Sunday, December 31, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 1, 2018 – January 7


Forecast for January 1, 2018 – January 7

Moon enters Cancer 2:10 am CST
January 1—Full Moon: Blossoming. “Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like lonely voyages into the unknown. Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated. We seem to think that beginning is setting out from a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown. This is not the case. Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced. Goethe says that once the commitment is made, destiny conspires with us to support and realize it. We are never as alone in our beginnings as it might seem at the time. A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us. To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.” John O’Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us

A New Year is a beginning. Seemingly arbitrary, but not. It is as good a time as any to check in with our beginnings and endings. A New Year reminds me how intimately connected endings are with beginnings, and how deeply we are embedded in Time where all that has ever happened influences all that can possibly happen. Heathens call this collection of all that has ever happened, the Well of Wyrd, and it is the stuff of magic. Endings and beginnings create access to that magic. It is Mystery itself. From this awareness, I stand at the threshold of a new beginning. There is work and wonder ahead, full of magic. I want to believe, as John O’Donohue writes, “Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced.” That is the old formula for magic: Create a container, then draw the energy of life and intention into it. Declare to the spirits that which you desire. Commit to that desire through action. Then begin. 

Shelter is the container. Energy is the desire. I wonder, how will you shelter your desires at this year’s beginning? How will I?


Shelter is a good theme for the Full Moon in Cancer that begins this year. It feels auspicious, doesn’t it—a Full Supermoon on the first day of the New Year? More significance: The Moon rules Cancer, the sign of this Full Moon. Cancer is about the hearth, the shelter of our beginnings. I must share this link with you about a spellworking for the New Year. In this article  Phoenix and Gwion Raven write about their New Year tradition where a penny for the last year is thrown into the ocean and every item in one’s hearth is touched and considered for whether it should be kept or let go.  What a good way to cleanse our shelters for our next beginnings. Because a lunar phase resonates for several days, this spell work could be done while the Moon remains in Cancer (until 1:22 am CST on January 3.) Letting go fuels beginnings. 

Another impetus to begin comes from the influence of Uranus in Aries preparing to turn direct the day after the Full Moon. Uranus isn’t comfortable moving retrograde. This planet wants to push ahead, turn over stale forms, provoke change. Beginnings have a contract with change. Change has a contract with uncertainty. We can’t control change. After this direct station, Uranus moves forward until it reaches into the next sign, Taurus in May 2018. Change is coming to our foundations, to the ways we hold values, to resource management, to our views of our bodies and the Earth. These changes, and more, are coming. They influence the choices we make at this beginning.

What anchors us as we step into the New Year? A line-up of planets in Capricorn: Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto interject realism into our dreams for the future. This lunar cycle was seeded on the threshold between Sagittarius and Capricorn. Our journeys lead us to fearless acceptance of the way things are. While Saturn is in Capricorn for the next three years, we are asked to open our eyes and meet our obstacles as teachers who are helping us create realistic foundations. 

Into this cauldron of change and fearless commitment to clear seeing, the element of water dissolves resistance, opens our hearts, and offers empathic connections. There is a grand water trine at the Full Moon comprised of the Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio. As a receptive element, water reminds us to receive rather than take the gifts of illumination this Full Moon offers. Water reminds us to listen for the wisdom of vulnerability and interdependence. The heart is boundless. The ways we belong to each other are too. Neptune offers subtle union with others. Mars and Jupiter bring transformation through facing our shadows. And the Moon in Cancer offers a shelter not a fortress for our tender beginnings. 

Let us take care of ourselves and each other. We are at the threshold of a beginning. We will cross over imperfectly, that is inevitable, but we can still open to the “gifts and growth that are stored up for us” in this beginning. May we find the shelter and energy that blesses the journey. 

Moon in Cancer
Tuesday, January 2. Mid-afternoon in the central time zone of the U.S., the Moon in Cancer makes a square aspect to Uranus in Aries. Uranus is particularly strong since stationing direct just a few hours before this contact. We may have a lot of emotion around change—both the change we invoke and the change outside our control. Uranus turned retrograde in  early August. Since that time, we’ve been asked to slow down and reflect on change. As the planet of awakening, Uranus has been showing us ways we’ve been asleep. There is a noticeable shift into action as Uranus gains speed over the next few weeks. In April, Uranus reaches its retrograde degree and in May, Uranus moves into Taurus, a huge shift in focus towards changing our foundations. Taurus is not a sign that easily welcomes change but when it agrees change must happen, it can move mountains. If you’ve been frustrated with change in your life, this new influence could very well remove those obstacles. The Sun and Neptune conspire today to soften resistance to emotional truth. What is the change you envision? What emotional truth informs you?  

Moon enters Leo 1:22 am CST
Wednesday, January 3. Venus in Capricorn follows the Sun closely right now. Yesterday, the Sun made a sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Today, Venus makes the same sweet connection. We are encouraged to feel each relationship. Healing comes from recognizing no separation between ourselves and others. With Neptune influence, it is always good to be mindful that things may appear to be better than they really are. The Capricorn influence reminds us to maintain good boundaries and to question something that is too good to be true. The Moon in Leo adds willingness to play. Move energy by moving your body. Feed your energy by making meaningful connections.

Moon in Leo
Thursday, January 4. Perhaps it is that sense of something left undone. Perhaps you start the day feeling as if you are missing out on your real life. It might be hard to let go of a general malaise, but as the day goes on, we find our mojo. The Moon in Leo squares Jupiter and Mars in the wee hours, making us a bit cranky. When this fiery Moon contacts Mercury in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries later in the day, we are ready to leave moodiness behind. This is actually a good day to seek and find joy. 

Moon enters Virgo 2:12 am CST
January 5—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Listen, your soul is offering a way to re-integrate. It involves taking one step after another. It involves be willing to commit. It involves not doing it alone. There is so much beauty, right here. Right in the room you are in. Right in the midst of your heartbreak. Right in the midst of our suffering. This beauty doesn’t say, forget the wrongs done to you. It doesn’t say, conquer your demons and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. It doesn’t say, hoard the beauty for later. Nope. None of that. I am not wise enough to know why the beauty is there. But I suspect our souls may know when we aren’t busy being conquerors of anything. At the fruiting phase of the Moon, notice what has been given you freely. Let’s notice how this gift moves us to our next actions. Some of us, steeped in the toxicity of oppression, might have a hard time not trying to own or commodify the gift. We might even be filled with shame or guilt because we don’t deserve it. We have scars and there is work to do. Yet, there is beauty. 

The Moon in hard-working Virgo makes a trine to Saturn in committed Capricorn. This same Moon is invited to discover beauty by an opposition from Neptune in Pisces. Put these ingredients together to bring you to the gift. It is there.  

Moon in Virgo
Saturday, January 6. We are starting to get a sense of what the new flavor of 2018 will be. This flavor is a blend of Capricorn determination with a low tolerance for bullshit mixed with Scorpio’s fearless emotional vulnerability. We are riding on a crest of empowerment right now. Take it in. We won’t always feel this and we will need to remember this feeling later. Committing to the long haul doesn’t mean we are committed to acting alone. Transformation is linked to realistic expectations and the ways we can support each other through hard times. Our first challenge comes from a square between the Moon in Virgo and Mercury in Sagittarius. The Moon and Mercury also make challenging aspects to Chiron in Pisces, which brings its own fragility. The big picture can be overwhelming when we get mired in the details. Remember step by step. Remember we are not alone. 

