In the Stars May 31-June 7, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

The world is on fire as I write. So much violence and destruction has erupted as a result of the outcry about the terrible death of George Floyd, the African American killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. In Hong Kong there is much police brutality as China moves to end Hong Kong’s autonomy from communist rule. The struggle for human rights is at the center of the violence in reaction to Floyd’s killing, as well as Hong Kong’s fight to maintain independence. We are moving into eclipse territory, with a Lunar eclipse coming at the end of the week on Friday, June 5th, and a Solar eclipse will follow on June 20th. The week ahead is colored by Mars in a tense square with the Sun and Venus retrograde, with the influence of Neptune present as well. The violence we are experiencing correlates with the Mars-Sun square which is magnified by Friday’s Lunar Eclipse. In these intense times of darkness and violence, it is even more important to shine your light on the world in all the ways you possible can, and to consider how you can best use the planetary energy.

Venus is combust (near the Sun) next week which makes it weak as it is burnt by the Sun. However, on Wednesday Venus is exactly conjunct the Sun, called “cazimi,” considered “the heart of the Sun.” Venus cazimi on June 3rd brings out its best qualities, particularly welcome in the heat of the violence and aggression of the fiery Mars-Sun energy.

The Sun is now moving through Gemini tropically, highlighting education (school graduations), learning, communication, and short-distance travel. Yet, with five planets retrograde (Asteroid Pallas Athena, Saturn, Pluto, Venus, and Jupiter), it is difficult to move forward. Although we are on the brink of summer, travel is limited by Covid-19 restrictions, and we are limited in ways to gather as we usually do. Mercury stations retrograde on June 17, so in the next couple of weeks, wrap up agreements and loose ends that you want to complete before the three-week retrograde period sets in.

Financial astrologer Ray Merriman notes: “The midpoint of Venus retrograde (May 13-June 25) takes place this week, June 3-4. This often represents a turning point in financial markets, especially those that did not reverse near the time of the retrograde (May 13). The week demands even more attention because Venus retrograde (in Gemini) will square Mars (in Pisces) on June 2, and the week will end with a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. All that Venus and all that mutable sign activity (Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces) portends a wild week of potential misunderstandings and over-reactions between parties that are having difficulty seeing what the other wants or why they are behaving like they are…The Venus/Mars square could be especially delicate in terms of social distancing guidelines. People want to connect with one another, even hug and express passion and intimacy. It may be challenging if wearing a mask and trying to maintain a 6-foot distance. People are likely to violate those guidelines, and with Venus retrograde (along with Saturn and Jupiter), there may be consequences. There may be spikes in new cases of the coronavirus. This is a critical week to maintain safety measures in social interactions.” (Merriman Market Analysis Free Weekly Column: https://files.constantcontact.com/6c600f5f201/d9c9f7bb-2c85-496c-8b0c-11aeb6248274.pdf.

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Relationships are the focus on Sunday as the Moon moves into Libra. A Moon-Saturn trine in the morning sets limits in a good way, and draws us toward our responsibilities. A Moon-Chiron opposition later in the day helps us heal relationship issues. Libra loves beauty. Since you cleaned and organized the past two days with the Moon in Virgo, add sprinkles of love to your home and dear ones.

Monday holds a sweet benefic aspect between the Libra Moon and Venus in Gemini. At the same time the cardinal Moon makes an edgy square to Pluto and Jupiter. Vesta conjuncts the North Node and brings focus. We want to get on track with our purpose. A lot can be accomplished, cooperatively and joyfully. Engage fully in this active day full of possibilities.

Tuesday, Martes, Mars’ Day is cantankerous. The deep feeling Scorpio Moon squares Saturn in the morning. Venus makes an uncomfortable square to Mars. Uranus opposes the Moon late in the day, so expect the unexpected.  A Moon-Mercury trine in the evening can help us talk out the difficulties that have been churned up.

Wednesday is a soft welcome day in the sense of planetary activity. The Sun joins Venus at the midpoint of Venus’ retrograde motion. Venus’ exact conjunction with the Sun is called “cazimi,” and brings out the best of Venus which symbolizes love, values, and pleasure. The Moon makes benefic trines to Neptune and Mars. Express your deep feelings of caring and kindness, and ignite your artistic talent.

The Scorpio Moon makes benefic sextiles to the big Capricorn stellium of planets while we sleep early Thursday, perhaps stimulating dreams and guiding us into deep sleep. After a slow morning, we bounce into Thursday’s opportunities with zest and enthusiasm as the Moon moves into Scorpio at 10:16 a.m. PDT. Mid-day the Moon makes a benefic sextile to Saturn, calling us to our responsibilities. Get your walking shoes on and get out and move in the outdoors.

Friday delivers the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 15:34 Gemini-Sagittarius at 12:12 p.m. PDT. This eclipse is esepctially potent due to Mars and Neptune squaring the Full Moon. We are pushed to expand our horizons through knowledge and wisdom. A sizzling Mercury-Uranus sextile gives brilliant ideas. Honor the intense eclipse energy by taking going slow and simplifying.

Stay cool on Saturday, as it is a boiling hot day with the Sun and Mars exactly square, and Saturn making an edgy aspect to the Sun. And this is on the heels of yesterday’s eclipse. The Moon is exactly conjunct the South Node. After a void Moon morning, the Moon moves into Capricorn at 12: 44 Capricorn, and then we have the maturity and responsibility of the Saturn-ruled sign to handle heated situations that may arise.

Emotions cool on Sunday with the Moon in austere Capricorn. It’s a day for serious hard work. A benefic Moon-Mars sextile in the evening warms the atmosphere a bit while we are focused on our tasks.

Monday is that intense day of the week when the Moon meets the mighty group of planets in late Capricorn/early Aquarius:  Pluto, Jupiter, Pallas Athena, and Saturn. Garner your skills, efficiency, and stamina for hard work and get going. This is not a day for slackers. This Monday demands productivity and a strong finish before we call it a day.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Tend to responsibilities, and focus on relationships, especially if any healing is needed.

Monday: Active day to get a lot accomplished, with pleasure.

Tuesday: Edgy, challenging day. Expect the unexpected.

Wednesday: Soft and easy day. Express compassion and kindness.

Thursday: Slow morning with Moon VoC until 10:16 a.m. Then, feel the bounce in your step and take a walk in the outdoors.

Friday: Lunar Eclipse brings strong, stressful energy to the day. Brilliant ideas flow.

Saturday: Avoid getting worked up and overheated. Instead, work hard, and break through a stuck place. Moon VoC until 12:44 p.m.

Sunday: Serious, hard working day to get a lot accomplished.

Monday: Lean in and work hard—give it your best.

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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
May 31: 2:16 am – 7:37 am (Moon into Libra); June 2: 3:39 a.m. -9:05 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 4:36 a.m. – 10:16 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); June 5 at 9:10 p.m. through June 6 at 12:44 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); June 8: 11:05 a.m. – 5:53 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius); June 10 at 7:34 a.m. through June 11 at 2:31 a.m.  (Moon into Pisces); June 13: 5:44 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. (Moon into Aries); June 15 at 5:49 p.m. through June 16 at 2:35 a.m. (Moon into Taurus); Thursday, June 18: 5:02 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. (Moon into Gemini); June 20: 2:47 p.m. – 11:01 p.m. (Moon into Cancer); June 23: 12:20 a.m. – 5:33 a.m. (Moon into Leo); June 24 at 10:34 p.m. through June 25 at 10:04 a.m. (Moon into Virgo); June 27: 1:01 p.m. – 1:16 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
May 31: 10:16 – 15:37 (Moon into Libra); June 2: 11:39 – 17:05 (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 12:36 – 18:16 (Moon into Sagittarius); June 6: 5:10 – 20:44 (Moon into Capricorn); June 8 at 19:05 through June 9 at 1:53 (Moon into Aquarius); June 10 at 15:34 through June 11 at 10:31 (Moon into Pisces); June 13: 13:44 – 22:02 (Moon into Aries); June 16: 1:49 – 10:35 (Moon into Taurus); Thursday, June 18: 13:02 – 21:50 (Moon into Gemini); June 20 at 22:47 through June 21 at 6:01 (Moon into Cancer); June 23: 8:20 – 13:33 (Moon into Leo); June 25: 6:34 – 18:04 (Moon into Virgo); June 27: 21:01 – 21:16 (Moon into Libra)

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In the Stars May 24-31, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week

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The Sun is now moving through Gemini tropically, highlighting education (usually school graduations), learning, communication, and short-distance travel. Yet, with five planets retrograde (Asteroid Pallas Athena, Saturn, Pluto, Venus, and Jupiter), it is difficult to move forward. Although we are on the brink of summer, travel is limited by Covid-19 restrictions, and we are limited in ways to gather as we usually do. During the time these planets are in retrograde, it is a good time to study, learn a new skill, and work on projects that require research, focus, or concentration. We are moving into eclipse territory, with a Lunar eclipse coming on June 5th, and a Solar eclipse on June 20th.

