Thursday, February 15, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 15 - March 16, 2018


There is nothing like the end of winter in Minnesota. I’m not from here. My roots are from Texas, but I’ve lived in Minnesota for nearly 40 years, so I know a thing about it—how the end of a long winter here contrasts to a “normal” end of winter in warmer places. Here, it is extreme. And profound. Yesterday, there were puddles in the street and it felt like a miracle had taken place. We’ve been long frozen. But this is not just about where I live. Many of us, from all over, have felt long frozen too. Life has been working us under the surface. I believe we can thank Jupiter in Scorpio (since October 2017) for that. Intense, extreme, profound transformation is brewing below the frozen surface. That surface could be understood as the overculture, systems of oppression, or unmoving forces that have kept us stuck. If that rings true for you, then this lunar cycle, which begins on February 15, is the beginning of a thaw. It could feel like a miracle.

This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse taking place on the threshold between Aquarius (fixed air) and Pisces (mutable water). That is to say the Moon and Sun come together in Aquarius but the Sun flows into Pisces just a few days later. The threshold between these signs reflects the thawing of concept into connection. We need Aquarius to feed the vision for what is possible. This fixed air sign imagines new worlds. We need these thinkers. But thought without empathy becomes disconnected abstraction. As Pisces follows, we learn to melt into empathy. To everything there is a season. If we stayed in the mind, visions become frozen and detached from our living reality. Pisces is here to thaw that process, to remind us that we can’t stay frozen. We need to thaw and let go of attachment to give birth to change.

The Solar Eclipse adds to the need to remain fluid and adaptable as we navigate thresholds between form and fluidity. This eclipse is the mirror for the Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017, which was visible across the U.S. That eclipse activated late degrees of Leo, this eclipse activates late degrees in the opposite sign, Aquarius. I continue to watch how these eclipses will bring change to Trump’s fortunes since both eclipses are on his Ascendant/Descendant axis. There is a lot of uncertainty for him around selfhood and partnership. Eclipses can set us upon new pathways. Old pathways are suddenly dimmed, we can find ourselves on new trajectories. This isn’t a lunar cycle to try and hold on. It is time to melt.

As we melt, we find ourselves flowing, merging, dissolving barriers, and opening to the next iteration of journey and change. But before we cross that threshold, let’s wait here between the worlds of Aquarius and Pisces. Let’s dream into our wildest imaginings. Let’s promise to be the change we want to see. And then prepare ourselves to surrender to what those visions and promises will bring.    

On a personal note. I will be traveling and teaching for much of this lunar cycle. I am going into uncharted territory myself, following my vision and purpose. I am excited to find what comes next in my work. The form of this forecast will dissolve for this lunar cycle, to be reborn in the next lunar cycle occurring between the thresholds of Pisces and Aries. Look for my lunar forecast to return when the Moon is waxing into fullness after March 17. What follows is an abbreviated look at the highlights of the coming lunation.

Moon enters Pisces 8:41 pm CST
February 15—New Moon: Seeding. Solar Eclipse. Seeds are planted in the fertile uncertainty of a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius. Time to envision new worlds. Dare to break the mold. Jupiter in Scorpio widely squares the Sun and Moon. We can’t rest in our logical minds. Water—bringing with it memories of the past and a reanimation of passion—is seeping through our conceptual walls. True change brings soulful transformation with it. Mars in Sagittarius is making a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces (exact on February 17), influencing the journey to meaning and truth. Sometimes we have to take the meandering path to find the truth we seek. Water again is teaching us to flow more and grab less. Compassion and empathy are better ways to learn. If we are stuck on being right, Neptune creates a fog of self-doubt and confusion. When you feel those things, find ways to shift out of right/wrong thinking. Who says we are supposed to know where we are going?

Moon enters Aries 6:04 am CST
Sunday, February 18. Sun enters Pisces. Yesterday, Mars in Sagittarius made a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces reminding us to flow more and be certain less. Today, the Sun enters Pisces. That is a theme. Flow with emotion and shifting states of being. Sometimes we are right there, with the right amount of resilience and attention to be with others in empathy, and at other times we’ve reached the bottom of the barrel, there aren’t any more spoons to give. That is when you take care of yourself. Mars can help us monitor our energy. What feels enlivening? What regenerates compassion?

