Sunday, February 26, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 26—March 11

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
― C.S. LewisA Grief Observed

I am a small boat bobbing on a tumultuous sea. Perhaps you feel it too. Since the Inauguration, an onslaught of outrage and fear has me feeling everything—heaving waves push me towards the sky, sudden openings plunge me back down, my boat is spinning. I’m holding on for all I’ve got, and calling upon all my resources and practices to stay centered. The sensation of being adrift at sea falls right into the Pisces influence of this next lunar cycle, which begins on February 26. The Pisces season is molded by ocean currents. It starts by moving through layers of surrender to dissolve ultimately into connection and unity. This is a birthing process for the soul and sometimes the process is hard.

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiacal year. The zodiac, which means wheel of life, is the life wisdom of the year. Pisces concludes the cycle. Aries begins another one. During this season we release the bindings of the past so new life is free to emerge in the spring. As a mutable water sign, Pisces is extraordinarily sensitive. Mutable signs take in and process information to send back out along the elemental pathways most attuned to that sign. Information, especially emotional information, hits us in powerful ways under this influence. We can feel like that small boat bobbing on the sea with each new piece of input. People with Pisces influence in their charts need self-care practices. These practices are in place, not to keep us from feeling, but to help us be present to our feelings and know what is ours to take on and what isn’t.

This perhaps sounds easier or even more fun than it is. When layers of defense and binding come away, we may experience vulnerability, grief, pain, or confusion. To handle these feelings, people with Pisces influence may develop coping mechanisms ranging from elevated states of connection and compassion to numbing out. Most of us can’t maintain any one state permanently, so we naturally vacillate between effective and ineffective ways of coping. If we fall short of expectations, we might feel shame about it. These are habitual whirlpools. It is good to step off that cycle of overwhelm and shame. This is the season to truly love ourselves while staying present to our imperfections. Consider how important this courageous work of being present to our feelings is. I can’t help but think there are vitally important lessons here for dealing with the fear and grief of our times. As we go through this Pisces transformation, we remember to tend to our hearts as we meet current challenges. The Pisces season trains us to be peaceful warriors, compassionate healers, and resilient activists. At the end of Pisces transformation, we can feel cleansed of the past and open to connection.

I will be working with a brief re-grounding practice this lunar cycle when the ocean feels turbulent. You may use this or other practices that work for returning you to yourself.
First, with your eyes open, notice your breath. With a sigh, release tension, any amount is good, in your belly. Sigh out an ahh. Drop your shoulders with another sigh. Pause. Look around and pick out two colors you see. Name them. Notice the temperature on your skin. Keep breathing. Begin to feel your exhale leave your body in a wave traveling from your head to your feet. Keep breathing gently until you have that sensation. Take three more conscious breaths sensing this wave. Finish with an affirmation. It might be something like: I am not alone. Or, I listen to my needs. Or, I am grateful for this moment.

Forecast for February 26—March 11

Moon in Pisces
February 26—New Moon: Seeding. Solar Eclipse. Stress and tension have ratcheted up significantly since the U.S. Presidential election. Nervous systems are on high alert. The Pisces lunar cycle brings stronger awareness of the impact this stress is having but also brings the opportunity to re-regulate the ways we are handling current life challenges. We’ll have to modify our habits and patterns, because the battle ahead is a long one, and we need to pace ourselves and love ourselves through all of it. The very end of winter into early spring is a natural time to detoxify. The shift from winter’s inward focus to spring’s outward focus is big. This season invites us to let go of past patterns so we can flow with the shift. If our bodies are depleted now, we may experience illness or depression as the spring season gets underway. Self-care right now is important.


This lunar cycle gives us an opportunity to reset our panic responses. This doesn’t mean going back to sleep or into denial, a fear that can come up when we think of taking time for ourselves. It does mean that to continue, it would be good to resettle into our bodies to give ourselves as much love as we can. We will be challenged in this intention by a very dramatic New Moon.

This lunation begins with a solar eclipse. The defined darkness of an eclipse, brief put potent, can be imagined as a portal or a dark cauldron inviting us to brew our magic. The seeds we plant at this New Moon feel supercharged. The Pisces nature of this moment is enhanced by the conjunction between Neptune, Moon, and Sun. In addition, Mercury in Pisces conjoins the South Node of the Moon. The Nodes are always involved in eclipses, since they indicate the point where the Sun, Moon, and Earth align on the same plane. The South Node is karma. Neptune adds more mystery, more fogginess, more dream insight to the magic of this New Moon. Mercury invites us to dig deeper into the layers of the past, the things we need to release this Pisces season. Water is a vital teacher and ally in the process of release, purification, and re-commitment to spring emergence.

Be aware that as we shed our layers, feelings of vulnerability surface as well. I try to remember that vulnerability is linked to wholeheartedness and is powerful magic. But, if we aren’t prepared, the agitating exact conjunction of Mars with Uranus in Aries on this New Moon might feel too discordant to our more vulnerable selves. Mars and Uranus are like horses at the gate raring to go. Jupiter in Libra opposes them both, making it very hard to keep the horses under control. Under this influence, accidents and arguments are more likely if we aren’t aware of our energetic bodies. For me, this means, to notice feelings of vulnerability and overwhelm and to be gentle with myself. Such practices help me plant the seeds of this lunar cycle.

The strong contrast between Pisces and Aries at the beginning of this lunar cycle reinforces the work of letting go of one cycle to prepare for the next. At winter’s end, we assess our lives, looking at what remains from winter’s struggles and what needs cleansing to prepare for spring’s ambitions. For this reason, my intention for this lunar cycle is: Through self-care, I listen to my soul, releasing old forms and opening to my heart’s desire.

