Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for September 13 – September 19

Dare I write about the profound state of weariness I find myself in at this moment? Dare I admit my energy coffers are low and I need time to recover and wonder where that time will come from? Would writing about this serve anyone? Is there an astrological thread to follow from this place of bone tiredness? Can I locate an authentic intention to carry through the next lunar cycle?

How about you? Are you weary as well?

Today as I write (September 19), Mercury and Neptune are opposing each other. The will to communicate (Mercury) is inundated by Neptunian oceans. Right now, a horrific hurricane is battering the Caribbean. A second earthquake has hit Mexico. The U. S. President is provoking war at the U.N. Police in St. Louis are chanting, “Whose streets, our streets.” And that’s not all. I am weary. A weariness of the heart. A weariness around hearing more news and wondering how to find my center and where to do my work. Perhaps this IS the work of this next lunar cycle.

The New Moon of September 20 takes place near the end of Virgo. Three days after, the Sun moves into Libra. There is a great deal of Virgo influence at the moment, but it is brief. The real impetus for this cycle as it develops over the next month will come from Libra. I expect this to surface as a call for equity and justice. But right now, this opposition between Mercury in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces is all I can think about. It is all I can feel. What can I possibly say that will serve (Mercury in Virgo) when the waters are rising (Neptune in Pisces)?

Virgo is a hard working sign. It is also the sign of the dedicant. This is priestess energy, the desire to make things better through service. This is the sign of a healer. These qualities are important to me. Virgo, as an earth sign, provides the ground of support for those who give too much, sometimes experienced under the influence of Virgo’s opposite sign, Pisces. Virgo can often find a way to smooth the ragged edges and find that wholesome center where we get back to doing our work. Virgo reminds us to do what is in front of us. Small steps. Small steps. Like these paragraphs tonight.

Forecast for September 13 – September 19

Moon enters Libra 5:06 am
September 20—New Moon: Seeding. The chart for the New Moon is loaded with Virgo planets. Venus, Mars, Mercury, Sun, and Moon. As with all mutable signs, Virgo can easily get over-extended. There’s a danger of higher stress if we don’t remember to take those baby steps towards our desires to be of service, to add our healing, to regain our centers of support. Virgo is good at micro-adjustments. Sensitive to the smallest changes, Virgo is the master of subtle shifts. Perhaps we need that most right now. As the world appears to be veering into chaos, we could perhaps use a little more subtlety, a little more smallness. Do you practice magic? This chart provides an opportunity to tap into micro-movements—the small nudges that create big changes. We are teetering. Imagine a dose of healing equilibrium being injected into a body teeming with imbalances. We can make medicine with the energy of this New Moon. Perhaps you are a healer. Perhaps we all become healers.

Both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are influencing this seed moment of the New Moon. Neptune opposing Mercury shifts the messages. We need to look for them in unexpected places. Intuition and dreaming give us access to information we need right now. It is hard to find clarity. We must to wait for it. Chiron opposes the Sun and Moon. The balance between Pisces and Virgo unlocks secrets to how we may act as devoted healers in this moment of suffering. Chiron says, open and feel, witness the ways we are flawed, connect through these flaws to others just as flawed. The Sun and Moon seed this Virgo moment with a dedicant’s desire to serve. In a few days, Jupiter in Libra will oppose Uranus in Aries (September 27). Another awakening moment is coming. Jupiter in Libra reminds us that injustice is intolerable. Uranus jolts us into action. May we dedicate our service to rebalancing the scales. May we find renewal through devotion and action that brings justice. May our healing create the momentum for change.

Moon in Libra
Thursday, September 21.
A disruptive square between the Moon in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is good reason to tread lightly in your personal relationships today. Resentments easily surface. Blame and projection is not far behind. Use this energy to look at your shadows and demand that the shadows of toxic power be exposed. The Moon harmonizes with Saturn in Sagittarius to give us a desire to learn and connect with others in meaningful ways.

Moon enters Scorpio 12:40 pm CDT
Friday, September 22.
Fall Equinox. Just a few days after the New Moon in Virgo, the Sun slides into Libra. Since we are still in the new phase, Libra influences this lunar cycle as much as Virgo does. This influence attunes our Virgo dedication towards Libran justice, equity, and balance. Just to make sure we are paying attention, the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Libra and opposes Uranus in Aries early in the day before moving into the darker waters of Scorpio. As much as we may wish we could sleep through the next season, we need to stay awake. It is important to find ways to support our nervous systems and social networks. We need our bodies and we need each other. A grounding and supportive trine between Mercury in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn helps to clear our minds after the last few days of Neptune influence. Remember to keep it simple and to take small Virgo steps in service to your ideal of fairness. Libra influence is also an opportunity to see from another’s point of view. Let’s move away from the Libra desire to smooth over conflict and join in with Virgo dedication to disrupt systems of imbalance.

Moon in Scorpio
September 23—Crescent Moon: Germinating. This lunar cycle was seeded with a blend of Virgo and Libra. We are getting more clear about what we are dedicated to. What ideal are you serving? Does your life align with your devotion? Are their imbalances between work and values? Non-alignment, or imbalance, could be felt acutely. With the mounting pressure of Jupiter in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries (exact on September 27), there is little patience to wait for change. We could fall into the trap of judging ourselves or others for not doing a good enough job. The Moon in Scorpio could encourage brooding over the places we feel stuck. Mercury, Mars, and Venus in Virgo are offering a chance to let go of perfectionism so we can be available for acts of pragmatic service. What is the fruit of devotion? Why serve beauty? What is the purpose of our spiritual practices? Through this lunar cycle, we have a chance to truly connect with the meaning behind our work. Every moment of ordinary life becomes sacred. We remember our Soul Work.

The dynamic tension between equilibrium and empathy is a major theme of the day with Jupiter in Libra making a quincunx aspect to Chiron in Pisces. The Moon encourages inner work and finding inner solace with favorable aspects to Mars, Neptune, and Pluto. Become an alchemist of you inner and outer states. Small and steady acts can produce big shifts.

