Sunday, November 26, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for November 26, 2017—December 2

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. (10)”
― Pema ChödrönWhen Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times

The coming week is one of agitation. It could feel like a week when we can’t really get too comfortable because we’ll quickly have to adapt and change as new influences enter the scene. It may feel like things coming together and falling apart a lot. This lunar cycle began on the threshold between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Part of us wants to absorb emotional experiences slowly and deeply. Another part is ready to leap into new discoveries and new horizons. Transits this week have us coming and going. It will be a trick to make room for it all with grace and presence.

The Moon in Pisces (mutable water) starts the week tempting us into dreamy states. Pisces helps regulate strong emotion coming from the Scorpio zone held down by Jupiter and Venus in Scorpio. Pisces also makes it a bit harder to say no to exciting opportunities arising under the expansive influence of Sagittarius. How will you know from moment to moment what is best for you? Do you hole up in your home? Do you answer the call of discovery? How do you listen to yourself?

Another influence, the conjoining of Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius, puts pressure on us to perform better than usual. This won’t be easy either. Mercury is about to station retrograde. The domain of Mercury influence: thinking, communicating, travel, and technology, may seem to be conspiring against us. Saturn makes it feel like more of a disaster when things go wrong because we want to do well. There are major lessons to learn from these two planets this week.

The major transit of the week is volatile and creates a field of uncertainty. Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries on December 1. The day before, the Moon in Aries triggers this near exact opposition. It is good to take a pause before taking rash action. Mindful approaches to stress, anger, and fear are helpful. It may be important to be the one who contributes equanimity when others are losing perspective and patience. But we are also called to look at stale and stagnant structures in our lives. What must fall?

The week ends under the influence of Mercury stationing retrograde under the Full Moon in Gemini. Mercury rules Gemini and will greatly impact our experience of this Full Moon. Humor and curiosity are great assets for this period.

Forecast for November 26, 2017—December 2.

Moon enters Pisces 2:04 am CST
November 26—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. Under the Pisces Moon, water pulls us back into ourselves and into a desire for more intimate connection. At the New Moon on November 18, seeds were planted—whether consciously or not, these seeds are beginning to emerge as potential. We began in the depths of Scorpio, in what may have felt like an underworld journey. The Sun has moved into Sagittarius, and the glare of that light may be startling. Are things getting away from you? The question, as we come together and fall apart this week, could be: How do I stay present to myself? How do I fully live into this moment?

Venus in Scorpio governs our relationships. We need trust and safety. Venus is making a trine aspect to Chiron in Pisces. We are asked to go beyond safety to vulnerability. With the Moon also in Pisces making contact with Jupiter and Neptune, the more we lean in to real intimacy, the more authentic and secure our relationships become. Give yourself time for such connections now, later in the week, we may be able to draw upon these important exchanges.

Moon in Pisces
Monday, November 27.
Discord could lie under the surface of our interactions today. Being clear about our needs and desires could help bring conflict out in the open where we can be honest and open with each other. Venus in Scorpio, ever desirous of deeper connection, is stressed by a contact from Uranus in Aries. Uranus is impatient with slow process and that could help us move out of stuck places. The Moon in Pisces may contribute a desire for everyone to get along. That just isn’t always possible. Humans are being human today.

Moon enters Aries 10:30 am CST
Tuesday, November 28.
Almost three years ago, Saturn entered Sagittarius with a mission to refine and focus the stories we tell about our world. Saturn has shown us the ugly side of rationalizing what we want to believe. It has left us with a scary realization that truth isn’t as dependable as we thought. Facts are the victim of trying to shape reality by confusing the story. What can we rely on? How can we be more honest about the foundations of our beliefs? And how can we be more accountable for the stories we are obligated to dismantle? Saturn is on its way out of Sagittarius next month. It is time to tally up the lessons we’ve learned. Today, Mercury and Saturn come together near the end of Sagittarius. On the Full Moon, Mercury will station retrograde in Sagittarius and will retrace its steps through the sign of the big story. Mercury will conjoin Saturn three times during this process. Two times in Sagittarius and the last time in Capricorn. Mercury says, let’s take a little journey into what we really believe. We may be surprised by what we learn. Be curious to learn what your stories reveal about you. Be willing to change your mind.

