Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Third Moon Phase: re-alignment, revision, re-orientation,
Ruling Mahavidya: Bhairavi
We begin the Third Quarter Moon phase today, which is technically the last phase of the lunar month. Balsamic Moon phase follows, but it is a time when we prepare for the next month. Third Quarter Moon phase is when take a look at where the wish/intention we set at the New Moon stands and revise our plans accordingly. It is important to understand that the wish/intention can be carried forward to the next New Moon and built upon. In fact, the very best way to work with the Moon phases is to set a wish or intention at the lunar New Year (the New Moon in Aries which is usually in March) and work with it all year.
The keywords for Third Quarter Moon phase are realign, revise, and reorient. We take responsibility for the state of things and see what we need to alter. Our ideas about this are a result of what fed back to us during Disseminating Moon phase.
We have an interesting set of astrological energies to help us realign, revise, and reorient today because the energy brings things full circle. It may feel like you are “back where you started” or are repeating a pattern of events. The Sun is located at the degree known as “a merry-go round” and Venus is located the degree of “circular paths.” While it may feel like we are going in circles, we are actually going in spirals that are evolving. Energy repeats; no doubt about it. This is how we can learn. It is easier to recognize a pattern when it repeats. What are you learning now? How can you use this knowledge to reorient your life?
Tomorrow night around 8:00 pm EDT/ midnight UTC, the Black Moon will make an opposition (i.e., will be 180 degrees away – exactly opposite) to Pluto. Transits of the Black Moon to Pluto happen only once every 4 1/2 years. This energy is one of the most intense in all of astrology. Black Moon-Pluto energy goes very, very deep – to the core – of serious romantic relationships (particularly marriages). It completely re-vamps the relationship, bringing up whatever needs to be healed. Relationships end or are taken to a different level.
All this month, the overarching themes have been fortification of our hearts, callings toward personal heroism (the rise of the inner hero – the inner spiritual warrior), and a release of heartache and trauma. The opposition of the Black Moon and Pluto with these energies contributes to this month’s mission to bring sudden and deep realizations that transform.
But the energy is intense! And it can be extremely draining, so be aware. Essentially, we are dragged down far enough to see what we need to see. We get a close up view. Try to catch breaks where you can to rest a little today. If you recharge yourself periodically, it will help. It may be hard to steal these moments, but if we are diligent, we can do it.
Keep in mind that any time the Black Moon makes contact with planet, our own personal Black Moon issues (our core fear in life; our shadow side) are activated. The Black Moon is in Cancer right now, so all of us are concerned to some degree or another with how much others support us. Issues of support come into play with the Black Moon in Cancer. Whatever sign your own Black Moon is in flavors this. If you don’t know where your Black Moon is, you can refer to my book on the Black Moon on the Books tab above. There is an index at the end of the book where you can look up your birthday and find the sign of your Black Moon. Then you can refer to Chapter 2 to learn about it.