Moonday by Sphinx Yoga: May 1, 2017
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"Moon in Bloom" (March 22, 2013) by Greg Diesel Walck, from his Facebook album, Moonscapes

Celebrating with Flowers for Mom's and May Day

Rejoice, it’s May Day on a Moonday!  Celebrate with flowers, dances, maypoles and merriment, perhaps also with mead.  Today is the unofficial midpoint of spring that officially arrives with Beltane on Friday, May 5.  Last night, April 30, was Walpurgis Night, or “witches night.”  Witches and fairies are said to be active at this time of year, which falls opposite of Halloween and Samhain.
In contemporary culture, May Day is the gateway to Mother’s Day, which follows at the end of this two-week period, graduations and the wedding season.  May Day festivities are decorated with flowers – and accordingly next week’s full moon is called the “flower moon.”  See the full moonrise next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 and 10, hopefully with sunset color.
Since we’re outside more, enjoying nature and sunshine as well as the warmer, moonlit nights, the
Sphinx Yoga section shares tips on participating in community yoga events, which often take place outdoors during the warm months.  Yesterday I joined 600+ yogis for Class on the Grass at the ballpark in downtown Greensboro, NC.  The best known summer yoga events are timed with International Yoga Day on the summer solstice, which is about six weeks away.
In this Moonday, the blooming May masthead and sunset moonrise photographs by
Greg Diesel Walck represent the colorful flowering season with nearly full moons.  Unearthed Comics offers a funny Mother’s Day cartoon, timed with the latest release in the Alien film franchise.  Music and dance celebrate Walpurgis Night, May Day, and the maypole.
The next
Wonderful Moon for Wise + Well publishes next week on the full moon in Scorpio, with the yoga section focusing on coping with difficult emotions.  If you missed the last Wonderful Moon, the yoga section features photos of Stella, the Cat on the Mat and discusses cat and dog yoga and cafes.
Happy May Day!  Happy Mother’s Day!  Enjoy the flowers and full moon, and see you again in two weeks!
"Moonrise at Sunset" (July 20, 2013), by Greg Diesel Walck, from his FB album, Moonscapes
Greg Diesel Walck: "Moonrise at Sunset," (July 20, 2013), from his Facebook album, Moonscapes.  Contact Diesel Walck for information on art-quality framed enlargements of his work.

This photo of the rising, nearly full moon shows that the best time to see the big, round moon can be a day or two before it reaches the moment of fullness.  See the beautiful color in the sky from three different types of clouds.  Two nights later when the moon was perfectly full, it rose within a dark sky, which holds a different appeal.
"Mother's Day," Unearthed Comics by Sara Zimmerman (2014)
 "Mother's Day" (2014), by Sara Zimmerman for Unearthed Comics.  Please support Zimmerman and Unearthed Comics at Patreon.

You remember that surprisingly gory scene in the original Alien (1979), right?  A prequel is set for release in the U.S. on May 19. 
Alien: Covenant is again directed by Ridley Scott.  Happy Mother's Day from the little beast!
Vanessa Redgrave in "Camelot" (1967), singing "The Lusty Month of May"
Her voice isn't great, but Vanessa Redgrave well conveys a Hollywood meets 1960s flower-child, Haight-Ashbury view of "The Lusty Month of May" in the film version of Camelot (1967), based on the stage musical (1960), with clever lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner to Frederick Loewe's music.  The staging captures pastoral "Merrie Olde England" in a woodland setting that evokes innocent but naughty May Day abandon.
Class on the Grass in Greensboro on April 30, 2017
Left, at Class on the Grass at the ballpark in downtown Greensboro, NC.  Over 600 people attended the second annual event on April 30, 2017.  Right, on March 24, 2017, for the spring equinox, I participated in a challenging yoga mala (notice that I'm sweaty) of 108 sun salutations at the Global Breath in downtown Durham, NC.  The studio offers the monthly donation-based event to benefit LiveGlobally.
On March 24, 2017, at a donation-based yoga mala for the spring equinox
Yoga mala on the summer solstice in 2014
Left, at a summer solstice mala at a health club in northeast Ohio in 2014.  I look sweaty at this event as well, and as though I got sun that day.  Right, at a donation-based, summer solstice event in 2015, outside High Point, NC.  The class was held on a yoga teacher's beautiful deck at her home that looks out over a lovely wooded landscape.  I was new to the area and didn't know anyone see that I'm nevertheless smiling!
Donation-based yoga on the summer solstice in 2015
Sphinx Yoga: Outdoor Yoga Time!

