Sunday, December 31, 2017

Follow the Moon: Forecast for January 1, 2018 – January 7

Forecast for January 1, 2018 – January 7

Moon enters Cancer 2:10 am CST
January 1—Full Moon: Blossoming. “Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like lonely voyages into the unknown. Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated. We seem to think that beginning is setting out from a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown. This is not the case. Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced. Goethe says that once the commitment is made, destiny conspires with us to support and realize it. We are never as alone in our beginnings as it might seem at the time. A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us. To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.” John O’Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us

A New Year is a beginning. Seemingly arbitrary, but not. It is as good a time as any to check in with our beginnings and endings. A New Year reminds me how intimately connected endings are with beginnings, and how deeply we are embedded in Time where all that has ever happened influences all that can possibly happen. Heathens call this collection of all that has ever happened, the Well of Wyrd, and it is the stuff of magic. Endings and beginnings create access to that magic. It is Mystery itself. From this awareness, I stand at the threshold of a new beginning. There is work and wonder ahead, full of magic. I want to believe, as John O’Donohue writes, “Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced.” That is the old formula for magic: Create a container, then draw the energy of life and intention into it. Declare to the spirits that which you desire. Commit to that desire through action. Then begin. 

Shelter is the container. Energy is the desire. I wonder, how will you shelter your desires at this year’s beginning? How will I?

Shelter is a good theme for the Full Moon in Cancer that begins this year. It feels auspicious, doesn’t it—a Full Supermoon on the first day of the New Year? More significance: The Moon rules Cancer, the sign of this Full Moon. Cancer is about the hearth, the shelter of our beginnings. I must share this link with you about a spellworking for the New Year. In this article  Phoenix and Gwion Raven write about their New Year tradition where a penny for the last year is thrown into the ocean and every item in one’s hearth is touched and considered for whether it should be kept or let go.  What a good way to cleanse our shelters for our next beginnings. Because a lunar phase resonates for several days, this spell work could be done while the Moon remains in Cancer (until 1:22 am CST on January 3.) Letting go fuels beginnings. 

Another impetus to begin comes from the influence of Uranus in Aries preparing to turn direct the day after the Full Moon. Uranus isn’t comfortable moving retrograde. This planet wants to push ahead, turn over stale forms, provoke change. Beginnings have a contract with change. Change has a contract with uncertainty. We can’t control change. After this direct station, Uranus moves forward until it reaches into the next sign, Taurus in May 2018. Change is coming to our foundations, to the ways we hold values, to resource management, to our views of our bodies and the Earth. These changes, and more, are coming. They influence the choices we make at this beginning.

What anchors us as we step into the New Year? A line-up of planets in Capricorn: Saturn, Venus, Sun, and Pluto interject realism into our dreams for the future. This lunar cycle was seeded on the threshold between Sagittarius and Capricorn. Our journeys lead us to fearless acceptance of the way things are. While Saturn is in Capricorn for the next three years, we are asked to open our eyes and meet our obstacles as teachers who are helping us create realistic foundations. 

Into this cauldron of change and fearless commitment to clear seeing, the element of water dissolves resistance, opens our hearts, and offers empathic connections. There is a grand water trine at the Full Moon comprised of the Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio. As a receptive element, water reminds us to receive rather than take the gifts of illumination this Full Moon offers. Water reminds us to listen for the wisdom of vulnerability and interdependence. The heart is boundless. The ways we belong to each other are too. Neptune offers subtle union with others. Mars and Jupiter bring transformation through facing our shadows. And the Moon in Cancer offers a shelter not a fortress for our tender beginnings. 

Let us take care of ourselves and each other. We are at the threshold of a beginning. We will cross over imperfectly, that is inevitable, but we can still open to the “gifts and growth that are stored up for us” in this beginning. May we find the shelter and energy that blesses the journey. 

