Monday, January 23, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 23, 2017 – February 5

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
― James BaldwinThe Fire Next Time

What is the love we need now? James Baldwin was born in the season of Leo, fixed fire. He brought this fire into the discourse about race and sexual orientation. His brilliant book, The Fire Next Time, continues to inspire those who work to end racism. Baldwin’s notion of love was radical and transformative. I believe it is an instruction for living through our current challenges. The U.S. has not yet truly embraced the kind of love Baldwin wrote about. Perhaps now we may. Perhaps now we choose to try.

Leo plays the counterpoint role in the Aquarius lunar cycle that begins on January 27. Leo expression peaks on February 10 when the eclipsed Full Moon occurs in Leo. An eclipse is an opportunity sometimes chosen, sometimes forced on us, to re-pattern our stories. The light goes out and comes back. What new story about love and fire will come through this opening?

Baldwin speaks about masks. Aquarius represents the drive to be authentic and transparent. Our masks become intolerable and confining under the influence of Aquarius and especially under the influence of Uranus, the co-ruler of Aquarius. Uranus represents the desire to blast away falsehoods and blow apart fa├žades. At its best, Uranus encourages love that is tough and true. The planets provide the energy and opportunity but it is up to each of us to choose the ways we will use that energy and move forward through this opportunity. Uranus is a perfect example. Uranus in Aries has provided the spark for the Tea Party’s revolution as well as the fierce commitment behind the Black Lives Matter movement. Astrology helps to clarify our choices. The Aquarius lunar cycle asks us to get clear about the “masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Love itself, even the fierce love of “questing and daring and growth” helps us know how to choose.

This is why my lunar intention for the Aquarius cycle will be “to lead with love.” The world is too complex and dangerous to use any other guidance. As the Aquarius lunar cycle incites further change in our world, love reminds me to respect—“to look again” at the person I am relegating to otherness. Aquarius as an air sign, can be quite open-minded, but as a fixed sign, can also be closed to contradictory points of view. Love that reveals and liberates reminds me to look again at my own fixed ideas. In a lunar cycle that promises to be very passionate and heady, due to a preponderance of fire and air influences, a commitment to leading with love is a counterbalance to the abstraction that creates distance and misunderstanding.

What kind of love encourages us to take off our masks? How might this love bridge the gulf that seems to separate us? How might the world change if we dared to love in this way? Aquarius is a daring sign. It is willing to push past previous boundaries. Other transits encourage this sense of daring this month. Mars enters Aries on January 28, followed by Venus’ entrance into Aries on February 3. For the first week of the new lunar cycle, Mercury in Capricorn will agitate the cardinal planets that are in tense relationship to each other: Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Libra. No one is happy with the status quo and ideas are flying. I suspect the intention to be led by love may help us communicate better. In the midst of the Mercury transits, Jupiter stations retrograde. This may feel like the brakes being applied to self-gratifying feelings of righteousness. If the thrust of Jupiter’s transit is about justice, we might need to turn our focus inward to see patterns of injustice in ourselves. Around the Full Moon, the Sun in Aquarius makes encouraging aspects to Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn. The Full Moon eclipse could bring breakthroughs that give hope and direction. These planets are in air and fire signs. Remember, even when things seem to be going your way, to lead with love brings in our hearts.

Forecast for January 23, 2017 – February 5

Moon in Sagittarius
January 23—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. A strong lineup of planets in Pisces reinforces the feeling of needing time to yourself as the Capricorn lunar cycle wanes into darkness. Mercury in Capricorn starts off the introspection by making a sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces. This connection encourages insight and self-reflection. Be gentle with yourself. The past weekend was a big one and as a good friend of mine reminded me, the next four years will be a marathon not a speed race. It is a good idea, today, to honor your emotions as much as your desire to better the world. The work we do in the Capricorn season to assess our lives and set intention will help us as we prepare for the next lunar cycle seeded by Aquarius’ desire to join with others to envision the seeds of possibility for the year ahead. The expansive Moon in Sagittarius might make it hard to listen to the need for quiet reflection today. Notice the push and pull in both directions.