We’re entering the warm months, the season of outdoor yoga events.  The biggest public event of the year is the UN’s International Yoga Day, celebrated on the summer solstice.  New York City’s annual summer yoga class in Times Square is well known.
I’ve participated in many community yoga events.  I often join malas of 108 sun salutations at studios or outdoors for the solstices and equinoxes.  I’ve joined public yoga classes for the full moon, in parks and on decks, at the beach, at a farmer’s market and a historic site, at sportswear stores, and even in a library.

I find public yoga classes to be fun, even when a bit peculiar (passers by sometimes stare and there was traffic noise at one), or I don't know anyone.  On the mat, the common poses and sequences form a shared body language that links all assembled and puts a smile on faces.  A few OMMMMMmmmmms later, and you know you are exactly where you're supposed to be, generally relaxed in nature with a communal sense of well being.
Community events are a great way to discover what yoga is about.  They’re often free, you meet friendly people, and there is safety in numbers if it feels awkward.  I often see smiling observers on the periphery, such as spouses.  You can participate for a half-hour, then relax on a bench or lawn chair.  Join in again for meditation and savasana, as you wish.
Here are five tips to help make your first public yoga outing a happy experience:
1)  Prepare for the weather.  Dress in light fabrics and bring a lighter colored mat, if possible, if it’s hot and sunny.  Wear something comfortable that accommodates movement in all directions.  If you don’t have yoga leggings, then loose fitting shorts or pants with an elastic waistband may work fine.  If you practice close to sunset or while a front is coming in, the temperatures can quickly dip.  Bring a light jacket or sweatshirt, since things cool off quickly during savasana.  If the conditions will be chilly, dress in layers.
You may want to wear a headband or clip to keep hair out of your face.  Wear sunglasses, if it’s a sunny day.  Think about how heavy your mat is, and how it behaves with moisture (e.g., slippery or easily stained?), and whatever the surface will be (e.g., grass, pavement, sand?).  Choose or borrow a mat that’s right for the conditions, which inevitably are somewhat dirty, and how far it will be carried.
2)  Consider your basic needs.  Bring a water bottle or two.  Depending on how hot it gets and how much you perspire, you may drink a lot of water.  You may want a small towel to blot your forehead and neck.  Perhaps you’ll want to pack a small umbrella and a fresh t-shirt.  You’ll at least have a phone, probably keys, some cash and/or a purse, and sandals.  Maybe you’ll also want a lip balm and sunscreen, as well as a packable snack.
Therefore, bring a tote bag for carrying and collecting your belongings.  Sometimes a stuffed bag can substitute for a block in poses, and can help anchor a mat when it's windy.  Think about the weight and how far you may walk to and from the event.  Getting there early can make a difference in terms of schlepping distance.  Go to the bathroom before arrival.  The event may have public or portable facilities or nothing, particularly if it’s shorter and local.
