Last Quarter Moon In Aries – The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle

On Sunday, July 16th we have the Last Quarter Moon in Aries. The Last Quarter Moon is dynamic and unpredictable and will reveal something we’ve been missing. This “missing element” will take us completely by surprise, given that Uranus and Mars are in a very close aspect to this lunation.

Last Quarter Moons are always dynamic because there are essentially a square between the most important celestial bodies, the Sun and the Moon. This particular Quarter Moon will be even more so, because it triggers the Mars Uranus square in the Cardinal signs Aries and Cancer.

Because of these squares, Sunday and Monday will be very intense, in contrast to the rest of the week, which has been rather uneventful. After the powerful Full Moon in Capricorn we had some well-deserved time to chill out, reflect and regain our strength and clarity.

The Last Quarter Moon in Aries will be explosive and unexpected, like an alarm clock waking us up from a dream. Mars is pairing with the Sun while the Moon is pairing with Uranus. Sun and Mars in the sign of Cancer will seek the safe harbor, the familiar territory, while Uranus with the Moon in the individualistic sign of Aries will look for freedom and seek to rewire (Uranus) our patterns of behavior (Moon).

Last Quarter Moon Aries

Mars and Uranus are the most intense, active and alert planets so expect a lot of inner tension. We cannot have emotional freedom and play it safe in the same time. This is the message of this turbo-charged Last Quarter Moon. If you want predictability, you might miss all the fun. It is either, or.

Don’t try to fight the restlessness you’re experiencing because it is in the uneasiness of the conflict where you will find the way out.

Look at the moon right now. It is exactly half illuminated. Half light, half dark.  You are now at the crossroads, looking how far you’ve come and how much further you can get. It is a time of transition, transformation, of evolution.  Something is about to happen, something is about to change.

The message may not be so easy to decode as it is internal, so don’t expect something to just “happen” in the outside. You are the one who needs to make up your mind and make the necessary decisions.

Like with any decision, a part of us wants to move forwards, and a part of us resists change. This is not the time to make life changing decisions, this is a time for readjustment. It is a time to see what is not working, look at the cracks, see what exactly what needs to be changed, so you can prepare for something better.

The changes we make at the Last Quarter Moon are not so obvious, “in your face” like the changes we make at the First Quarter Moon.  If during the First Quarter we are motivated to build, to manifest in the outside world, during the Last quarter we are motivated to “de-construct”, to find a new direction.

The changes we make now require some sort of mental adjustments, a shift in our thinking, in our beliefs. They are very much internal and sometimes unconscious. Last Quarter Moons can be uneventful, but are uneventful only from the outside. Inside, things are changing.

Don’t try to resist them, go with the flow.  Just like the moon, we need to go thought the cycle of growing and disseminating, so we can grow again.

On Sunday especially, but also during the whole next week when the Moon is disseminating, let go of anything that needs to be let go of: projects, beliefs, attitudes, habits and behaviors, people, places, dreams, whatever it is that is holding you back.

Now is time to bring your life in line with what you deeply know to be true.

You are affected by this transit especially if you have planets or angles between 24°-29° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Look in which house you have Aries to get more clues about how the energy will manifest in your life.

Things to do during the Last Quarter Moon:

Contemplate – Last Quarter Moons are those time in the lunar cycle when is actually beneficial to look back, evaluate and contemplate, while keeping the focus on the big picture. What have you learned from the moment of the New Moon until now? Last Quarter Moons are also a good time to look ahead, not necessarily with big dreams and hopes, but with wisdom and reflection:  what are you going to do different next time?  This is a time of change, to reflect on the consequences of your past actions as well as decide what you should keep on doing, and what not.  Ponder on why you have not achieved some of your objectives. And make sure next time, at the next lunar cycle, you avoid doing the same mistakes.

Make decisions – Write down all the projects you are working on but you did not have the chance to complete. Take a honest look at each single one of them. Which one is worth pursuing and which one is not? What do you need to eliminate so you can move forward? Circle the top projects and activities and make a commitment to do something about them, and plan the next steps to make sure you complete them. The Last Quarter Moon is your last chance to make changes and restructure your plans. And then cross out all the remaining  projects and objectives. Make the conscious commitment to release them.

Break bad habits – If you want to kick a bad habit, you might find it is easier to break it at a Last Quarter Moon phase than at a New Moon phase. This is because at a New Moon, when the Moon is invisible, we can feel quite confused, without a compass and we are generally low in energy. Use instead the active energy of the Last Quarter Moon square to end a habit you wish to quit.

Do some recycling or small DIY projects – If you are not a DIY person yourself, you can instead go and shop for any type of item that has been recycled, reprocessed or reused, for example reclaimed wood, or for anything that has to do with energy saving, for example energy efficient appliances, energy efficient light bulbs, energy efficient windows.