The Moon is void of course in Gemini most of Sunday.  Take it easy and indulge yourself in a good read. Call your siblings. Write a letter. At 4:08 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Cancer. Cook some nourishing comfort food and pamper yourself as you cap the weekend.

Monday is an action-oriented day with the cardinal Cancer Moon aspecting Ceres, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Get going, and get vigorous exercise.
Focus on nurturing and supporting others, and attend to home and family matters.

After a slow, dreamy start Tuesday (Moon trine Neptune), the emotional landscape heats up and becomes demanding. Your limits may be pushed, and you may feel challenged and tested. Keep an even keel, press on, and row your boat to shore through the choppy water.

We are energized by the Moon in bright and playful Leo, while at the same time we are knocked around by an edgy Mars-Pluto aspect. Lean in, work hard, and enjoy the sunshine. Mercury and the North Node align at the last degree of Gemini, encouraging connection and conversation.

Thursday is a day to relax, pause, and play. The Moon is void of course all day from 6:30 a.m. until Friday at 4:40 a.m. PDT. There are no exact aspects. Mercury goes into Cancer, orienting us toward home and family for the next two months until August 4th, as it will go retrograde on June 17th.

The Moon arrives in Virgo early Friday morning, signaling time to clean up and get your life in order on Friday and Saturday. Virgo symbolizes order, detail, cleanliness, and industriousness. If your life could benefit from tidying up and greater organization, and whose could not, then make the most of this good energy.

Saturday is another industrious day, even more supercharged as the Moon aspects Pluto and Jupiter. The Moon also makes an opposition to Neptune which may lead us off the track. In our cleaning frenzy we will be led to make our surroundings more beautiful. There are quite a few aspects, some easy, some challenging, and some at cross purposes, but the Virgo Moon will probably sort it out in a more or less orderly fashion, and a lot will be accomplished, in spite of some movement sideways.

Relationships are the focus on Sunday as the Moon moves into Libra. A Moon-Saturn trine in the morning sets limits in a good way, and draws us toward our responsibilities. A Moon-Chiron opposition later in the day helps us heal relationship issues. Libra loves beauty. Since you cleaned and organized the past two days with the Moon in Virgo, add sprinkles of love to your home and dear ones.

Monday holds a sweet benefic aspect between the Libra Moon and Venus in Gemini. At the same time the cardinal Moon makes and edgy square to Pluto, Jupiter. A lot can be accomplished, cooperatively and joyfully. Engage fully in this active day full of possibilities.

To my readers: For weeks now these wordpress.org blogs come out
with wonky formatting. I am migrating this blog to Wix and a new website.
Please bear with me through these changes and issues.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Moon VoC all day until 4:08 p.m. PDT. Take it easy. Enjoy a good read.

Monday: Attend to home and family matters, and to supporting and nurturing others.

Tuesday: After a soft, slow morning, emotions heat up. Navigate obstacles and honor limits.

Wednesday: Work hard to meet challenges, and enjoy an otherwise sunny day.

Thursday: Rest, relax, and repose. Moon VoC all day 6:30 a.m. until Friday morning at 4:40 a.m. PDT.

Friday: Put your life in order

Saturday: Industrious day for cleaning and organizing, though it is easy to get off track and things may not go as planned.

Sunday: Tend to responsibilities, and focus on relationships, especially if any healing is needed.

Monday: Active day to get a lot accomplished, with pleasure.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini
(April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that have
been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep the
connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many-burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something
new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw
pottery, or ride your bicycle.

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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
May 24: 4:09 a.m. – 4:08 p.m. (Moon into Cancer); May 26: 6:06 pm – 11:32 pm (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 6:30 am – May 29 at 4:40 am (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 2:16 am – 7:37 am (Moon into Libra); June 2: 3:39 a.m. -9:05 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 4:36 a.m. – 10:16 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); June 5 at 9:10 p.m. through June 6 at 12:44 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); June 8: 11:05 a.m. – 5:53 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius); June 10 at 7:34 a.m. through June 11 at 2:31 a.m.  (Moon into Pisces); June 13: 5:44 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. (Moon into Aries); June 15 at 5:49 p.m. through June 16 at 2:35 a.m. (Moon into Taurus); Thursday, June 18: 5:02 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. (Moon into Gemini); June 20: 2:47 p.m. – 11:01 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
May 24 at 12:09 through May 25 at 0:08 (Moon into Cancer); May 27: 2:06 – 7:32 (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 14:30 – May 29 at 12:40 (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 10:16 – 15:37 (Moon into Libra); June 2: 11:39 – 17:05 (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 12:36 – 18:16 (Moon into Sagittarius); June 6: 5:10 – 20:44 (Moon into Capricorn); June 8 at 19:05 through June 9 at 1:53 (Moon into Aquarius); June 10 at 15:34 through June 11 at 10:31 (Moon into Pisces); June 13: 13:44 – 22:02 (Moon into Aries); June 16: 1:49 – 10:35 (Moon into Taurus); Thursday, June 18: 13:02 – 21:50 (Moon into Gemini); June 20 at 22:47 through June 21 at 6:01 (Moon into Cancer)

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In the Stars May 17-24, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

The Sun moves into Gemini this week on Wednesday, May 20th. The retrograde brigade gains yet another member, Pallas Athena on Monday. The asteroid Pallas Athena joins Saturn, Pluto, Venus, and Jupiter in backward motion. With this heavy dose of retrograde motion, it is difficult to march forward. Sheltering-in -place is affirmed by the retrograde planets, and it may be a slow, gradual climb back to the opening up of the world. During the time these planets are in retrograde, it is a good time to study, learn a new skill, and work on projects that require research, focus, or concentration. A New Moon forms on Friday, June 2, a day to set intentions around communication, connections, and exploration.

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Sunday is a bright and bold new day with the Moon entering action-oriented, fiery Aries early in the morning. Jovial Jupiter makes an easy trine to the Sun, lifting our spirits. The Moon conjuncts Chiron, drawing us to the vibrant aspects of life that make us feel whole. One more planet, the asteroid Pallas Athena, stations turning retrograde, becoming the fifth planetary body now in retrograde motion.

Monday’s stage is set for adventure. While there are not many places we can go, take a hike or vigorous walk. The Aries Moon makes an opportune sextile to Venus. Channel your passion into a new, engaging project, and give special attention to those you love.

Tuesday morning calls for action and getting things done—until the Moon goes void of course at 1:32 p.m. Tension grows with Tuesday morning’s squares of the Moon to Jupiter and Pluto. Use the challenging energy to lean in and work hard. Focus on insignificant, routine tasks in the afternoon during the time the Moon is void. At 7:10 p.m. the Moon moves into Taurus, just in time to enjoy a delicious dinner that pleases the senses. Set a beautiful table, and take it easy the rest of the evening.

The Sun ingresses into Gemini on Wednesday morning, ushering in a month of curiosity and conversation. A Moon-Uranus conjunction brings fresh ideas and perhaps a few surprises. A Venus-Neptune square softens our focus and calls us to dream.

The Moon in Taurus is dark on Thursday before tomorrow’s New Moon. When the Moon is dark, we want to draw inward and take extra time for ourselves. Of course, we’ve been drawing inward for some time. The Taurus Moon trines Pluto, Pallas Athena, and Jupiter, making for strong, productive work.

A new lunar cycle begins on Friday with the New Moon in early Gemini. Friday is another productive work day with the Sun and Saturn in a flowing aspect. Innovation combines with curiosity. Mercury and Venus are conjunct in agile, clever Gemini, as well. We can see new ways of doing things.

Saturday is a stimulating, social day. We want to connect with friends and engage in conversation. If you cannot do this in person, then engage in a Zoom social hour. There are now five planets in Gemini, many making a square aspect to Neptune. You may feel scattered, so allow it to be so and follow your energy to new discoveries.

The Moon is void of course in Gemini most of the day.  Take it easy and indulge yourself in a good read. Call your siblings. Write a letter. At 4:08 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Cancer. Cook some nourishing comfort food and pamper yourself as you cap the weekend.

