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It's a new year and like many during the Capricorn season, I am inaugurating new structures for my life and my business. I am asking for support from my readers through Patreon to continue writing about following the Moon's wisdom through each lunar cycle. You can find my page and sign up to receive my forecasts at: https://www.patreon.com/teristar

My intention.

If we surrendered to the Earth’s intelligencewe’d rise up rooted like trees. – Rainer Maria Rilke

It starts with a seed. An intention. A desire. It starts with opening. It starts with naming. 
Magic is linked with the Earth’s intelligence. I believe the direction that magic wants to take us is toward rooted relationship. And that relationship is everything. 

We are in relationship with the seeds, the water that softens and nourishes the seed, the soil that houses the seed, and the sky that welcomes it as it reaches for the Sun. We are in relationship with each other and with all the parts of ourselves. This relationship is everything.

The Earth has intelligence, telling us how to be the seed. How to go from seed to seedling to blossom to seed again. I believe that if we somehow oriented our lives to this intelligence, we’d be worthy inhabitants of this Earth. We’d be in good relationship. This astrology column is about that.
   
I follow the Moon through the rhythms of waxing and waning, through signs, and through seasons. In the 1930s, astrologer Dane Rudhyar, gave the world the scaffolding upon which to build rooted relationship with the sky and Earth—the eight phases of the Moon. These eight phases describe the primal cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. This cycle is the plant’s cycle, which is the pattern that magic takes to manifest change and rooted relationship. The Moon has been teaching these things since the dawn of time. I am committed to listening to the Moon. I’ve written a daily forecast about the integration of astrology, the Moon, and following mindful intention since 2012. I’ve built my personal spiritual practice around following the Moon. I want to share it with you. I am asking if my readers and fellow journeyers will support my writing with a small monthly pledge. 

Your support means a lot.

I’ve offered my writing freely for these past seven years. Now, I need financial and energetic support to help me to continue and deepen this work. Through your monthly contribution, you will be allowing me to focus more fully on this practice of following the Moon. My hope is that through sharing my practice more of us may rise up rooted like trees. 
  
There are three levels of support and three ways to access the Moon’s guidance each lunar cycle. At the first level, you will receive astrology-based information about the new and full Moons to guide you in setting magical intention for each lunar cycle. At the second level, in addition to the new and full Moon writing, you will receive a daily forecast published once a week that includes a reflection on each Moon phase as it pertains to your lunar intention. At the third level, you will receive all this plus my writing about additional astrological topics. I have a book in mind about the intersection of Earth-based spirituality and astrology. Your support will help me manifest this book. 

Thank you for supporting me! 
Find out how the story of the stars relates to your life, visit www.starsdanceastrology.com to learn more about receiving a reading from Teri Parsley Starnes
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Moon enters Capricorn 6:01 am CST
Saturday, December 8.
It isn’t enough to hope. We gotta work too. The Moon enters Capricorn today and we feel ambitious and industrious. The boost of energy from yesterday’s new Moon in expansive Sagittarius leads to renewed commitments. Notice your patterns around this. Do you overcommit? Are your commitments shame-based? Scarcity-based? Or do you find joy in the effort? Do you know how to stop when the joy is lost? This Sagittarius lunar cycle is a chance to notice energy and the ways we filter energy through our stories. The Capricorn story can be influenced by shame-based self-judgement. It can also remind us that it feels good to produce something tangible from the energy flowing through us. Tonight (in U.S. time zones) the Moon conjoins Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. We meet the Great Teacher as the inner voice that asks us if we are doing our best, and recognize our own paths towards mastery.
  
Moon in Capricorn
Sunday, December 9.
Mercury in Scorpio makes a trine aspect to Chiron in Pisces while Chiron stations direct. Both planets are stationary and thus more powerful. Both planets also trine the North Node of the Moon. I don’t often note trine aspects to the nodes, but this water trine pattern feels significant. We are being told to lead with our hearts, even when pain surfaces. Our wounds can be wisdom. We may not know the part we play in the healing of others, but we each have a part. There is depth, connection, and a desire to protect others in this aspect pattern. The Moon asks us to take our callings seriously. Listen to the calling from water. All healing journeys are connected, just as water finds a way to join with other streams, the path we are on will lead to others who need our piece.

