First Quarter Moon
“Green Tara ~ Venus in reflective retrograde” photograph by Lyn Dalebout
With the arrival of March, are you experiencing a hyper-acceleration of your life plan, with things unfolding faster than you thought were ready for? For me, each morning as I awaken, I have to coach myself through the leaps of faith I am being asked to trust and take on almost a daily basis. We are creating it all, at least our Higher Selves are, but our vulnerable earthly Selves can be fearful of the rapidity of shifts. Breathe, stay grounded, trust what is appearing in the NOW as your next best step presents itself, moment to moment. Remember, this is the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster. In Rooster years, we take greater responsibility for our own lives and happiness, get organized and use cautious courage to take calculated risks. We can learn to better hear and trust our own intuitions and instincts, and not be blindly led by others, mass consciousness or deceptive leaders. Lastly, the mixture of water (the Yin element) can be explosive and volatile when mixed with fire. You may need to spout off often to express your truth, much like a beautiful wild Yellowstone geyser.
The big news this week is we are now immersed in the Venus retrograde cycle which happens once ever year and a half. Venus will turn direct on April 15 and the completion of the entire cycle culminates on May 20. The wisdom and council of Venus retrograde often shows us what no longer works for us and helps us find acceptance if we really have moved into a different vibrational field from our current partners, jobs, residences. That vibrational shift requires we move out of the old and on to the new if we want to stay healthy, evolving, happy. Retrograde periods are about taking time to reflect and re-evaluate where we stand concerning love, money, self-worth, values and ethics. If someone is not coming from a place of honesty and integrity, this period can bring about sudden exposes of what’s happening beneath a façade of care.
Venus is moving through sidereal Pisces. This theme is articulated by my friend and sidereal colleague, Nick Anthony Fiorenza, in his always informative, LunarPlanner: “This area of Pisces is about psychic, emotional and genetic energetic currents we carry from the the past, those inherited or assumed. Thus, this retrograde period provides opportunity to reassess those that are of value and those that keep us bound, entrapped and in turbulence, those we need to relinquish. This period offers a time to clear and refine our hearts’ values and our capacity to be receptive to that which we truly desire and deserve.”
As Venus, the Evening Star, disappears and re-emerges by spring as the Morning Star, think about what is setting in your life and what is being born.
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. Even NASA is onboard now with the sidereal zodiac!
Sun March 5
First Quarter Moon: Moon in Taurus square Sun/Pallas Athene in Aquarius: It’s a working Sunday with thoughts of financial planning, redesigning the personal infrastructures of your life. Today’s dynamic action-pressured First Quarter Moon is in practical, grounded, at times, fearful Taurus. Don’t let those fears halt your progress, just remember they are part of the beginning of any creative journey.
Mars in Aries trine Saturn in Sagittarius: This focused and driven alignment is perfect for an extraordinary athletic endeavor or powering through and accomplishing many tasks today. This influence will be with us tomorrow as well.
Mon March 6
Sun/Mercury conjunction in Aquarius: This alignment naturally brings an increased number or very focused conversations, and also manifests as a crystalline clarity of thinking. Or you can experience lots of mental chatter or a plethora of ideas filling your head today and tomorrow. Also, you can receive flashes of insight coming from your future Self helping to guide you now, all part of the gift the quantum field where time is fluid. If you haven’t tapped into this concept yet, overcome skepticism and try meditating with your Future Self. Set your intentions of where you might see yourself by the end of this year, or in the next few years, and simply ask for guidance and alignment from the place where it is already accomplished. It’s a fun, revealing and helpful exercise. I do this on a regular basis as a way to increase my trust in taking courageous leaps of faith.
Tue March 7
Moon/Vesta conjunction in Gemini: Yesterday’s theme of increased mental activation can become more focused in one direction today as the Moon (what you need to do) aligns with Vesta (undaunted focus and dedication to a cause).
Wed March 8
Moon in Cancer square Mars in Aries: This tense stand-off happens in the morning and can suddenly spark tempers or temper tantrums, especially between family members (Cancer’s domain).
Sun in Aquarius sextile Pluto in Sagittarius: This two-day portal is highly energizing, as you go from one stimulating conversation and activity to the next, meeting new people along the way.
Mercury in Aquarius trine Vesta in Gemini: Another great aspect that provides a steady stream of intellectual focus and mental agility all day long.
Thu March 9
Moon in Cancer trine Venus retrograde in Pisces: This is a deeply caring and nurturing aspect. With the reflective nature of Venus’s retrograde, you can cooperatively re-evaluate the needs of partners going forward as all parties are better listeners under this celestial gift.
Fri March 10
Mercury/Pallas Athene conjunction in Aquarius: Strategically brilliant. That’s what this alignment is all about. Using both facts and intuitions, you can see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together in perfect symbiosis.
Moon/North Lunar Node conjunction in Leo: This creative and playful aspect is also in a cooperating trine to Mars in Aries.The North Lunar Node often guides us to our next step. With the courage of both the Leo Moon and pioneering Mars in Aries, it feels exciting and joyful (not fearful and intimidating as it did earlier this week) to take that leap of faith.
Mercury/Chiron conjunction in Pisces: This aspect happens late tonight. You might be hounded by wounding thoughts or feel a sadness around not being able to forgive oneself for some action in the past. Just sit with the essence of your emotions and choose to be kind to yourself or another. Then n emotional or mental meltdown becomes a healing breakthrough.
Sat March 11
Moon in Leo opposite Neptune in Aquarius: This aspect on Saturday night leads to good times with friends and partners, romantic intrigue, and for some, creative collaborations are born. Tomorrow’s Full Moon carries a similar theme, making it a very joyful and celebratory weekend.
TOOL FOR SUPPORT: In an attempt to help you maintain health, calm and balance during these stressful times, here’s a helpful tool: Health is in your Hands. I am a proponent of Jin Shin Jyutsu and have been a practitioner since 1983. This beautiful, easy-to-use book and card set teaches you the ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Self Healing. JSJ’s premise is that by applying the jumper-cable of your hands to various points on the body, you can clear your own stress on a daily basis, freeing up stuck energy that leads to patterns of dis-ease, while activating the renewed flow of qi and vigor on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Please check it out, and teach yourself this simple tool for centering and radiant vitality.