Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Follow the Moon: Full Moon October 24, 2018

Moon enters Taurus 9:33 am CDT
October 24—Full Moon: Blossoming

“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal... To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.” 
― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

The journey of grief takes many turns. In the Sumerian story of Inanna’s journey into death, the powerful goddess of Heaven surrendered a piece of her life force and power at each of seven gates leading into the underworld. Each gate a turning point. Each turning point a crossroad of choice. Many think we may be living in one of the most stressful times in human history. I really don’t know if this is true, but I do know that choice brings stress. Choices with high stakes bring even more stress. There is no denying the stakes are incredibly high right now as we face decisions that will impact our futures. We are journeying through the gates of surrender and choice. This is not a simple journey.

The new Moon on October 8 was a beginning. Just a few days before the new Moon, Venus stationed retrograde in Scorpio. This retrograde is a primary influence on the lunar cycle, seeded in Libra’s desire for beauty and justice. The Venus influence brings a sense that the scales have tipped. Alignment and balance have been lost. As we descend into the underworld, it feels like we are surrendering certainty, innocence, and temperance. It seems dark indeed. 

There are stages in this journey, times to note a beginning, a turn, a gate, a choice. Throughout this lunar cycle, these turning points are moments to learn something new, make new commitments, choose new actions. The full Moon in Scorpio is one such moment. Full Moons bring illumination. We are in dark times, but thank goodness for Rebecca Solnit, a brilliant writer who dares to hope. She writes that the dark is no place to give up. It is a place to envision our next bold choices. Transformation happens when we are pushed to a wall.

The full Moon is marked by rebellious Uranus in Taurus conjoining the Moon and opposing the Sun in Scorpio. Snarls escape from our throats (ruled by Taurus by the way). Power comes from surrendering power to this underworld journey. Uranus is the planet of awakening and something powerful is waking up. Maybe this transit represents the “axe of hope” Solnit writes about. We feel urgency. The opposition of Moon/Uranus and the Sun makes a square to the nodes of the Moon. The north node is at 1 Leo. The south is opposite at 1 Aquarius. Astrologers have observed that when the Moon squares the nodal axis, we can experience turning points. This is a crisis and an opportunity to shift the path our lives have been taking. Leo is the growing edge. Creative fire is reenergized by facing current challenges. We are less interested in a conceptualization of change. We are more interested in direct experience of change. What is the spark that ignites hope now? How do we feed that spark?

Venus is moving towards the Sun. The heart of this retrograde journey occurs when the Sun and Venus conjoin on October 26. At this gate, Venus offers another turning point. There is more to uncover and reclaim. Remembering that Venus and the Sun are in Scorpio I wonder, Is power the route back to beauty and justice? Does ruthless honesty restore the balance? Do we continue to shed extraneous layers and righteously grieve our losses? This journey is fierce, and it is not over. On October 31, traditional Samhain when the veils between the worlds thin, Venus opposes Uranus for the second time.   (September 12 was the first.) Venus rules the betrayed sense of beauty and justice raging in our hearts. Venus speaks for the genders marginalized by oppression. Venus moves back into Libra on October 31. Halloween is another turning point, a time to reclaim, recover our voices. Venus gateways conclude after the end of this lunar cycle. On November 16, Venus stations direct in Libra. November 30, for the final time, Venus in the last degree of Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. This gateway is a chance to integrate polarities around individuation and relationship. If we wake up fully ourselves, will we claim better relationships? If we wake up to our relationships, do we better understand how personal choices impact our futures? 

I don’t believe in the kind of hope that requires us to remain blissfully ignorant of the dark times around us. The influence of Uranus at this full Moon asks us to have a different kind of hope, one based in action and change. Venus takes the ultimate journey into death to remind us how strong we are. This is a different kind of power. Even though we are at a crucial place of choice, our ancestors have been here before. They have wisdom to share. As the veils continue to thin between our worlds, we realize we are not alone at these crossroads. Never alone. Let us take up our axes. Let us fly out that door.
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 Libra visit Starsdance website http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/10/follow-moon-october-16-2018-october-23.html

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Follow the Moon: October 16, 2018 - October 23

