Sunday, March 27, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 28, 2016 — April 3

Even after decades of observing astrological influences, I can still be surprised by them. Last week’s Full Moon Eclipse, coupled with Saturn stationing retrograde while squaring Jupiter, was one of those times. Perhaps it was the accumulation of transits or perhaps it was due to having these degrees activate points in my own natal chart, but the recent celestial events seem to have walloped a lot of folks I know. Including me. As I reflect more, I think my lunar intention had something to do with it, too. I asked for the vulnerability of being seen. Ah, the hubris of such an intention! I seem to have got what I asked for. The waning phases of a lunar cycle is a good time to notice what resulted from our intentions. It is also a good time to look back with a little more wisdom upon simpler times—all of two weeks ago. Funny, how sometimes just two weeks can make a lot of difference.


What are you noticing?

Two weeks ago, I set an intention influenced by a desire to drop some of my emotional shielding. The lunar cycle, seeded in the sign of Pisces seemed like a good opportunity to let dissolve some of those shields. Having done work like this before, I know this can feel incredibly vulnerable. Not hiding away in a tower of correctness, I have experienced the self-doubt of wondering if my mistakes were causing harm, whether anyone would still like me, wondering if my imperfect offerings had any value. Saturn is the planet of self-doubt. When Saturn stations (appears to be standing still before appearing to change direction), its influence is huge. Even if we didn’t choose an intention around vulnerability, this lunar cycle has felt more vulnerable for a lot of folks.

We are living in mutable times. Since the beginning of 2016, I’ve written a lot about the mutable sign emphasis of this year. Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire); Jupiter and the North Node of the Moon in Virgo (mutable earth); and Neptune, Chiron, and the South Node of the Moon in Pisces (mutable water) are stirring things up so that we may adapt to the changes going on in our world. Antennas are extended, even when we think they aren’t, to pick up on the signals. What do we need to know to go forward into uncertain times? Nervous systems are stretched to the max, wondering if we might miss some vital piece of information. This level of attention can be exhausting. Notice what you need to replenish yourself.

Now that the Sun and Mercury have entered Aries (cardinal fire), sensitive nervous systems may be more reactionary. Small sparks can light big fires. This week Mercury conjoins Uranus in Aries. Uranus, a planet just waiting for the next revolutionary spark, riles up our reactions even more. Uranus is the great awakener. The more we’ve been asleep, the greater the jolt. The positive manifestation from a conjunction of Mercury and Uranus is a quick start to ingenious invention. Be ready to act on inspiration. Mercury, the master of information, is busy this week making a quincunx aspect to Jupiter, a trine to Saturn, and a square to Pluto. The challenges are around perfectionism and power struggles. The gift may a solid plan for using some of the information we’ve been collecting.

Forecast for March 28, 2016 — April 3

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, March 28.
All the mutable signs are gathering and integrating information in the style of their element. In other words, the Moon in Sagittarius (mutable fire) encourages the spontaneous knowing of the fire element. Fire apprehends wisdom through energy. Energy is simply what gets noticed. What stands out today? Where will the energy lead you? Be willing to let it take you on a journey. The Moon conjoins Mars in Sagittarius, reducing hesitancy and increasing spontaneity. This fire could bring an upswing in vitality or a release of frustration. The Sun in Aries (cardinal fire) makes a trine to the Moon as well. We can use this energy to burn away lingering doubts. When the Moon forms a square this evening (CDT) with Neptune, we are reminded of the water element’s way of gathering information through our emotions. Misunderstandings could arise if we fail to be sensitive to this information as well.

Moon in Sagittarius
Tuesday, March 29.
This is a busy day astrologically. The Moon in Sagittarius activates the close square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. Conflicting information is coming at us. Jupiter and Saturn represent fundamental approaches to life. Jupiter opens; Saturn constrains. In extreme, both approaches are problematic. The square is time of rebalancing and refining our approaches to life. Everything is under investigation adding to the sense that we need to learn our lessons well, right now. Notice what you need, more structure or more leniency. Mercury in Aries stimulates the desire to acquire new information and use it well. First Mercury makes a quincunx to Jupiter and then a trine to Saturn. This combination could lead to resolution of perplexing problems. It may be necessary to hold conflicting messages to do so. Venus in Pisces (mutable water) conjoins the South Node of the Moon while the Moon makes a square to both. Relationship issues may surface. We are still feeling vulnerable underneath.

