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Last week was a mix of busy and relaxing. After Mercury went retrograde on Monday evening, I experienced a profound release of "old" thought patterns concerning my work style. I realized that I've put way too much pressure on myself, to always get everything “right”, to continuously improve my business... And the cost is that I work too hard, push myself and don't nurture myself enough. Since what I've been doing so far is not working very well, I’m going to try a different approach: I call the it the "So what?” approach (sometimes I call it the "Fuck it" approach ;-)
This week's headline items: the first Quarter Moon in Virgo becomes exact on Monday early afternoon; Neptune starts to slow down (getting ready for its 5-month retrograde phase) on Saturday. There will be two Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday evening (for almost 19.5 hours), and Friday late afternoon (13 hours).
Monday at 4:52am EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Wednesday afternoon. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction.
Health might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), align with our long-term goals. This also starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact later this afternoon).
Monday afternoon, a challenging Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 1:09pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday on; it will be strong until this Thursday morning. This "stretch" aspect asks us to grow beyond what we know and have experienced in the past, in regards to our relationships (especially with family or people who feel like family).
Priorities may shift at this time and we may experience clashes in taste or values with those we love. As you can imagine, we may feel some instability or restlessness in connection to others. We may struggle with freedom versus emotional safety at this time.
We may also experience fears around our financial goals at this time. As best as you can, take a deep breath and hold off on decision-making with regards to finances -- in particular, it is best to avoid impulse buys at this time. In general, expect the unexpected. Things may take a different turn now, when it comes to what is truly important.
Keep your mind and heart open: if something needs to be eliminated or changed at this time, it was waiting for that shift to happen anyway. This aspect is also part of a T-square with Pluto, so we are going to feel some tension here... but also quite energized. As best as you can, think outside the box and focus on cooperation, collaboration and win-win solutions.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 16-22 degrees of Cancer, Aries, Capricorn or Libra? If so, you may be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus; Uranus rules Aquarius)
Mondayat 1:19pm EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 4 degrees of Virgo becomes exact. The Moon in detail-oriented, helpful and practical Virgo makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in chatty, fast-thinking and busy Gemini.
We feel compelled to take action. Last week saw the New Moon, on May 18th. If we began a project or initiative around then, it is probably off the ground by now -- and facing its first obstacles. This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 2-6 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).
Monday evening, a challenging Mars/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 7:38pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Thursday on, it will be strong until this Saturday morning. This aspect is asking us to stretch ourselves, in order to resolve a tension between the things we want to go after, versus our feelings about a higher, spiritual calling. We may be chasing a dream... or a fantasy.
Ordinary life may seem drab and uninteresting to us right now. We want something that stirs our imagination: Some vision or ideal or dream to motivate us. We have a strong urge to act out our fantasies or live out our dream -- and we have the energy now to DO that which others only talk or dream about.
Artistic creation, drama, other vehicles of imaginative expression: All excellent things to explore or commit to, during this period. We tend to either over- or underestimate our own power and abilities: As best as you can, follow your intuition... Inspire yourself and others.
Most impacted by this aspect: those of us who have any of our personal planets (or our Ascendent) in 7-13 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Pisces (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Neptune rules Pisces)
Tuesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Monday morning for details).
Tuesday at 10:21pm EDT, we enter an almost 19.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC) phase that ends at 5:42pm EDT (Wednesday afternoon). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to have clarity, be of service and find new ways to expand your relationship with loved ones. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.
Wednesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo and VoC until 5:42pm EDT (see Monday morning and Tuesday evening for details).
On Wednesday morning, Mercury aligns with Mars in 10.5 degrees Gemini, at 6:37am EDT. We’ve been feeling this aspect build from last Sunday; it will be strong until this Friday. Gemini likes to move fast, so this alignment might considerably speed up our thinking; with Mercury being retrograde, some of this may happen more internally.
We communicate with curiosity, enthusiasm and energy, especially when “sharing” (teaching, writing, talking, listening, learning, buying, selling, etc. -- you get the idea ;-) We excel at getting to the heart of things.
On the other hand, we may take things a little too personally, and our defensiveness could be challenging for others. During disagreements, we may start to feel scattered: As best as you can, come from the heart -- allow your mind to settle down -- and take a deep breath now and then.
You will feel this alignment more strongly if you have your Ascendant, Career Point or personal planets in 7-14 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces. This is also true for those of us with the Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Aries (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo, while Mars rules Aries).
Wednesday afternoon, a harmonious Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 3:45pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from this past Sunday on, it will be strong until this Friday. This brings the ability for compassion and understanding towards loved ones. We are able also to heal some wounds from the past.
We are more willing to be vulnerable, trusting that the other person has our best interest at heart. We also more easily see beauty in human weaknesses, rather than concern ourselves with fault -- it's a strong time for seeing potential in one another.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-24 degrees of Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio? If so, you will be blessed by this aspect more than others. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra)
Wednesday at 5:42pm EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Saturday morning. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm.
