April 30th – May 6th, 2012

This week may be slow starting but we should not assume that everything is right in the world or in our personal realm. Even if the week begins a little unsettled, even quiet, there is a great deal stirring below the surface. In fact, the week could be like a volcano with issues percolating below the surface ready to vent at any time and a build-up towards the Full Moon on Saturday-Sunday. Like any volcanic eruption, the release of lava can either be an effusive flow, whereby the venting is quiet and non-dramatic, although drastic nonetheless; or the release can be explosive, laying waste to all around it. How the release occurs is largely up to us and our action and reaction to the intensity of these times and the style of dance we do with the people in our lives.

The early part of the week could have us highly productive, although we might be productive despite our best efforts to take ‘down time’ or engage the pleasurable activities of Spring. We could play hooky but that would be a waste of energies that might allow us to be more effective with less expenditure of energy. It is our choice, always our choice, as to whether we work in harmony with the energies or do our own quixotic journey and tilt against the windmill and the force of the energies.

The mid-part of the week may focus on our personal relationships. In so doing, however, we might be less likely to seek harmony and right connection and more liable to be on a different page than everyone else. Maybe we are just feeling ornery but there could be the tendency to draw lines in the sand, throw down the gauntlet and be itching for a fight. Let’s keep in mind the image of the volcano and its release and choose the effusive flow rather than the cataclysmic explosion that could wreak havoc on our interactions with other people. We might be looking for a safe harbor to vent our frustrations, but it’s just not right to take our reactions to the intensity of these times out on those that we love and care for.

It is interesting that this week’s energies are very spiked, times of intense energy, other times when we might feel like the deflated balloon with no energy whatsoever.

As we head towards the weekend, we are also heading towards the Full Moon on Saturday–Sunday. While some people say that every day now seems like a Full Moon, just as some people say that every day now seems like a Mercury retrograde, this Scorpio Full Moon can be incredibly intense, with people willing to take a ‘slash and burn’ approach and an attitude of ‘take no prisoners’. The weekend calls for us to be on our best behavior. We could wreak havoc that we might have to take precious time to repair in the days and weeks ahead. Any intense emotional release could also leave us totally exhausted with not only the desire, but also the need, for Sunday to be a day of rest.

An intense week this week might prove to be. The more we can be amused by the foibles of human nature, and even our own foibles and follies, the less likely we are to get caught up in playing the victim, the martyr, the misunderstood, or the wreaker of vengeance. Humility and detachment are important this week to avoid getting ensnared by intense energies and letting fly with whatever is at our means in impulsive reaction to even the slightest irritant. Let’s all be careful out there and do no harm.

Besides, if we feel put upon, we don’t have to take immediate action. On the contrary, we can keep in mind the advice of Oscar Wilde who wrote: ‘For people with good taste, vengeance is best served cold.’

I know the statement is casebook Scorpionic, but so too is this coming weekend’s Full Moon.

Monday, April 30th – Hurry Up and Wait – Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course. There is a saying in the entertainment industry that reflects the behavior on projects: ‘Hurry up and Wait’. We could be feeling that way as we start the week. The early morning hours finish the Moon’s transit of Leo and as it does so, the Leo Moon sextiles Venus, squares Jupiter and sextiles Saturn. We may have all sorts of plans to initiate the week, feel totally energized and ready to go, but as we know to paraphrase the well-known sentiments of Robert Burns from many years ago, ‘the best laid plans…’. Yup, we might start the day in high gear and then run out of gas as the Moon goes Void-of-Course for almost nine hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Leo and before entering Virgo. If we try and force issues today, we could experience the boomerang effect with things flying back in our face. We might use the time to tie up loose ends, give callbacks to people who have left messages for us and write those emails we have long put aside. We might have begun the day with a great deal of enthusiasm, but we just might not have the energy to push forward nor the due diligence to do it right even if we can pull up some energy from our reserves. We might also consider this day as a ‘mental health’ day when we take time to enjoy some fun times without putting too much pressure on ourselves to accomplish much.

Tuesday, May 1st – Chain of Fools – Neptune, Mars, Lunar Grand Trine, Pluto, Sun. Today is May 1st, also known as May Day, the International Workers’ Day. A popular quote attributed to Karl Marx has always been: ‘Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.’ And then in 1967, Aretha Franklin had a major hit with her classic single ‘Chain of Fools’. What this all has to do with this Tuesday, I don’t know and therein lies the rub of this day. For the day and the month of May begin with the Virgo Moon opposed Neptune. There could be some confusion going on, either a minor irritant or a major delusion that could lead us the way of ‘wrong way Corrigan’. If we would take the time to see both the big picture and the details necessary to realize our goals, then we might not go off half-cocked today heading forcefully forward but without itinerary much less direction. This day can be a powerful day, but we do need to get a grip on what is really going on and what we intend to do. If we diligently plan and strategize the course of our day, we could virtually move mountains today, if that’s what we choose to do. For the Moon today reinforces the Earth Grand Trine as the Virgo Moon conjuncts Mars and trines Pluto in Capricorn and also trines the Sun in Taurus. This is a day not to get involved in diatribes or the verbal hype of politicians who would never make the grade of statespeople. This is a day for us to have our nose to the grindstone, work expeditiously, and with passion and determination, get more done today that at other times might take days or weeks.

