Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for December 26, 2016 – January 8, 2017

I am racking my brain to find the key to the Capricorn lunar cycle that begins on December 29. It feels important to start 2017 in a good way. Capricorn is the winter sign in the northern hemisphere. It’s true that half the world experiences Capricorn as summer’s sign, and though I want to incorporate that counterbalancing piece into my astrology, I am also aware that right now, where my feet stand, it is dark winter and things look dim. Perhaps this is when I most need to remember the light of summer from the other side of the Earth. It is there. Remote. But there. I can connect to that.

The Capricorn season invokes the slow climb in search of the key, the glimmer of light, the reason we toil. As folks in the southern hemisphere uncoil into the warmth of summer, perhaps they too are aware that for them the dark increases every day until the next solstice. For them as well there is a search. What is the key, the glimmer, the reason we toil?

Capricorn is a serious sign. As cardinal earth, it can experience the weight of the world on its shoulders. It takes the mission of collective survival with utmost commitment. This is heavy. But thank goodness, Capricorn is up to the challenge. There’s a lesson here about strength and determination, even when I doubt that most in myself. I am not a Capricorn, but I do have a Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn) in my chart, as do all of us. This Saturn indicates how I at times carry the weight of the world on my shoulders, and shows the reason I toil. Saturn represents a key, won through commitment and determination, to mastery.

So, I’ve been thinking about Saturn’s key lately. Is there more to discover about this climb through life? Can I unlock a different relationship than burdensome oppression in regards to Saturn’s wisdom? Here are my thoughts as I approach my New Moon intention. In my search for Saturn’s key, may I embrace:

  •        Good in the end—accepting my mortality, and with that, my limitations.
  •        I am not alone—no one can carry the weight by themselves. It isn’t my heroism or my sacrifice that makes the work useful.
  •        Work as legacy—acting on behalf of future generations.

These intentions may seem glum on the surface, but that is the way of Saturn. We may want to avoid work and mortality. But the secret is that life is richer and more pleasurable when we fully embrace that our work matters and we are finite. Something bigger is in play when we realize we are part of a greater whole that carries on beyond us. I hope to find inspiration in that realization this month.

The astrological highlights of the next lunar cycle are:

A change in direction for the agent of change—Uranus in Aries stations direct on the day of the New Moon. Look for a surge of action as we engage in the realities of the new year.

Momentum increases—Mercury in Sagittarius stations direct on January 8.

Inspiration to action—The Sun forms t-square aspect pattern with the opposition between Uranus and Jupiter in Libra on January 11. Tension creates desire for action. Use this transit to shine a light on injustice and understanding about balance in relationship to change.

Empathy increases—Venus and Mars will both be transiting through Pisces after January 3. Right before the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, Mars will contact Chiron, Jupiter, and Saturn. People may be more suggestible, impacted by emotion, desire for justice, and a fight for hope. Venus makes the same transits the week following the Inauguration. Our relationships take on importance. We seek connections of the heart. These connections may be necessary for the changes to come.

Forecast for December 26, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, December 26
. With the energy of the waning Moon, we step into that in between place. We are on the threshold between the old and the new. Take this time to sink into your ground of being. It is hard to deny that change is coming, even if we aren't quite ready to engage. The opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries reminds us the fight for justice is far from over. Jupiter helps us ready for the changes ahead, especially if we are mindful of balance. Retrograde Mercury in Capricorn makes a dreamy connection with Neptune in Pisces. Open to the messages from unseen sources. Be mindful as you travel. Distraction is strong.

Moon in Sagittarius
Tuesday, December 27.
How strongly do you trust your gut? Spend some time discerning what it feels like to listen to your instinctual self. The psyche’s voice is strong today with the Sun in Capricorn making a sextile to Mars in Pisces. The messages may come in metaphors or in waves of emotion, but they are coming if we are available to listen and trust. As the Moon conjoins Saturn today, we want to get the right answers, but that isn’t how our souls communicate. Sometimes we have to surrender to the journey without any guarantees. That may be what we are meant to know at the end of 2016.

Moon enters Capricorn 9:12 am CST
Wednesday, December 28.
Mercury meets the Sun today. This is the peak of a Mercury retrograde period. Yesterday, the Sun made favorable contact with Mars in Pisces. Today, Mercury makes the same sextile aspect to Mars. The message comes in loud and clear in a sort of fuzzy way—we are supposed to open to unexpected sources for inspiration. The clue to whether to trust the source is this: Does it open your heart? Saturn in Sagittarius continues the focus on feelings as it makes a square to Chiron in Pisces. These heart-centered insights aren’t easy. We may want to curl up and hide from them, but it doesn’t really feel any better under the covers. Dare to come out and connect. Others are scared too.

Moon in Capricorn
December 29—New Moon: Dreaming. Here it is folks, our chance to plant some magical seeds for 2017. That feels so portentous, doesn’t it? The thought of 2017—a year that feels huge, alarming, confusing, and all the things—has been kicking me in the butt. I‘ve been dragging my feet writing this forecast because of the weight I am feeling about magic right now. It feels so big. Whew. Time to lighten up. Starhawk, one of my first and primary teachers about magic, has a great insight about disarming the feeling that everything surviving and thriving is up to my own personal magic. She says (parphrased) that if any one of us was that powerful, we’d have already changed the world. No one is that powerful, thank goodness. But—paradox alert—each of us, especially in connection with others, is vitally important to changing the world. None of us get to sit this one out, which does not mean we are supposed to succumb to incapacitating over-expectations of what our personal magic can do for 2017.

