If ever there were a time to understand how square aspects might be welcomed rather than dreaded, it will be during the lunar last quarter tomorrow at 10:49 pm EST (03:49 UTC on Thursday). That’s when the Moon, already in Scorpio today, will reach 23+ degrees of that sign and close to 90 degrees of separation from the Sun at 23+ degrees Aquarius.
A separation of 90 degrees on the zodiac is also a separation of 90 degrees in the sky, defining a square aspect. When the Sun and Moon are the constituents, you can see it.
Weather permitting, the fact that you can readily see the luminaries (Sun and Moon) makes the Moon at quarter phase the template through which all square aspects are naturally and commonly interpreted.
At its last quarter, however, the Moon is a bit more trouble to view than at first quarter. During the first quarter phase, half-lit Luna is only one week and 90 degrees separated from its New Moon conjunction when it shared the same degree of the same sign with the Sun. At first quarter, the Moon is already high in the sky at about sunset when most people are still awake.
By contrast, the half-dark Moon on the night of its last quarter phase is closing in on (rather than separating from) the Sun. At last quarter the Moon does not rise in the East until `round midnight, reaching its highest point in the sky at about dawn.
Even if you are not awake to see it, this impending last quarter Moon will be worth working with. You may accomplish that work best on the day immediately before or after by applying yourself to both the timing and aspects that will distinguish this closing luminary square as different.
First, the timing of tomorrow’s lunar last quarter is downright auspicious. The closing square aspect from the Sun to the Moon will come just hours after Mercury nearly slows to a stop before resuming direct motion after what has been a rodeo-opera retrograde back through the first half of Aquarius for the last three weeks.
Mercury tends to manifest its best characteristics when moving, and usually the faster the better. Consequently, the apparently stationary moments (or ‘stations’) just before a change in Mercury’s perceived direction often correspond with the sort of frustration associated with feeling overwhelmed and stuck.
That’s where the timing of the lunar last quarter promises to come to your rescue. Square aspects get their undeservedly bad reputation because of their undeniable association with a four-letter word: work. Nonetheless, it is work on your part (and the harder the better) which will overcome the frustrating inertia often associated with Mercury at direct station.
In addition, the last quarter Moon will be getting some help from Mars in the form of a water trine aspect. That’s because Mars will be occupying 23+ Pisces (the mutable water sign) precisely when the Moon arrives at 23+ Scorpio (the fixed water sign) to square the Sun.
Mars corresponds to energy. It’s the energy that makes life possible. Mars expresses as the desire to live, distinguishing the everyday miracle of your effort to overcome an environment that all too often threatens to overwhelm and bring your life to a halt.
Trine aspects connect signs that share the same element (fire, earth, air or water) as part of their separate identities. The implicit connection of a trine conducts energy. That conductivity allows the energy to flow. Nothing flows quite like water, and when the flow of emblematic water is from the Moon in a fixed sign to Mars in a mutable sign, it’s a clear indication that the passion necessary to overcome obstacles will be supported from above.
Hence, instead of being frustrated to a flowing of tears, tomorrow’s lunar last quarter (with a little help from its friend, Mars) will implicitly support your getting some sweat flowing instead.
That’s how, with effort on your part, the impending luminary square will support you in overcoming whatever challenge corresponds to Mercury stationing direct, until your perception of life can get back up to speed again. If that is not just what you are going to need, just when you are going to need it, what is?
In this case, at least, the square aspect in its most prototypical expression (through the Sun and Moon) is the best celestial friend you could possibly have.
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