Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, realign
Moon in Aries
Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: Bagalamukhi, Goddess Who Dissolves Illusions
Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: Ian, God of the East
Skill: hold on and be aware of the energies - it's a wild ride out there today
True Alignments: sharing someone's load or burden, new life beginning, happiness in everyday things, emulating, future projections, guidance coming from "the unusual," the Creative Void, the inner compass, contentment
Catalysts for Change: making the same mistakes, feelings of abandonment and judgment, false fronts, pretending, lack of purpose or meaning, gossip, feelings of superiority, breaking and splitting, pressure releases
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: "a woman activist in an emotional speech dramatizing her cause"
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the magic carpet of Oriental imagery"
Mars continues to build pressure and intensity as it prepares to station direct tomorrow. The Moon in Aries, ruled by Mars, is adding another layer of "Mars-ness" into the day. Mars' retrograde has been re-working how we use our time, energy, and love, and how we assert our will and desire in the world.
Surprises and sudden events within the churning chaos of Mars may occur, with the Moon moving toward conjunction with Uranus, the Planet of Changes, today. Exact conjunction is at 8:18 pm ET/00:18 am UT.
The Earth is discharging the Sabian symbol energetic of "birds in the house singing happily." The theme of home is rather strong right now with Mercury making conjunction with the Galactic Center (our spiritual "home," according to the ancient Gnostics) overnight last night. Mars' standstill is complicating things, but the Earth offers a counter energetic of Oneness to stabilize things, even if they are very active.
Two other energetics are in place today that can bring up feelings of overwhelm or disappointment. Venus discharges "a very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast," and Mercury is discharging "society granting bankruptcy to him, a man leaves the court." Mind spaces can become very dark and self-persecuting with this combination. But second chances, acceptance of responsibility, and courage to find a higher truth also accompanies them.
Keep in mind that it is difficult to advance or progress things until after Mars stations direct tomorrow. Some things may be crashing and burning, but all in service of revising, rectifying, and realigning toward growth and evolution. (The Sabian symbol for the degree where Mars stationed retrograde is "a mother leads her small child step by step up the stairs," and so we are being led to higher awareness and experience.)
In the "slingshot" of Mars' retrograde, tomorrow the sling reaches as far back as it can go and shoots forward, releasing the long pressure build up of the retrograde. Since Mars has retrograded into Scorpio, a water sign, the slingshot opens up floodgates. "Cracks" may already be occurring, as in the Sabian symbol energetic of "a broken bottle and spilled perfume" that was in place at this month's New Moon in Gemini on June 4. Things are being let out or released suddenly. We want to contain or moderate this as much as we can.
Impulsivity, anger, conflict, and aggression are the common things that Mars brings. This we know. But Mars also brings us the inner fortitude to carry on. It brings our hopes, wishes, and dreams to life. Without the action of Mars, things would be stagnant. And stagnant is not the way of the Universe.
Let's hold on loosely, remembering that the fellowship of humanity is more edgy, temperamental, anxious, careless, reckless, impulsive, angry, depressed, and in sensory-overload. The human species was not originally intended to withstand the bombardment of a multi-planet system (and thus multiple simultaneous retrogrades of planets), but here we are, and here we are with our mettle. Here we are persevering against all odds.
We are the Children of Sophia and Thelete, and we have only just begun.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, realign
Moon in Aries
Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Bagalamukhi, Goddess Who Dissolves Illusions
Aspect of the Aeon Thelete (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East
Skill: skim lightly
True Alignments: self-control, dreamy and creative, fellowship, flexible, imagination, careful, patient, power of words, signs, allowance, the unseen realm, assistance from the unseen realm, connected with nature (Nature is the greatest healer)
Catalysts for Change: stubborn, lost or disconnected (feeling semi-dissociated is natural with this energetic but can go to the extreme), self-centered, aggressive, domineering, manipulative, resistant to flow, rushing, hypnotic effect/mind control
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: "a woman activist in an emotional speech dramatizing her cause" (the rise of the inner self/will)
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the magic carpet of Oriental imagery" (transcending old paradigms)
We enter the Third Quarter (or Last Quarter) phase of the lunar month later today (around 2:30 pm ET/6:30 pm UT). Third Quarter Moon phase is essentially the days of the lunar month that complete the month's theme (which could also be considered a mission). This month's theme of the inner self rising forth, with a fortified will, is polished up, polished off, revised, and realigned. We come to a reassessment of the status of the situations, circumstances, feelings, ideas, and beliefs.
Something very important also happens during this Third Quarter Moon phase: Mars, The Titan, straightens up and flies right. Mars will station direct or appear to move forward in the sky once again on Wednesday. It has been "backwards" since April 18, 2016, moving backward in time, so to speak.
When planets retrograde, they re-work things. Mars does not retrograde often. It only does so once every two years. When it does, it re-works how we use our energy -- our time, resources, attention, and love. It endeavors to help us see what is better for us, and move in those directions. Mars is ACTIVE. The energy needs to move. It rules headstrong, impulsive, fiery, motivated Aries. Mars is not at all "comfortable" when it retrogrades. Progress and momentum are elusive. Frustration, anxiety, and impatience mount.
Over the next two days, as Mars prepares to move forward again, it is basically "on lock." It is barely moving. Struggling against its nature, Mars is at a virtual standstill as it churns out the last vestiges of the energetics of "crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one inspired man." Messages have come down for each of us. The next two days are key for getting the message.
Things may have to come to what seems like a stop before they begin to move forward again. Knowing this can save us a lot of hardship. Forcing things will not work. It is a waste of time and energy.
But when it does move forward, on Wednesday, Mars is going to dart back onto its course with a vengeance. Strength and vigor are renewed. Our energy is refreshed from Mars' clean sweep.
Beautifully, Mars will station direct just before we begin the energetics of a new quarter of the solar-lunar year. Every quarter, the energetics change dramatically. This occurs in full force on July 4, with the New Moon in Cancer. It is a shift or pivot point in the year. It is the "First Quarter" time of the year, the time when we step out of our comfort zone and take action. (On the Medicine Wheel, we move from the East to the South.)
Today, messages come "down from the mountain" with Mars, but also with the Earth discharging the energetic of "a veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of a god." The higher octave of this energetic works for the highest and best for all. The lower octave can make it hard to know what to trust. It is advised to hold any important action or decision until after Wednesday.
Mercury reinforces the idea of "holding" as it disseminates "winter frost in the woods." The foundation, structure, or root of things is being reinforced. It is coursing under the surface, even if we cannot feel it.
Finally, the Sun adds the energetic of "two fairies dancing on a moonlit night." It is a "reveling" and "retiring" type of energy. It rejoices in effervescence. It is light. I love this symbol and its energy. Pay special attention to dreams when you sleep tonight (whenever that is for you in your place on the world). Dreams are often prophetic when this frequency is discharged.
Let's dance out the Moonlit Night of Mars with grace and, if we are really wise, with gratitude.
(P.S. The Mahavidya Bagalamukhi wishes to remind us that Mars stationed retrograde at the degree of "a mother leads her small child step by step up the stairs." This energetic has effectively been in place during Mars' entire retrograde.
Bagala wishes to remind us that we are STRONGER from Mars' retrograde and the first quarter of this solar-lunar year. The INNER CHILD has been brought forth for healing. The "early wounds" are shown to us so that we can move past them. Look to the root cause (of any fear), and then leave it be. It was formative, but not almighty. We are much greater than our fears, and we have the power to do things differently.)
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