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Internal Connections -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., May 9th - Sun., May 15th, 2016

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Savings Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week was steadily (but not overwhelmingly) busy. I could feel all that grounding Taurus energy together with the Jupiter station. I could really feel and understand how taking things personally is not in my best interest -- or anyone else's for that matter. This realization felt freeing -- like a weight lifted from my being.

One quick announcement before we get started with this week's forecast:
If you live in the Chicago area, feel free to join me on Friday (May 13th) at 7:30pm CDT for a 90-minute talk about Chiron -- the Wounded Healer. Where and how have we each experienced wounding? How can we heal and see the gift of that wound?  Fee: $10; Location: Midwest Plaza South, 2021 Midwest Road, lower level, Oak Brook 60523

This week's headline items: Jupiter comes to a halt on Monday morning. On Tuesday, the Pluto station ends and we can also start to take actions on our New Moon Intentions. The first Quarter Moon in Leo becomes exact on Friday afternoon; finally, on Sunday, Mercury starts to slow down again (getting ready to move direct again at the end of next week). 

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday very early morning (for a little over 13 hours), Wednesday early morning (for 14 hours), and Friday afternoon (for almost 13 hours). 

Monday (May 9th) is a big day! The Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini until 1:24pm EDT. The Gemini Moon keeps us social and busy. Interactions may take place online, on the phone, or face-to-face with those in our immediate environment. With this Moon placement, we like to multitask and stay engaged with life as much as possible: As long as we don't get bored, we're good. 

With Mercury being retrograde right now, we may need to slow things down a little, tapping into all these interactions from a more intuitive place. Rather than initiating new contacts, consider reconnecting with old friends or former business associates; it’s also probably best to revisit conversations from the past three to four weeks. 

Monday very early morning, at 12:15am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 13 hours, until 1:24pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to reconnect with your vision for life and with like-minded people. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan the first half of Monday ahead of time ;-) 

Monday at 8:14am EDT, Jupiter comes to a halt in 13 degrees of Virgo and slowly starting to move direct again, after a 4-month retrograde phase; as mentioned last week, Jupiter's energy will be felt most strongly at this time. 

The Jupiter retrograde gave us a chance to tap our inner wisdom, optimism and sense of possibility. It was a chance to learn more about how the world works from our inner understanding. We got to choose our “true beliefs”, especially in regards to our health, daily routines, being of service and holistic/improved approaches to life -- and learned which beliefs serve us, and which don't. 

This process of internal connection to our wisdom and ability to grow has been underway for the past four months. As Jupiter slowly starts to pick up speed again, it will return our focus to the outside world — a process that will be complete by May 13th. Where would you look for your inner wisdom? If your inner organizer had a voice and could speak, what might it say? 

Those of us who have any of our personal planets (or our Ascendent) in 11-15 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius will be more affected by this station. This is also true for those of us with their Ascendent or Sun-sign in Sagittarius (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, so those folks will always be affected more strongly by Jupiter's movements and aspects).

Monday morning, an opportune Venus/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 8:41am EDT. We started tofeel this aspect from last Saturday on, it will be strong until this Tuesday night. This is an opportunity for compassion and kindness when it comes to the physical world: our body and this planet. We are more attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and are more inclined to naturally cooperate with others. 

We tend to "feel" each other on an energetic level now, a sensitive approach is therefore recommended. This is also an opportunity for imaginative or romantic interactions. Remember: opportunities are openings; they aren't necessarily handed to us -- we have to "take" them and make something of them.

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 9-14 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer ? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Pisces (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Neptune rules Pisces).

Monday late morning, a Sun/Mercury alignment in 19 degrees of Taurus becomes exact at 11:12am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday on, it will be strong until this Wednesday.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. 

In general, we have a strong need to take an active role in communications -- it is very hard for us to passively listen and absorb information right now. 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 be particularly stubborn during this time… it may not always be of service to us to dig our heals in: 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 16-22 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio or Aquarius? 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)

Monday at 1:24pm EDT, the Moon moves into protective, introverted Cancer, where it will journey until Wednesday late afternoon. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say to (and about) us, so be kind to yourself and others. 

Emotional safety is important to us at this time: We like connecting to the familiar, home or family becomes our sanctuary. Nurture yourself and others, but remember: Make sure your glass is filled before letting others drink from it — otherwise we might start resenting others for draining our energies. 

Tuesday (May 10th): the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Monday afternoon for details). 

If you set intentions last week Friday or Saturday, after the New Moon became exact, today (Tuesday) will be the best time to start taking relevant actions. If you wrote your intentions down, go back and take another look at what came through intuitively. If you didn’t write anything down, get quiet for a moment and check in with yourself: What actions are calling to you?

Tuesday afternoon, a harmonious Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 3pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will be strong until this Thursday evening. This aspect brings a good dose of optimism, faith and a sense of the "bigger picture" to our relationships and finances. We tend to relate to others in a positive (even inspiring) manner; as you can imagine, it is thus much easier to make social contacts. 

Our outlook is cheerful and hopeful, the atmosphere cooperative -- it's a great time for winning people's enthusiasm. We are more optimistic and trusting with friends and lovers. We might feel an urge to connect to people from other countries or foreign cultures, just to have an adventure, or widen our horizons. Active fun and joyful exploration are favored.

Financially, there might be a tendency to spend more than usual, as we feel confident that an abundance of resources is available to us. There are indeed definitely plenty of opportunities to be had, financial and otherwise, especially in connection with the health industry (or anything that involves food and nutrition). Educational businesses or endeavors and the travel industry are also highlighted ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-16 degrees of Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn? If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).

