Monday, June 27, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 27, 2016 — July 3

Daring. Deepening. Dedicating. 

This next week—the last week of the lunar cycle seeded by Gemini on June 4—the Moon moves through the first three signs of the zodiac. These are Aries, Taurus, and Gemini. These first three signs set the pattern for the wheel of the year through the modalities of Cardinal - beginning (Aries), Fixed – holding (Taurus), and Mutable –adapting (Gemini). The wheel of the year is an anchor to the natural rhythms, transitions, peaks and vales of living on the Earth. As a Pagan astrologer this pattern teaches me how to navigate life with intention and harmony. It is as simple as that. The signs and the seasons are my roadmap.  

I’ve been paying attention to the mutable signs this lunar cycle. Not only was this cycle seeded by the air mutable sign of Gemini, but we’ve had a powerful mutable grand cross aspect pattern impacting our experiences. A grand cross includes every sign of the same mode (cardinal, fixed, mutable) through planets occupying those signs and being in square and opposition to each other. This means that every element was represented in the energy signature of this cycle: Gemini – air, Virgo – earth, Sagittarius – fire, and Pisces – water. The modes are the rhythm of the year. The elements are the building blocks. We need them all.  This framework of the modes, elements and wheel of the year is surprisingly simple and deliciously complex. It forms my practice and is what I hope to communicate to my readers. You can see this framework everywhere. It is a useful roadmap.

Dare. Deepen. Dedicate. The three modalities are a pattern of action and reflection we take through the turning of the wheel of the year. It is a roadmap for aligning our intentions and actions. In the seasons of the Cardinal signs, we dare to begin something new. In the seasons of the Fixed signs, we deepen into the wisdom of element and season. And during the seasons of the Mutable signs, we dedicate the experience of the season to the betterment of all.

We’ve had the opportunity to attune to modality and element this lunar cycle. Because the mutable signs are about moving us from one season to the next, perhaps you are noticing the change in your point of view. How are you different now than you were at the beginning of Spring? It is essential to note this progression as we move more fully into the Summer season at the next New Moon in Cancer on July 4. I suspect this reflection will help us through the next turning of the wheel of the year. Given what you have learned through the mutable signs this month, how will you commit to new projects and passions? What will you dare to initiate?

This week sees two planets changing direction and another entering a new sign, contributing to an overall sense that we are shifting to new phase of the wheel of the year. Chiron in Pisces stations retrograde on June 27 and on June 29 Mars in Scorpio stations direct and Mercury enters Cancer. All of these shifts happen in water signs. Feelings come first. These emotions have several agendas: safety, soulfulness, empathic connection, and intuitive insight are some of them. Mars influence is especially strong. Scorpio uncovers repression or creates the breaking point when we refuse the emotional reality Scorpio reveals. Eruptions could occur. Along a similar vein, Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto this week as well. The issues of safety, home, and gender could surface again this week. People may choose sides in the struggle. This is a good time to remember that we are wrapping up a lunar cycle and preparing ourselves to begin new actions inspired by the lessons of the previous season.

Forecast for June 27, 2016 — July 3

Moon enters Aries 2:08 am
June 27—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. We’ve got work to do. This phase of the Moon is about critiquing what has gone before so we can regroup and refine our work. This sensation is strong as the Moon leaves behind the last mutable sign of the zodiac, Pisces, and enters the first cardinal sign of the zodiac, Aries. Critique takes many forms, intellectual as well as emotional. What is your emotional state? Don’t disregard these feelings. They are an important component to your plans for the future. Chiron in Pisces stations retrograde today. This strong influence from the Wounded Healer in the mutable water sign, is asking us to sense into our common wounds to create greater empathy. Mercury makes a square to Chiron today. Perhaps you are inspired to give voice to this greater empathy. Perhaps the wounding you feel is the frustration that we are missing each other as we try to express the message that heals. Venus in Cancer makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces, both are water signs. Poetry, music, even a well-cooked homemade meal are expressions of longing for greater union. You may have the experience that opening to beauty opens you to vulnerability. If so, don’t back away. You are near a truth.

Moon in Aries
Tuesday, June 28
. With the ruler of the Aries Moon stationing direct tomorrow, it is best to get anger, frustration, and passion out in the open. It can be so messy to let these feelings surface. I find I am not very skillful at expressing my anger or passion after a period of repressing them. Retrograding Mars in Scorpio may have loosened some of those passions that are just waiting for a spark to ignite them. That spark could happen today as the Moon makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn and conjoins Uranus in Aries. Although not exact, Venus in Cancer is included in these aspects to create a tinderbox t-square aspect pattern. Venus represents the undervalued gender expressions in our culture. In Cancer, she (imagine a fluid identity for she) is very protective of her family (imagine a fluid definition of family). Passion is a teacher.

