First Quarter Moon

First Quarter Moon

by Lyn Dalebout

Star Signposts: Week of the First Quarter Moon – June 1- 8

Welcome to the next SolLunar cycle! Sun and Moon meet up sidereal Taurus, indicating the upcoming month-long cycle is all about focusing on the physical dimensions of our lives and relationships. This New Moon is closely aligned with Ceres, a dwarf planet which encourages us to discover the things that truly nurture us, be it food, people, places, activities. Throw out the old and embrace the new in this dynamic SolLunar cycle.

On May 28-29, Mars and Saturn face off in an extremely tense opposition. Grrrr+ouch=grouch, which is how you might feel in the coming week as this once-every-two-years event can lead to increased tension, bullying and fighting (we already see that on the rise), stress levels skyrocketing, depression, feelings of being trapped. On the upside, you can become a forceful activist to a cause you care deeply about, feel enhanced focus and discipline, and make decisions to alleviate long-standing inaction and stagnation.

This might help explain the current global tensions: Saturn has been making a rare conjunction with Ixion, a minor planet associated with tyrants and authoritarians. This is one reason the current despotic so-called leaders think they can dominate the masses. Thankfully, many are rising up, standing up, and will not allow this totalitarian consciousness to rule our world. This is all preparation for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse of August 21.

I am highlighting the paintings of my dear friend, Sharon Guenther, for this SolLunar Cycle. You can view and order more of her captivating artwork and products at Rosehip Design Studio. Read Sharon’s Artist Statement at the end of this post. Thank you, beloved Sharon.


Here’s a list of the First Quarter Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza ~

“The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Now is the time to drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about…it is time to now participate in trust and knowing. Trust in the process. Demonstrate this trust in physical action and you will be supported. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. Simply, this phase is a time to work.”

Thu June 1

First Quarter Moon: Moon in Leo squares Sun in Taurus: The playful, child-like Leo Moon squares off with productive Sun in Taurus, forcing you to choose between work or play. Or….. maybe find a way to both work and play today. That would be the best choice.

Fri June 2

Ceres in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius: You can use the productivity of this aspect to bring creative order to your space/s. A friend might need your help and you have to decide if you can make it work without stressing yourself. Sometimes you have the extra energy to give, and it’s okay, too, if you don’t.

Mars in Gemini square Chiron in Pisces: Aspects to Chiron are often about healing or fixing something. Today’s square to energized, multi-tasking Mars in Gemini is well-suited to running many errands (including helping others) and completing tasks, jobs that have been piling up.

Moon in Virgo square Mars in Gemini: Similar to the above aspect, procrastination ceases today with the hard-working, helpful Virgo Moon.

Related: The Benefits of Herbs

Sat June 3

Sun trine Jupiter: Wonderful news! Two of our bright luminaries form a helpful trine, creating a field of optimism, abundance and faith. It’s a good luck kind of day, providing you allow yourself to believe and experience the goodness and beneficence of the world.

Venus/Uranus conjunction in Aries: This annual conjunction can bring surprising good news or manifest as a sudden turning of your heart in a new direction. Break with your old routines and try something new. Choose spontaneity today.

Sun June 4

Sun in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius: This action-producing square supports taking concrete physical steps to bring your dream down to Earth. It also pits imagination with practicality, so you may have to modify your plan so as to fit your budget now.

Mon June 5

Sun/Ceres conjunction in Taurus: This nurturing, food-based, environmentally-concerned conjunction can bring out the best of your caregiving skills. It symbolizes a rich cornucopia of abundance coming your way and activates a desire to share your abundance with others. Pet adoption agencies, real estate, healthcare and restaurant professionals are extremely busy today.

Moon in Libra opposite Venus in Aries: An opposition between relational Libra and independent Aries often creates a standoff as to how to complete a task. Aries moves quickly, Libra is more thoughtful and concerned about how an action might affect others.

Related: Being Present

Tue June 6

Uranus in Aries trine North Node in Aries: Good news, forward momentum, a positive turn of events are possibilities with this aspect. Moon in Libra trine Neptune in Aquarius: This aspect brings kindness, graciousness, and care in how you express yourself to others today.

Wed June 7

Moon in Scorpio opposite Mercury in Taurus: A good day to attend to your finances, business dealings and details. It also creates an intensity and probing in communications to get to the bottom of something.

Missed Last Week’s Post? Here it is! 

Thu June 8

Moon in Scorpio opposite Ceres in Taurus: This aspect is similar to yesterday’s polarizing one. It is investigative, so great for researching things or uncovering secrets about undisclosed details (read contracts carefully). We are gearing up for tomorrow morning’s Full Moon so sleep may be challenged tonight. Decide to stay up late or do what it takes to calm yourself before falling into the dreamtime.


Artist Statement for Sharon Guenther “I have been drawing and painting since I was a child in  Brooklyn, New York. Although I grew up in the city, whenever the opportunity to be outdoors in a park, at a farm or by the sea, I tingled with enjoyment. I began noticing birds and flowers and bugs and animals when I was very young, and perhaps because I was a city kid, surrounded by concrete and tall buildings, those small and intimate glimpses of nature, influenced the way I “see” the natural world. I consider my paintings and drawings as intimate portraits of nature.”


TOOL FOR SUPPORT: In an attempt to help you maintain health, calm and balance during these stressful times, here’s a helpful tool: Health is in your Hands. I am a proponent of Jin Shin Jyutsu and have been a practitioner since 1983. This beautiful, easy-to-use book and card set teaches you the ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Self Healing. JSJ’s premise is that by applying the jumper-cable of your hands to various points on the body, you can clear your own stress on a daily basis, freeing up stuck energy that leads to patterns of dis-ease, while activating the renewed flow of qi and vigor on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Please check it out, and teach yourself this simple tool for centering and radiant vitality.

This post was originally published on EarthWordSkyWord from Poet and Sidereal Astrologer Lyn Dalebout. If you would like to receive weekly updates directly in your email or to learn more click here.


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