Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 1, 2017 - June 8

Moon in Virgo
June 1—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. I recently received a really great craniosacral therapy session from a gifted healer. This is very subtle bodywork that works with energy more than muscle manipulation. While she placed her hands softly on my skull and sacrum, I felt gentle waves of release. My body responded to the calm attention by relaxing and unfolding. As the treatment ended, I could sense subtle energies, which are always there but are usually not accessible to me. I felt human, as in this unshielded awareness is my birthright. This is how I am supposed to go about my life. I am imagining that this is also what the mutable signs of the zodiac (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) are primed to do—sense into subtle layers of energy, responding to each moment with what is most desirable, always adapting and learning and experiencing. What I also realized from this session is that our lives are not set up to be this open and receptive. We have to deal with so much every moment and that usually means shutting down to survive. 

There is a lesson here for this mutable lunar cycle seeded in mutable air sign, Gemini. What delightful flexibility and sensitivity are we missing by numbing ourselves to the harsh cacophony of modern life? How do we stay present and receptive? There are two challenging mutable aspect patterns imprinting the energies of today. We may feel the stress of feeling too much. Perhaps we can also find the tools to calm our nervous systems as we open to the waves. 

The Moon in mutable earth, Virgo, opposes Neptune in mutable water, Pisces. Both the Moon and Neptune are square the Sun in mutable air sign, Gemini. Part of us wants simple, pragmatic ways to deal with stress. Another part may seek to escape the tension altogether by numbing out. Our busy minds may go into overdrive, compensating by focusing on external details. The other mutable sign pattern involves Mars in Gemini opposing Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire). Both of these planets are square to Chiron in Pisces. This configuration shows where we are most challenged at the moment as we see more acts of violence directed at people of different faiths and races. There is a deep wounding in our U.S. culture (Chiron). Trump, who himself has a Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon, is providing impetus for unbalanced people to express their hate. This seems to me a failure to inhabit the mutable promise of delightfully sensing into complex waves of energy. Innate human intelligence is stunted by a fear of adaptation. At this phase of the Moon, we see our challenges. Notice your challenges to staying present to energy. Notice the things that help you open. Notice what makes you feel safe. 

We have allies in this as rambunctious Venus in Aries trines Saturn. We’ve been learning lately about breaking free in relationships and in expressing our truths. No need to stop now. 

Moon enters Libra 7:04 pm CDT
Friday, June 2. In yesterday’s forecast I wrote about the t-square aspect pattern of Mars, Saturn, and Chiron. Today, Mars in Gemini forms an exact square to Chiron in Pisces. The Moon in Virgo (mutable earth) turns this t-square into a grand cross. Mutable signs have a way of showing us our fault lines. Something may give way today. The Gemini seed for this lunar cycle is a remembering that we always have more than two choices. Complexity is desirous. In that complexity, let us honor our grief. Chiron in Pisces fills us with empathy as we open to shared wounding. Let us take courage (Mars) as we let down the walls that keep us from connection. May we reject dogmatic beliefs (Saturn) and embrace unifying truths, while remembering service (Virgo) to each other is the best foundation for respectful relationship. 

Moon in Libra
Saturday, June 3. Know that you may do or say things today that you could regret later. I feel a need to use that caveat with Uranus transits. Venus conjoins Uranus in Aries and this is sort of the cherry on top of the whole transit of Venus in Aries, which has been longer than usual due to Venus retrograde. Venus entered Aries on February 4, went back into Pisces for two weeks in April and leaves Aries on June 6. This Venus has no patience. This Venus has provoked upheavals in relationships. This Venus wants authenticity and freedom. This Venus just met her match in Uranus. The revolution is on. The electricity of this transit, which could also bring electricity to love (just saying), is bolstered by a trine between the Sun in Gemini and Jupiter in Libra. The Moon also conjoins Jupiter just to make sure it is lively. You’ve been warned (and hopefully enchanted). 

Moon in Libra
Sunday, June 4. Umm, were there fireworks last night? Yesterday, Venus conjoined Uranus in Aries. Who knows what new relationship directions this may have stirred up for you. The dust doesn’t really settle today, either. The Moon in Libra makes a square to Pluto in Capricorn reinforcing the theme that we need others even when we might not always trust them. The puzzling quincunx aspect between Mercury in Taurus and Saturn in Sagittarius encourages effective and meaningful communication, if we could only get over our vast differences. Mars enters Cancer, a big shift away from the airy influence of Gemini to more concern over our emotional impact. The square between the Sun in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces tempts with the not always so healthy release valve of fantasies or addictions. On the other hand, we sometimes need to chill out. Since mutable signs are about sensing energetic waves in our environments, we might need to tune out a little of that input today.

