Saturday, November 18, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 18, 2017—November 25.

I’ve always wanted a nice, tidy chemical equation that could govern underworld journeys—those journeys that take us out of the ordinary and into the shadow places. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew in advance just how much shadow material to reveal to get a boost of transformative power? Wouldn’t it be great if we could control the chain reaction when we start poking at the things hidden away in the shadows? I’ve been reflecting on Inanna’s journey to the underworld recently. From the Sumerian text that describes her journey, she encounters seven gates where she is challenged to give up another piece of her power and identity. At each gate, the most powerful goddess in this culture is told, “Quiet Inanna, the ways of the underworld are perfect. They may not be questioned.” She had to shut up and do what they told her. This journey is not so nice and controllable. Not tidy. Not efficient. Not safe. That is where we are right now in the U.S. as shadows of sexual abuse are being revealed. It may be necessary but it doesn’t feel safe to tell the truth. It doesn’t feel like we get to keep control of the process, and it does feel like we are entering another realm, with its own rules, that must be obeyed.

Can we trust the ways of the underworld? Here is some of what I know, or perhaps want to believe. Exposing shadows can bring healing. It can renew our vital selves. It can be a reclamation of power. The big question I’ve always had about Inanna’s journey concerns why she decided to descend at all. She had all the external power she could have. She was worshipped. But she needed something more. Jungian psychologist James Hillman described that something more as soul. The myth is open to other interpretations, but I’ve always found this piece about soul to be comforting, even as I tremble at the gates of my underworld.

My heart goes out to those who are telling their truths and the ones who are being triggered to remember and relieve their own experiences of abuse. I know this is not a journey we chose to take. It is not as if we were sitting around bored and thinking wouldn’t it be great to have a deep and soulful experience by bringing up ways we’ve been abused? No, it seems that there is another reason. We could call it justice, we could call it a yearning for healing, we could call it a vision for a different world. This journey sometimes just opens up, whether we are ready or not, and there we are. Since Jupiter went into Scorpio in October, this journey has just opened up. The last lunar cycle, which traversed much of the Scorpio terrain, only deepened it. On November 18, the next lunar cycle begins near the end of Scorpio. There is more to experience. Soon after, the Sun enters Sagittarius. The exchange between these signs will reveal how we move forward after so many shadows. What we do next says it all.

This next lunar cycle happens on the threshold between Scorpio (fixed water) and Sagittarius (mutable fire). Energetically this can feel like coming from the deep and dark into an extrovert’s party. There may be a temptation to shake off the previous shadow work too quickly and jump right into easy escapism. But that isn’t the only temptation. Some of us could feel stuck in the dark while the party is going on, creating more isolation. How we return from the underworld matters. How we honor our soulful journeys matters. This lunar cycle may be about doing both. Returning and honoring. When Inanna returned, she raged against Dumuzi, one of her lovers who had taken her throne, and sent him packing to the underworld. Perhaps some of us will need to return from our visit to painful places by raging against injustice. This is one possibility. And a strong one, since this lunar cycle begins with a square between both rulers of Scorpio (Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn). Rage plays a role. Mars in Libra will fight for justice. Pluto is the toxic power structures we’ve been uncovering since Pluto went into Capricorn in 2008.

Mars is active during this lunar cycle. On December 1, Mars will oppose Uranus in Aries, the revolutionary agent of change. This is a tinderbox transit. Mars sparks action for any ways we are not being authentic. What has the underworld journey taught you about your authenticity?  On December 9, Mars enters Scorpio. If things weren’t real before, they are now. This is another plunge down. Since Jupiter will be in Scorpio all year, we will experience diving and rising again and again. How we return from the underworld matters.

Forecast for November 18, 2017—November 25.

Moon enters Sagittarius 12:59 pm CST
November 18—New Moon: Seeding. This New Moon is a seed planted in the underworld of Scorpio that will grow into the light of the next sign, Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the storyteller. We will be creating new stories this lunation. Saturn has been occupying Sagittarius since October 2015 (Saturn went into Sagittarius in December 2014 and retrograded out from June 2015 through October). Saturn demands accountability. Our stories have been ignored. The dominant stories of culture have been based on manipulation of the storytelling functions of culture. Fake news became a thing under Saturn in Sagittarius. There are authentic stories. There is authentic truth. An underworld journey can help us to remember what we have lost or been fooled into thinking isn’t real. Mercury joins Saturn in Sagittarius at this New Moon. Mercury will be taking a retrograde journey through Sagittarius from December 3 to December 22. We are not only asked to reflect on our truth, we must do the work of throwing out the stories that don’t resonate and don’t create life for us and the planet. At this New Moon, I plant the seeds of reclaiming my voice. After the shadow work of Scorpio, where collective and personal demons are felt more strongly, I return with a voice for justice, a voice for truth, a voice for change. What are the seeds you plant?

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, November 19.
The square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn perfects today. Let authentic rage move through you. There is a lot to be rageful about. And notice, what your anger is revealing. Are you able to channel your anger to the proper source or is it coming out sideways? Without judgment, we have the opportunity to notice patterns around anger. Perhaps we also will be gifted with the insight about who justly deserves this anger and who does not. The Moon in Sagittarius encourages movement of some kind. This can be a wonderful way to get unstuck if big emotions are moving in.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, November 20.
The Moon in Sagittarius conjoins two important players for this lunar cycle, Mercury and Saturn. Saturn will be leaving Sagittarius next month. This lunation and next are opportunities to reap the lessons Saturn grew for us during this time (basically the last 2 and ½ years). Sagittarius is concerned with truth, meaning, the expansion of our horizons. Saturn teaches through limiting and narrowing our options, which feels contradictory to Sagittarian impulse. It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for our Sagittarius friends. But we’ve learned something and we are better for it. What did you learn? Mercury is preparing to turn retrograde soon. In Sagittarius, we get to reflect on our truths and the stories driving our perceptions of reality. As we notice our stories today, the Moon invites an inner knowing. Don’t strive for it, let it arise. Small insights can be big.