3)  Do your homework.  Maybe step up your regular exercise for a week or two in advance, including outdoors, if the class likely will be vigorous.  If new to yoga, maybe take a few classes to gain familiarity and talk with yogi friends.  Maybe ask the studio or sponsor what to expect and how many hours it will last.  Check the weather forecast (and moon phase!), parking, and possible fees or expected donations.  Do participants register in advance or sign a waiver?  Can you carpool?  Will you eat or drink with friends afterward?
Ask if there will be assistants.  Sometimes instructors and trainees offer “assists” or adjustments.  If you have issues – such as physical limitations, or don’t want strangers touching you – then you’ll need to politely let them know.  If being touched might sour your mood or trigger trauma, then plan to speak up.  Assistants generally are compassionate and well intentioned.  They’re there to help participants improve their practice, and often to help assistants gain teaching experience.  They may volunteer as part of “karma yoga” for their yoga teaching training program, performing selfless service to benefit the community.
4)  How about crowds?  Does being with people in close proximity spook you?  I’ve passed on some big city events because it would be too much for my comfort level, or getting there and back would take too much effort.  I consider myself balanced between introvert and extrovert.  Some people groove on being seen in public, showing off and hanging out.  For others who prefer a private home practice, seeing body parts swaying in the breeze, sweating and breathing with unfamiliar people may be disconcerting.
Yogis tend to be polite, mellow people, and the crowd is unlikely to turn strange.  There is some security in feeling almost anonymous in a group.  If you’re an experienced yogi, be kind to participants for whom this is a new experience.  I’ve sometimes helped out people who seemed to physically struggle, were thirsty, or otherwise seemed distressed.  Reach out and maybe make new friends.  Help protect minors, if the events are open to all.
5)  Have fun!  Take selfies!  Build memories.  You might see people you’ve not seen in awhile.  You’ll likely check out unfamiliar instructors.  I enjoy the people watching (but don’t compare your yoga practice to others – we’re all individuals).  Maybe there will be food trucks with tasty, healthy food (generally not for free).  Maybe there will be live music and yoga-related vendors.  Maybe the location will be beautiful or someplace you’ve wanted to visit.
Keep your expectations realistic.  It’s a live event.  At a large public class, it can be hard to see and hear.  The quality of instruction and pace varies.  The weather offers variables as it does for picnics and outdoor concerts.  Parking lots may fill, which may require a longer walk than expected.  The combination of factors likely makes for a mixed bag of an experience.  It isn't as predictable as a regularly scheduled studio or gym class with a favorite teacher.  The trade-off is the possibility of an adventure.
Possibly the event will amaze.  I’ll never forget a summer solstice class up high on a rooftop at the tree canopy level.  The sun set before us, while the nearly full moon rose behind us.  With clear skies, the air was warm but not humid, with a light breeze and no bugs.  We could hear birds.  We shared homemade vegan food.  Children played under water fountains and several non-yogis relaxed on comfortable chairs.  During breaks, we chatted and laughed.  There were soft lights at twilight, and the rooftop looked out over the pool and neighborhood.  There might've been wine at the end.

