Winter Solstice December 21, 2017 REFLECTIONS and MEDITATION

‘I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.’

 –Hafiz, Sufi Poet

Light can enter one’s life through working with difficulty but this newsletter isn’t a downer; hopefully, it’s just the opposite. And the intention, as always, is to inspire, inform and involve engagement with Spirit. I wanted to start with this:  One often hears quoted, it is the crack (or break) of the heart through which the light enters.

To sit with the difficulty without causing suffering to self or to others is to honor the dark and the light in one’s life.

These seem to me to be good meditative contemplations for the shortest day and longest night.  I wanted to write about it today as we enter what I like to call “the great stopping of momentum, the great balance of light and dark–the great silence, the big quiet.”

 Sitting with the difficulties of life, even the difficulties of daily meditation can open us to more light entering our consciousness so that we can benefit ourselves, others and the world.  Let me explain what I mean.

I’m talking about not turning away but rather really bearing the pain, whether physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, without creating further pain for self or another in any way.   Not running from it, suppressing it or becoming angry or frustrated with darkness.  That’s an example of balancing the light and dark in one’s life.  We can be reminded of this type of yin-yang balance during the time of the Winter Solstice.

It isn’t easy to really be with troubles without adding more suffering.  In The Arrow Sutra, the Buddha teaches about how we embellish the pain or difficulty (shooting the second arrow), instead of observing what is actually present:  which is the arising and passing of feelings. So instead of turning away from emotions, turn towards them and watch them pass just the way they have arisen.  In this way, we allow the light of awareness to enter and wisdom to arise.

Practice in Meditation

A simple meditation today, the Winter Solstice, can help us work with balancing light and dark/ease and difficulty.  Here’s what I mean.  Sometimes, we resist emotions or thoughts or discomfort in the body or sleepiness or restlessness during meditation and in doing so, we shoot a second arrow, so-to-speak, and create a story around even these simple experiences in meditation.

OR we may come to the sitting with already-formed goals, intentions or ideas about how the meditation time is going to be experienced.  “I am going to be in a bliss state the whole time, or go floating into the heaven of the cosmos.”  When in actuality, we may feel sleepy, restless or have thoughts of regret or other emotional difficulties arise.

Meditation is a practice for life.  And life is full of darkness as well as light– full of difficulties as well as it’s opposite, freedom,  peace/ease.  Think of yin-yang.

Our world needs people who can stand in the fire or tolerate the difficulty, keep a cool head, not over-react, deal with harsh and hard situations with clarity and wisdom.  Meditation practice trains us to do this. 

The ideal

We don’t quit or run or try to escape –nor do we control or intend any type of outcome when we meditate.  We may have an intention for our meditation practice which is alright but many times if we just allow, and experience, observe, see the mind working while being interested yet not being too controlling, too tense nor too relaxed but  just allowing ourselves to move through the states without judging ourselves as “bad meditators” and without becoming frustrated … if we can uphold these ideals, I think  we can develop the ability to balance the light and dark in our lives too.   Yeah, I know this is an awkwardly phrased paragraph, but you know what I mean, right?

The Winter Solstice is a reminder of all of this . . .

  • of how the depth of our being which is radiant clear light can open up through staying with difficulties
  • of how our core mind, the primal mind, is radiant and clear in nature
  • of how just like the Tibetan Buddhist tradition speaks, a self-existing lamp of wisdom exists within each of us
  •  of how through the difficulties and darkness of life, we are able to access this kind of light or presence
  • of  how we go into the dark in order to be able to see the light
  • of how we are with the difficult in order that we may be able to have more ease

If in meditation we can embrace the unknowing or just allow rather than always trying to control – the unknowing will open up to knowing. Being with the difficult or darkness opens us to light as well as being regenerative and enabling wisdom.

Here is some poetry that expresses these ideas . . . 

“Some nights stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.”
–Rumi
*****
Three times my life has opened.
Once, into darkness and rain.
Once, into what the body carries at all times within it and
starts to remember each time it enters the act of love.
Once, into the fire that holds all.
These three were not different.
You will recognize what I am saying or you will not.
But outside my window all day a maple has stepped
from her leaves like a woman in love with winter, dropping
the colored silks.

