Monday, May 21, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for May 21, 2018 - May 28


Moon enters Virgo 9:03 pm CDT
May 21—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting
Each lunar cycle, I follow an intention through the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. My intention is seeded by celestial happenings around the New Moon. The New Moon’s sign is one of the most significant influences. Taurus is inspiration for this lunar cycle. This fixed earth sign planted the seeds for this month and will be highly influential for the next seven years due to Uranus’ ingress into Taurus on the same day as the New Moon, May 15. The Earth is the messenger and the message right now. Uranus insists we awaken more fully to the Earth. It is time to be rooted in the wisdoms of the wild. These wisdoms teach us how to be agents of change.

Earth wisdoms are strategies for activism.

Adrienne Maree Brown’s book, Emergent Strategy, provides marvelous Earth inspiration for activists. She writes about activists who use complex patterns from nature as basis for strategies to shape change and to change the world. Nature is the guide for activism, healing, and restoration.

“Emergent strategy is a way to build complex patterns and systems of justice and liberation through relatively small interactions. Adrienne Maree Brown from How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism. http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/how-the-wonder-of-nature-can-inspire-social-justice-activism-20180201

Small is powerful. Reciprocal interactions create complex webs. These webs of exchange are stronger and more impactful because they are intricate and interwoven. They touch upon the ways we are mystery and interdependency. This cycle, I’ve been listening to the wisdom of mycelium, the fungal root network living below ground.  The mycelium are one of the strategies Brown writes about. This lunar cycle, inspired by Uranus in Taurus, I am seeking to learn from mycelium how we are interconnected and how we can be transformers.                

At the first week marker of this lunar cycle, the First Quarter phase, the work of the lunar cycle gears up. At this phase, we are well into the challenges we face as we seek change. I am wondering how to move with trust in the process of interdependence. One inspiration Brown quotes is Adaku Utah, who wrote: “Mycelium mushrooms have been one of my greatest teachers of trust. The word mycelium means ‘more than one.’ The mycelium organism is a dynamic root system of mushrooms that utilizes trust as a mechanism to build and sustain a vast, reciprocal, underground network that connects the roots of trees and plants and skillfully shares nutrients and resources to support the health of the entire ecosystem with which it moves.” I believe we need these kinds of relationships if we are to survive, but I need to do a lot of re-patterning before I can think and behave like mycelia. I have more questions than answers at the moment. Do I trust there are enough resources to be in reciprocal relationship? Do I trust that I am not alone? How do I embody the intimacy of interdependency when I am entranced in isolation? Questions of self-worth come up too. Do I trust that I am as valuable as the other members of the web? Fungi are transformers. What can they teach me about transforming stories of isolation and self-judgement?

Small is powerful. As I am transformed and learn the trust of mycelium, I join a network of others creating new relationships. In embodied intimacy of interdependency I am shaping change. This too is activism.

Over the next two days, the Virgo Moon will help us find the integrative possibilities of  complex networks and small but powerful actions. Be as pragmatic and grounded as possible. Notice intricacy under the surface. Remember the ways you belong to that interconnectedness. Fertilize the roots.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, May 22.

Mercury in Taurus delivers important messages today and tomorrow. Taurus helps Mercury focus thought. The normally quicksilver god slows down a tad and stops the mental spinning just a bit to express solid truths. First, Mercury will make an encouraging sextile aspect to Neptune in Pisces. With the Moon in Mercury-ruled Virgo, we feel both inspired and pragmatic. Neptune can cause confusion, but today, helps us feel emotional connection. This influence is good for artistic and spiritual inspiration. The sextile aspect between the Sun in Gemini and Chiron in Aries contributes to sense of empathy and curiosity about connection and impact. All the earth signs are stimulated today. Saturn in Capricorn is supported by the Virgo Moon. We may want to accomplish a lot with all these influences. A good day to get things done.

Moon in Virgo
Wednesday, May 23.

Mercury in Taurus opposes Jupiter in Scorpio. Jupiter has been turning over the soil. That’s how I think of the Scorpio process of digging into the shadows and releasing the fertile potential of our transformations. If Scorpio is about turning death into compost, then Taurus is about rebirthing life. Taurus feeds Scorpio and Scorpio feeds Taurus. Mercury invites us to organize our thoughts around what are we birthing? What is the fertile moment presenting to us? This is a creative transit if we can avoid the temptation to slip into the binary of good and bad. Both realms: the living and the dead are vital. An energizing trine between Mars in Aquarius and the Sun in Gemini stimulates more thinking, more action based on ideas. Air is best (these are air signs) when there is a connection to water and earth. Emotion through Jupiter and pragmatism through Mercury help us fly freely. The Moon in mutable earth sign, Virgo, provides discernment. This is a good day to dream big and then evaluate the real possibilities of those dreams.

