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.
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