Saturday, June 17, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 17, 2017 - June 22

Moon enters Aries 12:55 pm CDT
June 17—Last Quarter Moon: Reseeding. How easy is it for you to change your mind? This is one of my biggest challenges, yet if I truly want to step out of dualism into the field where wonder invites connection, then I owe it to myself to reconsider my own opinions of things. Saturn in Sagittarius has been lurking from the edges of this lunar cycle seeded by Gemini curiosity and flexibility. And that means our inflexibility may be showing. Saturn has a way of making things more ponderous. Saturn ups the stakes and challenges our core values, especially in Sagittarius, a sign that likes to pride itself on values and truth. The stakes seem to revolve around right and wrong. Dominant cultural messages tell us that being right is good and being wrong is dreadful. How can I risk being wrong, much less risk changing my mind? Saturn isn’t such a bad guy, really. Saturn challenges all those entrenched messages asking us to examine their impact and usefulness. How useful can it be to never reconsider what we think?

This phase of the Moon is built for reconsidering.  Humanist astrologer Dane Rudhyar called the last quarter phase a “Crisis in Consciousness”. It can feel like a crisis to evaluate our actions when we are attached to being right. Gemini curiosity comes to the rescue by asking, what if? What if I let go of a hard opinion? What if I stopped my inner and external dialogs and simply listened? What if I made a different choice just to see where it leads? What if I admitted I don’t know the answer? We have one more week of the Gemini lunar cycle in which to ask ourselves, What if?

This morning (in U.S. time zones), we wake to the influence of the Pisces Moon squaring Saturn. Perhaps a dream reveals a core issue you are struggling with right now. The Moon moving into Aries could give us courage to risk changing our minds or it could tempt us to fight about our opinions. It is all about choice, isn’t it?

Moon in Aries
Sunday, June 18.
I’d like to say that we are feeling less belligerent today than yesterday, but that probably isn’t the case. Even if we choose to hold our opinions lightly, many around us will not. The Aries Moon squares Mars in Cancer, opposes Jupiter in Libra, and squares Pluto in Capricorn. These are all action- oriented cardinal signs. We feel we must do something in response to current challenges. Given that it will be hard to sit on the fence today, what choice helps move us beyond polarizing oppositions? We will not come by that answer easily. Mercury in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius. It could seem like every option meets an obstacle. The gift from this opposition is discernment. Not every situation demands the same strategy. We are asked to really focus on what we want to accomplish. The inspiring transit of the day is a sextile between the Sun in Gemini and Uranus in Aries. Opening to new ideas feels like freedom.

Moon enters Taurus 4:53 pm CDT
Monday, June 19.
Everyone has an opinion today, even the gods. Venus in Taurus makes a quincunx aspect to Jupiter in Libra. Venus standing in the sign she rules, comments on Jupiter who is transiting the other sign she rules—Libra. Venus can be picky. Is it beautiful enough? Is it elegant enough? Is it gracious enough? Is it fair enough? Through Venus, we may be asking ourselves such questions. We could feel a little defensive if the questions come from others too. Jupiter’s task is to make partnership, justice, and aesthetics sexy again. Venus wants to make sure that Jupiter gets it right.

The Sun makes its last aspect from Gemini today, a square to Chiron in Pisces. This is the final day of spring in the northern hemisphere and we feel a desire to reflect on what we’ve learnt and felt. Chiron’s influence is to bring in our hearts to feel the wounds of the world and the wounds in our souls. There is much to change. What is the vow you wish to make?

Moon in Taurus
June 20—Balsamic Moon: Composting. Summer Solstice. In this last phase of the Gemini lunar cycle we begin to compost our experiences and insights. We are also composting one season (spring in the northern hemisphere) to invite in the next. The Gemini season has done its job of cross-pollinating ideas. Our gardens take shape in the Cancer season. The Cancer Solstice (summer in the north) marks a time when the Sun’s trajectory has reached an extreme. The Sun, as life force, reminds of what is truly necessary. The garden is a home and a source of sustenance. The garden as metaphor teaches about core necessities like family and home. The Moon in Taurus emphasizes these things through embodied awareness. How are we fed? How do we feed each other? How will we thrive?

Senses and intuition are open. Venus in Taurus makes an encouraging sextile to Neptune in Pisces. The Moon links Mars in Cancer to Neptune in Pisces making this question of caring for each other even more poignant. It is all well and good to explore the impact of thought, as we have in the Gemini lunar cycle, but now we return to deeper dependencies and relationships. How do we create a culture that supports interdependency? What happens when we do?

Although body and emotion are primary ways of understanding right now, an enlivening sextile between Mercury in Gemini and Uranus in Aries remind us we can shape our world through shaping the way we think. What do you value about curiosity? How might curiosity support our interdependency? A square between Mercury and Chiron in Pisces reveals the wounding we may have around sharing our ideas. Perhaps we can extend our curiosity to wondering how to invite in difference. In some way, we are called to be healers.

Moon enters Gemini 5:44 pm CDT
Wednesday, June 21.
Yesterday, the Sun entered Cancer. Today, Mercury conjoins the Sun at zero degrees Cancer. This marks the superior conjunction of Sun and Mercury at a powerful point in the zodiac. Important events will unfold from this conjoining of life force with mercurial thought patterns. The work of this lunar cycle to step outside the binary into the field of connection creates more seeds for deeper interdependency. Look for signs that change is already happening. Find ways to support the change you wish to see. Imagine a garden with these seeds in full form.  

Moon in Gemini
Thursday, June 22.
Thought is slippery. Just when you think you’ve gotten somewhere, you wake as if from a dream to see you are back where you started. We might feel like that today. The Moon returns to Gemini, the seed energy of this lunar cycle, which ends today. That Moon squares Neptune in Pisces and makes a trine to Jupiter in Libra. Can we trust what we learned? Does the work drift away like dandelion seeds on the wind? Perhaps. But perhaps we can trust the earth to take those seeds and give them a place to grow under the right conditions. Knowing of the field beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing, my soul continues to search for that place.

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)

*For more context about this lunar cycle, read the introduction to the Gemini New Moon 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.


1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Thanks Teri.
I haven't commented for some time. Always appreciate your Astrology sharing.
These are some times to be in Earth Bodies. Nice to know you and your wisdom is out there.
xo jeanne