Monday, October 26, 2015

Follow the Moon: Full Moon October 27, 2015

Follow the Moon: Full Moon October 27

Follow the Moon will be abbreviated this week. This weekend I moved into my permanent home. I have been living with dear friends temporarily since August. Perhaps you can imagine that the influence of the conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter in Virgo has me more focused on unpacking boxes than on writing my forecast. But I will return to sharing my spiritual practice of following the Moon next week. This practice feeds my soul and I enjoy sharing it with others.

For this week, I encourage all of us (myself the most) to step away from the Virgo desire to set our lives in order and surrender to the Scorpio desire to go deep and listen. External doing is a distraction from this very important season of connection with the unseen worlds. The Scorpio season reminds us that death and soul are linked. Soul gives depth and meaning to our endeavors. The Virgo trio of planets provides a lot of inspiration for bringing wholeness into our lives, but any improvements we make now will be superficial without soul.

The Full Moon of October 27 is a perfect time to honor this “soul full” season. This is the third supermoon of the year. Supermoons occur when the Earth and Moon are at their closest distance at the time of the Full or New Moon and they seem to draw us deeper into the lunar experience. This time, the Moon will be in Taurus (fixed earth) with the Sun in Scorpio (fixed water). This opposition of signs reminds us of the connection between death and life. In the northern hemisphere, Scorpio is the dying season. Living sap returns to the roots. Daylight shortens. The harvest is done. Taurus season occurs in the middle of spring in the northern lands calling us back to our senses and bodies. Life returns with exuberance. Both seasons feed the other. From life comes death; from death comes life. This seasonal connection between death and life mirrors the real connection between the dead and the living. This the season we remember our dead—honoring those who have made our lives possible.

There are lessons here. The ancestors have wisdom for us. In order to hear that wisdom, many of us need to develop our listening skills. If you are like me, attached to rational thought, you may have to practice surrendering disbelief as you open to a deeper, more pervasive way of receiving. There is a reason Pagans say the veil between the worlds thins during the Scorpio season. Connection to death feeds life and with little effort, it is possible to feel it.

This gets me back to the trio of planets in Virgo: Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. These planets in the mutable earth sign create a powerhouse of possibility. Mutable signs integrate. Earth signs do. What do you want to integrate about your practical life? In the Scorpio season, we get to purge and transform. With this Virgo powerhouse, we get to renew our systems. All of them. Virgo rules health, work, ritual, service. All these areas of life are ripe for reordering and reintegrating after a purging transformation.

In the chart for the Full Moon, Venus in Virgo is exactly opposite Chiron in Pisces (mutable water). Chiron as the shaman/healer opens the door to our hearts. This could very well remind us of our wounds. In opposition to Venus, these wounds could be connected to our relationships. Venus in Virgo wants to tidy up our partnerships. Chiron reminds us that order without compassion and vulnerability is sterile. Emotional tenderness needs to be honored at this time so we can make our relationships successful.

Saturn is a planet that always relishes structure. Whatever sign Saturn transits, this impulse to bring realism and structure is strong. Saturn, now in Sagittarius (mutable fire), feels compelled to bring these qualities to our philosophies. There is potential for discovery of important truths and there is even more potential, given human befuddlement (thanks Caroline Casey!), for many to turn towards fundamentalism. This is one of the more problematic human instincts and we will see more evidence of it as Saturn continues in this sign. Saturn shows up strong in the Full Moon chart (quincunx to the Moon and semi-sextile the Sun). Behind the scenes, Saturn is setting up a challenge for us. As we listen for the wisdom from the unseen worlds, let us remember that paradox is more powerful than certainty. Searching more soulful than knowing.