Neither are we different in what we know.
There is a door. It opens. Then it is closed. But a slip of
light stays, like a scrap of unreadable paper left on the floor,
or the one red leaf the snow releases in March.
–Jane Hirshfield

*****
If each day falls
Inside each night,
There exists a well
Where clarity is imprisoned.
We need to sit on the rim
Of the well of darkness
And fish for fallen light
With patience.
–Pablo Neruda


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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra with players Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter – How it plays out

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) - April 4, 2015
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) – April 4, 2015

Today – It’s a super charged Full Moon (April 4, 2015) in Libra!  What can this mean? Here’s my version…

But is it only today that we may feel (Moon/emotion) the effects?  No; it’s more or less a theme that’s been occurring at least since the last eclipse (Solar a few weeks ago, March 20).

Something shifted around that time, perhaps ended—a change; a new way of BE-ing may have occurred for you.

And now, that’s associated with a new beginning.

Don’t’ get hung up on the exact dates; instead just think about something that may have occurred in the life 2 or 3 weeks ago (or even  a month or so ago) that set you up for the new phase that this eclipse is heralding—new beginning; new way of seeing things; new way of being in the world; new chapter in the life.  (We can experience the effects of an eclipse months before and months after–or so they say and so I’ve personally observed.)  But what are the key factors we can realize now?

Relationship is the key word with this energy and if you’re like me—happy to be in relationship with Self with a capital S (Higher Self) and with Divine Being you may, like me, be seeing life in a whole new light.  That should be a capital L really in the word Life—meaning All That Is and of course all that isn’t and the space in between.

Of course, we’d also have to mention personal one-on-one relationships with family, friends, life partners too which may be taking on a whole new meaning right about now and over the next few months.

This is no ordinary placement.  The Sun is conjunct Uranus and T-squaring Pluto.  What a mixture!   Moon, Uranus in Aries, the Libra Sun and tossed into that we also have the Capricorn Pluto – better not reference tossing Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, anywhere– it’s he who does the tossing.  LOL

Sun in Aries wants freedom and the ability to do it’s own thing regarding its purpose in life and the planet Uranus is empowering that Sun to go for it! As I see it, the planets and luminaries are setting up that theme when the Sun/Uranus opposes Moon and squares Pluto.

To me that configuration indicates  finding freedom in our life in a new way–one which challenges our feelings of security or actually enhances those feelings to create transformational (Pluto, the transformer) attitudes or views regarding how we relate to others and/or to Life Itself.  Pluto is quite psychological and so we could sense here a new psychology in your life–perhaps a highly personal one that creates a new beginning.

Can you see or feel how this can be playing out in your life now?  And how it has been occurring for some time now?

Jupiter plays a part in this attitudinal, emotional energy merger and change of view too. Jupiter, the great benefic, is highly focused via it’s retrograde motion.  It’s moving through Leo now.   And now its making an aspect to the other players, bringing with it a sense of playfulness and joy and mostly FUN.   That’s the energy that influences and balances this new attitude and way of be-ing that is taking shape and changing our lives right now.

May the blessings of Jupiter be yours and may you find the freedom and harmony in your life that brings the new freedom/ liberation of contented happiness with the influence of this eclipse both now and over the next 6 months!

Last Quarter Moon Phase October 2014

Last Quarter Moon Phase-2

The current energy:  The head/Sun squares the heart/Moon… well, that’s one (of many) ways to say it.  Today the Moon is in it’s Last Quarter Phase (270° to 315°).  This phase started at 1° Leo and enters  the last phase, the Balsamic at 1° Libra and then the next New Moon is 1° Scorpio.  These phases happen every month of course as the Moon moves through it’s monthly cycle.  So where are we now exactly as far as what we can expect will occur based on our New Moon intention from the last New Moon when we planted our seed and conceived something during the dark of the Moon last? 

What is this phase all  about?  Well, we start with the fact of the square that the Moon and Sun are making and that brings frustration, uneasiness, the energy being at odds, conflicting.  The Moon wants one thing and the Sun another and both must be resolved–but differently.

Dane Rudhyar calls this phase “Crisis is Consciousness” — and I think too “crisis in belief”.  Internal conflicts, therefore, mark this phase.  Do we deserve what we asked for during the New Moon?  Is it possible to achieve? Are we in harmony with our own ideals?  –these types of questions could be possible now.  I can see this within my own self as I look back to the start of the cycle (Sept. 23/24) at the last New Moon and all that has happened over these last 3 week and I feel myself having to grapple with a few things internally.  Here in this phase we should be careful that we don’t create a pattern called “the undoing of the doing”.  We must not take things for granted and undermine our own creative efforts and all the while try to understand our own actions. 