Moon enters Libra 6:14 am CST
Sunday, January 7. Venus doesn’t actually reach the exact conjunction with the Sun until early January 9, but we feel it today. Some astrologers say that the exact conjoining of Venus and the Sun brings a loss of Venus energy. It is said Venus “burns up” in the rays of the Sun. Other astrologers tell a story of Venus meeting the Sun in the underworld where the goddess of love and beauty is transformed by a death experience. What do you imagine? The Moon in Libra (one of the signs that Venus rules) encourages us to apply these Venus lessons to our relationships. Perhaps something needs to be burned away. Perhaps transformation waits for us as we surrender to the death experience. Yesterday’s influence of Jupiter and Mars conjoining in Scorpio adds to the power of the day. This is another signature of the death/transformation experience that repeats throughout the year while Jupiter remains in Scorpio.                      


About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker.
 
Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.





Monday, December 25, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for December 26, 2017—December 31

Forecast for December 26, 2017—December 31.

Moon in Aries
December 26—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. The hidden seeds have trembled, split open, created root networks, and now emerge into the forward momentum of this lunar cycle. The Aries Moon takes that momentum and moves it even further along. Here is the advice I am giving my future self: try to stay receptive, try to stay open, try to receive rather than take what is before you. This is good practice for staying present. By staying with it, and this includes being present to the darkness of winter for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, the rooted connections we’ve been developing can offer strength and resiliency. We are not turning away and we are not caving in. If so, then under this Aries Moon, I rise, not because I am heroic, I rise because I am connected. The Moon empowers insight and communication from the newly-direct Mercury in Sagittarius. We are ready to begin reporting on what we learned from the past Mercury retrograde period. Notice the shift from interior awareness to exterior awareness. Build pathways that let you travel between.

Moon in Aries
Wednesday, December 27.
The Moon in Aries continues to stir the pot. What may have felt deadened or dull before reignites. The main motivator may be anger. The square between the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn ignites anger about injustices and corrupt power. The conjunction between the Moon and Uranus ignites anger about passivity. Can anger be sacred? How do we ensure our anger is in service to life? Take action. Live your passion.

Moon enters Taurus 12:23 am CST
Thursday, December 28.
If yesterday’s transits ignited anger then today’s transits inspire us to use that raw energy to protect what we hold dear. The Moon in Taurus feels what is at stake. It is the Earth. It is the children. It is beauty. A trine between Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces allows us to feel the pain of all that vulnerability, while not pushing it away or trying to put a meaningless band-aid on it. Emotion might come in a torrent, but the Taurus Moon creates the container to channel the flow into productivity and renewal. The Moon makes a trine aspect to Saturn, Venus, and the Sun in Capricorn. Perhaps for the first time in this lunar cycle, we feel we have the resources to enter the work of the next year. Passion, vulnerability, and presence are keys. 

Moon in Taurus
December 29—Gibbous Moon: Budding. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.” - Brene´ Brown

We don’t need to conquer any parts of ourselves. We don’t need to banish any either. The New Year is coming up and you might be feeling that urge to conquer or banish a part of yourself. Resist! What if we took this energy for change and channeled it into embracing ourselves instead? What if we spoke the unspeakable about our self-doubts and the ways we are simply amazing? What if we touched our scars and blessed them? What if we risked simply being who we are? Owning our stories is a powerful way to subvert oppression within and without. We get to belong to each other when we risk this kind of truth. The Moon in Taurus, opposing Jupiter in Scorpio and making a trine to Pluto in Capricorn, invites us to look at all our parts and own them. I’ve been diving deeper into this vulnerability and I know it is not easy to break the rules of self-denial. It isn’t easy to admit imperfection. It can feel devastating to let go of fantasy and see things as they are. Yet, it feels aligned with the Capricorn work of this lunar cycle. Bless the work of belonging.

Moon enters Gemini 2:31 am CST
Saturday, December 30.
Words come pouring out. The Moon enters Gemini and is feels like there is so much to say about recent travels deep into our shadows. Be tender with yourself. Don’t jump too abruptly into the mental spaces of explanation. Let’s not make this a tidy journey to file away. Let these words be poetry. Let these ideas be seeds.

Moon in Gemini
Sunday, December 31.
Tomorrow is a Full Moon, tonight we say good-bye to 2017. A difficult year, yes? The Moon is in social Gemini. This sounds like the perfect night to dance away our cares. Connect and be surprised by meeting others in this vulnerable opening. That could change everything.

Announcing a webinar forecast event on January 2, 2018. I will be talking about the astrology of 2018 online. You can register by going to this site.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. Read about the beginning of the Sagittarius/Capricorn lunar cycle here


Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Follow the Moon: December 19, 2017—December 25

Forecast for December 19, 2017—December 25

Moon in Capricorn
Tuesday, December 19.
Farewell to Sagittarius, Saturn enters Capricorn today. Saturn will be in this sign until the end of 2020. Saturn provides the framework for our evolutions. The Moon in Capricorn today reinforces this transition. The seasonal instruction, which helps us understand Capricorn, comes from the deep of winter. This is the time of year when the storehouses can run out if we aren’t careful. Capricorn keeps an eye on the management and structure of resource to ensure survival. Capricorn can sometimes take a top-down approach to managing resources. When Capricorn influence is strong, we may see hierarchical values promoting a need to earn one’s status in the group. Capricorn takes life seriously, AND Capricorn can be the most irreverent sign in the zodiac, making fun of how dreadfully serious we all can be. The best Capricorns have a good handle on how seriously they take themselves. We will need to learn how to walk this thin line over the next three years. Things are serious. Humor gives us added resource.

Moon enters Aquarius 8:29 pm CST
Wednesday, December 20.
A streak of rebelliousness is tempting us to out of our ruts. Venus in Sagittarius makes a trine to Uranus in Aries. What feels like a vacation, even if you never leave town? We need to recharge. Lighten up. Another influence may have us crying instead. We also feel attuned to communal suffering and pain through a square aspect between Venus and Chiron in Pisces. Friends and lovers open the doors to adventure and big feelings.

Moon in Aquarius
Thursday, December 21.
Winter Solstice. My community recently celebrated Winter Solstice with a ritual of listening in the dark. Our voices sang about the seeds in the fertile darkness. We honored the night. This comforting and beautiful vision of winter’s magic co-exists with the pressure and depression that some of us feel at the dark time of the year. Some scientists theorize that people may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder because our bodies are wired to sleep more in the winter yet our modern lifestyles don’t allow it. Maybe we are out of sync with the Earth and seasons. This Winter Solstice invites us to rest, perhaps more than most, because we feel the pressures of life around us. Today Saturn and the Sun conjoin at zero degrees Capricorn. The temptation may be to feel overwhelmed by all the work that must be done to bring the world right again. Saturn isn’t only about work. Saturn brings wisdom, too. What remedy do you need to embrace the natural dark of winter? Is it rest? Is it renewal? Is it intention setting for the year ahead? Wisdom already resides in you. What does it say?