Moon enters Sagittarius 11:01 pm CDT
Sunday, September 24.
The opposition between Mars in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, exact today, reminds me of the Arthurian stories about the quest for the Holy Grail. Mars is the devoted knight who will not stop from his quest, thinking that it is only a simple search for a material object. Neptune is the initiation into the deeper mysteries that each of us undergo when we take on our life’s quest. Some of us will need to surrender expectations. Some of us will discover lasting truths. Some of us may want to give up. Some of us may be “saved” by the true grail we discover in ourselves or in our connection to the web of life. There is a strong mythical quality to this day. Be curious about where your questing heart will take you.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, September 25.
Yesterday’s forecast about our personal quests remains influential today. If yesterday was the call to the Hero’s Journey, then today represents the first challenges we encounter. Adjustments need to be made in our lives. We are acutely aware of imbalance and injustice and what feels like a dire need to act. Over stimulation could work against us. There is a battle of will between earthy grounding and fiery passion with squares between the Moon in Sagittarius and planets in Virgo—Venus, Mars, and Mercury. The opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries contributes to the tension. Relationship is everything, especially the relationship we have with everything. Isolation is a myth, we are intimately interconnected. Uranus sends a wake up call. How will you infuse this connection with acts of Virgoan service and devotion? The square between Mercury in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius represents an important moment of understanding. We are responsible to our relationships. Our thoughts and our work impact the whole. Time to rededicate.

Moon in Sagittarius
Tuesday, September 26.
The Moon in Sagittarius conjoins Saturn and makes a square to Mercury in Virgo—the sense that we need to solidify and rededicate our devotions is strong. Do you experience this as an oppressive burden or a liberating possibility? Try to see the gifts that come from remembering why you do the work. Let go of perfection and shame. The source of devotion is also a source of renewal. Forgiveness helps us rebound.


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, September 13, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for September 13 – September 19

Forecast for September 13 – September 19

Mutable signs foster complexity. That is the good and the bad side to these integrating, information-seeking signs—Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Mutable signs are the weavers of meaning and the discoverers of truth. They assess well-being and diagnose illness. They strive to unify and diversify how we understand things. Their changeable nature tells us that meaning and truth can change a lot too.

The week ahead starts with the Moon in mutable Gemini opposing Saturn in mutable Sagittarius, with the Sun in mutable Virgo making a square to the Moon and Saturn. This pattern is a challenge. It lands us smack dab in complexity. Complexity is a sign of health. The more diverse and interconnected an eco-system is the better it can adapt to stresses and changes.  Complexity gives us options. It is also hard to maintain when it relates to inner and conflicting experiences. Humans have a tendency to simplify complexity because it soothes the stress of having to pay attention to more stuff. Humans love to be in control, on top of things. We pay a big price for that love.

Mutable signs also show us the joy and delight to be found in curiosity, not knowing, and serendipitous discoveries. Mutable signs encourage the other modalities (cardinal and fixed) to let go of control and outcome and be in the soup of influences that can never be repeated and just might give us the next step to take out of our mess. Mutable signs present koan-like questions that are meant to expand consciousness, not give us an answer. Is it the wave or the water that is most important here? Mutable signs bring humility when we realize we will never completely understand the interconnected web of complexity that runs through the worlds. But it is wonderful, right?

The planetary pattern I mentioned above is important. Saturn influences are always important. Saturn gives us our true work and our biggest challenges. Saturn wants mastery and authority for us, believe it or not. Saturn stays in a sign for about 2 ½ years. Saturn has been marching through mutable fire Sagittarius since December 2014 (retreating back into Scorpio for three months). Saturn leaves Sagittarius in December 2017. Saturn recently turned direct, this means that Saturn is stationary and strong and that the next three months represent the completion of Saturn’s transit through this sign. Saturn was named for a Roman harvest god. The question: What are we harvesting from this mutable fire that will help us attain mastery and authority? stays with us until Saturn leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn.

Mutable fire introduces the complexities of passion and truth. Sagittarius loves freedom because it opens the horizon to discover the meaning of life. Our discoveries gather around us like a shawl giving warmth and protection against life’s uncertainties. We hope that our truths will stand against chaos, but since we can never be sure, that shawl can become a prison of dogmatism and fundamentalism. This hardening of belief betrays the mutable question of how do we continue to adapt and discover? Saturn has shown us the limitations of faith. It has shown us the dangers of manipulating truth to serve oppression. It has presented us with tests, how do we stay open to complexity, how do we unveil untruths, how do we fight for facts, what role does science play in our storytelling, what are the common threads that reach across cultures, what are the real differences and what do they teach us, how do we show respect across cultures, what do we do about cultural appropriation? All these questions are Sagittarian in nature. Saturn never gives us easy tests.

Moon enters Cancer 5:12 pm
September 13—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. For a good part of the day, a grand mutable cross pattern influences our perceptions. The Sun in Virgo, Moon in Gemini, Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces are stirring the cauldron of this lunar cycle seeded under a total solar eclipse in Leo. A lot has gone down in these three weeks. Mutable energy is unsettled, we are trying to sort out a lot of things. Many people are trying to sort out their lives after fires, floods, and winds have destroyed what they once knew. The air is unsettled. It is good to reflect on what we value most and where we need to go next. This phase of the Moon is about evaluating the past and deciding what changes we need to make. Chiron in Pisces asks us to identify with the suffering of others. When there is so much, it is easy to numb out. Notice when you want to do this. How do we bring awareness back without plunging ourselves into frozen trauma? The Moon in Gemini interjects wonderment. I wonder what this means, I wonder what there is to learn, I wonder who there is to meet. The Sun in Virgo provides the light of service, devotion, and knowing that together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Change is the constant. We are always adapting.