Thursday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday late afternoon for details).
Thursday: We have an opportunity to connect with others and create great things. In the early afternoon, we may need to make some inner adjustments, but soon thereafter we'll feel ease and flow when connecting and communicating. In the late afternoon, we feel a real flow around projects connected to sharing or learning; all in all, this can be a really productive day.
Friday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday late afternoon for details).
Friday early morning, a challenging Mercury/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 3am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from May 5th on; it will remain strong until June 4th (due to its retrograde phase). This aspect asks us to stretch ourselves and grow. We may experience a lack of clarity and objectivity. We all have assumptions and preconceived notions about others, the world and life; we are asked to stretch a little around these assumptions.
We might find it hard to follow directions and instructions at this time. Difficulties concentrating on hard, cold facts are likely; in fact, we may question facts altogether, or avoid getting pinned down on answers. As you can imagine, this is not the best time for signing any contracts. Perceptions can be confused, unrealistic, or too idealistic to carry weight in the real world; conversations may be vague.
As best as you can, during this time, follow your heart -- and let yourself be guided by your artistic or spiritual side. If you can, put off hard decisions until early June… and be compassionate with yourself and others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 6-13 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Neptune rules Pisces).
Friday morning, we may need to find a balance between what we want for ourselves and what we need from others. We want to collaborate, but we are also feeling quite impatient, because our minds are moving very fast right now. As best as you can, take a deep breath now and then, and drop in to your heart center ;-)
Friday at 4:20pm EDT, we enter a 13-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that ends at 5:34am EDT (Saturday morning). Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations.
We’ll be drawn to balancing our lives, and to having equal, harmonious exchanges with others. We’ll very likely also desire mutually nurturing emotional connections with family and loved ones. As best as you can, make room for both of these desires and, as always during VoC: Take it easy, go with the flow, and avoid starting anything brand-new. If at all possible, plan your time in advance, when it comes to Moon VoC.
Saturday at 5:34am EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Monday afternoon. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines.
The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time.
As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to. Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free.
Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others.
Saturday early afternoon, a Sun/Mercury alignment in 9 degrees of Geminibecomes exact at 12:56pm EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Thursday on; it will be strong until next Monday. When the Sun and Mercury come together, we are especially sharp, communicative, and open. This aspect indicates a confident mind and an analytical approach to life.
Intelligence and communication abilities are strong at this time; however, we may not listen as well as the other speaks -- we might be too busy thinking about what to say next. What we say or write now has impact, so as best as you can, choose your words wisely. If people hung on your every word, what would you say then? What would you hold back from saying?
Our opinions are usually strong during this time; we like to think independently and are proud of our opinions and our thoughts. For this reason, our egos might get bruised if we are not "heard" -- if our opinions are pushed aside, ignored or criticized. As best as you can, express yourself fully, knowing that others may have different opinions… and that's ok.
We may feel particularly scattered during this time; it may not always be of service to pile on too many things at once: Choose your battles wisely. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde: Communicate from intuition. It could also be that an issue from a couple of weeks back needs to be re-communicated…
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 6-12 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo, Gemini or Virgo (the Sun rules Leo; Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)
Also on Saturday: Neptune starts to slow down its speed, getting ready for the 5-month retrograde phase that starts on June 12th.A planet's energies are more exalted during it's "station period". With an outer planet this has more weight: they move more slowly and their stations last much longer. This Neptune station is particularly strong, since it occurs in Pisces, its own sign. It will be felt until June 26th.
Neptune represents things like universal love, our inner divinity, spirituality, inspiration, compassion, faith -- plus creative and imaginative realms such as music or film -- while the shadow side is confusion, illusion and escapism of all kinds. We start to be aware of all those energies more fully in our lives.
This awareness helps us to connect more fully to those energies as they exist within us. We can then see where we need to either embrace them more fully, or connect to them in a healthy way, that doesn't involve getting lost in the murky lower vibrations of their expression.
Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with a Pisces Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets and points in 8-12 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
Sunday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Saturday morning for details).
Sunday morning, a challenging Sun/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 9:08am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday night on, it will be strong until next week Wednesday morning. This aspect asks us to stretch and grow: On the one hand we want to use our mind to feel confident and centered, on the other hand, we are compelled to listen to our intuition and let our imagination go wild.
Concentrating on artistic or spiritual pursuits might be better than focusing on things that require straightforward, factual thinking at this time. We might feel confused; it might be a challenge to know where we stand with others. As best as you can, avoid things like scheduling surgery, important appointments, job interviews, or launches of new projects at this time (unless they are spiritual or artistic in nature). Compassion toward ourselves works best for this time period.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 7-13 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Pisces (the Sun rules Leo; Neptune rules Pisces).
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio until 2:39pm EDT. At 7:01am EDT, we enter a 7.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC) phase that ends at 2:39pm EDT; and at that time, the Moon will enter optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Wednesday evening.….more about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
Have a fantastic week!
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