Sunday, July 29, 2018

Follow the Moon: July 30, 2018 - August 3

Moon in Pisces
Monday, July 30.
Habit is a way to give ourselves what we need without having to think about it. Habit itself isn’t a bad thing, if only so many habits weren’t also, at times, not so good for us. Pisces, where the Moon is today, may be linked to addiction because under this influence, the unconscious is demanding that we give ourselves what we need. Often this need is to de-stress, let go, or readjust our nervous systems. Many of us have learned to do this through habits that are sometimes unwholesome. The need is real, we do need to de-stress, let go, and readjust our nervous systems. Let us honor our needs today and be curious about how we habitually meet these very valid needs.

Moon in Pisces
July 31—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting.
I don’t know when the word “resiliency” took up permanent residence in my brain, but I do know it has. Perhaps every personal lunar intention and magical spell from henceforth out will be about resiliency. It feels like that, right now. Why not make it permanent? This need for resiliency is bonded with the Cancer influence of this lunar cycle. My spell work has been to honor and strengthen home as a root source of my resiliency. Home matters.

As I begin to reflect on what this spell work has taught me, I am certain that home is more than, or not necessarily the same as, the structures we live in. Home is self-knowledge. Knowing who we are and who has made our lives possible. Our ancestors of blood and spirit, our living teachers and trailblazers, all make our lives possible. I honor lineage and those who come after, descendants of blood and spirit, those who will follow on the path and take it in brand new directions. Home is a river of time. I am fed by this river and feed it in turn. Home is what I inherit and what I pass on. I am mindful that not everything I have inherited or that I pass on is whole. Elements of pain, trauma, and regret are there too. Resiliency is not about surgically extracting all these bits. For me, resiliency is more about recognizing and loving my flaws as I strive to live in a way that cultivates greater wholeness. What are the practices that honor this aspect of home?

The Pisces Moon asks us what we need to release. The practice of letting go develops resiliency too. As the Moon first contacts Neptune in Pisces and then opposes Venus in Virgo today, we may notice the interplay between surrender and desire. This is a very complex dynamic where we can get trapped in good/bad binaries. Imagining breath, imagining the boundaries of body that allow breath, imagining breath that feeds our individual and collective bodies, find your present moment. Know resiliency.

Moon enters Aries 5:54 am CDT
Wednesday, August 1.
Ready or not, Aries influence asserts itself into this day in a big way. What is Aries influence, you may ask? It is the desire to act quickly. To take risks without support. To leave behind the past in order to grab something important from our futures. It can also be argumentative. Reactionary. Na├»ve. Aries is impatient. We most likely will notice that quality in ourselves and others today. The Moon is in Aries, but the real provocation comes from Mars retrograde in Aquarius making the second of three squares to Uranus in Taurus. Mars rules Aries. This planet is the actor that plays the role of Aries most easily. Uranus takes impatience to next level. To this planet, there is no such thing as waiting for a better moment. If Uranus is the actor and Taurus is the role, then this is an incredibly hard job for this planet to pull off. Taurus is all about patience, except when it has run out of it. Then volcanoes erupt, which is one of the signatures of Uranus entering Taurus in May. The Hawaiian volcano is still erupting. What are these planetary teachers wanting from us? The nature of retrograde and Taurus influence suggests that we are supposed to go deeper to discover root causes of anger and immobility. We need to reach better clarity about the ways we need to act and react. We can’t remain stuck. Sometimes we can get stuck in action or anger mode. Sometimes we can get stuck in inaction or despair mode. How are you stuck? How do we become unstuck?

Moon in Aries
Thursday, August 2. Traditional Lughnasad. First Harvest.
The Earth is talking. This is always true, but today is an auspicious time for humans to pause and listen. The season of first harvests is upon us in the northern hemisphere. Our summer season is peaking. There is bounty and scarcity, ease and calamity—extremes of beauty and worry—all around. It seems we are being asked to expand our capacities more and more to take it all in. Perhaps you feel that today. The Moon in Aries encourages us to take action, move our bodies, assert our willingness to engage in the tasks before us. We might experience this time as a “wake-up call.” Yesterday’s square between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus is still very much active. (See yesterday’s forecast about patience.) We are the only ones who know what our particular bodies need: to be more active or to take more time for reflection. Honoring what our bodies tell us is a part of honoring what the Earth is telling us. Let’s listen.

Moon enters Taurus 2:51 pm CDT
Friday, August 3.
The Moon in Taurus will contact the square between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus today. This contact could trigger events or reactions to this stressful influence. As an astrologer, I am paying attention to both Mars and Uranus. I am wondering what the current retrograde of Mars in Aquarius means. I am wondering how Uranus in a new sign since May will instigate change and revolution in the domain of this fixed earth sign. I suspect we will get more information today. I recently listened to a podcast with astrologer Austin Coppock where he discussed things we may expect from Uranus in Taurus. In addition to changes in our economic systems, he spoke about a resurgence of art as a means of social and political change. That sounds wonderful to me. To honor the connections of this Taurus Moon, I invite you to notice the revolutionary art around you today and find a way to support your favorite revolutionary artist.