Moon in Aquarius
December 22—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Since the New Moon on December 18, we’ve been getting a good feel for this Capricorn-infused Sagittarius lunar cycle. The energy tone has been warm and cold, expansive and austere, loud and silent. What could germinate from such contrary seeds? At the New Moon, I wondered what it would be like to decolonize my intentional work of this lunar cycle, to take my cues from the winter season and receive the next parts of this unfolding journey slowly, with attention towards asking rather than taking. The Sagittarius part of this lunar cycle could induce feelings like all the work needs to be finished right away. The Capricorn part, highly influenced by Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn for the next three years, could feel like there is too much to do. Melancholy and depression are real things. Saturn is often associated with them. Under the heroic/colonizing mindset, we are used to fighting, conquering, or escaping pain. Shifting out of heroic and colonizing responses to pain, it could feel like we are stumbling about in the dark. This is a good time to pay attention to our networks, friendships, and healers—those who will sit with us, listen, and share journeys. Another anti-heroic response is to admit we need help. We are not alone.
Capricorn knits relationships that help us through tough times. Like the seeds germinating under this lunar cycle’s soil, invisible networks are strengthening. We will need them now and later to continue transforming our beloved world.

This may be the good news: Mercury stations direct today. This has not been an easy retrograde period. Mercury has been circling around Saturn this time, so far making two conjunctions with Saturn. Mercury completes this Saturn dance on January 13. This last leg of the Mercury journey, moving forward through the retrograde zone of the zodiac, is a chance re-integrate. Honor the messenger god. Honor the messages.

Moon enters Pisces 8:42 am CST
Saturday, December 23.
The Moon in Pisces helps soothe our hearts, especially if recent days have felt heavy. There is a reason to be patient. There is a reason to reach out to our networks. There is a reason to listen to the emerging tendrils of meaning. Seeds are germinating. The most we need to do is open and feel. Receive. Accept. Exchange.

Moon in Pisces
Sunday, December 24.
This is a day of the big feels, but in a way that could feel cleansing and renewing. The Moon in Pisces (mutable water) is synthesizing emotional experiences and connecting with the transformative powers of Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio (fixed water). The Moon receives next-level intuitive powers by conjoining Neptune in the morning (U.S. time zones). And Venus moves into Capricorn, which will ease up the isolation and burden of Saturn’s recent ingress a bit. Venus and Saturn in Capricorn are buddies. This is the side of Venus that gets shit done, all while cultivating relationships that work for our survival. We absolutely cannot do it alone. Venus will only be in Capricorn till January 17. Let’s invite those connections that are mutually beneficial. Networks are forming.

Moon enters Aries 6:27 am CST
Monday, December 25.
Holidays like Christmas can help some of us feel more connected and grateful. For others, it may feel more isolating. Whatever our situation, I wonder if we can feel into the complexity while attempting to leave no one behind. Venus and Saturn conjoin at zero degrees Capricorn today. This degree is important. It has the potential to lay down new patterns. Zero degrees of cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, Libra) are portals, openings to new paradigms. Imagine new connections. Imagine new ways to be vulnerable and necessary to each other. Imagine we create new worlds when we dispel the hex of isolation. The Moon in Aries awakens the fire portal. Somehow Aries got the message that they must act alone. How do we maintain the flame of interdependence instead?

Announcing a webinar forecast event on January 2, 2018. I will be talking about the astrology of 2018 online. You can register by going to this site.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. Read about the beginning of the Sagittarius/Capricorn lunar cycle here

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Follow the Moon: New Moon December 18, 2017

You’d think I’d have better words for this. Goodness knows I’ve thought a lot about it. The ‘it’ is Saturn in Sagittarius. For the last three years, Saturn has traversed this mutable fire sign, which feels happier with Jupiter’s exuberance than Saturn’s austerity. Sagittarius hasn’t been happy about Saturn and Saturn hasn’t been happy about Sagittarius. It has not been a love affair for either archetype. Am I being silly for thinking archetypes can be in love? This is simply a frame, a way to understand why the last three years have given us more problems than answers. This surprises me, not that a Saturn transit can be difficult (they usually are), but that the conclusion of this one doesn’t feel like a victory, or like a hard-won realization that our challenges have made us wiser, given us concrete answers, created something we can build upon. Frankly, it is a little embarrassing to say I don’t know what Saturn in Sagittarius has given us. Perhaps you will draw a more beneficial conclusion.

When Saturn went into Sagittarius, Obama was the U.S. President. As Saturn leaves Sagittarius, we have Trump. The month Saturn went into Sagittarius, the Paris climate agreement was signed by many nations, including the U.S. As Saturn leaves Sagittarius, the U.S. has left the agreement and the administration has worked to dismantle everything that supports recognizing that climate change is real. The week that Saturn is preparing to leave Sagittarius, the administration gave the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) a list of seven words that could not be used in their budget requests: diversity, fetus, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based and evidence-based. The CNN story where I found this list of words quoted George Orwell’s 1984 when describing this announcement: “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

Sagittarius is a sign that searches for meaning and constructs stories from the journey. Stories have power. They tell us what is true, what is believed, what is acceptable. Words and stories can craft reality through manipulating beliefs. We’ve seen this over the last three years. Have we learned also to see through false stories? That would be what I’d expect at the conclusion of a Saturn transit: more tools, more skills, more discernment. Can we say that is so? Truth is slippery. It is fascinating that Mercury is retrograding around Saturn in Sagittarius as Saturn concludes this journey. Mercury is slippery, just like words. What have we really learned? Can we put our hands on it? How afraid are we that we are no better off than before?

Perhaps this is the best I can say, Saturn is a realist. Over the last three years, we may not have come to a better understanding of truth, but we do have a better understanding of how stories and lies can distort our realities. We know it is important to pay attention to the messages. We know it is important to know what gives our lives meaning, but maybe we have also learned the importance of reaching across differences, making bridges and alliances that corrupt oppression. For me, this is the growing edge of Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius—the necessity of traveling outside my bubble to co-create new stories of connection with people very different from myself. Have you learned this necessity too?  

We’re on the threshold of a new Saturn journey. Saturn leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn on December 19 and stays there until December 2020. Saturn IS happy in this sign. In fact, Saturn rules Capricorn. We are about to get big doses of reality. When Saturn enters a sign new parts of us are called to pay attention. If you have any planets or important points in any Cardinal sign (Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, Libra), this part is poised to receive challenges and gifts from Saturn. This lunar cycle is a time to pay attention to what your next work will be. It is an important time to consider our intentions for the year. The seeds planted now will influence us for the next three years as Saturn transits Capricorn. Cardinal sign influence is about initiating solutions to the problems exposed through the previous mutable sign experience. Mutable signs integrate and prepare the way for the next round of action and decision. Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) took away the notion of dependable and absolute truth. For a while, it seemed that truth wasn’t a thing at all. Manipulators, like Putin and Trump, moved into the vacuum in an attempt to shape the story to their agendas. As the final wave of Saturn in Sagittarius crests on the shore and recedes, left behind is the necessity of remembering our values and our immutable truths. What do you know beyond all doubt? Perhaps it is Love. Perhaps it is Connection. Perhaps it is Justice. Use this lunation to make your truth big to access strength for the next stage of our lives on this planet.

