Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 28, 2017—April 10

Forecast for March 28, 2017—April 10

Moon in Aries
Tuesday, March 28.
Recently, I did not take my own astrological advice and regretted it. Today, I do not want to make that mistake again. There are some rough edges on this day. Don’t think you can smooth things out easily. Like the live end of a frayed electrical wire, sparks are flying, interactions are charged. What needs to come into conscious awareness? What changes will you make? The Moon in Aries forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn and opposes Jupiter in Libra mid-afternoon (CDT). The Moon acts as a trigger for the exact square between Pluto and Jupiter. We can’t hide our secrets forever. Perhaps this transit pushes shadowy qualities into the light of day. Perhaps this is the step we needed to be reborn into fairness and balance. Although the Moon does not exactly conjoin Uranus in Aries until a little after midnight, we feel this agitation all day too. Remember the frayed wire.

Moon enters Taurus 10:48 am CDT
Wednesday, March 29.
This is a good day to attempt to smooth over some miscommunications that may have occurred last week when Mercury in Aries was making challenging aspects to Jupiter and Uranus. Today, Mercury makes a supportive trine aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius. The mission may stay the same—shake up old forms and call more of ourselves awake—but we suddenly find we have more resources to get those messages across. Take care with your expression as you tap into this flow. Mercury will station retrograde next week and will connect with Saturn by trine two more times. We may be working on rethinking and repairing how we express ourselves for the next few weeks. The Moon in Taurus may also help us slow the frantic Aries energy down but try to avoid becoming stubborn about the words you need to express.

Moon in Taurus
Thursday, March 30.
I won’t lie to you, it would be perfect if today’s square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn exposes something about the current U.S. government that begins the inevitable road to impeachment. Yes, that is my politics. And that type of thing could very well happen under this transit. Jupiter wants justice in a big way. Pluto holds the reins of corrupt power systems. Pluto is funny. This god can be the force that keeps corruption in power and it can be the force that transforms it. If there is any doubt about what Pluto is going to do, Jupiter may swing the scales towards transformation. This happens in our personal lives too. What ways do you hold or avoid holding power that needs to be transformed? Healthy power is life force in proper relationship to others. We all need more of that. The Moon in Taurus conjoins Mars in Taurus. Some of us will stubbornly refuse to change. Others will put all their muscle behind making change happen. Which will you choose?

Moon enters Gemini 11:40 am CDT
March 31—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Spring is busting out all over. Or so it seems today. The seeds of awakening planted at the New Moon on March 27 burst from their shells. We may not see evidence in the visible world but change is happening below the surface. If we want to emerge with new skin into the new season, it is good to let this interior work happen first. What is calling you to burst out of your shell? Do you feel Aries confidence or Aries shyness as you contemplate the changes you may need to make now? Aries shows both of these faces to the Sun calling it out of winter slumbers. I have an Aries friend who calls this Aries quality “bold n shy.” Just like a spring day can be warm one minute and frigid the next, Aries sometimes rushes headlong into an adventure and then suddenly gets cold feet. How are you feeling today about your awakening?

The Moon in Gemini creates just the tone we need to get out of our shells. This social, inquisitive sign stimulates connection. These connections help us wake up just a bit more. Mercury temporarily enters Taurus today. By April 9, Mercury will station retrograde and re-enter Aries April 20. Until then, communication styles tend to the literal. Best to say what you mean as clearly as possible.

Moon in Gemini
Saturday, April 1.
I like an April Fools’ Day that has a Moon in Gemini. We are more likely to enjoy playing the fool under this influence. Be gentle with your tricks. With the Moon making a square to Neptune in Pisces early in the morning (CDT), some of us may also be a little tender emotionally. Use the lightheartedness of the day to create more intimacy between friends. The Moon’s trine to Jupiter enlarges all things that center on our thoughts, ideas, and connections.

Moon enters Cancer 1:27 pm CDT
Sunday, April 2.
High energy lands in a quieter place today. Early in the day, the opposition between the Moon and Saturn adds a more serious contemplative tone. When the Moon moves into Cancer, the desire to nest strengthens. A big energy shift comes when Venus retrogrades back into Pisces today. On March 4, Venus stationed retrograde in Aries. Since then, Venus has added spit and fire to our interactions. Gotten into any fights? During a retrograde, we have the opportunity to rethink and internalize unconscious actions. With Venus moving into Pisces, we tune in again to how we are more alike than different. It is easier to feel others’ pain as well as their joys. Notice how this may shift your relationships again.

