May 19th – 25th

This week reinforces the volatility of these times with some potentially wide and wild swings in sentiments and in the energies. The more that we can accomplish this week in a focused and determined manner, the better it would be. We can do our inventory-taking, eliminate needless activities and worthless projects, and establish the foundation stones of our future.

Although the energies may feel like an accordion with exuberant and expansionary tendencies countered by a sense of delays and restraints, this is a time for us to line our ducks up in a row, attend to the business at hand, and allow ourselves forays into new possibilities.

The energy is about to shift dramatically. We are moving from a pragmatic approach of dealing with situations realistically to a scattered disposition whereby ideas and wish fulfillment take the place of a grounded, step-by-step methodology.

The week begins with the Scorpio Full Moon and then sees both the Sun and Venus move out of Taurus and enter Gemini. In so doing, we lose the Grand Trine in the Earth Element that we have had since mid-April. By the end of the week, there is a Stellium of three or more planets in Mercury-ruled Gemini, reinforcing by Sign a Mutable Sign T-Square.

This is also the last week before we have the second of this year’s three Mercury retrograde cycles.

We are moving towards a time when people are likely to shoot from the lip, expressing themselves without having considered in depth what they are saying, and with a great deal of idle chatter that could prove both confusing and potentially leading us down the garden path. Before we get there, it would be wise for us to keep in mind that it is all well and good for us to have our head in the clouds, but only if we keep our feet firmly planted on the ground.

Monday, May 19th – What Stays, What Goes – Scorpio Full Moon, Uranus, Jupiter, Lunar T-Square, Venus, Neptune, Sun. Monday starts the week with the Moon in Scorpio initially trine Uranus and sextile Jupiter. This Uranus Jupiter interplay is a large part of this week, thanks to the Jupiter sextile Uranus exact on Wednesday. The more we consider our options and our alternatives, the more likely we are to expand our life’s possibilities in some interesting and unique ways. It is important for us to have our eyes and ears wide open in order to become aware of unexpected scenarios that we cannot even imagine for ourselves. Let’s remember that despite all the craziness in the world, the whipsaws between enthusiasm and depression, we are also on the threshold of magic times, when things occur not so much by our control or by our making them happen as much as being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of surprising opportunities. Yes, we are entering a world of possibilities that are beyond the ken of our understanding, but only if we are open to the possibilities of the seemingly impossible. In order to have space for exciting new prospects, we may have to make some room. And to make some room, on this Monday we have the Scorpio Full Moon just before the Sun is about to exit Taurus and enter Gemini. Apart from the Jupiter Uranus influence, this Full Moon also has by Sign a Grand Cross in the Fixed Signs and by aspect a Lunar T-Square. With the Sun and Venus in Taurus, Mars in Leo, Neptune in Aquarius and the Moon finishing its transit of Scorpio, all Signs of the Fixed Quadruplicity are in play. Out with the old, in with the new can be a large factor on this Monday. If we will take an honest evaluation of our activities and projects today, we could wean ourselves from those situations that no longer serve us. Although we have all had a tendency to buy into the Protestant work ethic of constantly being busy, even if that means busy work that truly serves no purpose and has little meaning to us, today is a day to do a major cleaning and cleansing of our lives. We may be anxious about our finances today, wondering how we can deal with escalating costs without too great a sacrifice on our comfort zone. A realistic critiquing today allows us to see where we can cut back, where we can dispense with needless expenditures of our disposable income and where we can be more productive with less costs to ourselves both in time and in our monies. This Monday is a good day for us to consider our lives with the focus on what stays and what goes.

Tuesday, May 20th – Fact or Fiction – Venus, Neptune, Saturn, Mars, Sun Gemini. Tuesday could put a spanner in the works as we wonder whether we are seeing reality from a detached, clear perspective or viewing reality through rose-colored glasses of desired fulfillment. Tuesday has Venus square Neptune. We need to be careful of wasteful expenditures, buying into the fool’s gold of image rather than practicality. Our interactions with others today could be dicey, for we might be doing the dance with the trickster, someone appearing one way with the reality being far different. We may put people on pedestals or tear them down. Either way, we might be judging others based upon our emotions, feelings and first impression rather than a careful evaluation and reasoned judgment. Tuesday has the Sagittarius Moon square Saturn and trine Mars. We may be gung-ho and moving ahead, advancing our interests but in so doing we may be leaping before we look. We could skip over details, negate the specifics and not take the particulars into account. We may want what we want without an objective, honest critique of the situation. Before we make any major decision today, it would be wise to count to ten and also play the devil’s advocate regarding the situation. Separating fact from fiction is not always easy, and this Tuesday could prove even more difficult. The Sun also exits Taurus today and enters Gemini. The juggling is picking up speed. We are losing some of our careful, prodding ability to a more flying by the seat-of-our-pants tendency. We are increasingly interested in having and adding ever more balls in the air, as we all move towards an attention deficit disorder. We’re less interested in being focused and concentrating on situations and more fascinated by picking up the pace and keeping all the balls in the air.

