I don’t think there’s much we can do to keep this week simple. We’re going to have to work with what is currently on the table. The week begins with Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all in retrograde motion.
That is a lot of energy telling us to pay attention to all unfinished business, unresolved issues, and lingering doubts that are holding us back. Now is the time to deeply focus on cleaning up and resolving issues from the past.
If you have been following astrology for any amount of time, you are familiar with the way Mercury retrograde tends to manifest in our lives. If we are not paying attention, if we continue to push forward into new territory regarding communications or projects, then we are apt to run into problems, detours, and delays.
During this time, choose your communications carefully, double check details, and most of all, practice patience with all people (including yourself), and in all circumstances.
Mercury retrograde is not a terrible time! If you consciously spend the time cleaning your desk, your mind, and your heart of old projects and overdue communications, this can be a time of great accomplishment.
The Mars retrograde is not so simple.
Mars is the planet of assertiveness, anger, leadership, courage, impulsive action, sexual energy, violence, and the power of will.
Consider that when a planet is retrograde, we are asked to look honestly at where we have fallen short in utilizing the energy of that planet.
The last time Mars was retrograde was between March 1, 2014 and May 19, 2014. If you keep a journal, it will be helpful to go back and check that period of time in your life. This can give you a good idea of how you personally respond to Mars retrograde; although you must keep in mind that where the retrograde is occurring in your own chart is also highly significant. The current Mars retrograde begins at 8° Sagittarius moving back to 23° Scorpio. If you want help in understanding this contact Jennie or me (Laurie) for a consultation!
Consider how you have utilized this strong Mars energy since May 2014. What areas in your life have you misused powerful energy or been out of integrity? Think about how you have used the power of your will, your sexual energy, and the power you wield over others through leadership or other methods of control and/or power.
It is now time to wake up and learn to better use your own powerful energies.
Pay attention to any disruptions that occur during this time. Understand that disruptions now reflect the need to consciously wake up and use power and will with integrity and kindness to others.
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THE DREAM HOLDS SWAY
Monday, May 2, 2016:
Monday would be a great day to stay home from work. The Pisces Moon forms aspects that do not help pull us out of the space we may find ourselves in with sluggish energy and lack of focus.
At 8:23 AM EDT, the Pisces Moon opposes Jupiter and we may feel pulled between the fantasy world of Pisces and Virgo’s insistence that we fulfill our duties, and get back to work and accomplish something!
At 11:39 AM EDT, the Moon squares Saturn reaffirming the fact that we simply do not want to be at work. If your work is highly creative, you may be able to use this to your advantage by thinking of it as putting effort into bringing the dream into reality.
Spend the evening in meditation, with a fantasy novel or movie, or go ahead and indulge in that extra glass of wine. It is an evening for soft dreams, an evening to not only allow but enjoy the lack of clarity that holds sway.
Yes. Go ahead and indulge your dreams.
GIFT OF EXPANSION & PASSION
Tuesday, May 3, 2016:
Buoyant optimism takes over on Tuesday with the Sun trine Jupiter in the wee hours of the morning. The Moon then enters impulsive, energetic Aries at 12:05 PM EDT. This is a welcome change after the sluggishness we had to manage on Monday.
The cycle between the Sun and Jupiter is a cycle of self-expansion and growth. What seed of personal growth did you plant in late August of 2015? Did you see a new possibility that could bring you into a broader understanding of your self and your place in the world? Did you take action to bring clarity to your own growth in mid-December? The full creativity of that seed was evident in early March and now you are able to accept the gift of higher understanding and an expansive ability to support others.
It would be good to move your body and expend physical energy this afternoon. Go for a run, a bike ride, or a swim. Use the assertive powerful energy of Aries in a way that will tire you out.
With the Aries Moon trine Mars around bedtime, you may have a hard time getting to sleep if you do not physically tire yourself out. Of course, the best use of this energy would be to engage in a passionate romp in the hay. If you have an interested, willing, and enthusiastic partner, make it a date. If not, make a date with yourself.
You may stay up later than is customary on a weeknight but the sleep you get on the other side of enjoying a deep sexual connection will be worth more than a sleepless night with this energy blocked in your body.
There is much to enjoy in this day. Keep your eye on the prize.
FEELS LIKE A ROLLER COASTER
Wednesday, May 4, 2016:
By the end of Wednesday, you may feel that you have spent the day on a roller coaster. In the midst of such a day, it may be helpful to maintain awareness that we are heading into the ‘dark of the Moon’. Remember, the importance of quiet introspection over the next few days as we prepare for the Taurus New Moon on Friday.
The day begins under the influence of the Moon trine Saturn, stabilizing that powerful Aries Moon. With courage and assertion, you should be able to get a great deal accomplished during the morning hours.
Remember, with Mercury retrograde to stick with already established plans and projects; do not start any new projects at this time.
The late afternoon brings us face-to-face with the stress and difficulty of the Moon square Pluto and later in the evening, the Moon conjunct Uranus. Emotional concerns, disruptions, and struggles could easily rock the boat. As much as possible do not lay blame; take responsibility for where you find yourself, and look deeply at what needs to be transformed to bring your life to a higher level of personal growth and understanding.
