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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About these forecasts: Through following the Moon, the planets, and the wisdom of the seasons and signs, my goal is to offer a useful practice of mindfulness and intention for the thoughtful seeker. To learn more about the New Moon in Cancer: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/07/follow-moon-new-moon-in-cancer-july-12.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.


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 in Cancer
July 12—New Moon: Seeding

All I can think about when I look at the chart for the New Moon of July 12 is the eye of Mordor staring us down. I feel bad to lead with such a bleak picture for our Cancer New Moon magic and intentions. I feel bad, but I also feel an obligation to tell it like it is. Honesty creates its own power. There is power in this lunar cycle. There are challenges, but we will get to the gifts, I have a lot of faith in us. So, why the eye of Mordor? This New Moon is a partial solar eclipse, which can feel ominous, and is exactly opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Like exact. Pluto has a Mordor-like vibe, anyway. And they (gender-neutral pronouns for planets) are staring us down from the top of that Capricorn mountain. Pluto reminds us that we’ve got some stuff to purge. We’ve been purging for a while. In one sense, we could say that ever since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, the toxic underbelly of power systems has been steadily and repeatedly exposed. In the U.S., when a new level of horror shows up, a common critique from people of color is that they knew this all along. Only now, it seems, are more privileged folks waking up. We can thank Pluto in Capricorn for this relentless awakening, but Jupiter in Scorpio—an influence introduced in October of 2017 and lasting till November 2018—has been speeding up the exposing and purging process.(Think #metoo.) Another significant influence is the ingress of Uranus into Taurus in May. This is the revolutionizing of Earth awareness, monetary systems, and core values. To ignite this new arena of change, a retrograding Mars in Aquarius makes three squares to Uranus. (The dates of this square are May 16, August 1, and September 18.) Mars aggravates Uranus. The volcano in Hawaii erupted during the first square in May. We can expect more Earth messages in August and September, too. Saturn is playing a role in this drama. Capricorn issues, like governing, economic, and structural power, ratcheted up a notch when Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) entered that sign in December 2017. We are making way for a meeting of Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn in 2020, a significant presidential election year in the U.S. The conjoining of these planets in this sign represents a struggle between those who are invested in the status quo and those who mean to transform the status quo. Think Mordor. Think Frodo.  


An eclipse represents a system reboot. The light goes out and comes back. Even if this is only a partial eclipse, there is a feeling of uncertainty mixed with possibility associated with this New Moon. Who know what could happen? What do we want to happen? This is an eclipse season. The Full Moon in Aquarius on July 27 will be a lunar eclipse and the next New Moon in Leo on August 11 will be another solar eclipse. Things are shaking up and shaking out over the next two months. The emphasis is on Cancer/Capricorn and Leo/Aquarius polarities. Cancer/Capricorn themes are about nurturance, leadership, home, structure, roots, and aspirations. Leo/Aquarius themes are about nobility, vision, creativity, dreams, the individual, and the collective. The shadows of an eclipse can reveal a lot. We will learn to see these things in new ways.

Two grand trines anchor the beginning of this lunar cycle, imprinting these seeds with water and earth. Grand trines are stable aspect patterns. Venus in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn, and Uranus in Taurus link arms to anchor us. For whatever challenges these planets represent, they also bear gifts: a revitalization of earth awareness, functional relationships, and commitment to excellence. The grand water trine, which was very influential during the last lunar cycle begins to wane as this cycle progresses. But because the seeds of this lunar cycle are in Cancer, cardinal water, the gifts of the Sun and Moon conjoined in the sign of the nurturer sets a tone of emotional awareness. Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces complete this trine pattern. All the ways of water—as the medium of gestation, the power of catharsis, and the dissolver of division—contribute to this cycle.

Through this complexity and intensity, I wonder what lunar intention best serves. A word I’ve been invoking a lot lately is resiliency. In Cancer, we touch down into our roots, the source, the ancestral line that makes our lives possible. Connection to the root creates resiliency. Cancer is also about the home. At its root, home is the place of sustenance and protection. It is the place we can feel the most vulnerable and the safest. It is a place of rest and recognition of our true selves. It is the place where we gestate the future. I am resilient when I tap into this root and make sure this root is fed. I am resilient when the home of my self is solid. I am resilient when I recognize the interconnections that make this home possible: our ancestors, our descendants, our neighbors, and the land that shelters, feeds, and comforts us. Home is the intimacy of interdependency. I challenge myself to feed this resilient root of interdependency during this challenging time. Through small and large gestures, rituals, and remembrances, during this cycle, I will honor home. May we all find resiliency through the difficult influences of the moment. May gifts flow in and out.


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.


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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What did I expect from a dandelion-inspired lunar intention, anyway? This is one of those lunar cycles where my intention has been buffeted by the whims of the wind and won’t keep its shape. Each phase of the Moon has brought a new question, a new way to frame what I thought this cycle was about. I chose a dandelion as my symbolic inspiration because the New Moon (June 13) happened in Gemini. Gemini is the season of pollination and seed-spreading. This mutable air sign, at first, seem to offer me an invitation to cultivate peace of mind. Then that shifted to an open mind, which has now, in the final week of the cycle, morphed into noticing all the elemental influences on my perception of reality. The original impulse was to track how my thoughts create reality, so ending with elemental perception of reality doesn’t seem that far afield, really. Perception—whether it originates in mind, emotion, energy, or physical reality—orchestrates everything. I’m not just a dandelion seed blown about by the wind. All the elements move me. And moving, I perceive in new ways.

Perceiving in new ways is the gift of the last week of this lunar cycle. It is important to me to challenge perceptions, starting with my own and expanding into our common paradigms. Perception can be narrow. It can be oppressed. It can be feared. As I’ve watched my own perceptions shift and change over this lunar cycle, I recognize that each element has a power to free my perceptions of reality. Each element has a challenge for my preconceptions.

Air – the natural element of consciousness, reveals how mutable consciousness is. Through air we get new perspectives, we can change our points of view. The power is choice. Air asks: Will you dare to let your seeds fly on the wind, to be guided by joy, desire, and wildness?

Water – the element of empathy. Perception is changed when our hearts are touched. Hearts can be softened through sharing emotional experience. The power is vulnerability. Water asks: Will you dare to cultivate a softer heart that can open to new perspectives?

Fire – the element of life-force energy. Through fire, we perceive what gives and takes away life. If we follow fire, which means if we follow the energy, we are led to responsive relationship. The power is joy. Fire asks: Will you dare to create responsive relationships that empower new perspectives?

Earth – the element of physical reality. Earth pushes back into the seemingly infinite possibilities of perception. What is real? What is working? How long can this go on? How do I need to adapt? The power is impact. Earth asks: Will you dare to plant yourself where the push back of earth encourages new ways to perceive?