Moon in Cancer
April 3—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. Astrologer Dane Rudhyar described the first quarter phase of the Moon as “crisis in action.” The waxing Moon encourages action and expansion. This phase is the first real correction we need to make in the momentum of the lunar cycle. Under this phase, we may need to act to meet a crisis. Using the plant cycle as guide, this phase is when the lunar seeds emerge from the ground. Just because our seeds are sprouting does not mean our lunar intentions will continue to grow. Small plants meet many challenges when they unfurl their first leaves. That is where we are now.

If the intention is to awaken and scrutinize our lives under the rays of the Aries Sun, what new challenge must you meet head on? That is the Aries Ram style, you know. Butting heads is one method to meet a challenge. It may not be the best one, however. As you unfurl your leaves, take a moment to see what is really around you. This is an opportunity to practice being awake. Are the perceived threats really threats? Are you being complacent about something you really shouldn’t tolerate anymore?

Being awake means we see things more clearly before we act. Awareness could come in handy since the Moon in Cancer forms a challenging grand cross formation with the Sun in Aries, Jupiter in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn. The source of recent agitation may be re-stimulated. Be curious about how your body can regulate tension as all around you are provoked into awakening too.

Moon enters Leo 5:13 pm CDT
Tuesday, April 4.
You may have noticed lately that people have been gravitating towards assertive action and thought. Perhaps that has shown up as conflict, or decisiveness, or taking leadership. There has been a lot of cardinal sign emphasis in the heavens lately. The signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are ‘take charge and lead the way’ kind of energies. Mars in Taurus, the fixed earth sign, is showing us that there are other, just as valid, ways to be. There is a quincunx aspect between Mars and Jupiter in Libra. This fixed sign slows it all down. We must remember that everything we do and feel happens within our bodies. What is your body telling you to do? It may be to change direction. Let things happen without you. Tune inward and let your body know that you are paying attention. The Moon moves into another fixed sign this evening, fire sign Leo. Over the next two days, notice the resource of energy. How will you tend yours?

Moon in Leo
Wednesday, April 5.
The conventional thought in astrology is that trines are supportive aspects. They happen between signs of the same element. Today, we might notice that trines aren’t always easy. Mars in earthy Taurus makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. I get the image of a steamroller bearing down and through obstacles. Sometimes this amount of strength and momentum is very helpful, sometimes it can be hard to make course corrections or slow down that momentum. We may notice both things today. On the fire side of things, the Sun in Aries is trine the Moon in Leo. Fire helps us burn away doubt. This can add to the feeling that we need to use our steamrollers to smash up things. To make the pressure even stronger, Saturn is stationing retrograde in Sagittarius right after midnight (CDT) tomorrow. We have high expectations. There is a fine line to walk today between passion and discernment. May we walk it well.

Moon enters Virgo 11:20 pm CDT
Thursday, April 6.
Saturn, near the end of the Sagittarius, turns retrograde today. Saturn will retrace 18 degrees of Sagittarian territory before turning direct again on August 13. That is a big chunk of a sign. Part of us might be feeling, aww, really? Do I have to go over that again? Saturn is the Great Disciplinarian. One could even say, the Great Party Pooper. You might be feeling that today too. The Moon in Leo tries to help with a trine to Saturn and Uranus in Aries, creating a Grand Fire Trine aspect pattern. Perhaps the purpose of retracing our steps is to learn how to harness the fire of our creativity to affect powerful and lasting change in the world. This lunar cycle is about waking up. Perhaps we can wake up to taking another step in our activism.

Moon in Virgo
April 7—Gibbous Moon: Budding. At the New Moon on March 27, we planted seeds infused with Aries potentiality. I’ve been noticing a strong impulse to awaken, to use the growing light of this Aries Sun to scrutinize myself a little more, asking myself, What needs to come into my conscious awareness? Those seeds have been developing and have reached the budding stage. We are on the cusp of seeing more about our lunar intentions. This cusp is an opportunity to re-focus and re-dedicate our efforts. Sometimes, awakening is like a lightening bolt out of the blue. We may have already experienced that kind of jolt this spring. Another type of awakening can come from long practices of inquiry and mindfulness. We may be asked to try a little harder with this type of awakening under the gibbous phase of the Moon.