Moon enters Aries 10:51 pm CST
Monday, February 27.
You may have every reason to believe that this is the first day of spring, even though it doesn’t really happen for almost another month. This is because we are still charged by Mars conjoining Uranus in Aries yesterday and coming into opposition with Jupiter in Libra today. Aries is spring energy. Mars rules this energy. What do you want to pour your energy into right now? Aries with a mission is courageous and bold. Aries without one is reckless and ready for a fight. Jupiter may be the trigger that makes that happen. It could feel incredibly frustrating to compromise right now. If you’re feeling this, what is it telling you? How can you adjust, claiming your own direction, while listening to that other voice? Remember we are still in the fragile spaces of Pisces opening. When the Moon in Pisces makes a square to Saturn (mid afternoon in Central time zone) we may feel burdened by input. Ground extra tension if it feels like too much.

Moon in Aries
Tuesday, February 28.
On Saturday, Venus in Aries will station retrograde. This goddess is putting her foot down in the feistiest sign of all. Gender issues are at the forefront. Women are activated. None of us feel like playing nice. The Moon conjoins this planet today. Where are you putting your foot down? Feel the growing tide of others who are doing the very same thing at your back. Aries forgets they are not alone. It is important to remember that today.

Moon in Aries
March 1—Crescent Moon: Germinating. The complex contrast between Pisces and Aries that was felt at the New Moon is repeated today. If you set an intention for self-care for this lunar cycle, you get a chance to see how necessary it is to sustaining effort and presence over time. If Aries is the fiery pursuit of our heart’s desire, then Pisces is the self-care we do first to make sure we are ready for that journey. Do not doubt yourself if you are feeling pulled in two directions. Pay extra attention to the subtler messages coming your way. They want to reach your soul.

The Moon in Aries reminds us that there is a cardinal sign t-square pattern in the sky that is forcing decision and action. The planets in this pattern are Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Libra, and Mars and Uranus in Aries. Pluto has been exposing toxic power structures. It is really out there for all to see. The opposition between the Aries planets and Jupiter could be about tactics in what to do about it. Jupiter in Libra is focused on justice, but also collaboration and compromise. Uranus and Mars are full of self-determination. The choice to go it alone would be a mistake. We need to see what others show us, even if it means reconsidering a path we want to take. Solidarity does not mean always agreeing. However, if we let differences divide us, we lose power. Conflict can be a teacher.

To contrast the dynamic energy of this t-square, the Sun in Pisces conjoins Neptune today. You may notice how easy it is to spin a tale, spread rumors, or get caught up in untruths. External truth isn’t the goal of this transit, it is about what feels right. Zealous beliefs can foment if we aren’t careful. The gift is the felt sense that we are all connected. All of us. What will you do with that truth?

Moon enters Taurus 1:42 am CST
Thursday, March 2.
I often think the day the Moon moves into Taurus is a good time to put on the brakes and take a breath. Momentum has been building. We are getting confusing messages about slowing down and speeding up. Take the day to sort all that out. Our bodies are smarter than we usually give them credit for. What is your body telling you, really? Try to pay attention. Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. This is the second of three times these two planets face off. The first time was in December. The last time will be in September. This is the “full moon phase” of the cycle between these planets that began in 2010. This transit brings illumination around the ways we seek to awaken into action. After the full phase, we get to work applying the wisdom we’ve attained. What will you do after awakening? Once we awaken, the world is never the same again. We can never claim that ignorance again. What is awake in you now?

Moon in Taurus
Friday, March 3.
The day is a bit quieter than we’ve had in a while. The Moon makes one aspect, a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Silence can be powerful. Draw strength from beauty. Tend to your body. Create anchors to peace in your home. Listen to the wisdom of the Earth.

Moon enters Gemini 4:05 am CST
Saturday, March 4.
Venus puts her foot down today. Notice if you feel like following suit. Venus in Aries stations retrograde. The Venus cycle reflects the characteristics of this planet of beauty, harmony and balance. It follows a distinct and orderly pattern as it moves from Evening Star to Morning Star and back again. Every 18 months, Venus makes a retrograde journey. The retrograde cycle always follows Venus’ appearance as the Evening Star. Currently, Venus is shining bright and high in the western sky after sunset. It will quickly lose altitude over the next two weeks and disappear into the rays of the Sun. In early April, while still traveling retrograde, Venus will appear as the Morning Star close to the horizon. On April 14, Venus will station direct. Venus returns to the same retrograde degree on May 19 completing the entire cycle at that time. During most of this period, Venus will be in Aries spending only four weeks in Pisces. Nothing invites a good story better than this cycle of the bright planet Venus. The story of Inanna’s journey into the underworld was inspired by it. One burning question was asked of that goddess when she left her command center in the sky to travel into the land of death, Why, Inanna? A powerful goddess must have a good reason to put her foot down. Fast forward to the current state of affairs, can you imagine why a powerful goddess might want to take this journey now?

Perhaps Venus is taking the journey to learn more about resistance. In Aries, Venus has forgotten how to be conciliatory. There are battles to fight and new strategies to hatch. The arc of this retrograde back into Pisces tells us that it isn’t all about the bluster and the fight. We must also tend to our sacred selves. While Mercury in Pisces conjoins Neptune today, listen for messages from your soul. The blending of inner Pisces processes and outer Aries actions continues.