We are likely to seek a deeper cosmological understanding–again, crisis in belief.  We begin to feel the pull of Source Energy now pulling us into the next phase.  We may be confused about what to believe and the value system that we associate with those beliefs.

What you believe determines your values which in turn determines your lifestyle relative to your beliefs.  There can be a crisis in lifestyle and a crisis in identity as well.  An inner question such as “Am I living my life according to my own values?”    Something in consciousness is being re-polarized so that a new foundation of awareness can occur–the soul strives for a new foundation!

There is society and then there is ‘me’–values may differ.  We feel the new cycle and want to move into that but we are finishing up something in this cycle that must come first—thus, the frustration.  

the Psychic in this last quarter moon phase

The psychic, the sensitive individual,  feels the longing to go home, to withdraw, and seeks solitude more frequently in this lunar phase. Thoughts of what is left behind as a legacy are typical of this phase,  And so perhaps in this lunar phase the psychic professional works on that class, that book, those teachings or the project of one kind or another.  There is still engagement with the outer world but it is like the autumn if we equated this to a season.

The Moon wanes and the monthly cycle ends and now the psychic starts to review the month, the work and perhaps takes inventory of successes and perceived failures and maybe considers how to improve or change in some way. 

There is a sense of wanting to finish unfinished business and so reviewing connections with others perhaps by checking over Email to be sure everything was addressed… just anything to tidy things up because subconsciously and intuitively the feeling of needing to withdraw again is nearing. 

So there is a feeling of culmination and completion here and shedding the skins that were worn in the world this time/this month.  The time is coming again soon to enter the cave once again where perhaps only a loincloth and meditation beads are needed—perhaps not literally but at least metaphorically.


No matter what your role in life or what profession you are in the emotional nature responds to an important principle or value that you feel you must uphold.  However, it is important to be flexible about this because as you feel like you would like to reform the whole system of society and the world to be in harmony with your own ideals, there is a need to be reasonable.  We can only do our best in our own corner of it working within the system (and societal values) that are already in place while being in harmony with our own system and values at the same time.

And we should remember that we are talking about the Solar-Lunar factors… the Sun relating to the Moon.  We’re talking head (Sun) versus heart (Moon). The purpose and outer persona (Sun) and the evolving emotional and soul dynamic (Moon) and we started this phase with the 270° square.  I wrote a post a while back about the difference between the energies of the Sun and the Moon which may be good to review:  CLICK HERE.  

This phase is like a sweet sorrow.  Like sensing a return to the homeland after being away.  Time now feels even more precious because we know something is soon going to change but before it does we ask ourselves, “Have I been doing my best?”    These types of questions permeate our gradual return to the inner world as we move through this phase.  Longing increases to return to the dharmakaya, the place of divine truth.  We remember the “Cosmic Joke” as some say and we focus on today, now, and …. well, I just now realize that this very morning, I made a Facebook post that epitomizes this:

“In our lives there’s ‘this n’ that’ happening and then there’s the other ‘not’ happening and then again there’s the ‘meanwhile’… deep within; the eternal presence in the eternal now is meanwhile. Always meanwhile at the core of us, there’s exists, always, the divine connection meanwhile and the practice of the virtue of patience.”

There’s a sense of autumn about this phase and an acceptance of the imperfection of our lives, our values, our beliefs and those of the others and the outer world of society.  We can almost laugh about it realizing how little it all really matters in the end.   Yet, we still know we have to participate in it and so our grip loosens.  We accept what we haven’t done and may not get to do and we also see that tendency in other people–that which has not been accomplished not only in this monthly lunar phase but in life generally.  Yet, despite this, we’re okay with the imperfections of Samsara.  

We know we cannot always be right, have everything we want, remain young all the years of our life but…

we must be very careful now not to become cynical.  We should let go of all judgments of ourselves and others–that’s all irrelevant anyway and we can get a glimpse of that now.  

Don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

We do not want to repeat the past — this for sure is what we know and we must be careful not to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”.  

It is important not to judge circumstances now, no matter how things appear!  It’s best to say “I have no idea…” right now rather than to draw an erroneous conclusion about anything or anyone.  Enlightenment, after all, in the end is knowing that you don’t know all that you thought you knew!  

Next up:  Balsamic Phase at 1° Libra starting on Tuesday the 21st.  And then we go thought the cycle again, so you can come back and start again with the New Moon phase entry on this blog and let the Moon phases guide you through another month.