Moon enters Capricorn 12:45 pm CDT
Wednesday, March 30.
Chiron is not a planet, but the influence of this celestial body in our solar system is large. Chiron entered the sign of Pisces (mutable water) in 2010 and remains there till 2018. The Wounded Healer, as Chiron is sometimes known, seems to be uncovering the impact of trauma in our lives while transiting this sign. Water holds memory. Our cells, comprised of mostly water, hold memories too. Today, Venus in Pisces conjoins Chiron to stir up memories. While pain may be part of this experience there are treasures here too. Venus encourages relationship. Cherish the relationships that honor your healing journey. They are precious. The potent sensitivity of this day is challenged by a square between Mercury in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. If you are feeling up to it, this may be a good day to fight for a cause you believe in. No worries, however, if you aren’t up for the fight, you may learn something valuable about your core beliefs anyway.

Moon in Capricorn
March 31—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. One of my criteria of wellbeing is having a balanced access to all the elemental qualities. Since the key word here is balanced, it is important to me to make room for the elemental expressions that I resist as well as make the best use of the elemental expressions I naturally gravitate towards. Today, we could say the conflict is between fire and earth expressions. But the gift is the opportunity to balance these elemental expressions. What might that look like? Could it be passion married to effectiveness? Could it be energizing our structures with life force? Or might it be commitment to resolving conflict? Whatever the potential, the fire and earth aspects today are strong. First of all, Mercury conjoins Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) setting off sparks of revolution. This pair is ingenious together. And impulsive. The Moon in Capricorn (cardinal earth) tries to put a brake on reckless passion today and tomorrow. Although it could feel like frustration, this is actually a good thing when we think about sustaining our passions over the long run. The Moon also contacts Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) and Pluto in Capricorn, increasing our access to earthy wisdom. Under this influence, we shift into the evaluation phase of the lunar cycle. What worked well for you? What do you regret or wish you had done better? Resist shaming yourself and use this moment to balance the qualities of insight with forgiveness. This lunar cycle, seeded in the time of Pisces flow, is about letting go so we may begin the process of renewal in the next lunar cycle seeded with Aries passion. What is left for you to do to get ready for the next cycle?

Moon enters Aquarius 8:37 pm CDT
Friday, March April 1.
While most of us were trying to sleep (U.S. time zones), the Moon in Capricorn contacted the conjunction of Uranus and Mercury in Aries. If you’ve been feeling fairly impulsive or mentally stimulated this week, you may have awakened to a sobering reality this morning. It could feel like someone has just doused your fire with a pile of dirt. But this could be a good thing too. Reconsidering things could make them even better. Check your details. Put a better plan in place.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, April 2
Planetary conflicts and challenges ease off for the weekend. Whew. The Moon in Aquarius supports a detached approach. We are able to take things less personally. The focus changes to the broader world of community: political, spiritual, or special interests groups. The secret to being effective under this influence is to be in conversation with like-minded people. Organize to change the world.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, April 3.
Perhaps the tricky parts of the past week can be seen as an initiatory experience for the breakthroughs we make today. Certainly we encounter fewer obstacles to our brilliant insights. Hopefully, that is a good thing! The Moon in Aquarius makes an encouraging connection to Mercury and Uranus in Aries helping us to move forward with innovation and change. Seize the day.

Read about the beginning of the Pisces lunar cycle here


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



Monday, March 21, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 21, 2016 — March 27

Here we go. This week we get the clear message that change is afoot and we can’t stand on the sidelines anymore. The wheel of the year has turned and it is time to engage our wills to work towards the change we want to see. The Sun is now in Aries. North of the Earth’s Equator, this means the growing year begins. It’s time to emerge from winter’s introspection. Not so long ago, at the New Moon on March 8, a seed was planted in the Pisces season. I personally infused that seed with the intention to break down old myths through vulnerability and allow myself to be seen. Breaking down and breaking through old constructs so that new identity can emerge is exactly what the transition between Pisces and Aries is about. The Pisces way to break down structures is not to hit them over the head with a hammer, but to let them dissolve. We can feel exposed and uncertain when this happens, yet that vulnerability is also a potent ingredient for living a wholehearted life.

