Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Follow the Moon: June 20, 2018 - June 26


I treasure the practice of following intention through a lunar cycle. I don’t always achieve the goal of the intention, but I do learn a bit more about myself each time. One of my teachers, Cynthea Jones, described ritual as “a multi-sensorial prayer that lays down new patterns in the soul.” Magical intention works the same way for me. Regardless of whether I completely manifest my desire I know I am laying down new patterns in my soul every time I follow my intention from new to balsamic phase. I knew this month when I chose an intention of peace of mind that at times I’d fall far from the mark. Peace of mind is elusive at best. I’m trying to believe it isn’t impossible. The peace of mind I am interested in is not absent from the struggles in and around me. I don’t want peace in my mind so I can feel safe or complacent. I chose the words peace of mind as a way to describe an open, engaged, questioning, and facile consciousness that is freer from mental entrapments like projection, obsession, and entrancement. I know my mind will do these things, I’d just like to spend less time in those mental spaces. So, “peace” of mind might not be the right way to frame my intention. Perhaps openness of mind is better.

Dandelion seeds are my inspiration for this intention, which itself was seeded by the pollinator air sign Gemini. This is the season to let thoughts fly where they will, like seeds sent on the breeze. This reminds me of non-attachment. I don’t need to grasp or hold my thoughts. They come and go. They are part of the wild nature of thinking where sometimes my thoughts land on brilliant possibilities that can seed the future and sometimes they don’t. How do I extricate my thoughts from these dead places? First of all, I suppose I need to recognize when I’ve landed in a dead place. For me, those dead places feel leaden, repetitive, certain rather than curious, blank, and bitter. Yuck. Just writing those words brought me down. Places of possibility are different. They feel light, receptive, interdependent, curious, and responsive. Yummy. Just writing those words helps me rise. The second week of any lunar cycle brings challenges. We might want to give up our intentions; we will meet obstacles. All choices are fine, but we have the opportunity to notice what happened and why we responded the way we did. A new pattern will be laid in our souls. This new pattern moves us along in our journeys to ourselves.

The week of June 20 -26 could be intense. Several t-square aspect patterns (a complex relationship between planets that can spark crisis, reactivity, and events that bring challenge and change) throw obstacles our way. One pattern involves stationary Mars in Aquarius, Venus in Leo, and Jupiter in Scorpio. Mars is taking a stand in Aquarius as this planet prepares to turn retrograde on June 26. Since Mars governs movement as well as anger, we could feel stuck. These are all fixed signs; we could be really stuck. As the fixed air sign, Aquarius represents stuck mental states. An inability to move our thoughts could feel like fixated ideologies obstructing an open mind. An open mind is not the same thing as an indecisive mind. I still need to stand for my values while I practice being lighter, more receptive, interdependent, curious, and responsive, but it could be challenging to do so. Venus in Leo opposes Mars. We are tempted to take things personally, and it may be true. Conflict could be about us and impact us deeply. Venus, here, is the champion of our nobility. Patience for abuse is low. Our relationships need to be imbued with respect. Jupiter in Scorpio has been uncovering reprehensible behavior, things we can no longer tolerate. It may be time to say goodbye to anything that doesn’t support our thriving.

Cardinal signs make up the other t-squares this week. Cardinal influence could spark a crisis in decision-making and action. When the Sun moves into Cancer on June 21, Saturn in Capricorn and Chiron in Aries create a crisis in leadership. Some will rise to the occasion. Others will not. Under these influences it seems we need leaders who are compassionate and no-nonsense, decisive and open, non-dogmatic but ethical. Perhaps these leaders are us. We may be the ones we are waiting for.

Moon enters Libra 7:29 am CDT
June 20—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
Peace of mind—the absence of worry, the innocence of always believing the best, the calm of being safe and secure—is a luxury that is out of reach. More and more, I am waking up to the reality that this kind of peace of mind is an illusion. This is disturbing. The world is disturbing. Still my body reaches for a breath, a sigh, a long exhale, to find calm. Breathing, I can open both mind and heart to take in more of that which disturbs, to wake more to ways I can be the change.