The Moon in Virgo contributes to the desire to have daily or regular practices that support our wholeness. The Moon trines Mercury in Taurus (another earth sign), reinforcing this desire to organize our thoughts around conscious awakening. This may be the peaceful side of the day. There is another influence that feels more like another lightening bolt.

The Sun in Aries opposes Jupiter in Libra and makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn tomorrow. These planets have been pushing us to look in the shadows. Unresolved or unconscious tension could erupt into the light of day. Perhaps we need this jolt to remember why we want to awaken. This emphasis on awakening may prepare us to navigate change. Rumi, the mystical Sufi poet from the 13th century, writes about a lot about waking up. He says, “If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn’t you know?” Perhaps today, we know this a little more. It may be helpful to hold this affirmation in our hearts as the lunar cycle waxes to the full phase on April 11.

Moon in Virgo
Saturday, April 8.
The square between the Sun in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn encourages the investigation of our shadows. Things that have been held in the unconscious for too long may surface today. This process can be scary but it is also incredibly invigorating. Something lost is found again. The Moon in Virgo contributes a desire that this unveiling be a healing process. The trick will be to avoid putting too much pressure on ourselves. Perfection is a trap. The square between retrograding Venus in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius could have us falling into this trap even more. It is good to negotiate with Saturn. This planet reminds us of how much we have yet to learn, but we also need to celebrate the things we have accomplished. Relationships are a prime area for the deeper work of today.

Moon enters Libra 7:34 am CDT
Sunday, April 9.
It is possible that you woke up with a feeling of being weighted down with the cares of your life. Notice if your desire for perfection is feeding this feeling. Let it go. Overnight, the Moon in Virgo opposed Venus in Pisces and squared Saturn in Sagittarius. We know there is work to do, but we don’t have to do it all today. The Moon enters Libra right after this unsettling transit. We want balance. We want options and choices and beauty. Be aware, Mercury in Taurus turns retrograde today. Mercury in this sign helps us to solidify our thoughts. But that stability may quickly disappear as Mercury has another plan for us. This lunar cycle has been about waking up. From now until Mercury stations direct on May 3 in the sign of Aries, we can’t depend on those thought processes to go just as planned. We will be waking and developing adaptability.

Moon in Libra
Monday, April 10.
The Full Moon happens tomorrow and we feel the agitation of it today. Agitation is not the exact word for this. There could be tension or stress involved, but there could also be anticipation of joy or resolution in this energy as well. I believe our souls need and want the release that comes with every Full Moon, even when it is unsettling. Waking up is unpredictable. The Moon in Libra conjoins Jupiter and makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn. These planets have been pushing us, tempting us, and generally inviting us to rebalance our truths around power and influence. Go deeper today into your stories around power.

To read about the beginning of the Aries lunar cycle
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Follow the Moon: New Moon in Aries - March 27 2017

“The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.” ~Audre Lorde  from “Sister Outsider: essays and speeches”

Moon enters Aries 9:10 am CDT
March 27—New Moon: Seeding
The Sun has moved over the Celestial Equator into the Northern Hemisphere, a moment otherwise known as the Vernal Equinox. The flaming center of our solar system—the Sun—has great impact. The movement of the Sun between the hemispheres of our Earth reminds me just how much. Right now, the southern lands are starting to feel the waning of their growing season. A season’s worth of the Sun’s impact leaves them with their harvest—a harvest that those of us living in the north can only imagine at this point. Where I live, spring is but a dream. In Minnesota the ground is still thawing. But we notice the Sun. Longer days mean the Earth here is waking up. Longer days signal a desire to emerge from winter’s dormancy into growth and action. Sometimes this transition is bold and sometime less than graceful as we stumble from our beds into the rising Sun. I think that may be the best way to describe Aries, the sign of the spring season—the sign of waking up.