Moon enters Taurus 5:03 am CDT
Wednesday, June 29.
Just because the Moon is waning and has entered the stable sign of Taurus, it doesn’t mean we can’t get stirred up by our emotions today. Mars in Scorpio stations direct. Mars turned retrograde on April 17 in Sagittarius. On May 27, Mars reentered Scorpio digging a deeper path in our emotional landscapes. I don’t like to give a lot of airtime to murderers but perhaps this information will help us understand this Mars retrograde. The man who massacred 49 people in Orlando and wounded many others, had his Sun at 24 degrees Scorpio. On the day of the shooting, retrograde Mars was at 25 degrees. I suspect this person could no longer handle his repressions and because the message of hate and violence is so pervasive, and our gun laws are so woefully inadequate, he went off. A repressed Mars will do that. [By the way, his natal Mars was at 23 degrees Aquarius, squaring both his Sun and being squared by transiting retrograde Mars.]

If this lunar cycle is about taking in new information, synthesizing what has gone before, and preparing our next initiatives, then this would be a good day to dedicate yourself to releasing repression and changing the messages and the laws that foster violence.

Moon in Taurus
June 30—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. I invite you to read yesterday’s forecast for today with the added influence that the Moon in Taurus is opposing stationary Mars. Anger isn’t going away. Today, presents a good opportunity to find a structure to hold our anger. That doesn’t mean a structure to repress our anger but to give it a constructive container to be useful for change. There is a grand earth trine of the Moon in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn helping us find that constructive container. Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto. If we think of Venus as representing gender dynamics then we may notice that issue coming to the forefront. Cancer’s influence on Venus contributes a sense of needing to protect that which feels like family and home to us. Pluto shows up as oppressive power but it can also show up as transformative challenge. We are letting go of this lunar cycle. When we let go, we make room for the next thing. The next thing is about Cancer’s desires. Rooted in family, we move forward into change. That which threatens the family will feel like it is threatening our future. This influence doesn’t just apply to like-minded folks. Reactionaries and haters are feeling threatened too. Remembering the connections of this last lunar cycle, we are challenged to hold our loved ones near as we move through fear. This is a great time to remember Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards statement after Orlando: “Love is love is love is love ...”

Moon enters Gemini 6:44 am CDT
Friday, July 1.
The lunar cycle is winding down. The airy nature of the Gemini Moon lifts the weight off our shoulders a bit. It doesn’t hurt that Venus in Cancer is making an encouraging aspect to Jupiter in Virgo. Notice the gifts of air. Curiosity, perspective, insight, clarity, spaciousness. Breath is a good ally for achieving these states if the chaotic aspects of air pay a visit. Spend time with dear ones, rest at home, or doing self-care to take advantage of the Venus/Jupiter connection.

Moon in Gemini
Saturday, July 2. The Moon touches upon the vestiges of the grand mutable cross aspect pattern today. A fluttering of unsettled energy may pervade. Saturn in Sagittarius is most influential. This means we may be feeling the oppression of fundamentalism and close-mindedness a little bit more. The quincunx between Saturn and the Sun in Cancer may feel a bit depressing. Perhaps you notice how beliefs shape reality. Perhaps insights that come to you today inform your intentions for the next lunar cycle beginning on July 4. There is work to do based on the experiences and wisdom gained from this last lunar cycle. Use Saturn’s commitment to make your own.

Moon enters Cancer 8:20 am CDT
Sunday, July 3.
Water has the power to wash away energy. The last few days have been a seasonal mixture of fair skies with periods of high pressure. Storms have passed quickly. Sense into this last day of the Gemini lunar cycle and then let water wash it all away. I recommend spending time by the water, but it is possible to do this work emotionally and magically with intention. Let confusion, overwhelm, and depression flow away. The Sun in Cancer makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces. This harmonious aspect opens our heart doors. Remember how to be gentle with yourself.