Moon in Gemini
March 5—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. How has it been for you? Big transits involving planets in Aries have stirred the pot quite a bit during the first week of this lunar cycle. Do you find yourself more stressed? Are you overloaded? It could be time to check back in with your lunar intention for this month. The Pisces season is an opportunity to slowly cleanse and shed the things that will hinder springtime emergence. Now, more than ever, we need to detoxify fears and stress. Ideally, we’d have plenty of time to reflect, meditate, and process, but it hasn’t felt that way at all. The Moon in Gemini is probably not helping things either. We are stimulated by social interactions and innate curiosity to learn. You might find yourself clicking on story after story, wondering how to shut off the input. Turn off the electronics if you can and rediscover the power of breath to bring us back to ourselves. A harmonious trine between Mars in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius helps us follow through on our projects.

Moon enters Cancer 6:54 am CST
Monday, March 6.
The Cancer Moon is here to help us slow down. This could be a good day to spend with family. Enjoy your nest, give your home some special love. Perhaps this means a vase of flowers or a home-cooked meal. The energy you expend on your space will soothe your soul. Mercury conjoins the Sun in Pisces, reminding of us this season’s work to cleanse, release, and ready ourselves for the spring. This transit could impact communications. It may be easier to have a mystical revelation than an ordinary business meeting today.

Moon in Cancer
Tuesday, March 7
. OK, the nice peaceful Cancer Moon of yesterday has turned on us. Today, the Moon completes a grand cross aspect pattern and the potential for tense outbursts increases. Uranus and Mars in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Libra are the other components. In the face of conflict, we want security. That desire is so strong, it may even cause the conflict. Not all the cards are stacked against us. The Moon makes harmonious contact with the Sun and Mercury in Pisces. Gentle words may soothe tense situations. Mercury makes a sextile aspect to Pluto, encouraging effective communication that is heart-centered yet tough.

Moon enters Leo 10:45 am CST
March 8—Gibbous Moon: Budding. This lunar cycle, seeded in the season of Pisces, is an opportunity to notice how we lead two lives at the same time. While going about our external affairs, a rich internal story is also unfolding. There are layers upon layers of memory, sensation, and emotion that touch upon even the most trivial parts of our day. We only have to turn ourselves toward this deeper experience to notice a rich reservoir of inspiration and meaning. The contrast between these two states of being has been the theme and challenge of this lunar cycle so far. What are you noticing? This is about more than developing a broad awareness of reality, we need to be able to resource our inner world when external events become overwhelming. We are building resiliency. You may notice a bit of tension early in the day, when the Moon makes a square to Mars in Aries. We might feel argumentative or defensive. When the Moon enters Leo, energy rises again. Don’t let it carry you too far away from your internal world.

Moon in Leo
Thursday, March 9.
What else gets generated from the contrast between our inner and outer realities? We may get to find out today as inward-focused Mercury in Pisces makes a quincunx aspect to outward-focused Jupiter in Libra. As we build resilience around contrast, we may be able to notice that we have an easier time staying at our center while events take place around us. Both in and outside the world, are we freer to make better choices? Mars moves from Aries to Taurus today, and probably not a moment too soon. Mars is strong in Aries, but since the end of January, this planet has contributed to the agitation and stress we’ve been feeling. Mars in Taurus gives more access to the body’s instinctual wisdom.

Moon enters Virgo 4:07 pm CST
Friday, March 10.
It just might feel like we can achieve a little more balance today. The Moon in Leo supports action through a trine to Uranus in Aries and structure through a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. This influence is good for finishing up projects. When the Moon enters Virgo, we could feel grounded enough to enjoy extending that sense of accomplishment into the evening by ticking off even more items on our to do lists. The conjunction of Mercury and Chiron in Pisces sensitizes us to suffering of others. If you can apply the industry of the day with compassion through service work, you may have found your perfect expression of this day’s potential.

Moon in Virgo
Saturday, March 11.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too sensitive. Wear your feelings with honor. Well, you don’t actually have to wear them, but do try to be present to them. Things are hard right now. If you’re paying attention at all, it can be downright overwhelming. The opportunity during this lunar cycle is to develop a little more capacity to notice our feelings and give them the space they deserve. Continue to deepen into the layers of memory and sensation, drawing protection around yourself when you need to. This inner work is important. The Sun in Pisces forms a quincunx to Jupiter in Libra. Jupiter is an expansive planet that can often blow things out of proportion. There is a temptation to do that today. Find your balancing point.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 6—February 20

“A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it's not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh, Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

When the world looks bleak; when events conspire to force us into resistance and change; when the realness of threat to beloveds, to the Earth, to human goodness cannot be denied, love leads us forward. At the New Moon in Aquarius I planted the seeds of this intention: To lead with the love that unmasks, transforms, and liberates.

Love is transformation. The writers* I’ve consulted for my inspiration this month all stress that love is telling the truth. James Baldwin wrote about removing our masks. bell hooks takes up the same theme and encourages us to tell the truth about ourselves to ourselves and others. Communication is key. For love to transform, I must speak truth. Thich Nhat Hanh (above) asks us to write a love letter that will transform the world. But, he says, we have to write the letter to ourselves first. Self-love is hard. Just like self-honesty is. Shame silences. Breaking the silence of shame is worthy work. If we don’t speak up, we lose out on the transformative power of love.