Moon enters Capricorn 1:14 am CST
Tuesday, November 21.
Sun enters Sagittarius. The threshold is crossed when the Sun moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius today. I am imagining this as a step of return from an underworld journey. Our personal journeys and returns will have different timings, but today perhaps, begin to notice what you think of as a return from depth. What do you bring back with you that feeds your authentic truth? We are invited to treasure that. Venus in Scorpio makes a lovely sextile to Pluto in Capricorn today. This is a blessing for our journeys, for speaking about our shadows, and for the mysteries of healing and exchange with those shadows. The Moon in Capricorn invites a concrete way to honor our journeys. Perhaps this will be in the form of activism or actions that reflect your truth. Lunar wisdom teaches me that small conscious actions can have big impact. Experiment with that.

Moon in Capricorn
November 22—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Seeds planted during the New Moon phase of this cycle begin to tremble and burst into life. This is still happening underground. Let things germinate for a while. The return from the underworld will happen in its own time, in the time your soul needs. Let’s not be fooled into thinking our timing is off when others around us are going full force into what is known as “the holiday season.” This is a time that can try the soul of those who need to remain with gravity in the dark. Perhaps it is appropriate to name this obsession with escapist consumerism as the root of our problems right now. Perhaps consumerism is the Dumuzi of Inanna’s story. (See intro to this week’s forecast.) Perhaps this is just where we should focus our rage.

Neptune in Pisces stations direct today. This is powerful energy that focuses our experiences on connections that feel eternal and outside the ways we can fill our days with meaninglessness. Neptune also offers illusion as a good substitute for what is real. Both are possible today and perhaps as we notice our germinating seeds, we are offered a chance to discern the difference between what is real and what is false. Truth is not relative but it also isn’t there to comfort us. Notice what you want to avoid. There may be revelations there. The Moon in Capricorn encourages realism. Balance this with feelings of transcendence (Neptune’s urge). Where does that land you?

Moon enters Aquarius 2:14 pm CST
Thursday, November 23.
Perhaps there is nothing more centered in the American mythos than the holiday of Thanksgiving. Yes, one can, and I do, reframe this celebration as a time to honor hearth and give thanks for what the Earth provides. But I must also acknowledge that the entire myth of Thanksgiving is mostly about the good colonizer. One of the things this myth says is that at the core, at the beginning of colonization, white people were welcomed here. Thanksgiving represents a hope that colonizers can be redeemed somehow, that all the genocide that followed that mythic first Thanksgiving can somehow be forgiven. We’re good, right? As we gather at our hearths, let us remember those who are living with the legacy of genocide and the impact of colonization every day of their lives. This is a somber reality. After making a square to Uranus in Aries early in the morning the Moon enters Aquarius. We may notice impatience for those who are complacent with the way things are going. A good topic of conversation at this Thanksgiving could be examples of activism that inspire you.

Moon in Aquarius
Friday, November 24.
Do people still celebrate this as Buy Nothing Day? I think this is a fabulous practice for disengaging from the constant messaging of the overculture. The pressure to assuage discomfort by shopping is intense. The Moon in Aquarius encourages us to take a stand. Listen to your authentic voice within. Where would you rather put this energy?  Mercury in Sagittarius makes a square to Chiron in Pisces. The heart of compassion is to recognize the suffering of self and other and to find a way to erase divisions. I cannot conflate my suffering with the suffering of others, but I can recognize our common humanity. I can be moved to make a difference.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, November 25.
A lot of fire/air energy today sparks personal revolutions and revelations. What will you change? What did you just realize? Mercury in Sagittarius is making a trine to Uranus in Aries. Thoughts and insights are firing. We may think we are really on to something, only to find out later that we have more to learn. But now, be filled with enthusiasm. We are collecting the bits and pieces of our stories. There is more work to do with these bits later. Don’t worry about being too discerning right now. You never know what inconsequential bauble might be core to your journey when we dive back in to the underworld for processing later.

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.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 10, 2017 - November 17

Moon in Leo
November 10—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. Hekate stands at the crossroads with torches in hand, shedding only enough light to enhance the dark edges. In the liminal Scorpio season when the veils between the worlds are thin, Hekate coaxes me to move closer to the dark, whispering wisdoms about navigating change. For me, this lunar cycle has been about the crossing of thresholds and my choices at the crossroads. This lunar cycle began for me in Texas, where I was fortunate enough to co-facilitate a Reclaiming Witchcamp dedicated to Hekate. Strange that it has only been three weeks since this lunar cycle began. So much internal territory has been traversed. Have you noticed this too?

As the Moon wanes this week, we notice the impact of our travels through the torch-lit landscapes of this lunar cycle. The Moon in Leo, today at the last quarter phase, makes a square to the dark Scorpio Sun. Partially lit, partially dark, perhaps we are meant to trust our experiences of this cycle even when we do not possess clear vision about what they mean. We are feeling our way across thresholds. We are noticing what lights seem to beckon us to go farther. We are shedding here, too—letting go of the things that keep us from this instinctual journey. The relationship between the Moon in Leo and Mars in Libra encourages forward momentum. How does it feel to trust the dark?