Moon enters Capricorn 4:23 pm CST
Tuesday, January 24.
Don’t take the bait. Some are looking for a fight. The Moon in Sagittarius makes a square to Mars in Pisces today. Philosophies don’t jibe with our emotional experiences. We might want to fall into the trap of making everything about logic and forgetting the part about heart.

Moon in Capricorn
Wednesday, January 25.
The Moon returns to Capricorn at the end of the Capricorn lunar cycle. We come full circle to see our patterns around self-expectation. Yes, we want to keep working, but have you found a way to be easier on yourself during this lunar cycle? (It began way back in 2016 on December 29.) Venus in Pisces conjoins Chiron. We are meant to open our hearts and feel the world’s suffering during this transit. Empathy could be painful, but it also increases our capacity to connect. The Moon conjoins Mercury in Capricorn later in the day. Make a plan—a simple plan—to bring more compassion to the world. When we act together, it doesn’t take much effort.

Moon in Capricorn
Thursday, January 26.
It could feel like we’re making one missed connection after another today. Venus in Pisces makes a puzzling quincunx to Jupiter in Libra. These planets are in mutual reception (in each other’s signs) so we assume we are being understood by others on a deep, intuitive level. But we could very well be wrong about that. Something is obstructing the flow. Take time to check in on the important relationships and don’t take it personally if someone just doesn’t get you. Caution in communication could be a good strategy with the Moon setting off the tense t-square of Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter in Libra (both square to Pluto in Capricorn). This t-square eggs on the fight response and a desire to expose abusive power.

Moon enters Aquarius 2:36 am CST
January 27—New Moon: Seeding. The New Moon in Aquarius gives the opportunity to plant seeds of openness and authenticity. This fixed air sign is good at conceptualization, is willing to break rules and patterns, and is happy to tinker with social organizations to ensure the freedom of each individual in the group. The sign can be a little cold and clinical. But not always, sometimes it can be charmingly radical and hopeful. Fixed signs anchor a season. In this case, in the northern hemisphere, Aquarius anchors deep winter. The fertile darkness inspires vision and dreams for the unfolding year. In this soil of possibility, we can plant the dreams for a more just and awake world. Aquarius also desires authenticity and transparency. These qualities, combined with love, are a powerful force for transformation.

“To know love we have to tell the truth to ourselves and to others. Creating a false self to mask fears and insecurities, has become so common that many of us forget who we are and what we feel underneath the pretense.”
- bell hooks in All About Love.

We are too used to hearing and telling our own lies and it is obvious that we will be hearing many more of them during the Trump Presidency. The price of accepting these lies is too high. James Baldwin tells us that “love takes off the masks … [and is] quest and daring and growth.” Perhaps love is the revolutionary force that turns this world around. The tough love that insists on truth.

For the seeds of this Aquarian lunar cycle I offer this intention: “to lead with love.” I am envisioning the radical and transformative love that dares me to remove my masks and insists on telling myself the truth. Recently, Saturn in Sagittarius made an important square with Neptune in Pisces. This particular transit (waning square) only happens every 36 years and asked us to look at the stories and truths that govern our choices. Out of this period of time, we’ve ended up with a lying president and fake news. So, now it is time to turn that around. This year we are in another planetary cycle—the one between Saturn and Uranus. These planets, co-rulers of Aquarius, are trine one another. This flowing aspect encourages us to be smarter and braver about our truths. The act of removing our masks holds even more potential this year because of this transit.

 A defining feature of the New Moon chart is the exact square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Pisces. Sometimes, Venus represents women and this association surely resonates with the call to action that millions of women across the world are sending out. Venus in Pisces is breaking down the barriers. Saturn is challenging a tendency to blur too many lines. Women are learning about our common oppressions, at the same time needing to hear the truth of those who bear greater burdens. This aspect, though challenging, represents a will to work it out. Our relationships feel like the core of our work right now. How do we lead with love as we face uncomfortable truths?

