Friday, November 30, 2018

Follow the Moon: November 29, 2018 - December 6

Moon enters Virgo 5:08 am CST
November 29—Last Quarter Moon: Setting new seeds.
I’ve spent more than half of my lifetime calling myself a Witch. For 30 years, I’ve listened for the wisdom of the seasons. I’ve studied the stars and the dance of the elements. I’ve strived to be in relationships with living beings of the land. I’ve investigated my responsibility to these relationships. And most importantly, perhaps, I’ve learned to align my life’s rhythms with the eternal cycle of birth, life, death, decay, and rebirth. This curriculum of what it means to be a Witch feels worthwhile. Somehow if feels essential. Especially when I am at a crossroads. Especially when I am seeking my next steps. I am trying to figure out which influence holds the most power right now. This lunar cycle is a curious mixing of Scorpio and Sagittarius influences. These signs are side by side. We always travel from Scorpio into Sagittarius, from dark depth into bright hopes. This is the natural rhythm. Yet this time, to my witchy senses, it feels a bit strange. Perhaps part of me isn’t ready to let go of the dark to apply these lessons to the next discovery of meaning. Not every part of me is ready. I think there are reasons for that.

Retrogrades are part of the reason. Venus recently retrograded through Scorpio back into Libra. This planet is now retracing their steps. Venus re-enters Scorpio on December 2. There is another act yet to come. Under Scorpio influence, the need is to guard our hearts a bit more, we are aware that shadows lurk within for everyone. We are looking for reassurances. If we are fortunate, we will experience transformations. Mercury is also retrograding through Sagittarius. We aren’t quite ready to come out with the complete declaration of truth, and that is a relief when you think about it. Too often, we reach for the easy answers. They seem to be just out of reach, right now.

Whatever we thought this lunar cycle (seeded in Scorpio on November 7) was about, it hasn’t turned out that way. This phase of the lunar cycle is a chance to notice that and form new seeds to inform our future cycles. This is what a Witch does. The Moon is in Virgo. Virgo is about collecting information, too. Collect your data. Recall the ways you’ve seen power used well and not well. Honestly assess where your energy is. Do you have any resources left? How can you refine this use of energy? What feels false? What feels like it isn’t time yet? Trust that knowing.

This Virgo Moon stirs the cauldron by forming a challenging t-square aspect pattern today. The Moon is square to retrograding Mercury and to Jupiter. The Moon also opposes Mars in Pisces. A Witch learns to navigate the eddies of energy that disrupt the story. What will you learn about that today?

Moon in Virgo
Friday, November 30.
An important step in the Venus retrograde journey happens today. Venus in Libra (on the way back into Scorpio for their final victory lap) opposes Uranus in Aries. This aspect is the very crux of the current Venus retrograde season. This aspect is about power, anger, and action. Venus is the principal of justice and love, balance and beauty. Uranus is the awakener—trumpet blast that jolts us from slumber. Where are you in relation to change? The Moon in Virgo contributes a desire to keep everything manageable. Venus and Uranus have other ideas. The tension between these two influences could feel like your breaking point. The questions become: how do we pay attention the best we can? How do we leap into the unknown the best we can? What recalculations about justice, beauty, and balance need to happen?

Moon enters Libra 8:49 am CST
Saturday, December 1.
Mercury retrogrades back into Scorpio and we are dredging up the past. While retrograde, Mercury encourages review. It seems we need to review emotional baggage, unsatisfactory power dynamics, and places we’ve been stuck. This may sound dreadful. But what a gift Mercury offers us. The purpose of the review is to let it go, purge, and transform whatever keeps us from living full and vital lives. We get another chance to heal in a powerful way. The Moon in Libra encourages reciprocal exchange. We could think of this as the exchange between life and death. As parts of the past die, we feed and are fed by this mysterious relationship between the seen and unseen worlds. The Moon is supported by optimistic Jupiter in Sagittarius and is challenged by realistic Saturn in Capricorn. Standing in the middle ground between fantasy and despair, we encounter the right-sized power to be part of the mystery.

