Monday, May 30, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 30, 2016 — June 5

The signs of spring in the Northern Hemisphere are Aries, Taurus, and Gemini*. The energetic coding of these signs are Cardinal Fire, Fixed Earth, and Mutable Air. This trio moves us into the growing year. They tell a story. The story can be about spring, it can be about initiation, it can be about the relationship between fire, earth, and air. There are so many stories; that is one of the reasons I like astrology so much. The basic  story pattern is fire sets the theme. We can ask, What needs kindling? How will we tend our energy? What is beginning? What will we dare? This flame rises up, improbably after the season of winter, and the Sun returns. Slowly, the Earth warms, and then the earth, as element and storyteller, takes over for the flame. What will sustain this fire? What will contain and focus it? Sometimes there is conflict between the impulsivity of cardinal fire and the solid, slow process of fixed earth. All stories need some kind of conflict, don’t they? Antagonism leads to resolution. That is the mutable sign’s job. For spring, Gemini, the air sign, light, floating, hard to pin down—as much contrast as possible to Taurus—is in charge of this season’s resolution. This must be a cosmic joke, surely, because Gemini is considered such a lightweight, not serious enough to bring the story to a conclusion. But like all cosmic jokes, there is an incredible amount of wisdom to find here. Gemini is a stealth sign, accomplishing more than we think by flittering here and there, with a wink and a trick.

This story is unfolding right now. There is complexity in it. The Sun has already moved into Gemini, yet the lunar cycle, which was seeded by Taurus, has one week to go before the New Moon in Gemini on June 4. Complex stories are good stories. The solar part of us is already in the floaty world of mutable air. The lunar part of us has our roots in the dirt with our hearts surrendering to memories of loss as the lunar cycle wanes into the dark of the Moon. That dirt is essential for the next phase of the story. My intention for this lunar cycle was to “surrender to earth’s intelligence.” Whatever wisdom I’ve gained will give me the grounding for the next plot development.


Complexity creates dynamic tension. I believe it is what humans are meant to incorporate more and more of as we evolve. But we’ve got to figure out a way that complexity does not also mean stress and anxiety. We need to soothe the part of ourselves that needs simple. We must be OK with imperfection and messy emotions. We also ought to get better at understanding that truth comes in many forms even when our own is a guiding light. These things that we need for resolution and evolution belong to the realms of mutable signs: Gemini – complexity, Virgo – imperfection, Pisces – messy emotion, and Sagittarius – multiple truths. Are you noticing these themes in your life?

Complexity rules the day right now. Influences include the differences between Taurus and Gemini at the end of this lunar cycle, Mars returning to Scorpio, and the complexities of the relationships between all the mutable signs. Planets in mutable signs are forming a grand cross aspect pattern through first part of June. I recognize my need for simplicity—the quiet calm of a zen garden, the spare tones of a bell ringing, soft touches of rain, the smell of freshly dug dirt. What calms the part of you overwhelmed with complexity? Here is one practice I can wholeheartedly recommend: Bhramari breath or the bee’s breath. The vibrations of this humming exhale can bring great calm. I find that it helps me experience more of the world’s vibrations without becoming overwhelmed by them. Here are instructions.


Forecast for May 30, 2016 — June 5

Moon enters Aries 8:09 pm CDT
Monday, May 30.
 Got your seat beat buckled? No, it really isn’t that bad but it might be helpful to have a plan or practice in place when things start getting a little jittery out there. A mutable grand cross aspect pattern is in place for the next few days. It comes and goes actually, strong at the New and Full Moon of this lunar cycle. A grand cross means that planets are in each of the signs of the same modality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable) and at nearly the same degrees of those signs. A grand cross includes four squares and two oppositions. It is generally thought of as stressful or provocative. There is a lot of one kind of energy—in this case mutable—and that can be overwhelming. To top if off, the Moon will be in a mutable sign for most of the day (CDT), too. The grand earth trine (another aspect pattern that can create harmony) is in effect. This pattern is waning but present. Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo (one of the mutable signs), and Pluto in Capricorn are offering a grounding cord. Take it. The trine between Mercury and Pluto is exact today. This is the third time Mercury and Pluto make this contact with each other due to the recent Mercury retrograde. Thought and power come into right relationship. Our words make a difference. In Taurus, Mercury teaches that silence can be as powerful as speech. What are you communicating?