Mercury is the planetary ally of communication. For the next two weeks, Mercury helps us communicate passion in its connections to Venus and Mars, vision in its connect to Uranus, and truth in its connections to Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury enters Aquarius on February 7. As the fixed air sign, Aquarius inspires vision and desire for authenticity. The balance this Mercury needs comes from water and earth—compassion and stability. When we remember these qualities, our minds are free to roam. Possibilities abound. We connect with like-minded instigators of change. If we dare, we can unmask ourselves in the pursuit of freedom. Perhaps, we learn a bit more about transformative love.

Aquarian revolution is tricky. This air sign is big on concept, and struggles to bring in the balance of heart and compassion. When the Sun enters Pisces on February 18, it is easier to feel the suffering of others and the ways we are more alike than different. The last week of the lunar cycle, which was seeded with Aquarian ideals of love, gives us a chance to feel what love means when we surrender control. A sensing into vulnerability completes the journey of the lunar intention to lead with love as we transform the world.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” — Brené Brown

We don’t know where this kind of love will take us. The Full Moon in Leo on February 10 is a lunar eclipse. The next New Moon in Pisces on February 26 will be a solar eclipse. Eclipses increase a feeling of uncertainty. Both the fears and the hopes we invest in the present moment seem bigger than normal. Another key component to vulnerability is self-love. Thich Nhat Hanh says it can take a lifetime to know how to write a love letter to ourselves. If we want to possess the kind of love that transforms the world, we will need to transform ourselves first.

Forecast for February 6—February 20

Moon in Gemini
Monday, February 6.
Jupiter in Libra stations retrograde today. Jupiter has carried the banner of justice since entering this sign in September 2016. Today it is appropriate to pause and consider what has transpired since then. Jupiter represents belief and hope. It fills our questing hearts with a deep desire for truth. All beliefs and truths benefit from reflection and reconsideration during the retrograde cycle. Mistakes get to be reworked. We hone our skills at sharing our truths. This inward motion can strengthen our resolve and help us adapt. Jupiter moves retrograde from now to early June. Do not lose hope just because things are complicated.

Moon enters Cancer 1:02 am CST
February 7—Gibbous Moon: Budding. Mercury enters Aquarius today for only two and a half weeks. This spurt of Aquarian vision may be brief but it will be intense, and not necessarily in a bad way. Think: jolts of insight, new pathways of consciousness, sudden inspiration, and strong desire to speak truthfully and transparently. The lunar intention seeded at the New Moon in Aquarius on January 17 is almost ready to blossom. At this budding stage, we feel pregnant with possibility. Air and fire qualities are getting the green light right now. For some, this speeding up of thought and action is exciting, for others it can be overwhelming. As we make our adjustments to the lunar seeds we’ve planted, we learn more about our intentions. The Moon in Cancer (cardinal water sign) challenges us to slow down to tend to self and others. Where are you rooted? What will you defend? This sense of protectiveness runs through the day with the Moon making a square aspect to Venus and Mars in Aries (cardinal fire sign).

My intention for this cycle, offered to you as inspiration, is to lead with love. Today, we are reminded of those we love and cherish like family. Can we expand our notion of family to include those who are different from us? Mercury and Sun in Aquarius push us to erase divisions. The Venus and Mars in Aries are quick to anger, quick to action, but they also give us courage to break patterns of exclusion.

Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, February 8. The Moon in Cancer completes a tense grand cross aspect pattern today. The planets in challenging relationship are Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra. The least skillful of Cancer qualities may be hard to avoid due to intense feelings of oppression (Pluto), impatience (Uranus), and injustice (Jupiter). Cancer can feel defensive, victimized, and focused on managing others. Skillful Cancer encourages us to create supportive environments and is sensitive to the needs of others. Use this energy to focus on making everyone stronger by making the most vulnerable stronger.

Moon enters Leo 3:41 am CST
Thursday, February 9.
This lunar cycle was seeded in the sign of Aquarius at the New Moon. As the Moon enters Leo today, we get the full perspective from the opposite side of the zodiac. Tomorrow, this opposition culminates in a Full Moon lunar eclipse. Oppositions are expansive; we get the whole picture from a broader perspective. We are encouraged to account for opposing points of view, desires, and impulses. The Leo/Aquarius impulse is to find our authentic places in community. Leo seeks to know personal impact. Aquarius seeks to manifest collective visions of authenticity and freedom. Ego meets collaboration. Creativity meets revolution. This energy is electric. Because of the air and fire emphasis of these signs, the energy is also unsettling and impulsive. Other transits only emphasize these qualities. The Sun in Aquarius is sextile to Uranus (the co-ruler of Aquarius). We may have a hard time discerning the usefulness of our ideas today. Everything seems brilliant and we want credit for our ideas! The Moon is trine Venus and Mars in Aries, encouraging a desire to break down barriers and forge ahead. Leo rules the heart center. This is the heart that gives courage, the heart of loyalty, the heart of passion. Notice this fire and let it feed your creative endeavors.

Moon in Leo
February 10—Full Moon: Blossoming. Lunar Eclipse. This lunar cycle is about love, the fierce love of truth and transformation. Love awakens the sleeper. It clarifies what is important. It grounds us into life. To lead with love through tumultuous times is to be a warrior of the heart. This warrior will not be deterred by distractions or anything else that obstructs a clear vision of the beloved. This Leo Full Moon presents an opportunity to feel more deeply into whole-heartedness. Clear-hearted vision arises from the darkness that briefly crosses the face of the Moon. Shadows and light play together to reveal what matters most. Passions are high.

