Thursday, Nov 29 at 4.21pm 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 sun in Sagittarius squares the moon in earth sign Virgo. Quarter moons clear the way for the new moon / new lunar cycle. On Dec 5, the moon moves into Sagittarius, marking the end of the quarter moon period and beginning of the new moon.
Both Virgo and Sagittarius belong to a modality called “mutable.” To be mutable is to be adaptable, changeable, flexible. People with lots of mutable energy in their charts move through life rapidly. Mega mutability in the skies means cosmic stimulation for all of us.
At every juncture on the Sagittarius path, we come closer to our own idea of joy. And as every moon phase during the Sagittarius cycle inevitably falls in a mutable constellation, these phases move us toward the light of joy in a very tangible way. Movement often means travel. Indeed this is an excellent time to travel towards your source of light. Be careful, however, because Virgo’s ruler Mercury will be retrograde at this time. Be extra cautious when traveling. Prepare for car malfunctions, delays, cancellations, lost/missing/forgotten items, miscommunication, social awkwardness or any genre of unintended events.
Having said this, your travels are taking you somewhere sparkling and free. Don’t fixate on the hiccups that Mercury Retrograde throws your way. Sagittarius looks beyond the details into the future. He is a creature of great optimism, with a carefree heart and open mind. He teaches us to be more accommodating, cooperative, pliant. Sagittarius shows us that the story can end well if we believe that it will. The centaur is a seeker, a gamer, a hunter. Wherever he goes, expansion follows. Flowers burst from his freshly fallen footsteps. When he casts an arrow, he gallops with delight to find that it has landed in the exact spot he wished.
Where does Virgo enter? Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the messenger and intellect of the solar system. This moon phase is a marriage between the locomotive powers of Virgo and the warm, friendly powers of Sagittarius. Sagittarius needs Virgo. We all need her. Without Virgo, mutability is erratic, ungrounded. Without Virgo, no work is accomplished. We need Virgo to guide our movement. Virgo is the force behind the machine. She is the wheels, the gears. She takes our bodies where they need to be. And when we arrive, it is she who opens our mouths with words of thanks. Virgo is reliable, dependable, hardworking. It is she who keeps Sagittarius on track, moving in the right direction.
Virgo rules the nervous system and digestive process. She is associated with the vata dosha of Ayurvedic medicine. Search for “anti vata diet” if you experience a sensitive stomach during the Virgo moon. I recommend eating less in one sitting but more frequently throughout the day. I also recommend waking up early to feel this energy inside you. Go to bed early and try not to eat too late. In meditation, focus on the solar plexus. Power colors for Virgo are earth tones, especially green.
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, especially because this quarter moon will form a trine to Saturn in Capricorn, another heavy earth energy. However, this is an excellent day for all things related to work and finance. Saturn’s influence is serious, dedicated and practical. Keep your eyes open for new professional opportunities. A day to get things order; clean up; pay your bills; and grow your roots. Stay strong with Virgo Yoga. To find your moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I am light