Balsamic Moon Phase: release, dream
Moon in Pisces/Aries 1:05 pm ET/5:05 pm UT
Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Chinnamasta, Goddess Who Expands the Mind
Aspect of the Aeon Thelete (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East
Skill: maintain the centered place of calm
True Alignments: clearing the past, weathering difficulties, realizations, filling in, honoring one's feelings, reaching out, wisdom created from knowledge and experience, taking time, integration, inner poise, determination, reflection, greater potential
Catalysts for Change: falsifying, artificial shows of strength and courage, knowing it all, overly serious, a sense of heaviness or burden, not showing true feelings, lost in lost opportunities, resisting change, put on the spot, testing others, stuck, undeveloped, pushing too fast, skipping to the end, giving up, discomfort (change is trying to happen)
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month and Year: "the magic carpet of Oriental imagery" (transcending, moving to a higher level or perspective)
We enter the Balsamic Moon phase today, the time of the lunar cycle where we release anything that has developed over the past month that we do not want to carry forward into the next month.
Balsamic Moon phase is the time of the cycle of the Sun and Moon when intuition is highest and Spirit is closest. It is the time of stepping back and letting a divine hand direct the course.
Within this context, the Sabian symbols for the degrees of the planets today offer the following guidance:
1- BRAVING A STORM or taking something "on the chin," or having a "stiff upper lip" may be required. The Sun is discharging the frequency of "a man with a rakish (tattered) silk hat muffled against the cold, braves a storm." Inner strength surpasses any form of outer appearance. We often need to remain confident in ourselves when this dynamic is in play, radiating this to others and thus spreading reassurance. Perseverance is advised to help us through any types of "storms" we may encounter today. Don't give up.
2- FIVE INTENTIONS are suggested with the Earth discharging "children playing around five mounds of sand." If you have not set intentions for the new Solar-Lunar Year, this Balsamic Moon phase provides the last opportunity. What five things would you dream into the adventure of your magic carpet ride this year? What would you like the world to be? With which ideas would you like to play? The image of five mounds of sand offers the "raw stuff" from which we can create anything.
3- LIFE'S TREASURES continue to be unlocked or discovered, as Mercury retrograde discharges "a jewelry shop filled with the most magnificent jewels." We tend to take for granted that with which we are accustomed, as brilliant or magnificent or stunning as it is. Expressing gratitude and appreciation in various ways goes a long way today.
4- FILLING IN THE GAPS and/or releasing what no longer serves our own and other's highest and best interests comes with Venus at the degree of "a widow at an open grave." Feelings of loss, especially loss in relationships, can call to us and attempt to "put us under" when Venus discharges this degree. We tend to waste time looking back too much. What is important is the present moment, and following the missive of the Sun today (the "man braving a storm") enables us to move past the past.
5- EMERGENCE FROM HIDDEN DEPTHS comes from Mars and Neptune in process of making a wide square (90 degrees apart). Mars is at "deep within the depths of the Earth, new elements are being formed," and Neptune is at "an examination of initiates in the sanctuary of an occult brotherhood." Sanctuary is a key part of Neptune's dissemination of its current energetic. Whatever is welling up from the Earth or from within ourselves is occurring to produce relief, peace, contentment, and opportunities for learning and growth.
6- AND FINALLY, REACHING OUT AND CREATING WISDOM AND MEANING FROM OUR EXPERIENCES begins with the Black Moon moving to the 29th degree of Libra at 11:35 am ET/3:35 pm UT. The Black Moon will leave Libra on May 22, so those with the Sun, Black Moon, or Chiron in Aries or Libra have a little more than a couple of weeks remaining on the 9-month long journey of rebirth. We brave the storm.
Since the Moon is moving into Aries, the opposite sign of Libra, we have a little more than two days of shadow side activity - Black Moon days. This applies to everyone. Hidden or unconscious fears arise. We can transcend whatever we need to if we look closely at ourselves, as a facet of ourselves is shown to us when we have Black Moon days in effect. Willingness to look honestly at oneself without projecting it onto others is the skill of a spiritual warrior.
Tomorrow and into Thursday, the Moon will make aspects with Mars, Saturn, Pluto, Uranus, and the Black Moon. I will break down the timing tomorrow.
We are clearing the "field of our experience" now during the Balsamic phase in preparation for the New Moon in Taurus on Friday (May 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm ET/7:30 pm UT). Today, our wise owl feathers are muffled against any cold winds or storms that may blow today. We are safe and warm in the sanctuary of the Sabians.