Waning moon times, between full Moon and last quarter, generally signify integration, dissemination, and the transition from what's been learned to how that knowledge is actualized into the larger social worlds we inhabit. In terms of a larger life cycle some astrologers say that it's about the integration of things learned into the society in which we are born and/or raised. With the Moon in Taurus during this late phase of the summer, turning the corner toward eclipse season and the Fall Equinox it's a moment of exhalation amidst the dying heat and light of summer. Like the last few hours of work at the end of a hot day.
Soon the days will grow rapidly shorter again, the cool breeze of death will return, the frost will come, and we will celebrate the fruits of another journey around the Sun.
Meanwhile, Venus is beginning to slow into her station and will soon turn direct. Traditionally this might signify that something Venus related is about to take a turn for the better, or that something is about to get stronger, easier, or lighter, regarding Venus lessons or significations. Venus signifies so many different things depending on the specifics of each chart. For some it might indicate a period of worry, excess, deficiency, or setbacks in some particular area of life will start to change direction and become less burdensome or challenging. For others it might mean the implementation of lessons and insights learned over the summer in relationship to love, romance, lifestyle, aesthetics, beauty, or personal values. Watch over the weekend as a story line or two changes directions for the better!
Last but not least, Mercury is now in the sign of his next retrograde, and quickly his shadow period. Watch for those glitchy signals reminding you to turn inward, to quiet down, power down, and start rethinking, revising, or rehashing something important. This upcoming retrograde will likely touch on Venus related themes, as Mercury is in Venus' sign. Negotiation, harmonization, and the balancing of ideals and values in relationships...these themes especially.
Prayer: The final hours of another year of work. Help us to finish strong and love every moment of the process. We bless our work and it blesses us.