Moon enters Scorpio 5:46 am CDT
June 5—Gibbous Moon: Budding. There’s a grounding technique I know that involves imagining a bowl of mashed potatoes being dumped on your head. We might want to use that technique today. The past few days have been highly mutable, and that means a lot of variability. One moment things are going great, the next they couldn’t be worse. These kinds of ups and downs can create a state of vigilance so that the next change doesn’t catch us unawares. After a while, exhaustion sets in. If this has been your reality, it is time to welcome the fixed water Moon in Scorpio to smooth things out. We can use Scorpio energy to purge any leftover effects of stress and anxiety. Mashed potatoes. Draw in your antennas. We’ve still got a ways to go in this mutable air lunar cycle. It is good to pace ourselves and regroup around the intention that was set at the Gemini New Moon on May 25. 

Inspired by Rumi’s observation that outside the notions of rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a place where the world is too full to talk about, I have dedicated this lunar cycle to stepping outside the binary approach to life. My biggest challenge has come from decision making. I can find myself paralyzed by thinking I might make the wrong decision.Instilling a fear of being wrong is a powerful tool of control for systems of oppression. This work of quieting those voices is radical work. The Gibbous phase helps us realize what we want to accomplish by our lunar intentions. The bud of a plant holds so much potential. We may feel that potential rising as the Moon makes a trine to Mars in Cancer today. Intuition and compassion are the tools most accessible as Mercury in Taurus makes a sextile to Chiron in Pisces. Water cools down a lot of recent frantic energy. Perhaps this helps us to imagine that wordless field beyond the binary. 

Moon in Scorpio
Tuesday, June 6. Things fall into place today. Two planets enter the signs they rule. Venus leaves Aries behind (finally) to enter Taurus and Mercury moves into Gemini. We’ve noticed Venus in Aries (from February till now) in the ways we have been treating each other. For some, Venus has asked us to be more assertive in relationship and others may have lost the desire to please others at all. Venus retrograde journey gave us an opportunity to reflect and reengage with more passion and honesty. I like to imagine Venus in Taurus as her Empress aspect. In the Tarot, the Empress is often seen lounging on a couch surrounded by abundance and beauty. That feels divine right now. Find a way to soak in sensual pleasure. Mercury sparks curiosity and wonder in the sign of the Twins. Notice an uplift in your mood even with the Moon in brooding Scorpio, things seem just right. 

Moon enters Sagittarius 5:59 pm CDT
Wednesday, June 7. The evening will be livelier than the day. The Moon in Scorpio for most of the day (CDT), encourages time for intimate connections or solitary recharging. Notice what your soul is telling you. Later, the Moon moves into Sagittarius, the sign of the Full Moon on Friday. We begin to feel the building energy. Mutable signs are sensitive to energy,, even when they don’t know it. We may notice thinks picking up when the Moon opposes Mercury in Gemini tonight. Opposite signs can provoke each other.These signs want to talk over an array of topics. Stay engaged. 

Moon in Sagittarius
Thursday, June 8. I am interested to see how the Full Moon in Sagittarius (exact tomorrow) affects Donald Trump. He was born June 14, 1946 on the Full Moon in Sagittarius. Will this be an enlivening occasion or will there be even more crises popping up for him? Information flows quickly and freely under mutable sign emphasis (just notice how much Trump tweets, he can’t control himself). So secrets could be revealed. However, another mutable quality is that things don’t stick as easily.Secrets may come out but that doesn’t mean he will immediately suffer the consequences. What does the character of Donald Trump teach us about how we want to use the energies of this Full Moon? All astrological energies have useful and not useful qualities. It is useful to see more than one side, or more than just two side, to an issue. Mutable signs are good at this. What assumptions do you want to revisit in honor of this Full Moon? The Moon makes a trine to Jupiter in Libra and a square to Neptune in Pisces. Boundaries are fuzzy, we want to jump ahead of ourselves, but revelations await us. Let curiosity be the guide.


Read about the beginning of the Gemini lunar cycle in Teri's blog, Follow the Moon. http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2017/05/follow-moon-forecast-for-may-26-2017may.html  ontact 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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense. 
Halal ad-din Muhammad Rumi (trans. By Coleman Barks)

This almost too famous poem was my introduction to Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi mystic, teacher, and poet. Most likely it was yours too. Perhaps a poem can be too well known. Perhaps familiarity breeds an immunity to the absolute brilliance that Rumi is expressing in this poem, and that would be a tragedy. In the 21st century, we seem to be as caught up in judging the right or wrongness of our actions as people in the 13th century must have been. Why else would Rumi point them to the field beyond dualities where the world is too full to talk about? Even if it is over quoted, why does this poem speak to us so strongly? Why does it feel like freedom? 

I think the trouble is we are trapped by the binary, often thinking we only have two options when there are actually so many more. This trap extends to choice, to judgment, to gender. Why do we limit our options? What about dualism feels safe and understandable? The Gemini season asks us to look at our default patterns of binary thinking. What are the traps? What are the gifts, because we wouldn’t do it if there were no benefits. 