Moon in Aries
February 19—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Contrasts between water and fire create the friction that provokes change this lunation. Today’s Sun in Pisces (mutable water) creates a challenging contrast to the Moon in Aries (cardinal fire). This friction helps us crack open into this phase of the lunar cycle. Now, we begin to create new patterns from our intentions. Under Aries influence, we can’t rest. In spite of ourselves we leap into new situations, even when we may not have enough energy to follow through till the end. The question becomes, How do you judge yourself when you stop putting energy into a beloved cause or commitment? How do you move forward with integrity while at the same time honoring your need to shift your focus? How do you handle imperfection? What is this self-judgment telling you about isolation and self-worth? Perhaps the biggest change we can embrace now is to have a different story about self-expectation. When we dare to be authentic, which includes imperfection, we find deeper connection.

Moon in Taurus
Wednesday, February 21.
Venus conjoins Neptune in Pisces. Hearts have a tendency to be wide open under this influence. This can feel both wonderful and painful. We don’t necessarily get to choose what we open to. This lunation was seeded on the threshold between Aquarius and Pisces, giving us an opportunity to thaw our conceptualizations about things and flow into how our visions connect with and impact others on the emotional level. Boundaries are very porous right now. Careful communication can help us connect authentically and respectfully. But we need to open. Embrace the melting. An encouraging sextile aspect between Mercury in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn helps us with communicating what is in our heart in an effective and realistic way.

Moon in Gemini
February 23—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. To emerge from underground, we must risk failure. Be ready to experience failure as this lunar cycle reaches a turning point. The Moon in Gemini is trying all kinds of new things. Its influence is a bit scattered but also delightfully insouciant. Failure is part of change. Keep trying. Be experimental. The Moon is shaking up the strong Pisces influence upon this lunar cycle. We may have thought that empathy and connection meant something entirely different than what we are experiencing right now. What surprises you? If we remain, nimble, adaptable and delighted, we will find new ways to be together that can include our flaws. There is a possibility of being over-stimulated today. Find the quiet moments and spaces to reduce distractions.

Moon in Cancer
Sunday, February 25.
Look for insight about the past, about what you need for healing, about how to remain fluid and connected to yourself and others. Mercury conjoins Neptune in Pisces. This influence could bring poetic revelations and mystical messages. The key is finding the right enviroment to support this newfound openess. Take care of your heart even as you risk feeling more. The Moon in Cancer boosts these watery emotions. Cancer is also about the hearth that can support openess and the vulnerability that comes with it. You may find yourself wanting to pay attention to family of blood and of choice. How do we support each other? How do we trust in mystery? An agitating but not negative influence comes from the square between Venus in Pisces and Mars in Sagittarius. Look for contrast and welcome the way it can help us trust each other more. Mars will protect the freedom to explore and believe something different. This can be a helpful contrast to all the Piscean influence that encourages non-differentiation. We pulse back and forth like a breathing being.

Moon enters Leo 10:42 pm CST
February 26—Gibbous Moon: Budding. The influence of yesterday’s peak transits influence the adjustments we are making in our lunar intentions. It is my belief that each lunar cycle is about growing something new, even when we do not consciously choose it. So what is preparing to blossom in you right now? Likely, you’ve had some pretty big revelations recently. Be tender with yourself. This thawing can release memories and even trauma. Even if those things don’t happen, being softer could be a whole new experience for you. How can you support your heart to remain soft? The Moon in Cancer contacts Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries to create some agitation. The source of conflict could be around power and/or how to create change. We keep taking care of ourselves and each other, even through the bumps.

Moon in Virgo
March 1—Full Moon: Blossoming. If this lunar cycle was about thawing rigid mental structures so we could merge into interconnection, then we are feeling really squishy right now. And maybe a little foggy. There are metaphorical puddles everywhere. The Virgo Moon is here to help us reestablish order and perspective on what we have experienced thus far. Thank goodness we can figure out how to make our revelations and connections more sustainable and pragmatic. That is a good thing. Really. And it still won’t be easy. The Sun conjoins Neptune in Pisces and just for good measure Venus and Mercury conjoined in Pisces are square to Mars in Sagittarius. Lots of confusion in relationship and communication could spark anger. So, let’s remember why we want to soften, while at the same time honoring that a little structure could be supportive of that intention. A Full Moon is a culmination. It can be a breakthrough too. How will this breakthrough help us as we move forward? Why do we need softer heart connections? What are we being called to do?