Moon enters Aquarius 5:39 pm CST
Monday, December 10.
Briefly today, the Moon conjoins the South Node of the Moon and syncs into the grand water trine of Mercury in Scorpio, Chiron in Pisces, and the North Node of the Moon in Cancer. The Nodes give us information about our collective past and future. Capricorn holds past patterns that can be transformed. Cancer holds future possibilities to cultivate. The questions to ask ourselves: Who are our families? What legacy has been passed to us? How do we nurture the future? How do we protect those who are most marginalized? How do we dismantle systems of oppression? How do we care, even when we hurt? The nodes will transit through Cancer and Capricorn for the next 18 months. During this time, we are encouraged to heal ancestral legacies and reimagine what family means.

The Moon squares change-agent Uranus right before entering the visionary sign of Aquarius. Ideas are important to us. Our communities are too. We need to know we are not acting alone to change the world. People are necessary to manifesting our visions, even when they drive us bananas.

Moon in Aquarius
December 11—Crescent Moon: Germinating.
At the new Moon, we harnessed fire’s momentum to initiate a new approach to life. For a while now, things seemed to have been on hold. We’ve needed to backtrack. We’ve moved deeper into the shadow. The Sagittarius new Moon was a chance to reset and restart. Sagittarius is mutable fire. This sign seeks to illuminate and integrate what we believe. This sign, like all signs, has it foibles. These seem to center around needing to be completely sure of oneself—sure of our truth, sure of our goodness, sure of our entitlements. I am not picking on you, Sag. This is my rising sign. Here is what I’ve seen in the Sagittarian people I admire: they’ve worked through their own need for certainty and assurance to be brilliant examples of calling in the diversity of truth around us. They push us out of safety. We have the opportunity to be pushed out of safety today with the added impetus toward bold change that an Aquarius Moon can bring. Tend to the seed of your lunar intention. It is breaking through the shell of past limitations. What we dream and hope is possible may not come to fruition. Every seed does not thrive. But. Nothing bold ever happens if we don’t take the risk. Lessons will be learned later.

Today, Mercury in Scorpio is agitated by Uranus in Aries (through quincunx aspect) to seek the places that need to be bolder. We are questioning everything. Truth pours out of our mouths. This is not always a safe thing! Yes, we want to get something off our chests. Can we find the most skillful way to do that? This is the third time these planets have made this aspect due to Mercury’s recent retrograde. Think back over the problematic experiences you’ve had with communication since October 31. How do you want to change your communication impact? This is a chance to re-pattern thoughts and behaviors. It could be messy. Stick with it.

Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday, December 12.
Mercury re-enters Sagittarius today. All our fires just got a little bit brighter. If you’ve been feeling the gloom lately, pay attention. Ask yourself what your fire needs right now? Since Mercury is bringing this fire, you may be able to feed your fire through learning, communicating, teaching, discovery. Your truth sparkles just for you. The Moon in Aquarius is an enabler of ideas. What intrigues you? What people do you really want to connect with? What revolution do you want to foment?

Moon enters Pisces 6:40 am CST
Thursday, December 13.
The fire of this lunar cycle meets the contrasting energy of water when the Moon enters Pisces. On the surface, these elements seem to be incompatible. That is simplistic. We can be more nuanced. Let’s explore the alchemical magic of blending fire’s action with water’s empathy. Let’s mingle the will to move forward and the heart to listen and receive. Communication and beliefs may be challenged by complexity of emotions and actions as the Moon makes a square to Mercury and Jupiter (both in Sagittarius). The Moon brings in emotional support from Venus in Scorpio and Saturn in Capricorn, providing a desire to stay with it even when there is conflict or confusion.

