Sunday, February 7, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 8, 2016 — February 21

[This week's forecast is for two weeks.] A new lunar cycle begins February 8. This one takes its seed potential from Aquarius, a sign that knows about both the center of community and the edges of possibility. Right now, I’m curious about edges and centers. I am interested in understanding their partnership, their tension. This tension is like an engine that drives the evolutionary bus. Aquarius is the driver. “The only constant is change,” is an Aquarian truism. This sign is dedicated to the edgy mission of revolution, pushing against the status quo, claiming radical difference. But not entirely. Aquarius also has an interest in the center as community and collective action help manifest the changes they envision. The community is what the desire to change is about. Thus, as a fixed sign, Aquarius is concerned with anchoring the center yet pushing the edges. The dynamic tension inherent in this sign is influenced by the signs preceding and following it. The preceding sign, Capricorn, maintains form through monitoring the status quo. It defines the values of form and cohesion. Pisces dissolves form through transcendent experiences of release and expansion. Standing between form and formlessness, Aquarius is the midwife helping us through the portal from the known to the unknown. This is an edge held by the center.
I’ve noticed that Aquarians have a love/hate relationship to community. Loving the edges but not so sure about the centers, community can begin to feel confining and conforming. On the other hand, as an edge dweller, Aquarius can feel isolated and estranged from the center, craving the embrace of community. Seesawing back and forth between the extremes of this polarity, the mission is to be aware of which point of view we are choosing and why. Both the center and the edge hold vital places for us, I think. There is power in both, especially when we acknowledge our own assumptions and stories and wounds around inclusion and exclusion.

This lunar cycle begins in Aquarius. That’s the seed. However, when the Sun enters Pisces on February 18, followed by the Full Moon in the signs of Pisces/Virgo on February 22, the Aquarian seed is transformed by Pisces influence. This influence challenges ego structures. Whatever we think now about community, will change under this influence. I view each lunar cycle as a chance to hold intention and practice mindful awareness through the 8 phases of the lunar cycle. By the middle of the lunar cycle, the Aquarian intention will be observed through the Piscean lens. What I am noticing about the center and the edge will also change. Following the Moon teaches me to hold my truths lightly. The changing face of the Moon constantly reveals a new point of view. What do I believe right now about edges? What do I believe right now about the center? Aquarius as a fixed air sign, feels fairly certain about what it thinks. That confidence is both a gift and an illusion. For now, what are you certain about? How does certainty create a center that excludes the edge, and an edge that discounts the center?


Forecast for February 8, 2016 — February 21

Moon in Aquarius
February 8—New Moon: Dreaming. Aquarius is planting a seed. Right now, we simply need to open, listen, and wonder what can grow from it. Opening, listening, and wondering are great ways to embrace an air sign influence on this lunar cycle. Aquarius is the fixed air sign. Fixity adds its own influence on the air energy of this lunar month. Aquarius is an anchor to the gifts of air. During the Aquarian season, we celebrate Imbolc, which is a holy day dedicated to dedication. Dedication begins with a thought, an inspiration, a spark of insight. Air is hard to hold onto, just like inspiration and insight can sometimes be hard to hold onto. We can create an anchor to that insight by dedicating ourselves to some manifestation of it. Think of this lunar cycle as an opportunity to dedicate yourself to a dream.  


I know I will be exploring edges and centers this cycle. Aquarius has a way of pushing edges and then, coming back to the center of community. The edginess of this cycle begins with a square between Mars in Scorpio and the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. I think of the contrast beween Aquarius and Scorpio as the archetypal tension between darkness and light. Neither is better than the other. Neither can exist without the other, yet we often feel the conflict between them as ultimate battles. This influence may provoke some battles and gives us a sense that this lunar cycle is important. We want to pay attention. Mars doesn’t let us coast through it.

The separating conjunction between Venus and Pluto in Capricorn influences this cycle as well. This is another indication that we feel the shadows surrounding our inspirations. Things are not perfect. Shadow work includes looking at our own stuff. Venus says that there is beauty under the emotions we may fear. Honor that beauty.

