"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Overcoming Obstacles Of The Past & Moving Forward At The First Quarter Moon

   Despite all our good intentions and reaching out to significant others since the Libra New Moon earlier this week, the cosmos keeps throwing up roadblocks and surprising us to see how well we can maintain our balance. It is especially important tonight and tomorrow to be aware of energy that seems to sweep us up so that we don't take any rash actions that may cause harm to ourselves or others. Why do I say this... because that action-oriented planet Mars, which desires physical expression "now", is meeting up with the "master of the universe", Jupiter, who knows it all, wants to do it all,  and wants to include you in his plan!

   If the momentum to get going on a project has been eluding you until now, then by all means, utilize this fantastic energy to get going! If, on the other hand, you feel pushed or influenced in any way by your own or someone else' anger or desires, please pull back from acting out, as the outcome will be far less than beneficial. For some that may mean identifying whether or not their frustration has built up to the point of no return and if this urge to take action is a good thing or not. For others, it may be timely to forgive and forget the people and situations that they have let hold them back for so long. Frustration with others is just a sign that things aren't "going my way". Frustration with myself is a sign that it is indeed time to take action. Be honest with yourself first to identify whether you are being reactive or proactive!

   Now, let's take a look at the First Quarter Moon which also happens to take place tomorrow. The Moon has four basic phases which most people recognize as the New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter phases. Once a month the Sun and Moon join together in the same sign, called a New Moon, for planting seeds and new beginnings. Then, a week later, the Moon pulls away to form a ninety degree angle to the Sun which creates a crisis of sorts between the out-going energy and anything holding them back from the past. In order to fully utilize the new ideas and see progress at the Full Moon, one has to deal effectively with the challenge of consciousness that comes at this First Quarter. If you do the same old thing, you're bound to get the same old result.

  So, the First Quarter Moon is at ten degrees of Capricorn - cardinal Earth, squaring the Sun at ten degrees of Libra - cardinal Air. That tells me that these two action-oriented signs may be dealing with issues of balance between career and relationship, particularly with authority figures, like bosses or administrations. If you have to choose between pleasing your partner or your boss, that's going to be tricky and if your partner happens to also be a business partner, that's even harder! By the way, these two signs of the zodiac don't care about your feelings or how excited you are about your new project, they just want you to "keep calm and carry on", in the case of Capricorn, or remain neutral, not rocking the boat, in the case of Libra. What do you need to release or change in order to move forward with your goals? How can you achieve success without jeopardizing  your primary relationship(s)? That is what you will have to identify and do if you want to break free of patterns that have held you back in the past. How well you do will be reflected back at you during the Aries Full Moon on Oct. 11th.

   One more cosmic line-up that I'd like to talk about today, and that comes up on Thursday, is when Mercury, (logic, reasoning and communication), lines up with Saturn, (responsibility, necessity and austerity). When these two planetary energies come together, we have the ability to put our minds to good use and buckle down on anything that requires detailed work. However, we need to avoid becoming so detail-oriented that we lose sight of the bigger picture or, in our obsessive need to plan everything, we end up annoying others who may actually be allies. Projects that need focus and attention now can see a great deal of progress as long as we remain mindful of others' opinions and honor their input.  If at all possible, you can get a lot done on your own.

  The Aquarius Moon on Thursday and Friday lets us work toward common goals without emotional entanglements. Listening to the ideas of like-minded others is helpful for ending the work week in anticipation of a much deserved rest over the long weekend. The Pisces Moon shows up Friday night and stays in affect through Sunday, making it a nice time for movies, nostalgia, music or taking a retreat from the "real" world. However, the Aries Moon wants to jump-start the next week when it takes over on Monday, not realizing a lot of people are still trying to take it slow over Columbus Day weekend! Just be sure to take it easy on Monday afternoon as there could be some unpleasant surprises or power struggles from folks trying to have it their way, especially if driving.

  Remember, keep your eyes on the road, your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!

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