Sunday, August 30, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for August 31, 2015—September 6


Venus will turn direct this week. If you’ve read my forecasts, or just about any astrologer’s forecast recently, you’ve heard about the current Venus retrograde. This is one of those subtle transits, not particularly rare (happens every 18 months), and easily overlooked. This time, however, it seems to have made its mark in people’s lives. I’ve been wondering why this time? Venus’ cycles are fantastically uniform and cosmically beautiful. Every 18 months, Venus stations retrograde. Over the course of eight years, Venus stations retrograde five times forming a perfect pentacle. The points of the pentacle slowly move through the complete zodiac, but currently the points are in these signs: Capricorn, Gemini, Scorpio, Aries, and Leo. Each of these signs gives a different flavor to Venus’ retrograde. The current retrograde, which ends on September 6, is in Leo. Leo’s mission is to transmit light to the world through creativity, play, and romance. The Lion is a noble sign that often can get befoibled (thanks Caroline Casey) by the ego’s need to be important, noticed, worthy. This has been an incredibly vulnerable-feeling Venus retrograde period (since July 25) due to this Leo-fueled drive to know we matter. Because it is Venus, the real desire becomes to know we are loved.

How do you know you are loved? The question I’ve been asking myself is how do I really and truly love myself? It isn’t so easy when Leo fears tell us we are only loveable when we are shiny and bright. Sometimes we are shiny and bright, but often we aren’t. Yet we can still we can love ourselves. We can still matter.  

Self-love is not a simple thing. I’m not even sure I understand how to do it. Venus retrograde is an opportunity to get under something, learn a new and deeper lesson. I have been pondering something I read in James Baldwin’s brilliant book on racism, The Fire Next Time. The statement stopped me in my tracks, felt vitally important, and also quite mysterious. It feels like a new insight on self-love.

He wrote: “White people...have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.” By the “Negro problem” I think he meant white peoples’ problems with Negros, which could also be called racism. What an amazing statement this is. And what does it tell us about self-love? Baldwin was never a man to sugar coat reality. I don’t believe his self-love is about making ourselves feel good or numbing out from our choices and impact. I believe Baldwin was talking about a love that shines a spotlight on just who we are. When I don’t have to put a false front up, then true love is possible—the kind of love that will change everything. It is a fierce love. It is love that brings justice.

In Sumerian myth, Venus is the goddess Inanna. She is a no-nonsense goddess, committed to truth. As this powerful expression of Venus stations direct this week (and conjunct Mars, by the way), we can invoke the power of fierce self-love. Perhaps it will change the world.

Forecast for August 31, 2015—September 6

Moon enters Aries 3:33 am CDT

Monday, August 31.
Venus and Mars are leaning in for a kiss. They exactly conjoin at around midnight tonight in Leo (fixed fire). This meeting, which happens at least once a year, is special this time because Venus is moving retrograde right now. In fact, this is the second of three exact conjunctions between Venus and Mars in this particular series (because Venus will station direct at the end of the week and make another pass at Mars on November 2 in Virgo (mutable earth) to complete the cycle. Last week, I wrote about the meeting of these two planets as “the end of desire.” This may or may not be your experience today, but notice the ways that beauty and passion intermingle in your life. Accept that you, like every living being, holds and shares light. We feed each other with this energy. Feed and be fed.

With the Moon in Aries (cardinal fire) for the next two days, we are even more likely to be moved by the heat of passion. A cooling influence is the Sun in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). The annual opposition between the Sun and Neptune is a chance to honor Neptune’s process of dissolution and convergence. Feel ego boundaries dissolve, wonder at the magnificence. (Caveat: things could seem too good to be true. Give important decisions a day or two for a clearer perspective to emerge.)