Moon in Capricorn
October 16—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
Trauma is a word that feels overused right now. I get that we may be losing an important distinction if we use it to describe every discomfort we feel. And still, I reach for the word when I notice helplessness, numbing, anger, or fear in myself and others. It may seem dramatic to say that current events are re-traumatizing, but it has felt that way for a while. We live in a traumatized world, doing the best we can, which brings me to the astrological context for this lunar cycle. We are traveling in close relationship to our traumas right now. Venus retrograding through Scorpio is a major factor. Sensitivity to trauma increased when Jupiter entered Scorpio a year ago. Venus’ journey at the end of Jupiter’s year in this probing sign of transformation, signals that we are reaching another level of awareness, another layer of denial is peeling away. The effects of trauma are rising to the surface. And that can feel like a lot to deal with. It is a lot to deal with. This is no time to ignore the inner world, yet it can be a time to remember that emotions are not final, we are not our feelings, and we can nurture resilience in ourselves and others. Healing is possible. It may the most important work we can do at this moment.

At the new Moon, I imagined myself as Inanna’s faithful companion, Ninshubar, mourning the loss of beauty and justice. The evening star is gone. How can we be guided back to healing? The first quarter phase is the time to act, to face our challenges, to make an attempt to change our circumstances on behalf of our lunar intentions. Ninshubar did not give up on getting Inanna back from the underworld. Will we dare the same thing in the face of our traumas? I want to be clear. Our wounds may not disappear. Our trauma responses may remain. It isn’t about getting better, as if being traumatized is a flaw of some sort. But I think it may be about not giving up. My guiding questions for this phase are: What reconnects me to beauty and justice? How will I act to reclaim those qualities?

Mercury in Scorpio is the star of this week. Only the Moon contacts Venus, but Mercury contacts Neptune and Mars to seek ways to learn, communicate, and reconnect from this place of depth. Today’s Moon in Capricorn (conjoining Pluto and getting help from Jupiter) invokes realism as the best method to move forward into action. The journey into the dark is fruitful. It plays a role in our survival. It plays a role in our reconnecting.

Moon enters Aquarius 2:36 am CDT
Wednesday, October 17.
An Aquarius Moon brings detachment and helps us reframe emotional experiences. What can we learn? How can we use this influence to design better responses? Not everything can be fixed with a new attitude, but new attitudes can help build resiliency. Contrast the abstract and airy qualities of Aquarius thought patterns with the torrents of emotion that Venus in Scorpio has been stirring up. Can we blend these responses? Can we value all paths to wholeness?

Moon in Aquarius
Thursday, October 18.
The Moon in Aquarius conjoins Mars and forms a square to Mercury in Aquarius. Tomorrow, the square between Mars and Mercury perfects. Today, we notice this influence as tempers are roused and passions are inflamed. Yesterday’s astrological influences helped us see detachment and engagement in new ways. Scorpio influences push us deeper to reveal, at least to ourselves, the ways we’ve been traumatized. Aquarian influences react by creating distance in order to process and conceptualize what is going on deep within. This isn’t always an avoidance technique. It can also give us the perspective to cope with overwhelming emotion. Let’s give ourselves and others a break. Thinking well of others, we learn that everyone handles the overwhelm in different ways. Perhaps through the interdependencies of relationship, we also learn that this needs to happen in just this way.

Moon enters Pisces 3:20 pm CDT
Friday, October 19.
This summer, Mars made a retrograde journey through the first degrees of Aquarius into the last degrees of Capricorn. Then Mars stationed direct and has now finally moved into the later degrees of Aquarius for the first time. Mars is about moving forward. Mars retrogrades challenge the ways we habitually engage our wills. This process can feel awkward. It can be frustrating. Now that Mars is out of the retrograde shadow, change, action, and reaction will happen more quickly. We may notice this difference with the square occurring between Mercury in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius. Not everyone agrees with each other. That can be refreshing. Might be provocative. Should be energizing. Be aware that after the Moon moves into Pisces, distinctions and emotions may blur, challenging our notions of clarity. While Mercury is forming a trine to Neptune in Pisces, intuition plays a role in action, conflict, and decision making. The soulful journey we take this lunar cycle asks us to trust the process, however confusing, however triggering. There’s a reason we surrender control.