Jupiter in Libra (the relationship sign) is stationing retrograde soon. In the chart, this Jupiter is in a t-square aspect with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect pattern continues to fuel revolt, demands for justice, and exposure of lies and secrets. Mercury approaches conjunction with Pluto (exact on January 29). Mercury should force a confrontation with power. The press will play a role in exposing lies. The people must demand it.

Notably, later on this day, Mars moves from Pisces to Aries. Action and anger are directed outward. What a perfect opportunity to remember that love is the transformer. Violence isn’t nearly as effective as the love that liberates.

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, January 28
. Remember that a growing preponderance of air and fire influence can make us reactive and removed from our emotions. This will be an ongoing concern this lunar cycle. The Moon in airy Aquarius makes favorable contact with Uranus in Aries (fire), Jupiter in Libra (air), and Saturn in Sagittarius (fire). Try not to listen only to voices you agree with or speak only to those who agree with you. Broaden the signals. Remember love sends a strong signal too.

Moon enters Pisces 10:10 am CST
Sunday, January 29.
Ahh, the Moon moves into a water sign. Notice how this feels on your nervous system. What do you need for self-care? Mercury in Capricorn conjoins Pluto. Perhaps you notice the stress of all the lies. Mercury desires to speak truth but will have to fight against power to do so. Don’t cave to your own lies. If that seems like the only option, remember to hold yourself tenderly. Wonder about the power of love to unmask the lies.

Moon in Pisces
Monday, January 30.
Venus influence is strong this lunar cycle. At the New Moon, Venus made a square to Saturn, setting the tone of working hard on relationships. Soon Venus will move into Aries (February 3) and will take on an even more militant energy of assertion. This may be hard on relationship too. With a lunar intention to “lead with love,” we learn how to be on that tough quest for the love that unmasks. On March 4 Venus will station retrograde in Aries and station direct on April 15 at the same degree in Pisces it reaches today. Prelude to this journey begins today. Love is way more complex than the common ideas of harmony and pleasure. Perhaps we attain a more realistic vision of love during this cycle. The Moon contacts Neptune, Pluto, and Mercury today. That’s a lot going on. Monitor how much you interact with others if you are feeling overwhelmed by the emotional atmosphere around you.

Moon enters Aries 3:46 pm CST
January 31—Crescent Moon: Germinating. The seeds of possibility sown at the New Moon begin to germinate in this phase of the lunar cycle. All the action is still below the surface, however. Aquarius is a season of imminent change. We naturally feel this time of year as a quickening that leads to the rebirth of Spring. Things are brewing. When the Moon enters Aries, that sense of needing to act will really kick in. This is an excellent time to refer back to the intention you set for this lunar cycle. What is seeking expression? I have chosen the intention to be led by transformative love, the kind of love that demands I tell myself the truth. As Mercury in Capricorn makes a square to Uranus in Aries today, truth telling is high on the list of ways we want to instigate change in the world. At the same time as this agitating energy is happening, the Moon conjoins Mars in Aries. We could feel like we are ready to blast off. I recently attended a concert/community sing-a-long led by Melanie DeMore. In fact, one of her songs inspired this month’s intention. At this event she described herself as a weapon of mass connection. That is a just about perfect way to think of Mars in Aries moving us towards liberating love.

Moon in Aries
Wednesday, February 1.
February, the month of love, is here. If you’ve been following along, I am pursuing a lunar intention of being led by love, but not in the sweet, sickly way love is portrayed in Valentine’s Day cards. The love I seek to be led by is inspired by James Baldwin and bell hooks, two authors who write about the transformative power of love that removes masks and demands truth. The Moon in Aries is fiery and bold. You might want to step clear of the lies you tell yourself and the lies you hear from corrupt power and dare to love openly. Mercury’s sextile to Chiron in Pisces is a heart opener, especially in the realm of communication.

