Sunday, August 31, 2014

Follow the Moon: Forecast–August 31, 2014 – September 6

Parts and wholes. This week I’m thinking about small actions that impact large structures. I’m thinking about parts and wholes and alchemical powers. Virgo knows about these secrets: the way things are really connected; the way we can access the whole through its parts; and the way that even a small part can affect the whole. There is a Virgo secret hiding within the relationship between parts and wholes that I think will help me this month with my Virgo* lunar intention—a dedication to daily wellness, balance, and joy. The Virgo archetype, through the power of sovereignty and purity, is the organizing and healing energy of whole thinking and whole being. This is an alchemical power. Virgo tells us that in every part the whole is mirrored. Incredible potential can be found in that truth.

Another way to put it: I get overwhelmed when I think about how much healing we need in our world. I even get overwhelmed when I think about maintaining my own daily practices for personal wellbeing. Overwhelm gets us stuck. We need Virgo’s healing powers in this moment. Virgo asks us to remember the connection between the small parts and the big whole. Wikipedia tells me that Arthur Koestler coined the term, holon, as the concept of “something that is simultaneously a whole and a part.” Ecologist and Buddhist, Joanna Macy, writes and teaches how to make structural change in our relationship to the Earth by embracing “holonic” systems. By changing the parts, we can change the whole. She writes: All living systems—be they organic like a cell or human body, or supra-organic like a society or ecosystem—are holons. That means they have a dual nature: As both systems and subsystems, they are wholes in themselves and, simultaneously, integral parts of larger wholes.” On her website dedicated to the Great Turning  she offers 12 qualities that can create a holonic shift in the current and dismal state of affairs around our relationship to the Earth as a whole. The Virgo imperative says to us, Create daily practices that support wellbeing and healing. These 12 ideas fit in nicely with Virgo’s love of small steps towards a large goal.

Last week was a challenging one for keeping up daily practices. The intense inner experiences of Mars and Saturn coming together in Scorpio gave us clear reason to want practices of wellbeing, but didn’t exactly make doing them easy. Sometimes the slogging is hard and small acts to stay connected to our intentions is all we can muster. Struggles are present but that doesn’t mean we have failed. Just knowing how we are feeling at any given moment is a small healing act. This week’s transits may be more supportive, especially when Venus enters Virgo on September 5. Find beauty in the relationship between the parts and the whole. A devotional practice of gratitude or sacred art may infuse our wellness practices with power. Mercury, ruler of Virgo, enters Libra this week. Insight comes from the exchange of inspiration or support from others. Macy writes about one step to the holonic shift that may be governed by this Mercury in Libra: “Open to flows of information from the larger system. Do not resist painful information about the condition of your world, but understand that the pain you feel for the world springs from interconnectedness, and your willingness to experience it unblocks feedback that is important to the well-being of the whole.” May the experience of feedback in this waxing phase of the Virgo lunar cycle give us experiences of hopeful possibility.

Forecast–August 31, 2014 – September 6

Moon in Scorpio
Sunday, August 31.
The Moon contacts Saturn and Mars in Scorpio today, possibly dredging up emotion, memory, and stuck energy from places we may have forgotten. If you have capacity to stick with the downward pull, you may find transformative healing that can be of service to others who don’t have this capacity. If it feels overwhelming, know this too will pass shortly. The Moon’s entry into Sagittarius tomorrow will lighten things considerably. 

Moon enters Sagittarius 12:17 pm CDT
Monday, September 1. Labor Day.
Time to thank the workers and the unionizers. This holiday always occurs in the Virgo month. Virgo rules everyday work and workers. It also rules work that is service. May our work feed not only our bodies but our souls. I am grateful for the workers. The Moon’s shift from Scorpio to Sagittarius could not happen sooner. There is a reason to look up and look ahead. What is your next adventure? The Moon squares Neptune this evening, before we achieve that lofty dream, we may feel like taking a break for some escapist entertainment. Most likely, if you are drawn to this tonight, you need it. If you are drawn to solitary pursuits, be gentle with your heart.

