Sunday, April 22, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for April 22, 2018 - April 28


Moon enters Leo 12:09 pm CDT
April 22—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
From “What to Remember When Waking” by David Whyte.

We are becoming seeable. The hidden parts of ourselves that have been waiting in the wings now enter the stage. This is the season of emergence. The New Moon that was seeded in Aries has grown in visibility. This lunar cycle takes on momentum. We emerge at the first quarter phase like a small plant unfurling its leaves into uncertainty. This is Aries, both bold and terrified. Are you noticing this in yourself?

Uranus in the late degrees of Aries has been pushing us to go past our edges of security. We’ve been eager to discover new pieces of identity. One minute this feels exciting and the next ungrounded and scary. Spring exposes us. Prepares us for growing. Today, Pluto in Capricorn stations retrograde. We may feel doubly exposed under this influence. Pluto’s domain is the underworld—where things are normally hidden below ground. This powerful moment in Pluto’s journey reminds us that to transform, we need to see and be seen. Secrets feel like burdens. What can you let go of? Notice, if you choose to shed excess burdens, what is revealed about your identity? Who are you really? Pluto’s realm is the realest of all. When we dare to examine our realest parts, we become more vital, ready to grow.

The Moon in Leo takes this vulnerability and runs with it right back to the stage. We might notice the attraction of being seen and the fear of being too exposed. Find the sweet spot for you. Most likely this sweet spot between challenge and comfort will not remain static. We are learning to be nimble. We are learning to shed burdens, perhaps noticing we can fly.

Moon in Leo
Monday, April 23.
Psst, don’t tell anyone. The transits today aren’t earth shattering. I recently shared with a friend that there is nothing sadder than a sad Leo. I mean by that, all of us non-Leos are really rooting for you Leo types to shine and entertain us. If you are up for it today (whether you are a Leo or not) take to the spotlight. Be the spotlight. Shine forth. We all need the extra vitamin D deliciousness of pure unadulterated joy today. Let the light feed your roots, stems, and leaves. We are growing.

Moon enters Virgo 3:40 pm CDT
Tuesday, April 24.
Say goodbye to Venus in Taurus. (Venus entered this sign March 30). It was great while it lasted. Venus rules Taurus. This planet of sensuous pleasures thrives in this realm of fixed earth. That doesn’t mean Venus won’t provide pleasure in Gemini, a mutable air sign. It will just be a different sort of pleasure. Gemini pleasure centers around learning and connecting. Curiosity is sexy. We love sharing what we are learning—the newer the insight, the better. Add to this sparkly energy a great connection between Mars in Capricorn and Jupiter in Scorpio. Perhaps we feel safer sharing more intimate details. Perhaps we have enough detachment that we feel more confident, in spite of the hard things we’ve been going through lately. Let this confidence carry you into your work, your service, your desire to be of help. Virgo energy doesn’t always have to focus on the imperfections around us. There is much to inspire us to stay connected and engaged with life. Notice the small ways you can make the world a better place.

Moon in Virgo
Wednesday, April 25.
Remember the most recent Mercury retrograde period? Maybe not? It happened while Spring’s riot decided to retreat back into Winter’s gloom for just a bit longer. I realize not every place on Earth experienced blizzards this April like where I live, but energetically you may have felt a little backed up, not quite springing forward with as much zest as you would have liked. While on this retrograde journey, Mercury in Aries made a couple of squares to Saturn in Capricorn, perhaps forcing us to slow down even more for the obstacles in our way. Today, Mercury is moving forward again and makes the final square to Saturn to bring the retrograde experience to its conclusion. The Moon in Virgo contributes a desire to find the useful lessons in the challenges we’ve recently experienced. The opposition between the Moon and Neptune, later in the day, invites us to expand our notion of what it means to be useful. Empathy for our common struggles connects us and teaches us what is possible.

Moon enters Libra 8:13 pm CDT
April 26—Gibbous Moon: Budding. Experiences today might remind us that no matter how conscious we think we are, there remain things hidden away in our psyches that can surprise us when they emerge. The underworld is deep. And dark. When Mars and Pluto (both in Capricorn) conjoin today, we may notice the hidden suddenly appearing in the light of day. We may notice that we haven’t quite finished transforming sources of trauma or repression. We also may notice that with a certain willingness to recognize these things, we are given the power to act and choose. We aren’t pristinely perfect but we are powerful. Choose your authentic power today. It can be a force for change. We can stand up against those powers that don’t want us to be impactful. That is an important choice.