Moon enters Taurus 7:50 pm CST
Thursday, February 2.
Traditional Imbolc. Today is the traditional date of Imbolc, the cross-quarter holy day celebrating the quickening year and our intentions for that year. Tomorrow, the Sun reaches the midpoint of Aquarius, and that is celebrated as astronomical Imbolc. The meaning for both dates is the same. The association of this sabbath with the goddess Brigid invites us to ceklebrate poetry, art, and justice. Some Pagans honor the day by making pledges for the year. The square between Mercury in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra could create a desire to be very expansive in our pledges. The desire for justice and honorable power is strong. Before the Moon moves into stable Taurus this evening (central time zone), the Moon in Aries touches off a cascade of agitation by conjoining Uranus, squaring Mercury, and opposing Jupiter. Our souls sense this is not a year to be tame. How do you claim your wildness?

Moon in Taurus
February 3—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. Astronomical Imbolc.  See yesterday’s entry for more information about astronomical Imbolc. The midpoint of Aquarius anchors air as one of the elements of life. (Aquarius is the fixed air sign.) What qualities of air do you value? Which qualities do you need? Which are problematic? Air represents our ability to see clearly, to voice our truth, and to envision new possibilities. At this phase of the Moon, new Moon seeds are sprouting asking us to tend to our intentional gardens. How can air be an ally for your lunar intention? My intention is to be led by love to tell the truth of myself and to hear the truth of others. Air brings clarity. May you feel that clarity too. Venus enters Aries today. Venus spends an extra long time in Aries due to an upcoming retrograde journey through the sign (also moving back into Pisces for a while.) The kind of love that Venus values is courageous and a bit reckless. Under this influence we may be tempted to burn away the lies that keep us from truly loving each other. The caution is to temper the flame with compassion. Taurus Moon values solid grounding. That helps too.

Moon enters Gemini 10:44 pm CST
Saturday, February 4.
Most of this day gives solid relief to all the air and fire influences recently. The Moon trines both Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn. We’ve been pushing through the lies and fighting for love. Today, perhaps we hear a truth we can trust. Notice how this feels in your body. This is important information.

Moon in Gemini
Sunday, February 5.
The jumpy, jittery Gemini Moon may very well put us over the edge if we aren’t careful. This energy is great for social connectivity, discovery, and learning. It is hard on the nervous system if we are already taking in too much information. The Moon makes a very energetic contact with Mars in Aries and that doesn’t much help us settle. Later, the Moon makes a square to Neptune in Pisces. The oceanic feelings of Neptune may be more than we can handle. It is OK to go against the grain and spend quiet time alone, if you can.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 9, 2017 – January 22

So, comrades of change, have you been girding yourself for the coming battle? Do you feel ready to engage in the joys and struggles that 2017 is sure to bring? How marvelous that we stand upon this precipice of creation—for change is creation, isn’t it? Destruction is its other face. Something ends and something else immediately begins. There is opportunity here. We are in the middle of the first lunar cycle of 2017 and it feels like we’ve been preparing for this moment our entire lives. Heck, this moment has been in the works for all time—brought to us by every choice ever made past and present. Now. This moment. A precipice and an opportunity. It is dire and delightful. Perhaps this moment feels too full. Perhaps we don’t feel ready. I think that is okay. I am learning some things in this Capricorn-inspired lunar cycle that are helping me get through the doubts:
  •        I am not alone;
  •        I do not need to be perfect, or even brilliant;
  •        and the descendants need me to do the best I can.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

The Capricorn season is a good time to check in with Saturn. Saturn rules Capricorn. On bad days, Saturn is the inner judge we will never please. We can get caught up in over-expectation during the Capricorn season. How many New Year’s resolutions have you failed at? But, you’ve got to hand it to us over-achievers for trying, right? Saturn also represents the best side of ourselves, too. The side of integrity. The side that works hard. The side that keeps an eye on how well our descendants will be at the end of our efforts. The side that won’t back down from hard choices. I think it is this good side of Saturn that motivates us to set these goals for ourselves. But something happens along the way. Saturn is the potential for authorship—what we will make of our lives. Unfortunately, many of us give that authorship to an external authority and must learn to take it back. This is also a good reason that the Capricorn season is the right time to take on systems of oppression.

