Saturday, March 31, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 31, 2018 - April 7

Moon in Libra
March 31—Full Moon: Blossoming. Spring is here in the northern lands, even if the ground is frozen, like it is where I live. The unpredictable Aries energy of this season, flavored mightily by Mercury retrograde, encourages emergence and foolishness. This Libra Full Moon illuminates the vulnerability of this season in the ways we wear our hearts on our sleeves and care so deeply about the world. Within the Aries archetype of courage and daring lies a soul that feels unsure and tender. Contrast this feeling with the earthy vibes emanating from Venus and Mars. Venus in Taurus and Mars in Capricorn influence the season and this Full Moon through bringing attention to physical reality. Our bodies are taking a journey through this foolish season. What is your body telling you? How often do you listen to the messages? In this season, there is risk of failure, yet within us is wisdom and the capacity to embrace even more fully this human life. How do we care for ourselves more?

This lunar cycle began in the generative waters of Pisces. This dreamy influence contributes to a feeling that we aren’t fully online with the forward momentum of spring yet. We still feel mutable, shifting into the new place, but not yet fully arrived. The retrograde motion of Mercury in Aries during this cycle contributes a sense that backwards is forward. We are rehashing things. We are noticing and absorbing in a non-linear way crucial information that will help us engage more fully with life later. An important stage of the Mercury journey happens the day after this Full Moon when Mercury conjoins the Sun at the heart of the retrograde. This tricky Mercury has other business too. On April 4 and 5, Mercury will make a square to Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. This influence accounts for the earnest desire to be accountable and successful in our interactions with others. We are noticing that we can’t take connection with others for granted. Communication requires effort. Mishaps could create judgments. Mercury reminds us that we can’t control the outcome of every effort to connect. Sometimes we have to let go of expectation too. Mercury retrogrades are great opportunities to look at our assumptions and reactions when those assumptions don’t pan out. Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. What could be a better way to celebrate our foibles through this season than to remember we are flawed and brilliant both. Thank you, Mercury.


Venus plays a big role in this Full Moon illumination. Venus, the guide to beauty and pleasure, just entered Taurus for the next three weeks. Venus rules both this sign and the sign of the Moon, Libra. Venus in Taurus is earthy, fertile, and sensuous. Venus invites us to slow down and listen to our bodies. Perhaps we’ve forgotten the importance of pleasure. Perhaps we can savor our experiences a little more under this influence. Venus in Libra is airy, gracious and collaborative, acutely attuned to imbalance and injustice. The Libran influence of this Full Moon reminds us that relationship is an essential part of re-emergence too. We are not islands without connection or responsibility to each other. The give and take of relating shapes who we can become.

I’ve already mentioned Mars and Saturn in Capricorn, but these two planets effect this lunation just as strongly as any other influence right now. On April 2, Mars and Saturn conjoin as Saturn begins to station. (Saturn turns retrograde on April 17). Saturn in Capricorn is about accountability. It is about recognizing that lasting success will only come from determined action. Saturn is the devil that can imprison us in shame and despair. Saturn is the ruler of melancholy. And though it is our best hope for attaining mastery, Saturn can feel harsh and depressing. Mars, as energy and will, could be feeling depressed right now. The rest of this lunar cycle, could be a good time to recoup and rest. Perhaps you’ve expended all the energy you can at this time. Earth tells us to slow down. It reminds us what is really precious and what isn’t. This isn’t the time to judge ourselves harshly about our imperfections. The lessons and gifts of this lunar cycle reside in accepting just how much we care and how little we can do alone. Be good to yourself.

Moon enters Scorpio 5:57 pm CDT
Sunday, April 1.
The heart of this Mercury retrograde period also happens to occur on April Fool’s Day. I love these cosmic jokes. This one is an opportunity to put inflated self-importance into perspective. But avoid being cruel to yourself. We are all flawed. We all have to make u-turns from time to time. Mercury in Aries asks us to investigate identity. Who we are is more mutable than we think. Can it be OK to inhabit this place of uncertainty? What is liberated when we release old forms of identity? What new purpose is revealed when you see yourself in a new way? The Fool is a sacred character playing a sacred role. It is common to be annoyed with how Mercury retrograde disrupts business as usual. On this foolish day, perhaps you will be visited by the Holy Fool bringing you a fresh perspective. Look for it.

