The week ahead is demanding, just like last week. This week demands that we apply ourselves with focus and hard work to get a lot accomplished. Mercury and Uranus are conjunct, exact on Sunday, May 13. Mercury and Uranus together are a brilliant, creative combination. Mars and Pluto, symbolizing power and focus, 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 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. Take advantage of the strong energy to empower yourself. The zodiac sign Taurus is most closely associated with planet Earth. Climate change and geological issues of the planet will be highlighted in the coming cycle.
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Sunday, Mother’s Day, is a demanding day that sizzles with action and surprises. Mercury and Uranus are exactly conjunct, a brilliant, creative alignment that can result in innovations and new solutions. The Moon joins the conjunction party mid-day, adding to the excitement. 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 in the week.
The exalted, high-functioning Taurus Moon supports productivity and accomplishment on Monday. Jupiter’s opposition to the Moon may make us feel overextended, but it can help us set intentions and reach to achieve them. Lunar trines to Saturn and Pluto bookend the day, providing grounding and the drive to get things accomplished. The Moon is dark, just before the New Moon tomorrow, so seize the day and get some things completed before the new lunar cycle begins tomorrow.
Tuesday is an extraordinary day of notable cosmic events. The New Moon (when Sun and Moon are conjunct) in Taurus at 24 degrees makes a benefic trine in earth signs to Mars and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a powerful combination, making it possible to get a big jump start on a new project or two. Uranus makes its debut into Taurus, beginning a new cycle which is likely to shake the ground and the status quo over the next seven years. Mars ingresses into Aquarius, energizing themes of non-conformity and independent action. Mars and Uranus are in a testy, square aspect, sure to stir up a bit of rebellion. Venus is out of bounds May 5 to June 7, symbolically meaning that the feminine is unbound and wild. Venus is conjunct Pallas Athene in Gemini. In the next month we may see a strengthened expression of the unleashed voice of women. This New Moon is incredibly powerful, and full of creative potential. Make it count!
The creative, explosive Mars-Uranus conjunction is Wednesday’s highlight, exact at 0:03 a.m. PDT. The Moon is in Gemini, activating curiosity, conversation, and social engagement. We are likely to encounter several surprises this week as this intense, rebellious, game-changing Mars-Uranus square continues within two degrees all week. Go slowly and carefully, and be open to new opportunities and life-changing possibilities.
The Gemini Moon is conjunct both Venus and Pallas Athena on Thursday. Pallas Athena is the asteroid that symbolizes justice, strategy, creative intelligence, and wisdom. She is the goddess of arts and crafts, in service of a more civilized society. In the words of Demetra George in her book Asteroid Goddesses (1986), she wrote: “Pallas Athena …in the horoscope…describes one’s capacities for inspired vision, intuition, curiosity, genius, and exceptional perception.” The combination of these three feminine planets, Moon, Venus, and Pallas Athena in Gemini are in a benefic sextile to rebellious, independent Uranus. We want to strike out freely, and change the world. This extraordinary triplicity will give rise to women’s voices speaking out on issues of social justice. How do you want to unleash and express the feminine voice within you more fully and freely? There is a brief 3 1/2 – hour void Moon from 11:18 a.m. to 2:47 p.m. PDT before the Moon enters Cancer. The evening calls us to home, family, and comfort.
Friday is another active day in the Cosmos. Mercury squares the nodes, calling us to think carefully about what we say which could create more separation or connection. A Moon-Saturn opposition demands attention to duties and responsibilities, and can enable us to get a lot accomplished. The Cancer Moon forms a benefic grand trine in water signs with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. This beautiful alignment inspires compassion, creativity, and imagination. Friday, Viernes, is Venus’ Day. Friday, May 18, is also my husband, Ralph Metzner’s birthday!
Energies are mixed on Saturday, rumbling with dynamism, shifts, possibilities, and surprises. The Cancer Moon forms a T-square to Pluto and Uranus, stirring powerful feelings and moving us toward action and change. Venus ingresses into Cancer, highlighting our emotional needs, and drawing us toward home and family matters. After a brief two-hour void Moon period Saturday afternoon, the Moon enters fiery Leo at 4:11 p.m. PDT, forming another rumbling T-square with Mars and Uranus. Expect the unexpected on Saturday during this powerful, active day.
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 with specific projects. The Sun ingresses into Gemini, ushering in a new solar month symbolizing communication, connection, and community.
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Sunday, Mother’s Day: Brilliant, creative day that sizzles with action and surprises. Think twice about what you want to say, before saying it.
Monday: Productive day with drive to get things accomplished and finished before the New Moon cycle tomorrow.
Tuesday: Extraordinary day of noteworthy cosmic events. Uranus enters Taurus. New Moon makes it possible to take a big leap forward. Mars enters independent Aquarius. Take a big leap forward and expect the unexpected.
Wednesday: Explosive, game-changing day. Go slow. Be careful, and be open to new possibilities and opportunities.
Thursday: Unleash the feminine voice within you. Do something creative and rebellious. Moon VoC 11:18 a.m. – 2:47 p.m. PDT. The evening calls for comfort (Cancer Moon).
Friday: Attend to responsibility and get a lot accomplished. A water Grand Trine inspires, compassion, and imagination.
Saturday: Mixed day with powerful, dynamic, creative energies. Expect the unexpected.
Sunday: Challenging, testy day. Not a day of rest and ease. Be playful. Sun into Gemini.
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Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Gemini (April 25-May 20)
- Take short trips to enjoy the beauty in your neighborhood.
- Visit a neighborhood art gallery or exhibit.
- Host a neighborhood gathering.
- Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins.
- 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.
- Go to a library book sale or second-hand store and buy some books that lead you in new directions.
- Exercise flexibility in relationship.
- Energize your social life. It’s time for conversation and connection.
- Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life.
- 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 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.-3:29 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)
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 – 22:29 (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)