Moon enters Pisces 2:31 am CST
Tuesday, February, 9.
The Moon entering Pisces invites us to exhale. Be where you are. The Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces, and Mars in Scorpio is trine Chiron in Pisces. All this Pisces influence asks us to surrender. Perhaps we need to acknowledge the stress we’ve been carrying, perhaps we need to pay more attention to our vulnerable hearts. Perhaps we need to believe what our intuitions have been telling us for a while. Listen, open, and invite a greater connection to others. This lays a good foundation for the brand new lunar cycle.

Moon in Pisces
Wednesday, February 10.
The trine between Venus in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo creates an expansive and hopeful energy, especially around earthy things. Capricorn and Virgo are both earth signs. Venus and Jupiter are the benefics of the solar system. Blessings are abundant if we engage with the energy rather than let it distract us into complacency. That is the nature of a trine. We can take them for granted. The earth is speaking. We can listen for wisdom and for ways we can be more responsible. Jupiter in Virgo has been inviting us to develop the Virgo gift of discernment. It feels good to engage in our whole bodies and minds to use this gift well. The Sun makes a challenging aspect to Jupiter. It is important to pay attention right now to Virgo themes. With the Moon in Pisces opposing Jupiter today, we have a chance to remember that perfectionism is not the answer.

Moon enters Aries 3:55 am CST
February 11— Crescent Moon: Beginning. The Aries Moon lifts our energy levels considerably and that fits in well with this phase of the Moon. The seeds of this Aquarius cycle begin to tremble and awaken. What inspires you? Embrace that inspiration with acts of devotion and manifestation. There is a fire in our bellies. For this Aquarian cycle I set an intention to work with my edges and my relationship to the center. Even though I don’t know where it will lead, I leap into inclusion of the excluded parts of myself. At the same time, can I stand on the edge of this unknown and be fully present? Aries energy can be courageous and foolish at the same time. Be willing to be willing.

Moon in Aries
Friday, February 12.
The Moon is busy burning a path through this day. In Aries, the Moon first activates a productive and energetic morning with a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. You might find yourself initiating action that will yield results and growth. Keep the faith, as tension and conflict could also arise. This may happen in the greater arena of world events as the Moon makes a square to Pluto and Venus in Capricorn and conjoins Uranus also. For the last few years, the Pluto/Uranus square has symbolized an awakening to the need for deep and profound change. We must respond. The Aries Moon could create impulsive reactions to things we deem unjust or plain wrong. However, fire can burn away complacency and confusion. How do you discern the just and right action?

Moon enters Taurus 5:35 am CST
Saturday, February 13.
Yesterday’s fiery energy finds solid grounding with the Moon’s entry into Taurus. It could feel like someone is putting on the brakes, and that is good. Take time to let the lessons of the past few days sink in. If you are noticing the relationship between the edge and center, then take time to listen to what your body knows about the dynamic tension between what we accept and reject about ourselves. The encouraging sextile between Mars in Scorpio and Jupiter in Virgo helps us know what we know. Trust your instincts, especially those that give a sense of wholeness, whatever that means to you. Mercury re-enters Aquarius where it was at the beginning of the recent retrograde period. The Capricorn lessons about intention and form provide a foundation for our imaginations.

Moon in Taurus
February 14
—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. A grand earth trine of the Moon in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn both supports and challenges the growing intentions of this lunar cycle. Aquarius planted some seeds about inspiration and change. As an air sign, Aquarius can be big on ideas and not so great about follow through. Here come the earth signs to hold us accountable for our visions. What ingredient does earth supply to your lunar intentions this cycle? Do you need a steady practice? Realistic expectations? A plan? Time out for pleasure and wellness? The relationship between Taurus and Aquarius can be strained but also very helpful. The dynamic tension here invites us to accommodate a broad range of approaches—the concrete and the conceptual. Which is your edge? How does this help you manifest intention?

Moon enters Gemini 8:34 am CST
Monday, February 15.
The Moon’s entry into Gemini stirs up verbal processing. The trine between the Moon and Mercury only increases the need to communicate. Again, we notice the influence of air on the Aquarian themes for this lunar cycle. Even if you aren’t the community type, you might find yourself gravitating towards a group that both inspires and offers you a chance to change the world. Optimism is high.