Moon in Libra
Sunday, March 4.
This is another peak day of the lunar cycle. The Sun conjoins Neptune in Pisces and Mercury, Venus, and Chiron make a triple conjunction in Pisces as well. There is so much Pisces influence that, no doubt, we ARE reading each others’ minds. People who can pick up on what others are feeling need to do a lot of self-care to maintain their own well being. To be a healer, we need to receive healing. To be empathic, we need good boundaries. Good boundaries are always under construction. It isn’t as if there is a blueprint, we put them up and then we get to move on with our lives. That kind of boundary is more like a prison anyway. Look at boundaries today. Notice what is working and what isn’t. Be willing to negotiate. The Libra Moon is all about that.

Moon enters Scorpio 7:23 am CST
March 5—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. What are we learning about thawing and softening? What are we learning about boundaries and healing? What are we learning about care for our past traumas? What are we learning about interconnection? Under this phase of the Moon we are able to compile the lessons learned and begin to wonder about which ones are the most valuable. Tomorrow, energy shifts quite a bit when Mercury and Venus both leave Pisces to enter Aries. Thawing leads to new grow. The ground is prepared for new life. Ready to leap?

Moon in Sagittarius
Thursday, March 8.
Jupiter in Scorpio stations retrograde. We’ve only experienced the first act of Jupiter’s travels through this transformative sign. The first act included #metoo. The first act included more willingness to look below the surface and call out abuse and toxicity. The first act cleared the way for the second act: Jupiter moving back over the same ground, deepening and cleansing what didn’t get done the first time. Jupiter remains retrograde till July 9. Go deeper and be healed.

Moon in Sagittarius
March 9—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. Yesterday’s station of Jupiter in Scorpio influences where we go next in this lunar cycle. We aren’t meant to be satisfied with surface changes in ourselves or the world. We are ready to dig deeper into dissatisfaction and desire for a more alive and passionate existence. These new seeds, the ones created by this lunar cycle, now fall on softened ground. We are ready.

Moon in Aquarius
March 13—Balsamic Moon: Composting. Perhaps we learned how to let go a little bit better this lunar cycle, which was so heavily influenced by the Pisces experience. As the Moon wanes, we may return to the desire for solitude and restoration. The Moon in Aquarius reminds us of the mental dams we’ve burst through this lunar cycle. There is a temptation to return to mental process alone to find our answers. How do we merge the mind with the heart? That may be the real lesson of this cycle.


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, February 7, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 7, 2018 – February 14

 Forecast for February 7, 2018 – February 14

Moon in Scorpio
February 7—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. This is the time in the lunar cycle when we have the opportunity to say, “Wait a minute, let’s back up.” Forward momentum stalls while we reflect on where we’ve ended up and where we wanted to go when the seeds of this lunar cycle were planted on January 16. The Moon in Scorpio encourages seeing what we might not find attractive about ourselves or others. We can access a brutal honesty, maybe even too brutal, as we reflect on this lunar cycle. New Moons carry hope within them. Every single one seems to offer a new slate, a chance to reset a pattern, invoke a new reality, or evolve into wisdom. Then reality hits. What may have actually happened wasn’t as great as what we thought could happen. But reality is not the enemy. It is the teacher. I want to learn a new way to reflect on myself. I want to be able to look honestly at my imperfection and still find myself worthy. I don’t want to conflate any failures I may have experienced in this lunar cycle with being a failure myself. There is a difference.

This has been a strange hybrid lunation. The seeds were planted on the threshold between Capricorn and Aquarius. These neighboring signs share a common ruler—Saturn—but don’t share much else. Earth sign Capricorn is focused on foundations, the past, the lineages that brought us here and support us. Aquarius is eager for the future and dispassionate about where we’ve been. It is all about the growing edge. Aquarius can become too detached, heady, ungrounded when it doesn’t listen to the Capricorn side of things. Capricorn can get stuck in fundamentals, the way things are supposed to be and have always been, when it doesn’t listen to the Aquarius side of things. Capricorn reminds us there is work to do. Aquarius reminds us the work can lead to change. Even though we are imperfect.

The Scorpio Moon contacts Pluto in Capricorn in a positive way. Seeing ourselves honestly carries power and perhaps transformation. When the Moon contacts Jupiter in Scorpio today, we may feel optimistic about what we are learning or we might let disappointment over-inflate. The Sun in Aquarius helps us find a dispassionate place within ourselves to notice and learn.