* Read about the beginning of the Libra/Scorpio lunar cycle on my website 
 http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2015/10/follow-moon-forecast-for-october-12.html

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for October 19, 2015 — October 25

About a week ago, the New Moon in Libra initiated a cycle influenced by Libra’s desire for balance and fairness tinged with Scorpionic broodings about power and death. Libra is often described in airy, positive ways and Scorpio in dark and mistrustful ways. However, every sign has its shadow, and Scorpio’s propensity for seeing the shadow can bring out this side of Libra too. This may be the real work of this lunar cycle: Getting underneath the fa├žade of Libra niceness. Right now, the Moon cycles are following a pattern where the New Moon falls near the end of a sign so that the following Full Moon is in the next sign. (e.g., in the last lunar cycle, the Libra/Aries Full Moon occurred in the Virgo lunar cycle.) Next week, the Full Moon in Taurus is opposed by the Sun in Scorpio, thus our lunar intentions are colored by the relationship between conjoining signs: Libra and Scorpio (with Taurus providing the light of illumination). This jumble of signs has us noticing that true balance may be achieved if we go beneath the surface to get at the root causes of those imbalances.

Scorpio’s specialty is the purging of dead matter. We can use this Scorpio skill to transform “dead” attachments to niceness and hollow forms of harmony. It is time to get real. Libra, you may sometimes be afraid to rock the boat, but you’ve also been given a righteous anger about injustice. We need to tap into that right now. This week, when the Sun enters Scorpio, we get a nudge out of complacency. Balance is only a virtue when it encourages response. Like being able to shift my stance when I notice my impact on another. Or being able to adjust my position when I see the bigger picture. Balance is virtue when it is fluid and adapting. Scorpio can help us see when we’ve become frozen and formulaic.

The transit this week that perfectly sums up the contrast between Libra and Scorpio is the square between Mercury in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn on the 22nd. Mercury made two previous squares to Pluto during the recent retrograde period, and with this aspect reaches some kind of conclusion. How can we say what is really in our hearts while at the same time being mindful of how this truth might strike another? A confrontation between Mercury and Pluto is about truth and the power of words. Some things need saying. Other truths need to cook a little longer. Sometimes we just can’t tell which is best until we let a few words out of the pot to see how they do. Watch out for blurting. From yourself and others. It may take Libran diplomacy to back out.

Forecast for October 19, 2015 — October 25

Moon in Capricorn
Monday, October 19.
There is a high level of efficiency and expectation wrapped into this day. This is the best of earth energy: proactive, pragmatic, and poised. The Moon in Capricorn (cardinal earth) makes trines to the Virgo (mutable earth) planets: Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. The Moon also contacts Pluto in Capricorn lending an even stronger dose of no-nonsense to the day. This is a great day to notice what brings you the greatest satisfaction. It could be anything from the simplicity of cleaning your home to the grandeur of aiming for the sky. Stand back and see what you can accomplish through putting muscle behind your dreams.

Moon enters Aquarius 8:38 pm CDT
October 20—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. There’s no reason we can’t bring yesterday’s efficiency into today as well. The Moon remains in Capricorn (cardinal earth) for most of the day (CDT) and there aren’t any other aspects today except for the square between the Sun in Libra (cardinal air) and the Moon. This marks the First Quarter phase of the lunar cycle and is a good time to notice where you are in your Moon magic for this cycle. What are you noticing about your ambitions? Ambition is a strong Capricorn quality but is shared by Libra as well. Both of these signs have high standards and have high expectations. Squares are challenges, so this combination may challenge us to negotiate between different types of expectation. On one hand, Capricorn influence asks us to consider our foundations: What makes us stronger? Libra influence invites us to consider beauty and relationship as we aim for manifesting our heart’s desires.

Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday, October 21.
With the Moon in Aquarius (fixed air) making favorable aspects to Saturn and Mercury, concepts sparkle. We become more interested in ideas than the work it takes to manifest those ideas. It can feel liberating to fly through realms of thought but eventually we’ll need to land somewhere. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take one of these thoughts and make a single concrete step to manifest a better world.