Crippling over-expectation is one of the hallmarks of Saturn influence when we haven’t fully integrated this planet’s lessons. Saturn rules Capricorn, the sign of this next lunar cycle. If nothing else, it would be tremendously helpful to use this lunation to release the grip of over-expectation and self-judgment. It is time to release the children! Let me explain. Cronus is the Greek version of Saturn. It was prophesized that Cronus’ children would kill him. So when Rhea, the mother, gave birth, Cronus swallowed each child. Rhea grew tired of losing her babies. This is the important moment! She gave Cronus a stone to swallow when Zeus was born and hid him away to grow up, give his father a potion that made him vomit all the children up, and then they killed him. Yay. This celebration isn’t about killing Saturn. We need a vital and alive Saturn to help us create masterful legacy. This is about stopping the swallowing of the children—our creative gifts. It is time to get fed up like Rhea did and do something about our incapacitating fears. It is time to accept our capabilities as they are, not as we think they should be. I’ve been thinking of this kind of realism as Saturn’s key and it is what I most want to discover during this lunar cycle.

Dismantling over-expectations for our value, our work, our impact on the world is radical work that also questions the over-culture programming that tells us if we can’t be perfect, we shouldn’t try at all. I suggest we all become more radical in 2017 by embracing our limitations, acknowledging that we can’t act alone, and holding fast to the work being about future generations. Now, more than ever, we need the magic of intention, mindfulness, imperfection, and vulnerability. We need wholehearted magic. What magic will you create?

The chart for this New Moon has a radical opposition between Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. Uranus stations direct on the New Moon and is raring for change, ready to ignite the Aries fires of daring and imperfect action. Jupiter in Libra is teaching that balance is not compromise. Balance, too, is a radical act that dismantles constant cultural messages that we must suffer to turn this world around.

The Sun and Moon are conjunct retrograde Mercury. What do you want to turn around? What fresh perspective would help you discover Saturn’s key this year? Be sure to sow an open mind that can pivot quickly and joyfully through the year ahead.

Mars in Pisces conjoins Neptune and the South Node of the Moon. Time and space are liminal. We are sure to follow after fantasies and get lost on our quests. But that doesn’t mean we’ve gone astray. What are you learning? Our hearts play a big role in guiding us. This can feel vulnerable. The North Node in Virgo reminds us to be discerning about the sources of our fantasies. Saturn in Sagittarius, the key of this lunar cycle, insists we learn the limitations of truth. Anyone can be lured into believing the over-culture stories that keep us incapacitated. Be Rhea. Release the children!

Moon enters Aquarius 7:29 pm CST
Friday, December 30.
How do you define the word “radical?” The square between the Moon and Uranus early this morning, along with the Moon’s ingress into radical Aquarius later today, maintains the pulse of radicalism felt throughout the day. The Online Etymology Dictionary says this about the word: “from Late Latin radicalis ‘of or having roots,’ from Latin radix (genitive radicis) ‘root.’ Meaning ‘going to the origin, essential.’Rootedness fits in well with the Capricorn themes of this lunar cycle. Today, while dreaming of the change you wish to see in the world, remember our roots are just seeking radical reconnection. Change can be nourishing and stabilizing. The sextile between the Sun in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces encourages dreams of such wonder.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, December 31.
The temptation to lose yourself in the moment has a strong influence on how we greet the new year tomorrow. Jupiter in Libra contacts Chiron in Pisces through a paradoxical quincunx. On one had, we value logic and rationality, and on the other we value unexplainable experiences of connection and compassion. The heart is not an interruption but is telling us something we need to know. The first aspect of 2017, right after midnight tonight (Central U.S. time zone), is a conjunction of Mars and Neptune in Pisces. This conjunction will influence some to overindulge in alcohol and drugs. It might feel good to escape the cares of the world, but another approach is to open even wider to complex emotions. There is grief, pain, wonder, joy, and love all mixed together. Be tender.

Moon in Aquarius
January 1—Crescent Moon: Beginning. We start the new year under a Crescent Aquarius Moon. Somehow, in this moment, things do not seem as bleak as they did at the end of the last lunar cycle. Beginnings have a way of infusing life with hope. Perhaps the challenges of this year will be just what we need to make lasting and effective change in how we live on this Earth. Perhaps we will discover Saturn’s key to staying in the work without being overwhelmed by it. The Moon mediates any stress we’ve been feeling between Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. There is a way to embrace change and balance at the same time. The puzzle creates new options. Be open to new paradigms. The encouraging sextile between the Moon and Saturn lifts our burdens briefly.

Moon enters Pisces 3:57 am CST
Monday, January 2.
The Moon flows into Pisces today creating a sensation that we have not quite landed yet in the new year. Go with the flow and be adaptable to shifting states of being. Mercury is still retrograde in Capricorn. Are we done with set backs and waiting for things to get back on track? Don’t give in to the frustration. The flow can be delightful if we can let go of those expectations. The Moon conjoins Neptune this evening (Central U.S. time zone). Let dreams and visions feed your desires for the coming year. You may get new insight, still, about what you wish to manifest.

Moon in Pisces
Tuesday, January 3.
Today, Venus joins the Moon, Mars, South Node, Neptune, and Chiron in Pisces. All this watery influence just snuck up on us, didn’t it? If you feel like having a good cry, then go for it. However, Pisces isn’t just about the tears. This sign’s gift is the ability to midwife our transitions. Pisces merges with the suffering as well as the joy in others. This sign gives the gift of recognition and understanding to those who may feel completely alone. Even if you have no Pisces in your chart, you get to tap into these gifts in your relationships as Venus enters the flow. Mercury (albeit retrograde) makes a favorable contact with Venus today. You can’t go wrong if you surrender to the tides.