Wednesday, May 2nd – Is Anybody Out There? – Jupiter, Venus, Moon Void-of-Course. Wednesday begins with the Moon finishing its transit of Virgo and as it does so, the Virgo Moon trines Jupiter and squares Venus. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for over fifteen hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Virgo and before entering Libra. As I wrote above, this week is a time of spiked energies, times when we may feel full and robust and blowing around like a helium balloon, over times when that balloon might feel as though we are totally deflated, exhausted with very little energy to move forward. We might begin this day taking care of what needs to be done, but we also have to be careful that we are not critical of other people or other people are critical of us. We could have the wind knocked out of our sails by any missteps early in the day and that could set up a chain reaction [really! The chains were referred to yesterday] whereby we spend the rest of the day stewing in our own juices, critiquing what we might have done, judging what someone else might have done. We could be thrown back on our own resources, but it would be wise to avoid a long period of self-examination with us being the judge, jury and executioner. Let’s take care of the little things we need to get done and not worry ourselves about the big things or those things that are beyond our control.

Thursday, May 3rd – Back on the Track Again – Mercury, Venus, Lunar T-Square, Uranus, Pluto. Thursday has Mercury sextile Venus and the Moon in Libra. The Moon creates a Cardinal Sign T-Square as the Libra Moon opposes Uranus in Aries and the Moon squares Pluto in Capricorn. This is a day when we could get what we want. The power of persuasion and the ability to present things in an appealing manner could prove easily seductive. While we could be back on the track again, moving our interests forward and gaining advocates along the way, it would be important that we focus on other people’s interests all the while that we are advancing our own interests. Sounds Machiavellian, doesn’t it? And to some large degree, the Machiavellian in all of us may be coming out. This day could be one of those Mutual Admiration Society days when people are falling all over themselves with compliments but still with their own objectives firmly planted in mind. We may have to engage tai chi moves, be flexible and adaptable, for some curve balls and blockages could develop during the day that force us to shift, change and always to be pleasant and ingratiating. If we work with other people, we are likely to find that we win ourselves some significant advocates. But there could be a liability to a tug of war, so if that ensues, just drop the rope and don’t play the game. This can be a very pleasant day. We just need to slow it down, take our time and enjoy the repartee with those special people in our lives.

Friday, May 4th – Going Out of Our Way – Venus, Mercury, Saturn. Friday begins with the Moon finishing its transit of Libra. The Libra Moon trines Venus, opposes Mercury and conjuncts Saturn. No matter what our plans for today might be, we could be more involved in what someone else wants or needs than our own personal decisions. While we might be called upon to help someone out, our willingness to put things aside and assist them can be well appreciated and could benefit us in the long run. Thursday and early Friday have us back with our relationship focus, seeking a balance between what we want and what other people want. We may go out of our way for someone else, but the scales will be eventually balanced. As the day progresses, the Moon exits Libra to enter Scorpio as we move closer to the Full Moon late on Saturday, early Sunday. We may suddenly have a desire to clean things up and clear things out. We might start feeling a great deal more intense and might even seek to withdraw in order to recharge our batteries and regroup. Errands this weekend may be something that we feel the need to do, but it would also be wise to consider cleaning up our finances by looking at our revenue stream, our expenses, any debts we might have and our investments. I hate to, but feel the need to, draw your attention to the energy shift in the Autumn when Saturn exits Libra and then enters Scorpio for its two and a half year cycle, which could raise issues regarding finances, resources and taxes. This weekend would be a good time to keep our eyes and ears wide open for any indications of what we might see over the next two and a half years starting in October.

Saturday, May 5th – Down to the Bone – Mercury, Saturn, Neptune, Mars, Pluto, Scorpio Full Moon, Sun. Saturday has Mercury opposed Saturn. The Moon is in Scorpio, and today the Moon trines Neptune, sextiles Mars, sextiles Pluto, all leading up to the Scorpio Full Moon at the end of the day or early Sunday as the Scorpio Moon opposes the Sun in Taurus. We may have all sorts of pleasant ideas of going on retreat, getting down by the water, reflecting on our lives and what they are all about. We might feel as though we have become the wise philosopher, the sage, the savant. Nice concept but playing the savant might be an illusion and could only have us being the idiot to the savant. While we might be incredibly moody and wanting to float away on our reveries, we might find that we are pulled back to the earth plane by what we have to do. And some of what we might have to do could be an inventory taking and a cleaning out the stables of our stuff. This is a day when either we choose to do so or we are encouraged [or is that forced?] by someone else to get rid of extraneous matter, make our dump runs and do a strong Springtime cleanup and clearout. With today’s Full Moon we could feel quite intense with our mood swings gyrating wildly between victim and provocateur, between martyr and savior, between masochist and sadist, between… [get the picture?]. This Saturday is a day for us to focus on cutting to the core, stripping down to the bone, and getting to the very basic fundamentals. We do need to rein in our emotions, for otherwise we could whipsaw in our moods and our temperaments. A heads-up regarding what is going on in the world at large would be wise, for we might be given indications of highlighted areas over the next three years. Today is also Cinco de Mayo, a day of Mexican celebration, which became a national US celebration only in the last decade. But in the US, this 5th of May is often used as a justification and a license to drink to the point of excess and beyond. People may be looking to escape their daily reality today, so let’s all be careful out there.

Sunday, May 6th – After the Fall – Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course. Early Sunday, we continue with the influence of the Scorpio Full Moon. The Scorpio Moon opposes Jupiter before the Moon goes Void-of-Course for over thirteen hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Scorpio and before entering Sagittarius. We may have overdone it yesterday, no matter what we chose to do. We could have worked too hard clearing things out, cleaning things out. We may have partied too much, having too good a time. We might have found ourselves an emotional mess as we went through the metronome of moods, feelings and sensitivities. Whatever we might have done yesterday, today we could be feeling burnt out, overwhelmed and truly done. This Sunday would be a good day to hang out, relax and just enjoy the comforts of home. Let’s not put too much of an expectation on what we should do today. We might just need to use this Sunday as a day to rest, regroup, slow things down and just relax. We can gear up for the coming week, and recharge from the week we are just ending. Even if we have all sorts of scheduled plans for this day, we might choose to take them down a notch or two.