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The Best and Worst Times to Get Married

Is getting hitched on your 2015 agenda? Congratulations! As you sift through potential venues, invitees and décor ideas, there's another thing to consider: the astrological timing.

Astrology can point you to the most favorable times for important life events, including a wedding. There's actually a branch of this sacred art, called electional astrology, which highlights auspicious times for events. Like all things, a marriage has a birth, which is the moment when the vows are declared. By finding a day and time for the ceremony that offers advantageous celestial alignments, you can infuse your wedding—and future union—with good fortune.

If you were to consult with an astrologer to help you pick a date, she or he would take several factors into consideration, including the bride and groom's birth charts. But if you don't want to go that route, consider these factors before pinning down the big day.

Look for the waxing phase of the Moon
The place to start is with the Moon. After all, the Moon relates to emotions, safety and nurturing. Since you want your matrimonial bliss to grow, rather than diminish, try to schedule your vows for when the Moon is in its waxing phase. This is the time that the Moon is growing in light and size, which occurs between the New Moon and the Full Moon. It's thought to be best to initiate new beginnings a couple of days after the New Moon so that the Moon isn't completely dark and can add illumination to what's being birthed. If you have a choice, select a date a couple of days after the New Moon, rather than just when it begins its monthly cycle.

Avoid the void-of-course Moon
Plan the ceremony when the Moon is firmly rooted in a sign, rather than when it's void-of-course, the time period after the Moon makes its last major aspect to another planet before moving into a new sign. That's because when the Moon is void, it's not anchored and things initiated during this time often don't manifest exactly as envisioned.

Consider the Moon's last aspect
Look to the last aspect that the Moon makes before it goes void. Ideally, you want it to be making a harmonious connection (such as a trine or sextile, rather than a square), as this is thought to be a reflection of the energy that is carried forward into whatever is initiated. For example, if you're deciding between a date when the Moon's last aspect was a trine to Venus and one where its last aspect was a tense square to Uranus, definitely opt for the former.

Refrain from retrogrades
Try not to schedule your wedding when Mercury, Venus or Mars is retrograde. These periods prompt us to reconsider communication, relationships and forward movement, rather than setting in motion life-long commitments. The retrograde periods of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto) last longer and are harder to avoid, so you don't have to worry about them as much. If possible, work around the days where the outer planets station direct or retrograde.

Remember: There's no such thing as a perfect date
While astrology can be a helpful tool, don't drive yourself crazy. After all, you may find an astrologically auspicious moment for a wedding…but it's on a Tuesday in the middle of the night—not a time you'd realistically schedule it. Also, while you want to look for periods that have success stamped upon them, realize there will always be challenges reflected in a chart. And that's okay! These challenges can make life richer and inspire you to grow as a couple.

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