Moon enters Virgo 10:41 am CST
Saturday, November 11.
At midnight in the U.S. central time zone, a grand fire trine (Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries) activates latent ambitions. Perhaps your dreams reveal your next bold action? There is plenty of energetic support to break down barriers while at the same time building up foundations that bolster change. For the final time since this transit began in December of 2016, the trine between Saturn and Uranus helps usher in new pathways to change. In December of 2016, many of us were reeling from the effects of the newly-elected U.S. President. Now, almost a year later, the 2017 election, though not perfect, showed encouraging change as winning candidates broke through barriers of gender and race. In Minneapolis, where I live, two transgender people of color were elected to our city council. The work is far from complete, but we can take this moment to acknowledge the efforts that have made change possible. As the Moon moves into Virgo, we have the opportunity to re-balance the realms of work and healing. What have you noticed about commitment to the work and to self-care? How has your “work ethic” shifted? What is important to remember as we go forward?

Moon in Virgo
Sunday, November 12.
Multiple mutable influences today could create confusion if we aren’t flexible and open. The Moon in mutable earth sign, Virgo, opposes Neptune in mutable water sign, Pisces, and makes a square to Mercury in mutable fire sign, Sagittarius. Such influence can help us integrate our experiences of this lunar cycle so far, but we have to be careful of wanting to wrap everything up in a nice package. We might have to live with contradictions and messy anomalies to really get at what we need to learn now. Beware of concretizing the revelations from the shadows of the Scorpio season. Keep letting go and being fearless. We have more to uncover.

Moon enters Libra 5:26 pm CST
Monday, November 13.
The two benefics, Venus and Jupiter, conjoin in Scorpio and this could be interesting. What is the benefit of the dark journey? What good comes from revelations of toxic secrets? What authentic power is reclaimed through seeing ourselves as we really are, not as we’ve been told we should be? How is transformation sexy? What is your soul journey? Of course, Scorpio can be overdone. That is true for every sign. And we may notice some of that too. But for today, we are encouraged to unlock the gates. Dive deep and dare. That being said, I am mindful that it is good to have a tether to the surface world of life and beauty as we do our diving today. What is yours? A square between Mercury in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces makes it more difficult to tell reality from illusion. So, this tether to what we love becomes even more valuable. On this mystical day, embrace what it means to be human.

Moon in Libra
November 14—Balsamic Moon: Composting. Yesterday’s conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio set the stage for this phase of the Moon. Isn’t compost beautiful? Let’s extend gratitude for the miraculous processes that turn death into life. The Scorpio season is about this power. As this lunar cycle winds to a conclusion, we are able to let go and trust that the work that needed doing has been done well enough for now. The messages we received from beyond the veils have been received the best we know how. We have done our part, the best we could, to reweave the connections between the living and dead. As humans, we are not separate from this process, observing the transformative magic of compost objectively, but are being transformed and made into compost, too. How are you compost? How are you feeding life with your transformations?

The Moon returns to Libra, the sign that initiated this lunar cycle on October 19, a few days before the Sun moved into Scorpio. Libra is about balance and exchange. We are encouraged to reflect on the ways death feeds life and the balance that is created by this exchange. The Moon conjoins Mars today. Be engaged. Be actively pursuing balance. Belong to the mystery.

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, November 15.
If you can, about 45 minutes before dawn, look to the east to observe Venus, Jupiter and the waning sliver of the Moon rising together. Perhaps this is the image you want to take with you as you let go of the efforts of this lunar cycle. Beauty leads to soulful journeys. Grief reminds us that life and relationships are precious. The tense aspects between the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries make sure we keep pushing ourselves to turn over more dirt and break down more blocks to transformation and change.

Moon enters Scorpio 2:19 am CST
Thursday, November 16.
The Moon returns to Scorpio for the last two days of this lunar cycle. The next New Moon on November 18 occurs on the threshold between Scorpio and Sagittarius. We will take the dark journeys we’ve experienced during this lunar cycle into the seeds we plant at the next New Moon. I imagine these seeds will be fed richly by the compost of this Scorpio season. A deep watery influence comes from a trine between Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. We flow from instinct to intuition to insight. Compassion mixes with accountability. Vulnerability mixes with power. Transcendence mixes with desire. The trine between the Sun in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces deepens the blending. And as a side note: in 2 ½ weeks, Mercury will station retrograde at the last degree of Sagittarius. Today, Mercury enters the retrograde shadow zone, pay attention to mental attachments. They are sure to change.

Moon in Scorpio
Friday, November 17.
We are mistaken if we think Scorpio, as a water sign, is a passive energy. Scorpio’s water power is transformative in all the ways water creates change, and there are many—the slow dissolve, the torrential flood, the freezing and crumbling, the misty obscurations. We might notice these powers today as the Sun in Scorpio makes a challenging connection to Uranus in Aries. Will the dam break? Or will we try and hold back the effects of change? Scorpio sometimes strives to keep thinks under control when the best choice might be to let go. Change is afoot. Mercury in Sagittarius sparks action through a sextile aspect to Mars in Libra. These transits make way for the next lunar cycle, which begins tomorrow. Depth experiences cannot be controlled, but we can harvest the force of them to move forward into the next arena—what we believe in and hope for our world.

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 and world changer. Read about the beginning of the Libra/Scorpio lunar cycle here 

Contact Teri at and visit her website at 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.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 5, 2017 – November 17

The seasons of deep fall and deep spring make me fall in love again and again with the place I live. These are the Scorpio and Taurus seasons. Here in the upper Midwest, these times are dreamy, haunting, magical. The rebirth of deep spring after a long, long winter is simply miraculous. Life returning is good, but the dying that goes on in deep fall is no less enchanting. As the trees shed their leaves and the green bloods retire for the season, I am called to the threshold where death and life meet. Can anything be more beautiful? Gratitude and grief well up. This life is full of mysteries.

Taurus and Scorpio also happen to be opposite signs in the zodiac, anchoring opposite sides of the wheel of the year. The recent Taurus Full Moon brought these two halves together. Do you feel the potency of this moment? I think we are meant to. Perhaps it is this remembering of death’s connection to life that calls us into being fully human. Death brings us to right-sized relationship. We are not special. We are not immortal. But oh, sometimes we are quite beautiful. Do you also feel it? There is enough ugliness in this world. Being fully human is an antidote, perhaps.