Forecast for December 18, 2017—December 25

Moon enters Capricorn 7:33 am CST
December 18—New Moon: Seeding. Seeds are quiet. They rest in the dark. In their own time, they begin to tremble and burst with new life. In the dark time of the year for those of us in the northern half of the world, we connect with the patience and potential of waiting seeds. Sometimes it can be difficult to allow our own seeds this resting time. We may want to grab for the journey ahead. We may want to take on a hero’s mentality around conquering our fears or meeting our challenges head on. We may keep piling on things we want to change about ourselves (oh evil New Year’s resolutions). We may stress ourselves out about missed opportunities to get a good start on new intentions. I am as guilty of this as the next person. So perhaps what I say next is really meant for me: Let it go. Let the darkness be. Let the seeds wait. Let the next thing approach us rather than impel ourselves towards it. Let it happen.


I’ve been thinking about colonizing mindset lately and the way it intersects with consent. Colonizing mindset says life is out there to conquer, own, master. Consent says, we deepen relationship and responsibility by listening for the desires of others before we try to take. A dear friend recently taught me this reframe, rather than saying/thinking these simple words: Take a breath, what if we said instead, Receive a breath? What if we took less, or none at all of anything? What if we asked first? What if we realized that everything is a potential gift if we listen for consent and agree to be in active exchange with the gift giver? There are gifts we “take” for granted, like breath. What if we know it is a gift? What if we lived in thankfulness for the giver and the gift? Waiting in the dark to be given our seeds for the next growing cycle is good anti-colonizing work. As we wait for this Sagittarius/Capricorn lunar cycle to begin, let’s practice listening and opening.

Here are some things to think about as we wait.
This lunar cycle begins on the threshold between signs. (This has been the case since August 2017 and will continue for the next year as New Moons start near the end of a sign followed by a Full Moon illuminated by the next sign across the threshold.). We start this lunar cycle near the end of Sagittarius with Saturn in Sagittarius right on the edge of Capricorn. The Sun will conjoin Saturn at zero degrees Capricorn on December 21. Most of this lunar cycle, though seeded in Sagittarius, will have a distinct Capricorn focus.

Our seeds are influenced by the transition from Sagittarius: synthesizing truths, journeys of discovery, touching and linking diverse points of view, claiming our freedoms. Our seeds spend time with Capricorn themes: accountability, foundations, aspirations, hard work, integrity, reality.

Mercury is moving retrograde in Sagittarius. Truth is up for grabs. We may not know yet. We wait for clarity as Mercury stations direct on December 22 and meets Saturn for the last of three times on January 13 at 2 degrees Capricorn. This meeting may signal the reception of knowing what our next work is.

Venus will meet Saturn at zero degrees Capricorn on December 25. Venus and Saturn are conspiring. They are friendly and inviting us to exceed our expectations by receiving the gifts of the quiet and the dark. Our seeds are blessed. We are humbled.

Although January 1 is a somewhat arbitrary beginning point of the year, this day still resonates strongly as a new beginning. The Full Moon in Cancer taking place on the first day of the year brings light to our hearts.

The waning half of this lunar cycle could be more energetic than the waxing half. Uranus in Aries stations direct on January 2. Uranus will move into a new sign this year too. In May, the Awakener visits Taurus. New pathways are opening.

January 9, the Sun, Venus and Pluto conjoin to begin new cycles of transformation tempered by relationship. We get a powerful download about the next few years. Venus influence encourages reception over conquest.


Venus and the Sun make a square aspect to Uranus on the last day of this lunar cycle. This is an agitating and impatient energy. The seeds of this lunar cycle have created seeds themselves. The next generation of seeds wait for the right time to burst open. We feel them tremble with possibilities now.

Announcing a webinar forecast event on January 2, 2018. I will be talking about the astrology of 2018 online. You can register by going to this site.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker.

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for December 10, 2017 – December 17

Forecast for December 10, 2017 – December 17

Moon enters Libra 11:01 pm CST
December 10—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. Well folks, this astrologer is deep in the feels of current planetary influences. Mars entering Scorpio yesterday brought underworld journeys to a new level. Mercury in Sagittarius, moving retrograde past Saturn in Sagittarius to form a fiery trine with Uranus in Aries today, is shaking the roots of egoic constructs. You may be feeling big shifts. You may not know how deep they are going. You may not know where they are leading. Or perhaps that is just me. If you are also deep in the feels, give yourself a hug. Reach out to someone who cares about you. Be that person for someone else. The Moon is waning and this is a perfect time to shed and be still. In the dark time of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), it is good to let emotions settle without agenda. The Scorpio influence of this lunar cycle invites us to trust the alchemical process of release. Death, not the literal kind, holds the power of compost, which holds the power of rebirth. You may not know you are in the process of being reborn, but you are. We are.

Moon in Libra
Monday, December 11.
The only exact aspect today is a sweet sextile between the Moon in Libra and Venus in Sagittarius. Open-hearted exchange between you and another brings healing. Be nourished by art. Cultivate beauty around you. Receive a breath.

Moon in Libra
Tuesday, December 12.
Retrograding Mercury and the Sun conjoin in Sagittarius. This meeting of the Sun and Mercury is the heart of every Mercury retrograde journey. Essential energy is exchanged between these important archetypes. Sometimes I imagine the Sun as Queen or King, a ruler, who employs Mercury as councilor, messenger, diplomat, bard, and fool all rolled into one. Mercury is giving a download of information to the part of ourselves that feels like it is in charge. Mercury sometimes has to remind their boss that they aren’t. Perhaps this will feel like a momentary struggle to regain control, or perhaps a momentary release of trying to control anything at all. The Moon is stirring up feelings by making a square to Pluto in Capricorn in the morning and Uranus in Aries in the evening (U.S. time zones). The feelings lead to a reflection on liberation. What is yours?

Moon enters Scorpio 7:58 am CST
December 13—Balsamic Moon: Composting. The Moon slips into Scorpio as it also slips into the last phase of the lunar cycle. What are you letting go of? What is being taken from you? It is time to look with clear eyes at the ways we feed the compost pile. Sometimes we feed life with our losses. That doesn’t mean we are meant to suffer. The healthy exchange between living and dying has been co-opted by oppression. It is all out of balance. We aren’t paying attention to the whole cycle. We’ve lost the connection. We’ve lost our ability to give consent. Our traumatized bodies are often held hostage in the dysfunction of letting too much go too soon. The underworld feels hungry right now because we’ve lost the proper balance of exchange between dying and living. Our offerings are not full enough of a well-lived life. Our regrets taste bitter in the compost pile. And this is the moment to declare that we will change that. Living a full life is the best gift we can make to the underworld. As Jupiter transits Scorpio this year, and as Mars (the co-ruler of Scorpio) transits this sign until the end of January, attention to this exchange between life and death remains present. The waning days of this lunar cycle is a chance to deepen and explore our lives. The Moon in Scorpio conjoins Mars today. Emotions, insights, and power struggles could be intense. Open to life force, feed yourself love, know that your well-lived life is a gift.

