Original artwork by Ren E.T.
Monday, May 7 at 7.11pm PST
At the last quarter, the moon rises at midnight, peaks at dawn and sets at noon.
The electric moon in Aquarius squares the Sun in Taurus. Quarter moons are crossroads or decision points. In astrology, squares prompt change. The purpose of last quarter moons is clearing out in preparation for the new moon / new lunar cycle.
A wild Aquarian tornado is brewing in the sky. Taurus, snorting, digs her hooves into the dirt and resolves to bring us back down to earth. Taurus teaches us the value of home and stability; Aquarius teaches us to be adaptable and open-minded. Aquarius is the zodiac’s rebel, speeding through life with quicksilver legs and no fucks given. The water bearer is associated with knowledge or ideas that are so old they become new again, like dinosaur bones uncovered in an archaeological dig, or new age philosophers studying ancient systems of astrology.
If you have the urge to go out and have fun, do it! But let’s be clear: the quarter moon in Aquarius is completely unexpected in nature. Nothing pans out the way we think it will. Neither good nor bad, it just is. This is the nature of Aquarius: to shock, to upend our expectations.
This quarter moon fell on my birthday last year. I decided to hike by myself along the ocean. As I was driving back home, I felt something biting my armpit, and sure enough, there was a small black tick. On a curvy mountain road with nowhere to pull over, I frantically tried to look under my armpit and remove the tick while I snaked through crazy California backwoods. At last I got the tick out, and in that exact moment, I came around a bend and saw a cop parked diagonally in the middle of the road, lights flashing. In the same moment I saw a smashed truck, then the police officer, pointing his gun into the downward sloping forest, screaming at someone who was apparently on the run. Needless to say, I was stunned. Time seemed to stop. I wondered for the first time in my life if I would be killed by a stray bullet. Finally I made eye contact with the officer and he urged me to drive around his vehicle if I could, and I was able, so I left that bizarre scene, stupefied and shaking in my seat.
Like I said…expect the unexpected. We’re on the road to find out, as Cat Stevens sings. No one knows what will happen next! There is always something new, something unforeseen, something just around the bend.
Some very difficult planetary aspects coincide with this quarter moon. In the wee hours of May 7, Mercury in Aries squares Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn. Later that afternoon, Venus in Gemini squares Neptune. On top of all this, the moon herself squares Jupiter Retrograde in Scorpio. The only saving grace is that the moon will also form a friendly trine to Venus. To say the least, this day looks like it is going to be quite challenging. Do not ignore red flags in the social or financial realm. Be careful with whom and in what you invest. Solitude and meditation are perfect antidotes. Fuel the unusually active mind with creative, musical or spiritual acts.
Give love to your lower legs and calf muscles. Wear blue or metallic tones. In meditation, focus on the third eye and crown chakra. Practice inverted yoga postures with Aquarius Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
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