Moon enters Aries 10:19 am CST
Wednesday, January 4.
Get out of your metaphorical bed, stretch, yawn and put on some clothes. It is time to get this year in gear. The Moon moves into Aries. We might surprise ourselves with unexpected decisions and actions. We can vision and hope all we want and then eventually, we will have to make a choice. Mercury, still on its retrograde journey, re-enters Sagittarius. Did you forget something really important to you? Perhaps it was a guiding belief. Perhaps you took a detour and needed to backtrack to find it. Perhaps that happens today.

Moon in Aries
January 5—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. A challenge for this lunar cycle so far has been a tendency to drift off and lose focus. Rather than berate ourselves for dropping the ball, what if we reframed it as needing this time to check in with our souls. Perhaps we haven’t lost track of our New Moon intentions at all. They are ready to resurface today. The Moon in Aries makes firey contact with Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra. These are in a t-square pattern that provides the jolt to wake us up. What will you do upon awaking? That is the question.
This lunar cycle I am tracking the question, How do I embrace Saturn’s lessons of mortality, limitations, and legacy? Remembering that the systems of dominance don’t want me to be comfortable with my imperfections, I must find ways to thwart that voice that tells me to give up before I’ve even started. The tense line-up of planets today reminds me that the stakes are too high to simply cave to false messages about my personal impact. I can do something, and it doesn’t even have to be brilliant. Will you join me?

Moon enters Taurus 2:18 pm CST
Friday, January 6.
After waking up, what are the first things you do? Coffee is usually on my list. My body needs it. We are waking into a new year, new challenges, and new energy for action. What does your body need to get that work on track? The Moon in Taurus today reminds us that our bodies are very important to the work ahead. Keeping with the theme of the Capricorn lunar cycle, we don’t have to be perfect about it either. Honor the living body, however it is showing up.

Moon in Taurus
Saturday, January 7.
Feel the boost of power as the Sun conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. Once a year, the source of life meets the dark, icy realms of death. Rather than repelling each other, both realms are infused with power by this contact. I find it ironic that Trump has been talking about draining the swamp. That is just what Pluto in Capricorn has been doing in the arena of toxic leadership and systems of governance since 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn and the stock market crashed. Although Trump himself is making the swamp murkier, Pluto is still at work. Perhaps Trump is part of Pluto’s plan. The Sun today illuminates where we need to truly drain the swamp and let the regenerating light of the Sun grow new paradigms of leadership and governance. When you see it, send it support.

Moon enters Gemini 4:06 pm CST
January 8—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. I’ve considered changing the keyword I use for this phase of the Moon. Perfection is such a trap. With the Saturn influence of this lunar cycle, it is a radical act to claim our imperfections and still show up to our work, our lives, our dreams. I keep the word as a reminder that there is a difference between incapacitating over-expectation and a desire to keep working until fruition. Let’s keep going. And let’s change what that looks like. Perhaps it means choosing once again the small step to go to the gym to work out, or to sit in meditation, or to eat something that makes our bodies feel good, or to be with a friend who supports us, or send an email to an elected official, or do something kind for another person. There is something we can do, that isn’t about perfection but is just perfect for today.

Mercury stations direct. That might make staying on any kind of plan more challenging. Then the Moon moves into Gemini. If you need joy, call up a friend who likes to talk. If you need a new perspective, open up to learning. There are many sources of wonder.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for December 12, 2016 – December 25

I recently attended a gathering of seekers looking at questions surrounding activism and mindfulness. The teachers proposed that the roots of mindful activism are:
  •       Knowing and integrating our cultural/spiritual traditions as a base of action
  •       Community as a place to heal and restore
  •       Developing self-awareness and discernment and a willingness to address our own hatred, judgment, and otherness. To see and sit with self first.
  •       Self-care and regulation, being grounded and aware of our “ground of being” so that our mind/body is not hijacked by energy

Looking forward to attending this session since the beginning of the month, I began practicing with a lunar intention to deepen connection to my ground of being. I am curious about this place where I can be in right relationship and know myself to the extent I am not hijacked by strong emotions like fear or despair. This seems like a very necessary survival skill for the present moment.

Sagittarius—the sign of this lunar cycle—is a mutable fire sign (moving fire). One doesn’t often think of grounding when one considers the primary qualities of this excitable and adventurous sign. How can moving fire direct me to my ground of being? In the group conversation seeking to define this ground of being, I heard people talking about values, beliefs, ancestry, essence, awareness, and connection. The ground of being is a knowing of the essential components of our selves. Sagittarian fire seeks to discover the essential truths. This search is motivation for adventure. There is a desire to share this fire with others even as we accept the paradox that my truth and your truth may be different and still true. If indeed this ground of being can help us take care of ourselves through tumultuous times, then what are the effective practices that help us hold our ground, both in strength (knowing ourselves) and in gentleness (without attachment)? This week’s Full Moon in Gemini is an opportunity to expand awareness and learn more about this ground.