Moon in Pisces
Friday, December 14.
Why do we feel so much? This may be a purely intellectual curiosity today or a chance to shake our fists at the heavens. Please let me know if the clouds part and give you an answer. The Moon, Neptune, and Mars are all in a soupy Pisces mix. Surrender. Feel. Our hearts may be feeling pain, but they are also beautiful. Like rain nourishing the Earth, our emotions feed a larger network of life and connection. Please reach out to others if you are feeling alone. We are all in this soup together. Let’s break that spell of isolation. Sharing resiliency, if we have any, helps us have more. Pay it forward, but don’t over-sacrifice. You are good enough.

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 read about the Sagittarius new Moon go here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/12/follow-moon-december-7-2018-new-moon.html

Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit their 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.



Find out how the story of the stars relates to your life, visit www.starsdanceastrology.com to learn more about receiving a reading from Teri Parsley Starnes
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A bold new year is approaching fast. The planets have big plans for January and there is great momentum available to achieve our goals in 2019. While the darkness of rage and despair may have dampened our resilience in 2018, this new cycle reignites our focus and hope: to face our challenges will be a great adventure. What stirs inside you now? What are you hoping to learn and what are you able to teach others? Do you dare to take healthy risks in a world of unknowns? What holds you back from making an impact? Our Willpower playfully erupts, we are ready to take action.

Astrology is a powerful tool for mindful magic. This webinar combines astrological forecasting with magical/spiritual intention to help launch our hopes and dreams for 2019. As activists and lovers of the world, we come together to envision collective and personal magic. Aurora and Teri will share the major astrological influences of 2019, with a look towards the important transits of 2020. Participants will be invited to ask questions and share insights for the coming year. All levels of astrological and magical knowledge are welcome. Beginners are encouraged!
Teri and Aurora plan to offer continuing workshops throughout 2019 to support the intention discussed in this webinar. Get a start on this magic by attending.

Launching into 2019 webinar will be recorded and available for purchase if you are not able to participate in the live Zoom meeting.

Register on Eventbrite The sliding fee is $15 to $30. Reduced or waived fee for POCI and Queer folk. 

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Moon in Sagittarius
December 7, 2018—New Moon: Seeding.

In a country built on utopian expectations, failure to hope can seem downright un-American.” Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self

Hope is a problem. Hope is part of our national myth. Hope is one way white Americans bypass responsibility. Hope is a way to place our attention on a magical future and detach from being present. Hope is escape.

Yet hope can be more. Hope is a source of energy that helps us recommit to work, justice, love. It helps us dream of new possibilities. At this new Moon seeded in the mutable fire sign, Sagittarius, I wonder if it is possible to somehow occupy the liminal space between blind hope and blinding despair. Can I find the right kind of hope to fuel my life?

A lot of hopes get pinned on Sagittarius and its ruler, Jupiter. Jupiter is supposed to bring luck. Sagittarius enthusiastically scans the horizon for meaning. It’s a fire sign! Sometimes, that is enough to generate hope. Energy equals hope, right? In the book, World as Lover, World as Self, Macy writes about the inescapable experience of loss, as we face environmental degradation and dying. The Earth is suffering. People are suffering, too. She says, rather than try to stay hopeful, we need express our despair to be fully present to the world as lover and beloved. We must break the spell of fantastical hope, which is only a deep fear of grief, to be free to hope that our lives can matter. Can we matter to the Earth? Can we change the way we are in this relationship? Macy’s experience is that when we tell the truth about our despair, a hope awakens. If we dare to feel our grief, we find more energy to continue our work in this world. This new Moon is an opportunity to re-pattern hope, to break the spell of hopefulness.

Grief is a river that flows through our souls collecting the pains and losses we’ve suffered. Each of our rivers is different. Some are at flood stage. Some are momentarily peaceful. Rivers change. Our relationship with grief changes too. It is important to let the river be what it is. Grief is doing the work it needs to do and takes as long as it takes. At this new Moon, Mars and Neptune exactly conjoin in Pisces. This transit is a directive to feel what we feel. Mars can find the missing piece, the boon, the reason we dare to act through passion. Mars asks us to trust our emotions. Neptune can bring release and connection. We get to put down the smaller concerns of our egos to merge with universal experiences of love. The way into hope is through despair. This energy is potent.