This phase of the Moon is where we meet challenges to our intentions head on. I am reframing my intention from peace of mind to open mind, a mind of lighter curiosity and flexibility. This in no way changes how disturbing things are right now. Perhaps it changes how I can respond to those things, even if it is only to remember what my body knows: to take a breath, a sigh, a long exhale.

The Moon in cardinal air sign Libra seeks equanimity—the balance that breath can bring. This Moon, however, is part of a complex pattern with Saturn in Capricorn and Chiron in Aries that feels heavy and can hinder equanimity. Chiron awakens empathy through memories of our own pain, especially the pain of being powerless to change anything. Saturn places the burden on us to act anyway. Saturn reminds us to connect with our ancestors, those who hold us to a better standard and are supporting us as we strive to redefine who we are.

Mercury in Cancer makes a supportive trine aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Empathy is strong. This transit represents the powerful water influence that has flowed through this airy season. Information goes straight to our hearts to be processed there. Emotional responses can be surprisingly intense. Something tells us to listen anyway.

Moon in Libra
Thursday, June 21. Summer Solstice. Sun enters Cancer.
The first day of summer 2018 may not remind us much of the song, Summertime. We are more aware that for many the living is not easy right now. Summer in the northern hemisphere is defined by the Sun’s ingress into Cancer. This cardinal water sign is about home and family, two issues that are breaking our hearts right now with children being taken from their parents at the southern U.S. border. A new season marks a new focus and a new way to focus. Cardinal signs are not the only signs of leadership, but these signs ask us to see the role of leadership in a new way. The Sun in Cancer, Saturn in Capricorn, and Chiron in Aries (all cardinal signs) are in a challenging aspect pattern. On one hand, we may feel helpless to make a difference, but this helplessness can open a door to empathy for others who feel the same. That empathy creates a desire to protect the vulnerable and hold perpetrators accountable. Within this influence for accountable and responsible leadership, the exact opposition between Venus in Leo and stationary Mars in Aquarius is intense. Not only is Mars stationary but both Mars and Venus are conjoining the Moon’s nodes. Venus and the north node say move towards your own nobility. Be daring, be creative, be true to your heart’s command. We are composting worn out versions of Aquarius: dogmatism, frenetic obstruction, and detachment from empathy. As Mars turns retrograde, we take a journey of reclamation. May we reclaim the boldness of going against the tide, the vision to dream a new world, and the inclusion of all in our interconnected webs. The Moon in Libra makes its own waves through squares to Mercury in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” according to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mercury and Pluto ensure we do not forget that injustice is a threat to safety and our common humanity. It is past time to speak our truths on behalf of justice.

Moon enters Scorpio 2:10 pm CDT
Friday, June 22.
Among the most impactful transits of today are a stimulating sextile between the Sun in Cancer and Uranus in Taurus and a challenging opposition between the Moon in Scorpio and Uranus. We are reminded that the Earth is speaking to us. Uranus’ ingress into Taurus changes the way we think of change. Taurus wants stability, but we can’t ignore all the changes that must happen first before we can really stabilize. The aspect between the Sun and Uranus encourages ways we can awaken. The Moon’s dive into Scorpio stirs up fears and anger that may push us closer to action.

Moon in Scorpio
June 23—Gibbous: Budding.
I believe following intention through a lunar cycle lays down new patterns in the soul. I also have observed that our souls follow the pattern of seed-growth-blossom-fruit-seed-compost through longing and desire even when we don’t consciously choose an intention. So, consciously or not, we arrive at the stage of budding. Illumination and release are building, but we aren’t there yet. My lunar intention is cultivating open mind. My soul had some plans for me because I chose this intention based on the New Moon in Gemini, a light and airy sign, not because the transits this month will challenge me to the core to develop mindful openness. But that is the way it is. Current transits are intensely challenging to the intention of open mind. Your conscious or unconscious intention may feel the same. What do our hearts tell us needs to happen next? Our souls respond to the Scorpio Moon to go to a deeper level to root out cause/trauma/desire/transformation. This water sign reveals our wounds but also provides the medicine of water’s transformation. Release what you are holding in pain. Let it go. The impulse to claim power comes from the exact opposition of Mercury in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. We find our voices to stand for those who are vulnerable. We confront toxic power. Our power comes from empathy and morality. The Sun in Cancer makes a square to the wounded healer, Chiron in Aries. Where are the warriors who will fight for the vulnerable? How have we been wounded in the part of us that will defend the defenseless? What step do you need to take next to release the pain and move toward your best outcome in this lunar cycle? Be gentle, as always, with yourself.