The dandelion is still a symbol for my wild and tenacious spirit. In spite of oppressions, in spite of desires to control our perceptions, the spirit of challenge and change still arises. The elements are magical allies. I’ve been guided for a long time by a definition of magic that says magic is the art of changing consciousness at will. Magic is other things, too, but consciousness is a seat of influence, a place of power for sure. The power of consciousness can change the world. It isn’t the only thing, but perception is a powerful tool used to imagine a new world into being and to become a being that resonates more harmoniously with the world.

Moon in Aries
July 6—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding.
A grand water trine of the Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces provides an underlying influence of empathy, vulnerability, and rage. This is a potent brew of emotion in place for several days. A stationary Jupiter provides the power to call out abusers. Neptune melts our hearts. The Sun illuminates the ways we need healing and the ways we are healers. The last week of a lunar cycle is usually a time to reflect and wind down. Contrast that with the influence of the Aries Moon and stationary Mars in Aquarius, which add agitation and impatience. The Moon in Aries is pushing us—pushing us into a soup of feelings. Those feelings are pushing back, too. We want to do something, anything, with all the emotions we’ve been swamped with lately. Aries gets us to take action, sometimes without a lot of forethought. Action now may not be that successful, but perhaps it doesn’t matter. Perhaps it is the moving itself that we need to access. Take one step. Follow with another. Don’t stop to critique too much. Don’t expect perfection. Reclaim something that has been lost. Start anew. Hold on to this hope: Seeds are being created now for a future that will need them.

Moon enters Taurus 7:51 am CDT
Saturday, July 7.
Jupiter in Scorpio stirs the pot in two separate aspect patterns. One pattern—a grand water trine of the Sun in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter—has been softening and blurring boundaries. Hearts could be feeling water logged since this influence has been going on for a while. Water wisdom says let go of control. Water will find the level it needs to be at and the form it needs to take for emotional wellbeing. The other pattern, which is not exact but influential, is a t-square with Jupiter at the apex. The opposition of Mars in Aquarius and Mercury in Leo are squared to Jupiter. This is a pressure-filled pattern. Opinions are hot and we feel thwarted in our ability to act. Emotions may be fraught with a need to purge, control, expose, or hide. Yes, these are contradictory impulses, something Scorpio is good at. Find a way to release pressure safely, but at the same time, don’t ignore what your emotions are telling you. This can be a very clarifying day if we listen to ourselves.

Moon in Taurus
Sunday, July 8.
The Moon in Taurus sets off tense aspects (not exact) between Mercury in Leo, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Mars in Aquarius. These fixed signs are trying to get our attention. Elemental forces are strong. Perhaps if we tune in, we are able to shift perceptions. You might be feeling stuck, what new point of view helps you get unstuck? Pay attention to emotion-based messages. The grand water trine that has flowed through the week culminates today with an exact trine between the Sun in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter in Scorpio completes the pattern. We are learning to surf through complexity right now. Notice where your touchstones are. Where do you source your wisdom? What guides you? Find a way to name and honor these anchors.  

Moon enters Gemini 11:58 am CDT
July 9—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
Water’s power to shift our perceptions comes through our capacity to empathize. Water’s influence has been strong this week as the Sun in Cancer has contacted stationary Neptune in Pisces and stationary Jupiter in Scorpio. Both Neptune and Jupiter are in the process of changing direction, making their influence even stronger. Water is working on our capacity to feel more complex emotion. It seems that for some, empathizing with others is natural. Of course, we would want to return stolen children to their families. Of course, we feel how horrible this situation is for those children and families. It is perplexing to think how not everyone would feel this way. But we know that empathy can be manipulated. We empathize less or not at all when another has been dehumanized by those representing oppressive systems. When empathy is lost, we lose a part of ourselves. We lose the ability to shift our perspective to see from another’s experience. An important resource for problem solving and connection is lost. An important way to remain open-hearted is lost. As we compost this lunar cycle, it may feel like we are losing a lot. We are influenced by the Gemini Moon to talk about our fears and frustrations. The square between Mercury in Leo and Jupiter in Scorpio emphasizes the need to talk about how all this is impacting us personally. Things feel big. Conversations are passionate. One tempering influence is the ingress of Venus into Virgo. We appreciate functional relationships right now.

Moon in Gemini
Tuesday, July 10.
Jupiter in Scorpio finally stations direct today after turning retrograde way back in March. A lot of us are going to feel emotional burdens lifting. It has been an intense few months as Jupiter has retraced their (gender-neutral pronouns for planets) path through Scorpio’s dark places. Jupiter will begin to move forward more quickly. They will leave the retrograde zone in early October. Jupiter leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on November 8, unfortunately two days after the U.S. elections. Perhaps this means we will have something to celebrate at that time. But before that, the final act of Jupiter’s purge begins. Use this time to remove the things from your life that do not serve you. Free up emotional space. Transform. The Moon has returned to Gemini, the sign that began this lunar cycle. We see the mutability of mind and perception through this influence. The Moon will square Neptune in the mutable water sign, Pisces as well. Emotion and thought are mighty crafters of perception. In a sense, this has been the major influence of this lunar cycle—air and water. Mind and emotion are infinitely changeable, both convince us we know reality. Thinking back over the things you have thought and the things you have felt during this lunar cycle (began on June 13), what have learned? What really matters?

Moon enters Cancer 12:58 pm CDT
Wednesday, July 11.
Tomorrow, a new lunar cycle begins with a solar eclipse in the sign of Cancer. With the Moon in Cancer today, we open to the vibe of this next lunation. Cardinal signs, like Cancer, take action. There is a response to the situation. Cancer’s genius and motivation to act derives from water—the ability to make the necessary emotional response. What action based on emotional understanding needs to be made? Today, Venus in Virgo makes a trine to Uranus in Taurus. This influence aligns with the Cancer Moon to create a strong desire to clean up our messes, and in a big way. This might be a good way to think about the changes you know need to happen. What mess needs your loving attention? How will you create more connection (Cancer) and more constructive support (Virgo) to make way for a new lunar cycle, a brand new start?


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 beginning of this lunar cycle visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.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.


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 in Capricorn
Thursday, June 28.
The Moon in grounded, solid Capricorn inhabits the sweet spot between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces for a little while today. Perhaps this helps with processing all the big emotions we’ve been feeling lately. Today is a new day. Without judgment, can you find a way to recommit to the vital work you were put here to do? We need you. Mercury enters Leo helping us to focus on what our particular gifts are. Having a bit of fun with this energy is not a betrayal. Do you.

Moon enters Aquarius 11:37 pm CDT
Friday, June 29. 
Pluto tells us what we need to purge, transform, and regenerate. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 directing us to purge, transform, and regenerate foundational systems, our understanding of heritage, our obligations, and our measures of success. That’s a lot of change. Today the Moon in Capricorn contacts Pluto, as it does every month. We have the opportunity to notice the changes we have made and envision the ones still to come. Where Pluto treads, great power is released. I have been drawing upon the strength and power of my ancestors of blood and spirit, those who support this kind of transformation. Where does your power come from?

