Thursday, November 8, 2018

Follow the Moon: November 8 - November 14


Moon enters Sagittarius 12:59 pm CST
Thursday, November 8
We are feeling expansive, maybe even a little giddy today. Jupiter leaves dark Scorpio behind for bright Sagittarian horizons. It’s OK, we deserve this elevation in mood and it may be unavoidable since the Moon seals the deal by entering Sagittarius just a few hours later. Those with points or planets in Sagittarius are especially going to feel this influence. Pay attention to where your thoughts want to roam. The new Moon energy is still strong. What do you want to begin? How do you want to expand?  Remember, the connection to the darker territories you’ve just traveled. We are meant to use that experience to inform our hopes and plans for the future. Are we meant to remember that the future is not about personal gain, but about those furthest from power? Can our newly-born optimism be fueled by this ideal?

Moon in Sagittarius.
Friday, November 9.
Today, we remember that liberatory justice is sexy. There’s a reason we desire beauty and justice. These qualities enhance our experiences of embodied life force. Beauty reminds us to savor. Justice reminds us relationships matter. Venus in Libra, retrograding into a powerful reclaiming of beauty and justice, makes a trine to Mars in Aquarius. The air signs are magnetically attracted to each other. Aquarius represents the drive to liberate our dreams. Imaginations are firing. We know the work of justice is far from over, but we are reminded that the work can bring joy too.

Moon enters Capricorn 9:54 pm CST
Saturday, November 10.
Certainly, Jupiter’s year in Sagittarius will not be all peaches and cream. The boost in mood over the last couple of days has been a needed reprieve from the sinking doom of recent weeks. But by now, we may be getting inklings of what the work of Jupiter in Sagittarius will be. The judicial system, religious institutions, foreign countries, and institutions of higher learning belong to Sagittarius. Jupiter in Sagittarius feels lucky. Luck can turn into entitlement. Entitlement can turn into fundamentalism, where we seek to justify privilege through belief systems. Today’s favorable aspects between the Moon in Sagittarius, Venus in Libra, and Mars in Aquarius invokes joy. The difference between entitlement and joy may be a spontaneous and generous gratitude that springs from our hearts. Let’s notice and cultivate this joy.

Moon in Capricorn
November 11–Crescent Moon: Germinating. In order for a seed to break open and begin to anchor its tender life, there must be something to push against. There must be some resistance. That is the role of the Moon, Pluto, and Saturn today. All these bodies are in Capricorn, the sign of structures and judgments, the sign that has no problem providing resistance to hopeful beginnings. Capricorns will say this isn’t because they are mean, but because they want your success. Resistance creates structures. So, if this lunar cycle is about Scorpio’s relationship to power, especially the power that serves those furthest from power, then the resistance we feel from Capricorn influence is meant to empower us. At this time, we get down to business. What is a real step you need to take to support the magic you are invoking this lunar cycle. The more resistance you feel, the better. We get a lot of support today too. The Sun in Scorpio, seeking empowerment, is supported by Pluto. Keys to power are at hand. Notice how you may want to push them away. Another type of resistance. We’ve seen power done so badly, that many of us would rather do anything else than claim and use our power. Systems of power over are happy to take our power from us. It is time we stopped letting them. Another type of resistance. What do your roots need to keep you in this process of empowerment? Cultivate that resistance.

Moon in Capricorn
Monday, November 12.
Yesterday’s forecast applies to today. Capricorn challenges our right to power. Capricorn will challenge our right to anything, because Capricorn wants us to earn everything. When we’ve worked hard and stayed focused and honed our skills through challenge, Capricorn says, Well done and offers a slew of support. Solid foundations are built this way. When we dedicate our work to others, determination gets even stronger. Find the people who are able to see your determination and tell you, Well done. These words are invaluable.

Moon enters Aquarius 9:45 am CST
Tuesday, November 13.
Uranus recently retrograded back into Aries. (In May Uranus entered Taurus, stationed retrograde on August 7, and will now be in Aries till March 6 when it reenters Taurus) We get a few months to review how Uranus helped us to evolve our radicalization under the sign of identity and action. Aries is impulsive and reactive, but also willing to leap into the fray. Aries seeks to know themselves and assert their right to exist. What can the planet of radical change and awakening learn from Aries? How will be bring those lessons back into the period of time Uranus will transit Taurus (until 2026)? We are investigating our strategies today. What has been working? What hasn’t? With the ingress of Jupiter into Sagittarius, we need new goals and new methods.

Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday, November 14.
The Moon in fixed air sign, Aquarius, creates a good environment for sharing ideas. Mercury in Sagittarius helps, too. The bigger the vision, the better. So much air influence could leave some of us feeling cold. The influence is only temporary. Perhaps detachment from emotion can help us reset our nervous systems.

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 new Moon in Scorpio here: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/11/follow-moon-new-moon-of-november-7-2018.html

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



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Follow the Moon: New Moon of November 7, 2018


Moon in Scorpio
November 7–New Moon: Seeding. Astronomical Samhain.
I am writing this on the new Moon, on the morning after the U.S. midterm elections. These elections were a big deal for those of us daring to hope that beauty and justice could still survive in the stark world of a Trump presidency. In advance of today, I had a hard time looking forward into the future, something astrologers are supposed to be good at, and forming an intention for a new Moon shrouded by darkness and fear. I had to wait till the morning after. Not that I understand everything that happened in this election, but I do know amazing new voices have come into power—the most hopeful are women of color elected to office. How do we support the tides of change we are witnessing? This new Moon wants to be about that.

Just like last month, I want to frame this moment within the ongoing mythological journey of Venus retrograding through Scorpio back into Libra, where we find Hir at this new Moon. On October 5, Venus stationed retrograde in Scorpio. On November 16, Venus will station direct in Libra, making their way back through Scorpio with the power attained from the journey into the dark. Venus, as ruler of Libra, is the sovereign of beauty and justice. Through this Scorpio journey, Venus is reclaiming those qualities. Venus had to take the journey. We were left at the gate to the underworld, waiting for our beloved to return. This is the role Ninshubar has in the Sumerian story of Inanna’s descent. (see October’s new Moon forecast) Ninshubar is the loyal companion who doesn’t know if their beloved will ever return. Ninshubar is the loyal companion who grieves and then acts. Those of us who campaigned, voted, and dared to dream are the Ninshubars, the ones calling beauty and justice back.

It is about power. Scorpio is always about power. This new Moon, which also happens to be astronomical Samhain, is the time that the veils between the worlds is most open. This is the time to make our pledges and pleas to our ancestors on behalf of our descendants. The power available at this moment is a gift and an obligation to using it well on behalf of those who need it most. Yesterday, an election spell crafted by writer and activist, Adrienne Maree Brown included these words:

today we show up for those furthest from power
those carrying the most of our burden
those we’ve already lost to hate in this pale time
Adrienne Maree Brown – Spell for election day

Maybe this is how we think of power now, as the power to show up for those furthest from power, to ensure they are empowered, not forgotten, no longer abandoned. Perhaps this is the role that loyal Ninshubar is helping us claim. We wait, we grieve, we act, we fight on behalf of those furthest from power so that power may be rebalanced.

The Scorpio journey of power reclaimed really began a year ago when Jupiter went into that sign. At this new Moon, Jupiter has reached the final degree of Jupiter. Tomorrow, November 7, Jupiter enters Sagittarius for a year. Jupiter rules this expansive, searching fire sign. The darkest journeys of the past year are seeking resolution in Sagittarian stories of meaning, truth, belief. We humans struggle with these things. Meaning can be narrow-minded, truth can be dogmatic, and belief can be oppressive. But after an underworld journey, we get another chance to choose the liberating stories of meaning, truth, and belief. This possibility is woven into this lunar cycle and the next, when the new Moon will be in Sagittarius.

It will feel like we are emerging and returning as the lunar cycle goes on. Planets change directions and signs. Puzzles we’ve been brooding over for a while change. A notable change will be when Mars finally leaves Aquarius for Pisces on November 15. Mars entered Aquarius in May and then took an extended retrograde journey during the summer. Perhaps you remember the frustrations of so many retrograde planets at that time. Mars in Aquarius has jolted Uranus in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio into action and reactions. We’ve been on alert (Mars function) for so long, it may be a relief to experience Mars in Pisces where the action is to go with the flow. Mars will stay in Pisces until January 2, 2019. During this period, we are supported in releasing and reconnecting through our hearts. Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, transiting through Pisces, will station direct on November 24. A short while later, on December 7, Mars will conjoin Neptune at the stationary degree of 13 Pisces. We are urged to tend our worn out nervous systems through retreat, restoration, and release. The gift of this influence is compassion for self and others.