Moon in Cancer
Thursday, September 14.
Let’s consolidate the messes in our lives. Let’s feed them chicken soup. The Moon in Cancer reminds us to nurture ourselves and to honor the places of home and restoration. So many people across the world are displaced from their homes. Is it time to count your blessings? Is it time to extend generosity and aid to those who are less blessed? The Moon makes favorable contacts with Mars in Virgo (industry and devotion) and Neptune in Pisces (compassion and connection). This is a good day to cultivate the sensation of Enough. Scarcity fears are the root of many toxic reactions, like greed, hatred, objectification of others. Gratitude and knowing when we have enough is the counter spell to practice today. Later in the day, the Moon stirs up emotion and fear as it opposes Pluto in Capricorn. This is a great opportunity to look at the roots of our fears. More to dispel.

Moon enters Leo 8:09 pm CDT
Friday, September 15.
Venus in Leo and Jupiter in Libra have a great time together today. Expressions of fun, joy, and exuberance are not denial. We need to feel there is possibility and we need to remember that each of us makes a difference. So, what will you accomplish with your joy today? The Moon joins in on the whoop whoop when it moves into Leo tonight (CDT), but for most of the day, we are concerned with bringing expansion into our deepest places. This could very well be our homes, or families, or the ways we know to refill our coffers of resiliency. Fill up. Fill up. You know you need it.

Moon in Leo
September 16—Balsamic Moon: Composting. I don’t want to compost this lunar cycle. I want to break free of complacency, denial, and helplessness. The Moon’s shadow touched my skin at the very beginning of this lunar cycle under a total eclipse of the Sun. This shadow released something, illuminated something, that is essential and life-giving. Our choices matter. The consequences of not choosing matters just as much. What will we do for life? What will we do to protect the water? What will we do to bring justice to the world? What will we do to deny the voices of hatred any footing? What will we do to change our trajectory? I am afraid that composting this lunar cycle will mean letting go of the urgency and awakening. I am wrong. But that is the emotion.

I place my trust in the Earth’s cycles. After planting, growing, and reaping, comes death and compost. Whatever truths I have come to know during this cycle, I can surrender to the heap to be transformed by Mystery into the rich soil of future cycles. This does not mean I go back to sleep. We are passing the wisdom attained right on to the next cycle. Gather in your seeds. Find the kernels to nurture into the future.

The Moon returns to Leo where it was at that total eclipse. Seeing or sensing the Sun being covered by shadow, what have you learned about the Sun’s essence? This is also the essence of you. Astrology reminds us that each of us is a Sun at the core. What remains when everything else is surrendered? What returns when shadows lift?

Mercury and Mars have been meeting over the summer (northern hemisphere, winter in the south). The first time was in June in the sign of Cancer, the second when Mercury stationed retrograde in early September at the end of Leo, and today when they meet again in Virgo for the last time in this cycle. Cancer, Leo, Virgo—these are the signs of summer in the northern hemisphere. Mind and action are melding. We are learning, readjusting, and formulating our visions and our plans for action. Virgo is the pragmatic one. The one who realizes we need a system to enact the changes we desire. Don’t jump ahead of yourself. The plan can be simple. Simple is better. Perhaps there is a simple daily practice you begin today to call in your awareness of what you have learned this summer and where you need to go next.

Moon enters Virgo 11:52 pm CDT
Sunday, September 17.
Venus in Leo kicks into action the next couple of days. Today, Venus makes a quincunx aspect to Chiron in Pisces and a trine to Uranus in Aries. Tomorrow, Venus reaches the eclipse degree (28 Leo) where the eclipse energy is reactivated all over again. Today’s transits are part of that. Venus energy can be held under the surface. Sometimes, we feel that we need to play it safe or be nice. Being nice is probably the worst choice right now. Venus wants  to break out of the chains of niceness. She is a badass today. Uranus influences the way we have to bring change to the world. Chiron tells us to do it even when we feel vulnerable and exposed. The heart reminds us that we don’t have to be consistent, we just have to love. For most of the day (CDT) the Moon is in Leo. There is a grand fire trine of Moon, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus sparking desire, asking us to be bold, reminding us how precious the life force is.

Moon in Virgo
Monday, September 18.
Venus in Leo reaches the eclipse degree that began this lunar cycle. We’ve already had Mercury and Mars activating this degree. The list of tragic events that have happened in the last three weeks is sobering, heart-breaking. We are reaching the end of the lunar cycle but we will be unpacking the effects of this eclipse for a while. In February, 2018 there will be another solar eclipse (27 degrees Aquarius) opposite the location of the last eclipse (28 degrees Leo). This will be another activating moment. Venus rules Libra, holding the sword of justice, and Taurus, holding a cornucopia of earthly wealth. It isn’t good to make Venus mad. And when the Earth and Justice team up to illuminate our next steps, we should pay attention. The Moon in Virgo activates the devoted servant in us. How will you serve justice and Earth?

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, September 19.
 This lunar cycle closes with a lot of energy and information. It might even feel like this is the place we plant the seeds of our next lunar cycle. Many of the things we experience today will influence intention for the next New Moon on September 20. Pisces energy is present. By that I mean, boundaries are open (for good or bad), we are picking up emotional information from the field and that can be triggering. It can also be uplifting and help us reconnect with others through mutual compassion. Pisces is an important complement to Virgo, where the Moon is today and at the next new moon, because it opposes Virgo. This opposition stretches us to incorporate more empathy in our service and more service in our empathy. The Pisces influence is felt through the Sun’s opposition to Chiron in Pisces and Mercury in Virgo’s opposition to Neptune in Pisces. Venus enters Virgo today. I think this is a wonderful placement for Venus. We are learning to be pragmatic about the ways we need to work in the world for change and right relationship. Venus here is a blessing for our work and our hearts.


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.