Moon in Libra
Sunday, December 2.
Yesterday, Mercury retrograded back into Scorpio. Today, Venus re-enters Scorpio for the third time (due to the previous Venus retrograde from October 5 through November 16). The message is clear. We need to go back over previous terrain to recover something left behind or undone in the shadowlands of Scorpio. Investigate emotion-laden stories. Reclaim the power to heal. Mercury’s influence could be surprising or annoying because that is often how this trickster god likes to do things. Venus may need to express emotion to regain power and transform pain. It may be hard to keep everyone as happy as a Libra Moon would like. Darker feelings are rising to the surface. The Sun in Sagittarius makes a square to Mars in Pisces, setting us up to feel extra sensitive and reactive. Patience with all these emotions may be limited. Mercury makes a quincunx aspect to Uranus in Aries creating a tendency to break through places we feel stuck rather than gently dismantle our stories of pain.

Moon enters Scorpio 1:55pm CST
December 3—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
This lunar cycle has been an uneasy hybrid of Scorpio and Sagittarius influence. New Moon seeds were planted in Scorpio’s soil. While communing with our shadows, it felt appropriate, somehow, to shield ourselves from too much hope. We’ve experienced a lot of loss. But Sagittarian optimism has tried anyway. Jupiter in Sagittarius has us looking for escape, whether that is through actual travel or a mental shift away from the harsh realities of this world. This break from an onslaught of bad news creates new resources for response. However, the soul journey has its own plan. Or perhaps the planets have their plan for our soul journeys. Both Mercury and Venus have re-entered Scorpio. The Moon joins them today. The dark has its own gravity and we feel the pull. As we let go of the momentum of this lunar cycle to see what has died and what remains, we are reminded that our hearts know what we need. Maybe it is to forge new and hopeful pathways. Maybe it is to be still with our grief. Perhaps this lunar cycle is teaching us how to listen to what makes sense to us. We can’t walk anyone else’s path. Today, retrograding Mercury in Scorpio makes a trine aspect with Chiron in Pisces. We receive messages from our wounds, which, I admit, does not sound like any fun. But there is something beautiful and meaningful to be learned. This lunar phase encourages the pithy wisdom, the reason we are here in this place, at this time. We don’t have to reach for it. We just need to open.  

Moon in Scorpio
Tuesday, December 4
The Moon in Scorpio only makes supportive transits today. We will feel supported, if we stick to the Scorpio agenda. At best, this agenda is about being a healing presence. We have the opportunity to see things as they are and to powerfully accept the lessons this insight gives. At worst, this agenda is about controlling life’s uncertainties. This is today’s choice: Will I see things as they are, or will I attempt to control the way I want them to be? Although we may not realize it, this is not a right/wrong choice. Somewhere in the middle, is the option to remember we have power to create new possibilities.

Moon enters Sagittarius 8:49 pm CST
Wednesday, December 5.
Give yourself a break, emotions are big and possibly confusing. The Sun in Sagittarius makes a square aspect to Neptune in Pisces. We can’t forget, also, that Mars is only one degree away from Neptune, and Mercury is stationing direct tomorrow. It would be quite understandable if all you want to do is escape. Or put everything on hold while you hide out for a day or two. That would be perfectly understandable. For most of the day (U.S. time zones), the Moon is in Scorpio not making anything better. At times like these, astrology’s greatest gift is the knowledge that it just isn’t us making all this happen, and that, soon, it will be over. This is true. Although you may be tempted to think it will never get better, it will. What can you learn from being gentle with yourself?

Moon in Sagittarius
Thursday, December 6.
Mercury in Scorpio stations direct today. Stations—when a planet appears to stand still before changing apparent direction—make a planet’s influence stronger. So, stuff might go wrong or unexpectedly today. This uncertainty is exacerbated by the Moon in Sagittarius making challenging contact with Jupiter in Sagittarius, Mars in Pisces, and Neptune in Pisces. We might be reading too much into things and overreacting. Take a step back. Hold off making conclusions. And if possible, give thanks to the messenger god for gentle lessons about what you think you know.

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 about the new Moon in Scorpio here:

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Follow the Moon: November 23, 2018 - November 28

Moon in Gemini
Friday, November 23.
I am not expecting business as usual today. Monkey wrenches are being thrown. We are feeling sensitive. The Moon in Gemini is stirring the pot. First thing in the morning (U.S. time zones), the Moon opposes Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is when we may make more plans than we can deliver on later. Then, the Moon forms a square aspect to Mars in Pisces. We ARE feeling a lot of things. And maybe aren’t entirely comfortable with that. Social situations could be awkward. When the Moon opposes retrograding Mercury in Sagittarius, we could overreact to the things that are not going our way. Tears may come. The Moon finishes their work by making a square to a stationary (thus more powerful) Neptune in Pisces. What we may really want to do is retreat and comfort ourselves. We are feeling our losses. Give your heart a hug.

