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Look forward to a friendly summery weekend with a touch of political bombast and interpersonal drama around the edges as the Moon joins Mercury in expressive Leo on Friday the 13th. Let’s all tell our story and keep it close to reality while allowing for a little creative license around the edges. Mercury turns retrograde in a week and ½. We can already feel it slowing down and sludging up our schedule, asking us to take some time off and rethink. So let’s start to tie up some loose ends and clear out any misunderstandings now.

In the background, overheated storms hover over more serious emotional considerations and demand that we make concrete changes, prodded by a positive grand trine in Earth signs, between Venus in Virgo, Saturn, and Uranus. Feel the earthquakes, whether they’re political or geological, and hope for of series of small quakes two release tension rather than any large one. That grand trine can also make it fun to spend time complaining, mistaking critique for actual change, or leave us emotionally brittle in ugly situations. But a better use for it is to do some deep personal processing and take practical steps to improve the situation.

A more industrious mood kicks in as Moon joins Venus in Virgo on Sunday and Monday and helps us step out of the story and into the work. It’s important to take a few moments assessment and self-reflection, let’s be gentle on ourselves and let the good sink in. Deal with cleanup, coordination, organization, learning the next step of our work. Some project to improve the situation may need to be rethought or adjusted; if so, take it in stride rather than let it frustrate.

Relationships can feel slightly disjointed this week, it’s not that we don’t love one another, or we don’t have hope in the future, more likely we feel pulled away by other responsibilities, or feel distracted by tough world events which toss our hearts around and make it harder to tune into that deep connected pulse as Venus challenges Mars early in the week. If we feel out of rhythm with one another, let’s not take it personally, share affection anyway and know that we can come back together on the other side of this and get our groove back in a few weeks.

Let the chores slide and work on peaceful connections in the neighborhood as the Moon enters sociable Libra on Tuesday. It furthers to laugh with one another and be present in our hearts, fertilize our relationships.

Get people on the same page before the Moon enters Scorpio Thursday night and activates our physical and emotional histamines.

Throughout the week we may get hints of new beginnings, the start of a new chapter. Look for inklings of upcoming work, a turning point in a relationship, some fresh terrain. The new beginnings may be subtle and may be delayed through the rest of the summer, but these inklings help us prepare for the road ahead.

Friday, July 13: Emotions can run over the top, and some of us will need to express ourselves in big sweeping terms as the Leo moon squares Uranus. Underneath that expressive parade is a more reserved and thoughtful mind, keeping deeper feelings inside, and running a list of what needs to get done next. Early evening brings an upbeat mood but watch for a more belligerent edge towards midnight. Familiar routines in a good night’s rest will further.

Moon enters Leo 11:30 AM, Moon square Uranus 3:10 PM, Moon opposed Mars 11:11 PM.

Saturday, July 14: Encourage good friendships, a chance to reconnect. Build trust by working together on small projects as Venus trines Saturn under a sociable Leo Moon. Have a party or engage in a great conversation tonight as the Moon conjuncts verbal Mercury. Just make sure to listen as much as you share, give everybody a moment in the spotlight, as we can feel an urgency to be seen.

Venus trine Saturn 12:44 AM, Moon square Jupiter 8:43 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 5:11 PM.

Sunday, July 15: Make art for a good cause as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Virgo and resonates with that grand trine in Earth signs. We want to help make the world better place and will feel better if were doing in that direction. Low-level anxiety can increase our tendency to make suggestions which we intend to be helpful- but aren’t. People need encouragement, but we need to let the inspiration come from within rather than our good ideas. Turn that energy onto the community at large. Towards the evening if some romantic or interpersonal friction edges in, don’t take it personally. Rest instead.

Moon enters Virgo 11:30 AM, Moon trine Uranus 3:20 PM, Moon trine Saturn 6:54 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 10:35 PM.

Monday, July 16: We may need to deal with some off-kilter interactions; our needs work on skew lines as Venus quincunx Mars while Mercury quincunx Pluto. Discomfort can bring up depression or make us want to control a situation, but better that we speak from our heart, hold hands, and find something productive to do. A moment alone may be necessary. These interpersonal misalignments can help us see where we still need healing, or where we have wisdom to share from the process of our own healing, as Uranus semi sextiles Chiron. Digestion may need a little support today, don’t be hard on oneself and eat foods that actually nurtures, rather than just comforts.

Venus quincunx Mars 1:55 AM, Mercury quincunx Pluto 9:23 AM, Moon sex tile Jupiter 9:34 AM, Uranus semi-sex tile Chiron 11:15 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 2:23 PM, Moon trine Pluto 8:29 PM.

Tuesday, July 17: We don’t want to fight today as the Moon enters egalitarian Libra, but that doesn’t mean we’ll put up with crap. Morning has an aimless, off-track quality but is good for tying up loose ends. Afternoon calls for a pleasant adventure, and for balancing needs in a relationship. Share affection by finding something to appreciate in one another, catch somebody doing something right. We may be preoccupied about logistical concerns tonight as the Moon squares Saturn and will feel better if our worries are taken seriously practical help offered.

Moon sextile Sun 4:09 AM, Moon enters Libra 1:42 PM, Moon square Saturn 9:18 PM.

Wednesday, July 18: Morning flows smoothly, making it a good time to begin minor projects or set out on a pleasant exploration as the Moon in Libra trines Mars in Aquarius. As the day winds to a close, the Moon moves into a square with Pluto and something may leave us more haunted or disconnected, more alone in the world than we’d like. But let’s notice that because our beloveds are busy, because friends have a different agenda, we are out of sync, not necessarily unloved. Reach out with the compassionate hand.

Moon trine Mars 12:56 AM.

Thursday, July 19: Roll with fluctuating moods as the Moon squares Pluto and the Sun and then enters Scorpio tonight. Tasks may get more difficult, but we also have more energy to tackle difficulties. Let’s just not put that muscle between us. When discomfort or challenge arrives, find a way to hold hands and approach the problem, each from their own perspective, rather than let the problem sit between. Unpleasant evidence of our country’s shadow side could haunt the news; when they go low, let’s go high.

Moon square Pluto 12:42 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 3:54 AM, Moon square Sun 1:52 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 7:12 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 11:41 PM.

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Dream big this week, stare at those clouds in the summer sky. We can let our intuition see shapes and forms that give us hints about the future. And then, by the end of the week work on plans to make it so. Two grand trines add an extra dynamism this week; a dreamy Sun – Neptune – Jupiter triangle in sensitive water signs helps us imagine the bigger picture, and an earthy grand trine as Venus enters Virgo late in the week, trines Uranus and hard-working Saturn helps us make pragmatic changes.

We may be feeling unusually sensitive or easily overwhelmed and need to build up our resilience with every good moment so we can stay in there and manifest. We just have to watch out for a tendency to passivity, and get stuck in our dreams, or discouragement, which can be the first effects of these aspects. The trick will be to balance acceptance with activism, whether it’s a small domestic issue or big national problem.

Jupiter acts to expand our world, see the bigger picture, and to do so it can make us discontent with anything that feels small or ugly. But with Jupiter involved we tend to express ourselves with grand gestures, over the top, once we get going. As Jupiter turns direct after a long time retrograde on Tuesday, we may get signs that we don’t have to feel so stuck, glimmers of the light at the end of the tunnel.  Now we just have to walk there ourselves.

As the weekend begins, Mercury and Venus in outgoing Leo can add bombast to the political headlines but also encourages us to get out and engage life wholeheartedly. Mercury in Leo can bring a bombastic streak that peppers the headlines with exaggeration.

The energy starts hot on Friday under an Aries moon. Over the weekend the Moon in comfort-seeking and stubborn Taurus encourages us to rest up and refill the wells. At Taurus Moon with as the Sun trines Neptune can make this a real drifting summer weekend. Just notice that we may people that were not necessarily dealing with a full deck of reality. Whether that means we are lost in our favorite conspiracy theory or drifting on the lake with no with not a thought a concern in mind; enjoy but consider keeping an eye out for the harsh edges of reality and potentially difficult wake-up calls. Drift in the boat but keep an eye out for the rocks.

A talkative, networking, nervy Gemini Moon on Monday and Tuesday gets the buzz going, we may need extra effort to stay centered and grounded but can hold successful meetings and get our point across easily.

Wednesday and Thursday a waning Moon in sensitive Cancer, followed by a new moon, partial solar eclipse- opposed Pluto (and only seen and the southern hemisphere) on Thursday night can bring community and family matters and issues of family health and law to a head. In some cases, this can feel like a personal or political earthquake, but for most cases this can clear the deck for room to start some a new emotional phase around home, homeland, self-care, or family.