The Moon and Sun in Sagittarius are square to Mars and Neptune. Squares are challenges that bring new awarenesses and tools. The challenge is to keep sight of hope while letting hope transform into responsible action. Sagittarius is a fire sign, and we have many things to do. This new Moon carries a larger significance since Jupiter just entered Sagittarius for the next year. Jupiter also happens to co-rule Pisces (with Neptune taking the role of modern ruler). Where do we receive our truths? What is the connection between truth and hope? Real truth. Real hope. We’ve had an extended experience of death recently, with Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio last year, and through retrogrades—both Venus and Mercury have traversed the Scorpio landscape this way. Scorpio’s mission is to see with clear eyes what most of us want to avoid. Death is here. Our strategies of denial have weakened. At this new Moon, we may be able to reap a new relationship with death.

Truthtelling is connected to this magic of real hope. The day before this new Moon, Mercury stationed direct in Scorpio. In myth, Mercury/Hermes is the psychopomp escorting souls to the underworld. This god returns with encouragement to speak our unpleasant truths, to be bold in our awareness of where we stand. This is happening in the world, especially with the young. I am inspired by the story of 15-year-old Greta Thunberg who “issued a stern rebuke on behalf of the world's youth climate movement to the adult diplomats, executives, and elected leaders gathered (at the COP24 climate talks) by telling them she was not there asking for help or demanding they comply with demands but to let them know that new political realities and a renewable energy transformation are coming whether they like it or not.” 

More of this, please.

Each new Moon we plant seeds of intention. The seeds are a spell. May this spell create discernment between the hope that heals and the hope that conceals. May we break the spell of despair with truth’s willingness to speak. May we harness the fire of action to change our relationships with the Earth.

So it has been spoken….

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 their 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.

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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: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/11/follow-moon-new-moon-of-november-7-2018.html

Contact Teriat 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.



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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: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/11/follow-moon-new-moon-of-november-7-2018.html

Contact Teriat 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.


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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 mænan "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: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/11/follow-moon-new-moon-of-november-7-2018.html

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. 


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Moon enters Pisces 10:41 pm CST
November 15—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
At the new Moon, lunar seeds were planted in Scorpio’s compost-rich soil. The losses, confessions, exposures, rages, and empowerments of this last year of Jupiter in Scorpio has produced a fertile field
for our magical intentions seeded at the Scorpio new Moon on November 7. For a week, these seeds have trembled and sought their anchor in the fertile dark. Now, those seeds have gathered enough life force to emerge. What did you plant? What needs your tending now? At the first quarter phase, we fight off challenges to our tender shoots. It is important to remember that the unseen world below us has large influence over what happens in the seen world. As the Moon shows us an equally bright and dark face, we remember that the dark and light are necessary partners, dependent upon each other to generate new life. There isn’t only one way to be. Bring in your light if you are feeling it. Bring in your dark if that’s your truth. In this way, we negotiate the relationship between death and life, reality and dream. Being authentic (a desire supported by the Aquarius Moon for most of the day) is the best way to align with this moment. The irony is that we may be feeling most the depleted just as Scorpio transformation begins to generate renewed power. Just as we reach the bottom, we discover new power. Death does beget life. But it takes a while to get through the eddies of planetary shifts before we truly feel it. Be how you are, things are about to change.