Moon in Aries
Tuesday, May 31
. Aries’ fire can clear away the underbrush or it can set the whole forest aflame. The Moon can act as a trigger unleashing pent up energy. The mutable grand cross of Sun and Venus in Gemini, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces may have laid the fuel for a fire today. This grand cross is nothing to fear but mutable energy can be unsettling because there is so much to do and the nature of a cross makes it hard to focus on just one thing. The Moon in Aries encourages freedom. Free yourself from worry and enjoy the fascinating influences coming together under this grand cross. Big ahas are on their way.

Moon enters Taurus 9:46 pm CDT
June 1—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. I have a confession to make. Each year, I approach the Taurus lunation as the solution to all problems, or perhaps to all of mine. I have no earth in my own natal chart and this fixed earth sign seems to hold the answer to everything for me. Perhaps because I am sensitized to the gifts of earth, this season, when the world turns green and bursts into bloom, seems to hold more wisdom than others. For this reason, I dedicated my lunar intention to this line from a Rilke poem: “If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted like trees.” Yes, I do believe this is the key to lively wholly and justly in the world, to living with grace as trees in a forest do. This is why I am Pagan. This is how I practice my astrology—grounded in the wisdoms of the Earth.

This Taurus lunar cycle is coming to an end. In fact, it might be hard to feel that deep grounding of Taurus now that the Sun and Venus are in Gemini activating a grand mutable cross. Mutable signs seek resolution to complexity. They are information processors. If we’ve had the chance to surrender to earth’s intelligence this month, then there is quite a bit of wisdom to integrate with all this mutable influence. I can’t stay in the Taurus season forever. It is time to move on as the wheel of the year turns.

The Sun in Gemini makes a square to Neptune in Pisces, while the Moon in Aries forms an agitating conjunction with Uranus. Intuition may be telling us to make huge changes, quit the job, leave the marriage. It could be a good idea to give these impulsive thoughts a couple of day’s reflection to see if those insights are real. Neptune can dissolve barriers that need to come down and it can lead us deeper into illusion. Best to keep that in mind.

Moon in Taurus
Thursday, June 2.
Mushy boundaries could instigate romance, infatuation, or vulnerability hangovers (thanks to my friend Uncle Bear for that concept). Venus in Gemini makes a square to Neptune in Pisces today and we really want to believe that these feelings are the real deal. All feelings are real, but the ecstasy might not last. Neptune leads us into beautiful states of transcendence. Venus invites us in a little closer. This kind of seduction is hard to resist, especially under a sensuous Taurus Moon. Open to sensation and inspiration. We are meant to learn something. The lesson may be that letting down our guard won’t really kill us and vulnerability makes us beautiful.

Moon enters Gemini 10:01 pm CDT
Friday, June 3.
The Sun and Venus in Gemini have been working their way through the grand mutable cross this week. Today, both oppose Saturn in Sagittarius. Tomorrow’s New Moon in Gemini will again set off this aspect pattern. The Sun and Venus oppose Saturn once a year, but not always on the same day. Venus’ influence invites an opening into new understanding. Relationships are involved. Perhaps it is time to look again at your commitments. This is a time to check in with what Saturn is teaching us. The integration of the opposing signs of Sagittarius and Gemini is a step towards wholeness. Saturn in Sagittarius brings order and accountability to this freedom-loving sign. On the world scene, Saturn is revealing the karma associated with sloppy thinking, fundamentalism, and easy answers. Perhaps the Donald Trump phenomena may be Saturn showing us how seductive the invitation to not think is. Saturn wants us to sharpen our wits. The Sun and Venus in Gemini want us to be curious and open to ever more complexity. Exercise your mind through connection with others.