We are under the influence of Mercury transitioning to a retrograde period (December 19 – January 8). The few days before and after a planet changes direction is called the station. The apparent motion of the planet seems to have stopped. It is stationary. Mercury’s stationary period runs roughly from December 16 till December 22. This period is tricky. We may notice that our thoughts, communications, and ways of doing our work and traveling about the world don’t go as planned. This is a time to reconsider. What role will your ground of being play as you encounter these opportunities and lessons? On December 19, the same day as the Electoral College votes on the presidential election, Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn conjoining Pluto. I am uncertain that this coincidence predicts that the election will be overturned, but I am certain that this transit is a potent time to reconsider systems of power. Importantly, we are encouraged to reconsider our attitudes and beliefs about power.

The Sun enters Capricorn on December 21, Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Even so, there is plenty of time in this Sagittarian lunar cycle to contemplate our ground of being. The deep, dark of winter is a good time to embody this ground. With quiet attention, what are you noticing? How do you define your ground of being?

On December 24, Saturn in Sagittarius forms the first of three trines with Uranus in Aries. This transit signals a time of structural change. There is a sense of being effective in creating the change we desire, but we also need to be careful. Recent announcements about the denial of a permit for Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River near Standing Rock seems to be a positive step towards protecting water. However, with Saturn, it is good to slow down and not get ahead of ourselves. Inattention could create setbacks. The idea is to consider what we want to accomplish in the long run. It is good to be aware that under this transit that everyone, both progressives and conservatives, are feeling radical and eager for change. Perhaps this transit, in place for most of 2017, will teach us about sustaining the visions we have for the world. Saturn creates foundations. This could look like the ground of being that helps us not be hijacked by the stimulating energy of Uranus demanding change immediately.

Forecast for December 12, 2016 – December 25.
Moon enters Gemini 4:41 am CST
Monday, December 12.
We begin to feel the stretch of tomorrow's Full Moon today as the Moon enters Gemini (the sign of the Full Moon). I say "stretch" because Full Moons are always about opposite signs pulling at each other. This time, the Sun is in Sagittarius and the Moon is in Gemini. But these particular signs feel particularly stretchy. Sagittarius is aiming for something in a singular, pointed fashion. Gemini keeps us vacillating between our options. Do I want this? or this? or this? If you notice this today in your thought patterns, what helps you find the center of your being? The Moon makes a favorable aspect to Venus—we enjoy the company of others. Later tonight, the square between the Moon and Neptune could fog any clarity we've reached. This is still preparation for the Full Moon's illumination. What confuses you about your ground of being? What makes you lose touch?

Moon in Gemini

December 13—Full Moon: Illuminating. Gemini and Sagittarius are deceptively disarming signs. They are good-natured (usually). As mutable signs, they are flexible, so we don’t think of them as threatening. Both signs possess a healthy dose of wonderment. Frankly, they are easily entertained. And open-minded. Most of the time. This easygoing, fun quality can fool us into thinking there isn’t profound depth here. Yet, for me, no other signs invoke the mysteries of paradox as these signs do. Opposite signs, as Gemini and Sagittarius are, are parts of a whole. The parts that these signs represent have to do with the nature of parts and wholes themselves, the microcosm and macrocosm relationship. Every time Sagittarius finds the one truth to aim for, Gemini introduces duality and complexity. Every time we incorporate more and more complexity, we suddenly see a universal truth hidden within. We swing back and forth between universal and multiversal awareness. Each year, I look forward to the Full Moon in Gemini during the season of Sagittarius because I know my consciousness will expand. The night sky of winter is full of mystery and wonder. The corresponding sky of the southern hemisphere is no less enchanting. Both of these signs are mingled into the Milky Way. This starry road goes to the edge and center of our galaxy. How can we not be amazed?

How does wonder and paradox fit into my ground of being? This phase of the Moon brings illumination to mindful intention of a lunar cycle. My intention this month has been to anchor myself in my ground of being so that I may aim for greater possibility. The more I know what my ground of being is, the better I can stretch into action and manifestation.

Gifts and challenges abound in the chart for this Full Moon. There are two challenging t-square aspect patterns. There are also plenty of supportive trines and sextiles. We’ve got a lot to work with. First the t-squares: The Sun in Sagittarius conjoins Saturn and opposes the Moon in Gemini. This axis is square to Chiron in Pisces. What is extremely interesting about this t-square is that it falls perfectly into Trump’s and Clinton’s natal charts. Trump’s Sun in Gemini is where the Moon is at the Full Moon. And his Moon in Sagittarius is where the Sun is today. Clinton’s Moon is only two degrees away from where Chiron in Pisces is today. Something is really up for these candidates and the choice they represent for the American people. Full Moons illuminate and release pent up tension. The election does not feel concluded yet, but may after this Full Moon. Chiron’s placement reminds of the wound or flaw in the system. Even if we don’t solve the problem overnight, the awareness of the flaw urges us to awaken.

Taken outside of the election, this t-square reminds us that all our flaws and wounds have potential to awaken greater compassion and wisdom within us. With Gemini/Sagittarian expansion of awareness, imperfection becomes a teacher.

The other t-square challenge is an opposition of Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries, both square to Pluto in Capricorn. Shadows of power attempt to pull us off center. Jupiter’s cause is justice. Uranus’ cause is authenticity. Passions are high. It may be impossible to stay on the sidelines any longer. The repeating question, “How can this be happening?” forces action, perhaps even destruction of structures that do not serve a vision for a balanced life.

There is plenty to inspire us at this Full Moon. The Moon and Uranus form a partnership that encourages learning and visionary thinking. Jupiter and Saturn have a similar support team. They encourage an effective blending of responsibility with bold hopefulness. Do not hesitate to take actions, both magical and pragmatic, at this time. Much is in flux. Mercury will be stationing retrograde in a few days. Fortunes can shift. Be a tipping point.

