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Practice Gentleness -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., May 11th - Sun., May 17th, 2015

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

Last week was quite intense. The Sun/Pluto Trine in the Earth signs gave me lots of energy and focus -- I accomplished quite a bit. That said, when Venus moved into Cancer on Thursday night, I could feel my energy level changing… I had to focus more on self-care from then on ;-)

This week's headline items:The last Quarter Moon in Aquarius becomes exact on Monday morning; Mars changes signs from Taurus to Gemini on Monday late evening; the Mercury station intensifies on Wednesday; we enter the Balsamic Moon phase on Thursday evening; and the New Moon in Taurus becomes exact Sunday night/next Monday very early morning. 

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday morning (for almost 16.5 hours), Wednesday early afternoon (for a little over 12 hours), and Friday morning (for 19 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 10:53pm EDT. 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.

Monday at 6:36am EDTthe last Quarter Moon in 20 degrees of Aquarius  becomes exact. We start to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Aquarius, last week on Saturday evening. The Moon in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in steady, down-to-earth TaurusThis may bring up some 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 (on May 17/18th). 

With the last Quarter Moon, rather than starting major new projects, it serves us to take a look at what needs to be completed. What -- if anything -- needs last-minute adjustments? What did you discover since April 18th? 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 18-22 degrees of Taurus, Aquarius, Leo or Scorpio? 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).

Right after the last Quarter Moon becomes exact (6:36am EDT), we enter an almost 16.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC), which ends at 10:53pm EDT. 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 seek brainstorming with like-minded people about new, unusual ways of doing things. We’ll also very likely desire time for enjoying nature, our bodies — basically, the physical realm — wanting to experience life as it is, rather than wanting to change any of it. As best as you can, make room for both, but don’t drive yourself crazy with this: As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.

Monday afternoon, an opportune Sun/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 1:44pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Saturday night on; it will be strong until Wednesday night of next week. 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 Friday of this week and Tuesday 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 19-23 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or CancerIf 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)

Monday at 10:40pm EDTMars moves from peaceful, steady Taurus into curious, quick-witted Gemini. For the next 6 weeks, we might have difficulty sustaining our interest, embarking on multiple projects at once, spreading ourselves too thin. Even more than at other times, we will benefit from focusing our energies, rather than scattering them. We seek mental activities: sharing, teaching, learning, writing, etc. 

A sharpened wit can lead to "victory" in arguments during this time. We can be talkative, to the point of verbal diarrhea. We definitely want to talk things through, getting everything off our chests, especially when we're fired up. Our versatility and general disdain for routine keeps us busy. We may feel quite fidgety, full of nervous energy; this could be at the root of physical ups and downs.

All this is especially true if you are an Aries, Scorpio or Gemini Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Gemini, you will feel more energized, passionate and direct -- and also physically stronger -- than usual. As an Aries or Scorpio, you will be chattier and busier for the next 6 weeks :-)

Minutes later, after Mars changes signs (at 10:53pm EDT)the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Thursday very early morning. 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 ;-)  

Tuesday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Monday late evening for details). 

Today (Tuesday) starts soft and mushy. It might take a little longer to wake up this morning and leave the house, we may want to say home and enjoy snuggle time with a loved one or pet (or just ourselves :-). As the day goes on we'll feel quite inspired and compassionate. 

In the late afternoon/early evening, we might need to make some adjustments and connect our head with our heart, allowing ourselves to trust all that occurs. This is especially true with regards to communication and sharing. Between 6:28pm EDT and Thursday early morning is a perfect time for spiritual endeavors, creativity, or helping others.

Wednesday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Monday late evening for details). As mentioned above, this is a great day for spiritual or creative endeavors, or helping others.

Mercury’s station intensifies today (Wednesday), as it is preparing for its retrograde phase, which lasts from May 18th until June 11th; it will come to a complete halt next week Monday, in 13 degrees of Gemini

We will experience the effects of this station until May 23rd; during that time, anything connected to Mercury's energy will come into our awareness quite strongly. Mercury is connected to all forms of communication, sharing, teaching, learning, listening, speaking, selling, buying, transportation, shipping, and signing contracts.  

During the station period we might experiences delays or misunderstandings. Things tend to feel "off" or stagnant, especially when dealing with any of the above-mentioned areas…rather than starting any brand-new projects, follow through with items you already had on your plate or your to-do-list ;-)

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, during the Mercury retrograde phase. (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 in 11-15 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces.