Let’s think about Gemini for a moment. This is the sign of the Twins. Generally, the twins meant are Castor and Pollux from Greek myth. According to their story, they were born at the same time to the same mother, but Castor’s father was human and Pollux’s was the god Zeus. Thus one brother was mortal and the other immortal. When Castor died, Pollux suffered the loss and searched to be reunited with his brother. This longing for wholeness while experiencing a split is a core experience of Gemini. The Gemini season, late spring in the northern hemisphere, is the season of pollination, a time of traveling between the blossoms to create new life. Gemini, as a mutable air sign, is seeking the ineffable: complete knowledge, true connections, potent integrations. Curiosity is Gemini’s superpower, fueling a lot of creativity and insight. Yet Gemini can get lost in the search too, yo-yoing back and forth between ideas and experiences, not knowing how to still the endless search and questing mind. Gemini portrays the traps of dualism as much as it show us how to step outside the binary into freedom. This is a paradox, a state of being that seems to be second nature to Gemini, and which encourages expansion of knowledge and understanding. 

This Gemini lunar cycle invites us to step into the expansiveness of paradox and the liberation from simplistic dualism. There is far more than rightdoing and wrongdoing in this life. There is daring. There is wonder. There is a world of blossoms to visit. There is a field where the world is too full to talk about. I wonder what happens when my soul lays down there? Can you imagine? The path of paradox and complexity entices my soul this lunar cycle. I dare to imagine myself out of the trap of the binary. Do you hear the call?

Moon enters Gemini 7:15 am CDT
May 25—New Moon: Seeding. Wonder. The word comes from a root that means “to be astonished,” and astonish comes from a root that means “to leave someone thunderstruck.”At this New Moon, I wonder how to find the field beyond rightdoing and wrongdoing.Seeking the thunderstrike, this month, I invite wonder to help me wander. I’ve described my life as a meander. I have Mars in Gemini in my natal chart. My locomotion (Mars) is often thrown off track, sometimes by a passing curiosity and sometimes by a steady doubt that there even is a right track. I am invoking this Mars, which happens to be only one degree away from the Sun and Moon in the New Moon chart, to help me wander towards the field that Rumi described as a place where, “Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense.” Both opportunities and challenges will dot the bends in the road during the Gemini lunar cycle.

A major signature of this lunar cycle is the opposition between Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius. Oppositions provoke dualistic thinking. An opposition shows two sides facing off. The Saturn side sees the ways we need to be accountable and responsible. Saturn tempts us into thinking there are right and wrong ways to do thing, right and wrong sides to an issue. Sagittarius, as a sign prone to dogmatism, doesn’t help in this regard. Saturn has been showing us the outcomes of our beliefs, the way an idea can morph into a tenet and a tenet into a law. Beliefs matter and our beliefs want to matter. Is there a truth that can break our chains? Is there a truth that will create a better world? Saturn first entered Sagittarius December 2014 . Saturn will leave Sagittarius December 2017. As we near the end of this transit, the Gemini lunar cycle is a good time to get perspective on what Saturn’s transit of this sign has meant. 

Mars in Gemini presents another point of view to the singular vision of Saturn in Sagittarius. There isn’t one truth, but many, and if we are thrown off by the ever-changing nature of truth, we won’t like this particular influence. As I mentioned above about my own natal Mars in Gemini, this wanderer can lose focus, interject skepticism, and obstinately challenge any solution that isn’t diverse and open to wonder. Where are we rigidly holding onto beliefs that need to open up? Where are we losing focus for constructive responsibility surrounding our beliefs? Each planet and sign has wisdom to offer. Either/or thinking prevents us from accessing it. This isn’t easy. Social media has made it even harder to hear other points of view. People are isolating in enclaves that think alike. Some of these groups, which foster hatred and racism, are dangerous. Other groups may be focused on positive influences but still miss out on diverse perspectives. This may be the negative influence of Saturn in Sagittarius. What feels enlivening as we plant seeds in Gemini soil? What helps us see outside ourselves? Mars is a warrior. Will you fight for diversity?

Another prominent feature of this New Moon is a yod aspect pattern. Although the aspects are not exact, they influence this seeding moment. A yod is a triangle comprised of two quincunx and one sextile aspect. There are gifts and challenges within this pattern. The planets involved are: Mercury in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces, and both Mercury and Neptune quincunx Jupiter in Libra. Both Neptune and Jupiter are stationary at this time, meaning that within this lunar cycle, they will change apparent direction. Jupiter will move direct and Neptune retrograde. Stationary planets are more potent. The stretch (quincunx) between these planets involves heartfelt ideals and abstract beliefs. They seem alike but come from different places. We can believe something with our hearts and something else with our heads, without letting those values meet in the middle. Part of moving out of the binary is experiencing intellect and emotion as blended and whole. Compassion breaks down false divisions in ourselves. The stretch between Mercury and Jupiter involves concrete expression of our beliefs. The challenge here may be to soften our strong opinions, consider options, notice the impact in our bodies. The sextile between Mercury and Neptune is an invitation to open to messages from Mystery. As we soften hard-line stances, Jupiter’s impact strengthens. Jupiter is pushing us to act on behalf of the underdog, to notice and stand up against injustices, to find our balance as the world swirls around us. Paradoxically, operating from a rightdoing/wrongdoing perspective doesn’t get us there. What other choices do you have? 