Moon in Scorpio
Monday, April 2.
A seed moment is created when planets come together. Such a moment occurs today with the conjoining of Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. Seed moments are great times to set a new intention. Planting an intention involves acknowledging our hearts’ desires and releasing them into the darkness to grow. This kind of intention work involves engaging with our wills to manifest and surrendering control over what will ultimately happen to our newly planted dreams. These stages of manifestation reflect the energy of this conjunction. Mars is will. Saturn is commitment and surrender both. Saturn teaches us to back up our desires with committed action, but Saturn can also be the voice of the critic, never satisfied that the effort is good enough. What we surrender is crippling shame. To make a difference, we show up and do our best. This best need not look like anyone else’s best. It isn’t easy to stay true to that version of best. The conjoining of Mars and Saturn isn’t easy. Self-judgment is the biggest impediment to reclaiming our wills and desires. Is there work for you here? Plant a seed. Commit to the desire. And give it over to the magic of the soil.  

Moon in Scorpio
Tuesday, April 3.
We might feel a little down, a little low energy today under the influence of the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. The Moon in Scorpio has us diving under and within emotional complexity. It could feel like the best choice is to stay close to home and tend to nagging self-doubts. A conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter today could lighten the mood or expand the soul searching we are prone to do today. Messages about not being good enough could feel overwhelming right now. Solitude can be a solace but isolation can exacerbate self-criticism. Go easy on yourself, and if you happen to be feeling more resilient, then give attention to others who could be suffering alone.

Moon enters Sagittarius 1:55 am CDT
April 4—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Contrasting influences invite us to notice our attachments to progress. The idea that we must always improve, learn a lesson, or evolve towards some perfection keeps us isolated. We aren’t available for connection to others, including the natural world, if we are always reaching for something not present or judging parts of ourselves as not good enough. Aries influence provides the impulse to act. The Capricorn influence (provided by Mars and Saturn conjunction) says wait a minute, do you really know what you want? Do you really have what it takes to make it happen? Mercury, moving retrograde through Aries is forming a square to Mars today and Saturn tomorrow. Mercury’s gift as it moves retrograde is the opportunity to reflect and reframe something we thought to be true. Perhaps you are reframing the notion of what it means to act or to succeed. Perhaps you are longing for connection and are willing to let go of the idea of progress. Thisi s a big reframe. What are we left with if we aren’t attached to improvement? This is a marvelous thing to investigate during this phase of the Moon when we are beginning to harvest the fruit from our experiences. The Moon in Sagittarius allows us to follow our thoughts freely. New philosophies could be born. Possibilities could open before us. What will you discover?

Moon in Sagittarius
Thursday, April 5.
How seriously are you taking yourself right now? Mercury in Aries forms a retrograde square to Saturn in Capricorn today, inviting us to lighten up. If not, the typical Mercury retrograde mishaps could drive us over the edge. The Moon in Sagittarius encourages foolhardiness by tempting us with adventure and exploration. We don’t have to make the adventure big, just walk through the day wondering what there is to discover. Who there is to connect with. How we can release some of the burdens of expectation. Will you play?

Moon enters Capricorn 1:01 pm CDT
Friday, April 6.
What have we learned about self-judgement, failure, despondency? If you’ve been paying attention, you know these qualities may keep us from experiencing the joy and potential of being present to our lives. As the Moon moves into Capricorn, we have the opportunity to see another side to this influence. Ask yourself, why do I care so much? Why do I give myself such a hard time? Why are my expectations so high? Capricorn (and Saturn, its ruler) is deeply committed to excellence, integrity, and the preservation of beloved community. What feels that important to you?

Moon in Capricorn
Saturday, April 7.
We’ve got an opportunity to reset the pattern. Perhaps this last week felt a little gloomy (thanks Mars and Saturn in Capricorn), or didn’t work out the way you wanted them to (thanks Mercury retrograde). Well today, Venus in Taurus says be good to yourself. Maybe it is OK to pamper yourself a little. This Venus makes a harmonious trine to Saturn. There is a way to align a sense of purpose with a sense of pleasure. The Moon in Capricorn conjoins Saturn and Mars and reinforces the trine to Venus. Acknowledge all the ways you continue to show up—for your work, for yourself, for the world. And give yourself a reward of embodies presence and pleasure.

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 this lunar cycle here.  

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 22, 2018 - March 30


Lunar cycles are about seeds and what grows from them. Even though this lunar cycle has taken off already. It began on March 17 and I’m writing this on March 21, I must acknowledge the seeds of this cycle, which reflect the threshold between Pisces and Aries. These seeds take us from an ending into a beginning. Lately, the New Moons have been occurring on the thresholds between signs. [This pattern will change this spring.] These lunar cycles have had a unique flavor, a bit of old mixed with new, a bit of weary mixed with expectation. This is especially true of this lunar cycle. The astrological year begins with Aries, the sign of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. That means, of course, that the preceding sign, Pisces, is the end. The seeds of this lunar cycle represent the threshold between endings and beginnings. Endings are as important as beginnings. Endings influence our next steps. Pisces endings are about emotion. Aries beginnings are about action. For this cycle, emotions lead us to our next actions. Even if we are unaware of them, feelings are the root of our beginnings, the basis for our actions. It isn’t too late to set an intention to pay attention to emotional underpinnings of action this lunar cycle.