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, September 6, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for September 6 - September 12

Forecast for September 6 – September 12

Moon in Pisces
September 6—Full Moon: Blossoming.
The last thing I want to do is preach. Last week, I wrote about whiteness and got a couple of readers telling me that I was being divisive and that they were done with my column. That is OK with me, but it is interesting that it took a column about race to provoke this response. Most people just silently stop reading. I don’t write to please others but I do write for a purpose. I write as personal spiritual practice. I write to explore how astrology can be used for mindful intention. I write to support connection to the sky, to the Earth, and to each other.

This week I wasn’t going to repeat myself nor back down from last week. Yes, white people do have a problem. This problem is racism and white people do need to take more action to solve this problem. A lunar cycle introduced by the “Great American Eclipse” seems like a good time to name our collective shadows here in the U.S. and to act from new insights attained after the solar light returns. I thought I had done that and was preparing to talk more about the cusp between Leo and Virgo and the expansive pull of Pisces on our hearts at the Full Moon of September 6, but the shadows keep emerging and I find I can’t be silent about them. This lunar cycle won’t let me.

Hatred is a tool of fascism. Singling out and dehumanizing small groups is a technique fascists use to consolidate their power. The more we are encouraged to label someone as other and be disinterested in them or their experiences, the easier it is for fascism to take root. If we let this happen, little by little in small ways, all of us lose our humanity. Transgender people have had a hard road in the U.S. It has never been easy to advocate for one’s gender rights. Whatever few rights transgender folk have won are being systematically taken away and worsened under the Trump administration. I am worried about my beloveds. A friend just shared an article about the purge of transgender people from public life, conceived by the Family Research Council and implemented by Trump’s administration. It is important that we recognize this as a dangerous slide into hatred and a loss of freedom for all of us.


The stars offer a lesson as we stand at the crossroads deciding, do we act or do we ignore?

The Full Moon of September 6 occurs in the sign of Pisces. This mutable water sign teaches us about connection and disconnection, the process of humanizing and dehumanizing others. Mutable signs (Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, and Sagittarius) take in information. With antennas up, the mutable signs are reading the vibes and deciding what it means. These signs teach that if we have a healthy balance of self-care and concern for others, we are able to maintain connection pretty consistently. When our information systems overload, we can shut down entirely. Under mutable influence we move in and out of caring too much to not caring at all. If we are stressed, the first thing to go is seeing ourselves in others. If the environment is spewing hate, this lack of caring can turn to blaming and othering. It is just easier to put people in boxes and move on with our lives. This is where we may need to pause and reflect because it isn’t the other who is losing their humanity, it is we who are tuning them out.

Pisces is water. Under Pisces we receive emotional information. Our hearts either expand to take in more or we put up barriers. There is no blame for being overwhelmed or reacting the ways we need to. Especially now. At this Full Moon we notice where and how we’ve reached capacity. At this Full Moon there is an opportunity to balance Piscean emotion with Virgoan service. Creating more order, simplifying our lives, or taking care of mundane tasks under the Sun in Virgo influence can help us make more room to feel what we feel and stay open to the humanity in us all.

The Full Moon chart shows Neptune conjoining the Moon and opposing the Sun. Neptune, as co-ruler of Pisces, strongly reinforces the Piscean nature of this Full Moon. Our hearts are tender. There is much to feel. What helps you stay present? What happens when you can’t? Reaching capacity is not a sign of failure. Tuning out isn’t either. Perhaps we are learning to notice emotional capacity and the ways we retain not only our own humanity, but the humanity of others, while being at the limits of what we can take in.

Toxic shadows are emerging. The stress of change and uncertainty has increased considerably. The Pisces influence of this Full Moon reminds us that connection is key. In whatever capacity we have, to choose each other is a bold act of defiance. Let’s not surrender our humanity.

Moon enters Aries 7:01 am CDT
Thursday, September 7.
The Moon moving into a fire sign today reminds me to pray for all living beings impacted by the wildfires burning in the western states of the U.S. Fire signs teach us that fire can bring joy and a willingness to step into life, even when we don’t know where it will lead. Fire is creativity and energy. Fire wakes us up. May we awaken. May fire’s hunger be sated. May overheated fires cool. May we know balance again.

Moon in Aries
Friday, September 8.
Venus in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius and the Moon in Aries form a grand fire trine aspect pattern. Venus won’t exactly trine Saturn until September 12 but we feel the fire attraction today too. Trines are supportive, but even assistance from such a temperamental element can be more than we bargained for. Passions are pretty high right now. We may reach the boiling point. We may feel as if we need to act before we lose courage. On one hand, the stars are telling us to trust ourselves more and go for it. On the other, they warn us to build in more space to consider what we are overlooking. Develop a skill for knowing just how much energy is enough and grounding the rest. The Moon makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn and an opposition to Jupiter in Libra. These planets make volatile situations even more so. Be passionate. Be safe. Be willing. 

Moon enters Taurus 11:22 am CDT
September 9—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. The fruit of this lunar cycle for me is a new commitment to telling the truth. A seed was planted by the meeting of the Sun and Moon in a total eclipse. The real harvest of that experience may take quiet a while. Right now, however, I want to remember the radiant shadow of the Moon crossing the land. I want to invoke the cleansing power of meeting a shadow head on. This lunar cycle is influenced by the cusp between Leo and Virgo. Leo offers creative joy. Virgo offers a willingness to work. The fruit of this offering is sustenance for all the small and large acts of resistance and beauty that are ahead for us. The Moon in Taurus says, take this food. Savor the flavors. Honor the body that does the work and enjoys the sweet moments.

Pleasure comes from honesty today as Venus in Leo makes a quincunx aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. This isn’t simple honesty. This is the kind of truthtelling that brings exposure and feels vulnerable. We could be pushed to this place because the secrets are zapping the life force right out of us. The Sun in Virgo makes a supportive trine to Pluto at the same time. This influence brings strength and power. The desire to purge or cleanse is strong. Get down to the essentials. Find the power and clarity that comes from unburdening yourself. Mercury, finally moving direct again, re-enters Virgo. We get another chance to reorganize our thoughts and systems.