Work with this internal process; fighting against it could backfire into interpersonal dynamics that would only cause more difficulties on the path ahead. In any and all interactions with others on Wednesday evening, offer kindness. Get out of your own way. Look into the eyes of those you encounter and see your reflection.
ENJOY A SLOWER PACE
Thursday, May 5, 2016:
You may wake up on Thursday with the uncomfortable sense that you didn’t deal with Wednesday’s challenges as well as you wish you had. You may have had a difficult night’s sleep as well. There is no doubt that Mars retrograde adds to the difficulty of all challenging aspects to a sometimes overly aggressive Aries Moon.
Don’t let it get you worked up; things will smooth and energies shift dramatically as the Moon enters Taurus at 12:11 PM EDT. We gratefully settle into a more peaceful emotional space and may even wonder what had us so stressed on Wednesday. Whatever the cause of anxiety, it just doesn’t seem so important once the Moon is in steady, dependable Taurus.
The planets are very quiet for the rest of the day. There is nothing to do but feel the calm, steady energy of Taurus, enjoy the desire for peace, comfort, and sensual touch. Embrace the slower pace; get comfortable, and ‘stop to smell the roses’. Offer a massage, a home cooked meal, or bring flowers to a friend.
TAURUS NEW MOON: A POWERFUL CYCLE BEGINS
Friday, May 6, 2016:
Lovely aspects to the steadfast Taurus Moon prevail throughout the day. This is very significant with the New Moon exact at 2:30 PM EDT. The aspects to a New Moon tell us much about the cycle we are beginning.
At this New Moon, the Sun and Moon are conjunct at 16° Taurus. Together, the Sun and Moon form a Grand Earth Trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo. This is a powerful configuration offering creative determination, resourcefulness, and the steadfast energy required to make powerful progress toward our most practical goals.
Please take time to do a simple New Moon ritual. You want to complete the ritual after the exact time of the New Moon and within 24 hours. This is a powerful New Moon for practical goals and accomplishments. You should make a plan regarding real world desires; money or love come to mind.
Don’t neglect your New Moon ritual. Keep it simple. Take a moment to write down what you wish to begin or create in the upcoming cycle. What do you want to see increase over the coming month? Have two candles available for your ritual. Light the first candle to represent yourself, just as you are at this moment in time. Light the second candle as an aspiration of what you want to create. Each day, take a moment to focus on yourself as you light the first candle. As you light the second candle, focus on drawing to you what you are creating as you bring the two candles closer together. At the Full Moon in two weeks, bring them fully together and see the results of what you have created.
Share this ritual with your friends and loved ones. I have been using this process for some time now and find it amazingly powerful. 🙂
FLOW EMPOWERS CHANGE
Saturday, May 7, 2016:
After the stabilizing New Moon on Friday, Saturday brings us the full empowerment of Sun trine Pluto. This brings to our core an intense, free flowing energy of transformation and transcendence.
The current cycle between the Sun and Pluto (a cycle of personal empowerment) began in early January. At that time you planted a seed or set an intention intended to increase your personal power through dismantling some inner force; purification and rebirth required.
Whatever you did early in April to push forward with this dismantling and transformation has put you on a path now where you can flow with the change.
Look deeply and you will see what is being worked upon. You will probably find the answer within the issues of Mars retrograde; issues of how much integrity you bring to your physicality and sexuality. The trine aspect allows change to occur far more simply than you may expect. It is not necessary to get in your own way.
The Moon enters Gemini at 11:35 AM EDT and with Mercury, (ruler of Gemini) retrograde, it would be easy to share this powerful internal process without realizing that others may not hear things in the way you intend. Be sure that your reasons for sharing do not have complicated or unkind overtones. Once you are clear on your integrity, go ahead and share, but double check that you are truly heard and understood.
FORGIVE MISTAKES EASILY
Sunday, May 8, 2016:
Sunday the Gemini Moon is very active and your mind may be moving faster than you can keep up. If you have a meditation practice, this is not a good day to skip it! Whatever you can do to stabilize your thinking early in the day will help you to make the most of it.
If you find yourself restless and agitated (the Gemini Moon is square Jupiter at 8:50 AM EDT), get out for an early morning walk. Talk to yourself, your dog, and any inanimate objects; don’t bring the agitation into any of your domestic or family relationships.
The Moon opposes Saturn at 11:31 AM EDT allowing negativity and a judgmental attitude to attempt to sneak in. It is a Moon transit so it won’t last long. Go off by yourself, there is no point is stirring the pot when the energy will be gone if you simply allow it. This is a good day to simply engage with a variety of activities. Keeping yourself busy will keep out of with unnecessary and problematic communications.
Remember, you are not alone in this. Give everyone around you space to make mistakes. Let it go. If something is said that is upsetting to you, wait to discuss it later. Today is not the day.
As long as you have managed the day without mishap, you can anticipate the late evening to loosen things up and allows space for some playful fun.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.