Friday, July 13, 2018

Follow the Moon: July 13, 2018 - July 18

Moon enters Leo 12:31 pm CDT
Friday, July 13. Witches are generally amused by the lore surrounding Friday the 13th. It isn’t a particularly more magical day than any other, but if the gestalt wants to name it so, then let’s run with that. Witches follow the energy. Try it out yourself. When the Moon moves into Leo today, we go from intensity to release. This could look like exuberant joy, a drive to create, a need to move, laugh, entertain. It could also look like a personal commitment to show up and support others with our energy. Energy is a gift of life force. Life force runs on giving. We can’t hoard energy. We can only feed it by offering it up to life itself. Because this energetic Leo Moon squares Uranus in Taurus and opposes retrograding Mars in Aquarius, we may notice a high level of release. We need a break. We need inspiration. We need to receive and give energy. Be part of the blessed flow.

Moon in Leo
Saturday, July 14. Feel the heartbeat of the Earth today. Does it come through your feet? Is it reverberating in your heart? Do you sense earth’s heartbeat through taste, smell, touch? Notice as a grand earth trine anchors this day of fiery Leo Moonness. The aspect pattern contains an exact trine between Venus in Virgo and Saturn in Capricorn and a nearly exact trine to Uranus in Taurus. When Venus is in Virgo we settle into different expectations for our relationships and our pleasures. We value functionality, dependability, attention to detail. We value wholeness, whatever that may mean to you. We want all our parts included and aware. Venus will be in Virgo till August 6. Feel the solid support of Venus and Saturn’s relationship. Even Uranus, sometimes a disruptive influence, is encouraging the kind of change that makes us feel better, a rededication to personal practice, a renewed appreciation for our bodies and senses, and a recommitment to relationships that serve our whole selves. This is a great day to bring yourself into alignment with the Earth. How does this change your perceptions?

Moon enters Virgo 12:31 pm CDT
Sunday, July 15.
See yesterday’s forecast for a good idea of where our attention is today. The grand earth trine of Venus in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus intensifies with the addition of the Moon in Virgo today. Virgo has a way of asking us to get ourselves together in some way. This push to improve can be wonderful but can go too far. Perhaps the support of Saturn and Uranus help us to modulate overblown perfectionism. Venus and the Moon are allies of our wellness. As I follow an intention this lunar cycle inspired by Cancer and resiliency, these planets are inviting me to pay attention to the foundations of support that help me honor and tend to my resiliency. Venus invites me to create a foundation that feeds me, my family, and my community. Saturn invites me to honor my ancestors and feed the connections that help me access resiliency. Uranus invites me to see that change is the only constant and to ask, how does knowing this help me feed my relationship to land?

Moon in Virgo
July 16—Crescent Moon: Germinating.
At the New Moon, I pledged this intention: “to feed (the) resilient root of interdependency . . . Through small and large gestures, rituals, and remembrances, during this cycle, I will honor home.” This lunar cycle was seeded in Cancer. Cancer, as water sign, nourishes our deepest roots, the roots that sustain us, that provide resiliency in a fluctuating and sometimes cruel world. These roots, this support, is another way to think of home. As a cardinal sign, Cancer encourages action, response, taking the lead. Cancer wisdom says with the support of our roots, we are strengthened to take action to change the world. The Cancer impulse to nest can be misunderstood. Sometimes we get stuck in the fortification of home and forget that home is a base for moving out into the world. As a cardinal sign, Cancer is adept at knowing how much support we need to be in the world and engaged with the world. To be resilient is to bounce back. Roots, which support home, which supports action allow me to bounce back after setback. I am grateful for home.

The Virgo Moon encourages ritualizing. One Virgo archetype I am fond of is the priestess overseeing the harvest of healing medicines. Virgo appreciates ritual because it anchors us in the here and now. Ritual is a way to remember the everyday things that make medicine. I like to sweep my floors when I want to shift the energy in my home. Cleaning off my desk honors the work I do at my desk. Making my bed helps me appreciate restorative sleep. Organizing a closet makes me feel like a superhero! The action of ritualizing appreciation for home can be as simple or complex as you desire. Find one way to mindfully acknowledge the roots that help you take action in the world.

As you ritualize appreciation for home, take note of pernicious perfectionism. We can get caught up in doing it right and forget Virgo’s gift of humility. Doing it good enough. Two aspects today may create a field of anxiety that could stimulate the perfectionist instinct. The aspect is a quincunx and this energy can be stressful if we try to resolve paradox. This aspect encourages stepping out of binary perceptions of good/bad, favorable/unfavorable. Things just are. Venus in Virgo (supporter of the Moon energy) is quincunx Mars in Aquarius. We may feel we need to choose between pristine relationship or visionary action. Order and chaos. The other quincunx involves Mercury in Leo and Pluto in Capricorn. This choice could look like liberated self-expression vs. self-critical control. What is the fluctuating balance point between freedom and responsibility?

Moon enters Libra 2:42 pm CDT
Tuesday, July 17.
The seeds of this lunar cycle are taking root. Influenced by Cancer intentions and Virgo influence over the last couple of days, you might notice you’ve been spending time nesting and spiffing up whatever you think of as your nest. You might have been drawn into your home for some reason to give more attention to your roots. What sustains and supports you? Today we begin to notice the transition from Virgo into Libra influence. This could look like acts of service and devotion becoming law and principles. Perhaps you want to concretize some practice that spontaneously arose. Now, this is what you always want to do. Is that necessary? Perhaps it is for a time. Libra is another cardinal sign. It takes action in the sphere of mind. Harmony, balance, and immutable laws make this sign happy. What laws are you discovering?

Moon in Libra
Wednesday, July 18.
A spiritual teacher I know created this song:

Beauty before me. Beauty behind me. Beauty to my left side. Beauty to my right side. Beauty above me. Beauty below me. I have beauty surrounding my life.  (Donald Engstrom-Reese)
The Moon in Libra invokes the centering praise of beauty. May there be beauty all around us. May we sense it around us. May we move forward into this day in beauty.

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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