*Read about the seeds of the Gemini lunar cycle here:



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Monday, June 20, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 20, 2016 - June 26

I used to think the mutable signs had it easy, that is until this month. Let me explain. Signs are divided into three modalities or modes: Cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), and Mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces). My favorite way to understand the mode is to think about each season. Cardinal signs begin the season, Fixed signs anchor it, and the Mutable signs shift between the old and the new. Cardinal signs are the initiators. They get things started. The Fixed signs make sure the form lasts by digging in and holding steady. These seem like big important and stressful jobs, right? The mutables are shifty, hard to pin down. They help us let go of the past and open our senses to emerging possibility. What could be so hard about letting go and opening up? Oh my, was I wrong.

This lunar cycle has been all about the mutable signs. The seed of this lunation is in Gemini. The New Moon sign influences the whole cycle and orients us to the potential of each cycle. In Gemini, this is about learning, using our air skills to connect to others, to pollinate ideas, to shake up old forms. A mutable grand cross aspect pattern has amped up the signal, putting stress on the ways we absorb, share, and interpret messages sent through the mutable airwaves. Under my old assumptions that a cardinal or fixed grand cross is much more difficult than a mutable one, I did not anticipate that this lunar cycle would be much of a test. That I seemed to be wrong about this influence tells me that mutable skills seem to be needed now more than ever. Wake up calls can be hard.


Letting go and opening requires a strong container (fixed sign specialty) and a willingness to change (mutable sign specialty.) This willingness doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. Who doesn’t need a safe strong container when the world seems to be falling apart? How do we allow all the feelings around us to penetrate that strong container so we can open to change? Right now I am thinking about the hermit crab. These creatures are good at hiding, disguised as an ordinary seashell empty of its original inhabitant. Turn the shell over and a tiny crab retreats even farther into the inner spaces. Put the shell down, the crab may scurry away or go into stealth mode again, “I’m just an empty shell, nothing to see here.” Mutable signs risk coming out of their shells. In this month of Pride celebrations and the tragic massacre of queer folk in Orlando, the risk of coming out of our shells is even more poignant. The lesson of the season tells us that risking connection is vital to our evolution.

The seasons are a map, an encoding, for how we evolve. Astrology captures that code in its patterns. The modes tell the pattern of threeness, so important for growth: Beginning, middle, end. Initiation, maintenance, surrender. Birth, life, death. Each mode is essential, but the mutable signs are most essential right now. Perhaps the next thing we need to learn is how to come out of the shell of protection that maintains illusion about others. Mutable signs are asking us to reach out, connect, and truly empathize. This takes an open heart, of course, but it also takes discernment. Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) for the last year has been schooling us on this skill. We aren’t meant to be victims or martyrs. This feels like a real opening and a new place to stand. Where will the next cycle of initiation, maintenance, and surrender take us if we can learn to inhabit this place?


Forecast for June 20, 2016 — June 26

Moon enters Capricorn 6:55 am
June 20—Full Moon: Illuminating. Summer Solstice. The Full Moon occurs at the last degree of Sagittarius. That means that the Sun, which is opposite the Moon is at the last degree of Gemini. Later in the day, the Sun enters Cancer, the beginning of Summer in the northern hemisphere. There is a liminal quality to this day. Liminal means the state of being between places—at a threshold. Mutable signs (Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces) move us from one season to the next. This Full Moon at the very last degree is a threshold between seasons. Seasons are the patterns of life and change. We are on the threshold of change. Mutability is all over this lunar cycle. Not only was this lunar cycle seeded with Gemini New Moon potential, but a mutable grand cross aspect pattern is forcing adjustment between all the elemental styles of mutability. Major transits, like Saturn in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces, have marked this lunar cycle as important to cultural and personal evolution. Jupiter in Virgo has played an important role, opposing Neptune and squaring Saturn, bringing pragmatic discernment to the equation. The square formation in the center of the chart for the Full Moon looks like an opening, a portal, leading to possibility. Thresholds are powerful places. It is easy to pass through one without a thought, but what if we paused to consider what we want in this brief moment between what has happened and what comes next? This Full Moon is such an opportunity.

At the New Moon I wrote this as intention and invocation for the lunar cycle: “I want to cultivate readiness and curiosity. I desire the presence of mind to pause before reaction, to reflect before decisions, to wonder before I know. Life can change when we change our minds.” I’m not sure how much closer I am to this goal, but it still resonates as worthy of this lunar cycle poised on the cusp of change. What is your threshold?

The Moon in Sagittarius points our attention to the sky. What are the big truths guiding you? What seems eternal as the world constantly shifts and changes around you? The important thing to realize may be that the external forms of truth can change. The mutable lessons of this lunation may be to recognize how truth feels, not what it looks like. I suspect there are not many of these immutable truths. Perhaps “Love is all” and “Change is constant” are the only ones. Saturn in Sagittarius is opposing Mercury in Gemini exactly. The big balancing act of this opposition is between whole truth and the infinite fractal manifestations of it. Chaotic diversity is an asset. We are on the cusp of understanding truth in new ways. Let’s think holographically: Within each part there is the whole.

