First Quarter Moon in Aries ☽ Dec 26, 2017

Tuesday, Dec 26 at 1.20am PST

The Sun in Capricorn squares the moon in Aries. The moon will rise at noon, peak at dusk and set at midnight. Quarter moons prompt definitive change. They represent a turning point or moment of truth.

This quarter moon represents definitive action (Aries) overlaying complete restructuring on an emotional and psychological level (Capricorn). Luna in Aries whispers of the next cosmological cycle starting in spring. All astrological events in Aries, the first sign in the zodiac, signal new beginnings. However, the purpose of last quarter moons is clearing out. New moons clear the field, make room, open the Way. Then, at the first quarter, we take a step.

That first step is made in the name of SELF LOVE. Aries is our relationship to Self. In the body, Aries rules the muscles and Capricorn the bones. Capricorn, like our skeleton, is rigid and difficult to change. Aries, full of blood and heat, begs for our commitment. Through him we sprout and strengthen. Remember the last time you exercised until your breath was jagged, muscles scorching. In these moments a singular scream strangles the mind: I AM I AM I AM. This fire, moon children, is what we encounter now.

Any moon phase in Aries brings life to that which must live. Our love for fire and masculinity must live. Negative patriarchal archetypes must die. Old bones, old broken archways falling down, old cathedrals and chambers, all of it must burn in the fires of the newborn ram. Aries is a naturally inspiring figure, but we should not forget that he is pure fire. Any square involving fire can easily lead to anger. I want to emphasize that people are generally more irritable when the moon is in Aries. Think before speaking and acting. Stay sober, climb a mountain, or wear red, put on your favorite music and fucking dance. Stamp the floor, feel a rose blooming from the base of your spine, the spice of life, raw, sharp, iron on your tongue. Sweat to the rhythm of I AM I AM I AM.

The primary aspect at this quarter moon is a square to Venus in Capricorn, causing some interpersonal/domestic/familial conflict. We’ll start to feel all of this on Christmas Day. One day later on the evening of Dec 26, the moon forms a harmonious trine to Mercury in Sagittarius – should be an exceptionally intelligent, clearheaded night. On the afternoon of Dec 27, the moon will be conjunct Uranus Retrograde, the planet of unexpectedness. Be very careful around this time – avoid traveling or using any kind of technology. Late that evening, the moon moves into Taurus. During the 60 hours that the moon is in Taurus, we will probably feel quite heavy and lazy. Later in the evening of Dec 28 Luna opposes Mars in Scorpio, then Jupiter in Scorpio. This is another period during which we should be very careful with our emotions – watch for anger. By Dec 30 the moon will be in Gemini – and we’ll ring in the new year with this airy moon! Be mindful once again on the evening of Dec 30, as this is when the moon will square Neptune, then oppose Mercury hours later. On New Year’s Eve the moon will be in the final degrees of Gemini, then enter the constellation of Cancer moments later. This officially commences the full moon period, coming exact on New Year’s Day.

Aries, master of spring, is our best teacher in the dead of winter. Now that we are throughly entrenched in frosty Capricorn, I say: follow that hot-blooded sheep up the mountain. May this phase be warm and bright! Be a warrior with Aries Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  I AM

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