Sunday, September 28, 2014

Follow the Moon: Forecast for September 28, 2014 – October 4


The Moon is waxing this week, every day getting a little bigger and brighter. It won’t be Full until October 8. That’s plenty of time, yes? Plenty of time to reset my attitude and understanding of this Libra* cycle’s big offering—Balance. I’m noticing a strong need for a change in attitude. I’ve had enough groveling and complaining about being out of balance and feeling inadequate because Balance’s bank balance is overdrawn. I’ve heard the same complaint from a lot of people. It is one of our cultural assumptions: Life in the 21st century is unbalanced. Perhaps we lament being out of balance too much. I am starting to get suspicious. Why does this message consistently show up? Where does it come from? Why do we feel so helpless about changing it? Are we failing to see what is really going on? After a while, we owe it to ourselves to come up with a better story.

Nature is all about Balance. We see this every day when an action is followed by an equal and opposite reaction. Nature’s equilibrium is happening all the time. Inside our bodies as we adjust to what we just ate; outside our homes in the storms that release stored heat; we see it in the cycles of growth and decay; and in the overall equality of light and dark and its effect on our climate. We live in a balancing universe on an elegantly balancing Earth. As human animals, part of nature too, we are immersed in Balance. Breath is a reminder. Death is too.

I have a friend who calls herself a priestess of Time. She teaches people to be in right relationship to Time by taking back responsibility for how we use our time. Claudia taught me that when I say I don’t have enough Time or that there isn’t Time for what I want to do, I am blaming Time for my choices. There is plenty of Time. It isn’t Time’s fault that I am not managing my time well. I suspect a similar thing is going on with our relationship to Balance. There is plenty of balance. In fact, we can’t get away from it. The hard reality to accept is that Balance is taking our choices and bringing them to their natural conclusions. That’s where panic starts to creep in for me. I don’t want my choices to incur natural conclusions. I might not survive how nature will want to balance them. Perhaps the Libra scales are about weighing our choices. Perhaps that is the opportunity to embrace in this lunar cycle.

Forecast for September 28, 2014 – October 4

Moon enters Sagittarius 5:50 pm CDT
Sunday, September 28.
Emergence. That’s what the transition between Scorpio and Sagittarius often feels like. The Moon emerges and so do we. All three fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, are activated with this emergence. The fire signs are a major influence up to the Full Moon on October 8, so begin to notice fire in your life right now. Fire encourages action, encourages expansion in creativity, and can spark reactivity and anger. Fire brings life force. In preparation for emergence, let the day begin slowly, feeling into the last hours of the Scorpio Moon. Darker emotions are gently surfacing and we might avoid conflict if we honor them. With the Sun quincunx Neptune, pay attention to dreams or intuitive insights. There is a push and pull between a desire to be alone and a desire to connect with others. And a push and pull between certainty and fantasy. Edgewalking is preferred to any extreme positions.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, September 29. Although a grand trine (when all three signs of one element are involved in an aspect pattern) presents benefits originating from that element, we need to consciously engage with the energy to find them. If we consciously engage with the qualities of fire signs this week, we will find fire’s gifts. I call this feeding my fire. What adds spark, light, and transformation to yours? The Moon in Sagittarius, mutable fire sign, encourages the quest for meaning. Truth, self-awareness, and life force energy are some of the fire gifts we may uncover in the quest. Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Leo, and Uranus in Aries are the planets of the fire trine. If you are thinking of making changes right now, you will find lots of support. Be true to yourself. Find the fire that brings life. Venus adds grace and sociability to the mix with its ingress into Libra, one of the signs that Venus rules. Venus stays in Libra until October 23. Fire can be gracious too. Spread warmth.

Moon enters Capricorn 11:41 pm CDT
Tuesday, September 30. No exact aspects today, while the Moon finishes up its time in Sagittarius, means that we could feel adrift, without mooring, not getting much done. Astrologers call this a void-of course. It isn’t a dire situation and may even feel like a relief after a lot of activity over the past few days. Relax. Play. Let the pervading influence of the grand fire trine of this week and next lead you into new illuminations, adventures, or activities that feed your life force energy.

