In honor of the waning moon phase that the moon entered yesterday morning I’m publishing a transcript of my talk on Astrology, the phases of the moon and the Full Moon in Sagittarius that happened on Friday June 9th at Magick City for the Remedi Food Dinner Club.
First we must understand the moon’s 4 phases. Each phase lasts about a week and each one represents a turning point in the cycle of the moon and the sun’s relationship to each other and the earth. We’ll start with the waning moon, the last quarter, the 4th quarter. This is a very internal, introspective period that represents letting go and releasing energy. It is a time of endings but also a time of healing. We are wrapping up the lunation cycle of this time period in order to allow the new phase to come in. It is a time of reflection, to integrate what we’ve learned from this moon cycle and let go what no longer serves us. It is especially helpful to understand this moon phase because the waning moon can often be a time of sadness and difficult feelings – letting go does not always come easy. When we know that this is happening it can make the letting go process easier to navigate and we are more easily able to transmute the energy into one of healing.
Then we return to the New Moon, the first quarter, when the sun and moon are in the same degree of the same sign. We now welcome and invite in new energy while releasing the old but bringing with us what we learned from the previous cycle. The new moon colors the energy that the entire moon cycle will be about. This is enterprise, a beginning, an initiation. This past new moon was in Gemini. Gemini represents the thinking mind, mental faculties, how one communicates and shares information. The mind becomes the central focus, as well as friendship and the immediate social environment. This entire phase showed us a deeper look into our own mind, especially in terms of how it relates to our social circles and the way we intake information and express ourselves through the word.
During the waxing moon, the second quarter, we build on what was initiated during the new moon. This is a time where we can actually feel the tangibility of abundance. This is a great time to do money magic for instance because the energy allows for accumulation. This can also be represented by the harvest, when we can reap rewards for our hard work, even if the results seem small. The waxing moon almost wreaks of “remember to count your blessings so you can invite in more”.
This brings us to the Full Moon, the third quarter, when the sun and moon are in opposing signs. The full moon holds a lot of mystery – if you notice the subtle energy around this time things have a tendency to feel more eerie and strange. It is said the full moon is a time when “the crazies come out”, however, I think we’re all crazy so I personally see it as a time when our own personal crazy is invited to come out – mostly because we are moving from the self-containment of the new moon and waxing moon into a need for outward expression and connection. So, the full moon is a time of relating, of finding balance with what is happening internally with what is happening externally. A way of holding up a mirror to ourselves to figure out subconsciously what we will no longer need when again the waning moon comes and it is time to start over on a whole new ride.
To understand the Full Moon we must take a look at the Zodiac. The Zodiac is made up of 12 signs. Split into two, that makes a pair of six. This pair of six make up polarities to each other called oppositions. When in balance, these oppositions complete each other. The first six signs make up individual experience, the 7th through 12th signs make up the collective experience. In simple form :
ARIES says “I AM”. LIBRA says “WE ARE”.
TAURUS says “I HAVE”. SCORPIO says “WE HAVE”.
GEMINI says “I THINK”. SAGITTARIUS says “WE THINK”.
CANCER says “I FEEL”. CAPRICORN says “WE FEEL”.
LEO says “I CREATE”. AQUARIUS says “WE CREATE”.
VIRGO says “I SERVE”. PISCES says “WE SERVE”.
In the most simplistic sense, the full moon is a time for us to balance these opposing energies.
The full moon holding the “thinking polarity” of Gemini and Sagittarius happened about a week ago. The Sun in Gemini experience has been with us since late May. As mentioned before, during this time we have been dealing with our communicative abilities and our social environment. When Sagittarius comes along we are challenged with the bigger picture, the Universe as a whole, the world, society, what we know and the infinity of what we can never know. Our beliefs about the world may be completely at odds with how we think about our immediate environment. For example, having social beliefs about the world but not living that truth out in our day to day.
Sagittarius lives outwardly, expansively -gaining higher knowledge is its process. It asks Gemini to open itself up to these realms and integrate it into the here and now. The questions it provokes are : How am I balancing the big picture with the small? How do I fit in with my community and immediate surroundings and how does that compare to the way I think about the world and the Universe? How does what I perceive going on around the world pair with what is going on in my immediate environment? How does my spiritual connection inform my relationships and friendships and vice versa?
The connections we made during the week of the full moon and continue to make into the waning moon inform these areas and contribute to the necessary mind shifts that are needed to shed ways of thinking or approaching life that no longer serve us. The waning moon holds space for this process of letting go and this time around it is ultimately the perfect time to ascend to a new level of consciousness.
It is also worth noting that Jupiter in Libra went direct a week ago. Until August this is an invitation into the abundance we can find in connection with others. The ability to get to know ourselves more through getting to know another, harmony in sharing time and interests, starting or deepening partnerships whether it be business, romantic, or platonic. The Venusian energy of Libra can also allow us to embrace our beauty, truly being able to recognize it both inwardly and outwardly. The scales of justice are also called into play allowing us to understand our own visions of utopia, and along with the concreteness of Saturn in Sagittarius, we will be aided in understanding how we can cultivate these ideas into our lives.
The Summer Solstice, when the Sun enters Cancer and we begin the summer season, will be on Wednesday June 21st at 12:24 AM. The Cancer new moon will be on Friday June 23rd at 10:31 PM. ∞