virgo moonTonight’s First Quarter Moon in Virgo (May 29, 11:30pm eastern) marks the halfway point between the Gemini New Moon (May 22) and the Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse (June 5). A significant turning point in the cycle, the First Quarter or Waxing Half Moon is when the balance shifts from dark to light.

The seeds of intention planted in the fertile darkness of the New Moon are now ready to manifest, and as the energy builds toward the Full Moon, we’re challenged to overcome obstacles to bringing our vision into the light.

The Virgo Moon forms a square to both the Sun and Venus in Gemini, while also opposing Mars in Pisces – forming a pressurized configuration called a t-square (two squares and an opposition). In the mutable signs, this t-square stirs up fast change, feelings of restlessness, and a need to be flexible and adaptable.

In a Gemini lunar cycle strongly characterized by Neptunian energy, it can be easy to be pulled in multiple directions and get distracted and scattered, losing focus. Confusion, illusion and denial are also more shadowy Neptunian potentials. The higher potential is to increase connection and communication with Source, with our deepest soul selves, and use spiritual inspiration as fuel for creating a more loving and beautiful world.

first quarter virgoThe Moon in earthy, discerning Virgo directs our attention to the here-and-now, our body and environment, helping us get grounded and focus in on what’s most important. Virgo is the Priestess who purifies the temple of her body and home in order to become a stronger and clearer channel for spirit (Pisces). Making small improvements at this Quarter Moon can make a big difference – just take care of what’s right in front of you, and then the next thing.

Mercury – ruler of both Gemini and Virgo – has just moved into watery Cancer, the inwardly-focused sign of deep feelings, nurturing, home and family. We can rely on our feelings and instincts to guide us forward, and trust that, as we change our inner environment, we change the world.

With the South Node in Sagittarius, we don’t need to understand the big picture of everything that’s happening “out there” before taking action, and being overly focused on world events can distract us from the power we have in our immediate environment. Use this First Quarter as a time of preparation, purification, refinement and discernment, and remember that all the “little things” we do as individuals add up to major shifts in the collective.

– Emily Trinkaus