That brings us back to the precipice of change. Saturn has been transiting through Sagittarius since late 2014 (retrograding back into Scorpio for three of those months). The external authority Saturn has been telling us what to believe and where to place our hopes. External Saturn has been shifting the stories through a square to Neptune in Pisces. External Saturn under Neptune’s illusions has given us “fake news” and false leaders. This year, Saturn is energized by rebellious and impatient Uranus in Aries through a trine aspect. Perhaps this rabble-rousing influence will shake up dependency on external authority. Perhaps it will help us reclaim our own.

On January 19, the day before the Inauguration, Mars in Pisces makes a square aspect to Saturn. Mars in Pisces is the fighter who feels for their opponent. We have some thinking to do about how we frame the fight. Strength comes from compassion, and the ways of water teach us how to use this strength in our battles. The days from the Full Moon on January 12 up to the Inauguration are brimming with Piscean influence. Venus in Pisces conjoins Neptune; Mars in Pisces conjoins Chiron and makes a quincunx aspect to justice-seeking Jupiter in Libra. Pisces is good for mass movements and mass consciousness. We are able to feed into this energy of connection wherever we are.

The first lunar cycle of 2017 is an opportunity to reclaim our own authority through the indirect methods of Piscean awareness. Self-care, compassion, intuition, and ecstatic states of connection and inspiration are the secret weapons. Here’s another thing that a Capricorn/Pisces conspiracy could hatch—self-forgiveness coupled with accountability. Holding onto our failures doesn’t ensure we won’t repeat them. Completely forgetting them won’t either. We are meant to be awake, whole-hearted, and imperfect as we face this monster of a year. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Forecast for January 9, 2017 – January 22

Moon in Gemini
Monday, January 9
. “Stir it up, little darlin’, stir it up.” This Bob Marley song popped into my mind when I looked over the transits for today. The Moon in air sign, Gemini, is really good at stirring up the pot, adding ideas, new directions, and new associations. This busy Moon is challenging all the planets in Pisces today: Venus, Neptune, Mars, and Chiron. Watery influences open our hearts but also can create a muddle of emotion. If you find yourself in stuck places or despairing places, then use the gift of curiosity to stir it up.

Moon enters Cancer 4:49 pm CST
Tuesday, January 10.
The Sun in Capricorn makes a square to Uranus in Aries. Since Uranus entered this sign in 2010, we’ve been on notice that things have to change. Aries has contributed a sense of urgency and willingness to throw out the rulebook. Aries is really good at going in new directions without much of a map. Embrace that feeling. Feel the willingness of it. Then pay attention to Capricorn influence, which is much more strategic and focused on the long haul. This is a conflict and paradox, but it can also be incredibly powerful. Uranus goes along with the desire to create new territory. Resistance meets wisdom. Dare to compost perfectionism. Dare to dare. This very jittery day calms down (a bit) when the Moon enters Cancer. We are building towards a Full Moon in two days. Take moments of calm whenever you can.

Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, January 11.
Full Moon energy begins today, even though the actual Full Moon is tomorrow. Read both days of forecast if you are curious. The influences are complex. The cardinal sign planets (Sun - Capricorn, Moon - Cancer, Jupiter – Libra, and Uranus - Aries) are asserting themselves. Cardinal signs want to be in charge, they drive us to assert ourselves too. We might encounter open enemies and those who want to take our power from us during this influence. We might want to give up because the obstacles are too high. We might also over-extend ourselves, forgetting that micro movements are powerful. Strong passions invite us to find our ground of being. The Moon in watery Cancer finds allies in the Pisces planets (Venus, Neptune, Mars, and Chiron). Emotion and empathy may help us through the conflicts and into our strength.

Moon enters Leo 6:08 pm CST
January 12—Full Moon: Illuminating. The urge to create something lasting is strong in a Capricorn season. This desire creates expectations. Over-culture messages creep in to thwart our efforts and just plain bum us out. What are you noticing about your own expectations? How do you keep going in spite of the obstacles and messages that can feel overwhelming? Full Moons are illuminating. We have the opportunity to see our desires and patterns with clarity. This lunar light can be a blessing, releasing the things we can’t control and bathing in the soul light of self-love.

