Tuesday, Sep 13 at 11.26pm PST
Quarter moons prompt change and it’s all about ~new directions~ 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 ^__^
Solar beams from Virgo square the moon in Gemini. 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) to improve work or health-related sectors of life (Virgo). Some examples: quality of relationships with friends/co-workers; mindset towards exercise and nutrition.
Virgo demands responsibility and discipline. Gemini demands absolute freedom to change anything and everything. Gemini lives in the mercurial creative flow – mind, voice and arms connected as one – prolific manifestation of the inner prism’s sights and sounds. Virgo is Gemini’s dutiful mother, patching the rippling fabric of spacetime. Virgo helps the twins get out of the mind and back to the hands which work and mend, back to the landscape. Welcome back to your body! With the Sun here, stewing in the pit of the stomach, and the moon racing between the clouds like a wind spirit, we’ll careen through space faster and brighter than ever. Allow things to take their course. It’s all happening in hyperdrive so we don’t need to do anything to expedite the unfolding except be alert.
When we ignore constellational energies that move quickly through our bodily systems, as do Gemini and Virgo, we fall sick. Say no if you want to say no – don’t do something if it feels like too much. Your health is more important than pleasing others. The key to the Last Quarter in Gemini is presence. Learn from Virgo: she exercises a ruthless practicality that the twins often lack, returning to the surface of reality again and again.
Gemini is an agent of change and motion. At this quarter moon last year, I emerged from the woods to live indoors for a week and volunteer on a farm after many months of living outside. This moon phase is a breeze that lifts us airborne, only to drop us gently into the soil so that we may root for a short while. And it feels good to root, to work, to be of service, to have a space, a place to cook, and to eat and sleep in a regular pattern. I think you’ll appreciate the shift when it comes.
This quarter moon will be one degree from an exact opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius. Luna and Saturn are not friendly in the zodiac, ruling opposite constellations (Cancer and Capricorn respectively). The moon is warm, fuzzy and feeling-based. Saturn is cold, contracting and practicality-oriented. But this opposition is not taking place with the planets at home, it’s taking place between Gemini and Sagittarius, which are significantly different energies. The Gemini-Sagittarius axis is one of higher learning and expansion. As Saturn is a rather forceful creature, he will push us at this quarter moon into a higher frame of mind with gritty lessons. Sounds unpleasant, but remember that this is just evolution, growing pains, new bones forming within the spiritual skeleton. Answer the call, the pull — find yourself in the glory of work and routine — this is your highest duty.
When the moon is in Gemini it is a good time to eat, plant and harvest flowers. It is also a good time to call your siblings, write letters, catch up on communications, take short trips, read, make art, sing and wear blue tones. Our energy will largely be directed toward the mind and body. These are not fiery, angry days, nor are they watery, emotional days — we take our lessons in stride and continue working. The body and mind will actually function so quickly that the sympathetic nervous system is likely to be in overdrive. I do not recommend drinking caffeine or alcohol. Meals should be very light yet frequent. To the best of your ability, eat as locally as possible.
I expect that this moon phase will be so busy that you might not give yourself enough time to practice yoga or meditation, but you will find that they prove especially helpful in focusing the mind. On such mercurial phases, it is important to slow down and breathe deeply. In meditation, focus particularly on the throat chakra and third eye. Power gems for Gemini include agate, aquamarine, peridot and sapphire. Power herbs are dill, parsley and anise. Last but not least: power flowers are lavender and lily of the valley.
Luna’s waning light represents gradual descent into darkness: a return to the womb. Surrender, release and forgive. Destroy useless internal edifices. Stay light with Gemini Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.