Just as Venus in Libra turns direct, Mercury in Sagittarius stations retrograde on November 16. The message and meaning from recent experiences of shadow and death are scrambled by the trickster. It is best we keep humble about what we think we know. It is likely we’ll be shown that we don’t know enough.

We’ve changed direction, but we are not home yet. The best way to return may be to fully understand and honor the experiences of this past year under Scorpio influence. This lunar cycle seeded under Scorpio’s intense scrutiny gives us an opportunity to be forever changed by the transformative realities of our underworld journeys. We’ve been sold a pack of lies. There’s no going back after we’ve seen corrupt power behind the scenes. The only way out is to reclaim the power that renews, the power that serves those furthest from it.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Follow the Moon: Full Moon October 24, 2018

Moon enters Taurus 9:33 am CDT
October 24—Full Moon: Blossoming

“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal... To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.” 
― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

The journey of grief takes many turns. In the Sumerian story of Inanna’s journey into death, the powerful goddess of Heaven surrendered a piece of her life force and power at each of seven gates leading into the underworld. Each gate a turning point. Each turning point a crossroad of choice. Many think we may be living in one of the most stressful times in human history. I really don’t know if this is true, but I do know that choice brings stress. Choices with high stakes bring even more stress. There is no denying the stakes are incredibly high right now as we face decisions that will impact our futures. We are journeying through the gates of surrender and choice. This is not a simple journey.

The new Moon on October 8 was a beginning. Just a few days before the new Moon, Venus stationed retrograde in Scorpio. This retrograde is a primary influence on the lunar cycle, seeded in Libra’s desire for beauty and justice. The Venus influence brings a sense that the scales have tipped. Alignment and balance have been lost. As we descend into the underworld, it feels like we are surrendering certainty, innocence, and temperance. It seems dark indeed. 

There are stages in this journey, times to note a beginning, a turn, a gate, a choice. Throughout this lunar cycle, these turning points are moments to learn something new, make new commitments, choose new actions. The full Moon in Scorpio is one such moment. Full Moons bring illumination. We are in dark times, but thank goodness for Rebecca Solnit, a brilliant writer who dares to hope. She writes that the dark is no place to give up. It is a place to envision our next bold choices. Transformation happens when we are pushed to a wall.

The full Moon is marked by rebellious Uranus in Taurus conjoining the Moon and opposing the Sun in Scorpio. Snarls escape from our throats (ruled by Taurus by the way). Power comes from surrendering power to this underworld journey. Uranus is the planet of awakening and something powerful is waking up. Maybe this transit represents the “axe of hope” Solnit writes about. We feel urgency. The opposition of Moon/Uranus and the Sun makes a square to the nodes of the Moon. The north node is at 1 Leo. The south is opposite at 1 Aquarius. Astrologers have observed that when the Moon squares the nodal axis, we can experience turning points. This is a crisis and an opportunity to shift the path our lives have been taking. Leo is the growing edge. Creative fire is reenergized by facing current challenges. We are less interested in a conceptualization of change. We are more interested in direct experience of change. What is the spark that ignites hope now? How do we feed that spark?

Venus is moving towards the Sun. The heart of this retrograde journey occurs when the Sun and Venus conjoin on October 26. At this gate, Venus offers another turning point. There is more to uncover and reclaim. Remembering that Venus and the Sun are in Scorpio I wonder, Is power the route back to beauty and justice? Does ruthless honesty restore the balance? Do we continue to shed extraneous layers and righteously grieve our losses? This journey is fierce, and it is not over. On October 31, traditional Samhain when the veils between the worlds thin, Venus opposes Uranus for the second time.   (September 12 was the first.) Venus rules the betrayed sense of beauty and justice raging in our hearts. Venus speaks for the genders marginalized by oppression. Venus moves back into Libra on October 31. Halloween is another turning point, a time to reclaim, recover our voices. Venus gateways conclude after the end of this lunar cycle. On November 16, Venus stations direct in Libra. November 30, for the final time, Venus in the last degree of Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. This gateway is a chance to integrate polarities around individuation and relationship. If we wake up fully ourselves, will we claim better relationships? If we wake up to our relationships, do we better understand how personal choices impact our futures? 

