Third Quarter Moon Phase: revise, realign
Moon in Aries
Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Bagalamukhi, Goddess Who Dissolves Illusions
Aspect of the Aeon Thelete (Will/Desire): Ian, God of the East
Skill: skim lightly
True Alignments: self-control, dreamy and creative, fellowship, flexible, imagination, careful, patient, power of words, signs, allowance, the unseen realm, assistance from the unseen realm, connected with nature (Nature is the greatest healer)
Catalysts for Change: stubborn, lost or disconnected (feeling semi-dissociated is natural with this energetic but can go to the extreme), self-centered, aggressive, domineering, manipulative, resistant to flow, rushing, hypnotic effect/mind control
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month: "a woman activist in an emotional speech dramatizing her cause" (the rise of the inner self/will)
Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: "the magic carpet of Oriental imagery" (transcending old paradigms)
We enter the Third Quarter (or Last Quarter) phase of the lunar month later today (around 2:30 pm ET/6:30 pm UT). Third Quarter Moon phase is essentially the days of the lunar month that complete the month's theme (which could also be considered a mission). This month's theme of the inner self rising forth, with a fortified will, is polished up, polished off, revised, and realigned. We come to a reassessment of the status of the situations, circumstances, feelings, ideas, and beliefs.
Something very important also happens during this Third Quarter Moon phase: Mars, The Titan, straightens up and flies right. Mars will station direct or appear to move forward in the sky once again on Wednesday. It has been "backwards" since April 18, 2016, moving backward in time, so to speak.
When planets retrograde, they re-work things. Mars does not retrograde often. It only does so once every two years. When it does, it re-works how we use our energy -- our time, resources, attention, and love. It endeavors to help us see what is better for us, and move in those directions. Mars is ACTIVE. The energy needs to move. It rules headstrong, impulsive, fiery, motivated Aries. Mars is not at all "comfortable" when it retrogrades. Progress and momentum are elusive. Frustration, anxiety, and impatience mount.
Over the next two days, as Mars prepares to move forward again, it is basically "on lock." It is barely moving. Struggling against its nature, Mars is at a virtual standstill as it churns out the last vestiges of the energetics of "crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one inspired man." Messages have come down for each of us. The next two days are key for getting the message.
Things may have to come to what seems like a stop before they begin to move forward again. Knowing this can save us a lot of hardship. Forcing things will not work. It is a waste of time and energy.
But when it does move forward, on Wednesday, Mars is going to dart back onto its course with a vengeance. Strength and vigor are renewed. Our energy is refreshed from Mars' clean sweep.
Beautifully, Mars will station direct just before we begin the energetics of a new quarter of the solar-lunar year. Every quarter, the energetics change dramatically. This occurs in full force on July 4, with the New Moon in Cancer. It is a shift or pivot point in the year. It is the "First Quarter" time of the year, the time when we step out of our comfort zone and take action. (On the Medicine Wheel, we move from the East to the South.)
Today, messages come "down from the mountain" with Mars, but also with the Earth discharging the energetic of "a veiled prophet speaks, seized by the power of a god." The higher octave of this energetic works for the highest and best for all. The lower octave can make it hard to know what to trust. It is advised to hold any important action or decision until after Wednesday.
Mercury reinforces the idea of "holding" as it disseminates "winter frost in the woods." The foundation, structure, or root of things is being reinforced. It is coursing under the surface, even if we cannot feel it.
Finally, the Sun adds the energetic of "two fairies dancing on a moonlit night." It is a "reveling" and "retiring" type of energy. It rejoices in effervescence. It is light. I love this symbol and its energy. Pay special attention to dreams when you sleep tonight (whenever that is for you in your place on the world). Dreams are often prophetic when this frequency is discharged.
Let's dance out the Moonlit Night of Mars with grace and, if we are really wise, with gratitude.
(P.S. The Mahavidya Bagalamukhi wishes to remind us that Mars stationed retrograde at the degree of "a mother leads her small child step by step up the stairs." This energetic has effectively been in place during Mars' entire retrograde.
Bagala wishes to remind us that we are STRONGER from Mars' retrograde and the first quarter of this solar-lunar year. The INNER CHILD has been brought forth for healing. The "early wounds" are shown to us so that we can move past them. Look to the root cause (of any fear), and then leave it be. It was formative, but not almighty. We are much greater than our fears, and we have the power to do things differently.)