Last Quarter Moon of March 2016

Moon Mind
Calendar
{March 28th to April 3rd}


This Week’s Intention: 
Stay grounded in your physical body wisdom. Continue to release and let go of stories and personal mythology that keep you stuck, unmotivated. Move into the receptive, your feminine center. Let Her emotional body wisdom support your truth. 


Moon is waning, yet still energized at the beginning of the week as it moves through the first half of the cycle. Fertility and creative energy continue to inspire the feelings emerging at this time. With Saturn now in retrograde motion, structure and stability are more important than ever. What steps can you take to increase your relationship with your root chakra needs? Venus moves to its sign of exaltation, Pisces.~swatijrjyotish.com
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    Pavlof volcano in Anchorage from the International Space Station.  I love earth sky.org!!!
    for the Waning Moon Cycle

    {March 23rd to April 7th}

    As the silence of spring arrives, a certain dynamic energy is awakening. The eclipse portal is sealing. The full Moon and lunar eclipse are behind us. The Holi festivities are winding down. The soil has been cleared. The seeds have been planted. Make your process intentional. Bring awareness to your growth. Own and honor this fresh start!~swatijrjyotish.com

SKY ALERT
Mars, Saturn, Antares triangle
Mars, Saturn and the bright star Antares will make triangle in the night sky for months to come. Let the moon help you identity them in the next few mornings.

Polar hydrogen map of the moon’s northern hemisphere, showing the location of the moon’s ancient and present-day north pole. In the image, the lighter areas show higher concentrations of hydrogen and the darker areas show lower concentrations. Image via James Keane, University of Arizona; Richard Miller, University of Alabama at Huntsville. Polar hydrogen map of the moon’s northern hemisphere, showing the location of the moon’s ancient and present-day north pole. In the image, the lighter areas show higher concentrations of hydrogen and the darker areas show lower concentrations. Image via James Keane, University of Arizona; Richard Miller, University of Alabama at Huntsville.

The moon’s axis rotation – the imaginary stick around which the moon spins – has moved by at least six degrees, and that motion is recorded in ancient lunar ice deposits, according to new research. A physical change in the moon’s spin axis is known as True Polar Wander, and this is the first physical evidence that the moon has undergone it. The new paper was published in the journal Nature on March 23, 2016.

Image result for True Polar wander

What is retrograde Motion?

Sometimes the planets appear to change direction in the sky. This retrograde motion is entirely an illusion caused by the Earth passing the slower moving outer planets.

Typically, the planets shift slightly eastward from night to night, drifting slowly against the backdrop of stars. From time to time, however, they change direction. For a few months, they’ll head west before turning back around and resuming their easterly course. This is “retrograde motion”. Though it baffled ancient astronomers, we know now that retrograde planets are an illusion caused by the motion of Earth.

Animation of Mars in retrogradeAn animation showing the retrograde motion of Mars in summer of 2003. Credit: Eugene Alvin Villar (via Wikipedia)

You can test this the next time you pass a car on the highway. As you approach the slower car, it is clearly moving in the same direction you are. Right as you pull along side and pass it, however, the car appears to move backwards for just a moment. As you continue pulling away, the car resumes its forward motion.

The same thing happens as Earth passes the slower moving outer planets. When we pass Jupiter, for example, the gas giant appears to reverse course in the sky for a couple of months.~earthsky.org

you can see how pretty much all of the planets (except Saturn) are all pretty much in one narrow band in the center…It creates very un-balanced conditions… When things are going well, they’ll seem to fall into place automatically… But then there are those times when even doing the simplest of things can become a project or a “PITA”… (pain in the ass)… hehe…

With all that being said, if you find yourself struggling and/or trying to force things into happening then chances are you would be wise to take a big step backwards and to “re-think” your ways, means and methods… ~weeklyhoroscope.com
Jupiter Retrograde  January 7, 2016  May 9, 2016
Saturn Retrograde  March 25, 2016   August 13, 2016 (The one above is Saturn)
Mars  April 17, 2016 June 29, 2016
Pluto April 18, 2016 September 26, 2016
Mercury April 28, 2016 May 22, 2016