Moon in Aquarius
Thursday, October 22.
A shift happens today. Do you feel it? The first days of this week have focused on manifestation through earth and air qualities of hard work balanced with vision and inspiration. We dive into deeper waters today. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth), preparing the way for the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio tomorrow. This is the third time Mercury has formed a square to Pluto since beginning the retrograde journey in September. Pluto has a way of pulling out the shadow from any planet. What is underneath your words and thoughts today? Are you satisfied with them? There is a strong urge to speak the truth. Consider the consequences. There is also a strong urge to claim the power of your words. Do so.

Moon enters Pisces 12:17 am CDT
Friday, October 23.
Sun enters Scorpio. I invite you to chew on these words written by Jungian psychologist James Hillman as he defines soul: “First, “soul” refers to the deepening of events into experiences; second, the significance soul makes possible, whether in love or in religious concern, derives from its special relation with death. And third, by “soul” I mean the imaginative possibilities of our natures, the experiencing through reflective speculation, dream, image, and fantasy—that mode which recognizes all realities as primarily symbolic or metaphorical.” (cf Re-visioning Psychology). Scorpio time is a soul-making time—a time of deepening; a time of death; and a time of dream, image, and fantasy feeding the seen and unseen worlds. With the Moon in Pisces (mutable water) and the Sun in fixed water Scorpio, we can feel the veils between the worlds dissolving and what we are left with is soul. This is a powerful day. Venus in Virgo (mutable earth) gets a taste of soulful desire through a trine with Pluto. Mars in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces bringing a desire to be of service, even if it involves sacrifice. The Moon also squares Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) and conjoins Neptune. How do you separate dogma from truth? Beliefs are colliding, causing war and hatred. As the veils thin, we can ask for the wisdom of the ancestors to discern the truth. Paradox and mystery are everywhere. As Mars makes a quincunx aspect to Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire), we are forced to temper our passions even as we dare to make strong changes in our lives. On a complex day, think about what makes soul for you.

Moon in Pisces

October 24—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. As busy as yesterday was with transits, today is open and receptive. The Moon in Pisces (mutable water) makes an early morning opposition to Mars in Virgo (mutable earth), perhaps getting many of us off to a cranky start, but then the Moon moves into an extended void-of-course period lasting the rest of the day. We have a chance to discharge the energy of yesterday. Under this phase of the Moon we want to fine-tune things. The soul-making season of Scorpio is here. Perhaps we are fine-tuning our souls. Are you experiencing the journey downward as an initiation? Or is it a chance to turn inward and visit quietly with your beloved dead? However you are experiencing this season so far, take a moment to honor your process. One of the gifts of this season is the awakening memory that we are creatures of the Earth. Each of us responds physically and emotionally as the Earth goes to sleep in the fall (in the northern hemisphere) and awakens in the spring (southern hemisphere). We remember we are animals and, strangely enough, that feels like soul. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, please take a moment to honor this season of deeper connections.

Moon enters Aries 1:21 am CDT
Sunday, October 25.
The two benefic planets, Venus and Jupiter conjoin in Virgo (mutable earth) today. We can see these two in the pre-dawn sky with Mars nearby. Virgo issues are blessed by this pairing. These include the skill of finding integration and wholeness, the ability to discern and refine, and the call to be of service and to do meaningful work. These humble gifts can change the world.  And changing the world just might be on our minds today. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) opposes Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). When Mercury and Uranus touch, sparks can fly. These are the sparks created by thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. The Aries Moon only adds to the fire and sparkle of this day. Dare to be. Dare to do.

  
* Read about the beginning of the Libra/Scorpio lunar cycle on my website 

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for October 12, 2015 — October 18

It is with a sense of relief I say, “Farewell,” to the previous lunar cycle. Perhaps you feel the same. Mercury has turned direct, we weathered the cresting waves of the eclipse season, and we’ve navigated Virgo expectations on top of it all. That was a lot. Those Virgo ideals of improvement and devotion haven’t gone away but perhaps we can ease into them with Libra’s balanced perspective, remembering that everything can happen in its own good time with beauty and grace. That would be nice.

