Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Following the Moon: Forecast for January 24, 2018 – January 30

Forecast for January 24, 2018 – January 30

My approach to the “forecasting” I do in this space is organic. Following the Moon is my personal practice of uncovering meaning and magic for each lunar cycle. What that means is, I sometimes wait until the last minute to write about the week ahead. I sometimes (often) sit down to write and don’t yet understand how a lunar cycle and my lunar intention are playing out. For my readers, this is not really a place to come to get a standard astrological forecast for the future. But, it is a place to witness the process of using sky cycles to find purpose, meaning, and transformation. I offer this practice freely in this place, I teach this practice to my students, and present this point of view to my clients. We are all in process. We are all uncovering. The stars are companions and guides. What are we finding out?

At the New Moon I sensed into the threshold between Capricorn (sign of the New Moon) and Aquarius (the Sun entered this sign just a few days after New Moon). The Sun’s sign matters in a lunar cycle. For one thing, the Full Moon coming on January 31 will happen in the polarity of Aquarius (Sun)/Leo (Moon), and a Full Moon is a significant moment of realization in a lunar cycle. I’ve been adapting to this short-term pattern of lunar cycles, beginning near the end of signs and culminating with the polarity of the following sign, by investigating the threshold between conjoining signs. The seeds are there to be discovered and cultivated. Thresholds are important. They are portals and potent moments of choosing. My question at the New Moon was around the way that Capricorn influence affects Aquarian desires. I am focusing on the relationship between lineage (Capricorn theme) and the future (Aquarian theme).

I pay attention to what shows up in my life around about my lunar intentions. Something always does when I hold space for it. The following podcast, which I happened upon this week, is an example. The source is Healing Justice Podcast and the topic is Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar (Generative Somatics teacher).  I recommend listening to both the interview and the short practice offered by Sumitra Rajkumar. The meditation invites us to expand body awareness in three directions: lengthwise for dignity, side to side for connection with others, and back to front for the journey from the past into our present longings. She invites us to rest upon the support of our ancestors and the wisdom held in the past as we connect with what we are longing for now. This is the journey. There are tools to connect. There is a lineage of healers offering wisdom. I am encouraged to keep paying attention, both to my desires for a new world as well as the lineage of teachers who help me keep moving forward. As I deepen into my practice, these questions show up for me: What gives me the right to claim relationship with a lineage? How do I honor the support of lineages that are not mine?

Moon enters Taurus 7:39 am CST
January 24—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. The second week of this lunar cycle takes off with energizing transits. Expansion can feel optimistic but can also feel like pressure to perform. We are likely to feel both as we move forward into manifesting desire. The First Quarter phase is full of dynamic tension and represents the first turning point of the cycle. Challenges are arising. Perhaps we notice the dynamic tension between heritage and vision for growth. The past isn’t perfect, neither are our desires for the future. What adjustments need to be made to accept this?

The Moon in Taurus anchors us in our bodies and the concrete reality of form. What are the limits and gifts of physical reality right now? How do we readjust our expectations? The Moon trines Saturn in Capricorn, which encourages commitment to the process of honoring the past as we move into our futures.

Mercury in Capricorn conjoins Pluto. As the keeper of shadows and secrets, Pluto is giving Mercury the real scoop. Notice opportunities to speak truth to power, even the truth that is meant only for your own ears. Transformation comes from taking off the blinders.

Moon in Taurus
Thursday, January 25.
Mercury moves from yesterday’s conjunction with Pluto to a sextile aspect with Jupiter in Scorpio today. Mercury is helping cement the good relations that Jupiter and Pluto are having with each other right now. There is power in searching the depths, revealing toxic secrets, telling our truths. The deeper connections are being revealed. We are less interested in pleasant facades. We dig into our conflicts and expose our longings. Vital energy flows. The Moon in Taurus is the integrator. We bring all this juicy, but sometimes uncomfortable, energy into our bodies. Sensual pleasure is a tonic for the challenging and scary work of waking up. Embodied practices help us anchor emotional release.

