Friday, July 14, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for July 16, 2017 - July 22

Moon in Aries
July 16—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. I have this idea that water signs are built for receding. Let me explain. That doesn’t mean that water signs don’t move forward or take initiative or explore new ground, but I mean that water signs have a natural instinct about flowing forward and flowing back, like the tides. They can’t help it. That is what water does. This lunar cycle, seeded in the water sign of Cancer, is now waning and we may notice that we are looking to pull back even while external events seem to ask us to engage and push forward. This internal stress could be a challenge. It may help to notice the riptides within and honor where you are and what you need.

My short key phrase for the Moon in a natal chart is that it represents what we need. The Moon rules Cancer and so we should be paying particular attention to needs this lunar cycle. What is the Moon telling you? This type of emotional intelligence, knowing what we need, is one of the gifts of following the Moon this cycle and all lunar cycles. The Moon tells us that needs shift, tides come in and go out, it is OK to be fluid. In fact, it is necessary (another word related to need). This type of fluidity requires an adept level of perception. It encourages us to be present and focused on the here and now. We have no idea what the future actually holds for us. The best we can do is develop skills for being in this moment. Emotional flexibility is a tool for that.

We are going to need this tool, this week. Strong and stressful aspects may try to pull us off center. Change is present. The Moon in Aries is quick to react. We can become impulsive if we don’t pay attention. Today, the Moon conjoins the planet of change, Uranus. Tomorrow, Mars in Cancer will form an exact square to Uranus. Today, the Moon may activate that transit. Mars square Uranus is one of those energy signatures that warn about abrupt change and being alert to mishaps. Material, kept in the dark, is released by Mercury in Leo’s quincunx aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. In a flash, shadows are illuminated. Given the volatile nature of Moon, Mars, and Uranus in combination, we may see events begin to cascade to a foregone conclusion. Remembering the wisdom of water, how do you choose to respond?

Moon enters Taurus 12:04 am CDT
Monday, July 17.
We may be swept away by beauty today. This version of beauty involves what we can learn, teach, and communicate. Venus in Gemini makes a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces. We are drawn to people who are curious. We are drawn to expanding beyond. The nature of the square presents a challenge. This may come in the form of fantasy or escapism. It might also come in the form of disappointment or cynicism. As we observe our patterns, we can turn towards hopeful possibility. Through loss we begin to gain meaning. Beauty is the activator. The Moon in Venus-ruled Taurus enhances this theme and helps us set firm boundaries around our dreams. The interplay between the Moon, Venus, and Neptune set the stage for another important influence today, a dynamic square between Mars in Cancer and Uranus in Aries. Cancer brings out the nurturer in Mars. Uranus in Aries stirs our passions with the intention to instigate change. Perhaps we get angry about the healthcare bill. Perhaps we are moved to action because we care deeply about others. Perhaps we are anxious about change in our lives. Take a breath before making decisions. What are you feeling? How does water lead you to a deeper place of connection?

Moon in Taurus
Tuesday, July 18.
Opportunities come through connection. These connections may be social or mental. How does one idea lead to another? How does a chance encounter lead to a moment of fate? How do our connections expand from minor associations to significant relationships? Be prepared for synchronistic opportunities as Venus in Gemini makes a trine to Jupiter in Libra. Be ready to say, Yes. Another kind of connection comes from the heart. Mars in Cancer forms a trine to Chiron in Pisces. Connection is vulnerability. We may find the courage to be vulnerable with each other. The Moon in Taurus serves as an anchor if we feel overwhelmed. Our bodies hold wisdom and may help us move into more connection and opportunity.

Moon enters Gemini 2:31 am CDT
July 19—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
"If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time…But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
-- Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s.

At the Cancer New Moon, this quote inspired me to notice and enhance my awareness of interconnectivity. Cancer, informed by emotion, turns towards others to help and nurture. Perhaps the lesson of this lunar cycle has been that there is no simply nurturing of others or of self. We must tend to the whole web of interbeing to move us towards real change. Through relationship we must nurture and care for us. Cancer is the sign of the family. Perhaps we are learning to expand this notion of family to mean larger and more complex relationships.

As the Moon moves into Gemini, we notice and long for more and more connection. Gemini is the pollinator energy of the zodiac. Even as this lunar cycle begins to wind down, we are spreading the seeds of possibility. The ruler of Gemini, Mercury (in Leo), makes a harmonious trine aspect to Saturn in another fire sign, Sagittarius. This is a great influence for creative ideas that have structure and longevity. Imagine you’ve been on a journey since the New Moon of June 23. Just now, we see the journey of disparate events and emotions as a cohesive lesson about understanding self and others. Dare to believe your creativity matters.

Moon in Gemini
Thursday, July 20.
Mars moves from Cancer to Leo today. You may have been thinking the summer has not been as much fun as you deserve. Well, here is your chance to change that. We aren’t done with the Cancer lunar cycle, but the new infusion of energy from Leo will help us get perspective on where we’ve been in this cycle. Mars leaps ahead. Embrace your creativity. Embrace the flow of life force energy. We are reaching the peak of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Let the Sun feed every cell. The momentum of change is vastly reinforced (maybe too much so) by a square between the Sun in Cancer and Uranus in Aries. Square aspects provoke change through tension or aggravation. Don’t resist change but make the best possible choices you can. Move on. There’s another significant influence today. Venus in Gemini makes a puzzling quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn. There’s a trickster element to this connection. Impishly we undermine entrenched power systems. Discover the power of light-heartedness.

Moon enters Cancer 3:09 am CDT
Friday, July 21.
Take time to notice the contrast between water and fire during the last two days of the Cancer lunar cycle. Already we feel an upsurge of Leo (fire sign) energy. Mars entered that sign yesterday and the Sun will tomorrow. Water’s influence today comes from the Sun in Cancer (water) forming a trine to Chiron in Pisces (water). Chiron influence may feel initiatory. Where has the journey of heart and emotion taken you in this lunar cycle? Take a moment to honor every emotion, especially the ones you might feel bad about having. Emotions encode memories, hopes, and dreams. I believe they also encode healing. I am reminded of the Rilke quote, “Let everything happen to you … No feeling is final.” No feeling is final, but every feeling can be a teacher and a healer. And if we aren’t ready, then we let them go. There will be more opportunities.

Moon enters Cancer 1:33 am CDT
Saturday, July 22.
 Sun enters Leo. Tomorrow’s New Moon occurs in the first degree of Leo. Due to the early degree, the next New Moon will be in Leo, too. That one will be a solar eclipse. Much change is in the air. We might feel excited by this prospect today as the Sun makes it entrance into the fixed fire sign. The Sun is the generous life giver of our solar system and the Sun rules Leo. Everyone has a Sun described in our natal charts by our Sun sign. Each of us has a Sun and is a Sun, possessing creative potential and the solar generosity that shares light with all. With two lunar cycles seeded in Leo, we have the opportunity to set powerful intention around the ways we do both things, create and share. To prepare for that work, take today to let emotional awareness seep into your cells. The Moon is doing some heavy lifting with a square to Jupiter in Libra and an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. We want to purge the things holding us back from authentic relationship based upon justice and equity. Notice that desire and the passion that backs it. That is water. 

About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. 

*For more context about this lunar cycle, read the introduction to the Cancer New Moon here 

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