Saturday, May 30, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 1, 2015 – June 7

What do you believe? What makes you believe it?

The crux of this lunar cycle, which began on the edge between Taurus and Gemini,* provides a rich moment to view our beliefs from a new perspective (one could even say numerous perspectives). My dictionary tells me that the source of the word “believe” is to hold dear, to love. The Full Moon in Sagittarius this week illuminates the ideas we hold dear. The pair of mutable signs, Gemini (Sun) and Sagittarius (Moon) illuminates just how important ideas are to shaping our realities. The more we hold onto a concept or thought—holding it dear as a belief—the greater its hold is on us. The mutable signs are tricky. At first glance, they seem disarming, lightweight, and slippery. But these signs are the Shapers, the Magicians. Thought is powerful. With a small adjustment to what we hold dear, we can change the world. This skill is worth cultivating but oh so difficult to achieve. Ideas like to burrow in and hold onto us. This Full Moon week is a wonderful opportunity to see with Magician eyes and move with Magician deftness through the beliefs we hold dear.

Mercury continues moving backwards through Gemini (mutable air) this week. Mercury is plowing the fields of attitudes and thoughts and seeding the potential for breakthroughs and insights. Isn’t that a wonderful reframe of how Mercury retrogrades are usually described? This isn’t just wishful thinking. Mercury retrogrades are potent opportunities to rewire our systems. The first couple of days this week, when the Moon is in Sagittarius (mutable fire), we notice the ups and downs of this process. Planets in mutable signs right now are a little fidgety. The pressure is on with Saturn transiting through Sagittarius. We need to get our beliefs right. Saturn wants us to be more disciplined. The Saturn work for the next two years will be to build stronger foundations under our beliefs. Realizing you have an incredible contribution to make to the world, what information do you still need? We need to back up belief with knowledge and experience and prove our beliefs are worthwhile. If you have important points or planets in Sagittarius in your natal chart, you’ve been feeling this pressure build since December 2014 when Saturn entered Sagittarius. The good news for you is that Saturn is about to retrograde back into Scorpio for the next three months. In September, Saturn returns to Sagittarius for two years. This Full Moon in Sagittarius could be a great time to get insight on how you will take your gifts to the next level.

Mars in Gemini contributes restlessness and impatience while the Moon is in Sagittarius, but later in the week, Mars makes a connection to Jupiter that helps us attract others to our creative pursuits. Everyone’s charisma gets a boost. Venus entering Leo at the same time adds even more allure. Summer season is in full swing, even if technically it still spring (in the northern hemisphere). Get out there and have fun.

Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) lends a je ne sais quoi tone to the week, especially while the Moon is in Sagittarius (Monday afternoon, Tuesday, and most of Wednesday in the central time zone). Coping mechanisms include whatever helps us diffuse the anxiety—anything from meditation to mindless TV. Neptune helps us pick up signals that are usually too subtle for most of us. Expanding our hearts will expand our resiliency.

Forecast for June 1, 2015 – June 7

Moon enters Sagittarius 1:39 pm CDT
Monday, June 1. Emotional pressure has been building while the Moon was in Scorpio the last couple of days. With the Moon’s entrance into Sagittarius (mutable fire), we start to feel Full Moon expansion blowing the lid off those emotions. That’s OK, we need the release. With Mercury moving retrograde as well, give yourself a little more space and time to adjust to the unexpected. We might be taking things very seriously with the Moon’s opposition to Saturn, so try not to over-react. You are definitely not the only one having a strange

Moon in Sagittarius
June 2—Full Moon: Illuminating. The opposition of Sagittarius (Moon’s sign) and Gemini (Sun’s sign) highlights all the ways and reasons we learn. This lunar cycle began at the very end of Taurus and moved into Gemini a couple of days later. In Gemini (mutable air), we learn and grow through exploring our immediate surroundings. This season of pollination is fertile and busy. Curiosity keeps us connecting—with ideas and with people. Contrast this with Sagittarius (mutable fire). Here we learn to give meaning. In the season of Sagittarius (mid-November to mid-December), the late fall sky opens up the mysteries of the cosmos. The horizon beckons. We want to travel far from home to seek ever-expanding truths. At this Full Moon, we integrate this continuum from the microcosm of Gemini curiosities to the macrocosm of Sagittarian beliefs. That’s a lot! And it can be very exciting.

