Scorpio 1st Quarter Moon at 13°02′
—August 5

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But there is so much more to share. The moon is but a sliver of the sky…

Knowing only what the moon is doing from day to day is much like only understanding why you feel how you feel everyday, and that’s it.

Quite literally, really.

But regarding which influences, or reasons, or circumstances…?

Which is to say, rather bluntly really, not knowing anything regarding what the overall focus of each day is, or what the overall rhythm or perspective or background noise is, or the ultimate motivation, or where or how to experience an ease amidst it all… not to even mention what the outer planets are trying to communicate…

Which would regard current themes within the collective, time itself and its overall weight upon us, as well as responsibilities and personal duty, our shifting ideals, our need for freedom and liberation, and all those heavier opportunities for transformational experiences…

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Now—the Scorpio 1st quarter moon… you might be at a crossroads.

Hecate governs today’s moon, overall, if not merely essentially… shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera states that “crossroads are her sacred places and used to bear her triple visage… Hecate oversaw all spells that have to do with controlling others, something that anyone with Scorpio dominant in their chart will secretly long for—people are fascinating to a Scorpio moon: what makes them tick?; how can I influence them?; how can I keep them from influencing me?”

Continued, “the moon likes growth, and Scorpio likes to throw things away, so there may be a lot of inner conflict about whether one should be expanding or contacting one’s personality in the social space…”

Self protection. This is key. Also, an urge to transform… anything.

Of course, either of the quarter moons are moons of crisis, and when in Scorpio, this crisis/crossroads point is quite intense… this moon, even, as Kaldera explains it, is a moon that represents “a betrayal of self…”

Through this moon we are tempted to “focus on the internal rage and pain…” and this may be “impossible to ignore…”

On this moon, Kaldera writes, “we remember all the times we have done things to ‘get back at’ someone… perhaps we feel that our actions were justified; perhaps they taught a good lesson; perhaps they were simply wasteful hatred… in retrospect, how might we have handled the situation differently?—what actions might have brought us further along our own evolutionary path?—these are hard questions to answer, and they require us to look at the anger and hurt that lie behind our actions…”

What is the hard thing that needs to be done right now?

Where is forgiveness required to move on?

The ‘calculated risk’, then, may be in the level of communication you have access to at this time… “or in the communications coming to you…”

Further, “you may feel that there has been a failure in communicating your thoughts, ideas, or emotions lately… something is being (or needs to be) done or laid down, in order to solve, repair or patch up the situation—there is nothing to be achieved by worrying about any recent connection failures, however something should be done to set about making or repairing the necessary lines of communication…”

Sometimes we need to open to others… to be vulnerable—these inner rages and angers need to be shared… but how!?

A Scorpio moon must self-protect.

And this is the crossroad.

The degree through which this first quarter moon occurs associates with ‘keeping sight of one’s mission in life versus getting distracted; setting up attainable goals; getting from point A to B; leaving behind a scene that is irremediably wrecked versus hanging tough come hell or high water; channeling one’s energy to escape a dire situation; putting survival first, but also knowing how to enjoy life; and/or communicating one’s truth in condensed form…’

The 6 of cups in the tarot is associated with the second decan of Scorpio… a card that is capable of taking one back to one’s past—a type of transportation, a transformation of sorts…

Astrologer Austin Coppock expresses of this face, that “no matter the context, such exchanges require deep trust… for they involve intimacy, and therefore vulnerability…” and this is implicitly defined here.

The 6 of cups is particularly touchy and self-protective—and remembers past pains as though they are occurring presently…

Though, the essence of this card, underneath it all, regards the potential of all things… the potential, particularly, within that which we refer to as our inner child—specifically stemming from our childhood—our inner ideals.

Tarot writer Jessica Dore writes of this card, “the tenderness in the image of the 6 of cups tells a secret: what if—instead of beating ourselves up for the things we do over and over again that we wish we didn’t—we saw these behaviors as highly intelligent?—as the creation of rituals that would mark, preserve, and facilitate a return to emotional experiences that are sacred to us… if we could validate that, in a terrifying world, to feel safe is sacred; to be soothed is sacred… this way, maybe we could understand—like water running beneath earth stands under an aboveground later that is more than what it appears—why we do what we do before we start in with the judgements… and then maybe, if necessary, we could begin to explore new ways to recall those same feelings, new rituals for feeling safe and soothed.”

Perhaps it’s safe to communicate rage and anger more metaphorically?—through ritual, through symbolism…

To bring it back around, full circle—Hecate was/is the goddess of ritual, particularly, “Hecate oversaw all spells that has to do with controlling others, something that anyone with Scorpio dominant in their chart will secretly long for—people are fascinating to a Scorpio moon: what makes them tick?; how can I influence them?; how can I keep them from influencing me?”

Even when attempting to gain control over ourselves and our passions—and our darknesses, we are regarding the most tender, most vulnerable, most deep and jagged, and darkened depths of Scorpio… and anytime we work to ‘right’ a ‘wrong’ or work with the shadows—we are working directly with the potentials of transformation.

And transformations require rituals to process…

Finally, this first quarter moon is but a highlight upon a larger overall light, a point within a grand fixed cross—squaring Saturn no less—and so all of these inner conflictions, inner struggles, inner vulnerabilities, inner pains, and inner emotions… these crossroads, either inner or outer… these are all possibly resisting ultimately—or very rigidly easing into necessary changes, however begrudgingly.

New rituals are likely necessary… though what these rituals mean for you will likely be quite private—and immensely precious.

This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.❞
——Elizabeth Gilbert

🖋️ by Jamie James; 📷 unknown

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