Last Quarter Moon
“Earthheart” photo by Lyn Dalebout
This week, we will transit the Last Quarter Moon of this cycle. It can be helpful to re-read my previous Signposts if you want to remember what the focus of this SolLunar cycle was all about. In a nutshell, it has been the Taurus Moon of earthing our lives in a more grounded fashion/foundation. Thus my choice of this photo of an EarthHeart I came upon one day hiking. As Mercury has been in retrograde in Taurus during this SolLunar cycle, you may have been repeatedly triggered or pressured to make clear conscious choices (no more feigned unconsciousness). This week we move into the completion cycle of this phase as Mercury will go direct. And then spiritual creative Neptune will begin it’s lengthy retrograde.
Remember, too, that the Sun has been coming closer and closer in previous days to Mars, which always catalyzes conflict, revolution, activism and increased motivation. By the end of this week, they will make an exact alignment on Sunday. The question is this: What motivates you? When you wake up in the morning, what gets you out of bed? What drives you, makes you passionate, what motivates you to keep living? That’s the question I’ll continue to explore the following week as the next New SolLunar cycle begins, in lockstep with Mars.
Here is a description of the qualities of the Last Quarter Moon phase compliments of my friend Nick Anthony Fiorenza (http://www.lunarplanner.com/):
“This phase completes with our Inner Needs surfacing to consciousness, to become aware of what is important to self and what is not. A sense of completion comes forth with a recognition that the past scenario has served its purpose and it is time to leave what is antiquated behind. Essentially a lesser self is what we will be shedding. It is now time to plow under the crops so they may become the fertilizer for the next cycle. This is a transformational time, a time for personal change. Step forth from old facades, and free yourself from past ways of participating in life. Knowing now what our Truth is, it is time to consciously live it. Doing so provides a choice for others to also live theirs. Not making the realized changes keeps ourselves bound in a circle of old patterns of growth; changing allows us to spiral to a new octave of experience—one that will eventually sprout in the next lunar cycle to come.”
Once again, I will be offering my Summer Solstice discounts on all astrological readings through the end of June. Please send me an email if that might be of interest to you! Thank you!
Please note: I make my posts according to the Lunar cycles as a way of helping you work with the natural flow of time and energy. Also, I base my interpretations and predictions on the true sidereal astronomical alignments. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link: https://www.earthwordskyword.com/astrology-readings/astrological-readings/
Tue June 9
Last Quarter Moon: Sun in Taurus square Moon/Chiron in Aquarius: Because the intuitive Moon is making a monthly conjunction with Chiron ~ the archetype of the wounded healer/shaman/artist ~ today’s last quarter square of Sun and Moon can be particularly challenging or creative depending on your current life circumstance. You might feel a bit wobbly today so be super conscious of activities/foods/herbs that ground you. Trust that what is happening is truly what is meant to be occurring. Navigate the present moment with faith, trust, and wonder. All is well and it really will work out for the best, in the long run, despite what might look like a temporary crisis. Break free of your own habitual patterns that no longer serve you.
Chiron in Aquarius squaring Pallas Athene in Scorpio: This aspect implies you may have to make adjustments to some strategy or plan you previously set in motion due to what’s actually happening on right now. We can make our plans, but sometimes Life has a greater, better plan. Stay present and be open to sudden shifts.
Wed June 10
Sun in Taurus sextile Uranus in Pisces: Sextiles tend to create positive spontaneous opportunities, so be open and spontaneous today! The earthy practical Sun in Taurus dances with experimental Uranus in creative Pisces, sparking intuitive insights and surprising courageous leaps of faith.
Moon/Vesta conjunct South Node in Pisces: This sky collaboration is sure to bring a profound emotional outburst or push you to focus on your feelings, especially if you have been avoiding feeling lately. The South Node is always linked to past traumas/life scenarios so today offers an opportunity to be released from past grievances, but not without shedding a few tears in the process.
Thu June 11
Mercury goes direct: ! Yes, it’s always exclamation point time when a planet completes it’s retrograde cycle, which simply means you may have had to go inward and reevaluate key aspects of your life plan. Now we can all move forward with the next step with a renewed clarity of vision. If things have been stalled in the past three weeks, like loan applications, missing mail, even your vehicle, things will now shift gears from neutral to GO.