We may get some hints later this week about the changes coming for the fall as Venus enters Virgo and trines Uranus. Whether a taste of new romance, ideas for school or professional work, look for suggestions about where we need to pragmatically this is happening in earth signs), think outside of the box.  We may feel the need to change our physical environment to release extraneous things, to edit our closets and our work, and make our world more beautiful. Let’s just not edit our beloveds. It is a wonderful time for self-improvement, but let’s appreciate what’s working before we tackle what isn’t. Don’t offer and ask for helpful suggestions to beloveds, they won’t see it as affection, they’ll hear it as criticism.

We can find new people coming into our lives, new conversations and connections. So, let’s get busy and look around to see who’s getting busy too.

Friday, July 6: The mood is upbeat if reactionary on Friday as the Moon in Aries trines sociable Venus squares Pluto. We’ll feel better if we do something to tackle a problem in our path. Choose confrontations carefully midday, be careful to react appropriately rather than overreact. That’ll be enough. Evening brings that more sociable edge as the Moon trines Venus, we want to dive into life, but may not be too careful about the process.

Moon square Sun 1:50 AM, Moon square Pluto 12:53 PM

Saturday, July 7: A cuddly Taurus Moon can leave us moving slow and longing for breakfast in bed until the Moon conjuncts Uranus late morning. Midday it may be tempting to make a physical change, move furniture, dig a bigger garden, or shift things. Change the world in a concrete way. We may find communication easy this afternoon, making this a slow-moving but productive day. Evening brings out a feistier or more energized edge as the Moon squares Mars. Watch those political discussions.

Moon trine Venus 1:08 AM, Moon enters Taurus 6:50 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 10:45 AM, Moon trine Saturn 3:58 PM, Moon square Mars 9:51 PM.

Sunday, July 8: Dream big and let the generosity flow as the Moon opposes expansive Jupiter and the Sun trines imaginative Neptune this morning, tap into spirit. Take a moment of ease and resource to release discouragement and overwhelm. Build up resilience and refill the wells. Delicious foods and beauty feed the soul and allow us to stay in here for the long haul. The planets encourage us to remember our vision, remember who and what is important to us.

Moon square Mercury 4:40 AM, moon’s opposed Jupiter 6:30 AM, Sun trine Neptune 8:41 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 11:47 AM, Moon sextile Sun 12 PM, Moon trine Pluto 6:11 PM.

Monday, July 9: A nervy buzz is in the air as the Moon enters Gemini and Mercury squares Jupiter. People can talk too much, but put their foot in their mouth, but also give us some interesting information. They may not mean it all but some interesting truths will come through, so listen carefully. Avoid a tendency to be mean just because it makes a good joke. As the Moon Venus enters Virgo tonight, notice a tendency to inventory oneself and others, just make sure it’s a fair and balanced inventory.

Mercury square Jupiter 3:13 AM, Moon square Venus 10:09 AM, Moon enters Gemini 10:58 AM, Moon sextile Chiron 3 PM, Venus enters Virgo 8:31 PM.

Tuesday, July 10: A review of earlier work or earlier interactions can give us the information we need now to turn the corner and expand the process. Engage the conversation. Look for the light at the end of the tunnel as Jupiter turns direct, though the tunnel may still be long. But watch out for extremes, extremes of weather, of hyperbole, from mind the jumps to best or worst-case scenarios. What needs to be liberated?

Moon trine Mars 12:27 AM, Jupiter turns direct 11:02 AM, Moon sextiles Mercury 11:23 AM, Moon square Neptune 1:59 PM.

Wednesday, July 11: Self-protection runs deep, but our capacity to nurture human kind needs to run deeper.  Be family to someone who needs family as the Moon enters Cancer. Feel the family of humankind, if our own family is not in a good place, will need to feel that support from others. People can get cranky, but not because they don’t love us but because memories run close to the surface and old scar tissue tweaks easily. Reconnect with routines, reorganize.

Moon enters Cancer 11:58 AM, Moon sextile Venus 3:08 PM, Moon sex tiles Uranus 3:35 PM, Moon opposes Saturn 7:38 PM, Venus trine Uranus 9:25 PM.

Thursday, July 12: The day can be give us a mythic story, but we don’t have to get lost in that strange land. In one mode this could be a quiet, interior day. But today’s new Moon in Cancer, oppose Pluto, marks the potential for a break down or breakthrough in circumstances and relationships around home, family, homeland. Mercury-Neptune quincunx can make it hard to understand what’s really going on, our thinking could be pleasantly fuzzy or totally deluded, or just stuck in a misunderstanding. Check facts, clear the mind, stay in the present.

Mercury quincunx Neptune 1:59 AM, Sun opposes Pluto 4:04 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 9:11 AM, Moon trine Neptune 1:55 PM, Moon opposes Pluto 7:43 PM, new moon’s solar eclipse 8:47 PM.

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Starcodes June 29 2018 Heather Roan Robbins

Summer days heat up as we celebrate our country’s solar return this week. The Sun moves into a grand trine with Jupiter and Neptune this week and helps us laze by the pool or relax with family. But when were not in such a relaxed or creative place, we may need to wrestle with Neptune. And that is going to take some creativity.

Each planet is a symbol of a wide spectrum. The cure for the negative expression of a planet always engages the positive aspect of that same planet. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, and as it trines Neptune (exact Dec 2,2017, May 25, and August 19 2018), we’re working through an expanded archetype of Neptune. On a bad day this aspect can bring floods, a certain passivity, a feeling of either hopelessness or overwhelm. Archetypes of martyrdom. A desperate need to escape. Confusion or obscuration of facts. Our sense of time drifts so that whatever we’re doing can feel infinite, which is lovely when we’re meditating or joyful, and really tough if in a difficult situation.

We need to find a way of using Neptune’s oceanic connection, vision, and empathy to deal with escapism, delusion, and martyrdom. If we don’t like our reality, let’s not vote on it with our imagination, but use Neptune’s gift to empathize, think outside the box and work together to find a way through.  When we feel overwhelmed by a personal concern or a political issue, it is important to let any anger wash through like a flash flood, and then use our Neptunian imagination to find a solution, a goal we can reach towards with our whole being. Align with Spirit and proceed.

We can feel both that cultural discontent and a more personal versions this weekend as Mercury in Leo squares restless Uranus in Taurus, and then opposes action- oriented Mars in Aquarius at the end of the week. These aspects can wind up our nervous systems and add a touch of chaos to our electrical systems. We want to see change, be the change, create a shift with our discontent. But these fixed signs can leave us deeply entrenched in our opinions, which is paradoxical.

Friday brings an industrious Capricorn Moon and lets us see what work we need to do, then helps us get to it. If we start to get depressed, it furthers to take a moment in our happy place, whether meditating or hugging a beloved. A sociable Aquarius Moon over the weekend encourages us to participate in community events, whether family picnic or working towards a cause we believe in. Building community is never a waste of time, it helps build the resiliency and the connections we need to find good answers.

We can also feel political and personal discontent as Mercury squares restless, electrical Uranus this weekend, winds up our nervous systems and encourages us to be the change.  Watch out for edgy nerves or minor electrical mishaps as Mercury squares Uranus on Saturday.  some shocking news or need to wrestle with or an unsettling conversation encourages us to create change, let’s just make it worthy, and not just make a change for change sake.

Our emotions can get squishy on Monday as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces. The fireworks return on July 4, both in the sky and in our spirits as the Moon enters Aries and shifts the gears towards action for the rest of the week.

Our emotions get a little squishy on Monday as the Moon enters Pisces and brings nostalgia. The fireworks return on July 4, both in the sky and in our spirits as the Moon enters Aries and puts the rest of the week puts us into action mode. Let’s know what we want to do and then get it done.

Friday, June 29: Potentially troubled dreams or early morning moods can haunt us as the Moon conjuncts Pluto; it furthers to engage in intense discussion and get to the root of a matter. The mood lightens up into a productive day, though nothing may seem to finalize. Complete rather than initiate.  An early evening grimness lifts as the Moon enters Aquarius tonight.

Moon the conjunct Pluto 2:57 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 10:36 PM.

Saturday, June 30: Go on an adventure, let’s put ourselves out of our cultural comfort zone, try something completely different as mental Mercury squares restless Uranus under a collective Aquarius moon. We could want to create cultural change and won’t have any patience. Energy winds up easily, and anxiety or low impulse-control can be a product.  We may need to change our minds or deal with surprising information but need to practice patience with one another and not insist on what’s obvious to us. Watch for a difficult, impatient streak tonight as the Moon conjunct’s Mars.

Moon opposes Mercury 2 AM, Moon squares Uranus 2:37 AM, Mercury squares Uranus 7:01 AM, Mercury trine Chiron 2:10 PM, Moon conjuncts Mars 5:09 PM, Sun quincunx Mars 5:28 PM.