 

QUICK MOON PHASE LINKS: 

New Moon 

Crescent (Waxing)

First Quarter

Gibbous (Waxing)

FULL MOON

Disseminating (Waning)

Last Quarter

Waxing Crescent – Balsamic 

 

Waning Disseminating Moon Phase – October 2014

waning disseminating moon2

The Sun-Moon angle of separation now is past full (the 180° of the total 360° zodiac circle is Full Moon).  We have now entered and are well into the Waning Disseminating Phase which is 225 – 270°.  The Moon now wanes, grows smaller.  If we put this phase in perspective by comparing it to the circle of the zodiac with Aries as first house, we’d be around the 8th house or or 9th house right about now–the area of “The Shaman”.

The Shaman who has a social identity too.  So at this time we need, like the social shaman, times for periodic withdrawal like a shaman would need while at the same time giving something, “disseminating” something as the name implies and as a shaman does.  We now have some wisdom which we gained from the Full Moon which we can share with others.

Just as a side note, it’d be nice to be able to see the Moon wane in our local sky here after the huge attention-getter that it was last week; but alas, where I currently reside,  the Moon has been camouflaged by dark clouds and rain for days now.

The homeward journey of the Moon has started, at least symbolically.   In comparison to a human life cycle, we are now past mid-life.  The Moon is closer to death than to birth.

And in our psyche during this Moon phase, there is a certain detachment from worldly concerns.  As I typed that last sentence, I laughed thinking how I took off for the gym to workout yesterday despite the area’s heavy concerns about a tornado warning and I joked with my daughter saying, “… so in case a tornado hits me, you will find my body somewhere between home and the YMCA.”  In this phase, we have the understanding that everything must die and our orientation to life changes with that mood.

We are focused both inwardly and outwardly and in that split focus we can see that we should live our life every single day as if it were the last day we have on earth.

We are challenged in this lunar phase, in some way or another, to get over our own self-importance and to diminish our self-involvement or egocentric views.  Something about this current waning disseminating energy encourages less selfishness and to make other people’s concerns more important than our own.  We also realize “how rare and precious we all are” –to borrow a phrase from the movie, CONTACT.  And with this perspective, we stop sweating the small stuff–as the saying goes.

Right now the Moon looks like its missing an edge of it’s face.

In this phase, says Rudhyar, people like to teach others what wisdom they accumulate in their internal search for understanding.

This is the time of the month that a psychic who is also a medium will likely receive the most requests to bring a message from a loved one on the other side. We will most feel like connecting to ancestral energy or the ‘old’ teachings at this time. In this phase people are tempted to want to give or ‘give back’ for the blessings that they have received and in this lunar phase, the psychic may feel like giving a free reading or do something in order to give back for their blessings.  Also, they may receive love offerings/donations in this phase.

In this phase the psychic wishes to remain engaged with others but will soon enter a withdrawal phase again as the Moon continues to wane.  There is a feeling in this phase of longing to commune with kindred souls as well as having the recurring realization that life is short and precious as previously mentioned.

PERSONAL NOTE:  As the Moon has been in the disseminating phase it was with great pleasure that I created a website for my daughter, who had been asking me to help her with that.  I noticed that I had a strong impulse to share with her what I’d learned in my online computer work and to be helpful to her.  There was an acute awareness that I had valuable information and abilities that could be of great service to her.  I’ve also felt a stronger connection to my family than is usual for me and the inevitability of the passage of time and how much I love them.

QUICK MOON PHASE LINKS: 

New Moon 

Crescent (Waxing)

First Quarter

Gibbous (Waxing)

FULL MOON

Disseminating (Waning)

Last Quarter

Waxing Crescent – Balsamic 

First Quarter Moon Phase 90 – 135° October 2014

first quarter moon phase

In the First Quarter Moon Phase, the Sun-Moon angle is 90 – 135°

The Moon is now 3 signs ahead of the Sun and begins at the square, a difficult angle.  At the square the Moon and the Sun are uneasy with each other.  In this case we have an air sign (New Moon Libra) and our first quarter square in this particular phase happens in Capricorn.  Libra is ‘air’ and Capricorn is ‘earth’.  Mental energy squares with earth practicality.   Conflicts of interest between the signs is one way to say it.   At this point we have to find a way to satisfy the urges and needs of both signs–both aspects being stimulated in our psyche, our soul, our heart. And this drives us to some sort of “action” in some way.  The last phase was a crisis in consciousness and this phase is referred to as a crisis in action.

