May 27th – June 2nd, 2013

This week is the unofficial start to summer, and we are looking to enjoy ourselves, even willing to step off the track and take some down time to engage fun events and social activities.

This week also has the ending of May and the beginning of June. We are in the midst of graduations, celebrations and weddings, anything and everything to take our mind off the day in, day out reality.

The week begins in the US with the ending of the long Memorial Day weekend, often associated as the first day of Summer, unofficial of course. We might be participating in community events, social get-togethers and family gatherings on this holiday. While we may have things to do, we are drawn to stepping off the track and focusing instead on discussions and conversations rather than the practical and pragmatic. We can justify our avoidance of our responsibilities by emphasizing how our interactions with other people provide a sounding board, important contacts and considerations of future plans. Ain’t life grand?

Life is grand this week and ever grander the more we can participate or plan for events that are out of our ordinary life scenario. Escapism is the key to this week. Getting away from our normal responsibilities and amusing ourselves with new adventures and different involvements are the nectar we may choose to sup on this week. No same old, same old for us this week.

We are living in transitional times, the doors of transformation to be thrown wide open, and possibilities and impossibilities to be considered for our next step or giant leap forward. As we may become aware, one small step can lead to a giant step into our altered future.

This is a week when we may reach out and touch various people, those we know and those we cold call. We are not looking at being constrained. We want to embrace our optimism, express our self-confidence and affirm our prospects. Nothing is out of our realm, everything to be considered.

Towards the end of the week, we have three significant shifts in energy. Mercury leaves its own Sign of Gemini to enter Cancer, and Mars exits Taurus to enter Gemini, and Venus exits Gemini to enter Cancer. Our grip on step-by-step moves lessens. Our practical focus diminishes, and our tendency to be all things to all people increases as we whirl from one event to another to another. We may sprint out of the gate but eventually exhaustion will turn our attention to the comfort and sanctuary of our home.

This week may have us tripping the light fantastic with the emphasis upon the fantastic and fantasy.

Monday, May 27th – Happy Talk – Neptune, Saturn, Pluto, Uranus, Mercury, Jupiter. Monday is Memorial Day in the US, the last day of the long holiday weekend that often signals the unofficial start of summer. Today, the Capricorn Moon sextiles Neptune, the Moon sextiles Saturn, the Moon conjuncts Pluto and the Moon squares Uranus. Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. Many of us may have the day off, or take the day off from our normal responsibilities. The energy of this day does speak to getting a great deal done, if we are willing to focus on our obligations and daily responsibilities. Some of us may, some of us won’t, preferring instead to take down time and enjoy ourselves in the company of friends. In the Broadway musical South Pacific, the song Happy Talk repeats the lyrics:

‘Happy talk, keep talking happy talk,
Talk about things you’d like to do.’

We could be living these lyrics on this Monday and on into tomorrow. We may feel upbeat, confident and seeking to share our enthusiasm with anyone who will listen. There can be much discussion today, conversations about upbeat feelings and future possibilities. On the one hand, we can get a great deal done in a practical, pragmatic manner. On the other hand, we may be more entranced with the vast world of possibilities, many of which are far removed from our daily involvements. If we could combine the two, whereby we can be confident and inspired but putting our exuberance into focused activity to get things done, then this could truly be a winner of a day.

Tuesday, May 28th – Suave Intentions and Sweet Connections – Mars, Venus, Jupiter. Tuesday has the Moon finishing its transit of Capricorn with the Moon trine Mars before the Moon exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius. Venus conjuncts Jupiter, continuing the love fest with Jupiter that we had yesterday with Mercury conjunct Jupiter and now with Venus conjunct Jupiter. Presentations today can be impressive. The package may seem a great deal prettier than the true reality. This is one of those days when people can charm the birds out of the trees. There is glibness in the air, as long as we are willing to take things solely on appearance and not look deeper into the substance. Making nice with other people, complimenting them on their style and advocating for their future plans can all be on the table today. Are these mutual admiration interactions for real? Maybe, but maybe not. This is a day for us not to be swayed by flattery or good intentions. What we see might not be what we get. We may feel like we are walking on cloud nine but let’s not forget the importance of due diligence during these times of hucksters and spinmeisters.

Wednesday, May 29th – New Directions – Saturn, Sun, Uranus. The Aquarius Moon today squares Saturn, the Moon trines the Sun and the Moon sextiles Uranus. We may stub our toe on past missteps. Although we could be called to account for our being profligate in regard to past actions, we would far prefer to move on from the past and focus on new directions. Our resources may be limited but our enthusiasm is high. We are not interested in looking in the rearview mirror of where we have been. We are far more engaged in where we could be going. If we could shake off past screw-ups and just concentrate on the new and the different, we would be happy campers. Our mantram for today might well be: ‘that was then, this is now’. We do not want to explain our wastefulness or our lack of resourcefulness in the past. Even if we have limited our resources to move ahead, we can put a good face on our game plan for how we intend to do things differently in the future. Nice concept, and a concept similar to sweeping the dirt under the rug. But to remember what Carlos Castaneda wrote about in his last book, The Active Side of Infinity, recapitulation is often necessary. There are times when we need to go back over things, see what we did and how we did them, in order to move ahead without re-creating our past. Let’s look at where we have been, acknowledge any missteps we might have taken, and affirm that we have learned our lessons in order not to repeat them in the future. We can them move in new directions in a more expeditious and innovative manner.

