Here we are entering a new week with the Cardinal Grand Cross behind us.
Clearly that does not mean that everything goes back to normal! We move forward, not backward. Nothing ever returns to what it was before!
This feels ever so true in these days. Our awareness has opened beyond what we could have expected. We are able to see our connection to each other and the greater Universe like never before!
There are many people, and situations, in our immediate surroundings and in the world that will take a great deal of time to assimilate what has happened over the last several weeks.
This week The Moon begins her travels in the warm, emotional Sign of Cancer and ends in the diplomatic, connection oriented Sign of Libra.
Last week was a time of full self-engagement, our care and concern was with ourselves; this week we become more aware of others and proceed with a bit more care and compassion for family, children, and intimate partners.
Mercury, the planet of our thinking, communications, and the workings of our minds has been in Taurus since the 23rd of April. This week Mercury (Wednesday night) moves into Gemini, a Sign that is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is very happy in Gemini and is moving along at a very quick pace, suggesting speediness of our minds. Our curiosity is intensified and will expand greatly following her/his entry into Gemini.
Well Mercury was in Taurus we worked hard to maintain stabilization within our minds. We tried to keep new thoughts to a minimum no matter how strongly those thoughts were pushing on us. Now we find ourselves ready to open our minds with curiosity and excitement; to bring our thoughts to bear on all that has occurred over the past few weeks. We are ready to hear stories and tell a few of our own!
Monday, May 5, 2014:
Monday begins with the Moon in emotional, family oriented Cancer. She will be VOC* following a Sextile to Mercury at 4:46 AM EDT. Having the work-week begin with the Moon VOC* is less than ideal. A VOC* Moon just doesn’t equate to a day of great accomplishment. The moon will enter Leo at 1:56 PM bringing more focus and ability into the later part of the day. This will very likely play out to be a great evening for a date with someone new. You will feel a good deal of self-confidence and the desire to fully express yourself. With a beautiful free flowing Trine between the Moon and Venus you may fee ready and able to shine your inner light brightly!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014:
Whatever began at the Taurus New Moon last Tuesday (April 29th) will need some attention on Tuesday. Whatever you began at that time may feel somehow uncomfortable and unworkable a week later. Rather than tossing that idea aside, consider what action you can take to move it forward. This is the First Quarter Square in the Cycle between the Sun and the Moon. The First-Quarter Square in any Cycle always suggests a problem, with the solution being a particular action. The thing to determine is what that action must be. Think deeply on this today, find the action and take it.
Tuesday has a lovely aspect between the Sun and Jupiter. This opens us deeply, allowing an overflowing sense of expansion, gratitude, and generosity to our outlook. Last year on June 19th the Sun and Jupiter came together at 28 degrees Gemini. What expansion began at that time? Whatever began at that time has come a long ways toward completion. Today you are able to begin letting go of what began then as you will soon begin another Cycle (July 24, 2014) of deepening fulfillment. This is a day of high-energy, high activity, and the potential for a great success.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014:
On Wednesday we come upon another very long VOC Moon. This VOC Moon is in Leo throughout the day following a square to Saturn at 6:51 AM. Keep in mind that a VOC Moon suggests that that this is a time ‘between’. This is a time when ‘what we do’ is not as important as ‘who we be’. These are times to keep a low profile, rest, rejuvenate, and go inward.
At 10:56 AM EDT Mercury enters Gemini; Mercury rules Gemini, therefore s/he is delighted to enter this active, curious, nervous Sign. Throughout the intensely stressful time of the Cardinal Grand Cross Mercury was in Taurus. This helped us to maintain some stability of mind throughout time. Now our minds, our curiosity, and our communications will get more active and engaged in understanding the process we have recently come through.
Thursday, May 8, 2014:
We wake Thursday morning to the Moon having entered the Sign of high discrimination and order: Virgo. This brings our consideration to issues of refinement, perfection, and highly detailed work. The Moon in Virgo is a time to consider our own judgments of ourselves and others. As we pay attention to the conversation within ourselves we may notice the critical and judgmental side of the archetype of Virgo. Notice how the judgements and criticisms turn most powerfully on ourselves. Friendliness is not something to direct only to others. Unconditional friendliness towards the self is of crucial importance. Thursday evening the Virgo Moon connects with Neptune for an evening of imagination, sensitivity, and inspiration
Friday, May 9, 2014:
Friday the moon is in Virgo throughout the day making lovely aspects with Pluto, Jupiter, the Sun, and Saturn. Step aside from all of your expectation on Friday and look clearly at the details of your life; work on organization of the whole. There is a clarity and kindness in Virgo that we can open to at this time. This is also a day when we can feel very accomplished and productive. When we leave the office at the end of the day we know we have put in a good days work and are ready for the weekend.
Following a Sextile to Saturn at 6:08 PM EDT the Moon is VOC until Saturday morning. This encourages us to take quiet Friday evening, save your energy for the up-coming weekend.
Saturday, May 10, 2014:
Not too long after midnight on Friday night the Moon entered Libra. Our connection, we long for that perfect partner. Do not mope around if you do not have a partner; make contact with others in the morning. Find someone to go to lunch or a movie with.
Saturday afternoon (2:27 PM EDT) the Taurus Sun Opposes Saturn (Scorpio). This is a powerful suggestion of dissatisfaction or a time to build a serious structure in your life. Consider what happened between November 5th and November 7th of 2013. What was very serious or very important that began at that time? Now you are able to see where the choices you made at that time have brought you. This is the time of full expression of what began then. Consider this and take the next logical steps forward in the process that began then. If you find that you are not where you hoped you would be on this situation, now is the time that you can make new choices on that situation.
Sunday May 11, 2014:
Sunday may prove to be the most stressful day of the week. Early in the morning while you are sleeping Venus Opposes Mars. Consider the Cycle of Venus and Mars as a reflection of the Cycle of Relationship. This Cycle began in early April 2013. Did you begin, deepen, or otherwise change a significant Relationship at that time? Where do you find that Relationship now? There may be a good deal of stress involved but you should have a clear view of reality regarding this relationship at this time!
Sunday morning at 8:33 AM EDT Mercury squares Neptune. It may be easier for you to put those rose-colored glasses on then to look at reality. This will be your choice for today. Are you able to see this Relationship with clearly opened eyes or are you looking at it from a perspective of illusion? Time spent in meditation, getting lost in music or poetry would be a nice way to conclude the day. The Libra Moon does make contact with what is left of the Cardinal Grand Cross adding a certain amount of stress to the afternoon. Don’t let it slow you down; prepare for the week ahead and move forward.
Paintings by: Paul Gauguin
ca. 1849 – 1903
* 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 it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*VOC (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.