Something very important is happening. The Sun’s movement reminds us in physical and symbolic ways that profound change is on its way. We can’t stop the Sun, or the Earth spinning, or the waking of dormant life even if it scares us, this change. Even if we can’t manage it gracefully. I am noticing this aspect of change in my life and am breathing into these challenges. When astrologers talk about uncontrollable change, they often are talking about Uranus. Here is how astrologer Howard Sasportas describes Uranus in his excellent book on the outer planets, The Gods of Change: “On a personal level, a Uranus transit is associated with change and disruption, and a phase in our lives when something new—something ‘eccentric’—needs to break through into conscious awareness.” I’d say this applies to the interpersonal and global levels of life too. We’ve been in an enormous waking and changing period since Uranus entered Aries in 2010. Recently, a prolonged (December through March) opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus has pushed us into even more disruption. The questions I am asking are: What needs to break into my conscious awareness? How do I need to awaken? What is at stake if I don’t?

Spring’s emergence can be messy, emotionally. The past lunar cycle in Pisces may have opened up some vulnerable places for you. That is part of the Pisces process, which prepares us to begin a new cycle of growth in the season of Aries. Aries can be impulsive and unthinking when it is not in touch with our tender feelings. The best part of Aries comes forward when vulnerability is on the surface. Then, Aries can make stunning leaps into authenticity and connection, acting courageously even when it feels afraid. The worst part of Aries comes from disconnection to their impact on others as the waking sleeper stumbles over everyone. The season of each sign is an opportunity to notice these behaviors in ourselves, even if we aren’t that sign. The Aries Sun is shining a light on how we may have been sleeping through life. Waking up can bring uncomfortable insights about ourselves. Self-inquiry is helpful to wake up in the best possible ways.

At this Aries New Moon, which begins on March 27, seeds of awakening are planted and quickly germinate. The Sun adds light to the process. Perhaps the Sun’s light is just what we need to see ourselves. It can be hard to stand naked under the light. This lunar cycle is an opportunity and a challenge to live with that discomfort. Personal scrutiny becomes collective scrutiny. Audre Lorde’s insight about the quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives invites us to connect personal awakening with collective awakening. What do we need to know about ourselves? Which light will we use to scrutinize our choices and impact?

Relationships are waking up too. Venus turned retrograde in Aries on March 4. This journey of the planet of connection in the sign of individuality (Aries), may have played havoc with your relationships. The relationship between Self and Other invites us to expand beyond previous states of understanding. This can be messy too. Venus is still retrograde and will be entering Pisces again on April 2. Venus turns direct on April 15 and goes back through the degrees of retrograde (from Pisces into Aries) until May 18. It could take us that long to unravel the relationship complications of this Venus transit. Venus remains in Aries until June 6. If Aries is about emerging with vulnerability into change, then we have work to do in the realm of relationship this spring to allow for vulnerable spasms of connection and disconnection.

How has communication been going for you? Mercury in Aries has been triggering impulses of awakening as this planet contacted Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto during the last week of the Pisces lunar cycle. On March 31, Mercury enters Taurus but then moves retrograde on April 9, returning to Aries on April 20. Two planets, Venus and Mercury, are retrograding through Aries this spring. This tells us to rethink the ways we relate and communicate, especially when we are unaware of our connections to each other as Aries can sometimes be. Mercury will conjoin Uranus two more times—April 28 and May 10.There is more to be uncovered and illuminated about our methods of connection. Under this influence, secrets are blurted. Words are misspoken. But there is also the potential for brilliant, though unnerving, breakthroughs. Even our mistakes can be a wake up call.

The chart for the New Moon in Aries shows an exact square between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. These planets conspire to expose things that have been hidden. Power issues, both personal and political, come to the surface. Jupiter wants justice, seeks a balance between extremes. Pluto represents the choice between maintaining power at all costs or overthrowing toxic power systems. Under the influence of these planets, there is no middle ground even though we may wish for one. This adds a special and intense flavor to the desire to awaken. Perhaps we are desperate for change.

The Sun in Aries will bring light to collective and personal awakening this lunar cycle. Especially potent days to expect disruption, scrutiny, and breakthrough are April 7 when the Sun opposes Jupiter, April 8 with the Sun squares Pluto, and April 14 when the Sun conjoins Uranus. The time for going back to sleep is over. At times, this awakening could feel exciting. At other times, like we’ve been struck by lightening. This type of sudden awakening relates to the effects of Uranus in Aries. I’ve found that the best way to negotiate with Uranus is to agree to change at least a little. The change can be small. Something like a new haircut or painting your room. Even the tiniest movement under this influence can create a cascade of awakening. And it seems to me that being awake is the best thing we could do to shift into conscious relationship to life. It is the great challenge of the moment.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 13—March 26

Forecast for March 13—March 26

Moon enters Libra 12:28 am CDT
Monday, March 13.
Mercury gets down and dirty for the next two weeks. The planet of communication enters Aries. The fuse just got a lot shorter. We can expect to feel more argumentative and impatient. The Moon in Libra wants to balance the scales, create a little more harmony, but that may be difficult to achieve. This evening (CDT) the Moon opposes retrograde Venus in Aries. Gender/women’s issues are heating up, too. Here is my advice. Take several breaths before hitting the Send button. We don’t want to dawdle in our communications but it pays to give ourselves more time to think through unexpected consequences of saying the wrong thing.