Thursday, May 30th – Our Perfect World – Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Mars. Everything is so much easier in concept than in practice. Our abstract plans all seem to fit the pieces to the puzzle so neatly together. And this Thursday can have us thinking and discussing our future plans without a single impediment in the way. The Aquarius Moon today trines three of the Gemini-transiting planets with the Moon trine Jupiter, the Moon trine Venus and the Moon trine Mercury. We have it going on today, and we can convince virtually everyone that our plans are infallible and easy to manifest without a hitch. Ah, yes, our perfect world! If only reality were as easy as our mental meanderings. The Moon today also squares Mars in Taurus, and there lies the rub. We may have some great plans in mind, can advocate with assurance to others of the inevitable success of our ideas, but we might not be taking into account the actual steps along the way to go from concept, through execution to manifestation. It is always wise to remember that any process has its own natural unfolding with various twists and turns and unintended incidents that sometimes get in the way. While we can be snowed by other people’s presentations and make a good case ourselves for our grandiose ideas, we may run up against problems as we move from our great and infallible ideas into practical realization. Things may take longer than we like and might prove more involved than we anticipated. Exuberance is great until it crosses the line into irrationality. Today is a day to enjoy our optimism and confidence but also a day to maintain a jaded eye, especially in regard to promises of infallibility. Let’s keep in mind the saying that ‘if you want to make god laugh, tell god your plans’.

Friday, May 31st – Switching Gears – Neptune, Saturn, Sun, Pluto, Mercury Cancer, Mars Gemini. Friday has the Pisces Moon conjunct Neptune, the Moon trine Saturn, the Moon square the Sun, and the Moon sextile Pluto. Mercury exits its own Sign of Gemini to enter Cancer, and Mars exits Taurus to enter Gemini. The idyllic and at times irrational exuberance of the past few days can continue on into this Friday. Our emotions are fully engaged, and we may feel that our decisions and actions taken are based upon our personal destiny. It would be easy for us to hand off our responsibilities and goals to a force larger than ourselves with the belief that ‘everything works out in the end’. In deed it does, but such workings out may not always be in accord with our wishes. We get what we need, not always what we want. If we maintain a certain grounded perspective, we could use the moodiness of this day and our emotions to draw upon an intuitive sense blended with our reasoning ability to devise a best practices strategy in moving our goals forward. Where a problem could arise is that we may be far more engrained with the hectic activity of these times and go from one thing to another to another without taking the time to deal with the details and the specifics. We are moving into a time of the season when our social activities are likely to ratchet up with various celebrations and get-togethers. We may have more on our plate now and in the days ahead, but it would be wise for us to keep our eye on the ball, attend to what we need to as we add more activities to our already full schedule.

Saturday, June 1st – Enough Is Never Enough – Jupiter, Sun, Uranus. This weekend could have us all over the place. Saturday continues with the Pisces Moon, and today the Moon squares Jupiter. The Sun sextiles Uranus. No matter what our plans for this Saturday might be we are likely to be adding on more and more. Not only are we feeling that enough is never enough, but we want to emphasize our freedom of movement, our ability to act spontaneously and our desire to do our own thing. All of us are going through our transitions during these transformational times. We may feel that we have outgrown our routine, our past semblance of security. We want to spread our wings, fly and soar with the eagles. While we might choose to reach for the stars, our feet may not even touch the ground. Our intentions can be great, but a practical method to achieve our goals may be far beyond our understanding. Let’s enjoy spontaneity but curb our enthusiasm.

Sunday, June 2nd – Stepping Out, Stepping In – Venus, Mars, Lunar T-Square, Mercury, Pluto, Venus Cancer. The sense of shifting gears that we might have started to feel over the past two days as a result of planetary movements from one Sign to another continues on this Sunday. We may feel as though we are doing a classic two-step with two steps forward, one step back, then two steps back, one step forward. This Sunday finishes the Moon’s transit of Pisces with the Moon square Venus. The Moon then moves into Aries where the Moon today sextiles Mars, and the Moon creates a Cardinal Sign T-Square with the Moon square Mercury in Cancer and the Moon square Pluto in Capricorn. Venus exits Gemini to enter Cancer. We may wish to initiate new actions today, but we could find our own resistance, a sense of shyness or inadequacy could get in the way of forcefully moving ahead. We might have the intention to do something grand today, but we could run up against our own sense of vulnerability and forces beyond our control that put roadblocks in our way. This is a day when we could exhaust ourselves by trying too hard, by seeking to have control over situations without adequately recognizing the implications of our actions or the law of unintended consequences. Either obstacles can slow us down and force us to be far more adept as to how we proceed, or we could find ourselves exhausted by our attempts and seek the comforts of home. We might realize that any moves forward are not always in a straight-line, sequential progression but may enlist twists and turns to get to a successful result. We may have learned in elementary school that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but such a belief is true only in a two-dimensional world and not in a three dimensional world, much less a four dimensional world that takes into account asequential, non-linear progression. Stepping out, stepping in.