There are six “planets” occupying a narrow range of degrees from 21 to 25. These planets form a team, a cohesive force for change. All but one are in fire and air signs. Things could unfold quickly before we know what is happening. The key to tempering this momentum is Chiron at 22 degrees Pisces. Chiron as the wounded healer, the shaman who mediates the mysteries, stands at the apex of a yod aspect pattern involving the Moon in Leo and Jupiter in Libra. Chiron erases the division between self and others. As our hearts open to love, we are vulnerable to the pain and suffering around us. As Brené Brown reminds us, “Vulnerability is the birth place of love …” Creativity (the Leo Moon) and truth (Jupiter) develop soul and power when this vulnerability is welcomed.

The other planets on the love warrior team are the Sun in Aquarius shining a light into the future. Science, not alternative facts, helps create accountable relationship on Earth. Uranus in Aries is impatient for change and dares us to be fearless truthtellers. Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to be committed to uprooting the lies we tell ourselves so we may love who we are as much as we love the world. The Moon in Leo insists we stand up for ourselves, our identities, our love. The brighter we shine, the more we have to share. Many have been feeling depressed and overwhelmed by the political realities in the U.S. and around the world. Leo is here to reinvigorate. The mystery of energy is: the more we share generously, the more we have for ourselves. Test this formula for yourself. Love feeds love.

Venus in Aries is preparing for her retrograde journey beginning on March 4. At this time Venus is high in the western sky at sunset, inspiring us to bold actions. In this sign, Aries is ready to fight for beauty and justice. In this sign, Venus has an edge. We need to be careful in our intimate relationships to tamp down the flames of reactivity but in our struggles for justice, this Venus is an ally. She carries a torch, a lot like the Liberty Statue’s torch, illuminating the truth we stand for. Mercury in freedom-loving Aquarius strengthens this Venus by sextile. Love and truth are married.

Moon enters Virgo 7:52 am CST
Saturday, February 11
. When the Moon enters Virgo, our feet finally touch the ground. The last two days have been fiery. Now it is time to clean the house and organize the pantry—literally or metaphorically—you choose. Every prayer, every desire of defiance or intention, needs to be supported by action. What will you do today to support your dreams? The Sun in Aquarius makes a trine to Jupiter in Libra. Our dreams are large. Our hopes are enormous. Pragmatic action will help ground them into reality.

Moon in Virgo
Sunday, February 12
The Virgo Moon continues to help focus our passions in a pragmatic direction. Strength and support come from a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Balance between fantasy and reality come from the opposition of the Moon and Neptune in Pisces. Pay attention to your health. Pull back from over-commitments.

Moon enters Libra 2:43 pm CST
Monday, February 13.
Brief roadblocks from a square between the Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius this morning (Central time zone) may discourage us, but optimism builds later in the day as we commit to working harder to overcome those setbacks. The Sun in Aquarius is approaching a sextile to Saturn. This aspect fuels our thoughts and visions for the future. The Moon in Libra for the next two days, reminds us that beauty and balance are vitally important to manifesting our dreams.

Moon in Libra
February 14—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Contrast the sentimental love of Valentine’s Day with the fierce love of transformation. This lunar cycle, I’ve been growing the seeds of love. This love reveals my true self, encourages self-love, and speaks the truth no matter how vulnerable it feels to do so. This love is the force that can change the course we are on right now. Do you feel it? This love includes complexity; acknowledging anger, frustration, and fear is part of the truth we feel. There is also compassion and desire for justice, as well as commitment and daring. This phase of the Moon bears the fruit for this lunar cycle. What have the seeds of love grown in your life?
Every day seems to bring new and alarming information. The Moon in Libra makes tense aspects to Mars in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn making it easier to see the cracks in the system and the need for action. Our nervous systems are suffering and yours may be crashing. Chiron in Pisces opens our gentle and traumatized selves. Jupiter in Libra bolsters our hope for better balance and justice. These two planets are in a paradoxical relationship that is hard to resolve. We may feel like giving up. Take the long view and step back from unrealistic expectations. How does love support you? What radical act of love is needed right now?

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, February 15.
As the Moon conjoins Jupiter today, try not to let problems become larger than they need to. Jupiter can push us over the top, but it can also remind us of our values. In Libra, we value balance, we value justice, we value beauty. Let these values guide you. As the Moon opposes Uranus, we may be tempted to panic or push ourselves too hard into change. One of the lies we are told is that if we don’t do it now, we will never get another chance. Whatever it is for you, there will be more chances. As we immerse ourselves in love, may our choices and actions gain power and wisdom.

Moon enters Scorpio 12:41 am CST
Thursday, February 16
How much do you want change? How far will you journey to create lasting change? The Moon in Scorpio asks us to commit passionately to our deepest desires. The journey through this desire will transform us. Today, Mercury in Aquarius, the instigator of awakened change makes a favorable contact with Mars in Aries, the willing warrior. We feel a sense of momentum building. The willingness to change ourselves is the first place to start.

Moon in Scorpio
Friday, February 17.
Messages come from many sources and in many styles. With the Moon is Scorpio, these message could seem dark, soulful or even frightening. Emotional awareness is communicating with us. With Mercury in Aquarius, the messages might contain brilliant insight and abstract analysis. With the Moon making a square to Mercury in Aquarius, the friction may be between our feeling natures and our intellectual natures. This friction creates the possibility for fascinating and meaningful synthesis.

