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New Explorations -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., May 16th - Sun., May 22nd, 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 calm and slow-moving -- something most of us rarely get to experience any more. I also gave a talk on "Chiron-Healing with Astrology" at the end of the week, here in Chicago. It went really well, but I could definitely feel how my body wanted to rest after that -- no surprise, with Mars being retrograde and so many planets in Taurus.

One quick announcement before we get started with this week's forecast:
Last chance to join me live for the upcoming 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! 

This week's headline items:Mercury's station intensifies on Wednesday, the Sun changes signs from Taurus to Gemini on Friday late morning, the first of two Full Moons in Sagittarius within the next month becomes exact on Saturday afternoon; finally, on Sunday morning, Mercury comes to a halt, as it begins the process of moving forward again after a 3.5-week retrograde phase. 

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday early morning (for a little over 8 hours), Wednesday late morning (for 15 hours), and Saturday morning (for 7 hours).

Monday (May 16th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 1:33pm EDT.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.

Monday at 5:20am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 8 hours, until 1:33pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to create an awareness around what’s of value to you -- and be of service to others. 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 1:33pm EDT,the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Wednesday night/Thursday very early 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.

Tuesday (May 17th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Monday early afternoon for details).

In the early morning, we may need to make some internal adjustments, allowing ourselves to go with the flow and honoring our feelings. That said, throughout the day, we have an opportunity to move our long-term goals forward -- one step at a time. 

In the evening, we are being asked once more to make some internal adjustments; this time, we are being invited to take our time digesting what we have heard or learned throughout the day. As best as you can, connect to your values, while at the same time staying open to other people's values.  

Wednesday (May 18th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Monday early afternoon for details).

Wednesday at 11:23am EDT, we enter a 15-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 2:29am EDT (Thursday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas. 

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 second half of Wednesday ahead of time ;-) 

Also on Wednesday, Mercury's station intensifies, as the planet is further slowing down. During the station, we feel Mercury's energies more strongly. Pay attention to anything "in your face" in any of the following areas: communications, short travels, transportation of any kind, communication devices. You will get a chance to make adjustments when the station phase is over (May 25th).

For the next 7 days, we might experience delays or misunderstandings; things could feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time when getting ready to go somewhere -- and that goes for the journey itself, too -- especially if you intend to drive or use public transportation. Going with the flow is definitely recommended at this time.  

Be extra-patient if you intend to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, especially if they are transportation or communication devices like planes, trains, cars, phones, computers, iPads, etc. Best of all (if possible): wait until after June 7th, when the shadow phase is over. (For more details on Mercury Retrogrades and Shadow Phases, 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 12-16 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius.

Thursday (May 19th) at 2:29am EDT: the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Saturday 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. 

Thursday evening, an opportune Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 8:28pm EDT. We started to feel this from Tuesday night on; it will be strong until Saturday morning. It's an opportunity to bring healing to our wounds around relationships or our sense of self-worth. 

We get a chance to love ourselves and heal deep fears of not being "good enough". Healing happens much faster when we can open to forgiving ourselves and others. As best as you can, bring compassion and understanding to yourself, to others, and to those past experiences that wounded you. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 22-27 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. 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)

Friday (May 20th): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothingScorpio all day (see Thursday early morning for details).

Friday at 10:36am EDT, the Sun changes signs from steady, sensual Taurus to versatile, fast-thinking Gemini. It will journey through Gemini until June 20th. With the Sun in Gemini, the urge for self-expression is strong. We may be extra interested in collecting and sharing information. This is a time when curiosity and adaptability are favored. We are more flexible, changeable and adaptable -- which makes us quite social as well. 

We enjoy intellectual conversations and we can easily become bored if we are not getting enough mental stimulation at this time. We are more objective and observant, but prefer to keep things light and easy. There is usually a nervousness in the air at this time as well, as we are constantly seeking to connect and have new interactions. “Sharing” is the name of the game.

All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Gemini Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Gemini, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo your vitality will most likely speed up and you feel more chatty than usual.