Moon in Sagittarius
September 2—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting.
In the introduction to this week’s forecast I included a link to Joanna Macy’s 12 qualities for a holonic shift. She supposes that we need a holonic shift in consciousness to meet the ecological challenges we face. She writes: “The holonic shift does not sacrifice, but instead requires, the uniqueness of each part, the distinctiveness of its functioning and its perspective.” This Virgo lunar cycle is a chance to impact the whole by affecting the parts. Here is quality number seven from Macy’s list: “Believe no one who claims to have the final answer. Such claims are a sign of ignorance and limited self-interest.” This is a good reminder with the Moon in Sagittarius in square aspect to the Sun in Virgo. Both of these are mutable signs and so are very concerned with meaning. One shadow of Sagittarius is a tendency to believe there is only one truth. There are many and the grand adventure is to make room for more and more of them. This phase of a lunar cycle is a test of our intentions. It may be necessary to adjust what we thought the month was about. New information is coming in. Remaining adaptable is key to learning what we need to learn at this stage of the game. Mercury enters Libra today. We want balanced and harmonious information. We also want our voices to stand for fairness and justice. Equitable negotiations are a focus since Mercury will station retrograde at 2 degrees of Scorpio on October 4 and then move quickly back into Libra until November 8. We get lots of practice at clarifying our messages this fall! You may want to begin today. The Moon in a fire sign makes energizing connections to Jupiter and Uranus, both in fire signs. We find ourselves with more energy. Enjoy.

Moon enters Capricorn at 5:15 pm CDT
Wednesday, September 3. There’s a good chance the morning (CDT) gets off to an energized start. Earth and fire are cooking together today. The Sun in Virgo (earth sign) is trine Pluto in Capricorn (earth sign) and the Moon in Sagittarius (fire sign) is trine to Venus in Leo (fire sign). Fire and earth working together are a great combination for manifestation of a creative idea. Fire provides energy for the earthy work we have to do in the world. When the Moon enters Capricorn later in the day, we can use that energetic inspiration to set meaningful goals. What is your action plan?

Moon in Capricorn
Thursday, September 4.
Acting, even in very small ways, to support our intention and desires for this lunar cycle gets us out of a self-critical mindset today. We are our own worst enemy when we get stuck in perfectionism. Our dreams are valuable. The Moon in Capricorn lends support for doing something about them. Reinforce your goals with determined action. When the Moon squares temperamental Uranus in Aries this afternoon (CDT) don’t get sidetracked by impatience, yours or others. Before going to bed, take note of what you really accomplished today. Even setbacks can be valuable.

Moon enters Aquarius 6:59 pm CDT
September 5—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. The last few days of supportive transits leaves us in a good place to notice when expectations of perfection get in the way of making positive shifts in our daily lives. Virgo offers the gifts of wellness, integration, and meaningful spiritual practices. The pitfall on the way to these gifts is perfectionism. What are you noticing? What helps you shift out of stressful expectations into mindful awareness of the present? This phase of the Moon invites us to notice what more we can do to support our intentions. The trick is to embrace improvement without succumbing to crippling self-criticism. This is a paradox.

Another paradox comes from Jupiter in Leo quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn. The energetic tone of a quincunx aspect feels stressful. The planets in this aspect are seeking to resolve conflict without knowing all the facts. Sometimes it just takes a leap of faith. Jupiter is good at faith; Pluto needs to know for sure. Deep-seated suspicions impact our ability to recover lost faith. The paradox of this relationship may be to stay alert even as we risk innocence.

Venus enters Virgo today, remaining until September 29. Find beauty in the relationship between the parts and the whole. With Venus in Virgo, we welcome improvements in our relationships. What will make your relationships run more smoothly? We also look for partnerships that support our daily work and practices. We are invited to bring wellness, balance, and joy into social experiences. Find a practice buddy.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, September 7. Yesterday’s paradoxical aspects continue today with Mercury in Libra quincunx to Neptune in Pisces. Mercury in Libra invites clear, balanced communication. That’s the ideal, anyway. Neptune relies on intuition and assumptions. This aspect may create some miscommunication so clarify what you are hearing and what you mean. The Moon in Aquarius is concerned with ideas. Contacts between the Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter just amplify the signals. What’s your big idea?