The pull to the threshold between life and death is particularly strong because Jupiter is in Scorpio for the next year. When Venus enters Scorpio on November 7 and meets up with Jupiter on the 13th, expect this pull to deepen even more. Venus shows us beauty, but this planet is also about justice. Scorpio’s edge is sharp. Our passions for justice sharpen as well. The threshold can make us bolder, willing to go farther, daring to expose anything that is not in alliance with the beauty of this world.

A meaningful and supportive transit between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries encourages structured change. There is a safety net for stepping out of old patterns. This relationship between Saturn and Uranus has ebbed and flowed from December 2016 to now, when these two make their final trine at this time. Is it time to go after your dream? Does this beautiful time with death remind you how to “live your one wild and precious life?”

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver – A Summer Day

Moon enters Gemini 4:26 am CST
Sunday, November 5. Mercury leaves Scorpio to enter Sagittarius. With the Moon in Mercury’s home sign of Gemini today, we notice all the mercurial things. We are philosophical but perhaps have a hard time focusing on just one belief. So many influences. So much to learn. Curiosity is curiously healing. If we let go of certainty and a need for absolute answers, Mercury teaches us to adapt and engage with the endlessly fascinating world around us. Burn bright during the day and go into quiet reflection this evening when the Moon makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. Intellect and emotion adjust to each other.

Moon in Gemini
Monday, November 6.
Yesterday’s Gemini influences carry forward into today as well, except that this is Monday and that was Sunday. Focus will be a challenge as we start a workweek but this is the morning to experience serendipity. Change up your routine. Talk to someone you’ve never talked with before. Wonder what the day will bring. In the evening, when the Moon in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius, things get more serious. Don’t let Saturn beat you up too much. Curiosity brings it own rewards even if it means a short attention span.

Moon enters Cancer 4:44 am CST
November 7—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Astronomical Samhain. The Sun reaches the midpoint of Scorpio today. This is the heart of the Samhain season of the dead. Venus also enters Scorpio today while the Moon moves into moody Cancer. This is not a disparagement of Cancer, by the way. This dark feminine energy does not have to justify itself and is very actively opening doorways and channels to our deeper selves. It is as if we suddenly see whole new rooms in our psyches, whole new spaces to access for our futures. This phase of the Moon encourages reflection on what we have reaped from this lunar cycle. I can’t help but picture a blood red and juicy pomegranate split open to reveal mysteries of this season. In fact, I invite you to scry into a pomegranate today. This is the fruit of the underworld, the temptation that bound Persephone to her beloved dead. For part of the day, a grand water trine of Moon in Cancer, Jupiter/Venus in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces softens resistance to revelations from beyond the veils. The messages we receive may go directly into our souls bypassing the thinking mind. Give yourself time to sense into the flow and feel all the feelings.

Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, November 8.
What flowed yesterday could feel stifled by overwhelming obstruction today. We have a choice. Let the water pool, perhaps sinking deeper underground, or let the water build to such force that your obstructions are crushed by the power of emotion. Sounds dramatic. The aspects between the Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries feel pretty dramatic right now. The veils are thin between the worlds. Perhaps it is time to purge the depths. Perhaps the ancestors will help us. Be gentle with each other. If you have capacity, be available to others who may need help through this process. Find the courage to ask for help. Staying connected makes the transformation stronger.

Moon enters Leo 6:29 am CST
Thursday, November 9.
Energetically, today feels like the Sun bursting through after a few days of rain. The rain was lovely. So is the Sun. The Moon moves into the Sun’s natural sign, Leo, and the Sun in Scorpio makes a good connection with Pluto in Capricorn. If the last few days have been a purge, today is when we feel all refreshed and raring to go. Though there is one curveball. Mars in Libra makes a puzzling quincunx aspect to Neptune in Pisces. This is where we encounter a pause to forward momentum and that may not be all bad. Opening to the dead and worlds beyond the veils is vulnerable work. It is good to remember our souls are tender and growing best in the darkness in this season. Working in the darkness means we don’t see everything and are not meant to. This Mars/Neptune connection reminds us to be receptive, not assertive.

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 and world changer. Read about the beginning of the Libra/Scorpio lunar cycle here.

Contact Teri at and visit her website at 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, October 31, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for October 31, 2017 - November 4

This lunar cycle was seeded in Libra’s soil but the blossoms from those seeds are showing Scorpio’s deep hues. The New Moon of October 19 took root on the threshold between Libra and Scorpio. We came to the threshold of this lunar cycle with Libran ideas of justice and balance, but we’ve crossed into the dark and the deep. Scorpio’s influence on lunar intentions adds the power of transformation and the willingness to see underneath pleasant exteriors. We’re looking for depth and running currents of healing. This fixed water sign anchors the end of the growing season in the Northern Hemisphere when plants die and become compost. Now is the time to turn over the compost pile and air out things that have been hidden too long. Scorpio wants that.

Death is both gloomy and beautiful in this season. Even the consumer holiday of Halloween feels connected to deeper realities. Every spooky skeleton reminds us that we are getting to the bones of truth—the kind of truth that is revealed when we remember we are dying. Scorpio never forgets. Jupiter has recently entered Scorpio for a year. Even when this season is done and we cross into Sagittarian hijinks, a thread of this awareness remains with us. Take note now. What does the darkness want to tell you? Listening now, we learn how to navigate this year, turning over the compost, creating new soil.

Forecast for October 31, 2017 – November 4.