The mutable signs are alchemists shaping reality through elemental forces. In addition to strong currents of fire and air, Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) adds the component of heart to the brew at this Full Moon. Neptune is square to both the Sun and Moon, challenging  easy conclusions. Part of the challenge is to include emotional wisdom with the other ways we are learning. Neptune knows no bounds. It keeps asking us to expand into collective awareness, feeling, giving, merging. At some point, we need to return to ourselves. Finding the right balance for you between these elemental forces is the key to becoming a true alchemist.

Mars in Gemini and Jupiter in Leo (fixed fire) light up our interactions with others. We are looking for the people who bring us joy and intellectual stimulation. Under this influence we are feeling creative and social, perhaps even too much so! The intriguing counterbalance to this expansiveness is the pull from Pluto in Capricorn (making a yod formation with Mars and Jupiter). Pluto makes things real in a way that short-lived entertainments don’t. How will you make your joy real? What does that mean to you? Hidden emotions and needs surface when we least expect them. Don’t back away. They are telling us something important.

Moon enters Capricorn 7:50 pm CDT 
Wednesday, June 3. Sagittarius really knows how to have fun. This mutable fire sign takes life as an adventure. Subsequently, this sign also knows how to make the most from even the most challenging days. The Moon stays in Sag until this evening (CDT). Follow the Moon’s lead and treat your setbacks as fodder for your next great story. We naturally become more sober as the Moon enters Capricorn. If you are in the mood, take inventory of what you are learning right now.

Moon in Capricorn
Thursday, June 4. A strong desire to get more focused leads to commitment to long-range plans. We are all feeling a little more grown up and inspired. A poor use of this focus is to fall into the trap of judgmental thoughts. Higher expectations doesn’t mean we have to beat ourselves up (or anyone else for that matter).

Moon in Capricorn
Friday, June 5. Contrary influences have us feeling deadly serious on one hand and happy-go-lucky on the other. Why be only one or the other? Venus brightens up our social lives considerably when entering Leo today. Venus spends an extra long time in Leo (fixed fire) due to retrograde motion later this summer. Enjoy the queenly side of Venus for the next four months. From this sign, we might also notice more drama in our relationships. More creativity. More need to be appreciated. Venus joins Jupiter in Leo. Begin to notice these two very bright and beautiful planets in the western sky at sunset. Mars in Gemini (mutable air) makes a lovely sextile to Jupiter. We are feeling frisky and the world is full of fascinating people to appreciate who we are. The sober tones of the day emanate from the Moon in Capricorn (cardinal earth) and the quincunx between the Sun in Gemini (mutable air) and Pluto in Capricorn. Fun is not incompatible with ambition.

Moon enters Aquarius 1:02 am CDT
June 6—Disseminating Moon: Sharing.  The dispassion of the Aquarius (fixed air) Moon balances a tendency to over-dramatize. The Moon gives perspective, which leaves  us feeling philosophical as the Moon enters this next phase of assessment and sharing what we have learned. The trine between Venus in Leo (fixed fire) and Saturn (mutable fire) helps us make the right connections with the right people to share creative inspirations. Saturn is about to retrograde back into Scorpio for the next four months. This last benefic contact with Venus before that happens feels like encouragement. We have allies.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, June 5. Sleep may have been hard to come by last night, but there is a good chance we wake up in a good mood anyway. Maybe you want to jot down some of your inspirations early on before you forget them. Those ideas feel like they could change the world. Let this optimism be a boost to your self-confidence.



