Monday, May 16. By the end of this week, the Sun will enter Gemini, there will be a Full Moon in Sagittarius, and Mercury will station direct. Today, we get to anchor into the status quo before a bunch of shifting energy is unleashed. The grand earth trine aspect pattern of Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn is still holding us at least a little steady. The Moon entering balanced and fair Libra will help us with equilibrium. It isn’t as if all the tension of the past few weeks is over, but perhaps we are learning how to cope with it a little better. That is a good hope for the beginning of a work week.
May 17—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. I’ve been riffing on the elements lately. Wondering about the interaction between earth and the other elements. This lunar cycle was seeded with Taurus intention. For me, I committed to surrendering to the earth’s intelligence. This is a feeling of letting gravity do the work for me. Often, I can resist the obvious, how about you? This phase of the Moon can find us feeling a little agitated like there is something else we are supposed to be doing. What if the work is simply to let gravity do its thing? The complement to this earth experience is the influence of an air Moon in Libra. Isn’t air’s perspective a contradiction to feeling earth’s gravity? We might feel this contradiction as stress, but I think all the elements can find their balancing points. Libra also craves harmony and balance. Gravity has its own elegance. We simply are. And as simple beings held by gravity, we breathe into the exchange of ideas and connections. Can gravity help clear our minds? Let’s see. Mercury is still moving retrograde and so there may be a little mental fogginess that could benefit from the exchange between earth’s gravity and air’s perspective. The Moon makes an encouraging connection to Saturn in Sagittarius, which helps with the gravity intention, and later in the day the Moon forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn. What emotional baggage needs releasing? Honor it and let it go.
Wednesday, May 18. For a few hours midday (CDT) pressure builds and stress increases. The Moon in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries sparking possible conflict with those who seem diametrically opposed to us. The Moon also makes a brief Yod aspect formation with Venus in Taurus and Chiron in Pisces. A sense of injustice is high. Being extra-sensitive to emotional wounds might fuel a desire to fight rather than seek the peace as is usual for Libra influence.
Thursday, May 19. It is nice when conflict can go under the surface where it can be dealt with in private. Or at least that is what a Scorpio Moon might have us thinking. Yes, there are deep resentments and fears that we need to deal with. Do what you can to honor those feelings. Scorpio is the sign opposite Taurus, the sign that seeded this lunar cycle’s intentions. In a couple of days, there will be a Full Moon for real, but the feeling of release may start today. Scorpio gives power to Taurus by asking us to let go. Death experiences can release the power of regeneration. Venus in Taurus makes a sextile aspect to Chiron in Pisces. This favorable connection moves us closer to healing. The key may be to allow ourselves to feel vulnerable and resilient at the same time.
Friday, May 20. Sun enters Gemini. We are almost halfway through the Taurus lunar cycle and the Sun just entered Gemini. The remaining part of the lunar cycle may speed up, especially after Mercury turns direct on Sunday. So, take a moment before all that happens to honor earth’s intelligence. We still get to work our Taurus intentions but the energy will shift from gravity to pollination. The Sun in Gemini (mutable air) desires connection and fertilization through the sharing of ideas. The Moon in Scorpio wakes up Mercury in Taurus this morning (CDT) by forming an opposition to the retrograde ruler of Gemini. Will this make Mercury even more of a trickster as the day gets started? Flexibility and adaptability are encouraged.
Sunday, May 22. Just because the Full Moon was actually yesterday, it doesn’t mean we don’t feel all the feelings today. We do. Mercury stations direct in Taurus. This is probably a relief. Certainly, life will speed up. The other retrograde—Mars—that is having a big impact right now directly opposes the Sun. This is the heart of a Mars retrograde, when it reaches the opposite point from the Sun. Like a Full Moon, something is illuminated about this Mars journey. What are you noticing about anger, passion, energy and drive? It is about to get more soulful when Mars moves back into Scorpio. The Moon activates the t-square of Jupiter in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces and square Saturn in Sagittarius. We are trying hard to understand and convince others of our understandings. Stakes feel high and clarity is low. What values guide you through the complexity?