Moon enters Sagittarius 7: 53 am CST
Thursday, February 8.
Perhaps you feel a sigh of relief as the self-scrutinizing eye of the Scorpio Moon shifts to the far-seeing vision of Sagittarius. The last couple of days have felt squirmy. The Moon stimulates Mars in Sagittarius to hit the road, either literally or metaphorically. We have new places to explore and new meaning to construct. Venus in Aquarius reaches the degree where the upcoming Solar Eclipse (February 15) will occur. This could be the trigger for what this eclipse will bring to you. If 27 Aquarius holds a special place in your natal chart, you could be feeling big change right now. All of us could be, really. I will write about the eclipse on the New Moon, but begin to notice the ways you are ready to let go of outworn ideas. We are shaping change.

Moon in Sagittarius
Friday, February 9.
Mutable signs are influencing the moment. These means we are tuning into the field around us. Information is coming fast and furious. The practice is to open and ground at the same time. The Moon in mutable fire sign Sagittarius is eager to explore the question Why? Fire also asks Who am I? What is my purpose? These questions are important. The Moon also contacts Neptune in mutable water sign Pisces. Under this influence we open to emotion. This could be awareness of pain and trauma, but also the way we feel when we are truly connected. Of course, that kind of transcendence can be scary too. What feels grounding to you as you dare to open?

Moon enter Capricorn 8:21 pm CST
Saturday, February 10.
Venus completes their journey through Aquarius today to enter into Pisces. In the next lunar cycle, we will be paying attention to the threshold between these signs. We seek to expand the way we connect. Aquarian Venus connections are diverse and enriching. Piscean Venus connections are ecstatic and vulnerable. All expressions of Love are welcome. Perhaps we are feeling expansive under this Venus influence and the influence of the Sun in Aquarius making a square to Jupiter in Scorpio. Squares present challenges. Jupiter’s role in Scorpio is to challenge the ways we look beneath the surface at our motivations, needs, and desires. Under Aquarius, we may long for detachment from the reality of these feelings. There is probably a good balance point between these urges. Where is that for you?  

Moon in Capricorn
February 11—Balsamic Moon: Composting. Perhaps you’ve lost track of the grounding influence that Capricorn offered at the beginning of this lunar cycle (January 16). Perhaps you thought you were done with listening to the wisdom of your ancestors and elders. Perhaps you thought you had already covered all your bases and were ready to dive into a diverse array of projects, plans, and adventures. The Moon returns to Capricorn and makes a conjunction with Capricorn’s ruler (Saturn) today to remind us that we are never done with this work. And we shouldn’t be. Remembering the wisdom that makes our lives possible helps us find our proper place in relationship to diverse cultures and lineages. As a white person, I learn that my people did not invent everything, we aren’t the center of everything, and that we are obligated to acknowledge and honor the wisdoms cultivated by non-white people. Capricorn reminds us that nothing is free. Debts need to be paid. Value is created by integrity and hard work. As this lunar cycle comes to a close, it is good to think of our obligations and relationships to lineage and seek our place of integrity. As we turn our experiences of this work into compost, what richness is created for future generations?

Moon in Capricorn
Monday, February 12.
The feeling that change needs to happen from the top down and the bottom up is strong. It’s becoming more and more apparent that current systems and structures are not working. There is a temptation to tear down without having a vision for what we want in their place. Today could be a good opportunity to reflect on the world we want to create, remembering that our histories come with us. What in our histories give wisdom to the changes we want to cultivate? The Moon contacts Pluto in Capricorn to help us see below the surface, and later contacts Uranus in Aries to challenge us to envision a new way.

Moon enters Aquarius 9:11am CST
Tuesday, February 13. In two days a new lunar cycle begins. It will also be a solar eclipse. When the Moon enters Aquarius today, we begin to feel anticipation for our next beginning. Expect mental activity to be strong. The Sun in Aquarius makes an encouraging aspect to Uranus in Aries. This contact bolsters a feeling that change is possible and desirable. We also may feel empowered to take a stand against prevailing opinions. Sometimes it is important to be true to ourselves. This can feel lonely but doesn’t have to be isolating. Trust is built upon honesty. As Mercury in Aquarius makes a square to Jupiter in Scorpio, the issue of trust could be a real game changer. Who do you trust? How does a trustworthy person behave? What difficult conversations may you need to have to establish trust?

Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday, February 14.
Because my own Moon is in Aquarius, I feel I have had to develop ways to ground mental energy. Sometimes this energy feels like anxiety. Sometimes it feels like too many irons in the fire. Sometimes it feels like a burning vision that must be expressed. Even though this is the last day of a lunar cycle and that tends to tone down the energy, today’s Aquarius Moon influence could very well be felt as amping up rather than letting go. Notice what your body needs for integration of mental activity. Notice how this energy impacts your emotions. We do not have to attach ourselves to any of this. Simply try to notice and release. Ideas can compost too. They will be reborn when the time is right.


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 go here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/01/follow-moon-new-moon-january-16-2018.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.



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Follow the Moon: February 1, 2018 - February 6

Forecast for February 1, 2018 – February 6

Moon enters Virgo 1:13 pm CST
Thursday, February 1.
The threshold between fire and earth is crossed today. It is a small thing when the Moon changes signs. It happens every 2 and a half days, but if we pay attention, we notice that every time that happens, we cross a threshold. Our bodies are experiencing fluid change. In the U.S. time zones, the morning is about fire. We are still feeling the vestiges of yesterday’s Full Moon in Leo. This is big energy about identity and self worth. Leo infuses the Self with life force energy. Perhaps you are feeling a little overwhelmed or burnt out. The threshold to earthy Virgo could feel like a downer or a needed respite from so much energy. What are you noticing? This is the pulsation of the zodiac fire always leads to earth. Expansion always lands back on the ground where we ask ourselves, how do we make this sustainable? What do we need to attend to in our physical lives?

Moon in Virgo
Friday, February 2.
Traditional Imbolc.  Brigid, the Goddess associated with this Celtic holy day, holds the power of inspiration, poetry, smithcrafting, and healing. At Imbolc, we offer Her our promises and intentions for the year. She blesses our beginnings. The Virgo Moon supports intentions that center on healing, service, and devotion. Early in the day an opposition between the Moon and Neptune in Pisces helps us tap into empathy if we are willing to let go of perfection. Imagine the yes/and approach to the seeming polarity of pragmatism vs. mysticism. Merging these qualities helps us set intention that serves the greater good. Let us invoke healing.

Moon enters Libra 3:47 pm CST
February 3—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Astronomical Imbolc. Some Pagans celebrate the Cross-Quarter Sabbaths (or Holy Days) on traditional dates handed down to us by the Christian church. Other Pagans observe these moments at the mid-point of the Fixed signs, which are close to the traditional dates. Traditional Imbolc is sometimes celebrated on February 1 and sometimes February 2, but the astronomical date for Imbolc is today, when the Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius (Fixed Air sign). The mid-point of the Fixed signs are the mid-points of the seasons as defined by the ingress of the Sun into Cardinal signs at the Solstices and Equinoxes. They are potent anchors to the wheel of the year. Aquarius anchors Winter. This is the time to dive deep into Winter’s mysteries to receive vision for the coming year. Winter and the dark are intimates whose conversations inspire our hearts to envision our gardens, begin new projects, and initiate new magic. At the Disseminating phase of the Moon our visions are also influenced by the fruits of this particular lunar cycle. What are you receiving now from the journey that began at the New Moon on January 16?

During this lunar cycle, I’ve been paying attention to the connection between lineage and present choices. I’ve also been doing personal spellwork around identity. The recent Leo Full Moon eclipse is still reverberating, telling me I can choose a different relationship to myself and that I have allies in my ancestors and in my teachers who honor their lineage. When I think back to those who have worked and offered wisdom to make my present choices possible, I am humbled. If there is any merit to my journey so far, I offer that fruit back to those who are helping me now. This feels less like an heroic journey of conquest and more like a seeker’s journey of remembering. The Moon in Libra encourages balance and reciprocity making the desire to offer back what we are receiving even stronger.

Mercury in Aquarius makes an encouraging sextile aspect to Mars in Sagittarius. We are seeking truth. We are feasting upon the inspiration of mid-winter. This connection strengthens the intention-setting appropriate to this time of year. Mercury’s influence may loosen our tongues. Offer a prayer/poem to the dark, the stars, and the growing light.