Also today (Friday) is your last chance to sign up for the upcoming MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM. Sign up to join the webinar live (Saturday, May 21st at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT/8pm GMT), 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! 

Saturday (May 21st): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothingScorpio until 2:48pm EDT (see Thursday early morning for details).

Saturday at 7:40am EDT we enter a 7-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 2:48pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to find a balance between your need to merge with others while honoring your own worth. 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 Saturday ahead of time ;-) 

Saturday at 2:48pm EDT, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, whereit will journey until Monday night/Tuesday very early morning. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner. 

We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now"; we pursue truth and a new vision -- meaning the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is key, we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate.

Saturday at 5:14pm EDT, the Full Moon in 1 degree of Sagittarius becomes exact. For the next two weeks, we are looking for balance, as we are more aware than ever that something needs to be brought into alignment. 

The balance in question is between our mental processes -- symbolized by Gemini -- and our quest for a larger truth or meaning (Sagittarius). It's important to realize that the Sagittarian urge to "go beyond" is essential for our growth; it also plays a crucial role in how we interact with others and share information (Gemini).

Any Full Moon is a more extroverted and emotional time; this time around, we are being invited to unify mind and heart so we can discover a new world of possibilities. To learn more about this month's Full Moon, please click here to watch my video 

Sagittarius shows us a wider perspective, one that has us look beyond facts and learned knowledge to our direct life experiences, and the wisdom we gain thereby. Gemini wants us to stay connected to our immediate environment and "day-to-day mind" -- processing and sharing information as fast and as much as possible.  

Venus in Taurus aligns with the Sun in Gemini, asking us to think about what is most valuable to our thinking processes. What do we enjoy hearing, talking, and learning about? How can we honor our thoughts? 

Ask yourself: What might I hear, if I consciously listened to my body, mind and heart? What might be possible with an open heart and mind? Is there a way to be both grounded and flexible at the same time?

Mars (currently retrograde) makes a very close alignment with the Moon in Sagittarius. This points to a need for independence and wanting to explore life beyond what we already know -- venturing out, finding meaning beyond the familiar environment -- a journey that needs to start from the inside out. 

You may want to ask yourself: Where do I feel particularly impatient or easily annoyed? What deserves a new exploration? What actions are calling to be done? 

We might feel particularly impulsive for the next two weeks and tend to assume that everyone knows what's going on with us without attempting to communicate. We are thus most likely more reactive than responsive. 

Since we are all going to feel this, as best as you can, look within first before expressing your anger or jumping to conclusions. Look at the bigger picture and remain curious to avoid saying or doing something you can't take back. As best as you can, share your inner process.

As Mars also opposes the Sun in Gemini, we get a chance to look back at mid-June, 2015 (when Mars was conjunct the Sun in Gemini) What seeds were planted back then? We are now aware of what we have (and haven't) learned since then and need to make a decision about where we want to go from here. Do you like what you see? 

The important thing here is to gain a sense of the next best step towards either a greater understanding of our conditioning, or our thought processes, or gathering all the information we need to make a move.

Mercury (the ruler of Gemini) is stationing in 14 degrees of Taurus at the time of the Full Moon (and is therefore exalted). It's making an inconjunct to Saturn in Sagittarius, pointing our attention toward our own value and whatever no longer works for us. 

This also helps us develop a more conscious connection to our inner dialog and thought processes, especially around financial issues and self-worth. You may want to ask yourself: what are my thoughts about money and my own value in the world? What do I truly believe is possible for me? Are there reoccurring thoughts about me that are creating a reality I am ready to leave behind?

Mercury is still part of a Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo, so you can tap into what you truly want, what you feel deeply passionate about (i.e. what energizes you and makes you feel alive). This energy can move you towards what you truly want for yourself long-term.

Jupiter (the ruler of Sagittarius), currently in Virgo, forms its third square with Saturn in Sagittarius (the first square was back in August 2015, the second happened in March of this year). This aspect reminds us that things are not always as they appear and reveals where our beliefs may be out of sync with reality -- what was true before may not be now -- may have never have been true in the first place. What was impossible before may in fact be doable now. 

