"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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Last Quarter Moon Reminds Us To Evaluate Before We Eliminate

   Today, the Moon in Taurus pushes away at a ninety degree angle from the Sun in Leo to close out the monthly Lunar cycle. Just don't give up yet, because this is the time for evaluating where you stand and there are several factors that could make this a valuable turning point. You set a goal at the New Moon on July 18th and your progress was shown one way or the other at the August 1st Full Moon. Now you have to evaluate what needs to be dealt with, tweaked or let go of, as you clear the field for a new direction at the New Moon in Leo on the 17th.

   Because we're heading into that "it's always darkest just before the dawn" time, there's often a sense of urgency to chuck the old and cut ties so we can begin again... too soon! Really look at what you've achieved, accomplished or learned and decide what's important to keep and what you can now let go of. Throwing the baby out with the bath water only causes more problems down the road. Evaluate, eliminate and extricate to make room for the new; besides, Mercury just went Direct two days ago and is still bringing things up to be dealt with.

  Speaking of mercurial Mercury, how many disappointments did you experience in the last three and a half weeks?! I know I had a few about-turns myself, so I can relate to misunderstandings and agreements falling through. The retrograde started at 12 degrees of Leo and went all the way back to 1 degree and 27 minutes on Wednesday. Mercury is s-l-o-w-l-y moving forward and is at 1 degree, 31 minutes today and will start to move a degree a day by the 15th, finally passing it's shadow point late on August 22nd, when clear sailing ought to prevail again!  In the meantime, take care of the details that need to be addressed and stay in the moment as you do.

   The last aspect Taurus Moon makes today, before she moves into Gemini late tomorrow afternoon, is the Last Quarter square to the Sun and that begins a more than 24 hour void-of-course moon period. Here's a reminder about the VOC moon - Luna is traveling under the influence of the last aspect she makes as she moves toward the end of the sign. This is a time when we can't tell what direction to move in and need to trust our inner compass to guide us. Centering, meditation, grounding, following through on things and just putting one foot in front of the other as you surrender to the mundane tasks in front of you, will see you through this period without false starts and unexpected outcomes! You don't want to be disqualified for jumping the gun... Olympics are still on... :)

    At any rate, the best course of action for the week ahead, is to follow through, finish up and clear out. Also, take time to just enjoy yourself while the Sun (vitality) is still in Leo (child-like fun), Venus (love) is in Cancer (family and feelings) and Mars (energy) is in Libra (relationships). There's a summer recipe for backyard cookouts or beach fun with family and friends! I am reminded here to "accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and not to mess with Mr. In-between".

    Another consideration to keep in the back of your mind, that I think falls into the "I have no control over" category, except for my choice of how to react, is this: The period between August 15th and the 20th marks the 90 day point after the May 20th Solar Eclipse at 1 Gemini and from August 28th through September 2nd is 90 days after the June 4th Lunar Eclipse at 15 Sagittarius. These can be make-it or break-it periods if triggering natal planets or points, depending on how we perceive obstacles that may arise during those periods. My advice would be to pay attention to how you feel, what you have learned (Gemini) and where you want to go (Sagittarius) before you respond or react to any changes from the Universe.

   In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground, and call your astrologer if you need help unraveling the information for your best timing.


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