The nitty gritty of this lunar moment comes from the exact square between Venus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The recent retrograde journey that Venus took in Aries, the sign of her detriment (that means a planet in the sign opposite of the one it rules) shook some relationships to the core. Venus is still in her detriment and is now challenged by Pluto to come clean in relationship. Really clean. We are pushed to release emotions that could be considered unbecoming. We are told a lot of stories about how not to rock the boat. We are given far fewer tools about handling conflict well. If we step out of the binary approach to conflict, what other ways can we do this dance with each other? 

Forecast for May 26, 2017—May 31
Moon in Gemini
Friday, May 26. The Moon in Gemini wants to get along with everyone. And almost does. The trine between the Moon and Jupiter in Libra sets the tone early. We feel expansive, especially with our words and thoughts. We may not always be clear, however, with the Moon making a square to oceanic Neptune in Pisces. But don’t worry, perhaps we don’t need to be totally clear to get along with others. The Moon harmonizes with Venus in Aries even as it makes a conjunction with Mars in Gemini. We can’t stop talking until the Moon opposes Saturn in Sagittarius tonight when we stop to think over the day’s events and try to make sense of the various moods and enlightenments we experienced. We are learning about diversity this month. Today has given us a multi-course meal to digest.

Moon enters Cancer 6:34 am CDT
Saturday, May 27. The yod aspect pattern from the New Moon chart gets closer to exact today when Mercury in Taurus makes a quincunx to Jupiter in Libra. We are adjusting thinking and speaking styles, especially around communicating our values and beliefs. This could be a stressful day if we don’t embrace the challenge of communication. You may be asked to change your routines. Perhaps you’d benefit from turning off social media for a few days. Silence opens up a whole new appreciation for the ways we fill the space with needless words and thoughts. The quincunx aspect is perfect for forcing us to notice and adapt to complexity. Complexity takes on new patina when we begin to appreciate that we don’t need to conform to a binary approach to life. The Moon in Cancer helps us anchor insights to our deepest selves. The metaphor for that self is the home. Welcome paradox into yours.  

Moon in Cancer
May 28—Crescent Moon: Germinating. Recall Rumi’s words about the field beyond the ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing. He describes a world that is too full to talk about. For me, this brings to mind the emotions of wonder, connection, and the ineffable experiences that we can’t find the words for. What if we used this lunar cycle to notice those states of being? What if we learned how to cultivate them? What then? Eight hundred years ago, Rumi knew this method. Other mystics have pointed the way too. One clue from Rumi is that duality—you/me, right/wrong, good/bad—will not bring us there. 

Planetary patterns provide the opportunity to allow Gemini seeds of diversity and multiplicity to take root. A yod aspect pattern has been building since the New Moon on May 25. The planets are Jupiter in Libra, Neptune in Pisces, and Mercury in Taurus. The word yod comes from Hebrew, meaning finger of God. This finger points to stationary Jupiter in Libra. Since September 2016,  Jupiter has been transiting through the sign of balance, justice, and harmony. Those three qualities found within one sign, do not co-exist easily. How do we find balance as we work for justice? Where is the harmony in method and in outcome of this work? Jupiter has brought a sense of urgency to this quest for justice as we see injustices increasing all over the world. This is important. The intention to step out of the binary to find new ways of being, thinking and acting in the world is not just for fun. We know this. It feels as if the fate of the world depends on it. Neptune and Mercury are pushing us to consider diverse and inspired ways to embrace complexity. 

To add even more urgency, the Moon in Cancer forms a grand cardinal cross with Jupiter, Pluto in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries. Things are happening in world and in our personal lives that feel revolutionary and transformative. Consider how you want to walk through this world. What if we found that field where the world was simply too full to talk about? 

Moon enters Leo 7:12 am CDT
Monday, May 29. Mars in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius early in the day. Oppositions tempt us into binary thinking. Two ends of a pole seem to be in conflict with each other and offering only two choices: A or B. What a conundrum. Mars is action and Saturn is responsibility. Gemini is the pollination of many ideas. Sagittarius is the search for unifying truth. Mars is busy visiting the flowers. Saturn says live up to your truth, be accountable to it. Mars is the child and Saturn is the grownup. If we choose Mars, we miss out on having masterful impact. If we choose Saturn, we miss out on the fun. Do you feel yourself stuck between these places? What if we queered the options? What if we refused to see only two choices? What does that look like? This is a great day to break out of the box. The Moon in Leo provides just the fuel to do that. Enjoy the puzzle.