Getting off the sidelines can feel vulnerable too. Transits this week may surprise us into taking action, even if we didn’t expect to. A lunar eclipse on Wednesday, March 23, adds an unsettled energy to this spring’s beginning. Jupiter and Saturn square off exactly this week. This particular relationship (the waning square) happens every twenty years. Saturn in Sagittarius is presenting the somber reality of our cultural stories. Where have they gotten us? Jupiter in Virgo is presenting a belief that we can create positive outcomes through service and diligence. The tension between these two may force a slipping of stuck places. Right now, in the U.S. we are struggling between extreme points of view. Conservative politicians are digging in their heels. The bizarre candidacy of Trump may be a result of this stagnation. Other people are putting their faith (Jupiter) in candidates they see as working towards a better world. Since this square happens on the same day as the lunar eclipse, we may see even starker differences come to light. The rising energy of spring encourages action. Thoughtless reactivity could be a danger, but acts of heart and brilliance are possible too.

On Friday, March 25, Venus in Pisces will join the aspect pattern between Jupiter and Saturn to form a challenging t-square. Venus will oppose Jupiter and square Saturn. These mutable signs can be slippery. They encourage adaptation and are quick to respond to information. Here the information comes from the realms of pragmatic realities, paradigm-shaping beliefs, and fluctuating emotions. We may be quick to accept a version of reality based on feelings alone that don’t check out. Others might be overly attached to the facts. Still others may feel that if they control the story, they can control the outcome. This aspect may increase a feeling that we are being manipulated through media. It is good to question our first assumptions and to think well of others as we try to create healthier relationships and healthier sources of information.


Forecast for March 21, 2016 — March 27

Moon in Virgo
Monday, March 21.
The Virgo Moon stimulates and triggers response to the square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius. The response to difficult choices may be to work really hard to find the perfect solution or system. Virgo is industrious. We can tap this energy of wanting to work a little harder to break through some of the stalemates we are encountering. If you are feeling stuck between two choices or points of view, this could be the Jupiter/Saturn influence. The Moon also taps into the recent conjunction of Venus and Neptune in Pisces. Venus and Neptune are conspiring to soften the shield around our hearts. You may be feeling more tender. The response could be to harden into self-criticism or judgment of others. If you are grieving, don’t try to fix it but notice the feelings. If we prepare the ground of our hearts well, something beautiful can grow from this Virgo dedication to healing. Mercury enters Aries today. Communications speed up. We see the passion and sometimes anger behind words. That passion is also communicating.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, March 22.
A void of course (VOC) Moon all day is a chance to pause and regroup. A VOC Moon is a period of time when the Moon has completed all the aspects it will make while in a sign. In a sense, the Moon has done its job in this energy signature and we get to integrate and perhaps rest from the input. The Moon is still in Virgo, so we may use this energy to tidy up, whatever that means to you. My recommendation is to be gentle with your expectations. Small steps are powerful. We are on the cusp of a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, so honoring any calm and peace you find may be a good way to get ready for the next upheaval.

Moon enters Libra 12:23 am CDT

March 23—Full Moon: Illuminating. Lunar Eclipse.
Eclipses are wild cards. They affect people more strongly when the degree of the eclipse hits on a part of the natal chart. However, even when an eclipse is more personal, we still don’t know how it will play out. The sudden darkness and illumination may come as a welcomed reset of our lives. It could arrive with an opportunity or a brand new way of looking at things. It could also arrive with tremors of change that feel unsettling. It is not for nothing, that ancient astrologers said a dragon was eating the Moon (or Sun) during an eclipse. Dragon energy is strong at eclipse time. Humans can’t control dragons, but it is possible to become their friends. This is a good opportunity to talk to a dragon and listen to their counsel.