Moon in Libra
Sunday, February 4.
Squares are challenging relationships between planets. Today, Venus in Aquarius makes a square aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio. Sometimes the question to ask with a square is what could possibly go wrong? A connection between Venus and Jupiter can often be pleasurable. But because it’s a square, we might wonder what could go wrong when two fun-loving planets interact? Maybe too much fun? Maybe a harder time drawing the necessary boundaries to ensure that pleasure is mutual or not depleting in some way? Maybe a miscommunication between differing desires? Squares invite us to make adjustments. Perhaps we use this opportunity to return to a relationship size that feels life-affirming and truly pleasurable. Another square influences the day: The Moon in Libra makes a square to Saturn in Capricorn. What could go wrong between a desire to please and harmonize and a desire to judge and hold accountable? What is the adjustment you need to make?

Moon enters Scorpio 9:56 pm CST.
Monday, February 5. It is hard to keep harmonizing when so much chaos and toxic people are around you. That is how it feels today with the Moon in Libra opposing Pluto in Capricorn and making a square to Uranus in Aries today. This might not be the best way to start a workweek, but there you have it. One piece of wisdom about balance: It isn’t static, and it doesn’t mean we have to fix everything to make it better. We just need to be flexible enough to adjust in the moment around our own centers. Ninja.

Moon in Scorpio
Tuesday, February 6.
There is something about the opening lines to Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese,” that feels appropriate for today, “You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.” The Moon is in Scorpio. Finally, we get to be bad. If any recent attempts at “goodness” have felt artificial to you, feel free to let that go. We do not have to be good. A boost to authenticity comes from the delightfully unconcerned Venus in Aquarius sextile to Uranus in Aries. Be yourself, and look around at how attractive others are who are being themselves too.


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 go here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/01/follow-moon-new-moon-january-16-2018.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.



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Following the Moon: Full Moon in Leo January 31, 2018

Moon in Leo
January 31—Full Moon: Blossoming. Lunar Eclipse. This is a spell for change on the personal and collective level. I find myself in the place of changing identity. This is not what I expected to be experiencing at this time in my life, but my heart is leading the way. I am taking down walls that have protected me for a long time. The process has left me wondering who I am. Desire is crafting a new me. Perhaps you are experiencing the same thing. Perhaps you are as mystified as I am about how to do this. This eclipsing Leo Full Moon is an appropriate time to invite new understandings about identity and change.

Sometimes, we need to ask our egos to stand down. Ego’s job is to protect and preserve a sense of self, but ego can get in the way when we are changing who we are. Ego is a vigilant defender of the status quo. An evolving self needs to open up those walls of protection to expand who we can become. This feels vulnerable. There’s a tension between ego and change. It’s like the tension between knowing who we are and wondering who we can become. This Full Moon in Leo is an opportunity to sense into this tension and wonder. Leo represents the desire to know and be who we really are. Leo can represent the ego’s desire to maintain identity and worth, but Leo also represents the knowledge that identity is core to self-expression. Expansion of creative life force also means we will change who we are. There is a certain amount of risk in creating. That’s where ego may suffer and need to relax a bit. To grow means we let go of safety.

This Full Moon in Leo is a lunar eclipse. A shadow moves across the full face of this Moon and we get to explore identity and ego in new ways. Perhaps the image to hold is how this shadow can obscure the overprotective ego just enough so the self has opportunity to expand. The idea is not to expand into a bigger ego but into self-awareness and even softness. Knowing who we are creates a better connection to what we are capable of doing in this world. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes along with expanded self. Having more impact means we need to be even more mindful of the ways ego wants to claim position and maintain control. Humility may be a sign we are opening.

Change is the purview of Aquarius, the sign of the Sun at the Full Moon. Aquarius is the edge-pusher, rabble-rouser, the cultural change artist. This sign reminds us that change is the only constant. Perhaps personal change fosters global change. Perhaps there is a similar process at work on the collective level. When we change who we are collectively, collective ego must stand down too. How might we invite our egos to stand down enough to entertain changing who we are and what we are capable of doing? We are fluid beings. I am discovering that even at the age of 62. There are parts of my identity that are only now emerging and I want to encourage this flexibility. May the shadow covering the full face of the Moon help our egos to surrender control over who we may become. May we become more than our wildest dreams thought possible.



