Sunday, September 16, 2018

Follow the Moon: September 16, 2018 - September 23

Moon in Sagittarius
September 16, 2018—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
Each sign is a season, a segment of the wheel of the year’s rhythmic pattern. Each sign holds up a facet of human potential and right relationship. Virgo’s facet is about devotional dedication. It is about doing our work. It is about being of service. Virgo is an earth sign. As such, we want to bring this facet of life into everyday actions, into our bodies, into our surroundings. At the new Moon in Virgo on September 9, I planted a Virgo seed: to rededicate myself to my purpose and devotion. This type of intention feels large. The paradox is that Virgo’s best magic comes through the ordinary, small actions that anchors our lives.

At the First Quarter phase of this lunar cycle, what I am noticing most is the contrasts between big desires and small steps. I am feeling the tension between messages of perfectionism and self-acceptance. The challenges that occur during this phase of Moon teach us to navigate contrasts, find our middle paths through paradox. Virgo is a systems-oriented sign. It wants to create and maintain effective systems of support for devotional desires. At the First Quarter phase, I like to keep my senses open for instruction about managing the challenge I feel for my lunar intentions. Today, I read this passage from Joanna Macy’s book, “World as Lover, World as Self;” “From the ecological perspective, all open systems—be they cells or organisms, cedars or swamps—are seen to be self-organizing. They don’t require any external or superior agency to regulate them, any more than your liver or an apple tree needs to be told how to function. In other words, order is implicit in life; it is integral to life processes.” Reading this, I feel the Virgo part of me relaxing, remembering that the interconnected system itself wants me to be regulated and integrated. I am perfect enough. I am already here.

The delightful contact between Mercury in Virgo and Jupiter in Scorpio helps us to tune into the messages, the interconnections, and the deeper experiences we share. Now is a time to ask for healing and remembering that we are already part of the web that self-organizes and functions as it needs to. The Moon in Sagittarius encourages us to seek meaning and share wisdom. This may take having an adventure. Synchronicities can add a touch of magic.

Moon enters Capricorn 6:07 am CDT
Monday, September 17
The cardinal earth of a Capricorn Moon agrees with the mutable earth of the Virgo Sun to establish effective systems of wholeness. This could mean we get serious and focused on anything that brings more order and purpose to our lives. From work, to health, to service, we are motivated to get things done today. See if you can notice when perfectionism wants to creep in. The conjoining of the Moon with Saturn in Capricorn is a perfect test of finding balance around our expectations for improvement. Small is beautiful. What are the smallest steps that will make a difference in these important areas of our lives?

Moon in Capricorn
Tuesday, September 18.
Mars in Aquarius makes a challenging square aspect to Uranus in Taurus. Because Mars recently traveled retrograde through this zone of the zodiac, this is the third and final time that these two planets form this aspect. Mars first squared Uranus in May, right after Uranus had entered Taurus—ushering in this new, earth-sign focus for Uranian revolution. The ingress of Uranus in Taurus is a wake-up call from the Earth. We are becoming more aware of the fragility of our relationship with the Earth and the impact of human choices on our environment. Profound changes need to be made. The second square was in August. During that time, we experienced the slowing down and frustration of having five planets moving retrograde at the same time. At that time, we had to put action on the low burner. Now, the temp goes up and everything also speeds up. Squares between Mars and Uranus can be volatile. Things can change quickly. Accidents can occur in a blink of an eye. Practice presence and breathing out frustrations today. Be ready to shift course to absorb new information.

Moon enters Aquarius 6:51 pm CDT
Wednesday, September 19.
As the day goes on, the more agitated we may become. And if you aren’t feeling this agitation, rest assured others are. The day starts under the influence of a productive and ambitious trine between the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Capricorn. This earth influence is attempting to ground the unsettled energy of yesterday’s Mars/Uranus square. But the Moon moves into Aquarius later in the day and everything gets activated again. The Aquarius influence emphasizes ideas over results. What grand visions are coming to you? Where does your impatience come from? The goal may be to remember our interconnected relationships, not only with other people, but with all beings. Remembering the Virgo intention around purpose, devotion, and service, ask yourself, who is served by this vision? How do I become a dedicant to this change?

