The Quarter Moon occurs at 2:04 am GMT on 7th August in 15th degree of Taurus. As she fades towards her darkest time, she speaks of that which endures the darkness, which can watch and wait with unseeing eyes until such time as light returns. She nudges us inward, to reflect upon the nature of our intentions, how we perceive our future and relate to our present, asking that we consider just how robust our ideas and imaginings are when confronted with every day realities. In Taurus the Moon is patient and steady, unmoved by the vicissitudes of life which threaten to throw us off course. She pays no heed to spikes of inspiration and enthusiasm if they fail to offer lasting gains of stability. Far better, she believes, to plod peacefully on than race ahead on a wave of excitement that eventually washes up on the shores of burn out and disappointment.
Pluto speaks at this Quarter Moon, reminding us that new life arises in darkness, not light, in the quiet of the womb, protected and safe until such time as it can survive birth and come forth into separate being. We do not seek to force birth before the time is right, and yet so often we do so in life, pursuing premature outcomes and rewards for efforts made. Life, the heavens remind us now, is not a process of grading, rewarding our performance with the prize of satisfaction or success. It is altogether more complex than that, balancing influences and energies, imprints and patterns woven through time and space in ways we can barely conceive. Living in honour of this fact and not in service to the world’s demands for achievement and proof of worth takes profound faith and much patience. At times we must be as nothing, hidden in the darkness while one cell and then another combine to create our new life.
The fertility of darkness, its inherently creative power, is growing now as we head from this moon to the new one on 14th August. We need only do what needs doing. Nothing more, nothing less. One step after another, placed carefully into the next moment, then the next. Yes, there is much to be done and we are the doers, but we are also the ‘be’-ers, the ones who stand back when we’re not needed and allow life itself to act. Knowing when to do just this is increasingly important as we approach Jupiter’s entry into Virgo. We can neither afford to waste energy on ‘doing’ that gets us nowhere, nor on inactivity when things must be done. We create in partnership with the universe, each contributing our bit to bring into being what must come next. If we tell ourselves it’s all up to us and a mighty act is needed to bring about change we will exhaust ourselves before we’ve barely begun! Likewise if we believe it’ll all happen anyway and all we need is faith, we sacrifice the fertile power of our thoughts, words and deeds on the altar of complacency.
This balance of activity and stillness, of initiative and trust is potent now and will become increasingly so in the coming weeks. The Quarter Moon reminds us both light and dark are needed for growth, both discerning action and patient waiting. She helps us embrace the mystery of creation which requires our input and acts alone. As Mercury enters Virgo a few hours after this Moon (7:16 pm GMT) those who listen inward for answers and guidance will receive in full measure. There is wisdom afoot born of silence which allows our inner eye to adjust to the darkness and see.
Conjunct Black Moon Lilith, Mercury reminds us that power comes in all shapes and sizes, forms and guises. The might of worldly influence is as nothing when our spirit calls, just as the power of knowledge and experience will fail when newborn eyes are required to see the world afresh. The insight available to us now may be deceptively ‘small’ and yet can change our world if we live it moment by moment. The adjustments required are tiny. They whisper from the shadows and suggest, ever so politely, that perhaps there’s a slight modification we could make in how we live, what we think and do. If we don’t make the effort to listen we won’t even hear, our ears too full of the hum of becoming. There’s plenty of time for action, says this Moon. But right now it’s time to pause, listen and reflect, for these very things will fertilise our actions in the coming days.