s a terrific conference. I was really disappointed to not be able to make it, but I’ll rely on you to be my eyes and ears and give me a full report when you come back.
Celeste: I will. I will.
April: All right. Celeste, thank you again so much, all the best with everything that you’re doing. And I’m so delighted to introduce you to some of the Big Sky Astrology Podcast listeners who may not have run across your work yet.
Celeste: Thank you so much, April. I love Big Sky Astrology and you, and what you share. I’ve learned so much from you.
April: Thank you. I really appreciate it.
April: Don’t you love her? You really should check out Astrology by Celeste on Instagram. She is an incredibly warm, friendly person who just makes you feel better about things. Thanks again, Celeste for coming on the show.
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