Moon in Aquarius
Saturday, June 30.
I think we are well past the era of questioning authority, don’t you agree? Questioning authority seems too tame for the current state of affairs. It’s time to be more subversive. With the Moon in radical Aquarius (conjoining Mars) and Mercury in Leo making a square to Uranus in Taurus, it is time to invent new subversions. These are activist, trickster energies. Mercury in Leo inspires creative and fun ways to subvert oppressors. The challenge of this transit may be a disassociation between individual experience and collective experience. Avoid ego traps while trying to change the world. Invite in. Collaborate. Innovate. The puzzling quincunx aspect between the Sun in Cancer and Mars in Aquarius asks us to pause and feel, and to not be put off by those feelings. If that means you start your revolution tomorrow, then so be it. We want a world of open hearts.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, July 1.
Planetary influence is a rich stew, at best. At any given time, several storylines are being played out. Some rise to the surface and swirl with another and then sink back down for another influence to pop to the surface. There you have it, Teri’s stew theory of cosmological influence. One storyline has been the #metoo movement. People have shown incredible courage in exposing abusers and telling their stories. We are reminded today that this work continues. Another storyline is about radical action and confronting power. These stories are converging today through a square between the Moon in Aquarius and Jupiter in Scorpio mixed with a quincunx between Venus in Leo and Pluto in Capricorn. Venus in Leo isn’t about being nice. We probably aren’t in the mood to be nice, but we can be different, brilliant, and dynamic in the ways we expose and confront.

Moon enters Pisces 12:31 pm CDT
July 2—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting.
This lunar cycle was seeded with a Gemini New Moon and culminated in a Capricorn Full Moon. That’s a range of experience spanning from the smallest dandelion seed drifting upon the breeze to an enormous mountain that must be climbed. We’ve been stretched. And still feel that way. What have you learned since the New Moon of June 13? 

I began my lunar cycle with the intention to seek peace of mind. At the First Quarter phase that intention shifted to cultivating an open mind. I began this lunar cycle with the idea that our minds create our realities. Now, I am much more aware how influential my emotions are. At this phase, I feel successful when I can accept whatever mental/emotional state is present. Sometimes these states need a response, like when I am anxious, so I don’t get stuck. Sometimes, I can simply pause long enough to ask these mental/emotional states what they need from me and know they will be moving on soon. Mind/emotion is like that. The Capricorn mountain is another thing. I’ve learned it might feel like mind/emotion creates reality, but reality is really reality. That mountain represents reality. The reality of finite resources, energy, time. The reality of oppressions. The reality of the things and people I cherish. The reality of the work that must be done to bring us into better relationships. 

Reality is worth spending some time with. I say that well aware that the Moon is in Pisces and emotion will color everything that I think is reality today. We are flowing from one reality to another. The Piscean quest is to find all realities are one. A quincunx aspect between Mercury in Leo and Saturn in Capricorn tests our responses to reality too. We are working hard at self-expression. What reality is getting in your way? This teacher asks you to hone your gifts so they can shine.

Moon in Pisces
Tuesday, July 3.
Empathy is not a weakness. Lately, it feels like empathy is teaching us strength. The world can be cruel but we don’t have to be. Brene´ Brown says, “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.”  Empathy heals. With the Moon in Pisces making a grand water trine with the Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces, we can feel deeply the healing power of empathy. Perhaps we receive healing. Perhaps we pass it along. Allow the feelings—the grief, the joy, the love, even the anger that stems from injustice—to flow. Stand in someone else’s shoes. Receive.

Moon enters Aries 11:49 pm CDT
Wednesday, July 4.
Chiron in the independent sign of Aries stations retrograde on U.S. Independence Day. Chiron makes us sensitive to our wounds, to the places that never completely heal. Perhaps we feel the national wound of isolation today. Perhaps we are reminded that we need to belong, to be in relation and obligation to others. The Moon is in Pisces for most of the day in U.S. time zones. This may not be the best influence for parties. The introverts tend to get more introverted, and watch out for those who are over-intoxicated. 

Moon in Aries
Thursday, July 5.
Water is not always passive or peaceful. Perhaps we notice that today. The Sun in water sign, Cancer, makes an exact trine to Jupiter in Scorpio (another water sign). This sets off a wider-orb trine to Neptune in Pisces from both. Sometimes water flows right into action and that may be what the Sun most wants to do today. The impetus is to protect the vulnerable and expose those who are doing harm. The Aries Moon readies us for action too. Mercury in Leo opposes Mars in Aquarius. We can’t keep quiet about anything and probably have little to no patience for ideologies we don’t agree with. Avoid getting into needless battles. Instead, use your passion to create. This will yield much better results in the long run.  


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 beginning of this lunar cycle visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.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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“There is an illusion about America, a myth about America to which we are clinging which has nothing to do with the lives we lead and I don't believe that anybody in this country who has really thought about it or really almost anybody who has been brought up against it—and almost all of us have one way or another—this collision between one's image of oneself and what one actually is is always very painful and there are two things you can do about it, you can meet the collision head-on and try and become what you really are or you can retreat and try to remain what you thought you were, which is a fantasy, in which you will certainly perish.”
James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

Moon enters Aquarius 11:37 pm CDT
June 27/28—Full Moon: Illuminating.
Full Moons are about illumination. During this phase, the opportunity arises to perceive with new light, a soul light, our deeper truths. What is revealed is not always easy. We are not always ready. Our souls are not always ripe. But each lunar cycle provides this unique moment to see where we are this time. Revelations can be about ourselves as individuals and can be about ourselves collectively. Readiness and ripeness become even more complex as we think about what we need to see collectively and what role each of us may play in midwifing our collective revelations.

This moment in U.S. history demands illumination. We desperately need clarity and a dismantling of American myth. We need a new and truer moral compass. We need to know our history and choose our future. And we need to be ready to act upon what we are being shown. The Full Moon in Capricorn is an opportunity to tap into the Cardinal Earth capacity to know our past, to act with integrity, and to work hard to manifest a better future. Realistic Capricorn is a sign prepared to see one’s image head-on. That doesn’t mean it isn’t painful, as Baldwin suggested. It is, but Capricorn is also a sign that will do what is necessary to move forward and thrive. I most want Capricorn, of all the signs, to be on my side when I need to make hard choices. Baldwin suggested, and I believe he was right, that if we try to maintain our American myths, we will perish. This isn’t an easy Full Moon, but it can be a powerful moment of illumination.

