Sunday, May 11. The day begins with Venus in Aries opposing retrograde Mars in Libra. This is a crucial stage of this retrograde journey for Mars, which essentially began when Mars entered Libra in December 2013. Mars will not leave Libra until July. While Mars has been spending extra time in this sign, we’ve been evolving the way we do relationship. We’ve had to spend more time realizing that we are not alone, our actions impact others, and we need to bring a greater sense of fairness to our partnerships. Frankly, I think one reason the grand cardinal cross has not been more calamitous is that this Mars has moderated our reactivity. Now, with Venus and Mars opposing each other from the sign that the other rules, we have the opportunity for big aha moment. What is it all about? I talk a lot about balance. This transit takes balance to a new level. What will bring better balance into your life? The continuum is between selfhood and partnership. Finding our own balance between these extremes may help us see each other for who we really are.
Monday, May 12. After yesterday’s muddled attempts to communicate, we may really appreciate the clarity coming from a trine between Mars and Mercury today. Know what you want and trust the words to come that will help you on your way.
Tuesday, May 13. The momentum of water leads us to the lowest point. That’s a good direction to head today and tomorrow with the Moon in depth-seeking Scorpio. This doesn’t mean we have to be glum or sad. In fact, if we can readily acknowledge our true feelings, no matter what they are, we may be able to tap into the vitality inherent in this Taurus season. The Moon’s contacts with Neptune and Pluto favorably prepare us for the illumination of the Full Moon tomorrow. Pay attention to your intuition; treat your insights as serious information to be acted upon. Have you been denying what you know? Take a different tack.
May 14—Full Moon: Illuminating. The Full Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus today. These two signs remind us that death and life are inexorably linked. We can’t have one without the other. Illumination comes from the realization that we can’t control any of it—the impulse to live nor the reality of death. There are forces larger than our dreams, larger than our resistances, larger than us. And somehow, rather than being discouraged by this primal exchange between death and life, I am filled with wonder and gratitude. I am awed by this power.
Thursday, May 15. With the reverberations of yesterday’s Full Moon still resonating, we get another jolt. Venus conjoins Uranus today. Daring to dwell in freedom and authenticity is the prime directive. Beauty is an incredibly strong force. As the planet aligned with beauty, Venus has stronger impact than we might think from the standard way beauty is trivialized in our culture. Uranus helps us realize the ways we have compromised ourselves into superficiality. And we want to break free. We have help to overcome stagnation from Mercury in Gemini. The quicksilver, trickster planet is making helpful aspects to both Venus and Uranus. Let us encourage acts of creative ingenuity—a quality of the Compassionate Trickster that astrologer Caroline Casey often speaks about.
Friday, May 16. Go to the edge of your comfort zone and discover a new unifying truth. The Moon in adventurous Sagittarius is encouraging travel of all sorts. We don’t have to go far physically, to go far mentally. Diverse and surprising perspectives may challenge, as the Moon opposes Mercury, but we also find new allies with the Moon in trine to Venus. The desire to be expansive on a fine spring day at the end of the standard work week has us crowing, TGIF!
May 17—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. Every lunar cycle is a story, a myth of our own telling. I am committed to tracking the phases of the Moon each lunar cycle because the framework helps me to envision where I want to go, to reflect on where I’ve been, and to be aware of where I am right now. The disseminating phase of the Moon is a great time to reflect on where we’ve been recently and what we are taking away from the experience. Think back over the Taurus lunar cycle that began on April 29. Did the beauty of the Earth call you into life? What were the struggles? What were the gifts? Another way to think of this: What are you grateful for, right now in this moment? A part of that gift was given to you at the New Moon, because that happens at every New Moon. We are moving through transformative times. There is evidence of this in the transits today. The Moon in Capricorn attunes us to the long vision of history. We want to follow through with significant, structural change to the important facets of our lives. Things matter deeply. Mercury is square to Chiron. Communication could be difficult but the difficulty is only an indication of its importance. It matters that we are true to our whole selves.