Moon enters Sagittarius 12:52 pm CST
February 18—Last Quarter Moon: Setting seed. The seeds of intention planted at the New Moon on January 27 now yield seeds of their own. What wisdom has been gained from this journey? This phase of the Moon is about evaluating what we’ve learned and how we’ve evolved. As we continue to adapt to crisis and change, the pace of incorporating new information and responding to it is accelerating. Our bodies cannot keep up with a constant state of arousal and alarm. At this turning point in the lunar cycle, what are we learning that will help us maintain equilibrium as we continue to resist tyranny and injustice? The questing nature of the Sagittarius Moon encourages the search for meaning. The Sun’s ingress into Pisces shifts the focus from the cerebral understandings of Aquarius to the felt sense that our emotional experiences are shared. It is possible to feel another’s pain and joy as our own. This enhanced sense of connection is heart-opening. From this open state, what do we know now about the love that transforms? This question, and our answers to it, will only deepen as the Moon wanes through the last week of the Aquarius lunar cycle.

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, February 19.
The Moon in fire sign Sagittarius sets off Venus and Mars in fire sign Aries. This Venus is a warrior for love. She may be a little coarse and lacking in grace, but she is fierce when it comes to the love that transforms. We’ve been experiencing this daring Venusian energy since early February when Venus entered Aries. Venus will spend more time here than usual since Venus will retrograde back through Aries on March 4. During this time, we develop a better relationship with this ally of resistance and rebellion. Because Venus usually governs our instinct to smooth over the rough edges and play nice, this Venus in Aries tells us that we need to develop new instincts. It may not be easy, but love can include authentic anger, especially if it is the anger that motivates us to lead more boldly with love. Think of Mars in Aries as an amplifier for this energy. The Moon also contacts Neptune in Pisces by square. Perhaps today’s fire will illuminate confusion and allow our hearts to feel more fully the complexity and wonder of life.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, February 20
Events today seem to lead to one shining moment. Mercury in Aquarius makes an encouraging sextile aspect to Uranus in Aries. This is the planetary influence of eureka moments. Find a way to anchor your insights and breakthroughs. The Moon in Sagittarius adds sparkle and zip. Fire and air signs have predominated this lunar cycle. There have been pluses and minuses with this energy. Notice how quickly information is traveling right now. Notice how easy it is to inflame passion and anger. Fires can illuminate, purify, and transform. They can also burn out, just like our bodies and our wills, if we do not tend them carefully. With appreciation for fire and air, use the positive aspects today between the Moon and Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn to assess and sustain your energy.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 23, 2017 – February 5

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
― James BaldwinThe Fire Next Time

What is the love we need now? James Baldwin was born in the season of Leo, fixed fire. He brought this fire into the discourse about race and sexual orientation. His brilliant book, The Fire Next Time, continues to inspire those who work to end racism. Baldwin’s notion of love was radical and transformative. I believe it is an instruction for living through our current challenges. The U.S. has not yet truly embraced the kind of love Baldwin wrote about. Perhaps now we may. Perhaps now we choose to try.

Leo plays the counterpoint role in the Aquarius lunar cycle that begins on January 27. Leo expression peaks on February 10 when the eclipsed Full Moon occurs in Leo. An eclipse is an opportunity sometimes chosen, sometimes forced on us, to re-pattern our stories. The light goes out and comes back. What new story about love and fire will come through this opening?

Baldwin speaks about masks. Aquarius represents the drive to be authentic and transparent. Our masks become intolerable and confining under the influence of Aquarius and especially under the influence of Uranus, the co-ruler of Aquarius. Uranus represents the desire to blast away falsehoods and blow apart façades. At its best, Uranus encourages love that is tough and true. The planets provide the energy and opportunity but it is up to each of us to choose the ways we will use that energy and move forward through this opportunity. Uranus is a perfect example. Uranus in Aries has provided the spark for the Tea Party’s revolution as well as the fierce commitment behind the Black Lives Matter movement. Astrology helps to clarify our choices. The Aquarius lunar cycle asks us to get clear about the “masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Love itself, even the fierce love of “questing and daring and growth” helps us know how to choose.

This is why my lunar intention for the Aquarius cycle will be “to lead with love.” The world is too complex and dangerous to use any other guidance. As the Aquarius lunar cycle incites further change in our world, love reminds me to respect—“to look again” at the person I am relegating to otherness. Aquarius as an air sign, can be quite open-minded, but as a fixed sign, can also be closed to contradictory points of view. Love that reveals and liberates reminds me to look again at my own fixed ideas. In a lunar cycle that promises to be very passionate and heady, due to a preponderance of fire and air influences, a commitment to leading with love is a counterbalance to the abstraction that creates distance and misunderstanding.

What kind of love encourages us to take off our masks? How might this love bridge the gulf that seems to separate us? How might the world change if we dared to love in this way? Aquarius is a daring sign. It is willing to push past previous boundaries. Other transits encourage this sense of daring this month. Mars enters Aries on January 28, followed by Venus’ entrance into Aries on February 3. For the first week of the new lunar cycle, Mercury in Capricorn will agitate the cardinal planets that are in tense relationship to each other: Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Libra. No one is happy with the status quo and ideas are flying. I suspect the intention to be led by love may help us communicate better. In the midst of the Mercury transits, Jupiter stations retrograde. This may feel like the brakes being applied to self-gratifying feelings of righteousness. If the thrust of Jupiter’s transit is about justice, we might need to turn our focus inward to see patterns of injustice in ourselves. Around the Full Moon, the Sun in Aquarius makes encouraging aspects to Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn. The Full Moon eclipse could bring breakthroughs that give hope and direction. These planets are in air and fire signs. Remember, even when things seem to be going your way, to lead with love brings in our hearts.

