It’s never useful to blame astrological events for our bad behavior. Hopefully astrology can help us to understand our behavior. Hopefully astrology can lend us a lens of compassion, understanding and clarity about why we do what we do when we do it.
We are not victim to any aspect that will occur from one week to the next, especially when we know that they are coming. No matter what you read about the astrological weather be aware of how you are reading it. This week moves us into the heart of the Mercury retrograde cycle when Mercury conjuncts the sun in Gemini on Saturday. This is a moment to consider what information we are gathering, if it has any meaning and what we are doing with it.
Don’t waste moments that hold potential growth by explaining them away, minimizing them or passing them off as difficult astrology.
Neptune is deeply embedded in this week’s astro-themes which makes the desire to transcend and escape reality at an all time high. Neptune brings inspiration, imagination, fluidity, idealism and boatloads of meditative magic and psychic sensitivity. But it also brings confusion, delusion and deception. Keep your feet on the ground and your inner martyr in check. This is no time to run away with the fairies or feign innocence.
Mars, the warring, aggressive, passionate, protective principle is also running amuck through these next few days. The combination of Mars and Neptune is a hot bed of mixed signals. Aggressively being passive and passively being aggressive is advised against.
Monday 25 May 2015
Venus in Cancer square Uranus in Aries
First Quarter Moon/Sun in Gemini square moon in Virgo
Mars in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces
Venus, having started on Thursday, May 21st, completes her travels through the Uranus/Pluto square today. Feels* abound mostly through events that are rare, unique or blinding in their unexpected intensity. Tend to any shock by being emotionally supportive to yourself.
The first quarter moon signals a time of crisis of action and a need to act, decide and build with what we have started at the new moon. This is a square between the sun in Gemini and moon in Virgo. This is an over-thinking, hyper-active, seed-dispersing energy that moves in multiple directions at once. This energy is as easy to coral as it is to herd kittens. It may be best to let yourself enjoy multiplicity today but remember we can only truly be present moment by moment. Keep yourself connected to the thread of your day one breath and one thought at a time.
Mars square Neptune can be best spent by trying to do what is most meaningful to you. Neptune can make the directive action of Mars muddled, confused and without a well thought out plan. What seems like a good course of action often gets undone by some force or another. This is not a day for finding clarity- or for lying. Neither will have you feeling successful.
Wednesday, May 26
Mercury conjunct Mars in Gemini
Venus in Cancer trine Chiron in Pisces
Moon enters Libra
Mercury conjunct Mars is the perfect excuse to let loose your vitriol, your vengeance and your venom. That is if you want to suffer great amounts at the hands of unleashing your own anger. A Mercury/Mars may bring clarity about cutting the fat out of your life but it might also taunt you into making declarations of war that cannot be unmade.
A Mercury Mars conjunction can bring beauty, truth and righteous rage to the surface. Remembering that the honorable job of Mars is to serve and protect and in Gemini, conjunct Mercury retrograde, it can be used to name the things that must be named. It can be used to #SayHerName. So please do.
Venus in Cancer trine Chiron in Pisces may curb the caustic nature of Mercury conjunct Mars because basically it just wants to cry it out while holding hands, eating ice cream and reciting poetry. La lune’s entrance into Libra demands that love and pleasure should rule over conflict and strife but also knows that real balance only comes when justice is served.
Friday, May 29
Mercury in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces
This is where things get tricky. Slippery. Slightly out of hand. Slight of hand too. There isn’t much truth to be told when Mercury squares Neptune because it’s all sooooo subjective.
Just don’t lie.
Or catch yourself when you do. Tell on yourself. Stay sober, especially emotionally. Don’t get drunk on your own sentimental toxicity. Or on your fantasies-at least not unconsciously. Day dream responsibly.
Saturday 30 May 2015
Moon enters Scorpio
Sun conjunct Mercury in Gemini
This is the heart of the retrograde cycle, a very important day in terms of the meaning of this Mercury retrograde. The aspect itself is known as cazimi which means in the heart of. Mercury enters the heart of the sun, mythically landing at the base of the underworld helping us get to the heart of the matter.