This lunar cycle was seeded in the Pisces season, but the Sun has moved into Aries now, so this Full Moon occurs in the opposite sign of Libra. An eclipsed Libra Moon gives us the opportunity to radically review our relationship to balance and justice. How do these qualities inform your lunar intentions? My intention is concerned with dissolving myth and showing up in a vulnerable way in the world.  Perhaps the lesson for me is to offer up my fears to the dragon of this Moon and to look at rebalancing my life now that I have done some of this work. (I believe it never finishes.)

A new season signaled by the ingress of the Sun into a cardinal sign (Aries), gives us the opportunity to begin again. Likely you have encountered obstruction and frustration over the last few months. Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius are coming into the second of three exact squares this week. These planets define culture through story (Jupiter) and reality (Saturn). Story influences what we think is possible just as much as the limitations of life influence what is possible. These forces are not cooperating at the moment. So we have to adjust. Stories need to change. Beliefs need to evolve. Realignment of intention is a good practice under this transit. Becoming rigid is a sign we are out of alignment.

Venus in Pisces is forming a t-square aspect pattern with Jupiter and Saturn at the Full Moon. In addition to dragons, there is a goddess of love asking us to soften and feel our connections with others. There is a caution that we will make mistakes in this area. Perhaps trust too much, or merge too deeply, or try to escape our hard choices. Perhaps these are sacred mistakes. Perhaps, even though we aren’t perfect, we need to fall from the path a little in order to accept our imperfection.

The Sun conjoins Mercury at the Full Moon increasing the sense that we are receiving messages. In Aries, these messages involve action. The Aries style of action is aligned with the Fool as much as the Hero. In other words, you don’t need to know where you are going, but dare to step out into the adventure. You are the one you’ve been waiting for.

Moon in Libra
Thursday, March 24.
Mercury in Aries trine Mars in Sagittarius gives the signal to go. Chance conversation or unusual sources of information can lead you on your next adventure. Fire encourages us to trust ourselves more and to be willing to forgive ourselves for mistakes. The Moon in Libra forms tense relationship to the revolutionary planets—Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. This aspect following a lunar eclipse could trigger abrupt reactions and could reduce our ability to maintain equilibrium. Since a Libra Moon really wants balance, we may have to work harder to achieve that state today.

Moon enters Scorpio 1:09 pm CDT
Friday, March 25.
Do you hear the squeal of brakes? Saturn in Sagittarius is stationing retrograde today. If you have planets or important points around 16 degrees of mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces), then you are feeling the pressure of Saturn right now. Life could feel hard for all of us, however, since the period around a change in planetary direction increases the influence of that planet for everyone. With the Moon entering Scorpio today, this pressure could hurt even more. Saturn often causes self-doubt and can feel like moving through molasses as we try to crawl out of negativity. Be extra gentle with self-expectations today. Saturn is the ultimate alchemist too. There is a reason to slow down and regroup. This will help us move forward into mastery. Venus in Pisces opposes Jupiter in Virgo and squares Saturn today. This influence reminds us to release perfectionism. Look for inspiration through art, through beloveds, through spiritual practice.

Moon in Scorpio
Saturday, March 26.
Some of the recent struggles transforms into positive flow. The key word is flow. Water is the key to creating a sense of moving past some blockages. The Moon in Scorpio informs us that transformation is possible if we are willing to go deep. Venus in Pisces (mutable water) makes an encouraging aspect to Pluto in Capricorn (co-ruler of Scorpio). This connection renews vitality and strengthens spiritual connections. The Moon forms positive relationship with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo, easing some of the conflict we may have experienced between letting go and perfecting. Through remembering the depths in our souls, we find the balance we need. The fire influence today comes from the trine between the Sun in Aries and Mars in Sagittarius. Fire can flow as well. This is the flow that comes from energetic exchange. Practices of joy, gratitude, and generosity help this flow to take hold in our lives.

