Copyright Zen☆Ren 2019 - Theme by ThemeinProgress
Artist: Cassandra Jean
Tuesday, Nov 19 at 1.13pm PST
At the last quarter, the moon rises at midnight, peaks at dawn and sets at noon – this is true all over the world, no matter your time zone. If you were to look down from above the ecliptic plane, you would see 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 each quarter moon, happening twice a month. At this station, the spicy moon in Leo squares the intense Scorpio sun. The moon initially moves into Leo on Nov 17, two days before the quarter moon. She will then move on to Virgo a few hours after the quarter moon comes exact. On Nov 26, the moon enters Sagittarius, marking the official end of the quarter moon period and beginning of the new moon. Last year’s 3rd Quarter Moon in Leo was on Halloween, so think back to that day to get an idea of the themes being revisited.
On the Scorpio path: a festive encounter with the lion. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the center of our solar system, and Scorpio by Pluto, the planet farthest from center. These two cast their fates in the vast cosmic distance between, intertwining in some remote asteroid belt. The center of centers reaches out to the fringe. A vast distance must be crossed, collated, reconciled.
Leo is the pampered prince of the zodiac, Scorpio the brooding realist with dwindling faith in humanity. Underworld Scorpio lives in shadow. She fears nothing more than powerlessness. In this episode, we must walk out of the shadow – the shadow of fear and resentment – and into the light.
Or is it improper to advise walking into the light? Some dance in the shadow, some dance in the light. Not even a tangle of scorpions can drag some people into the shadow. On the other hand, you may be on the sidelines, watching everyone party, and not even a family of lions could haul you into the light. Everyone dancing and drinking while you stand there, simmering in something acrid. You walk away, into the black night, to sit alone, wondering why you can’t just get over it, let go, be happy like everyone else.
And so it is when we work with fixed energies. We are one or the other, not both. Fixed skies fix us in place, glue us to our nature, cement us to our most basic impulses. They do not accommodate change or new beginnings. They speak to what is sustained, calcified, solidified. They are forces of endurance, perseverance and dogged obstinance. They are set in stone, immovable.
I see ego, internal clashes, disjunction. I see ferocious hearts, burning feelings, insistence. The moon in Leo is bright, chunky, shining from the very same constellation the sun calls home. Normally it is the sun who flares from the lion’s cave. To have the moon here is a revolutionary inversion. For 60 hours every month the moon gets to see what it’s like to be the sun. A sensitive female archetype steps fully into the flames, and through these fiery trials the moon is emboldened.
This quarter moon will trine Jupiter in Sagittarius! Very auspicious and uplifting. We should be feeling quite energized and enthusiastic. However, a helping hand from Jupiter does increase the fire, so keep the anger and fiery emotional reactions in check. I suspect there will be a lot more dancing in the light than the shadow this time around. Power colors for Leo are warm colors like red, orange, yellow or purple to invoke the regal archetype of the lion. In meditation, focus on the heart chakra. Stay loving with Leo Yoga. I recommend heart opening postures and/or confidence-inducing stances, such as those which have been scientifically proven to increase testosterone in the body. Any creative acts will prove especially cathartic. For diet I recommend staying away from nightshades, spicy peppers or fried food as the body will hold more internal fire than usual. Check out some guidelines I have compiled for an anti-inflammatory diet. If you want more inspiration, look up “pitta pacifying diet.” To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Affirmation: I am a creative being