Friday, June 15, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 14, 2018- June 19


Moon enters Cancer 2:20am CDT
Thursday, June 14.
Today’s transit of Venus in Leo square to Uranus in Taurus comes on the heels of the results of San Francisco’s mayoral election. London Breed has been elected as that city’s first African-American woman mayor. This is not the first time that women of color have pushed us forward collectively. This contact between Venus and Uranus reminds us that change is necessary and that it will come from radical places. Venus in Leo demands the stage to bring this change. Uranus is calling us to bring our whole, creative selves to the cause of change. Squares bring conflict. Perhaps you are noticing the tension between authenticity and self-expression. Perhaps you are longing to make a personal difference and wondering how. The Moon in Cancer reminds us that home, family, ancestor support are important foundations for reform and change. Foundational support is essential as the Moon opposes Saturn in Capricorn today. Venus in Leo asks us to have fun while doing good work. What will you do with this encouragement?

Moon in Cancer
Friday, June 15.
Hearts can be wide open today. The Moon in Cancer makes a grand water trine pattern with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. We can feel what others are feeling and under the Moon’s influence want to do something about it. Perhaps it is a good day for those in the U.S. to call their representatives to protest the treatment of children taken from their parents at our borders. The Moon in Cancer reminds us we are responsible for all children and no child should be treated in this manner. The opposition between Mercury in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn gives our thoughts and communication weight. We feel the obligation to speak out. As Venus in Leo trines Chiron in Aires, we are moved to action on behalf of others. Sometimes we can’t lift the pain in our hearts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reach out a hand to others.

Moon enters Leo 2:21 am CDT
June 16—Crescent Moon: Germinating.
Look to the west at sunset tonight and hope for a clear sky. The crescent Moon in Leo dances with Venus (in Leo too). This is perhaps the most beautiful phase of the Moon and it is always a delight when Venus joins in. Leo is a sparkly sign. It reminds us that we all have inner gifts that can translate as outer light if we let it or want it. Some of us have no problem turning on this light. Some of us have another relationship to it. We might call it introversion, shyness, or sadly, shame. We might be comfortable with a more personal, intimate shine. How much we sparkle is not important. However, we can take this moment to remember that each of us has this gift of life force and it is made to be passed along. The Sun, ruler of Leo, teaches this. It shines on all of us. It gives. The gift becomes life. Life is the gift that cannot be owned. It is free.

Free and wild. To honor this phase of the Moon, let’s tap into the relationship between the gift that is only shared and inner wildness. The wild can’t be owned either. No matter how much they try. This lunar cycle, my intention is to seek peace of mind, to notice thoughts coming and going, to be more like the dandelion seed—a wild gift of serendipity. My own thoughts entrap me when I hold them, try to own them, try to make them fit into ideologies. I am not against rigor of mind. That can be a beautiful, wild gift too. I am content to know the difference in my body between a thought that entraps and a thought that frees. We know this.

The ruler of our thoughts, Mercury (now in Cancer), makes a paradoxical quincunx to Mars in Aquarius, while the Moon in Leo opposes Mars. Can you tell the difference between an argument based on ideological concepts and one that comes from the heart? Leo represents the heart. Cancer opens the heart. The heart of the matter may not be found in thoughts alone (Aquarius). In right relationship, thought can support our hearts, and our hearts can be true to our thoughts. What leads you to this balance?

Moon in Leo
Sunday, June 17.
The Leo Moon colors the day with fire and sparkles. This influence might feel light-hearted (childlike and creative) or might be noble-hearted (courageous and loyal). Leo is about the big heart. This Leo fire is breaking free and we can break free too. I am thinking of a three-part song by Laurence Cole that honors fire and calls up Leo big-heartedness. http://www.laurencecole.com/album/this-fire/

This fire is the power of love and forgiveness
This fire is the power of kindness and gratitude

Burning away everything
That stands in the way of love

This fire brings purification
This fire is healing the nations
This fire, this fire, is Love!

Feel this expansion and possibility today. Act as if it is always true.

