May 9—Crescent Moon: Beginning. The heart of each Mercury retrograde occurs when Mercury meets the Sun in an inferior conjunction. That happens today. To make it more significant, this conjunction can actually be viewed as the small dot of Mercury transiting across the face of the Sun. This is a somewhat rare occurrence, which will happen only 14 times this century, and warrants our attention. [Read more here]. Mercury and the Sun conjoin in Taurus (fixed earth). Since April 28, when Mercury stationed retrograde, the mercurial planet of perception and communication has been broadcasting the importance of earth’s wisdom. What are we missing? How have the miscommunications and other mishaps of this retrograde cycle so far reminded you to slow down and reorient to earth’s gravity? Perhaps this means simplifying our lives. Perhaps it means remembering what is truly valuable. Insight is beamed our way with the power of the Sun and Mercury combining forces. This insight fuels our beginnings for this lunar cycle. Imagine you can break with the past at this moment. What would you leave behind to go forward with your intentions for the lunar cycle?
Tuesday, May 10. Are you feeling lucky? A trine between Venus and Jupiter brings hope. Don’t let the optimism and opportunity of this day go to waste. Greet the Earth as a beloved. There is a grand earth trine aspect pattern with Jupiter in Virgo (powerful due to having just stationed direct yesterday), Venus in Taurus, and Pluto in Capricorn offering us plenty of support to listen to Earth’s wisdom. It is a good day to contemplate fully the concept of Enough. More is not better. The Moon in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn creates a significant challenge to this perception. If I feel unstable or afraid, one response can be to think I need more things to provide security. I notice this reaction often and need to reassure the scared part of myself that I am actually OK. My needs are being met. Inspiration to sense a larger reality comes from encouraging aspects between the Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Venus and Mercury in Taurus. Be open to possibility. Luck can flourish.
Wednesday, May 11. Earth sign emphasis doesn’t always mean bliss. Problems can arise from inertia. We can get too stuck in one approach or too attached to ideas as well as to objects. The aspect between Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Sagittarius might nudge us out of such places. Conflict could surface concerning values and truth. The Moon in a fire sign (Leo) also challenges complacency. Where is the balance between keeping things just the way they are and changing what needs changing? How do you discern? What does that discernment feel like in your body? Remember that sensation. Then ask yourself again: How do I know?
Thursday, May 12. A retrograde Mercury in Taurus joins the other planets of the grand earth trine today. Mercury makes an exact trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Tomorrow Mercury’s influence gets even stronger. If Mercury’s function while retrograde is to get us to reconsider our assumptions, then we have an opportunity to notice what we think about power and immoveable forces. Is it better to stubbornly attach ourselves to what we think is right or do we tap into flexibility and curiosity about other choices? The Moon in Leo brings up a good but challenging point about creativity and personal impact. People are complicated. Communication is tricky if we forget that. Creative expression could resolve inner conflict or doubt.
Sunday, May 15. The Moon in Virgo reinforces the strength of the grand earth trine aspect pattern of this lunar cycle but also activates the mutable t-square aspect pattern of this lunar cycle. In other words, we may have a hard time settling into the stability promised by the earth trine when we are distracted by anxiety, confusion, or frustration coming from Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces and both square to Saturn in Sagittarius. We may be tempted to throw our hands in the air and go for a bike ride, or work in the garden, or lay in a hammock. Now that I think of it, these are great solutions. Find contentment. Earth will be your guide.