Dear Friend and Reader:
Today we have the Moonshine horoscope by Genevieve Hathaway, who wrote her column in transit back from the United Astrology Conference on her way home to Cairo, Egypt.
The Moonshine horoscope is based on your Moon sign, which is a good thing to know if you find astrology helpful. It will open up a new dimension of your astrological consciousness (and there are many more after that).
If you’re curious what your Moon sign is, I suggest you go to Astro.com, get a free membership and enter your birth data. This will tell you what sign your Moon is in. Or you can go to Serennu.com and enter the data there (converting to Greenwich time) and check without having to get a membership.
Though they’re written based on the qualities and properties of the Moon sign, I’ve found them useful for both the Sun and rising sign as well. Try them on and see what resonates with you.
We’ve just been through a series of eclipse-like events, three of which involved the Moon (annular solar eclipse when the Sun ingressed Gemini, a partial lunar eclipse last week, and then the Moon making an occultation to Pluto right at the end of the transit of Venus). So the Moon is a bit sensitive right now.
Please share your responses to Genevieve’s horoscopes.
Aries (March 20-April 19) — Earlier this year, a series of events brought into focus a re-evaluation of your mental and emotional health. You can think of this as an assessment of whether or not your mental processes, as they existed previously, supported your feeling good about yourself. Patterns of thought influence your feeling body, which translates to a direct impact on your physical body. Recently, you have covered much ground in clearing out old, outdated mental patterns passed down through the generations of your family. In response, a potent moment of creative expression is building this month; your mind and body working together are one of your most powerful tools. Like a sharp sculptor’s knife, you can carve, craft, shape and refine the world around you with this newly integrated thought-emotion dynamic. I suggest you think of your mind as the platform by which you can translate your inner vision to a physical manifestation. Your emotional body, when it’s free of guilt, shame, fear and circular mental patterns, provides information about what is congruent with your soul. Feeling good and right in an action or intention is a clue that you’re in sync with your inner mission. As you learn to coordinate the efforts of your mind and body with clarity, you will gradually master cultivating intent into manifesting your desires. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — A door is opening this month to let you slide easily through a series of changes regarding your perception of self-esteem. Said one way, you’re experiencing a synthesis of feelings and concepts surrounding your inherent worth. Said another way, you’re learning to feel good about being alive. The astrology in June accelerates the process and the pace of developments by an order of magnitude. You may be wondering how it’s really possible to feel so grounded and accepting of who you are. You can think of this as collecting the habits and tendencies that lead to this feeling. Really what you’re doing is settling a long argument that you were having with yourself. Once you remove the doubt and the contention, it’s easy to figure out that you possess a unique value to existence, one not tied to anything external. This is something you can’t buy or trade for or receive from someone else. Yet it’s the one resource that all other aspects of your life grow from. Proceed from a place of curiosity and openness to a space of self-discovery. You’re building strength that will last, where you can live every day feeling good about being you no matter what external conditions you may encounter. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — As the events of this extraordinary month develop, I suggest you let go of old concepts dictating how you’re supposed to feel. You can start by making an inventory of all those ‘supposed to’ requirements. Your solar chart indicates a series of rapid changes to your psychic framework that are currently underway, and that you’ve no doubt noticed. This framework is the filter by which you experience existence on the most basic level. For a long time you lived with two seemingly different emotional spaces — one that was detached and mental, and one that was more feeling-based. An idea is pushing up from deep within you to aid you in synthesizing these two seemingly opposite modes of feeling. The melding of these two methods of interpreting your inner space changes the structure of your internal framework and thus shifts how you feel and perceive your life. As you orient on the new sensation of being you, I propose you not take it personally if people around you seem no longer to ‘get’ you. It may take them some time to catch up to who you are becoming, and you cannot wait for them. Any anger displayed from others is less about you and more about their uncertainty. If they think you no longer fit into the nice, neat box they placed you into, they may be having doubts about themselves as well. –– by Genevieve Hathaway.