Moon Pisces
October 31—Gibbous Moon: Budding. Traditional Samhain. The Pisces Moon helps us part the veils between the worlds. Under this influence, it is easy to slip out of everyday reality and lean into the unseen worlds behind and underneath our ordinary lives. To honor this season of Summer’s End, spend time with your ancestors. Listen and see who is coming forward for you right now. Honor those who have made your life possible. For those of us who are white and living on colonized land, ancestor work is important work. Many of us feel disconnected from the lineage of choices that created our white privilege. We may want to distance ourselves from those choices. We may think we have the right to do that, but we don’t.

The Scorpio season asks us to turn over the compost pile. There aren’t easy answers to working with ancestral accountability. This behind-the-veil working may not be straightforward. Who knows how to walk this path? We may not know how to right the wrongs done on our behalf, however with the sensitivity and openness encouraged by the Pisces Moon, we may receive new insights. For this work of ancestral accountability, we may not have a road map, but the Scorpio season teaches that to deny the lineage is to maintain injustices. It is time to turn over the compost pile.

The Moon in Pisces makes a helpful trine to Mercury in Scorpio. This connection is about communication, both with and about our dead. Stay open. Be an antenna. The Moon’s square to Saturn feels somber but productive. Saturn as the Dweller on the Threshold is the god encountered as we leave and enter this mortal plane. As living beings, we have a brief window of opportunity during our short lives to reweave the worlds from this side of the veil. Our ancestors need us as much as we need them. Saturn reminds us of our debts. The opening between the worlds remains until November 7 when the Sun reaches the mid-point of Scorpio also known as astronomical Samhain. Keep turning the pile. Keep listening to their voices.

Moon enters Aries 1:42 am CDT
Wednesday, November 1.
Remembering that the veil between the seen and unseen worlds is still thin, the Moon in Aries spurs us to action in this liminal space between the worlds. Tuning in, what needs your energy right now? What new cliffs do you step off of today? This is the Fool’s leap into the unknown, something that feels just right today.

Moon in Aries
Thursday, November 2.
It is hard to feel patient today. The Moon in Aries puts a fire under us. A contrary aspect between Mercury in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries is edgy, too. We aren’t sure which direction to go but feel pretty certain something needs to be done. Under pressure, we might blurt a secret (Mercury in Scorpio) or say something that could hurt another. But the tension could also give us the courage to speak our truths and break tired patterns. Old wounds could resurface with a square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces reminding us that we are vulnerable and imperfect. The day ends with the Moon conjoining Uranus in Aries. If we’ve avoided telling the truth today, a tower may have to crumble.

Moon enters Taurus 4:46 am CDT.
Friday, November 3.
Yesterday’s transits may have caused disruption and even a crashing of unsustainable structures. Today, Venus in Libra seeks to bring harmony, beauty and equability to the moment. Helped by the stabilizing Moon in Taurus, Venus is ready to negotiate in situations that are salvageable and cut the cords in those that aren’t. Venus takes center stage in tomorrow’s Full Moon chart with an exact opposition to Uranus in Aries. This is the part about cutting cords. We know when we have had enough. The trine between the Sun in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces lends intuitive certainty to the moment. Water is a guide to inner knowing. Allow it to help you be compassionate as well.  

Moon in Taurus
November 4—Full Moon: Blossoming. The Taurus Full Moon complements the shadows of the Scorpio season. Rather than shining a light into the darkness, the light of this Moon helps to deepen the shadows. In this season of death, shadows contain the truths we can trust. These truths may not be pretty, but they can be depended upon. And that is a high-value item in the Scorpio realms. As we navigate the dark and the worlds beyond the veil, Taurus becomes an anchor for going deeper. These signs—Taurus and Scorpio—hold the cycle of life, death, and rebirth in their hands. Life is fed by our transformative journeys. Death is fed by the beauty of the mortal world. When the veils thin, these signs meet between the worlds, dancing in a lover’s embrace. Death makes this life precious. We remember those who have passed on into death and find their memories even more precious under the light of this Moon.

In the chart for the Full Moon, Neptune in Pisces contacts the Sun and Moon in encouraging ways. We could say Neptune is the veil between the worlds. Through Neptune we loosen the boundaries between us. Our hearts expand. Imagination and intuition is enhanced. This Full Moon feels magical, but also revolutionary. Venus in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. We can take action in the realm of beauty and harmony to change the status quo. Avoid binary either/or options as you consider your choices. What is truly radical? What is truly harmonizing? The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces brings desire for accountability and reparations. Our communal wounds will not be repaired by old stories. Saturn is holding us to the impact of the stories we tell. Chiron asks us to stand in another’s place and feel their pain. When we do this, divisions around belief fall apart.

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 and world changer. Read about the beginning of the Libra/Scorpio lunar cycle here

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for October 12, 2017 - October 19.

A vision of where are: Something began with the total solar eclipse in August. An opening in the sky where the Sun normally stands made an opening in the web of possibility. I am noticing, as I am sure you are too, that events in the world seem to be speeding us toward transformation. A lot of pain is being felt and released. A lot of calamity is asking us to wake up. And still, it seems, the web of connection is holding. Those who sense this web, which can only be described as Love, are being called to feed and tend it—right now—because we are in a moment of choice as we move through transformations. If we lose connection, we lose everything. 

This vision is my frame for the rest of the current lunar cycle and the next lunar cycle beginning on October 19, which occurs in the liminal space between Libra and Scorpio. Here’s the barest of rundowns. In August, the threshold between Leo and Virgo, through a solar eclipse, opened Leo life force to Virgo dedication. In September, the threshold between Virgo and Libra opened Virgo dedication to Libra responsibility of relationship. In October, the threshold between Libra and Scorpio opens responsibility of relationship to Scorpio transformation. Since August we have been experiencing many transitions and many thresholds. Leo life force opens to Scorpio transformations. This progression is akin to what we feel each year in the northern hemisphere as fall winds down: the veils are thinning between the worlds, the living and dead are mingling and we have the opportunity to change the way we’ve been doing things. We are at the crossroads of change and choice. We are at the threshold between life and death.