The event was held at a health club where I was a regular member, located a few miles from home.  Despite taking countless yoga classes at the studio within the club over several years, that solstice class has stayed close to my heart.  It was an awesome community experience that has yet to be repeated.  I still feel fond of the yogis I practiced with that day.  Many continue as Facebook friends although our lives soon moved in different directions.  For that class, for those few special hours, we came together with magic.
Stella, the Cat on the Mat
See my bimonthly column on the moon and yoga, Wonderful Moon, on Wise + Well.  Information on viewing and experiencing each month’s new and full moons is included with lore, advice, and yoga-oriented body awareness that meshes with the phase, season, and astrological influences.  Lunar photographs by Greg Diesel Walck are featured.  Click on the button links below to check out Wonderful Moon and W+W.

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Wonderful Moon for cat yoga with Stella, the Cat on the MatYoga classes with cats and dogs are having a moment, along with cat cafes.  The efforts often support rescue and adoption, and are beneficial for the playful, loving two- and four-legged participants.  The next Wonderful Moon publishes next week.  The yoga section will discuss how yoga helps with coping with difficult emotions.
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Maya Plisetskaya dances the lead in Lavrovsky's "Walpurgis Night" for the Bolshoi Ballet

Although Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht (1980) is a better known dance set to Gounod's ballet music for the opera Faust (1859, 1869), his Russian contemporary Lavrovsky's version of Walpurgis Night for the Bolshoi Theater more literally depicts a bacchanal.  This 1979 excerpt features the incomparable Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, still dancing in her 50s.  The accompanying dancers are staged as Pan-like imps and nymphs.
Setting sun peeks through early spring foliage on April 2
First quarter moon with a dogwood on April 4
The sun and moon over the past month notice that the moon is illuminated at different angles, partially depending on the sun's position. Top left:  The low setting sun seen through early spring foliage and blossoming trees on April 2.  Top right: On the afternoon of April 4, the first quarter moon with dogwood blossoms.  That moon view repeats on May 3.  Bottom left:  During twilight on April 28, the waxing crescent moon with a smoke tree in the foreground.  Bottom right: On April 30, after a late afternoon sun shower, a drop of rain clings to a pink rosebud with the waxing crescent moon above.

Photos taken with an iPhone camera.  Click to enlarge.
During twilight on April 28, the waxing crescent moon with a smoke tree
On the afternoon of April 30, a raindrop clings to a rosebud with the crescent moon
Eyes to the Skies: Skygazing for the Next Two Weeks

The moon’s first quarter arrives on Tuesday, May 2.  The waxing moon is easily seen on clear afternoons to evenings over the next ten days.  Reaching full on Wednesday, May 10, the second full moon of spring is known as the “flower moon” because May is often abloom in the Northern Hemisphere.  The moon is officially full before 6 pm with sunset arriving more than two hours later.  This means that Tuesday and Wednesday evenings next week are advantageous for seeing the full moonrise in the east, perhaps with sunset color.
Today, May Day, is the unofficial midpoint of spring.  We're halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice.  Beltane, the true cross-quarter day as determined by solar movement, arrives on Friday, May 5, this year.  See the
April 22 Wonderful Moon, in which I discussed May Day, Beltane and Walpurgis Night.  The latter comes on the night before May Day.  On the wheel of the year, the April 30-early May festivities are observed on the other side of the calendar from Halloween and Samhain.  Nature spirits are similarly active.  Frolic!

The moon helps to see the zodiac in the heavens over these two weeks.  Tonight,
Monday, May 1, the moon meets up with the twin Gemini stars.  On Wednesday-Friday, May 3-5, the moon travels through Leo and passes Regulus, the heart of the lion (in Australia and New Zealand, the moon occults Regulus, they will appear so closely conjunct).  The nearly full moon aligns with Jupiter and the bright star Spica in Virgo from Saturday-Monday, May 6-8.  The moon and Jupiter are easily seen in twilight, if the southeastern skies are clear.
If you’re an early riser, watch the large, plump, nearly full moonset, perhaps with sunrise color.  The just-past-full moon passes through Scorpius with its bright ruddy heart star Antares,
Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13.  Saturn is nearby and lower in Sagittarius.  Clear skies and an unobstructed view of the southwestern horizon are as important for observation as the moon’s shape and visibility.

That's half of the zodiac – Gemini through Sagittarius – easily seen by looking up.  Through the first half of May, follow the moon's nightly path near bright planets and stars.  An astronomy app helps.

Nearly at their brightest, Venus and Saturn are both seen predawn in the east to southeast.  Saturn is approaching its annual solar opposition, which arrives in mid-June.  Until then, Saturn rises sooner and sooner after sunset.  After opposition, Saturn rises before sunset.  Venus continues to rise earlier and higher before daybreak.  So brilliant, Venus is hard to miss, if the eastern skies and horizon are clear.
Well after midnight, May is an increasingly
good time to see the Milky WayYou need dark skies to observe the galaxy's glowing band stretch across the sky, east to west during the predawn hours.  If you can get away from city and suburban lighting, the wee hours of late spring through summer are prime time to see the Miky Way.
Have you noticed that by mid-spring the early evening skies are less dark, more hazy?  That’s partially a tip off that we’re looking edge-on into the flat plane of the galaxy.  The Milky Way band aligns with the horizon.  Winter nights have inky skies with crisply defined constellations.  During the colder months, we gaze out into vast, dark space, away from our galaxy’s illuminated flat plane.  In the spring, the galaxy shifts into viewing position over night, when it lifts above the horizon.