As best as you can, take a look at what’s holding you back; are there “old” fears or beliefs that are no longer keeping you on your intended course? Imagine for a moment that you wake up tomorrow morning and all fear has mysteriously vanished... What would be possible? 

Saturn in Sagittarius still remains the focus points of a T-square with Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces... This has been going on since March. Everything is changing so fast (including us); this T-square invites us to be the still center, the "eye of the storm".

Over the next 14 days, these are the main questions this mutable T-square is asking: Where am I making assumptions? Could I remain curious instead? Could I listen (to myself and others) as well as speak up? Do my communications promote separation or connectedness?

Judging, criticizing, blaming, labeling, etc. — all things that separate us from others and from ourselves. Thoughts that promote self-compassion, self-care and self-acceptance connect us to ourselves and ultimately also to others. It is important at this time to take responsibility for our inner and outer dialog.

Pretend for a moment that every thought matters and creates your reality. What might be possible, if being of service were your greatest gift? What if you "walked your talk"?

To sum up: Do your best to observe your thoughts and challenge your assumptions. Look to see which thoughts are truly yours (and which aren't) and whether they serve you. As best as you can, align with authentic, higher vibrational thought forms. 

And remember: you can only take responsibility for yourself. We have no control or influence over other people's thoughts, beliefs or behaviors -- but we do have influence over our own inner processes and a choice about how we respond and interact with others. So keep the focus on yourself!

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 0-3 degrees of Sagittarius,Gemini, Virgo, Pisces or 29 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you are more affected by this month's Full Moon. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign inLeo or Cancer(the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer). 

Sunday (May 22nd): the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Saturday afternoon for details).

Sunday morning, a Sun/Mars opposition becomes exact at 7:17am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Thursday evening on; it will be strong until next week Tuesday. This aspect invites us to find or create a balance between two polarities:

On the one hand, we have the Sun in Gemini, wanting to connect and share as much as possible -- within our familiar environments. On the other hand, Mars in Sagittarius wants to explore life and its meanings beyond our everyday environment -- it wants us to have an adventure. This opposition can cause impulsiveness and a short temper. We may experience frustration, impatience or arguments with others.

Mars being retrograde has an impact here too: It turns this energy inward. We may experience passive-aggressive behaviors. It’s essential to understand this balance from an intuitive place; integrate those opposites internally first. 

As best as you can, get quiet with your mind: As things quieten down, what actions present themselves as being the obvious best way forward? What actions preserve your inner balance and support integration over disruption? What in your life needs a new exploration? New examination?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 0-5 degrees of Sagittarius,Gemini, Virgo, Pisces or 29 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius? 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 Leo or Aries (the Sun rules Leo; Mars is the ruler of Aries)

Sunday at 9:20am EDT, Mercury comes to a haltandslowly starts its direct motion, after its 3.5-week retrograde phase. As best as you can, go with the flow, keep an open mind and pay attention to anything that is in your face right now -- you may need to address those issues again, when Mercury moves through its shadow phase…more on that later. 

We are slowly ready to shift our focus back towards the outer world again, taking in new information and sharing from a new perspective. What did you learn about money and self-worth in the past 3.5 weeks? How can you honor your gifts? What needs to be addressed in regards to your resources (finances, talents, things you own, etc…)?

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 in 12-16 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius.

When Mercury gets back to its regular speed (by Wednesday of next week), things will get back to normal, with regards to communication and transportation (and any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc.) 

As you may recall, I mentioned Mercury shadow phases in this update a several of weeks ago. If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to also avoid the shadow periods, before and after Mercury goes retrograde. 

This is especially true if the items you are thinking about getting are connected to transportation (cars, flight tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, i-pad, etc.) This time around, the shadow phase will end on June 7th. Feel free to also read my blog on the subject

A head's up for next Monday (May 23rd): the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Saturday afternoon for details).At 11:37am EDT, we enter a 14-hour Moon void of course; this lasts until 1:34am EDT (Tuesday very early morning).More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One Last Announcement:
Last chance to join me live for the upcoming 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! 

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

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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