Eclipses activate evolution. The seeds we’ve been cultivating this lunar cycle blossom with potency. That doesn’t mean we get to control the process. With an eclipse, control is the last thing we can muster. It is more like riding the currents. Right now, we are riding the currents of change, the ways change is always present and the ways we try to keep change from happening. Planetary allies are reminding us we are not alone on the edge of the future. Our lineages, teachers, ancestors, and wise ones are holding us up. At the New Moon, the seeds of Capricorn were planted in Aquarian soil. We are noticing how much we need the past to help us go forward. Saturn, Pluto, and Mercury are currently in Capricorn. With Saturn influence, the focus on the foundations from the past will last for 3 years. We are in this for a while. Jupiter in Scorpio influence takes any exploration to the next level of depth. Fear, power, control are issues that keep us from change. What needs to be released? Venus in Aquarius is near the South Node of the Moon and the Sun. Old patterns of relationship are released at this lunar eclipse. Venus in Aquarius invites diverse experiences, even queerness, into our relationships. What causes us to hold onto rigid forms of relationship? Can we ride the current of possibility now?

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 go here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/01/follow-moon-new-moon-january-16-2018.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.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Following the Moon: Forecast for January 24, 2018 – January 30

Forecast for January 24, 2018 – January 30

My approach to the “forecasting” I do in this space is organic. Following the Moon is my personal practice of uncovering meaning and magic for each lunar cycle. What that means is, I sometimes wait until the last minute to write about the week ahead. I sometimes (often) sit down to write and don’t yet understand how a lunar cycle and my lunar intention are playing out. For my readers, this is not really a place to come to get a standard astrological forecast for the future. But, it is a place to witness the process of using sky cycles to find purpose, meaning, and transformation. I offer this practice freely in this place, I teach this practice to my students, and present this point of view to my clients. We are all in process. We are all uncovering. The stars are companions and guides. What are we finding out?

At the New Moon I sensed into the threshold between Capricorn (sign of the New Moon) and Aquarius (the Sun entered this sign just a few days after New Moon). The Sun’s sign matters in a lunar cycle. For one thing, the Full Moon coming on January 31 will happen in the polarity of Aquarius (Sun)/Leo (Moon), and a Full Moon is a significant moment of realization in a lunar cycle. I’ve been adapting to this short-term pattern of lunar cycles, beginning near the end of signs and culminating with the polarity of the following sign, by investigating the threshold between conjoining signs. The seeds are there to be discovered and cultivated. Thresholds are important. They are portals and potent moments of choosing. My question at the New Moon was around the way that Capricorn influence affects Aquarian desires. I am focusing on the relationship between lineage (Capricorn theme) and the future (Aquarian theme).

I pay attention to what shows up in my life around about my lunar intentions. Something always does when I hold space for it. The following podcast, which I happened upon this week, is an example. The source is Healing Justice Podcast and the topic is Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar (Generative Somatics teacher).  I recommend listening to both the interview and the short practice offered by Sumitra Rajkumar. The meditation invites us to expand body awareness in three directions: lengthwise for dignity, side to side for connection with others, and back to front for the journey from the past into our present longings. She invites us to rest upon the support of our ancestors and the wisdom held in the past as we connect with what we are longing for now. This is the journey. There are tools to connect. There is a lineage of healers offering wisdom. I am encouraged to keep paying attention, both to my desires for a new world as well as the lineage of teachers who help me keep moving forward. As I deepen into my practice, these questions show up for me: What gives me the right to claim relationship with a lineage? How do I honor the support of lineages that are not mine?

Moon enters Taurus 7:39 am CST
January 24—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. The second week of this lunar cycle takes off with energizing transits. Expansion can feel optimistic but can also feel like pressure to perform. We are likely to feel both as we move forward into manifesting desire. The First Quarter phase is full of dynamic tension and represents the first turning point of the cycle. Challenges are arising. Perhaps we notice the dynamic tension between heritage and vision for growth. The past isn’t perfect, neither are our desires for the future. What adjustments need to be made to accept this?

The Moon in Taurus anchors us in our bodies and the concrete reality of form. What are the limits and gifts of physical reality right now? How do we readjust our expectations? The Moon trines Saturn in Capricorn, which encourages commitment to the process of honoring the past as we move into our futures.

Mercury in Capricorn conjoins Pluto. As the keeper of shadows and secrets, Pluto is giving Mercury the real scoop. Notice opportunities to speak truth to power, even the truth that is meant only for your own ears. Transformation comes from taking off the blinders.