I don’t believe in the kind of hope that requires us to remain blissfully ignorant of the dark times around us. The influence of Uranus at this full Moon asks us to have a different kind of hope, one based in action and change. Venus takes the ultimate journey into death to remind us how strong we are. This is a different kind of power. Even though we are at a crucial place of choice, our ancestors have been here before. They have wisdom to share. As the veils continue to thin between our worlds, we realize we are not alone at these crossroads. Never alone. Let us take up our axes. Let us fly out that door.
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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 learn more about the new Moon in Libra visit Starsdance website http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/10/follow-moon-october-16-2018-october-23.html

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Follow the Moon: October 16, 2018 - October 23


Moon in Capricorn
October 16—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
Trauma is a word that feels overused right now. I get that we may be losing an important distinction if we use it to describe every discomfort we feel. And still, I reach for the word when I notice helplessness, numbing, anger, or fear in myself and others. It may seem dramatic to say that current events are re-traumatizing, but it has felt that way for a while. We live in a traumatized world, doing the best we can, which brings me to the astrological context for this lunar cycle. We are traveling in close relationship to our traumas right now. Venus retrograding through Scorpio is a major factor. Sensitivity to trauma increased when Jupiter entered Scorpio a year ago. Venus’ journey at the end of Jupiter’s year in this probing sign of transformation, signals that we are reaching another level of awareness, another layer of denial is peeling away. The effects of trauma are rising to the surface. And that can feel like a lot to deal with. It is a lot to deal with. This is no time to ignore the inner world, yet it can be a time to remember that emotions are not final, we are not our feelings, and we can nurture resilience in ourselves and others. Healing is possible. It may the most important work we can do at this moment.

At the new Moon, I imagined myself as Inanna’s faithful companion, Ninshubar, mourning the loss of beauty and justice. The evening star is gone. How can we be guided back to healing? The first quarter phase is the time to act, to face our challenges, to make an attempt to change our circumstances on behalf of our lunar intentions. Ninshubar did not give up on getting Inanna back from the underworld. Will we dare the same thing in the face of our traumas? I want to be clear. Our wounds may not disappear. Our trauma responses may remain. It isn’t about getting better, as if being traumatized is a flaw of some sort. But I think it may be about not giving up. My guiding questions for this phase are: What reconnects me to beauty and justice? How will I act to reclaim those qualities?

Mercury in Scorpio is the star of this week. Only the Moon contacts Venus, but Mercury contacts Neptune and Mars to seek ways to learn, communicate, and reconnect from this place of depth. Today’s Moon in Capricorn (conjoining Pluto and getting help from Jupiter) invokes realism as the best method to move forward into action. The journey into the dark is fruitful. It plays a role in our survival. It plays a role in our reconnecting.

Moon enters Aquarius 2:36 am CDT
Wednesday, October 17.
An Aquarius Moon brings detachment and helps us reframe emotional experiences. What can we learn? How can we use this influence to design better responses? Not everything can be fixed with a new attitude, but new attitudes can help build resiliency. Contrast the abstract and airy qualities of Aquarius thought patterns with the torrents of emotion that Venus in Scorpio has been stirring up. Can we blend these responses? Can we value all paths to wholeness?

Moon in Aquarius
Thursday, October 18.
The Moon in Aquarius conjoins Mars and forms a square to Mercury in Aquarius. Tomorrow, the square between Mars and Mercury perfects. Today, we notice this influence as tempers are roused and passions are inflamed. Yesterday’s astrological influences helped us see detachment and engagement in new ways. Scorpio influences push us deeper to reveal, at least to ourselves, the ways we’ve been traumatized. Aquarian influences react by creating distance in order to process and conceptualize what is going on deep within. This isn’t always an avoidance technique. It can also give us the perspective to cope with overwhelming emotion. Let’s give ourselves and others a break. Thinking well of others, we learn that everyone handles the overwhelm in different ways. Perhaps through the interdependencies of relationship, we also learn that this needs to happen in just this way.

