The Call of the First Quarter Moon

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Henry Seltzer of ASTROGRAPH.COM

Wednesday's First Quarter Moon is quite an interesting one, coming as does upon the heels of last week's Libra New Moon as its first, or testing, phase. The energy of that lunation highlighted Chiron and Neptune in Pisces, otherworld voices from beyond, which can be crucial in signaling the call of our own higher selves, urging us onward. This is in the context of the fall of this crucial year, when we are getting our act together heading into the last two hits of Uranus-Pluto, in December and in the spring of 2015. It is true that, in some sense, we already know what it is that we need to do to transform ourselves, along the lines of our spiritual fruition, and we only need to step up to the plate and do it.

This phase represents a testing time, when the rubber meets the road, so to speak, and when we must act on the courage of our convictions. As this phase comes to its moment of exactitude, on Wednesday, October 1st, the Moon in Capricorn comes to conjunction with Pluto, in an early triggering of the next installment of this storied square between Uranus and Pluto that comes to exact just before the end of the year. The separation to Uranus has narrowed by October to less than four degrees.

Uranus in mid-Aries is also highlighted in this quarter Moon configuration, because its configuration is accompanied by a grand trine in Fire signs between Jupiter, Mars and Uranus. This is an exciting development that lasts for the week leading up to the lunar eclipse and Full Moon one week from now, on Wednesday the 8th, when Mercury will be retrograde in Scorpio, and when the Moon will conjunct Uranus. This entire month therefore constitutes a preliminary timing that leads up to further transformation by the time of year's end. The grand trine in Fire supports the visionary energy of Uranus in a Fire sign, and represents the cosmic principle of soul growth.

The Sabian Symbols for this quarter Moon are instructive. They are, for the Sun, in the ninth degree of Libra: "Three 'Old Masters' hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery" This reminds us of the past and of making use of it in the present moment by memorializing the best of what it has to offer. For the Moon in the ninth degree of Capricorn, we have: "An angel carrying a harp." This symbol seems to speak to something that calls upon us from out of the cosmic energies floating around and through us, to inhabit our higher selves. We can only do what we can do. We are however being enjoined or perhaps gently nudged, by the agency of a loving cosmos to move further along the arc of our necessary evolutionary development.