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Wednesday, July 24 at 6.20pm PST
At the last quarter, the moon rises at midnight, peaks at dawn and sets at noon – and this is true all over the world, no matter your time zone. 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 steady moon in Taurus squares the fiery Sun in Leo. It is time to clear out in preparation for the new lunar cycle. Luna’s waning light gives way to shimmering veils of silence and solitude: a return to the womb. On July 31, the moon moves into Leo, marking the end of the quarter moon period and beginning of the new moon solar eclipse. The moon enters Virgo on Aug 2.
Together Taurus and Leo create a bountiful feast in a familiar place. See friends gathered beneath sun and moon, laughing late into the night. Taurus and Leo twinkle radiantly from on high, oozing leisure and pleasure. Here we are playful and childlike, body hot and gleaming. Climb a tree, walk barefoot, dig in the dirt. Inhale rich aromas, paint with the rainbow. The highest manifestation of Taurus + Leo is to be fixed snugly in one place, giving thanks to solid foundations. Some suggestions for this lovely quarter moon: eat/plant/harvest root vegetables, work outside or in a garden, sing, clean and beautify your living space and/or share a meal with friends.
Leo and Taurus both relish the finer things in life. Usually it’s Leo who acts on impulse. Taurus is more inclined to save, to meter. Still, this quarter moon tends to bring out the indulgent side in all of us. We may spend more money than usual, especially on luxuries and gourmet food.
This quarter moon is a celebration of life. At this quarter moon last year I attended a massive block party. I felt the fire of Leo in all the bright, colorful costumes, in the dancing and singing and bass booming into the wee hours of the morning. I felt the energy of Taurus/Venus as well, meandering through the crowd with fierce women friends at my side, eating fine food and drink, chatting with strangers, sharing smokes. On the subject of crowds, Baudelaire wrote the following (translated from French by yours truly):
“Taking a bath in the multitude is not for everyone: playing in the crowd is an art; and it is only this art which can give, depending on the type of human, a ribbon of vitality, into which a fairy has breathed from her cradle the taste of travesty and disguise, the hatred of home and the passion of travel. Multitude, solitude: equal and convertible terms for the active and fruitful poet. She who does not know how to populate her solitude neither knows how to be alone in a busy crowd. The poet plays with this incomparable privilege, that with her guise she is able to be herself and other. Like errant souls who search for a body, she enters, when she wants, into the character of each. For her only, all is vacant; and if certain places appear to her closed, it’s just that her eyes deem the visit unworthy. The solitary, pensive walker enjoys a unique drunkenness from this universal communion. She who marries herself to the crowd easily knows the feverish joys which the egoist will be forever deprived, shut in a coffin, as well as the lazy, closed like a mollusk. She adopts as her own all their professions, all their joys and all their miseries presented to her in the moment. What humans call love is very small, very restrained and very weak, compared to this ineffable orgy, compared to this healthy prostitution of the soul which gives itself entirely, poetry and charity, to the unexpected which appears, to the stranger who passes … [T]he pastors of people, the missionary preachers exiled at the end of the world, know without doubt something of this mysterious drunkenness; and, in the bosom of the vast family from which their genius arises, they must laugh sometimes at those who mourn that their fortune must be so agitated and their life so chaste.” (from “Les foules,” Le spleen de Paris, p. 54).
Find yourself in the beauty. Find yourself in the undulation.
Whether you make it or let it happen, something’s coming, some inner dismantling, some vital threshing of the floor. Walk with confidence. You’ll know when all is right because it will feel light and free – and if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid! Change is your friend! As available energy decreases, you may feel more tired. I recommend imbibing lightly. Avoid inflammatory food and drinks at this time. In meditation, focus on the heart chakra. Forgive yourself and others. Destroy obsolete internal edifices. Empty out your being. Stay rooted with Taurus Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Affirmation: life is rich