Moon enters Virgo 3:40 am CDT
Monday, June 18.
Each of the water signs brings us a different experience of this element. Cancer’s water is the tidal pool—the rhythmic flow of water that generates life. Scorpio’s water is the torrent that transforms and then sinks into the deepest places. Pisces water is the universal solvent where we lose form and merge in the vast ocean of being. Over the next few days, we are saturated with all these ways of water. Today, Neptune in Pisces stations retrograde. Under a station, a planet’s influence intensifies. Neptune is dissolving the barriers that separate us. What rushes in when that division is erased? Neptune is a tricky god, both offering ecstasy and illusion. Feelings of grief emerge from communal wounds. We fall into addictions when we lose ourselves. What are you noticing? The Moon in Virgo grounds us in pragmatic approaches to emotional experiences. Such opportunities help us build capacity for feeling and being. Be gentle.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, June 19.
The skillful blend of water and fire is the magic of the alchemist. How do we blend the intuition of water with the instinct of fire? How does fire not evaporate the water or the water put out the flame? How does the intermingling of emotion and action not cascade into reckless impulsivity? Fiery influence is provided by Venus in Leo conjoining the North Node of the Moon. It feels like we are being given the green light for dramatic action. This could be true, but Saturn in Capricorn tells us to pause and consider the implications and impact of those actions. But, if fire doesn’t get us moving, water may inundate through floods of emotion. Mercury in cardinal water, Cancer, makes a trine to Jupiter in fixed water, Scorpio. In fact, there is a grand water trine involving Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune in play over the next two days. Fluid forces are moving us along. Either by fire or water, we are being transformed. The careful pragmatism of the Moon in Virgo may provide the skill we need to temper our actions and reactions. The Virgo alchemist is skillful at making careful adjustments. Navigating this balance, we open to elemental powers.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. To read about the beginning of this lunar cycle visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.html

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Follow the Moon: June 13, 2018 New Moon in Gemini


Moon in Gemini
June 13—New Moon: Seeding.
Our minds are tricky. They are capable of great feats of creativity and insight. Some say that reality itself comes straight from our thinking minds—what we believe becomes what is. Our minds are tricky, they reveal great truths and tell us great lies. They help us find our way and are the cause of becoming lost. Gods of the mind are always tricksters. Tricksters are creators. They gift us with innovations and help us know ourselves. Tricksters can be tormentors, delighting in causing mischief and confusion. What is your relationship to mind? This lunar cycle seeded in the mutable air sign, Gemini, is a good opportunity to reflect on the ways of our minds.

Gemini is the pollination season. Thoughts fly like dandelion seeds. This is the moment to release control over where the seeds will go. The dandelion seed is wild. It goes where the wind takes it. Under this influence, will we lighten our minds to meet in ourselves this image of rewilding? Can we be curious enough to wonder where our mind seeds will land next? Curiosity and release of control are good ingredients for the work of this lunar cycle.

My mind has been troubled recently. I’ve noticed obsessive patterns of thought and heaviness about life in general. Have you? Astrological influences have included pressure from Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn. A trine between Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio has brought heart heaviness and deeper sensitivity. The square between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus has added uncertainty and anxiety to the mix.


These influences aren’t minor. Mind has created traps and doorways through this intensity. I am wondering how to navigate. Is it possible to practice a mind-full-ness that helps me re-center after periods of intensity and depression? This is the question that plants the seeds I will tend this lunar cycle. I seek to cultivate peace of mind this lunar cycle. This isn’t a peace that ignores or seeks to control where my mind goes. I want to be led by the dandelion and the spirit of Gemini to include wildness, wonder and curiosity in my search.