Many times folks born in this phase are do-ers, achieve-ers –they make things happen.  There’s a forceful, managerial feeling to how we approach life when Luna is in this phase.   (I so went through that when the Moon was applying to 90° and by the time the angle past, I was over it and ready to take action in various ways.  Yet, as I write this blog today, it’s still early in the phase.)

Typically, it is possible that feelings of unworthiness, failure or doubt can crop up at this time. That’s what they say because it’s a carryover from the Crescent phase from a few days ago.

And in my personal example,  a few days ago there was a fluctuation in the mood.  Not so much doubt from that ray of hope that came through the new phase but it was more like crunch-time as the saying goes.  I spent an afternoon adding, subtracting, multiplying so-to-speak in order to convince myself that this ray of hope is legit and completely possible, viable, practical and do-able. Any doubt now is waning or depleting.

It is said that group energy is a theme for this Moon angle and tension between self and group energy or the energy of idealism may occur.  This is where the Moon enters the brighter hemisphere; the realm of manifestation and where we meet “others” who may be antagonistic or oppositional.  In this lunar phase it would be good to remember one’s path and to not to let the result of drama leave a mark on the evolving spirit.

I understand that last paragraph–I’ve been drawing in comments from others (probably my own reflections) that sound much like, “Are you sure about this?”

This particular First Quarter Moon right now is occurs in the sign of practical Capricorn; thus the concerns with practicality. But as I make this post, the Moon is only 6° into Capricorn and will not complete the phase until 15° Aquarius and that’s not until October 4th which is 3 days from now.  I may be sharing my personal experiences of this lunar phase prematurely but can always come back and post an addendum at the bottom of the post.  So let’s go forward anyway–knowledge is power.  Forewarned is forearmed as they say.

The Moon in the sky is really beautiful right now—looking like a half Moon, very bright; I admired it while waiting  to pick up my grandson from band practice, sitting the parking lot of the High School last night.  Looking at that Moon I thought about how a psychic artist and teacher from my past told me many years ago, nearly 20 years ago now, to study the Moon phases–that it would be helpful for me to do that.  I was thinking how helpful that guidance really was.  Oh, this isn’t the first time I’ve studied the Moon phases, but the first time I blogged about them and really applied the knowledge to what was currently happening in my own life.

The lunation cycle is a a “cycle of periodic changes”

These changes are those of the solar-lunar relationship.  The start of the monthly phasal relationship between the Sun Moon begins at the conjunction–meaning at that time the distance between the Sun and the Moon is 0°, then the maximum distance is 180° (Full Moon)–the opposition.

It is probably good to remember that the Moon in the sky as it changes is the shadow that the Earth casts upon the Moon itself.  At the full Moon the earth casts no shadow and so the Moon is fully illuminated by the Sun.

So we have new mental concepts and new emotional developments that occur each month–the lunar cycle reflects our soul’s evolutionary growth day by day or phase by phase.  We can see how previous structures and emotions (from the previous month–lunar cycle) are changing.  Last month life was one way and now life is different, right?  I love the way the Moon’s transits and phases and really give us an up-close and personal view of our own evolution.  Its like looking at our life through a microscope.

Now, in this phase, there is a gradual assimilation; a gradual revelation.

The challenge is to now grow positively toward the fullness of the revelation rather than allow the mind that is crowded with the shells of the past structures to dominate the psyche. 

Will we repudiate the past and build the new?  Will we allow the seed that was planted in our consciousness (the seed we asked for, asked to be given through our intentions in our new moon meditations) to continue to be nurtured and to further grow?

The waxing phase (as the Moon is growing fuller) is a time to have an entirely positive attitude as much as possible.  Why? because at the Full Moon what we have been nurturing will become manifest in the psyche and in the outer experience too as a result.  We are laying the ground now for the time when the Sun’s light shines fully on the Moon–the solar power can make the Moon’s energy effective or not effective  based on the power of integration that we ourselves have been nurturing throughout the entire waxing phase.

The reference to “group” energy at the beginning of the post on this First Quarter phase (it feels to me) as if we are aligning with a particular group–like these are my “peeps” (as the slang term goes these days) and these are ‘not’ my peeps.  Said another way, there is a feeling of wanting to identify with a particular group now… this is occurring within me just since yesterday.  I am feeling an identification with people of my age group and in other ways, determining the line in the sand with other group energy.  And that is definitely a part of the whole New Moon intention and the ray of hope and the struggle within me to accept it as real possibility and now how the manifestation will affect my association with particular groups and group energy.  I had to think about this but I do see it.