Pluto resumes its normal pace through the sky, ending its station today (Tuesday). What has come up in the last three weeks around long-term goals? How empowered or disempowered do you feel about them? Now is a good time to do some internal work in this area...

Wednesday (May 11th): the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer until 5:32pm EDT (see Monday afternoon for details). 

Wednesday at 3:34am EDT, we enter a 14-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 5:32pm EDT. There may be a tension between our need to zoom ahead, versus a desire to nurture, be nurtured and feel safe in the world. Others are also wrestling with this tension, so we may feel impatient with them; use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative ways to manage these incompatible energies.  

As best as you can, go with the flow — and remember, while this is actually an energizing time for existing projects, it’s definitely best to avoid starting anything brand-new. You may also want to plan Wednesday Day ahead of time ;-) 

Wednesday at 5:32pm EDT, the Moon moves into extroverted, fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Friday night/Saturday very early morning. We have a chance to appreciate ourselves and our lives -- and to connect to the heart. Hand out as many compliments as possible, they will be deeply appreciated :-)  

Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you squeak just thinking about it? This also starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact later this evening).

Wednesday evening, a somewhat challenging Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 7:08pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until Thursday evening. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.

It's hard to see what we are actually responsible for in relationships, so we sometimes take on unnecessary responsibilities, to ensure the relationships continue. We may ask ourselves: "Do people like me for myself, or for what I do for them?" If you're confused on this point (or any point): as best as you can, keep choosing the "better" alternative, adjusting as necessary. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-16 degrees of Taurus or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)

Thursday (May 12th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Thursday late afternoon for details).

If you set intentions last week Friday or Saturday, after the New Moon became exact,keep taking relevant actions today (Thursday). If you wrote your intentions down, go back and take another look at what came through intuitively. If you didn’t write anything down, get quiet for a moment and check in with yourself: What actions are calling to you?

Friday (May 13th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Thursday late afternoon for details).

Friday at 1:02pm EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 23 degrees of Leo becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Leo on Thursday late afternoon. The Moon in fun and attention-loving Leo makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in steady,peaceful Taurus.

We feel compelled to take action. The New Moon took place a week ago (May 6th); "seeds" planted then are probably "sprouting" by now -- and making first real contact with the outside world. 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, go one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible (as much as possible), and find creative solutions for your day-to-day dealings with others. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 21-25 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Aquarius or Scorpio? 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).

Right when the first Quarter Moon becomes exact (1:02pm EDT), we also enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 13-hours, until 1:52am EDT (Saturday very early am). Use this intuitive time to find creative solutions around your inner joy and financial needs. As best as you can, make space for tapping into your gifts and talents, honoring them and expressing them authentically.

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your evening and Sunday morning ahead of time ;-) 

Saturday (May 14th) at 1:52am EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Monday 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.

Saturday afternoon, an opportune Sun/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 3:46pm EDT. We started to feel this connection from Thursday evening on; it will be strong until next week Monday. This aspect is an opportunity for self-healing; this could support our confidence and brings us into better alignment with our physical and emotional body. 

We all have flaws, wounds, insecurities. The more we can open up to that being ok for ourselves, the less judgmental we will be with others. This is also a great time to recognize that our so-called flaws and insecurities have become some of our best assets and strengths -- how might this be true for you?

Between Thursday of this week and Monday of next week, as best as you can, practice gentleness; be kind to yourself and others. Again, remember: an opportunity is an opening, a glimpse of new possibilities -- so "opportunities" are not simply handed to us, tied up with a bow -- we have to "take" them, and make something of them. What will you do with this particular opportunity? 

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 22-27 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo (the Sun rules Leo)

Sunday (May 15th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Saturday very early morning for details).

Mercury starts to slow down again (“stationing”) today (Sunday). It’s getting ready to come to a halt, ending its 3.5-week retrograde phase, on Sunday of next week, May22nd (more on that next week…). 

For the next 14 days (until May 29th), we need to be patient with ourselves and others -- especially if there is a connection with communication or transportation, and their associated technologies. This is not the best time to start anything brand-new, especially if it contains new information that needs to be processed.

We might experience delays or misunderstandings, and things tend to feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time to get ready for travel somewhere -- especially if you intend to use public transportation or drive (For more details on Mercury Shadow Phases and Retrogrades, click here)
 
Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in 13-16 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius.

A head's up for next Monday (May 16th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 1:33pm EDT (see Saturday very early morning for details). At 5:20am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 8 hours, until 1:33pm EDT. At that time,the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Thursday very early morning.More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One More Announcement:
By now most of you have heard about my MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM -- a 90-minute webinar that you can join live, or watch later as a recording -- if you've been thinking about joining, please take a second to read this testimonial from a participant in the most recent forum:

"Thank you for the awesome webinar, Sonja. I really enjoyed the full interactive experience. Having this real time exchange makes a huge difference to the learning and understanding of all these patterns and energies. I love the question and answer section, especially since we get some advance indication of what the topics will be. I have been an amateur astrologer for many years but I learned an awful lot very quickly in this setting. So much fun. See you next time!"  -- Clete

If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars, join me live for the next MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, on the day of the Full Moon in Sagittarius -- that's Saturday, May 21st at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT/8pm GMT! Sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive an mp4 within 24 hours of the live event. Other than booking a reading with me, this is the maximum level of support I offer -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. Register Now! 

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"

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