This lunar cycle reaches the point where we muster more energy to complete the work or realize the dream. Perhaps, inspired by the Aries seeds of this cycle, you are dreaming about a renewed sense of self. Perhaps this is new identity. Perhaps it is a reaffirmation of an already recognized identity. Sense into the role personal power plays in who we are. Explore your fears around personal power. Acknowledge the responsibility that comes from having power. Mars in Capricorn goads us to act with integrity. This is a source of power, the kind of power that serves life and self.

Moon in Libra
Friday, April 27.
Relationship plays a big role in the quest for identity. We are not isolated actors imposing our wills on the world. We are intimately interconnected. The Moon in Libra reminds us of relationship’s impact on the individual’s journey. I see in others multiple identities that I am curious about exploring. I am also a mirror of identity for those around me. This exchange of impact and significance fuels the growth of this season. The Moon opposes Mercury in Aries and makes a square to Saturn in Capricorn. Notice tensions around identity, relationship, and responsibility. This dance isn’t always easy but can still be meaningful. Negotiation and communication help us stay present and committed.

Moon in Libra
Saturday, April 28.
Yesterday’s celestial influences deepen into possible crisis or action today. The Libra Moon provides contrast for the Aries mission of this lunar cycle. Identity is tied to relationship. How willing are we to see from another’s viewpoint? The Moon makes a square to Pluto and Mars in Capricorn. It might feel like a power struggle, when it is really about acknowledging that we need each other. Some of us will want to preserve the peace at any cost. Some of will want to fight. Is there a way to shake up worn out patterns around conflict?


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

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, April 15, 2018

Follow the Moon: New Moon in Aries


Moon in Aries
April 15, 2018—New Moon: Seeding

This New Moon could feel big simply because Mercury is finally going direct. I don’t usually equate Mercury’s retrograde periods as being the cause of major upheavals, but this recent one, which ended the day before the Aries New Moon, might be an exception. This three-week period felt harder to me. Things moved very slowly. My brain felt foggy. Details kept getting lost. I overbooked my time, which led to feeling overwhelmed. Did you notice that? The good news is that things are due to shift. This Aries New Moon, begun on April 15, is a good opportunity to set down a new pattern and have a new relationship to time and details. Things will also speed up as Mercury begins to go forward. We will hardly notice that Mercury was ever retrograde at all (that’s human memory for you) after Mercury in Aries makes the last of three squares to Saturn in Capricorn on April 25. That’s when we are done learning what we needed to learn from this particular retrograde period.

We’ve been incubating something in this slow and backwards time. Now it hatches. The lunar cycle that begins on April 15 is about a new start. What gets you moving forward? Where do you want to go? Perhaps the better question for Aries is not about where you want to go, but how do you want to get there? Aries doesn’t give a lot of forethought to where it is going. It’s hard to choose a destination when you are not sure just who you are. Aries is also about identity. Aries says our beginnings come from a sense of self. I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend at the Trans Voices Festival in Minneapolis. A glorious spectrum of gender identities were present at this conference. I heard so many moving stories about the struggles and joys of searching for and claiming identity. Each person’s story inspired me to take a look at my identity too. Identity is not static. We get to keep asking. We get to keep going deeper into the question of who decides our identities. We get to ask ourselves, who we are now?  

This question of identity is ongoing. For this lunar cycle, perhaps you want to notice how identity flows from one celestial influence to another. Each influence changing the pattern just a little. Each change to the pattern giving a new flavor to who we are. There is a great fear of fluid identity in the dominant culture. Why is that? That’s a pattern that can change as well. Perhaps fluidity shows us how to be responsive and adaptable to the moment. Maybe we need this quality as we go forward into our beginnings.  

In the chart for the New Moon, Uranus in Aries is conjoined the Sun and Moon. Our senses are attuned to change. A big change occurs just a few days later on April 18, when Uranus enters Taurus. Uranus spends seven years in a sign. It moves into Taurus now for a bit and then back into Aries for a few months before finally entering Taurus in March 2019. This transition from Aries to Taurus signals a brand new way to think about change and revolution. It brings our attention to the Earth big time. The Aries to Taurus shift represents the impact of identity on our values. This theme shows up this month when the Sun moves into Taurus a few days after this New Moon.