* Read about the beginning of the Virgo lunar cycle (August 25) on my blog.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Follow the Moon: Forecast for August 24, 2014 - August 30

We are moving into the harvest season where I live. The Sun has gloriously infused the Earth with life-force energy during the growing season and from this pulsing and expansive energy, the Earth produces countless gifts. These gifts, the harvest of the alchemy of fire and earth, are the source of vital energy and wellness for all living beings. Virgo is the alchemist who takes the life force energy of the Sun and helps transform it into wellness. This is no small task! Virgo may at times be humble, but it is never unnecessary.

The lunar cycle in Virgo begins this week. We have the opportunity to align ourselves with this seasonal energy to become the alchemists of our own wellbeing. I get a sense that this work is essential. I know I need firm practices of wellness to maintain my joy and vitality as we move further into the changing times ahead. Virgo qualities are called for, and if I am truly to achieve a better level of wellbeing in my life I’ll also need to look with clear eyes at the ways Virgo powers can devolve into perfectionism and anxiety. This is the double-edge sword of Virgo’s excellent attention to detail and its desire to cull the best from the season’s harvest.

Virgo’s archetype is the Virgin. This word has a lot of baggage. However when we unpack it, we come to understand more about Virgo’s gifts and alchemical powers. There once was a time when the word virgin did not mean simply never having had sex. It meant the ability to renew one’s sexual sovereignty through dedicated practices. This is an alchemical process of transformation if there ever was one! I wonder how and why this practice was crafted? As the Virgo lunar cycle begins, these questions are prominent for me: What is purity? Why renew sexual sovereignty? What kind of dedication and practice helps one to achieve this type of sovereignty? What is the potential of this power? Sexual sovereignty is a potent concept that extends into all arenas of life, not just the bedroom. As I think to other Virgo archetypes: the Priestess, the Hermit, the Apprentice, the Dedicant, the Healer, I wonder how sexual sovereignty is linked to these aspects of this sign. When the Moon joins the Sun in Virgo on the 25th, I invite you also to dream and wonder about the power of the virgin. What do you need for wholeness? What practices will renew your sovereignty?

This week Mercury in Virgo, one of the two signs that Mercury rules, is actively stimulating our desires to be alchemists. Can we find just the right formula to fuse the life-force gifts of Leo with the healing gifts of Virgo? A distinct challenge will be learning how to discharge anxiety that may come up this week. Mercury is part of a potent aspect pattern called a Yod for the first three days of this week. All things Virgo kicks into hyper drive with the quincunx between Uranus and Mercury. Daily practices that calm and gently energize the body and mind will help us maintain presence, as we are stimulated to respond quickly to change. See the forecast for the August 25 New Moon for more about the planetary influences of this lunar cycle.

Forecast–August 24, 2014 – August 30

Moon in Leo
Sunday, August 24.
Let the taste of this last day of the Leo lunar cycle linger on your tongue. The Sun is dipping closer to the southern horizon every day (in the Northern Hemisphere). Summer is sailing into fall like a setting Sun. Perhaps this sweet taste of summer will help us with our alchemical processes of achieving well-being. Mercury in Virgo, which can sometimes be prone to nervous anxiety but also prone to pragmatic solutions, is quincunx to agitating Uranus. The benefit of this transit can be to shake us out of a stupor. We need to be proactive in creating systems of wholeness and health in our lives. Mercury is also opposite Chiron in Pisces, further illuminating a need to find those anchoring practices that reach into our vulnerable hearts to create compassionate healing for all.