Moon in Leo
Tuesday, May 30. So, perhaps today, we see the other side to all this Gemini influence, a little too many options, a little too much bouncing all over the place. Gemini is appreciated for breaking up stale constructs, but can be challenging when it doesn’t know that the work of expanding options is over. Mars in Gemini makes a sextile to Uranus in Aries today. We are so full of ideas and readiness to act on them, that we might scare ourselves or others. This influence could be just what we need to wake up or break free. But be careful if it feels more like Tigger from Winne-the-Pooh. The Moon in Leo adds more daring and risk taking. Like I said, great for waking up and breaking through. 

Moon enters Virgo 11:16 am CDT
Wednesday, May 31. After an energetic day yesterday, it may have been hard to sleep last night. When the Moon moves into Virgo, we might settle a bit since Virgo is earth, but we might just continue with the over-stimulation because Virgo likes to get things done. Don’t push yourself too hard. The trine between Mercury in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn add strength and endurance, especially to projects that require communication or learning. If you have been stressed by opening up to more options, then this transit may help you integrate the personal work you’ve been doing to see beyond the binary. 


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 15, 2017—May 24

Forecast for May 15, 2017—May 24

Moon in Capricorn
Monday, May 15
. Mercury leaves Uranus behind today when it enters Taurus for the second time this spring. Due to retrograde motion, Mercury made three conjunctions with Uranus in Aries (March 26, April 28, and May 10). These transits have been energetic to say the least. Mercury/Uranus contacts bring sudden breakthroughs that can be wonderful but also feel disruptive and chaotic. What kind of awakening experiences have you had over the past two months? Things should calm down with Mercury in fixed earth sign, Taurus. The Moon in cardinal earth sign, Capricorn, brings a grounding influence, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be surprises. The Moon conjoins Pluto and squares Jupiter in Libra, on its way to squaring Uranus early tomorrow. These outer planets have been fueling a lot of revolutionary changes in personal and political realms recently. This is still happening. Perhaps if we slow down our mental processes through Mercury’s influence, we can respond better to the changes coming our way.

Moon enters Aquarius 12:50 pm CDT
Tuesday, May 16.
Airy influences challenge the grounded Mercury agenda that began yesterday with Mercury’s ingress into Taurus. The Moon in fixed air sign, Aquarius, picks up on frenetic energy. Notice your tendency to go off in multiple directions for the next three days—a sure sign of too much air and not enough earth. What helps you slow down? Interestingly the breath (air) is a great tool for returning to our bodies in slow time.

Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday, May 17.
 The Sun in Taurus and Saturn in Sagittarius are attempting to have a conversation about values and truth, except they keep missing each other. You might find the same thing happening in your conversations today. Terribly important dialogs need to happen, but we must stretch ourselves to really hear what the other side is saying. What does that look like? Perhaps taking care to say what we really mean and accepting that others are trying their best too. A grand air trine of Moon in Aquarius, Mars in Gemini, and Jupiter in Libra helps loosen our tongues, but without presence of mind, we could waste our words on thoughtless speech. Neptune in Pisces seeks to interject compassionate connection into the fray through a quincunx to Jupiter. However, we might miss this mark too. See what you can learn from mistakes and chalk it up to the stars. There are lessons everywhere.

Moon enters Pisces 10:52 pm CDT
May 18—Last Quarter Moon: Reseeding. This Taurus lunar cycle began on April 26 when the spring season still felt new here in the upper Midwest. That new, burgeoning spring energy inspired my intention to drink in this season’s beauty while deepening into a regular gratitude practice. Spring days are lengthening into summer vibes now, but that doesn’t mean this lunar cycle is done. Even when the Sun moves into Gemini in two days, the earth-awakening influence of Taurus is still present.

This phase of the Moon is about reseeding. The metaphorical plant of this lunar cycle has germinated, emerged, blossomed, and grown fruit. Now, that intention sends out seeds of its own as the plant loses vital force. At this time of the lunar cycle, we can lose track of our New Moon yearnings. However, these seeds carry on the journey inspired by the New Moon even if it goes underground for a while. This is good. I know that a new spiritual practice is more likely to be incorporated into my daily life if I let it travel into the essential places of my life.

For my practice, I’ve begun filling a small vessel with water to the point that it overfills to remind me to take in gratitude until it overfills the small vessel in my heart. Seeing the small cup and pitcher on my table reminds me that I am dedicated to this practice. I am letting the seeds of this practice settle into the soil of my life. Think back over the changes you’ve initiated over the last three weeks. What seeds are settling into your soil?