We aren’t done with major Aries influence for the next few years. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, moves into Aries on April 17. Chiron dips back into Pisces from September 2018 to February 2019. Then, Chiron stays in Aries till 2026. We are in for a long period of sensing the wounds around identity and seeking deeper sensitivity and wisdom. What is the impact of identity on our actions? Who do we belong to? Who do we owe amends to? This is one theme. Chiron addresses where we need healing. Other themes for this time in Aries include war, violence, toxic individualism, and isolation.

While planets are stationary their influences are stronger. Saturn and Pluto are both stationing retrograde during the first half of this lunar cycle. These planets raise the stakes. Although Mercury stationing direct will help us feel a stronger sense of forward momentum. These two planets ask us to consider what is most important to us. We may need to go slowly as we figure this out. Mercury in Aries and Mars in Capricorn contacts to Saturn and Pluto will provoke stronger reactions. These occur on April 25 when Mercury squares Saturn, on April 26 when Mars conjoins Pluto, on May 7 when Mercury squares Pluto, and on May 12 when Mercury squares Mars.

Aries influence encourages stepping into the unknown. There is a certain amount of risk. There is a certain amount of naivety involved in our choices and actions right now. Notice where you feel comfortable. Notice where you don’t. What edges of identity are being pushed? How can we better see the fluid nature of ourselves? How can we embrace the Mystery of where our identities will take us next? With the strong Chiron influence in this exploration, we are encouraged to look at harm, the harm we may have done, the harm done to us. Can we fold into this dance of identity both compassion and accountability?

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged
.


From “What to Remember When Waking” by David Whyte

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for April 8, 2018 - April 14


Possibly you’ve felt it the last three weeks. Gloomy. That’s a good word for it. This lunar cycle has been a little gloomy. It started at the New Moon of March 17, which was positioned on the threshold between Pisces and Aries. This threshold feels like not really being anywhere. The Pisces season is about shedding the past. The Aries season is about leaping forward. And we haven’t been able to do much of either, really. One reason is a Mercury retrograde period that started on March 22 and that will end on April 15 at the next New Moon. Another gloomy influence has been a conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. Mars feels more comfortable in Aries territory, moving quickly forward, but Saturn has been slowing our impulses. There isn’t much mojo to keep us going. Mercury has been squaring these two and we’ve been stuck in a loop of self-judgement. The benefit from this slow and somewhat gloomy process is that we have the opportunity to reframe how we get affirmation and how to keep moving even when in doubt.

Not everything about this lunar cycle has been difficult. In fact, Venus’ transit through Taurus has brought a refresher in sensual delight. Pleasure is definitely an antidote for despair these days. This is not the kind of pleasure that feels escapist, either. Venus in Taurus reminds us that we are bodies. Recent self-judgements feel disembodied, not connected to internal wisdoms. Our bodies can help us know this is all part of the process. Spring—the Aries-style leaping boldly into the unknown type of Spring—is still coming. It’s coming, but we remain in process the final week of this lunar cycle. The next lunar cycle, which begins in Aries helps us shift out of lethargic gloom.

This last week of the lunar cycle isn’t all gloom. It contains a lot of gems. Positivity returns, even if we aren’t dashing forward quickly yet. That might even be a good thing. Speed is overrated. Venus in Taurus gives Mars in Capricorn a boost this week. These two planets represent pleasure and desire. A trine aspect represents an elemental harmony. The element is earth. Notice how this tangible element impacts your mood. Touch opens new pathways. We crave something real to do with our hands. We’re thinking about our physical surroundings and material supports. Neptune In Pisces joins the lovefest between Venus and Mars. Neptune makes things shinier. There’s a danger, perhaps, of infatuation or unrealistic glamorization of a person or thing, but the benefits outweigh these concerns. The benefits include heart-opening connection to the Earth and inspiration in work and pleasure.

Forecast for April 8, 2018 - April 14 

Moon in Capricorn
April 8—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. This lunar cycle has moved sluggishly to this place of discernment. The pace of insight is important to notice. It is one of the lessons of this Mercury retrograde journey. Not everything comes quickly. Speed does not equal success. What has worked and not worked about your life in recent weeks? The Moon in Capricorn is revealing something important. Capricorn means business, and the desire to excel is strong, but what else is important? If we can’t be perfect. If we aren’t moving as fast as we think we should, then how do we discern the value of our efforts? We are learning new ways to see our work. Perhaps we are learning new ways to trust in our work. Under this phase of the Moon, we gravitate towards seeing things critically. It is important to be honest with ourselves without resorting to beating ourselves up over the ways we may not have met our expectations. The pace of this process can feel excruciating at times. And that too, is an important ingredient. The Moon’s contact with Pluto today enhances what we can learn from being with what is present. Be gentle with yourself.