Moon enters Sagittarius 11:29 pm CDT
Sunday, June 24.
This appears to be a day made for licking our wounds and putting ourselves back together. The Moon in Scorpio for most of the day (U.S. time zones) means we aren’t especially gregarious, but transits are more gentle today. Exhale. Love yourself up. Reach out to others.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, June 25.
Sagittarius (where the Moon is today) has a reputation for being more focused on hitting the trail than sticking around through the hard stuff. I often think this is a natural response to intensity that Scorpio stirs up right before. The wind hitting our faces as we ride out of town can help us get back to ourselves. Yes, we are indeed alive. You might feel that way today. A square between Venus in Leo and Jupiter in Scorpio might present a challenge between the impulse to embrace living and the impulse to purge pain. These impulses are not mutually exclusive, they just might feel that way today. Don’t abandon yourself and don’t feel guilty if you take a day away from the dark stuff.

Moon in Sagittarius
Tuesday, June 26.
Mars in Aquarius stations retrograde today. They (gender-neutral pronouns for planets) remain retrograde till August 27 and don’t leave the retrograde zone (9 degrees Aquarius) until October 8. During this period of time, our wills/warriors/desire natures are retracing steps to heal, reclaim, and gather power from the domain of Aquarius and Capricorn. As an air sign, Aquarius might be showing us the state of our minds and the way we need to cultivate state of mind to move more freely and powerfully into our lives. Aquarius is a visionary sign. Mars may be going back to retrieve a vision that you’ve lost sight of. Mars may be going back to reframe what the vision is for you now. We care about the collective in both of these signs—Aquarius through vision and Capricorn through stewardship. Do you feel yourself to be dedicated to your communities? Where do you find sustenance for this dedication? I like to think Mars is going to retrieve the medicine we need to keep our collective actions going into the transformations that need to happen in this world. We don’t have to lose idealism just because Mars is retreating. Retreats can bring new sources of energy.


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 visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.html

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.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Follow the Moon: Forecast for June 14, 2018- June 19


Moon enters Cancer 2:20am CDT
Thursday, June 14.
Today’s transit of Venus in Leo square to Uranus in Taurus comes on the heels of the results of San Francisco’s mayoral election. London Breed has been elected as that city’s first African-American woman mayor. This is not the first time that women of color have pushed us forward collectively. This contact between Venus and Uranus reminds us that change is necessary and that it will come from radical places. Venus in Leo demands the stage to bring this change. Uranus is calling us to bring our whole, creative selves to the cause of change. Squares bring conflict. Perhaps you are noticing the tension between authenticity and self-expression. Perhaps you are longing to make a personal difference and wondering how. The Moon in Cancer reminds us that home, family, ancestor support are important foundations for reform and change. Foundational support is essential as the Moon opposes Saturn in Capricorn today. Venus in Leo asks us to have fun while doing good work. What will you do with this encouragement?

Moon in Cancer
Friday, June 15.
Hearts can be wide open today. The Moon in Cancer makes a grand water trine pattern with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. We can feel what others are feeling and under the Moon’s influence want to do something about it. Perhaps it is a good day for those in the U.S. to call their representatives to protest the treatment of children taken from their parents at our borders. The Moon in Cancer reminds us we are responsible for all children and no child should be treated in this manner. The opposition between Mercury in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn gives our thoughts and communication weight. We feel the obligation to speak out. As Venus in Leo trines Chiron in Aires, we are moved to action on behalf of others. Sometimes we can’t lift the pain in our hearts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reach out a hand to others.