Moon enters Virgo 4:33 am CDT
August 25—New Moon: Dreaming. The animating dream of this season involves the alchemical power of Virgo. This power combines the life-force energy of the Sun with life-sustaining energy of the Earth. The elixir created by this fusion gives us the ability to renew ourselves, to gain wholeness, and to dedicate ourselves to worthy work and service. This power exists and Virgo suggests the ways to achieve it. No wonder so many Virgos seem like they are driven to improve everything—including themselves. The first thing to be addressed with such potent possibility is self-care, self-acceptance, and practices that can help us maintain these qualities. This lunar cycle I am going to pay extra attention to my daily practice. Virgo’s sphere of influence are the ordinary events of everyday life, including daily practice. Virgo’s desire for integration gives great support for ascertaining which practices will actually help us achieve wholeness. One of my teachers offers this list of qualities for a daily practice. They can be combined into one practice or several depending on the time available. She suggests that every day one’s practice should include: 1) something that brings stillness; 2) something that is active; 3) something that is inward gazing; 4) something that engages with life-force energy; and 5) something that is devotional. I like this list, as I can vary what I do daily but still cover all the requirements of my body, mind, and soul.

The chart for the New Moon shows us what we can align with to support our practices and what to look out for as challenges to them. Mercury in Virgo is strongly placed as an ally. Mercury rules Virgo and operates as the master alchemist. This stimulates us to come up with systems and solutions. The warning is that too much mental agitation can create stress, especially since Mercury is quincunx Uranus (agitator planet extraordinaire). The aspect between Mercury and Uranus is part of a more complex pattern called a Yod. Uranus is at the apex of the triangle with Mercury in Virgo and Mars and Saturn in Scorpio as the base. Mercury, Saturn, and Mars invite us to slow down even as we also register the Uranian need for immediate change. This is a paradox and not easy energy to hold. Daily practice can help. With so many overwhelming events and changes happening in the world right now, we are invited to listen to what our bodies and our nervous systems need to maintain wellness. Mars and Saturn conjunct in Scorpio is a picture of determination. Some people will be entrenched in negative behavior but we all have the choice to use this energy for transformative healing through practices of stillness and observation.  We have support for setting firm intentions.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, August 26. Over the next two days Venus in Leo is square to Saturn and Mars in Scorpio. The confrontation between passion, commitment, and self-worth may impact our relationships. Some relationships are being scrutinized. The issue may be that we don’t feel supported in our creativity and expression of life force. Other intense relationships can form under this transit, however. With Saturn as the glue, Venus and Mars find passion through the fascination of opposites. The Moon in Virgo encourages getting deeper with our desires. A misunderstood quality of the Virgo virgin is to think there isn’t any passion beneath that purity. Where do you find the intersection between the two?

Moon enters Libra 4:54 pm CDT
Wednesday, August 27. See yesterday’s forecast. Venus in Leo is square Mars in Scorpio. Interactions of all kinds, romantic to social, include the spark of passion. Notice your own and notice how others around you are expressing theirs. Part of the passion is being driven by a strong need for validation. We might have issues with powerful people today. There can be excitement in the friction or we may just need to get away from others to quiet the anger. Passion can be a healer. Look for those opportunities. When the Moon moves into Libra in the early evening (CDT) the desire may be to diplomatically process hurt feelings. 

Moon in Libra
Thursday, August 28.
Do you still need to make up for some impetuous behavior from the last few days? The Moon in Libra encourages us to work it out. We may still feel some friction however with the square between the Moon and Pluto. Are you holding on to resentments? What helps you to let go and see the big picture; after all no one is perfect.

Moon in Libra
August 29—Crescent Moon: Beginning. The first three days of a lunar cycle is about dreaming up an intention for the entire month. This phase encourages us to support our intentions with action. This may involve breaking away from lethargy or a stuck pattern. Right after midnight last night, the Moon opposed Uranus. Uranus is all about waking up and breaking old patterns. Are you eager to get underway or is the lack of restful sleep making you cranky? The Moon in Libra, which is an air sign, may help us if we let a balancing influence give us perspective on the whole picture. My intention for this Virgo cycle is to dedicate myself to daily wellness, balance, and joy. What is your intention? Do one thing to break an old pattern that keeps you from manifesting your intention. Today, the Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. This transit encourages expansion—from the possibility of grounded integrated practice that sustains well being to the transcendent awareness that, no matter how good we are at maintaining these practices, we are connected and whole already.  Share at least one personal insight with another person. Social media is OK, but better that it be face to face.