Moon in Gemini
June 4—New Moon: Dreaming. The potential of this New Moon resembles a dandelion seed head, a perfect sphere paused in readiness for the smallest breeze to send its seeds flying through the air. The chart for this New Moon shows a mutable grand cross aspect pattern. This pattern has been influential all week. Today, a seed—a dandelion seed—is sent aloft to influence the whole lunar cycle with this energy. Mutable energy is about seeking to understand, integrate, and move us forward to the next beginning. Mutable signs occur at the end of season. Their job is to resolve previous contradiction or conflict. But they are tricky, these mutable signs. They seldom leave the resolution alone as immutable truth. No, mutable signs are constantly adapting and mutating, sending out a multitude of options. It is up to the next cardinal sign to take one of those options and make a plan. I am trying to paint a picture of the unpredictability of this lunar cycle, yet give an idea that there is a reason we are here, and there is a lot to get from it. The month will be interesting. Hopefully, there will be breakthroughs. A grand cross, even with the flexible energy of mutability, can feel stuck at times. 

The chart for the New Moon shows a perfect conjunction of Venus, Sun and Moon. This feels like a blessing by the goddess of love. Lunar intentions about flexibility in love, curiosity about partners and friends, finding pleasure amidst the constant fluctuations of life are well supported. This trio is opposite serious Saturn in Sagittarius. This influence challenges us to apply the frivolous lessons of this lunar cycle to support long-range plans. The other planetary opposition is Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. Mutable flexibility will influence our beliefs and ideals too. Perfectionism is a trap; Jupiter points out that we can reach beyond mere improvement to a better understanding of the healing we need. Neptune encourages the messy emotions of grief and vulnerability.

This is not the only influence of this lunar cycle. Mars has just returned to Scorpio in its retrograde journey. Just like Taurus provided an earthy grounding cord last month, Mars provides grounding through opening to the depths inside. Soul is activated when we are uncertain but willing.

I am trying to stay as open-minded as a dandelion in seed as this new lunar cycle begins. For my intention, I want to cultivate readiness and curiosity. I desire the presence of mind to pause before reaction, to reflect before decisions, to wonder before I know. Life can change when we change our minds. This month could be about that.

Moon enters Cancer 10:41 pm CDT
Sunday, June 5. 
Gemini can be delightfully carefree or frenetically overwhelmed. Yesterday’s New Moon may have stirred up some energy, so notice what you need. In the introduction to this week’s forecast I recommended a breathing practice that helps me de-stress. Find an explanation here https://yogainternational.com/article/view/5-ways-to-practice-bhramari The single aspect today is a supportive sextile between the Moon in Gemini and Uranus in Aries. Learn something new. Let curiosity lead you to discovery.


*Read about the seeds of the Taurus lunar cycle here.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 23, 2016 — May 29

At the New Moon in Taurus on May 6, a poem by Rilke, How Surely Gravity’s Law, inspired my lunar intention. This line,

If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees

evoked my desire to embody earth wisdom. Taurus is fixed earth. Each fixed sign anchors elemental wisdom. Leo has fire, Scorpio water, and Aquarius holds air. This lunation, I went to earth’s altar and asked, “How do I surrender to your intelligence? How do I know what my body knows? What is it like to be rooted and rising like a tree?”

With the desire stated. I began to listen for the answers. I often learn about a thing’s value by noticing what it is like to not have it. I have no earth in my own natal chart, so I am used to wondering what it would be like to have this element show up more strongly in my life. A funny thing happens when an element is missing, we learn to cultivate relationship with that element. Through courtship, we invite those qualities and honor the gifts that come with that element. This is in contrast to how often we take for granted the elements that are well represented in our charts. This isn’t to say we should not cultivate good relationship with those elements too. We should. This is the path to wholeness. I find there is always something to be learned from each element.

Yet, this season, in this month, I most wanted to know how to rise up rooted like a tree: How to stop frittering away my time and energy by worry, how to slow down enough to drink in the beauty and pleasure offered by this season, how to be present enough to adjust easily when expectations aren’t met or plans go awry, how to get in touch with a deeper level of wisdom to answer the perplexing questions of my life. It would seem that this thing I am missing could help me live a more joyful life.