Happy skygazing!
The Royal Ballet in a 2015 promotional clip for Ashton's "La Fille mal gardee"

This 2015 promotional clip for The Royal Ballet's charming, comic La Fille mal gardée ("The Wayward Daughter"), choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton in 1960, draws inspiration from the same idyllic pastoral English countryside of the Hollywood Camelot.  Ashton's staging includes a maypole dance that can be glimpsed in the clip.  One of the oldest ballets still performed today, La Fille mal gardée dates to 1789.
Astrological Outlook: May 1-14

See also
Moonday on WordPress.  Check out the full moon chart, set for Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 5:43 pm EDT, in New York City.  The sun is in Taurus and the moon is in Scorpio at 20 degrees.

The full moon passes well above the ecliptic; therefore, no lunar eclipse.  The lunar nodes pass from Virgo/Pisces to Leo/Aquarius the day before.  The sun and moon widely square the nodes.  This forms a sharp angle to the positions held for eclipses, when the sun and moon are aligned (the difference between the first and last quarter moon, compared with the new and full moon).
The coming big American solar eclipse on August 21 occurs at 28 degrees Leo when the nodes are at 24 degrees Leo/Aquarius.  The lunar eclipse on February 10 was at 22 degrees Leo/Aquarius.
This full moon squares the sensitive lunisolar positions of the 2017 eclipses.  It occurs exactly three months after the February lunar eclipse, and occurs just over three months before the August solar eclipse.  It’s almost at the midpoint, with the lunar nodes shifting into position for the major solar eclipse.
Those affected by the 2017 eclipses may feel it as tension, since that's how squares manifest.  My opinion (which I’ve been periodically offering for about a year) is that it’s setting the stage for a major showdown in national and, perhaps, world politics with the U.S. and its president (born under a lunar eclipse) at the center.

Celebrities who were born with the sun in Taurus and moon in Scorpio include Bono, John Brown, Eric Burdon, Chernobyl Disaster, Empire State Building, Craig Ferguson, Dann Florek, Robert Fripp, Keith Haring, Elaine May, L’Wren Scott, Tori Spelling, Harry Truman, Mark Zuckerberg.

  Three things to know about this moon phase:
1)  The full moon is in Scorpio.  While this is a challenging lunisolar combination to be born into, it can be useful to undergo annually, as we all do.  Natally, the calm, grounded security of the Taurus sun can feel unnerved by the deep, churning emotions of the Scorpio moon.  The intense lunar position is contrasted with a solar position that likes things steady, even placid or boring.  Therefore, natives often experience drama that isn’t necessarily welcome.  Natives learn to channel or manage their sometimes turbulent inner lives.
For most of us, for whom the full Scorpio moon is felt as an influence that lasts for about two weeks, it’s a good time to mull over what’s going on with your instinctive self.  It’s easy to be distracted and gloss over what may be bothering you, nibbling at the edges of consciousness.  Maybe there is a lingering misgiving that merits closer examination, perhaps that wakes you up at night.  It’s possible to feel overwhelmed by strong feelings, including rancor and suspicions, that seem to come out of no where.
Expect issues with control and trust.  Is that the person you think you know?  How has the ground beneath you shifted?  Issues with who has the upper hand may arise – along with jealousy, retaliation, and punishment for slights that may be imagined.  Emotions can be expressed as demands and threats or with cynicism or sarcasm that doesn’t win people over.  It’s important to stay in touch with the mellow Taurean side of the polarity, since emerging negative feelings can run away with you, particularly while the moon is full.