Moon in Scorpio
March 27—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. We land on the shores of reflection and integration at this phase of the Moon. This has been an eclipse Moon cycle. Did you notice more intensity? What have you experienced? What have you learned? There are many layers and levels influencing us in this moment. Since this lunar cycle began in Pisces, most likely we are not conscious of all the levels. That is OK. Can you trust that you are in the right place now to share yourself anyway? Being vulnerable is being willing to be who we are. As the world’s needs call out to us strongly, perhaps the best response is to say simply, “Here I am.”  Show up. What if everyone did that? Pisces is an idealistic sign. Scorpio, where the Moon resides now, is a realist. Both are water signs, there is a way to hold both these ways of being in this moment. What are you noticing? The Moon in Scorpio trines Venus in Pisces, providing more opportunity to work with the paradox of idealism and realism. What needs softening? What needs more structure? A good balance here strengthens our hearts and souls.


Read about the beginning of the Pisces lunar cycle here


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



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Follow the Moon: Week of March 21, 2016 - March 27

Here we go. This week we get the clear message that change is afoot and we can’t stand on the sidelines anymore. The wheel of the year has turned and it is time to engage our wills to work towards the change we want to see. The Sun is now in Aries. North of the Earth’s Equator, this means the growing year begins. It’s time to emerge from winter’s introspection. Not so long ago, at the New Moon on March 8, a seed was planted in the Pisces season. I personally infused that seed with the intention to break down old myths through vulnerability and allow myself to be seen. Breaking down and breaking through old constructs so that new identity can emerge is exactly what the transition between Pisces and Aries is about. The Pisces way to break down structures is not to hit them over the head with a hammer, but to let them dissolve. We can feel exposed and uncertain when this happens, yet that vulnerability is also a potent ingredient for living a wholehearted life.

Getting off the sidelines can feel vulnerable too. Transits this week may surprise us into taking action, even if we didn’t expect to. A lunar eclipse on Wednesday, March 23, adds an unsettled energy to this spring’s beginning. Jupiter and Saturn square off exactly this week. This particular relationship (the waning square) happens every twenty years. Saturn in Sagittarius is presenting the somber reality of our cultural stories. Where have they gotten us? Jupiter in Virgo is presenting a belief that we can create positive outcomes through service and diligence. The tension between these two may force a slipping of stuck places. Right now, in the U.S. we are struggling between extreme points of view. Conservative politicians are digging in their heels. The bizarre candidacy of Trump may be a result of this stagnation. Other people are putting their faith (Jupiter) in candidates they see as working towards a better world. Since this square happens on the same day as the lunar eclipse, we may see even starker differences come to light. The rising energy of spring encourages action. Thoughtless reactivity could be a danger, but acts of heart and brilliance are possible too.


On Friday, March 25, Venus in Pisces will join the aspect pattern between Jupiter and Saturn to form a challenging t-square. Venus will oppose Jupiter and square Saturn. These mutable signs can be slippery. They encourage adaptation and are quick to respond to information. Here the information comes from the realms of pragmatic realities, paradigm-shaping beliefs, and fluctuating emotions. We may be quick to accept a version of reality based on feelings alone that don’t check out. Others might be overly attached to the facts. Still others may feel that if they control the story, they can control the outcome. This aspect may increase a feeling that we are being manipulated through media. It is good to question our first assumptions and to think well of others as we try to create healthier relationships and healthier sources of information.

[Look for the rest of the week's forecast tomorrow.]

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 14, 2016 — March 20

Here’s where I’m at. Do I start with the general or the personal? I am stuck between these places, noticing that the world is screaming out for attention, while at the same time realizing that the personal is political too. There is a scream coming from both places. I think this scream is a wake up call. See this! Look here! Wake up! As an example, in the political world, we only have to look at the recent violence condoned and encouraged by Donald Trump at his political rallies to hear the scream. When he discussed his penis size in a nationally televised debate, we had to know as a country, we’d crossed into new territory. What is this place? How did we get here? On the personal side, this lunar cycle I am exploring this intention: to break down old myths through vulnerability and allow myself to be seen. I realize I am in a process of dismantling myths that I have believed to be true and that feels vulnerable. It also feels like a waking up. Dismantling personal and cultural myths isn’t easy but there is so much at stake. What do the planetary allies say? How is this moment ripe for this work?

