May 18th – 24th, 2020

The astrology for this week of May 18th through the 24th of 2020 suggests that we are throwing open wide our interests and our involvements, whether sanctioned by the powers-that-be or our own personal decision to be steppin’ out.

We start the week with a thrust of springtime energy. Nature can seem in full bloom and so too for ourselves. We’re not looking to be restricted or restrained but rather with a self-involved attitude we are more likely to be focused on spreading our wings and engaging outdoor activities. Our time of hibernation and enforced lockdown may have played itself out for many people, and this would seem to be a week of reengagement with the world.

We might take a cue from the lyrics of the 1979 song by McFadden and Whitehead Ain’t No Stopping Us Now:

“There’s been so many things that’s held us down
But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around
I know we’ve got, a long long way to go
And where we’ll end up, I don’t know

But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back
We’re putting our selves together
We’re polishing up our act!…”

This sense of immediacy and even impulsiveness could be accentuated as we come into the mid-week with the Sun exiting Taurus to enter Gemini. The Sun triggers a Stellium in Gemini as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in the Mercury-ruled Mutable Air Sign.

Due diligence is liable to be lacking as we get caught up in the flush of springtime and our desire to enjoy ourselves but with little consideration of the consequent effects of our decisions or our actions. Instead, our interests may be more on a wide range of activities and pursuits rather than well-considered involvements.

The Gemini New Moon on Friday ramps up our attitude of ‘the more the merrier’ and influences our next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 5th of June.

With an emphasis upon the many rather than the select few, we are liable to
be seduced by enticing words, fascinating images, and our own desire for good times after a period of panic and frenzy. Now is NOT a time to let down our guard, assume that we can take our hand off the tiller, and merely be accepting of whatever is happening. Let’s keep our wits about us.
If we do not rely upon past experience and the input from someone with an objective, detached viewpoint, we could easily enter a Fun House of possibilities replete with illusion, delusion, deceptions.

With the Gemini New Moon as the trigger point on Friday, we enter a long holiday weekend in the US, the Memorial Day weekend, often considered as the unofficial start to summer. And are we ever ready for it!

The weekend can have us scurrying around, whether literally or figuratively. We may be in a sampling mode, trying this, then trying that, but all with an impulse to throw off the shackles of the lockdown and enforced self-isolation.

Like putting our toes in the water to test the temperature, it is far better for us to go slowly in any reengagement with the outside world rather than diving into the deep end. Suggestions made, suggestions likely unheeded.

Monday, May 18th – All This and More – Mercury. Monday begins the week with the Moon continuing its transit of Aries and with the Moon today sextile Mercury. From the optimism and confidence we might have felt on Sunday, we start the week with a major thrust of upbeat energy. We are looking to put our mark on whatever we do, from creative projects to any activities collaborating with other people. Our discussions can be enlivening. We may learn about options and alternatives that we have not taken into account. There is a sense of a Mutual Admiration Society as someone advocates for us and we encourage them. We might feel as though things are working out perfectly and in accord with our own wishes. With such a ‘can do’ optimism, we are liable to think that we can handle all this and more. Our focus may be geared more to our future prospects than our present responsibilities. Things are far easier in concept than in practice, and therein could lie a problem for us on this Monday. Exuberance and confidence are all well and good, but it’s truly the elbow grease of real engagement that determines how successful we are going to be. We can have our head in the clouds today, but let’s not lose our footing.

Tuesday, May 19th – Ground Control – Venus, Pluto, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course. The Moon completes its transit of Aries with the Moon sextile Venus and the Moon square both Pluto and Jupiter both in Capricorn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for over five and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Aries and before the Moon enters Taurus late in the day. Whether figuratively or literally, we are likely to be ‘out of here’. The grass is definitely greener somewhere other than where we are. This is a day when we might choose to spread our wings. Responsibilities may be calling, but we aren’t as interested in what we should be doing. We’d rather take a powder and explore distant realms and consider new trajectories for ourselves. Perhaps we have grown weary of our usual tasks and obligations, our weariness ever more so by the imposed ‘stay-at-home’ edicts given out by authorities who tend to enforce a ‘do as I say not as I do’ meme. We may have grown tired by the lockdown and might feel the loosening of regulations to be too little too late, but we still need to be cautious if we choose to venture out. Life has changed, and we could be quite surprised by the new paradigm in which we find ourselves.

Wednesday, May 20th – Just Not Cutting It – Saturn, Mars, Uranus. Venus, Neptune, Sun Gemini. This Wednesday has the Taurus Moon square Saturn, the Moon sextile Mars, and the Moon conjunct Uranus. Venus squares Neptune, and the Sun exits Taurus to enter Gemini [9:49 AM EDT], triggering a Stellium of three planets in the Mutable Air Sign as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in the Mercury-ruled Sign of Gemini. Even if we try to replicate our past today, ‘same old, same old just ain’t cutting it’. This is a day that suggests that we open our eyes, work with peripheral vision, and be open to the magic and mini-miracles that the paradigm shift offers. We might consider all our options, all our alternatives and with a willingness to be receptive to whatever comes our way. Relationships might be dicey today. We could be easily infatuated with someone, but we have to question whether we are doing the dance with Jekyll or with Hyde. People may not be who they appear to be. With us going through our own personal morphing from whom we have been into who knows what, our clarity regarding what is going on with other people might be deficient at best. This is a day when it would be wise for us not to jump to conclusions, whether determining someone else’s character or evaluating the prospects of proposed engagements. Due diligence is necessary but liable to be a tall order when we’re jazzed to just go jump, jump, jump no matter where we might land.

