The week begins with the excitement and generosity of the Leo Moon. Throughout the course of the week the moon moves through Leo, Virgo and Libra.
The emotional energy of the week brings us into connection with others: in Leo we engage our generosity and playfulness, in Virgo we engage in offering ourselves in service to others, and in Libra we seek to bring diplomacy and pleasure to those we encounter.
The most significant issue of the week comes on Saturday morning when Mercury turns retrograde at 7:56 AM EDT. Beware of astrologers who talk about Mercury retrograde as being a terribly negative time. Indeed, Mercury retrograde takes some understanding and effort to utilize well. You will hear people saying that everything goes wrong when Mercury is retrograde; you will hear stories of communications, projects, vehicles, electronic devices, and friendships falling apart!
Take the time to prepare yourself. Make sure your hard drive is backed up, make sure your car has been serviced, make sure communications between yourself and your loved ones are in a state of harmony and balance.
Monday, June 2, 2014:
We begin the week with the Moon in Leo, suggesting the importance of offering open-hearted generosity in all that we do. The Moon Squares Venus in the morning indicating a conflict between our desire to be seen in the world and our desire to sit home enjoying comfort and sensual pleasures.
Monday evening offers the possibility of social connections and interesting engagement with others. We are likely to have a great deal of energy and the ability to deeply move others. It may not be easy to wind-down at the end of the day, as our minds are very active.
We are apt to see things that we are anxious to take action on. Go ahead and allow yourself to stay up later than normal. See what you can accomplish before heading off to bed! Enjoy the excitement and possibility swirling through your mind.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014:
Tuesday brings another full day with the Moon in Leo. The morning begins with intensity and excitement as the Moon Trine Uranus. Our emotions are not willing to hide! We want to be seen for the unique individual that we are!
That excitement does not last long and by midmorning it is a thing of the past.
At 10:42 AM EDT (with the final aspect of the Moon being a Square to Saturn) the Leo Moon goes VOC* for the remainder of the day. Do not anticipate a great deal of accomplishment on Tuesday. This is a fine day to contemplate how you will manage the upcoming Mercury retrograde. Mercury has slowed considerably in his/her preparation for turning retrograde on Saturday. We are definitely feeling ‘off our game’. Keep this in mind as you encounter others throughout your day. As the anxiety builds many of us are in need of deep kindness. Offer simple friendship and compassion without expectation. It is hard to overemphasize the difference a bit of kindness can make in a single life. We never know how far that kindness spreads.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014:
Wednesday begins with a lovely Sextile between Venus and Neptune. This offers us the opportunity to work on a project that began in February of 2013. Consider what you began then. At that time there were many planets in Pisces! It may be hard to identify what began; did you start a project that involved art, beauty, or romantic love? Did you develop a new awareness around the spirituality of money/resources, or did you begin a meditation or spiritual practice? Consider the energy that comes together when Venus and Neptune meet: romantic love, idealized beauty, love of dreaming, clandestine relationship, the spirituality of money. Be aware of the opportunity that is available now to push that issue/situation/project forward. If you began some artistic endeavor, pick up those paintbrushes; if you began a spiritual practice, sit on that meditation cushion a little longer, if you fell in love, go back to the source of that love. We may notice this week that we are in love with love and all things of beauty. We do not want to see what is dirty or ugly in the world. Our focus is on love.
At 10:20 AM EDT the Moon enters Virgo ending a very long VOC* and brings an emotional practicality to this soft spiritual awareness.
Thursday, June 5, 2014:
The Virgo Moon is highly active on Thursday, making contact with Neptune, Venus, Pluto, Sun, and Saturn. This suggests a very busy day. At 4:39 PM EDT the Virgo Moon makes the First Quarter square to the Sun. This is the point in the Lunar Cycle when we are asked to take action on something that needs attention in order to move forward. What kind of busyness would you imagine with an active Virgo Moon? If you don’t have a traditional job to go to, you could clean out the attic, the closets, the basement! If you have that traditional job, I’m sure you’ve got a ton of organization to accomplish before Mercury goes retrograde on Saturday. This is a great day to focus on the details of life.
Consider who you are and how your work in the world is of service to others. Take a good long look at your own internal processes. What can you improve within yourself to be more useful to your community?
Friday, June 6, 2014:
On Friday we have another very long VOC* Moon! The last aspect the Moon makes while in Virgo is a Sextile to Jupiter at 5:13AM EDT. Emotionally the day is colored with the expansive optimism of Jupiter!
At 7:20 AM EDT the Gemini Sun sextiles Uranus suggesting great inspiration and excitement. Don’t expect an ordinary day! Our thoughts and experiences may be a bit unsettling and we are not afraid to upset the apple cart. We may notice defiance in others even as we insist on our own independence and originality. Consider what was on our minds the first few days of April 2014. What was your excitement or inspiration then? How can you now take a step forward to realize your vision?
At 10PM EDT the Moon leaves Virgo to seek the beauty and diplomacy of Libra. Enjoy sweet dreams!
Saturday, June 7, 2014:
Today Mercury turns to retrace his/her steps! The first steps back begin at 7:56 AM EDT. Following several days of very slow motion, it is almost a relief when Mercury is actually retrograde. Anyone who has followed me for long knows that I love our Mercury Retrograde times. Many people become very uncomfortable when Mercury is retrograde and yet it is a time where much can be accomplished. When you hear people discussing all the things that are going to go wrong when Mercury is retrograde, please try to explain to them that it is only a time to redo what hasn’t been done properly since the last Mercury retrograde. Think about the time between then and now. The last Mercury retrograde began on February 6, 2014 and extended through until February 28, 2014. Consider all that you have done, all the projects you have begun, all the books that you’ve started. Consider all the things that have not been completed. How many projects that are half done under a pile on your desk? Mercury will be retrograde until July 1. This gives us time to go back and finish all those half-done projects! It is true that this is not the time to begin new projects, this is not the time to take on new responsibilities, this is not the time to purchase new electronic devices or new cars. This is the time to focus on what needs to be completed from the past. Conversations that have been left unfinished can be finished now. Used properly, Mercury retrograde is a powerful time of getting caught up in accomplishing things that have been on your to do list since the February. Get on it, get to work, no complaining about Mercury retrograde, enjoy this time!
On Saturday, the Libra Moon is stressed as she harshly encounters the realities still inherent in the Uranus square Pluto transit, with Mars still involved. We may want to pick our battles gently, offering more kindness than what comes easily.
Sunday, June 8, 2014:
On Sunday, the Moon is in Libra all day. There is a sense of it being a much kinder day than Saturday. The Moon and Sun are in a beautiful trine aspect, opening us to friendships and lovely conversations! This has the potential to be a very pleasant day. Go out for brunch with friends, take in a movie. Enjoy the people in your life.
The evening brings another free flowing trine between Venus and Pluto. There is the possibility of tapping into powerful experiences of love and beauty. Perhaps you will win a fortune on the race-track! Or fall in love! There is the possibility of deep empowerment regarding something that you value highly, be that love, beauty money, or resources. Something that began in mid-November has grown to the point of bringing powerful beauty into form now. Get out your journals and let me know what this is about for you. I would love to hear!
images: Illustrations from Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
* 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.