Moon in Cancer
Tuesday, January 2. Mid-afternoon in the central time zone of the U.S., the Moon in Cancer makes a square aspect to Uranus in Aries. Uranus is particularly strong since stationing direct just a few hours before this contact. We may have a lot of emotion around change—both the change we invoke and the change outside our control. Uranus turned retrograde in  early August. Since that time, we’ve been asked to slow down and reflect on change. As the planet of awakening, Uranus has been showing us ways we’ve been asleep. There is a noticeable shift into action as Uranus gains speed over the next few weeks. In April, Uranus reaches its retrograde degree and in May, Uranus moves into Taurus, a huge shift in focus towards changing our foundations. Taurus is not a sign that easily welcomes change but when it agrees change must happen, it can move mountains. If you’ve been frustrated with change in your life, this new influence could very well remove those obstacles. The Sun and Neptune conspire today to soften resistance to emotional truth. What is the change you envision? What emotional truth informs you?  

Moon enters Leo 1:22 am CST
Wednesday, January 3. Venus in Capricorn follows the Sun closely right now. Yesterday, the Sun made a sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Today, Venus makes the same sweet connection. We are encouraged to feel each relationship. Healing comes from recognizing no separation between ourselves and others. With Neptune influence, it is always good to be mindful that things may appear to be better than they really are. The Capricorn influence reminds us to maintain good boundaries and to question something that is too good to be true. The Moon in Leo adds willingness to play. Move energy by moving your body. Feed your energy by making meaningful connections.

Moon in Leo
Thursday, January 4. Perhaps it is that sense of something left undone. Perhaps you start the day feeling as if you are missing out on your real life. It might be hard to let go of a general malaise, but as the day goes on, we find our mojo. The Moon in Leo squares Jupiter and Mars in the wee hours, making us a bit cranky. When this fiery Moon contacts Mercury in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries later in the day, we are ready to leave moodiness behind. This is actually a good day to seek and find joy. 

Moon enters Virgo 2:12 am CST
January 5—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Listen, your soul is offering a way to re-integrate. It involves taking one step after another. It involves be willing to commit. It involves not doing it alone. There is so much beauty, right here. Right in the room you are in. Right in the midst of your heartbreak. Right in the midst of our suffering. This beauty doesn’t say, forget the wrongs done to you. It doesn’t say, conquer your demons and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. It doesn’t say, hoard the beauty for later. Nope. None of that. I am not wise enough to know why the beauty is there. But I suspect our souls may know when we aren’t busy being conquerors of anything. At the fruiting phase of the Moon, notice what has been given you freely. Let’s notice how this gift moves us to our next actions. Some of us, steeped in the toxicity of oppression, might have a hard time not trying to own or commodify the gift. We might even be filled with shame or guilt because we don’t deserve it. We have scars and there is work to do. Yet, there is beauty. 

The Moon in hard-working Virgo makes a trine to Saturn in committed Capricorn. This same Moon is invited to discover beauty by an opposition from Neptune in Pisces. Put these ingredients together to bring you to the gift. It is there.  

Moon in Virgo
Saturday, January 6. We are starting to get a sense of what the new flavor of 2018 will be. This flavor is a blend of Capricorn determination with a low tolerance for bullshit mixed with Scorpio’s fearless emotional vulnerability. We are riding on a crest of empowerment right now. Take it in. We won’t always feel this and we will need to remember this feeling later. Committing to the long haul doesn’t mean we are committed to acting alone. Transformation is linked to realistic expectations and the ways we can support each other through hard times. Our first challenge comes from a square between the Moon in Virgo and Mercury in Sagittarius. The Moon and Mercury also make challenging aspects to Chiron in Pisces, which brings its own fragility. The big picture can be overwhelming when we get mired in the details. Remember step by step. Remember we are not alone. 

Moon enters Libra 6:14 am CST
Sunday, January 7. Venus doesn’t actually reach the exact conjunction with the Sun until early January 9, but we feel it today. Some astrologers say that the exact conjoining of Venus and the Sun brings a loss of Venus energy. It is said Venus “burns up” in the rays of the Sun. Other astrologers tell a story of Venus meeting the Sun in the underworld where the goddess of love and beauty is transformed by a death experience. What do you imagine? The Moon in Libra (one of the signs that Venus rules) encourages us to apply these Venus lessons to our relationships. Perhaps something needs to be burned away. Perhaps transformation waits for us as we surrender to the death experience. Yesterday’s influence of Jupiter and Mars conjoining in Scorpio adds to the power of the day. This is another signature of the death/transformation experience that repeats throughout the year while Jupiter remains in Scorpio.                      

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.
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