If this world were a tree, then the other world would be the roots—
the part of the plant we can’t see, but that puts the sap into the tree’s veins.
The other world feeds this tangible world—
the world that can feel pain, that can eat and drink, that can fail;
the world that goes around in cycles; the world where we die.
The other world is what makes this world work.
And the way we help the other world continue
is by feeding it with our beauty.
-Martin Prechtel, Saving the Indigenous Soul

Moon in Scorpio
Thursday, December 14.
The Moon contacts the intensifier planets that are opening the way to deeper emotion and catharsis (yay)—Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Pace yourself and protect yourself as you go through your day. Don’t be fooled by the idea that all the emotion and all the catharsis needs to happen all at once. This is Jupiter’s influence, thinking things have to get bigger to matter. They don’t.

Moon enters Sagittarius 7:07 pm CST
Friday, December 15.
Another Mercury download happens today. Mercury has been retrograding in Sagittarius since December 3. Today, Mercury conjoins Venus. We could expect unusual messages or events that lead to a declaration of freedom or truth. Venus in Sagittarius invites connections that expand our worldviews. We have the opportunity to look at issues of trust and freedom in our relationships. Notice what comes up for you. Our recent underworld journeys may have left us feeling vulnerable. The challenge could be to open to the impulse to give space while also staying connected to others. The square between the Sun in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces intensifies these feelings of vulnerability. The final conclusion may be that we can’t heal ourselves until we learn how to stay connected through it all, the hurts and the joys.

Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, December 16.
Breakthrough day. The Sun in Sagittarius makes a trine relationship to Uranus in Aries. These are fire signs, energetic channels are open, presenting the opportunity to let stuck or turgid energy move out. As we step into this flow, look for ways to connect with the grounding force of Earth and body. We can expand and reinforce our containers for this energy of change and liberation as we keep our grounding cords active.

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, December 17.
The last day of this lunar cycle offers the opportunity to contemplate our intentions for the next lunar cycle, which begins on the threshold between Sagittarius and Capricorn tomorrow (EST). Imagine how mutable fire—illuminating truth—leads to cardinal earth—determined manifestation. Fire energy is removing obstacles even as we notice obstructions and setbacks through Mercury’s continuing retrogradation through Sagittarius. Setbacks do not mean we are on the wrong path. Perhaps we need to develop new approaches to the journey. Say farewell to an intense lunar cycle. Burn the vestiges and open to the next adventure.


Announcing a webinar forecast event on January 2, 2018. I will be talking about the astrology of 2018 online. You can register by going to this site.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. Read about the beginning of the Scorpio/Sagittarius lunar cycle here. http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2017/11/follow-moon-forecast-for-november-18.html

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for December 3, 2017 – December 9

Moon in Gemini
December 3—Full Moon: Blossoming

I’ve been reading bits of The Odyssey lately. Recently, someone dear to me has been struggling to return home and compared their journey to the one Odysseus took. Now, I am captured by it. I’ve always loved this story of the hero who longs simply to return home, yet spends years lost on the vast sea subject to the whims of the gods, trying to stay true to his desire. Life isn’t a direct march towards attaining my desire, either. So much of what diverts me from my heart’s longing also teaches me, not only about myself, but about my desire. This month’s lunar cycle has been a journey through the unknown, and the idea of return features strongly.

At the New Moon on November 18, I wrote about Inanna’s journey into the underworld and the importance of how we return from such soul-enriching experiences. This lunar cycle, which began near the end of Scorpio—a sign that invites transformation through darker experiences—has moved into the bright and questing sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the Seeker. Sagittarius looks ahead towards the far horizon, anchored to the desire for emergence, questing constantly for meaning. During this lunar cycle there have been times we might have felt lost in Scorpio’s waters and times when we’ve gotten back on our ships to fight for our returns. Have you noticed? What keeps you constant to your longings? How do you stay true to yourself?

The Gemini Full Moon of December 3 represents a culmination of the Sagittarian journey of leaving and returning. Gemini and Sagittarius are mutable signs, after all. That means they emphasize change and adaptation. They move around a lot. This Full Moon illuminates the process of seeking our hearts’ desires, not necessarily the attainment of them. How we return from the underworld is important. After a period of soul-searching, how do we rejoin the journey home? What anchors our desires? At this Full Moon, Neptune in Pisces and Mercury in Sagittarius are influential and present challenges to clarity. If we must have clear-cut answers about attaining our desires, we most likely will be disappointed. Just like Odysseus, we may need to spend some time lost before we are found again.

Neptune is exactly square to the Sun in Sagittarius and the Moon in Gemini in the chart for the Full Moon. This god (Poseidon) was the primary reason Odysseus had such a hard time returning home. Poseidon was angry with Odysseus and kept throwing challenges at him. Neptune is the planet that sometimes heightens longing and sometimes keeps us from it. When Neptune comes to bring challenges and gifts, the best option can be to let go. The journey has mysteries to reveal and no amount of effort on our parts can hasten our homecomings. You may feel as if your heart is being stretched. You may be feeling too much. Sea journeys can be that way. Another interesting twist of this Full Moon is that Mercury is stationing retrograde in Sagittarius, while conjoining Saturn. Mercury rules travel. While Mercury moves backwards we may be retracing our journeys, reevaluating just where we really want to go, and experiencing one obstacle after another as we figure it out. Because Saturn is part of this process, it matters to us more than usual. Perhaps at the end, we will know better what we want and how to continue our quests.

Jupiter in Scorpio has been actively encouraging transformation and revelation of long-hidden shadows. We’ve seen this as more victims of sexual abuse and harassment come forward. Since Jupiter stays in this sign for a year, we will keep seeing exposure of toxic secrets. At the Full Moon, Jupiter makes a trine to Neptune. Although Neptune plays the challenger in much of the current energies, Neptune and Jupiter are joining forces to help us surrender into the courage and mystery of depth journeys. Healing is available. Perhaps this healing leads to homecoming. Perhaps to greater connection.

Whenever I am feeling lost at sea, this poem by Rumi brings me comfort.

Buoyancy

Love has taken away my practices
and filled me with poetry.
I tried to keep quietly repeating
No strength but yours, but I couldn’t.
I had to clap and sing.
I used to be respectable, chaste and stable,
but who can stand in this strong wind
and remember those things?
A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself.
That is how I hold your voice.
I am scrap wood thrown in your fire,
quickly reduced to smoke and ash.
I saw you and became that empty.
This emptiness, more beautiful than existence,
it obliterates existence, and yet when it comes,
existence thrives and creates more existence.
The sky is blue.
The world is a blind man sitting beside the road.
But whoever sees your emptiness
sees beyond the blue and the blind man.
A great soul hides like Muhammad or Jesus
moving through a crowd in a city where no one knows him.
To praise is to praise
how one surrenders to the emptiness.
To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.
Praise, the ocean. What we say, a little ship.
So the journey goes on,
and no one knows where.
Just to be held by the ocean
is the best luck we could have.
It is a total waking up.
Why should we grieve that we have been sleeping?
It does not matter how long we have been unconscious.
We are groggy, but let the guilt go.
Feel the motions of tenderness around you.
the buoyancy.

Forecast for December 4, 2017 – December 9

Moon enters Cancer 2:37 pm CST
Monday, December 4.
The Moon in Gemini opposes recently retrograde Mercury and Saturn (both in Sagittarius) before it moves into Cancer later in the day. This combination of Mercury and Saturn is significant. The more fluid but accountable we can be about our stories and beliefs, the better. This is tricky. Why wouldn't it be? Mercury likes to create puzzles and challenges. Perhaps, we are learning the difference between standing up for truth and keeping an open mind about our beliefs. This discernment influences just action. It helps us navigate challenging ethical dilemmas. We are only getting started with this Mercury retrograde period. Mercury stations direct on December 22 and doesn’t finish its conversation with Saturn until January. The evening hours are good for spending time at home. We recharge at our hearths.

