TONIGHT's Gemini Third Quarter Moon is the lunar phase of serendipitous good fortune called the CONSOLATION MOON in Antinous Moon Magic.
Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Consolation Moon is the Spirit of the proverbial Cloud with a Silver Lining.
This Spirit calms and soothes and says it will all be better ... and manages to work minor miracles which do in fact make things better.
This is the Spirit of the little things in life that make one smile ... a chance encounter, a pleasant discovery, a little something that brightens one's day.
This Spirit cannot solve all problems, but it can offer rest and refreshment and a word of encouragement and a kiss which invigorates and restores faith.
Remember Hermes, who rustled the beloved cattle herd of Apollo and initially denied any wrongdoing. Apollo was disillusioned and wrathful ... until Hermes/Mercury gave him his personally hand-made tortoise-shell lyre as a consolation.
Apollo was overjoyed. He had lost his cattle, but he had gained the most wonderful lyre on Mount Olympus. And the myth says that, together, Apollo and Mercury made beautiful music together forever after ... and that all music originated with this small consolation prize.
It is called the Consolation Moon because it is the Lunar Archetypal energy of serendipity and fortuitous misadventures. You win the Silver Medal (but not the Gold). You win $20 in the lottery (but not the jackpot of $20 million).
You open an email from an online bank expecting bad news ... but instead you find that your old Aunt Minnie has transferred a little money to you.
Or you suddenly find $50 in an old wallet.
We associate this Lunar Phase with Antinous/Eleusis as depicted in the statue at the top of this entry.
We remember the initiation of Antinous into the Eleusinian Mysteries in Greece at the outset of Emperor Hadrian's Imperial Tour of the Eastern Provinces.
It represents the spiritual illumination which Antinous received during the initiation ceremonies in the dark labyrinth ... his personal assurance that he could triumph over death, that death is not the end.
Meditations and rituals tonight should focus on finding ways to change a dire situation into a more positive one ... or turning a seemingly coincidental encounter into a serendipitous opportunity for gain.