Family and security are key concepts for this Full Moon. Capricorn is one of the parental signs. Cancer—where the Sun is right now—is the other. Both want the family to thrive. They each have a different strategy. Cancer makes the nest and supports through unconditional love. Capricorn sets the goals and supports through accountability. Nurturer and challenger meet at this Full Moon to bring illumination. We are wide open as we empathize with the stolen immigrant children who need to be comforted but are not allowed to be. Empathy means we feel what they feel, and these feelings are reminding some of us about the ways we haven’t been nurtured. Many of us are feeling raw. The activation from the Capricorn side involves anger and determination, which are strong right now. Capricorn fury, heightened by a stationary Mars in Aquarius, and steadfast Capricorn integrity will climb mountains as well as move them to stand by the value of family. Saturn in Capricorn conjoins the Moon adding incredible determination to act on behalf of the vulnerable. Capricorn anchors traditional values but currently we are transforming toxic traditions. Since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008, we’ve been challenged to compost dead values and reinvigorate living values that encourage our thriving on the Earth. This moment in U.S. history is not calling us to return to nuclear family structures that keep us from relating and connecting to each other. This dramatic moment in U.S. history and this ordinary Full Moon in Capricorn represent another chance to collapse American myths around family and protection.


Emotionally, we are stressed at this Full Moon. The Moon conjoining Saturn brings heaviness and possible depression. Very real trauma is being triggered. A square to Chiron in Aries from the Sun and the Moon activates helplessness and a strong desire to be of help anyway. Jupiter in Scorpio is on the verge of stationing direct (July 10), increasing the frustration of wanting to move on but not being able to yet. Venus in Leo is square to Jupiter. This Venus is ready to act dramatically to avenge abuses that are coming to light. More frustration is possible as Mars moves retrograde in Aquarius until the end of August. A contradictory aspect between Venus and Neptune in Pisces tempts some to want to revive American myths of heroic actions saving the day. It is painful to meet our myths head-on. We aren’t blameless or powerless. Fortunately, Capricorn doesn’t have a lot of time for remorse. There is work to do.

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 beginning of this lunar cycle visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.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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I treasure the practice of following intention through a lunar cycle. I don’t always achieve the goal of the intention, but I do learn a bit more about myself each time. One of my teachers, Cynthea Jones, described ritual as “a multi-sensorial prayer that lays down new patterns in the soul.” Magical intention works the same way for me. Regardless of whether I completely manifest my desire I know I am laying down new patterns in my soul every time I follow my intention from new to balsamic phase. I knew this month when I chose an intention of peace of mind that at times I’d fall far from the mark. Peace of mind is elusive at best. I’m trying to believe it isn’t impossible. The peace of mind I am interested in is not absent from the struggles in and around me. I don’t want peace in my mind so I can feel safe or complacent. I chose the words peace of mind as a way to describe an open, engaged, questioning, and facile consciousness that is freer from mental entrapments like projection, obsession, and entrancement. I know my mind will do these things, I’d just like to spend less time in those mental spaces. So, “peace” of mind might not be the right way to frame my intention. Perhaps openness of mind is better.

Dandelion seeds are my inspiration for this intention, which itself was seeded by the pollinator air sign Gemini. This is the season to let thoughts fly where they will, like seeds sent on the breeze. This reminds me of non-attachment. I don’t need to grasp or hold my thoughts. They come and go. They are part of the wild nature of thinking where sometimes my thoughts land on brilliant possibilities that can seed the future and sometimes they don’t. How do I extricate my thoughts from these dead places? First of all, I suppose I need to recognize when I’ve landed in a dead place. For me, those dead places feel leaden, repetitive, certain rather than curious, blank, and bitter. Yuck. Just writing those words brought me down. Places of possibility are different. They feel light, receptive, interdependent, curious, and responsive. Yummy. Just writing those words helps me rise. The second week of any lunar cycle brings challenges. We might want to give up our intentions; we will meet obstacles. All choices are fine, but we have the opportunity to notice what happened and why we responded the way we did. A new pattern will be laid in our souls. This new pattern moves us along in our journeys to ourselves.

The week of June 20 -26 could be intense. Several t-square aspect patterns (a complex relationship between planets that can spark crisis, reactivity, and events that bring challenge and change) throw obstacles our way. One pattern involves stationary Mars in Aquarius, Venus in Leo, and Jupiter in Scorpio. Mars is taking a stand in Aquarius as this planet prepares to turn retrograde on June 26. Since Mars governs movement as well as anger, we could feel stuck. These are all fixed signs; we could be really stuck. As the fixed air sign, Aquarius represents stuck mental states. An inability to move our thoughts could feel like fixated ideologies obstructing an open mind. An open mind is not the same thing as an indecisive mind. I still need to stand for my values while I practice being lighter, more receptive, interdependent, curious, and responsive, but it could be challenging to do so. Venus in Leo opposes Mars. We are tempted to take things personally, and it may be true. Conflict could be about us and impact us deeply. Venus, here, is the champion of our nobility. Patience for abuse is low. Our relationships need to be imbued with respect. Jupiter in Scorpio has been uncovering reprehensible behavior, things we can no longer tolerate. It may be time to say goodbye to anything that doesn’t support our thriving.

Cardinal signs make up the other t-squares this week. Cardinal influence could spark a crisis in decision-making and action. When the Sun moves into Cancer on June 21, Saturn in Capricorn and Chiron in Aries create a crisis in leadership. Some will rise to the occasion. Others will not. Under these influences it seems we need leaders who are compassionate and no-nonsense, decisive and open, non-dogmatic but ethical. Perhaps these leaders are us. We may be the ones we are waiting for.

Moon enters Libra 7:29 am CDT
June 20—First Quarter Moon: Sprouting.
Peace of mind—the absence of worry, the innocence of always believing the best, the calm of being safe and secure—is a luxury that is out of reach. More and more, I am waking up to the reality that this kind of peace of mind is an illusion. This is disturbing. The world is disturbing. Still my body reaches for a breath, a sigh, a long exhale, to find calm. Breathing, I can open both mind and heart to take in more of that which disturbs, to wake more to ways I can be the change.

This phase of the Moon is where we meet challenges to our intentions head on. I am reframing my intention from peace of mind to open mind, a mind of lighter curiosity and flexibility. This in no way changes how disturbing things are right now. Perhaps it changes how I can respond to those things, even if it is only to remember what my body knows: to take a breath, a sigh, a long exhale.

The Moon in cardinal air sign Libra seeks equanimity—the balance that breath can bring. This Moon, however, is part of a complex pattern with Saturn in Capricorn and Chiron in Aries that feels heavy and can hinder equanimity. Chiron awakens empathy through memories of our own pain, especially the pain of being powerless to change anything. Saturn places the burden on us to act anyway. Saturn reminds us to connect with our ancestors, those who hold us to a better standard and are supporting us as we strive to redefine who we are.

Mercury in Cancer makes a supportive trine aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Empathy is strong. This transit represents the powerful water influence that has flowed through this airy season. Information goes straight to our hearts to be processed there. Emotional responses can be surprisingly intense. Something tells us to listen anyway.

