Thursday, February 1, 2018

Follow the Moon: February 1, 2018 - February 6

Forecast for February 1, 2018 – February 6

Moon enters Virgo 1:13 pm CST
Thursday, February 1.
The threshold between fire and earth is crossed today. It is a small thing when the Moon changes signs. It happens every 2 and a half days, but if we pay attention, we notice that every time that happens, we cross a threshold. Our bodies are experiencing fluid change. In the U.S. time zones, the morning is about fire. We are still feeling the vestiges of yesterday’s Full Moon in Leo. This is big energy about identity and self worth. Leo infuses the Self with life force energy. Perhaps you are feeling a little overwhelmed or burnt out. The threshold to earthy Virgo could feel like a downer or a needed respite from so much energy. What are you noticing? This is the pulsation of the zodiac fire always leads to earth. Expansion always lands back on the ground where we ask ourselves, how do we make this sustainable? What do we need to attend to in our physical lives?

Moon in Virgo
Friday, February 2.
Traditional Imbolc.  Brigid, the Goddess associated with this Celtic holy day, holds the power of inspiration, poetry, smithcrafting, and healing. At Imbolc, we offer Her our promises and intentions for the year. She blesses our beginnings. The Virgo Moon supports intentions that center on healing, service, and devotion. Early in the day an opposition between the Moon and Neptune in Pisces helps us tap into empathy if we are willing to let go of perfection. Imagine the yes/and approach to the seeming polarity of pragmatism vs. mysticism. Merging these qualities helps us set intention that serves the greater good. Let us invoke healing.

Moon enters Libra 3:47 pm CST
February 3—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Astronomical Imbolc. Some Pagans celebrate the Cross-Quarter Sabbaths (or Holy Days) on traditional dates handed down to us by the Christian church. Other Pagans observe these moments at the mid-point of the Fixed signs, which are close to the traditional dates. Traditional Imbolc is sometimes celebrated on February 1 and sometimes February 2, but the astronomical date for Imbolc is today, when the Sun reaches the mid-point of Aquarius (Fixed Air sign). The mid-point of the Fixed signs are the mid-points of the seasons as defined by the ingress of the Sun into Cardinal signs at the Solstices and Equinoxes. They are potent anchors to the wheel of the year. Aquarius anchors Winter. This is the time to dive deep into Winter’s mysteries to receive vision for the coming year. Winter and the dark are intimates whose conversations inspire our hearts to envision our gardens, begin new projects, and initiate new magic. At the Disseminating phase of the Moon our visions are also influenced by the fruits of this particular lunar cycle. What are you receiving now from the journey that began at the New Moon on January 16?

During this lunar cycle, I’ve been paying attention to the connection between lineage and present choices. I’ve also been doing personal spellwork around identity. The recent Leo Full Moon eclipse is still reverberating, telling me I can choose a different relationship to myself and that I have allies in my ancestors and in my teachers who honor their lineage. When I think back to those who have worked and offered wisdom to make my present choices possible, I am humbled. If there is any merit to my journey so far, I offer that fruit back to those who are helping me now. This feels less like an heroic journey of conquest and more like a seeker’s journey of remembering. The Moon in Libra encourages balance and reciprocity making the desire to offer back what we are receiving even stronger.

Mercury in Aquarius makes an encouraging sextile aspect to Mars in Sagittarius. We are seeking truth. We are feasting upon the inspiration of mid-winter. This connection strengthens the intention-setting appropriate to this time of year. Mercury’s influence may loosen our tongues. Offer a prayer/poem to the dark, the stars, and the growing light.

Moon in Libra
Sunday, February 4.
Squares are challenging relationships between planets. Today, Venus in Aquarius makes a square aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio. Sometimes the question to ask with a square is what could possibly go wrong? A connection between Venus and Jupiter can often be pleasurable. But because it’s a square, we might wonder what could go wrong when two fun-loving planets interact? Maybe too much fun? Maybe a harder time drawing the necessary boundaries to ensure that pleasure is mutual or not depleting in some way? Maybe a miscommunication between differing desires? Squares invite us to make adjustments. Perhaps we use this opportunity to return to a relationship size that feels life-affirming and truly pleasurable. Another square influences the day: The Moon in Libra makes a square to Saturn in Capricorn. What could go wrong between a desire to please and harmonize and a desire to judge and hold accountable? What is the adjustment you need to make?

Moon enters Scorpio 9:56 pm CST.
Monday, February 5. It is hard to keep harmonizing when so much chaos and toxic people are around you. That is how it feels today with the Moon in Libra opposing Pluto in Capricorn and making a square to Uranus in Aries today. This might not be the best way to start a workweek, but there you have it. One piece of wisdom about balance: It isn’t static, and it doesn’t mean we have to fix everything to make it better. We just need to be flexible enough to adjust in the moment around our own centers. Ninja.

Moon in Scorpio
Tuesday, February 6.
There is something about the opening lines to Mary Oliver’s poem, “Wild Geese,” that feels appropriate for today, “You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.” The Moon is in Scorpio. Finally, we get to be bad. If any recent attempts at “goodness” have felt artificial to you, feel free to let that go. We do not have to be good. A boost to authenticity comes from the delightfully unconcerned Venus in Aquarius sextile to Uranus in Aries. Be yourself, and look around at how attractive others are who are being themselves too.


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 http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/01/follow-moon-new-moon-january-16-2018.html

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