Contractions become opportunities at this Full Moon. A dynamic grand cross aspect pattern may force us to break through inner and external sources of contradiction. When push to comes to shove, are you going to listen to the voices of external authority or your own soul’s longing? This is a good time to stand up for your dreams and desires for the world, especially if you feel isolated and alone. The Capricorn season is a good opportunity to notice the messages that systems of oppression send to those who would challenge the system. One of these myth/messages is the idea that we must do our important work alone. The Capricorn season is also a good opportunity to dismantle these messages. A grand cross square represents a crossroads and a turning point. The planets involved are Sun in Capricorn (with Pluto nearby), Moon in Cancer, Jupiter in Libra, and Uranus in Aries. The significant, new influence in this planetary line-up is Jupiter, which entered Libra in September. Jupiter will be squaring Pluto and opposing Uranus two more times this year, so we get multiple tries to integrate this influence. Jupiter brings fresh energy. Sometimes it pushes too much, but probably right now, we need this influx of resource. The burning issues for this Jupiter are justice and balance. Imbalances in power and in the ways we live on the Earth motivate us to fight for change. Just as the Pisces planets of the moment are encouraging self-care and empathy as tools for change, Jupiter encourages a sense of equilibrium and harmony as we continue to be active creating the world we desire.

Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, and an important teacher in this season, is finding a way to get along with Uranus and Jupiter. Change is possible, even at the darkest hour. We haven’t exhausted all our options. Innovation and hope are working with the desire to make a lasting difference.

Moon in Leo
Friday, January 13.
What happens when a lot of energy encounters a vacuum? What if the vacuum has a Leo flavor? These are the questions I am pondering for today’s forecast. There really isn’t a vacuum in today’s transits but nearly so. There are no aspects. The Moon in Leo makes no connections with any other planets. However, the Moon is not Void of Course, which means it truly has no direction until it changes signs. Tomorrow, the Moon will kick things off with a trine to Uranus in Aries. But today, nothing much changes from yesterday. The Full Moon energy still resonates. The Leo flavor could manifest as playfulness, need for attention, creative ideas, or willingness to burn everything down. It is Friday the 13th, a wonderful time to claim your witchy powers.

Moon enters Virgo 9:52 pm CST
Saturday, January 14
. A grand fire trine of Moon in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus in Aries infuses the day with energy. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any conflicts. That could happen too. Egos could be tender. False assumptions could derail relationships. Hurt feelings could surface. If you find yourself in such tricky waters, do the courageous thing and confront the issues head on. Fire is resilient if we air our grievances. Joy is the reward.

Moon in Virgo
January 15—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. At this phase of the Moon, I like to encourage people to stop and look at what they’ve learned or accomplished through following intention from the New Moon. This is especially important to do in a Capricorn lunar cycle, for a couple of reasons. A) Capricorn wants to achieve. How do we know we’ve achieved anything if we don’t step back and look? B) Capricorn can encourage the voice of the inner critic. To disarm this messaging, give yourself a pat on the back. Be your own millennial Mom. No matter how little you actually achieved, tell yourself it was great. Really, we all need that from time to time. It helps dismantle systems of oppression.

So, how have things shifted since the New Moon on December 29? The Moon in Virgo is looking for pragmatic, concrete benefits. Be mundane. This helps balance the Pisces influences of Venus and Neptune, which tempt us with fantasies and feelings. These feelings are not necessarily wrong, but we could all use a reality check.

Moon in Virgo
Monday, January 16.
Now, more than ever, we need to return to the strategic activism employed by Martin Luther King. He made an impact because he was pragmatic, strategic, and inspired. He was also human. Let’s remember we don’t have to be perfect to change the world. Today, the Moon opposes Mars conjunct Chiron in Pisces. Notice the impulse to make big sacrifices. Perhaps you do join the Peace Corps, or just feel like you should. Relish the balancing influence of the Virgo Moon. It makes it safer to give way to our feelings, knowing there is a tether to the real world. The square between the Moon and Saturn tells us something important about the obstacles we face. A blend of faith and pragmatism is called for. Pluto enters new Capricornian territory today. From now till it stations retrograde in April, Pluto is turning over fallow fields. Be willing to look at your shadows.