Tomorrow, Venus stations direct in Libra and Mercury stations retrograde in Sagittarius. Retrograding through Scorpio, Venus has led us on a journey through the underworld to reclaim beauty and justice. This journey hasn’t been without its casualties, but we’ve claimed some victories too. Venus will re-enter Scorpio in early December. Frustrated rage may have become depression but there is reason to turn again to action. If this lunar cycle is about using power on behalf of those furthest from power, then Venus emboldens our passions to fight for justice with new wisdom. Mercury’s retrograde in the sign of know-it-all Sagittarius (love ya, Sag!), forces us to admit we don’t. And that is OK. Humor could become the safety valve, helping us stay determined and humble. As a last and worthy tribute to their’ extended stay in Aquarius, Mars makes an encouraging sextile to Uranus in Aries. Perhaps this influence gives us confidence to keep working for change. But we are also tired of the same old exhortations to keep resisting in the same old ways. Things are in flux. Later in the day Mars enters Pisces. Due to retrograde motion during the summer, Mars has outstayed their welcome in this analytical, opinionated sign. Of course, Aquarius isn’t just these things, but when the planet of war spends too much time in a sign, we begin to see its belligerent side. We need another energy. Mars in Pisces will bring relief. It is time to soften a bit. Perhaps we don’t have to hold up that extra shield anymore. Perhaps having a big, sloppy heart is not shameful but valiant and necessary. The Moon in Pisces (tonight through Sunday morning) will help us slip into big heartedness and big feelings.

Moon in Pisces
Friday, November 16.
Venus and Mercury are doing the do-si-do today. Each are pausing to change the direction of their dance step. Venus in Libra will move forward. Mercury in Sagittarius will move back. Venus stationed retrograde in Scorpio on October 5, the day before Kavanaugh was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Venus took this journey through rage and grief. Venus’ reason and the gifts we’ve received are revealed as this planet turns around to move back through the same degrees of the zodiac. Venus will reach the retrograde degree on December 16. Until that time, each step back from the underworld is a victory. Each step back is a gathering of power.

The planet we love to blame is daring us to take responsibility for our own assumptions. Mercury stations retrograde in the sign of meaning, truth, and belief. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, has just entered that sign. We notice our tendency to inflate everything—the disgust around others’ beliefs, the sense that our truth is best, the fear of being trapped in meaningless boredom. Perhaps Mercury is helping us purge unhelpful attitudes. This is a great time to notice our sense of entitlement. Why do we think we deserve efficiency or even dependability? Who said life was fair and why does fair mean that it goes your way? I am not immune to preferencing my point of view. What will a sudden revealing of my assumptions teach me? As always, it pays to acknowledge Mercury’s power. If we agree to meet Mercury halfway, this trickster planet might just decide to go easy on us.

The Moon is in Pisces. The strategy is to go with the flow and to tend to our hearts.

Moon in Pisces
Saturday, November 17.
If you have planets or personal points around 13 degrees of a mutable sign (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius) you are feeling the tides strongly right about now. Mercury just stationed retrograde at this degree, Neptune is stationing at this degree, and the Moon conjoins Neptune at this degree today. Even if we don’t have a personal point transited by this energy, it is still influencing all of us. The first thing to know is that we are not in control. These influences are designed to help us surrender. As we let encrusted layers of defense and certainty slip away, what do we find in our hearts? It may be a great deal of grief. Let the tears flow. Make offerings to the hopes that failed you. We are not wrong to have dared for such beauty. Know that we are knitting back the raw wounded edges of loss.

Moon enters Aries 9:56 am CST
Sunday, November 18.
When water and fire mix, we either get a pile of soggy ash or the miracle of alchemy. These two elements are not supposed to go together, but we pull it off when we can dance between the waters of emotion and the fires of inspiration. The Moon enters the cardinal fire sign, Aries, while the Sun, Mars, Neptune, and Chiron tenant water signs. We’ve just had a couple of days of the Moon reflecting back to us our sensitive and tender emotions. Now that the Moon is in fire, we take those feelings into creative action. Early in the day, the Moon trines Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is a good day to discover, to do something you’ve never done before, to be guided by luck and serendipity. Towards the end of the day, when the Moon squares Saturn in Capricorn, we might feel momentary self-judgments around those daring acts. Practice acceptance anyway.

Moon in Aries
November 19—Gibbous Moon: Budding.