We will encounter people who will antagonize us and ideas which oppose our own ideas.  We are at the midpoint of the waxing cycle in this phase.  There is an idealism and then a reality and there is one winner and idealism can win!  But there’s a struggle for balance too.  You know this quote?  “Thesis plus antithesis equals synthesis”.

There are crumbling structures, as Dane Rudhyar says about this phase, and the desire to commit to a principle; sort of like “do or die” type of commitment or decision about how it’s going to go from here on out.  We will NOT crumble along with those structures the way we’ve done in the past!

We have a principle or a personal ethic or a strong hope/desire and now it’s time to “win one” in some way. We know life isn’t perfect and our manifestation may not be perfection either but we ARE going to go toward it positively.  We may fear that we can’t but know that we must–the feeling now is sort of like this.

By the way, it is said that when the First Quarter Moon is in a Cardinal sign (in this case it’s in Capricorn, a cardinal sign) that there are excellent prospects for success.  This is true for people born in during this Lunar phase as well.  Cardinal signs are Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn.

This Moon phase is about building a NEW framework in some way which will overcome the past and serve the intentions for one’s future!

[…be back around or just after 15° Aquarius at the start of the Gibbous Lunar Phase which starts at 135° and extends to the 180° FULL MOON]

QUICK MOON PHASE LINKS: 

New Moon 

Crescent (Waxing)

First Quarter

Gibbous (Waxing)

FULL MOON

Disseminating (Waning)

Last Quarter

Waxing Crescent – Balsamic 

Waxing Crescent Moon Phase 45 – 90° – September 2014

waxing crescent moon phase

I thought I may be too late–is the Moon gone beyond 90 degrees yet?  We started with the New Phase at 0 or 1° Libra and now the Moon is at 9° Sagittarius today as I write this.    Since there’s 30 degrees to a sign and we started at Libra, progressing in order through the zodiac in the lunar cycle we have…

Libra 30° + Scorpio 30° + 30° Sagittarius and 30 x 3 is 90 degrees; so we’re still in the Waxing Crescent Phase which is from 45 to 90°. Whew! I’m not late with this blog post.  The Moon moves into the next phase when it gets to Capricorn, the next sign on the wheel.   I’m not too late and the Moon didn’t leave me behind.

Today the Moon is 69° into the next phase–the Waxing Crescent that follows the New Moon phase.  So, right on time then, I will continue.  We’re not at 90° yet.  Moving right along because I’m starting to sound like the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame.

I’ve had one thing on my mind lately and so when it is said that you should plant a seed during the New Moon (dark of the Moon) or set an intention for the month, there’s no doubt about what that was for me in my life.

I won’t detail that here at the moment (it’s personal for now) but may share it later.  It’s still pretty new; just a seed after all and I don’t want to be digging it up or creating anything that could keep it from taking hold in the soil and pushing up above ground.  More on that in a moment.

The Moon entered the Waxing Crescent Phase when it was at 45° from the last Sun/Moon conjunction.  What was that date?  30 Libra + 15 Scorpio = 45 degrees.  The Moon hit 15 Scorpio on September 27th, 2014 in the wee hours of the morn Sunday last or late Saturday night however you prefer it depending on your bedtime, eh? That’s when the Waxing crescent phase began officially, Eastern time.

So here we are… we’re in that Waxing Crescent Phase now.  Something happened in my life at the end of the New Phase that relates to the seed I planted–it was only a word, a whisper, an inkling of the seed stirring, but it happened!

And now well into the waxing crescent phase I find myself energizing that whisper with many thoughts, hopes, imaginings, visions.  So we will see how it goes as we near the Full Moon–follow along with me through the phases and I’ll keep you posted and maybe even reveal what its all about.  No promises though; we’ll see how it goes.  Like I said, it’s very personal.  Anyway…. back to the Waxing Crescent Moon Phase for now.

Waxing.  I’ve got to tell you that the choice of words there has always sort of irked me a bit.  Couldn’t they come up with a more descriptive word for indicating that the Moon is growing brighter and larger in the sky?  Can’t begin to tell you how many times while learning this bit of Luna lore that I’d scratch my head and say what’s waxing mean again?  I think of wax as the stuff you use to make candles and I’m not sure what that…. well, “waxing” according to dictionary.com, is from the  Old English weaxan; related to Old Frisian waxa, Old Saxon, Old High German wahsan, Gothic wahsjan,  Whatever!

