Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for September 13 – September 19

Forecast for September 13 – September 19

Mutable signs foster complexity. That is the good and the bad side to these integrating, information-seeking signs—Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Mutable signs are the weavers of meaning and the discoverers of truth. They assess well-being and diagnose illness. They strive to unify and diversify how we understand things. Their changeable nature tells us that meaning and truth can change a lot too.

The week ahead starts with the Moon in mutable Gemini opposing Saturn in mutable Sagittarius, with the Sun in mutable Virgo making a square to the Moon and Saturn. This pattern is a challenge. It lands us smack dab in complexity. Complexity is a sign of health. The more diverse and interconnected an eco-system is the better it can adapt to stresses and changes.  Complexity gives us options. It is also hard to maintain when it relates to inner and conflicting experiences. Humans have a tendency to simplify complexity because it soothes the stress of having to pay attention to more stuff. Humans love to be in control, on top of things. We pay a big price for that love.

Mutable signs also show us the joy and delight to be found in curiosity, not knowing, and serendipitous discoveries. Mutable signs encourage the other modalities (cardinal and fixed) to let go of control and outcome and be in the soup of influences that can never be repeated and just might give us the next step to take out of our mess. Mutable signs present koan-like questions that are meant to expand consciousness, not give us an answer. Is it the wave or the water that is most important here? Mutable signs bring humility when we realize we will never completely understand the interconnected web of complexity that runs through the worlds. But it is wonderful, right?

The planetary pattern I mentioned above is important. Saturn influences are always important. Saturn gives us our true work and our biggest challenges. Saturn wants mastery and authority for us, believe it or not. Saturn stays in a sign for about 2 ½ years. Saturn has been marching through mutable fire Sagittarius since December 2014 (retreating back into Scorpio for three months). Saturn leaves Sagittarius in December 2017. Saturn recently turned direct, this means that Saturn is stationary and strong and that the next three months represent the completion of Saturn’s transit through this sign. Saturn was named for a Roman harvest god. The question: What are we harvesting from this mutable fire that will help us attain mastery and authority? stays with us until Saturn leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn.

Mutable fire introduces the complexities of passion and truth. Sagittarius loves freedom because it opens the horizon to discover the meaning of life. Our discoveries gather around us like a shawl giving warmth and protection against life’s uncertainties. We hope that our truths will stand against chaos, but since we can never be sure, that shawl can become a prison of dogmatism and fundamentalism. This hardening of belief betrays the mutable question of how do we continue to adapt and discover? Saturn has shown us the limitations of faith. It has shown us the dangers of manipulating truth to serve oppression. It has presented us with tests, how do we stay open to complexity, how do we unveil untruths, how do we fight for facts, what role does science play in our storytelling, what are the common threads that reach across cultures, what are the real differences and what do they teach us, how do we show respect across cultures, what do we do about cultural appropriation? All these questions are Sagittarian in nature. Saturn never gives us easy tests.

Moon enters Cancer 5:12 pm
September 13—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. For a good part of the day, a grand mutable cross pattern influences our perceptions. The Sun in Virgo, Moon in Gemini, Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces are stirring the cauldron of this lunar cycle seeded under a total solar eclipse in Leo. A lot has gone down in these three weeks. Mutable energy is unsettled, we are trying to sort out a lot of things. Many people are trying to sort out their lives after fires, floods, and winds have destroyed what they once knew. The air is unsettled. It is good to reflect on what we value most and where we need to go next. This phase of the Moon is about evaluating the past and deciding what changes we need to make. Chiron in Pisces asks us to identify with the suffering of others. When there is so much, it is easy to numb out. Notice when you want to do this. How do we bring awareness back without plunging ourselves into frozen trauma? The Moon in Gemini interjects wonderment. I wonder what this means, I wonder what there is to learn, I wonder who there is to meet. The Sun in Virgo provides the light of service, devotion, and knowing that together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Change is the constant. We are always adapting.

Moon in Cancer
Thursday, September 14.
Let’s consolidate the messes in our lives. Let’s feed them chicken soup. The Moon in Cancer reminds us to nurture ourselves and to honor the places of home and restoration. So many people across the world are displaced from their homes. Is it time to count your blessings? Is it time to extend generosity and aid to those who are less blessed? The Moon makes favorable contacts with Mars in Virgo (industry and devotion) and Neptune in Pisces (compassion and connection). This is a good day to cultivate the sensation of Enough. Scarcity fears are the root of many toxic reactions, like greed, hatred, objectification of others. Gratitude and knowing when we have enough is the counter spell to practice today. Later in the day, the Moon stirs up emotion and fear as it opposes Pluto in Capricorn. This is a great opportunity to look at the roots of our fears. More to dispel.

