Last Quarter Moon in Cancer ☾ Oct 12, 2017

Thursday, Oct 12 at 5.27am PST

The moon will rise at midnight, peak at dawn and set at noon. If you see the moon at midnight, the Sun will be positioned directly beneath your feet. Staring at the moon during this time will align you so that you are looking right out (approximately) along the forward path of Earth’s orbit around the sun ^__^

On the Libra path: a nurturing encounter with the crab. Solar beams from Libra square the moon in Cancer. Cancer is the Great Mother spirit, beholden to her feelings. Libra is the Goddess of Love. Together these divine feminine archetypes (ruled by the moon and Venus respectively) coalesce in absolute harmony. Their square stirs our emotional anatomy in the best way.

All moon phases during the Libra cycle demarcate social gatherings. This usually, but not always, means romance. Perhaps you’ll celebrate romance for someone else and/or reconnect with old friends or classmates. In any case, Libra moon phases are about interpersonal relationships and this one, specifically, is about those who make us feel at home. Moreover the moon is “at home” in Cancer. Let her fold you into all that is heartwarming and familiar. In spending time with friends or family, see how their company is like a mirror, a cathartic extraction. Speak with starry eyes of your life and plans.

At this moon phase last year I attended the wedding of some very dear friends. I was fortunate enough not only to witness the union of two beautiful souls, but also to spend time with dozens of mutual friends, some of whom I had not seen in years. This year – surprise! I am going to another wedding, flying out of California about 30 minutes after the quarter moon comes exact. My Daddy-o’s gettin hitched! It will be the first time that myself, my brother, my stepsister and my stepbrother are all together! It only took ten years!

We will begin to feel this quarter moon on the evening of Oct 10. Late in the evening of Oct 12, the moon moves to Leo, marking the end of the quarter moon phase and the beginning of the descent into gradual darkness as we prepare for a new moon on Oct 19. On Oct 14 Venus joins the Sun and Mercury in Libra – I think this will be the best day of the week between the quarter moon and new moon. The moon will still be in Leo, so it’s going to be very playful and affectionate. We will begin to feel the new moon period starting Oct 17. On this day Mercury moves ahead to Scorpio, leaving the Sun, Venus and moon alone in Libra. Jupiter will be in Scorpio at this point as well.

As Cancer lives in the digestive tract in the body, it is important to eat well and eat slowly. Avoid fatty foods and all dairy – our metabolism will be more sluggish than usual. If you want some inspiration, look up “kapha pacifying diet” on the interwebz. In meditation, focus on the heart chakra. I recommend wearing cool colors such as green, blue, purple or white. Power gems for Cancer include carnelian, moonstone and rose quartz. Power herbs are sage, aloe, lemon balm and bay leaf. Power flowers are roses, Queen Anne’s lace, cornflower, delphinium, ferns, hydrangea and iris.

I see joy in the presence of unconditional love. I see tenderness and reunion. Embrace your loved ones. You are free to be here. First we labored in the fields, scribbling numbers and details, harvesting, sweating, hardly resting. But now we exhale into the realization that all of that work was done in the name of sweetness, the sweetness of love and partnership.

The only potential hang-up in this whole gooey lovefest is Pluto, who will be hovering in opposition to the moon, about three degrees from an exact opposition. This might make us a little cranky and reactive at the start, but it will also help those tears of happiness flow when the time comes. Pluto is a force of permanence. Whatever happens at this quarter moon is set in stone, immovable, solid. All is well.

This phase will likely lead you from one setting to another – a change of scenery, if you will. Wherever you go, enjoy the cuddles. Oh the glory of belly laughs and good stories! Oh, to open the heart! Get out on the dance floor, and I’ll see you there.

Stay in the spirit with Cancer Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  my heart is full


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