Moon enters Leo 2:21 am CDT
June 16—Crescent Moon: Germinating.
Look to the west at sunset tonight and hope for a clear sky. The crescent Moon in Leo dances with Venus (in Leo too). This is perhaps the most beautiful phase of the Moon and it is always a delight when Venus joins in. Leo is a sparkly sign. It reminds us that we all have inner gifts that can translate as outer light if we let it or want it. Some of us have no problem turning on this light. Some of us have another relationship to it. We might call it introversion, shyness, or sadly, shame. We might be comfortable with a more personal, intimate shine. How much we sparkle is not important. However, we can take this moment to remember that each of us has this gift of life force and it is made to be passed along. The Sun, ruler of Leo, teaches this. It shines on all of us. It gives. The gift becomes life. Life is the gift that cannot be owned. It is free.

Free and wild. To honor this phase of the Moon, let’s tap into the relationship between the gift that is only shared and inner wildness. The wild can’t be owned either. No matter how much they try. This lunar cycle, my intention is to seek peace of mind, to notice thoughts coming and going, to be more like the dandelion seed—a wild gift of serendipity. My own thoughts entrap me when I hold them, try to own them, try to make them fit into ideologies. I am not against rigor of mind. That can be a beautiful, wild gift too. I am content to know the difference in my body between a thought that entraps and a thought that frees. We know this.

The ruler of our thoughts, Mercury (now in Cancer), makes a paradoxical quincunx to Mars in Aquarius, while the Moon in Leo opposes Mars. Can you tell the difference between an argument based on ideological concepts and one that comes from the heart? Leo represents the heart. Cancer opens the heart. The heart of the matter may not be found in thoughts alone (Aquarius). In right relationship, thought can support our hearts, and our hearts can be true to our thoughts. What leads you to this balance?

Moon in Leo
Sunday, June 17.
The Leo Moon colors the day with fire and sparkles. This influence might feel light-hearted (childlike and creative) or might be noble-hearted (courageous and loyal). Leo is about the big heart. This Leo fire is breaking free and we can break free too. I am thinking of a three-part song by Laurence Cole that honors fire and calls up Leo big-heartedness. http://www.laurencecole.com/album/this-fire/

This fire is the power of love and forgiveness
This fire is the power of kindness and gratitude

Burning away everything
That stands in the way of love

This fire brings purification
This fire is healing the nations
This fire, this fire, is Love!

Feel this expansion and possibility today. Act as if it is always true.

Moon enters Virgo 3:40 am CDT
Monday, June 18.
Each of the water signs brings us a different experience of this element. Cancer’s water is the tidal pool—the rhythmic flow of water that generates life. Scorpio’s water is the torrent that transforms and then sinks into the deepest places. Pisces water is the universal solvent where we lose form and merge in the vast ocean of being. Over the next few days, we are saturated with all these ways of water. Today, Neptune in Pisces stations retrograde. Under a station, a planet’s influence intensifies. Neptune is dissolving the barriers that separate us. What rushes in when that division is erased? Neptune is a tricky god, both offering ecstasy and illusion. Feelings of grief emerge from communal wounds. We fall into addictions when we lose ourselves. What are you noticing? The Moon in Virgo grounds us in pragmatic approaches to emotional experiences. Such opportunities help us build capacity for feeling and being. Be gentle.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, June 19.
The skillful blend of water and fire is the magic of the alchemist. How do we blend the intuition of water with the instinct of fire? How does fire not evaporate the water or the water put out the flame? How does the intermingling of emotion and action not cascade into reckless impulsivity? Fiery influence is provided by Venus in Leo conjoining the North Node of the Moon. It feels like we are being given the green light for dramatic action. This could be true, but Saturn in Capricorn tells us to pause and consider the implications and impact of those actions. But, if fire doesn’t get us moving, water may inundate through floods of emotion. Mercury in cardinal water, Cancer, makes a trine to Jupiter in fixed water, Scorpio. In fact, there is a grand water trine involving Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune in play over the next two days. Fluid forces are moving us along. Either by fire or water, we are being transformed. The careful pragmatism of the Moon in Virgo may provide the skill we need to temper our actions and reactions. The Virgo alchemist is skillful at making careful adjustments. Navigating this balance, we open to elemental powers.

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 visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.html

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.