Last Quarter Moon in Leo ☾ Oct 31, 2018

Wednesday, Oct 31 at 9.42am 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 ^__^

Happy Halloween!! On the Scorpio path: a fiery encounter with the lion. Solar beams from Scorpio square the moon in Leo. Moon phases during the Scorpio cycle demarcate intense emotional events. This is especially true with Leo, 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 extremes. Within you there is an equally vast distance which must be overcome, collated, reconciled.

The moon moves into Leo late on the evening of Oct 30. We will begin to feel the effects of the phase at this point. Fortunately this quarter moon will peak early in the day, so by the time Halloween night sets in, the kids should be ready to go. However, parents with kids be prepared for a crabby day – nothing in comparison to a full moon, but kids still respond to quarter moons with mood swings, as we all do! Quarter moons clear the way for the new moon / new lunar cycle. On Nov 6, the moon moves into Scorpio, marking the end of the quarter moon period and beginning of the new moon.

Scorpio and Leo might not think they have anything in common, but their fixed nature makes them more alike than they’ll ever admit. Leo is the self-centered 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 for me 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 into the shadow. Or you may be on the sidelines, watching everyone party, and not even a family of lions could haul you into the light. Everyone else may be dancing and drinking while you stand there, simmering in something acrid. You may walk away silently in the black night to sit alone, tears streaming down your cheeks, 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. Whatever happens at this quarter moon is set in stone, immovable. You will know if your place is at home or at the party. No amount of convincing can change this.

I see snarling ego and frustration. I see internal conflict, clashes of character, disjunction. I see fiery hearts and feelings, insistence and adamance. I see a wick refusing to be lit. The moon is bright, chunky, ferocious, 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 realm of burning rage, and through these trials and fires the moon is emboldened.

Luna’s waning light gives way to silence and solitude. Gradual descent into darkness: a return to the womb. You may feel more tired than usual. I recommend heart opening postures or confidence-inducing stances, such as those which have been scientifically proven to increase testosterone in the body. Any creative/performance act 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.” In meditation, focus on the heart chakra. Power colors for Leo are warm colors like red, orange, yellow or purple to invoke the regal archetype of the lion.

Embrace uncertainty, trust in the unseen. It is neither our privilege nor our burden to know what comes. Stay loving with Leo Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  my heart is full

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