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Friday, Aug 23 at 7.58am 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. Looking down from above, imagine the earth as a vertex of a 90 degree angle. At one end of this angle is the moon, and on the other is the sun. This is the geometric configuration of a quarter moon, happening twice a month. At the new moon, the moon is sandwiched between the earth and sun. Together these three points form a 180 degree line. At the full moon, the earth is sandwiched between the moon and the sun, and these three points once again form a 180 degree line, as seen from above. The new moon always falls in the same sign as the sun, wherever he happens to be; the full moon always falls in the opposing constellation of the sun; and quarter moons always fall on the squaring constellations (for example, each year when the Sun is in Virgo, the new moon will always be in Virgo; the first quarter will always be in Sagittarius; the full moon will always be in Pisces; and the last quarter moon will always be in Gemini, as these geometric relationships are fixed and unchanging in the sky).
The informative moon in Gemini squares the practical Sun in Virgo. This quarter moon coincides with the first day of Virgo season! Though we are starting a new solar cycle, we are nearing the end of the lunar cycle. It is time to clear out in preparation for the new moon. The moon will stay in Gemini until Aug 25 before moving on to Cancer. When the moon is in Gemini, it is a good time to eat, plant and harvest flowers. It is also a good time to catch up on communications, write, read and sing. On Aug 29 the moon enters Virgo, marking the beginning of the new moon.
Both Gemini and Virgo are ruled by the planet Mercury. Gemini/Virgo/Mercury are all associated with regulated intellectual environments and workplaces. The curious thrill of going back to school each fall – this is the essence of mercurial energy. The joy of taking care of our health and learning more about our bodies – this is Virgo. The channel state we experience in a game of trivia, or taking a test – this is Gemini. Synapses firing, messages sent and received, letters flying around the planet, words tumbling from our mouths – this is Mercury also. In fact, this quarter moon will be my first day back at school! It’s time to get excited about bringing order, discipline and deep roots to our professional/academic life. Gemini craves absolute freedom: freedom to change, freedom to move, freedom to roam. Virgo keeps us grounded. Virgo helps Gemini get out of the mind and back to the body, back to work.
Gemini races between the clouds chasing wind spirits. Look up and remember that we are careening through space faster than ever. The quarter moon in Gemini is an agent of motion, a breeze that lifts and drops us somewhere to root. Immerse yourself in the glory of work and routine. Open up an old book and inhale that sacred aroma. Sharpen a pencil, write with your favorite pen. Take notes, write in cursive. Tipple the love of learning, the love of brain expansion, new cellular pathways forming. Become a student again, or perhaps a teacher.
Whether you make it or let it happen, something’s coming. Destroy obsolete internal edifices. Empty out your being. Walk with confidence. You’ll know when all is right because it will feel light and free. In meditation, focus on the throat chakra. Visualize turquoise worlds glittering with blue gems. This moon phase will be so busy that you might not have time to practice yoga or meditation, but do it if you can, if you have the will power, because the sympathetic nervous system will be in overdrive. On such mercurial phases, it is important to slow down and breathe deeply. Digest your thoughts and plans with Gemini Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Affirmation: ready to learn