Sunday, Sep 2 at 7.39pm PST
At the last quarter, the moon rises at midnight, peaks at dawn and sets 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 ^__^
Solar beams from Virgo square the moon in Gemini. Looking down from above, imagine the earth as a vertex of a 90 degree angle. At one end of this angle is the moon, and on the other is the sun. This is the geometric configuration of a quarter moon, happening twice a month between the new moon and full moon. At the new moon, the moon is sandwiched between the earth and sun. Together these three points form a 180 degree line. At the full moon, the earth is sandwiched between the moon and the sun, and these three points once again form a 180 degree line, as seen from above. The new moon always falls in the same sign as the sun, wherever he happens to be; the full moon always falls in the opposing constellation of the sun; and quarter moons always fall on the squaring constellations (for example, each year when the Sun is in Virgo, the new moon will always be in Virgo; the first quarter will always be in Sagittarius; the full moon will always be in Pisces; and the last quarter moon will always be in Gemini, as these geometric relationships are fixed and unchanging in the sky).
On the Virgo path, an airy encounter with the twins. Both Gemini and Virgo are ruled by the planet Mercury. The purpose of this first quarter moon is examination (Mercury) of our communication and mental processes (Gemini).
With the Sun stewing in the pit of the stomach and the moon racing between the clouds with the wind spirits, we are careening through space faster than ever. This is evolution, growing pains, new bones forming in the spiritual skeleton. Pay close attention.
Say no if you want to say no – that is the message of this quarter moon. Keep your mental health intact. The key is presence. Learn from Virgo: exercise ruthless practicality and stay grounded in reality. Virgo demands duty and discipline; Gemini demands absolute freedom to change anything and everything. Virgo helps the twins get out of the mind and back to the body, back to work, back to the land.
The quarter moon in Gemini doles out gritty lessons. Gemini is an agent of change and motion, a breeze that lifts then drops us somewhere else to root, but only for a short while. And it feels good at first, it feels great until you realize you’ve been complicit with the breeze, fleeing from your responsibilities. Listen to the small voices instead. Immerse yourself in the glory of work and routine.
The moon initially moves into Gemini the night before the quarter moon. The moon stays in each constellation for approximately 60 hours. After cruising through Gemini, the moon will spend 60 hours in Cancer, then Leo, and so on. When the moon is in Gemini it is a good time to eat, plant and harvest flowers. It is also a good time to catch up on communications, take short trips, write, read and sing. On Sep 8, the moon moves into Virgo, marking the end of the quarter moon period and beginning of the new moon. Quarter moons clear the way for the new moon / new lunar cycle.
Luna’s waning light gives way to shimmering veils of silence and solitude. Gradual descent into darkness: a return to the womb. As available energy decreases, you may feel more tired than usual. Wear loose, blue clothing. In meditation, focus on the throat chakra. This moon phase will be so busy that you might not have time to practice yoga or meditation, but these will be especially helpful in focusing the mind. The sympathetic nervous system will likely be in overdrive. On such mercurial phases, it is important to slow down and breathe deeply. Clear your mind with Gemini Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I am present