As we head into this week, reaching into June and the full summer season, we must remember that one of the main themes of this year is the square aspect formed between Saturn and Neptune (exact hits occurring on: 11/26/2015, 6/17/2016, and 9/10/2016). With both planets now retrograde, we must reflect back upon issues in our lives relating to dreams, fantasies, escape vs. structure, reality, and stability. How do we allow each of these energies to live and teach fully within us when they pull against each other so readily?
As we get closer to the next ‘hit’, pay attention to where these themes are activated your life. Take careful note of the places where dreams conflict with reality, escape with restriction, fantasy with solid form, illusion with authority, compassion with control, and responsibility with bewilderment. Finding a balance point is not easy. Keep your eyes open on each side of this divide; take full responsibility for where you find yourself. Allow your mystical inspiration and your practical maturity to guide you. Find a way to hold space within yourself for the full dichotomy of our lives.
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SPEAK TO POWER
Monday, May 30, 2016:
The Moon is in Pisces on Monday. She is relatively quiet until evening when she forms a trine aspect to Mars at 7:10 PM EDT. This offers us a good deal of physical energy. Please don’t waste it sitting on the couch watching television or YouTube! The fact that it is Monday night should never be a reason to stay close to home. Shake up your routine.
At 9:09 PM EDT, the Moon enters Aries. As we head toward bed on Monday night, a trine aspect is formed between Mercury and Pluto, empowering our conversations or our ability to make ourselves heard or understood. What needs to be said? Who does it need to be said to? Craft a letter or an article that will bring depth to the topic at hand.
The cycle of Mercury and Pluto is about the expression of power. Whatever expression was just beginning in late January is now easily expressed even as it continues to gather depth of understanding. A powerful truth can be understood and spoken of in a way that is readily understood by others as well. Say what you need to say.
OPPORTUNITY & STABILITY
Tuesday, May 31, 2016:
On Tuesday, the Moon remains in impulsive Aries. The aspects formed by that assertive Moon suggest an easy-going day of possibility, accomplishment, and stability. The Moon forms sextile aspects to Venus and the Sun, each in Gemini. You can expect to find yourself in multiple sociable connections and conversations. Whatever endeavors you are involved in will very likely draw the attention and support of others.
At 7:24 PM EDT, the Aries Moon forms a lovely trine aspect (an aspect of free flowing energy) to Saturn, which encourages stability, an ease of effort, and the acceptance of reality.
Work on releasing your ego attachment to the results of whatever you are trying to accomplish; add disciplined steadfast effort and your progress will surprise yourself as much as others.
TAKE ACTION ON THE DREAM
Wednesday, June 1, 2016:
Early in the day on Wednesday, the Aries Moon squares Pluto and conjunct Uranus. You may notice yourself or others exhibiting selfish, impulsive, and even combative behaviors. Be patient and kind. Simply maintain enough awareness of your own responses to ‘not go there’.
You may need to bite your lounge or step outside for a walk in order to keep from taking an action or saying something that you would likely regret. It may feel like a big deal in the moment but really, it is a simple Moon transit and will pass relatively easily if you do not feed it with unwise and unnecessary reactions.
Consider the dream, fantasy, or idealization that began at the end of February 2016 (Sun conjunct Neptune) Do you have a clear picture of how you want that situation to look when it reaches its full illumination in early September (Sun oppose Neptune)?
Be clear about what you want, it would be easy to allow lack of clarity on this issue. Consider that clarity of purpose will help inform you of the action that must be taken now to support the full expression you want by early September 2016. At 10:41 PM EDT, the Sun square Neptune. This First Quarter Square demands that an action is taken that will lead to your desired outcome.
At 10:47 PM EDT, the Moon leaves the fight behind and enters Taurus bringing rest, comfort, and sleep.
Thursday, June 2, 2016:
There is nothing quite like the simplicity and sweet taste of reverence in a well aspected Taurus Moon. This is what Thursday offers. A lovely Taurus Moon encourages us to seek reliability, the deep appreciation of beauty, comfort, and sensuality without guilt.
Yes, you can probably sense the struggle that is just ahead with a few, not so easy, lessons on the horizon. On Friday, you will need to face reality head-on as significant issues loom; that can wait another day. This day will help build strength to face those issues with more ease.
