Crescent Moon Phase: challenges
Moon in Cancer
Ruling Mahavidya: Bagalamukhi (The Paralyzer, The Storm-Calmer)
Negative Imprint: hopelessness; loss; domination; blaming others
Positive Imprint: protecting and upholding one's rights, ideals, hopes, wishes, and dreams
In a lunar month when the energy builds our inner strength and prompts us to come forward and stand up for ourselves like "aroused strikers around a factory," the beginning of the Crescent Moon phase today strongly reinforces this effort.
As I discussed in detail in the audio recording for this month, Crescent phase is the time when the Universe asks if we are serious with what we have envisioned for our future and if we are willing to stick to it through challenges. Will we give up or see things through?
We are wise owls and will, of course, see things through because what we envision is meaningful to us. This whole month is like a long Crescent Moon phase, but during the actual Crescent phase of the Moon, we face double the energy for challenges and double the need to persevere. Knowing that Crescent Moon phases tend to bring challenges (which often feel like struggles), we can hold tight and ride it out.
The Sabian symbol for the degree of the Sun today is "a slave girl demands rights of her mistress." This strongly enhances this month's theme of standing up for ourselves. With this we want situations in our lives to improve. We want to rise above situations and conditions that are limiting or unsatisfying. If we don't already know what these are, they will most likely become evident today. Whatever we are a "slave" to comes up for us to recognize.
A key theme underlying this energy is the tendency to focus on what think we have lost or are losing. The energy almost beckons us to gaze at our "losses." We are tempted to throw everything away, feeling like things will never be better. We are tempted to lose ourselves.
We can work this energy in the positive by "losing" something that needs to go - a belief, habit, thought, duty, relationship, feeling, etc. The thing that is causing any hopelessness or limitation is what needs to go, not our hopes, wishes, and dreams. We can call upon the Wisdom Goddess Bagalamukhi, the Paralyzer, to render these things powerless. She helps us eliminate from our lives whatever sabotages us.
Leave the past in the past today and face forward with a persevering spirit. Let the words of legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano become your mantra: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."