Monday is an action-oriented day with the cardinal Cancer Moon aspecting Ceres, Uranus, Mars, and Chiron. Get going and get vigorous exercise. Our focus may be on nurturing and supporting others, and attending to home and family matters.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Bold, bright, active sunny day.

Monday: Passion is stirred. Engage in vigorous exercise, and allow your enthusiasm to lead you to a new project.

Tuesday:  Set your goals high and work hard to achieve them in the first part of the day. Moon VoC 1:32 – 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday: Sun moves into Gemini. Expect surprises and fresh ideas.

Thursday:  Strong, productive work day. Draw inward; the Moon is dark.

Friday: New Moon in Gemini fosters curiosity and new ways of doing things.

Saturday: Stimulating social day; you may feel scattered.

Sunday: Moon VoC all day until 4:08 p.m. PDT. Take it easy. Enjoy a good read.

Monday: Attend to home and family matters, and to supporting and nurturing others.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini
(April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many-burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

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I am available for astrology readings/consultations at ccoleman829@gmail.com. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycolemanastrology.com.

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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
May 17: 12:59 a.m. –  6:33 a.m. (Moon into Aries); May 19: 1:32 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. (Moon into Taurus) ; May 22: 1:00 a.m. – 6:35 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); May 24: 4:09 a.m. – 4:08 p.m. (Moon into Cancer); May 26: 6:06 pm – 11:32 pm (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 6:30 am – May 29 at 4:40 am (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 2:16 am – 7:37 am (Moon into Libra); June 2: 3:39 a.m. -9:05 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 4:36 a.m. – 10:16 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); June 5 at 9:10 p.m. through June 6 at 12:44 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); June 8: 11:05 a.m. – 5:53 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius); June 10 at 7:34 a.m. through June 11 at 2:31 a.m.  (Moon into Pisces); June 13: 5:44 a.m. – 2:02 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
May 17: 8:59 – 14:33 (Moon into Aries); May 19 at 21:32 through May 20 at 3:10 (Moon into Taurus; May 22: 9:00 a.m. – 14:35 (Moon into Gemini); May 24 at 12:09 through May 25 at 0:08 (Moon into Cancer); May 27: 2:06 – 7:32 (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 14:30 – May 29 at 12:40 (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 10:16  – 15:37 (Moon into Libra); June 2: 11:39 – 17:05 (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 12:36 – 18:16 (Moon into Sagittarius); June 6: 5:10 – 20:44 (Moon into Capricorn); June 8 at 19:05 through June 9 at 1:53 (Moon into Aquarius); June 10 at 15:34 through June 11 at 10:31 (Moon into Pisces); June 13: 13:44 – 22:02 (Moon into Aries)

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In the Stars May 10-17, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Sun continues to shine in Taurus, drawing us toward beauty and comfort, and all things that please our senses. We move deeper into retrograde motion in the coming week with Saturn turning retrograde on Sunday, May 10th, joining Pluto already in retrograde since April 25th. Venus and Jupiter will soon follow, turning retrograde on May 12th and 14th respectively. Venus’ retrograde period is through June 25th. Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter are retrograde until September (Jupiter and Saturn) and October (Pluto). With this heavy dose of retrograde motion, it is difficult to march forward. Sheltering-in -place is affirmed by the retrograde planets. However, during the time these planets are in retrograde it is a good time to study, learn a new skill, and to work on projects that require research, focus, or concentration.

On a lighter note, just for fun, here are some baking recipes for the zodiac signs: https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/may-2020-horoscopes-stress-baking.

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Saturn goes retrograde on Mother’s Day Sunday for a five-month backward trajectory until September 29th. A Mercury-Mars square makes us prone to arguments. The Moon moves back inside the arc of the Moon’s Nodes, creating a Kala Sarpa yoga (a Vedic astrological yoga pattern) which hems in all planets and gives a restrictive energy. The day’s energies may feel difficult. Go slow, and channel the demands into a writing project or some other demanding project that calls for written or verbal expression.

Monday is a powerful, perhaps turbulent, strong productive work day. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto and Jupiter, and trines the Sun in Taurus. With Saturn moving retrograde yesterday, you may feel the demands of responsibility and the challenge of limitation. Dedicate yourself to your work.

Controls are loosened somewhat on Tuesday as the Moon moves into freedom-loving Aquarius. Mars moves into Pisces, and while Pisces is not Mars’ best placement, it can propel us toward humanitarian action, or bring out passive-aggressive behavior. Venus joins the retrograde brigade at 21:50 Gemini. Make a donation toward a favorite cause, and reach out and help your community.

The Moon continues to shine in Aquarius on Wednesday. There are few aspects, so it’s a relatively restful, free-spirited day. Reach out and connect with an old friend. Jupiter is stationary, at a standstill before it turns retrograde on Thursday. When planets are stationary, their energy is amplified. Thus, Wednesday is an expansive day.

On Thursday Jupiter joins the retrograde gang, the fourth and final (for a few months) planet to turn retrograde. We draw further inward. Focus on your own work and responsibilities, and regroup. We are at the beginning of a strong period of inner focus. The day also sports a powerful Sun-Pluto trine in earth signs. The Moon is void of course all day from 7:02 a.m. until 6:24 p.m., so focus on routine tasks. Lean in, work hard, and produce results.

Friday, Venus’ Day, is sweetened with an inspiring Pisces Moon. The Moon’s opportune sextile to Uranus adds sizzle and surprises. Express your creativity, and inspire yourself with music and beauty.

Saturday could be a creative, inspiring day. It also may be a day when we easily fall victim, are confused, or deluded. The Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces and makes a tense square to Venus. A Moon-Pluto sextile draws us into emotional depths. Take the high road and let your imagination soar. Express kindness, compassion, and hope.

Sunday is a bright and bold new day with the Moon entering action-oriented fiery Aries early in the morning. Jovial Jupiter makes an easy trine to Jupiter, lifting our spirits. The Moon conjuncts Chiron, drawing us to the vibrant aspects of life that make us feel whole.

Monday’s stage is set for adventure. While there are not many places we can go, take a hike or vigorous walk. The Aries Moon makes an opportune sextile to Venus. Channel your passion into a new, engaging project, or give special attention to those you love.

To my readers: For weeks now these wordpress.org blogs come out with wonky formatting. I am migrating this blog to Wix and a new website. Please bear with me through these changes and issues.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Saturn turns retrograde. We are prone to conflict, so be thoughtful in your interactions.

Monday: Powerful, turbulent, and potentially productive work day.

Tuesday: Embrace humanity and reach out and help your community. Venus turns retrograde.

Wednesday: Extend yourself to friends.

Thursday: Jupiter goes retrograde, and we draw inward. Powerful, expansive, productive day.

Friday: Sweet, inspiring day.

Saturday:  Let your imagination soar.

Sunday: Bold, bright, active sunny day.

Monday: Passion is stirred. Engage in vigorous exercise, and allow your enthusiasm to lead you to a new project.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini
(April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that
have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep
the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can
discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many burgeoning
now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn
something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano,
throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

*****

I am available for astrology readings/consultations at ccoleman829@gmail.com. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycolemanastrology.com.

*****

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):
Pacific Standard Time:
May 9 at 11:10 p.m. through May 10 at 2:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 3:29 a.m. – 8:38 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); May 14: 7:02 a.m. -6:24 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 12:59 a.m. –  6:33 a.m. (Moon into Aries); May 19: 1:32 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. (Moon into Taurus) ; May 22: 1:00 a.m. – 6:35 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); May 24: 4:09 a.m. – 4:08 p.m. (Moon into Cancer); May 26: 6:06 pm – 11:32 pm (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 6:30 am – May 29 at 4:40 am (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 2:16 am – 7:37 am (Moon into Libra); June 2: 3:39 a.m. -9:05 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 4:36 a.m. – 10:16 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); June 5 at 9:10 p.m. through June 6 at 12:44 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
May 10: 7:10 – 10:38 (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 11:29 – 16:38 (Moon into Aquarius); May 14 at 15:02 through May 15 at 2:24 (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 8:59 – 14:33 (Moon into Aries); May 19 at 21:32 through May 20 at 3:10 (Moon into Taurus; May 22: 9:00 a.m. – 14:35 (Moon into Gemini); May 24 at 12:09 through May 25 at 0:08 (Moon into Cancer); May 27: 2:06 – 7:32 (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 14:30 – May 29 at 12:40 (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 10:16  – 15:37 (Moon into Libra); June 2: 11:39 – 17:05 (Moon into Scorpio); June 4: 12:36 – 18:16 (Moon into Sagittarius); June 6: 5:10 – 20:44 (Moon into Capricorn)

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In the Stars May 3-10, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

The Sun marches forward in Taurus which symbolizes growth, fertility, pleasure, and beauty. The garden store near where I live has re-opened with social distancing guidelines, and the local ecology center recently gave out victory garden kits. It is time for spring planting and new growth. Continue spring cleaning and beautifying your home and making it more comfortable. Taurus loves beauty and comfort.