Moon enters Cancer 6:09 am CST
Wednesday, December 14.
It is time to calm down from the Full Moon energy of the last couple of days. The Moon in Cancer turns us into homebodies. Go with the flow if you need to spend time alone. It is perfect day to make cookies or a pot of soup. Sometimes after a lot of mental stimulation, our emotions need to catch up with us. This feels like that day.

Moon in Cancer
Thursday, December 15.
The Moon fills in the empty leg of a t-square pattern that has been in place for a few days. This means the t-square has become a grand cross. The Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, which is square to the opposition of Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. These are all cardinal signs. Cardinal signs like to take charge. Are you in conflict about whose vision should be followed? Any vacuum will fill with a visionary who says they know where we should go next. Rather than be hijacked by the energy, practice observing from your ground of being.

Moon enters Leo 7:15 am CST
Friday, December 16.
Tonic practices to consider for the next two days: giving thanks, playful creativity, taking risks, wearing your heart on your sleeve even if it terrifies you, spreading appreciation for others. All these practices are encouraged by a Moon in Leo. Be generous and that energy returns to you. It would be a terrible waste to devolve into narcissism or jealousy.

Moon in Leo
December 17—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. The Moon makes a brief grand fire trine with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries today. Saturn trine Uranus is one of the core aspects of this lunar cycle and will be felt for the next 11 months. Structure and change are cooperating as best they can. That doesn’t mean they are under control, however. Much is changing at a rapid pace right now. The Moon points out that fire needs a container, or to use the metaphor of this lunar cycle, this fire is only useful if we are in touch with our ground of being.

This phase of the Moon is an opportunity to notice what you have learned or manifested through following your intention this cycle. What have you learned about your ground of being? How handy is it today with all this fire energy going on? The trine between Saturn and Uranus asks us to pay as much attention to the forms of change as we do to the need for change. Put that in your bonnet as you think about what you are learning.

Moon enters Virgo 11:52 am CST
Sunday, December 18.
Sometimes conflict stimulates creativity. This may happen today as the Moon in Leo opposes Mars in the last degree of Aquarius. Right after this aspect, the Moon moves into Virgo where we love to problem-solve. Although the world’s troubles feel overwhelming, the last few days of the Sun in Sagittarius emphasizes what is possible. Mercury stations retrograde tomorrow. You may feel the unpredictable aspect of this transit already.

Moon in Virgo
Monday, December 19.
This may be the most anticipated Electoral College vote in my memory. Most of the time, this quietly happens. With so many concerned about the impact of a Trump presidency, we are tuning into this arcane and controversial aspect of electoral system in the U.S. Today’s Electoral College vote will be impacted by Mercury stationing retrograde. This may cause confusion or delays. Certainly, there will be people who will refuse to accept the eventual outcome. Mars moves into Pisces for the next 5 weeks. We wear compassion on our sleeves. It is all about the underdog, the oppressed, and the pained. Idealism spurs us to action. Today’s Moon in Virgo spurs us to service.

Moon enters Libra 8:39 pm CST
December 20—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. For most of the day, we are under the influence of a Virgo Moon. It is important not to turn our natural inquisitiveness into feelings of inadequacy. This phase of the Moon is about evaluating what we could have done better, not why we suck so much. Virgo can get stuck in perfectionism and then we lose touch with our ground of being. Notice these shifting sands. In my own enquiry into my ground of being, I have discovered that this ground does not always feel like a happy place. When grief arises or even shame, from my ground of being, I do not have to identify with those feelings. They are not me. They are simply present. It is as if, the ground of being is not only a place where I know my truth and values, but is also a place to be witness for myself in compassion and patience.

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, December 21.
Winter Solstice. The Moon in Libra makes no exact aspects today. This seems fitting for the longest night of Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere). Perhaps this lack of agitation from other planets helps us to relax into the fertile darkness. The Moon is in Libra. Reflect on balance—true balance—that creates right relationship to all of life. Jupiter is transiting Libra for the next few months, giving us the sense that balance is crucial if we are to survive the choices ahead. In this darkness, commit to relationships that support you and that you are willing to support in return. Open to the dream of justice. Open to the dream of beauty.

Moon in Libra
Thursday, December 22.
Did you find commitment and inspiration at yesterday’s Solstice? This next year, we are going to learn more about balance than ever before. Pay attention to your choices. These range from the choices of how you run your life to the choices about how you think about yourself. All these choices impact the whole. That is what balance is about—every act, every thought, influences others. It even influences the probabilities of the future. The practices we do from our ground of being, help us to see these connections without being paralyzed by them. Today is active and inspiring. The Moon in Libra connects to the antagonizing t-square pattern of Uranus in Aries opposite Jupiter in Libra and both square to Pluto in Capricorn. Dissatisfaction, impatience, and oppressive power structures could throw us off balance. It is important to not give up while finding balance that creates resilience. The Moon also makes favorable aspects to Venus in Aquarius and Saturn in Sagittarius. Commitment to our truth and like-minded friends help us stay on track.

Moon enters Scorpio 8:32 am CST
Friday, December 23.
The Scorpio Moon invokes a bit of darkness into this “season of light.” That is OK. Be sure to feel what you feel. Holiday pressures can be intense. Scorpio encourages us to protect ourselves before we give too much away. Self-preservation is a good instinct. The Moon makes a trine to Mars in Pisces. We are more interested in authentic feelings and crave the safety of those who do not expect us to be any different than we really are. May you find that safety and sense of belonging. If you have the resources to offer that to others, it will surely be appreciated. If you are doing any traveling this holiday weekend, be mindful that Mercury is retrograde. That doesn’t mean things will go wrong, it just means that if they do, find a way to go with the flow. Be prepared for detours.