This can be the day where epiphanies abound and is a day to take action and ask for what we want.
The waxing moon in Scorpio adds extra intensity, mystery and focus to the day.
Sunday 31 May 2015
Sun in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces
Saturday’s conjunction of Mercury and the sun is surrounded with inebriated squares to Neptune from both planetary bodies. Getting to the meaning of things will take patience, persistence and many pit sops. Neptune is a cluster-fuck of fantastic. Wonderfully woeful, Neptune helps us lose everything-especially our connection to reality. Anxiety can abound but so too can an inspired, spiritual experience.
This week requires that you get to the heart of the matter in your conversations-especially the ones that you have with yourself. No squirming away. No charging off in a different direction. No ability to boss your way out of this bag is going to save you from the pain created when you refuse to face the facts.
Cut through your own addiction to tell tall tales to save your own hide.
But also get interested in the lies that you want to tell. The fibs that almost fall from your lips are fascinating accounts of how your ego wants to control the situation. What image are you wanting to create? How do you wish others would see you? What are you trying to hide? What about you is too painful to accept and therefore makes you think you need to be dishonest or disloyal to yourself? What part of your being human, just plain old regular human, is disdainful to you? Can you just be you instead of defending against your fears by trying to be some sort of idealistic fabulous.
The other side to this is watching with honesty when and how others lie to you. What do you do with it? Can you still read the truth through the deception? Sometimes folks lie to us because they can’t know their own truth yet. It’s not always our job to point it out to them, but it’s also not our job to corroborate either.
This week brings you a wild array of astrological aspects that may just have you hankering for a clear, concise answer.
Don’t hold your breath.
This week is a wise but wandering fool that hopefully lends you a hand with your sense of self worth. Yes, we spoke about this last week, but this one draws you into the heart of the issue. Especially on Saturday which I suggest you use as a day to do any kind of healing magic that you might need to around your self-esteem, your financial well-being or for re-evaluating what you value most.
Does what you own make you feel alive, vibrant and joyful? If not I suggest tossing it out. Clearing your possessions of clutter will bring a level of order that is helpful at the moment.
Does what you own lend itself to a delusional coma, keeping you from feeling rage, joy, despair or having honest dialogues? Do you hide behind your earning potential, refusing to disarm and be affected by life?
Do you hide behind a false sense of “failure” so that you don’t really have to live out your passion or pursue your happiness? Do you blame others for not having “made” it? Are you facing conflicts or dealing with diverging opinions within your social situations with integrity and honesty?
How you value the answers to these questions will guide you to ask the right things of yourself and the universe.
You might be tempted to rush in. You might be tempted to pour fuel on the fire. You might be wanting to step on the gas and go for broke. You might be like, F-this, I got this, step back and let me at this.
But careful, comrade.
This astro-flow isn’t as forgiving as it is fantasy-inducing. Tricky slight of hand schemes aim to highlight your usual pathways of self-deception. Most times, no one can lie to us unless we let them. Most times we are in on the scam, even though we’ll be the one to suffer.
You can’t play the victim and devil’s advocate at the same time though. Self-pity isn’t a defense. So instead of acting like a raging infant, I want to propose that you use this week to go a little deeper. Underneath the facade, underneath the knee-jerk responses and underneath the fear of finding your part in the problem lies the truth.
Take time to find it. Happily skip-off to serve your detention. Especially on Saturday. Dedicate the day to getting to the heart of whatever matter moves you the most. Pray to understand the meaning of the situation instead of chasing fancy facts. Listen for the truth-you’ll know it because it will strike every chord in you. Follow the truth with every ounce of courage that you’ve been granted.
This is a day embedded with a clarifying concoction that will go to waste if you spend your week trying to escape consequences and causing a ruckus for no reason.