The opposition between Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces has been ongoing. I’ve experienced this as the balancing act between greater empathy and greater self-care. It is imperative to find the balance here. This churning opposition moves us to the next evolutionary stage where we remember our connections and can handle the vulnerability of caring.

In spite of the challenges of this grand cross, the potential for healing is great. In fact, we may be driven to new levels of healing by the heavy players (Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune) in this grand cross. If this Full Moon is a threshold for the next season, what mission will you undertake this Summer? The sign of Cancer leads the way. Refuge, hearth, nurturance, defense of family, responsibility to the young and vulnerable moves us to action. In this year of a presidential election in the U.S. it is best to not be complacent about these very important issues. Activism increases. Remember the mutable lessons of connection as you act from the heart of Cancer’s concern.

Moon in Capricorn
Tuesday, June 21
. Hefty earth energy helps to calm us. The Moon in Capricorn forms a solid trine to benefic Jupiter in Virgo. Listen to the historians and pragmatists. They have useful information.

Moon enters Aquarius 3:08 pm CDT
Wednesday, June 22.
Mercury in Gemini stirs it up today. Mercury, as communicator and trickster, is strong here in the sign it rules. Mercury is also the multiplier. If one insight is good, why not provide a bunch of them? While we’re at it, let’s get really bored if we stick with something for too long and let’s play with those silly human assumptions about what is really going on. Mercury is square to Jupiter in Virgo and the nodes of the Moon, creating a larger possibility that the unexpected will happen. The evolutionary pathway could be muddied by too many distractions. Remember that feeling of connection and empathy. Remember we are more than the sum of our parts.

Moon in Aquarius
Thursday, June 23.
We may bristle at the experience of someone trying to control our thoughts and expression. The quincunx between Mercury in Gemini and Pluto in Capricorn does nothing to enhance harmony. Today may be the day to declare your liberation from those who may be trying to control you. The Moon in Aquarius only fuels the desire to be free. Rather than pick fights for the sake of fighting, we have the energy to look at the source of conflict and shift the pattern. Mercury in Gemini’s secret weapon is curiosity. Use it well.

Moon enters Pisces 9:30 pm CDT
June 24—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. Perhaps you notice it, the mutable grand cross pattern is breaking up. That doesn’t mean we are finished with the mutable tasks of sensing and adapting, but the feeling of crisis may be abating. Our nervous systems are relaxing a bit. This shift in energy gives us the opportunity to assess what we have learned during this lunar cycle, which began on June 4. Our actions, words and even thoughts carry a bigger impact than we think. I notice that I am more aware of webs of connection. Perhaps I am learning how to put myself in another’s place. Is it possible to apply this sense of empathy to those who are very different from me? When I take that risk, what happens to the web?

The Moon is in Aquarius for most of the day. An early morning square between the Moon and Mars could touch off conflict within community giving us something on which to apply all our new mutable wisdoms. Discernment balances empathy. Curiosity balances fundamentalism.

Moon in Pisces
Saturday, June 25.
A friend with a Moon in Pisces recently told me that she had bad boundaries because she assumed that everyone she met was good. How sad that we often think that is a detrimental quality rather than something to aspire to. I told her that. What if we all went through life assuming that the other people we met were basically good? The Moon in Pisces today starts off with a trine to the Sun and Venus in Cancer. Empathy can help us see the root causes of bad behavior. Empathy doesn’t mean we cave to bullies. It just means we see where they are coming from. The Moon makes a square to Saturn and comes into conjunction with Neptune next. Another way we torture ourselves is to doubt our own basic goodness. Follow the Saturn lead and commit to living from that truth.

Moon in Pisces
Sunday, June 26.
The Moon in Pisces is wrapping up so many of the mutable lessons of this lunar cycle. We are picking up subtle vibrations, recalling that we are connected to each other. Vulnerabilities surface when we feel exposed or when we sense another’s pain. Yet, there is joy here too. It is as if we are welcoming back long lost pieces of ourselves. The message received from Jupiter in Virgo today (opposing the Moon and trine to Pluto in Capricorn) is trust your instincts. Balance compassion with self-love. Be a pragmatic mystic. These insights come in handy since Mercury in Gemini makes a quincunx to Mars in Scorpio. Once again, a Yod aspect pattern forms with Mars as the focus. This pattern was also present when the Orlando shootings occurred. When nervous systems are stretched, people can snap. Be gentle with yourself and be aware that others may be on shaky ground. Acknowledging anger can lead to positive change. Venus in Cancer forms another quincunx aspect with Saturn in Sagittarius. This type of aspect can feel stressful without really knowing why. Take family concerns seriously.


