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Wednesday, Mar 27 at 9.11pm PST
At the last quarter, the moon rises at midnight, peaks at dawn and sets at noon – and this is true all over the world, no matter your time zone. If you view 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 ^__^
The earthen moon in Capricorn squares the Sun in Aries. Earth and fire, smoky jingle glow, rich black earthworm heaven. Lumps of lava sprout from humid fumes. Gold nuggets crystallize instantly like honeyed quartz, then sink back, gurgling softly. The ram, red eyes cooled, descends the desert mountain to meet the shaggy sea-goat. At the base of the ocean cliffs they sit silently in the tide pool, horns locked. Quarter moons clear the way for the new moon / new lunar cycle. Like crossroads, quarter moons prompt change. On Apr 3, the moon moves into Aries, marking the end of the quarter moon period and beginning of the new moon.
The purpose of this quarter moon is restructuring. Capricorn, like our skeleton, is resistant to change. Aries teaches Capricorn that sometimes the best structure is a brand new one. He encourages us to break away from existing structures and strike out on our own.
This moon phase is powerful enough to melt away the entire winter. Pushed off, afloat the unknown, all on your own, just you and the fire on your breath, and it is fucking marvelous. Whatever structural reconfigurations come your way will be inherently supportive.
At this quarter moon last year, my partner and I spent a weekend apart so that we could clear our minds and choose a direction. That’s really what this quarter moon is about. Moon phases during Aries season are all designed with one thing in mind: laying the groundwork for the coming year. With the quarter moon in Capricorn, life feels serious and weighty. Though it is certainly daunting to recognize this time as the cosmic drafting period, it’s ok to make mistakes. Take what Capricorn says with a grain of salt – know that this influence can be hyper realist, hyper pragmatic. Tap into other elements of Capricorn, like his impressive energy. Climb a mountain, get some exercise. The archetype of Capricorn is all about work and long-term plans. Make a vision board, get everything in writing. Where do you want to go, what do you want to do? Get as many things done as possible on this quarter moon. Push yourself, see what is possible. Get up early, start the day right. Avoid mind-altering substances.
For those who are especially sensitive to the moon, you may feel stressed. Luna’s waning light gives way to gradual descent into darkness: a return to the womb. Earth is, by nature, heavy and solid. In Capricorn the moon is strained as she is in her “detriment” in Capricorn, opposite the sign she rules, which would be Cancer. A planet is weakest in detriment. Your inclination to stay home is perfectly natural. Some moodiness possible.
Ideas for a ritual: host a bonfire. Plant some seeds. Make an altar with woodland goodies. Go on a steep hike. Build heat in your body with dancing or cardio exercise. Wear red with earth tones to invoke the power of the sun and moon.
The day before this quarter moon, Venus enters Pisces. This brings a soft, sentimental influence to the day. The day after the quarter moon (Mar 28), Mercury retrograde ends. This is cause for celebration! However, keep in mind that all the usual Mercury Retrograde precautions are still in full effect on this quarter moon. In meditation, focus on the root chakra. Stay rooted with Capricorn Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
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