Moon in Cancer
Tuesday, December 5.
Another planet changes direction this week. Chiron in Pisces stations direct. Chiron has been retracing its steps in the sign of the compassionate healer since July. An inward journey has been completed. The renewal of empathy and vulnerable connection reaches a new stage of expression. This fits perfectly with a grand water trine of the Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter in Scorpio influencing the day. A wise sea-kayaking friend recently taught me the technique of meeting a large wave by leaning into it. This metaphor is perfect for today. Lean into vulnerability and the places of raw emotion. Remember the healer is present too. Maybe these are the right waves. Maybe this is what your soul needs.

Moon enters Leo 2:37 pm CST
December 6—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. The waning phases of a lunar cycle are for reflecting back on what we’ve experienced so far. We aren’t pushing forward so much as discerning what we’ve learned, what we’ve harvested from our New Moon intentions. Think back to November 18 when this cycle began. The seeds were planted on the threshold between Scorpio transformations and Sagittarius expansions. Have you felt the pull to move in, then out and back in? What stands out as the most important lesson from these experiences? What wisdom do you now carry with you?

Retrograding Mercury is weaving all kinds of connections today. Mercury conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius for the second time since turning retrograde on December 3. Mercury also makes a sextile aspect to Mars in Libra, while Mars and Saturn connect through a sextile. Options are opening up but it is too soon to bring them to completion. It may be too soon to even begin, but we notice a shift. Mars in Libra is a passionate actor for justice. Perhaps we are given more support from Saturn to have those difficult conversations about conflict. Perhaps, if we stay open-minded, but not wishy washy when it comes to our truths, we make breakthroughs in relationships. The Moon in Leo encourages risk. Not everything goes smoothly, but we are encouraged anyway.

Moon in Leo
Thursday, December 7.
Today we might feel that too much of a good thing is great. When Jupiter is involved, it is easy to go overboard. The energy since the Full Moon may have been a little wonky, not altogether bad, but restless and emotional at the same time. Today’s transits are encouraging, maybe even to a fault. The trine between the Moon in Leo and Venus in Sagittarius is flirty. The square between the Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio is downright sexy and possibly a little dangerous. The interplay between light and dark is enticing.

Moon enters Virgo 5:08 pm CST
Friday, December 8.
Fire is the teacher today. There’s a grand fire trine early in the day. Moon in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius are joining forces to move things along as only fire can. Fire has many methods of doing that, by the way. At its core, fire is about energy. Energetic awareness can lead us to the deadened places that need our attention, it can give us the energy to act, it can infuse our actions with joy. Fire is a transformer and a consumer. Notice how your fires are burning and why. This investigation leads to a focus on pragmatic solutions when the Moon moves into Virgo this evening (U.S. time zones). Self-awareness helps us know what needs tending to next.

Moon in Virgo
Saturday, December 9.
The big news is that Mars moves into Scorpio today, there till January 27. If we thought Jupiter in Scorpio was kicking up some dust, get ready for the ruler of Scorpio to come clean house. There are messes galore. The underworld has been keeping track of our obligations and responsibility to life. It is probably a good idea to check in on your account too. This means daring to live fully, with all our senses alive, engaging with the force of life that is ready to flow back into everything. Messes will be exposed and life will return. The Moon in Virgo is on board to clean house too. Purging, coming clean, is a way to make room for renewal. The Moon, Venus in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces make a challenging aspect pattern. The tendency to fall head over heels is strong. Our hearts may lead us astray, but in the end, that might be OK anyway.


About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. Read about the beginning of the Scorpio/Sagittarius lunar cycle here. http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2017/11/follow-moon-forecast-for-november-18.html

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 26, 2017—December 2

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. (10)”
― Pema ChödrönWhen Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times

The coming week is one of agitation. It could feel like a week when we can’t really get too comfortable because we’ll quickly have to adapt and change as new influences enter the scene. It may feel like things coming together and falling apart a lot. This lunar cycle began on the threshold between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Part of us wants to absorb emotional experiences slowly and deeply. Another part is ready to leap into new discoveries and new horizons. Transits this week have us coming and going. It will be a trick to make room for it all with grace and presence.

The Moon in Pisces (mutable water) starts the week tempting us into dreamy states. Pisces helps regulate strong emotion coming from the Scorpio zone held down by Jupiter and Venus in Scorpio. Pisces also makes it a bit harder to say no to exciting opportunities arising under the expansive influence of Sagittarius. How will you know from moment to moment what is best for you? Do you hole up in your home? Do you answer the call of discovery? How do you listen to yourself?

Another influence, the conjoining of Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius, puts pressure on us to perform better than usual. This won’t be easy either. Mercury is about to station retrograde. The domain of Mercury influence: thinking, communicating, travel, and technology, may seem to be conspiring against us. Saturn makes it feel like more of a disaster when things go wrong because we want to do well. There are major lessons to learn from these two planets this week.

The major transit of the week is volatile and creates a field of uncertainty. Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries on December 1. The day before, the Moon in Aries triggers this near exact opposition. It is good to take a pause before taking rash action. Mindful approaches to stress, anger, and fear are helpful. It may be important to be the one who contributes equanimity when others are losing perspective and patience. But we are also called to look at stale and stagnant structures in our lives. What must fall?

The week ends under the influence of Mercury stationing retrograde under the Full Moon in Gemini. Mercury rules Gemini and will greatly impact our experience of this Full Moon. Humor and curiosity are great assets for this period.

Forecast for November 26, 2017—December 2.

Moon enters Pisces 2:04 am CST
November 26—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. Under the Pisces Moon, water pulls us back into ourselves and into a desire for more intimate connection. At the New Moon on November 18, seeds were planted—whether consciously or not, these seeds are beginning to emerge as potential. We began in the depths of Scorpio, in what may have felt like an underworld journey. The Sun has moved into Sagittarius, and the glare of that light may be startling. Are things getting away from you? The question, as we come together and fall apart this week, could be: How do I stay present to myself? How do I fully live into this moment?

Venus in Scorpio governs our relationships. We need trust and safety. Venus is making a trine aspect to Chiron in Pisces. We are asked to go beyond safety to vulnerability. With the Moon also in Pisces making contact with Jupiter and Neptune, the more we lean in to real intimacy, the more authentic and secure our relationships become. Give yourself time for such connections now, later in the week, we may be able to draw upon these important exchanges.

Moon in Pisces
Monday, November 27.
Discord could lie under the surface of our interactions today. Being clear about our needs and desires could help bring conflict out in the open where we can be honest and open with each other. Venus in Scorpio, ever desirous of deeper connection, is stressed by a contact from Uranus in Aries. Uranus is impatient with slow process and that could help us move out of stuck places. The Moon in Pisces may contribute a desire for everyone to get along. That just isn’t always possible. Humans are being human today.