*Read about the seeds of the Gemini lunar cycle here:



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Monday, June 13, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 13, 2016 — June 19

Breathing. Grounding. Breathing. Grounding.  I sit down to write this week’s forecast on Sunday afternoon (June 12). I am finding it hard to focus. Feelings run from deep sorrow to high anxiety, the news in the U.S. this week has been intense. Social media, which sometimes feels like a collective nervous system, has been firing message after message like jolts of adrenaline through the collective body. Messages about rape culture. Messages about racism. Now, this hate crime against queer folk. It feels like our collective nervous system is overwhelmed by trauma right now. At least that is how it feels to me.  

The Gemini New Moon and a powerful configuration of planets called a grand mutable cross have been the seed energy of the current lunar cycle. All the mutable signs—but especially Gemini as the air mutable sign—are focused on receiving and sharing information. I’ve used the metaphor of “antennas up” to describe the pervasive feeling that we are on alert, taking in and trying to understand more and more information. The nature of a grand cross is that all the elements of the same modality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable) are represented in this pattern. Each element has its own wisdom and ways of doing the work of receiving and giving information. Mutable signs are the sensitive ones. These signs seem to know that there is more influencing us than our eyes alone can see. Traumatic events are triggers for this heightened awareness. With so much bombarding our nervous systems right now, it is very important to have the tools of self-care and self-love. I’d like to offer one source of inspiration and information. My friend, Uncle Bear has recently begun a video blog—Five Minutes with Uncle Bear. These two on the benefits of gratitude practice are brilliant.  As Uncle Bear points out, research shows that a gratitude practice can help shift humans out of trauma response, opening new neurological pathways out of fear and despair. Part 1. Part 2.  We need this.

A major transit this week is stretching the ways we seek understanding and connection with others. Saturn in Sagittarius makes the second of three exact squares to Neptune in Pisces (first time was in November 2015 and the last time will be in September 2016). Saturn and Neptune are concerned with defining paradigm—a collective cognitive framework, the way we think things are, the ways we try to find meaning. Mutable signs in and of themselves (Sagittarius and Pisces) are concerned with perception, add in these planetary heavies and we know we are in for changing the way we see things. Think of this as a liminal time when new understandings are manifesting. Mutability feels slippery. We aren’t sure where we are headed, we don’t know if current understandings are going to stick. This can create stress and anxiety, but there is an enormous opportunity here too. Each of us is influencing the whole. Each of us has the ability to contribute the thought forms and constructs that we desire for this world right now. None of us has to be perfect to do this. None of us has to understand the whole pattern, even if the mutable signs are stimulating us to know more and more. What if you could add just one drop to the collective stew of understanding, what would that drop be? What will you add? This lunar cycle is not even half over. The work of the waxing lunar phases is to bring intention into manifestation. What practices, actions, thoughts, and values will help you do that? Let that guide you through this week.

Forecast for June 13, 2016 — June 19

Moon in Libra
Monday, June 13.
A planet’s influence is stronger when it stations to change direction. Today, Neptune in Pisces turns retrograde, making this day all about the influence of the ocean god. Later this week, on Friday, Saturn in Sagittarius will exactly square a still powerful and stationary Neptune. We are swimming in deep waters. A magical, mutable atmosphere encourages deep expressions of connection, collective grief, as well as universal experiences of beauty and spirit. Venus in Gemini has been active this lunar cycle making many significant aspects to the other planets in the mutable grand cross. Under this influence, new understandings of rape culture and oppression of women have surfaced. Today, Venus makes a quincunx aspect to Mars in Scorpio and a square to Chiron in Pisces. The connection to Mars creates a tension between a desire to connect and a need to express anger, perhaps even rage. The square to Chiron re-opens wounds. Be gentle with yourself and others.

Moon in Libra
Tuesday, June 14
. The Moon in Libra riles up a sense of injustice when the Moon makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn and an opposition to Uranus in Aries early in the day. The sextile between the Sun in Gemini and Uranus would normally be a positive embrace of change. But with tensions high, this aspect may also trigger people who are deeply afraid of change. Perhaps the best response to the planetary influences today is to endeavor to be the change you want to see in the world. By the way, it is Donald Trump’s birthday. Do your own magic around that.