Moon in Taurus
Sunday, September 10.
The grand earth trine of Moon in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn, and the Sun in Virgo introduces solid ground into a chaotic week. This is a chance to regain your equilibrium and notice where you are, who is with you, and why life matters. In the U.S., school has started, we are harvesting our gardens, we look toward the coming winter. There is a familiar rhythm to this time of year that can help us feel more grounded and present. From that presence, how do we reach out to those who need more connection and support themselves? This may be a good day to form plans for service work to share the struggles as well as the abundance we may feel.

Moon enters Gemini 2:29 pm CDT
Monday, September 11.
Squares between the Moon in Gemini and Mars and Mercury in Virgo stimulate our information systems. Stress levels may go up. The battle is between ways we need order and ways we keep introducing more and more chaos into our lives. Perhaps stress levels come down when we take time to process and integrate. What are you learning? Where do you want to focus next? Be willing to try a new approach.

Moon in Gemini
Tuesday, September 12.
If Saturn is the challenger and Venus is the bringer of harmony, then the trine between these two planets could create a breakthrough moment to a perplexing problem. Perhaps a friend or lover provides the key. Perhaps you appreciate solid relationships even more. Feel free to share encouragement today. It is likely to be accepted and make a difference to the recipient. The Moon in Gemini lightens the mood as well.

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

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


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for August 29, 2017 – September 5

Forecast for August 29, 2017 – September 5

I am struggling with how to begin this week’s forecast. I know I want to write about the changes that white Americans need to make to end racism and white supremacy, but I don’t know how to dive in. That in itself is a pattern, isn’t it? Many white Americans are frozen in inaction because they don’t know how to dive in. I am frozen in inaction because I don’t know how to dive in. So, I will dive in. I suspect it will take many times before this diving feels more natural.

Don’t stop reading. The astrology of the moment plays into this.

But first. We have a problem. White Americans have a problem. I am not a scholar or expert in racial justice activism or education. I’m just an awakening person who can’t turn away from the reality that there is a lot wrong with our country and much of it is centered on race. White people need to make fundamental changes in the way we see the world. A few years ago, I took a life-changing workshop—More Than Skin Deep: Uprooting White Supremacy One Cell at a Time—taught by Susan Raffo and Heather Hackman. (I’d like to recommend something that Susan Raffo wrote about whiteness for those new to the idea.) I learned about whiteness in that training. I learned that whiteness is the system, almost a moral code, which perpetuates privilege for a select few and exploits the rest. I learned that as a white person, I have been fed stories that help maintain this system. Some of these stories feel like goodness and solid values, yet end up being the means of justifying oppression of others. I learned that undoing these stories will take more than a lifetime, and so, I better get to work because a world without racism is a world worth manifesting, however hard it will be to get there.

Undoing the stories that perpetuate injustice and oppression. This is where the astrology comes in. It is not surprising to astrologers that we are in our current crises in the U.S. In fact, astrologers think it will get worse over the next five years leading up to a significant transit in 2022. In that year, Pluto returns for the first time to the degree where it was when the country was born. Till that time, unexplored shadows—Pluto’s realm—will continue to emerge as part of a dying/rebirthing process. There is a lot to hope for in this transit and a lot to become aware of. Toxic stories are revealed and composted so that life-affirming stories can be told. The recent eclipse, visible across the entire continental U.S. is a part of this process. This lunar cycle, which began on the cusp between Leo and Virgo, is part of this process. Right now is part of this process.

I like to start in the moment—the first quarter phase of this lunar cycle. I think of this as the Warrior Phase. During the first quarter, challenges to our intentions arise. We must meet them with determination. These challenges help define our desires. We hone and refine the vision that may have felt foggy under the New Moon. Since this New Moon was an eclipse, we really had no way of knowing just what would come from the sudden darkness and light’s return. There is a high level of uncertainty under an eclipse; we just know something will happen. Something is. Something will. This week Mercury, Mars, and Uranus (by trine) will activate the eclipse degree. This transition to new information, symbolized by the eclipse, continues to unfold. You may notice that your intentions have shifted suddenly. You may notice that what felt foggy is getting clearer. It will continue to do so.

I am still processing in my body the experience of witnessing a total eclipse of the Sun. It was powerful. I keep thinking about the Moon’s shadow moving across both the Earth and my skin. I keep thinking about how the shadow itself felt like a being or an animal. I keep thinking that this shadow, not at all toxic, but a blessing, was offering my soul a fresh start. I keep thinking this offering is the magic of this lunar cycle, eclipse cycle, and whatever other cycle we want to include because it is just that big. Shadows can hurt when they come out of hiding, but they also can save us. And that is why I want us to think big right now. Why I am trying to think big right now about the new stories I want to tell.

Virgo is a sign of purification. It is so tricky for a white person to talk about purity. Whiteness stories have corrupted the beauty of purification. Perhaps if we go back to the Greek stories of women bathing in a certain cove in the sea in order to renew their virginity, we can come close to what Virgo is about. This is priestess energy. This is belief that we can be washed, not white-washed, but returned to the fold as part of nature again. My heart longs for this. I may not know the way, but the Moon’s shadow says yes to that desire.

This Virgo mission is tinged with Leo life force. The Sun rules Leo. Right before the Sun was eclipsed, when just the barest part of it was visible, the world was still bright, eerily bright but bright. We know this Sun of ours, even when we take it for granted. When the Sun I know left the sky for only two minutes, I felt as if I had been transported to another planet in another solar system. This couldn’t be my planet. After just a moment with the Moon shadow, it was as if a switch was turned back on. Everything returned quickly to a familiar light. Did that just happen? My rapidly beating heart told me, yes. The Sun is an anchor. I now have a better sense of why the Sun is worshipped and what we miss by forgetting our own solar essences.