No, we’ve got plenty of Virgo influence for the next lunar cycle. And before I offend all the wonderful Virgos out there, I want to explain what this means. Virgos notice things. Like all mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces), Virgos are sensing, learning, and integrating constantly. As the earthy mutable sign, Virgos have to contend with matter and are driven to employ pragmatic solutions to problems. Even the Virgos whose heads are in the intricate worlds of fantasy game-playing or alternative modalities of healing are basically grounded into the value of what works versus what we wished worked. We need these doers and solvers. But we also need to learn to let go of unrealistic expectations for perfection—a worthy goal for this lunar cycle, as it was for the previous one.

Virgo influence is large because the big guy—Jupiter—is transiting through Virgo until September 2016. This month, Jupiter is joined by Venus (in Virgo until November 9) and Mars (in Virgo until November 12). These three planets are giving a great show in the pre-dawn skies this month. Check it out. On October 17, Mars conjoins Jupiter. On October 25, it is Venus’ turn. On November 2 Venus and Mars come together. These three planets will energize Virgo ideals, which means we all get a chance to put our lives in order and deal with the demon of perfectionism. This applies to all the realms: physical, mental, and spiritual. With Mercury moving direct, perhaps there will be less disruption to putting these plans in place. It will feel good to get back on track.

Forecast for October 12, 2015 — October 18

Moon in Libra
October 12—New Moon: Dreaming. With a sense of getting a fresh, new start, let’s rededicate ourselves to finding that perfect synthesis of Virgo pragmatism with Libran grace. It’s possible, right?

I recently read a wonderful article about being happy on the science blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree. 

The article suggests that we can trigger pleasure centers in our brains by making decisions (a Libra issue, for sure!) and that we don’t have to make perfect decisions either. The author writes:

“Brain science shows that making decisions reduces worry and anxiety—as well as helping you solve problems. But deciding can be hard. I agree. So what kind of decisions should you make? Neuroscience has an answer…
Make a “good enough” decision. Don’t sweat making the absolute 100% best decision. We all know being a perfectionist can be stressful. And brain studies back this up. Trying to be perfect overwhelms your brain with emotions and makes you feel out of control.”

With this New Moon in Libra, which is still heavily influenced by Jupiter, Mars, and Venus in Virgo, we have an opportunity to set intention around this practice of making “good enough” decisions. I wonder how we could shift the inertia and despair of changing the world if we learned to let go of being perfect.

The New Moon chart shows the Sun and Moon in Libra (cardinal air) opposing Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). Although this may be a less stressful lunar cycle than the last one, this signature does not let us off the hook. We still feel the need to wake up and act. The balancing act of this opposition is to find momentum for change while at the same time keeping a sense of balance and harmony. This is a good challenge to have. The promise is to find a sustainable amount of beauty, balance, and delight in our lives as we keep pushing the edges of change.

Moon enters Scorpio 4:38 pm CDT
Tuesday, October 13.
A desire for efficiency and effectiveness rules the day. An ongoing trine between Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth), which has been in effect the last few days, gives strength and energy to our work. A favorable aspect between Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) supports communication and discovery. We begin to really sense that Mercury systems are coming back online. When the Moon moves into Scorpio (fixed water) later today, we remember that the veils between the worlds are thinning. Give yourself time to tune into deeper connections. Tonight, set intention to dream. Tomorrow’s early morning aspects are favorable to receiving insight from our dreams.