Moon in Aries
September 1—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. This lunar cycle* emphasizes the transition between Leo (fixed fire) into Virgo (mutable earth). Leo brings passion. Virgo brings devotion. When we combine these two we fuel our service with joy. What could be better? With Jupiter transiting through Virgo for a year, we get a chance to remodel how we do the Virgo thing. Subservience is a choice. If you make it, at least enjoy it. But we can be in service without it. Perhaps that is one of the lessons of this lunar cycle. Under the Disseminating Aries Moon (cardinal fire), we probably aren’t feeling like taking a back seat to anyone. Venus and Mars are still kissing (a conjunction in fixed fire sign Leo). Devotion is so much more fun when it is infused with joy. Find your joy. Share it with another.

The day gets off to a whizz-bang start and then might fizzle around noon (CDT) when the Moon goes into a void-of-course period that ends tomorrow. So, we get to practice being our own sources of joy. Pay attention.

Moon enters Taurus 4:02 am CDT
Wednesday, September 2.
The joys of earth are felt for the next two days. The Moon in Taurus (fixed earth) makes a trine to the Jupiter and the Sun in Virgo (mutable earth). Remember that the earth is alive. And I don’t just mean as a whole. All the embodied parts—soil, rocks, compost, earthworms, trees, animals, insects, all of it—is alive. I have a friend who informs me that the sidewalk, too, is alive. Today is a perfect opportunity to notice that all things are living. If we truly remembered that everyday, how would it change our relationships? How would it change our choices?

Moon in Taurus
Thursday, September 3. It is funny. One day, devoting ourselves to the practice of self-love is just what our souls need, and the very next day, our souls need accountability and grounding in reality. You may notice that shift today. The Moon in Taurus (fixed earth) squares Venus and Mars, which are closely conjoined in Leo (fixed fire). The planets, through the signs they inhabit, help us make the necessary adjustments to be whole. A reality check on a romance or on our own egos may be such a necessary adjustment, today. We’ve got something to say but it won’t be easy to get clarity. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) is quincunx Neptune in Pisces (mutable earth). The paradox has something to do with pristine equations of harmony meeting the messy states of merged beingness. Fertile ground.

Moon enters Gemini 6:48 am CDT
Friday, September 4.
On September 17 Mercury will turn retrograde. I tell you this because Mercury is at its greatest elongation from the Sun today. That means Mercury’s easier to see in the evening sky because it is as far away from the Sun (from our perspective on Earth) as it gets. Like a rubber band stretched to the max, Mercury will soon have to release that tension and spring back towards the Sun. With Mercury in Libra (cardinal air), perhaps we are stretching to bring harmony, balance, or justice into the world. Perhaps we need a new point of view to expand that desire into better effectiveness. Perhaps, that is what we will be learning during the upcoming Mercury retrograde. The Moon in Gemini (mutable air) increases the mercurial effect of this elongation. It may be hard to slow down our minds or just to focus at all since the Moon also squares Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) and Neptune in Pisces (mutable water), as well.

Moon in Gemini
September 5—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. There is a sweet spot in the whole humility and service thing that we may be able to achieve today. If you discover that spot, where you don’t have to cave to perfectionism or feelings of inadequacy, then take a moment to notice what it feels like to be dedicated and empowered at the same time. The Sun in Virgo (mutable earth) makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). This lunar cycle presents us with the opportunity to learn how to bring our whole selves into our work in the world. This work could look like service, devotion, apprenticeship, or craftsmanship. We could be healers, priestesses, or computer programmers, it doesn’t matter, all of us need work that includes making the world a better place. Pluto is a challenging planet but it also gives rewards in the power and strength department. Today, we get that side of Pluto. Use it well.

Favorable aspects between the Moon in Gemini (mutable air) and stationary Venus conjoined Mars in Leo (fixed fire) spark creativity and maybe even a little romance. The effusive Moon could help us to get out of the self-conscious shyness that Venus retrograde can induce. The sextile between the Moon and Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) further reduces our inhibitions. Feeling feisty.