Forecast for January 23, 2017 – February 5

Moon in Sagittarius
January 23—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. A strong lineup of planets in Pisces reinforces the feeling of needing time to yourself as the Capricorn lunar cycle wanes into darkness. Mercury in Capricorn starts off the introspection by making a sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces. This connection encourages insight and self-reflection. Be gentle with yourself. The past weekend was a big one and as a good friend of mine reminded me, the next four years will be a marathon not a speed race. It is a good idea, today, to honor your emotions as much as your desire to better the world. The work we do in the Capricorn season to assess our lives and set intention will help us as we prepare for the next lunar cycle seeded by Aquarius’ desire to join with others to envision the seeds of possibility for the year ahead. The expansive Moon in Sagittarius might make it hard to listen to the need for quiet reflection today. Notice the push and pull in both directions.

Moon enters Capricorn 4:23 pm CST
Tuesday, January 24.
Don’t take the bait. Some are looking for a fight. The Moon in Sagittarius makes a square to Mars in Pisces today. Philosophies don’t jibe with our emotional experiences. We might want to fall into the trap of making everything about logic and forgetting the part about heart.

Moon in Capricorn
Wednesday, January 25.
The Moon returns to Capricorn at the end of the Capricorn lunar cycle. We come full circle to see our patterns around self-expectation. Yes, we want to keep working, but have you found a way to be easier on yourself during this lunar cycle? (It began way back in 2016 on December 29.) Venus in Pisces conjoins Chiron. We are meant to open our hearts and feel the world’s suffering during this transit. Empathy could be painful, but it also increases our capacity to connect. The Moon conjoins Mercury in Capricorn later in the day. Make a plan—a simple plan—to bring more compassion to the world. When we act together, it doesn’t take much effort.

Moon in Capricorn
Thursday, January 26.
It could feel like we’re making one missed connection after another today. Venus in Pisces makes a puzzling quincunx to Jupiter in Libra. These planets are in mutual reception (in each other’s signs) so we assume we are being understood by others on a deep, intuitive level. But we could very well be wrong about that. Something is obstructing the flow. Take time to check in on the important relationships and don’t take it personally if someone just doesn’t get you. Caution in communication could be a good strategy with the Moon setting off the tense t-square of Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter in Libra (both square to Pluto in Capricorn). This t-square eggs on the fight response and a desire to expose abusive power.


Moon enters Aquarius 2:36 am CST
January 27—New Moon: Seeding. The New Moon in Aquarius gives the opportunity to plant seeds of openness and authenticity. This fixed air sign is good at conceptualization, is willing to break rules and patterns, and is happy to tinker with social organizations to ensure the freedom of each individual in the group. The sign can be a little cold and clinical. But not always, sometimes it can be charmingly radical and hopeful. Fixed signs anchor a season. In this case, in the northern hemisphere, Aquarius anchors deep winter. The fertile darkness inspires vision and dreams for the unfolding year. In this soil of possibility, we can plant the dreams for a more just and awake world. Aquarius also desires authenticity and transparency. These qualities, combined with love, are a powerful force for transformation.

“To know love we have to tell the truth to ourselves and to others. Creating a false self to mask fears and insecurities, has become so common that many of us forget who we are and what we feel underneath the pretense.”
- bell hooks in All About Love.

We are too used to hearing and telling our own lies and it is obvious that we will be hearing many more of them during the Trump Presidency. The price of accepting these lies is too high. James Baldwin tells us that “love takes off the masks … [and is] quest and daring and growth.” Perhaps love is the revolutionary force that turns this world around. The tough love that insists on truth.

For the seeds of this Aquarian lunar cycle I offer this intention: “to lead with love.” I am envisioning the radical and transformative love that dares me to remove my masks and insists on telling myself the truth. Recently, Saturn in Sagittarius made an important square with Neptune in Pisces. This particular transit (waning square) only happens every 36 years and asked us to look at the stories and truths that govern our choices. Out of this period of time, we’ve ended up with a lying president and fake news. So, now it is time to turn that around. This year we are in another planetary cycle—the one between Saturn and Uranus. These planets, co-rulers of Aquarius, are trine one another. This flowing aspect encourages us to be smarter and braver about our truths. The act of removing our masks holds even more potential this year because of this transit.

 A defining feature of the New Moon chart is the exact square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Pisces. Sometimes, Venus represents women and this association surely resonates with the call to action that millions of women across the world are sending out. Venus in Pisces is breaking down the barriers. Saturn is challenging a tendency to blur too many lines. Women are learning about our common oppressions, at the same time needing to hear the truth of those who bear greater burdens. This aspect, though challenging, represents a will to work it out. Our relationships feel like the core of our work right now. How do we lead with love as we face uncomfortable truths?

Jupiter in Libra (the relationship sign) is stationing retrograde soon. In the chart, this Jupiter is in a t-square aspect with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect pattern continues to fuel revolt, demands for justice, and exposure of lies and secrets. Mercury approaches conjunction with Pluto (exact on January 29). Mercury should force a confrontation with power. The press will play a role in exposing lies. The people must demand it.

Notably, later on this day, Mars moves from Pisces to Aries. Action and anger are directed outward. What a perfect opportunity to remember that love is the transformer. Violence isn’t nearly as effective as the love that liberates.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, January 28
. Remember that a growing preponderance of air and fire influence can make us reactive and removed from our emotions. This will be an ongoing concern this lunar cycle. The Moon in airy Aquarius makes favorable contact with Uranus in Aries (fire), Jupiter in Libra (air), and Saturn in Sagittarius (fire). Try not to listen only to voices you agree with or speak only to those who agree with you. Broaden the signals. Remember love sends a strong signal too.