Moon in Libra
Tuesday, March 14.
The Moon in Libra conjoins Jupiter. First of all, this will be visually stunning when both rise a little after sunset. Late in the night, when the Moon and Jupiter are overhead, we might be able to feel the heightened energy of this conjunction.  Don’t be surprised if your sleep is disturbed. Jupiter likes to make things bigger. Jupiter itself is the second-biggest object in our solar system (after the Sun). Bigger by a lot. The Moon pulls us to the things that this Jupiter in Libra wants to expand in our lives. That is relationships, partnerships, harmony, balance, and justice. How large do these Libra qualities loom in your life right now? The Moon also triggers the t-square aspect pattern that Jupiter has been forming with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This pattern could be called “Waking up to imbalances of power.” The Sun in Pisces conjoins Chiron, creating dissonance between our desires for action and change and our desires for surrender and flow. The flow carries us into the sensing of global suffering. The response could be anger. Notice yours.

Moon enters Scorpio 10:11 am CDT
Wednesday, March 15.
The last few days may have left us feeling exposed. Take cover under the Scorpio Moon. Passions are still high as the Moon opposes Mars in Taurus today, but we don’t have to let everyone know about them. Before making decisions about relationships you might regret later, take the time to process your feelings with a trusted friend or therapist. We’ve got lots to look at and let go of.

Moon in Scorpio
March 16—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. What are you noticing about emotional complexity? The Pisces lunar cycle encourages opening the flow of emotional information. We can turn into sponges, soaking up the emotions of those around us. Not only do we feel our own feelings more strongly, but we feel connected to others through theirs. This is an important ingredient to human experience that we often deny or pathologize. Many of us aren’t taught how to handle all this information. This is where the contrast with the Scorpio Moon offers wisdom. Pisces is mutable water. Scorpio is fixed water. Scorpio takes emotion to the source, deep in the psyche and finds the hidden places of transformation. Sometimes, we don’t have to be nice to be compassionate. Sometimes, we can feel others’ suffering and still hold them accountable for their choices. Scorpio can bring out the claws, but it also supports healing through transformation. This phase of the Pisces lunar cycle (begun on February 26) feels like an important turning point. We don’t have to roll over and take whatever comes our way, even as we shed the past. We might be noticing that we’ve done the work and now, we are ready for what comes next.

Moon enters Sagittarius 10:00 pm CDT
Friday, March 17.
The Sun in Pisces makes a square aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius. The quest for meaning is clear but the path is not. The Sun in Pisces has been inviting us to soften around and even discard things that held great meaning for us at one time. We’ve learned that truth is flexible, but that may not always be desirable. Saturn in Sagittarius has us investigating commitment to meaning. What truth will I follow to the end? This may not always be desirable either. The conflict between these messages may help us find a third path. What purpose does meaning and truth serve in your life? How is it an anchor? How is it a crutch? We get to ponder such things today.

Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, March 18.
On March 4, Venus put her foot down in Aries as she stationed retrograde. Women are demanding to be heard. Women are calling each other out, in great Aries fashion, about privilege, gender essentialism, and intersectionality. It is important to talk about these things. Mercury, the god of communication, conjoins Venus today, giving us a perfect opportunity to get some things off our chests. Be careful. Aries is not known for diplomacy or thinking things through to their conclusion. Passionate communication opens the gates. As Venus continues to retrograde, we may be reflecting on the things said today. The Moon in Sagittarius is either helping us or making more trouble, depending on your point of view. Sagittarian fire (knowing what I believe) feeds Aries fire (courageous action). Tonight, when the Moon makes a square to Neptune in Pisces, we may notice the feelings that have been hurt are ours.