All this brings me back to whiteness and the message of the eclipse. All people hold the life force essence of the Sun within their beating hearts. We are all sparks and particles of light. As sparks of light from this amazing star in the middle of our solar system, we deserve better than this life-hating system of injustice and oppression that is white supremacy. The Moon shadow is a challenge and a gift. Remember this spark. As a Virgo priestess, dedicate yourself to serving it. At this first quarter phase, fight against the forces that want to take this spark from you and keep the toxic stories alive. As a person trying to wake up, stay tuned to more, and find ways to align the vision with the energy. And then dive in.

Moon in Sagittarius
August 29—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. We are putting together the big picture. What does it mean? The Moon in philosophical Sagittarius makes a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Perhaps there is a temptation to bypass the real work and drift into a feel-good version of spirituality. The world is crying for us to pay attention. People are suffering in Texas right now. We don’t need to save everyone, just do what we can. The sextile aspect between Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius will be in effect for the next few days. This helps ground us in the possible without giving up on the dream. What is your dream? What is your work?

Moon in Sagittarius
Wednesday, August 30.
The Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius and makes a sextile to Jupiter in Libra reinforcing this very productive aspect between Saturn and Jupiter. And we need all the productivity we can get. This collaboration between Saturn and Jupiter is helping us put together the pieces that have been floating around for a while now. Truth and meaning are not all that relative after all. As Trump continues to dismantle institutions of knowledge, we realize the value of facts. With this knowledge in hand, Jupiter says believe in the elegant solutions, go for balance and justice, and weigh your choices with the added benefit of facts. It helps! Later in the day, this fiery Moon makes a grand fire trine with Mars in Leo and Uranus in Aries. This will not be a restful evening, but perhaps an inspiring one.

Moon enters Capricorn 3:18 am CDT
Thursday, August 31.
We might be more tuned into authority as the Moon moves into Capricorn. Who gets to have authority? Who deserves it? How do we keep leadership accountable? What do we need from our leaders? Capricorn’s eye is on the bottom line. Sometimes this feels like how much money we make, but Capricorn’s bottom line is ultimately about helping the community/family/clan survive hard times. Hard times are here for many people in Texas and around the world. What do we need from our authorities? Mercury continues to retrograde. It started in Virgo and re-enters Leo today. Mercury is the weaver of meaning. Mercury is weaving together the link between Virgo service and Leo life force. Find the sustenance for your service that comes from life itself.

Moon in Capricorn
Friday, September 1.
We might notice weariness from emotional overload today. Mars in Leo makes a paradoxical quincunx aspect to Chiron in Pisces. We could notice the frustration that comes from not being able to solve the problems. No amount of heroic action is enough. If we surrender this fantasy, what new approaches offer themselves to us? The Moon in Capricorn can be stoic. Don’t let that energy keep you from feeling your feelings until they’re done. Later we can build our way out. As the Moon conjoins Pluto and squares Jupiter in Libra, we may be overwhelmed by fears, too. What/who is your anchor? Reach out if you are overwhelmed.

Moon enters Aquarius 3:06 pm CDT
September 2—Gibbous Moon: Budding. This lunar cycle began with a powerful solar eclipse at 28 degrees Leo (near the end of Leo and beginning of Virgo). This degree is now charged with the eclipse energy. Today Mars moves into 28 Leo while at the same time making a trine to Uranus at 28 degrees Aries. The Moon’s square to Uranus today only adds to the electrical charge built up by these positions. We could see another aspect of the eclipse today. This may occur through unexpected natural, political, or personal events. It is as if the tide is moving us along. Mars can be impulsive and it can by dynamic and forceful. Mars in Leo is the champion of the life force. Uranus is the awakener and the disrupter. A trine is an unchallenged flow between the planets. This may feel like too much energy for some of us. The gibbous phase of the Moon carries its own tension too. We feel we are on the cusp of realizing or attaining our desire but we still need to stay committed to see it through. Mars and Uranus might help to give us an added boost of energy. I am speaking to those who have taken on active roles to change the world, Remember your dedication (Virgo). Remember you come from a star (Leo). Remember we need you.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, September 3.
We are not done with eclipse triggers. Today Mercury (retrograde) reaches 28 degrees Leo (eclipse degree) and conjoins Mars at the same degree. During the eclipse, when the stars popped out in the middle of the day, we could see Mercury and Mars on either side of the Sun. The Sun has moved on, but Mars and Mercury meet at the place the Sun stood during the eclipse. How cool is that? My astrologer mind is quickly wondering, what does it mean? I may not know right now, but I know it means something. And today we might find out. Mercury is the messenger. Mars is the questing hero. Mercury is the weaver. Mars is the lover. Mercury is mind. Mars is will. Events have a fated quality. We can’t control every outcome, but perhaps we are meant to throw ourselves completely into the desire of outcome anyway. Control is a small desire. What is the bigger one? We are feeling visionary and revolutionary with the Moon in Aquarius.

Moon in Aquarius
Monday, September 4.
Labor Day. Let’s give thanks to the labor movement. We may need to draw upon their experiences as we learn to act collectively again. The Moon in Aquarius is ready to start the revolution right now. Both Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Libra are willing to let go of naysaying and inflation. Perhaps there is hope. But we can’t forget it will take effort—long effort to bring about healing and right relationship. The Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. Perhaps we see this opposition in play in Texas as workers and volunteers (Virgo) work to help those who have been inundated by the water (Pisces). We need to believe and we need to be pragmatic. This opposition helps us integrate and ground our ideals and re-inspire our acts of service with visions of healing. 

Moon enters Pisces 12:28 am CDT
Tuesday, September 5.
Mercury stations direct on the eclipse degree today. Will another shoe drop? What more is there? If Mercury has been broadcasting one message since turning retrograde on August 12, what do you think it has been? Don’t try to overthink this. So far, this lunar cycle has not been subtle. Even though the Moon in Pisces, along with the Sun opposite Neptune, may confuse the linear, rational way of approaching things, that doesn’t mean the message isn’t clear. Listen for it and let it guide you. Be especially attuned to your intuition. Be ready to take action too. Mars, the action planet, moves into Virgo, the sign of service and devotion. There is a reason our shadows have been revealed to us at this time. Take it as an opportunity to start again. There is complexity woven into the day. Venus in Leo makes a puzzling quincunx to Neptune in Pisces. There are a lot of influences today encouraging us to be selfless. We can take that too far. Venus is here is remind us to be fabulous as well. Enough said.


