Last week, a new Moon Cycle began, meaning this Saturday is the First Quarter Square (waxed from new to half-full; see photo). On that day, the Moon will pass in front of Saturn, their bodies creating the focal point of a T-Square, like the tip top of a triangle. Our Sun in late Leo and Jupiter in early Virgo sit across the round table of the zodiac from Neptune in Pisces, and it is as if the line between them forms the base of a pyramid with a Moon/Saturn in Scorpio capstone.
Moon/Saturn Scorpio at the Top of the T-Square
The Moon in astrology relates to memory and is like a giant, metaphorical womb. The Moon as a creative matrix (a creatrix!) is a realm of undifferentiated matter, like the stem cells in the regenerative uterine lining, containing infinite microcosms of possibility. Saturn relates to form and governs our bones. DNA from bones can remain intact for a long, long time, even hundreds of thousands of years under the right conditions. These silent, mineral remains may offer us genetic clues about human origins, but they can never share the story of the individual life which hung upon them. Both the Moon and Saturn deal with ripening, be it human maturation (Saturn) or an ovarian follicle producing an egg each month (Moon). These two come into proximity in Scorpio, a deep water sign that deals with transformation through cycles of death and regeneration. The Moon and Saturn share a special relationship with their respective 28-day and 28-year cycles. We are offered a deep look (Scorpio) at the dynamic relationship between the long (Saturn) and short (Moon) cycles of time. Looking at the themes of this First Quarter Square chart, the concept of "continuity" comes to mind.
We all live inside of a certain continuity, waking up each morning as the same "me," most likely in familiar surroundings and probably with some personal routines to perform or schedule to follow. Our bodies are constantly renewing themselves (a current theory suggests cell turnover takes about 10 years) and we experience many cycles of growth and transformation in our views and perspective over a lifetime - or so it is hoped.
Shifting our focus to the Sun in Leo and Jupiter in Virgo area of this T-Square, continuity becomes re-contextualized as the common human desire and drive for self-perpetuation, be it through passing our genes to actual children or pouring yourself into a "child" of the mind, hands and heart through various creative media (or both!). Jupiter, having journeyed through Leo, has recently entered Virgo where the jovial planet's abundant and expansive nature is productively tamed under the patient, careful vigil of this mutable earth sign. Ultimate continuity in the Jupiter-in-Leo sense might look like erecting some transcendental monument. Virgo reminds us that through small and humble, life-sustaining actions every day, we can seed the continuity and health of humanity into the future. And across the way, from the perspective of pure transcendence, Neptune in Pisces reveals nothing but an enigmatic smile.
As an aside, I was watching a documentary show about an ancient civilization recently and for the first time I really noticed the use of "them" and "they" (rather than "us" and "we"). I understand that to reference a specific group of ancient humans it is natural to talk about what "they" did. At the same time, this "othering" language lacks a certain sense of continuity, belonging with and connection to our predecessors and our common humanity.
So what is your relationship to continuity in the face of certain mortality? What ancient legacies live in your bones? Which memories form the peaks and valleys of your life's geography? How do you nurture a healthy continuity in your own life? Perhaps through ritual, creative work, friendship and familial love, transcendental meditation or communing with trees or ancestor spirits, to name a few practices. Common astrological knowledge has it that First Quarter Squares are triggering and that the Moon feels uncomfortable in Scorpio. I offer these words in the hopes that attuning to the through-running current of a larger cycle (of our being, of our humanity, of our Earth) might balance any self-inconsistencies, restricted flows or extreme reactions that a First Quarter Square in Scorpio might unsurface.
Have a happy weekend everyone, and stay tuned for this month's Full Moon in Pisces!
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