The Aries Moon encourages boldness. But it isn’t the only astrological influence that could push us into the next phase of our journeys. We are in the mood to take risks. Sometimes, we need to give into such impulses. Let us feel large feelings. Let us dare to connect through our sorrows and joys. Let us remember we are more than our wounds. We are beauty resurfacing. At this phase of the Moon, we feel as though we are on the cusp of something big. The budding energy of our lunar intentions are ready to burst. The square between Mars in Pisces and Jupiter in Sagittarius adds to this expansiveness. The nature of these planets and these signs tells us that we may as well lean in to the large feelings that would otherwise topple us. There is something our bodies are remembering: how to enlarge our capacity, how to be engulfed, and how to regain equilibrium. This moment could be a turning point.

This lunar cycle is a myth in the making. Venus is the hero/heroine/traveler going so far from us we think they may never return. Venus is the sweetness in life: relationship, beauty, equity, and balance. Their retrograde journey—through Scorpio back into Libra, and then returning through Libra and Scorpio, once more—feels like an archetypal reclamation of power. We’ve been through a lot. Our battle scars become messages written on our skin. We’ve discovered more than we think we have. Perhaps this is one lesson: We are powerful when we live in service to beauty and justice. What are you realizing about power? What is the meaning behind your underworld journey?

Moon enters Taurus 5:43 pm CST
Tuesday, November 20.
One of the dangers of being made aware of the world’s suffering is that we will become numb to it all. Numbness is our bodies telling us we are overwhelmed. It is time to take a break. We may be feeling numb or we could be feeling a lot as the Sun in Scorpio makes a trine aspect to Chiron in Pisces. Even on the edge of overwhelm, a healing balm is offered. Look for your medicine. It isn’t just our hearts that are moved today. Our nervous systems are being agitated by the Moon in Aries connecting to the opposition between Venus in Libra and Uranus in Aries. The Venus/Uranus aspect isn’t exact until November 30, but the Moon gives us a foretaste. If Venus has been dormant during their recent retrograde journey, then this contact is a reawakening. Injustices, especially around gender, are provoking response. This aspect also asks us to wake up in our personal relationships. Seek balance between personal agency and mutual dependencies.

Moon in Taurus
Wednesday, November 21.
The Moon in Taurus brings perspective to the end of the Scorpio season. The Sun will enter Sagittarius tomorrow on the full Moon. We honor the grounding lessons of earth as the season of death comes to conclusion, although importantly, Venus still has their return journey through Scorpio to perform (Venus in Scorpio from December 2 to January 8). More agitation from Uranus in Aries (as the Sun forms a quincunx aspect to Uranus) emphasizes the need for connection to earth. Around us, we see extreme imbalance through climate change. It is hard to believe that the cycle of life, death, and rebirth can be relied upon. Notice evidence today that death begets life. This doesn’t excuse us from our work to reclaim a more sane balance, but it can be reassuring. The Moon connects to Saturn to reinforce commitment. The Moon connects to Neptune to inspire us to serve.


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 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.



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Moon enters Sagittarius 12:59 pm CST
Thursday, November 8
We are feeling expansive, maybe even a little giddy today. Jupiter leaves dark Scorpio behind for bright Sagittarian horizons. It’s OK, we deserve this elevation in mood and it may be unavoidable since the Moon seals the deal by entering Sagittarius just a few hours later. Those with points or planets in Sagittarius are especially going to feel this influence. Pay attention to where your thoughts want to roam. The new Moon energy is still strong. What do you want to begin? How do you want to expand?  Remember, the connection to the darker territories you’ve just traveled. We are meant to use that experience to inform our hopes and plans for the future. Are we meant to remember that the future is not about personal gain, but about those furthest from power? Can our newly-born optimism be fueled by this ideal?

Moon in Sagittarius.
Friday, November 9.
Today, we remember that liberatory justice is sexy. There’s a reason we desire beauty and justice. These qualities enhance our experiences of embodied life force. Beauty reminds us to savor. Justice reminds us relationships matter. Venus in Libra, retrograding into a powerful reclaiming of beauty and justice, makes a trine to Mars in Aquarius. The air signs are magnetically attracted to each other. Aquarius represents the drive to liberate our dreams. Imaginations are firing. We know the work of justice is far from over, but we are reminded that the work can bring joy too.