Moon in Sagittarius
Sunday, March 19.
Can you feel the tub draining the last drops of the Pisces season? Early tomorrow, the Sun goes into Aries, marking the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. If this lunar cycle is about shedding the past to prepare for Spring’s emergence, this is the last day that intention really works. Tomorrow, even though the lunar cycle has a week to go, we begin projecting ahead to the growing cycle to come. The Moon in Sagittarius has us feeling philosophical. Notice how many opinions you hold about how others should be living. If that is strong for you, take a turn focusing on yourself. This lunar cycle began on February 26. What have you learned?

Moon enters Capricorn 10:31 am CDT
March 20—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. Spring Equinox. The Sun’s ingress into Aries happens today. Although the Pisces lunar cycle continues for another week, the energies shift away from releasing and into emerging. The Last Quarter Moon represents a shift too. Seeds were planted at the New Moon. Those plants have produced their own seeds. We get to look critically at our intentions, noticing what we have learned. We put our successes and our failures into these new seeds, hopefully possessing more wisdom and clarity about what we really want.

That is the real question. What do you want? What will you throw your passions into at this moment? In the chart for the Equinox, the Moon is exactly conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn represents our commitment and dedication. In this sign, we are committing to the values and beliefs that drive our desires. Sagittarius is a far-seeing sign. What vision will lead you into the Spring? The t-square pattern of Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter in Libra, both square to Pluto in Capricorn, is still very present. The energy for change and transformation of oppressive systems is strong. Mercury will be joining this pattern by the end of this week, sparking ideas and words to make these changes occur faster.

Venus continues to move retrograde through Aries. The goddess of justice, beauty, and balance asks us to go deeper into ourselves to stand up for what we believe. Expect to hear more from Venus by the end of the week as well. Spring starts off with a bang.

Moon in Capricorn
Tuesday, March 21
. Yes, our bodies DO have a lot of wisdom. The Moon in Capricorn forms a trine to Mars in Taurus. Use this alignment to tap into what the body knows. We may sense into our ambitions for sustainable change. Issues of security may skew our ability to see the big picture. There is a difference between being responsible and being safe. Choose accountability for the right reasons. Mercury in Aries and the Moon square off today. Mercury knows what it knows and that part of us may have a hard time listening to authority. The conflict could spark brilliant breakthroughs but be careful with fire.

Moon enters Aquarius 9:28 pm CDT
Wednesday, March 22.
The Moon conjoins Pluto today, triggering the influential t-square pattern that has been in place since December 2016. Look at your responses to power. Sometimes, we need to claim ours before we can be in right relationship. Power always throws up shadows, especially if we only see models of corrupt power around us. How can we share power effectively? Notice how far this inquiry takes you today. Effectively sharing power with all life encourages us to be in relationships that honor the give and take and the inter-connections we all share.

Moon in Aquarius
Thursday, March 23.
Mercury in Aries makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn. Over the next four days, Mercury will aspect the other planets in the t-square aspect pattern of Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn. Tensions do not seem to be abating but only getting stronger. Mercury and Pluto square off around power, authority, and truth. Mercury in Aries has an impulsive and argumentative communication style. If you’ve been resentful of powerful figures in your life, this aspect could trigger a need to tell the world about it. Mercury in this sign is gifted with passion and mental acuity. Words can be weapons, however, be careful of communication that feels too hot or hasty. This is the time to speak truth to power. What do you want to say?

Moon in Aquarius
March 24—Balsamic Moon: Composting. The lunar cycle seeded in Pisces enters the last phase. The Balsamic phase has a similar energetic signature to the sign of Pisces. This phase concludes every lunation. Pisces is the sign that concludes the Sun’s journey through the zodiac. We are wrapping up the wrapping up of the year. At the next New Moon in Aries on March 27, we begin the beginning. Feel into the liminality of this moment. Even though the Sun has entered Aries already, there is opportunity here to shed another layer. Perhaps you have greater clarity about what no longer serves you now that Spring is truly emerging. What is left undone that will help you move forward? What will you add to the compost heap?

The Moon in Aquarius makes room for vision, invention, and ideas. We might be feeling a little detached or dispassionate, but this could help us with the volatile transit of Mercury in Aries opposing Jupiter in Libra that happens today. Communication could blow up. Or we might experience the consequences of past communication errors. Jupiter wants to restore balance. Mercury wants to get our ideas, including our anger, out in the open. Tension could be high in our partnerships if we can’t find the middle ground between diplomacy and honesty.