Thursday, May 21 – Intuition and Determination – Neptune, Pluto. Thursday can be a highly successful day, if we’re smart about it. The Taurus Moon today sextiles Neptune, and the Moon trines Pluto. Like the carpenter’s dictum of ‘measure twice and cut once’, this day suggests we plan out our day, devise a best practices approach, and have our necessary tools ready before we proceed to implement our plans. By taking our time and considering the components to our day’s affairs we can be expeditious in our approach without having to second guess along the way or back up and revise as we go along. This Thursday is a good day for completions and tying up loose ends, especially of those affairs that we do not wish to bring into the next fortnight. Let’s keep in mind that we are on the dark side of the Moon prior to tomorrow’s New Moon. Far better for us to complete and resolve today before we enter this next New Moon period, which may be a two-week jumble of all sorts of possibilities but liable to fault on the necessary follow through.

Friday, May 22nd – Sparkly, Bright, and Scintillating… but Fool’s Gold? – Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course, Saturn, Gemini New Moon, Sun, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Neptune. Friday begins with the Taurus Moon trine Jupiter in the early morning hours. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for five and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Taurus and before the Moon enters Gemini. The Gemini Moon trines Saturn and conjuncts the Sun at the time of the Gemini New Moon [1:39 PM EDT]. Late in the day, the Moon squares Mars. Mercury conjuncts Venus, the Sun trines Saturn, and Mercury squares Neptune. Late Thursday, early Friday can have us trying to get our house in order, tying up loose ends, completing certain matters, all with the purpose of clearing the decks so that we can fully engage the long holiday weekend in the US, Memorial Day weekend, considered the unofficial start to the summer. There can be a great deal of talk today, thoughts about future plans and intended get-togethers with family and friends. We might feel that we have entered the Fun House, but we do have to be careful that in all the excitement we don’t buy into the hype or the appearance without considering what is truly going on. What we see may not be what we get. Wishing things a certain way might not be the outcome. The New Moon influences the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on June 5th. We can be all over the place, whether literally or figuratively, but without utilizing due diligence. We might be far more interested in the movement, the motion rather than the direction or destination. Let’s be cautious and keep in mind the admonition: ‘haste makes waste’.

Saturday, May 23rd – Spinning Our Wheels – Venus. The Moon continues its transit of Gemini on Saturday and only makes one aspect to the planets today when the Moon conjuncts Venus late in the day. There can be a great deal of activity today but perhaps without a great deal of purpose. And why should we care? Today is part of our long Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US. We are summer oriented, geared to kick off our summer in grand style. It’s been a long time coming and especially this year when we have been in lockdown for our own protection. For many, the authoritarian care and protection have come with a heavy price — the crashing of the economy, job furloughs and job losses, and financial hardships. Whether we are still in ‘stay-at-home’ mode or are released, this weekend is likely cause for celebration. We might choose to spend our time with that special someone or the special people in our lives. Whether we get together in person or spend time with family and friends on phone, text, email, we are likely to be interacting with a number of people, enjoying sharing our thoughts and feelings, and proposing ideas for future events. None of us may have been overly taken by our social isolation, but one of the blessings of these recent times has been the opportunities to reflect and contemplate some of the wonderful people, situations and circumstances in our life.

Sunday, May 24th – Time Out – Neptune, Mercury, Moon Void-of-Course. Sunday has the Moon completing its transit of Gemini with the Gemini Moon early in the day square Neptune and the Moon conjunct Mercury. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for twelve hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Gemini and before the Moon enters Cancer late in the day. Sunday may have us more interested in traipsing through la-la-land and considering all sorts of possibilities. Our activities can be all over the place on this Sunday with a tendency of sampling, trying this, trying that, but with little focus or any attention to detail. This day seems more like a kaleidoscope of various events, people, and participations. Nothing serious for us today, since our due diligence is lacking. This is a day better spent in taking a breather from our mundane involvement or our own anxious concerns. Like calling a ‘time out’, we are unlikely to heed news reports, other people’s fearfulness, or even our own skittishness about what seems to be going on. We might use this day to get a grip on a proactive approach to our own life. Enough with the reacting of the fearfulness that has permeated society. We may continue to wear our masks to be safe, but we might see the irony that the masking has also covered our mouth, an instrument of our own self-expression. We may have felt silenced, but we can only be silenced for so long. This Sunday is a day for us to at least take off the blinders and embrace the responsibility and accountability of determining our own decisions and actions. The ‘time out’ may also be taking time to reacquaint ourselves with our free will and choice. As the Moon moves into Cancer late in the day, we may start a time of appreciating our home and family as both a sanctuary and a positive reinforcement of our own individuality.