My first instinct is to remind you (and me) to be gentle with ourselves. This crossroads feels big, and systems of oppression can isolate us into panic and numbness. It isn’t easy to be awake and aware under our current systems. This last week of the New Moon seeded in the liminal space between Virgo and Libra is a good time to remember that Virgo encourages small steps and Libra encourages micro-adjustments to the scales of relationship. Being open to the energy, which is big, doesn’t mean we have to be big ourselves. We can’t act alone and so the choices are not up to us alone. Feed connections. Remember dedications as we cross and cross again many thresholds.

Moon in Cancer
October 12—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. The Moon in Cancer encounters the challenge of Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries today. This cardinal sign connection provokes decision and action based on security needs. If we are learning that isolation is a dangerous myth, then the desire to create more safety extends to the many, not just ourselves. Perhaps we focus first on our families, both of choice and blood. Home base helps us to reset and move forward. Notice those who may not have this anchoring cord. How can we feed compassionate connection beyond our immediate families? Cancer likes to feed people. What is a small step for you to take? 

We are re-seeding lunar intentions during this phase of the Moon. Some of what we thought we were creating in this cycle has worked out, some has not. Rather than focus on what has gone wrong, take this opportunity to notice what the desire is right now. These Virgo/Libra seeds hold the potential of what we have learned and what we long for. With a brilliant connection between Mercury in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius today, speak or write what you desire. The message is likely to be received. What seeds are you holding? What is the enlivening vision?

Moon enters Leo 1:41 am CDT
Friday, October 13. Friday the 13th recalls stories of exclusion. The unlucky number refers to the unusual one among us. Witches are associated with the number. The correspondence of misfortune with the number 13 stems from the intersecting cycles of the Sun and Moon. There are 13 lunations for every 12 months. In a solar-based world, the Moon represents uncontrolled shadows that don’t fit. Thirteen is subversive, it doesn't comply. Fridays are dedicated to goddesses of sexual desire, notably Venus and Freya. These influences tempt us to break the rules and to claim the edge of exclusion as a place of power. Your difference is needed. 

Notice if there is a tension between the shadowy world and the solar world today. The waning Moon in Leo plays with this paradox. We want to shine and we want to hang back. This tension is exacerbated briefly by a square between the Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio. Jupiter has recently entered this sign for a year. This contact with the Moon reminds us that interior, soulful places are demanding attention now. Claiming our shadows is part of this work.

Moon in Leo
Saturday, October 14. A wide-orbed grand fire trine of the Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries gives us access to fire’s passion. We are able to ask for what we need from this elemental today. Perhaps this fire need is energy, perhaps inspiration, perhaps a reminder that your contributions are essential to feeding our web of connections. There is nothing wrong with letting your fire be vulnerable enough to ask for what you desire. Venus leaves Virgo to enter Libra today. Venus rules this sign of relatedness. We can nourish our relationships through such vulnerable exchanges as asking for what we desire and hearing what others are asking from us. The courage of fire may help us ask and hear even when our desires are not fulfilled. The vulnerability of communicating desire is mirrored by another transit: Mercury in Libra quincunx Chiron in Pisces. The gift of this vulnerability is a flowering of emotion and empathy.

Moon enters Virgo 6:16 am CDT
October 15—Balsamic Moon: Composting. This is one of the things that the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth teaches. Before we can move on to rebirth, we need to compost the past. This doesn’t mean forgetting the past or looking only ahead to the future. This means taking the time to sort through, honor, and transform what we are learning right now. The Moon comes back to Virgo where it was at the beginning of this lunar cycle. Virgo is good at sorting, discerning what is useful and letting go of what isn’t. If you were going to sort through this lunar cycle, begun on September 20, what would you keep and what would you transform?  

I began this cycle weary to the bone. This weariness was a chance to let go of expectations. Through that, I began to notice the planets of desire, Mars and Venus in Virgo, feeding the desire to dedicate myself more fully and vulnerably to connection. I remembered the Wild. I experienced personal and collective grief. If I could compost anything, it would be my defenses against feeling vulnerable. If I could keep anything to be planted in the next lunar cycle, it would be a fierce belief that transformation is possible. 

Mercury in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. Everything is questioned. Everything is up for re-evaluation. The desire for authentic change is strong. That desire meets skepticisms that could force us to let go of cherished assumptions. This is literally a chance to open our minds. What happens next?

Mars in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces. This is almost the last exchange between Virgo and Pisces energies for this lunar cycle. Tomorrow, the Moon in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. That is the last exchange. We are learning to integrate heaven and earth, feelings and actions, compassion and devotion. These two signs need each other. The integration of water with earth is fertile and healing. 

Moon in Virgo
Monday, October 16. Take a breath today. We’ve got support from the planets. The Sun in Libra makes an encouraging sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius helping us to understand what is really important, after all. Notice a refreshing of commitment and inspiration. Solutions present themselves elegantly. The trine between the Moon in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn encourages taking this opportunity into the physical realms. Use this energy to tie up loose ends, especially since the Moon is waning. What would bring you the best sense of completion? 

Moon enters Libra 12:35 pm CDT
Tuesday, October 17. Recently Jupiter entered Scorpio to shift our energies deeper within. That means we will be seeing more of our shadows emerging. Don’t be alarmed, it is the natural way of the zodiac. After a rededication to balance, justice, and relationship, the shadows have to come out. They’ve been there all along. We are given a chance to love all of ourselves, not just the pretty bits. Today, Mercury leaves Libra for Scorpio too. Perhaps words sting. Perhaps we are caught in obsessive thoughts. But underneath this, the desire to be authentically present to our whole selves strengthens. During the waning days of this lunar cycle, notice how the veils separating the worlds of the living and dead are thinning. Mythologically, Mercury is the pyschopomp who travels between these worlds. We have the opportunity to seek the wisdom under the layers. Another planetary influence disturbs the peace. Mars in orderly Virgo makes a stressful quincunx to Uranus in impulsive Aries. Our fuses may be short. We want so many seemingly contrary things. This is the opportunity to see how these desires may indeed feed each other. 