Moon enters Pisces 5:06 am CDT
Saturday, March 25.
Venus visits the Sun today. This moment is the heart of the Venus retrograde journey. Venus in Aries stationed retrograde on March 4. When Venus stations retrograde, this beautiful planet is high in the western sky at sunset. After the station, Venus quickly disappears. Myths describe this time as the goddess’s journey to the underworld when she is so near the Sun, we can’t see Venus with the naked eye. Where has she gone? Why has she left us? The union between the Sun and Venus today transmits a core piece of energy wisdom. Venus normally tempers our willfulness. As ruler of Libra, Venus encourages diplomacy and cooperation. In Aries, Venus isn’t that nice at all. Sometimes we need to rock the boat. There is no guarantee that we won’t regret it later, but stirring the pot can be just what we need to move forward. Look at your passions. Are you holding back? What if you dared to take a step anyway? What if you acted courageous even when you are feeling afraid? All this might come naturally today without much conscious thought. This is one of those transits that just moves us along in the ways that we need to move. Embrace your fire.

Moon in Pisces
Sunday, March 26.
This lunar cycle ends in much the way it began, with contrasting influences. On one hand, the Moon in Pisces conjoins Neptune, asking us to let go of outcome and shed the past. On the other hand, Mercury in Aries conjoins Uranus, asking us to wake up and act. It is good to be aware of our inner and outer realities. The waning Moon brings lower energy. We might be feeling a need for solitude or some time to reflect. The combination of Mercury and Uranus however, is stimulating and restless. Ideas come fast and furious. Jolts of insight might instigate big change and daring action. We feel tomorrow’s New Moon in Aries activating a desire to take risks. The Fool’s Journey begins with Aries as we leap into the wheel of the year. Where will we go? What will we find? How might we change the world and ourselves? Are you ready for the journey?

To read about the beginning of the Pisces lunar cycle go here  
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Follow the Moon: Full Moon March 12, 2017

Writing is a fascinating practice. I’ve found writing to be it a marvelous opportunity to get to what is true and authentic for me. My astrology column is both a spiritual practice and it is a way to let others know about my consultation business. I sometimes even enjoy the process of writing. I love the discovery and connection. Yet sometimes I struggle with writing. I grapple with point of view and grammar. I grapple with metaphor and at times my ego. There’s a lot of grappling that goes on as I sit down to write. There is a lot to notice. I begin this week’s forecast talking about writing because I want to get to a realer place and must address the elephant that is always in the room when I sit down to write, or sit down with a client, or offer teaching. The elephant is culture, class, gender, and race. The elephant is that all these things influence my astrology and I rarely overtly acknowledge it. But I do grapple with it.

Each month I choose an intention to follow through a lunar cycle. I hope that my intention will inspire others to create something along the same lines for themselves. I also hope that as I share what the intention is doing for me, readers might take inspiration for their own journeys. It is about possibilities, not certainties. Energies (planetary and seasonal) are present, what we do with them is completely up to us. And there, that sentence gave me pause. Am I expressing a “white myth” when I say that what we do with any energy is completely up to us? I recognize echoes from the myth of bootstrap individualism (Our destinies are up to us and we can do it alone.), and is that what I mean? Probably not, but there you have it. That myth influences me. It creeps into my language even when I don’t want to perpetuate false myths. So I grapple—Can any statement be universal? I have a lens and yours may be different. How much translation is required for you when you read that sentence? Is there another way to express the influence of choice even when our realities are quite different from each other? How can I make the words more meaningful?

I love astrology. I love the wonder of the sky and the connection between sky and earth. I love the ways people have always told stories about that connection. This love is why I want to share my elephants and acknowledge the limitation of my language and my contexts of culture, race, class, and gender. I want to get to a real place and then offer that to you (and to myself). I don’t have the answers, but I want to be clear about the questions.

