In the Stars May 10-17, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week

Mercury is in its shadow, moving toward its next retrograde period, beginning May 18. Use this week to wrap up contracts and agreements, and get things communicated and printed before the 18th. The three-week retrograde period between May 18 and June 12 is a period to pause and re-think things, re-organize, and to work down the Inbox and remnants of lists undone rather than starting new things. So use this week before the retrograde period toward actualizing what you anticipate to be important between now and mid-June.

However, it won’t be easy: There are three full days this week with the Moon Void-of-Course. The VoC moon basically lasts all day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (though Wednesday there’s a small, productive window early morning until 9:55 AM). The Moon is VoC when it makes its last aspect (Ptolemaic-conjunction, opposition, square, trine or sextile) with a planet before it moves into the next sign. When the Moon is void, it is not connecting with another planetary body—the energy is free floating. It shows up in our lives as things not connecting or coming together. Decisions made during void Moons are often later regretted as our thinking just isn’t clear. So while this is a week for bringing contracts and agreements toward closure, these three VoC Moon days aren’t good ones for doing that. Use those days for tackling your email backlog, or for reading and reviewing to position yourself to surge on the alternate days, unburdened. Plan to make the most of Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for getting things done that call for decisions and connections.

This week begins with the Moon in Aquarius Sunday and Monday. Aquarius is the zodiacal sign that is associated with the 11th house–friendships, groups, organizations, material gains, and hopes and aspirations. I just attended an excellent webinar taught by Demetra George about the mythology, symbolism, workings and promises of the astrology of the 11th house. It’s interesting to think that the 11th house symbolizes both friendships and riches, or gains. With the Moon in Aquarius both Monday and Tuesday, let’s pause and think about our friendships. Do our friends lift us up or create or invite trouble? Let’s honor the friends who inspire and benefit us. How could we benefit by cultivating friendships—or by pruning some?

Sunday, Mother’s Day, calls for new forms of fun and group gatherings with friends. You may want to celebrate Mother’s Day with friends and your tribal family. It’s a day for conversation and widening perspectives.

Monday is also colored by the Moon in Aquarius, which makes a last-quarter square with the Sun and also squares Mars—rattling us out of our comfort zones…perhaps stirring up a bit of chaos. The Moon is VoC all day, so don’t expect things to take form; and steer clear of activities calling for decisions. Spend time with friends and enjoy the surprises that emerge from the meanderings of this day.

Late Monday evening (Tuesday morning GMT) Mars moves into Gemini tropically, where it will stir up curiosity and activity in this sign through June 25. Dabble in new explorations over the next six weeks.

The Moon is in Pisces on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday is an inspiring, soft, imaginative day. A Moon-Pluto sextile in the evening can bring focus and ambitious resolve. The inspiration continues on Wednesday, but with the Moon VoC all day after 9:55 AM Pacific time, don’t expect a lot to be accomplished, unless it’s painting a picture, watching a movie, or dancing!

In great contrast to Wednesday’s soft, meandering (or perhaps “spacy”) energy, Thursday is a very dynamic, potent day. A new lunar cycle begins with the Moon in fiery hot Aries. Bolt out the door early and do some vigorous exercise, and then give your task list the works. Mars and Saturn are in opposition, and this aspect can feel restraining, demanding, and challenging. However, with focus this aspect can result in getting a lot accomplished carefully, diligently, and masterfully.

Early Friday morning the Moon joins Uranus—which could deliver something shocking or surprising. The rest of the day the Moon is Void. Take a hike, or clean your office. Do something adventurous. Don’t waste your time on meetings or shopping or anything calling for a clear decision.

Saturday and Sunday hold the exalted Moon in Taurus. There’s a New Moon late Sunday at 26:55 Taurus, so these weekend days the Moon is dark, a time for bringing projects to closure and drawing inward. The exalted Taurus Moon is about all things sweet and sensual. So make sure your weekend is pleasurable and is graced with plenty of good food, wine, and music. Mercury is making a station ready to go retrograde on Monday, another reason to use this weekend for closure in preparation for a new cycle, heralded by the New Moon late Sunday night (9:13 PM PDT) or early Monday morning (12:13 AM EDT).

