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.

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