Moon enters Capricorn 9:54 pm CST
Saturday, November 10.
Certainly, Jupiter’s year in Sagittarius will not be all peaches and cream. The boost in mood over the last couple of days has been a needed reprieve from the sinking doom of recent weeks. But by now, we may be getting inklings of what the work of Jupiter in Sagittarius will be. The judicial system, religious institutions, foreign countries, and institutions of higher learning belong to Sagittarius. Jupiter in Sagittarius feels lucky. Luck can turn into entitlement. Entitlement can turn into fundamentalism, where we seek to justify privilege through belief systems. Today’s favorable aspects between the Moon in Sagittarius, Venus in Libra, and Mars in Aquarius invokes joy. The difference between entitlement and joy may be a spontaneous and generous gratitude that springs from our hearts. Let’s notice and cultivate this joy.

Moon in Capricorn
November 11–Crescent Moon: Germinating. In order for a seed to break open and begin to anchor its tender life, there must be something to push against. There must be some resistance. That is the role of the Moon, Pluto, and Saturn today. All these bodies are in Capricorn, the sign of structures and judgments, the sign that has no problem providing resistance to hopeful beginnings. Capricorns will say this isn’t because they are mean, but because they want your success. Resistance creates structures. So, if this lunar cycle is about Scorpio’s relationship to power, especially the power that serves those furthest from power, then the resistance we feel from Capricorn influence is meant to empower us. At this time, we get down to business. What is a real step you need to take to support the magic you are invoking this lunar cycle. The more resistance you feel, the better. We get a lot of support today too. The Sun in Scorpio, seeking empowerment, is supported by Pluto. Keys to power are at hand. Notice how you may want to push them away. Another type of resistance. We’ve seen power done so badly, that many of us would rather do anything else than claim and use our power. Systems of power over are happy to take our power from us. It is time we stopped letting them. Another type of resistance. What do your roots need to keep you in this process of empowerment? Cultivate that resistance.

Moon in Capricorn
Monday, November 12.
Yesterday’s forecast applies to today. Capricorn challenges our right to power. Capricorn will challenge our right to anything, because Capricorn wants us to earn everything. When we’ve worked hard and stayed focused and honed our skills through challenge, Capricorn says, Well done and offers a slew of support. Solid foundations are built this way. When we dedicate our work to others, determination gets even stronger. Find the people who are able to see your determination and tell you, Well done. These words are invaluable.

Moon enters Aquarius 9:45 am CST
Tuesday, November 13.
Uranus recently retrograded back into Aries. (In May Uranus entered Taurus, stationed retrograde on August 7, and will now be in Aries till March 6 when it reenters Taurus) We get a few months to review how Uranus helped us to evolve our radicalization under the sign of identity and action. Aries is impulsive and reactive, but also willing to leap into the fray. Aries seeks to know themselves and assert their right to exist. What can the planet of radical change and awakening learn from Aries? How will be bring those lessons back into the period of time Uranus will transit Taurus (until 2026)? We are investigating our strategies today. What has been working? What hasn’t? With the ingress of Jupiter into Sagittarius, we need new goals and new methods.

Moon in Aquarius
Wednesday, November 14.
The Moon in fixed air sign, Aquarius, creates a good environment for sharing ideas. Mercury in Sagittarius helps, too. The bigger the vision, the better. So much air influence could leave some of us feeling cold. The influence is only temporary. Perhaps detachment from emotion can help us reset our nervous systems.

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: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/11/follow-moon-new-moon-of-november-7-2018.html

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.



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Moon in Scorpio
November 7–New Moon: Seeding. Astronomical Samhain.
I am writing this on the new Moon, on the morning after the U.S. midterm elections. These elections were a big deal for those of us daring to hope that beauty and justice could still survive in the stark world of a Trump presidency. In advance of today, I had a hard time looking forward into the future, something astrologers are supposed to be good at, and forming an intention for a new Moon shrouded by darkness and fear. I had to wait till the morning after. Not that I understand everything that happened in this election, but I do know amazing new voices have come into power—the most hopeful are women of color elected to office. How do we support the tides of change we are witnessing? This new Moon wants to be about that.