Moon enters Aries 10:30 am CST
Tuesday, November 28.
Almost three years ago, Saturn entered Sagittarius with a mission to refine and focus the stories we tell about our world. Saturn has shown us the ugly side of rationalizing what we want to believe. It has left us with a scary realization that truth isn’t as dependable as we thought. Facts are the victim of trying to shape reality by confusing the story. What can we rely on? How can we be more honest about the foundations of our beliefs? And how can we be more accountable for the stories we are obligated to dismantle? Saturn is on its way out of Sagittarius next month. It is time to tally up the lessons we’ve learned. Today, Mercury and Saturn come together near the end of Sagittarius. On the Full Moon, Mercury will station retrograde in Sagittarius and will retrace its steps through the sign of the big story. Mercury will conjoin Saturn three times during this process. Two times in Sagittarius and the last time in Capricorn. Mercury says, let’s take a little journey into what we really believe. We may be surprised by what we learn. Be curious to learn what your stories reveal about you. Be willing to change your mind.

Moon in Aries
Wednesday, November 29.
The Aries Moon dares to leap. We may regret it later, but this willingness to go first into the unknown helps us move forward. Light a fire. Be bold. Dare to believe in yourself. The Moon’s only aspect is a square to Pluto in Capricorn. There is a sense of risk and danger in these bold actions. That makes them even more vital. If you can keep a cord fastened to your recent underworld journey—the time you felt most exposed and raw. You will learn to expand your capacity to act and be vulnerable at the same time.

Moon in enters Taurus 2:38 pm CST
November 30—Gibbous Moon: Budding. This lunar cycle began in Scorpio darkness and quickly transformed into Sagittarian fire. Are you noticing the constant pulsation between leaving and returning as we cycle through things coming together and falling apart? This feels like an accelerated process of death and rebirth. It feels like training for transformation. This may also feel like a cycling through emotion. How does this human experience connect you? How does it develop your journey and impact on the world? This rapid cycling is like a muscular workout preparing us for the next big thing. This phase of the Moon often feels like that too. We are on the cusp of realization or illumination. There are just a few more experiences to have first.

Early in the day, the Moon near the end of Aries, contacts Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries. These two planets will oppose each other tomorrow. This could be triggering. Mars and Uranus set off rapid chain reactions for change. Mars’ mission is to reestablish balance but we might need to release disruptive energy before we settle back to that state of response and exchange. This is the perfect storm of a transit if we’ve been in denial about changing. Change will always win that battle.

After an unsettling morning (U.S. time zones), the Moon moves into Taurus. In this season of death (in the Northern Hemisphere where we are experiencing fall and winter), Taurus provides the anchor to life. It may be too easy to become cynical and despairing in the face of so much loss. Taurus reminds us that the cycles of the Earth are greater than we are. There is a much bigger story. And if we are lucky, we get to be part of it.

The quincunx aspect between Mars in Libra and Chiron in Pisces doesn’t let us settle for easy answers. This is the struggle to integrate intellectual dispassion with vulnerable compassion. Holding both with equanimity and openness is a great gift, especially for those we come in contact with. Our connections create healing.

Moon in Taurus
Friday, December 1.
Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries today. Yesterday, the Moon helped kick off this transit. Change is the only constant and we are reminded that the only really dependable thing in our lives is that we will change. Every one of us is falling. Control over this process is an illusion. And so, if we get to really re-experience that truth today, what do you choose? How do you choose to fall through the rest of your life? The speed of the fall could feel brisk today. Does that make you feel more alive? Are you sad that change will impact everything you love? These are hard realities. In this lunar cycle highly influenced by Scorpio, we have the opportunity to see with clear eyes what has always been true: everything is always changing. Venus moves into Sagittarius, remember the way we return from the underworld is important. Give honor to your depth journey. Remember the vulnerability. Recall the truths you experienced. We may feel like righting some wrongs after such a journey. Today is a good day to start.

Moon enters Gemini 3:21 pm CST
Saturday, December 2.
Today is a wild mix of yang and yin energies. We are falling apart and coming back together all at once. Jupiter in Scorpio makes a trine connection to Neptune in Pisces. Under this influence we are invited to relax into connection through vulnerability. Yet, the Moon moves into the busy mental sign of Gemini while Mercury is stationing retrograde in Sagittarius. Even though we may want to rest in emotional connection, we could be thrown into mental problem-solving. If we are lucky, setbacks and confusion will stimulate curiosity and humor as we realize that there is just so much to pay attention to and learn from today. I quoted the wise Pema Chödrön at the beginning of the week, “The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” It is all present. How do you make room?


About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. Read about the beginning of the Scorpio/Sagittarius lunar cycle here. http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2017/11/follow-moon-forecast-for-november-18.html

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 18, 2017—November 25.

I’ve always wanted a nice, tidy chemical equation that could govern underworld journeys—those journeys that take us out of the ordinary and into the shadow places. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew in advance just how much shadow material to reveal to get a boost of transformative power? Wouldn’t it be great if we could control the chain reaction when we start poking at the things hidden away in the shadows? I’ve been reflecting on Inanna’s journey to the underworld recently. From the Sumerian text that describes her journey, she encounters seven gates where she is challenged to give up another piece of her power and identity. At each gate, the most powerful goddess in this culture is told, “Quiet Inanna, the ways of the underworld are perfect. They may not be questioned.” She had to shut up and do what they told her. This journey is not so nice and controllable. Not tidy. Not efficient. Not safe. That is where we are right now in the U.S. as shadows of sexual abuse are being revealed. It may be necessary but it doesn’t feel safe to tell the truth. It doesn’t feel like we get to keep control of the process, and it does feel like we are entering another realm, with its own rules, that must be obeyed.

Can we trust the ways of the underworld? Here is some of what I know, or perhaps want to believe. Exposing shadows can bring healing. It can renew our vital selves. It can be a reclamation of power. The big question I’ve always had about Inanna’s journey concerns why she decided to descend at all. She had all the external power she could have. She was worshipped. But she needed something more. Jungian psychologist James Hillman described that something more as soul. The myth is open to other interpretations, but I’ve always found this piece about soul to be comforting, even as I tremble at the gates of my underworld.

My heart goes out to those who are telling their truths and the ones who are being triggered to remember and relieve their own experiences of abuse. I know this is not a journey we chose to take. It is not as if we were sitting around bored and thinking wouldn’t it be great to have a deep and soulful experience by bringing up ways we’ve been abused? No, it seems that there is another reason. We could call it justice, we could call it a yearning for healing, we could call it a vision for a different world. This journey sometimes just opens up, whether we are ready or not, and there we are. Since Jupiter went into Scorpio in October, this journey has just opened up. The last lunar cycle, which traversed much of the Scorpio terrain, only deepened it. On November 18, the next lunar cycle begins near the end of Scorpio. There is more to experience. Soon after, the Sun enters Sagittarius. The exchange between these signs will reveal how we move forward after so many shadows. What we do next says it all.

