First Quarter Moon in Scorpio - July 27th 5:33 AM PT// 8:33 AM ET // 7:33 AM CT
The First Quarter Moon, as you may well know, is a time for taking action after getting super, crystal clear on our vision during the New Moon. As the moon progresses towards fullness, issues may come up for you that require adjusting to your plans or taking decisive and inspired action. The First Quarter Moon is when problems with any of your plans should be addressed, and any wrinkles should be ironed out.
This moon cycle, our First Quarter Moon is in the sign of Scorpio. When the moon is in Scorpio, the energy shifts around us to one of mystery, seduction, passion, and deep emotion. Scorpio motivates us to take a deep dive into our darker sides and swim around in the murky waters of our subconscious and soul. With the Moon in Scorpio, we crave deep connections and conversations, and are likely to get annoyed with small talk and anything that feels superficial. Watch your reactions to things, as your words may cut a little deeper than usual.
Unraveling the puzzles of our soul starts to sound like the most fun activity we could possibly engage in! During this Scorpionic period, it’s honestly better to be alone than with someone you’re out of sync with and can’t go deep with. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself annoyed with personal relationships and partners who don’t want to go to the same depths with you. That being said, the Moon in Scorpio can be a deeply intimate and passionate time, so take advantage of this by making time for some sexual exploration, solo or otherwise.
Scorpio gives us the emotional fortitude to really go there, so this is the perfect moment for soul-excavation and deep imaginings. Plus, Scorpio gives us a little bit of a psychic boost, which makes clearing out old stories/negative experiences/the generally unnecessary in our lives much easier, as we can now really see what’s going on.
The Moon in Scorpio reminds us that there’s more to life than meets the eye. It asks us to shine a light on the shadow aspects of our soul and our reality, and to expose what needs to be dealt with. Think societal corruption, moments of abuse or trauma, or simply past events that are keeping you stuck. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover and remember our own power. It puts us in touch with the driving forces of our soul, and those that we engage with outside of ourselves. This is the time to get to the root cause of any suffering we’re experiencing, as Scorpio helps us realize that this is the only way for us to fully heal.
During this moon phase, it would be incredibly beneficial to take some serious alone time to be with your thoughts and emotions, as you may be prone to brooding and deep emotional states. Give yourself the time and space to work through these feelings, as it’s beneficial for your soul growth, and deeply unhealthy to push it away. If you’ve got stuff to work through, now is the time to really go deep and get it out of your system.
Things to do when the moon is in Scorpio:
- Create a Halloween moment for yourself, as you may be craving a touch of spooky! :P
- Go swimming in your unconscious
- Do a major purge of your space (or even just your purse)
- Plan for an evening of sexual healing and exploration
- Start a detox of some kind
- Examine where you’ve given your power away, and see how you can take it back
- Be emotionally open and honest in your relationships
- Take part in a shamanic journey
- Journal around your limiting beliefs and see what can be shifted
- Moments of introspection around your emotions and feelings
Scorpio is all about transformation, so don’t be surprised if you go through a couple different life changes this week, or notice some major changes that need to be made in your personal relationships. While these things might feel uncomfortable to deal with, know that anything coming up out of the shadows during this time is ultimately coming up to be healed, not to make your life difficult. Remember to balance all of this deep energetic and emotional work with some serious self-care of the water variety to honor the Scorpionic vibes: bath ritual, anyone?
Other astrological happenings:
- Mars entered its pre-retrograde shadow on July 26th - starting the 26th until January 2021, Mars will be assisting us with a major life review. Mars is the planet of action, fire, and courage. Depending on where Mars is in your chart will determine how this transit will affect your life. You can look up your birth chart for free online to see where Mars might be shaking things up for you in the coming months!
- Jupiter Sextile Neptune on July 27th - This is the second sextile of this kind in a set of three this year. This is a longer-term aspect which brings idealistic and humanitarian goals to the surface. This aspect makes connecting with others of different backgrounds easy, and we will likely be working to widen our minds through different or unusual experiences during this time. Generosity and compassion will increase, and we may notice that our faith has been given a boost. We’ll be more likely to make personal sacrifices in the name of the “greater good.”
- Mercury leaves its post-retrograde shadow on July 27th - It’s finally done! Mercury can resume helping us in our communication efforts instead of hindering us. Writing and speaking should feel SUPER easy now!
- Venus leaves its post-retrograde shadow on July 29th - YAY! And, on August 7th, Venus leaves the sign of Gemini and enters Cancer. After this transition, we can get a clearer picture of how this past Venus Retrograde has impacted us and how we relate to others.
This tarot reading helps to identify any lingering doubts that may be holding us back from taking action towards our goals laid out during the New Moon. Enjoy!
Card 1: Your current self-perception
Draw: Three of Swords
The Three of Swords represents loss, heartbreak, shadows coming to light (what’s up Scorpio moon!?), and painful separation. Traditionally this card represents the end of a relationship, but it can also signify the loss of identity, or disintegration of belief or purpose in life. This card marks a painful moment in our lives in one way or another, but these feelings are being brought to the surface for healing. If you find yourself losing something that’s near and dear to your heart, know that this pain will pass. This severing of ties is a necessary part of life, and despite how dark your reality may seem at the moment, your future is waiting for you, brightly lit and glimmering in the distance. Know that this shining bright future will make its way to you BECAUSE of this experience! It’s all part of your path, as much as it sucks to deal with. Right now, you're being called to dig deep and find your inspiration again. Take the necessary time to heal your soul, and lean on trusted others to help support you during this time. This is an opportunity to become stronger and more emotionally resilient. Know that you will find love and inspiration again soon.