Moon in Scorpio
Wednesday, October 14.
The Moon in Scorpio (fixed water) makes favorable aspects to Venus and Neptune while most of us in the U.S. are sleeping. These aspects encourage potent dream messages. Scorpio attunes us to the ancestral realms. We reconnect the worlds of the living and the dead during the late fall when the veils thin. As the Moon makes more favorable contacts this afternoon and early evening with Mars, Pluto, and Jupiter, the focus turns to receiving information about pragmatic magic. This is a good day to practice hearth magic such as preparing homemade foods, tinctures, or teas infused with healing intention. Remember the mantra of “Good enough.” Set an intention to live in wholeness.

Moon in Scorpio
Thursday, October 15.
This third day of Moon in Scorpio (fixed water) could be the dreamiest of all. Or, it could be the day when the damn breaks and we find a reason to move forward with much-needed transformation. The Moon is void-of-course all day, which could lead us into lowered defenses and a sense that not much will happen today. However, Mars in Virgo (mutable earth) and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) form a trine aspect that could be anything but mellow. Both Mars and Pluto co-rule Scorpio presenting us with the possibility that if we’ve been neglecting our true desires, we will wake up strongly to what we most want. Right now. It could be terribly exciting.

Moon enters Sagittarius 4:18 am CDT

October 16—Crescent Moon: Beginning. The sky is brilliant right now. In the pre-dawn sky we can see four planets: Mercury near the horizon will be the hardiest to see, but Mars, Jupiter and Venus are tightly clustered a good distance from the horizon. In the evening sky, look for the crescent Moon with Saturn nearby. 

It is wonderful when the visible sky tells the story of the moment. This story is influenced by the determined and optimistic energies of the Crescent Moon along with the beauty and wonder of these planetary meetings. There is a little something for everyone in this line-up of aspects today. The Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) is determined in the search for meaning. Venus, Mars, and Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) are inspiring our efforts towards finding wholeness in all parts of our lives. Each lunar cycle offers a chance to set intention and follow the ensuing journey with mindfulness—curious and non-judging attention. What are you noticing about your heart’s desire? What are you noticing about holding a non-judging attention towards that desire? We have the opportunity to practice self-forgiveness today. Our desires may shine like the stars but we have to accept that we are human and fallible too. A t-square aspect pattern—with Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces (mutable water), both square the Moon—could bring confusion, a desire to tune out, or overwhelming emotion. Honor the tide of feelings. They are important too.

Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, October 17.
Astrology teaches me to value our differences. The sky is a circle of wholeness. Each sign of the zodiac is part of that wholeness, just like every type of individual is a part of our wholeness. The contrast today comes from the square between the Moon in Sagittarius (mutable fire) with the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth). How do you learn? What is your truth? The Moon in Sagittarius focuses on the big picture. This sign is the generalizer. The one who learns through expressing freedom. The one who knows we are greater than the sum of our parts. Mars and Jupiter in Virgo give tremendous energy to those who learn by processing, whose truth is pragmatic and useful. Virgo’s god is in the details. Sag’s god is in the sky. Big picture. Small parts. We need it all.

Moon enters Capricorn 1:52 pm CDT
Sunday, October 18.
If you’ve read along with each day’s forecasts this week, you may have noticed a distinct emphasis on Virgo influences even though this is a Libra-inspired lunar cycle. We remember the Libra influence today when the Moon enters Capricorn (cardinal earth). We are making structural changes in our lives. A part of us is called to leadership in making those changes happen. Libra reminds us to approach this work collaboratively. Libra’s focus is on fairness and balance. Those qualities are important as we strive to bring idealism into focus.


* Read about the beginning of the Virgo/Libra lunar cycle on my website

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Follow the Moon: Forecast for October 5, 2015 — October 11


Let’s think about Venus this week, shall we? That is not a bad invitation. Who doesn’t like to think about love? Even those who’ve experienced loss and hardship in love may be able to soften a bit when Venus enters. That is one of her jobs. To soften our hearts so we may invite others in. Venus helps us connect to our helpers, our lovers, our compatriots on the journey. Reciprocal exchange is her mantra. Beauty and balance are her offerings.