What is it like to rise up rooted like a tree? I imagine that it feels like being supported in my aspirations to reach for the sky. I imagine that it feels like being both satisfied with the place I am and wondering what more there can be. The tree in my imagination is sure and solid yet flexible and rising. That feels just about right. The astrological weather lately has been challenging such a state of solid flexibility. Emphasis in the mutable signs has sensitized us to all the ways we want to understand and adapt to our complex world. We are more and more aware of trauma’s influences, seeing dysfunction in our governments and injustice in our systems. The recent Mercury retrograde through Taurus seemed like a hyper-charged experience of things going awry over and over. The ongoing Mars retrograde through Sagittarius (mutable fire) has simmered under the surface of emotional response. At times, it felt like living in a tinderbox about to ignite.

With such challenges, it’s easy to feel unsuccessful, completely not like a tree rooted and rising. Every thing that has gone wrong, every message misunderstood, every emotion feeling too big to handle—all these things have gravity too. Perhaps the key is to stop struggling against and surrender to their weight. Rilke ends his poem with this line:

This is what the things teach us:
to fall,
patiently trusting our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.

It is interesting that the poem ends with the image of a bird. The Sun has moved out of Taurus and now inhabits Gemini (mutable air). The Taurus lunar cycle is just halfway done. There is much more to experience about surrendering to the earth’s intelligence. Yet, the sky is calling. We get to meet that sky when we learn to fall. Gravity’s pull helps us soar.


Forecast for May 23, 2016 — May 29

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, May 23.
The reverberations of the recent Full Moon begin to lessen. The Moon in Sagittarius enters a void-of course period mid-morning (CDT) after making an energizing trine to Uranus in Aries. This lack of aspects today provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy Sag’s innate optimism. Feel for the uplift of spirit. Insights bring meaning. Trying something new brings wisdom.

Moon enters Capricorn 12:34 am CDT
Tuesday, May 24.
Serious and curious. The Moon in Capricorn encourages responsibility and determination. Venus entering Gemini encourages serendipity and an open curiosity. Combine these forces and you have the power to use chance encounters to further a long-range goal. Venus opposes retrograding Mars in Sagittarius. Be on guard for either/or thinking. Venus in Gemini sees a multitude of options, each of them enticing. Mars in Sagittarius feels passionately about a singular truth. If we can embrace both of these desires, without negating either, we’ve won the game. The sextile between the Moon and Neptune at the end of the day says kick back and dream a little.

Moon in Capricorn
May 25—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. Mercury recently stationed direct while making trines to both Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. In spite of potential upsets in thoughts, communications, and systems, the grounding influence of this grand earth trine has helped us find the ground beneath. Today, this grand earth trine is reinforced by the Moon in Capricorn. By next week, we will lose this support and have to grapple with planets in mutable signs squaring off and amping up stress levels; so this is a good moment to notice what you notice about earth’s intelligence. Do you take this source of wisdom for granted? Do you rely on it above all else? Will you make adjustments? Under this phase of the Moon, we begin to put together the value and meaning we’ve gained from intention. Pass it along to others. To honor the earth wisdom you seek, how will you give back to this intelligence? Earth encourages action. Tangible reality gives us feedback on which of these actions move us closer to our goals. The square between the Moon and Uranus in Aries at the end of the day (CDT) encourages actions that will bring change.

Moon enters Aquarius 9:27 am CDT
Thursday, May 26.
Jupiter and Saturn reach an important point in their synodic cycle today. A synodic cycle is the orbital relationship any two planets have with each other. Jupiter and Saturn conjoin every 20 years. In the time between these conjunctions, Jupiter separates, opposes, and approaches Saturn just like the Moon does in its cycle with the Sun. Today, Jupiter in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius. This relationship is akin to the last quarter Moon phase. During that phase, we evaluate where we are at. This cycle began in 2000 in Taurus. Saturn governs realism. Jupiter governs optimism. They push and pull each other to create the paradigm we live within. What is possible? What work must we do to achieve it? This moment in their cycle aligns with this lunar cycle intention to surrender to earth’s intelligence. Where are we at in our relationship to earth (Taurus)? Adjustments are called for. Our beliefs can create a foundation for healing and alignment with earth intelligence. Our beliefs can also create the barrier to that foundation. We are at a choosing point. Let’s feed the enlivening choice with dedication to right relationship with the Earth.