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, October 18. Yesterday, Mercury entered Scorpio. Today, Mercury conjoins Jupiter in that sign. [See yesterday’s forecast for more context.] On the last day of this lunar cycle, honor desires to pull back, to protect vulnerable places, to seek silence. The Moon in Libra might confuse us into thinking we want to be more social than we are at the moment. When everything quiets down, what do you most need? However, another response is possible. Jupiter sometimes pushes past limitations and we feel confident and adventurous. This choice to be bold could be an authentic response to pressures you’ve been feeling lately. You might be feeling surprisingly emotional. The Sun in Libra makes a quincunx to Chiron in Pisces, asking us to adjust our choices based on emotional information. Whatever choices you make, give yourself the option to change your mind. Pivoting is a good life skill. 

Moon enter Scorpio 8:41 pm CDT
October 19—New Moon: Seeding. I look at the chart for the New Moon and all I see are thresholds and crossroads. I admit, my thoughts are on a Reclaiming Witchcamp where I will be co-facilitating, with a team of amazing Witches, a week between the worlds visiting Hekate at the Crossroads. . But we are, aren’t we, at a crossroads. We are in the time of year when the veils thin between the living and dead, when all time seems liminal, when thresholds are crossed. We are also at a time of choosing, an important time to assess where we are and make choices based on where we desire to be. 

Influences at the crossroads. 

New Moons are occurring near the end of a sign right now. This pattern continues through the next year. The in between space between signs is a threshold. This New Moon seeds the liminal space between Libra and Scorpio. We’ve just experienced the shift between these signs when Jupiter moved out of Libra and into Scorpio for a year. This feels like a dive into the depths after being in the heady Libra spaces of evaluating, processing, and balancing. Soul is calling. Complex emotions color the world. Memories are waiting to be retrieved. Yet, the doorway to Libra stands open too. Soulful depths add qualities to our relationships that may have been missing. Trust becomes important to moving forward through these passages. What does justice look like from this perspective?

The most striking feature of this New Moon is the opposition of Uranus in Aries to the Sun and Moon in Libra. This is a jolt of electricity running through the places of choosing. The charge wakes us. We are impatient for change. We are ready to tear down the towers that confine us. Be careful of the vows you make at this crossroads. Listen to the ancestors who hold the vision of a healed world. Be daring in your devotion to life.

I will be taking a break from writing and posting my forecast while I am away at camp. I am taking into this week an intention to deepen my understanding of choice. I invoke my whole self, shadows and lights. I invite ancestral wisdoms, and look at ancestral legacies in relation to present-day injustices. We are choosing the world at this moment. I wish to be accountable for my choices. May our choices bring beauty and balance to our lives.

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 and world changer. Read about the beginning of the Virgo/Libra lunar cycle here

Contact Teri at and visit her website at 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, October 5, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for October 5, 2017 – October 11

Forecast for October 5, 2017 – October 11

Moon in Aries
October 5—Full Moon: Blossoming.

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to walk through the autumn woods and fields of the beautiful Philadelphia Community Farm in Wisconsin, following a brilliant troupe of actors and musicians who were re-imagining Dante’s Purgatorio as a prescription for moving through the grief of the human destroyed-world to ascend into a world where the wild can claim us, but we can not claim the wild.  In a week that has been very challenging, this play represented for me a ray of hope, proof that another story is brewing. There is vision and passion to create a better relationship with the wild. Where there is grief, there can also be beauty.

I don’t feel like writing glib responses to tragedy tonight. I also don’t feel like re-invoking horrors. What I do want to do is notice the longing to inhabit a world where grief and joy feed our humanness. I want to think small while loud voices are screaming about the enormity. I want to slow down when my heart and belly are tightened into fight and flight. I want to risk connection even when embodied systems of shame tell me I am safer alone. This lunar cycle feels like a lot of work. But it isn’t asking us to work harder. The drive to conquer and overcome will not move us closer to small, slow, and connected. This might be the biggest paradox that Virgo (the seed sign of this lunar cycle) represents. Virgo is a hard-working sign but it is also a sign of small adjustments and quiet practices. In the Virgo realm, a lot can happen under the surface. Virgo is the holistic healer, the priestess, and dedicant—qualities we so need right now. The demon that can overtake Virgo’s instinct for patience is a drive for perfectionism. Better is not better. The play I saw this weekend suggested that we don’t improve ourselves out of the purgatory we find ourselves in. What we can do is cease struggling. Admit our sorrow. Seek the grace of the wild.
Virgo is not the only influence of this lunar cycle. The Sun moved into Libra right after the New Moon, casting this energy onto our journeys. Libra insists that everything be in relationship. Since everything already is, perhaps Libra is the scale of justice that asks, how are your relationships going? That becomes a vital question at the Full Moon of October 5, with the opposition of Moon in Aries and Sun in Libra. This lunar cycle is offering the opportunity to notice the connection between Virgo and Libra, between dedication and relationship. And that connection is not without significant complications coming from Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter in Libra right now as well. Uranus is the Awakener. Jupiter is the Believer. Oppositions, oddly enough, represent the point when we start to integrate extreme positions. We’ve reach a breaking point and then see the ways we need to balance and support. This is not a gentle awakening into personal choice and interconnection. This is a survival moment, a necessary ceasing of the struggle (which Aries so likes to do) into the question, how do we reconnect? We cannot omit this reconnection to the wild in the search for our answers. The wild may be the only hope left.

