Week of May 8, 2017

The pace picks up considerably this week now that Mercury is getting back to normal. And we have an interesting Full Moon in Scorpio mid-week, another attention getter. There is more celestial activity as well to keep things lively.

Scorpio Full Moons are always special in my opinion. They are usually an excellent time to explore our inner landscapes in order to learn more about what makes us who we are. With Pluto in Capricorn closely sextile the Scorpio Moon, we can delve more deeply and perhaps begin to come to terms with our less socially acceptable side. Accepting who we are, warts and all, can do wonders for strengthening our sense of self. Those who have good self esteem are less vulnerable to being manipulated by unscrupulous people. Don’t forget Scorpio is very good at healing.

The day before the Full Moon, the Taurus Sun is trine Pluto in Capricorn. This savvy pair understands exactly what it takes to improve our productivity in a practical manner. Review plans you have in the works to make sure the most basic elements are in place . . . like a solid funding source or enough skilled workers.

One of the big deals this week is Mercury in Aries conjoining Uranus and trine Saturn in Sagittarius one last time. It conjoins Uranus on Tuesday and is trine Saturn on Thursday. After what seems like weeks of no progress, we can start moving ahead with our plans. Those who did their homework during the recent Mercury retrograde and carefully revised those plans are now going to reap the most benefits.

Mars in Gemini suffers a setback on Thursday when he squares enervating Neptune in Pisces. For some folks this aspect signals the need to slow down and rest, especially if they have been burning the candle at both ends in order to meet deadlines. Don’t worry . . . this is only temporary since Mars will receive a shot of energy from a trine to exuberant Jupiter in Libra on Friday. Mars in Gemini is a noted multitasker and prone to taking on too much at once.

We haven’t had many long periods when the Moon is void-of-course recently but we start seeing those return later this week.

Monday is the last day the Moon will be in equitable Libra. She won’t be in as sweet a mood due to being opposed by Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries in the afternoon. Thankfully she will be supported by a steadying sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius late afternoon before going void-of-course until the middle of the night. The morning will be better for meetings and consultations. Save work you can do alone after that.

We wake up Tuesday to the Moon in darkest Scorpio. In this instance she will make no major aspects until very, very early Wednesday morning, giving us close to twenty four hours alone with her intense self. If you can do some soul searching before the Full Moon on Wednesday in order to take full advantage of opportunities for deep healing. Otherwise this is a good time to work on research or do anything that requires undivided attention and tenacity to complete.

The Scorpio Moon makes a couple of very nice aspects before she is full on Wednesday. A trine to Neptune during the wee hours of the morning is perfect for illuminating dreams and a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn during the afternoon is great for taking a pragmatic approach to budgeting. The overall tone is more reserved than usual for a Full Moon but that’s Scorpio for you.

Between the Full Moon in Scorpio late Wednesday afternoon and mid-morning Thursday, the Moon will be void-of-course. After she dashes into merry Sagittarius, she will be free to follow her whims until before dawn on Friday due to a lack of aspects from other planets. The open, easy going atmosphere is good for tossing ideas around or perhaps doing something fun during the evening.

Staying on task Friday will take more will power than usual, thanks to a distracted Sagittarius Moon. The worst period will be during the afternoon when she squares Neptune in Pisces. Do your best not to get caught day dreaming! If you can leave work early, that might be a good plan because neither the late afternoon sextile to Jupiter in Libra nor the opposition to Mars in Gemini are all that great for keeping your nose to the grindstone. Enjoy some playtime but make sure you have your bases covered first.

Saturday has a very breezy feel to it for the most part. The Sagittarius Moon will be trine Uranus in Aries during the afternoon and Mercury in Aries during the evening. The monthly conjunction with Saturn late afternoon/early evening may bring a temporary halt to festivities but not for long. The Moon will shift into Capricorn during the night, bringing the party to an end.

On Sunday the Capricorn Moon will make no aspects until she makes a late evening square to Venus in Aries. It is a much better day for working around the home or even going into the office to get ready for the coming week. There is a no nonsense air to the day, unlike Saturday’s playful atmosphere.

We’ve dealt with so many delays over the past month due to both Mercury and Venus being retrograde, we could feel a little off balance this week with both planets now direct. No worries, this should be sorted out by the end of the week. Do pace yourself as much as possible to avoid exhaustion from overdoing it.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Pastoral View © Diane Lang

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