Card 2: Your current obstacle
Draw: Nine of Cups
The Nine of Cups represents choosing joy, manifested dreams, gratitude, abundance, and the universe gifting you your desires. This card is often referred to as “The Wish Card” as it typically represents abundance, happiness, and generally getting everything you desire. In this position, though, you’re being asked to evaluate where you’re ignoring the blessings you already have, and continuing to focus on lack. If you continue to focus on lack, you’re making the Universe’s job increasingly difficult to help you manifest your desires. You’re being called to choose thoughts and feelings of joy, bliss, optimism, and abundance as often as possible! These thoughts and feelings will shoot you into your next phase of life like a magical catapult that shoots out rainbows and sunshine! (If you’re rolling your eyes here, there’s a good chance you need this rainbow/sunshine medicine :P) Do your best to work through any heavy or negative emotions, and know that your desires are coming to you. Keep working towards manifesting them, and in the meantime sit back and enjoy the pleasures of life, and do your best to release your tight grip of control on the Universe.
Card 3: What will help you overcome this obstacle
Draw: Six of Wands
The Six of Wand represents badass success, leadership, accomplishments, being fully seen, and straight up victory. This card is calling you to step up and celebrate your accomplishments, like, right now. You’ve created amazing success for yourself, yet maybe you’ve been reluctant to acknowledge it. Now is the time to celebrate your wins! Stop what you’re doing and throw yourself a party! Give yourself permission to slow down and appreciate all the progress you’ve made so far. Taking time to witness your own radiance and awesomeness is just as important as hustling and making major moves in your life and/or business. Additionally, as you celebrate your successes, people may start coming to you for advice. Share your wisdom and brilliance with them, and don’t shy away from public attention. Shine your light brightly for all to see! This card is also a warning to stop craving external validation. Remember that YOU define your own success, and no one else in the whole world can do what you do, in the way that you do it. Work to impress yourself, and let others' opinions of you fall away!
Card 4: what’s currently holding you back and what needs to be released
Justice represents balance, karma, truth, wisdom, fairness, integrity, perspective, and accountability. Lady Justice visits us again, as she was present for our last reading during the New Moon. This card urges us to take stock of our experiences and see what moments can be reframed as lessons. You’re being asked to learn from your mistakes, and to choose differently next time you're presented with the same situation. Remember, this is not about perfection, it’s about being realistic with yourself and setting achievable goals to improve how you show up and interact with the world. Evaluate the motivations behind your thoughts and actions, and seek clarity around your purpose in life. Are you living up to it? Are you functioning in your life in the highest way possible for you right now, or have you slipped into a slightly less than stellar version of yourself? You’re being called to find balance in your life between your light and your darkness, and come to terms with aspects of yourself that you maybe dislike, or would like to change. Release any guilt around being perfect, or making mistakes in the past. Now that you know better, you can do better. Make amends when necessary,(even if this means making amends to yourself) and move forward with a clear conscience.
Card 5: Affirmation/Energy for the First Quarter Moon
Draw: The Fool
Affirmation: I welcome new adventures into my life with open arms, and I know that I am deeply supported by the universe every step of the way.
The Fool represents new beginnings, potential, adventure, enthusiasm, awakening, innocence, and optimism. This card calls you to embrace your thoughts of achieving something “bigger” and “better” and pushes you to just go for it! The energy of this card is super optimistic, and it’s telling you that you CAN achieve whatever it is that you’re dreaming about. This feeling of childlike optimism sits deep inside of you, and you have the ability to tap into it whenever you want. Every journey begins with a single step, and the Universe is telling you that now is the perfect time for a leap of faith. The net WILL appear, and you will be supported on this journey by the Universe. You may not feel totally ready, and you may not even actually be ready, but the Universe is tapping the face of it’s watch telling you that the time is NOW! Don’t miss the window of opportunity! Look to the future with enthusiasm, and follow the Universal breadcrumbs on your path! There’s magic in the air all around you, so lean into this beautiful moment of new beginnings <3
Affirmation: I welcome new adventures into my life with open arms, and I know that I am deeply supported by the universe every step of the way.
- Dig deep into your soul, and find inspiration again
- Process your pain/grief/loss
- Release negative ties from your life
- Heal whatever is brought to the surface from the shadows
- Have faith in your power of manifestation
- Acknowledge the blessings in your life currently
- Focus on thoughts and feelings of bliss, happiness, abundance, and gratitude
- Enjoy the pleasures of life instead of trying to control every.little.thing.
- Be open to new possibilities and opportunities
- Celebrate your successes and achievements
- Shine your light brightly for all to see
- Share your wisdom with others as they come to you for guidance
- Confidently stand in your truth and release the fear of living authentically
- Focus on progress, not perfection
- Embrace ALL facets of your being: good and bad, light and dark
- Release guilt around lack of perfection and/or making mistakes in the past
- Embrace new beginnings
- Take the leap of faith (you’ll know it when it comes)
- Have faith in Universal support
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