Sunday, July 1: The astrological mood is celebratory and impatient, with some whispering melancholy reminding us of better days. Notice what’s missing and decide whether it just needs respect, or new effort to create a shift in the future, as Venus challenges Pluto. Count on warm hearts, but with a potential disconnect or discomfort, or conflicting needs, but that can heal with acceptance and appreciation as the Moon opposes Venus around dinnertime.

Moon square Jupiter 2:02 AM, Venus quincunx Pluto 5:59 AM, Moon opposed Venus 4:55 PM.

Monday, July 2: A tender, vulnerable sense can make us less brave and outgoing, more in need of our comfort zone as the Moon enters Pisces this morning. Communication may occasionally feel stilted because as Mercury semi-quincunx Saturn but this may be because there’s too much feeling rather than too little, give it time and reassurance. Some serious issues need attention. Expect minor delays, and an irrational stubborn streak on emotional subjects. We’ll be most comfortable if we have nothing in particular to do.

Moon enters Pisces 11:30 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 3:38 PM, Mercury quincunx Saturn 5:48 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:26 PM.

Tuesday, July 3: What does freedom mean to us? Is it healthy politics, is it a day it off with no demands, is it the freedom to explore? Let’s engage our vision of freedom as the Moon in Pisces conjuncts Neptune and forms a grand trine with the Sun in Cancer and Jupiter in Scorpio. A subtle competition refers to present insecurities, do not reward bad behavior but do reassure where possible.  Because we still tend to feel vulnerable, we are more open to affectionate sweetness today, but also can be guarded and reactionary if we feel hurt or unaccepted. Don’t set off each other’s defenses, do make it safe to be tender.

Moon trine Sun 10:58 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 2:21 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 8:19 PM.

Wednesday, July 4: The Sun moves closer to that grand trine with Jupiter and Neptune, keeping our vision of freedom alive and activating our hopes and fears for our country on the soul return of the USA. This trine can help us live out the dream the archetype of a sweet July 4 and remember what we love in our community, then compare that to what we see happening in the headlines these days. After a soft or drifting day, fireworks revive us and add a whiff of danger and excitement tonight as the Moon heads towards Aries. Consider choosing to sidestep unproductive controversy.

Moon sextile Pluto 3:46 AM, Chiron retrogrades 10:45 PM, Moon enters Aries 10:49 PM.

Thursday, July 5: Take action as verbal Mercury opposes feisty Mars under a willful Aries moon. Be careful around mechanical objects and cars if in a fit of temper.  We need to speak up, will not be tactful, have little patience with the process, and are willing to fight for our philosophies. Empathy will be less obvious, we need to consciously call it up.  Stay in touch with the actual hearts around, live that philosophy on the micro as well as macro level. Speak up, just remember that skillful means further.

Moon conjunct Chiron 3:29 AM, Sun trine Jupiter 5:04 AM, Mercury opposed Mars 5:48 AM, Moon square Saturn 8:55 AM, Moon sex lie Mars 3:28 PM, Moon trine Mercury 4:38 PM.

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(all times MDT) Astrological aspects are often reflected by news headline which gives us a current myth to work on and a metaphor to remind us of our personal work.

The recent headline grabbing conflagration between our government and immigrant families in the name of holding a healthy border is a painful illustration of the present astrological issues. An ongoing Jupiter-Neptune trine points out (and asks us to liberate) wherever our boundaries feel leaky, and wherever people are truly victimized. Mercury opposes Pluto this weekend and brings our mind to loss, loss of information, loss of people, how we handle depression, and who is in control of communication. The Sun is now in domestic, maternal Cancer, and this Wednesday the Moon will oppose the sun (a full moon) in paternal Capricorn, conjunct serious, restrictive Saturn, which may bring to a head this terrible debate around the American treatment of immigrant children and families. Mars turns retrograde in communal, political Aquarius and asks us to look at how we handle our anger, and how our standing armies, our national version of Mars, act in relationship to our shared philosophies. We may reach a temporary solution now, but probably won’t find real resolution until Mars turns direct at the end of August, or as Jupiter leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius in November.

This first weekend of summer adds an extra layer of mixed feelings created as the Sun and Moon in introverted signs bring us inward while Venus and Mars in sociable expressive signs take us out. We want be near people, family in particular, but we don’t. We’ll we want to be invited and included but might actually rather spend time alone. We may even be happy if the picnic gets washed out. Saturday and Sunday could bring some emotional issue to a head as Mercury opposes Pluto and stirs up the shrapnel in the psyche while the Moon conjuncts Jupiter and asked us to liberate those blocks.

The Moon enters more upbeat, travel oriented Sagittarius late Sunday night and helps us stay, more portable and positive on Monday and Tuesday. Mars turns retrograde on Tuesday, which can bring mechanical and weather-based frustrations, and can also bring up some pivotal questions around appropriate anger and rebellion. A problem may go underground now that will erupt again at the end of August as Mars turns direct. So just because a conflict has gone dormant does not mean that it is over, but this time can give us a chance to negotiate with more preparation.

There’s a lot of emotional juice flowing through our nervous systems this week as Venus and Mars oppose each other, and both square Jupiter, all in stubborn fixed signs. Some people will seek the emotional intensity they desire through fighting, without taking the risks of actually opening hearts and creating intimacy. It will be much scarier, much braver, and much more productive if we can take leadership and create that tender, vulnerable connection. We need to put our necks out there.

On Wednesday night, a full moon in determined Capricorn conjunct Saturn can help us get to work. But it can bring up major control issues in family dynamics and around governmental control. We may find in our own lives where nurturing and discipline, between hearts and work, appear to square off. Let’s look for a way to love with healthy, soul-respecting boundaries and stop seeing the world as such a dichotomy of opposites.

Friday, June 22: Life will flow more easily if we get personal interactions, meetings, shopping over this morning before the Moon enters Scorpio afternoon and sharpens our temper, our focus, and our sense of purpose. Work around a passive-aggressive streak and let people get on with what they’d rather be doing. Feel the pressure grow to make important changes, both personal and political. Evening carries a deeper musky, curious, mysterious edge. We become ready for a change of pace and will start making mistakes if we feel stuck as the Noon opposes Uranus and the Sun sextiles Uranus.

Moon enters Scorpio 1:10 PM, Moon trine Sun 3:49 PM, Moon opposes Uranus 4:24 PM, Sun sextiles Uranus 11:57 PM.

Saturday, June 23: A grand trine in sensitive water signs (Moon-Jupiter conjuncts, trine both Mercury and Neptune) can leave us emotionally awash. Our psychic boundaries are thin for better or worse, so let’s choose carefully where we open ourselves, and with what we empathize. Later, the Sun squares Mars and can bring a feisty backlash, sensitivity can really tick some people off and cause them to thicken their walls and become more oblivious, while others swim in the woes of the world. We can choose to tune in to the abundant plant the flowering earth, the hearts of people, the creative flow, and soak up the stamina we need to face all the other stuff. Once a fight or protest starts, it strengthens quickly; choose battles carefully.

Moon sextile Saturn 12:45 AM, Mercury opposes Pluto 3:26 AM, Moon squares Mars 6:23 AM, Moon squares Venus 10:33 AM, Moon conjunct’s Jupiter 3:10 PM, Sun squares Chiron 3:39 PM, Moon trines Neptune 8:22 PM.

Sunday, June 24: We can settle in and work side-by-side comfortably but may have trouble really working with one another, so it furthers to be alone but in in proximity and to do some form of work that is soul satisfying. Tonight, the mood grows more talkative, easily-amused if a tad oblivious, and energized, as the Moon enter Sagittarius; consider a late-night walk.

Moon sextile Pluto 3:59 AM, Moon trine Mercury 7:59 AM, Moon enter Sagittarius 10:29 PM.

Monday, June 25: We may really want to travel this outspoken morning. Hopefully we can clear the air from any interpersonal tension over the weekend, show love instead of resentment, and get on with an exploration. It’s a good day for an adventure as Venus in Leo squares Jupiter while the Sagittarius Moon trines Mars. Venus square Jupiter can ramp up our emotional expectations or desire to spend money. Everyone needs a bit more attention, could use a liberal sprinkling of appreciation, a feeling of being special, so it furthers to make the most out of any small moments of joy.

Moon trine Chiron 3:07 AM, Venus square Jupiter 11:18 AM, Moon trine Mars 4:13 PM.

Tuesday, June 26: The energy can feel wonky, out of balance today as Mars stations to turn retrograde. Weird weather patterns and temperaments, mechanical strange things, we all tend to go in circles. If we start to run on automatic, instead of be conscious about our process, we can express anger in really inappropriate ways. It may be hard to follow through on our intentions and isn’t a great day to try and start anything dynamic. But it is a great day to cut loose, kickback, and let go of old arguments, to step into beauty and see where the heart takes us as the Moon trines Venus and squares Neptune.

