Monday, May 30. Got your seat beat buckled? No, it really isn’t that bad but it might be helpful to have a plan or practice in place when things start getting a little jittery out there. A mutable grand cross aspect pattern is in place for the next few days. It comes and goes actually, strong at the New and Full Moon of this lunar cycle. A grand cross means that planets are in each of the signs of the same modality (cardinal, fixed, or mutable) and at nearly the same degrees of those signs. A grand cross includes four squares and two oppositions. It is generally thought of as stressful or provocative. There is a lot of one kind of energy—in this case mutable—and that can be overwhelming. To top if off, the Moon will be in a mutable sign for most of the day (CDT), too. The grand earth trine (another aspect pattern that can create harmony) is in effect. This pattern is waning but present. Mercury in Taurus, Jupiter in Virgo (one of the mutable signs), and Pluto in Capricorn are offering a grounding cord. Take it. The trine between Mercury and Pluto is exact today. This is the third time Mercury and Pluto make this contact with each other due to the recent Mercury retrograde. Thought and power come into right relationship. Our words make a difference. In Taurus, Mercury teaches that silence can be as powerful as speech. What are you communicating?
Tuesday, May 31. Aries’ fire can clear away the underbrush or it can set the whole forest aflame. The Moon can act as a trigger unleashing pent up energy. The mutable grand cross of Sun and Venus in Gemini, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces may have laid the fuel for a fire today. This grand cross is nothing to fear but mutable energy can be unsettling because there is so much to do and the nature of a cross makes it hard to focus on just one thing. The Moon in Aries encourages freedom. Free yourself from worry and enjoy the fascinating influences coming together under this grand cross. Big ahas are on their way.
June 1—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. I have a confession to make. Each year, I approach the Taurus lunation as the solution to all problems, or perhaps to all of mine. I have no earth in my own natal chart and this fixed earth sign seems to hold the answer to everything for me. Perhaps because I am sensitized to the gifts of earth, this season, when the world turns green and bursts into bloom, seems to hold more wisdom than others. For this reason, I dedicated my lunar intention to this line from a Rilke poem: “If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted like trees.” Yes, I do believe this is the key to lively wholly and justly in the world, to living with grace as trees in a forest do. This is why I am Pagan. This is how I practice my astrology—grounded in the wisdoms of the Earth.
Thursday, June 2. Mushy boundaries could instigate romance, infatuation, or vulnerability hangovers (thanks to my friend Uncle Bear for that concept). Venus in Gemini makes a square to Neptune in Pisces today and we really want to believe that these feelings are the real deal. All feelings are real, but the ecstasy might not last. Neptune leads us into beautiful states of transcendence. Venus invites us in a little closer. This kind of seduction is hard to resist, especially under a sensuous Taurus Moon. Open to sensation and inspiration. We are meant to learn something. The lesson may be that letting down our guard won’t really kill us and vulnerability makes us beautiful.
Friday, June 3. The Sun and Venus in Gemini have been working their way through the grand mutable cross this week. Today, both oppose Saturn in Sagittarius. Tomorrow’s New Moon in Gemini will again set off this aspect pattern. The Sun and Venus oppose Saturn once a year, but not always on the same day. Venus’ influence invites an opening into new understanding. Relationships are involved. Perhaps it is time to look again at your commitments. This is a time to check in with what Saturn is teaching us. The integration of the opposing signs of Sagittarius and Gemini is a step towards wholeness. Saturn in Sagittarius brings order and accountability to this freedom-loving sign. On the world scene, Saturn is revealing the karma associated with sloppy thinking, fundamentalism, and easy answers. Perhaps the Donald Trump phenomena may be Saturn showing us how seductive the invitation to not think is. Saturn wants us to sharpen our wits. The Sun and Venus in Gemini want us to be curious and open to ever more complexity. Exercise your mind through connection with others.
Sunday, June 5. Gemini can be delightfully carefree or frenetically overwhelmed. Yesterday’s New Moon may have stirred up some energy, so notice what you need. In the introduction to this week’s forecast I recommended a breathing practice that helps me de-stress. Find an explanation here https://yogainternational.com/article/view/5-ways-to-practice-bhramari The single aspect today is a supportive sextile between the Moon in Gemini and Uranus in Aries. Learn something new. Let curiosity lead you to discovery.