Moon in Pisces
October 20—Gibbous Moon: Budding.
This is the season of thinning veils. Witches are aware that the connection between the worlds of the living and the dead strengthens when the Sun moves into Scorpio. The veils that ordinarily separate these worlds becomes thinner. We are able to honor and listen to our ancestors. We are able to send our prayers of healing through all realms. These prayers reweave the web of connection. This web feeds life. The sign of Scorpio carries this awareness all the time, regardless of season. Scorpio knows that other worlds, deeper worlds, exist and that reconnection to these worlds creates wholeness. It serves life. It serves death, too.

The Sun enters Scorpio on October 23, but already we’ve been immersed in Scorpio influence. This influence includes Jupiter in Scorpio since October 2017, Mercury in Scorpio, and Venus retrograding through Scorpio. The Moon in Pisces draws out this influence. The water sign to water sign connection helps us move deeper as we let go. This phase of the Moon encourages action. We are still building upon the lunar intentions set at the new Moon in Libra on October 8. Our next actions in service to this magic are influenced by and draw power from water. Water helps us connect the worlds. Water helps us to soften and listen to those on the other side of the veil. From now until astronomical Samhain on November 7 (when the Sun reaches the midpoint of Scorpio), the passageways between the worlds are open. Perhaps they remain open even beyond that time this year, due to Venus’ extended journey through Scorpio. After retrograding back into Libra from October 31 to December 2, Venus does not leave Scorpio until January 7, 2019. Retrograde journeys are about recovery. Let water be a resource and an offering to the sacred relationship between the worlds. May the recovery of beauty and justice during this lunar cycle be a reminder to protect and honor water.

Moon in Pisces
Sunday, October 21.
The Moon journey through Pisces continues. Pisces is the sign of completion in astrology. The next sign, Aries, represents a new cycle of development. Notice contrasting influences today. The Moon is waxing, which means we are still very much engaged with building upon the Libra seeds of this lunar cycle. However, the Moon in Pisces encourages letting go of outcome and process. This contrast could feel like despair. Perhaps it feels confusing. Perhaps we notice deeper currents rising to the surface, buried issues that need to be addressed before the full Moon on October 24. Regardless of what it is you exactly feel, be willing to surf the waves of contrasting emotion. And if you are comfortable with that, be willing to help someone else navigate paradoxical currents.

Moon enters Aries 1:58 am CDT
Monday, October 22.
Energy shifts again. It always does. The Moon in Aries reminds us to claim more agency. The beginning of this Libra lunar cycle felt like it was seeded by the loss of justice and beauty. The Scorpio pull towards the dark depths has been strong. On the last day of the Sun in Libra, we get back in touch with the will to act. Empowering us to turn collective pain into power, Mercury in Scorpio forms a sextile aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. Note what you have been learning recently. This influence helps us express ideas and passion. The Sun in the final degree of Libra makes a quincunx aspect to Chiron in the final degree of Pisces. Heart journeys become soulful journeys to reclaim something lost.

Moon in Aries
Tuesday, October 23. Sun enters Scorpio.
Sparks of rage may light new fires as the Sun entering Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. This opposition forms a grand fixed cross with the nodes of the Moon spanning the early degrees of Leo and Aquarius. Feel your own fierce desires to change your life and our world. These fixed signs deliver elemental messages to incite us to take the next major step along our life path. Listen to earth’s plea for change. Listen to water’s messages of soul. Listen to air’s reminders to open our minds. Listen to fire’s desire to transform and renew. This energy is feeding tomorrow’s full Moon. Events could be disruptive, but necessary anyway, to break apart feelings of despair and hopelessness. The journey of grief takes many turns. We witness a new one today.

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. Go to Starsdance Astrology to read more about the beginning of this lunar cycle

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Follow the Moon: October 8 - October 15

Moon in Libra
October 8—New Moon: Seeding.

My heart grieves for us. I am sitting by the gate to the underworld, arms crossing my chest, rocking back and forth. Moans escape my throat. Somewhere below me, beauty walks into the dark. Somewhere below me, justice takes off her crown.

My favorite character in the Sumerian story of Inanna’s descent into the underworld, is Inanna’s loyal companion, Ninshubur. Ninshubur is the one who waits by the gate for Inanna as she takes the journey that no one is supposed to come back from—the journey into death. The Sumerians saw the planet Venus as their goddess, Inanna. They saw the retrograde journey of this planet as a journey into the realm of death. This lunar cycle is marked by this journey. Venus in Scorpio, already associated with death anyway, stationed retrograde on October 5. Libra, the sign of this lunar cycle, is ruled by Venus. Venus is the focus for this lunation. Venus brings the wisdom for this cycle. Venus guides our magic, our intentions.

