First Quarter Moon Phase: take action, step out
Moon in Leo
Ruling Mahavidya: Bhuvaneshvari and Tara
Skill: look at it a different way; Black Moon days are about bringing light to darkness
Negative Imprint: adding to inner and outer clutter
Positive Imprint: clearing and airing out the inner and outer
The Moon will remain in Leo all day and night, traveling through the same sign in which the Black Moon is located. This means that, once again today, it's a "Black Moon day" and our shadow sides are triggered.
This energy leans toward us seeing only one side of things - one solution, one effect, one point of view today. This can cause us to feel frustrated, trapped, powerless or that we are a victim. We tend to put up barriers to avoid involvement, especially if emotions about the situation run deep.
Additionally, the theme of change is exceptionally strong today. How do you feel about change in general? How do you feel about what is trying to change for you? Are you hanging on to the past? Are there lingering feelings that need to be aired? This energy tries to clear away things that bind us, including bad habits, boring routines, outworn beliefs, and tired thoughts.
The goal with all of this today is to enlarge our perspective. We want to look at things a different way. Look beyond the one side that is being shown. Allow space for the mysteries of the cosmos to take root.
Remember also that intentions, wishes, and goals take time to develop. Don't rush things today. It leads to frustration and dissatisfaction.
To navigate this energy, deeply breathe in the bounty of nature - the gifts of nature. Focus on the abundance that is all around us. There are so many beautiful things to see this time of year, no matter where you are on the planet.
Today, hang on and allow the changes to flow like a dance.
P.S. I have come to understand that telling everyone it's a "Black Moon day" does not mean everyone connects what that means. So, when we know that it's a day when our shadow sides are triggered, a process is suggested:
1- Recognize that your dark side - your darkest thoughts, fears, and moods - are right in front of you and have potential to manifest before you know it today. This is why it's a shadow. We don't see it. But it is there and we know this because the astrology tells us. We are wise to it. Recall the core fear of your own shadow. If you don't know what that is or which sign your natal Black Moon is in, refer to the chart in the Appendix of my book on the Black Moon, available for free at www.oraclereport.com/books. Then turn to Chapter 2: Natal Black Moon in the Signs and read the corresponding information on the core fear of your shadow side, the way you tend to project it onto others, the way you tend to judge yourself, and how to make friends with your shadow side. Wise owls know this information about themselves like the back of their hands. It's how we keep from making the same mistakes over and over again and how we are tricked into our own unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Full understanding of the nature of your shadow is how you work with it to keep it in consciousness - keep it in the light.
For example, if your Black Moon is in Sagittarius, you know that you struggle with meaninglessness. You want meaning. You want to understand. You want to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth and you want it proven to you - shown to you without a doubt - right now! This shadow wants absolutes but absolutes are rare. Outcome: bad attitude and a miserable day. Outcome when you are aware that it is a Black Moon day: relaxation because you know the real truth behind everything - All is One. For this shadow side, what is meaningful is whatever is meaningful to you.
2- Recognize that other people's shadow sides are also in effect. When you interact with others and observe from this stance, it de-personalizes things. You can step back and see that what's really going on is that others are engaged in their own face-to-face encounter with their shadow sides. The harsh things that people say and do are really just their feelings about themselves. Step out of others' battles by not taking it on board. Deal with your own battle.
3- Remember that the energy will end. The Moon will move out of Leo and into Virgo at 2:22 am ET/6:22 am UT on May 8. It's a journey through our own personal underworlds while the Moon and the Black Moon are in the same sign (or when the Moon is in the opposite sign). The transit is about REBIRTH. Old things end and new things begin. While journeying through the underworld, we don't become mired in it. We understand that the purpose of the journey is to gain wisdom. So don't judge.
Let's switch our view about Black Moon days to one of bringing LIGHT to the DARK.