Moon in Taurus
Thursday, January 25.
Mercury moves from yesterday’s conjunction with Pluto to a sextile aspect with Jupiter in Scorpio today. Mercury is helping cement the good relations that Jupiter and Pluto are having with each other right now. There is power in searching the depths, revealing toxic secrets, telling our truths. The deeper connections are being revealed. We are less interested in pleasant facades. We dig into our conflicts and expose our longings. Vital energy flows. The Moon in Taurus is the integrator. We bring all this juicy, but sometimes uncomfortable, energy into our bodies. Sensual pleasure is a tonic for the challenging and scary work of waking up. Embodied practices help us anchor emotional release.

Moon enters Gemini 11:39 am CST
Friday, January 26.
A big switcheroo in energy and focus comes from Mars’ ingress into Sagittarius today. Mars has been in Scorpio, a sign that it rules, since early December. In Scorpio, Mars joined with Jupiter to invite emotional catharsis and healing. Feelings have been big. Passions have been too. Until mid-March, Mars travels through the mutable fire sign where the focus will be on the journey. This journey invites a broader perspective. We all have cabin fever, even if you live in a milder climate. We crave adventure and discovery. There will also be an uptick in people who like to explain things. Collective knowing is an antidote to thinking any of us knows it all. The Moon in Gemini faces off with this new version of Mars early in the day. Mutable sign emphasis means we might feel unfocused, distracted and/or anxious in a general way. It helps to find a fascinating topic or place to discover.

Moon in Gemini
Saturday, January 27.
Momentum is picking up. Sometimes we need to go along with the flow, even if we don’t know where it is taking us. The Moon in Gemini encourages a sort of rambling curiosity, an openness to synchronicity, meeting the right person at just the right time, hearing the right message for the question you didn’t even know you had. The ruler of Gemini, Mercury, is forming a square to Uranus today and tomorrow. Eurekas come when we break with convention. Question assumptions. Dare to not know.

Moon enters Cancer 12:57 pm CST
January 28—Gibbous Moon: Budding. The last few days have pushed us forward. We might feel more oriented towards what is coming next than where we’ve been. We might even forget we have the resource of lineage to tap into as we dream into our futures. At the Gibbous phase, we are on the cusp of blossoming. The bud that came from the seed planted in the dark of the New Moon is eager to unfurl. But there is also dynamic tension in this phase. The tension now may be to remain present and centered enough to remember all our connections—connections to the past, to ourselves, and to each other—even as we plunge ahead into the waxing year.

Just like at the New Moon, I need to name again the foibles of whiteness, which encourages forgetting our connections and lineages. Perhaps the dynamic tension at this moment is giving birth to new thought patterns. We are not isolated, we haven’t invented anything new, we are not heroes conquering the darkness. The Moon in Cancer encourages a sense of family, how we need each other and how we can support each other in the present moment.

Mercury in Capricorn is square Uranus in Aries. This is a rebellious and feisty energy. Let’s question assumptions, especially our own. Let’s break with old thought forms. Let’s open to a new possible. Mercury also makes an encouraging sextile to Chiron in Pisces. This influence, along with the Cancer Moon, softens our hearts, making empathy the primary tool for change.

Moon in Cancer
Monday, January 29.
The Moon in Cancer reminds us of the beginning of this lunar cycle when the seeds of Capricorn trembled in the dark soil. The Cancer/Capricorn polarity is about nurturance, creating supportive structures for family and community. To do this, Cancer applies emotional intelligence and Capricorn applies wisdom from the past. Assess the support systems in your communities. How might they be tended now so they help us meet the challenges of the future? It is a radical idea to break the spell of isolation. It is an ancient idea to rely upon our support networks to catch us when we fall. A grand water trine of Moon, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter in Scorpio help us tune into the needs of others. The opposition between the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn helps us envision powerful ways to heal and support.

Moon enters Leo 12:53 pm CST
Tuesday, January 30.
In U.S. time zones, early morning could be gnarly emotional terrain. The Moon in Cancer opposes Mercury in Capricorn and squares Uranus in Aries. This t-square aspect pattern could foster impatience and disruption. Then the Moon moves into Leo. Tomorrow’s Full Moon is beginning to be felt today. That means we are noticing the continuum between Aquarian concerns for collective awareness and Leo concerns for self awareness. These signs need each other like every pair of opposite signs do. Sometimes we need to feed the flame of selfhood and sometimes give breath to collective vision. What is it for you?


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 go here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/01/follow-moon-new-moon-january-16-2018.html

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