Moon in Gemini
Tuesday, February, 16.
The Moon in Gemini activates unsettled energy. A mutable grand cross (not exact, but close) forms in the afternoon with Jupiter in Virgo, Chiron in Pisces, Saturn in Sagittarius, and the Moon in Gemini making up the intersecting axes of this cross. Mutable signs are after information, taking it in via the element associated with it. Chiron in Pisces feels everything. Emotions are large. Jupiter in Virgo processes everything. Details are overwhelming. Saturn in Sagittarius expounds on everything. Fanaticism is strong. The Moon in Gemini wants to experience everything. Distractions are everywhere. All these possible challenges also contain gifts. Compassion, service, curiosity, and connection are inherent in these signs too. What helps you reframe your point of view? 

Venus enters Aquarius for the next three weeks. Chance encounters from out of the blue can help us stay connected to intention this lunar cycle. Look for support from diverse and unexpected places.

Moon enters Cancer 1:24 pm CST
Wednesday, February 17.
We welcome a place to land. The airy mutable emphasis of the last couple of days may leave you overwhelmed, especially if you are an introvert. The Cancer Moon says, make a pot of soup and take a long bath while you think over the things you have learned and the things you have still left to do. This pause in the lunar cycle is only temporary, but much needed.

Moon in Cancer
February 18—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Sun enters Pisces. A seed was planted by Aquarius at the New Moon on February 8. This seed has trembled, pushed out roots, emerged from the ground, and is beginning to flower. What have you noticed about the relationship between inspiration and dedication, the edges and the centers? What is flowering in you? This phase of the Moon reveals the contrast between the seed and the budding flower. Aquarius seed time is very conceptual. We can get lost in our heads, yet at the same time not really care because the sky holds wonders. Air helps us begin, but has a hard time bringing completion. It is useful to engage all the elements in our projects. With the Sun’s ingress into Pisces and the Moon in Cancer (both water signs), the teacher becomes our emotions. With the revolutionary zeal of Aquarius still resonant in this lunar cycle, we also tune into the revolution of self-acceptance. Water helps to dissolve false barriers. The exploration of edges and centers takes on a new tone when we see the illusion of false polarities and dichotomies. This can be even more revolutionary. The Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn and makes a square to Uranus in Aries. This contact reminds us that we need these revolutions to succeed. Sorrow is not a distraction.

Moon enters Leo 8:17 pm
Friday, February 19.
Most of the day (CST), the Moon is in Cancer inviting us to remain in touch with our feelings. A grand water trine with Mars in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces, and this sensitive Moon asks us to pay attention to the subsurface layers of emotion running through our hopes and dreams for the world. Venus and Mercury in Aquarius hold down the fort of Aquarian intention for this lunar cycle. We don’t have to split off between what we think and what we feel, although that is a temptation. Noticing our own paradoxical impulses helps us tolerate inconsistencies in others.

Moon in Leo
Saturday, February 20.
Aquarius and Leo need each other like a performer needs an audience. The Moon in Leo reminds us how innovative the Aquarian mission is when we celebrate individual creativity. The Moon in Leo sparks a desire to shine through our own creative gifts, whatever they are. The performer is fed by the audience, but it doesn’t just go one way. The audience is fed by the performer too. The Moon opposes Venus and Mercury in Aquarius. We get a chance to notice this healthy exchange today. If we aren’t generous with our gifts and generously appreciate others, we all suffer just a little bit.

Moon in Leo
Sunday, February 21.
The elemental layers of this lunar cycle continue to develop. From air to earth, to water, to fire, we are feeding the seed planted at the New Moon on February 8 in the sign of Aquarius (fixed air). Concepts were informed by emotions. Now, we are encouraged by fire to energetically sustain our Aquarian dreams and ideals with action, creativity, and passion.  There is a grand fire trine in force today. The Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries encourage self-expression and self-awareness. The square between Mars in Scorpio and the Moon in Leo helps us to not overlook the gifts of fire. We will have to earn them through self-honesty. If we don’t see our own foibles, someone else will be happy to point them out.