Moon trine Venus 2:48 AM, Moon square Neptune 6:53 AM, Mars turns retrograde 3:04 PM.

Wednesday, June 27: This could be a complicated day, the desire to relax opposes personal responsibility; if we’re on vacation, our work may knock on our door. We can learn easily, develop the skill. But if we feel the family dynamic tension building, let’s find a way to retain our sense of humor, find a project to do together, and work together rather than try to have humorless fun.  It furthers to take responsibility and respect boundaries but don’t try to tell each other what to do. Attempt to micromanage will backfire.

Sun opposes Saturn 7:27 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 9:52 AM, Moon trine Uranus 1:40 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 9:33 PM, Moon opposes son 10:52 PM.

Thursday, June 28: On this productive, constructive morning, we may feel less confrontational about yesterday’s issues and readier for work. Our conversation picks up as Mercury enters Leo and encourages us to tell our stories; we can talk over the past and the future but may have trouble negotiating a few intransigent points in the present. Some experience, event, or wave of sadness can bring us to our hearts.

Moon sextile Jupiter 1:12 PM, Moon sextiles Neptune 7:05 PM, Mercury enters Leo 11:16 PM.

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(all times MDT) Feel the Gemini buzz in the air, our summer plans are beginning to cook, were making adjustments, saying goodbyes and hello. Conferences held, meetings of all types can get the word out or wrangle over difficult points as the Sun and Mercury in Gemini infuse a talkative, nervy energy though they form an uncomfortable quincunx with Pluto. To use this energy well we need to stay on point, remember what we’re doing and not get easily distracted. side-step power plays, or hooks to one’s solar plexus chakra, and really get down to the logistics at hand.

But this may be tricky, we may have to process or cleanup recent troubles. Last week’s emotionally volatile grand trine in water signs bisected by a Venus- Pluto opposition, along yesterday’s reality-skewing and misunderstanding-producing Sun and Mercury square Neptune, which can leave people feeling flooded or overwhelmed, along with Mars conjunct things South node this week which lowers our impulse control, has been a delightful journey into rest or imagination for some, and a lethal excursion for others. Knowing that our impulse control is low at the moment, it is really important that we notice any sudden thoughts, self-destructive, expensive, any sudden ideation and give it time before we act upon.

Let’s clean up any misunderstandings but also follow through on the positive dreams and connections that we might have made in this emotional and somewhat unreal time. Issues of life and death have been so close to the surface, from the news headlines a volcano taking out a town in Guatemala to high-profile suicides, our priorities are shifted and sifted Remember what’s really important and let the rest float away like pollen on the wind.

If we don’t keep our minds productively occupied, our mental hamsters get busy and can run amok to spin around our worries. We can use this busyness to catch up with our workload or cleanup recent misunderstandings or mistakes from the last few weeks’ Neptunian fuzziness.

Underneath this busy, buzzing week may lurk a chunk of personal homework. Our hidden insecurities can be subtly stirred as Venus in sensitive Cancer approaches a square with erratic Uranus. Some people will feel the upheavals in the nature of relationships, sudden beginnings of new love, fear of abandonment, relationship distractions. It will help to hold hands together, with friends and with beloveds, with creative partners, and explore new territory together; get unexpected, upheaval-producing, urgent Uranus out from between the two and look for it in the world around. Even in simple interactions, we might want to step back, change the subject or get snarky in unconscious self-protective actions, but we can become more aware of our emotional armoring so we can more consciously choose where we need privacy, where we need to heal, and where we need to hold our insecurities gently and step forward anyway.

On Friday and Saturday an independent Aries Moon encourages us to start lots of projects, but can we finish them. Over the weekend a competitive vibe inspires sports but if beloveds develop a fiction-producing attitude, give them room. Tend to health, nesting, and home chores on Sunday and Monday under a comfort-loving Taurus moon. A new Moon in Gemini midweek encourages a new chapter in writing and communication but can make it harder to sleep. Mercury enters private, thoughtful Cancer late on Wednesday as Venus enters outgoing party-centered Leo and our confidence may return but ego issues add drama to the headlines.

Friday, June 8: A competent buzz with a short attention span keeps us focused and moving forward if we can remember to stay on track. Underneath a breezy busy top note, we may feel impatient or be troubled by worries, tough news, or communication glitches as Mercury challenges Pluto. Depression the plus low impulse control can be dangerous, so hold each other gently. Don’t let the mental hamster run circles and try to run the show; be kind, concerned and stay proactive. Solutions are more easily found this afternoon and evening.

Moon sextile Mars 4:55 AM, Moon square Saturn 4:57 AM, Mars semi-sextile Saturn 6:21 AM, Mercury quincunx Pluto 7:31 AM.

Saturday, June 9: Early morning can bring a moody discontent or flash of insecurity that is easy to take out on the people nearby while the Moon squares Pluto. But that dissipates quickly if we let people drink their coffee first and deal with any emergencies that arise. Warmth returns but our rhythms may move out of sync easily, so give everyone a lot of leeway to move at their own pace. Later on, this wandering energy is good for exploration, but can be tricky if were trying to focus. We’ll appreciate more physical comfort as the Moon enters Taurus tonight, grow more stubborn and feel a need for contrary excitement tonight as the Moon squares Uranus around midnight. A good dinner followed by a reasonably safe adventure can help shift the mood.

Moon sextile Sun 1:29 AM, Moon square Pluto 5:42 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 10:03 AM, Moon square Venus 1:36 PM, Moon enters Taurus 10:03 PM.

Sunday, June 10: This competent morning can turn a little feisty around noon time, suddenly people become less cooperative as the Moon squares Mars in fixed signs. Keep expectations low, communication lines open. Midday, enjoy one another’s company, but don’t expect agreement. If beloveds are feeling recalcitrant, they may just want their interests taken into consideration rather than be attached to their position.

Moon conjunct Uranus 12:13 AM, Moon trine Saturn 10:20 AM, Moon square Mars 11:21 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 11:14 PM.

Monday, June 11: A pleasant, ordinary day on one side, with the potential for difficult undertones. Ordinary life may proceed apace, but some Plutonian matter, like life-and-death, power dynamics, lava, anything that comes up from the underworld, may need attention, though most of us will just see these issues echoing in the headlines. Take care of business and tend community.

Moon sextile Neptune 2:22 AM, Mercury semi-sextile Venus 6:22 AM, Moon trine Pluto 9:30 AM, Sun quincunx Pluto 11:13 AM, Moon sextile Venus 9:28 PM.

Tuesday, June 12: Go back to unfinished conversations and connect with old friends and business contacts as the moon enters talkative Gemini. Our attention span will be short, so we’ll be most productive with quick projects and frequent short breaks. Our conversation grows more thoughtful, laced with memories this evening as Mercury enters more introspective Cancer.

Moon enters Gemini 12:52 AM, Moon sextile Chiron 4:29 AM, Mercury enters Cancer 1:59 PM, Moon trine Mars 2 PM.

Wednesday, June 13: Roll with the interruptions as mental Mercury sextiles impulsive Uranus. It’s a great day for brainstorming, mind-mapping and for looking back and changing our memories with fresh insight. The new Moon in Gemini at 1:43 PM MDT can launch a new era in our communication style. This afternoon update websites, reach out to new contacts. Start a great conversation. Venus enters Leo and helps fuel our outreach with enthusiasm and a returning sense of confidence.

Moon square Neptune 3:40 AM., Mercury sextile Uranus 5:40 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 1:43 AM, Mercury square Chiron 3:27 PM, Venus enters Leo 3:53 PM.

Thursday, June 14: Our inner introverted and extroverted are both pumped up and may be wrestling for control. The Moon joins Mercury in introspective Cancer and brings us thoughts of home and safety while Venus in Leo squares Uranus and increases our desire to talk to new people, explore fresh territory, and to celebrate something, anything. This approach-avoidance conflict around relationships can leave us feeling a little neurotic and lead us to send mixed signals. Our feelings can run hot and cold and complicated unless we make sure we feed both sides of this nature; the quiet time within allows us to reach out, and if we feed our fresh enthusiasm to explore, we can also be more contented home and with beloveds.

Moon enters cancer 1:19 AM, Moon sextiles Uranus 3:34 AM, Moon opposes Mercury 7:01 AM, Moon opposes Saturn 12:09 PM, Venus squares Uranus 9:32 PM.

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We can get all the feels this week. Affectionate, creative Venus moves into a grand trine with generous Jupiter, and intuitive Neptune in sympathetic water signs and creates an emotional high-tide. Like an arrow being shot out of a bow, this grand trine is bisected by an opposition from Venus to Pluto, which leaves Venus holding the focus point. Love needs to be at the heart of everything.