The Week in Short:
Sunday: Mother’s Day—celebrate it with a wide circle of friends and family.
Monday: Moon VoC all day. Meetings will meander, so re-schedule them for Tuesday or Thursday. Spend time with friends.
Tuesday: Inspiring, imaginative day.
Wednesday: Another Moon VoC day—all day after 9:55 PDT! Paint, dance, or create.
Thursday: Productive day if focused. Bolt out the door early for vigorous exercise, then give your day the works!
Friday: Open to surprises and be adventurous! Moon VoC all day!
Saturday: Bring projects to closure. Exalted Moon in Taurus calls for all things pleasurable.
Sunday: Practical day to get work done. Enjoy good food. New Moon in Taurus at 9:13 PM PDT.

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

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet and 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 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. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re 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.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are: Pacific Daylight Time:
Monday, May 11: 3:36 AM-7:53 PM (Moon into Pisces)
Wednesday, May 13: 9:55 AM-19:13 PM (Moon into Aries)
Friday, May 15 at 5:03 AM through Saturday, May 16 at 12:02 AM (Moon into Taurus)
Sunday, May 17 at 9:13 PM through Monday, May 18 at 2:27 AM (Moon into Gemini)
Tuesday, May 19 at 10:57 AM through Wednesday, May 20 at 6:56 AM (Moon into Cancer)
Thursday, May 21 at 5:36 PM through Friday, May 22 at 2:42 PM (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, May 24 at 3:49 PM through Monday, May 25 at 1:52 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Tuesday, May 26 at 7:21 PM through Wednesday, May 27 at 2:42 PM (Moon into Libra)
Friday, May 29 at 1:20 PM through Saturday, May 30 at 2:34 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Monday, June 1: 4:01-11:39 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, June 2 at 10:59 PM through Wednesday, June 3, at 5:50 PM (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, June 5: 3:54 AM-10:02 PM (Moon into Aquarius)
Sunday, June 7 at 7:30 AM through Monday, June 8 at 1:16 AM (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, May 11 at 22:36 through Tuesday, May 12 at 2:53 (Moon into Pisces)
Wednesday, May 13 at 16:55 through Thursday, May 14 at 5:13 (Moon into Aries)
Friday, May 15 at 12:03 through Saturday, May 16 at 7:02 (Moon into Taurus)
Monday, May 18: 4:13-9:27 (Moon into Gemini)
Tuesday, May 19m ay 10:57 AM through Wednesday, May 20 at 6:56 AM (Moon into Cancer)
Thursday, May 21 at 5:36 PM through Friday, May 22 at 2:42 PM (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, May 24 at 3:49 PM through Monday, May 25 at 1:52 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Tuesday, May 19 at 17:57 through Wednesday, May 20 at 13:56 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, May 22 at 0:36-21:42 (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, May 24 at 22:49 through Monday, May 25 at 8:52 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, May 27: 2:21-21:42 (Moon into Libra)
Friday, May 29 at 20:20 through Saturday, May 30 at 9:34 (Moon into Scorpio)
Monday, June 1: 11:01-18:39 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Wednesday, June 2 at 5:59 through Thursday, June 3, at 0:50 (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, June 5: 11:54 through Saturday, June 6 at 5:02 (Moon into Aquarius)
Sunday, June 7 at 14:30 through Monday, June 8 at 8:16 (Moon into Pisces)

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2 Responses to In the Stars May 10-17, 2015…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. am says:

    Why do you write: Monday Moon VoC all day. Meetings will meander …? According to this post, Moon is VOC on Monday, May 11, only from 3:36-7:53 PM. (Some 3 hours couldn’t be called “all day.”)

    • Cathy Coleman says:

      Thanks for letting me know this error–the Moon goes void at 3:36 AM Monday–through 7:53 PM.

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