This lunar cycle will see lots of change astrologically. On June 13, the day of the New Moon, Venus enters Leo until July 9. Venus is as busy as a drag queen at Pride while in Leo this month. Venus supports passionate self-expression as they (I use gender neutral pronouns for the planets) make dynamic contact with Uranus in Taurus and Mars in Aquarius during this lunar cycle. This Venus influence creates sparkle and snap as we meet head on the changes that are in store while Uranus is in Taurus for the next seven years. They will be making a stretching quincunx to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. This Venus questions authority and confronts toxic power with panache. Right before the Full Moon, Venus will square Jupiter in Scorpio while making another stressful quincunx to Neptune in Pisces. Our emotions will resurface this lunar cycle and this Venus reminds us to combine fierceness and vulnerability to be truly transformative.

Emotion impacts our minds this cycle. A trine between Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio, which perfected during the last lunar cycle, remains strong this lunation. These two planets have saturated us with memory and sensitivity. Collective feelings of sorrow and grief have swept over us. Both Neptune and Jupiter station and change directions this month. Their influence strengthens, especially when this trine becomes a grand water trine with the Sun in Cancer on July 5 and 6.

Mars in Aquarius stations retrograde on June 26. Mars takes a retrograde journey every two years. During this hero’s journey, Mars will conjoin the south node of the Moon twice more, the first time was on June 8. Mars gathers karmic experiences related to Aquarius–memories of isolation, exclusion, and conformity may surface. More importantly, Mars will square Uranus in Taurus two more times. The first time was on May 16 after Uranus entered Taurus. The next two times will be August 1 and September 18. This aspect will begin to influence the fall elections in the U.S. Change is on the way but it may take a fight. Violence may be part of what is to come. This influence is even more of a reason to cultivate peace of mind this lunar cycle. We may tap into the water trines involving Jupiter and Neptune to recall that we are more than our ideologies. We are soul and we are hearts interconnected.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker.

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Follow the Moon: June 6, 2018 - June 12


Moon in Pisces
June 6—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding.
Where is your attention? Our minds are a bit like dandelion seeds floating in the wind. Attention goes with the flow, is blown by whatever wind encounters it, and can be easily distracted. Dandelion seeds are constructed in such a way as to make the most of wind’s power to shift direction and travel far. Perhaps our minds are designed to do the same thing. Evolutionarily, we are designed to adapt and learn, explore and understand, encounter and transform. This is mutable energy. The Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Pisces capture the mutable quality of mind as this lunar cycle enters its last week. The modes of astrology—cardinal, fixed, and mutable—represent the stages of mind. Cardinal signs are focused on outcome and setting intention. Fixed signs offer steadiness. The mutables are sensitive to outer influences, pondering the question, Do I need to adapt? This lunar cycle began on May 15 in the fixed earth sign, Taurus. These seeds offered steadiness. Perhaps you set intention at that time, desiring to make some kind of permanent or lasting change. But the Sun moved on. The season of mutable air, Gemini, added its flavor to the lunar cycle. Change is the only constant. What is left of your New Moon intentions?

The last quarter phase is the time of reconsidering what it was we wanted to plant in the New Moon soil. Did that desire flower and blossom? Did it produce the fruit you expected? Did something else happen? How do you feel about it? What did you learn? The experiences of the last three weeks become new seeds for the future. We’ve gained wisdom. Mutable air and water influences today are mutating our desires. Something else needs to be paid attention to and added to the wisdoms we are cultivating. Air and water create an interesting brew. Mind and heart are often segmented from each other. Today, we wonder why. What outer influences tell us that mind and heart don’t mix? A powerful square between Mercury and the Sun in Gemini and Neptune and the Moon in Pisces is asking us to mix the unmixable. Water seeps into airy detachment, soaking through ways we might want to avoid feelings of vulnerability. Bubbles aerate sodden states of emotional lethargy when we apply curiosity to emotional states. Small acts of changing habit are powerful today.

Be fluid. Be curious. Connect with your heart. Seek the mind that creates choices and relationship.