Moon enters Leo 8:09 pm CDT
Friday, September 15.
Venus in Leo and Jupiter in Libra have a great time together today. Expressions of fun, joy, and exuberance are not denial. We need to feel there is possibility and we need to remember that each of us makes a difference. So, what will you accomplish with your joy today? The Moon joins in on the whoop whoop when it moves into Leo tonight (CDT), but for most of the day, we are concerned with bringing expansion into our deepest places. This could very well be our homes, or families, or the ways we know to refill our coffers of resiliency. Fill up. Fill up. You know you need it.

Moon in Leo
September 16—Balsamic Moon: Composting. I don’t want to compost this lunar cycle. I want to break free of complacency, denial, and helplessness. The Moon’s shadow touched my skin at the very beginning of this lunar cycle under a total eclipse of the Sun. This shadow released something, illuminated something, that is essential and life-giving. Our choices matter. The consequences of not choosing matters just as much. What will we do for life? What will we do to protect the water? What will we do to bring justice to the world? What will we do to deny the voices of hatred any footing? What will we do to change our trajectory? I am afraid that composting this lunar cycle will mean letting go of the urgency and awakening. I am wrong. But that is the emotion.

I place my trust in the Earth’s cycles. After planting, growing, and reaping, comes death and compost. Whatever truths I have come to know during this cycle, I can surrender to the heap to be transformed by Mystery into the rich soil of future cycles. This does not mean I go back to sleep. We are passing the wisdom attained right on to the next cycle. Gather in your seeds. Find the kernels to nurture into the future.

The Moon returns to Leo where it was at that total eclipse. Seeing or sensing the Sun being covered by shadow, what have you learned about the Sun’s essence? This is also the essence of you. Astrology reminds us that each of us is a Sun at the core. What remains when everything else is surrendered? What returns when shadows lift?

Mercury and Mars have been meeting over the summer (northern hemisphere, winter in the south). The first time was in June in the sign of Cancer, the second when Mercury stationed retrograde in early September at the end of Leo, and today when they meet again in Virgo for the last time in this cycle. Cancer, Leo, Virgo—these are the signs of summer in the northern hemisphere. Mind and action are melding. We are learning, readjusting, and formulating our visions and our plans for action. Virgo is the pragmatic one. The one who realizes we need a system to enact the changes we desire. Don’t jump ahead of yourself. The plan can be simple. Simple is better. Perhaps there is a simple daily practice you begin today to call in your awareness of what you have learned this summer and where you need to go next.

Moon enters Virgo 11:52 pm CDT
Sunday, September 17.
Venus in Leo kicks into action the next couple of days. Today, Venus makes a quincunx aspect to Chiron in Pisces and a trine to Uranus in Aries. Tomorrow, Venus reaches the eclipse degree (28 Leo) where the eclipse energy is reactivated all over again. Today’s transits are part of that. Venus energy can be held under the surface. Sometimes, we feel that we need to play it safe or be nice. Being nice is probably the worst choice right now. Venus wants  to break out of the chains of niceness. She is a badass today. Uranus influences the way we have to bring change to the world. Chiron tells us to do it even when we feel vulnerable and exposed. The heart reminds us that we don’t have to be consistent, we just have to love. For most of the day (CDT) the Moon is in Leo. There is a grand fire trine of Moon, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Uranus sparking desire, asking us to be bold, reminding us how precious the life force is.

Moon in Virgo
Monday, September 18.
Venus in Leo reaches the eclipse degree that began this lunar cycle. We’ve already had Mercury and Mars activating this degree. The list of tragic events that have happened in the last three weeks is sobering, heart-breaking. We are reaching the end of the lunar cycle but we will be unpacking the effects of this eclipse for a while. In February, 2018 there will be another solar eclipse (27 degrees Aquarius) opposite the location of the last eclipse (28 degrees Leo). This will be another activating moment. Venus rules Libra, holding the sword of justice, and Taurus, holding a cornucopia of earthly wealth. It isn’t good to make Venus mad. And when the Earth and Justice team up to illuminate our next steps, we should pay attention. The Moon in Virgo activates the devoted servant in us. How will you serve justice and Earth?

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, September 19.
 This lunar cycle closes with a lot of energy and information. It might even feel like this is the place we plant the seeds of our next lunar cycle. Many of the things we experience today will influence intention for the next New Moon on September 20. Pisces energy is present. By that I mean, boundaries are open (for good or bad), we are picking up emotional information from the field and that can be triggering. It can also be uplifting and help us reconnect with others through mutual compassion. Pisces is an important complement to Virgo, where the Moon is today and at the next new moon, because it opposes Virgo. This opposition stretches us to incorporate more empathy in our service and more service in our empathy. The Pisces influence is felt through the Sun’s opposition to Chiron in Pisces and Mercury in Virgo’s opposition to Neptune in Pisces. Venus enters Virgo today. I think this is a wonderful placement for Venus. We are learning to be pragmatic about the ways we need to work in the world for change and right relationship. Venus here is a blessing for our work and our hearts.

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. To read about the beginning of this lunar cycle, go here.

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