Today's Last Quarter Moon in Cancer signals the time when the influences of the previous three weeks of this Lunar cycle have played out and the only thing to do now is to make a conscious decision on how to use, or clean up from, the energies generated since the New Moon in Libra. The relationship between the Sun and the Moon is a challenging square and it begins what we call the fourth quarter. The challenge is to integrate what we have actively done to accomplish the intentions we set at the beginning of the cycle, with whether or not we feel we have grown positively in that direction. If not, this week before the next New Moon is best spent taking care of business, but not initiating any big new plans!
The Sun is still in Libra, a Cardinal Air sign whose energy is best expressed by seeking balancing in relationships. The Moon today is in the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, its' ruler-ship, where it finds expression through the emotions and the subconscious, especially when dealing with issues of how and where we are nurtured. Intense emotional upheaval having to do with relationships and emotional needs, has to be dealt with this week in order to prepare for the coming New Moon cycle that starts next week when the Sun and Moon join up in Scorpio.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 11:30pm, beginning a void-of-course Moon phase that lasts until the Moon moves into Leo tomorrow morning, at 6:06 a.m. where it will remain through Friday. This period of Leo influence is good for enjoyment and creative pursuits, especially if it reminds you of the joy children find in discovery and just plain having fun! Just make sure that you've taken care of your responsibilities before you decide to cut out of work early. If you are the boss or a supervisor, perhaps you can declare Friday a "fun" day to show your more magnanimous side.
The monthly pairing of the Sun and Neptune in a harmonious relationship on Friday night combines compassion and strength which can bring spiritual guidance without the need for complete surrender or retreating with one's tail between their legs. This aspect reminds me of the cowardly lion finding his courage and what better time than under a Leo Moon!
Virgo Moon brings in the weekend as it holds sway over Saturday and Sunday with an emphasis on orderliness, setting good boundaries and taking care of your health and nutrition. At the end of the lunar cycle, Virgo helps eliminate habits, clean the junk food out of the pantry and fridge and visit the health food store for some new herbs and vitamins. This is a great time to do a seasonal cleanse to rid the body of toxins if your health care adviser/doctor recommends it.
On Sunday, the Sun enters Scorpio at 2:30 p.m. ratcheting up the intensity of emotions, desires and purposeful activity for the month ahead. As the Fixed Water sign of the zodiac, Scorpio is known for being very intense, often suspicious and extremely determined! Scorpio natives are usually magnetic and can work well with a partner equally determined to use their shared resources, drawing from a deep well of creativity. Think of the month of Scorpio energy as an unlimited source of passion and imagination from which to draw your most prolific productions. Remember that in order to reap the most of your creativity, you must work with another for Scorpio's co-creative process to bring you what you truly desire.
Monday morning can be a struggle if you don't go with the flow instead of trying to impose your ideas onto others before the Moon is firmly in Libra at 11:49 a.m. People will still be trying to see where they stand and may be reeling under two trying aspects from the Moon in Libra to Uranus and Pluto on Monday. It's always hard enough during the last couple of days before a new moon cycle when it is literally the darkest time of the month, so go easy on yourself and others while you clean off your desk, finish up old projects and make room for all the creative things you'll be immersed in soon enough! Try to remember that Luna has to travel through Libra for two days before she catches up with and overtakes the Sun in Scorpio at the New Moon on Wednesday.
Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!