Emotions hold memory. They immediately connect us to others who are feeling the same way. They offer time and space to check in, sometimes transforming and healing, sometimes bringing joy, resilience, and purpose. I am telling myself to welcome the emotions that show up at the beginning of this lunar cycle. I greet them as messengers bringing me news of my next actions. Aries action is impulsive. Pools of emotion drive this action and we aren’t quite sure how to modulate the force of our beginnings. There will be failures and mistakes. There will be many fluctuations. Actions could be too strong when we meant to be more gentle or too inhibited when we needed to be more forceful. Feelings will be hurt. Opportunities will be missed and we’ll need to backtrack for any number of reasons. The heavens are conspiring to make this so.

Two influential transits add their impact to the awkward Aries season of emergence. Mars (ruler of Aries) conjoins Saturn in Capricorn, and Mercury in Aries turns retrograde after making a delightful connection with Venus in Aries. (Venus in Aries is a whole other story.) Mercury will station retrograde on March 22 at 16 degrees Aries and will station direct on April 15 at 4 degrees Aries. During this period, Mercury will make a challenging square aspect to Mars (April 4) and Saturn (April 5). Mercury transits during a retrograde have increased significance. We are working something out between the parts of ourselves that must act impulsively and the parts that need to be deliberate. Failure is a part of daring and creating. Failure is essential to growth, but failure can stir up a bunch of emotion. We aren’t often praised for our mistakes, so we don’t know how to fail brilliantly. Perhaps we get to learn that this cycle.

I said that Venus in Aries is another story. Yes, it is and no it isn’t. Aries energy is about action and it is about anger. As Venus continues to move through Aries during this lunar cycle, we can expect that anger to come out with a directive to wake up and change. On March 23, Venus forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn. This will be a primary influence on the March for Our Lives the next day. https://marchforourlives.com/. Pluto in Capricorn represents entrenched and toxic power systems and groups. The NRA is a perfect example of an institution that needs to be dismantled through awakening anger. Another influential transit for that day will be the Sun in Aries making a square to Mars in Capricorn. This transit may be asking us to channel our anger into effective actions. This stressful aspect between the Sun and Mars might provoke more violence. The need for change will be even more apparent. A few days later, on March 28, Venus will conjoin Uranus in Aries. Gender is part of the story of change and awakening. There is a great desire to claim authentic identity. The intersections of oppressions and unclaimed power come together to strengthen the momentum of change. We are being asked to become accomplices with those who are fighting for justice. The fire of the Aries season begins to arise from our emotion-filled journeys.

Forecast for March 22, 2018 - March 30

Moon enters Gemini 12:30 am CDT
Thursday, March 22.
Mercury in Aries stations retrograde today! Become the trickster. Welcome the chance to rebalance the ways we think, communicate and travel. Connections cannot be taken for granted. Express gratitude to the Messenger god for having a plan! We just may not know what it is, but they have one! Perhaps. Find the joy in emergence. There is risk and great potential for failure but all this also means we are still alive. The Moon in Gemini says play with the uncertainty. Be curious about the new things you will experience and learn today and throughout this lunar cycle. What does this season have in store for you?

Moon in Gemini
Friday, March 23.
The Moon in Gemini boosts the frequency attuned to creative, life-changing communications. Even if you are feeling unsettled about the recent Mercury station (turned retrograde yesterday), expect illumination along your journey today. A powerful square between Venus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn could reveal how low some people can go. Our relationships and sense of justice are impacted by imbalanced power dynamics. It may be time to say something, to make a choice, to act on your own behalf. Where can you find the support to make a lasting and important change? The Aries influence may tempt us to think we are alone or must act without support. Watch out for rugged individualism responses. Aries can also encourage daring acts of trust. Acknowledge those who have earned yours.

Moon enters Cancer 3:53 am CDT
March 24—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting. Today’s Sun (Aries) and Moon (Cancer) story reflects the interaction between water and fire that was imprinted upon this lunar cycle from the beginning (March 17). The story reminds us that emotion is the source of action. Watery depths influence what we think of as our conscious choices. We are always responding to our pasts and our feelings about our pasts. It is helpful to honor these feelings in order to move forward with purpose and intention. It is understandable if the blending of water and fire doesn’t always go smoothly. Aries energy is impulsive and erratic at times. It is as if this sign needs sudden bursts to fully emerge from dormancy. The Cancer Moon influence interjects extra sensitivity. Perhaps we want to protect ourselves or others from the ways Aries can fail. Every Aries season I am reminded of a phrase coined by one of my Aries friends: Bold ‘n shy. Are you noticing that awkward feeling of wishing you hadn’t stuck your neck out? Do you feel as if everyone is staring? Accept the discomfort. Aries courage is the inspiration that helps us all get over ourselves enough to join in the momentum of emergence.