Moon enters Scorpio 8:18 am CDT
Wednesday, June 15
Today, the Sun mirrors the exact same transits that Venus made yesterday: Sun in Gemini quincunx Mars in Scorpio and square to Chiron in Pisces. From our hearts (Venus influence) to conscious awareness (the Sun) we see the effects of unbridled anger (Mars) and the wounds upon our collective psyches (Chiron). A Yod aspect pattern points to Mars in Scorpio (with the Sun sextile to Uranus as the other planets in the pattern). This pattern increases the tension felt in paradox and forces us to see what we may be avoiding. Mars is on a retrograde journey through Scorpio. This is a soulful journey of exposure, bringing to light root causes of violence, offering the chance to change. The Moon in Scorpio intensifies whatever we are feeling, and it is a lot. Don’t stuff emotion. Find a way to transform it into healing action.

Moon in Scorpio
June 16—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting.  I use the descriptor of “Perfecting” for this phase of the Moon because I want to capture the tension between desire and self-love. If we are following a meaningful intention planted at the New Moon and tended consciously until the Full Moon, we understand the tension between desiring something so much we can taste it and needing to love ourselves enough to let it go. The Full Moon is when we let intention go. The Gibbous phase is right before we reach that point. Tension can sometimes be good but during this hyper-aware lunar cycle, perhaps you feel it as too much. Perhaps I do too. So what else are we to learn? How does self-love trump whatever desire for perfection you may be experiencing? The Full Moon next week will be in the expansive sign of Sagittarius. Before we open to the wide vistas offered by this sign, the Moon in Scorpio leads us inside to feel what we are feeling. And it is a lot. The Moon makes a simple trine to Neptune in Pisces today. However, this influence will most likely not be simple. Neptune is strong and stationary this week and will perfect a square to Saturn in Sagittarius tomorrow. Neptune is the god of surrender, revealing that the ocean of connection is vaster than any single ego. Ego desires need to yield to a bigger reality. This can feel like grief. It can also be ecstasy. Imagine these feelings as being necessary to the great sea voyage of life.

Moon enters Sagittarius 8:34 pm CDT
Friday, June 17.
Earlier I said that Neptune and Saturn were the paradigm definers of the solar system. Actually, all the planets want to claim that role, but these two have special powers in this realm. A paradigm is a construct of belief that influences reality. Neptune rules the fantasies and dreams we have for reality. Saturn rules the despair and aspirations we have for reality. Fantasies and despair. Dreams and aspirations. Where do we trip ourselves up in creating the world we hope for? Where do we lift ourselves up so we may live into that world? These are the possibly good questions to be asking ourselves right now as Saturn in Sagittarius makes the second of three exact squares to Neptune in Pisces today. What we believe is important. We are shapers of reality. Venus leaves Gemini behind to enter Cancer today. Mutable emphasis is not over but we are drawn to the refuge of home and family as we meet a changing world.

Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, June 18.
Mercury in Gemini begins to take Venus’ place in the mutable grand cross pattern today. Since, the Moon in Sagittarius contacts all the planets in this pattern today and tomorrow, this could be a volatile day. Hopefully, we are given the opportunity to integrate, a real skill of all the mutable signs. The Moon in Sagittarius is especially drawn to telling the stories that give meaning to our lives. This is an important part of making sense of our world. What reminds you that your life is precious? I refer you to the gratitude practice I mentioned in the week’s introduction in the video blog, Five Minutes with Uncle Bear. Part 1.  Part 2. Finding gratitude is a way of finding meaning.

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, June 19.
For all intents and purposes, today feels like the Full Moon, even though it doesn’t really happen until tomorrow. One of my favorite metaphors for a Full Moon is an arrow released into the sky. The tension leading up to the Full Moon is released. The effects of our efforts at manifestation are revealed during the last two weeks of the cycle. Today’s Moon in Sagittarius is especially attuned to this arrow imagery. The glyph for the sign is an arrow. The constellation is a centaur pointing an arrow into the galaxy’s center. Release tension, grief, the search, the work of learning and communicating. Let go of the effort. As I write this, I am thinking of the delicious feeling of letting go of a rigorous yoga pose. We need first to make the effort in order to feel that wonderful release of effort. Let that be your day.


*Read about the seeds of the Gemini lunar cycle here. 
  
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