Over the past few months I’ve written about the mutable sign emphasis of this year. The big transit overarching our transformative steps is the square between Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire). But that’s not all. This year, there are three eclipses in mutable signs (we just experienced one last week in Pisces). In September there will be a solar eclipse in Virgo (mutable earth) and a lunar eclipse in Pisces. In April, Mars will station retrograde in Sagittarius (and spend most of the retrograde journey in Scorpio, but that tells a story about Sagittarius too). Jupiter has been transiting through Virgo (August 2015 – September 2016) and will square Saturn twice this year. There is a lot to unpack with all this, but one of the primary missions of the mutable signs is to receive and integrate information. This information comes in all forms: energetic, emotional, conceptual, intellectual … you name it. Integration of information feels to me like waking up. I can’t perceive what is going on until I open my metaphorical eyes. I can’t integrate until I understand the impact. And this, for me, feels vulnerable.

I just read a brilliant article about waking up to Whiteness, and I’m going to plug it here because it was excellent and it describes the journey of vulnerability in the waking up process. This is why the political and personal are so linked at the moment. The Pisces symbol is of two fish tethered together, appearing to swim in separate directions. How can they, when they are tied? This symbol is a reminder that our polarities are linked. We really can’t get too far in one direction without acknowledging the other one. So is it personal development or political awakening that we must pay attention to? The fish remind us that there is not real distinction.

I came across this quote from Pema Chödrön as I was preparing to write this week’s blog. “Interrupting our destructive habits and awakening our heart is the work of a lifetime.” from The Places That Scare You: A guide to fearlessness in difficult times. This is another thing Pisces prompts us to remember. Awakening is a life long process. We swim in one direction until we are pulled by the other; we see with fresh vision, only to recede back into habit; we let the current take us, until the next tug at the rope—the next remembering to awaken. This is an ongoing work.

Forecast for March 14, 2016 — March 20

Moon in Gemini
Monday, March 14.
Venus and Mars play the roles of Neptune and Saturn this week. Sort of. Venus in Pisces (mutable water) forms a square to Mars in Sagittarius (mutable fire) today. The Neptune/Saturn square playing out this year happens in these same signs. There is something going on between water’s methods of knowing and integrating and fire’s methods of knowing and integrating. There isn’t a whole lot of difference sometimes, both tend to bypass reason and logic, both can lead to grandiose expressions of belief. Both can be inspired, charismatic, and idealistic. Which sides of these signs will we see today? Notice what is attractive in others and what turns you off. Notice the assumptions that get in the way of authentic connection. Break a pattern and ask for the truth. This is not the only influence. The Moon in Gemini (mutable air) forms a grand mutable cross aspect pattern with Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Mercury in Pisces. All the ways of knowing and integrating are showing up to perhaps bring illumination but could easily confuse. There is a lot to pay attention to.  And once again, practice checking out the stories you are telling about others. Notice how you feel when you are the subject of someone else’s story.

Moon enters Cancer 7:56 pm CDT
March 15—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting.
We’ve got another day to sort out the mutable sign puzzle. We’ve reached an important point in our journeys. This point could feel like a waking up. We’ve been in this process for a while. An important stage was the Uranus/Pluto squares of 2012 through 2015. These transits came as jolts, calling many to revolution. This year, the wake up occurs in perception. What do I perceive? How do I know the truth? How do my perceptions frame my possibilities? How do I shift the ways I perceive to reconnect to the living world? These are just a few of many questions we can ask under this influence. But the work seems to be pointing us to sensing more clearly, communicating more deliberately, discerning the best course of action, breaking down barriers to understanding. These are mutable questions.

At this phase of the Moon, we reassess how the journey of intention is going. What action needs to happen next? The call is to get going, no matter the obstacles. Obstacles are present in today’s transits. A tight t-square aspect pattern of Mercury in Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo with both making a square to Saturn in Sagittarius forces us to look, look again, and then look once more at our understandings of the world. This could be in the personal as well as public realms of life. This looking and relooking will help us break down old myths and paradigms. We may need to resource parts of ourselves that we don’t often use. For some this resource will be emotional understanding, for others a sharper discernment, and for others perhaps more tolerance. The tendency towards judgment is strong. A favorable aspect between Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn gives strength to the quest for new understanding. This reaching and wondering can increase vulnerable emotions running through this lunar cycle. As the Moon enters Cancer this evening (CDT) remember to nurture self.

Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, March 16.
A trine between Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn gives firm support to whatever is wavering in your life right now. With so much to adapt to recently, this couple of planets remind us that we have more resources than we may be aware of. To honor this gift, how will you commit to showing up in your life? Take away the incessant demands for perfection. Accept that you are powerful. The Moon in Cancer forms its own trines today as well with Venus and Neptune, encouraging heartfelt appreciation of others and being tender with your own needs.

Moon in Cancer
Thursday, March 17.
Does the calming trine between the Moon in Cancer and Mercury in Pisces help ameliorate the tension between the Moon, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn? Mercury in Pisces encourages words from the heart. If you are feeling tension remember this resource. Mercury conjoins Chiron today as well. A deep lesson is learned from our wordless places of pain and hope. Compassion blossoms. The trine between Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, exact yesterday, is still influencing the field. This gives us a strong container for heart openings. Two thoughts: Jupiter encourages pragmatism, doing what needs doing. Pluto encourages stepping fully into our own authority. Believe in what you have to give.

Moon enters Leo 2:54 am CDT
Friday, March 18.
Moon in Leo trine to Mars in Sagittarius seems to give permission. Maybe too much, but it also is a relief to break through doubt and confusion. With this fire sign emphasis, we begin to feel the turning of the year’s wheel to the Aries ingress tomorrow, otherwise known as Spring Equinox in the northern lands. We are on the cusp of the astrological new year. Are you ready to emerge? The journey through the Pisces season has softened harsh exteriors and exposed new possibilities. Feel the childlike exuberance of Leo as you open your arms to the Sun.

Moon in Leo
March 19—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Equinox. Today the Sun enters Aries. Day and night are equally split. The Earth hovers at this perfectly balanced point of exchange between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. For a moment, it is as if a space opens when we hover between all possibilities. Then the moment passes, the light of the Sun increases a little everyday in the North and the South dives deeper into darkness till the Sun enters the sign of Cancer.

This moment of Aries ingress is the astrological new year. Beginnings are important. Patterns are put into place that will influence us for the next year. Mundane or political astrologers use the Aries ingress chart to look at trends and issues for nations. The chart set up for Washington D.C. shows Mars on the Ascendant. Mars needs to prove himself in this position. This could mean there is need for the nation to assert its will and keep its agenda forward. Jupiter in Virgo at the top of the chart implies that if we are pragmatic and disciplined, good luck will follow in national status. However, Jupiter is square Saturn in Sagittarius meaning we are at a critical stage in our history. The decision point is between progressives (Jupiter) and conservatives (Saturn). The distinction between these two extremes is clear. Since Jupiter is more elevated, this could mean that we come out of the coming elections with a more progressive government. The Moon in Leo could mean that ego plays a big role in political behavior. The Moon represents the people of a nation. The quincunx aspect between Chiron in Pisces and the Moon points to a choice: Do we continue to give our attention to reality TV style politicians or do we look for heart-centered solutions to our problems?

There is still considerable Pisces influence in this chart and in the year ahead due to the continuing square between Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. With all the gifts that Pisces offers there are some challenges too. As a nation, we benefit from knowing this. Pisces falls under the spell of hypnotic trance easily. It time to look at cultural entrancement. What serves our awakening? What connects us to each other? Knowing the answer could break the spell. There seems to be growing tide of people who want to break the dominant cultural stories to claim just and accountable relationships. Part of this work is about waking up and breaking spells of illusion. Our personal awakenings of heart, a Pisces gift, can help us do this collectively.

Moon enters Virgo 12:39 pm CDT
Sunday, March 20.
There is nothing wrong with a little infatuation. There really isn’t anything wrong with full-fledged infatuation. It feels good to give ourselves to another, to an idea, or to a work of art. We are primed to fall deeply in love by the conjunction of Neptune and Venus in Pisces. The experience may be only a passing fancy or something that takes root today will be deeply significant to your life. You can never tell with Neptune. This planet puts illusion and truth on the same plate. We take our chances. The Moon moving into Virgo gives some temperance to the emotional overlay of the day. If you swing too far into needing perfection, you may be denying your heart’s call.

Read about the beginning of the Pisces lunar cycle here


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