Moon enters Aries
Thursday, June 7.
Yesterday’s prime directive was to let go. The feeling that we are small boats adrift on a vast sea continues into the beginning of today too (U.S. time zones). These moments can be unsettling but can also be a gift. If possible, start gently. Honor sensitivity. The square between the Sun in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces does not offer a lot of security. It is more about expanding and opening. I’ve been following mycelium this lunar cycle, noticing their magical connections that are open to sending and receiving. We are connected in this way too. Midday, the Moon moves into Aries, which could feel like waking up from a strange dream. Before you rush out of your metaphorical bed, take a moment to remember the dream messages. They will inform the places you rush off to next.

Moon in Aries
Friday, June 8.
Watch out for sideways communication today. That means, we are prone to saying what we really think but in indirect ways, and that could cause trouble. The quincunx aspect between Mercury in Gemini and Pluto in Capricorn pulls the truth out of us even when we don’t intend it. The Moon in Aries adds to impulsivity, making us even more likely to blurt before we think. The best way to handle the truth that must be told is to be aware of undercurrents of power dynamics. What resentments are you harboring? Truth telling can be transformative, even healing. It works both ways, pay attention to what you need to say and what you are being told.

Moon enters Taurus 11:04 pm CDT
Saturday, June 9.
Another Aries Moon day brings a desire to act and a tendency to react quickly. The Moon contacts the ongoing opposition between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. Although this opposition is waning in influence, the Moon re-ignites the challenges facing our relationships. Perhaps we feel that unbalanced power dynamics have gone on for too long. Perhaps we are fed up with the traditional roles assigned to women. Perhaps we realize that unexamined gender roles are harming us all. These influences could fuel the fighter in us and a desire to expose toxicity.

Moon in Taurus
June 10—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
The Moon returns to Taurus for the second time in this lunar cycle. The New Moon on May 15 was seeded in this fixed earth sign. Now at the end of this cycle, we compost our hopes, dreams, and experiences. Rich humus is being created and will be needed. At the New Moon, Uranus, the planet of awakening, entered Taurus, where it will foment revolution for the next seven years. The Earth is speaking to us, quite literally through earthquakes, volcanoes, and strange weather patterns. Our bodies and our values belong to the realm of earth wisdom too. This lunar cycle initiates opportunity to reevaluate how we exist with Earth, body, and values.
I chose for my lunar intention this month to listen to the Earth through building relationship with mycelium, the underground network of fungal connection that feeds and transforms life. The mycelium are part of the growing, regenerating web of life and they are part of the dying, composting web of death. Mycelium midwife the exchange between life and death. In this phase of the Moon, we remember that there is no separation. Life and death are intimately entwined.

The Moon conjoins Uranus in Taurus, makes a square to Mars in Aquarius, and opposes Jupiter in Scorpio during the course of this day. Each fixed sign is a guardian. These guardians are strongly protective and we might feel that way too. Perhaps this urge feels like trying to maintain control or as strong attachment to objects or ideas. We get to notice the dynamic tension between the desire for stability and knowing that change is the only constant. So, we might feel uncomfortable, but within the experiences of this lunar cycle each of us was given a new insight, a new tool, or seed to help us with this paradox. What were you given?

Moon in Taurus
Monday, June 11.
Contrasts illuminate what is important to us. That nagging doubt that things are not the way they should be, needs to be listened to. Trust that it is better to know than to keep our heads buried. The Sun in Gemini encourages illuminating and learning. Pluto in Capricorn holds the secrets we don’t want to see, but it can also offer the power to transform the things we do see. There isn’t a lot of energy to act right now. The Moon is old and in slow moving Taurus. We are more likely to take in information now to act upon later.  

Moon enters Gemini 1:53 am CDT
Tuesday, June 12.
Tomorrow, the New Moon in Gemini starts a whole new round of dreaming, acting, and learning under the influence of this mutable air sign. Before that breath of fresh air moves us to new adventures, we might feel out of place, listless, or ungrounded. Let go, let go, let go. Don’t let these possible feelings drive you into a frantic state. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, moves into Cancer. We feel protective of our mental states. Homey activities support us. Find your center, this is a good place to begin at the New Moon tomorrow.


About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. Read about the beginning of this lunar cycle here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/05/following-moon-new-moon-may-15-2018.html

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.