Moon enters Pisces 10:10 am CST
Sunday, January 29.
Ahh, the Moon moves into a water sign. Notice how this feels on your nervous system. What do you need for self-care? Mercury in Capricorn conjoins Pluto. Perhaps you notice the stress of all the lies. Mercury desires to speak truth but will have to fight against power to do so. Don’t cave to your own lies. If that seems like the only option, remember to hold yourself tenderly. Wonder about the power of love to unmask the lies.

Moon in Pisces
Monday, January 30.
Venus influence is strong this lunar cycle. At the New Moon, Venus made a square to Saturn, setting the tone of working hard on relationships. Soon Venus will move into Aries (February 3) and will take on an even more militant energy of assertion. This may be hard on relationship too. With a lunar intention to “lead with love,” we learn how to be on that tough quest for the love that unmasks. On March 4 Venus will station retrograde in Aries and station direct on April 15 at the same degree in Pisces it reaches today. Prelude to this journey begins today. Love is way more complex than the common ideas of harmony and pleasure. Perhaps we attain a more realistic vision of love during this cycle. The Moon contacts Neptune, Pluto, and Mercury today. That’s a lot going on. Monitor how much you interact with others if you are feeling overwhelmed by the emotional atmosphere around you.

Moon enters Aries 3:46 pm CST
January 31—Crescent Moon: Germinating. The seeds of possibility sown at the New Moon begin to germinate in this phase of the lunar cycle. All the action is still below the surface, however. Aquarius is a season of imminent change. We naturally feel this time of year as a quickening that leads to the rebirth of Spring. Things are brewing. When the Moon enters Aries, that sense of needing to act will really kick in. This is an excellent time to refer back to the intention you set for this lunar cycle. What is seeking expression? I have chosen the intention to be led by transformative love, the kind of love that demands I tell myself the truth. As Mercury in Capricorn makes a square to Uranus in Aries today, truth telling is high on the list of ways we want to instigate change in the world. At the same time as this agitating energy is happening, the Moon conjoins Mars in Aries. We could feel like we are ready to blast off. I recently attended a concert/community sing-a-long led by Melanie DeMore. In fact, one of her songs inspired this month’s intention. At this event she described herself as a weapon of mass connection. That is a just about perfect way to think of Mars in Aries moving us towards liberating love.

Moon in Aries
Wednesday, February 1.
February, the month of love, is here. If you’ve been following along, I am pursuing a lunar intention of being led by love, but not in the sweet, sickly way love is portrayed in Valentine’s Day cards. The love I seek to be led by is inspired by James Baldwin and bell hooks, two authors who write about the transformative power of love that removes masks and demands truth. The Moon in Aries is fiery and bold. You might want to step clear of the lies you tell yourself and the lies you hear from corrupt power and dare to love openly. Mercury’s sextile to Chiron in Pisces is a heart opener, especially in the realm of communication.

Moon enters Taurus 7:50 pm CST
Thursday, February 2.
Traditional Imbolc. Today is the traditional date of Imbolc, the cross-quarter holy day celebrating the quickening year and our intentions for that year. Tomorrow, the Sun reaches the midpoint of Aquarius, and that is celebrated as astronomical Imbolc. The meaning for both dates is the same. The association of this sabbath with the goddess Brigid invites us to ceklebrate poetry, art, and justice. Some Pagans honor the day by making pledges for the year. The square between Mercury in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra could create a desire to be very expansive in our pledges. The desire for justice and honorable power is strong. Before the Moon moves into stable Taurus this evening (central time zone), the Moon in Aries touches off a cascade of agitation by conjoining Uranus, squaring Mercury, and opposing Jupiter. Our souls sense this is not a year to be tame. How do you claim your wildness?

Moon in Taurus
February 3—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. Astronomical Imbolc.  See yesterday’s entry for more information about astronomical Imbolc. The midpoint of Aquarius anchors air as one of the elements of life. (Aquarius is the fixed air sign.) What qualities of air do you value? Which qualities do you need? Which are problematic? Air represents our ability to see clearly, to voice our truth, and to envision new possibilities. At this phase of the Moon, new Moon seeds are sprouting asking us to tend to our intentional gardens. How can air be an ally for your lunar intention? My intention is to be led by love to tell the truth of myself and to hear the truth of others. Air brings clarity. May you feel that clarity too. Venus enters Aries today. Venus spends an extra long time in Aries due to an upcoming retrograde journey through the sign (also moving back into Pisces for a while.) The kind of love that Venus values is courageous and a bit reckless. Under this influence we may be tempted to burn away the lies that keep us from truly loving each other. The caution is to temper the flame with compassion. Taurus Moon values solid grounding. That helps too.

Moon enters Gemini 10:44 pm CST
Saturday, February 4.
Most of this day gives solid relief to all the air and fire influences recently. The Moon trines both Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn. We’ve been pushing through the lies and fighting for love. Today, perhaps we hear a truth we can trust. Notice how this feels in your body. This is important information.

Moon in Gemini
Sunday, February 5.
The jumpy, jittery Gemini Moon may very well put us over the edge if we aren’t careful. This energy is great for social connectivity, discovery, and learning. It is hard on the nervous system if we are already taking in too much information. The Moon makes a very energetic contact with Mars in Aries and that doesn’t much help us settle. Later, the Moon makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. The oceanic feelings of Neptune may be more than we can handle. It is OK to go against the grain and spend quiet time alone, if you can.


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