Last Quarter Moon in Taurus ☾ Aug 4, 2018

Saturday, Aug 4 at 11.19am 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 ^__^

The clomping moon in Taurus squares the fiery Sun in Leo. Together Taurus and Leo are like a bountiful feast in a warm, familiar home. Imagine friends gathered beneath sun and moon, laughing late into the night. Taurus and Leo twinkle radiantly from on high, oozing leisure and pleasure. Be playful and childlike, feel this heat in your body. Climb a tree, walk barefoot, dig in the dirt. The highest manifestation of Taurus and Leo is to be fixed snugly in one place, rejoicing in solid foundations.

This quarter moon is about indulgence. Inhale rich aromas, colors and comforts. Under Leo’s extravagant influence, we spend more money than usual, especially on luxuries. Leo and Taurus relish the finer things in life, but it’s Leo who acts enthusiastically on impulse. Taurus is more inclined to save, to meter.

When Taurus is in the house, we nod to quality of life. As Taurus is an earth sign, it is a good time to eat root vegetables, work in a garden, sing/chant, clean/beautify your living space and invite friends over for dinner. This quarter moon is celebratory! Whether you make it or let it happen, something’s coming, some inner dismantling, vital threshing of the floor. Walk through this new archway. You’ll know when all is right because it’s easy and joyful – and when it’s not, don’t be afraid! Change is your friend!

This quarter moon forms an opposition to Jupiter in Scorpio. Jupiter is associated with sparkly, happy aspects of life. Even when opposed by other planets, he is not a vicious influence. At most, this opposition leads to disappointment due to misguided expectations. We may feel especially restless. It is wise to have something to do, something planned. It is also wise to maintain realistic expectations, even if someone has promised more. However, I want to emphasize that Jupiter is a gentle opponent. Despite this hard angle, we will still feel lighthearted and generous. Per usual, the answer is within. My teacher in India used to say that expectations are ok, attachments are not.

Quarter moons clear the way for the new moon / new lunar cycle. On Aug 10, the moon moves into Leo, marking the end of the quarter moon period and the beginning of the NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE IN LEO! Luna’s waning light gives way to shimmering veils of silence and solitude. As available energy decreases, you may feel tired. Wear comfortable earth tones. In meditation, focus on the throat chakra. Taurus rules the throat region in the body. Watch for sore throats or insect bites along the neck. I recommend imbibing lightly. Inflammation and fatigue are more likely at this time. Stay rooted and healthy with Taurus Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  I have everything I need

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