In the Stars May 12-19, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Wesak Full Moon

There is still strong cosmic encouragement to let go of old worn-out systems or structures that no longer serve. Saturn and the South Node are still conjunct and close to Pluto, a powerful and volatile alignment. Go slowly and carefully with this strong energy abounding. The world is susceptible to the intensity of this potent, challenging alignment. This week begins with a First Quarter Moon which builds to a Full Moon on May 18th. This Full Moon is the Wesak Full Moon, with Moon in Scorpio and the Sun in Taurus. For Buddhists, this Full Moon is the holiest day of the year when the Buddha reached enlightenment and died. This Full Moon has to do with death, symbolized by Scorpio, and  form, symbolized by Taurus.

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The Moon ingresses into Virgo Sunday morning, signaling time to clean up and put things in order, and attend to the multitude of tasks before you. The clean-up and organizational efforts continue Monday through mid-day Tuesday.

The work week is off to a strong start Monday with the Taurus Sun making a benefic trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Great progress can be made on financial matters and goals.

Overall, we feel satisfied and energized on Tuesday, thanks to a Venus-Mars sextile. You will want to share the day with others socially, so plan lunch with your colleagues or dinner with friends. Make yourself sparkle with a new purchase of clothing, or creating a new look from a closet creation. This is a day to do things that will make you feel good, look good, and shine.

Venus ingresses into Taurus tropically on Wednesday, and Mars ingresses into Cancer. The good energies of the Venus-Mars sextile of yesterday continue to color our day beautiful. A Mercury-Neptune sextile expands our imagination and lifts our spirits. If you are an artist, this is a great day to paint or create in whatever form you like to express yourself. If you are not an artist, at least allow yourself to dream, and allow your imagination to soar. The evening’s energy is emotionally sensitive and edgy due to a Moon-Saturn square.

On Thursday the Moon is void of course for a long period from 2:37 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. PDT. Don’t waste your time on meetings or trying to make connections until after the Moon moves into Scorpio at 2: 26 p.m. Thursday sports numerous planetary aspects, both benefic and challenging, and thus a lot of activity. A Mercury-Saturn trine helps us stay balanced and organized to work through our day efficiently and with discernment.

We are fully immersed in the deep waters of the Scorpio Moon on Friday. Mercury forms a benefic trine to Pluto, inviting us to get the bottom of matters, and do good research. A Moon-Neptune trine lifts our spirits and amplifies the mystery. When the Moon is in Scorpio, we tend to want more private, quiet time. Instead of a social Friday evening, settle into a good, deep read, or work on a problem you are trying to resolve, or review your dream journal and see what new insights you can gain.

Saturday sports a Full Moon. Finances and resources are highlighted with this Full Moon. Venus and Uranus are exactly conjunct at 3 degrees of Taurus. Surprising twists and turns in our love lives may occur. Be open to new expressions of love. This day, May 18, is my recently deceased husband’s birthday. It would have been his 83rd birthday. I am now learning to hold him in love and light as we continue to walk through life connected, but in different worlds. It seems fitting that this day holds the Wesak Full Moon, when the Buddha reached enlightenment and died. The Scorpio Moon is in a benefic sextile to Saturn and Pluto and the South Node, forging our attention and responsibility around what truly matters. After a four-hour Moon-void-of-course period in the afternoon, the Moon bounces into optimistic Sagittarius. After a sobering, demanding day, it’s time to party.

Sunday is easy. The Moon is in sunny Sagittarius, and there are no major planetary aspects. Take time out to go for a walk in nature, or plan a trip, or read some that is philosophical or spiritually inspiring. We are upbeat, no matter what the day brings or how we choose to express it.

The work week is off to a jovial, energetic start on Monday with the Moon and Jupiter joining to lift our spirits and help us soar. The conjunction does mark the beginning of a long void of course Moon for the rest of the day, better set for routine tasks. Leave work early, if you can, and go for a hike, or meet friends for a social hour.

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The Week in Short

Sunday: Clean up, tend to details, and get organized for the week ahead.

Monday: Powerful day to address practical matters. Tremendous progress can be made.

Tuesday: Social day to share with others. Up your game with more beauty.

Wednesday: Expansive, creative day. Make it beautiful.

Thursday: Moon VoC 2:37 a.m. – 2:26 p.m. PDT. Active day. You can manage well with balance, organization, and discernment.

Friday: Feelings run deep in the mysterious depths of the Scorpio Moon. Take some quiet time for yourself

Saturday: Full Moon. New expressions of love. Give some attention to resources. Moon VoC 2:11-6:21 p.m. PDT, a time to pause. Time to party in the evening.

Sunday: Easy, upbeat day. Free choice.

Monday: Jovial, inspiring start to the work week. Moon VoC all day after 10:05 a.m. PDT. Don’t expect to get a lot accomplished besides routine tasks while the Moon is VoC.


Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Taurus (May 15-June 8)

1. Plant spring flowers in your garden.
2. Cook delicious food to delight your taste buds.
3. Get a massage.
4. Get a new hair cut.
5. Freshen your wardrobe.
6. Spray a delightful scent such as rose water around your face.
7. Add new inspiring music to your playlists.
8. Put your financial records in good order.
9. Sing–maybe karaoke?
10. Adorn yourself with beautiful clothing and jewelry.


Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, May 12: 5:25 a.m. – 9:22 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, May 14: 10:19 a.m. – 11:51 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, May 16: 2:37 a.m. – 2:26 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, May 18: 2:11 p.m. – 6:21 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, May 20 at 10:05 a.m. through Tuesday, May 21 at 0:56 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, May 22 at 8:57 p.m. through Thursday, May 23 at 10:49 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, May 25: 5:51 a.m. – 11:08 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, May 27 at 9:21 p.m. through Tuesday, May 28 at 11:32 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, May 30: 8:08 a.m. – 9:43 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Saturday, June 1 at 3:52 p.m. through Sunday, June 2 at 4:48 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, June 4: 8:42 a.m. – 9:17 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, June 6: 7:10 a.m. – 12:16 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, June 8: 2:23 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Sunday, May 12: 12:25 – 16:22 (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, May 14: 17:19 – 18:51 (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, May 16: 9:37 – 21:26 (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, May 18 at 21:11 through Sunday, May 19 at 1:21 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, May 20 at 17:05 through Tuesday, May 21 at 7:56 (Moon into Capricorn)

Thursday, May 23: 3:57 – 17:49 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, May 25 at 12:51 through Monday, May 26 at 6:08 (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, May 28: 4:21 – 18:32 (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, May 30 at 15:08 through Friday, May 31 at 4:43 (Moon into Taurus)

Saturday, June 1 at 22:52 through Sunday, June 2 at 11:48 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, June 4: 15:42 – 16:17 (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, June 6: 15:10 – 19:16 (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, June 8: 21:23 – 21:45 (Moon into Virgo)

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