A beautiful connection between Venus and Mars in Virgo at the Full Moon represents a new beginning for our desires. Both of these planets are about the ways we seek and invite the desirable. Venus invites relationship and connection. Mars infuses that invitation with passion and action. The Virgin archetype associated with Virgo is neither sexless nor prudish. Virgo sex has its own flavor, infusing desire with the passions of healing, wholeness, and devotion. If the wild is our only hope, this connection between Venus and Mars suggests that sex energy may be the alchemical force that removes obstacles to our hopes. The Lovers in Virgo are square to Saturn in Sagittarius at the Full Moon, and this represents both the obstacles we meet on the way to union with our desires and the commitment we have to stay on the path. Realize that the thought of giving up is part of the process of knowing and serving the desirable vision.

The Moon in Aries and Sun in Libra represent the need to reintegrate the personal with the relational. Aries is daring and foolish where Libra is balanced and careful. These signs are ruled by the Lovers, Mars and Venus. We are invited to go past our comfort zones while at the same time remaining in relationship, considering and questioning our impact. It is impossible to do this work of re-wilding alone. No single visionary will lead us from our hells. We reach out and touch, adjust and move on, slowly. It all matters.

Moon enters Taurus 6:56 pm CDT
Friday, October 6.
The best channels of communication come from the heart under the influence of Mercury in Libra in a quincunx aspect to Neptune in Pisces. The longing for communication that reaches across misunderstanding is strong and difficult. As we encounter those moments when words fail, remember we communicate on so many other levels too. Most likely we’ll be looking for patience too. While the Moon is still in impetuous Aries, it riles up the opposition between Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. What needs to be said for justice? For connection? We don’t have to squash our passions in order to be open to the other. The evening may be a better time to work our differences or reach understandings when the Moon enters grounding Taurus.

Moon in Taurus
Saturday, October 7.
As the Moon in Taurus connects encouragingly with Neptune in Pisces and strongly with Pluto in Capricorn, find your peace in the wild. Wendell Berry said it better:

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
—The Peace of Wild Things

Moon enters Gemini 8:44 pm CDT
October 8—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Poignant harvests of this lunar cycle come forward at this time. A key transit of this lunar cycle has been the conjoining of Venus and Mars in Virgo. The conjunction of the planets ruling desire and fulfillment occurs on average every 18 months. (There are variations due to retrograde.) Every conjunction is a seed, a moment when we set intentional magic into the cauldron of becoming. The Lovers in Virgo are dedicants to beauty. As Virgo is an integrator into wholeness and healing, the Lovers within each of us, entice us to find missing pieces, bring in contradictions, love our shadows. The purifying nature of Virgo struggles with such things. There is paradox here. Today, Venus makes a square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius. October 11, Mars will square Saturn. This period of Saturn influence represents a challenge to what we truly desire. The Saturn challenge, which feels like obstruction and failure, is a moment to intensify our desires and bring them into manifestation. What will we hold onto even when we doubt? We can expect this Saturn influence to be strong over the entire Venus/Mars cycle that ends in August 2019, when the Lovers come back together.

In addition to the important square between Venus and Saturn today, Mercury conjoins the Sun in Libra at the superior conjunction. This represents the “full moon” phase of their synodic cycle. We are harvesting messages, illuminating Libran wisdoms. These messages may be about personal relationships as well as collective ones. We have the opportunity to reap a stronger awareness of the balances forces of the world—from micro-adjustments to full on revolutions, relationships invite change. What are you learning about change?

The Taurus Moon (for most of the day in CDT) cradles these influences. Embodied explorations are called for and will yield important insights. Use your senses.

Moon in Gemini
Monday, October 9.
Yesterday, Sun and Mercury came together in Libra. Today they form a square to Pluto. Illumination comes from the shadowy depths. Notice the pull down and within to seek a deeper relationship with ourselves. Notice the need to bring up repressed memories. Find a welcoming place to lay these memories down to be transformed and healed. We may act as midwives of this healing process for others too. In the outer world, toxic power systems are confronted. A desperate desire for justice arises. As we notice changes in the world, be fed by the wild and leave behind your despair.

Moon enters Cancer 10:38pm CDT
Tuesday, October 10.
A week of massive transitions continues. Jupiter enters Scorpio today. Jupiter remains in a sign for about a year. This gives us time to settle into new discoveries in the Scorpio realms. Jupiter invites the big stories, the wonders of discovery. Scorpio, fixed water sign, represents the depths of our souls, the darkness of transformations, the struggle against and acceptance of death. Jupiter has finished a year’s journey through Libra. We still resonate with those lessons about relationship and justice. We sense how momentary but eternal Balance is. We tip into the dark, now. Venus in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces, which is part of a grand mutable cross today while the Moon remains in Gemini (includes Saturn in Sagittarius) Mutability is unsettling. We may have a hard time focusing. Messages are sent and received and we feel so many shifting energies. The Venus/Chiron connection feels vulnerable. Slow down, there is time to understand what these feelings are telling you.

Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, October 11.
Mars in Virgo forms a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. What are your brick walls? Do you feel as if you are banging your head and getting nowhere? Well, this transit explains that. Saturn is putting on the breaks. Yet frustrations also bring opportunities to understand our desires a little bit better. Decide what needs to be pared away and come back to the quest. Honor dedication. Honor service.

Venus in Virgo makes a puzzling connection to Uranus in Aries. Have you been holding back desire? Perhaps this transits nudges us to greater states of dedication infused with beauty and radical change. We are still evolving, experimenting with the edges of love. What do yours feel like?

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 the Virgo/Libra lunar cycle here.

Contact Teri at and visit her website at 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.