by Sandra Nicolaysen
The First Quarter Moon occurs halfway between the New Moon and the Full Moon. This is a time for building and investing because things gain speed and momentum. It’s the moment within the Lunar Cycle when taking intentional action is key for further advancement. Conflicts of interest are likely during the First Quarter of the Moon because it forms a Square (90°) between the Sun and the Moon, representing an imminent tension that needs to be addressed with no delays. Especially because Mercury is in Retrograde, displaying the perfect scenario for delays, setbacks, and misunderstandings.
The Mood of the Gemini First Quarter is: talkative, eager to learn, and very curious. You may also be feeling a little more scattered or distracted under this Moon. It can be hard to focus when there is always something else claiming your attention, and each one of them seems to be more important than the other, just to the next moment taking its turn and quickly fading away.
With the Moon in Gemini square the Sun in Pisces is a bit of a standoff between the rational mind and the dream-like imaginative realms, and inner contradictions may arise. If uncertainty arises, respond with positive affirmations. The tender heart of the Sun in Pisces wants one thing, and the curious mind of the Moon in Gemini wants something else. Under this paradox, be aware that the mental Mercury that rules Gemini remains retrograde until February 21.
Take advantage of this energy by allowing yourself to see things from a different perspective.
Get to know and understand your mind’s contradictory nature (Moon in Gemini) and integrate the information coming from that of your heart (Sun in Pisces).
Despite the challenges of this First Quarter Moon in the Gemini & Pisces Mutable Cross, make an effort to welcome the mind’s restless passions and begin to take affirmative action!
Another aspect that is happening simultaneously with this Lunation Cycle is the Square between Uranus at 7° Taurus and Saturn at 7° Aquarius that started on February 16. Any tension that you face at this time has the potential to bring about changes that may open new avenues for self-expression due to the presence of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius. This First Quarter Moon is an unfoldment of the epic Aquarius Stellium where we had 6 planets in this sign: Saturn, Jupiter, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, and the asteroid Pallas Athena.
In synthesis, the themes representing real challenges during this fast-forward-like First Quarter Moon in Gemini are concentration, commitment, determination, certainty, clarity, and focus. When faced with uncertainties, a leap of faith may lead you in the right direction. When faced with the challenge of not knowing what to do, do what you know!
Lots of Love,
Sandra Bjorn Nicolaysen
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