Reclaim your job – Last Quarter Moons have a Capricorn vibe because Capricorn is the last Cardinal sign, connected to Aries (the Sun’ equivalent of the New Moon) with a square by sign. That’s why during Last Quarter Moon any type of adjustments related to your status, to your career, anything that has to do with reclaiming your status and authority is favored now.

Do gardening – if  you have a garden, now is time to harvest or weed the garden, and prune dormant fruit trees. The Last Quarter Moons in general are also a great time to start building a new compost heap.

Take care of the details – this is a great time to deal with those “odds and ends” you’ve been neglecting, dig into the details, and finish the work you’ve been procrastinating. Either if it is finishing some paperwork, paying the bills, cleaning out the cupboard or reinventing the existing space in your room, now is time to organize, streamline, clean up, throw away whatever is impractical, useless, or toxic (those decades’ old jars in the fridge or the empty spray bottles for example), and in general to toss out the old stuff to make space for the new.

Move! Let’s not forget that the last quarter Moon is a square, and if you feel a rush of energy and don’t know what to do about it, yoga, martial arts or any type of movement that  aims to align the body with the mind are very beneficial right now.

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Eclipses In The Ancient Times

Now that the Eclipse season is on (with a Lunar Eclipse on the 10th of February and a Solar Eclipse on the 25th of February) let’s have a look at how Lunar and Solar eclipses were regarded by the great ancient civilizations.
As you can imagine, the interpretations of the ancient astrologers were pretty fatalistic, focusing on physical events and tragedies.

Illustration of Ancient Peruvians Worshipping the Eclipse

But we as a human species have evolved through time and with evolution comes the free will.

It is believed that nowadays the enlightened individual is in almost complete control of their fate (…so if you have a challenging chart, with lots of squares or Saturn or Pluto, there is hope! just work on becoming the best version of yourself, and the more you will become it, the less the planets will influence you).

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Meaning of the Solar Eclipses in the Ancient Times:

In January it indicates great prosperity and increase of rains and fruits.  Contentions will increase, and perfidy among people.

The February  solar eclipse it indicates wars, and death of sheep and plentifulness of olives. Rains will increase, and the melons and the olive oil will rot.

In March it indicates goodness of the year, excessive rains. Some of the crops will rot and the oil will be scanty. The year will be a peaceful one.

If the eclipse falls in April it indicates wars and discords. dearness and mortality.

In May it indicates sickness and violent contention and journeys.

In June it indicates mortality among cattle and increase of hostility.

The July eclipse indicates mortality and wars  and dissensions on the plains. Ships will sink in the sea and the soldiers will be mobilized.

In August it indicates scarcity of rains and increase of robbers and corruption.

The September solar eclipse indicates oppression in every place and appearance of locusts. Corruption will increase, and rain will be diminished at the beginning of the year and increased at its end. Contentions will increase among people.

In October it indicates excess of rains and cold, and wars will become violent. There will be plague among horses and goats.

In November, if there occur an eclipse of the sun, it indicates disease in the end of the year, and cold and snow.

The December eclipse indicates increase of rains and snows and fertility of crops and peace among people.

 

Meaning of the Lunar Eclipses in the Ancient Times:

The January lunar eclipse indicates cheapness in the year and justice; the will be good and the affairs of merchants prosperous.

In February it indicates plentiful rains and overflowing of the rivers, winds and earthquakes, and in summer great heat.

In March, an eclipse of the moon indicates terrible colds and snows. The year will be good in crops and wine and olive oil. There will be contentions between the kings the word of quarrels will arise.

In April a lunar eclipse indicates snows and strong winds. Corruption and contentions will increase in the land.

In May it indicates journeys and sickness, mortality of cattle, corruption of vetches, overflowing of springs. The year will be plentiful with its produce.

In June it indicates peace for the poor and trouble for the great, and famine in the west, and justice appears.

The July eclipse indicates immoral conduct in the world; plentiful rains. In autumn diseases will increase and there will be shortage of crops.

In August it indicates much bloodshed; there will be shortage of crops and a king will die.

If the Eclipse is in September, rivers will expand, and there will be various pains among infants in autumn.

In October it indicates security in the year and fertility of the earth, and plentiful rains. There will be thunderbolts and thunder, and some of the grain will rot.

In November the moon eclipse indicates weather calamities, cold and much frost. Famine in the plains. Locusts will appear.

In December it indicates rain and snow, and terrible cold. The olives will be be good with the fruit.