An ongoing Jupiter-Neptune trine brings the potential for sparkling magic when we tap into its warmth, but it can also leave us easily swamped by our feelings. Jupiter brings abundance, or excess, to whatever it touches, and as it touches Neptune can bring a lot of water, both symbolically (intuition, imagination, mental fog, sensitivity, longing for escape, connected to the collective unconscious) and pragmatically (water, liquids, things that flow). On top of this the Sun forms a challenging square to Neptune towards the end of the week. Do not underestimate the capacity for flooding under these aspects.

Because of these Neptunian transits we may feel unusually permeable, our hearts are easily touched by an event of exquisite beauty like a new child coming into the world or a flowering vine growing up the side of the decayed building, or a loss which pierces our heart. A cute puppy pictures can bring a tear to our eyes even when we know better. All emotions bubble up, so let’s choose to lead with love.

The shadow side of these abundant emotional aspects is that our worst crimes are crimes of the heart, and painful interpersonal rawness can come from people who are obsessed or who are resentful that they feel left out, and these scenarios are potentially real problems as Venus opposes Pluto. Love can also turn into hate with the flash of primal emotion. This aspect can also bring up a real loss, whether it’s a memory of a person whose no longer there, coverage of young ones who died at gunpoint, or a fresh event that pulls our heartstrings. But the healing edge of this grand trine can help us process emotions we didn’t have time for before.

So, if we’re feeling squishy, it may help our hearts to do something with this aching ability to love. It’s important for us to share that love, and those hopeful feelings, and not waste them in protective anger. It may further to pour this emotion into creation, whether we are creating artwork, romance, or a better social structure.

Friday begins with competence and control as mental Mercury trines active Mars under a competent Capricorn Moon. We are encouraged to use this extra feeling to weave community over the weekend by an Aquarius Moon working with a thoughtful if uncomfortable and easily-worried Mercury-Saturn quincunx. It can help us to putter by ourselves, but even better to putter with others. Some challenging news make arise around the structures of our life, from a washed-out bridge to an exacting legal decision, but this news may help us, eventually, make decisions and move forward productively. If we’re carrying a low-level perseverating worry, that worry needs to be honored as there may be serious information coming through. But don’t let worry destroy a chance to open life through opening the heart.

Monday can feel disconnected as the moon makes no major aspects, but this gives us a good day to deal with the residue of recent events and assess our next steps. Clear the to-do list now because the rhythm may slow down midweek, reaching an almost treacle-like quality on Wednesday as both Mercury and the Sun square Neptune. Keep an eye out for Neptunian difficulties, like misunderstandings, waterflow problems, lava flow, or spilled coffee. Old addictions can bug us, so watch a desire for sugar, alcohol, or other ways of insulating from the present moment. Take care of that sensitivity in a healthy way.

The haze of pollen or political misdirection can make it hard to ascertain the nuts and bolts of the truth. It may be hard to stay focused but a great time to run with the imagination or dive into spiritual process. If a homework assignment absolutely must be done now, engage extra willpower to keep it on track to turn Gestalt thought into linear format. Our energy returns and our focus improves on Thursday as the Moon enters activated Aries.

Friday, June 1: Get it done as mental Mercury trines active Mars under a competent Capricorn Moon. Strong emotional undercurrents tug us in one direction while a clear need to accomplish pulls us in another direction. With this tension it can be easy to get out of sorts or obsess on a glitch. If so, it can help to come back to the heart and remember who and what is loved and cherished. To connect with others, come from the heart, share workloads as a sign of affection. Support, rather than try to rationalize with, those who’ve gone down an emotional rabbit hole; this is not a logical process. Design graphics and edit for flow and grace, put competence in service of sensitive creativity; objective work and pragmatic design can be soothing. Engage a longing for more depth tonight as the Moon conjunct Pluto.

Mercury trine Mars 8:13 AM. Venus trine Jupiter 8:28 AM, Moon sex tile him Jupiter 10:41 AM, Moon opposed Venus 10:57 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 12:29 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 9:36 PM.

Saturday, June 2: Work with Venus, put art and affection first as Venus perfects its trine to Jupiter and Neptune. Engage in action and heart-centered meditation. Appreciate beauty and put it into form; build, buy, recreate, and love. Just know that it will be easier to love all sentient beings than it will the people closest to home, we can be both highly sensitized to how another treats us, and still be a little oblivious about what they need, because our attention can be fogged by our ideals, our theories on what they need rather than on deep connection. Tonight, we can be irritated by the expectations of family and familiars. It furthers to get out of the house and enjoy eccentric company as the Moon enters Aquarius and squares Uranus. Break routine.

Venus trine Neptune 2:25 AM, Mercury quincunx Saturn 7:15 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 4:06 PM, Moon squares Uranus 5:58 PM.

Sunday, June 3: What a day for a daydream. Many doorway-opening aspects call us to explore potential, the potential of a relationship or idea though we may feel rather passive and really feel a need to rest in a sense of safety. Most people are on good behavior as the Moon trines the Sun and Mercury in air signs but may be distracted by deeper feelings yet not comfortable talking about them. Use these opening aspects to expand lines of communication and connection; invite conversation, but do not poke or pry into tender places.

Moon conjunct Mars 4:21 AM, Moon trine Mercury 1:05 PM, Moon trine Sun 7:22 PM, Moon square Jupiter 11:09 PM

Monday, June 4: The nature and content of our community may be changing as summer approaches, so let’s take a roll call and see who’s here. The Moon only makes minor aspects today which can leave us drifting and responsive rather than proactive. But people want to feel understood, so let’s give them a chance. Wait to start new projects until the end of the week and use the next few days to clear the decks, envision possibilities beyond the box.

Tuesday, June 5: Sensitive, touchy, and easily insulted on one side, able to make leaps of compassion on the other, it’s our choice as the Moon enters permeable Pisces and the Sun conjuncts Mercury, all while Venus opposes Pluto. We can isolate or feel like no one really understands us with our mood or realize that we’re all in this together and everybody is could use some support with their emotional reality today. Some event may break our heart open. We may need to deal with hovering thoughts of death, loss, or repair to violence against women. Reality and objectivity are ephemeral things for the next few days, so let’s do what we need to do to stay grounded, centered, and gently taking care of business.

Moon enters Pisces 4:53 AM, Moon sex tiles Uranus 6:57 AM, the Sun semi-sextiles Jupiter at 2:10 PM, Moon semi-square Pluto 4:32 PM, Mercury quincunx Jupiter 5:20 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 7:34 PM, Sun conjunct Mercury 8:01 PM, Venus opposes Pluto 8:24 PM.

Wednesday, June 6: One could swear Mercury is retrograde on this foggy, emotional, confusing, and potentially shamanic day with permeable boundaries as Mercury and the Sun squares Neptune under a sensitive Pisces Moon. It furthers to be around bodies of water, to splash at the beach and stay hydrated. But watch for water damage of all sorts. Walk with alertness, as if in a fog bank, the present moment is clear and clean, but everything past a few feet or a few minutes can be confusing. Rein in the temptation to jump to conclusions and dream productively instead, just be alert to the difference between the two. Intuition may be strong but we may lose our ability to perceive correctly what our intuitive hits actually mean.

Mercury semi-square Uranus 4 AM,  Mercury square Neptune 8:07 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 10:37 AM, Moon square Sun 12:31 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 1:24 PM, Moon squares Mercury 2:33 PM, Sun semi-square Uranus 2:54 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 9:52 PM, Sun square Neptune 11:57 PM.

Thursday, June 7: Yesterday’s mental fog dissipates by midafternoon as the Moon enters Aries and cranks up the energy. But the effect of recent misunderstandings or storm damage may still need cleanup. Stay in the present moment, use the wisdom from past lessons but do not project those stories intact onto this moment, even if some event brings up the memories. We still need to look where we’re going carefully and watch those preconceptions even as the energy returns.

Moon trine Venus 12:34 AM, Moon enters Aries 3:25 PM, Moon conjunct Chiron 7:23 PM.

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Sweetness and fire describe the week. We have extra astrological access to strong opinions, enthusiasm with echoes of conflict, but also to a rich vein of imagination, intuition, camaraderie, and spirit if we can invoke enough insulation and objectivity to use this energy well. The fire and brimstone come as verbal Mercury opposes abundant Jupiter from the fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio and increases both our communication skills but also our tendency to stick our heels in around what we think we know. Those opinions are not only strong but sharp and pointed because feisty Mars still squares Uranus; although this aspect is beginning to fade, this tense aspect that has kept the lava flowing and political comments pointed and stirred the sparks in any argument as well as revolutionary coals in the recent primary. It also loans us energy and helps us do what needs to be done.

