The astrology for this week of May 17th through the 23rd of 2021 can have it all with us being productive and focused, thwarted and blocked, and carried away by exuberance and a world of illusion.
Welcome to the Fun House, which we call the myriad aspects of living life.
The week begins with us preferring to hit the snooze button but feeling the demands pressing on our conscience. We may be up and at it with a determination to get things done expeditiously and with a concentration on our true priorities.
We might be in overdrive as we get going, but we could hit some road bumps shortly afterwards with our year’s nemesis of the Taurus Aquarius square hurling unexpected matters and frustrating delays our way. We can feel like the wind has been knocked out of us with us thrown back on our heels and feeling as if we are going against strong currents.
Let’s try to avoid feeling frustrated or blocked, and just recognize that in life there are times when things go smoothly, other times when things are stalled, and still other times when obstacles get in our way. No judgment regarding the sense of being thwarted, for it is only a phase, and all phases come and go.
Thursday has a significant shift in energy as the Sun exits Taurus to enter Gemini and triggers a Stellium in the Mutable Air Sign as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in the Mercury-ruled Sign.
We are coming into a phase of juggling any number of things with our interest in variety and diversity but without much due diligence or focused attention. The end of the week can have us entertaining all sorts of concepts and ideas, but with the liability of going down the rabbit hole of the implausible and seemingly ludicrous.
We may start the weekend early with a wide palette of what we might wish to do. As if sprung from solitary confinement, the green light to resume some normality of life could have us entertaining all sorts of possibilities, too many for us to rationally participate.
The weekend closes down with Saturn turning retrograde, and we might sense the universe slamming the brakes and shifting the pace to delayed reactions and a perception of slogging through quicksand.
This is a week for us to keep our wits about us, while it might appear as though everyone else is losing theirs.
Monday, May 17th – Up and At ‘Em – Sun, Pluto, Moon Void-of-Course. The early morning hours of this Monday has the Cancer Moon sextile the Sun and the Moon opposed Pluto. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for almost six and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Cancer and before the Moon enters Leo. The Leo Moon makes no connections to the planets today, providing us the opportunity to ready ourselves for the onslaught of tomorrow. The Sun trines Pluto. We might prefer sleeping in and hanging out as we start this Monday morning, but we may be impelled to get ourselves in gear and up and at ‘em. It would be wise for us to make a plan of action for this day and for this week before we get bogged down by the Taurus Aquarius square triggered by the Leo Moon over the next two days. If we would focus on the specifics of what we wish to get done, prioritize our activities and keep in mind the truth to the saying from 19th Century American poet Emily Dickinson that ‘if you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves’; we are less likely to be flummoxed by delays, frustrations and our own arrogance that we might encounter over the next two days. We can accomplish a great amount if we take things step by step and concentrate on the particulars rather than being distracted by our desires.
Tuesday, May 18th – Here We Go Again – Venus, Mercury, Lunar T-Square, Uranus, Saturn. The Leo Moon today sextiles Venus in Gemini to begin the day, and the Moon sextiles Mercury in Gemini to end the day. Between the two, the Leo Moon engages the Taurus Aquarius square by triggering a Fixed Sign T-Square with the Leo Moon square Uranus in Taurus and the Moon opposed Saturn in Aquarius. This is a day for us to think outside the box, consider options and alternatives to the ways we do things, and not entangle ourselves by assuming that we know exactly how things should go. Using someone as a sounding board can help prevent us from putting on blinders and seeing things the way we wish to see them and possibly contrary to the true reality of the situation. Instead, someone could help keep us from getting in our own way, calm our frustrations, and shine a light on the bigger picture to which we are blinded. Let’s keep in mind that frustrations and impediments to our plans may seem challenging and thwart our intentions but can turn out to be marvelous opportunities to either reconfiguring our methods or changing our trajectories.
Wednesday, May 19th – Humility Called For – Sun, Moon Void-of-Course, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn. Wednesday continues with the Leo Moon with the Moon square the Sun. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for an hour and a half with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Leo and before the Moon enters Virgo where today the Moon opposes Jupiter. Venus trines Saturn. Wednesday continues with a sense of frustration that we might have felt over the past two days and especially yesterday. We might feel as though we are unable to express our creativity and engage our talents, instead being kept at bay to deal with mundane issues and routine matters. We may come to realize that our greatest plans and ambitions will only succeed if we take things one step at a time. Although we could shift our focus from a grandiose scheme to a concentration on what needs to get done, we might also believe that we can take on more than we possibly can. This first part of the week asks us to realize the dramatic changes that have gone on over recent months. We are different, society is different, and the ‘rules of the game’ are different. With the paradigm shift becoming increasingly evident, it is essential that we recognize that the alterations to life and living call for us to be receptive to the shifting tides, a major one of which is our letting go of a sense of total control over circumstance and conditions and a willingness to be mindful of and adaptable to the extreme transformation that has occurred. The arrogance and narcissism that has been so prevalent in society need to drop away with an embrace of humility and wonder to the shifting kaleidoscope of doing life. Discussions with someone in the evening hours could be a good way to decompress and help sort things out in our own mind.