Moon enters Aquarius 1:50 am CDT
Monday, April 9.
Detachment is a survival strategy at times. You might notice the power of detachment today. The Aquarius Moon encourages a detached observation of life. We aren’t quite as engaged emotionally as we have been the last few days. We get a breather from this air sign. This is a chance to see things from a different perspective. What are you noticing from this vantage point?

Moon in Aquarius
Tuesday, April 10. Passion is released today. Anger might be part of the process. The Aries Sun makes a square aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. This could look like a confrontation with power. We have little patience for the abuse of power. We also have little patience for those who have unearned influence. We expect more from our leaders and question whether we even need them at all. Do you hold power or authority in some realm of your life? How do you keep your values intact? What is important to you about leadership? As the Moon makes a square to Jupiter in Scorpio the desire to reveal secrets informs the choices we make and ways we are held accountable.

Moon enters Pisces 1:40 pm CDT
Wednesday, April 11.
Get out of your head. Venus in Taurus makes a harmonious connection with Mars in Capricorn. Both are earth signs. These lovers want to take charge of this day. They invite you to move with presence, to savor each moment, to allow this embodiment to inform you about your work, your goals, your values. Lay down a solid foundation. It might be around a health regime, a daily practice, or an attitude adjustment. Another astrological influence complicates the day. Venus and Mars may want to keep things simple, the Sun in Aries and Jupiter in Scorpio do not. The relationship between the Sun and Jupiter creates the kind of tension that can lead to enlightenment or breakthrough. Your deepest truth or secret becomes the motivating force to make a bold move. Perhaps you need to claim identity. Perhaps you need to tell your truth even when it feels risky. Remember as you go to your own edge, that Venus and Mars want you to be in your body too. Live your life true to yourself, body and soul.

Moon in Pisces
April 12—Balsamic Moon: Composting. With this phase and sign of the Moon, we return to seed potential of this lunar cycle that began on the threshold between Pisces and Aries. Perhaps this is the most unconscious of places in the entire zodiac. We have been suspended in the moment before birth—no longer who we were and not yet who we will become. This moment is actually available at all times when we let go of attachments and ease the hold our egos have on us. Perhaps this is pure presence. Perhaps it is grace. Astrological influences today encourage both presence and grace. Even when we’ve been around many wheels of the year, we have an opportunity right now to feel as if we are brand new. Venus in Taurus makes a lovely connection to Neptune in Pisces. We are prone to spiritual states connected to our experiences of pleasure. We feel the solid support of the Earth as we release into connection. If we are in the gestational womb at this time, then this influence feels like being flooded with bliss as we inhabit of state of contentment. Other planetary allies support us. Saturn reveals the integrity within us. Mars commits to grounded action. Perhaps there is a reason for the experiences of this lunar cycle, even if it is about letting them go and remembering our true natures.

Moon enters Aries 10:25 pm CDT
Friday, April 13.
This is what it feels like, the threshold between Pisces and Aries. We are a little bit sleepy, operating on automatic pilot. Concrete things are hard to grasp. We want to spend a little more time remembering that great dream we just had. But there are things to do. That urgency builds but doesn’t really kick in until tomorrow when the Moon is fully into Aries. Right now, be aware that Mercury in Aries is preparing to station direct in a couple of days. This can be a period when we really need to find a bit more patience and have a bit more faith that things will work out. Good job for making it this far.

Moon in Aries
Saturday, April 14.
We connect back to what we were feeling in January today under the influence of Jupiter in Scorpio, which is making an encouraging sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. January was the first pass for this transit. Today is the second. The final time will be in September. These planets give us the will and energy to transform the things that have been held in the darkness for too long—injustices, traumas, oppressions, ways we can’t claim power, ways that power has been a toxic part of our lives. What is released is life force and energy. You may have been feeling lethargic or overly self-critical lately. This aspect, occurring on the last day of this lunar cycle, is here to change all that. Notice where you get your surge of power. Notice what or who is supportive of that. Perhaps it is time to make changes based on what you are learning. Another influence today encourages trusting our intuition. Mars in Capricorn forms a sextile to Neptune in Pisces. Does it feel right? Are you feeling strong inspiration? The next lunar cycle, beginning tomorrow, says take that leap of faith. Life is calling you to emerge.  


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

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.