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Thursday, Apr 30 at 1.38pm PST
The earthy Taurus sun squares the fiery moon in Leo. This first quarter moon follows the slow-moving New Moon in Taurus. First quarter phases clarify our plans. When fixed constellations work together, it is time to dive deep and bring all the passion, strength, and conviction we can muster. The first quarter moon always rises at noon, peaks at dusk and sets at midnight, no matter your time zone. Luna initially enters Leo late on Apr 29, the day before this phase. She will stay here through May 1, then move on to Virgo for the next few days. The moon is waxing, gathering momentum for the full moon. On May 6 she transitions from Libra to Scorpio for the third and final supermoon of the year.
Taurus is the earth mother of the zodiac, Leo the radiant prince, both addicted to pleasure and leisure. Together these two create a fountain of abundance. When the moon dances in Leo we are playful and childlike. An overdose of Leo manifests as aggression and heat in the body, including inflammation. As always, creative expression and physical exercise are the best outlets.
The First Quarter Moon in Leo asks whether the heart or ego will guide our decision-making? Leo’s origin story comes from the Nemean lion of ancient Greece. This mythical lion’s fur was impenetrable, impervious to all weapons. Neither skilled warriors nor elemental energies could pierce its hide. Only the lion’s own claws could. In other words, only he could injure himself. A good Leo affirmation to keep in mind at this quarter moon: I am my only opponent.
When I think of Leo, I also think of Sekhmet, the half-woman, half-lion Egyptian goddess of fire, war and healing. She happens to be associated with Hathor, the half-cow goddess, so she is really the perfect archetype for this leonine-taurean quarter moon. Sekhmet is depicted either naked, robed in red, or with rosettas circling her breasts. Festivals dedicated to Sekhmet were massive and boisterous. Wine was drunk freely to calm her bloodlust, to soothe her hot desert winds.
Go ahead, open that bottle of wine. Just keep in mind that one of the greatest challenges at this moon phase is self-control. Taurus and Leo both like to spend money and indulge. This is energetically a very heavy, stagnant place to be and ultimately makes us feel heavy and lethargic in our bodies and minds. There is always the question of sympathy and antipathy in astrology. If we know that a heavy, sleepy day is coming, do we work with it or against it? I say work with it, use sympathetic methods. Let yourself sleep, nourish your body with food and sun <3 We can indulge and still stay in touch with ourselves. We can strike a balance between the heart and the ego.
Later in the evening after this quarter moon is exact, Mercury will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus, which means that this quarter moon is a great day to connect and communicate with others, though it will probably still take place online. This aspect is a strong indicator that we won’t be “back to normal” anytime soon, but it also signals that we are utilizing technology for the highest good. Open up your heart and inner child with Leo Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Affirmation: heart connection