Moon in Aries
Wednesday, November 29.
The Aries Moon dares to leap. We may regret it later, but this willingness to go first into the unknown helps us move forward. Light a fire. Be bold. Dare to believe in yourself. The Moon’s only aspect is a square to Pluto in Capricorn. There is a sense of risk and danger in these bold actions. That makes them even more vital. If you can keep a cord fastened to your recent underworld journey—the time you felt most exposed and raw. You will learn to expand your capacity to act and be vulnerable at the same time.

Moon in enters Taurus 2:38 pm CST
November 30—Gibbous Moon: Budding. This lunar cycle began in Scorpio darkness and quickly transformed into Sagittarian fire. Are you noticing the constant pulsation between leaving and returning as we cycle through things coming together and falling apart? This feels like an accelerated process of death and rebirth. It feels like training for transformation. This may also feel like a cycling through emotion. How does this human experience connect you? How does it develop your journey and impact on the world? This rapid cycling is like a muscular workout preparing us for the next big thing. This phase of the Moon often feels like that too. We are on the cusp of realization or illumination. There are just a few more experiences to have first.

Early in the day, the Moon near the end of Aries, contacts Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries. These two planets will oppose each other tomorrow. This could be triggering. Mars and Uranus set off rapid chain reactions for change. Mars’ mission is to reestablish balance but we might need to release disruptive energy before we settle back to that state of response and exchange. This is the perfect storm of a transit if we’ve been in denial about changing. Change will always win that battle.

After an unsettling morning (U.S. time zones), the Moon moves into Taurus. In this season of death (in the Northern Hemisphere where we are experiencing fall and winter), Taurus provides the anchor to life. It may be too easy to become cynical and despairing in the face of so much loss. Taurus reminds us that the cycles of the Earth are greater than we are. There is a much bigger story. And if we are lucky, we get to be part of it.

The quincunx aspect between Mars in Libra and Chiron in Pisces doesn’t let us settle for easy answers. This is the struggle to integrate intellectual dispassion with vulnerable compassion. Holding both with equanimity and openness is a great gift, especially for those we come in contact with. Our connections create healing.

Moon in Taurus
Friday, December 1.
Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries today. Yesterday, the Moon helped kick off this transit. Change is the only constant and we are reminded that the only really dependable thing in our lives is that we will change. Every one of us is falling. Control over this process is an illusion. And so, if we get to really re-experience that truth today, what do you choose? How do you choose to fall through the rest of your life? The speed of the fall could feel brisk today. Does that make you feel more alive? Are you sad that change will impact everything you love? These are hard realities. In this lunar cycle highly influenced by Scorpio, we have the opportunity to see with clear eyes what has always been true: everything is always changing. Venus moves into Sagittarius, remember the way we return from the underworld is important. Give honor to your depth journey. Remember the vulnerability. Recall the truths you experienced. We may feel like righting some wrongs after such a journey. Today is a good day to start.

Moon enters Gemini 3:21 pm CST
Saturday, December 2.
Today is a wild mix of yang and yin energies. We are falling apart and coming back together all at once. Jupiter in Scorpio makes a trine connection to Neptune in Pisces. Under this influence we are invited to relax into connection through vulnerability. Yet, the Moon moves into the busy mental sign of Gemini while Mercury is stationing retrograde in Sagittarius. Even though we may want to rest in emotional connection, we could be thrown into mental problem-solving. If we are lucky, setbacks and confusion will stimulate curiosity and humor as we realize that there is just so much to pay attention to and learn from today. I quoted the wise Pema Chödrön at the beginning of the week, “The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” It is all present. How do you make room?

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. Read about the beginning of the Scorpio/Sagittarius lunar cycle here.

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