On Wednesday at 12:55pm EDT, we enter a roughly 12-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that ends at 1:13am EDT Thursday. Use this intuitive time to connect to your higher Self. Do your best to bring a sense of flow and trust to your relationship to money (particularly your worthiness to receive it). As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, plan your day ahead of time or simply go with the flow… 'cos the flow knows where to go ;-)

Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning at 1:13am EDT, the Moon enters pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Saturday early morning. The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.

Thursday eveningwe enter the Balsamic Moon phase: this lasts until Sunday night/Monday very early morning, when the New Moon in Taurus becomes exact (…more on that next week). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition. For some of us, this might be a stretch. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions. 
Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us. What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying?

Friday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Thursday early morning for details). 

Friday very early morninga Mars/Saturn opposition becomes exact at 2:03am EDT. We started to feel this connection from Monday on; it will be strong until next week Tuesday. We may face obstacles, blockages, or opposition to our sense of freedom, our drive, and our ambitions. We also might become more cautious now. 

We are learning to live in moderation now -- but this may be frustrating, as we face tests or trials that remind us that pushing too hard or too fast doesn't always get us the results we want. It's time to slow down a little, catch our breath, even experience some setbacks -- all so we come back stronger, more controlled, directed and mature. Taking responsibility is key!

Mars is the inner teenager and Saturn is the inner adult. Mars wants to move fast and get results, Saturn wants us to slow down and focus on the essential/the truth of the matter -- and sustainable over a long time. What would it take to find your inner balance with those two archetypes? 

If we are experiencing these energies within a relationship, we can ask ourselves which of them we are living out. Try these questions: Am I being impatient? Do I feel scattered? Am I moving too fast? Am I scared that I missed something essential? That something might not work out long-term? Do I feel the need to set healthy boundaries with others? Or to take a more serious look at my beliefs, at the bigger picture? Whichever of these questions resonates, allow yourself to open your heart to the other side, as best as you can ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 0-5 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo or 29 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you will be more affected by this opposition. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Capricorn (since Mars is the ruler of Aries, while Saturn rules Capricorn)

On Friday at 8:04am EDTwe enter a 19-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that lasts until 3:02am EDT Saturday. Use this intuitive time to connect to your inner revolutionary, or nurture the inner eccentric and try being completely yourself ;-) As always with a Moon VoC, do your best to plan the day ahead of time, or simply go with the flow… That said, avoid starting anything brand-new (and you may want to expect the unexpected today as well ;-)

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Saturday at 3:02am EDT: the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will journey until Monday morning. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. 

Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down... We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and its offerings ;-) 

Saturday afternoona harmonious Venus/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 2:49pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Wednesday on, it will be strong until next week Tuesday. This aspect makes for a very creative and beautiful time; music, art, the movies and the theatre are in high demand. Spiritual endeavors are easily shared with others.

We connect to others in a compassionate, sweet, loving way; we are more likely to feel romantic. We might not have the best boundaries in place, when it comes to relationships, socializing or money... but we sure as hell know how to enjoy ourselves.  

Our intuition and instincts are strongly supported here too. It becomes easier to trust others and open up to them; we give ourselves permission to receive love and emotional support. As best as you can, let all feelings flow.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 6-13 degrees of Cancer, Pisces or Scorpio? 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 Pisces (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Neptune rules Pisces). 

Sunday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Saturday early morning for details).

Sunday starts powerfully: We feel an intensity and a depth with where we are headed. This is a great time to transform our lives, stripping away anything -- especially feelings and memories -- that no longer connect with who we are now. 

Ask yourself: How can I live more authentically? Is there anything holding me back? What could I release now that is no longer serving my evolution? Would I be willing to let that go — to honor myself?

On Sunday afternoon, we have an opportunity to heal some emotional wounds from the past; if we can allow this to happen, it could increase our confidence and bring us into better alignment with our physical and emotional body. As best as you can, practice gentleness -- be kind to yourself and others.

As Sunday is also the last day before the New Moon becomes exact, this is a great day to let go of what no longer serves us. As best as you can, avoid jumping the gun: Rather than launching into brand-new endeavors or connections, wait until a couple of days have passed after the New Moon. 

Some of us might feel a little anxious or nervous today: As best as you can, get quiet and go within… Listen to the silence between the sounds… Find peace in the connection with your innermost and truest Self.

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Saturday early morning for details). At 12:13am EDT, the New Moon in 27 degrees of Taurus becomes exact. click here to watch my video on the subject

There is also a 5-hour Moon VoC phase that starts at 12:13am EDT. At 5:27am EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, and Mercury comes to a still stand at 9:49pm EDT, starting it’s 3-week retrograde phase… more about all that in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,

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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