Moon in Aquarius
Friday, May 27.
The square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius colors more than the one day it is exact (which was yesterday). This is a signature aspect of this year. The ongoing square between Saturn and Neptune in Pisces is another one. All this mutable sign investigation can be unsettling as we extend antennas to take in more information and churn the data to try and come up with the right course of action. Add to this the fact that Mars takes a dive back into the probing sign of Scorpio today. Mars will be in Scorpio till the beginning of August. As the co-ruler of this sign, Mars is comfortable here. We may also feel the rightness of digging deeper to uncover the source and blocks around our passions. This energy is critical for meeting the challenges ahead. Much healing needs to happen around the right use of will. May this healing begin today.

Moon enters Pisces 4:06 pm CDT
Saturday, May 28.
In case we weren’t paying attention yesterday when Mars re-entered Scorpio, the Moon’s square to Mars today will make sure we do. This aspect highlights one fundamental contrast that can throw relationships into turmoil. Aquarius wants transparency and Scorpio wants to be hidden. When we can expand to appreciate both strategies, we are able to trust and appreciate each other just a little more. You might notice conflicts sparked by different approaches today. When the Moon moves into Pisces later in the day we switch into receptive/perceptive mode. This might mean you get in touch with past wounds around conflict or act to be the bridge between differing sides.

Moon in Pisces
May 29—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. Mercury hasn’t been moving very fast since turning direct last week. It is still holding down the grand earth trine from Taurus. Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo complete the pattern. Next week, this powerful earth influence will begin to break apart when Mercury starts to move more quickly. The grounding influence of this trine may come in handy as a grand mutable cross aspect pattern is activated by the Moon in Pisces. This pattern is stressful and conflict prone while a grand trine promotes access to an element’s strength. The planets involved in the mutable grand cross are Neptune and the Moon in Pisces, the Sun and Venus in Gemini, Jupiter in Virgo, and Saturn in Sagittarius. Mutable signs are seeking intelligence of all kinds. This is a gift and can be overwhelming when not balanced by a grounding influence. We can notice the support from earth as we expand in many directions today.

Today marks the last week of the Taurus-seeded lunar cycle. As we begin to let go of this intention, we first pause to evaluate what has been learned, what has been attempted. What worked, what didn’t. Another good idea for this phase is to create an energetic anchor to come back to the earth’s intelligence you may have received this cycle. The next lunar cycle could find us moving lots of energy, sorting our priorities, making our choices. Mutable signs learn, integrate, and mutate so we can start again with a clean slate. We will be doing lots of that in the next lunar cycle. The earth wisdom of this cycle is important to moving through these shifts with clarity and purpose.


*Read about the seeds of the Taurus lunar cycle here:


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 16, 2016 — May 22

The elements help me make sense of the world. Air, fire, water, earth—these elemental pieces of nature and of psyche—are embedded in astrology’s language. They act as shorthand for a lot of information. If I know you have mostly earth signs in your chart, I expect you to have different interests and ways of being in the world than if you are mostly fire. Anyone can become a student of the elements, and I really recommend it. Look around and observe. Watch fire, touch the earth. To expand on what the elements reveal about themselves, you might start to notice them in other people as indicated by their charts. Another way, one of my favorites, is to follow the Moon as it transits every sign through a lunar cycle. The Moon’s sign on each day is enormously influential to how we experience that day. The elemental signature of the each New Moon strongly influences my lunar intention for each Moon cycle. The most recent New Moon in the fixed earth sign of Taurus colors my intention this month to seek to “surrender to the earth’s intelligence” (from Rilke’s poem How Surely Gravity’s Law). So, I am following the path of earth this month, noticing what I notice.