We move deeper into retrograde motion in the coming week with Saturn turning retrograde on Sunday, May 10th, joining Pluto that turned retrograde on April 25th. Venus and Jupiter will soon follow, turning retrograde on May 12th and 14th respectively. Venus’ retrograde period is through June 25th. Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter are retrograde until September (Jupiter and Saturn) and October (Pluto). With the amount of retrograde motion, it is not a time to march forward. However, during the time these planets are in retrograde it is a good time to study, learn a new skill, and to work on projects that require research, focus, or concentration.

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Sunday is confusing, under the influence of a Moon-Neptune opposition. A Venus-Moon square magnifies the diffuse energy. This is not a day for clear thinking or making purchases. Reach for inspiration through music, dance, or a walk in the outdoors. Continue to attend to practical matters that need to be addressed.

With the Libra Moon as backdrop, turn your focus to art, beauty, and harmony on Monday. Libra is a cardinal, action-oriented sign, so make things happen. The Libra Moon aligns with Juno, the asteroid of partnership, and opposes Chiron, fostering greater understanding and healing of relationships.

Tuesday pulses with both tension and ease. Tension brews with the square of the Libra Moon to Pluto, Jupiter, and late in the evening, Saturn.  On the other hand, ease comes through a Grand Trine in air signs, lightening things up, and bringing good ideas and satisfying conversation. The Grand Trine involves the Moon in Libra, Mars in Aquarius, and Venus in Gemini. This Grand Trine heightens our desire to connect. Reach out to others by phone, Zoom, email, or snail mail.

Feelings run deep on Wednesday with the Moon in fixed water sign Scorpio. In addition, a tense and possibly explosive T-square in fixed signs may trigger us emotionally. Think about how you can channel frustration constructively. Do a deep cleaning; tackle a challenging old project that perhaps has been on the back burner; or renovate a room in your house. The Moon is approaching its fullness.

Thursday in the pre-dawn hours on the west coast, the Full Moon perfects and makes benefic sextiles to Jupiter and Pluto. Sextile aspects are opportunities. Thursday’s sextile aspects invite productivity.  However, the Moon makes an edgy square to Mars, and opposes Mercury, so we may be impatient and irritable. Be sure to think before speaking, or you are likely to spark conflict and defensiveness.

There’s a spring in our step, and optimism and courage in our heart on Friday with the Moon in sunny Sagittarius trine to Chiron in Aries. Take a walk or hike outdoors. Mercury makes an exact trine with Pluto in earth signs. We are able to deeply ponder problems and make solid plans toward resolution.

We may feel confused or undecided about direction on Saturday, as Neptune makes an uncomfortable square to the Moon and Venus. Later in the day the Moon conjoins the South Node. Saturn is stationary; we may feel constricted and limited. Saturday’s energies are demanding and destabilizing.

Saturn goes retrograde on Sunday for a five-month backward trajectory until A Mercury-Mars square makes us prone to arguments. The day’s energies may feel difficult. Go slow, and channel the demands into a writing project or some other demanding project that requires written or verbal expression.

Monday is a powerful, perhaps turbulent, strong productive work day. The Moon conjuncts Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn, and trines the Sun in Taurus. With Saturn moving retrograde yesterday, you may feel the demands of responsibility and limitation. Dedicate yourself to your work.

To my readers: For weeks now these wordpress.org blogs come out with wonky formatting. The formatting looks good before I press “publish,” but then when published, there is some choppy formatting. If anyone has wordpress experience with this and suggestions, please let me know. Meanwhile, I am migrating this blog to Wix and a new website. Please bear with me through these changes and issues.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Scattered, diffuse energies. Be inspired through music, art, or dance.

Monday: Bring more beauty into your day. Enjoy a fine dinner with your housemate(s).

Tuesday:  Tension runs high. Ideas flow. Connect with others.

Wednesday: Channel frustrations into challenging, demanding projects.

Thursday: Productive, but we are easily angered and irritated. Think before speaking and calm down before reacting.

Friday: Optimism abounds. Get moving, and enjoy an outing in nature.

Saturday: Difficult day. Go slow and be intentional.

Sunday: Saturn turns retrograde. We are prone to conflict, so be careful in your interactions.

Monday: Powerful, turbulent, but potentially productive work day.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini
(April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

*****

I am available for astrological
readings/consultations
at. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycolemanastrology.com .

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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
May 3 at 7:25 p.m. through May 4 at 12:09 a.m. (Moon into Libra); May 5 at 7:30 p.m. through May 6 at 12:04 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); May 7 at 7:38 p.m. through May 8 at 12:15 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); May 9 at 11:10 p.m. through May 10 at 2:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 3:29 a.m. – 8:38 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); May 14: 7:02 a.m. -6:24 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 12:59 a.m. –  6:33 a.m. (Moon into Aries); May 19: 1:32 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. (Moon into Taurus) ; May 22: 1:00 a.m. – 6:35 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); May 24: 4:09 a.m. – 4:08 p.m. (Moon into Cancer); May 26: 6:06 pm – 11:32 pm (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 6:30 am – May 29 at 4:40 am (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 2:16 am – 7:37 am (Moon into Libra)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
May 4:3:25 – 8:09 (Moon into Libra); May 6: 3:30 – 18:04 (Moon into Scorpio); May 8:3:38 -18:15 (Moon into Sagittarius); May 10: 7:10 – 10:38 (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 11:29 – 16:38 (Moon into Aquarius); May 14 at 15:02  through May 15 at 2:24 (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 8:59 – 14:33 (Moon into Aries); May 19 at 21:32 through May 20 at 3:10 (Moon into Taurus; May 22: 9:00 a.m. – 14:35 (Moon into Gemini); May 24 at 12:09 through May 25 at 0:08 (Moon into Cancer); May 27: 2:06 – 7:32 (Moon into Leo); May 28 at 14:30 – May 29 at 12:40 (Moon into Virgo); May 31: 10:16  – 15:37 (Moon into Libra)

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In the Stars April 26-May 3, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

Spring is here as the Sun marches forward in Taurus which symbolizes growth, fertility, pleasure, and beauty. Prepare the garden for planting. It is time for spring cleaning and beautifying your home, especially next weekend with the Moon in Virgo.

There is a lot of uncertainty in not knowing when things will return to somewhat normal. There is not likely to be much change this month, with four planets turning retrograde.

Pluto turned retrograde on Saturday, April 25th and it will travel backwards until October 4th. Saturn turns retrograde next week on May 10 through September 28th. Venus turns retrograde on May 12 through June 25th. Jupiter turns retrograde May 14th through September 12th. With Pluto and Saturn retrograde, our fears can be amplified, so we must work with our thoughts to abate fear. During the time these planets are in retrograde it is a good time to study, learn a new skill, and to work on a project that requires research, focus, or concentration.

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Sunday may be full of surprises, framed by the Sun-Uranus conjunction. The Moon makes both benefic and challenging aspects. Exercise right speech. Reach out and connect. Make it a playful day.

Mercury moves from Aries to Taurus tropically where it will reside for the next three weeks, giving our thinking process a slower, more methodical, focused energy. Unlike when Mercury was in Aries, we will think and deliberate before we speak, and we will be more thoughtful. The Moon moves into Cancer, and we turn toward home and family, compassion and caring.  The Cancer Moon draws us to the kitchen to cook some comfort food.

Discernment, caution, and focus are themes on Tuesday with Mercury squaring Cancer. A benefic Sun-Moon sextile enables us to center ourselves in our emotional field and rest up for Wednesday’s challenges.

Be ready for an emotionally challenging day as the Cancer Moon meets the strong oppositional energy of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn respectively throughout the day. The Moon is void of course at 12:29 p.m. PDT until it moves into Leo at 6:06 p.m. PDT. While the Moon is void, and especially given the day’s aspects, take it easy, attending to routine tasks. This is not a day to push forward, as it will likely be met with opposition. Relax in the evening, and be playful and creative. Soothe any wounds from a rough day.

Thursday may be full of surprises as Uranus is the archetypal energy of the day! Uranus squares the Leo Moon, and conjuncts Mercury. We may get brilliant new ideas. We may experience reversals. Uranus can be game-changing and electrifying. Certainly this is an energized day. Expect the unexpected.

