Monday, May 4. Yesterday’s Full Moon illumination is still felt today. The Moon in Scorpio (Fixed Water) is in a challenging relationship with the Sun in Taurus (Fixed Earth) and Jupiter in Leo (Fixed Fire). The opposition between Taurus and Scorpio digs deep into our psyches where we notice fear-based attachments, which can show up as needing to be in control, getting the upper hand, or oppositional, as well as avoidant, behaviors. Think, “fixed,” and then ask yourself, what could go wrong, and you get an idea. The square to Jupiter enhances the touchiness we could be feeling. The elemental forces at work are seeking a way to work together. Fire gives energy, earth a solid container, and water can help us release and transform emotion. The choice to remain stubborn or to transform is up to us. Mid-evening (CDT) the Moon opposes Mars. This may set off any tension we didn’t deal with earlier in the day.
Friday, May 8. In March the last exact square between Uranus and Pluto set off a chain reaction of change. In many ways, it feels like there is no turning back now. Although that aspect between these planets is separating, the Moon in Capricorn (Cardinal Earth) makes contact with both planets today reminding us that indeed these changes are well underway and necessary. The Sun in Taurus (Fixed Earth) reinforces stability amidst change with a trine to the Moon. Earth can support transformation through helping us slow down to the speed that our bodies need from us. Slowing down is not the same as going backwards. Listening to our bodies is not the same as ignoring the larger world we live in.
Saturday, May 9. Get ready, Mercury, the Trickster, is preparing to turn retrograde in nine days. Mercury begins this process by making a square to Neptune and entering what astrologers call the “shadow zone.” This is the zone that Mercury will pass through three times in the course of the complete retrograde period. During this period, Mercury will square Neptune for a total of three times. We could say that this aspect between Mercury and Neptune is the signature transit of this particular retrograde. Considering that Neptune likes to play around with reality too, this should be an interesting seven weeks (total amount of time to complete the three passes). These two planets have us questioning our perceptions. We’ll be more susceptible to delusion but also moments of enlightenment. The journey will include navigating between these states. Be willing to clarify and re-clarify communications.