So the Moon is getting larger, waxing.  We just have to accept that’s what waxing means and try to remember it.

After the FULL MOON it wanes (gets smaller in the sky to our eyes) and the word wane makes more sense to me.

But now we have this Waxing Crescent that we’re well into now (September 29th, 2014) but the date is not much matter since we’ll be here in this phase again next month and every month thereafter, “Lord willen’ and the creek don’t rise” as that saying goes.

We can pretty much count on the Sunrise and the Moonrise and their rhythms; that’s another reason to love astrology–it represents something we can count on and those things are far and few in life. Getting back to business now…

The Waxing Crescent Moon; the separation of the Moon from the Sun is between 45 – 90°

In this phase feelings of hopefulness abound and there is a sense that lingers of that other-worldliness from the earlier phase and the impulse toward action or activity is increased yet there is a struggle to put into the outer world what the inner world is experiencing.

There is the struggle with the need to withdraw from social interactions at this time of the month.  Psychic work at this time will carry the tune of inspiration.

A distance of 45° in astrology is called a semi-square and there is a struggle here, says Dane Rudhyar, for something concrete–a structure or mental concept.  There is the shock of discovery at this angle–it’s thin and new.  There can be a feeling of excitement with a tendency to want to slow down and look at things from all angles.   To our eye the Moon won’t have a distinctive shape until it reaches the First Quarter 90° when it looks like that distinctive semi-circle–until then the Moon’s shape is a straight line more-or-less.

There is gradual revelation in this phase which also includes the sextile (60°) and that’s where a comparison and contrast becomes evident and exciting.  In our current cycle that happened when the transiting Moon was at approximately 1° Sag. (Yesterday, Sunday 9-28-14).

There’s no stress with any kind of sextile and in this phase there’s a good deal going on internally.  There needs to be an isolation from the external world so the soul can ponder what’s taking place and begins to think about the effort and skills needed to work in harmony with the seed that is taking shape.

This whole waxing crescent phase is about allowing the evolutionary intent to take root–new energy with a new purpose.  Keyword:  allowing.

And here there can be those fears… fears of the past repeating itself.  No!  don’t let yourself go there!  We are doing evolution and NOT de-volution.  Right?

(I can feel that within my own experience now and it is very much in alignment with what the books all say about this phase.)

The Moon here in the waxing crescent phase is is young and full of possibility.  If we put this in terms of seasons, we could say that the Moon here is still in “winter” and we know spring is around the corner.  We still feel the ‘otherworldliness’ that carried us from the New Moon phase that came on the heels of the Balsamic phase where something was about to be conceived.  It was conceived!   And now the energy wants to rush out and to manifest.

Before this Moon cycle began, it was abstract and we couldn’t quite conceive of  how our desire or hopes could come about–it was dark and confusing but then a trace of light happened in the New Phase and into the Crescent and it has been growing all along!

Sooner or later what we want to happen will–that’s the feeling now but it feels awkward still.  Yet, at the same time, we’re ready to take it on, go with it, roll up our sleeves and work in harmony with it.  There’s an urgency feeling of something that has to get done but you don’t want to jump the gun that’s loaded and ready to go off– it’s not gone off yet!  And you don’t want to just sit there and do nothing either.  There’s the struggle.

Rudhyar says, about this phase, that people born in this phase “may be characterized in some cases by a deep, subconscious sense of being overwhelmed by the momentum of the past and the power of “ghosts” or karma”.  [i.e. doubt.]

There’s a feeling of not wanting to let things slip through the fingers, not wanting to miss the boat.  The hands are being untied now and there’s a strong desire to use them well.

In the month of October and on the 8th of this month — next Wednesday from now to be exact — there will be a FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE.  (That’s a whole other blog)

Anyway, the energy now indicates that something bigger than one’s own self is about to give purpose, direction and shape to the life.  

I don’t know about you, but I’ll drink to that–raising my coffee cup to the Moon and the Goddess therein!