Because you are in a moment of reevaluating how you organize your life or, more aptly, what to organize your life around (my vote is for joy), it’s important to take some much needed time-out. You may find yourself in or wishing for a self-imposed exile. This is in-part due to the fact that there are so many fascinating discoveries occurring in your inner life that it would be a shame to miss them but also because this is the time of year that is best spent evaluating the past one in preparation for your next. It’s good to quiet down the commotion so that you can focus on how you’d like to set yourself up for a year that you want to infuse.
There is, however, a contrary current that can create conflict or at least urge you towards growth in the realms of intimacy and relationship. Your needs here may be changing. Last week illustrated these changes and highlighted who, where and why some connections stay while others quietly (or not so softly) slip out the back door.
Honestly accepting the information that you get from others is a vital component to practicing the art of relationships. Defending against the truth with fantasy, lies or good old-fashioned denial, is not.
Be open to the feelings that the truth exposes.
Be willing to hold each one that arises without having to jump towards controlling, manipulating or adjusting the reality of the situation.
Be observant of your defenses and curious about the course of action they urge you towards.
Orca whales are wildly social animals. They depend on one another for everything. They stand by each other no matter what. They won’t leave their family members side even if that family member is in danger and they have every chance to escape that danger. They risk everything. They are loyal, some might say to a fault. Some might say to perfection.
That we hunt Orcas, that we kidnap and hold them hostage in “Sea Worlds” and then make them do tricks for our entertainment is not only psychotic but very telling of our own psychological missed-steps.
We think captivity is connection.
Orcas know much more about connection and group bonding than we do. They hold this medicine for us.
And we are capable of learning it.
Your astrological lessons this week are to remember that medicine. This week opens up a plethora of questions about connecting to the collective and finding one’s way to being a loyal mammal in the pod. How we engage with one another depends so much on how we are helping one another. When we feel caged up, cooped up and pent up, aggression builds up and eventually dominates. When others do they feel just the same.
Work on creating hospitable environments for you and yours. Be willing to fight for the needs of your pack but watch also that you are giving others enough room to breathe and to be. In-fighting is a definite possibility this week so instead of creating more conflict, help to create situations where conflict naturally dissolves.
There is energy behind what you say. You are communicating with a high-voltage impact this week and it’s good to be mindful of the fact that you have influence.
Especially because what you are communicating is bound to be infused with feelings that you have yet to process, understand or are able to hide. We give ourselves away all the time. We leak clues and can’t help spilling the beans through our behavior.
May as well out yourself.
At least to yourself. Getting clear on what pisses you off, what you desperately want for yourself and what ambitions you have in your career and long-standing life goals is essential. Especially if you think it can’t happen/you aren’t equipped for the job/what you really want is too pie-in-the-sky. It isn’t. Not if you go about it in a practical way and make room for some magic.
Especially this Saturday. Open up some time in your schedule to make an official ask about something if you need it, but otherwise take some time on Saturday to let yourself explore your creativity within the realms of your work. Sometimes seeing a problem or even an opportunity from a different angle can open up a possibility that was impossible until we could see it.
You are just as ready to buy fake snake oil from a false prophet as you are to stumble upon great truths and timeless wisdom this week. How you parse out the phony from the for real will help you move towards clarity. Your ability to trust yourself, gather sound facts and make solid judgements is your big assignment this week.
Don’t be fooled by your own fantasies. If it’s too good to be true, it is. Don’t think you need to feign excitement either, there is nothing wrong with the mundane-in fact it’s where all the omens are.
And they abound for you right now.
Seek out direction and you’ll receive it by the boatload but you must move about in order to glean the wisdom wafting your way. Staying stuck won’t help you much. Nor will jumping about like a panicked pony. Move with meaning or stay still and dive inward. That way you’ll know which signs are signs and which are just fancy diversions pulling you off your path.
This week brings you into the heart of your feelings about merging, bonding and being intricately woven with another. Why some of us sometimes get to experience a loving bond and why some of us sometimes do not is always a perplexing equation that is ultimately futile to try and solve.
Love is a mystery. Relationships are a conundrum. There are no answers, only ways of being with the situation as it is.
If you are single, this week may bring up fears of facing life’s difficulties alone. If you are paired, this week may bring up fears about whether or not you are with the right person.