Moon enters Cancer 12:40 pm CDT
Sunday, September 6. If you are an early riser, you could try looking for Venus and Mars is the pre-dawn sky in the east. Venus stations direct today at 14 Leo (fixed fire) Mars is at 18 Leo. Mars will be closer to the horizon than Venus. The end of this Venus retrograde cycle, which began on July 25, has been punctuated by the close companionship of Mars this last week. May this event help us to infuse our wills with beauty and grace. And may we find the power and strength of self-love. The Moon enters Cancer (cardinal water). The place we long to be is home. May you find the end of desire in yours’.



* Read about the beginning of the Leo/Virgo lunar cycle on my website 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for August 24, 2015 - August 30


Hear the words of the Star Goddess,
the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:
I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the waters,
I call upon your soul to arise and come unto me.
For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe.
From me all things proceed and unto me they must return.
Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And you who seek to know me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and
I am that which is attained at the end of desire.
-from The Charge of the Goddess, by Doreen Valiente, as adapted by Starhawk

From time to time, I’ll add this poem to a forecast. From time to time, the stars just beg me to remember what is found at the end of desire. That word, Desire, could be the title for the current transit between Venus and Mars, which are conjoining in the passionate fire sign, Leo. Venus, retracing her steps through the zodiac through retrograde motion, has been on a journey of discovery. The meeting with Mars on September 1 may be the culmination of that journey—the end of desire. This is the second of three conjunctions between these two planets, but it just may be the lustiest since this conjunction is punctuated by Venus retrograde and the influence of the Full Moon in Pisces. This week, we have the opportunity to experience wonder and mystery amplified by a Supermoon. Beauty abounds. Yearning is palpable. 

If Leo is marked by lust, Virgo, the sign that follows Leo, is marked by devotion—the kind of devotion inspired by the poem above. The current lunar cycle intention was seeded by a Leo New Moon and is now transforming to Virgo expressions of work and dedication. Leo’s desire fuels Virgo’s devotion. This transition was marked by Jupiter’s ingress into Virgo last week. This week, the Sun and Jupiter conjoin in Virgo bringing even more emphasis to Virgo issues such as wellness, service, and learning. Taming the demon of perfectionism is the real challenge of this month and year (with Jupiter transiting through Virgo for the next year). Are you up for the task of knowing when your efforts are good enough? Venus and Mars joining in Leo may give us a hint. The Full Moon in Pisces (the sign opposite Virgo) helps us find balance.

Forecast for August 24, 2015—August 30
Moon enters Capricorn 11:22 pm CDT
Monday, August 24.
Most of the day, the Moon is in Sagittarius (mutable fire). Freedom is the name of the game. Early this morning, the Moon trines Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). Do you feel like hitting the road for one last summer fling? If you can’t get away, turn this energy into activism. Values lead us to action and change. The square between the Moon and Mercury in Virgo (mutable earth) presents a challenge. Take care in your communications about your values and visions of change. Dot your i’s and cross your t’s. The extra care will go a long way.

Moon in Capricorn
Tuesday, August 25. Today, the Moon inhabits Capricorn (cardinal earth) in earnest. And the Moon is very earnest in Capricorn. This sign has high expectations. What are yours? The relationship between the Moon and the Sun in Virgo (mutable earth) encourages getting our lives in order. Even if you do only one thing today, put something in order, make a plan for your wellbeing, apply yourself to a dream. With favorable aspects between the Moon and Jupiter and Neptune, dare to dream big. The chakra of the third eye gathers light and envisions a brighter future. Tune into the visionary part of you. The good news is that with the Moon in an earth sign, we may be dreaming something that can actually be accomplished. The Moon conjoins Pluto later this evening; the opportunity is to gather power through confronting our shadows.

Moon in Capricorn
August 26—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. There is nothing wrong with being serious. The Moon in Capricorn (cardinal earth), coupled with the Gibbous phase of the Moon, means we are trying extra hard. With the emphasis on Virgo (mutable earth) this lunar cycle, we may be expecting even more from ourselves than usual. If only there wasn’t a tendency in our culture to sink into shame and perfectionism, this just might be the perfect energy under which to tackle any endeavor. How about we make a pact to call each other out on our unreasonable expectations of ourselves and find a way to celebrate just how glorious we truly are. With the seed of this lunar cycle in Leo (fixed fire) and with Venus and Mars traveling towards each other in Leo too, we may learn this lesson of self-appreciation if we dare.

