In the Stars may 6-13, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

The week ahead is demanding. This week demands our full attention, and it demands that we apply ourselves with focus and hard work  to get a lot accomplished. These energies are in the cardinal, action-oriented signs of Aries and Capricorn. Mercury and Uranus are conjunct, exact on Sunday, May 13. Mars and Pluto are still conjunct, though Mars continues to pull farther away from Pluto and march toward an exact square to Uranus also on Sunday, May 13. While Mercury/Uranus is brilliant and innovative, it is also a erratic and unpredictable. The combined Mars/Pluto/Uranus energy is extremely volatile. With Mercury in the mix, the ground is unstable, strong energies for earthquakes. Symbolically, we can shake up our lives and move ourselves out of deep ruts and into new pathways of change. What needs to be shaken up in your life? Ponder how you can use this potent, volatile energy for positive change this week. Go slowly and carefully this week, and yet be open to innovative ideas and take advantage of the strong energy to empower yourself.  At the end of this post, there is an excellent description by Astrologer Austin Coppock on the messages of consistency and sustainability of the second decan of Taurus (the Suns’ placement April 30-May 10).

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Sunday is a lighter, friendlier day. The Moon is in Aquarius. The Taurus Sun sextiles Neptune, an opportunity to bring more beauty into your life. How about making a trip to the garden store and purchasing some plants to bring more color into your yard? Look around and discover something new, and connect with friends. Tension brews in the evening in advance of the Mercury-Pluto square just after midnight. Steer clear of the stormy weather, and get to bed early.

Monday is a day with mixed energy. The tension of an exact Mercury-Pluto square frames the day, if not the whole week. This aspect can be discerning, and employed for attention to detail in the written or spoken word. The Aquarius Moon also makes tense squares to the Sun and Jupiter, perhaps leaving us feeling stretched too thin with all there is to do this week. A Venus-Neptune square softens the hard edges, though it may cloud our vision. The detachment of the Aquarius Moon holds the key to this dynamic day.

A lot can be accomplished, pleasantly, with the buoyancy of Tuesday’s Sun-Jupiter opposition. Benefic lunar sextiles to Mercury and Uranus invite free thinking and innovative ideas. Take the time to meet with a friend who stimulates conversation and new ideas.

Inspiration, compassion, and forgiveness are themes Wednesday and Thursday. Each month with the Moon’s orbit around the Sun of 29 ½ days, we are given an opportunity to focus on different aspects of our lives. Isn’t it wonderful that one of the 12 zodiac signs symbolizes compassion and forgiveness? This monthly journey through Pisces gives us the opportunity to cleanse ourselves emotionally of transgressions that need to be forgiven. Wednesday may be the easiest day this week.  Being in the flow, we can get a lot accomplished. Wednesday’s lunar sextile to Saturn helps us ground the Pisces Moon’s visionary, ethereal energy into practical applications. Thursday is full of benefic lunar aspects to Neptune, Jupiter, Sun, and Pluto. A lunar square to Venus is a bit edgy, but draws our attention to a relationship or issue that needs to be addressed. Pisces symbolizes art and beauty, and inspiring music and wonderful smells. See the beauty in the world around you, and breathe it in. make it a beautiful, inspiring day.

After a good, dream-filled sleep during the last few degrees of the Pisces Moon cycle, bounce out of bed Friday and greet the sunrise and the Aries Moon, beginning a new lunar cycle. This is a day to make things happen! The Sun makes a powerful, benefic trine to Pluto. Be bold, and give this day the works. The evening holds an uncomfortable Moon-Saturn square. Cosmic energies do not foster an easy social evening. You might be better off to keep working, or go dancing and shake off your frustrations.

Saturday is day filled with tension. Mercury I and the Moon are in tense squares to Pluto. When the planetary weather is stormy and volatile, it is best to stay close to home, and engage in challenging projects and hard work. This is not a weekend for taking risks, physical or otherwise. Stay calm and steady, and lean into a big, but safe project. A benefic Moon-Venus sextile in the evening provides some relief. Call it a day and enjoy a satisfying dinner, and some new and easy entertainment.