Moon enters Pisces 3:20 pm CDT
Friday, October 19.
This summer, Mars made a retrograde journey through the first degrees of Aquarius into the last degrees of Capricorn. Then Mars stationed direct and has now finally moved into the later degrees of Aquarius for the first time. Mars is about moving forward. Mars retrogrades challenge the ways we habitually engage our wills. This process can feel awkward. It can be frustrating. Now that Mars is out of the retrograde shadow, change, action, and reaction will happen more quickly. We may notice this difference with the square occurring between Mercury in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius. Not everyone agrees with each other. That can be refreshing. Might be provocative. Should be energizing. Be aware that after the Moon moves into Pisces, distinctions and emotions may blur, challenging our notions of clarity. While Mercury is forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces, intuition plays a role in action, conflict, and decision making. The soulful journey we take this lunar cycle asks us to trust the process, however confusing, however triggering. There’s a reason we surrender control.

Moon in Pisces
October 20—Gibbous Moon: Budding.
This is the season of thinning veils. Witches are aware that the connection between the worlds of the living and the dead strengthens when the Sun moves into Scorpio. The veils that ordinarily separate these worlds becomes thinner. We are able to honor and listen to our ancestors. We are able to send our prayers of healing through all realms. These prayers reweave the web of connection. This web feeds life. The sign of Scorpio carries this awareness all the time, regardless of season. Scorpio knows that other worlds, deeper worlds, exist and that reconnection to these worlds creates wholeness. It serves life. It serves death, too.

The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, but already we’ve been immersed in Scorpio influence. This influence includes Jupiter in Scorpio since October 2017, Mercury in Scorpio, and Venus retrograding through Scorpio. The Moon in Pisces draws out this influence. The water sign to water sign connection helps us move deeper as we let go. This phase of the Moon encourages action. We are still building upon the lunar intentions set at the new Moon in Libra on October 8. Our next actions in service to this magic are influenced by and draw power from water. Water helps us connect the worlds. Water helps us to soften and listen to those on the other side of the veil. From now until astronomical Samhain on November 7 (when the Sun reaches the midpoint of Scorpio), the passageways between the worlds are open. Perhaps they remain open even beyond that time this year, due to Venus’ extended journey through Scorpio. After retrograding back into Libra from October 31 to December 2, Venus does not leave Scorpio until January 7, 2019. Retrograde journeys are about recovery. Let water be a resource and an offering to the sacred relationship between the worlds. May the recovery of beauty and justice during this lunar cycle be a reminder to protect and honor water.

Moon in Pisces
Sunday, October 21.
The Moon journey through Pisces continues. Pisces is the sign of completion in astrology. The next sign, Aries, represents a new cycle of development. Notice contrasting influences today. The Moon is waxing, which means we are still very much engaged with building upon the Libra seeds of this lunar cycle. However, the Moon in Pisces encourages letting go of outcome and process. This contrast could feel like despair. Perhaps it feels confusing. Perhaps we notice deeper currents rising to the surface, buried issues that need to be addressed before the full Moon on October 24. Regardless of what it is you exactly feel, be willing to surf the waves of contrasting emotion. And if you are comfortable with that, be willing to help someone else navigate paradoxical currents.

Moon enters Aries 1:58 am CDT
Monday, October 22.
Energy shifts again. It always does. The Moon in Aries reminds us to claim more agency. The beginning of this Libra lunar cycle felt like it was seeded by the loss of justice and beauty. The Scorpio pull towards the dark depths has been strong. On the last day of the Sun in Libra, we get back in touch with the will to act. Empowering us to turn collective pain into power, Mercury in Scorpio forms a sextile aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. Note what you have been learning recently. This influence helps us express ideas and passion. The Sun in the final degree of Libra makes a quincunx aspect to Chiron in the final degree of Pisces. Heart journeys become soulful journeys to reclaim something lost.

Moon in Aries
Tuesday, October 23. Sun enters Scorpio.
Sparks of rage may light new fires as the Sun entering Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. This opposition forms a grand fixed cross with the nodes of the Moon spanning the early degrees of Leo and Aquarius. Feel your own fierce desires to change your life and our world. These fixed signs deliver elemental messages to incite us to take the next major step along our life path. Listen to earth’s plea for change. Listen to water’s messages of soul. Listen to air’s reminders to open our minds. Listen to fire’s desire to transform and renew. This energy is feeding tomorrow’s full Moon. Events could be disruptive, but necessary anyway, to break apart feelings of despair and hopelessness. The journey of grief takes many turns. We witness a new one 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. Go to Starsdance Astrology to read more about the beginning of this lunar cycle

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.