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By the Book -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., May 23rd - Sun., May 29th, 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 busy for me, but it felt like a good "steady busy" -- I had an inner urge to move faster than normal. I definitely observed myself being impatient, both with myself and with others, and sometimes I was easily annoyed... everything you would expect with Mars retrograde in Sagittarius ;-) 

Mercury's station put some stumbling blocks on the path, but I went around them, by staying flexible and adaptable in the moment. I'm happy to report also, that last week's Forecasting Forum was really well received, despite some Mercury Station hiccups ;-)

For those of you who want to have a better understanding of your personal healing journey, feel free to listen to the recording of my recent Chiron-lecture: "Healing with Astrology" Click here for more info 

This week's headline items: Venus changes signs from Taurus to Gemini on Tuesday morning; a long-term Jupiter/Saturn Square becomes exact on Thursday morning; on Friday late morning, Mars dips back into Scorpio for the summer; and the last Quarter Moon in Pisces becomes exact on Sunday morning.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday late morning (for 14 hours), Wednesday evening (for a little over 13 hours), and Saturday afternoon (for 45 minutes).  

Monday (May 23rd): the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all dayIt will journey there 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.

Monday at 11:37am EDT, we enter a 14-hour Moon void of course; this lasts until 1:34am EDT (Tuesday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to connect to like-minded people and learn something new about your unique self. See if you can broaden your approach, when it comes to your goals or projects. 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 Monday ahead of time ;-) 

Tuesday (May 24th) at 1:34am EDT, the Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Thursday late morning. The Capricorn Moon emphasizes our need for structure and forward planning. We are motivated by a desire for success; achievement and manifestation are paramount. 

We are resourceful and pursue economy with time, energy, and other resources. We take things more seriously during Moon in Capricorn: we look reality in the eye. This can be a very productive period. As best as you can, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off: try saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-) 

Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) is transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore our beliefs. It's also a great time to focus on the greater meaning of life and for going beyond conditioned thinking structures. As best as you can, be authentic about what you believe: Do your beliefs actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, not how it was 5 or 10 years ago?

Tuesday at 5:45am EDT, Venus changes signs from steady, calm, sensual Taurus to chatty, social, versatile Gemini. Venus, the energy of love, “relating" and finances will journey through Gemini until June 17th: For the next 3.5 weeks, we value mental stimulation and frequent changes of scenery in our love relationships.

We love connecting and sharing ourselves with others. As long as we don't get bored, we will stick around -- but as soon as we disengage mentally, we begin to thirst for interesting conversations with new people, in new places and/or situations. Love is playful and lighthearted for the next 3.5 weeks and humor plays a part in all our relationships. 

Our finances might fluctuate at this time, as we don't invest in anything for long enough to know whether it would have actually made a profit. That said, this sign-change actually favors financial transactions that benefit from speed, or wide dispersal of resources -- it's a great time for short-term investments.

As best as you can, stay open-minded and flexible toward love and finances. Curiosity towards life and love is a great gift as Venus moves through Gemini -- you never know where things will go at this time — and if nothing else, that attitude makes it hard to be bored for even a second ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel more chatty for the next 3.5 weeks. Your heart will want to connect to friends and have several activities going all at once. Learning or teaching something new might be just the thing for you to do right now. If you are a Gemini Sun-sign or Rising-sign, you are going to have more love and beauty in your life for as long as Venus is in your sign

Tuesday late evening, a Venus/Mars opposition becomes exact at 10:38pm EDT. We started to feel this opposition from Sunday evening on; it will be strong until Thursday evening. 

We are becoming more aware of a need to balance and integrate our masculine and feminine energies from within. Some level of competitiveness, anger, frustration, or angst could be present in some of our relationships with the opposite sex at this time. 

Something that is definitely key right now is expressing our passion in a way that is compatible with our values. If you find yourself in a love-hate bind with someone, simply ask yourself: What would “Love” do right now? 

With Mars currently retrograde in Sagittarius, we may also experience a shift in our masculine energies -- or we need to access that energy in a new way.

Think back to November 2015, when Venus was conjunct Mars in Virgo: What seeds were planted back then? Did you change how you access your feminine and masculine energies? You are now aware of what you have (and haven't) integrated since then... Do you like what you see? Is there more room for integration?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or personal planets in 0-4 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces, or 28+29 degrees of Taurus,Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aries (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Mars is the ruler of Aries)

Wednesday (May 25th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day (see Tuesday very early morning for details). 

Wednesday at 9:11pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts a little over 13 hours, until 10:27am EDT (Thursday late morning). There may be a tension between our need to zoom ahead and our desire to “get it right” by going one step at a time. Others are also wrestling with this tension, so we may feel impatient with them. 

Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and for finding creative ways to balance (and “solve”) these seemingly 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 your evening and Thursday morning ahead of time ;-) 

Thursday (May 26th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn and VoC until 10:27am EDT (see Tuesday very early morning and Wednesday evening for details). 

Thursday morning, a long-term, challenging Jupiter/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 8:28am EDT. We started to feel this aspect build from March 2nd on; it will be strong until June 14th (due to Jupiter's and Saturn's retrograde phases). Jupiter represents philosophy, expansion, faith, personal growth; Saturn symbolizes responsibility, discipline, and pragmatism. 

