Moon

Welcome To Moon Messages For Sunday April 7

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Sunday April 7— You have good fortune in the week ahead, but only when you realize it’s a process of building over time. Since yesterday, you’re just beginning to harness that which is taking shape, the seed bursting and flower blooming in its infancy. This process will reach its most fortunate time for you by mid-week next week around Tuesday. Get building, but only in in the proper time it takes. Or else you run the risk of rash moves that will undercut your progress.


Waning Moon in Aquarius

Sign I saw at a local health clinic

Sign I saw at a local health clinic

Astrological symbolism is everywhere if you’re open to it. I saw a sign that featured a rough approximation of the symbol of Aquarius coupled with a waning moon in its balsamic phase. I feel the moon struggles in Aquarius, suffering from the intellectual, rigid, and futuristic character of Aquarius that contrasts with the moon’s waves of emotion that build over time. Also, the waxing and crescent phases are so “close” to the sun that it becomes what is called combust, and the moon loses her power, except when she is exactly in the new moon phase. I’m curious is to how the feel of the health clinic matches the character of the astrological symbolism.

The Devil and the Moon

Saturn in close aspect with Moon Original: https://bit.ly/2xyPh9W

Saturn in close aspect with Moon Original: https://bit.ly/2xyPh9W

 

If you look up to the heavens tomorrow evening, just after 10 PM Central Time, you’ll see the planet Saturn in a close aspect with the very bright, waning gibbous Moon. This is the moment of this year that Saturn is most visible. I approach the planets, along with various symbols, signs, and omens, as an invitation to interpretation and creative reinterpretation. Thus, when I realize that Saturn and the Moon are to be very closely conjoined in the sky, in fact the most visible this year, I take note and reflect.

Saturn gets a bad rap in astrology. You’ve probably heard of your Saturn return, and even language itself has relegated that word saturnian, saturnine, saturnalia, even satan or the devil to a reviled position, meaning “slow and gloomy.” Even astrology itself is not immune as the word saturnine was originally used to describe the mood of astrologers! I’m at times inclined to agree. Regardless of the history, is there a constructive way to view Saturn? 

In her book Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey suggests that “When the disciple knows Saturn as the God who offers opportunity and does not only feel him to be Deity who brings disaster, then he is on the path of discipleship in truth and in deed and not just theoretically.” The Greco-Roman cultures understood this, exalting Kronos, the Greek equivalent to Saturn, as a ubiquitous symbol of a golden era of youth, agriculture, and abundance. Temples were erected to honor Saturn. Saturn is also the root of the word “Saturday” which is the day of rest in Judaism and a modern respite from the work week for everybody else. The key here is to find the limiting factors in your life that need to check normative and uncontrolled expansion and movement, embodied in the planet Jupiter, and subsequently make necessary, disciplined, restrictive adjustments. 

Temple of Saturn in Rome

Temple of Saturn in Rome

 

So what does it mean that the Moon will so closely aspect Saturn? They both take on the conservative, structure-oriented garb of the sign Capricorn, but unlike Saturn who feels at home in Capricorn, the Moon does not like being in Capricorn. The Moon would prefer to be at home in the floating, emotive sign of Cancer or the beautiful, earthly sign of Taurus. Structure and conservatism does not fit the Moon, the original planetary body of communication, emotion, spirit, and nurturance that builds things over time. Therefore, even if you’re not feeling the desire to structure yourself the way you know you need to, do it anyways. 

As you expand in your life, determine what you need to put the brakes on to truly master where it is you want to go. Saturn, though doling out destruction, can be abated by wisely making choices within the bounds of free will. Of course, there still is fate, for better and worse, but if you reject Saturn i.e. the devil’s offerings, you are sure to succeed. 

I'm Dan Beck, an astrologer, writer, and spiritual consultant based in New Orleans, LA. To explore my offerings and book a session, click here .