Wednesday, May 21st – Can’t Sit Down – Jupiter, Uranus, Lunar T-Square, Mercury. Wednesday has Jupiter exactly sextile Uranus. We’ve been feeling the influence since February, experienced it exact back at the end of March, and now have it exact again. We’re looking at expanding our scope, moving into new terrain and in order to do so streamline our operations so that we can be more effective with less expenditure of energy. Thinking smarter and not working harder are key elements of this energy. Time management can go a long way towards achieving this goal and helping us realize our plans. As the saying goes: necessity is the mother of invention. With escalating living costs, we have the opportunity to see where we can cut back on the number of miles we drive and how we can piggyback our errands so that we spend less time on them and consolidate them into one trip rather than several trips. This Wednesday also has the Sagittarius Moon creating a Lunar T-Square in the Mutable Signs as the Moon opposes Mercury and squares Uranus. We may feel as though we can’t sit down. Ideas and thoughts may be running rampant and one thing we have to keep in mind is to be certain we engage our brain before shooting off at the lip. Our conversations today could be rambling discourses about this, that, and the other thing, virtually everything under the sun. We do have to be wary of unexpected situations throwing us off center. Although we are looking to try new things and do things differently, our desire for making changes could also open a Pandora’s Box whereby once instigated changes produce further changes and create issues coming out of the blue for us to deal with. We may be jumping from one thing to another today and focused intent could be lost. No worries. We are moving into a period when things are accelerating, life speeding up ever more so, and for us it will be important to pick up the pace. In so doing, let’s not become dysfunctional, cut too many corners, or allow the essentials to fall between the cracks.

Thursday, May 22nd – Tempering the Possibilities – Sun, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course, Neptune, Pluto. Thursday could prove to be one of those days when the brakes are sharply applied, when our projects are reined in. Thursday has the Sun square Saturn. We might feel on overwhelm today, as though we had sought to go too far, too fast, all too soon. The wind may be knocked out of our sails, as we realize our ‘to do’ list of responsibilities seems endless with us having little aptitude to play catch up. And some of the items on our ‘to do’ list may be things we don’t even want to touch or go there. To some degree, and especially in the early part of the day, we just don’t have the energy to get there. The day begins with the Sagittarius Moon sextile Neptune. Our thoughts may be more on our possibilities for the future rather than our daily concerns and normal responsibilities. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Sagittarius and before entering Capricorn. We may start this Thursday slow. We might feel as though we have so much, too much, to handle that all we want to do is pull the covers up over our head or else cry out ‘mental health day’ and hope that the world will go away. Even if we get a late start on the day, and even if we’re not operating at full capacity, we can start to prioritize our ‘to do’ list and see what we can take care of immediately and those things that need to wait for a later day. As the day progresses, the Moon moves into Capricorn where it conjuncts Pluto and trines Saturn. Suddenly, we’re ready, willing and able to see what works and what doesn’t. With those things that do work for us we can create the proper structure, format and methodology. We may not be enamored with what we have to do on this Thursday but after a morning hiatus of a long cup of coffee, hitting the snooze alarm more than once or just dawdling about, the energy picks up and we can get more done that we had anticipated on first arising. Yes, if not a mental health day, a mental health break in the morning would go along way in recharging our batteries and allowing us to be ever more productive in the afternoon.

Friday, May 23rd – Taking Care of Business. Friday has the Moon in Capricorn and that’s about it. There are no significant planetary interplays today. But with having gained a second wind in the later part of Thursday, we can use that energy to continue taking care of business. Straightening things up, checking more items on our ‘to do’ list, and generally doing those things that need to be done can help clear the decks and deal with our responsibilities. Let’s keep in mind that Mercury is about to turn retrograde, a three week cycle where we may not be able to fast forward as much as review, rework and reconsider. Therefore, the more we can get out of the way now, the less frustrating this next Mercury retrograde needs to be.

Saturday, May 24th – Hoping and Waiting – Jupiter, Uranus, Moon Void-of-Course, Venus Gemini, Gemini Stellium. Saturday begins with the Capricorn Moon conjunct Jupiter and sextile Uranus. We may awaken with good intentions to do this, that, and the other. We might have many plans for this Saturday and some of these plans can be trying out new things. Intentions are all well and good, but the energies of the day might have a different idea. For while we start the day with enthusiasm and burst of energy, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for over fifteen hours making no further connections to the planets while finishing its transit of Capricorn and before entering Aquarius later in the day. From the initial thrust of energy in the early morning hours follows a thud when things either take longer than we like with us champing at the bit wanting to get on with it or some of our plans go awry as unexpected situations crop up demanding our attention. This Saturday also has Venus leaving its own Sign of Taurus and entering Gemini, creating a Stellium of three or more planets in the Mercury-ruled Sign as Venus joins the Sun and Mercury in the Mutable Air Sign. Increasingly we are likely to be interested in trying a little bit of everything rather than a more involved participation. We may want to skim the surface rather than delve into the substance.

Sunday, May 25th – Having it All – Venus, Sun, Mars. Sunday can be a splendid day, especially in regard to social get-togethers and activities with other people. The Moon in Aquarius trines both Venus and the Sun now in Gemini. We want it all and we are willing to go from one thing to another to another to ever more. There seems to be a round robin of picnics, barbeques, block parties and the like going on during this Sunday. The Moon also opposes Mars so we do have to watch that we don’t bite off more than we can chew. People may be a little over the top, emphasizing their personal interests rather than the community interests. If we can drown out the cacophony of any particular showboater, then this Sunday can be a great day of socializing, partying and just having good old-fashioned fun. No extreme sports or extreme behavior today, because the potential for accidents can be exponentially increased. This is also the last full day of Mercury direct before it goes retrograde tomorrow. With Mercury at its stationary point, there could be a liability to traffic jams, delays and miscommunications. Taking our time in getting from place to place, enjoying the moment without worrying what comes next can provide a cascade of fun-filled events on this glorious Sunday.