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Words are powerful tools. They define, shape and color a particular view of the world. Language specifies how you feel and places it in a box with measurable dimensions. What happens when an emotion in you expands beyond the limits of this box? You are in this moment, which may arrive with a sensation of discomfort or lack of ease as you stretch beyond your prior limits of expression and expand outward. In astrology, one of the ‘containers of consciousness’ is called the 12th house, and it’s been a busy place lately — fertile creative ground. This is spilling over into your emotional body, adding complex layers, dimensions and colors to your inner world. Naturally you will want to express these experiences with new combinations of words and ideas, as your prior ones no longer do the job. One way to do this will be to go beyond words and explore other methods of expression — such as visual, musical or tactile. This richness of emotional space will provide you with much in the way of ideas and inspiration to do just that. To fully access the new internal landscape, keep going when you reach a seeming limit (for example, if ‘words don’t work’). Curiosity and receptivity are two modes that will help you distinguish what you’re experiencing from the labels and constraints of the past. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Over the last few months you re-envisioned a number of concepts surrounding your emotional resources, differentiating those ideas from the patterns and attitudes inherited from your family. Simply put, you want more from life than they ever imagined possible. This process brought you into contact with one of your most important states of being: confidence about the work you do. During the eminently mysterious month of June, this new inner connection will help you raise awareness of your talents and how you apply them. A peak energy moment is developing, providing an opportunity to spread the impact of your gifts into your larger community. One key is to actually use your self-confidence rather than have it just be there. Conduct yourself like you’re already getting the job done. Express yourself in a way that sends the message that you’re here on this planet to make a difference, and connect that with your sense of fulfillment. As you share your best attributes, notice attempts by others to sidetrack you to their own projects — and take it as a compliment. Assess each individual’s motives, and look for the common ground you share. You don’t need help but cooperation is always nice — if you can get clear about the basic goals and values that you share. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Take a moment and make two lists — one of your highest professional goals, and the second about what aspects of your current work situation actually bring you a sense of meaning and contribution to the world. These two lists, seen in contrast, will help you develop a picture of what you want to do, and remind you what you don’t want to do anymore. Sooner or later you have to shift the energy from the goals that no longer serve you to the ones that serve both you and something bigger, and this is the time to develop that emphasis. Then, create a vision of what your life would look like if you expressed your highest calling on a daily basis. Dynamic energy is building rapidly; a clear mental image will help you utilize this energy to manifest the work you desire. Any tension that develops is your inner guide clearing ideas that do not work. One theme to handle consciously is that of service. It’s easy for you to get drawn in, thinking the commitment is permanent. If your skills are called upon to help others in a way that does not directly facilitate your own objectives, consider this idea more in the context of helping someone move from point A to point B and less about an open-ended commitment or managing their actions. They are the steward of their own path and you are the steward of yours. When in doubt, remind yourself that. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Your unconscious landscape has been a busy place the last few months. Much in the way of information was coming up through your emotional layers into conscious awareness. It may not seem like it adds up to much, but have you actually made the connections? As you connect the dots, you may discover that you’re onto a whole new central organizing principle for your life. It’s not the small details that are changing — rather it’s your philosophy on the highest and deepest levels. You’re developing a perspective that propagates whole living. You’re incorporating the viewpoints and attitudes that can only come from an authentic inner search. Think of this as integrity. Contained within this concept is the idea of being whole and integrated. As you feel what it’s like to live this way, notice when guilt or fear comes to the surface. As a kid you received programing that essentially said the only way to be happy and feel like ‘you’ was to be completed by another person. By discarding this idea, your conditioned ego may resist with various scary thoughts. Recognize these negative feelings and thoughts as just that — not as deep truths. Then feel your way through to the other side, where you’ll meet an emotionally grounded and balanced version of yourself. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Part of being alive is living with the range of human emotions — jealousy, love, anger, happiness, fear and many others. Living as an aware, conscious individual means being your own guide when noticing (and if necessary) processing these emotions. That step alone means you’re not their victim. Discerning where they come from, owning them as your own and not projecting them onto other people is a solid step on the path to enlightenment. You’re currently straddling two emotional frameworks in regards to an important relationship. It may feel a bit like a seesaw poised perfectly with both sides balanced off the ground. In one direction is an opportunity to creatively advance a partnership for greater intimacy. The other direction involves misplaced anger. It helps a lot if you know that these are your options. The anger you’re experiencing may not feel right, which is a clue that it’s not based on an accurate assessment. If you observe yourself when you’re feeling anything of this nature, you may notice that the feelings pass without much effort on your part, leaving you in a place where love and acceptance are natural. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Your Moon is in the sign of the eternal traveler. Freedom of movement is essential for you to feel happy and congruent with existence. This month, I suggest you consider how you can enter into structured relationships while still maintaining this feeling of freedom. One part of the solution involves less structure — or said another way, living more from day to day, without deciding how the future must be. This month you pass through a threshold. On one side is your old mode of partnership. On the other side, you may decide you feel more comfortable in a relationship model that allows for enough structure to meet your needs for closeness (summed up in the word ‘dependability’) while also giving both parties enough freedom to be individuals. The changes in your relationships reflect a significant internal change in your perspective. This has been developing for a long time; it’s just that you’re finally catching up with yourself now. Take the next step and imagine what your ideal relationship would feel like, and your life might change to embrace that person or people. Then, take the chance and actually live that way. You don’t need expectation — just a spirit of curiosity and experimentation. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Notice your daily habits and patterns. Do they keep your emotional well full, or do they drain you? You’re in the midst of a process that is changing the very fabric of your emotional structure — rooting out deep, unhealthy material going back generations, and making room for something much softer and friendlier. It’s like you’re passing through the dark labyrinth beneath an old Gothic cathedral, and are emerging into the clear light of day. As you open up space within yourself, you’ll transform that heavy building into an airy, open and useful structure. You may think this will involve taking apart the original building brick by brick, reshaping the pieces of stone and then rebuilding. But it’s really much easier. It starts with seeing the purpose of the structure in a new way. Treat your physical body like an extension of your emotional self. Eat well, sleep well, drink plenty of water, love yourself more and build a nurturing space to spend time in each day. Give yourself grace and forgiveness when you make a mistake or fall short of perfection. I suggest you find a way to incorporate beauty and art into your regular routine. Even if you don’t feel like an artist, this is more about you being nurtured and inspired by the process. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Over the next four weeks you will receive a lightning bolt of sexually charged energy. This has two dimensions — experimentation and healing. Let openness to all possibilities guide you. I suggest you quickly let go of past preferences and ideas about yourself and your sexuality. Instead, operate from the place of being a blank slate. Perhaps think of yourself as an erotic journalist, collecting information regarding what stokes your inner fire. Your pleasure angle has a distinctly mental component, so keep those erotic thoughts flowing from one to the next. Imbibing high-quality erotica can be helpful in this, though you have plenty of your own ideas and theories. By removing the constraints that held you back from enjoying your full sexual potential you will undergo a depth of emotional healing that may surprise you. What has held you back are the same feelings that hold everyone back — fear, shame, guilt. They have blocked you from engaging in all facets of your sexuality, and thus facets of your authentic self. As you meet these parts of yourself, notice what they contain, and what they imply. You will learn important information about who you are. Yet this isn’t all about learning or communication — sex is about having fun. — by Genevieve Hathaway.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Living with such a permeable psychic body can be quite challenging at times. You encounter situations where you don’t know what stuff is yours and what belongs to others. This, in turn, can lead you to believe that you can change the conduct of others by changing yourself. Along these lines, you will be remembering some of what you try to forget in order to fit in better with those around you. For a while, living this way has helped you to feel better about yourself, though that was mostly because you fabricated the feeling of acceptance. While this isn’t real and can’t be maintained, fortunately there is an alternative: actual self-acceptance. You’re now breaking through from one to the other. I suggest you drop your guard and let the cracks in your façade open up, behind which you will meet your truth. This is the beginning of something truly special, which will lead you from one personal discovery to the next. What you are encountering is solid, grounded inner strength, the kind that can only come from being real. From that place, you will be able to set clear boundaries that allow you to treat who you are with respect, at the same time you treat others with sincere regard for their individuality. — by Genevieve Hathaway.