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 to my website.

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, August 23, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for August 24, 2017 - August 28

My last post for a partial week. Here is the rest. For the beginning of the lunar cycle, visit here

Moon in Libra
Thursday, August 24. How do we feed and sustain the revolution? Radical acts of change can also be about tending the hearth, honoring the blessings of water, or stealthily strengthening connections and commitments to each other. Venus in water sign, Cancer, makes a square to Uranus in fire sign, Aries. Venus says, “Look at how you tend to the roots of change.” With the Sun and retrograde Mercury in Virgo, we want to get home base in order. This fall will bring lots of activism and work on creating a more just world. There are many ways to approach this work. Now, we begin to get ready. 

Moon in Libra
August 25—Crescent Moon: Germinating. I got to see the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21 in on the range in Wyoming. It was the first one for me. For the brief moment of totality, it felt like I was downloading a lifetime of information. When the light came back, I did not really have words for what I had just experienced. Now, a few days after the eclipse I begin to acquire more words. I think I understand a little more what it meant to me—but not entirely. Not yet. That is what this phase of the Moon is like. When a seed germinates, roots burst from the seed and stretch down into the earth. If we are to grow, we need to break open and ground. The barest idea of the New Moon is beginning to coalesce into meaning, but we aren’t there yet. Stay open and curious. Even if you did not see the eclipse, it affected you. It has many more gifts to offer.

The sky is busy today. Notably, Saturn turns direct. Saturn stationed retrograde at 27 degrees Sagittarius on April 6. Saturn will reach that degree again on December 1. Then Saturn will move into Capricorn on December 19. It will not return to Sagittarius again until 2044. We begin to weave together the threads of meaning from Saturn’s transit of this sign. Saturn is the foundation builder. We’ve been given the opportunity to lay a firmer foundation in the realm of belief, truth, and meaning. This is a tricky terrain to feel firm about. Dogmatism, fanaticism, and fascism can arise from a sense of complete certainty. We are also learning to trust how we know what we know and how to build that knowing from values that serve life. What foundation sustains life and interconnection? It isn’t time to be timid about the difference between truths, those that serve life and those that do not.

Venus leaves Cancer for Leo. In the wheel of the year, the Moon-ruled sign, Cancer, preceeds the Sun-ruled sign, Leo. First, we tend to the roots, the hearth and home, then we expand into creative expression. We experience a re-blooming of summer’s joy. As the Moon in Venus-ruled Libra conjoins Jupiter, this feels like a day where love grows and bubbles over. While Venus is in Leo (until September 19), pay attention to how life force flows through your body, bringing pleasure and possibility.

Moon enters Scorpio 3:53 am CDT
Saturday, August 26.
The Sun and retrograding Mercury meet in the sky in the sign of Virgo. This is the heart of a Mercury retrograde period. Information is being exchanged between the Sun (self) and Mercury (our inventive, inquisitive natures). The Sun has really been the star of this lunar cycle (that’s a joke, the Sun is always a star). But astrologically speaking, the Sun was eclipsed in Leo (the sign ruled by the Sun) at the beginning of this lunar cycle. Now, Mercury pays a visit. Expect a download of information. Perhaps we don’t understand all of it right away. It may have to do with Virgo themes of service, devotion, and purification. I wouldn’t be at all surprised. The Moon in Scorpio turns this information towards our shadows. What if we purged the idea that we “should” be of service and explore the idea that devotional service is not only sexy, it’s life-giving! I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that was a simple leap today.

Moon in Scorpio
Sunday, August 27.
Here is a moment we’ve been waiting for. Jupiter in Libra makes a sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius today. Sextiles encourage collaboration. It isn’t often that these two planets figure out how to get along. Saturn is the constrictor. The one who says, Acknowledge your limitations but keep pushing toward excellence. Jupiter is the expander. The one who says, Abundance is the nature of the cosmos. I am here to give you more. Notice where you want to limit yourself and where you forget you can’t do it all by yourself. We do have limits. And the cosmos is abundant. The Moon in Scorpio makes an enchanting trine to Neptune while this is going on. Open to interconnection. Open your heart. Open to more.

Moon enter Sagittarius 2:47 pm CDT
Monday, August 28.
The Saturn/Jupiter influence from yesterday is still felt today. When the Moon enters expansive Sagittarius in the afternoon, we get a boost from Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius. We don’t have to be inflated to feel good about our achievements. Notice the hard work you’ve put in and be grateful for the gifts you’ve been given. Jupiter in justice-loving Libra encourages us to look at unearned privilege. Some of us have been given more than others. What will you do to rebalance those scales? How will we restructure the system to be more equitable? As the Moon makes a square to Mercury retrograding through Virgo, we might notice a lack of flow in the realm of information or travel. Reserve an extra dose of patience for today.

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.

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.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for August 21, 2017 - August 23

An eclipse is a moment of death and rebirth. The Leo solar eclipse of August 21 presents us with such a moment. I believe such powerful moments are opportunities to connect with each other as we collectively go through transformation. This is also a moment of choice—a moment to discern the choices that can be made, the values we choose to uphold. This eclipse has gotten some incredible hype. Many people have been reminded that the natural world is filled with moments of wonder. This is a chance to reconnect to the wonder-filled cosmos. 