Moon in Libra
Thursday, June 21. Summer Solstice. Sun enters Cancer.
The first day of summer 2018 may not remind us much of the song, Summertime. We are more aware that for many the living is not easy right now. Summer in the northern hemisphere is defined by the Sun’s ingress into Cancer. This cardinal water sign is about home and family, two issues that are breaking our hearts right now with children being taken from their parents at the southern U.S. border. A new season marks a new focus and a new way to focus. Cardinal signs are not the only signs of leadership, but these signs ask us to see the role of leadership in a new way. The Sun in Cancer, Saturn in Capricorn, and Chiron in Aries (all cardinal signs) are in a challenging aspect pattern. On one hand, we may feel helpless to make a difference, but this helplessness can open a door to empathy for others who feel the same. That empathy creates a desire to protect the vulnerable and hold perpetrators accountable. Within this influence for accountable and responsible leadership, the exact opposition between Venus in Leo and stationary Mars in Aquarius is intense. Not only is Mars stationary but both Mars and Venus are conjoining the Moon’s nodes. Venus and the north node say move towards your own nobility. Be daring, be creative, be true to your heart’s command. We are composting worn out versions of Aquarius: dogmatism, frenetic obstruction, and detachment from empathy. As Mars turns retrograde, we take a journey of reclamation. May we reclaim the boldness of going against the tide, the vision to dream a new world, and the inclusion of all in our interconnected webs. The Moon in Libra makes its own waves through squares to Mercury in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” according to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mercury and Pluto ensure we do not forget that injustice is a threat to safety and our common humanity. It is past time to speak our truths on behalf of justice.

Moon enters Scorpio 2:10 pm CDT
Friday, June 22.
Among the most impactful transits of today are a stimulating sextile between the Sun in Cancer and Uranus in Taurus and a challenging opposition between the Moon in Scorpio and Uranus. We are reminded that the Earth is speaking to us. Uranus’ ingress into Taurus changes the way we think of change. Taurus wants stability, but we can’t ignore all the changes that must happen first before we can really stabilize. The aspect between the Sun and Uranus encourages ways we can awaken. The Moon’s dive into Scorpio stirs up fears and anger that may push us closer to action.

Moon in Scorpio
June 23—Gibbous: Budding.
I believe following intention through a lunar cycle lays down new patterns in the soul. I also have observed that our souls follow the pattern of seed-growth-blossom-fruit-seed-compost through longing and desire even when we don’t consciously choose an intention. So, consciously or not, we arrive at the stage of budding. Illumination and release are building, but we aren’t there yet. My lunar intention is cultivating open mind. My soul had some plans for me because I chose this intention based on the New Moon in Gemini, a light and airy sign, not because the transits this month will challenge me to the core to develop mindful openness. But that is the way it is. Current transits are intensely challenging to the intention of open mind. Your conscious or unconscious intention may feel the same. What do our hearts tell us needs to happen next? Our souls respond to the Scorpio Moon to go to a deeper level to root out cause/trauma/desire/transformation. This water sign reveals our wounds but also provides the medicine of water’s transformation. Release what you are holding in pain. Let it go. The impulse to claim power comes from the exact opposition of Mercury in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. We find our voices to stand for those who are vulnerable. We confront toxic power. Our power comes from empathy and morality. The Sun in Cancer makes a square to the wounded healer, Chiron in Aries. Where are the warriors who will fight for the vulnerable? How have we been wounded in the part of us that will defend the defenseless? What step do you need to take next to release the pain and move toward your best outcome in this lunar cycle? Be gentle, as always, with yourself.

Moon enters Sagittarius 11:29 pm CDT
Sunday, June 24.
This appears to be a day made for licking our wounds and putting ourselves back together. The Moon in Scorpio for most of the day (U.S. time zones) means we aren’t especially gregarious, but transits are more gentle today. Exhale. Love yourself up. Reach out to others.

Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, June 25.
Sagittarius (where the Moon is today) has a reputation for being more focused on hitting the trail than sticking around through the hard stuff. I often think this is a natural response to intensity that Scorpio stirs up right before. The wind hitting our faces as we ride out of town can help us get back to ourselves. Yes, we are indeed alive. You might feel that way today. A square between Venus in Leo and Jupiter in Scorpio might present a challenge between the impulse to embrace living and the impulse to purge pain. These impulses are not mutually exclusive, they just might feel that way today. Don’t abandon yourself and don’t feel guilty if you take a day away from the dark stuff.

Moon in Sagittarius
Tuesday, June 26.
Mars in Aquarius stations retrograde today. They (gender-neutral pronouns for planets) remain retrograde till August 27 and don’t leave the retrograde zone (9 degrees Aquarius) until October 8. During this period of time, our wills/warriors/desire natures are retracing steps to heal, reclaim, and gather power from the domain of Aquarius and Capricorn. As an air sign, Aquarius might be showing us the state of our minds and the way we need to cultivate state of mind to move more freely and powerfully into our lives. Aquarius is a visionary sign. Mars may be going back to retrieve a vision that you’ve lost sight of. Mars may be going back to reframe what the vision is for you now. We care about the collective in both of these signs—Aquarius through vision and Capricorn through stewardship. Do you feel yourself to be dedicated to your communities? Where do you find sustenance for this dedication? I like to think Mars is going to retrieve the medicine we need to keep our collective actions going into the transformations that need to happen in this world. We don’t have to lose idealism just because Mars is retreating. Retreats can bring new sources of energy.


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 beginning of this lunar cycle visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.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 Cancer 2:20am CDT
Thursday, June 14.
Today’s transit of Venus in Leo square to Uranus in Taurus comes on the heels of the results of San Francisco’s mayoral election. London Breed has been elected as that city’s first African-American woman mayor. This is not the first time that women of color have pushed us forward collectively. This contact between Venus and Uranus reminds us that change is necessary and that it will come from radical places. Venus in Leo demands the stage to bring this change. Uranus is calling us to bring our whole, creative selves to the cause of change. Squares bring conflict. Perhaps you are noticing the tension between authenticity and self-expression. Perhaps you are longing to make a personal difference and wondering how. The Moon in Cancer reminds us that home, family, ancestor support are important foundations for reform and change. Foundational support is essential as the Moon opposes Saturn in Capricorn today. Venus in Leo asks us to have fun while doing good work. What will you do with this encouragement?

Moon in Cancer
Friday, June 15.
Hearts can be wide open today. The Moon in Cancer makes a grand water trine pattern with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. We can feel what others are feeling and under the Moon’s influence want to do something about it. Perhaps it is a good day for those in the U.S. to call their representatives to protest the treatment of children taken from their parents at our borders. The Moon in Cancer reminds us we are responsible for all children and no child should be treated in this manner. The opposition between Mercury in Cancer and Saturn in Capricorn gives our thoughts and communication weight. We feel the obligation to speak out. As Venus in Leo trines Chiron in Aires, we are moved to action on behalf of others. Sometimes we can’t lift the pain in our hearts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reach out a hand to others.