This week’s sweetness comes from a softer, more magical Jupiter-Neptune trine that supports our gentler side and encourages us to take a break from ordinary reality. This Jupiter -Neptune trine can open up our subtle perceptions and sense of magic, leave us feeling empathetic and permeable, if not particularly realistic. It encourages us to let go and immerse ourselves in the first day at the beach or an astrological convention, and to feel our spiritual connection to those we remember on Memorial Day. This sweet aspect can help us be sweet with one another. It can also make sweets tempting and make it challenging to keep blood sugar even, so let’s watch our diets at the picnic. Be wary of that desire to have that just one more drink as this Neptunian escapist edge can encourage people to drink way too much on this already traditionally alcohol-soaked weekend, so drive carefully.

If we feel are clash between this extra sensitivity on one side and extra feisty opinions on the other, let’s see if we can navigate this tension kindly. Don’t be surprised if some people hold on tenaciously to their pet illusions. A few people and politicians will spin on but not make sense, lost in their own little world.

There is also an interesting clash to balance between our introversion and extroversion throughout the week. The Sun in outgoing Gemini trines Mars in sociable, socially conscious Aquarius and pulls us into community. But a more introverted Venus in Cancer opposes serious Saturn and pulls us inwards, making us a bit shy and more afraid of rejection than we’d like to admit, more reserved and even formal on this usually picnic-oriented weekend. Seriousness from work or a heart heavy from the world’s woes can cramp our social style. We can reach past our insecurities by connecting to Saturn things, like old friends, talk over work, or reminiscence. It will be important not to test relationships, but to take good care of ourselves so we can stay centered but open. A playfulness returns on Monday, Memorial Day as the Moon enters more outspoken and outgoing Sagittarius and the wild world beckons.

On Tuesday a full Moon in Sagittarius encourages us to make travel plans and think like a global citizen. This Sagittarian restlessness can make post-holiday reentry challenging, make it harder to finish a term paper or knuckle down to our ordinary workload. Take an extra walk or moment in the sunshine midday. Traveling can seem like a great idea, but serious responsibilities still need our attention here now as the Sun quincunx Saturn. Mercury enters Gemini midweek and the conversation picks up. Look for communiqués from people who said they’d get back to was weeks ago.

Mercury in Gemini can leave us feeling a little scattered as our mind roams all over the place, but it can ease communication to get to know new neighbors or say goodbye to old friends as the school year winds up. But if our mind starts buzzing on our worries or concerns, chasing away sleep, let’s look carefully to see if this is just our mental hamsters spin their treadmill, or do we have a real concern. Enjoy the buzz but know when to let go at the end of a long day and practice calming the muscles of the mind.

Friday, May 25: Meet, greet, and network under the sociable Libra Moon. Notice body language and emotional sensations, with unusual permeability we can pick up more than the spoken word, but this information is easy to miss interpret, so let’s fact-check our impressions. Underneath this friendliness is a willingness to go deep but also an intense need to communicate our opinions as Mercury trines Pluto. We want to investigate and understand. Some uncomfortable information or interaction kicks in midafternoon as the Moon squares Pluto, which can leave us feeling insecure or inadequate for a moment, but we can remember what we do well to regain our equilibrium. The mood is sociable with undertones of shyness tonight.

Jupiter trine Neptune 3:52 AM, Mercury trine Pluto 7:37 AM, Moon square Pluto 3:03 PM.

Saturday, May 26: Watch the competitive energy. As the Moon enters Scorpio, opposes Uranus and squares Mars, our minds sharpen, but life can feel like a strategic chess game. Stay poised and centered, somewhat shielded. Don’t lean in trying to make connection or lean back and shut people out. Learn something new and let it change the world view. It furthers to have something to concentrate upon, something to uncover or discover. The energy relaxes towards evening as Mercury semi-squares Venus, we may feel less guarded, with more enthusiasm and warmth.

Venus opposed Saturn 12:39 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 7:39 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 8:42 AM, Moon square Mars 12:45 PM, Mercury semi-square Venus 6:34 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:33 PM.

Sunday, May 27: The level of the collective unconscious rises like a rain-soaked water table and seeps into our dreamscape as the Scorpio Moon conjuncts Jupiter and forms a grand trine with Venus in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces. Magic can happen, so can obsession. Empathy and a craving for intimacy and connection meets with the fear of being overwhelmed. Respect interpersonal signals, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. It may further to take time alone.

Moon trine Venus 12:55 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 1:47 PM, Moon trine Neptune 12:22 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 11:11 PM.

Monday, May 28: The depths of our psyche undulates on this thoughtful, emotional morning. Pay attention to new relationships and opportunities; trust instincts and follow up those opportunities but don’t project into the future without more information. If we feel mildly awkward around noon time, a few minutes alone can help let go of the need for feedback as the Moon opposes Mercury. An upbeat, positive and restless mood grows and encourages us away from it all as the Moon enter Sagittarius. We need to play, and to get out of our inner experience to find out what’s been going on in the world at large.

Moon opposed Mercury 11:25 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 4:28 PM, Moon sextile Chiron 8:01 PM.

Tuesday, May 29: Adulthood impinges this morning as the Sun quincunx Saturn under full Sagittarius Moon. We may want to play hooky but have deadlines or responsibilities that weigh in and need attention. Get through those quickly, then get back outside. Run with the impulse to be frank and honest, but don’t be oblivious. Be curious and open-minded but watch for simplistic assumptions. Nervous energy speeds up as does the conversation as Mercury enters its home sign of Gemini this afternoon.

Sun quincunx Saturn 12:36 AM, Moon sextile Mars 1:20 AM, Moon opposed the Sun 8:19 AM.

Wednesday, May 30: Watch the mental hamsters as Mercury semi-sextiles Uranus and sextiles Chiron; our nerves can wind up, our minds can get stuck on a worry, overthinking the past and borrowing trouble from the future while having trouble concentrating on our work. Return to the present and put that mental busyness to good use. Look for and engage in a potentially healing conversation.

Moon square Neptune 12:25 AM, Mercury semi-sextile Uranus to 20 1 AM, Mercury sextile Chiron 3:21 PM.

Thursday, May 31: The Moon enters competent Capricorn and levels out some of the buzz, helps us harness it towards good use. Emotions still run a strong deep undercurrent, people are feeling subtleties but may want to talk about anything but those underground streams. We may need to face an internal demon of our own as the Moon conjunct Saturn, and can micromanage as a way of controlling our concerns. Good changes are afoot though; look for them and participate.

Moon enters Capricorn 3:26 AM, Moon trine Uranus 5:02 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 6:52 PM.

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Let’s work our gardens. This is a fertile weekend with a waxing Moon and the sun, Mercury, and Uranus all in fecund Taurus. Plant those flowers, plant ideas, cultivate the future all week long.  Also, notice what problems take root this week, what causes spark. Don’t plant seeds of discord, because these will also grow. Do back a movement/cause/politician that could improve our situation, that is a garden we want to cultivate.

We may have less emergencies and more time to grow in the weeks ahead. But the last few months have been loaded with tricky aspects which are still ringing like a bell. We have fires to put out, lava to contain from last week’s tense, even explosive Mars-Uranus square, which is still within a degree on Friday morning and in orb for the next few weeks. Danger sharpens, problems that have been building for weeks are still erupting. But there is also a new and gentler energy beginning. Because we have been and are on alert, when we have a quiet moment, when there is no fire to put out, no emergency on our doorstep, it’s easy to just space out or let our minds perseverate on our concerns or what could go wrong next.

But any moment of calm is exactly where we need to be proactive. The Mars-Uranus energy can motivate us to get moving, and the softer aspects encourage us to protect, grow, create, fertilize, nourish. Our children may need extra care, they need to be gardened. So may our love life.

Gardening is a wonderful metaphor because it is a co-creation process. You can’t hurry the plants along. You can tend to them, make sure the weeds aren’t getting in the way, make sure the sunlight reaches the plants, put up a deer fence, add nourishing foods increase the resilience through their health, but you can’t poke and prod. We can’t over analyze the relationship or spend all the time dissecting what went wrong and expect life to improve. We need to garden the future.

Sit with the plants and learn. Watch them grow. Water when needed. Remove pests. Surround with protection. Sit and be present to that miracle. Then take that home and do it with beloveds, with the project of the heart.

Jupiter in Scorpio has retrograded back to trine  Neptune in Pisces, and intuitive, creative, magical aspect. When a faster moving planet enters Cancer, it forms a grand trine with these two and stirs up our potential for new emotional understanding and creative inspiration, a spiritual aha. It also amps up our desire to escape this harsh world and reach into our imagination for a more beautiful place. For most of us, this can be a longing for the art studio, ceremony, a long walk in the woods or a good book. For those on the edge of sanity, this can send their boat sailing out of reality. It can also bring water damage. We may feel flooded by tears or emotions. This weekend the Moon in Cancer forms that grand trine and taps into the heart. In the coming weeks and months, Venus will form this trine, as will the sun, and Mercury.