This next lunar cycle happens on the threshold between Scorpio (fixed water) and Sagittarius (mutable fire). Energetically this can feel like coming from the deep and dark into an extrovert’s party. There may be a temptation to shake off the previous shadow work too quickly and jump right into easy escapism. But that isn’t the only temptation. Some of us could feel stuck in the dark while the party is going on, creating more isolation. How we return from the underworld matters. How we honor our soulful journeys matters. This lunar cycle may be about doing both. Returning and honoring. When Inanna returned, she raged against Dumuzi, one of her lovers who had taken her throne, and sent him packing to the underworld. Perhaps some of us will need to return from our visit to painful places by raging against injustice. This is one possibility. And a strong one, since this lunar cycle begins with a square between both rulers of Scorpio (Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn). Rage plays a role. Mars in Libra will fight for justice. Pluto is the toxic power structures we’ve been uncovering since Pluto went into Capricorn in 2008.

Mars is active during this lunar cycle. On December 1, Mars will oppose Uranus in Aries, the revolutionary agent of change. This is a tinderbox transit. Mars sparks action for any ways we are not being authentic. What has the underworld journey taught you about your authenticity?  On December 9, Mars enters Scorpio. If things weren’t real before, they are now. This is another plunge down. Since Jupiter will be in Scorpio all year, we will experience diving and rising again and again. How we return from the underworld matters.

Forecast for November 18, 2017—November 25.

Moon enters Sagittarius 12:59 pm CST
November 18—New Moon: Seeding. This New Moon is a seed planted in the underworld of Scorpio that will grow into the light of the next sign, Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the storyteller. We will be creating new stories this lunation. Saturn has been occupying Sagittarius since October 2015 (Saturn went into Sagittarius in December 2014 and retrograded out from June 2015 through October). Saturn demands accountability. Our stories have been ignored. The dominant stories of culture have been based on manipulation of the storytelling functions of culture. Fake news became a thing under Saturn in Sagittarius. There are authentic stories. There is authentic truth. An underworld journey can help us to remember what we have lost or been fooled into thinking isn’t real. Mercury joins Saturn in Sagittarius at this New Moon. Mercury will be taking a retrograde journey through Sagittarius from December 3 to December 22. We are not only asked to reflect on our truth, we must do the work of throwing out the stories that don’t resonate and don’t create life for us and the planet. At this New Moon, I plant the seeds of reclaiming my voice. After the shadow work of Scorpio, where collective and personal demons are felt more strongly, I return with a voice for justice, a voice for truth, a voice for change. What are the seeds you plant?

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, November 19.
The square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn perfects today. Let authentic rage move through you. There is a lot to be rageful about. And notice, what your anger is revealing. Are you able to channel your anger to the proper source or is it coming out sideways? Without judgment, we have the opportunity to notice patterns around anger. Perhaps we also will be gifted with the insight about who justly deserves this anger and who does not. The Moon in Sagittarius encourages movement of some kind. This can be a wonderful way to get unstuck if big emotions are moving in.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, November 20.
The Moon in Sagittarius conjoins two important players for this lunar cycle, Mercury and Saturn. Saturn will be leaving Sagittarius next month. This lunation and next are opportunities to reap the lessons Saturn grew for us during this time (basically the last 2 and ½ years). Sagittarius is concerned with truth, meaning, the expansion of our horizons. Saturn teaches through limiting and narrowing our options, which feels contradictory to Sagittarian impulse. It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for our Sagittarius friends. But we’ve learned something and we are better for it. What did you learn? Mercury is preparing to turn retrograde soon. In Sagittarius, we get to reflect on our truths and the stories driving our perceptions of reality. As we notice our stories today, the Moon invites an inner knowing. Don’t strive for it, let it arise. Small insights can be big.

Moon enters Capricorn 1:14 am CST
Tuesday, November 21.
Sun enters Sagittarius. The threshold is crossed when the Sun moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius today. I am imagining this as a step of return from an underworld journey. Our personal journeys and returns will have different timings, but today perhaps, begin to notice what you think of as a return from depth. What do you bring back with you that feeds your authentic truth? We are invited to treasure that. Venus in Scorpio makes a lovely sextile to Pluto in Capricorn today. This is a blessing for our journeys, for speaking about our shadows, and for the mysteries of healing and exchange with those shadows. The Moon in Capricorn invites a concrete way to honor our journeys. Perhaps this will be in the form of activism or actions that reflect your truth. Lunar wisdom teaches me that small conscious actions can have big impact. Experiment with that.

Moon in Capricorn
November 22—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Seeds planted during the New Moon phase of this cycle begin to tremble and burst into life. This is still happening underground. Let things germinate for a while. The return from the underworld will happen in its own time, in the time your soul needs. Let’s not be fooled into thinking our timing is off when others around us are going full force into what is known as “the holiday season.” This is a time that can try the soul of those who need to remain with gravity in the dark. Perhaps it is appropriate to name this obsession with escapist consumerism as the root of our problems right now. Perhaps consumerism is the Dumuzi of Inanna’s story. (See intro to this week’s forecast.) Perhaps this is just where we should focus our rage.

Neptune in Pisces stations direct today. This is powerful energy that focuses our experiences on connections that feel eternal and outside the ways we can fill our days with meaninglessness. Neptune also offers illusion as a good substitute for what is real. Both are possible today and perhaps as we notice our germinating seeds, we are offered a chance to discern the difference between what is real and what is false. Truth is not relative but it also isn’t there to comfort us. Notice what you want to avoid. There may be revelations there. The Moon in Capricorn encourages realism. Balance this with feelings of transcendence (Neptune’s urge). Where does that land you?

Moon enters Aquarius 2:14 pm CST
Thursday, November 23.
Perhaps there is nothing more centered in the American mythos than the holiday of Thanksgiving. Yes, one can, and I do, reframe this celebration as a time to honor hearth and give thanks for what the Earth provides. But I must also acknowledge that the entire myth of Thanksgiving is mostly about the good colonizer. One of the things this myth says is that at the core, at the beginning of colonization, white people were welcomed here. Thanksgiving represents a hope that colonizers can be redeemed somehow, that all the genocide that followed that mythic first Thanksgiving can somehow be forgiven. We’re good, right? As we gather at our hearths, let us remember those who are living with the legacy of genocide and the impact of colonization every day of their lives. This is a somber reality. After making a square to Uranus in Aries early in the morning the Moon enters Aquarius. We may notice impatience for those who are complacent with the way things are going. A good topic of conversation at this Thanksgiving could be examples of activism that inspire you.

Moon in Aquarius
Friday, November 24.
Do people still celebrate this as Buy Nothing Day? I think this is a fabulous practice for disengaging from the constant messaging of the overculture. The pressure to assuage discomfort by shopping is intense. The Moon in Aquarius encourages us to take a stand. Listen to your authentic voice within. Where would you rather put this energy?  Mercury in Sagittarius makes a square to Chiron in Pisces. The heart of compassion is to recognize the suffering of self and other and to find a way to erase divisions. I cannot conflate my suffering with the suffering of others, but I can recognize our common humanity. I can be moved to make a difference.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, November 25.
A lot of fire/air energy today sparks personal revolutions and revelations. What will you change? What did you just realize? Mercury in Sagittarius is making a trine to Uranus in Aries. Thoughts and insights are firing. We may think we are really on to something, only to find out later that we have more to learn. But now, be filled with enthusiasm. We are collecting the bits and pieces of our stories. There is more work to do with these bits later. Don’t worry about being too discerning right now. You never know what inconsequential bauble might be core to your journey when we dive back in to the underworld for processing later.

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker.

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