Moon enters Gemini 11:39 am CST
Friday, January 26.
A big switcheroo in energy and focus comes from Mars’ ingress into Sagittarius today. Mars has been in Scorpio, a sign that it rules, since early December. In Scorpio, Mars joined with Jupiter to invite emotional catharsis and healing. Feelings have been big. Passions have been too. Until mid-March, Mars travels through the mutable fire sign where the focus will be on the journey. This journey invites a broader perspective. We all have cabin fever, even if you live in a milder climate. We crave adventure and discovery. There will also be an uptick in people who like to explain things. Collective knowing is an antidote to thinking any of us knows it all. The Moon in Gemini faces off with this new version of Mars early in the day. Mutable sign emphasis means we might feel unfocused, distracted and/or anxious in a general way. It helps to find a fascinating topic or place to discover.

Moon in Gemini
Saturday, January 27.
Momentum is picking up. Sometimes we need to go along with the flow, even if we don’t know where it is taking us. The Moon in Gemini encourages a sort of rambling curiosity, an openness to synchronicity, meeting the right person at just the right time, hearing the right message for the question you didn’t even know you had. The ruler of Gemini, Mercury, is forming a square to Uranus today and tomorrow. Eurekas come when we break with convention. Question assumptions. Dare to not know.

Moon enters Cancer 12:57 pm CST
January 28—Gibbous Moon: Budding. The last few days have pushed us forward. We might feel more oriented towards what is coming next than where we’ve been. We might even forget we have the resource of lineage to tap into as we dream into our futures. At the Gibbous phase, we are on the cusp of blossoming. The bud that came from the seed planted in the dark of the New Moon is eager to unfurl. But there is also dynamic tension in this phase. The tension now may be to remain present and centered enough to remember all our connections—connections to the past, to ourselves, and to each other—even as we plunge ahead into the waxing year.

Just like at the New Moon, I need to name again the foibles of whiteness, which encourages forgetting our connections and lineages. Perhaps the dynamic tension at this moment is giving birth to new thought patterns. We are not isolated, we haven’t invented anything new, we are not heroes conquering the darkness. The Moon in Cancer encourages a sense of family, how we need each other and how we can support each other in the present moment.

Mercury in Capricorn is square Uranus in Aries. This is a rebellious and feisty energy. Let’s question assumptions, especially our own. Let’s break with old thought forms. Let’s open to a new possible. Mercury also makes an encouraging sextile to Chiron in Pisces. This influence, along with the Cancer Moon, softens our hearts, making empathy the primary tool for change.

Moon in Cancer
Monday, January 29.
The Moon in Cancer reminds us of the beginning of this lunar cycle when the seeds of Capricorn trembled in the dark soil. The Cancer/Capricorn polarity is about nurturance, creating supportive structures for family and community. To do this, Cancer applies emotional intelligence and Capricorn applies wisdom from the past. Assess the support systems in your communities. How might they be tended now so they help us meet the challenges of the future? It is a radical idea to break the spell of isolation. It is an ancient idea to rely upon our support networks to catch us when we fall. A grand water trine of Moon, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter in Scorpio help us tune into the needs of others. The opposition between the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn helps us envision powerful ways to heal and support.

Moon enters Leo 12:53 pm CST
Tuesday, January 30.
In U.S. time zones, early morning could be gnarly emotional terrain. The Moon in Cancer opposes Mercury in Capricorn and squares Uranus in Aries. This t-square aspect pattern could foster impatience and disruption. Then the Moon moves into Leo. Tomorrow’s Full Moon is beginning to be felt today. That means we are noticing the continuum between Aquarian concerns for collective awareness and Leo concerns for self awareness. These signs need each other like every pair of opposite signs do. Sometimes we need to feed the flame of selfhood and sometimes give breath to collective vision. What is it for you?

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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