[I will see you somewhere near the Square, the 90° angle of the Moon to the Sun and that’s going to happen (as stated earlier) at 1° Capricorn.  In this time zone (Eastern) this happens on October 1st!  See you in a few days; that is, if I can stay on time here with my blogging intentions I will. :0] 

 

QUICK MOON PHASE LINKS: 

New Moon 

Crescent (Waxing)

First Quarter

Gibbous (Waxing)

FULL MOON

Disseminating (Waning)

Last Quarter

Waxing Crescent – Balsamic 

 

When the Moon Transits the 5th House

Moon in the 5th HouseWhen the Moon transits the 5th house you may want to take a break from your routine.  The energy of the 5th house supports a pleasurable time.  This is what will satisfy the emotions and help you to feel happy and secure.  The moody Moon will also seek out bonds with children typically at this time or for some folks the attention will be focused on the hobby or some creative pursuit.

As the Moon visits the Leo/Sun house (the 5th) the emotional nature will be sensitive to feelings of being appreciated.

There will typically be an emotional need for some type of self-expression.  (I am writing this blog when the Moon is in the 5th house in my chart… I also wrote my weekly newsletter today which are both types of self-expression in harmony with Luna in my 5th house.)

When the Moon moves through your 5th house, it is good to not give the opinions of others too much power.

You may find yourself wanting to be spontaneous–go for it!  Taking a vacation from everyday life–I’ll say it again.  Break routines!  That will make you happy during these few days of the month.  The less you do out of your routine, the more you achieve!

PERSONAL NOTE:  The 5th house is the house of “children” and this week I’ve been in touch with my daughters more than usual due to (what I call) ‘cat duty’; caring for their feline family members while they are away.  One of the cats is sick and requires some extra attention.  In any event, I’ve been on the phone with them more than normal, since the Moon has moved through my 5th house.  I also am taking a break from my normal routine in another way; shopping in different stores, and spending time in places that I don’t normal spend time.  All of this is in harmony with my 5th house Moon right now.

I spent some time on a creative pursuit this morning that was also not typical behavior for me.  I can really “feel” that whole 5th house lunar connection right now.


 

The Difference Between the Sun and the Moon in Astrology

The Difference between the Sun  and the Moon in Astrology

Sun Moon

I will continue with the Moon through the Houses blog posts but wanted to add this post in, in-between.  

The Sun is our self-concept or identity–one’s sense of self-hood.  If a person just thought of “self” words such as:
self-confidence,
self-esteem,
self-image,
self-preservation,
self-expression,
self-contentedness,
self-consciousness,
self-ish-ness
So you can see that the Sun correlates with Ego, right?  And it represents our need for recognition and how one goes about getting that recognition or attention or acknowledgement of the “self”.
The Moon, on the other hand, represents subliminal or less conscious patterns in the psyche.  It’s not ego that we express outwardly like the Sun but rather how you “feel” inwardly.    Sometimes it is instinctual and not conscious at all–meaning that it is the part of a person that there are no words to express, especially for someone who is not in touch with their feeling nature at all.  And let’s face it, lots of people have shut that down purposefully.  Look at soldiers, they are trained to shut that down.  People will often deny or shove down the Moon energy but it shows in the world anyway.  People see the traits of your Moon energy whether you deny them or not.  People will project their Moon energy too–attracting other people who will carry that energy for them.
Your Moon energy is your emotional response–your instinctual or  “gut” responses.  Moon and Sun are like heart and head respectively.  That’s one way of seeing it.
We could also say this about the Sun/Moon contrast:  The Sun dominates it’s environment.  The Moon’s way differs; it adjusts and responds.  Luna is sensitive to surroundings, melding into them rather than trying to shape or resist like the Sun does.
When I was a child, my mother and father would advise me to stop being so sensitive.  They, of course, knew nothing of astrology.  If they did, they’d have understood just how difficult their criticisms of my nature and chastising me to “develop a tougher skin” wasn’t accomplished so easily with someone of my nature.  Neptune is sandwiched between my Sun and Moon and all in the same sign and that alone is an astrological signature of a “sensitive”.  But they were giving me advice that they thought was helpful I’m sure even though I felt very misunderstood.
The Moon is Heart and Pure Emotion and more more fluid than the Sun.  The Sun, you see, tries to screen out emotion in order to guard the ego but if a person has a Sun and Moon close this is more difficult to do (in my own case, the Moon is balsamic to the Sun).  The Moon springs from the unconscious and can feel overwhelmed.
 There’s so much more that can be said and will be said through my upcoming Moon class…but that’s a little bit of the difference between the Sun and the Moon.  What if the Sun and the Moon are in the same sign?  The archetype of the Sun sign and the Moon sign if they are in the same zodiac sign, are the same but they manifest differently in the ways just described.
Next post:  Moon transit through the 2nd house