Moon in Aquarius
September 20, 2018—Gibbous Moon: Budding.
A new phase of the Moon is a good time to check in with our intentions for the lunar cycle. Questions to ask for this phase include: How do I support my intention with action? What is the next step to take? The gibbous phase can aggravate feelings of overwhelm inspired by self-critical thinking. Yes, we want to keep improving, yet how toxic is it to think we are never good enough? Where do these messages come from? Who benefits? This is also a good phase to take charge of how we want to manifest intention. What messages do you want to send to yourself? The Sun and Mercury (the messenger planet) conjoin in Virgo today, adding to the magic of powerful messages that serve a broader vision. Mercury rules Virgo and so is a ally of knowing our dedications and being of service to our purpose. This planet helps us learn and implement. Through the illuminating rays of the Sun, Mercury helps us discern the best course of action for us. This combination also infuses our work with purpose, if we allow it. All arts of communication: writing, conversing, and reading are ways to support our dedications today. The Moon in Aquarius emphasizes an intellectual approach, which could enhance insights from the day or just create too much distance between us and what we desire. Lean in to your desire, even when you want to run away.

Moon in Aquarius
Friday, September 21.
Emotions collide with thought as the Moon in Aquarius makes a square to Jupiter in Scorpio. Aquarius influence over the last few days may have stimulated lots of thoughts and conversations but we realize today that ideas aren’t enough. We need connection based on deeper trust and vulnerability too. The shift could be surprising. Mercury moves from Virgo to Libra. Notice the need to find others with whom you can share your heart as well as your ideas. Tomorrow the Sun joins Mercury in Libra. We are moving into the season of seeking balance and justice. The Jupiter influence in all this reminds us that abuses of power are unacceptable. As long as we stay connected to each other, passion (Mars in Aquarius) can be directed towards change.

Moon enters Pisces 7:27 am CDT
Saturday, September 22. Libra Equinox.
The Sun’ ingress into Libra is a change of season and a change of focus. The Earth’s hemispheres exchange the Sun. Moving from the north to the south, and remaining balanced upon the Equator for a short time, the Sun's light reminds us that we are always in exchange. Libra invites partnership of exchange. Under this influence, we cultivate reciprocity. We desire transparent partnerships that are fair and equitable. The need for justice feeds our unrest. We can set Libran intention for the next new Moon on October 8, but today, we begin to notice how Libra themes show up for us and what we may want to put clearer intention into at the Libra new Moon.

Justice. Balance. Exchange. Partnership. These themes resonate through today’s transits. Chiron in Aries opposes Mercury in Libra. Our wounded selves, attached to individuality, may be having a hard time trusting partnership. Mercury says, try to talk about it. Our wounds influence our relationships, but they don’t mean we can’t have them. Chiron is a vulnerable energy that says be uncomfortable, reach out, break the spell of isolation. This opposition is closely, but not exactly, square to Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn challenges us by insisting we reach out past our wounds to others. Saturn adds emphasis, telling us this is vital work to do right now.  

The Moon in Pisces blurs boundaries and softens resistance. The best way forward may not be with our intellects but with our open hearts.

Moon in Pisces
Sunday, September 23.
Everyone follows hunches at times, even the most logically-minded. Soul uses intuition to satisfy what the soul wants—meaning, transformation, depth, connection. Intuition is enhanced by the conjunction of the Moon in Pisces with Neptune. This influence doesn’t always bring clarity. The soul seems to have its own process, which doesn’t necessarily involve making the best decisions or avoiding pain. To the soul, these things are irrelevant. Feeling is all. Contrast this influence with the square between Mercury in Libra and Saturn in Capricorn. Sound thinking and balanced perspective is what these two planets want from us today. The trine between Mercury and Mars in Aquarius intensifies the desire to bring logic and detachment to our thought processes. Which will you choose? Do you always have to choose one or the other—logic or intuition? How do we step out of this binary today? Travel the middle paths. Satisfy soul and intellect.

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 more about the Virgo lunar cycle intention here

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