"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

Monday, January 16, 2012

January's Last Quarter Moon in Libra and The Sun's Entry Into Aquarius

   Some of you may realize that Quarter Moons, First and Last, can be as potent as, or more potent than, New and Full Moons. The reason is fairly clear. In the solar/lunar cycle from New to Full Moons, there are two points when the Moon pulls away from the Sun to form a challenging square aspect to it and those are the First Quarter and Last Quarter Moons. I will get around to talking about today's Last Quarter Moon in a bit, but first some background information on the effects of Quarter Moons.

   The period from New to Full Moon is about growth and is concerned with overcoming obstacles from the past which may impede our progress. The First Quarter Moon will bring up some kind of conflict that shows the necessity for change if we are to achieve what we set out to do at the New Moon. If we have not acted in a positive manner to get things done, the insight at the Full Moon will show only the conflict. If, on the other hand, progress was made and past restrictions let go, the Full Moon will illuminate the progress made!

   The Last Quarter Moon phase is between the Full and next New Moon. It is a time known as a 'crisis in consciousness' or the period of awareness of this lunar cycle and how well we did getting to this point. If one has been positively illuminated by the Full Moon, then the process of letting go to prepare for a new cycle is enjoyed. If the Last Quarter Moon shows discord and negativity, then the inner and outer are at odds and problems can ensue. The Moon pulls us inward to gauge our own rhythms while the Sun draws us outward. Think of this cycle as a cosmic dance when the partners join at the New Moon, separate for adjustment at the First Quarter, then experience clarity at the Full Moon and seek their way back consciously at the Last Quarter in preparation for re-joining at the next new Moon.

   Now that the ground work is laid, today's Last Quarter Moon at 25 degrees of Libra will show where harmony exists or is needed in your relationships. This is the time for conscious awareness and release. Are things flowing in the direction you intended at the December New Moon in Capricorn? Who do you need to ask for a do-over, let go of, or continue to collaborate with as you work toward your goals? The answers to these questions and any efforts at clearing the way this week will get you ready for the New Moon in Aquarius on the 23rd, a time for group endeavors, new associations and sharing of exciting information. First, the Sun enters Aquarius on Friday, the 20th, before the Moon joins her dancing partner next Monday!

   When a planet moves from one sign in to another, it's called an "ingress". The Sun does this twelve times a year, entering each sign of the zodiac along a belt called the "ecliptic". On Friday, the Sun travels to that part of the sky encompassed by Aquarius, the "water-bearer". This is not a Water sign, but is the fixed Air sign of the intellect, the unusual, the unconventional or independent energies that flow on unseen waves, like electrical currents, connecting and distributing. In the body, Aquarius rules the nervous system and the blood flow.

   During the month that the Sun is in Aquarius, the time is right for trying new things, connecting with people of like-mind and doing humanitarian or group work. The common good becomes important and while Aquarius is given to rationalization and clear thinking, it is not because of a lack of caring, it is the utilization of progressing toward a shared goal without emotional entanglements hindering the efforts. Think of Spock in Star Trek, he cared but couldn't show it; his best attributes were figuring out things in his ingenious manner but being a team player was difficult especially when he knew he was right and could help the others. We all know quirky Aquarians and our world would be so much bleaker without their inventive minds and friendship. This month we all get to play out the Aquarius in our charts as we join together to affect change where it is needed.

  Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.




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