The Moon in Aquarius sparks the collaboration between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. Tomorrow the trine between Saturn and Uranus is exact. These two planets are often at odds, with Saturn valuing tradition and Uranus valuing innovation. The Aquarius Moon happens to be co-ruled by both these planets so everyone is happy. The gift of this transit involves sourcing tradition to bring new worlds into being. Saturn gives roots to the impulse to change. Changes we make now may be more stable and longer lasting.

Moon in Pisces
Friday, May 19.
Complex transits make this day hard to describe. The Moon in Pisces helps to smoothes out the edges of any conflict between the many moods of this day. Trust your intuition. The first transit to consider is the trine between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. This is the second of three times that these planets make this harmonious connection in fire signs. (First was December 2016, the last will be November 2017). Activism is affected. Saturn pushes our activism (Uranus) harder. Uranus gives the message that we can’t relax for a minute, and that isn’t sustainable. The cooperation between these planets may provide the way to make our activism urgent yet responsible at the same time.

Mars in Gemini makes a puzzling quincunx aspect with Pluto in Capricorn. Perhaps we aren’t sure if we are angry or not. Perhaps we aren’t sure if we are in a power struggle or just a really intense and interesting encounter. This transit will have us paying attention to things that rub us the wrong way. Maybe you need to listen to your instincts more often.

Venus in Aries opposes Jupiter in Libra. This transit could feel like a pressure valve releasing. Venus returns to the Aries degree where this planet stationed retrograde in early March. The complete retrograde journey ends with a release of tension and an invitation to find balance. Venus in Aries hasn’t been easy on relationships, yet it has also reminded us that there are things we shouldn’t tolerate just for the sake of harmony. The balance point between is a place of authentic exchange, giving and receiving because we value the relationship.

Moon in Pisces
Saturday, May 20.
Sun enters Gemini. Five days remain in the Taurus lunar cycle but the Sun entering Gemini could be a big distraction from attending to our lunar intentions for this month. That’s the way Gemini is, a wonderfully distracting spring breeze rustling the treetops. The astrological seasons invite us to open to the next one and the complex way each season contrasts and blends. This transition is a natural step in the journey. Through Taurus, we rebuild our resources. In Gemini, we already feel rich with options. Notice if this expansiveness feeds your lunar intention. It can. The Moon in Pisces might tease out hurt feelings or resentments through a square to Mars in Gemini. Then the Moon makes a square to Saturn in Sagittarius, which could leave us feeling a little down in the dumps. These mutable signs are seeking to integrate and understand. Invite in Gemini curiosity as emotional weather shifts throughout the day.

Moon enters Aries 5:10 pm CDT
Sunday, May 21.
Several intense and possibly confusing transits this week are coming to an end (for now). You may even feel like the air has cleared after a good thunderstorm. Although the Moon is waning, its entry into Aries feels like a new beginning, anyway. There are no other transits other than an encouraging sextile between the Sun in Gemini and the Moon. Just as the Taurus season was a time to gather in earth as resource, Gemini is a time to expand into air’s possibilities. A few days remain in this lunar cycle. No need to jump ahead of ourselves.

Moon in Aries
May 22—Balsamic Moon: Composting. I am grateful for this season of rebirth. After a hard winter and early spring, I needed to fill up again. As the Taurus lunar cycle winds down, I am filled with gratitude, and for that too, I am grateful. Grateful to be grateful. Gratitude refills the soul. What I found in my lunar intention to create a gratitude practice is that I don’t have to be happy to be grateful. Neither do I need to feel grateful for the things that cause pain. Sometimes the gratitude is very small. Sometimes it is the search itself for gratitude that creates the shift into more space, more filling, a replenishment.

It is important to take a moment to notice replenishment and gratitude since the day’s transits could be harsh. The Moon in Aries (feisty and short-tempered) makes challenging transits to Jupiter in Libra, Venus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries (technically this last one is early the next day, but you get the picture). The planets keep pushing us toward change and activism. The Moon triggers the call. The Moon also makes supportive transits to Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius today. There is a lot going on. Notice when you want to engage and when you don’t. We are putting this lunar cycle to bed. We may not have the energy to join the fray, and that is OK. Listen to your body.

Moon enters Taurus 7:33 am CDT
Tuesday, May 23.
The Moon returns to Taurus where it was when we began this cycle. After yesterday’s transits, you might notice how this feels like a reprieve. Go outside. The Earth awaits, to be listened to, to be grateful for, to be in service to. This is healing balm.

Moon in Taurus
Wednesday, May 24.
Again, we notice the influence of the waning Moon in Taurus. The Moon is exalted in this sign because we can feel replenished by paying attention to the Earth. The Moon mirrors for us the ways we fill and empty and fill and empty. All the parts have their beauty and purpose. Notice that, as you say good-bye and thank you to the Taurus lunar cycle. The Gemini lunar cycle begins tomorrow. 