Without one single earth planet in my own chart, I am particularly interested in learning more about earth’s innate nature. What is it like to surrender to earth’s intelligence? How do I listen to this wisdom? I imagine slowing down to earth’s pace. Earth’s reality (physical reality) fills with the present moment. I only know what my senses are telling me. I stop the internal stories about the past or the future. I am embodied. Meditation brings about a similar state of being—perception without interpretation. This perspective is fresh, like returning to childhood to see everything as new again. Such moments rarely last long. Other elements insert themselves. What I notice next is a natural instinct to tell a story about that moment. A story can move through physical reality like a fire consuming a forest. What does this fire give to the moment; what does it take? Light, heat, energy—I crave the enlivening story that preserves the earth’s intelligence and lives in balance with it. I know I can change my stories. My fire can lie within the bounds of earth. And water, how does this element interact with earth’s reality? Emotion can nourish, erode, or inundate that very same forest. Emotional reality holds the past, my trauma and my resilience. Emotional reality shapes the internal landscape. Respect for emotional realities is essential to bringing this relationship into balance. Air is the medium of exchange. The forest breathes out the oxygen that humans need and humans breathe out the carbon dioxide needed by the forest. Air wants connection, gives perspective, a balanced exchange. Air’s story is about ideas. Ideas shape what we think is possible and therefore has an impact on physical reality. The exchange between an idea and its manifestation is the exchange between air and earth.

The Taurus lunar cycle reaches the halfway point this week. There is a Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 21. Even though the Sun will be in Gemini, illumination is cast upon our Taurus intentions. Sagittarius is a fire sign. What stories are burning through you at this Full Moon? While listening for the earth’s intelligence, do these stories need to be changed? Earth’s wisdom helps us to slow down. If this isn’t part of your inherent nature, as in you don’t have any earth in your chart either, then this is a perfect opportunity to consciously work with fire and earth to create a steadier burn.

Forecast for May 16, 2016 — May 22

Moon enters Libra 12:32 pm CDT
Monday, May 16.
By the end of this week, the Sun will enter Gemini, there will be a Full Moon in Sagittarius, and Mercury will station direct. Today, we get to anchor into the status quo before a bunch of shifting energy is unleashed. The grand earth trine aspect pattern of Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn is still holding us at least a little steady. The Moon entering balanced and fair Libra will help us with equilibrium. It isn’t as if all the tension of the past few weeks is over, but perhaps we are learning how to cope with it a little better. That is a good hope for the beginning of a work week.

Moon in Libra
May 17—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. I’ve been riffing on the elements lately. Wondering about the interaction between earth and the other elements. This lunar cycle was seeded with Taurus intention. For me, I committed to surrendering to the earth’s intelligence. This is a feeling of letting gravity do the work for me. Often, I can resist the obvious, how about you? This phase of the Moon can find us feeling a little agitated like there is something else we are supposed to be doing. What if the work is simply to let gravity do its thing? The complement to this earth experience is the influence of an air Moon in Libra. Isn’t air’s perspective a contradiction to feeling earth’s gravity? We might feel this contradiction as stress, but I think all the elements can find their balancing points. Libra also craves harmony and balance. Gravity has its own elegance. We simply are. And as simple beings held by gravity, we breathe into the exchange of ideas and connections. Can gravity help clear our minds? Let’s see. Mercury is still moving retrograde and so there may be a little mental fogginess that could benefit from the exchange between earth’s gravity and air’s perspective. The Moon makes an encouraging connection to Saturn in Sagittarius, which helps with the gravity intention, and later in the day the Moon forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn. What emotional baggage needs releasing? Honor it and let it go.

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, May 18.
For a few hours midday (CDT) pressure builds and stress increases. The Moon in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries sparking possible conflict with those who seem diametrically opposed to us. The Moon also makes a brief Yod aspect formation with Venus in Taurus and Chiron in Pisces. A sense of injustice is high. Being extra-sensitive to emotional wounds might fuel a desire to fight rather than seek the peace as is usual for Libra influence.

