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Moon Magic: First Quarter in Aries

Each New and Full Moon I dig into lunar astrology to write my newsletter and to set the theme for the associated Turtle Journey. I am not an astrologer, but I have enjoyed learning about this one aspect of astrology. I thought I would share some of what I am discovering here.

first quarter moon

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Today is the First Quarter Moon. In the sky, half of the Moon is visible. The Moon is waxing, and at this halfway point things are beginning to gain momentum. The Moon is in a square aspect to the Sun, which creates tension with whatever sign the Sun is in. If it can be worked with, that tension can lead to growth and progress.

The First Quarter Moon is not a phase for contemplation. The time for setting intentions and making plans has passed. It is time to make decisions and act.

Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac cycle and the cardinal sign of spring, is ready for what is new to come into being and will breathe life into it. Aries is a fire element sign which, when influencing the emotional Moon, can make you feel irritable or argumentative. You may act more impulsively than usual, but that boldness can be just what you need to get things started.

The Sun is in Capricorn, the cardinal earth element sign that starts winter. The tension in this square is between the Aries Moon feeling ready to get new things going and the Sun in his planning phase in Capricorn. I think the Aries energy can flair up as anger when frustrated by Capricorn’s slow and steady approach. Collectively, it reminds me of what we are seeing here in the United States as progressives lash out against conservatives who are holding back the social and environmental changes we need. I will be watching for a flare up today.

Luckily the Moon’s phases do not last long. If you are feeling the Aries irritation, breathe and practice your anger management skills.

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Breathe in Moonlight

Waxing Crescent Moon (NASA, International Spac...

Waxing Crescent Moon (NASA, International Space Station, 02/28/09) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

Since we began having new moon circles at the True North Yoga studio, I’ve been reconnecting to the lunar cycle. I’ve always noticed the moon in the sky, when it’s visible, but I went through a period of not noticing mindfully. Over the past couple of years I’d forgotten how the moon speaks to my spirit and I’m glad to feel it’s pull again.

During the last full moon I was guiding a yoga class into deeper breathing when I was struck by how the moon’s cycle mirrors the cycle of the breath.

Try this:

Sit comfortably and lengthen your spine. Breathe in and out through your nose. Make each breath a bit deeper, a bit longer, until you are using all of your lungs.

Notice your inhale. Notice how the lungs fill slowly, taking in more and more air until they are full. The inhale is like the waxing moon, growing from a sliver in the sky to an orb.

Pause at the top of your inhale, holding your breath in gently. This pause, with your lungs at their full capacity, is like the full moon hanging in the sky for a night. Savor it’s power and sweetness as your body takes in oxygen.

Slowly exhale, noticing the emptying of your lungs. The exhale is like the waning moon, gradually releasing all of it’s energy and light as it shrinks to a crescent.

For a brief moment, pause at the bottom of your exhale. Notice the emptiness, like the lack of light in the night sky during the new moon. Be aware that the emptiness is ready to be refilled, and with an inhale begin the cycle again.

At our new moon circles we revel in the emptiness, for the moonless night signifies a readiness to begin. It is the time of potential unmanifest. When the moon is new on March 11, pause for a brief moment and invite in all that you are ready to create in your life.

And when the moon is full, breathe in moonlight and savor the sweetness of your creative power.

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