Moon enters Leo 2:21 am CDT
June 16—Crescent Moon: Germinating.
Look to the west at sunset tonight and hope for a clear sky. The crescent Moon in Leo dances with Venus (in Leo too). This is perhaps the most beautiful phase of the Moon and it is always a delight when Venus joins in. Leo is a sparkly sign. It reminds us that we all have inner gifts that can translate as outer light if we let it or want it. Some of us have no problem turning on this light. Some of us have another relationship to it. We might call it introversion, shyness, or sadly, shame. We might be comfortable with a more personal, intimate shine. How much we sparkle is not important. However, we can take this moment to remember that each of us has this gift of life force and it is made to be passed along. The Sun, ruler of Leo, teaches this. It shines on all of us. It gives. The gift becomes life. Life is the gift that cannot be owned. It is free.

Free and wild. To honor this phase of the Moon, let’s tap into the relationship between the gift that is only shared and inner wildness. The wild can’t be owned either. No matter how much they try. This lunar cycle, my intention is to seek peace of mind, to notice thoughts coming and going, to be more like the dandelion seed—a wild gift of serendipity. My own thoughts entrap me when I hold them, try to own them, try to make them fit into ideologies. I am not against rigor of mind. That can be a beautiful, wild gift too. I am content to know the difference in my body between a thought that entraps and a thought that frees. We know this.

The ruler of our thoughts, Mercury (now in Cancer), makes a paradoxical quincunx to Mars in Aquarius, while the Moon in Leo opposes Mars. Can you tell the difference between an argument based on ideological concepts and one that comes from the heart? Leo represents the heart. Cancer opens the heart. The heart of the matter may not be found in thoughts alone (Aquarius). In right relationship, thought can support our hearts, and our hearts can be true to our thoughts. What leads you to this balance?

Moon in Leo
Sunday, June 17.
The Leo Moon colors the day with fire and sparkles. This influence might feel light-hearted (childlike and creative) or might be noble-hearted (courageous and loyal). Leo is about the big heart. This Leo fire is breaking free and we can break free too. I am thinking of a three-part song by Laurence Cole that honors fire and calls up Leo big-heartedness. http://www.laurencecole.com/album/this-fire/

This fire is the power of love and forgiveness
This fire is the power of kindness and gratitude

Burning away everything
That stands in the way of love

This fire brings purification
This fire is healing the nations
This fire, this fire, is Love!

Feel this expansion and possibility today. Act as if it is always true.

Moon enters Virgo 3:40 am CDT
Monday, June 18.
Each of the water signs brings us a different experience of this element. Cancer’s water is the tidal pool—the rhythmic flow of water that generates life. Scorpio’s water is the torrent that transforms and then sinks into the deepest places. Pisces water is the universal solvent where we lose form and merge in the vast ocean of being. Over the next few days, we are saturated with all these ways of water. Today, Neptune in Pisces stations retrograde. Under a station, a planet’s influence intensifies. Neptune is dissolving the barriers that separate us. What rushes in when that division is erased? Neptune is a tricky god, both offering ecstasy and illusion. Feelings of grief emerge from communal wounds. We fall into addictions when we lose ourselves. What are you noticing? The Moon in Virgo grounds us in pragmatic approaches to emotional experiences. Such opportunities help us build capacity for feeling and being. Be gentle.

Moon in Virgo
Tuesday, June 19.
The skillful blend of water and fire is the magic of the alchemist. How do we blend the intuition of water with the instinct of fire? How does fire not evaporate the water or the water put out the flame? How does the intermingling of emotion and action not cascade into reckless impulsivity? Fiery influence is provided by Venus in Leo conjoining the North Node of the Moon. It feels like we are being given the green light for dramatic action. This could be true, but Saturn in Capricorn tells us to pause and consider the implications and impact of those actions. But, if fire doesn’t get us moving, water may inundate through floods of emotion. Mercury in cardinal water, Cancer, makes a trine to Jupiter in fixed water, Scorpio. In fact, there is a grand water trine involving Mercury, Jupiter, and Neptune in play over the next two days. Fluid forces are moving us along. Either by fire or water, we are being transformed. The careful pragmatism of the Moon in Virgo may provide the skill we need to temper our actions and reactions. The Virgo alchemist is skillful at making careful adjustments. Navigating this balance, we open to elemental powers.

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 beginning of this lunar cycle visit: http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/06/follow-moon-june-13-2018-new-moon-in.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 Gemini
June 13—New Moon: Seeding.
Our minds are tricky. They are capable of great feats of creativity and insight. Some say that reality itself comes straight from our thinking minds—what we believe becomes what is. Our minds are tricky, they reveal great truths and tell us great lies. They help us find our way and are the cause of becoming lost. Gods of the mind are always tricksters. Tricksters are creators. They gift us with innovations and help us know ourselves. Tricksters can be tormentors, delighting in causing mischief and confusion. What is your relationship to mind? This lunar cycle seeded in the mutable air sign, Gemini, is a good opportunity to reflect on the ways of our minds.

Gemini is the pollination season. Thoughts fly like dandelion seeds. This is the moment to release control over where the seeds will go. The dandelion seed is wild. It goes where the wind takes it. Under this influence, will we lighten our minds to meet in ourselves this image of rewilding? Can we be curious enough to wonder where our mind seeds will land next? Curiosity and release of control are good ingredients for the work of this lunar cycle.

My mind has been troubled recently. I’ve noticed obsessive patterns of thought and heaviness about life in general. Have you? Astrological influences have included pressure from Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn. A trine between Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio has brought heart heaviness and deeper sensitivity. The square between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus has added uncertainty and anxiety to the mix.


These influences aren’t minor. Mind has created traps and doorways through this intensity. I am wondering how to navigate. Is it possible to practice a mind-full-ness that helps me re-center after periods of intensity and depression? This is the question that plants the seeds I will tend this lunar cycle. I seek to cultivate peace of mind this lunar cycle. This isn’t a peace that ignores or seeks to control where my mind goes. I want to be led by the dandelion and the spirit of Gemini to include wildness, wonder and curiosity in my search.

This lunar cycle will see lots of change astrologically. On June 13, the day of the New Moon, Venus enters Leo until July 9. Venus is as busy as a drag queen at Pride while in Leo this month. Venus supports passionate self-expression as they (I use gender neutral pronouns for the planets) make dynamic contact with Uranus in Taurus and Mars in Aquarius during this lunar cycle. This Venus influence creates sparkle and snap as we meet head on the changes that are in store while Uranus is in Taurus for the next seven years. They will be making a stretching quincunx to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. This Venus questions authority and confronts toxic power with panache. Right before the Full Moon, Venus will square Jupiter in Scorpio while making another stressful quincunx to Neptune in Pisces. Our emotions will resurface this lunar cycle and this Venus reminds us to combine fierceness and vulnerability to be truly transformative.

Emotion impacts our minds this cycle. A trine between Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio, which perfected during the last lunar cycle, remains strong this lunation. These two planets have saturated us with memory and sensitivity. Collective feelings of sorrow and grief have swept over us. Both Neptune and Jupiter station and change directions this month. Their influence strengthens, especially when this trine becomes a grand water trine with the Sun in Cancer on July 5 and 6.