This week, Venus completes her journey through Leo (fixed fire) and returns to the beginning of Virgo (mutable earth), where she stationed on her retrograde journey, which began on July 25. We had an extra-long period of time to integrate Venus in Leo. Imagine lions enticing other lions to be in partnership. Lions actually do work well in prides, but there can also be a period of time when these proud animals need to know where they fall in the hierarchy, where they fit. Humans have a hard time with this. Maybe you’ve had a hard time too. We’ve had to learn how to balance a desire to relate with a desire to be significant. These desires are not mutually exclusive but sometimes feel that way. Have you sorted out your ego needs in relationship? Have you learned to be generous with your attentions? Even harder, have you learned to accept praise and pride in yourself? Venus would be pleased. There is no sign that Venus cannot make more beautiful. Leo rules the heart. How has your heart softened and become more beautiful?

Venus turns her discerning eye towards Virgo (mutable earth) this week and she stays for only a month. This lunar cycle* that began in the sign of Virgo has been an opportunity to focus on wellness, wholeness, devotion, and service. Virgo is an industrious sign. Leo is a noble one. In the wheel of the zodiac, we first don the robes of nobility before we put on the servants’ garments. There is a profound lesson in this sequence. First, we must believe in ourselves and then we are able to do the work of healing and devotion. Self-love begets selfless service. Not the other way round. It isn’t too late to let the Leo light of self-love soften our hearts. Then, we will naturally turn towards helping others. Venus invites this kind of devotion.

Other important influences on this week: Mercury stations direct on October 9 in Libra (cardinal air). Venus plays a hand here too. Venus rules Libra. Mercury in Libra points out the ways we need to find reciprocal exchange. Fairness and balance may have been missing during this retrograde period (since September 17). Now we revisit those feelings to find a way to even out the bumps. Mars in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) on October 6. Mars adds another flavor to the strong Virgo theme of this lunar cycle. (Don’t forget Jupiter is in Virgo, too). Mars rules our wills. Virgo loves efficiency, usually. Mars can take this drive to produce results and really go with it. Under this influence, we get off on systems. We want order. We are willing to put some muscle behind that desire. And then Neptune comes and destroys all that focus with dreams and fantasies. Frustration may be present if we can’t allow Neptune influences to soften (just like Venus) the edges around Virgo’s expectations. Service needs inspiration. Devotion needs ecstasy. Work needs meaning. Neptune may provide these things. Mars returns the favor to Neptune by invigorating our visions into action. Sometimes we just have to get down to work.

Forecast for October 5, 2015 — October 11

Moon in Cancer
Monday, October 5.
The Moon is void-of-course (VOC) for most of the day after making an agitating square to Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) in the early morning (Central Time). VOC periods can feel like we’ve lost the drive to our motors. This can be a good thing if you’ve been going full throttle, lately. The Moon in Cancer (cardinal water) encourages a quiet day, some self-care, and perhaps a home-cooked meal at the end of the day to remind you of the value of hearth and home.

Moon enters Leo 3:31 am CDT
Tuesday, October 6.
The day starts with pep and vigor. The favorable aspects between the Moon in Leo (fixed fire), Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire), and Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) help spark an industrious bout of creativity. Grab hold of this inspiration early in the day. The square between the Sun and Pluto may throw up obstructions. Entertain the idea that those who are challenging you are actually doing so because you are powerful and worthy of the battle. Let the word “dare” guide you to new edges. Later in the day (almost 10 pm in the CDT), Mars in Virgo (mutable earth) opposes Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). Although this aspect is exact at this time, we’ve been under the influence of this transit for a few days. The balancing/integrating opportunity offered by this opposition infuses our wills with empathy and strengthens our compassion with boundary and form. Perhaps you notice that you can’t maintain focus for very long or you get frustrated when the plan goes awry. Mystery is operating behind the scenes. Maintain curiosity.  