Moon enters Scorpio 3:53 am CDT
Saturday, August 30. Labor Day weekend under a waxing Moon means we are eager to get ready for the fall. Even if you are on vacation, much of your attention is on the future and how to bring more functionality into it. The Moon in Scorpio could encourage purging unnecessary things from our lives. This is a great way to make room for wellness practices. What gets in your way? Is it really necessary? Listen to your intuition. You know more than you realize about what is serving your intentions for this lunar cycle. I like to think of small steps as being like a homeopathic dose for big change. What small step of letting go can you take today?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Follow the Moon: Forecast–August 17, 2014 – August 23

Fragile. Who would have thought that following an intention of expanding capacity for life force this month would bring up so many feelings of fragility? Vulnerability has been part of my experience this Leo lunar cycle.* I say only a part because, there have been other experiences too, the ones I would have expected from a focus on life force: expanded confidence, expanded engagement with creativity, and expanded appreciation for others who risk living more fully. But the force of the fragility has surprised me. And I don’t think it should have.

Leo is a fire sign, not water. Why all the emotion? Well, Leo isn’t the only influence this month; there is considerable influence from Scorpio (water) too, but really fire and water share a lot of characteristics when it comes to describing people. Both elements feel like they can take over our whole beings. There is no refuge from water or fire when they are strong. Both are necessary to sustain us and both feel like they can annihilate us when out of control. Vulnerability is the state of awareness that what I am reaching for may also overtake me. Can I want too much? Will this fire become too strong? How do I trust the container for these feelings?

Expanding capacity for fire energy means to burn away the smaller container I previously had built around this force and trust that my bigger container will hold it. It is a natural response, I think, to believe that a stronger container means a more invincible one. Ironically, and somewhat painfully, that isn’t so. Allowing myself to feel more vulnerable—to care more, to risk more, to love more—is exactly what having expanded capacity for life force is. Oh, no wonder it is scary.

What is your strategy when you feel this kind of vulnerability? I am encouraging myself to lean into the discomfort while also affirming the expansive life energy that wants to come in with the uncertainty. This week, we have an opportunity to look at these paradoxical feelings. Venus and Jupiter come together to elevate the possibility of living with expanded capacity for life force. These two planets are the benefics, and they invite us to dare more greatly (recommended book by Brene´ Brown, “Daring Greatly”). They also encourage gratitude practices as we take note of our blessings. Venus makes a quincunx aspect to Pluto this week as well. This is not a simple contact between these two planets and so we are encouraged to become more complex ourselves, especially in relationships. Let us expand what it means to be full of life force energy. Can we also be more accountable? More aware of collective complexity? More willing to feel uncomfortable as we hold more?

Another complex aspect forms at the end of the week between Mars in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries. Both of these planets are passionate about change and truth. What makes passion more trustworthy? How do we know we are acting in alignment with our highest values? The way we go about changing the world is as important as how we change the world. As we expand into more life force we can learn to trust the actions that feel both vulnerable and hopeful.

Forecast–August 17, 2014 – August 23

Moon in enters Gemini 5:41 pm CDT
August 17—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. It is sometimes the case that we don’t know the value of an experience until we get some distance from it. This may be particularly true of this lunar cycle. With Jupiter’s recent ingress into Leo (Jupiter will be traveling through Leo for the next year), the significance of the Leo journey is greater than usual. We are absorbing more about this sign, and from my perspective, we are absorbing more information about life force energy itself. This phase of the Moon asks us to evaluate the experience of this lunar cycle thus far. Without drawing firm conclusions, what experiences of life force will you put away into your backpack of Leo observations? Today is a great day to observe life force energy. Venus in Leo makes two important contacts over the next two days. Today Venus is quincunx Neptune; tomorrow Venus conjoins Jupiter in Leo. The aspect to Neptune invites us to evaluate our fantasies about life force. It is easy to fool ourselves, to project onto others a way of being that looks more engaging than our own. The other side of Neptune invites us to erase the barriers that separate us. There is no scarcity of life force when someone else’s brilliance inspires our own.

