Week of May 16, 2016

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This is one of those rare weeks when there is very little going on celestially until the weekend when we have a dynamic Full Moon in Sagittarius that takes place shortly after the Sun enters Gemini on Friday. There is an unobtrusive sextile on Thursday between Venus in Taurus and Chiron in Pisces but that’s the only aspect all week.

What may have an effect on our plans is Mercury slowing to station direct on Sunday at 14° 20′ Taurus. Mercury will be at 14° Taurus from May 18 through May 25. If you have personal planets or Ascendant in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) from 13° to 15°, Mercury’s station may have a greater impact on you. The famous fixed sign tendency to taking a stand and not moving an inch could be magnified. Give people plenty of time to think things through rather than demanding they make up their minds immediately. I can almost guarantee the first response will be a resounding “NO” if pressed too hard.

Air signs will have a reason to celebrate when the Sun leaves earthy Taurus for Gemini on Friday, and everyone else should be too. We’ve been living with no planets in air except for the Moon for quite some time. The Gemini Sun will reactivate our minds and encourage objectivity once more. Gemini, like its opposing sign, uses humor to make a point and lighten the atmosphere. Best of all, Gemini is never boring.

Saturn in Sagittarius squares off with both Jupiter in Virgo (exact on May 26 for the last time) and Neptune in Pisces (exact on June 17 and September 9) for the next few months. The Gemini Sun, Mercury and Venus will all take turns triggering these squares and turning them into T-Squares over the next month. The Saturn-Neptune square in particular is a tough one to handle, and one way to work with those very different energies is to habitually practice (Saturn) your spiritual beliefs (Neptune) every day. Be kind, patient, tolerant, and loving . . . of yourself and all others.

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The lunar week gets off to a pleasant, if somewhat slow, start on Monday with a void-of-course Virgo Moon until midday. She is still very capable and industrious even so. We get our breath of fresh air this week when the Moon glides into fair minded Libra. A late afternoon/early evening sextile to Mars in Sagittarius is refreshing rather than irritating and can lead to some interesting discussions over dinner.

Tuesday the Libra Moon is less balanced but still carries on thanks to a sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius during the afternoon. Her mood darkens overnight when she square Pluto in Capricorn and head towards her monthly opposition to Uranus in Aries Wednesday morning, after which she goes void-of-course. An out of sorts Libra Moon could make Wednesday an emotional rollercoaster ride and not the best time to schedule meetings. Usually we stand a better chance of getting an impartial hearing under the Libra Moon but not at this time.

Thursday is the last full day of Taurus Season and the Scorpio Moon is on hand to help earth and water folk make the most of it. The Moon is traveling unhindered until she dances with Neptune in Pisces overnight, allowing the intuitive arts to reign supreme.

Friday looks quite good from the Scorpio Moon’s point of view because she feels the love from the earth planets all day long. First Jupiter in Virgo, then Mercury in Taurus and lastly Pluto in Capricorn takes their turn playing nice with the Moon. How well one does under a Scorpio Moon depends on their tolerance for emotional intensity and be willing to explore the darker side of human nature.

Once the Scorpio Moon opposes Venus in Taurus Saturday morning she will go void-of-course until she transitions into fiery Sagittarius midday. Once the Moon enters Sagittarius and heads towards the Full Moon, there should be a noticeable change in the atmosphere. A Moon-Mars conjunction late Saturday afternoon/early evenings puts a charge in the air and could inspire people to air their grievances, real or imagined.

Sunday we will feel the effects of the mutable T-Square when the Moon conjoins Saturn in Sagittarius, squaring the Jupiter in Virgo-Neptune in Pisces opposition. Since Sunday is also the day Mercury is stationing direct, verbal confrontations are not likely to be all that productive. This is one of those days when we have to decide whether saying nothing at all is preferable to saying something hurtful. If need be, call a time out for a couple of days to let things cool off.

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The transition from fixed, earthy Taurus to mutable, airy Gemini starts this coming weekend. In fact, the weekend is when every event of significance happens following a tranquil week. We may as well commit to getting our regular business handled during the week so we can be free to deal with the fallout of the Full Moon in Sagittarius, Sun entering Gemini and Mercury stationing direct. Go forth and do no harm.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Spring in the high country © Diane Lang