The Moon is void of course all day Friday, May 1st, May Day. As we continue to shelter-in-place, make it an easy Friday. Take time out for yourself. Paint a picture, play some music, or play a game with your housemate(s). Make the most of this playful, easy day.

Roll up your sleeves and get to work putting your life in order on Saturday. Earth to Earth: The Virgo Moon makes benefic trines to three planet helpers in Taurus: Uranus, Mercury, and Sun. Make the most of this productive alignment.

Sunday is confusing, under the influence of a Moon-Neptune opposition. A Venus-Moon square magnifies the diffuse energy. This is not a day for clear thinking or making purchases. Reach for inspiration through music, dance, or a walk in the outdoors. Continue to attend to practical matters that need to be addressed.

Attend to the unfinished tasks from the weekend with the Moon void of course Monday morning until 12:09 a.m. PDT when the Moon moves into copasetic Libra. With the Libra Moon as backdrop, turn your focus to art, beauty, and harmony.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Benefic aspects. Make it a playful day.

Monday: Focus on home and family. Cook some comfort food.

Tuesday: Exercise discernment, caution, and focus.

Wednesday: Emotionally challenging day. Be mindful and meet challenges with compassion and caring. Moon VoC 12:29 – 6:06 p.m. PDT.

Thursday:  Brilliant Day! Expect the unexpected.

Friday: Moon VoC all day. Take it easy, and do something creative.

Saturday: Productive day to put your life in order.

Sunday: Confusing, elusive day. Be inspired through music, art, or dance.

Monday: Moon VoC all morning until 12:09 p.m. PDT when it moves into Libra. Put your house in order in the morning, and bring more beauty into your life in the afternoon and evening. Enjoy a fine dinner with your housemate(s).

* * * * * * * *

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini
(April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

*****

I am available for astrological readings/consultations
at. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycolemanastrology.com .

*****

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):
Pacific Standard Time:
April 27: 10:00 a.m. – 10:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 29: 12:29  p.m. – 6:06 p.m. (Moon into Leo; May 1: 9:04 a.m. – 10:35 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); May 3 at 7:25 p.m. through May 4 at 12:09 a.m. (Moon into Libra); May 5 at 7:30 p.m. through May 6 at 12:04 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); May 7 at 7:38 p.m. through May 8 at 12:15 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); May 9 at 11:10 p.m. through May 10 at 2:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 3:29 a.m. – 8:38 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); May 14: 7:02 a.m. -6:24 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 12:59 a.m. –  6:33 a.m. (Moon into Aries); May 19: 1:32 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. (Moon into Taurus; May 22: 1:00 a.m. – 6:35 a.m. (Moon into Gemini); May 24: 4:09 a.m. – 4:08 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
April 27: 18:00 – 18:28 (Moon into Cancer); April 29 at 20:29 through April 30 at  2:06; (Moon into Leo; May 1: 17:04 – 18:35 (Moon into Virgo); May 4:
3:25 – 8:09 (Moon into Libra); May 6: 3:30 – 18:04 (Moon into Scorpio); May 8:3:38 -18:15 (Moon into Sagittarius); May 10: 7:10 – 10:38 (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 11:29 – 16:38 (Moon into Aquarius); May 14 at 15:02  through May 15 at 2:24 (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 8:59 – 14:33 (Moon into Aries); May 19 at 21:32 through May 20 at 3:10 (Moon into Taurus; May 22: 9:00 a.m. – 14:35 (Moon into Gemini); May 24 at 12:09 through May 25 at 0:08 (Moon into Cancer)

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In the Stars April 19-26, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

The Sun moves from Aries to Taurus on Sunday in the tropical zodiac. Taurus symbolizes growth, fertility, pleasure, and beauty. It is time to plant flowers and prepare the garden for planting vegetables. It is time for spring cleaning and beautifying your home.

And yes, we are still in the thick of this unusual time dealing with the COVID-19 virus. We are sheltering-in-place, concerned about those who are ill and dying, and affected by fluctuating financial markets, unemployment, and business disruptions. Pluto is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, now both tropically and sidereally. Significant planets are turning retrograde soon, and will be in retrograde motion until September. Pluto turns retrograde on April 25th through October 4th. Saturn turns retrograde on May 10 through September 28th. Venus turns retrograde on May 12 through June 25th. Jupiter turns retrograde May 14th through September 12th. With Pluto and Saturn retrograde, our fears can be amplified, so we must work with our thoughts to abate fear. During the time these planets are in retrograde it is a good time to study, learn a new skill, and to work on a project that requires research, focus, or concentration.

All planets are hemmed in by the Moon’s Nodes, known as Kala Sarpa Yoga, through the end of May, though the Moon breaks through from April 27th to May 10th, providing some relief. When all planets are on one side of the Moon’s nodes, it can be an unsettling time. We are literally hemmed in at home. You can mitigate the energy by doing good deeds, and living your life in balance as well as you possibly can.

April 25th is an auspicious day. Sidereally, the Sun and Moon are both exalted.  It is considered the most auspicious day of the year in India. It is a good time to begin what you want to be eternal. Often this is a day chosen for beginning new projects, or beginning a study. It is also a good day to give a donation to those less fortunate than you. April 25th is also the day that Pluto stations to move retrograde, so it is an especially potent day. You can read more about it at: https://komilla.com/fest-akshaya-tritiya.html.

* * * * * The Sun enters the sign of Taurus tropically on Sunday. The Pisces Moon makes benefic aspects to Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter, expanding our awareness and possibilities. The Moon goes void of course in Pisces at 4:31
p.m. In the evening, relax and watch a movie or read a book. Take a hot bath and go to bed early. Get some good, sound, and extra sleep. Wait until tomorrow to plan the week ahead.

Monday the Moon moves into Aries just after midnight and joins Chiron later in the day. Aries is the sign symbolizing new beginnings. However, the Moon is inching toward its darkest time of the month. Sun squares Saturn, demanding discipline and asserting limitation. However, Saturn makes a benefic sextile to the Moon, softening the rough edges. This is a day for action and leaning into responsibilities.

We are invigorated Tuesday through the high energy of the Aries Moon. The Moon conjuncts Mercury and makes benefic sextiles to Venus and Mars, offering opportunities. Overall, Tuesday is a pleasant day. You may want to take advantage of the positive aspects to heal relationships, or to make headway with goals.

A New Moon forms at 3:24 Taurus on Wednesday. In the early morning hours the Moon makes square aspects to Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn. The Moon is void of course in the morning until it moves into Taurus at 12:36 p.m. PDT. Give yourself a break on Wednesday morning, both because of the void Moon, and also because of the challenging planetary aspects. New Moons are for setting goals for the month ahead. Taurus symbolizes growth, planting, productivity, finances, material resources, and nourishment. Set a few goals for the month ahead having to do with these themes.

Thursday calls for expression of all things sensual such as good food, inspiring music, right speech, and physical beauty. There may be surprising dreams and awakenings. A Mars-Moon square demands action. Make this a pleasant day by your actions.

Venus’ Day, Friday, is another sensual day with the Moon in Taurus (ruled by Venus). The Taurus Moon makes benefic aspects with Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter. Make hay while the Sun shines!  Work hard and work well, and many things can come to fruition.

Saturday is a golden day, and an intense day. From a Vedic perspective the Sun and Moon are both exalted. The Sun is exalted in Aries and the Moon is exalted in Taurus; these are the Sun’s and Moon’s placements in the sidereal zodiac on Saturday. Pluto stations retrograde. When a planet stations, its energy is more powerful. Pluto symbolizes transformation and empowerment. As mentioned above, this is an auspicious day to set something in motion. Set strong intentions and make this day count! And do something to benefit others such as make a donation.

Sunday may be full of surprises, framed by the Sun-Uranus conjunction. The Moon makes both benefic and challenging aspects. Be in communication. Exercise right speech. Make it a playful day.

Mercury moves from Aries to Taurus tropically where it will reside for the next three weeks, giving our thinking process a slower, more methodical, focused energy. Unlike when Mercury in Aries, we will think and deliberate before we speak. We will be more thoughtful. The Moon moves into Cancer, and we turn toward home and family, compassion and caring.  The Cancer Moon draws us to the kitchen to cook some comfort food.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: The Sun enters Taurus tropically. This is a day to please your senses. Indulge yourself.

Monday: The Moon bounces into Aries, sparking new beginnings. Lean into responsibilities and make things happen.

Tuesday: Pleasant, active day. Wind is at your back.

Wednesday:  Moon VoC 5:32 a.m. – 12:36 p.m. Give yourself a break in the morning. Then be productive. Set new goals for productivity.