Energy is more erratic than usual today due to a challenging aspect pattern. This “t-square” is comprised of Moon in Cancer opposing Mars in Capricorn and both Mars and Moon square to the Sun in Aries. All these cardinal signs are used to being in charge. Are you encountering power struggles? Which strong desire will get their way? Can there be compromise? We may not feel like playing nicely but many of us will feel a bold engagement with life. What is your battle? What is your contribution? Will you risk failure?

Moon in Cancer
Sunday, March 25.
Yesterday’s transits were stirring. Did you notice? The Cancer Moon continues to turn over unacknowledged emotion. Stuff is coming up. It may be time to let emotion lead to healing. It may also be the moment you decide you’ve had enough. Changes are brewing. Decisions are ready to be made in spite of the uncertainty that lies ahead. What feels most enlivening to you? What feels like life calling you to awaken? The desire to upend old systems of toxic power is strong. Some will react defensively, some will react energetically, possibly violently. Passions are high. The stakes seem that way too. Venus in Aries makes a connection with Jupiter in Scorpio that could push our buttons. Jupiter has been encouraging the #metoo movement to expose abuse of power. Venus, usually a lover, becomes a fighter. The truth comes from the core of self. What do we know to be true? Will we fight for it? Look for the source of action that brings healing and liberation as we step out of cyclical reenactments of dysfunction.

Moon enters Leo 6:45 am CDT.
Monday, March 26. Perhaps you feel cleansed by the water and emotion of the weekend. The Moon in Leo encourages lightening up a little. What brings joy? What kindles your creative flame? Let this flame burn away inhibition. Let your light shine and be fed by your own brilliance. Waiting for perfection is a wasted opportunity.

Moon in Leo
March 27—Gibbous Moon: Budding. One of my favorite Mary Oliver poems asks, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This question is a good one for today. The fire of the Leo Moon meets the fire of the Aries Sun. This is the season of emergence, the time of rebirth and renewal. Energy rises, and even though Mercury is moving retrograde and Mars in Capricorn carries the weight of wanting to do everything really, really well, there is also a wildness in this moment to relish and cherish. If your own wildness was to tell you one thing today, what would it be? What does the wild want from you? Dare to follow this voice that may be faint and may be loud and boisterous. Follow your wild.

Moon enters Virgo 9:30 am CDT
Wednesday, March 28.
Contrary energies conspire to surprise us into waking up. This is unpredictable energy, and that is great. Venus in Aries conjoins Uranus while the Moon moves into careful Virgo. You know those people who seem quiet and contained on the outside but are secretly living wild lives behind the scenes? That is how we all feel today. Embrace the revolutionary in you even while you run errands and take care of business. Or not. Perhaps you are a revolutionary who secretly longs to retreat to a quiet life in the woods. Perhaps your quiet life is revolutionary. Perhaps your revolution is to change the systems that keep the world in order. The exchange between fire and earth creates power to manifest. Do it.

Moon in Virgo
Thursday, March 29.
Have things loosened up for you this past week? A lot of impetuous fire energy may have stirred you to break up stale patterns. Emotions have been the source of our actions. You may be feeling a little lighter and a lot freer. From this place, we engage with the ambitious and stabilizing energy of Saturn and Mars in Capricorn. Today, the Aries Sun makes a square aspect to Saturn. We might experience this as a vulnerability hangover. Are you regretting impulsive action? Are you telling yourself to be more grown up? I invite you to gently put those feelings and messages aside. In this Aries season, we are meant to fail. We are meant to try new things, go out on a limb, and wonder what the heck we were thinking. From this place of vulnerability, what does Saturn’s voice tell us? Perhaps it is to believe in ourselves. Perhaps it is to back up our daring impulses with consistent effort. Saturn says we have something meaningful to do with all this energy. What will it be?

Moon enters Libra 12:52 pm CDT
Friday, March 30. Venus enters Taurus today. In Aries, Venus was rash and a little bit angry. They* didn’t care about playing nice. They didn’t care about anything beyond the moment of action and response. That story changes when Venus enters the fixed earth sign that they rule. Venus takes on a lot of power in Taurus. This power comes from the Earth. Our bodies respond by slowing down and becoming sensually aware. Venus in this sign is an ally of embodiment, returning to our values and pleasures. The Moon enters the other sign that Venus rules, the cardinal air sign, Libra. This side of Venus is concerned with equity, balance, and cooperation. This side of Venus is a bit detached in comparison to their Taurean side. The primary influence is a desire to right imbalances through returning to the values the Earth teaches as constant and eternal.

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. * I use gender-neutral pronouns for the planets.

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