We are halfway through the Pisces lunar cycle. The Pisces season offers an opportunity to release old forms. This mutable water sign helps us shed influences of the past, not entirely, not forever, but enough, so that we are able to put our energies into re-emergence when the Aries season begins at the Equinox. What do you need to shed? What feels old, like an encumbrance, to where you want to go next? The elephants in my mental room feel like barriers to authenticity. I can’t shed them entirely. They will always be there as I continue to grapple with communicating astrology’s wonder. But I want to acknowledge they are there. My lens is flawed by privilege and systems of oppression that I did not personally invent but that I reinforce unintentionally every day. I long for a Spring where that influence is lighter, where systems of oppression are no longer the tool of greed, where I can more consciously resist my collusion with those systems. I speak this desire into the cauldron of this lunar cycle under a Full Moon in Virgo. May the healing waters bring transformation.

Moon in Virgo
March 12—Full Moon: Blossoming. The lunar cycle, so far. has called for subtle and paradoxical discernments. Each New Moon we plant seeds of desire. This idea of setting intention implies the use of will or focus to achieve an end. This month, that desire may have been even stronger for you. The influence from cardinal sign planets has reinforced willful action to reach an outcome. However, the Pisces (mutable sign) influence of this lunar cycle encourages a relaxation of will and effort. This is about going with the flow. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are perched on the edge of Spring’s awakening. Pisces says, “Let go, before you start up again. Get rid of unnecessary baggage before the wheel of the year turns towards growth.” These contrary influences between cardinal signs and mutable signs may have left you confused or tense. I feel both wound up and tuckered out at the same time. This is a great opportunity to notice our patterns around process and outcome. Do you feel more comfortable with the pursuit of a goal or with reflecting on how things are going? The balancing and illuminating influence of the Full Moon encourages moving away from one or the other into synthesis of both approaches. It is very helpful, right now, to let go of comparison to other people and to the voice that says how we should do things. What is progress after all? How do we know, except through our bodies, where we are? Whose body will you listen to?

In the chart for the Full Moon, cardinal influences come from a tight and tense t-square aspect pattern. Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. Both are square to Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter has been spending longer than usual at this position due to a recent retrograde station. Jupiter is forcing us to wake to the injustices and imbalances that are no longer acceptable. Uranus in Aries sounds the wake-up call. We feel a sense of urgency that may be hard on our nervous systems. The square to Pluto increases the stakes. Pluto is about ultimate reality. As the god of death, Pluto does not mess around. The stakes are high. The questions are, Will we survive? Who will be left in charge if we do overthrow the current systems (Uranus/Jupiter’s desire)? Can we trust any power? Pluto also offers clarity. We know what truly matters. We are willing to let what doesn’t compost into new forms. This t-square has been influencing us for several weeks due to Jupiter’s recent retrograde station. Pressure is strong. We have not yet emerged into Spring but the sap is ready to rise.

Contrast that t-square with another one involving the mutable signs. The Sun in Pisces opposes the Moon in Virgo, both are square to Saturn in Sagittarius. The Sun orients us to the season of Pisces where we are invited to let go. This process is quite different from the cardinal Pluto process of confrontation with death and transformation of power. The Pisces process is a gradual opening to awareness that we can’t do it all even when our hearts feel it all. The goal is to surrender into the ocean of connection. The Virgo Moon says, “Wait a minute. What is the pragmatic response? We can’t all simply dissolve. Surely there are things we can do to bring about healing?” The line of tension between the Sun and Moon forces us to go in Saturn’s direction. The choice here, and mutable signs always present choices, is about commitment to truth. Is truth mutable? Can facts be alternative? Or do we base our choices on irrefutable truths? Where is the line that divides personal truth and universal truth? Where is your anchor in this? Collectively, we are confused about truth (Saturn in Sagittarius) and salvation (Sun in Pisces) and the ways forward that are holistic and balanced (Moon in Virgo).

Venus is moving retrograde now creating another layer to complexity of the moment. In Aries (cardinal fire), Venus wants action and justice. Gender issues are hitting us more deeply. The desire may be to fight but Venus is also inviting us to go deeper as this planet heads back into Pisces.
The Pisces lunar cycle begins to wane today. On March 20, the Sun enters Aries. The shedding of the Pisces season is a brief opportunity to let go of the things that no longer serve emerging life. This process can be messy. It can require more solitude. It can require asking for help. Be gentle with yourself. The things we shed may no longer serve but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t grieve them. That is a vital part of this process too. The ways we honor our endings help us set down powerful patterns for our beginnings.

The remainder of the Pisces lunar cycle forecast will be posted March 13. To read about the beginning of the Pisces lunar cycle go here  Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to learn about booking a reading of your chart.
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