(Cosmic yellow light, yo.  Slow down coming’.~L)

Image result for jupiter retrogrades 2016
Retrogrades don’t bother me much.  I enjoy the opportunity to be more deliberate–and do be mindful, Socrates was made to drink poison by the “old”.  Pays to keep an eye on what is passing away until it’s well and truly gone.~L

Retrograde orbit: the satellite (red) orbits in the direction opposite to the rotation of its primary (blue/black)

Path of Earth and Moon around Sun[edit]

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When viewed from the north celestial pole, i.e. from the star Polaris, the Moon orbits Earth anticlockwise and Earth orbits the Sun anticlockwise, and the Moon and Earth rotate on their own axes anticlockwise.

The right-hand rule can be used to indicate the direction of the angular velocity. If the thumb of the right hand points to the north celestial pole, its fingers curl in the direction that the Moon orbits Earth, Earth orbits the Sun, and the Moon and Earth rotate on their own axes.

(in other words, our moon does not really retrograde, she does a “lunar standstill” thing, but it’s not the same illusion.  The right hand rule reminds me of a beautiful song by the Cowboy Junkies called “Crescent Moon”~L)

“Reach a hand to the crescent moon
Grab hold of the hollow
If she sits in the palm of the left
That moon will be fuller tomorrow
If she sits in the palm of the right
That moon is on the wane
And the love of the one who shares your bed
Will be doing just the same.”

Songwriter: MICHAEL TIMMINS  Crescent Moon lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

 
Knowing who you are as an individual is further strengthened when Mercury meets Uranus in Aries on Thursday.
When these two meet synchronicity is heightened significantly. Repeating numbers are likely to show up out of nowhere at just the right time to give you that message or reminder you need. When coincidences show up repeatedly you can’t help but ask what it may mean for you. ~symbolicliving.com

your inner Light

The real you, the very core of you – is untouchable, unstoppable, and unlimited. And if you give yourself permission to allow even the smallest ray of your inner Light to glisten unimpeded, you would illuminate this world far greater than any moonrise ever could.~whispy.com (Could NOT resist him, looga dat tail!!!~L)

Your feelings are true

Stop minimizing and discounting your feelings. You have every right to feel the way you do. Your feelings may not always be logical, but they are always valid. Because if you feel something, then you feel it and it’s real to you.~whispy.com

(In our Laughter Yoga class last week, we explored the idea that an emotion has a biological basis rooted in old brain (limbic system) survival consciousness and is a response to stimulus. Feelings are learned behaviors, both personal and acquired, that are reasoned, thoughtful and deliberate (or in my case, self-justified).  Knowing who you are and living well, begins by knowing the difference between the two since how you feel about reality (worry, happiness, contentment and bitterness) can be practiced and changed, while emotions (like joy, fear, anger and lust) likely cannot, they happen FAST.~L)


A LAST QUARTER MOON occurs on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 11:17 AM EDT.

On Thursday, a Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Pisces forms a square with the Moon in Sagittarius. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by last week’s Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us–and what doesn’t–in preparation for next week’s New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?

This phase of the Moon occurs at 11 degrees and 20 minutes of Capricorn forming a square with the Sun at 11 degrees and 20 minutes of Aries, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 9 to 13 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) most significantly.~cafeastrology.com

Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Mar  8, 2016     8:54 PM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Mar 15, 2016    1:03 PM  Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Mar 23, 2016    8:01 AM   Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Mar 31, 2016   11:17 AM  Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Apr  7, 2016     7:24 AM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)

When the Moon is in Capricorn Wednesday March 30th 11:46am

MoonCapricornrWe become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead. We also instinctively are aware of the limitations of time. We are motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are most important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a very sober influence–even a depressing one. However, it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.

