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Saturday, May 11 at 6.13pm PST
The Sun in Taurus squares the moon in Leo. The moon will rise at noon, peak at dusk and set at midnight all over the world, no matter your time zone. The moon is waxing, gathering momentum for fullness. The moon enters Leo on May 10, staying until May 12 (the day after the quarter moon), then moving on to Virgo for the next 60-hour round, then Libra, and so on and so forth. The moon completes her revolution around the earth in 29 days, but since the earth is also moving around the sun, the moon completes her revolution through the zodiac in just 27.33 days. On May 16 the moon enters Scorpio, marking the beginning of the full moon.
Our eyes are freshly cleared by the new moon – now what? At the first quarter, we address precisely this question of now what, where to go, what to do? Quarter moons prompt definitive change. They represent a turning point or moment of truth.
When I think of Leo, I think of Sekhmet, ancient Egyptian goddess of fire, war and healing, and a powerful symbol of lioness energy. She happens to be associated with Hathor, a goddess much like Taurus, so she is really the perfect archetype to represent this quarter moon. With human body and lioness head, Sekhmet is depicted either naked, robed in red, or with rosettas circling her breasts. Festivals dedicated to Sekhmet were massive and boisterous. Wine was drunk freely to appease the lioness goddess, to calm her bloodlust, to soothe her hot desert winds.
Leo’s origin story actually comes from the Nemean lion of ancient Greece. So it goes, the lion’s fur was impenetrable, impervious to all weapons. Neither skilled warriors nor elemental energies could pierce its hide. Only the lion’s claws could do this. This is the metaphor to remember: only we can injure ourselves. I know a Leo with a tattoo on his ribs reading “I am my only opponent.”
The greatest challenge at this moon phase is resisting the impulse to indulge. Taurus and Leo both like to spend money, go out, stay in nice places, etc. Such indulgence can ultimately make us feel heavy and lethargic. You may find that you are eating or sleeping more than usual, which is fine. Just avoid eating late at night, especially inflammatory or pitta aggravating foods like nightshades, red meat, wheat, dairy and alcohol. Go to bed early, wake up early, move as soon as you wake up, and spend the day outside. There is always the question of sympathy and antipathy in astrology. If we know that a heavy, sleepy day is coming, do we work with it or against it? I say work with it, use sympathetic methods. Let yourself sleep, nourish your body with food and sun.
Taurus is the earth mother of the zodiac, Leo her radiant prince, addicted to leisure. Together these two create a fountain of abundance. When the moon dances in Leo we are playful and childlike. An overdose of Leo manifests as sarcasm, judgement, aggression and heat in the body. Indeed, the body is more prone to inflammation at this time. As always, creative expression and physical exercise are the best outlets.
This quarter moon forms a harmonious trine to Jupiter Retrograde in Sagittarius! Jupiter’s influence is energizing, optimistic and adventuresome. An excellent day to explore the outdoors with friends. Conversation will be uplifting, philosophical and expansive in nature. Jupiter simply makes us feel lucky and grateful to be alive. A brilliant future is rising rapidly, shimmering just below the tree-line.
Bed down with the bull and the lion in their fire-lit cave, so warm and familiar. Concentrate your will power, resist the urge to indulge. Sing, draw, create. This is a time of laid-back celebration and generosity. Surround yourself with happy people. Feed your inner child with Leo Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I have everything I need