Sun opposite Pallas Athene: And so it begins, your next life strategy or organizational plan. Give some thought to that today.
Mars in Taurus square Chiron in Aquarius: This aspect might bring to the surface smoldering conflicts between men or with your man. Or this sky dynamic will spawn conversation about healing the wounds to the collective masculine, and also encourage vulnerability in our male populations. Lastly, as Aquarius rules our friendships, this aspect can lead to a sensitive revealing conversation about what’s really going on with a friendship.
Moon/Uranus conjunct in Pisces: Grieving past events may continue under this alignment or just be a-okay to be a puddle of emotion as you tap into a global sense of compassion for all those suffering at this time on our sacred spaceship of Earth.
Fri June 12:
Neptune goes retrograde: This annual reversal of Neptune heading into retrograde (from the perspective of Earth) until November 18 2015 marks a time for internal review or private creation surrounding your artistic projects, your spiritual aspirations. The question is what is it you truly desire and what are the necessary steps you need to take to make your dreams come true? You may have already been sensing this strongly in the past three months and this retrograde cycle will encourage you to set in motion the steps to make it all real, eventually. Sometimes it takes longer than we would like for our ‘envisionings’ to happen in this denser earthly Field, so patience is required, and faith (Neptune’s gift) a necessary ingredient for eventual success.
Sun in Taurus square Chiron in Aquarius: When the Sun and Chiron dance together in a tense square, a healing crisis might be at hand or a completely magical unexplainable moment or event might appear out of nowhere. This is the realm of Chiron, our great magician, bringer of miracles and wise guide to our deepest healing. If you will allow yourself the gift of being vulnerable with a trusted friend or even a stranger, you can set in motion an even more authentic self expression of who you are NOW.
Moon in Aries square Venus in Cancer: Struggles may arise in key relationships surrounding the conflicting needs of freedom/ independence versus security, safety and control. You might experience some version of this tension today.
Sat June 13
Sun/Mars conjunction, exact tomorrow: I write about this as a warning, in hopes of alerting you to the potential for major warfare, enhanced aggravation with others or self, road/boat/plane rage, sudden bloody accidents. Sorry to be so blunt but all this is possible as the Sun makes it’s annual conjunction with Mars. I’ll be more positive in tomorrow’s post about this crucial powerful aspect! Read on.
Aries Moon square Jupiter/Juno in Cancer: This doesn’t help. The impulsive emotional Aries Moon squares off with Juno in family minded Cancer, surely sparking direct combat, the need for clarification around issues, or at best, a playful sparring amongst beloveds. Good luck navigating the ferocity of today and tomorrow.
Sun June 14
Sun/Mars conjunction in Taurus: Okay, we have arrived at the exact moment of this annual conjunction. It takes place around sunrise so many of you will arise extra early, get out the door for a long day of play and exercise and adventure. That would be an exceptionally positive use of this dynamic. Mars rules our physical vitality, our desire to speak our inner truth and take actions that express that, thus Mars rules activism. Mars rules our personal will, so battles of will may arise today in all sorts of relationships. Wear red if you want to enhance these attributes or wear and eat green if you know you need to chill! This aspect increases heat and inflammation in the body, so eating green cooling foods is a good choice.
Moon in Taurus opposite Saturn in Scorpio: This aspect can create a momentary financial tension in your life, like who might pick up the tab while eating out. Spend less, save more is the usual advice for this aspect.
Moon/Mercury conjunct in Taurus: This monthly alignment allows you to feel and integrate your heart and mind, allowing you to intuit what is truly in your best interest.
Mon June 15
Last day of SolLunar cycle: On the last day of a SolLunar cycle, the conventional astrological wisdom is rest, relax, play, take the day off, don’t push yourself. But that advice doesn’t apply today as the activating Sun is still conjunct action-oriented Mars. And the Moon is closing in by tomorrow’s New Moon. Use the energy of the last day of a dying lunar cycle to really push yourself through any linger procrastination and clear out the old, so you can be prepared for the exciting new SolLunar cycle in Gemini tomorrow.