But as the weekend begins Mercury trines serious Saturn and encourages us to do something solid with this process. Venus enters Cancer this weekend two turn up the emotional volume, sensitizes us as it sextiles Uranus, but can make us more guarded, and protective of our loved ones. Issues of territoriality, of home and homeland will be more volatile in the weeks ahead.

The Sun enters Gemini on Sunday, the Moon enters Leo, both extroverted signs, and encourages us to take this creativity into our community; get to know the neighbors, attend picnics, yard sales, and arts festivals. The amped up communication can also help us take our inspiration to make the world a better place, talk it up network around it and help make it so.

Early next week the Moon in industrious, nervy Virgo brings out our critical thinking capacity, but can convince us that residing in our heads feels safer than staying in our overflowing hearts. We need to keep them working together.

Friday, May 18: This day can bring seriousness and sanity as mental Mercury trines stabilizing Saturn.  And begin this to and give us tools to handle recent upheavals. Some of those upheavals, like this morning’s shootout in Texas, tension in the Mideast and erupting volcanoes, are not going away though they may have been triggered by last week’s aspects, are not going away. But we have access to both a vision of how it could be different as the Moon trines Neptune and Jupiter, and the skills to him to improve the situation, if we choose to use them.  Spread thoughtful sanity, put steady work into those dreams.  This evening, it furthers to share a good meal and appreciate creative spirits.

Moon sextile Mercury 4:50 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 5:33 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 10:48 AM, Moon semi-square Sun 12:41 PM, Moon trine Neptune 6:20 PM Moon trine Jupiter 7:47 PM.

Saturday, May 19: We could lie around and rest as Venus joins the Moon in domestic Cancer, and this may be just what we need, soul healing is the first priority. Or we could use this opportunity to nurture our souls and relationships, garden our community. Watch the grass grow. Keep expectations low and know that real achievement will be seen in our subtler connections. The Moon shifts to more outgoing Leo tonight, and opposes Mars, and brings out our feistier extrovert. Enjoy but consider avoiding, rather than engaging, belligerent people.

Moon opposed Pluto 2:26 AM, Mars semi-square Neptune 4:49 AM, Venus enters cancer 7:10 AM, Venus sextiles Uranus 11:30 AM, Moon sextile Sun 3:14 PM, Moon enters Leo 5:10 PM, Moon square Uranus 5:33 PM, Moon opposed Mars 7:37 PM, Mars sextile Chiron 11:55 PM.

Sunday, May 20: We can steel set in our ways, intransigent if open-minded, and want a bit of extra attention. Be generous with that, appreciate others and they blossom. Try to push them forward and expect to get nowhere as the Moon squares Mercury midday in fixed signs. Romantic tension can bring up old scars as Venus squares Chiron but can just be a just be skew lines of communication, not an intentional hurt. Stop and accept differences, reconnect in a few hours. As the Sun goes into Gemini tonight, communication improves.

Moon square Mercury 1:30 PM, Venus square Chiron to 20 3 PM, Venus quincunx Mars 8:05 PM, Sun enters Gemini 8:14 PM, Moon square Jupiter 9:29 PM.

Monday, May 21: Shift, change, and make adjustments today as the Sun semi-sextiles Uranus. Later on, as the Moon enters Virgo and squares the sun, our critical thinking sharpens. Let’s not waste it on our beloveds but notice what honestly needs criticism. Write letters to politicians, edit books, reorganize plans; do not stunt creativity with sharp edges, save this for acts of social justice. Refine rather than stop creative process.

Sun semi-sextile Uranus 3:47 AM, Moon enters Virgo 8:02 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8:37 PM, Moon square Sun 9:49 PM.

Tuesday, May 22: Don’t go off half-cocked today, it’s easy to wind out about a complaint and then realize we’ve made a mistake. We tend to see old problems projected on the present. Our intuition opens as the mood improves this afternoon as Mercury sextiles Neptune. Utilize a chameleonlike quality, find a mindset it would be lovely to absorb, and focus on that. People need to process tonight, let the conversation roam far and wide.

Moon sextile Venus 1:47 AM, Moon trine Saturn, 10:19 AM, Sun semi-sextile Chiron 12:48 PM, Mercury sextile Neptune 8:13 PM, Mercury opposed Jupiter 11:53 PM.

Wednesday, May 23: Overnight confusion clears this morning, we can manifest easily and accomplish concrete steps forward as the Virgo Moon forms a grand trine with Mercury and Pluto this afternoon. Introspection and analysis further. And from that let action happen, as the sun trine’s Mars and craves clear action and clean territory. Just watch psychic boundaries; do not be invasive, knock before entering another’s mind.

Moon opposed Neptune 12:29 AM, Mercury semi-squares Chiron 12:40 AM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 12:59 AM, Moon trines Mercury 1:10 AM, Moon trines Pluto 8:54 AM, Sun trine Mars 8:39 PM

Thursday, May 24: What’s fair? It’s all about social justice and interpersonal balance as the Moon enters egalitarian Libra and forms a trine with Mars and the Sun. Injustice will really tick us off. What are going to do about making the workload feel fair at home and work, how we are going to contribute to fairness in the world at large? This moon wants to know. We feel loved, and our heart opens, when we feel someone is on our side and cares about our happiness.

Moon enters Libra 12:51 AM, Moon opposes Chiron 3:52 AM, Moon trine’s Mars 6:19 AM, Moon trine Sun 6:48 AM, Moon squares Venus 12:02 PM, and Moon squares Mars 3:28 PM.

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This week will go easier we can find good use for impatience. With the inevitability of volcanic lava, we can feel changes coming. Maybe not fast enough for us for some in some places, and to quickly and others, but this week can mark a turnaround as Mercury conjuncts Uranus at the last degree of Aries and they both enter Taurus together, and volatile Mars squares electrifying Uranus.

And, like watching the volcano slowly and inexorably eat up homes and create new land in Hawaii, we may get a humbling reminder that we’re not in control of everything in our life. Recent Pluto transits make clear that sometimes we just have to let go, drop a plan that’s not working, or be willing to realistically reorganize, rather than keep trying to finagle it into shape.

The weekend begins with the Moon in antsy Aries while mental Mercury forming a square to impatient Mars. We need to put safety first any time we brush with conflict, in transportation, or handling mechanical gear. We can be a little twitchy, fast on the trigger. And no matter how much we’ve done, we probably feel like were running behind and potentially overwhelmed by the amount that needs to be done, that is dealing with the work pile on our desk or making changes for social justice in our community. Really, our burden is no worse than it was a week ago, but now we’re more aware of what’s needed and what’s possible.

But let’s not take this impatience out on one another, instead put it to good use. Finish projects that have been dragging on too long, that have been working on for month; we are so ready to be done, but it’s important not to drop the ball or make mistakes at the last minute just because were impatient. But this impatience can move us out of an inertia or depression and move on.

Mother’s Day begins the shift. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, let’s take time to honor the Mother, our own mothers if we can, but if, through problems of time, space, or trust, we can’t, let’s honor the Mother earth itself. Mother’s Day is the Taurus holiday for a reason, Taurus exudes the original stabilizing and nourishing earth mother energy.

Tuesday brings a new Moon in Taurus, the most fertile day of the year, which makes May 15 and 16t great days to plant seeds and important ideas. Changes that erupt early next week can provide fertile ground for both as Uranus enters earthy Taurus on Tuesday for most of the next eight years. Uranus, which takes 84 years to go around the zodiac, enters Taurus on Tuesday, and though it retrogrades back into Aries later this summer for a few months. Last time Uranus was in Taurus 1934-1941, the New Deal turned the American economy and culture around, and the power structures of Europe changed. Over the next eight years we will be pushed to evolve our relationship to the world of matter: our bodies, our money, our resources, and our relationship to the earth. Tectonic plates will shift, both literally and metaphorically.

Mars squares Uranus on Wednesday, an exciting, accident-prone, volatile but determined and motivating aspect that brings the energy of a combustion engine to us. Both Mars and Uranus will switch from volatile Cardinal signs into steadier and more determined fixed signs hours before this square, which can help us channel the heat of this aspect and put it to good use. But this aspect can bring up anger management issues, and make us really fed up with any situation it’s just not working. Let’s not throw a relationship or situation out that just needs a little work and patience.

Friday, May 11: we can wake up calm but deeply opinionated. Feistiness and energy returns wherever we are emotionally engaged as the Moon enters Aries this morning. This day could call for strong leadership abilities, help us know when to be assertive, and able to apply ourselves the job at hand. let’s remember our personal superpowers, but also add in the compromise necessary to create cooperation. Take an opportunity to stretch the soul muscles this afternoon and don’t give into a passing wave of romantic or interpersonal doubts. Notice a hunger for meaningful discussion around dinner time as the Sun trines Pluto, but if emotions start to take us off the rails tonight as Venus quincunx Pluto, postpone the conversation, get out of the head and take care of hearts.