Moon in Capricorn
October 1—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. What part does accountability play in manifesting your intentions this lunar cycle? Are you seeking more balance? If nature already provides us with ample balance, what is the real question when we consider our relationship to balance? I’m finding that my choices affect the kind of balance I want to have in my life. This kind of balance keeps me right-sized, not taking more than I need, and not forgetting that my choices impact the whole. The Capricorn Moon invites us to think about accountability. On first take, this seems like an incredible downer. Responsibility seems like an enormous weight. On further consideration, accepting responsibility leads to power and authority. Can you find that edge where accountability becomes liberation? If we want the kind of balance that affirms all life, we will need to know this edge intimately.

Watch out for judgment. Self-responsibility can bleed over into judging others. The square between the Moon and Venus today might have us noticing that tendency. The grand fire trine can add fuel to conflict or it can help us elevate our intentions through optimism and daring. The Moon contacts Pluto this evening (CDT); honesty helps us break through mistrust.

Moon in Capricorn
Thursday, October 2.
Since 2012, Uranus in Aries began moving in and out of an exact square with Pluto in Capricorn for a total of seven times. The sixth square happens in December 2014 and the last one will be in March 2015. You can find many articles about this important transit online and in magazines. As an astrologer, I would say this is the defining transit of our time. Our time being the crossroads of choice, do we fundamentally change the way we structure our lives and cultures? Can we live with more accountability for our impact on the Earth and all beings? There is nothing special about today except that the Moon in Capricorn reminds us of this ongoing transit by making contact with Pluto yesterday and with Uranus right after midnight last night. The ongoing fire trine can motivate us to move ahead and release obstacles to change. This lunar cycle invites us to notice how our choices are being balanced by the forces of nature. This isn’t about despair, but the ever-renewing spark of illumination and action.

Moon enters Aquarius 3:00 am CDT
Friday, October 3. The Moon moving into an air sign stimulates the planets in the grand fire trine of this week (Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus). Over the next two days mental function speeds up. We are full of new ideas and ways we want to use them creatively. The really interesting thing about this quality is that Mercury, the planet of mental function, is stationing (slowing down) to turn retrograde tomorrow. This brings to mind Trickster shenanigans, unexpected detours, and plain old miscommunication around these insights. Oh, Mercury, how we adore you. In addition, today, Venus in Libra is quincunx (paradox) to Neptune in Pisces. Libra is the balancing air sign that asks us to clarify our thoughts and actions, make them meaningful, and especially make them gracious. Neptune cares a great deal about feelings but doesn’t revel in the concept of clarity. So feelings are arising that are just plain too hard to put into words, but we want to. Mercury retrograde periods are great times to do magic, or at least to think magically. How will you shift realities to give voice to new ideas and possibilities? It may take a while to manifest (we will have to wait for Mercury to clear the retrograde zone on November 10) but don’t let that stop you.

Moon in Aquarius
October 4—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. There are so many astrological influences on this day that I don’t know where to begin. This is when I turn to the Moon. Under the Gibbous phase we sense the build-up to the release of the Full Moon in just four days. Anticipation, possible anxiety, pressure to do a good job, the titillating taste of heart’s desire—all this is bundled into the Gibbous phase. It is all part of the journey of mindful intention. The build-up of this phase feels more intense this time for several reasons. The coming Full Moon will be a lunar eclipse in Aries less than a degree away from Uranus in Aries (more about the Full Moon chart in next week’s forecast). Eclipses are unpredictable and move us along the path of destiny more quickly. Today the Sun contacts Pluto (one of the instigators of transformation in our time) by a challenging square. This is where our intentions around balance meet the gritty realities of survival. We need to look beyond the pretty surface to acknowledge all the parts playing a role in our choices. The looking releases the spell of fear so we can be free to choose consciously. Mars plays a role. Mars in Sagittarius is the hero on a quest. The warrior/hero archetype needs to be composted (as astrologer Caroline Casey teaches) so we may use this bold and daring energy to change the world for the better. Mars contacts Chiron today, which reminds us of the wounds we carry around our own hero selves. The trine between Mars and Uranus urges us forward with great speed. So, we’re on our horses, ready to gallop away, when suddenly Mercury arrives on the scene turning retrograde and confusing the momentum we thought we had. There is purpose in the backward, second-guessing tone that Mercury brings. We need to tease out the lessons that are in store for us the next few weeks. Mercury moves backwards till October 25 and finally clears out of the retrograde zone on November 10. Don’t be discouraged; be creative.