Moon enters Libra 5:16 am CST
Tuesday, January 17.
Three days till the Inauguration. How are you feeling? The Moon in Libra invites a moment to pause. Recognize fleeting sensations of equanimity. Yes, the crisis feels imminent but we are in it for the long haul. Resist panic. Breathe, center, and move on.

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, January 18.
OK. Now panic (see yesterday’s forecast). No, I really can’t recommend panic, but today we may feel pushed to the edges. The Moon in Libra sets off the t-square pattern of Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries and squaring Pluto in Capricorn. Remember, so many things happening right now are not normal and not satisfactory. We must believe a better world is possible. And from that belief, act. Mars in Pisces makes a quincunx aspect to Jupiter on top of it all. This introduces an element of mystery and synchronicity. We can’t control everything. Chance plays a role in leading us to the right place for the right choice, although we may have a hard time believing it.

Moon enters Scorpio 4:09 pm CST.
January 19—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. Sun enters Aquarius. Back on December 29, we planted some seeds into the Capricorn soil of this lunar cycle. I believe this happens whether we consciously engage with the lunar cycle or not. We can’t help but be impacted by the cycles and seasons we live in. The year turned over. Many of us looked behind and in front and set New Year’s resolutions based on the way we wanted to live in 2017. We confronted our own expectations. Perhaps we did some work dismantling the voices of external authority telling us we better not try to change anything, much less the world. Somewhere along the way, perhaps you confronted your mortality or personal limitations. Perhaps you decided to act anyway because the work is about future generations and we must do something. Hopefully, you remembered you are not alone. Perhaps you took stock of your successes and failures. Perhaps you learned something useful. At this phase of the Moon, we gather the seeds of wisdom that these successes and failures have produced. Capricorn is the season of high expectation and lofty goals. Perhaps you’ve noticed that you are stronger than you thought. What brought you that awareness? That is a true gift. Keep hold of it as the Sun enters activism-oriented Aquarius. In a week, we plant the Aquarius seeds at the next New Moon. Now, we reap the work of Capricorn.

The square between Mars in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius contributes to the serious tone of the day. You might even want to give up. If Mars is the will, this Mars has a hard time knowing what it wants. Complexity comes from identification with others’ suffering. Add to that the ways Saturn throws up roadblocks, we may be feeling discouraged. Take inspiration from water to keep flowing past these blocks. The Moon in Scorpio helps us to go under the surface. Be sneaky. Be true to life.

Moon in Scorpio
Friday, January 20.
First of all, the Moon in Scorpio begs us to be as snarky as we want to be today. Do not pretend you are happy about anything, if you are not. Purge any sense that you should be good or take the high road. Wallow in your bitter disappointment, if you must. But don’t stay there. The Moon moves on and we have other emotions and visions to honor. The sextile aspect between Venus in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn creates alliances of beautiful resistance. My secret desire at this moment is that women take the reins of activism and that white feminists learn to be truly intersectional in vision and action. Pluto gives strength to connections. Venus in Pisces asks, Where is our common struggle? Let’s feed the vision of a new world.

Moon in Scorpio
Saturday, January 21.
Protests today fall under the beams of a waning Scorpio Moon. Expressions of raw emotion seem like a good way to honor our true feelings. The aspects today favor not holding back. The Moon makes a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and a trine to Venus and Mars in Pisces. Expressions that evoke empathy and common connections will have a bigger impact.

Moon enters Sagittarius 4:45 am CST
Sunday, January 22.
The Moon in Sagittarius is a good motivator to let off some steam and get out of our heads. Whatever you do, make it an adventure. Expand personal horizons. Get fresh perspective. This is a renewing day. There is a square aspect between the Moon and Neptune in Pisces, so we might not know when to pull back from escapism. Keep your explorations within manageable dimensions and it should be a positive experience.

To read about the beginning of the Capricorn lunar cycle see Follow the Moon.

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