Follow the Moon: Astrology of intention and mindfulness

by Teri Parsley Starnes

Teri’s interest with astrology lies with helping people see how following a practice of intention and self-awareness leads to a fuller relationship with Mystery. Astrology is a wonderful tool for this. Her weekly column orients readers to the seasonal energy of
each month’s Sun sign in order to set magical/mindful intention for the lunar month beginning at the New Moon.

Each week Teri will write about the unfolding energies that support and challenge our intentions. The ebb and flow of the lunar cycle resides deep in our souls. Through following the phases of the Moon, we remember the natural cycles that guide us.

Astrologers divide the lunar month into eight phases. These are:
New Moon: Dreaming
Crescent Moon: Beginning
First Quarter Moon: Manifesting
Gibbous Moon: Perfecting
Full Moon: Illuminating
Disseminating Moon: Sharing
Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating
Balsamic Moon: Surrendering

Come follow the Moon as we practice intentional awareness together.

A mini forecast for September 14 – September 20, 2015

The Virgo season* brings out the worker bee in people. Bees have a strong affinity to this sign and season of late summer (in the Northern Hemisphere). Gardens and fields are filled with a variety of blossoms. Such abundance. The bees are busy collecting the last of the Sun’s energy stored in the nectar and pollen of these blossoms. We too, are busy using the excess energy of the still ascendant Sun to prepare for the fall ahead. Buzzing and busy. This activity can feel very satisfying and productive. It can also induce anxiety and overwhelm when we expect too much of ourselves. The Virgo season also presents an opportunity to heal imbalances. Bees help here too. Bees are allies of energetic awareness, especially around health. Our bodies have vibrational fields that tell us when things aren’t going right. We can attune to these vibrations and tend to our needs if we pay attention.

Sensing surroundings and tending to needs are great Virgoan impulses. This is an industrious sign. Do you feel this impulse in your life? I sure am. Right now, my industry is all about moving and starting a new phase of my life. This transition is full of excitement and some grief. To tend to my own wellbeing as I create a better foundation for myself, I will be taking off this week. When I am able, I will post about the day on my Facebook page for Starsdance Astrology

Here are some tidbits for the week ahead:

On Wednesday September 16, Jupiter in Virgo will oppose Neptune in Pisces. Oppositions help us differentiate so we can integrate. There is a lot of difference between working (Virgo) and dreaming (Pisces). Industrious types can judge the dreamers. Dreamers feel that the workers don’t get the big picture. What side do you fall on? Dreaming and working form a partnership for becoming.

On Thursday, September 17, Mercury stations retrograde at 15 degrees Libra. With Libran harmony and fairness as the goal, we will need to backtrack, restate, reconsider, and reframe our thoughts and words. Humor and patience are helpful! Mercury will station direct on October 8.

With the influences of Neptune’s dreams and Mercury’s trickery upon the week, it might be hard to get ourselves organized enough to make clear progress in our busy lives. Remember to pause, tend to your whole self, and appreciate the beauty around you. Every bee is steeped in floral splendor even as it busily gathers food supplies for the winter. We can do that too, right?

Look for my regular forecast next week.

* Read about the beginning of the Virgo/Libra lunar cycle on my website

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