The Sun and Jupiter come together today for their once-a-year meeting, this time in Virgo. Both of these heavenly bodies help us expand into new possibilities. Together they push us over the top. Although Virgo isn’t known for its exuberance, today may be the exception. Pay attention to the ways you want to commit to your own wellbeing. If you have ever wanted to take a spiritual retreat, now may be the time. The inner realms are rich with insight. Tune in. Mercury in Virgo makes a favorable connection to Saturn in Scorpio (fixed water), enhancing this desire to tune out the external noises.

Moon enters Aquarius 3:03 am CDT
Thursday, August 27. The element of air is the focus of today. The Moon in Aquarius (fixed air) and Mercury’s ingress into Libra (cardinal air) are all it takes to bring a fresh perspective. That is air’s gift: the ability to rise up from the details of life to get the big picture. Patterns help us to know where we are and how to get to where we want to go. Keep a journal handy to record the insights that come your way today.

Moon in Aquarius
Friday, August 28. The emphasis is on concept. Sometimes we have to let our imaginations run wild. What is the wildest thing you can think of for a solution to one of the world’s many problems? Sometimes, hidden in a wild idea is a kernel of brilliance. Look for that kernel today. If you have been feeling a little touchy lately, perhaps unappreciated or overly self-conscious, the Moon in Aquarius encourages a new perspective. There is a way to crawl out of that hole.

Moon enters Pisces 3:51 am CDT.
August 29—Full Moon: Illuminating. Today’s prescription: Read Rumi’s poem, Buoyancy. The whole poem is an illumination, but the closing lines capture the essence of this Full Moon in Pisces (mutable water). Here:
Why should we grieve that we have been sleeping?

It does not matter how long we have been unconscious.
We are groggy, but let the guilt go.

Feel the motions of tenderness around you,
the buoyancy.

This is a Supermoon, the first of three this year. Learn more about supermoons here Astrologically, a supermoon is a more potent expression of the Full Moon’s power to release pent up energy and illuminate the lessons we need right now. Pisces is the antidote to Virgo obsession. When Pisces and Virgo are in balance we know how to put the heart’s tendernesses into perspective. We remember we have tools to navigate the ocean of emotion and we learn to surrender to any thought that we must be perfect.

Sometimes we feel bound by our small egos, feeling alone and disconnected. Pisces reminds us that we belong to a vaster reality. We are not alone. The Moon is conjunct Neptune in the chart for this Full Moon, further enhancing transcendent connections. How do you sense into the ocean of being? How do you let yourself feel the buoyancy?

The Virgo (mutable earth) Sun conjoins Jupiter to create dynamic tension and balance for this Piscean expansiveness. This is the best kind of balance, where we are able to bring lofty ideals into concrete expressions. It isn’t just about pie-in-the-sky idealism. We are ready to get to work to manifest better relationships to all creation. This better relationship may start with our own health. This year is a great one for starting new practices of wellbeing.

 Venus and Mars are nearing their conjunction in Leo (fixed fire). They remind us of the New Moon seed for this lunar cycle. Noble generosity sheds light on the essential worth of each being. Leo fuels the flame of joy and creativity. Venus (self-esteem) and Mars (self-direction) come together to enhance this flame. The quincunx between Mars and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) helps us to be honest with ourselves. The interplay of light and shadow creates complexity and truth. Not everyone’s motives are pure, including our own.

Moon in Pisces.
Sunday, August 30. Yesterday’s oceanic Full Moon in Pisces 
(mutable water) may have created big waves in the psychic fields. Let today’s gentle aspects calm those waves. The Moon in Pisces trines Saturn in Scorpio (fixed water). We have deeper resources than we may have known we had before. Let yourself feel that support. Don’t push yourself too hard. You are enough.


* Read about the beginning of the Leo/Virgo lunar cycle on my website



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