In the Stars May 5-12, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week

We are now in a New Moon phase in Taurus, highlighting resources, planting, and growing. It is time to tend to your gardens. What do you want to grow, both plant-wise and metaphorically? How do you want to grow your resources, and beautify your surroundings? This is a volatile week with Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto conjunct. There is strong cosmic encouragement to let go of old worn-out systems or structures that no longer serve you.

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With Sun and Moon in Taurus, just after the New Moon, Sunday is a particularly strong day to get a lot accomplished. We want to stretch beyond our usual limits in the light of a Mars-Jupiter opposition. We are fueled with high energy for learning. If you have not yet set intentions for the new lunar month, then do so, and include some intentions about how you build and spend your resources.  Taurus loves pleasure, so be sure to relax and nourish yourself, especially with some pleasure-giving food. This is a great day for gardening.

Curiosity is sparked on Monday. We may feel drawn to pursue new love interests with Venus squaring the lunar nodes. Mercury moves into Taurus, slowing our thought processes, and enabling us to make measured, grounded decisions for the next two weeks while Mars is in Taurus.

Monday is the beginning of the Islamic festival of Ramadan. “Ramadan is considered one of the most blessed months in Islam…Muslims fast during this month, celebrating the festival with religious fervor…During this month, Muslims are not only supposed to refrain from eating and drinking during the stipulated timing but they are also required to curb all negative emotions like anger (”

Mixed energies, mostly challenging, make Tuesday an edgy day. However, as with exercise, when we push against something and work with tension we can build strength. Go mindfully and honor limits. and keep your temper in check. With the mental agility of the Mars and Moon in Gemini, we can solve problems with logic and flexibility.

Wednesday is a day for compassion and caring. Sparked by a Mercury-Uranus conjunction, our minds are active and innovative. Conversations may generate new ideas. The day is infused with benefic lunar aspects, overall giving inspiration and extra consideration for feelings.

The Moon’s oppositions to Saturn and Pluto on Thursday may make for a not-so-easy day emotionally. Lean into your responsibilities and give them the works. Do not expect to be pampered. Give more to others, and expect less for yourself.

The Moon bounces into playful Leo early Friday morning, attempting to lift our spirits. However, lunar squares to Uranus and Mercury make for tension and disruptions. Yet, a Sun-Saturn trine in earth signs gives energy for the entire weekend, helping us keep order, attend to our duties, and make progress on our goals.

The Moon ingresses into Virgo Sunday morning, signaling time to clean up and take care of details. 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.

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The Week in Short

Sunday: A lot can be accomplished. Stretch beyond your usual limits.

Monday: Curiosity is sparked. Thought processes are slowed.

Tuesday: Honor limits and meet the challenges of the day with fervor and flexibility.

 Wednesday: Conversations can generate surprising ideas and connections.

Thursday: Lean into responsibilities and give this challenging day the works.

Friday: Disruptions may emerge in this potentially playful Friday.

Saturday: Strong, grounded energy for getting a lot accomplished. We feel optimistic.

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

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


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aries (April 21-May 15)

  1. Get started on a creative project.
  2. Take a dance class.
  3. Add more color.
  4. Go on a new hike.
  5. Say “yes” to a spontaneous offer.
  6. Wear red.
  7. Express appreciation out in the world when people help or serve you.
  8. Be a little more assertive, in a kind manner.
  9. Change your purse.
  10. Get moving—toward anything you love.


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 5: 8:10 a.m. – 8:40 p.m. (Moon into Gemini

Tuesday, May 7 at 4:50 p.m. through Wednesday, May 8 at 2:06 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, May 9 at 7:06 p.m. through Friday, May 10 at 6:14 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Sunday, May 5 at 15:10 through Monday, May 6 at 3:40 (Moon into Gemini

Tuesday, May 7 at 23:50 p.m. through Wednesday, May 8 at 9:06 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, May 10: 2:06 – 13:14 (Moon into Leo)

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)

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