Moon in Scorpio
December 24—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Now, more than ever, I need to have access to my ground of being. As this lunar cycle wanes into darkness, I will not give up that connection. Through all stages and states of life: the bright and joyful, the dark and sorrowful, the perplexing, the exciting, may I know this ground of deep witness and connection. May it help me sustain my activism and my relationships. May this ground of being remind me I can never fully know my own impact (as none of us can) and that I am needed in this work (as all of us are). Small and large it is time for each of us to show up. Activism is daring to be awake and engage in the healing of this world. This takes many forms. The trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries (exact for the first of three times today) is about sustainable change, structural evolution, and holding true to the vision.

Moon enters Sagittarius 9:19 pm CST
Sunday, December 25.
There is a good chance that family gatherings will go well today if we remember to appreciate our differences. Venus in Aquarius is good at appreciating a diverse group of people. This Venus is making favorable aspects with Jupiter in Libra, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius. We come together more than push each other away. The source of conflict, if any, could be around comfort levels with emotion. Venus wants to keep things on a social and cerebral plane. The Moon in Scorpio for most of the day is impatient with emotion avoidance. Give others room for all kinds of expression and everyone will come out learning something new.

To read about the beginning of the Sagittarius lunar cycle go here 

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 28, 2016 – December 11

A new lunar cycle begins on November 29 (in three days as I write this). To prepare for this new cycle of learning, intention, and awareness, I find it helpful to use astrology’s lens to see where I’ve been. It is helpful to look at the patterns of the past to prepare for current challenges. This way of looking at where I’ve been gives me a ground upon which to base my next choices. As events in the world push and pull us in many directions, it is helpful to remember this ground. It is my belief that this ground of being is not something I possess but something I develop and maintain relationship with. I feed this solid connection as I look at the stars and patterns of events. I feed this connection as I wonder what it means. This is my craft—the arrow I use to point to the truth. Your craft can be different. Your arrow unique to you, but the pointing is the same. Where is the ground, what is truth that sustains?

Lunar intention shifts from Scorpio influence to Sagittarian influence. During the Scorpio lunar cycle we sensed behind the veils that separate the seen world from the unseen. Sinking down beneath the surface, we had the opportunity to listen to the ancestors, ask ourselves what really matters, and surrender our control over the cycles of life and death. Scorpio as a water sign offers this journey as a purification process, as preparation for the next season of Sagittarius. During this season, we take up our arrows just as the Centaur in Sagittarius’ constellation takes up the arrow to point at core truths. This is literally true as this constellation points towards the center of our galaxy. The ground of connection originates in Scorpio. We aim for aligning that experience with our choices. When intention shifts to Capricorn influences next month, we establish our goals and begin the climb to the mountaintop.

Other patterns are active right now as well. The synodic cycle between Saturn and Uranus influences our next choices too. A synodic cycle is the cycle of relationship between two planets. A lunar cycle is a synodic cycle between the Sun and Moon. Outer planetary synodic cycles take a longer time and show patterns of history and events currently happening on the world stage. Right now, Saturn and Uranus are coming into the waning trine aspect. This follows the opposition between these planets that occurred in 2008 and 2009 (revolt of the Tea Party to Obama’s election). The cycle began in 1988. Whenever we think about the relationship between these planets we think about forces of conservation (Saturn) and forces of change and revolt (Uranus). These forces don’t take sides. As we look at history, we can’t see Saturn as the bad guys and Uranus as the good guys, or vice versa. These forces influence all of us. The tension happens internally. Historical moments are an expression of how they are influencing the whole.

A trine is supposed to be a supportive aspect. This is when Saturn and Uranus are supposed to achieve an effective balance. History doesn’t seem to support this completely, however. It is something to wonder about. I sure am. In researching the Saturn/Uranus cycle I looked back to the last time they made this same waning trine with each other. It was in 1973, the same year of the occupation of Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement, the same year Watergate was being investigated, the same year the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam. It was a big year. I am struck by the parallels between the encampments at Standing Rock and the events at Wounded Knee. Are we headed towards another presidential impeachment? How may history be repeating? How may we make different choices? The current trine aspect is exact December 24 and again in May and November of 2017. There is much more to come from these planets. It feels like a reckoning.
As significant world events swirl around us, it is important to find a supportive ground of being with our roots deeply anchored in our recent Scorpio journey. The next steps to take are being guided by beliefs and values—a Sagittarian mission. Saturn is midway through its 2 ½ year transit of Sagittarius. The conserving forces of Saturn are honing Sagittarian ideals. This mutable fire sign loves freedom, the open horizon, the adventure of discovery. Saturn seems to be taking the wind out of the Sagittarian sails. It might feel like growing up. There are many recent examples of having to face the truth that has been there all along. I am mindful of the way people of color reacted to white shock that Trump could win. Waking up to reality may not feel good, but it is a powerful position to be in as we connect to a truer ground of being.

Forecast for November 28, 2016 – December 11

Moon enters Sagittarius 2:46 pm CST
Tuesday, November 28.
The recent holiday weekend (in the U.S.) leaves us feeling like we need to recover from our supposed break. Today’s lack of aspects enhances this feeling. We are not quite back up to full speed. This is an appropriate time to reflect on the new lunar cycle beginning tomorrow. For this Sagittarian cycle, I am asking myself, What is my ground of being? What am I aiming for?

