First Quarter Moon in Scorpio – SWEAT

As the month draws to a close, the moon reaches its first quarter in Scorpio (July 27th, 13:32 BST). With Mars energy already holding sway, I feel like this first quarter, in Mars’s (traditional) home sign, will further fan the fire.

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They say that what we put our attention on grows, well, it is also (more) true that what we put our effort into flourishes. What do you want that you aren’t currently giving enough effort? Put your back into it, at whatever level you can manage. Not all effort is physical.

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
― Helen Keller

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What area of my life requires more effort right now?
*How can I best spend my energy?
*How can I work smarter, not harder?
*What is possible for me in this area?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Effort is not confined to physical work, magical work counts too. Where can you throw some extra magic at a goal?
*Sigil shoaling for tangible short term goals will be effective now
*Support your increased effort by extra care for your physical body, a footbath, an early night. What replenishes you? Do that.

First Quarter Moon in Aries – BURN

This first quarter moon in Aries (Jan 3rd, 4:45 GMT) is squaring off against the big pile up of planets in Capricorn AND the North Node in Cancer. Issues of roots and foundations rub up against concerns for home and security. Big change is coming. And it is coming fast. Going with, rather than against, the flow of inevitability feels easier, but do not compromise on your truth.

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Things will be burning now, physically and metaphorically. Only the truly important things can be saved. What is worth risking your life to save? What can you (at last) release to the flames? What is truly important?

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What is home for you?
*What needs to burn?
*What can be saved? (three things?)

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Choose the element you work with best. If fire feels good to you then you can magnify that power and USE it, with candle magic, any kind of burning rituals.
*BUT, if there is just too much fire energy for you now and you feel unbalanced, go deep into water instead. Take a ritual bath. Submerge yourself, physically and metaphorically.

 

First Quarter Moon in Pisces – A CHINK IN THE ARMOUR

The first quarter moon in Pisces (December 4th, 6:58 GMT) finds itself conjunct dreamy Neptune and sextile the pile up of planets in Capricorn. Perhaps one last window of daydreaming is possible before the next round (year) of hard work begins.

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If it is possible for you to take some time out of the crazy season and turn your attention inward. To breathe. To doodle. To do what lifts your heart and reveals the great truth that we are all connected. Do that.

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
― Criss Jami

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What do I seek?
*What have I found?
*What is hiding in plain sight?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*meditation/ chanting – whatever zones you out and floats your boat
*Ritual bathing
*Planning/ dreaming for 2020

 

First Quarter Moon in Aquarius – Paradigm Shift

If you’ve been feeling that draw to get to the bottom of something (for me, it has been getting a handle on what I really want to do/ who I want to be/ am in this world – you know, easy stuff) this will intensify as the Scorpio Moon cycle continues.

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The First Quarter Moon falls in Aquarius (4th November, 10:22 GMT) square the sun in Scorpio (opposite Uranus in Taurus). A deep shift is being made, likely this shift is most visible on the community level, but it will most definitely also be occurring on a personal level. Whether you notice it is up to you.

“The present convergence of crises––in money, energy, education, health, water, soil, climate, politics, the environment, and more––is a birth crisis, expelling us from the old world into a new.”
― Charles Eisenstein

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What is my current understanding of the world/ myself?
*What cracks are appearing?
*How can I shift my thinking to best serve myself and others?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestion(s)

*Elemental cleansing – Use each of the elements to cleanse and shift into a new way of being: Bathe in water; Run with the wind; Warm by the fire/ sun (and burn away anything old and dying); Scrub with earth (a pumice stone is great for this).
*Read sources that you usually ignore because they are counter to your way of seeing the world
*Journal (always).

Scorpio New Moon – Beneath the Surface

We have reached the Scorpio New Moon (28th, 03:38 GMT). With the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury together in Scorpio we have a LOT of change happening, but it is likely that most of this change is happening on a subconscious level. The way that we communicate with ourselves about who we really are, how we really feel, what we really want is changing.

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We can work at bringing these changes up from the depths of our (collective) unconscious, but – like everything else this month – it’s going to take some work.

“I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.”
― Langston Hughes

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What do I want right now?

*What do I feel right now?

*Who am I right now?

*What lies beneath the surface?

Ritual/ Everydaymagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Divination x 100

*Immersion in water, cold/ warm, indoor/ outdoor – it’s your choice. What do you need?

*Drumming/ chanting – visit the underworld

 

First Quarter Moon in Capricorn – Work/ Work Balance

The First Quarter Moon lands in Capricorn, conjunct native Saturn (5th 5:46pm BST). I find First Quarter moons always have an aspect of challenge to them, but this one will feel that way more than most. With the moon also forming a sextile to dreamy Neptune in Pisces and trine Uranus in Taurus, there is a strong urge to do something different, to break free of the everyday, same old, same old. And that’s great, but the new thing, if it’s worth your effort, will also need work. The grass is not necessarily greener. You need to feed your current lawn too.

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It’s all about finding your work/ work balance. That may be between your day job and your side hustle, or parenting and employment, or self-employment and home maintenance. You get the idea. There’s work, and there’s work. And there’s no right answer. Try and have some fun with it.

“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
― Jerome K. Jerome

Divination/ Journal Prompts

*What is my work?

*What is my Great Work?

*What is calling me right now?

*How can I best move forward?

Ritual/ Everydaymagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Dream up a list of things you’d love to be Your Work

*Make time for a relaxing ritual bath

*Volunteer for a cause that is important to you