Who is Venus? For me, this is a gender question. Let me confess. I am less sure that Mysterious Ones, divine ones like Venus, possess gender the way we are taught by our culture to think of gender. So, when I ask who is Venus, I wonder why we have been taught to think about Her as a her. What does the assignment of woman mean to this Being? What does Venus want to teach us about ourselves within and outside gender assignment? So many questions. They seem important at this moment when gender is playing such a large role in current politics and paradigms.

Here are things I do know about Venus. Venus is Beauty. Venus is Justice. Venus holds up the mirror of relationship, inviting a softening of individualism. Venus glorifies grace, charm, allure. Venus venerates seduction and the power of the receptive parts of us. How do we invite? How do we consent? The question of consent is important right now, too. Because yes only has power when we have an equally powerful no. Venus as the Mysterious One of the scales, knows about such balance, and demands justice around the violation of this balance. Venus is fierce, too. In Scorpio, Venus shows us their rage and fury when agreements are violated or aren’t even negotiated in the first place. Venus will not put up with this.

And Venus is Inanna, choosing to go into death, leaving us to wonder if we have lost her/them forever. Have we lost beauty? Have we lost justice? How do we retrieve them? Can we? As Ninshubar, first we grieve and then we act. Ninshubar refused to give up on her beloved. Ninshubar went round to all the gods until she found help, until someone would agree to make the proper bargain with death. The bargain was made. Inanna was returned. There are no guarantees in this process except that we will not be transformed unless we surrender to death first. Until we recognize what we have lost, and grieved by the gates, nothing will change. How we seek rebirth is up to us. What we do with our grief is the work of this lunar cycle under the influence of Venus retrograde.

Venus contacts the two planets of action and disruption during this retrograde (which began before Venus ever turned retrograde). Venus and Mars square each other three times. Venus and Uranus oppose each other three times. Of course, we are frustrated, angry. Inanna is taking with her, the pains we have felt around impotence and destruction. Retrogrades are about reclaiming. What are we meant to reclaim about passion and clarity of action?

The squares between Venus and Mars began on September 8. The next one is right after this new Moon on October 10. The final one is on November 9. Sometimes Venus can be blamed for the programming that we shouldn’t rock the boat, that it is ungraceful to be angry. This ongoing square challenges that notion.

The opposition with Uranus follows close behind. The planet Uranus speaks to us of change and revolution. Uranus is the wake-up call. Transits to Uranus this lunar cycle will remind us to check in with our authentic selves. Are we truly alive in this moment? What does being awake mean under the mantle of grief and rage felt by so many at this time? This is a real question. Can we break through to new understandings about how to act with purpose when emotions are so high? What feels true to our essential natures? Venus wants this as much as Uranus. Venus opposes Uranus in Taurus (another sign ruled by Venus) Venus opposed Uranus for the first time on September 12. The next two will be October 31 (right before the U.S. midterm elections) and November 30 (after we find out what the elections did or didn’t do).

Other important influences concerning Uranus: Mercury will oppose Uranus on October 10. The Sun does it on October 23. These transits reinforce the message of transforming relationship to resource, our bodies, and the Earth (Uranus in Taurus). Uranus will re-enter Aries on the last day of this lunar cycle on November 6. Uranus returns to Taurus on March 6, 2019. If a retrograde is a reclamation, then Uranus returns to Aries to reclaim cardinal fire—perhaps this is the ability to dare, to begin, to leap into the unknown. How will these qualities serve us when Uranus returns to Taurus?

This lunar cycle tells a story of paralyzing grief and rage. It offers the question of how we go forward from this place back to purpose and reengagement. Death is the ultimate force of reckoning. This is no time to pretend we can make everything look nice on the surface when so much is rotten underneath. We are meant to reclaim our power. We are meant to recall the powers of Beauty and Justice.

Moon enters Scorpio 11:09 pm CDT
Tuesday, October 9.
Moods darken today. That doesn’t mean it gets worse. The dark can be a comfort too. At the end of Libra, Mercury makes a quincunx aspect to Chiron in Pisces. Receptivity helps us tune in to the messages we need to hear at this time. Dominant voices don’t need our attention. Who do you love? Who is hurting now? With whom can you share your pain? Make these tender connections. Mercury and the Moon enter Scorpio later today. Perhaps bitter cynicism shows up. Perhaps we entertain a fantasy or two of revenge. Perhaps that is OK.  