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for February 1, 2016 — February 7

Last week I ran across a short blog  post written by Thorn Coyle, author and magic worker, which has really stuck with me. I wrote about this piece last week and I am still thinking about it. She writes about living an intentional life. This resonates for me now because Capricorn, the sign of the current lunar cycle,* activates the determined journey towards the mountaintop. This month, there have been twists, turns, setbacks, and challenges on this Capricorn journey. If you have been able to keep the mountaintop in view this whole month, then good for you. It hasn’t been easy. That is Capricorn determination. Thorn’s piece has me thinking about the merits of intention and the possible difference between a goal and an intention. A goal is an outcome, achieved or not. It is a mountaintop, a desire. Intention is the path itself. It is the way we keep on the path. It is the mountain, not the mountain’s peak. Capricorn sees the mountaintop, but this sign’s real gift is the commitment to keep it in focus. That is intention.

The merit of staying on the path is the satisfying cohesion of a life lived with purpose. The road—even when it twists and turns, even when there are dead ends and detours—is the contiguous arc that Thorn writes about our lives needing. Without intention, our lives can become fragmented. Fragmentation, losing focus, wandering off are signs we need to cultivate Capricorn determination. In the last week of this lunar cycle, give honor to your path. What have you learned about sticking to it?

This lunar cycle began with the Sun and Moon coming together in Capricorn. Now, the Sun has moved into Aquarius as the Moon wanes through the signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius, and back to Capricorn. Aquarius, as the fixed air sign, brings vision to Capricorn’s journey. Our intentions need inspiration. Aquarius is here to breathe life into them. Imbolc, celebrated this week, is the cross-quarter holy day that honors intention and inspiration. A common practice at this time of year is to commit to a creative intention for the year. Aquarius breaks with the past and sees forward into possibility. It offers a chance to start over, something else Thorn wrote about. The mid-winter sky sparkles with inspiration, and transits this week sparkle with many sextiles, an aspect that gives us the go-ahead signal. Take advantage of this infusion of positivity to make glorious plans for your year ahead. What I am learning is that it isn’t where you get to that matters most, but returning again and again to the path itself.

Forecast for February 1, 2016 — February 7

Moon in Scorpio
Monday, February 1.
Yesterday’s square between Mercury in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries is still very influential today. Erratic mental states and behavior could be prevalent. There is an electrified field around things, which could also spark breakthroughs in thought and communication. The Moon in Scorpio brings this energy to the emotional realms as well. Mars and the Moon join forces to add to the penetrating nature of this Scorpio influence. Hidden agendas are hard to keep hidden. Secrets may come out of the closet. It could all turn out well in the end, however. The Moon makes encouraging aspects to Pluto, Mercury, and Jupiter as well. Clearing the air could bring a fresh start.

Moon enters Sagittarius 9:50 am CST
Tuesday, February, 2.
Imbolc. The cross-quarter holy day of Imbolc has been traditionally celebrated on February 2 (aka Ground Hog’s Day). Many also recognize the powerful turning point of “Astronomical Imbolc”, which will happen on February 4, when the Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius. My We’Moon calendar has this to say: “The name, Imbolc, comes from ‘I mbolg,’ Old Gaelic for ‘in the belly.’”  This seasonal celebration with Celtic origins, is about the stirrings of spring, which are felt like the first kicks of a growing fetus in the belly of their mother. Although we are only halfway through the season of winter, spring’s rebirth is coming and we begin to feel it. What plans, ideas, desires are stirring in your belly? The Moon in firey Sagittarius gives spark to those seeds of potential. No other exact aspects today allows us to focus on those plans for the future. Be in-spired. Kindle the light within.