Moon enters Scorpio 1:29 am CDT
Thursday, May 19.
It is nice when conflict can go under the surface where it can be dealt with in private. Or at least that is what a Scorpio Moon might have us thinking. Yes, there are deep resentments and fears that we need to deal with. Do what you can to honor those feelings. Scorpio is the sign opposite Taurus, the sign that seeded this lunar cycle’s intentions. In a couple of days, there will be a Full Moon for real, but the feeling of release may start today. Scorpio gives power to Taurus by asking us to let go. Death experiences can release the power of regeneration. Venus in Taurus makes a sextile aspect to Chiron in Pisces. This favorable connection moves us closer to healing. The key may be to allow ourselves to feel vulnerable and resilient at the same time.

Moon in Scorpio
Friday, May 20.
Sun enters Gemini. We are almost halfway through the Taurus lunar cycle and the Sun just entered Gemini. The remaining part of the lunar cycle may speed up, especially after Mercury turns direct on Sunday. So, take a moment before all that happens to honor earth’s intelligence. We still get to work our Taurus intentions but the energy will shift from gravity to pollination. The Sun in Gemini (mutable air) desires connection and fertilization through the sharing of ideas. The Moon in Scorpio wakes up Mercury in Taurus this morning (CDT) by forming an opposition to the retrograde ruler of Gemini. Will this make Mercury even more of a trickster as the day gets started? Flexibility and adaptability are encouraged.


Moon enters Sagittarius 1:48 pm CDT
May 21—Full Moon: Illuminating. This Full Moon highlights two major influences of this lunar cycle: the Mars and Mercury retrogrades we are currently experiencing. Mars in Sagittarius is conjunct the Moon and Mercury is stationary today, readying to turn direct tomorrow. This is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the stressors of the last two weeks. Mars retrograde may have impacted your energy, turned your anger inward, or just felt like a bigger weight, making it harder to move forward. I believe that it is Mars’ final destination that increases this sense of gravity—the realm of Scorpio. Mars will reenter this sign on May 27. Soul work is ahead. Perhaps we need to dig a little deeper. Mercury has been retrograding through Taurus. This sign likes clear-cut and direct communication. Perhaps this desire for clarity has been challenged by this retrograde. Certainly the direct transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun seems to have intensified the effect of Mercury retrograde frustration. And now we have a Full Moon triggering any unresolved agitation. Now is the perfect time to call upon the things you have learned from the earth this lunar cycle. What does the earth tell you about stress? What does your body want to tell you about the earth?

There is plenty of earth influence at this Full Moon even though the Sun has moved from Taurus to Gemini. Mercury in Taurus is closely trine to Jupiter in Virgo, which forms a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. We can get through this. (Whatever that is for you.)

Earth’s intelligence feels essential to our survival. Daily news of species extinctions, industrial disasters, pollution, and climate change creates an onslaught of grief for those who long to surrender to the earth’s wisdom. Neptune in Pisces opposing Jupiter and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius could be telling us to let ourselves feel the grief of loss. It is big and we need to give this loss the gravity of our awareness. Recently a friend shared this article by psychologist Per Espen Stoknes about needing to grieve these earth losses before we can do anything about them. 
Both the pain and the solution to the pain seem to reside in the same place: in the earth’s intelligence.

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, May 22.
Just because the Full Moon was actually yesterday, it doesn’t mean we don’t feel all the feelings today. We do. Mercury stations direct in Taurus. This is probably a relief. Certainly, life will speed up. The other retrograde—Mars—that is having a big impact right now directly opposes the Sun. This is the heart of a Mars retrograde, when it reaches the opposite point from the Sun. Like a Full Moon, something is illuminated about this Mars journey. What are you noticing about anger, passion, energy and drive? It is about to get more soulful when Mars moves back into Scorpio. The Moon activates the t-square of Jupiter in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces and square Saturn in Sagittarius. We are trying hard to understand and convince others of our understandings. Stakes feel high and clarity is low. What values guide you through the complexity?


*Read about the seeds of the Taurus 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.