And, yes, this is a lusty time of year.  Give the sensuous side of your nature an outlet.  Express your passions, but don't let them run away with you – unless you have the means to follow your bliss without later regret.  Lighten up on possessiveness.
2)  The influence of the lingering conjunction of Mercury and Uranus in Aries continues for a few days after the full moon on May 10.  Mercury stations direct while they’re conjunct on May 3.  Uranus is considered a higher octave of Mercury, and they’re both highly charged in Aries.  Expect impatience, sudden insights and intense enthusiasms.  It’s a great influence for sales and otherwise pitching people on ideas, and then quickly moving on – bait and switch style.  The other side of the coin is to watch out for fast-talking people who seek to con you into things, but who have no responsibility after the deal is made.  The influence favors flashy first impressions, but not much follow-up.
In the
full moon chart, Mercury and Uranus oppose the ascendant set for New York City, the home of the world stock exchange (and is similar for Washington, DC, reflecting the nation).  This suggests that the markets will experience a few hiccups that send shock waves across the globe.  Savvy investors might do well.  It’s a high risk, perhaps high reward scenario with large corporate and perhaps secretive interests and alliances (represented by the T-square with Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in the twelfth house, and the Scorpionic moon) pulling the strings.  Perhaps President Trump, who is highly impulsive and Uranian, will press forward with an initiative that further significantly upsets the populace.
3) Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini are in mutual reception – meaning that they’re in each other’s signs with a strong relationship between the two.  This began during the third week of April and continues through mid-May.  Then it’s a three-way interaction with Venus that lasts until early June. 
Quick mental energy is emphasized, which reinforces the Mercury-Uranus conjunction.  After Mercury turns direct on May 3, expect a short attention span with easy distractions, a sharp tongue inclined toward sarcasm, and a facility for multitasking, perhaps feeling overstimulated.  It favors those who work in education and with media.  It doesn’t favor sensitivity.  Mars makes a harsh angle to Neptune at the moon phase.  Neptune is the only planet in a water sign other than the moon’s transit through water signs, such today for May Day and at the moon phase.
Just before and during the moon phase, there are trines in all four elements --  fire for Mercury, Uranus and Saturn; earth for the sun and Pluto (with the moon on May 5); air for Mars and Jupiter, and water for the moon and Neptune earlier that day.  This suggests that despite the tension of a full Scorpio moon and the instability of the Mercury-Uranus conjunction in Aries, things flow nicely.  There is an ease to the next few weeks that the mellow Taurus sun appreciates.  Don't take it for granted, letting the smiles encourage laziness or false security.

