Between the New Moon and the Full Moon, the focus is on building and beginning, while from the Full Moon to the New Moon, we focus on releasing and reassessing. So in the case of the last or third quarter moon (aka when 50% of the moon is visible, leading up to the new moon), we are still trying to leave.

This month’s third quarter moon will peak on Friday, December 16, just before 4 a.m. EDT. The Moon will be in Virgo, the meticulous and detail-oriented editor of the zodiac. (Appropriate energy for the Last Quarter Moon, as we clean up any loose ends from last week’s Full Moon.)

Not only that, but the Moon will also make a smooth and flowing trine to both Mercury (planet of communication), and Venus (planet of love), both in Capricorn. With both Virgo and Capricorn as strong and reliable earth signs, relationships and communication will feel supportive in a healthy and balanced way.

Remember, however, that the Moon will form an opposition with Neptune in Pisces. Neptune and Pisces both deal with imagination, the subconscious, dreams and all things spiritual—so if you’re feeling dreamy or unfocused, that’s why.

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