What you do with these fears is up to you to observe. How you heal them depends on how well you get to know them.
Intense experiences have a way of revealing the hidden emotions that are easy to miss, this week promises you some insights but it isn’t all hardcore. There are moments of reprieve and moments of astounding clarity, especially about how you want to share yourself in current and future configurations.
Some good questions to meditate on are: Do you let your fears lead your interactions with others? Do you allow others to get to know you beyond your complexes and your defenses? Do you hold your own pain with compassion, denying the desire to lash out or cause harm because you are hurting? Are you willing to relinquish control of the situation especially when you come up against your vulnerability?
The big takeaway for you this week comes when you are able to accept that some people feel like they are forced to lie, some people are so deep in denial it’s possible they may have just completely lost touch with reality and some people know they need to tell the truth but just can’t face the music.
And you may share these very tendencies.
You aren’t perfect and pointing to everyone else’s mistakes only opens you up to being vulnerable to the effects of their unsavory behavior. There are many complex relationship issues buzzing about your bee-hive.
My advice is to lean into your integrity with everything you’ve got. From my point of view it looks like you may very well be goaded, egged on and edged towards a messy web of confusing half-truths and honest lies. You need to be smarter than both.
Good thing you are.
Saturday brings you help if you use it. Make it your intention to use that day to clarify your reasons and your roles in each relationship that causes you discomfort. If there is a conversation that you know you need to have, this is a good day to have it.
I say that with an addendum: this week is swirling with clusters of confusing communications and if you can stay in your center you’ll get to the heart of what you need to do. But if you can’t you’re likely to get knocked about by the ignorance of others.
Routines can support or erode our sense of safety, sanity and security. Routines can keep us from collapsing in fear of how to fill the day and can keep us rolling deep with our connection to life.
Getting out and making smaller, everyday connections with the people in your neighborhood, in your surroundings and in your current routine helps to maintain your balance, keeps you afloat, and can lend you a sense of belonging.
Certain health issues may have a tendency to flare up this week or tense tempers may tend to create a problem in the body where there doesn’t need to be one. Mass amounts of information are available to you on this front. My advice is to pay extra attention to your physical sensitivities as they are likely to be at an all time high, guiding you towards what you need more of and what you need less of.
Listen, learn and take notes. Give thanks to the vehicle that you are in and promise to give it what it needs. Saturday is especially potent for creating physical healing rituals, setting new routines that help your life run more smoothly and for learning about how your health and your happiness in the everyday are the most valuable assets we have to work with.
Claim it. Claim them. Your loves. Your creative affairs. Your passions. Tell them you are there. Prove it. Stay. Stay after hours. Show up and focus on what brings you into alignment with your desire to create the things of this world that you are meant to. Take your energy and focus it for the good of your life.
Your creative life.
This week you are living through the kind of astrology that can waste copious amounts of inspiration on instigating amusing pastimes but this is no time to totally space out on your responsibility to be in this world.
It’s time to make it work. Your creativity. Your money-making capacities. The marriage of the two and the progeny they can create. But it can’t happen without your effort. It can’t happen without your support. Think of any creative project that you are working on as your child; your child needs your care, your love and your attention. Daily.
Saturday is an auspicious time to get clear on what to act on next. Take some time out on that day to do so. Make plans, make vision boards, make merry with the things that move you most.
This is a week that may prove to provide a fascinating trip down memory lane. This is a week that has the potential to reveal the depths of your family patterns and paradoxes. This is one of those weeks that may tempt you to blow your lid with a certain member of your clan or fall back into those old patterns of raging or derailing the situation so that you don’t have to feel uncomfortable feelings. Inner frustrations and momentary situations that feel fraught with confusing complications abound but don’t get caught in the fray.
Keep your connection to your center and to your way of working through the issue. If you get too caught in old patterns of guilt or gullibility you’ll miss the meaning.
You know what you need and if the understanding momentarily leaves you all you have to do is sit still for long enough to remember it. Nothing need rush you. No one’s needs need to come before your own, especially if that’s an old family pattern yet to be undone.
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