The Taurus Moon forms a sextile aspect to Neptune and a trine aspect to Jupiter on Thursday evening. This brings a flow of expansion and opportunity along with the potential of deep sensitivity, spiritual devotion, and compassion. Prepare for a day where you directly encounter the stability available within the depth of your commitment to your higher beliefs, your spirituality, and your inspired generosity and compassion.
Head into the world with the commitment to show kindness and compassion in all the areas where it is least expected of you.
A POWERFUL DAY OF CONTEMPLATION AND ACTION
Friday, June 3, 2016:
We are firmly in the Dark of the Moon as we prepare for the New Moon on Saturday night. Until she enters Gemini at 11:01 PM EDT, the Moon remains in Taurus. However, we cannot expect the simplicity of Thursday’s Taurus Moon!
Friday will have complications.
In the wee hours of the morning, Venus square Neptune and the Sun opposes Saturn. Later in the evening, Venus opposes Saturn (8:46 PM EDT). These transits last much longer that the quick moving Moon transits, and will reflect our internal or external landscape for a day or so on either side of the exact time of the transit.
Venus square Neptune brings us to a place where we must take action on a dream that began toward the end of March. Think about your relationship with alcohol, drugs, poetry, meditation, spirituality; all those things that Neptune brings to us.
Neptune offers imagination and the breaking down of barriers. Do you remember that dreamy time in March? I remember that I became almost obsessed with poetry during that time. I think I’ll make it a point to write poetry on Friday. Maybe this is the time to begin a meditation practice or stop constantly turning to that bottle of wine. The question is simple: what action do you need to take to support your most valuable dream?
Now, consider the contact made between both the Sun and Venus to Saturn. Because these are oppositions they show us the results of what we began the last time they came together in a conjunction. Whatever you began at the end of November 2015, that was intended to increase your individuality, now we are shown how far we have come.
A similar situation exists regarding what you began in early January that was intended to increase love or value in your life. Friday is likely to be a day of contemplation as you question your choices and the results of those choices. There is much to consider as you can now see where the choices you made in November and January have brought you.
If you have not deepened your individuality or increased your sense of love and inner value, you must now consider how to adjust your life to increase independence and loving connection.
GEMINI NEW MOON; CURIOSITY & WONDER
Saturday, June 4, 2016:
Saturday offers an interesting perspective on our current circumstances. Because the actual New Moon doesn’t occur until 11:00 PM EDT, this is a day of building up to your need to make a significant decision.
What is the seed that you want to plant now? Making the decision before the actual New Moon will abort its chances before it begins. Allow the day to offer the secrets of the New Moon as it unfolds.
During the course of the day, the Sun, Venus, and the Moon all form a square transit to Jupiter with Neptune still in the mix.
Are you experiencing deep levels of love, expansion, and lack of clarity? Illusion may keep the path unclear, things may not be as they seem. Something that has been building since last summer is releasing its hold on you. Do you have the courage to follow the inner whisperings of your heart? Do you trust that what you are releasing now will create space in your life for more richness? How do you manage the fear and caution that arises? What voice is it appropriate to listen to? Which voice leads to heartbreak? Which leads to a deep healing?
This is a day to go deeply inside, honor the part of yourself that KNOWS the path that calls you to its service. You are well cared for as long as you trust that your path simply lies ahead. The direction you take will bring you to where you are going.
At 10:09 PM EDT, the Moon conjunct Venus as the final aspect before the New Moon. Curiosity and communication combine with love and beauty. Do you find yourself deeply curious about a new love, a new art form, or growth of your own personal values? Decisions should be made after 11:00 PM EDT; no need to stay awake; tomorrow is fine.
LISTEN FOR A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Sunday, June 5, 2016:
The Moon in Gemini can bring with it great curiosity and mental stimulation; it can also show up as anxiety, impatience, and fidgety mental energies. The Gemini Moon sextile Uranus in the early afternoon may amp this up. It is important to find an outlet for intellectual creative curiosity. Have open-minded conversations with people who think very differently than what you are accustomed to. You may hear something that completely changes your view and perception of the world. It is a great gift to experience the opening of our minds to new ways of perceiving our reality.
Take a direct step into curiosity by bringing up conversations that are thought of as taboo in polite company. Go ahead; talk about sex, religion, and politics. Maintain a posture of curiosity and LISTEN. Be available to encounter a new way to see the world.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit 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, textiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.