Monday, May 7, 2018

Follow the Moon: May 7, 2018 - May 14

Moon in Aquarius
May 7—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding.
We’ve covered some ground these last three weeks. The New Moon was seeded in Aries on April 15, and now the Sun is midway through the next sign of Taurus. Aries asserts itself into the world. Taurus takes that somewhat fragile sense of self and gives it ground and root. We feel more grounded, but the work of this lunar cycle isn’t done. From this more rooted place, can you turn around and notice where you’ve come? What new sense of self has emerged?

As Uranus prepares to leave Aries, where it has traveled the last seven years, this Aries awareness seems more pronounced. Uranus is about awakening. It is about change. And since, Aries is the sign of selfhood, changes have occurred in the ways we view ourselves. Here is what I am learning: Awakened identity is core to an awakened self. Knowing and expressing my identity is an awakening to self-understanding. I went on a search for the meaning and root of the word identity recently. It comes from the concept of sameness, as in identical twins. Identity isn’t about our uniqueness and isolation, it is about belonging to others. Identity is where the self meets its group. Who is the same as me? Uranus is a political force. In the last seven years, we’ve awakened to the power of change through knowing our identities. One of the threads of this exploration is knowing my cultural roots and honoring the cultural roots of others as we seek to dismantle white supremacy. Who are my groups? What has formed my identity? What is given? What can be chosen? What are our obligations? There are still so many questions. Another one arises in this moment:

Can a strong sense of obligation about our identities ground us for the Taurus-inspired changes that are on the way from Uranus?

The Last Quarter phase of the Moon likes to produce questions. During this phase, we evaluate and critique our experiences thus far. Mercury in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn provides a strong influence upon these reflections. This influence says probe deeper. Look at the shadows. Say your truth. Listen to what others need to say to you. There’s an edge to this transit that could create discomfort with the truth. The other major transit of the day, may encourage fantasy or numbing when confronted. Venus in Gemini is square to Neptune in Pisces. There’s a battle going on for our attention. On one hand, we want to get tough, with ourselves and with others. On the other, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, especially our own. We can turn this impulse into compassion. When we are fearlessly compassionate, we are powerful and in relationship.

Moon enters Pisces 10:11 pm CDT
Tuesday, May 8.
Yesterday, you may have noticed a strong impulse to reveal hidden truths when Mercury and Pluto confronted each other. Our tolerance for keeping toxic secrets has been severely diminished by Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio (since October 2017). Today, Jupiter opposes the Sun in Taurus. This is an important moment in Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio. While Jupiter retrogrades, we go deeper into the opportunities presented by this transit. The Taurus Sun invites regeneration from some of the painful transformations we may have recently experienced. Death makes new life possible. Life invites us to let go and transform the things that keep us from living our lives vitally and powerfully. Feel emboldened today as this powerful transit is supported by an Aquarius Moon that invites change through supportive transits to Mercury and Uranus in Aries. These transits add a spark of inspiration and innovation.

Moon in Pisces
Wednesday, May 9.
The theme of this week, so far, has been about brutal truth meeting fears about harming others. Today’s quincunx between Venus in Gemini and Jupiter in Scorpio returns us to the contrast between the contrasting desires to reveal and to protect. This is a fantastic opportunity to stop pleasing others at the expense of what your soul needs from you. If you are willing to listen to what you need from yourself, lean into discomfort. Venus in Gemini could encourage flitting about from one thought and encounter to another without stopping long enough to go deep and risk vulnerability. Resist the other response from Jupiter: attempting to control everything. We are flying without a net. And we are not alone.

Moon in Pisces
Thursday, May 10.
The Moon in mutable water (Pisces) invites us to dissolve the boundaries that separate us. This isn’t a permanent loss of our edges, but a chance to release hardened shells that keep us isolated. As we continue to experience the impact of identity this Aries lunar cycle, we might want to notice how isolation is the opposite of identification. Isolation is an island. Identification tells us who we belong to. Pisces influence says, notice the ways separation feels like a loss of identity. Isolation makes us smaller. We are reaching out to each other. We are learning how we belong. The pattern of the zodiac teaches this: in the first sign, Aries, a new sense of self emerges. Through the experience of each following sign/season, we acquire definition. When we reach the last sign of the zodiac (Pisces), this definition may be felt as separation and isolation asking us to dissolve unnecessary boundaries. We have the opportunity to expand connection, which is then followed by redefinition of identity. There is no need to do anything to make this transition happen. Notice where you are. Through a trine between the Moon and Jupiter, we experience waves of emotion. Through a square between Venus and the Moon, we hesitate, not sure of acceptance. Through support between the Moon and Pluto, we push through to transformation.

Moon enters Aries 7:40 am CDT
May 11—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
Everything alive will die. From death comes the compost that generates new life. The realities of life and death can at times seem gloomy and at other times offer tremendous hope. We are at that stage of the lunar cycle when we notice what feels like despair and what feels like hope. Some of what we created from this lunar cycle will survive for a while longer. Other things will turn into compost. Some of what we attempted was successful. Other things were not. Success and failure are judgements, really, about a natural process. Everything changes. It is beautiful that change can foster new starts, a new life.

Although this is an old Moon (waning into darkness), Aries energy still feels like a beginning. Notice how endings can create beginnings. A powerful trine between the Sun in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn reinforces Earth wisdom. The cycle of life, death, and rebirth feels essential to the wisdom of this lunar cycle.

Moon in Aries
Saturday, May 12.
Ever have one of those days where you are too snarky for your own good? Communication is tricky today. There’s an edge in our interactions. The Aries Moon is better at plunging ahead than at thinking ahead. This impulsivity may get us in trouble as the planet of relationship, Venus, makes a stressful aspect to the planet of power, Pluto. In addition, Mercury in Aries is creating a challenging square to Mars in Capricorn. Communication is tricky. It may help to be as honest as we can, while also being generous with our second thoughts. That means, try to think twice before saying anything. Setting intention to think well of others may help avoid saying something we regret later.

Moon enters Taurus 1:57 pm CDT
Sunday, May 13.
The Moon, Mercury, and Uranus meet today at the last degree of Aries. This should be interesting. For the last seven years, Uranus has been remodeling the way we do identity and self-awareness (Aries themes). Aries has been remodeling the way we do change and revolution (Uranus themes). Mercury and the Moon spark a final lesson or reminder that, yes, things have changed quite a bit in the last seven years. As the Moon and Mercury move into Taurus later in the day, they also give us a heads up about what plans are in store when Uranus moves into Taurus on May 15! Pay attention to messages about the Earth, money, values, and steadfastly holding our ground. Taurus the Bull has things to tell us. The next lunar cycle, seeded in Taurus, will help us understand the ways we will need to adapt and respond to our next evolutionary changes.

Moon in Taurus
Monday, May 14.
The last day of this lunar cycle is a day to reflect on where you been and to notice the cusp of new beginnings. Much of where we go next is unknown. The ingress of Uranus tomorrow on the Taurus New Moon is a strong signature of change. What will Taurus the Bull bring? What do we desire? Every sign is formed by the preceding sign. Our journey through Aries sets up what we can expect from Taurus. What was your work this lunar cycle? Was it to re-emerge into life? Was it to learn more about your identity? Was it to take a stand for your authentic self? From this burst into life, we sink down into the ground beneath us. New relationship to the Earth will sustain this spurt of growth. May we be ready for the challenge.

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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