Astro-Notes on January 31, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily aspects:
– Ceres in Pisces semi-square Pluto in Capricorn
– Jupiter Rx in Virgo quincunx Eris in Aries and conjunct NN
– Mercury in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries
– Vesta in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn
– Third Quarter Moon at 11:41 Scorpio/Aquarius at 10:27 pm EST

The Third Quarter Moon of the Capricorn lunation cycle will transpire late tonight amidst a couple of tense aspects that involve Pluto in Capricorn, the ruler of the Moon (in Scorpio). These challenge us to get in control over our circumstances or affairs and also of our obsessions or the shadow side of our nature to be able to make progress with our causes and projects. The ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Last Quarter Moon is testing our perception of reality and in this case it concerns especially distractions, interruptions and other unexpected developments that keep us from carrying out our agenda as well as ‘rebellious’ choices we make, triggered by deeper psychological patterns and a resistance to change of which we need to become aware of. In this regard we have to realize that this is our last chance to finally get our stuff together. Therefore, it’s time to move out of our own way and commit ourselves whole-heartedly to our causes. We cannot continue going down a path that doesn’t serve our best interests. Instead, what we need is an attitude adjustment.


Tomorrow will we celebrate Imbolc, a cross-quarter day in the wheel of the year that marks the return of the light here in the Northern Hemisphere. This festival honors the great Celtic goddess Brigid, the Light-Bringer and Exalted One that has connotations with the Roman goddess Vesta, which kindles and tends to the inner flame. She is the ‘Beloved’, the ‘Lady of the Lambs’ that oversees the quickening of life and the passage from the dark of winter to the promise of spring. Hope is growing in our hearts as winter is reaching its peak. We know it is only a matter of a few weeks until this season will be over and the Earth and all her creatures will awaken once again. Tradition calls upon us to light candles and place them in the windows of our home. In the same sense should we rekindle our inner light and keep the flame burning.

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Swords”, symbolizing a decision-maker, who lives by clear logic and fact and by justice and fairness, has a sharp mind and a high intellect and expands on inner wisdom. He is impartial, puts emotions aside, makes informed decisions and applies mind over matter. Thus, it is a day when we filter our thoughts and imagination and put them into cohesive ideas and projects.


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