Briefly, on the next two weeks:  
May 1-7:
Monday (May Day):  The moon is strong in its own sign of Cancer.  With four planets moving retrograde and the moon void of course from the late afternoon through the remainder of the day, it's a good day for quiet.  Take stock of where your emotional life is at and soothe your nerves.  Mediate, practice yoga, go for a walk.
Tuesday (first quarter moon):  The moon enters exuberant Leo just after midnight.  The morning is particularly good for gender relations.  Boost your self-confidence with an early salon, spa or other pampering appointment.
Wednesday:  Mercury stations direct after noon, and the moon makes its happiest angles during the second half of the day.  Your personality sparkles.  Spend time with people whose company you enjoy and who appreciate you.
Thursday:  The moon enters Virgo before dawn.  Overnight there are tense lunar angles with Mars and Neptune.  Don’t stay up late and send out hasty messages that you may regret later.
Friday (Beltane):  The day that marks the midpoint between spring and summer should feel mellow.  A lovely grand earth trine sets up between the sun, moon and Pluto that lasts most of the day.  Do what makes you feel grounded, comfy and relaxed, owning your power.
Saturday:  In the mid-afternoon, the moon enters Libra to oppose Venus in Aries.  It may feel that something is off between you and women.  You may find yourself in competition, or working at cross-purposes.  Don’t take rivalry personally.
Sunday:  With a friendly conjunction between the moon and Jupiter that lasts most of the day, you should have a buoyant sense of well-being and perhaps wax philosophical.  Volunteer your time and expertise, making a contribution that benefits the community.
May 8-14:
Monday:  This could be the most challenging day of the two-week period.  Tension peaks this afternoon.  Resist impulsive behavior.  If you must speak your mind, write out grievances, but hold off on expression.  Don’t snap at people or become reactive if it’s done to you.
Tuesday:  The moon enters Scorpio after midnight.  There is a lot of turbulence, particularly with the conjunction of Mercury and Uranus perfecting again today.  Pleasant trines between other planets keep things moving along and provide stability.
Wednesday (full moon):  On the moon phase, see above.  A long void moon period lasts from the early evening of the full moon until after noon tomorrow.  Get in touch with your innerscape.  Pluto makes friendly lunisolar angles to help with this process, which could feel profound.
Thursday:  For the morning, see Wednesday.  The moon enters Sagittarius at lunchtime.  It takes awhile to shake off yesterday’s solemnity, but by bedtime, any gloom should've lifted.
Friday:  Awake in a cheerful mood.  There are happy aspects between the moon and Venus, and Mars and Jupiter.  Mercury and Uranus are finally separating.  Do something uncomplicated and playful.  By the afternoon, the moon opposes Mercury, which can be feisty but is easily channeled into physical activity.
Saturday:  This high energy day fortunately takes place on the weekend.  Get out and enjoy the spring weather.  Have an adventure to brighten your spirits and step outside your comfort zone.
Sunday (Mother's Day):  The moon enters Capricorn during the wee hours.  Watch out for Mother's Day conflicts and misunderstandings tonight.  Find ways to express gratitude and loving-kindness, letting go of old grievances.
Don't know your moon sign?  No problem.  Use Astrolabe's FREE chart calculator.

The three most important positions for understanding your natal horoscope are the degrees of the sun and moon signs and of the ascendant or rising sign.  For the latter, the time and location of your birth are required, as well as the date.  The more specific you can be, the better.

The May masthead image is "Moon in Bloom" (March 22, 2013), shot by Greg Diesel Walck​, and included in his Moonscapes album on Facebook.  Diesel Walck writes, "After a long winter, signs of spring starting to emerge as the moon rises in the late afternoon."  The waxing, nearly full moon is shown with budding branches in the foreground.  The May full moon is called the "flower moon."

The original creative work included here was used with permission by Greg Diesel Walck and Unearthed Comics by Sara Zimmerman.  Thank you!

For Sphinx Yoga on
WordPress and Facebook, I'm usually shown with a lunar phase towel by Yoga ZealRachel Gonen has yoga mats, towels, and other accessories available, often with beautiful celestial graphics, for sale on Amazon and etsy.

Geek Out with Lunar and Solar Eclipse 2017 Reference Links

EarthSkyThe Moon in 2017 and Understanding Moon Phases
From EarthSky:  Dates the Sun Enters the Zodiac Constellations in 2017
From NASA SVSDial-a-Moon and Moon Phases for 2017
Moon Infographic and Moon Master quiz
U.S. Navy Astronomical ApplicationsWhat the Moon Looks Like Now
From Scientific AmericanWithout the Moon, Would There Be Life on Earth?
August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Links:  Great American Eclipse, Eclipse 2017

From Fred Espenak, a scientist emeritus at Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA's "Mr. Eclipse": "The moon’s orbit stabilizes the axial tilt of Earth, preventing it from undergoing chaotic variations that would lead to catastrophic changes in climate. And the daily rise and fall of moon-induced tides has left an indelible imprint on Earth. Some scientists even argue whether life on Earth would be possible without the influence of the moon."
astra inclinant, sed non obligant: the stars incline us, they do not bind us

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