Eclipses(lunar and solar) come every six months. Not every eclipse has the same impact. Not every eclipse manifests along the same timeline. Some points to consider: 1) If the degree of an eclipse is near a personal point in your natal chart (as it is in the case of Trump’s Ascendant and Mars in Leo) then the death/rebirth experience feels personal. 2) The location where the eclipse is visible will feel the effects of the eclipse more strongly (as in the case of the U.S. this time).3)  Planetary transits to the eclipse degree before and after the moment of eclipse can activate eclipse transformations. Here are a list of transits to come that act as activators for the August 21 eclipse at 28 degrees Leo:

9/2 Mars at 28 Leo
9/2 Mars at 28 Leo trine Uranus at 28 Aries
9/3 Mercury (retrograde) conjunct Mars at 28 Leo
9/5 Mercury stations direct 28 Leo 
9/18 Venus at 28 Leo 

We could see a lot of changes the first week of September as these activator transits occur. Our choices continue to matter. The Mars activation of the eclipse is about will, action, desire, and the fight. Tempers are hot. Uranus, the awakened planet, does nothing to cool them down. We are poised (nature of a trine aspect) to make changes. It is as if restraints have been removed. This can be beneficial. It can also be dangerous. Aligning our choices with our values is important. Mercury retrogrades are about changing our minds. During the retrograde we are reflecting and rethinking. As Mercury gets involved in the Mars/ Uranus energy, it could be helpful to pause and think through our choices. The astrological energy of the first week of September carries us along. The first week of the new lunar cycle that begins on August 21 with a solar eclipse, is a good opportunity to prepare for these events by setting intention. How will you align your values with your choices?

Moon enters Virgo 3:25 pm CDT
August 21—New Moon: Seeding. Solar Eclipse. Today’s solar eclipse is only the beginning of the changes to come during this lunar cycle. The first week of September leading up to the Full Moon on September 6 could be momentous. We get to plant seeds now that will help us move through these changes. This New Moon occurs with the Sun and Moon near the end of Leo. (The last lunar cycle began with the Sun and Moon at the beginning of Leo). In fact, the Sun leaves Leo for Virgo tomorrow. A new pattern of lunations begins this month. For the next 18 months, the New Moon will occur at the end of a sign. This means that the Sun will have moved on to the next sign by the time of the Full Moon. This is part of the rhythmic dance of the Moon and Sun. We are entering an extended period where our New Moon seeds are influenced by the energy of the cusp—the transfer of meaning from one sign to the next. This lunar cycle is influenced by the cusp between Leo and Virgo. How might this cusp help us set the best intention to meet the changes and challenges of this lunar cycle?

The step between Leo and Virgo is a big one, but also a quite natural one. In Leo we fill the Self with solar essence, in Virgo we turn that energy into devotion and service. The shift can feel like the difference between a focus on self significance to being of service to others. That’s big, and it’s a natural progression. We fill up and then pour out. The seeds we plant now in this lunar cycle are influenced by this transition. The wisdoms we’ve attained about being right-sized—neither too needy for attention, nor isolating ourselves from our impact and gifts—help us turn to a right-sized attitude towards service. When I stand in this wisdom, it isn’t about me saving you, it is about devoting myself to the connections between us. What purpose do my gifts serve?

We are looking ahead to the Virgo season, but we may not be entirely ready to step in. Mercury continues to move retrograde in Virgo, hinting that it is better to ponder our steps awhile more before making them. This isn’t always possible, but see if you can hold the door of decision open a little longer before closing it shut right now.We can bask in a few more golden rays of summer before the shift towards autumn begins in earnest (in the northern hemisphere). The heavens tell us we need those rays for the times ahead. However, iIt will be hard to be patient in the days following the solar eclipse. When the light returns suddenly we are ready to go. The Mars/Uranus influences at this time feel impulsive and hard to control. Actions taken now may not work out perfectly but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try This also means we are under the influence of others’ possibly rash decisions too. When Mercury turns direct the day before the Full Moon on September 6, we will have opportunity to repair errors. The beginning of this lunar cycle is a good time to follow your gut instincts, especially if you keep these contrasting influences in mind. 

In the chart for the New Moon, Mars in Leo is trine to Saturn in Sagittarius.They will be exactly trine tomorrow. Saturn influence feels productive this lunar cycle. We are learning lessons about belief and story. What we believe shapes our realities. Saturn will be turning direct soon and so is strongly broadcasting how important the story is. Who gets to define our realities? Right now, we are looking at the difference between hate speech and free speech. Saturn says the distinction is important. We are asked to be smarter about the messages we give and receive. 

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, August 22. Sun enters Virgo. Even though this lunar cycle is seeded in the very last degree of Leo, it will feel more like a Virgo lunation this month. New Moons are now occurring in the last part of a sign, meaning that the Sun will exit the New Moon sign before the next Full Moon occurs. We have the opportunity to explore the liminal space between signs during this time. The places in between feed our imaginations, give rich new information for synthesis, and allow more space for improvisation. It is as if we get to shake off the way we typically respond to energy. Virgo is a good starting point for this experiment. Virgo is the earth sign of adaptation. Virgo desires effectiveness and wholeness. Virgo can take on too much perfectionism in the quest to serve. How do we do this differently? Leo’s influence is a little more relaxed. Picture how you feel after lazing in the Sun for a while. Before we jump head first into work mode, can we bask a little longer in that feeling? Notice what happens. 

Mars in Leo makes a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius supporting the intention to be effective and relaxed. Projects get the go ahead, but keep in mind that Mercury is traveling retrograde and more transits are coming to activate the eclipse degree next week. 


Moon enters Libra 8:04 pm CDT
Wednesday, August 23. What are you serving? The question could also be who are you serving? It matters to this moment that we know what we give our gifts to. It matters that we remember how to tap into the solar life force to sustain and inspire our devotions. Can we remember that every act of service can be anchored in joy? That our efforts can be fueled by the abundance of connection and not by the scarcity of isolation? The recently eclipsed Sun is teaching us about solar life force. What have you been learning? The Moon spends most of the day in Virgo (Central time zone) before moving into Libra. Set intention now to restructure your relationship to work. The Moon makes a square to Saturn in Sagittarius early in the day giving support to honing the right approach to our work. A sextile between the Moon in Virgo and Venus in Cancer encourages a synthesis of harmony with effectiveness.