Thursday: Heighten your senses with attention to all things sensual:  good food, beauty, inspiring music, beautiful home.

Friday: Make hay while the Sun shines!

Saturday: Akshaya-Titiya; see above. Auspicious day to start something new.

Sunday: Benefic aspects. Make it a playful day.

Monday: Focus on home and family. Cook some comfort food.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books
that have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls.
Keep the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you
can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many
burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn
something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano,
throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

*****

I am available for astrological readings/consultations at. Feel free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycolemanastrology.com .

*****

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):
Pacific Standard Time:
April 19 at 4:31 p.m. through April 20 at 0:01 (Moon into Aries); April 22: 5:32 a.m. – 12:36 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); April 24 at 5:43 p.m. through April 25 at 0:20 (Moon into Gemini); April 27: 10:00 a.m. – 10:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 29: 12:29  p.m. – 6:06 p.m. (Moon into Leo; May 1: 9:04 a.m. – 10:35 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); May 3 at 7:25 p.m. through May 4 at 12:09 a.m. (Moon into Libra); May 5 at 7:30 p.m. through May 6 at 12:04 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); May 7 at 7:38 p.m. through May 8 at 12:15 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); May 9 at 11:10 p.m. through May 10 at 2:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 3:29 a.m. – 8:38 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); May 14: 7:02 a.m. -6:24 p.m. (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 12:59 a.m. –  6:33 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): April 20: 0:31 – 8:01 (Moon into Aries)  April 22: 13:32 – 20:36 (Moon into Taurus); April 25: 1:43 – 8:20 (Moon into Gemini)   April 27: 18:00 – 18:28 (Moon into Cancer); April 29 at 20:29 through April 30 at  2:06; (Moon into Leo; May 1: 17:04 – 18:35 (Moon into Virgo); May 4: 3:25 – 8:09 (Moon into Libra); May 6: 3:30 – 18:04 (Moon into Scorpio); May 8: 3:38 -18:15 (Moon into Sagittarius); May 10: 7:10 – 10:38 (Moon into Capricorn); May 12: 11:29 – 16:38 (Moon into Aquarius); May 14 at 15:02  through May 15 at 2:24 (Moon into Pisces); May 17: 8:59 – 14:33 (Moon into Aries)

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In the Stars April 12-19, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Sun continues to shine in bold Aries where it is exalted, calling us to new beginnings. Mercury has just entered Aries tropically, where it is much better placed than in Pisces where it was in its fall for the last few weeks. Mercury, the planet symbolizing communication benefits from the fire, inspiration, and speed of Aries. For the next few days Mercury makes benefic sextiles to Mars and Saturn, giving discernment and good judgment.

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Easter Sunday is a day for relaxation, though this is not your usual Easter Sunday. Create a ceremony for yourself and those you live with to celebrate Resurrection. The Moon is void of course all day until 5:05 p.m. PDT when it moves into Capricorn. Relax into something, such as reading a book that takes you to faraway places.

Monday’s Capricorn Moon supports a lot of work to get done in a careful and steady manner. An early morning lunar trine to Uranus gives a charge, but otherwise, it’s a quiet day to enjoy. Tomorrow sizzles with powerful aspects.

Tuesday is the day this week that holds the challenging energy of the Moon’s aspects with Saturn and Pluto. In addition, the Sun makes a tense angular square to the Moon and other planets in Capricorn. A Mercury-Chiron conjunction may stir mental insecurities.  There is a tremendous powerful planetary energy in this day. Use it to your advantage; lean in, and work hard on a project or goal. The Moon moves into dispassionate, socially conscious Aquarius on Wednesday. Numerous aspects color the day, some easy and some challenging. A Moon-Jupiter square may leave us feeling overextended. The Moon frames the day with two conjunctions. First, an early morning  Moon-Saturn conjunction calls us to our responsibilities and our work. Late in the evening a Moon-Mars conjunction may leave us feeling anything but relaxed. Maybe it’s a night to burn the midnight oil. With Moon and Saturn in Aquarius we are called to help humanity. How can you contribute time and money to your community?

Following two intense days of planetary activity, Thursday is lighter day. With Moon in friendly, detached Aquarius, and no major aspects, we can ease into intellectual pursuits and put our attention toward social concerns. Make this a day for celebrating friendships. Reach out to some of your friends and express appreciation with a card, letter, or phone call.

Attend to routine, insignificant tasks Friday morning while the Moon is void of course until 11:29 a.m. Then the Moon moves into inspiring Pisces. A Mercury-Venus sextile is the aspect of the day which makes us sensitive to the needs of others, as well as creative and inspired.

Flow into creative possibilities on Saturday. The Pisces Moon promotes imaginative, artistic expression. Play music. Paint. Write. Be inspired.

The Sun enters the sign of Taurus tropically on Sunday. The Pisces Moon makes benefic aspects to Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter, expanding our awareness and possibilities. The Moon goes void of course in Pisces at 4:31 p.m. In the evening, relax and watch a movie or read a book. Take a hot bath and go to bed early and get some good, sound, and extra sleep. Wait until tomorrow to plan the week ahead.

Monday the Moon moves into Aries just after midnight and joins Chiron later in the day. Aries is the sign symbolizing new beginnings. However, the Moon is inching toward its darkness.

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The Week in Short:

Easter Sunday: Day of rest. Moon VoC all day until 5:05 p.m. PDT. Then plan the week ahead.

Monday: Work proceeds in a careful and steady manner.

Tuesday: Powerful planetary energy is available for hard work on projects and goals.

Wednesday: We are called to serve humanity. Lean in and give time and money to help others.

Thursday: Celebrate friendship. Reach out to friends and express appreciation by letter, card, or a phone call.

Friday: Moon VoC until 11:29 a.m. when it moves into inspiring, uplifting Pisces. Allow intuition and inspiration to be your guide.

Saturday: Express yourself creatively. Paint, cook, or play music.

Sunday: The Sun enters Taurus tropically. This is a day to please your senses. Indulge yourself.

Monday: The Moon bounces into Aries, sparking new beginnings. But the Moon is dark, so take some solitude.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books
that have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls.
Keep the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you
can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many
burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn
something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
April 12: 4:46 a.m. –5:05 p.m. (Moon into
Capricorn); April 14 at 4:47 p.m. through April 15 at 0:37 a.m. (Moon into
Aquarius); April 17: 7:34 a.m. –  11:29 a.m. (Moon into Pisces); April 19
at 4:31 p.m. through April 20 at 0:01 (Moon into Aries); April 22: 5:32 a.m. –
12:36 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); April 24 at 5:43 p.m. through April 25 at 0:20
(Moon into Gemini); April 27: 10:00 a.m. – 10:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 29: 12:29  p.m. – 6:06 p.m. (Moon into Leo; May 1: 9:04 a.m. – 10:35 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); May 3 at 7:25 p.m. through May 4 at 12:09 a.m. (Moon into Libra); May 5 at 7:30 p.m. through May 6 at 12:04 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); May 7 at 7:38 p.m. through May 8 at 12:15 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); May 9 at 11:10 p.m. through May 10 at 2:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): April 6: 14:29 –  22:15 (Moon into Libra); April 12 at 12:45 through April 13th at 1:05 (Moon into Capricorn); April 15:
0:47 – 8:37 (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 15:34 –  19:29 (Moon into Pisces); April 20: 0:31 – 8:01 (Moon into Aries)  April 22: 13:32 – 20:36 (Moon into Taurus); April 25: 1:43 – 8:20 (Moon into Gemini)   April 27: 18:00 – 18:28 (Moon into Cancer); April 29 at 20:29 through April 30 at  2:06; (Moon into Leo; May 1: 17:04 – 18:35 (Moon into Virgo); May 4: 3:25 – 8:09 (Moon into
Libra); May 6: 3:30 – 18:04 (Moon into Scorpio); May 8: 3:38 -18:15 (Moon into Sagittarius); May 10: 7:10 – 10:38 (Moon into Capricorn)

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In the Stars April 5-12, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

March 20-April 4th was a period that harbored four significant, powerful conjunctions. Although Mars has now moved past Saturn and Pluto, in the coming week we have a Mars-Uranus square which is another turbulent, erratic aspect, giving another potentially volatile week. Jupiter has just made the first of three conjunctions with Pluto, a dynamic alignment which can empower, enable breakthrough, and illuminate truth. This week holds a potent Full Moon on Tuesday. Venus has just entered Gemini where it will stay for four months until August 7th. This is unusual, as Venus usually spends about three weeks in a sign. On May 14th Venus turns retrograde until June 25th when it turns direct again. The Sun continues to shine in bold Aries where it is exalted, calling us to new beginnings.