Sunday, Mother’s Day, is another demanding day that sizzles with action and surprises. The Moon conjuncts Uranus mid-day, just as it changes signs into Taurus tropically. Mercury and Uranus are exactly conjunct, a brilliant, creative alignment that can result in innovations and new solutions. The Moon is darkening, just before the New Moon early Tuesday morning. At this time in the lunar cycle, we want to draw inward and finish open projects in preparation for a new cycle that begins early next week.

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The following is an excellent read on the second decan of Taurus (10-20 degrees of Taurus, which is where the Sun is from April 30-May 10) by Astrologer Austin Coppock (

“The key to the potential fecundity found here is consistency. The crops do not grow right if they are watered twice as much but half as often as they should. Skill does not develop by means of a sprinter’s effort, but through effort over time. To make things real, it is more effective to spend one hour a day on them rather than seven hours once a week.

The light of this face thus smiles upon consistency, and to be consistent one’s efforts must be sustainable. Sustainability requires the balance of yin and yang, effort and recovery, labor and leisure. Ask a weightlifter how they came to lift half a ton, and they will describe to you a steady schedule of carefully balanced exertion and rest.

There are certainly times when we must throw such balance to the wind, and give everything to the moment, but if we make this level of effort our baseline, we will eventually have no more midnight oil to burn. In order to sustain heroic efforts, we require legendary rest. The further you would push yourself, the more important good sleep, good food, and regular self-care become. To improve your activity, refine your inactivity.

Additionally, look to those between periods, where we neither accomplish nor heal. Chief among these is procrastination, where we carry the stress of exertion without accomplishing anything of value. It is neither rest nor labor. The internet’s virtual world offers us a thousand ways to do this. There is much legitimate leisure which taskmasters refer to as wasted time, but much of what people do on social media well and truly qualifies…

It is thus sometimes necessary to separate work from play, and activity from passivity, so that we don’t end up with a nonfunctional mixture of the two which provides neither the satisfaction of achievement nor the rejuvenation of leisure. Though Caesar salad and chocolate ice cream are both delicious, they are best served as separate courses, rather than mixed together and served simultaneously.

Indeed, the procreative images which line this decan point toward the generative dynamics possible between clear polarities. We cannot breathe in and out at the same time. The unification of opposites is one formulae. It is the Coagula of alchemy…”

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Chill with friends, and bring some inspiration and beauty into your life.

Monday: Mixed day filled with tension, and yet vision and inspiration. Detachment is key.

Tuesday: Buoyant, innovative day. A lot can be accomplished.

Wednesday: Be in the flow. Combine practical steps with inspiration.

Thursday: See the beauty around you, and breathe it in.

Friday: Bounce out of bed and seize the day. Be bold and empowered.

Saturday: Stormy, volatile day. Go slow, and be careful, but give it the works.

Sunday, Mother’s Day: Brilliant, creative day that sizzles with action and surprises. Think twice about what you want to say before saying it.

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Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Gemini (April 25-May 20)

  1. Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
  2. Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
  3. Host a neighborhood gathering.
  4. Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
  5. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new by listening to a book on tape about finances (you can get it from your local library) while driving.
  6. Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
  7. Exercise flexibility in relationship.
  8. Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
  9. Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
  10. Write letters.

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 6: 6:48 a.m. – 7:48 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Tuesday, May 8: 7:29 p.m.-8:11 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, May 11: 2:02 a.m.-5:40 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, May 13: 11:05 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, May 15: 1:30 p.m.-1:43 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, May 17: 11:18 a.m.-2:47 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, May 19: 2:14 p.m.-4:11 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

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.-3:39 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)

Saturday, June 2 at 3:06 p.m. through Sunday, June 3 at 10:10 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)


Sunday, May 6: 13:48 – 14:48 (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, May 8: 2:29 – 3:11 (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, May 11: 9:02 – 12:40 (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, May 13: 18:05 – 18:15 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, May 15: 20:30 -20:43 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, May 17: 18:18 – 21:47 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, May 19: 21:14 – 23:11 (Moon into Leo)

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 – 22:39 (Moon into Sagittarius)

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

Saturday, June 2 at 22:06 through Monday, June 4 at 5:10 (Moon into Aquarius)


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