* Read about the beginning of the Virgo lunar cycle (August 25) on my blog 
Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to learn about booking a reading of your chart.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Follow the Moon: Forecast for September 21, 2014 – September 27




The Great Exchange happens this week. Here is how I imagine it: At the equinox, the two hemispheres of the Earth give gifts to each other. We, in the north, pass the light of the Sun to those in the south. They in turn, pass the fertile darkness back to us. There is order and balance in this exchange. I remember how much I longed for the light of spring at the end of the last winter and am happy the other half of the world will enjoy the growing light now. Even though winter can feel very long, I’m ready to welcome back the quieter, lengthening nights. Here is a blessing the southern folks: Enjoy the gift of Sun; may you grow wonderful things in your time of expansion. And a prayer for the northern folk: May we dream the winter dreams that feed the world’s soul. It’s now our turn.

The Great Exchange at the equinoxes is when I most powerfully feel whole-Earth awareness. I can sense this moment of equal light and dark acutely through my body. Do you as well? Perhaps this why we are able to balance eggs on end at the equinoxes. Sure, we probably could do this experiment at other times, but the equinoxes invite us to try. I think there is a reason for that. Being in exchange is a powerful linking between two sides, gift-givers and gift-recipients. The equilibrium of exchange blurs the lines between these sides and opens a channel helping me to feel the balancing of the world as a whole. The work of Virgo* (the lunar cycle that is ending this week) has been to create practices of wholeness. The work of Libra (the next lunar cycle to begin on the 24th) will be to use those newly honed practices to open to exchange.

Pay attention to the channels that are opening this week. A square between Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces sets up diffused awareness and thinning of the boundaries between everyday and extraordinary realities. Pluto stations direct on the equinox on the 22nd creating another powerful exchange of energy from the underworld to the above world. The New Moon in Libra on the 24th invites us to work mindfully with the energy of exchange and balance. A trine between Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries activates creative revolutionary forces. Waking up is fun to do. Mercury nears its retrograde station by the end of the week when the quicksilver messenger enters moody Scorpio. We will be uncovering deeper channels of exchange.

Forecast–September 21, 2014 – September 27

Moon enters Virgo 10:54 am CDT
Sunday, September 21.
The day begins in wisdom. Venus in Virgo is in a favorable aspect to Saturn in Scorpio. The wisdom is centered in supporting our souls. What does this work look like to you? The purifying aspects of both Virgo and Scorpio allow us to let go of another layer of stress, or shame, or overwhelm if we are ready. The Moon moves back into Virgo today. By the evening (CDT) the Moon forms a challenging aspect pattern with Mars and Neptune. We may experience a pushback of anger or a sudden release of tension from the purifying work of the morning. Neptune lulls us. Mars energizes us. The Moon calls our attention to the intersection of dream and action. 

Moon in Virgo
Monday, September 22. Fall Equinox. Here comes the Great Exchange. This is how the equinoxes appear to me. The Sun is changing sides, moving from the northlands to the southlands. Whole-Earth awareness is strong during this shift. Pluto stationing direct today, after five months of retrograde motion, strengthens our awareness of Earth energy even more. Though no longer considered a planet by astronomers, Pluto has no problem making itself known to us. In truth, the Lord of the Underworld doesn’t need to be acknowledged at all. He rules the potency of death and transformation. Rebirth depends on this. The Moon is in harmonious relationship to Pluto as it stations. This intensifies grounded pragmatism and clarity. However, another aspect challenges that clarity. A square between Mars and Neptune could present problems this fall. The problem is a tendency to not think clearly about conflict, which could influence decisions about escalating wars. We’ll need to question the predominant fantasies about the warrior archetype and find the real nobility in action that is life affirming. Other influences this fall include a Mercury retrograde journey that will have us reviewing our partnerships, which will include alliances between nations. There also will be a lunar eclipse in Aries and a solar eclipse in Scorpio. Eclipses move destiny forward quickly. Mars in Capricorn will be triggering the ongoing square between Pluto and Uranus. The friction moves us farther along the path of paradigm change. Then in December, right before the winter solstice, Pluto and Uranus form the sixth of seven exact squares. With this list of transits, the fall doesn’t appear to a quiet time for the world. Practices and intentions we set in place now will help us remain mindful through it all.