Moon in Gemini
Saturday, November 24.
Is it safe to come out? Yesterday’s transits may have been unsettling for you. Although the Moon is done contributing to the moment’s confusion, we are still under the spell of Neptune in Pisces. Neptune stations direct today. For the last year, Jupiter in Scorpio has fed the Neptune process of finding, losing, and seeking again transcendent connections. In June, Neptune turned retrograde. This period of time has been for review and reclamation. Perhaps you have felt your spiritual journey going fallow or going very deep inside. Perhaps this is a moment to reset the patterns around your desire for heartfull connection and devotion. Perhaps we don’t need to make this an effort. Perhaps it rises naturally, just as the planets know naturally when to change their direction.

Moon enters Cancer 12:38 am CST
Sunday, November 25.
Emotions rise to the surface. Honor them. What if we welcomed our tears just as we welcome a rain shower that softens the soil? What if we stayed with the feelings until the thing that needed releasing and melting relaxed into awareness? Sometimes I think that Cancer has too much work to do to. If this sign is emphasized in your chart, you probably think so too. The natural inclination can be to defer self-nurturing because others need us so much. Notice if this pattern occurs during today’s transits. The Moon in Cancer receives encouraging support from Mars and Neptune in Pisces, but some critical opposition from stern Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn can help us investigate what we really think and want from the intimate spaces of our lives. Avoid the trap of shame.

Moon in Cancer
November 26—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting.
The fruiting phase of a lunar cycle can feel expansive. We’ve learned something! Perhaps we feel like we survived something. Full Moons can be intense. They offer illumination. Insights, lessons, and truths are revealed. What do we do with all that? We expand. This energy is much like what the sign of Sagittarius and the mission of Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) are all the time. We expand, both to learn more and to share more of what we learn. Primary influences are changing right now. Jupiter recently entered Sagittarius. (Jupiter spends one year in a sign.) Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio was profound. We expanded what we knew about trauma, abuse, and oppressions. (Thanks, Scorpio.) At the new Moon of this current lunar cycle, seeds were planted in Scorpio soil. Those seeds have produced fruit. Today, both this disseminating phase and a conjoining of the Sun in Sagittarius with Jupiter create a field of expansion. What do we want to do with what we have learned? How important is it to teach and share what we have experienced? Pay attention, we are going to learn something important about Jupiter’s year in Sagittarius this week.  

Mars in Pisces represents another recently changed influence. Mars spent a long period of time in Aquarius due to retrograde motion. Mars, the principal of active will, has moved from intellectual action to emotional action. (Pisces being a water sign.) Pisces is a different creature from Scorpio, even though both are water signs. We are doing less purging and more merging. Boundaries are blurring and this can be alarming. Some boundaries are defenses keeping us isolated and some are healthy differentiation. We get to learn the difference while Mars is in this sign (until December 31). Today, retrograding Mercury in Sagittarius makes a square aspect to Mars. Confusion, miscommunication, hurt feelings, crossed boundaries could be part of the lessons of this moment.

Because the Moon is in Cancer, we feel all this more deeply. Not everything needs to be understood, solved, or wrapped up in a tidy package all at once. Let these influences percolate. They will unfold in their own time.

Moon enters Leo 2:35 am CST
Tuesday, November 27.
We reach the heart of the current Mercury retrograde today when the Sun and Mercury conjoin in Sagittarius. Themes of travel, meaning, truth, religion, and institutions of justice are tweaked by this transit. What brings it to the next level is that Jupiter conjoins Mercury too, while being in square aspect to Mars in Pisces. There are all kinds of confusions and false assumptions influencing us right now. Yet, underneath that there is something valuable to remember. What is it for you? How do you center? What is your guiding star? How do you know your own truth? How do you let go of distractions? We are helped by a sextile aspect between Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. How often are we grateful for the grounding influence of Saturn? Honor reality. Touch in, reinforce your practice of remembering yourself. Then, rejoin the dance.

