We start off the month asking what we could stand to build in our relationships. We think about how we communicate, what we could do better, and how we can show more of ourselves to those around us. We also have to think about the stories that we tell ourselves - are they helping or hindering us?

The lunar eclipse in Scorpio and Taurus reminds us to not get so stuck in the past. Our past emotions and bitterness can and will only take us so far. We have to acknowledge that sometimes looking back can only take us so far, and that there's a lot waiting for us ahead.

Then the Moon wanes, and is closely sextile Saturn and the nodes. We look deeper into our main motivator, our emotions, and have to ask ourselves if the emotional work is still worth it. Perhaps the answer is yes, perhaps it is not. But our emotions can take us a long way.

As the Moon reaches it's last Quarter phase, we see that there is still more work to be done. We see how breaking out of our shell and comfortability can be a source of improvement.

When the Balsamic Moon comes around, we see just how much we rely on other people in our relationships. We find that we may have to surrender to the softer sides of life, and ourselves. We lean into this more as the New Moon in Taurus comes around, sextile Mars. We see how comfortability and relaxation is something we actively have to build, and move towards. Resting gives us time to reassess and dream.

When the Moon is conjunct Venus in it's waxing Crescent phase, we learn to lean a little on the emotional support in our relationships. New growth feels funny sometimes, it doesn't look quite like how we expect. Building new pathways is a lot. It's okay to just try without commitment. See how it feels.

The Moon in Vigo becomes opposite Saturn in Pisces as it waxes into its First Quarter phase. This creates a t-square between the Moon, Saturn, and the Sun. Sometimes the distances between who we are, who we want to be, and who we think we should be, are long. But we are multifaceted creatures, and as long as we remember we have the gift of self-expression (and can act however we want), we could reconcile this. It's painful. It's tough. But we don't just have to be one or the other. We can be all of the above, in our own unique way.

The Moon squares Venus on the last day of the month, and Jupiter is conjunct the north node in Taurus. Sometimes growth is not all rainbows, sunshine, and butterflies. It is feeling forced to go when we're not ready. It is feeling plunged into it. It is not comfortable, right, or stable. But how we choose to seek stability and equality throughout all of it is important. Standing up in your relationships may take precedence towards the end of the month.

This month the Moon connects with Venus often. This may mean that this month is centered about wealth, emotional wellbeing, and happiness. Take time to connect with others this month, it may be good to slow down. :)

Horoscopes for the planets:

This can be read for chart rulers or dominant planets, or any kind of planetary energy you are trying to connect with.

Sun: This month we recognize how important it is for us to look back on our old selves and past mistakes and recognize that we are not that person anymore. We may do inner child work and see that we are closer to our dreams now more than ever.

Moon: We have to see how important it is to nurture ourselves and others in our relationships. Sometimes we get too caught up in the hullabaloo of it all that we forget the real thing - connection. How can we strike an equal balance in our relationships? Not too overly committed that you're stressed out, but also there for other people? Each relationship needs balance, and that includes the one you ahve with yourself.

Mercury: How can we change the way we think about ourselves? What parts of ourselves do we need to get rid of? Fostering change, having a vision, is an important part of bringing an idea into reality.

Venus: What are you not addressing in your relationships? This month things may bloom to the surface, and you'll have to think about how they impact you, emotionally. And then you may have to address your own role in it all.

Mars: Following your instincts is the way to go, this month. It may feel hard to rely on yourself, but by the end of the month, you will see just how necessary it is to express yourself.

Jupiter: Jupiter makes the shift from Aries to Taurus this month! We see the cost of not following our dreams, our own self deception, and then towards the end of the month we see just how we can break out of these old past habits. We see how we can create and recreate a new life for ourselves.

Saturn: As we make our way through the discipline it takes to achieve our dreams, we see just how sporadic growth can be (and how that can be a good thing!) We have to rely on the past to move forward into the future, but that doesn't mean we can't envision new things for ourselves. Sometimes it's the unexpected that surprises us most. Sometimes growth requires going against your old identity.

Uranus: Breaking out of old habits, mindsets, identities, and ways of being can be hard. But sometimes it's hardest when you haven't tapped into your emotions. What's your reason for doing this? How can you strike a balance?

Neptune: Where have you been mislead in your relationships? Is there any way you can see clearly in them? Cut through the mirage, and you may be rewarded with more honest and open relationships.

Pluto: Digging deep into your relationships, and getting to the meat and potatoes of it, will serve to clear the air. You may feel as if you can breathe fully again. Just be sure to not cut off good relationships in the process.

Horoscopes for the zodiac signs:

Aries: One last hurrah for Aries as Jupiter leaves your sign. You may feel the urge to change and grow right now, but that can be accompanied by love and relationships. You are not alone in this world. There are those you want to help you and wish to see you bloom. It may take some time emotionally as you fully come into yourself. But you are passionate enough to see it through.

Taurus: As you break through old mental habits, luck is on your side. Things may feel insanely chaotic right now, be sure to nurture your soul. Journal, communicate, and just be with yourself and others right now. The present is on your side.

Gemini: You may feel as if you have to choose others over yourself - but you can strike a balance by cutting through the weeds and getting to the heart of the matter. What do you really want? How can you consider the other person? Learn to celebrate all that you are and how you are growing and changing.

Cancer: You may feel as if you want to act, but you're being stalled. During this time, be sure to take care of yourself and your emotions. Relying on others, even if you emotionally don't want to or don't have the energy (or it grates on your pride), may really help you in the long run. Be sure to watch out for deception in your relationships, though.

Leo: A lot of soul and shadow work has come up for you. You may feel as if it's time for a change and to dig deeper into all that you could be. Be sure to set a goal in mind before doing all of this work - what do you want to accomplish?

Virgo: You may struggle to feel emotionally acknowledged right now. But please don't let it stop you from choosing you and accomplishing your goals. Please be kind to your mind as you go forward into the month, even if you don't feel the support from other people. As you reach for change, remember that it's not so fa away.

Libra: Being there for others is important to you in the beginning of the month. Connecting with others is important, yes, but what about connecting with yourself? You may not feel totally supported and nurtured, but how can you give this to yourself?

Scorpio: You're working hard on the self improvement. Remember that even though it feels like you're far away from your goals, you are still getting there. Take a break and look at all the progress you've made. And if you mess up? It doesn't matter - you're still heading on the right track. No one keeps track of our own self perceived faults more than ourselves (except for maybe that one judgmental relative, but who cares what they think?) Don't deceive yourself into thinking you're so far from the truth, or from your goals.

Sagittarius: Maybe you feel like you want to curl up in bed and not come out for a little bit. That's fine. You've got a lot going on. Give yourself the time and space you need to rest. But towards the end of the month, I know you'll find the swing of things again, and reconnect with your innermost self. Don't forget that you are making progress, even if it feels far away.

Capricorn: Stop beating yourself up. (I said what I said). You think you're untouchable and unapproachable, but what you really need to accept is that you're loveable. You're approachable. You've been working hard. And while things may still feel chaotic - maybe it's time to accept that you have changed after all.

Aquarius: You've finally escaped Saturn only to have Pluto to intervene. You may feel out of your element, torn between the past and the future, but be sure to center yourself in the present. Sometimes you have to strike a balance between relying on yourself and on others.

Pisces: You may be learning and relearning lessons that you've learned in the past. You may feel as if you can see clearly now, or that you haven't had a chance to breathe. May may feel especially busy to you. Remember to rely on your intuition and feelings to guide you through life.

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The Moon phases in astrology

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