Moon enters Libra 11:59 pm CDT
Tuesday, September 23. On the last day of the Virgo lunar cycle the desire is to turn inward, rest, and release for the new lunar cycle that begins tomorrow. Do not be surprised if you have low energy. Follow what your body is telling you. It isn’t time to engage the mind or will. Jupiter in Leo quincunx to Chiron in Pisces has us feeling the edges between ego and selflessness. Too much selfless compassion isn’t healthy to a thriving and effective identity. Too much attachment to self-importance and we lose connection with others. This is just one of the balancing acts we will be asked to perform this Libra season.

Moon in Libra
September 24—New Moon: Dreaming. The Moon in Libra joins the Sun. The invitation is to dream about this next lunar cycle, aligning our intentions with the energy of the season. Libra is the sign of balance. Over the years, I’ve made a lot of commitments to finding/having/learning more about balance. It is as if balance itself is the goal, and a not very easily attained one, I might add. But is balance in and of itself what we need? Or is balance a tool that helps us to act powerfully, magically, with presence and effectiveness? If we think of the astrological year as a story that begins in spring, once we have reached Libra, we are halfway through a year of development. At the halfway point, we are finally able to see across the span of the year with perspective. This perspective is one component to acquiring the tool of balance. Libra shows us that every part of ourselves and every part of our journeys require the mirror of perspective and relationship to attain completion. It isn’t enough to journey alone through the adventure of life. At some point we need partnership—a balance of perspective between what we know and what we have yet to learn.

Thinking over your life at this moment, what is giving you perspective, even if it is hard to accept? What type of perspective would be good to invite into your life right now? How would the tool of balance help you? Dream on these questions during this phase of the Moon.

With Pluto recently stationing direct, we still feel the opened gateway to the underworld. The power of transformation is flowing. Venus has a few more days of transiting through Virgo, and we continue to find beauty in order and elegant practices. The separating square between Mars and Neptune has influenced our fantasies. What helps you to know what dream is worthy of your next adventure? Take extra time to discern. Mercury is slowing down to turn retrograde on October 4. This will affect our goals to hone the tools of balance since Mercury will be moving backward through the sign of Libra. Jupiter in Leo gives an extra dose of confidence and daring. Take a risk to be more childlike. Develop your sense of wonder while Jupiter is here.

Moon in Libra
Thursday, September 25.
Yesterday I wrote, “Jupiter in Leo gives an extra dose of confidence and daring. Take a risk to be more childlike.” This pertains even more to today. Jupiter gets a kick in the butt from Uranus. Both these planets are in fire signs, trining each other and amping up the energy to dare, to discover, and to change. These two planets will trine each other two more times while Jupiter is in Leo (until August 2015). If we have been stuck or hesitating over a decision, this transit gives us the sudden certainty to just do it. Know what you need before you respond to this energy—is it a kick in the pants or another moment to reconsider the implications of hasty actions?

Moon enters Scorpio 9:29 am CDT
Friday, September 26. Yesterday was a firecracker, today the energy deflates a bit and that is OK. The Moon moving into Scorpio gives us a reason to retreat. The sidelines can be a comfortable place to observe others. The Moon and Neptune make a watery connection. Tears could be closer to the surface. Let yourself feel.

Moon in Scorpio
September 27—Crescent Moon: Beginning. Have you been thinking about the tool of balance? Over the last couple of days, big fire energy was followed by quieter water energy. Was that shift easy or difficult for you? Could the tool of balance help you make these kinds of transitions with more equilibrium? What is your tool of balance? What gives you perspective? Begin a journey with those tools today. Dedicate yourself to noticing when balancing occurs, what caused it, what effect did it have?

Mercury moves into Scorpio for a few days before retrograding back into Libra. The questions we ask are more penetrating and may even push some buttons. What do you really need to know?

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

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to learn about booking a reading of your chart.