First Quarter Moon Phase: step forward
Moon in Virgo/Libra 1:32 pm ET/5:32 pm UT
Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Tara, Goddess Who Guides
Aspect of the Aeon Thelete (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East
Skill: look at something a different way and then try a different way
True Alignments: hidden talents recognized, clear indications, success and achievement, wisdom, respect and care for elders, acknowledging capabilities, building morale, integration or reintegration, capable, happy memories, changing perspective
Catalysts for Change: things that are automatic or not thought out, feelings of superiority, selling out, underestimating self and not recognizing skills, being demanding, pompous, hyper-critical, poor loser, dismissing other's ideas before consideration, devaluing
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: "a symbolic battle between swords and torches" (becoming enlightened to something)
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the magic carpet of Oriental imagery" (transcending)
The Sun, Mercury, and Venus often travel together through the same sign of the zodiac at the same time. Right now, the Sun, Mercury, and Venus are trailing through Taurus in tight succession. This means that the same energetics are activated and then re-activated, as these planets pass through the degrees, one by one. Specific themes stay in play, as each of these planets contacts the specific degrees and their associated energetic (as encoded and described by the Sabian symbols).
Mercury is retrograde until May 22, and as it does so, it goes back to re-do, rework, revise, re-think, and re-work situations, so repeating themes are common.
Today, Venus wants to make sure we get the picture about something (see something important that we may have overlooked, ignored, or disregarded). Venus reaches the degree of the "moving finger points to significant passages in a book." Something in the external world intervenes to help us see anything that needs to be taken into account or put on the table for consideration.
Mercury activated this energetic on May 7 & 8 and the Sun activated it on May 10. Today it is Venus' turn.
This means that the recognition and revision focuses specifically on Venusian issues - relationships, comfort, beauty, money, love, nature, the feminine, and satisfaction. We see things we missed before.
The ability to go back in time, so to speak, and make things better for the present and future is the blessing of retrogrades. All of the energetics involved with this particular retrograde amplify this blessing.
The feelings of wanting to be "unstuck" and wanting things to move forward become quite strong the closer Mercury comes to stationing direct (or appearing ot move forward once again). The sling on the slingshot is reaching its maximum stretch backward, creating tension. We will need to deal with this as May 22 gets closer. The slingshot forward will come with a burst (and a relief).
There's a hitch in this, and it is, of course, the Black Moon. May 22 is a big day not just because Mercury stations direct, but also because the Black Moon moves into a new sign. The Black Moon will move from Libra into Scorpio. The day a planet enters a new sign (and it takes about 9 months for the Black Moon to do so), is always a powerhouse. We have two powerhouses going that day.
But today the Moon itself enters Libra, joining the Black Moon in Libra for THE LAST time this go around. The Moon will enter Libra today at 1:32 pm ET/5:32 pm UT, and it will transit through Libra until Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 am ET/6:30 am UT. This period of time will be exceptionally intensive, with shadow sides (core fears) coming up to be seen, re-worked, and re-done. It is a rebirth of great importance.
Issues related to our self-esteem and senses of self-worth, perfectionism, identity, and belonging are highlighted.
With this, today the Sun is discharging the energetic of "an Indian woman selling beads." The dynamic is about not selling ourselves or others short. It's about seeing true value, not the value imposed by superficial sources. We also see the value of our time and energy when this symbol is in effect. If what is being offered to us is valuable, the counter-offer should be generous, in kind.
The Earth is discharging the energetic of "a military band marches noisily in the streets." Big shows and loud announcements can give us a headache today. Rhetoric, beating war drums, trying to stir up trouble, and keeping things in dis-equilibrium is a tactic of the military-industrial-occult complex. We rise above the ruses.
For those with the Sun, Black Moon, or Chiron in Aries or Libra, this pass of the Moon through Libra hails the end of the journey through the underworld to face oneself and be "reborn." The things that limited or held one back have tried to break loose and fall away. The Black Moon seeks to free us from the chains that bind us to the past, to our old ways, and to the fears that keep us repeating the same patterns over and over again. It seeks to stem or eliminate our downfalls. The Black Moon is truly a guiding light, but it rarely feels that way. Relief is on the way, wise owls. May22 approaches. We endeavor to see it through with grace.
To assist, here is the breakdown of this last round of the Moon and Black Moon in Libra:
MONDAY, MAY 16 1:32 pm ET/5:32 pm UT: Moon enters Libra(Black Moon Days in effect -- days when people's fears and shadow sides surface)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 11:22 am ET/3:32 pm UT: Moon opposes Uranus (change that is often radical, surprises, accidents that later reveal a silver lining)
THURSDAY, MAY 19 1:58 am ET/5:58 am UT: Moon conjuncts Black Moon (most intense time of this transit, shadow sides come out in major ways)
THURSDAY, MAY 19 2:30 am ET/6:30 am UT: Moon enters Scorpio
Until then, things could get very noisy, very dark, and very ugly. People will tend to lash out and speak before thinking, project their own feelings onto others, and seek scapegoats.
We will do this a different way, a wiser way. Since we know that rebirth is the theme, we step aside and let the energy work in its own way. Can we do it gracefully? Absolutely. That's the goal.
See you tomorrow for the start of the Gibbous Moon phase, the magical time of the lunar cycle.