Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, complete
Moon in Taurus
Goddess of Wisdom: Dhumavati (Goddess Who Closes and Completes)
God of Will/Desire: (God of The South, God of the Field of Experience)
SKill: remain aligned with the value and respect for life
Catalysts for Change: harsh judgment of self or others, frustrated by the ignorance or lack of understanding of others, seeing only one's own point of view and disregarding others', idealizing the past, old battles in the mind, bossy, exploiting a situation for personal gain at the expense of others, reacting in an old way, self-punishment, inability to accept good
True Alignments: revelations, resolution of contracts/agreements/promises, caring for others, things becoming unstuck, recovery, renewal, insecurities being improved and fears resolved, standing up for others, taking personal responsibility, bringing air to situations, organizing, improvement of systems and practices
Sabian Symbol for the Lunar Month: "a woman and two men castaways on a small island in the South Seas"
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the music of the spheres"
The Third Quarter Moon phase is the time of the lunar month when we look back to the New Moon phase, see how the energy has manifested, and make any revisions or adjustments that need to be made to complete or advance things.
The New Moon phase of this lunar cycle was July 15-19. Think back to what was transpiring in your life then. The energetics of "a woman and two men castaways on a small island in the South Seas" began to unfold then. In the outer world, this manifested in complex relationship dynamics and interactions. In the inner world, our feelings and intentions tried to find unity and peace.
Today, the Third Quarter Moon phase energy of revising, closing, and completing things sweeps through. Two other elements enhance the effects. The Sun (identified as Sabaoth to the Gnostics) is disseminating the energy of "brilliant sunshine just after a storm," and Dhumavati, the goddess who sweeps away obstacles and barriers or anything that needs to end, is working overtime. "The Way" (for anything) is being cleared.
Added to this, Mercury will leave the firestorms of Leo and enter the manicured lands of Virgo today. This occurs at 3:16 pm ET/7:16 pm UT. Mercury rules our mental processes and communications. Mercury will move through Virgo until August 27, so beginning today and continuing until that time, our thoughts, ideas, and communications become more "grounded." What we value becomes even more clear. Our choices and actions directly align with what we value whether we are conscious of what is happening or not.
Since Mercury is entering Virgo, it joins the Black Moon in Virgo. It is all the more important that communications remain respectful now. It is very easy to wound with words when Mercury and the Black Moon are in play together. The energy of the Sabian symbol of "a boxer entering a ring" is hyper-dominant right now, so we remember the wisdom of becoming the ring (unifying) -- not engaging in "combat" with our fellow humans nor tearing them down (which de-values life itself). The highest octaves of Virgo are healing, teaching, and demonstrating love, so we put our minds (Mercury) there.
While we are looking back to the beginning of the this lunar month and reassessing things, let's not forget that this month is a massive shift point and transition time. Right turns are being made; big changes -- life altering changes -- are happening. A realignment toward what is in accordance with the value and love of life is happening at all levels of our lives and the world.
The best of what is around is becoming better. The worst of what has been is turning to dust. It takes a wise owl -- a spiritual warrior -- to remain true as it shifts. This, we do.