Thursday, May 20th – Variety and Diversity – Uranus, Venus, Mars, Sun Gemini. Thursday continues with the Virgo Moon with the Moon today trine Uranus, the Moon square Venus, and the Moon sextile Mars. The Sun exits Taurus to enter Gemini [3:37 PM EDT] to create a Stellium in the Mutable Air Sign as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in the Mercury-ruled Sign of Gemini. They say that ‘variety is the spice of life’, and we are certainly likely to be looking to spice up our life. Doing things differently and trying out new things may be something that we are interested in, but it could create issues for someone who is less adaptable and slightly more rigid. With an acceptance that change begins at home we might start with ourselves, adapt our behavior, and even move things around within our environment. With a greater thrust of Gemini, we may be far more interested in doing many things in shorter periods of time, dabbling here and there with little in-depth scrutiny, and involved with any number of things although alighting briefly before heading off to some other event or adventure. We are entering a time of short-term engagements with a liability of increased anxiety. If a situation is not working for us, we are less likely to persevere but more likely to move on to something else. Quick, even superficial, interactions now could be more entertaining than anything of real substance.
Friday, May 21st – All This and More – Lunar T-Square, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Moon Void-of-Course, Sun, Jupiter. Thursday started something big — diffuse involvements with many and with little selectivity. And so it begins. Friday begins with an accentuation of yesterday’s dabbling to the point of being scattered. This day continues with the Virgo Moon with the Moon today triggering a Mutable Sign T-Square as the Moon squares Mercury and the Moon opposes Neptune to begin the day. Later the Moon trines Pluto before the Moon goes Void-of-Course for five and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Virgo and before the Moon enters Libra where late today the Moon trines the Sun. The Sun squares Jupiter. With so much to consider, we could be all over the place on this Friday. Our emotions and our imagination are both heightened, and we are likely to soar with the eagles or liable to plummet fathomless depths, and possibly both extremes in a rapid whipsaw. We can be overly confident and feeling invincible. Or we might fall into victim mode and feel prey to all and sundry. This is a day that calls for us to maintain tight reins on our moods and our thoughts. Otherwise, we could be all over the place — literally and figuratively. Trying to establish the Buddhic sense of non-attachment may be challenging, but it is considered in Buddhism the only path to samadhi.
Saturday, May 22nd – Veil of Maya – Lunar Grand Trine, Saturn, Mercury, Neptune. Saturday – Sunday have the Libra Moon triggering a Grand Trine in the Air Element as the Libra Moon trines Saturn in Aquarius today, and the Moon trines Venus in Gemini tomorrow. Mercury squares Neptune. Much of the energy on this Saturday occur later in the day. On the one hand, social interactions can be fun engagements. As the restrictions lighten up, we can get back together with friends and extended family. We are social animals, and the lockdown for the past year has created senses of isolation with collateral damage of loneliness and depression, even agoraphobia and ptsd. And therein lies the issue on the other hand. Fears and anxieties can ratchet up today as our mind runs wild with worse case scenarios of threats and dystopian futures. Not that there are not things to be concerned about. Humankind seems to be on a runaway train with any number of horsemen for an apocalypse:
• the virus contagion
• adverse side effects from the vaccine
• sabre rattling and warlike motions
• lack of material needs such as fuel, food, housing, etc.
• inflation with costs skyrocketing
• nomadic movements of vast populations
• security with threats to life and limb
• the questions of commitment and competency of the powers-that-be for the greater good
Just to name a few.
It is essential that we not buy into the fears, the illusions, or a narrative of so-called ‘fact’ that is often skewed away from true reality. This day asks us to cut through the veil of Maya, the illusions, not to feed the fears and anxieties, but to trust in the universe with the recognition that life is good and that we are where we are supposed to be. In our discussions with other people, let’s keep our talk light, enlivening and uplifting. No Eeyores or Debbie Downers, please, only people devoted to the sunny side of life and appreciative of all the blessings in our living.
Sunday, May 23rd – Putting on the Brakes – Venus, Mercury, Lunar T-Square, Mars, Pluto, Moon Void-of-Course, Saturn retrograde. Sunday begins with the Libra Moon trine Venus in Gemini completing the Air Grand Trine that began yesterday with the Moon trine Saturn in Aquarius. The Moon also trines Mercury. The Moon triggers a Cardinal Sign T-Square with the Moon square Mars in Cancer early in the morning hours and the Moon square Pluto in Capricorn late in the day. 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 finishes its transit of Libra and before the Moon enters Scorpio at the end of the day. Saturn turns retrograde. Our thoughts and discussions may seem lofty, and we might seek out those members of our Mutual Admiration Society. The pleasantries of last evening and early this morning may soon be lost as someone’s needs might seem like demands. Commitments previously made and obligations we would prefer to pass on are liable to demand our attention. Saturn retrograde can slow things down, and everything could seem to take longer than we might like. Our pace of activity may seem like slow motion. Although we are likely to be juggling a wide assortment of activities, there can be a sense of repeated braking as we try to progress with our projects. Saturn will be retrograde until early October. Much of what has gone on since mid-February may have to be replayed, tweaked or rearranged during this Saturn retrograde until Saturn turns direct early in October.