In the Stars May 20-27, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

Tensions lesson as Mars pulls away from his aspect to Uranus.  The Sun has just entered Gemini tropically, highlighting communication, community, and connection. Gemini is the sign of the zodiac that bridges Spring with Summer.

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Although we may want Sunday to be a day of rest after this dynamic week, the day is filled with challenging, irritable, testy fixed squares (Moon-Mercury, Moon-Jupiter, and Venus-Chiron) that will not allow complacency or ease. There may be some relief with the Sun moving into mutable, air sign Gemini, energy which allows us to rise above difficulties and see some humor in the drama. Square aspects challenge us to move—physically and otherwise.  We can  get a lot accomplished. The Sun ingresses into Gemini, ushering in a new solar month symbolizing communication, connection, and community.

Indecision makes it difficult to get going on Monday. The Moon is Void of Course all day until 7:03 p.m. PDT when the Moon moves into Virgo, and makes a flowing connection to Uranus which will shake you out of the day’s fog. Don’t expect to get the week off to a running start, and it is not a good day for meetings. Although it is Monday, take the day off and play if you can. I’ll be getting ready to leave Tuesday for the United Astrology Congress in Chicago. I’ll be sure to pack before Monday; otherwise, I will be stifled with indecision as what to take and what to leave.

Tuesday’s Virgo Moon will help us get organized and make up for time lost on Monday. Although the Virgo Moon takes us down into the details, the day is infused with expansive aspects. We are grounded early in the day by the Moon-Saturn trine, making us accountable to our responsibilities. At the same time, we think big (Mercury opposite Jupiter). Both the Moon and Mercury form benefic aspects with Neptune and Jupiter. If you can loosen the grip of the task-driven Virgo Moon, this is a day to let your imagination soar into new territory. Make the most of the possibilities that abound on Tuesday.

A powerful Moon-Pluto trine in the early morning (7:55 a.m. PDT), gives us drive and determination. Then the Moon is void of course all the rest of the day and evening until 11:52 p.m. PDT. The Taurus Sun makes an exact benefic trine to Mars in Capricorn, a decisive, energetic alignment. Although the day is not good for meetings or decisions, a lot can be accomplished with the powerful drive of the Sun-Mars trine. Be sure to build some vigorous exercise into the day.

The gracious Libra Moon on Thursday forms a Grand Air Trine with Mars and the Sun, great for the beginning of the astrology conference in Chicago, for conversation and learning, and for almost anything else, especially if it involves conversation and learning. An edgy Moon-Saturn square pushes us out of the Libra Moon’s comfort zone, and into handling our responsibilities.

Friday ushers in the long Memorial Day weekend with three major aspects: Jupiter trine Neptune; Mercury trine Pluto; and Venus opposite Saturn. These combinations are imaginative, investigative, and discerning, We attend to our responsibilities, and then relax into a gracious, inspiring evening after the Moon becomes void of course at 2:03 p.n. PDT. I’ll be relaxing on a conference cruise Friday evening against the backdrop of the social Libra Moon and aspects that encourage engagement, curiosity, and creativity. Enjoy a social evening with good friends, but be responsible, and rein it in responsibly.

Saturday and Sunday we turn inward in the low light of the Scorpio Moon. Feelings run deep. We want to study, investigate, and get to the bottom of problems and concerns. Saturday calls for energetic exercise, openness to surprise and spontaneous events, and attending to responsibilities. Sunday shines with benefic energies. We feel optimistic and buoyant, and can imagine a positive future. Use this good energy to make this day count!

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Sunday: Challenging, testy day. Not a day of rest and ease. Be playful. Sun into Gemini.

Monday: Moon VoC all day until 7:03 p.m. PDT. Indecision abounds, and things don’t come together. Play day, if you can.

Tuesday: Moon in Virgo helps us get organized. Attend to details, but keep the big picture in mind. Possibilities abound!

Wednesday: Sun  trine Mars: A lot can be accomplished—a lot of small things. The Moon is VoC all day and not good for decision making.

Thursday: Handle responsibilities with ease and grace.

Friday: Major aspects highlight imagination, investigation, and discernment.

Saturday: Feelings run deep. Study, investigate, and engage.

Sunday: Positive energies abound! Make this day count.

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Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Cancer (May 20-June  14)

1. Take a journey through old family photo albums.
2. Call family together for a picnic.
3. Focus on home maintenance.
4. Make your home more comfortable.
5. Pull out your family recipes and make some of your favorite family foods.
6. Read a historical novel.
7. Get together with siblings or relatives and tell some family stories.
8. Gaze at the Moon in the night sky.
9. Honor your feelings.
10. Express care through a card, call, or gift of food.

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 20 at 8:30 p.m. through Monday, May 21 at 7:03 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, May 23: 7:55 a.m.-11:52 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, May 25 at 2:03 p.m. through Saturday, May 26 at 6:39 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, May 28: 10:25 a.m.-3:29 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, May 29 at 11:26 p.m. through Thursday, May 31 at 2:26 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Friday, June 1 at 8:38 p.m. through Saturday, June 2 at 3:06 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, June 3 at 10:10 p.m. through Tuesday, June 5 at 3:53 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, June 6 at 11:35 p.m. through Thursday, June 7 at 2:26 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, June 9: 12:37 p.m.-9:04 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, June 11: 8:29 p.m.-11:53 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, June 13 at 12:43 p.m. through Thursday, June 14 at 0:20 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, June 15 at 9:18 a.m. through Saturday, June 16 at 0:21 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, June 17 at 8:25 p.m. through Monday, June 18 at 1:40 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)


Monday, May 21 at 3:30 through Tuesday, May 22 at 2:03 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, May 23 at 14:55 through Thursday, May 24 at 6:52 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, May 25 at 21:03 through Saturday, May 26 at 13:39 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, May 28: 17:25 – 22:29 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, May 29 at 6:26 through Thursday, May 31 at 9:26 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, June 2: 3:38 – 22:06 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, June 4 at 5:10 through Tuesday, June 5 at 10:53 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, June 7: 6:35 – 21:26 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, June 9 at 19:37 through Sunday, June 10 at 4:04 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, June 12: 3:29 – 6:53 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, June 13 at 19:43 through Thursday, June 14 at 7:20 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, June 15 at 16:18 through Saturday, June 16 at 7:21 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, June 18: 3:25 – 8:40 (Moon into Virgo)

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One Response to In the Stars May 20-27, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    Quite a lot of VOC Moon stuff to deal with this week. I’m glad I tuned in, because while I had noticed the “all day” VOC for Wednesday, I somehow “missed” that factor for Monday. Last week was very intense for me, and I should have paid more attention to Mars-Uranus activity. I went on Wednesday to see a doctor and after coming out of his office and starting to head home in my truck, a bicyclist who was literally “flying” on a borrowed bike (someone else’s) smashed into my truck while I was virtually standing still to see if I could turn. He flew off the bike and onto the pavement. But he was all right, basically, and after a long time of making comments and giving reports, we all left the scene (there wasn’t even a scratch on the bicycle and only a small scratch on my truck – he did hit me, not vice versa, but I worried how it might “look” and, of course, I worried whether or not the young man had been hurt).

    Natally I have Mars opposition Uranus (which conjuncts Saturn), so I do try to be careful to avoid “accidents.” But I think, after knowing last week’s transits (which I was aware of even as I went out), that if there’s a powerful Mars-Uranus aspect, I will try to avoid driving or doing things that could easily become “accidents.” It seems that no matter how aware one is of this sort of aspect and transit, “things” can “just happen.”

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