Moon in Sagittarius
November 29—New Moon: Dreaming. Sagittarius is a far-seeing sign. The sky has a message about this sign. This constellation is a centaur with an arrow pointing to the center of our galaxy. The Sagittarian paradox is that the center is the edge and the edge is the center. The search is on for meaning and illumination. The Sagittarian sees far and aims for the truth.

As this New Moon seed is sown, it is time to reflect on the mission of using wisdom for truth’s cause. In post-modern worldview, it is considered wise to think of truth as relative. Here is another paradox—yes/and—truth is also a constant. The root of the truth comes from the word for “faithful.” Dogma isn’t truth, regardless of which side it is on. The truth is our ability to stand up for what we believe, to remain faithful to our guiding star. With Saturn midway through its 2 ½-year transit of Sagittarius, we are offered the opportunity to work hard to maintain our truth. Saturn asks us to work and Saturn gives the gift of authority when we do it. This lunar cycle isn’t for the weak of heart. Just as the arrow points to the center and the edge, we are asked to ponder all our paradoxes and work to maintain our ground of being through it all.

The Sun and Moon in the chart for the New Moon are square to Neptune and the South Node in Pisces. We are still shedding illusion as we seek our core truths. The North Node in Virgo says, develop discernment. It is hard to differentiate between the truth we want to believe in and the truth that anchors us to our ground of being. It may be hard, but it is not impossible. Every being has access to this ground. How do you know yours? Mindfulness practices are one tool to return to awareness and choice.

Venus in Capricorn makes an exact square to Uranus in Aries on this day. A t-square involving Uranus, Jupiter in Libra, and Venus and Pluto in Capricorn flavors this entire lunar cycle with the seeds of seeking justice and balance as we confront authority and demand change. Venus attunes us to the importance of relationship and beauty. Love is an anchor and it can be hard to remember that if we feel the wobbly winds of change blowing us off our centers. Venus in Capricorn means business. We feel fierce in the face of disharmony. It is good to back up your passions with facts. Commitment is strengthened.

Mars at the midpoint of Aquarius moves vision into action. Mars is in trine aspect to Jupiter. We are tempted to give free rein to ideas that support a new world. A waning trine between Saturn and Uranus (both in fire signs), asks us to build alliances between conservation and revolution. This doesn’t have to look like settling for injustice. Liberation and sustainability are possible. Under these influences I offer these questions for your New Moon work: Where is the ground? What is truth that sustains?

Moon in Sagittarius
Wednesday, November 30.
Try this story on. Neptune has been conjoining the South Node of the Moon for a few weeks. For the South Node, think karma. For Neptune think illusion that separates us from the real healing medicine that Neptune can give us. This healing medicine is the experience of no divisions. Healing Neptune says there is no separation—not from the joy or the pain of the world. Mostly however, we twist this truth to support our illusions and refuse to accept the consequences of no separation. And so we continue to perpetuate more karma and more pain. The Sun in Sagittarius makes a square aspect to Neptune today. We may be forced to confront illusion. Projection of blame continues the cycle. What other choices can we make? We take this responsibility seriously as the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius and trines Uranus in Aries.

Moon enters Capricorn 2:52 am CST
Thursday, December 1.
Yesterday’s transit between the Sun and Neptune softened us up. Today, Chiron—the Wounded Healer—stations direct and pierces our hearts. Chiron reminds that emotions are medicine. To care deeply is to be vulnerable. To embrace vulnerability is to live wholeheartedly. To live wholeheartedly is to be a healing force. Mars in Aquarius in a trine to Jupiter in Libra simply reinforces the idea that wholeheartedness is a force for good. These air signs encourage communication and intellectual connections. Resist distancing yourself from feelings and these ideas gain depth.

Moon in Capricorn
Friday, December 2.
 On December 19, Mercury will station retrograde in Capricorn. Today Mercury enters Capricorn and the area of the zodiac it will retrograde through later. We get a foretaste of the tricks and lessons we are due to receive. Capricorn is an ambitious sign. Under this influence we work towards our highest goals. Life gets a little more serious. Success comes to those who show up with integrity. The Moon in Capricorn today simply reinforces that it is time we show up to support our ambitions. The Moon contacts planets in a t-square pattern, conjoining Pluto and squaring Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. Our appetite for justice, change, and transformation of corrupt systems is strong.

Moon enters Aquarius 1:44 pm CST
December 3—Crescent Moon: Beginning.
Living in a good way,
willing to change,
 aiming for truth,
 from the ground of being.
As I begin the work of this lunar cycle, I strive to embrace these qualities. The Aquarian themes of this phase of the Moon support a willingness to change and innovate. Mars in Aquarius forms an encouraging sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius. Sagittarian themes resound during this lunar cycle, which has been seeded by this mutable fire sign. Saturn gives structure to the quest for truth and meaning. Mars emboldens the quest. Truth comes from the word for faith. Belief is a wavering flame, much like a mutable fire. But when we anchor to the ground of our being, the flame is steady. This is tricky terrain, this ground of being. Neptune in Pisces conjoined with the South Node of the Moon invites us to release illusion, wishful thinking, and traps of dogmatism. There is a truth we can believe in. The steady flame can be fed. The work of this lunar cycle may be to temper faith through Saturn’s expectations of effectiveness. What works? I invoke a sense of curiosity at this time of the crescent Moon.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, December 4.
Expect a sparkly day. By this, I mean breezes of hope and glimmers of possibility infuse our sense of purpose. The Moon is waxing in Aquarius and it is time to engage, act, and create. Aquarius and Sagittarius (the Sun’s sign and the seed of this lunar cycle) have affinity. Together they push us farther into potentialities. The Moon makes favorable contacts with Jupiter in Libra (another air sign) and Saturn in Sagittarius. Obstacles are suddenly gone and all we had to do was shift perspective. Notice how this happens for you. It is a tool for heavier times.

