First Quarter Moon
“Mirroring You” painting by Alissa Davies
This week’s aspects include many overlapping squares involving family and relationship transits. The notion of family includes the tribal and racial affiliations we have in regards to groups and organizations we seek out. Given the violent way last week’s Sun/Mercury opposite Pluto played out in America, will we become more polarized in our actions or find ways to bridge our ‘family’ differences? In the end, it comes down to each individual choosing to embody ancient fear and hatred of others, or cultivate love and compassion for all of creation. This is a major theme for Part II of 2016, our upcoming elections, and beyond.
The First Quarter Moon of each SolLunar cycle initiates a desire, or pressures you, to move forward. This is the first ‘First Quarter Moon’ after Summer Solstice (Part II of 2016 has begun), setting in motion actions to fulfill the optimistic dreams you have been envisioning since the first of this year. Now that the deepest cleaning and clearing of the very challenging Mars retrograde is complete (since it went direct June 29), you will begin to sense more clearly the path ahead, one intuitive step or leap at a time.
I am continuing to highlight Alissa Davies’s organic and intriguing series of paintings for the entirety of this SolLunar cycle. Thank you, Alissa.
Here’s a list of the First Quarter Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza ~ www.lunarplanner.com
“The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Now is the time to drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about…. it is time to now participate in trust and knowing. Trust in the process. Demonstrate this trust in physical action and you will be supported. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. Simply, this phase is a time to work.”
Note: I write my posts according to the Lunar cycles, posting on the New, First Quarter, Full and Third Quarter Moons. If you to work with and within the natural flow of time and supportive cosmic energies, your life will flow with more ease and grace. My interpretations and predictions are based on the true sidereal astronomical alignments. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link: EarthWord SkyWord sidereal readings.
Mon July 11
Moon in Virgo square Sun in Gemini: In life, there’s always plenty to be done, improvements to be contemplated, actions to be launched. This First Quarter Square of Moon to Sun launches the second half of 2016, and encourages you to have more follow-through on your current goals and dreams. As the Sun is in Gemini for five more days, gobble up information that helps you make wise decisions. The emotional, motivating Moon is in hard-working, health-minded Virgo, helping you discern the best path forward the will uniquely work for you.
Mercury in Cancer trine Chiron in Uranus: Surely this will bring about healing conversations and thoughts of forgiveness, especially in regards to all you consider to be family members. Taking time to contemplate/meditate will feel especially calming and centering today. Don’t rush through. Savor the slowing down of, even exiting, time when we genuinely quiet our minds and listen to the many other forces at play in our lives. We are literally traversing a new, emerging quantum field on Earth, and some of you are more sensitive to feeling this than others. Be a pioneer, and explore these ever-evolving realms of consciousness.
Tue July 12
Moon/Juno in Libra opposite Uranus/Ceres in Aries: Teaming up with supportive colleagues to take risks or envision exciting future possibilities is part of this aspect. Be willing to collaborate/create with someone brand new to your world. As Juno rules our committed relationships, it’s a great day to surprise (Uranus’s influence) your beloved with an unexpected gift.
Wed July 13
Mercury in Cancer square Ceres/Juno: This aspect occurs the next two days. It will bring to a head underlying conflicts in marriages and partnerships, in parenting styles, and other close relationships. Wondering if you are living in the right place or longing for a new home can arise. Sudden decisions or clarity about how to proceed can occur.
Thu July 14
Moon/Mars conjunction in Scorpio: The Moon, which tracks our monthly emotional wave, aligns with Mars in sidereal Scorpio. Feelings of edginess, anger, aggression, depression, directness, and a desire to be super-driven are all possible. A helpful trine to the Sun in curious Gemini can soften these intense affects, especially if we choose to be curious about another’s point of view.
Fri July 15
Gibbous Moon in Scorpio conjunct Saturn: The Gibbous Moon resembles a pregnant belly, and that is also what it means. We are getting ready to give birth in the upcoming Full Moon of July 19, and today is a day to connect with others in shared creativity and expression. We are never alone, providing we reach out to others. Today’s gibbous Moon is delving and mysterious as it aligns with Saturn in Scorpio, sparking deeper intimacy with others and your self. Examine habits of paranoia, attachment or desire to control another. Clear out those behavioral closets.
Sat July 16
Sun enters Cancer trine Mars in Scorpio: Now we enter a month-long period of our life-giving Sun transiting the constellation of Cancer, the Crab, a natural time to focus on home improvements, family gatherings, eating of the abundance of Earth. Today’s helpful trine to action-oriented Mars ensures you have plenty of energy to enjoy others, work around the home and garden, float the river or visit the lake, as both planets are in water signs.
Mercury/Venus conjunction in Cancer: This annual fusion of heart and mind tends to create harmonious conversations as people genuinely speak their’s heart’s truth. It can mark a turning point in our planetary field about how we are talking to each other. It leads to kinder communications and also encourages secrets to be exposed, providing one feels safe.
Sun July 17
Moon in Sagittarius trine Ceres/Uranus in Aries: This fiery dynamic motivates you, both athletically and spiritually, to take risks and to examine how you are moving through your world. What message is your body-language sending out? If you want to change that message, today is the day. Sign up for a dance class, or just start joyfully dancing in your living room. Or commit to a future trip that will naturally inspire a new level of fitness. Feel confident and vibrant, ready to take on the world with a bold attitude.
Mon July 18
Moon/Pluto in Sagittarius: This aspect mirrors yesterday’s, increasing our desire for adventure, truthfulness (with self and others) and connects us with a deep well of courage that endlessly feeds our aspirations and dreams.