Read about the beginning of the Taurus 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 11, 2017—May 14

Moon enters Sagittarius 11:59 am CDT
Thursday, May 11. Notice your breakthroughs. Notice your commitments. Notice what openings are created by recent collapses. Notice the contrast between acting impulsively and acting with soul. There is a lot to notice today. And a lot to tie together. Don’t let that add to your stress. This is an offering, a gift, a chance to bring resolution. Mercury in Aries is trine Saturn in Sagittarius. We get to reconstruct meaning and structures from the debris of recent upheavals. There is an expansive quality to this transit. The right tools, the right opportunities come forward. The square between Mars in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces could create confusion if we don’t know to expect it. Lapses in focus may mean we need to sit in silence for a bit. It may not be time to initiate action, but it is time to pull together the true desires and intentions that will fuel our actions in the near future.

Moon in Sagittarius
Friday, May 12. Mars in Gemini gives Jupiter in Libra a nudge. Not that Jupiter needs nudging. Jupiter in Libra has been boosting belief that we can improve the ways we do relationship. And that means relationships in all forms. What isn’t relationship after all? Jupiter wants us to see the connections, how we need each other, how we impact each other, how we are never alone. Jupiter wants us to expand that sense of connection into our desires for fairness and justice. We need to see and feel how imbalances create unfair loads for some. We need to feel the discomfort of that, even when we are the privileged ones. Especially then. Jupiter (in recent contacts with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn) has reminded us that we need to act upon, expose, and transform in justices everywhere. Today, Mars in the sign of curiosity says what are we waiting for? What can we discover to get us farther along this road? The Moon in Sagittarius opposes Mars today creating an extra sense of impatience. Really, what are we waiting for? Neptune in Pisces is still an influence on Mars and the Moon. Salvation will not come in one fell swoop. If you think it will, Neptune’s got you in the trap. However, Neptune can encourage inspiration. Talk with your gods.

Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, May 13. Today, the Moon bolsters the support we’ve been getting from the planets this week. It’s nice when doors open, right? We’ve still got lots of work to do, but you might be feeling the upswing of hope wafting through the day. The Moon conjoins Saturn. Perhaps that isn’t all bliss because it brings a certain awareness of responsibility and obligation with it, but these planets are trine to Uranus and Mercury in Aries and that helps us feel that perhaps after one door closes another can open. Perhaps. A great deal of mental and philosophical energy influences this optimism. Yes, talk is cheap, so don’t waste your words. What really feels valuable to share? What will help us make the changes we need to make?

Moon enters Capricorn 12:37 am CDT
May 14—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. I am looking at the celestial influences of the day with an eye on how they may influence my lunar intention to bring a gratitude practice into my life. The Moon in Capricorn invites me to look at the lasting foundations of gratitude practice. During this fruiting stage of the lunar cycle, I notice possible benefits from my lunar intention. What have I learned that can be shared? Capricorn has an eye on how actions sustain the family group through hard times. There is a natural desire to assign merit and fine-tune my practice. I might be a tad judgmental about it since I want this practice to be useful to me and my beloveds. Are you noticing this type of self-reflection today?

The only aspect today is a square between the Moon and Venus in Aries. Look where you project your critique. We may be tempted to blame everyone else for falling short of our goals. Look deeper at these urges. Perhaps blaming isn’t even the point. How do you honor the desire to excel at what matters most to you? How do you share the fruits of this effort?

Read about the beginning of the Taurus 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.

Follow the Moon: Full Moon Forecast May 10, 2017

Today, as I walked past the crabapple tree in my front yard, I saw one of the season’s first honeybees wriggling deeper into a pink blossom. That was a delight. There is nothing sexier to me than a bee bonding with a flower. I was so pleased the tree and bee had found each other after planting the crabapple last year hoping this would happen. This vignette says so much about the celestial season of Taurus. Sex, for sure, is a top priority, but all sensual experiences—the tastes, touch, scents, sights, and sounds of pleasure—are Taurean concerns. Why does one season get so much juicy life? What will come from all this wriggling and writhing in beauty? What lessons and gifts are offered through waking fully into our sensual bodies? Instinct tells us that we need this. We need this perhaps more than we know. And we need it now.

The past winter was hard. Transits reflected how hard. Cardinal sign squares and oppositions involving Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra rattled the cages. Dual retrogrades of Venus and Mercury through Aries shook up the ways we think and relate. The status quo no longer seems desirable to more and more of us, at least one hopes. Mundane events reflect the cardinal sign impulse to act. The U.S. Presidential election made it clear that we need to step up our activism and vigilance. This hyper-awareness takes energy and creates more stress, especially for people who have already been living stressful lives while the rest of us wake up. Resources may seem thin. We need to take an assessment of our lives. We need to restore resilience and reason for preserving precious life. What better way to do these things than through the wild and exuberant path of beauty? Taurus loads it on and we should pay attention.