*Read about the beginning of the Taurus/Gemini lunar cycle 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.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 25, 2015—May 31


We could call this the week of the FOs—the fear of(s). Mutable sign emphasis (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) and mutable sign stressors start off the week with a strong inclination to experience: FOMO (fear of missing out), FOFS (fear of forgetting something), or FOBW (fear of being wrong). In this Gemini season of pollination and connection, we are busy as bees working to experience, learn, and integrate as much as we can. It’s difficult to know when to stop. Recently, my clients with mutable sign emphasis in their charts have been reporting a higher level of anxiety and overwhelm. In actuality, we don’t need to have a mutable emphasis in our natal charts to feel the mutable “fears” creeping up on us. Have you? Everyone, right now, is subject to more agitation and unrest, but we don’t have to cave in to the “FO”s. Noticing the overwhelm, we can make another choice.

The mutable signs are the Magicians of the zodiac. Each, in its own elemental style, is able to transform raw material into an alchemical treasure. That’s the genius of the mutables. The difficulty for them is around focus, dependability, and filtering extraneous noise and distractions. With so much information coming at us right now, we need strategies for dealing with it. Meditation, physical exercise, getting enough sleep, are all good for high levels of stress, but another idea may inspire mutables to let go of the pressure—the lesson of the hologram universe. A hologram is a 3-dimensional image created with lasers, which has the quality that even when divided into parts, the whole is still present. Fractals also display a similar relationship between the whole and its parts. Scientists and philosophers have suggested that our universe might itself be a hologram where we find the whole in every part. This idea helps me relax. I don’t have to understand it all, experience it all, or fix all of it. I just need to focus on one part, bring my best self to that piece, and trust that I am doing my part to improve the whole.

Here is the situation impacting mutable sensibilities this week: In addition to the Sun transiting through Gemini (mutable air), Mercury in Gemini is retrograding, increasing the unpredictability factor by a lot. A peak time in every Mercury retrograde period occurs when Mercury conjoins the Sun at the inferior conjunction. That happens on Saturday, May 30. To start the week, the waxing Moon in Virgo (mutable earth) earnestly contacts Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire); Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Gemini (mutable air); and Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). This is a lot of input to our nervous systems. A predominant response to overwhelm may come from Neptune as this planet is square to the Sun, Mercury, and Mars this week. Neptune’s goal is to connect all of us through the heart. These big feelings may result in burn out, needing to pull back from helping others, or discomfort from blurred boundaries. A really good practice for the week: Secure your oxygen mask first before helping others nearby. Personal resiliency helps us to be compassionate and effective.

Forecast for May 25, 2015—May 31

Moon enters Virgo 3:52 am CDT
May 25—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. This lunar cycle* began in the liminal zone where Taurus (fixed earth) handed over the reins to Gemini (mutable air)—on the edge between earth and air. Each sign is a season that adds to the momentum of the year. Aries season is when life springs back, then moves to Taurus, where that life is given roots to thrive, and then diversifies in Gemini so that life can generate new life. The natural world models the process but this pattern plays out in our intentions too. An intention needs the Aries fire to push itself out into the world, but then must become rooted in reality to have a chance of thriving. Once we feel secure, we need to let it go into the world to be influenced by others. This hardening process is important for all our dreams. Have you had to let go of attachments so your dreams can fly? At this phase of the Moon, we consciously work on manifestation. The transits of the moment are providing important lessons and opportunities to help us make our dreams real.

All the mutable signs offer their gifts and challenges today as we take our next steps in manifesting this lunar cycle’s potential. Dream big and act in small, concrete ways. Lots of energy is moving around us and through us. Remember those Taurus roots? Be sure to tap back into your grounding cord so you know which influences to yield to and which to let float on by. The Moon in Virgo (mutable earth) helps us get serious about taking care of our bodies, our business, our environments. The urge to be perfect is a reminder to take these projects in small sustainable steps. The square between Venus in Cancer (cardinal water) and Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) may impact our relationships if we can’t soften the edge of criticism. There is a strong desire to nest, to nurture, to soothe our wounds in a harsh world. Give yourself that gift. In the evening (CDT) Mars in Gemini (mutable air), Neptune in Pisces (mutable water), and the Moon are in a stress-producing t-square pattern. Neptune’s influence is important. We want to act pragmatically yet with great heart and idealism. Notice the range of emotion. This helps us find balance.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, May 26. Can’t things go as I planned just once? Is that too much to ask? When this thought occurs to you today, take it as an opportunity to reframe what it means to have things run smoothly. The Moon squares retrograde Mercury today. It isn’t that this transit causes the unpredictability of life; it just means that we are more annoyed by it than usual. Our expectations influence everything that happens to us. How can you broaden what you expect from life? Other transits (Moon trine Pluto and Moon sextile Venus) are supportive. Temporary setbacks are just that. We can easily recoup what may have been lost.