Moon in Leo
Wednesday, October 7.
In the introduction to this week’s forecast, I pointed out that in the zodiacal wheel, Leo’s (fixed fire) impulse for self-love precedes Virgo’s (mutable earth) impulse for selfless service. That natural order of things, from pride to devotion is good to keep in mind today at the end of this Virgo-inspired lunar cycle with the Moon still in Leo. The aspects for today say, Go for it! The source of getting things done comes from Leo self-appreciation. Don’t fake humility. Go for it.

Moon enters Virgo 12:29 pm

October 8—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. The next four days are dedicated to summing up and letting go of the lunar cycle that began on September 13 with a solar eclipse. I’ve listed the celestial events of this lunar cycle before: a solar eclipse, lunar supermoon eclipse, Mercury retrograde, Mars and Venus moving into Virgo, Saturn re-entering Sagittarius … It has been a time of subtle and not so subtle shifts. There has been a lot of mutable sign emphasis in these shifts. Mutable signs are strongly affected by energy shifts. Mutable signs, and especially Virgo (the sign of this cycle’s New Moon) is attuned to energy and wants to do something pragmatic about it. The problem is, that isn’t always possible, so we have to develop strategies for de-stressing our lives, releasing what we cannot change. As the Moon moves back into Virgo today during the waning phase of the Moon cycle, it is a perfect time to practice letting go of the things we cannot change.

Venus and the Moon conjoin in Virgo during daylight hours in the central time zone of the U.S. However, if you are so inclined you could see the two nearly conjunct before dawn today and tomorrow. The sight is inspiring and we can take that inspiration into devotional intention. Venus’ job is to soften our hearts. The world is big and full of pain. Opening to Venus feels vulnerable. The square between the Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius increases a sense of duty and needing to fix the world. Is it possible to release this burden and open to the vulnerability? Notice.

Moon in Virgo
Friday, October 9.
The days that Mercury stations, both retrograde and direct, have a greater potential for disruption of the flow. Normal doesn’t really exist. Mercury stations direct today, so we can expect the unexpected. Because the Moon in Virgo (mutable earth) contacts both Mars and Jupiter in Virgo, our reactions may be expanded. Our fuses, a little shorter. However, Virgo is not usually a very rash sign. It is more likely that we will internalize the stress and have stomach pains. Don’t do that either, if possible. The regular flow of thought, travel, and words will return soon. It always does.

Moon in Virgo
Saturday, October 10. Venus, newly clothed in Virgo’s robes, makes a square to Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) today. These signs treat idealism in different ways. Virgo (mutable earth) is pragmatic. Sagittarius is visionary. These points of view struggle with each other today. Saturn is obstinate about truth. Venus wants things to work beautifully, elegantly. We might be feeling unloved and misunderstood as we try to find a compromise. The solution is out there. Keep trying.

Moon enters Libra 3:45 am CDT
Sunday, October 11.
I’ve been talking about the Virgo (mutable earth) influences of this lunar cycle the last few days. However, with the Moon’s re-entry into Libra (cardinal air) for the last day of this cycle, we recall that this lunar cycle was really about the cusp between Virgo and Libra. Virgo’s devotion gives way to Libra’s attention to harmony and partnership. We go from an earth sign to an air sign, and so things get a bit more abstract and theoretical. The Moon contacts a newly direct Mercury this morning and then makes a self-assured contact with Saturn. We know what we think. Later in the day, the Sun in Libra makes a paradoxical aspect with Chiron in Pisces (mutable water) inviting the question can we think and feel at the same time? It is always good to try. The earthy trine between Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) provides the strongest influence on the day. Jupiter is optimistic and Pluto is strengthening. Let this boost of energy help you to get some things accomplished today. The Sun opposing Uranus tonight increases a sense of agitation. We may be antsy to change. Maybe that is not such a bad idea.  


* Read about the beginning of the Virgo/Libra lunar cycle on my website

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