Mars in Aquarius stations retrograde on June 26. Mars takes a retrograde journey every two years. During this hero’s journey, Mars will conjoin the south node of the Moon twice more, the first time was on June 8. Mars gathers karmic experiences related to Aquarius–memories of isolation, exclusion, and conformity may surface. More importantly, Mars will square Uranus in Taurus two more times. The first time was on May 16 after Uranus entered Taurus. The next two times will be August 1 and September 18. This aspect will begin to influence the fall elections in the U.S. Change is on the way but it may take a fight. Violence may be part of what is to come. This influence is even more of a reason to cultivate peace of mind this lunar cycle. We may tap into the water trines involving Jupiter and Neptune to recall that we are more than our ideologies. We are soul and we are hearts interconnected.

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.



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Moon in Pisces
June 6—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding.
Where is your attention? Our minds are a bit like dandelion seeds floating in the wind. Attention goes with the flow, is blown by whatever wind encounters it, and can be easily distracted. Dandelion seeds are constructed in such a way as to make the most of wind’s power to shift direction and travel far. Perhaps our minds are designed to do the same thing. Evolutionarily, we are designed to adapt and learn, explore and understand, encounter and transform. This is mutable energy. The Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Pisces capture the mutable quality of mind as this lunar cycle enters its last week. The modes of astrology—cardinal, fixed, and mutable—represent the stages of mind. Cardinal signs are focused on outcome and setting intention. Fixed signs offer steadiness. The mutables are sensitive to outer influences, pondering the question, Do I need to adapt? This lunar cycle began on May 15 in the fixed earth sign, Taurus. These seeds offered steadiness. Perhaps you set intention at that time, desiring to make some kind of permanent or lasting change. But the Sun moved on. The season of mutable air, Gemini, added its flavor to the lunar cycle. Change is the only constant. What is left of your New Moon intentions?

The last quarter phase is the time of reconsidering what it was we wanted to plant in the New Moon soil. Did that desire flower and blossom? Did it produce the fruit you expected? Did something else happen? How do you feel about it? What did you learn? The experiences of the last three weeks become new seeds for the future. We’ve gained wisdom. Mutable air and water influences today are mutating our desires. Something else needs to be paid attention to and added to the wisdoms we are cultivating. Air and water create an interesting brew. Mind and heart are often segmented from each other. Today, we wonder why. What outer influences tell us that mind and heart don’t mix? A powerful square between Mercury and the Sun in Gemini and Neptune and the Moon in Pisces is asking us to mix the unmixable. Water seeps into airy detachment, soaking through ways we might want to avoid feelings of vulnerability. Bubbles aerate sodden states of emotional lethargy when we apply curiosity to emotional states. Small acts of changing habit are powerful today.

Be fluid. Be curious. Connect with your heart. Seek the mind that creates choices and relationship.

Moon enters Aries
Thursday, June 7.
Yesterday’s prime directive was to let go. The feeling that we are small boats adrift on a vast sea continues into the beginning of today too (U.S. time zones). These moments can be unsettling but can also be a gift. If possible, start gently. Honor sensitivity. The square between the Sun in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces does not offer a lot of security. It is more about expanding and opening. I’ve been following mycelium this lunar cycle, noticing their magical connections that are open to sending and receiving. We are connected in this way too. Midday, the Moon moves into Aries, which could feel like waking up from a strange dream. Before you rush out of your metaphorical bed, take a moment to remember the dream messages. They will inform the places you rush off to next.

Moon in Aries
Friday, June 8.
Watch out for sideways communication today. That means, we are prone to saying what we really think but in indirect ways, and that could cause trouble. The quincunx aspect between Mercury in Gemini and Pluto in Capricorn pulls the truth out of us even when we don’t intend it. The Moon in Aries adds to impulsivity, making us even more likely to blurt before we think. The best way to handle the truth that must be told is to be aware of undercurrents of power dynamics. What resentments are you harboring? Truth telling can be transformative, even healing. It works both ways, pay attention to what you need to say and what you are being told.

Moon enters Taurus 11:04 pm CDT
Saturday, June 9.
Another Aries Moon day brings a desire to act and a tendency to react quickly. The Moon contacts the ongoing opposition between Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. Although this opposition is waning in influence, the Moon re-ignites the challenges facing our relationships. Perhaps we feel that unbalanced power dynamics have gone on for too long. Perhaps we are fed up with the traditional roles assigned to women. Perhaps we realize that unexamined gender roles are harming us all. These influences could fuel the fighter in us and a desire to expose toxicity.

Moon in Taurus
June 10—Balsamic Moon: Composting.
The Moon returns to Taurus for the second time in this lunar cycle. The New Moon on May 15 was seeded in this fixed earth sign. Now at the end of this cycle, we compost our hopes, dreams, and experiences. Rich humus is being created and will be needed. At the New Moon, Uranus, the planet of awakening, entered Taurus, where it will foment revolution for the next seven years. The Earth is speaking to us, quite literally through earthquakes, volcanoes, and strange weather patterns. Our bodies and our values belong to the realm of earth wisdom too. This lunar cycle initiates opportunity to reevaluate how we exist with Earth, body, and values.
I chose for my lunar intention this month to listen to the Earth through building relationship with mycelium, the underground network of fungal connection that feeds and transforms life. The mycelium are part of the growing, regenerating web of life and they are part of the dying, composting web of death. Mycelium midwife the exchange between life and death. In this phase of the Moon, we remember that there is no separation. Life and death are intimately entwined.

The Moon conjoins Uranus in Taurus, makes a square to Mars in Aquarius, and opposes Jupiter in Scorpio during the course of this day. Each fixed sign is a guardian. These guardians are strongly protective and we might feel that way too. Perhaps this urge feels like trying to maintain control or as strong attachment to objects or ideas. We get to notice the dynamic tension between the desire for stability and knowing that change is the only constant. So, we might feel uncomfortable, but within the experiences of this lunar cycle each of us was given a new insight, a new tool, or seed to help us with this paradox. What were you given?

Moon in Taurus
Monday, June 11.
Contrasts illuminate what is important to us. That nagging doubt that things are not the way they should be, needs to be listened to. Trust that it is better to know than to keep our heads buried. The Sun in Gemini encourages illuminating and learning. Pluto in Capricorn holds the secrets we don’t want to see, but it can also offer the power to transform the things we do see. There isn’t a lot of energy to act right now. The Moon is old and in slow moving Taurus. We are more likely to take in information now to act upon later.  

Moon enters Gemini 1:53 am CDT
Tuesday, June 12.
Tomorrow, the New Moon in Gemini starts a whole new round of dreaming, acting, and learning under the influence of this mutable air sign. Before that breath of fresh air moves us to new adventures, we might feel out of place, listless, or ungrounded. Let go, let go, let go. Don’t let these possible feelings drive you into a frantic state. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, moves into Cancer. We feel protective of our mental states. Homey activities support us. Find your center, this is a good place to begin at the New Moon tomorrow.