Moon in Leo
Wednesday, November 28.
Venus in Libra is the star of the next few days. Today Venus connects with Chiron in Pisces through an aspect that feels paradoxical or strange. If Venus, on their return trip from a retrograde journey, is reclaiming justice, then this influence from Chiron triggers our own wounds around how unfair life can be. Can any feeling of personal victimization be turned into action for others? Being wounded is not the same as being weak. Our scars can also be our determination to change the world. The Moon in Leo may be asking for energetic release. Joy is strength too. Where do we find it 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. Read about the new Moon in Scorpio here:

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.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Follow the Moon: November 22 Full Moon

Moon enters Gemini 10:10 pm CST
November 22—Full Moon: Blossoming. Sun enters Sagittarius
How do you explain it? How do you understand the journey so far? How do you bring this understanding into meaning? This full Moon in Gemini is designed for words, thoughts, and meaning. It is designed for truth. And it is designed to help us recall how slippery truth can be. The way I understand it, we’ve just been on a journey through the dark night of death. This lunar cycle was seeded in Scorpio, a sign that had close affinity with the dark night. Some call this place the underworld. It’s a personal journey of soul making. Perhaps you feel finished with that journey, perhaps not. But the Moon, Sun, Jupiter, Mercury, and Mars are asking us to muse on what we’ve learned. All these planets are in mutable signs in search of meaning.
Sometimes, I need to know where simple words come from. What journey did “meaning” take to arrive at this moment? The online etymological dictionary tells me that “meaning” comes from the verb “to mean.” “Mean” has traveled through a world of language: to intend, have in mind," Old English m├Žnan "to mean, intend, signify; tell, say; complain, lament," from Proto-West Germanic *menjojanan (source also of Old Frisian mena "to signify," Old Saxon menian "to intend, signify, make known," Dutch menen, German meinen "think, suppose, be of the opinion"), from PIE *meino- "opinion, intent" (source also of Old Church Slavonic meniti "to think, have an opinion," Old Irish mian "wish, desire," Welsh mwyn "enjoyment"), perhaps from root *men-(1) "to think." 

There are some interesting side roads in this journey. Meaning is related to complaining and lamenting. How odd. It makes sense there is a connection to thinking and opinions. I like how the Welsh brought meaning and enjoyment together. But for the purposes of this full Moon, I think the words, “intend and signify” are particularly meaningful. If we are to gather meaning from the journey through the death lands, we need to know intention and we need to know how to signify that intention. Working with signs and symbols is a witch’s tool, a way we meet intention with magic. 

How shall we signify our Scorpio new Moon intentions at this full Moon in Gemini? Let’s listen to the planets. First of all, the Sun has just entered Sagittarius (mutable fire). The Sagittarian arrow is famous for pointing at the horizon, where we are sure to discover the meaning to life. The exotic, the wisdom of other cultures, the journey itself brings a glowing sense of meaning. Jupiter rules this sign and has also just entered Sagittarius. Mercury is retrograding through the same sign. We are amped up! Ready to pounce on understandings. Mercury, dressed in their trickster outfit, just laughs at us. Truth and meaning are fleeting. Humans have a way of thinking we know it all anyway. Perhaps this reminder from Mercury helps us to be humble. Perhaps it helps us to be more curious and less certain. Under this influence, which is optimistic and expansive, we may want to forget that this lunar cycle began on a more somber note. Sagittarius is a very human sign. It glorifies knowledge. It brings out our questing natures. Surely every problem has an answer. Death, in all its complexity, says there is much we can never know and finalities we can never solve. If we can hold these contradictions in our awareness, interesting things might happen. 
The Moon is in Gemini (mutable air), another very human sign. We need diversion. We need movement. We need connection, as long as the connection is about learning. That trickster Mercury rules this sign. How easily do we trip ourselves up trying to go faster and know more? How do we signify that we are willing to slow down and make other kinds of connections? 

Mars in Pisces (mutable water) makes a square aspect to all the Sagittarian planets and to the Gemini Moon. That means Mars is at the apex of a t-square pattern. This position creates stress for Mars. When Mars is under stress, we can become angry or frustrated. Unacknowledged emotion may create problems. It is important to not bury our feelings.

The mutable signs seek integration and understanding. Sagittarius influence asks, what has energy? Gemini influence asks, what do we know? Pisces influence asks, what do we feel? Using these elemental influences, what signifies your soul-making journey through the death lands? Energy, knowledge and emotion—these qualities want to infuse our journeys with meaning. 

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 about the new Moon in Scorpio here:

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.