Moon in Gemini
Monday, August 18. Gemini’s superpower is curiosity, which is no lightweight power. Curiosity opens doors. The Moon in Gemini can help us enhance this power. The day sparkles with possibility. Venus and Jupiter are joined together in Leo infusing social situations with pizzazz, especially early in the day (CDT). I know, Monday mornings are not usually the time we want to sparkle socially. However, the good vibes can take us through the day. In contrast to this extraverted energy, Mercury in Virgo, ruler of both Gemini and Virgo, makes an opposition to Neptune in Pisces.  Mercury helps us ground into pragmatic approaches to mysticism. Remember that curiosity? Approach the day with your own questions about how you can bring it all together: life force, pragmatism, and a sense of wonder. 

Moon in Gemini
Tuesday, August 19. Yesterday sizzled with doors opening, profound insights, and just plain old fun in the right circumstances. There isn’t much going on today that will disrupt that flow. Continue asking questions and finding serendipitous answers.

Moon enters Cancer 3:45 am CDT
Wednesday, August 20. The mood shifts today and we really begin to notice the waning energy of this lunar cycle. With the Moon in Cancer, we are more likely to want to spend time at home or around those folks who feel like family. The Moon in Cancer soothes away any friction caused by the opposition between Mercury in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. This friction may have felt like frustration with someone else who either wants you to be more practical or more inspired. From the resting place of Home, you find the right balance for yourself.

Moon in Cancer
August 21—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering The Moon, Venus, and Mercury aspect Pluto today, giving us the perfect energetic support for beginning to put this lunar cycle to rest. What needs to be done before you let go of this cycle? I’ve been noticing that as I expand my capacity to feel more life force energy, I am also feeling more vulnerable too. Feeling more energy also brings up more emotion. With the waning Moon in a water sign and with all these contacts with Pluto, the planet of death and transformation, these feelings may be strong today. I’m telling myself that this is a good thing. When I let down my shields, I can hold more of the radiant energy represented by Leo. Mars is right in the middle of Scorpio, giving support for going deep into our fears. Mars in Scorpio is fierce. When the Moon squares Uranus today, we may fiercely desire to make change happen, Now! I wonder how standing in our radiant life force energy will impact this passion? The final transit today brings us back to accountability and integrity. Saturn and the Moon form a trine. You can trust your honest emotions.

Moon enters Leo 3:49 pm CDT
Friday, August 22. Sun enters Virgo. Just as the Moon returns to Leo for the last few days of this Leo lunar cycle, the Sun moves into Virgo. Although we may want to get busy cleaning out the closets, buying school supplies, or generally going into worker bee mode, it may be best to put it off until the New Moon in Virgo (August 25) gives us the signal to go full steam ahead. Now, let the Virgo balsamic Moon help you to discern how the experiences of this lunar cycle have impacted you. What, if anything, feels a little raw still? What, if anything, feels healed? The middle of summer is over (in the Northern Hemisphere). We are headed into the fall before too long. What final piece of summer Sun do you wish to invite into your soul?

Moon in Leo
Saturday, August 23. We are being asked to go deeper in order to move ahead with the changes we need to make. That can feel frustrating, but when we are sure we know what we want, why we want it, and what we are willing to do for it, then we have the pleasure of moving ahead quite quickly. Mars in Scorpio is the force of looking underneath the surface before we impulsively act (energy furnished by Uranus in Aries). These two reactive planets are quincunx to each other. Watch out for short fuses and lots of frustration. The Moon’s contact with Jupiter and Venus in Leo may lighten things or make them more volatile. Leo is a fire sign after all. Take a breath into your expanded capacity for life force energy. How does that shift the situation? Keep doing it. 

*The Leo lunar cycle began on July 26 at the New Moon. Read more about the beginning of this lunar cycle on my Starsdance blog.

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