Just like last month, I want to frame this moment within the ongoing mythological journey of Venus retrograding through Scorpio back into Libra, where we find Hir at this new Moon. On October 5, Venus stationed retrograde in Scorpio. On November 16, Venus will station direct in Libra, making their way back through Scorpio with the power attained from the journey into the dark. Venus, as ruler of Libra, is the sovereign of beauty and justice. Through this Scorpio journey, Venus is reclaiming those qualities. Venus had to take the journey. We were left at the gate to the underworld, waiting for our beloved to return. This is the role Ninshubar has in the Sumerian story of Inanna’s descent. (see October’s new Moon forecast) Ninshubar is the loyal companion who doesn’t know if their beloved will ever return. Ninshubar is the loyal companion who grieves and then acts. Those of us who campaigned, voted, and dared to dream are the Ninshubars, the ones calling beauty and justice back.

It is about power. Scorpio is always about power. This new Moon, which also happens to be astronomical Samhain, is the time that the veils between the worlds is most open. This is the time to make our pledges and pleas to our ancestors on behalf of our descendants. The power available at this moment is a gift and an obligation to using it well on behalf of those who need it most. Yesterday, an election spell crafted by writer and activist, Adrienne Maree Brown included these words:

today we show up for those furthest from power
those carrying the most of our burden
those we’ve already lost to hate in this pale time
Adrienne Maree Brown – Spell for election day

Maybe this is how we think of power now, as the power to show up for those furthest from power, to ensure they are empowered, not forgotten, no longer abandoned. Perhaps this is the role that loyal Ninshubar is helping us claim. We wait, we grieve, we act, we fight on behalf of those furthest from power so that power may be rebalanced.

The Scorpio journey of power reclaimed really began a year ago when Jupiter went into that sign. At this new Moon, Jupiter has reached the final degree of Jupiter. Tomorrow, November 7, Jupiter enters Sagittarius for a year. Jupiter rules this expansive, searching fire sign. The darkest journeys of the past year are seeking resolution in Sagittarian stories of meaning, truth, belief. We humans struggle with these things. Meaning can be narrow-minded, truth can be dogmatic, and belief can be oppressive. But after an underworld journey, we get another chance to choose the liberating stories of meaning, truth, and belief. This possibility is woven into this lunar cycle and the next, when the new Moon will be in Sagittarius.

It will feel like we are emerging and returning as the lunar cycle goes on. Planets change directions and signs. Puzzles we’ve been brooding over for a while change. A notable change will be when Mars finally leaves Aquarius for Pisces on November 15. Mars entered Aquarius in May and then took an extended retrograde journey during the summer. Perhaps you remember the frustrations of so many retrograde planets at that time. Mars in Aquarius has jolted Uranus in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio into action and reactions. We’ve been on alert (Mars function) for so long, it may be a relief to experience Mars in Pisces where the action is to go with the flow. Mars will stay in Pisces until January 2, 2019. During this period, we are supported in releasing and reconnecting through our hearts. Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, transiting through Pisces, will station direct on November 24. A short while later, on December 7, Mars will conjoin Neptune at the stationary degree of 13 Pisces. We are urged to tend our worn out nervous systems through retreat, restoration, and release. The gift of this influence is compassion for self and others.

Just as Venus in Libra turns direct, Mercury in Sagittarius stations retrograde on November 16. The message and meaning from recent experiences of shadow and death are scrambled by the trickster. It is best we keep humble about what we think we know. It is likely we’ll be shown that we don’t know enough.

We’ve changed direction, but we are not home yet. The best way to return may be to fully understand and honor the experiences of this past year under Scorpio influence. This lunar cycle seeded under Scorpio’s intense scrutiny gives us an opportunity to be forever changed by the transformative realities of our underworld journeys. We’ve been sold a pack of lies. There’s no going back after we’ve seen corrupt power behind the scenes. The only way out is to reclaim the power that renews, the power that serves those furthest from it.  

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