As a reminder the astrology of these COVID-19 times includes the Pluto/Saturn conjunction, Mars being out-of-bounds until June, and the nodes in problematic Nakshatras (arcs of 27 divisions of the zodiac) Ardra and Mula, according to Vedic astrology, and a challenging yoga (Kala Sarpa) where the planets Sun through Saturn are all on one side of the nodal axis.  So what to do when the planetary energy is so intense? Be careful, intentional, and focused. Remember that we can use this tremendous energy for good. Much can be accomplished. Breakthroughs can happen in solving deep problems and doing our work. Mars and Saturn will be conjunct at 0 degrees of Aquarius, the sign of invention and innovation. 

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Palm Sunday is a relatively quiet day astrologically, giving us some peace and calm to put our lives in order with the grace of the orderly Virgo Moon. Enjoy the day, especially after this extremely active, volatile week, and in preparation for another one!

On Monday the Virgo Moon makes benefic trines to the many planets conjunct in late Capricorn and early Aquarius: Pluto, Jupiter, and Pallas Athena in late degrees of Capricorn, and Saturn and Mars in early Aquarius. The Moon is void of course all morning until 2:16 p.m. PDT when it moves into Libra. Use the Virgo Moon to tend to routine tasks, and hold meetings and things requiring connection until after 2:16 p.m. PDT. Today through Wednesday is strongly influenced by the volatile Mars-Uranus square, noted in the next paragraph.

Tuesday is yet another potent day. The Moon reaches its fullness in Libra, making an edgy square to Jupiter and Pluto—a bold, dynamic grand square in cardinal (action) signs. Adding to the power and complexity of the day, Mars and Jupiter are exactly square which can portend recklessness, or building and breakthrough. Mercury in Pisces makes an opportune sextile to Jupiter and Pluto, giving insight and intuition. The Full Moon in Libra (Moon)-Aries (Sun) invites us to re-balance our own needs with those of others. Occurring while most of us are sheltering-in-place, this is a bold, powerful Full Moon that demands consciousness, intention, and hard work.  Lean into it fully!

Challenge is the word for Wednesday as we face numerous squares of the Moon: to Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. At the same time, the Moon opposes Uranus. This day is filled with edgy, volatile aspects again. The Moon is void all morning from 5:50 a.m. to 1:17 p.m. PDT, a time to focus on routine, insignificant tasks.  At 1:17 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Scorpio. Tackle a big project—or a lot of little ones to use this dynamic, powerful energy wisely.

Thursday, Passover, is a relatively quiet day in the cosmos. Feelings run deep as the Moon is in Scorpio; we seek solitude, probably easier to come by now unless you have school-age children. The Moon makes a sweet trine with Neptune, giving inspiration, compassion, and creativity. Relax and withdraw and give yourself some self-care, welcome after the intensity of the last three days.

Emotions draw us deep into what matters on Friday morning. In the afternoon the Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius to lift our spirits, making benefic aspects with Mercury and Saturn. Mercury moves into Aries tropically, a welcome relief as it emerges from Pisces where it is in its fall, a place where it is weak. Mercury will uplift us into action as it traverses Aries. With the Moon in Sag, we want to travel and be social, but since most of us can’t do that, find other ways to express it. Host a Zoom call with friends in far-away places; settle into a good book that lifts your spirits; or plan your next dream travel adventure.

Mercury makes an opportune sextile to Saturn on Saturday, giving discernment, focus, and balanced thinking. Moon aspects Mars and Venus, amplifying love and passion. The Sagittarius Moon draws us to adventure. Be expansive and adventurous while at the same time discerning and practical.

Easter Sunday is a day for relaxation, though this is not your usual Easter Sunday. Create a ceremony for yourself and those you live with to celebrate Resurrection. The Moon is void of course all day until 5:05 p.m. PDT when it moves into Capricorn. Relax into something such as reading a book that takes you to faraway places.

Monday’s Capricorn Moon supports a lot of work to get done in a careful and steady manner. An early morning lunar trine to Uranus gives a charge, but otherwise, it’s a quiet day before tomorrow which sizzles with powerful aspects.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday:  Put your life in order and enjoy the day.

Monday: Moon VoC until 2:16 p.m. PDT. Energy flows to get a lot accomplished—routine tasks in the morning, and things calling for initiating and making connections after 2:16 (14:16) PDT.

Tuesday: Full Moon in Libra. Bold, dynamic day. Balance personal and relational needs.

Wednesday:  Edgy, volatile, powerful day. Use the energy intentionally and wisely.

Thursday: Feelings run deep, but cosmic energies are easier than usual. Take some space for yourself.

Friday: Emotions run deep in the morning; uplifting afternoon. Take a hike if you can find a place to go that is open.

Saturday: Balanced mental energy and sound decision making abound in a backdrop of optimism.

Easter Sunday: Day of rest. Moon VoC all day until 5:05 p.m. PDT. Then plan the week ahead.

Monday: Work proceeds in a careful and steady manner.

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*****

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (April 3-August 7)

1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that have been waiting for you.

2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.

3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep the connections and conversation going.

4. Write cards or letters.

5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can discover.

6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many burgeoning now.

7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new.

9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.

10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.

*****

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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):
Pacific Standard Time:
April 6: 6:29 a.m. –  2:15 p.m. (Moon into Libra); April 8: 5:50 a.m. –  1:17 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio); April 10: 12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); April 12: 4:46 a.m. –5:05 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); April 14 at 4:47 p.m. through April 15 at 0:37 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 7:34 a.m. –  11:29 a.m. (Moon into Pisces); April 19 at 4:31 p.m. through April 20 at 0:01 (Moon into Aries); April 22: 5:32 a.m. – 12:36 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); April 24 at 5:43 p.m. through April 25 at 0:20 (Moon into Gemini); April 27: 10:00 a.m. – 10:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 29: 12:29  p.m. – 6:06 p.m. (Moon into Leo; May 1: 9:04 a.m. – 10:35 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); May 3 at 7:25 p.m. through May 4 at 12:09 a.m. (Moon into Libra)               

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): April 6: 14:29 –  22:15 (Moon into Libra); April 8: 13:50 –  21:17 (Moon into Scorpio); April 10: 20:35 – 21:35 (Moon into Sagittarius); April 12 at 12:45 through April 13th at 1:05 (Moon into Capricorn); April 15: 0:47 – 8:37 (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 15:34 –  19:29 (Moon into Pisces); April 20: 0:31 – 8:01 (Moon into Aries)  April 22: 13:32 – 20:36 (Moon into Taurus); April 25: 1:43 – 8:20 (Moon into Gemini)   April 27: 18:00 – 18:28 (Moon into Cancer); April 29 at 20:29 through April 30 at  2:06; (Moon into Leo; May 1: 17:04 – 18:35 (Moon into Virgo); May 4: 3:25 – 8:09 (Moon into Libra)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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In the Stars March 29-April 3, 2020…shining light on the astrology of the week

This week harbors even more volatility than the past couple of weeks as Mars will be conjunct Saturn, exactly for about four days (Monday through Thursday), and Jupiter will makes its first of three conjunctions on April 4th near Mars and Saturn. Jupiter, usually a benefic planet, exaggerates and expands, and combined with Pluto, Saturn and Mars this coming week could be even more turbulent than life has been. The astrology of these COVID-19 times includes the Pluto/Saturn conjunction, Mars being out-of-bounds until June, and the nodes in problematic Nakshatras (arcs of 27 divisions of the zodiac) Ardra and Mula, according to Vedic astrology, and a challenging yoga (Kala Sarpa) where the planets Sun through Saturn are all on one side of the nodal axis.  So what to do when the planetary energy is so intense? Be careful, intentional, and focused. Most of us have been prepared for the volatility by sheltering in place, not traveling, and heeding warnings to be cautious. Remember that also we can use this tremendous energy for good. Much can be accomplished. Breakthroughs can happen in solving deep problems and doing our work. Mars and Saturn will be conjunct at 0 degrees of Aquarius, the sign of invention and innovation.  Perhaps a vaccine for COVID-19 will be discovered with the help of this alignment. While the short-term advice is to be conscious and careful this week, the demands of the energy in the bigger picture are to consider what is being asked of our lives. Pluto demands surrender—and takes things away if you don’t surrender freely. Saturn demands restructuring, and ends things that no longer serve.  The big question now is: What needs to be surrendered, destroyed, given up, or restructured in our lives? I wasn’t surprised to hear on the news last night that divorces are increasing at this time. What isn’t working is likely to be taken away or ended. Financial cycles analyst Ray Merriman has written an excellent free report about this pivotal time, its bearing on finances, and what it implies for the length of COID-19.  You can access it here:  https://bit.ly/2JolQKQ.