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 beginning of this lunar cycle here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/05/following-moon-new-moon-may-15-2018.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 Sagittarius
Wednesday, May 30.
Let’s constellate a day of adventure and discovery on this Monday in May. The Moon in Sagittarius recognizes the ways we’ve been crossing over our edges lately. Sometimes, the crossing is so disruptive, we forget to stop and look around at the new terrain. Let’s stop, for a moment, and do that today. What does this new place look like? How does it feel in your body? What new toys, ideas, people, dreams exist here? The only aspect today is an encouraging sextile between Mercury in Gemini and Chiron in Aries. We also receive healing messages. Chiron is the edgewalker and transgressor. This astrological influencer doesn’t go with the flow. Chiron is a hermit, a challenger, a weirdo, a healer, a wounded one. Have you been feeling like that lately? In Aries, Chiron brings these qualities to who we are. Identity plays a big role in our edge crossings.

Moon enters Capricorn 4:26 am CDT
Thursday, May 31
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Gifts bring obligations. I learned this from Heathen (Norse) cultural values. If someone offers us a gift, we are obliged to honor the gift and the giver, either through mutual exchange of some sort or by passing the gift along to others. This type of obligation encourages the flow of blessing. It brings liveliness to our relationships and our work. Typically, we think of obligation as a burden, something we have to fulfill. If we have too many, we feel overwhelmed. With the Moon in Capricorn conjoining Saturn, we have an opportunity to evaluate our obligations. Do they arise from gifts or from some story about how we should be acting? Follow those authentic obligations back to the gift source. What is the gift? Why do you gladly take on this obligation? How can you make this obligation a gift again? How does this change the story of obligation?

Moon in Capricorn
Friday, June 1
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If we can trust what the stars are telling us, this could be a day encouraging mental and emotional connection with others. There is a highly stimulating trine aspect between Mercury in Gemini and Mars in Aquarius. There is an outpouring of ideas and curiosity. We need others to listen to and encourage us. This works the other way too, we can become the listeners and supporters of others. The grand water trine of Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces provides heart capacity if we remember to tap into ours. Perhaps this trine influences a tendency to go overboard with our emotions. Time to dive in rather than be afraid. Later, we will get to touch back on land to sort out what is real for us. Now, feelings and visions are leading the way. This is an unusual influence under a Capricorn Moon, which tends to be pretty grounded. Look for an infusion of inspiration for what you may want to accomplish next.

Moon enters Aquarius 5:06 pm CDT
June 2—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting.
What are you growing? What hopes and dreams have you been holding deep within? Have any found their way out into the world? Look more closely. Even our most intimately-held wishes impact the world around us. We matter to each other. Sometimes this impact freaks me out. Other times, I am grateful for this interconnection. The freak out for me is about thinking I need to be more mindful and aware of all my impact. Am I causing unconscious harm? Is there something inside me that should be better? This self-critic is very active for me. The gift of interdependency and mutual impact is that none of us has to be everything. This wonderful mess and blessing of a world derives from our complex interactions, not our solitary actions. I am learning this from the mycelium who are intricately woven and in mutual exchange with the life and death around them. The seed of this lunar cycle was in Taurus, the fixed earth sign. As a complicated human, it is hard to be right-sized and have rightful impact, but there is a brilliance in Taurus wisdom that may help. Be rooted. Be silent (sometimes). Listen more. Drink deeply with all your senses. Appreciate what is. Value the Earth beneath you.

Astrological influences are complicated right now. A grand water trine of Venus in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter in Scorpio invites us to dissolve, lose track of boundaries, feel all the feels. Water offers healing. Jupiter’s transit of Scorpio has revealed deep wounds. Perhaps Venus comes to give those owies some chicken soup. We need nurturing. It feels good to offer it to others. Neptune draws us out of egoic structures. We are vast and connected. What separates our hearts? Can we trust connection? Be tender with yourself. This water influence is contrasted by Mercury in Gemini in a puzzling aspect to Saturn in Capricorn. We want to figure things out. It feels really important to express what we are experiencing. We might be hard on ourselves for being imperfect.

Moon in Aquarius
Sunday, June 3.
The Moon in Aquarius conjoins Mars in the wee hours of the day (night really) in the U.S. time zones. Your sleep may have been disturbed. Aquarius loves to run with an idea. Mars is super-charging that tendency. So, what is your big idea? Social media may light up this morning with all of ours. The influence of Mars in Aquarius is something to pay more attention to now. Mars will be turning retrograde in this sign on June 26. Because of this, Mars stays in Aquarius for a longer period of time than is usual. Mars will return to a square with Uranus in Taurus on August 1 and September 18. This Mars is making sure that Uranus doesn’t get too comfy in Taurus. It is reminding us all to take action, to pay attention to the Earth, our bodies, our values. We will be hearing about economic systems and wondering how to radicalize them. We are learning a new tactic in our revolutions inspired by the fixity of Taurus and Aquarius. Today’s transits are a forerunner of a desire for change and the new ways we will approach change.

Moon in Aquarius
Monday, June 4.
There are no exact aspects today. Nada. Nothing with the Moon. Nothing with any other planets. This is unusual. Notice. I expect the Moon’s Aquarian influence will be stronger with nothing really taking our attention away. This means we are in a mental space. Take a breather from emotional processing. Aquarius encourages radical, abstract thinking. Theories take on life. We imagine communities of support and activism. Wave your freak flag. Appreciate all the difference you see around you.

Moon enters Pisces 5:53 am CDT
Monday, June 5.
The structure of the zodiac is funny. One day we feel airy and detached and the next we are swamped by emotion. That may be our experience of yesterday and today. The Moon gushes into Pisces. Where there were no exact aspects yesterday, there are six today, including a whopper—Venus in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn. Here is another chance for femmes (and the feminine principal in all of us) to confront toxic power. That needs to happen, right? Oppositions can stalemate in oppositional interactions, however. This one is inviting us to reclaim our power. Perhaps this comes when we tell the truth, or hold someone accountable but still in relationship, or when we nurture ourselves through complete self-acceptance, or when we honor non-dominant forms of power.

Mercury and the Sun conjoin in Gemini. This is a peak Gemini experience! That means we are pollinating and being pollinated by ideas, interactions, synchronicities. It may be hard to settle down today. We are being asked to feel our feelings by the Moon in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio, which is quincunx to Mercury and the Sun. We may be tempted to flit away from our feelings. It could be hard to stay in our emotion bodies. Don’t force yourself to do that, but be curious. What is showing up today for you? Why did that sudden emotion sweep over you? What is your beloved trying to tell you with their body posture or facial expression?

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 beginning of this lunar cycle here http://www.starsdanceastrology.com/2018/05/following-moon-new-moon-may-15-2018.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.


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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