The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.

Moon Void of Course Friday April 1 from 10:40am to 7:38pm

When the Moon is in Aquarius Friday April 1, 7:38pm

MoonAquarius Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.

The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.~cafeastrology.com

Celtic Astrology: The Way of the Trees

The Celtic Calendar is a compilation of pre-Christian Celtic systems of timekeeping, including the Gaulish Coligny calendar, used by Celtic countries to define the beginning and length of the day, the week, the month, the seasons, quarter days, and festivals. The Gaulish Coligny calendar is possibly the oldest Celtic solar/lunar ritual calendar. The year was divided into a light half and a dark half.. Much of this is only described in a few Irish texts, none of which have been published or fully translated.

In Celtic (Druid) symbolism, the moon represents the subconscious mind and hidden matters while the sun represents the conscious mind. The moon is the repository of the subconscious mind where true knowledge of past lives resides. Using the lunar calendar, Celtic astrology unlocks your past life memories and other hidden mysteries. Each lunar calendar month, thirteen in all, is assigned a tree symbol. The trees’ energies are said to be revealed through the Tree Alphabet.

According to Ellis, the Celtic calendar was similar to the Vedic astrologycalendar. Another aspect of Celtic astrology is the animal symbols used to depict the conscious mind. When the animal symbols are used in conjunction with the tree signs, a bridge is formed between the conscious and subconscious mind. In Western Astrology, the zodiac would be considered sun sign.

Tree

Dates Alphabet Meaning Animal Crystal
Birch Dec. 24 – Jan. 20 Beth Achiever Stag Quartz
Rowan Jan. 21 – Feb. 17 Luis Thinker Cat Peridot
Ash Feb. 18 – Mar. 17 Nion Enchanter Snake Coral
Alder Mar. 18 – Apr. 14 Fearn Trailblazer Fox Ruby
Willow Apr. 15 – May 12 Saille Observer Cow Moonstone
Hawthorne May 13 – June 9 Uath Illusionist Seahorse Topaz
Oak June 10 – July 7 Duir Stabilizer Wren Diamond
Holly July 8 – Aug. 4 Tinne Ruler Horse Carnelian
Hazel Aug. 5 – Sept. 1 Coll Knower Salmon Amethyst
Vine Sept. 2 – Sept. 29 Muin Equalizer Swan Emerald
Ivy Sept. 30 – Oct. 27 Gort Survivor Butterfly Opal
Reed Oct. 28 – Nov. 24 Ngetal Inquisitor Wolf Jasper
Elder Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 Ruis Seeker Falcon Jet

~peacefulmind.com (for you, Claire.  Hope I got your email right this time!~L)

March 28
Waning Gibbous
79%

March 29
Waning Gibbous
71%

TODAY 

March 30
Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 61%

March 31
Waning Gibbous
51%

April 1
Waning Crescent
41%

TODAY – Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

Phase Details for –  Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 61%
Moon Age: 21.07 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 393,407.38 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,453,280.01 km

~moongiant.com

So, to wrap it all up and give it a name.  Until Friday, the Sun in Aries squares the moon in Capricorn.  Aries is all, “get off the couch, I want action, stupid”.  Aries is crashing and bumping and a leader. who does not need followers.

Capricorn is like, “you, Aries are inappropriate and you are doing it wrong, anyway”.  Capricorn is proper and deliberate and a leader who follows the rules.  Not sentimental, emotions are boring to them.

Saturn in Sag is saying “this circus is a joke, I am taking over.  these leaders don’t lead, they aren’t even good entertainment.  I’m the leader I am waiting for.”

This masculine energy is very mental, guardian and ready to GO. ~adapted from Debra Silverman’s synopsis.  Love her site debrasilvermanastrology.com.

Lots of movement, mental energy and lunacy.  So I think we will work with a mantra this week.  It will be, “I am enough, you are enough.”
Love Abides, Mas amor por favor,
L

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