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Of course nowadays astrology is much less fatalistic and much more psychological, and eclipses today generate rather fascination than fear – but having a look at where we came from can teach us a great deal about both the limitations of our human nature and the mightiness of the Universe…and will hopefully make us appreciate every little moment of our short but amazing life.

 

New Moon, New Beginnings

At 0:11 UTC, October 1st 2016, the Moon will conjunct the Sun at 8 degrees Libra.

At certain key moments in our life, we’ve all experienced the magical feeling of a new beginning – the spark, the excitement, the flow of emotions, the appeal of the unknown, the magnetic pull that makes us want to get out of the old skin to become a beautiful butterfly. The New Moon on 1st of October is all about new beginnings. In Libra, the sign of the “other”, expect new beginnings with new people, or exciting new directions with existing connections.

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This New Moon in Libra is the best New Moon we had in a while. Just to give you few reasons.

This is the first New Moon after the eclipse season In September. Eclipses, also called the “renewal season”, are the necessary “cosmic adjustment” he have approximately twice a year. When things get off track, the Eclipses kick-in and bang, we get back in sync with the Source. Eclipses are the cosmic “Reset button”. And now that we are done with the Eclipses – after anything that was no longer needed is gone, it is time for the “new” to emerge. And this is the New Moon magic. When the eternal feminine (the Moon) connects with the eternal masculine (the Sun) this is when creation happens and when things get started. The Nodes of the Moon square Saturn, the planet of Karma, further heightening the “fated” feeling of a new beginning, of something that HAS to happen.

The New Moon is conjunct the great benefit Jupiter. There is nothing more auspicious than a New Moon AND Jupiter aligned in the sky. Moreover, Jupiter just changed signs. Jupiter changes signs once a year. The energy of a planet is activated when we have the first New Moon after the sign change. Do I need to mention again how lucky we are to have Jupiter shining bright next to the New Moon? We will feel like we have just won the celestial lottery!

This New Moon is in Libra and therefore ruled by Venus, which right now is in perfect sync with the planet of higher love, Neptune. Venus and Neptune are in Water signs, so the feelings can reach such a pitch of intensity that will feel sacred.

The theme: Because Libra is the sign of partnerships, we will suddenly become more aware of “the other”.  We will just find it easier to put ourselves into the other people’s shoes, and cooperate with others in a healthy way. This is an excellent time to form partnerships – both romantic and business –  to make agreements, to negotiate and to employ diplomacy in our communication.

The timing: The seeds we plant now we will bear fruits during the upcoming Libra Full Moon on April 10-11, 2017, six months down the line.

What do to: New Moons represent the end of a cycle and the beginning of another. The day of the New Moon and the day after are the window of opportunity to seed new ideas related to Libran themes.Start a new activities with your partner, work in a team, (re)decorate your home, or go shopping for good quality items.

Make a wish list! Set intentions aiming to bring more balance and harmony in your relationships. Write them down.

Make plans together with your partner or with your team. As much as you want to make pans on your own, try experimenting co-creating with others. Experience what it feels like to be an equal, even in your authority’s area.

Meditate together with your partner or a close friend – gaze into each other’s eyes. Try to keep the gaze for at least one minute (you can smile, wink, or even cry, but keep you gaze on).

Don’t overdo it with intentions and lists. In pure Libran style, remember that the best things come when we find that balance between knowing where we are aiming at, and in the same time trusting that Universe will bring us exactly where we need to be.

To recap: the New Moon in Libra is all about new beginnings, especially in the areas of partnerships. This New Moon is extremely auspicious and – with Jupiter’s helping hand –  can help you manifest your wildest dreams. Whether or not you’ve been looking to change something in your life, the New Moon will give you a planetary push in the direction of your soul’s purpose.

Sun Enters Libra

No matter where you live on earth, today the day is equal to the night. The Sun is equal to the Moon. The nature achieves the perfect equilibrium between day and night, male and female, high and low.

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And this is the perfect metaphor for the sign of Libra. Libra’s mission in the Zodiac is to strive to find the balance between opposite factors. Libra feels compelled to act when one side of the scale starts to tip. Libra is the only sign on the Zodiac NOT represented by a living being, and this is because Libra is the sign of pure reason and judgement. I am sure you all know many Libras who are anything but fair or reasonable (that’s because no human being can have all planets in the same sign) but in its pure essence, Libra is all about unbiased reason, about equality and fair chances.

During this transit our negotiation will become easier and more productive, and our decision making will improve too (some say Libras have a hard time making decisions, but this is only because Libras only make good decisions, and some decisions indeed need extended time and research 😉

We will find easier to put ourselves into other people’s shoes and see things from a different perspective.
The coming 30 days are a good time for relationships in general and for social activities, so make sure your calendar is full with meetings, events and parties