Moon in Scorpio
Wednesday, October 10
The Moon and Mercury in Scorpio make squares to Uranus in Taurus early in the day (central U.S. time zone). This alone makes for hot tempers. Add to it that retrograding Venus in Scorpio is making a square to Mars in Aquarius, and we are in for backlash. Recently, the U.S. President apologized for how Kavanaugh was treated during his confirmation hearings. We will hear outrageous things. We will be tempted to be outraged too. Perhaps that is just what you need to do. To achieve maximum benefit from these challenging transits, set intention for what you would most like to achieve with your rage. What matters most? Scorpio has a brilliant way of getting to core issues. We can spin our wheels in the same old patterns of behavior or we can break free. Uranus wants this breakthrough to matter too. Mars in the fixed air sign says, “Be smart while being unwilling to put up with the status quo.” Remember your tools. You are brilliant. You are change.

Moon in Scorpio
Thursday, October 11
What is below the below? We are diving this week into that place—a place that can feel haunted by pain but also a place that can reconnect disparate pieces that have been severed. Healing is in this place, as well as grief and rage. Scorpio influence holds sway. The Moon, with support from Jupiter in Scorpio, reinforces the square aspect between the Sun in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn—a call to deep diving. At the new Moon (in Libra), I set intention to grieve for and reclaim Beauty and Justice. The Sun in Libra reminds me that this grief work is important. How do I bring back the severed pieces of soul? How do I move through my bitterness to reclaim power? What do you need to let go of? What do I need to remember? Tectonic plates are shifting. Even small acknowledgements of the vast underworld below each of us is enough to touch into this power of transformation. These are powerful times. Do not forget yours.

Moon enters Sagittarius 4:53 am CDT
October 12—Crescent Moon: Germinating.
The dark of the Moon has passed. Consciously and unconsciously, the seeds of this lunar cycle have met the waiting soil of our souls. The seeds’ hard shells, encasing the germ of life, break open. Roots push down. What resource are your roots encountering? What immediate nourishment do you need to draw up? An entire life cycle awaits. The way the rest of this lunar cycle unfolds, in large part, will be due to what has happened in the past four days. Now, life takes over.

A noticeable change in temperament and energy happens today. The Moon moves into optimistic Sagittarius. Like an arrow shooting out into the unknown, we fly free, more curious about what may happen next. Important support arrives today. Mercury in Scorpio makes an encouraging sextile to Saturn in Capricorn. All the deep stuff we’ve been feeling the last week fuels productivity. This is good visioning for the future energy. Especially if we want to lay down the next steps to take to reach the top of our particular mountains. These lunar seeds tremble with anticipation. Dig in. Begin.

Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, October 13.
That arrow that Sagittarius likes to wield, can do a lot of things. It can get to the point. It can release pent up frustration. It can land in new understandings. (Since Sagittarius is mutable fire, I often think of the arrow as tipped with flame.) It can illuminate. It can inspire. What would you like this arrow to do today? Be aware that the Moon in Sagittarius makes a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces. This influence means we may need to be intuitive about where our arrows may land. How do you navigate emotion while aiming for your dream? How do you keep aiming when the way forward isn’t clear?

Moon enters Capricorn 2:17 pm CDT
Sunday, October 14.
I like to think that the Venus retrograde influence of this lunar cycle just makes everything juicier, even the mundane choices and actions we need to take in our lives. What I mean by juicier is that life feels mythic right now. Bigger than life emotions. Bigger than life realizations about the nature of life are going on below us. And we get to carry on as if they aren’t, but they are. The Moon in Capricorn encourages a marriage between the mythic and the real. This is a very good pairing. What will you make of it?

Moon in Capricorn
Monday, October 15.
Mercury and Venus meet today in Scorpio. These two have a lot to gossip about. Secrets are being shared. If you are working any magical spells about toxic secrets being revealed, this is a good day to charge that magic. Gossip serves a function. It can be a connector in community if we are careful not to create false intimacy by scapegoating others. How can shared information, concerns, and fears help us know what matters most? How can it help us focus on what and who needs the most tending in our networks? Practice healing gossip today.

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.

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.