Saturday, June 17 at 4.35am PST
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 ^__^
The Sun in Gemini squares the moon in Pisces. Luna initially moves into Pisces on June 15, so you’ll start feeling and experiencing all of this two days before the actual quarter moon. Quarter moons prompt change and ~new directions~ Sometimes Luna drags us into undesirable emotional backwaters at quarter phases, even when we’re otherwise feeling wonderful. As we descend with the celestial tides, an occasional wave from the sea of confusion washes over our heads.
With the Sun in Gemini, our first inclination is to over-analyze and over-logic, so Pisces tugs us under, back to our watery birthplace, the home within where flowers never crumple. Just as we craved left-brain antics amidst the Pisces season, we shall now happily invite the fishes for some psychedelic rambling. Pisces reminds Gemini how to meditate. We’ll flow upstream to the wordless origins of ajna – insight – creativity
Gemini is scholarly, locutionary and systematic, meticulously translating feeling to thought. Pisces is an abstract mural, swirling and swelling kaleidoscopically; soft and amorphous, here but not really – instantly dispersed at the lightest touch. The purpose of this quarter moon is recommitting to our beliefs and recognizing our divine nature (Pisces), then synchronizing them with waking life (Gemini).
This is what Gemini and Pisces have in common: they both know what it means to be absolutely consumed by oblivion. They know the twisted bliss of surrendering to insanity, addiction and fantasy.
Gemini struggles to integrate. A disparateness persists, a certain dissatisfaction, an unanswerable rhetoric, entirely unassuageable. Pisces whispers: dear Gemini, be still. Be one with the mind.
When the moon is in Pisces, it is a good time to eat dark leafy greens and water all your plants. If you can, spend time outside near a body of water. Pisces rules the feet and lymphatic system. Give yourself and/or your partner a foot massage and look up some lymph draining exercises (see Pisces Yoga), some of which require moving your whole body, or tapping in strategic locations around the body or massaging the jaw and scalene muscles toward the heart, for example. The lymphatic system does not have a pump as does the circulatory system, so we have to move it ourselves lest our immunity-boosting lymph cocktail remain stagnant and useless. During the week between the quarter moon and super new moon (June 17-23) consider fasting or detoxing. Wash (not cut) your hair and clothes thoroughly. Clean your living space and mend anything which has been sitting broken or unfinished. Weed your internal/external gardens. Give special attention to your skin.
Luna’s waning light heralds gradual descent into darkness, a return to the womb. Bow your head. Release and forgive. Destroy useless internal edifices. Empty yourself. As available energy decreases, you may feel exhausted, so give yourself more time to sleep and reflect.
The quarter moon will square both Saturn and Mercury, making us rather reticent and irrational. With Mercury, the chatty nerd of the solar system, we will oscillate between high animation and moody silence. One moment we are charming, hilarious and interesting, and the next we are brooding and sensitive. Nothing serious comes of it. Though you think your struggle is invisible, people see what’s happening, trust me. We might unwittingly misrepresent ourselves, or whatever message we hope to convey. Pessimism is self-fulfilling. Release through creation, especially music and dance.
The moon moves into Aries hours after the quarter moon.
June 17 – 19: Moon in Aries
This is a good time to eat, harvest and preserve fruits. Get your heart rate up with cardiovascular exercise.
June 19 – 21: Moon in Taurus
This is a good time to eat, harvest and preserve roots. Spend time outside near plants and trees.
June 21 – 23: Moon in Gemini
Pick a bouquet of flowers. Call your siblings. Whip out your journal. Sing at the top of your lungs.
June 23: Moon enters Cancer, marking the end of the quarter moon period and the beginning of the new moon station
To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I believe