Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio ☾ Jan 19, 2017

Thursday, Jan 19 at 5.14pm EST

Click here to learn about the Moon. Click here to learn about Scorpio.

The moon will rise at midnight in the south, peak at dawn and set at noon in the north. 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 ^__^

Hours after the Sun enters Aquarius, solar beams square the moon in Scorpio. A word of warning: quarter moons are synonymous with turbulence. This is especially prescient given that Scorpio is the queen of volatility AND this moon phase falls just one day before the inauguration of &#@%$.

Aquarius is an explorer and daredevil, infectiously curious and excited. No astrologer would describe his cousin Scorpio as such. Meetings between the two usually end in a brawl, so we have to consider what happens if/when Aquarius fails to wrangle the world from Scorpio’s grip, otherwise known as political, social and economic demise.

At these explosive Scorpio-Aquarius junctures, we seem to be chronically plagued by problems which we consider moot, already taken care of, no longer dangerous. But then, when demons we thought we had already banished come prancing back, ghoulish grins aglow, a powerful emotion courses through our collective veins. In despair we cry to the sky for help…

The Greek myth of Scorpius goes something like this: Orion the hunter threatened to kill all the animals on Earth. Gaia, Mother Earth, was obviously displeased with this proclamation and decided to send an enormous cosmic scorpion to attack Orion. Try though he might, Orion could not defeat the scorpion and his murderous plans were foiled. The reason that Scorpius and Orion lie at opposite ends of the sky is so that when one rises, the other descends below the horizon, effectively precluding further conflict.

You see now that Scorpio, at her core, really is a fighter and force of vengeance. However – though she digs her pincers into our wounds, this is a form of protection. We often choose to see pain as strictly negative, but when we take a giant step back, a grander design comes into view, limitless in its love, and poison is not really poison after all. From The Prophet by Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran:

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain […]

When you are sorrowful … you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow,’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

The spiritually conscious are beyond pretending that we don’t know the truth about pain: that it is a teacher; it is inevitable; it IS. Pain extracts other pain from the fabric of human memory. Involuntary pain is catharsis.

So what do you do when a big wave is coming? No one can stop it. The only thing you can change…is the way you see it all.

I don’t have absolute answers and don’t mean to somehow imply that I am master of my emotions, that I know how to escape depression and anger. This is not the case, I am just another student sitting beside you in class. But if you happened to be distracted one day in class, I might be able to tell you what you missed because I’m keen on this stuff and I’ve been tuning in for awhile. I can tell you that it’s all about re-framing. I can tell you that I’ve solved all of my problems with this little tool. And that’s why I can sit here, relatively calm, as I watch that next big wave mounting off the coast…

I think the solution, the mitigating magic, is MOVEMENT and ADVENTURE. Go backpacking, get away from the world. Let the winds of Aquarius fill your lungs and mind, fresh and electric. Forget about the evils for awhile – they will be waiting when you come back. If possible, make a beeline to water: the ocean, some hot springs, a natural pool, whatever you got. Wearing white or blue tones is a sufficient alternative.

Celebrate Luna with Scorpio Yoga. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  AUM

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