May 11—Last Quarter Phase: Evaluating. This is the wisdom phase of the lunar cycle. Wisdom is more than knowledge. Wisdom is being able to apply one’s knowledge skillfully to achieve a desired result. If this lunar cycle has been about grounding our new beginnings into sustainable manifestation, then what have you learned about your foundations and how will you apply that knowledge to your life? The Last Quarter phase is formed when the Moon makes a square aspect to the Sun. Today, the Moon in Aquarius (fixed air) is square to the Sun in Taurus (fixed earth). The wisdom of this interaction comes from discerning how to make room for very different agendas. The Aquarian agenda is forward-thinking and very much about the mind. The Taurean agenda is rooted in the here and now, and likes things very much the way they are. In the extreme, these viewpoints battle each other. But when there is compromise, they help us to be more balanced, centered, and open—the very best qualities that air and earth have to offer.
Friday, May 15. Fire can spark glorious creativity and it can spark conflict. Fire’s job in the zodiac is to initiate, differentiate, and release potential. Today’s fire emphasis—the Moon in Aries (cardinal fire), Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) and Uranus in Aries—provides the fuel for such experiences. Mars in Gemini (mutable air) opposes Saturn today. We may notice conflict around beliefs. With the Moon squaring both Pluto and Uranus today, there is a better chance that the conflict could be quite volatile, especially in areas of the world that are under a lot of pressure around beliefs, poverty, and injustice. We all feel a need to release pressure. What is your preferred method?
Saturday, May 16. Welcome the Moon’s return to an earth sign. Notice the edge between fire and earth—the theme of this lunar cycle. Tomorrow a new lunar cycle begins and a new edge will be explored. The Moon relaxes into supportive aspects with Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and Venus in Cancer (cardinal water). Venus and Neptune fall into each other’s embrace with a trine. This could be a lovely day if we are able to shake off yesterday’s tensions. It is easier to think well of each other when we realize that everyone is in the same boat trying their best.