I planted the seeds of a gratitude practice at the Taurus New Moon on April 26. That is the way I am paying attention. Inspired by an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast (On Being https://onbeing.org/programs/david-steindl-rast-anatomy-of-gratitude/), my practice is to stop and behold the moment, to allow a small vessel in my heart to overfill with that moment, and to give thanks for that filling and spilling of awareness and connection to my surroundings. It is important to me that I do not have to be happy to be grateful. Neither do I have to be grateful for the things that make me unhappy. What I am focusing on is the vessel that spills and being grateful for that.
Which brings me back to Taurus. I paint this sign and season in glowing hues. How can we go wrong with beauty and bodies? We can’t, but Taurus also shows us the ways we try to hold on to these ecstatic experiences. If something is good, we want it to last forever. We want more of it. We want to put it in the bank, as it were. Own it. And that is a problem. The Buddha taught that attachment was the root of suffering. We grasp and try to hold. We make ourselves miserable. At the Scorpio Full Moon on May 10, we have the opportunity to integrate the opposing signs of Taurus and Scorpio. Scorpio teaches us about letting go (a bit). Scorpio is the season of dying. All this abundant life will return to the Earth eventually. Nothing lasts. The Scorpio season invites awareness of impermanence. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t try to hang on to the process of letting go. Fixed signs (Scorpio is fixed water) have a tendency to hang on. So, we hang on to the feelings of loss, or the intensity of death, or the desire to control how much will die. And we can’t. None of that is possible for long. So, this Full Moon, I recommit to my intention to be in the moment, knowing whatever it is won’t last, and letting that moment spill over. Filled, I can experience healing. Spilled, I let the healing move on where it needs to, grateful I am alive to feel this now.


Moon in Scorpio
May 10—Full Moon: Blossoming. The Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus. This opposition reminds us of the link between death and birth. These fixed signs—Scorpio is water and Taurus is earth—are the guardians of this birthing, living, dying, rebirthing process. Do you feel how precious life and death are in this moment? The fixed signs are also resources. We can draw upon them to replenish our souls. Right now, you may still feel the toll that winter and early spring took upon you. We’ve had a rough season of retrogrades. Venus retrograded through Aries back into Pisces. This planet of beauty and connection has stationed direct and will complete the Aries journey on June 7. Aries gives fire to our experience of pleasure and relationship. If we did our retrograde work, perhaps we know better how to tend those fires. Through Venus, we want connection, yet in Aries, we are less willing to compromise to be connected. You may have culled some of your relationships recently. What remains? What do you really value about your connections?

Mercury has also been moving backward through Aries (April 9 – May 2). During that process, the quicksilver messenger god conjoined Uranus, the planet of change and awakening, three times. Life has been a roller coaster and we are not in control of where it is going. This influence finally begins to diminish at this Full Moon, with the final conjunction. These planets bring breakthroughs if we can surf the chaos. At this Full Moon, notice what is new for you. How have you changed? What will you change? Both Uranus and Mercury are trine to Saturn in Sagittarius in the chart for the Full Moon. This is an encouraging connection to lasting and responsible change. Not everything is chaos. Form rises from the rubble.

Mars has been quietly navigating the early degrees of Gemini since April 22. At this Full Moon, Mars is exactly square Neptune in Pisces and closely trine Jupiter in Libra. Thoughts could be clouded. We may need to consider and then reconsider any decisions we want to make at this time. Jupiter influence encourages expression of thoughts and moving forward with plans. Neptune’s influence turns aside that urgency. There is another message coming through. Remain open as you consider your options. Non-attachment helps us go with the flow.

The Nodes of the Moon have changed signs. These points in space, marking the place the Moon’s orbit intersects the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, slowly retrograde through the zodiac. They are always in opposition and they are connected to the occurrence of eclipses. The North Node tells us about our growing edges. The South tells us about the patterns and influences we bring with us. Often, there is a sense of needing to clear up these patterns from the South so we can move more fully into the energy of the North. If that is true, we are looking at patterns from Aquarius (South Node) that may keep us from the gifts and lessons of Leo (North Node). What may be overemphasized: collective influences—going along with the group, feeling disconnected from emotion awareness, getting lost in our heads. What may be missing:  a sense of self worth, creative zeal, and a feeling that individuals can make a difference. Because of their connection to eclipses, the Nodes point to how we are evolving right now. An important solar eclipse in August in the sign of Leo could bring up issues around rightful pride and hurtful self-absorption. Stay tuned as this eclipse will fall on Trump’s Ascendant and natal Mars. Literally, anything could happen.


Take in the beauty of this Full Moon and try to let it go. We are blessed by bees and blossoms, for now. They, like us, are here for a moment. As we fill and spill with all this, may thankfulness arise.

Due to a week of family celebrations, the rest of the Taurus lunar cycle forecast will be published on May 11. 

Read about the beginning of the Taurus 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.