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 learn more about the New Moon in Cancer:

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Follow the Moon: July 27, 2018 - July 29

Moon enters Aquarius 5:41 pm CDT
July 27—Full Moon: Blossoming. Lunar Eclipse

My perception of time right now is off. It was only two weeks ago, on July 12, that this lunar cycle began. It feels much longer. I know this is my perception. Yours may be different. Some astrological influences can really mess with time, especially if they are impacting personal points in our charts. Eclipses are definitely one of those influences. And, yes, this one is personal to me.

The July 12 new moon, was a solar eclipse, seeded in the sign of Cancer, the sign of home. I set an intention for this cycle to honor and strengthen home as a source of resiliency. The eclipse fell on my Jupiter in Cancer and the ruler of my Sagittarius ascendant. Home is a big deal to me. This lunar cycle has opened up all the ways I am and am not home in myself. Openings have been made. Time has expanded. Solar eclipses, always occurring at new Moons, are potent opportunities to shed the old to make way for the new. If new Moons are good times to begin magical intention, eclipses take that magic to the next level. This lunar cycle is a doozy for that, even if it doesn’t fall on a personal point in your chart. Co-existing transits make this a significant lunar cycle. What is opening in you?

The planets are mirroring the changes we are experiencing. A lot is in flux. We may feel we’ve reached a crisis point. With eclipses, some things are illuminated and others fall into darkness. Right before the full Moon, Mercury in Leo stationed retrograde. The Sun in Leo perfected two aspects: a stressful square to Uranus in Taurus and an unbalancing opposition to Mars in Aquarius. A few days later, on August 1, Mars will square Uranus, a connection that is often described as explosive. This full Moon captures these influences and magnifies them. This 5th act of the lunar cycle is revelatory and cathartic.

Perhaps, we don’t want this much tension surrounding an intention based in Cancer’s sensitivity. It would be quite forgivable, and maybe even smart, to retreat for a few days until these influences play out. Perhaps that is what home offers us at times, a shelter in the storm. What shelters you? The topic of home always brings up issues of privilege, injustice, and compassion for me. I am privileged to have a shelter from some storms. Right now, people seeking shelter are not only being turned away from U.S. borders, but are experiencing violence as children are separated from their caregivers. Can I/we extend our compassion in these hard times to those who have much less security and much less justice than we do? We can let these powerful transits galvanize our compassion and our actions for justice. Home can be the shelter that also revitalizes us to re-enter our battles with empathy for others and compassion for ourselves.

Although the new Moon occurred in Cancer, influencing the arena of life where we sow our seeds, the revelations of this full Moon come from the opposing signs, Aquarius and Leo. Both Aquarius and Leo have a way of making things bigger. The part of us that wants to self-nurture and protect (Cancer) might be a little overwhelmed by how big these influences are at this moment. The rulers of Leo (the Sun) and Aquarius (Uranus) are square each other at the full Moon. We are feeling internal and external battles around personal authenticity and collective visions. We know we cannot act as solitary heroes but struggle to align with our communities to enact change. Questions like, Do I fit in here? Can we lean into each other even when it is hard? How can we recognize our interdependencies? How do we move at the speed of trust? are swirling around us.

A powerful, helping transit exact at the full Moon is worth noting and invoking. Venus in Virgo makes a trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. Venus represents love and beauty. Pluto represents transformation. Both are in earth signs. How is Earth the teacher right now? This isn’t light and airy love, beauty, and transformation. This is the shadow-filled, no time for illusions version of love, beauty, and transformation. This is pragmatic magic. What gets it done? What are we willing to let go of?

Remembering that an eclipse is an opportunity to let go of old patterns to create new ones, what magic will you do at this full Moon? What dreams will you dare to release into this opening?

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, July 28.
Perhaps we have another go at difficult conversations today. It hasn’t been easy lately to connect satisfactorily with others, but the Moon in air sign Aquarius stimulates ideas and the sharing of ideas. However, we’ll have to be patient, because recent impediments to clear communication are still with us. Mercury is retrograde in Leo and Mars is retrograde in Aquarius. Things can go sideways easily. These retrogrades provide an opportunity to have second thoughts. Righteous fervor might be a questionable attitude right now. We are meant to develop nuance and complexity. What do your second thoughts want you to know? A square between the Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio could spark hurt feelings. The opportunity to reframe and reset the ways we react is a part of the day. Non-attachment may help.

Moon enters Pisces 6:28 pm CDT
Sunday, July 29.
The Moon is void of course (VOC) for a great part of this day (from 4:25 am to 6:28 pm CDT). I am not a big proponent of do nothing during VOC Moons, but we may notice a deflation, like the wind just got released out of us, while we prepare for the Moon’s entrance into Pisces. This pause may be just what we need to switch gears from mental activity to emotional integration. You may notice you have a lot of emotion to integrate. Be gentle with yourself. What you are experiencing is the natural pulsation between expansion and contraction. Think of it as breath.

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 learn more about the New Moon in Cancer

Contact Teri at and visit her website at 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.