The energies in the week ahead are extremely turbulent. You will benefit from the grounding, stretching, bending, and movement of exercise to keep yourself balanced, strong, and flexible. Yoga and dance are good choices, but any exercise that stretches and strengthens you will help you ride the turbulence and build your immune system. The internet and YouTube are full of exercise workouts to keep us in shape as we shelter-in-place. If you haven’t found programs you like yet, go exploring. One free app I have been using that offers many great exercise choices is Peleton.

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The Moon is in curious Gemini on Sunday. We usually feel an urge to go places and to be social. With the Coronavirus shelter-in-place order, we can channel that energy into explorations at home or through the computer, and converse by phone or internet. Read a book. Explore YouTube and learn something new. Listen to a podcast. Call your sibling(s). The asteroid of health and hygiene, Hygeia, is conjunct the Moon, so health is highlighted.

Monday, March 30 is the first of four extremely intense, volatile days when Mars is exactly conjunct Saturn, and Jupiter, Pluto, and Pallas Athena are exactly conjunct a few degrees away from Pluto and Saturn. Mars, Pluto, and Saturn all conjunct are extremely volatile, corresponding with the heightening of the spread of COVID-19. Jupiter amplifies whatever it touches. Saturn and Mars combined can act as a push-pull or blocking energy, though it can also give great focus. From a Jyotish or Vedic perspective, all of the planets are hemmed in by the nodes (except the Moon during half of the month). This hemming of energy can also be volatile and difficult. We already know we need to be cautious and our lives are restricted. However, there is a lot of energy for action. So dig into projects, purge your homes of clutter, or learn a new skill to enhance your profession.  

On Monday the Moon is void of course all day from 8:11 a.m. PDT. We may feel scattered due to the void Moon in Gemini and the Moon’s square to Neptune. This is not a day for focus. Allow yourself to flow with the meandering energies of the day. When the Moon is in Gemini we
want to communicate, so reach out to family, friends, or colleagues with a phone call. Mars’ entry into Aquarius draws us toward freedom and friendship through May 12th. Reach out through a Zoom call and be charitable toward your neighbors.

The Moon enters Cancer tropically on Tuesday which usually gives a cozy, caring energy. However, Mars conjuncts Saturn, a harsh, disagreeable aspect that can manifest as a blocking energy. The Moon squares Chiron, another uncomfortable alignment. Be kind. Do what you can do, but don’t try to force resistant energy. Cook some comfort food and nourish yourself or support your local restaurant with some delicious take-out food.

All Fool’s Day April 1st is not a light-hearted day. This is day three of the extremely volatile energy of the Mars-Saturn alignment. However, lunar trines to Mercury and Neptune give compassion, understanding, and inspiration.

Thursday is a highly charged day full of planetary challenges. The Moon opposes Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn, and Mars, and squares Uranus! You may meet obstacles, and there also may be a few surprises. Mid-day the Moon moves from Cancer to more playful Leo tropically, which may uplift our spirits. When there is this much challenging energy in the day it is best to be conscious and cautious; at the same time the dynamic energy wants to work, so lean in and get some big things accomplished.

The intensity of the last four days lifts a little on Friday, Venus’ Day, and Venus moves into Gemini tropically for an extra-long stay of four months due to a retrograde period beginning in early May. Gemini is an air and symbolizes curiosity and connection; this shift will lighten things up a bit. The luminaries, Sun and Moon make a warm, congenial trine in fire signs. Mercury is conjunct Neptune which could cloud our thinking – or inspire us. The Moon is void of course for over 24 hours beginning at 12:29 p.m. until 2:18 p.m. on Saturday. If you have meetings to attend or decisions to make, attend to those matters in the morning. Take it easy in the afternoon and evening, and watch a good movie on Netflix.

The big cosmic event of the day is Jupiter’s exact conjunction with Pluto at 24:53 Capricorn. This is a powerful combination for transformation. Note how the big changes in your life, especially in the last three months, have manifested and shifted things for you. Another strong cosmic event is Venus trine Saturn which will give relational support. This alignment can help us re-set and manage the turbulence that may have been stirred up earlier in the week. At 2:18 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into industrious Virgo and this will help us get our lives in order over the next two days, but perhaps not until tomorrow, as a Moon-Uranus trine in the evening may deliver some surprises, as well as some brilliant ideas.

Palm Sunday is a relatively quiet day astrologically, giving us some peace and calm to put our lives in order with the grace of the orderly Virgo Moon. Enjoy the day, especially after this extremely active, volatile week!

On Monday the Virgo Moon makes benefic trine aspects to all the planets that are conjunct in Capricorn and early Aquarius: Pluto, Jupiter, Pallas Athena in Capricorn, and Saturn and Mars in early Aquarius. The Moon is void of course all morning until 2:16 p.m. PDT when it moves into Libra. Use the Virgo Moon to tend to routine tasks, and hold meetings and things requiring connection until after 2:16 p.m. PDT.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Explore in the comfort of your home. Read a book or learn something new through a podcast, YouTube, or the internet.

Monday: Moon VoC all day beginning at 8:11 a.m. PDT. Attend to routine tasks and allow yourself to flow with the challenging energies of the day.

Tuesday: Energy may feel blocked. Don’t force anything. Be kind and caring.

Wednesday: Another turbulent, volatile day, so be aware, yet use the energy to get things accomplished.

Thursday: Be conscious and cautious as there is much challenging energy. Lean in and work hard.

Friday: Hold meetings and finish work projects in the morning. Relax in the afternoon and evening. Moon Voc at 12:29 p.m. through Saturday at 2:18 p.m.

Saturday: Commitments solidify, and sweeping changes over the past few months are to be honored. Moon VoC until 2:18 p.m. PDT.

Sunday:  Put your live in order and enjoy the day.

Monday: Moon VoC until 2:16 p.m. PDT. Energy flows to get a lot accomplished—routine tasks in the morning, and things calling for initiating and making connections after 2:16 (14:16 PDT).

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Taurus
(March 4-April 3) –in COVID-19 Isolated Times

  1. Spend time in your garden—weed, water, fertilize, and plant.
  2. Cook delicious food to delight your taste buds.
  3. Give your hair a special, nourishing treatment.
  4. Freshen your wardrobe—cull things that no longer work for you.
    Mend and repair clothes needing attention.
  5. Take time for bubble baths in candlelight.
  6. Spray a delightful scent such as rose water around your face.
  7. Find some delightful new inspiring music on Pandora or Spotify.
  8. Create a new playlist to inspire you.
  9. Meet each day looking your best—if only for yourself.
  10. Sing!

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readings/consultations at. Feel
free to forward this blog! Sign up (free) at: http://www.cathycoleman.co
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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):
Pacific StandardTime:
March 30 at 8:11 a.m. through March 31 at 4:43 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 2: 9:49 a.m. – 11:26 a.m. (Moon into Leo); April 3 at 12:29 p.m. through April 4, at 2:18 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); April 6: 6:29 a.m. –  2:15 p.m. (Moon into Libra); April 8: 5:50 a.m. –  1:17 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio); April 10: 12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); April 12: 4:46 a.m. –5:05 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); April 14 at 4:47 p.m. through April 15 at 0:37 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 7:34 a.m. –  11:29 a.m. (Moon into Pisces); April 19 at 4:31 p.m. through April 20 at 0:01 (Moon into Aries); April 22: 5:32 a.m. – 12:36 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); April 24 at 5:43 p.m. through April 25 at 0:20 (Moon into Gemini)                                                                                                             GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): March 28 at 23:05 through March 29 at 2:38 (Moon into Gemini); March 30 at 16:11 through March 31 at 12:43 (Moon into Cancer); April 2: 17:49 – 19:26 (Moon into Leo); April 3 at 20:29 through April 4, at 22:18 (Moon into Virgo); April 6: 14:29 –  22:15 (Moon into Libra); April 8: 13:50 –  21:17 (Moon into Scorpio); April 10: 20:35 – 21:35 (Moon into Sagittarius); April 12 at 12:45 through April 13th at 1:05 (Moon into Capricorn); April 15: 0:47 – 8:37 (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 15:34 –  19:29 (Moon into Pisces); April 20: 0:31 – 8:01 (Moon into Aries)  April 22: 13:32 – 20:36 (Moon into Taurus); April 25: 1:43 – 8:20 (Moon into Gemini)                                                                                                                                                                           

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