Moon in Sagittarius
Wednesday, February 3.
Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. The glyph for the sextile aspect is a six-pointed star. They sparkle with encouragement. Aspects between planets are a result of their spatial orientation to each other. Each aspect type tells us how the planets are communicating. Sextiles give an encouraging nudge. Sextiles are formed between signs that hold the same charge, either a positive/yang charge or a negative/yin charge. Today, Mars in Scorpio is sextile to Pluto in Capricorn; Mercury in Capricorn is sextile to Chiron in Pisces; the Sun in Aquarius is sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius; and the Moon in Sagittarius is also sextile to the Sun. Today, sextiles are giving the thumb-up signal to go for it. The Moon colors the day with affirmations about freedom and authenticity. In spite of a difficult lunar cycle, we are able to believe that a positive change can happen. The Sun/Saturn sextile allows us to focus without feeling burdened on ideas and visions for the future. The Mars/Pluto sextile opens the channels for sex—the life force energy that revitalizes. The Mercury/Chiron sextile gives voice to the power of compassion. This could be a highly idealistic day. The best way to approach this opportunity is to take nothing for granted.

Moon enters Capricorn 6:44 pm CST
February 4 — Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Astronomical Imbolc. The Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius, making this the astronomical Imbolc. The mid-point of the fixed signs—Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio—are powerful anchors and turning points of the year. In the northern half of the world we are at the mid-winter point. We feel the quickening of life force as the days are noticeably lighter for longer. We take the rich lessons of the winter dreamtime into the emerging spring. Now, we begin to plan our gardens in earnest. What will you plant, tend, and harvest this year? As the fixed air sign, Aquarius supports the visioning process.

Although, the emphasis on this holy day seems to be about the future, the waning cycle of the Moon turns our attentions to the lessons of the past in order to discern which visions we will choose. The Moon returns to Capricorn, the sign that began this lunar cycle on January 9. Capricorn climbs the mountain of intention. What has your journey this cycle taught you about your true intentions? What helps you stick to your path? What helps you return to it? These lessons will come in handy as we move into spring’s awakening.

Moon in Capricorn
Friday, February 5.
The next two days mean business. The Moon in Capricorn will conjoin with Pluto, Venus, and Mercury, and then make a square to Uranus. Although not all exact today, it will be felt today and tomorrow. So let’s engage with it. Capricorn is the business sign. Perhaps this will be your focus, but it could go deeper and impact relationships, too. Venus in Capricorn conjoins Pluto; the Moon is nearby. How committed are you? Venus invites us to go all in. She entices us to fully enjoy our responsibilities. Whining is so unattractive. The more pleasure we take in our commitments, the more we attract others who are turned on by that. We get to enlist those people in helping us succeed. Venus draws attention to women and women’s issues. Hillary Clinton may be coasting on higher popularity this week due to the dynamic force of Pluto and Venus coming together in a leadership sign.

Moon enters Aquarius 11:59 pm CST
Saturday, February 6.
The solid structures that Capricorn loves so much are blessed by the Moon today. Before entering Aquarius one minute before midnight (CST), the Moon in Capricorn contacts the Pluto/Venus conjunction. Serious is sexy. Then the Moon forms a square to agitating Uranus in Aries. This mirrors the same square between Venus in Capricorn and Uranus later in the day. If the status quo doesn’t satisfy you, your inner goddess may revolt. The Sun in Aquarius forms an encouraging sextile with Uranus, diminishing control over impulsivity. We want change now, and why not? Mercury in Capricorn forms a harmonizing trine to Jupiter in Virgo. After a confusing period of Mercury retrograde, things become clear. Discernment is easy when we know where we want to go.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, February 7.
Mars in Scorpio receives interesting mixed messages today. The Sun in Aquarius forms a challenging square to Mars, which could spark conflict around transparency or power dynamics. Secrets could seem threatening to some. However, Venus in Capricorn encourages this same Mars to stand up for itself. We need all kinds of people—those who want to bring everything into the light and those who respect the shadows. Notice your preference and see if you can honor both in yourself and others.


* Read about the beginning of the Capricorn lunar cycle on my website

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 25, 2016 — January 31

If the signs did not have elemental associations attached to them, I probably would not have become an astrologer. The elements drew me into astrology in the first place back in the 80s and the elements have kept me engaged and curious about astrology ever since. The elements are teachers and allies. Fire, earth, air, and water are the sacred elements that inform us about everything, including a deeper understanding of who we are. Astrology is a map-making craft. We use it to find our places and plan our next steps. Elemental wisdom is a key component of astrology’s ability to do this. Funny, that the elements found around us on Earth tell us about the sky and help us make sense of what the sky tells us about ourselves. That is one of those strange and delightful mysteries of this craft.