Moon enters Libra 4:42 pm CDT
Wednesday, May 27.  As retrograde Mercury conjoins Mars in Gemini (mutable air) early in the morning (CDT) be ready to seize the day, but also be ready to be nimble as we need to maneuver around setbacks and surprises. Mars rules our will and our tempers. Both are triggered by trickster shenanigans. The trine between Venus in Cancer (cardinal water) and Chiron in Pisces (mutable water) helps us to empathize with others. The Moon moving into Libra later in the day helps to lighten the perfectionism pressure of the last couple of days. Fairness and harmony rule our moods for the next two days. 

Moon in Libra
Thursday, May 28.  Planets in the air signs help us reach balance and perspective. The Moon in Libra (cardinal air) works well with the Sun in Gemini (mutable air) and even retrograde Mercury. The Moon may also soothe jangled nerves when it contacts Mars in Gemini this afternoon. Notice how much you are getting done, especially in the realm of thought and words. This positive flow may hit a bump this evening when the Moon makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn. The issues of fairness and power come to a head.

Moon in Libra
May 29—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. The signature transit of the current Mercury retrograde period is the square that Mercury makes to Neptune three times in the course of the cycle. On May 9, Mercury in Gemini (mutable air) made the first square to Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). Today, Mercury makes the second square. (Mercury completes this encounter with Neptune on June 23.) Mercury’s retrograde periods are times to unravel attitudes, thoughts, or methods of working. This contact with Neptune, the universal solvent of the solar system, makes this unraveling more potent. If we resist this action on our thought processes, we may become confused or wander off into escapist fantasies. Discernment between illusion and truth becomes more difficult. Perhaps there is a lesson there. At this phase of the Moon, we are often planning and working harder to reach a goal. This strategy may not be successful under Neptune’s influence. It is good to remember the White Rabbit’s lament: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. “

Slowing down may not be easy as the Moon in Libra (cardinal air) opposes Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). This is an agitating energy. Venus in Cancer (cardinal water) gets in on the action as well. The mutual reception between the Moon and Venus may help us soothe anxiety by creating beauty in the home, tending to important relationships, and finding the harmony of the well-tended nest.

Moon enters Scorpio 4:34 am CDT
Saturday, May 30.
The Sun and Mercury always meet in the middle of a Mercury retrograde period. Assigning mythic qualities to the Sun and Mercury, we could imagine this scenario: the messenger arrives at court to deliver messages to the king. What important conversations will they have? A seed is planted to give meaning to this journey of Mercury through Gemini. Since this lunar cycle is about the Gemini mission to fertilize our intentions with new experiences, this could be a significant moment in letting our dreams fly. Just like growing children, we have to let them go off on their own at some point. With the Moon in Scorpio, don’t be surprised if this triggers a desire to hang on even more. 

Moon in Scorpio
Sunday, May 31.
Yesterday, the Sun in Gemini (mutable air) connected with retrograde Mercury. Today, the Sun makes a square to Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). At the core of these transits is a need to surrender logic and rationality. The heart knows the world is stranger than we can ever comprehend with our minds alone. Sometimes this process of expanding awareness is filled with sorrow and grief as we suddenly understand there is no separation between us. This is that kind of day. Be gentle with yourself yet be bold in your expansion into deeper connection.


*Read about the beginning of the Taurus/Gemini lunar cycle 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.