Monday, Mar 20 (Vernal Equinox) at 12.00pm EST
The moon will rise at midnight, peak at dawn and set at noon. 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 ^__^
About six hours after the Sun enters Aries, solar beams square the moon in Capricorn. Squares prompt change and it’s all about ~new directions~
Earth and fire, that smoky glow, that dim fume of still-humid peat and moss, rich black jingle-jangle earthworm heaven. Lumps of lava sprout like golden nuggets, crystallize instantly, now becoming honeyed quartz, now sinking back, gurgling softly. The ram, red eyes cooled, descends the desert mountain to meet the shaggy sea-goat in his tide-pool. In the foothills of the ocean cliffs they sit in silence, horns locked.
The purpose of this quarter moon is internal/external restructuring (Capricorn) overlaying a period of acting, doing, being (Aries). An electrical supernova has been crackling, the backdrop of All, since the inception of the Universe and there is nothing to fear, even when fear itself looms like a gigantic, ghostly shadow at your doorstep.
Capricorn rules the bones and Aries the muscles in our physical bodies. Capricorn, like our skeleton, is resistant to change. But Aries is spring’s hot-blooded lamb. He is #1 in the zodiac, and his first counsel is always SELF LOVE. Aries teaches Capricorn that sometimes the best structure is a brand new one. He allows Capricorn to break away from existing structures and be number one – totally solo.
With this quarter moon falling on the spring equinox/first day of the Aries season (yay!!) the above effect – that of being pushed off, afloat the unknown, all on your own, just you and the fire on your breath – this effect will be doubly, triply amplified, or more, who knows?
The moon is in her “detriment” in Capricorn, as this is the sign opposite the sign she rules, which would be Cancer. When a planet is in the sign of its detriment, the planet is at its weakest and life is generally more challenging. In Capricorn the moon is strained, unaccustomed to the sea goat’s rigidity and his emphasis on responsibilities and career, preferring instead the warm, nurturing waters of the soft emotion-ocean where she normally abides. So! have compassion for yourself if you experience mood swings, unusually low energy or feel especially sensitive.
At last month’s quarter moon in Sagittarius I wrote the mantra: invite the unexpected. The week leading up to and following this quarter moon was indeed full of the unexpected. So I’ve listed the same mantra again, it tickles me so. I say it again because I know just how difficult making such an invitation can be.
The quarter moon in Cap is like a fire-iron melting a steel frame. When we’re talking about Capricorn, changes are often linked to career or school, but sometimes they indicate a relationship to male figures. In any case, whatever structural reconfigurations take place will be inherently supportive. The Aries season doesn’t leave us hanging.
A few hours before the quarter moon rolls in, the moon makes a conjunction to Saturn, who just happens to be ruler of Capricorn. These two planets get along nicely, making this quarter moon exceptionally clearheaded. Expect to feel buoyed, rather than overwhelmed, by the prospect of having things to do, places to be. A truly powerful day follows in the early hours of March 22. Luna sits for a conjunction with Pluto. With Pluto, God of Metamorphosis, still hanging in Capricorn, our beloved architect and planner, this aspect encourages MORE shift. The moon moves into Aquarius late in the evening of March 22, then Pisces on the morning of March 25. In the wee hours of March 26, Luna has her once-monthly conjunction to Neptune, ruler of Pisces. This is an auspicious day for creative projects, especially music and dance, as well as communication with females. It is, however, an emotionally erratic day, and watch the vices! Maudlin Pisces likes to drink. Finally on March 27 we have our NEW YEAR ~ woot woot ~ with the New Moon in Aries.
Just for fun, my notes from this quarter moon last year, at school in India:
How to breathe !
1. puraka: inhalation in yogic (controlled) way
2. kumbhaka: retention
3. rechaka: exhalation
Puraka: expand the chest front to back, side to side, bottom to top to increase volume. The diaphragm moves down with inhale and pushes abdomen and visceral organs out and down. To resist abdominal bulging, keep abdominal muscles under control and engage mula bandha (root lock) slightly. Keep awareness of speed, force and nature of contraction of bandhas (binds): mild mula bandha at inhalation.
Kumbhaka: increase mula bandha and contraction of abdominal wall. Keep everything under control, no suffocating! Too much contraction can unlock the jalandhara (throat lock).
Rechaka: release jalandhara and then intensify mula bandha and uddiyana bandha (lower abdomen pulls down and in) to exhale more, as in two exhalations. Always controlled!
Mantra: invite the unexpected