I’m thinking about the elements because I want to pay attention to earth’s wisdoms this year. Mercury has been moving retrograde during the current lunar cycle, which began in cardinal earth sign, Capricorn, on January 9. Although Mercury stationed retrograde at 1 degree Aquarius (an air sign), it has spent most of this period in Capricorn. Mercury moves retrograde three times in a given 12-month period and cycles through the three signs of the same element in that same period of time. This year, Mercury retrogrades through the earth signs. Next up will be Taurus this spring, followed by Virgo at the end of summer. Mercury is the communicator planet. What is being communicated about earth this year?


This lunar cycle is a good opportunity to learn more about earth from the perspective of Capricorn. The mountain goat loves a good challenge, a mountain worth climbing, no matter how long it takes. Mercury has helped us settle into the nuances of ambition. The mountain represents our goals and the legacy of our ancestors, who have made this new goal possible. Capricorn values both the edge and the center as represented by the attention to the past and the focus on the evolving future. The mountain can seem formidable. Setbacks can be very discouraging. Earth helps us find the sure path through setbacks and doubts about our goals. This lunar cycle is now waning. We can look back over the last few weeks to see the path behind us. What did you experience about earth? What wisdom will you take from this into your next journey?

No element stands alone. They all dance and interact with each other. Capricorn earth ambitions are now dancing with Aquarian air visions. The recent ingress of the Sun into Aquarius followed by a Full Moon in Leo (opposite Aquarius) is challenging the steady and sure approach of earth signs. Theoretical, abstract, and craving more speed (like air does), we may be having a hard time with the remnants of Capricorn influence at the end of this cycle. When Mercury stations to move direct on January 25 (in Capricorn), this craving for progress will gather momentum. Other planets anchoring earth are pulling against any rash or ill-considered plans we may suddenly be inspired to embark upon. Venus in Capricorn reminds us that success and abundance come through sure and determined steps. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 but the influence of this planet in this sign is strong this week as Mercury stations direct while in conjunction with Pluto. Pluto’s job in Capricorn has been to expose toxic influence in our structures. We are seeing a mountain of assumptions and systems that reinforce the status quo. This includes things like white supremacy, oligarchies, and unjust economic systems. It might feel easier to just ignore what needs changing. Mercury’s short mission to Pluto has rekindled awareness and perhaps resolve. Determination is an earth quality that helps us. Jupiter in mutable earth, Virgo, is playing a constant refrain of: pay attention to your well-being, give your body what it needs, be discerning about the revolutions you are staging, and small acts of devotion and service can be powerful.

Forecast for January 25, 2016 — January 31

Moon enters Virgo 9:46 pm CST
Monday, January 25.
Mercury turns direct today conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). Mercury retrogrades invite internal experience. It is a great time to reconsider strategies and patterns in our lives as they become clearer. The addition of Pluto to this turning point increases the intensity. You could be feeling that the stakes are higher. Capricorn takes things seriously enough, add Pluto to the mix, and we feel more pressure but more possibility too. Pluto is the lord of the underworld. Held in the unseen depths are treasures giving life purpose and vitality. As Mercury changes direction, we can change this pressure into affirmation. Listen to your soul this week as if the messenger is speaking just to you.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, January 26.
Mutable antennas are activated over the next two days with the Moon in mutable earth sign, Virgo. Friend and fellow astrologer, Heather Roan Robbins recently passed along an article about sentinel intelligence that describes the ultra awareness of mutable signs. Sentinel intelligence is alert and aware of energy and information and can be prone to information overload and anxiety. Mutable signs are the sentinels. We may feel this influence as we try to manage too many details. The inner critic can surface. The Moon will contact Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) over the next two days tweaking the sentinel energy in us. The contrast between Neptune and Saturn is noticed more deeply. Part of us may want to escape into dream while another part of us takes on more responsibility. Virgo is figuring it out, learning to discern between these desires. The favorable aspects between the Moon and Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Scorpio take the edge off of awareness. We have the passion and the grace to handle it better.

