Week of May 22, 2017


Most of the action takes place late this week, and that’s good because we have a New Moon in Gemini on Thursday to prepare for. The first half of the week is best used to do our monthly review in order to clear the way to take advantage of the New Moon. Both Mercury and Venus has passed the degree where each went retrograde, allowing us to finally shift our attention to the future.

Do use your time wisely the first part of the week because we have challenging aspects to navigate later: Venus in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn on Thursday and Mars in Gemini opposes Saturn in Sagittarius on Sunday. Mercury in Taurus is in an odd place thanks to being caught between a sweet sextile to Neptune in Pisces and an ouchy inconjunct to Jupiter in Libra.

Venus in Aries still has a touch of innocence. Deep down inside she still believes in happy endings but running up against Pluto in Capricorn makes it very hard to hold on to that belief. This particular square occurs at 19° and affects those with personal planet and/or Ascendant from 18° to 20° in the cardinal signs the most. Obsessions involving love and money can raise their ugly heads this week. Thankfully Venus will quickly move out of Pluto’s reach and sanity can return.

The Mars in Gemini-Saturn in Sagittarius opposition is an interesting one because Mars is currently out-of-bounds and harder to influence. Besides that Mars in Gemini is also making a waxing sextile to Uranus in Aries (exact on May 30). Hopefully the teamwork side of the opposition will emerge, creating the possibility for making exciting things happen. There is plenty of energy available if we can effectively harness it.

The sextile to Neptune in Pisces brings out Mercury in Taurus’s creative side and can provide inspiration to poets and musicians in particular. Usually Mercury in Taurus is good at translating inspiration into tangible results but the inconjunct to Jupiter in Libra could interfere. We could get caught up in magical thinking where the best idea is the one just around the corner. Remember the inconjunct between Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Pisces is still within orb which means the Mercury-Neptune sextile is the base of a Yod with Jupiter at the apex. This is not exactly conducive to clear, logical thinking. I recommend getting a second opinion sometime next week.

We do get the benefits of an Aries Moon on Monday which always starts the week off with a bang. A Moon-Venus conjunction during the morning takes the edge off and interacting with others should be reasonably pleasant. Things may get more confrontive midday when the Moon squares Pluto but a late afternoon sextile Mars in Gemini gets everyone back on track. The Moon will go void-of-course during the night following her monthly conjunction with Uranus.

Tuesday the pace changes when the Moon ambles into placid Taurus first thing in the morning. She will set an easy pace all day leading up to conjoining Mercury in the evening. Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days this week for staying on task at work and not getting completely distracted. We’re now officially in the Balsamic Phase of the Moon and it’s time to take stock before the New Moon on Thursday.

The first part of the day on Wednesday looks good for taking care of the practicalities with the Taurus Moon trine Pluto in Capricorn. After the Moon goes void-of-course during the afternoon, we may want to stick with simple, routine tasks. We probably won’t feel like going out for the evening either.

Very early Thursday morning the Moon dashes into spritely Gemini and the only lunar event today is the New Moon in Gemini this afternoon. It is highly likely we’ll end up with more questions than answers today and that’s OK because it is too easy to get ahead of ourselves now.

Once the fog lifts after the Gemini Moon squares Neptune in Pisces at daybreak, Friday doesn’t look too bad. A midday sextile between the Moon and Venus in Aries lightens the mood and by the time the Moon conjoins Mars in Gemini this evening, lots of folks will be in the mood to party. Plans could change at a moment’s notice but that only adds to the fun.

The mood changes on Saturday morning when the Moon swims into Cancer first thing in the morning. We may find ourselves spending more time at home rather than making the social rounds. Cancer Moons have a way of drawing our attention to family needs first and foremost.

Sunday finds the Cancer Moon in a peevish mood thanks to a midday opposition to Pluto in Capricorn and a late afternoon/early evening square to Venus in Aries. Play time could be seriously curtailed due to familial obligations, and that is bound to put a damper on the day. It’s a good day to practice being kind and considerate.

The pacing this week reflects the lunar cycle with the first part of the week fairly quiet followed by a marked increase in activity levels following the New Moon in Gemini. Gemini New Moons often bring us far more information than we can process quickly. Rather than pushing ahead, it would be better to carefully vet the information we receive before acting on it. Be especially wary of high pressure sales tactics. Practice saying “NO” with great firmness!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Fuschias © Diane Lang

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