Some restructuring of our lives and business goals might be in order. We may be looking for new challenges -- sometimes because we are forced to look, as things are not going exactly to plan.

We have a desire to grow and expand, but this attitude is tempered with caution and a sense of restriction. It is best to breathe new life into old plans, rather than striking out with an altogether new one. Take steps to grow, but don't overextend, or you’re bound to grow frustrated. We're also encouraged to do things by the book -- but may not want to -- this is not the time to take shortcuts (they won't work...)

This aspect also reveals where our beliefs may be out of sync with reality. What was true before may not be now -- may have never been true in the first place. What was impossible before may 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?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-17 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect; this is also true for those of us with the Ascendant or Sun-sign in Sagittarius or Capricorn (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)

Thursday at 10:27am EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius,where it will journey until Saturday late afternoon. The energy of the Aquarian Moon relates to our instinct for improvement. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional; interactions more impersonal than personal. We are likely to have an increased fascination with the new and unusual. 

Social gatherings, anything connected with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas and methods, progress: all these are promoted during the time the Moon moves through Aquarius. Again: we have our eyes on the future -- or on outer space :-) Personal freedom becomes paramount. 

Friday (May 27th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Thursday late morning for details).

Beginning Friday at 9:51am EDT, retrograde Mars dips back into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio-- it is effectively retracing the movements it made through the sky between February 18th and March 5th. Mars will go into Sagittarius on Aug. 2nd; in the meantime, we get another chance to experience it in the later degrees of Scorpio. 

Think back to mid February/early March; are there things you began then, that might benefit from a revisit or reassessment?

Mars in Scorpio says "It's black or white: Pick one!" It's all about accepting challenges and making changes with concentrated energy and willpower. We rely heavily on our gut feelings. We can see through others, could potentially exploit or (quietly but formidably) oppose them. We project cool equilibrium; below the surface may be another story -- in general, we don't want to show our hand… 

We may be attracted to sexual taboos or fantasies in which the "other" surrenders their body and will completely -- and our sex appeal could perhaps be strong enough to bring that about.

Mars in Scorpio has a provocative quality to it: We might test ourselves and others. We make all kinds of rules and goals, just for the personal satisfaction that comes from achieving or mastering them. Our survival instincts are stronger; we more easily embrace our own animal nature, without guilt.

All this is especially true if you have an Aries or Scorpio Sun- or Rising-sign. Scorpios will feel unusually energized, passionate and direct -- and physically stronger. Aries will feel more intensely connected to others (and to life) for the next 6 weeks :-)

Saturday (May 28th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 5:06pm EDT (see Thursday late morning for details).

Saturday at 4:19pm EDT, we enter a 45-minute Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 5:06pm EDT. We are experiencing two quite different needs that pull us in different directions: On the one hand, we feel the need to improve our lives and move towards our vision; on the other hand, we need to do something about our inner experiences -- the inner world of shadows and fears.
 
Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. Find ways to honor your feelings/gut and see where the mind takes you from there. If at all possible, refrain from starting anything brand-new or stick to routine things. If nothing else… simply go with the flow. 

Saturday at 5:06pm EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Monday evening. The energy of the Pisces Moon bears on the need for connection to our higher selves. It can be a wistful, sensitive and compassionate time; we are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns. 

Boundaries and walls come down; we feel energetically connected to everything around us. As best as you can, therefore, be kind to yourself and others -- surround yourself with loving energy. It's a time best used for spiritual or creative endeavors and for dissolving our fears and doubts. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them ;-) 

Sunday (May 29th):the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Saturday late afternoon for details).

Sunday at 8:12am EDT, the last Quarter Moonin 8.5 degrees of Pisces becomes exact. The Moon in creative, sensitive Pisces makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in versatile, fast-thinking Gemini.This may bring challenges; however, it also energizes us to look at what needs to be completed -- and what needs to be changed. This Moon phase brings us closer to the next New Moon (June 4th). 

During the last Quarter Moon, rather than starting major new projects, it serves us to review anything started around the last New Moon. In this case, that would be May 6th: we now have about a week to wrap up any projects that we got into around that time. What needs last-minute adjustments? What did you discover since May 6th? What did it mean for you? As best as you can, find creative solutions for anything that comes up between yourself and others -- and for any internal conflicts.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the flowing: 6-11 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Virgo or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this month's last Quarter Moon quite strongly. 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).

Also on Sunday, Mercury ends its station and gets back to its normal pace through the sky. We have a chance to implement everything we thought about during the retrograde phase and move forward with any thinking and/or communication issues that came up.

A head's up for next Monday (May 30th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 9:09pm EDT (see Saturday late afternoon for details).At 7:10pm EDT, we enter a 2-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 9:09pm EDT.At that point, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Wednesday late evening.In the late evening,a harmonious Mercury/Pluto aspectbecomes exact at 11:09pm EDT. Due to Mercury's retrograde phase, we started to feel this aspect from May 7th on; it will be strong until June 3rd. 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 answering my question... things became suddenly very clear... THANK YOU... I am very aware of the energies you describe... it's just putting it in language that can be understood... that is your gift... to us... your pretty much guru status in that way... THANK YOU... I'll be there for the next one." -- Clete

If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars, join me for the next MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, on ThursdayJune 16th at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/11amGMT. 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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