Moon in Virgo
January 27 — Disseminating Moon: Sharing. A key unlocks a piece of the puzzle you’ve been working on lately. This phase of the Moon is about the harvest of the cycle’s experiences. Slowly, deliberately, with setbacks and challenges, we’ve been moving up the Capricorn mountain. Now that Mercury is direct and the Sun has moved into Aquarius, momentum picks up. Suddenly, the things that were ponderous and hard become clearer. There is still work to do, because that is what Capricorn inspires in us, but it may not feel as daunting. The Moon in Virgo makes a favorable trine to Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn. What may have looked dark and bleak before, becomes rich and deep instead. What have you learned about yourself, your goals and ambitions and your reactions to setbacks and failures? The Moon makes a conjunction with Jupiter in Virgo, which is also where the North Node of the Moon has been hovering for the month of January. The North Node is about our growing edges. We are learning and evolving in significant ways right now. The sign of Virgo is a guide to what we need to meet our growing edges. Virgo is a pragmatic idealist. The work can serve others too.

Moon enters Libra 8:59 am CST
Thursday, January 28.
The Moon in Venus’ sign, Libra, makes a challenging square to Venus in Capricorn. The tension of this transit is subtle. Venus can’t quarrel with the Moon in her own sign, can she? We may be dissatisfied with subtle things today. It might feel like we are on the cusp of success only to find out that another task needs doing. Likely, relationship will be a part of the work. The guide to moving through conflict is to see both sides. Venus loves a balanced and fair approach to any problem.

Moon in Libra
Friday, January 29.
The Moon moves into a cardinal sign and here comes the push. Once a week, the Moon is in one of the cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. Once a week for the last three years, this ingress of the Moon tweaks and triggers the ongoing, paradigm-changing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. We can’t, and shouldn’t, get away from the need to wake up and be part of the change we want to see in the world. Mercury joins in as it makes the third exact conjunction with Pluto today. Mercury is finishing up his agenda for the recent retrograde cycle with this transit. Mercury will square Uranus on January 31. These signatures call for giving voice to the cause of justice, making connections and forming relationships to further the work of transformation. We bristle at conflict and challenge, but we also learn something valuable.

Moon enters Scorpio 9:50 pm CST
Saturday, January 30.
The good news about today comes from a lovely sextile between Venus in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. Tension is still present with Mercury’s final transit of the square between Uranus and Pluto influencing our perceptions and experiences. Can transformation happen fast enough? Is it is happening too fast? What adjustments do you need to make to create sustainability and centeredness? The Venus/Neptune connection opens the door for insight and inspiration. Allies and co-conspirators come forward. Notice ways we are connected. Dismantle difference. Those edges will come back, don’t worry.

Moon in Scorpio
January 31 — Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. What have you learned about your mountaintop? What have you learned about slow, sure and determined steps towards that summit? This Capricorn lunar cycle gives us the long-view of our lives—we look behind where we’ve come from and look ahead to where we want to go. This cardinal earth sign helps us form and stick to our intentions. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn can be a heavy teacher. We feel the weight of responsibility and the toxic voices of shame. An article from author and priestess, Thorn Coyle, about living an intention-based life resonates with what I am learning about Capricorn this cycle. Thorn offers these three pieces of wisdom:
1.     The arcs of our lives must be contiguous.
2.     Our smallest actions affect our largest intention.
3.     We can start again today.

We’ve been taking slow, sure, and determined steps on a path up a mountain, that when we look back, we can see as a contiguous arc. The mountain has been the anchor, the thing that keeps the steps in our lives connected to a greater whole. That mountain is intention. What have you learned about your mountain and your journey?

The Moon in Scorpio encourages deeper self-reflection. We may not be fit company for those who want to keep things superficial. Mercury makes the third exact square to Uranus due to retrograde motion. Mercury is now moving direct and this connection to Uranus is pushing us rapidly to the next thing. What is the edge of discovery for you? Incorporate your soul’s messages into that next thing.


* Read about the beginning of the Capricorn lunar cycle on my website


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