Mercury continues its retrograde in the coming week through June 11. Have you experienced a few mix-ups in the past couple of weeks? Or has something jammed in its forward motion and called for a pause to re-think it? Mercury in retrograde beckons us to re-think, re-organize, and purge the Inbox and remnants of lists undone rather than start new endeavors. Communication can get snarled and confused, so be patient with mistakes and with those who make them. Appliances, cars, and computers break down more often during the Mercury retrograde period. Continue to review, re-vision, revise, and repair.
This week contains lots of time when the Moon is Void-of-Course. The VoC time is when the Moon makes its last Ptolemaic aspect (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, or opposition) with another planet and before it moves into the next sign. During this time things don’t come together. It’s hard to make a decision, especially a good one. Decisions made during the void Moon time often don’t work out (e.g. people usually change their minds about purchases made during void Moons, or don’t use or like the item purchased). It’s best to read, organize, garden, exercise, or do anything that doesn’t require decisions during this time. This week the Moon is VoC Monday morning and then all day Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This is a week to plan carefully to accomplish your goals. For those in North America, meetings and all things calling for decisions and connections would be best done Monday afternoon, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Over the weekend the Moon has been in Scorpio, a time when we prefer more solitude and less socializing. Sunday’s Sun-Neptune square in water signs amplifies emotions. We may be more volatile and more sensitive, and also more compassionate and generous of spirit. Tune in to what you really want emotionally this day. Dream in peace and solitude—and water your garden.
Monday morning meanders with the Moon VoC. The work week isn’t going to get going until mid-day when the Moon moves into Sagittarius (11:39 AM PDT). Conjunct Saturn, the Moon combines serious intention and hard work with vision and optimism, a great combination for a productive afternoon.
A Full Moon (Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius) lights Tuesday. The day holds numerous aspects—surely delivering lots of activity. This Gemini-Sagittarius polarity symbolizes learning, communication, and knowledge. We now live in a world of constant communication through texts, tweets, email, Facebook, and Instagrams. Some people rarely put their smart phones down, and those who don’t usually have a hard time being present in the moment. Full Moons are illuminating, bringing awareness to the shadows of our lives, just as a Full Moon lights up the night sky. The opportunity of this Full Moon counters the constant communication with stillness and inner reflection. A poignant quote from Stephanie Austin’s article in The Mountain Astrologer June-July 2015 on the Sagittarius Full Moon offers wisdom for creating balance: “In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.” (Pico Iyer)
The Moon is VoC all day Wednesday until 5:50 PM PDT when the Moon moves into Capricorn, and there are no exact aspects. This means it’s a day for small, inconsequential tasks not requiring decisions. Read, hike, or just enjoy the day. After the Moon moves into Capricorn in the evening, things will begin to come together. I’ll be picking up my 14-year-old niece, Devinne Coleman, at the San Francisco Airport late in the evening, beginning her 12-day vacation with us. It’s actually a great time to begin a serious endeavor that will deliver accomplishments.
Thursday and Friday the Moon continues in serious cardinal earth sign Capricorn. Thursday should be a productive day, with the evening prone to emotional intensity. Friday the Moon is VoC all day; the energy of the day is loose and unformed. Venus moves into playful, exuberant, shining Leo, pouring forth love during its stay in Leo tropically through July 18. There are some awesome positive aspects Friday: Mars sextile Jupiter, and Venus trine Saturn, though with the Moon VoC, they may not deliver their potential. Get as many small inconsequential tasks done as possible and imagine possibilities.
Saturday and Sunday the Moon is in progressive, observant, inventive Aquarius. Saturday is a great day for exploration and gatherings with friends. Sunday the Moon is VoC all day, so you could do a few routine tasks or just take it easy and enjoy the day.
The Week in Short:
Sunday: Dream in peace. Tune into deep feelings and desires.
Monday: Meandering morning; serious, productive afternoon.
Tuesday: Full Moon—and a VERY busy day. Balance information overload with attention and some stillness.
Wednesday: Moon VoC all day until 5:50 PM PDT. Read, dream, hike, or vision during the VoC time. Then—you can put some definitive steps forward in the evening.
Thursday: Productive day prone to emotional intensity in the evening.
Friday: Moon VoC all day. Passionate day, but one to do inconsequential small tasks and dwell on imagined possibilities.
Saturday: Explore and spend time with friends.
Sunday: Just simply enjoy the day and relax.
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, 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)
Tuesday, June 9 at 11:08 AM through Wednesday, June 10 at 4:14 AM (Moon into Aries)
Thursday, June 11 at 4:43 PM through Friday, June 12 at 7:16 AM (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, June 13 at 3:06 PM through Sunday, June 14 at 10:51 AM (Moon into Gemini)
Tuesday, June 16: 6:06 AM-7:05 PM (Moon into Cancer)
Thursday, June 18: 10:52-11:23 PM (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, June 21: 9:09-9:59 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Tuesday, June 23: 10:12-10:21 PM (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, June 25 at 4:22 PM through Friday, June 26 at 10:57 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, June 28: 6:50-8:21 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Sunday, May 24 a t22:49 through Monday, May 25 at 8:52 (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)
Tuesday, June 9 at 18:08 through Wednesday, June 10 at 11:14 (Moon into Aries)
Thursday, June 11 at 23:43 through Friday, June 12 at 14:16 (Moon into Taurus)
Saturday, June 13 at 22:06 through Sunday, June 14 at 17:51 (Moon into Gemini)
Tuesday, June 16: 13:06 through Wednesday, June 17 at 2:05 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, June 18: 5:52-6:23 (Moon into Leo)
Sunday, June 21: 16:09-16:59 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, June 24: 5:12-5:21 (Moon into Libra)
Thursday, June 25 at 23:22 through Friday, June 26 at 17:57 (Moon into Scorpio)
Monday, June 29: 1:50-3:21 (Moon into Sagittarius)
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