GratiTuesday 2/21 New Moon in Pisces / laissez les bontemps rouler!

Good morning!

I was looking at my Celestial Guide, an incredibly handy reference that helps me track the movement of the planets, and I saw a reference I’ve seen before but never understood: the moon is now Void of Course (VoC). I looked it up. This is one definition (from Debbie Kempton Smith’s site):

Every couple of days there comes a time which is best used for subjective, spiritual non-material concerns, like prayer, yoga, play, psychotherapy, or passive experience, sleep or meditation. This period may last a few seconds, or it may be three days and nights in a single session. It begins when the Moon in transit makes the last major aspect it will make before it changes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. It ends when the Moon enters the next sign. The name of this period is Void of Course Moon. You may call it a silly season, or vacation from normal living.

Decision-making in such periods turns out later to be unrealistic. Creativity diverges into unpleasant directions, improvisations, false starts, error. Business moves fail to generate profits, or meet unexpected difficulties. If you buy any object it usually fails of its intended use. Human judgment is more fallible than usual during the time the Moon is Void of Course. This is the principle factor in all observed experience thus far.

Routine proceeds readily, but often requires an adjustment later. Defects or shortages come to light. Delay and frustration are commonly experienced while the Moon is Void of Course.

Today’s VoC, from 8:17am until the New Moon comes at 2:35 pm, is long enough to set some powerful intention around it. So for me, I’m spending part of this morning centering and sharing from my heart. And I’m going to widen and deepen my monthly New Moon observance to include some time in the VoC before the New Moon, a time when I can sink into the intentions and power that come from the uncertainty and unexpected events that might occur at this time. It feels to me a lot like a Mercury retrograde cycle, and I’ve learned how to get so much out of those by being mindful of the invitation to center and ground.

About this New Moon: It’s in Pisces, and some say that this combination signals the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one (moving into Springtime). This time, the Sun and Moon are also conjunct to Neptune, so instead of this New Moon being just a time to enjoy the invitation to muse and envision about what’s going to be the new growth for you as we move into Spring, it’s also a time to be protective of raw emotions and high levels of sensitivity.

It’s also Mardi Gras. Laissez les bontemps rouler!

I’m grateful today.

  • I’m grateful that after a very bumpy few days—dead laptop, preparing for and upgrading my iMac to the newest operating system, dealing with the messed-up email that was a (aargh!) gift of the upgrade—I’m grateful that everything is working today and that I got the brilliant-as-usual tech support from Apple. (For the record: tech support from Google—where I host my email—not so much, nearly nonexistent. Sigh. Luckily the Apple support guys were more than willing to troubleshoot Gmail problems!
  • I’m grateful that I am so healthy.
  • I’m grateful for beautiful curly hair.
  • I am so grateful that my blued-steel frying pan responded to my reseasoning efforts. The eggs I cooked (from the chickens who live here) this morning slid right outta the pan! Not to mention being perfectly cooked and extra delicious with a few bits of the bacon I bought as a treat this weekend at the farmers market.
  • I’m grateful for cashmere tights that keep my legs so toasty warm.
  • I’m grateful for my new partner in WordPress, Jennifer Heller of Artsy Geek, a brilliant woman who is making improvements to my blog, much needed improvements. I am really not cut out for mastery of code. Thank the goddess other people are!
  • I’m grateful for reading brilliant writers. Yesterday Molly Gordon wrote a blog that so helped me! I have been doing everything I can think of to procrastinate writing a sales page for my website because it seems TooBig! And here Molly wrote an article as if she was responding directly to my dilemma. How cool is that?

TIme to get ready to receive my guest who is to arrive in less than 15 minutes.

Moving on…

Love and blessings!


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