Moon enters Pisces 10:31 pm CST
Monday, December 5.
Keep riding the wave of positive action today. For most of the day, the Moon isn’t making any aspects and this could bring on a feeling of deflation. Don’t be discouraged. Take breaks. Rest. Assess recent events. Listen. Learn.

Moon in Pisces
Tuesday, December 6
The Moon in Pisces sometimes signals a time to retreat and restore. Not so much this time. The Moon is waxing and the sextile aspect between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries is helping us amp up rather than kick back. The Pisces influence reminds us of why we care, why we are willing to make sacrifices for the bigger cause. Idealism is high. That does not guarantee that everyone will agree with yours. Practice finding your ground of being. The Moon contacts Mercury in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces. We appreciate strategic thinking but don’t try to be too detail-oriented. Intuition guides the day.

Moon in Pisces
December 7—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. If truth is related to faith, then a test of faith may come at this phase of the Moon. The Sagittarius lunar cycle was seeded with dreams of truth and hopes for change. There’s probably a good reason that some dreams and truths don’t survive for very long. Perhaps we need the testing to find the solid ground of being that lets our dreams and truths have their own lives. The Moon in Pisces interjects doubts as well as fanaticism. Pisces is the mutable water sign. It is fluid and has a purpose beyond logic. Sagittarius, the mutable fire sign, uses passion the same way Pisces uses compassion—to connect with spirit. Our passions and compassions are coming to a head. Now would be a perfect time to remember the solid ground of being that helps us aim for the truth.

The Moon also squares Saturn in Sagittarius, which is only 2 degrees away from the Sun. What test has Saturn given you during his transit of this sign? Perhaps you lost faith. Perhaps you’ve found it and now must work hard to serve it. Perhaps you struggle with communication—how to best share your truth? Perhaps you are midway through an educational commitment. Perhaps you are ready to graduate. Whatever the work, notice what helps you to keep trying.

Venus enters Aquarius. We become interested in a diverse assortment of people and ideas. Fresh perspective comes from free thinkers.

Moon enters Aries 4:15 am CST
Thursday, December 8.
Enough with the Pisces introspection of the last couple of days. You might miss it. The Moon enters cardinal fire sign Aries today and suddenly inhibitions are much more lax. Notice where your impetuosity leads you. Sometimes this is just what we need to get moving again. However, there’s a downside when we lose connection to our ground of being. This lunar cycle, I am exploring my ground of being. As an Aries Sun sign myself, I suspect when I am strongly anchored here, my impetuous leaps will have less destructive impact. The major problem with the day may come from miscommunication. The Moon makes a square to Mercury in Capricorn. You might run into issues with those who have a more literal mode of expression.

Moon in Aries
Friday, December 9.
It feels like the week has been building to this turning point. The Moon in Aries falls into a t-square aspect pattern that has been in place since the New Moon on November 29. This pattern keeps the pressure on. Pluto in Capricorn is square to the opposition of Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. These are the elements of a struggle between oppressive forces, revolutionary forces, and balancing forces. Jupiter’s mission is to find the harmony, the way through impossible impasses. The message is clear, change needs to happen, the stakes are high, and many are responding with a strong desire to fight. With the Sun in sextile aspect to Jupiter, the fight can be peaceful, but it will still rock the boat.

Moon enters Taurus 6:41 am CST
December 10—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. You might be wondering how you can be more determined, more willing to stand up for your truth, more committed to the practice of knowing your ground of being. Well, you can. Saturn is asking you to try a little harder as the Sun and Saturn make their once-a-year conjunction. Under this phase of the Moon, we sense we are on the cusp of a breakthrough. The Moon is pregnant with possibilities craving to be released at the Full Moon on December 13. To see the fruition of this lunar cycle, we need to keep focused on what we desire from it. Mercury in Capricorn makes a sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces today. This transit opens the portals to effective intuition. Trust your instincts. Purify your intentions. The Moon in Taurus reminds us that wisdom comes from our bodies in connection to the Earth. Good progress happens when we center ourselves in that reality.

Moon In Taurus
Sunday, December 11.
The trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries gets an extra kick in the pants with the Sun joining in on the transit. Yesterday, the Sun conjoined Saturn. Today, the Sun trines Uranus. In the introduction to this lunar cycle I wrote about the synodic cycle between Saturn and Uranus. This is a lengthy cycle, which began in 1988 and will conclude in 2032. These planets represent two strong influences. In very simple terms, Saturn represents conserving forces and Uranus represents liberating forces. Even in a harmonic aspect like a trine (both planets are in fire signs right now), we feel the tension creating a need to respond and evolve. Under Uranus influence, the call is to wake up and act. Under Saturn influence, the pressure is to use our beliefs to protect and defend what we sense is in danger of dying. The work of this lunar cycle is not insignificant since it touches upon Saturn’s fear and determination in the sign of Sagittarius. The momentum is carrying us in ways we cannot control. It is good to remember the ground of being that helps us have faith that we are doing enough. We are enough.

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