Moon enters Libra 1:52 am CDT
Thursday, May 24.
When the Moon moves into cardinal air sign, Libra, all three air signs complete a grand trine pattern. Grand trines lock in an elemental influence. The Moon, the Sun in Gemini, and Mars in Aquarius bring attention to the gifts and challenges of air. Of course, ideas are noticeably present today. Conversation, information, inspiration sparkle. Things may lighten up for you. Air signs help us get perspective and see the big picture. Air molecules are easily over-stimulated, however. Then we lose track of our bodies and can get caught up in mental spinning. Air also has a remedy for this. Return to the calming gift of extending your exhale breath to last longer than your inhale breath. Touch something solid. Notice a tangible part of your environment. We can put together concepts and learn a lot today. The Moon in conciliatory Libra is trying to soothe some disgruntled feelings arising from an opposition between Venus in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn. We get to notice our strong attachments to being right and being in charge. This is true for everyone. Some battles need to be fought but finding common ground is also highly valued today.

Moon in Libra
May 25—Gibbous Moon: Budding.
Yesterday, detachment was the strategy. Today, emotional connection is more useful. This lunar cycle is full of elemental shifts. The season of Gemini (where the Sun is now), asks us to be adaptable. Have you noticed this? All of us have elemental strengths and challenges, ways we are naturally gifted and also naturally invited to learn. This lunar cycle, I am exploring the lessons of the mycelium, the ways we are interconnected and transformative. The consciousness of the mycelia invites me to let go of having to be the best at everything. The lessons of adaptability may be that if I stay within my essential self, rather than be what others tell me to be, I am contributing just what I need to contribute to the mysterious web of interdependency. If I am really good at thinking and you are really good at feeling, then how do we depend more on each other to transform decay into life? The Moon in Libra is all about relationship. Balance, another Libra concern, is more than static equilibrium. Balance requires sensitivity, adaptability, and trust. This trust is hard. Perhaps that is the lesson of this phase of the Moon. What is active and awakened trust? How is it different from staying asleep, hiding from the facts, staying passive when we need to act? What does active and awakened trust feel like in our bodies? What would the mycelium say?

Jupiter in Scorpio forms a trine to Neptune in Pisces. This is the second time these two giants of perception and emotion are feeding the field of awareness. (The first time was December 2017. The final time will be in August.) Blinders come off. We can believe we are mystery and we are powerful. This power isn’t personal. It is the way it is when we remember we are vast, interconnected and in touch with each other, just like mycelia spreading under forests to nourish the whole. The relationship between Mercury in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn, today, reinforces power that is true to Earth wisdoms. The strength of the mycelium can be felt. This is the power of our discerning trust.

Moon enters Scorpio 8:39 am CDT
Saturday, May 26.
Commitment and intensity flavor the day. The Moon in Scorpio contacts the explosive square between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. Give folks a wide berth if you are sensing tension simmering. This Moon’s method is a choice between being alone or to talking it out intensely. It may be difficult to choose a lighthearted approach under these influences. Venus in Cancer opposes Saturn in Capricorn. Our relationships are up for accountability. Things seem a bit more serious than we want them to be. Rather than fight it, be honest about how you feel. And be compassionate towards yourself and others. The intensity is a sign that we care.

Moon in Scorpio
Sunday, May 27
It might be a good thing to let yourself feel the emotional catharsis that has been building over the last few days. The Moon conjoins Jupiter in Scorpio and makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces, softening our resistance to feelings. The power of Scorpio is to transform fear into vital life force. We are tempted to maintain control over things that can’t be. Recognize this and move through the fear of vulnerability. Dare to feel and connect.

Moon enters Sagittarius 5:29 pm CDT
Monday, May 28.
The day before a Full Moon can feel like the Full Moon itself—big and unpredictable. The Moon’s transit through Scorpio (last two days) may not have been terribly gentle. The Gemini season is typically light and socially active. That may not have been the case for you so far. When the Moon hits Sagittarius this afternoon in U.S. time zones, we might want to hit the road. Open spaces can help us re-center and expand. A detached philosophical approach to complex problems might provide relief too. What helps you change perspective?


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 

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