Moon sextile Mars 3:02 AM, Moon enters Aries 6:40 AM, Sun trine Pluto 5:10 PM, Moon square Saturn 10:34 PM, Venus quincunx Pluto 11:04 PM.

Saturday, May 12: Don’t bug people before their coffee; timing is unique, so let people find their own rhythm and don’t nag as Mercury squares Mars.  We can put this pushiness to good use this afternoon or may need to wander and listen to our own souls as our inner child needs spontaneity, grows willful, and wants to act out. The mood softens, grows more agreeable this evening as the Moon forms a pleasant sextile to Venus; camaraderie feels more delicious than conflict.

Mercury square Mars 7:30 AM, Moon square Pluto 8:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 11:01 PM.

Sunday, May 13: Spontaneous moments further, so expect the unexpected through the morning, and avoid a sort of a certain grimness in trying to create an event or wanting things to be a certain way. Some people will feel the urge to speak up and share unexpected news. The energy smooths out after lunch as the Moon conjunct Uranus and enters Taurus. We can explore new terrain and appreciate our creature comforts. Consider celebrating Mother’s Day and family gatherings after noon, or let the morning be about the unique individuality of each family member and wait until after lunch to focus in on family appreciation.

Mercury conjunct Uranus 4:50 AM, Mercury enters Taurus 6:40 AM, Moon square Mars 10:31 AM, Moon conjunct’s Uranus 12:04 PM Moon enters Taurus 12:15 PM, Moon conjuncts Mercury 12:56 PM.

Monday, May 14: Some confusion can keep us slow off the mark this morning as Mercury semi-squares Neptune. We may feel fuzzyheaded, or a bit vulnerable.  What changes can we gently invoke to help each other become more comfortable and feel safer in our work situation. We want to see a practical, tangible step in a good direction.

Mercury semi-square Neptune 12:28 AM, Mercury semi-sextile Chiron 2:51 AM, Moon square Saturn 2:58 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 3:43 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 6:07 PM.

Tuesday, May 15: The next two days can bring fundamental shifts, but we can do it with reasonable grace and safety if we pay attention, and don’t let the tension build up. Like Pelé spilling over in Hawaii, we can change our landscape without exploding, though it may be uncomfortable and inconvenient for others. Uranus enters Taurus, Mars enters Aquarius and they square in the morning.

Moon squares Pluto 12:05 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 5:47 AM, Uranus enters Taurus 9:16 AM, Moon trine Mars 2:29 PM, Moon enters Gemini 2:43 PM, Mars enters Aquarius 10:54 PM.

Wednesday, May 16: This could be an accident prone and potentially revolutionary morning as Mars squares Uranus this morning. Keep eyes open and be aware of the lay of the land. This energy may just move into crankiness or impatience, and the non-introspective can create a mess in relationships by blaming the other person for a certain existential discomfort. Define healthy sustainable progress and take a step in that direction.

Mars squares Uranus 1:03 AM, Moon semi-squares Pluto 3:25 PM, Moon square Neptune 5:16 PM.

Thursday, May 17: Encourage any sweetness, appreciate appreciation, gratitude, it’s all good as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Gemini and enters nurturing and sensitive Cancer midday. People obsess on their safety concerns and have worries going on that need respect. Let’s offer what reassurance and security we can because it will lower the tension and make our interactions more productive.

Moon conjunct Venus 12:17 PM, Moon enters Cancer 3:47 PM, Moon sextiles Uranus 3:59 PM.

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Let’s enjoy the generally cozy comfort and pleasant social context of the Sun in Taurus combined with the easy-breezy casual conversation stimulated by the present Venus in Gemini. Underneath this surface comfort stirs a move to make big changes, both the desire to change things that desperately need changing, and change a few things just because. Mercury squares depressing Pluto on Monday, then sidles up to conjunct Uranus while Mars approaches a square to Uranus, the planet that acts as cosmic clutch and allows us to change gears, the following week. Let’s not waste this opportunity.

Though the rhythm of these aspects can be uncomfortable: through early next week, the Plutonian aspects make us aware of what we have to let go of, where we feel stuck, what’s not working, and then the Uranian aspects kick in in the weeks ahead and instigate exciting if potentially uncomfortable, changes in response to our Plutonian feelings as Mercury approaches Uranus and Mars squares Uranus. We can see this pattern working out in Hawaii as the volcano eats up a corner of the island, we may not have something so drastic to wrestle with, but still have our own personal conundrum.

We may have to let go of a plan that’s not working or see what needs to be pruned in order to create room for new growth. Although we may need to look at dire possibilities square in the face and be realistic. Maybe we need to notice where we’re throwing good money after bad and stop it so we can use our energy more fruitfully. it will be important not to believe our darkest thoughts. We just have to get past the illusion that we’re stuck, and really explore our options.  Don’t give up but do get realistic; there’s a fine line between the two. Weigh all the options and keep the lines of communication open and ingenuity in place to invent a new approach.

And the concerns we are dealing with are not brand-new, about two months ago Mercury almost completed this square to Pluto but then retrograded, postponing the resolution. Issues that came up in mid-March but were not resolved then- now need to be taken to completion, decisions need to be made so that we can make adjustments and move on to something new.

Mercury is still in Aries throughout the week and can make us a little twitchy; while it helps us react fast, it also imparts a tendency to jump to conclusions or irritate quickly. This Mercury also exacerbates spring allergies, everything about our breathing and nervous system just inflames easily. Let’s be careful, get those power tools out and into action this weekend, but put safety first.

On Monday, Mercury perfects it square to Pluto and brings our mind to our trouble spots. Some old ghosts can bring up familiar depressing thoughts, but we don’t have to follow that depression cascade. Venus also squares Neptune on Monday and enhances our sense of aesthetics and imagination but can bring out and unrealistic streak or cause us to imagine our best and worst- case scenarios, particularly around relationships or creative projects. It can also bring up problems around too much or too little water, so stay hydrated and watch the flow of all liquids.

There are some intriguing changes coming over the next few weeks as those Uranus aspects kick in. Some of the tension that builds up towards the end of the week is not about the people around us, though it’s easy to read it there. Let go of unnecessary anxieties and look for what really needs to be changed.

Friday, May 4: Make hay while the Sun shines, get work done while the competent Moon in Capricorn conjuncts serious Saturn and helps us keep our nose to the grind stone. Work concerns can weigh heavily on us, though they are probably not as dire as they seem now. Our sense of humor may be threadbare. This seriousness may be real, with a deadline or urgency pressing, or it may be perceived with just a heaviness and seriousness of mood. This is not an imaginative time, but we can accomplish. Tonight, that seriousness continues; keep social expectations low and let people be tired. That quiet support nurtures.

Moon conjunct Saturn 2:01 PM.

Saturday, May 5: Worry less and do more as Mercury quincunx Jupiter. This is a great day for personal chores, busyness is good therapy. Get the garden in, build the wall, get it done as the Capricorn Moon approaches Pluto and Mars. Some serious family or work conundrum may be coming to a head, maybe not time for the final decision but for an important phase of the conversation. It furthers to have something to do tonight rather than stare at the walls or nudge each other as the energy can become uncomfortable. Process deeply, get busy, or be quiet. Put the mind on to good things before sleep as it can be a restless night.

Moon trine Sun 1:52 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 4:16 AM, Mercury quincunx Jupiter 5:04 PM

Sunday, May 6: It furthers to find a community of like minds, let’s hang with people we like as we absorb easily from our social-emotional circumstances. It may be easier to talk to new people than old friends as Venus semi-squares Uranus. Be good to ongoing relationships but take the opportunity to make new connections. Honor aesthetic differences. Our artistic expression can need discipline and be a little frustrating, but also be good for the soul.

Moon conjunct Mars 12:19 AM, Moon square Uranus 7:48 AM, Sun sextile Neptune 7:56 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 8:48 AM, Venus semi-square Uranus 9:59 AM.

Monday, May 7: The Aquarius Moon helps us work more collegially and collaboratively, which is good because we’ll need all the support we can get. Mercury squares Pluto and decisions clarify that help us move forward, we just have to make sure that were making those decisions honestly and keep the lines of communication open. Notice we may not be particularly realistic, it’s good to be idealistic but keep there is a balance between what we want and what were afraid of and in the middle is probably the truth.

Mercury square Pluto 2:52 AM, Venus square Neptune 3:58 PM, Moon trine Venus 5:24 PM, Moon square Sun 8:08 PM, Moon square Jupiter 10:11 PM.

Tuesday, May 8: Lay a burden down.  It’s time to just drop something that crowds life and make more room as the Sun opposes Jupiter. Our freedom can be nothing left to lose, but don’t throw out things unnecessarily; instead edit, clear, release old grudges, release clutter of the heart as well as of the closet. Finish files and clear the desk. The Moon enters Pisces tonight and the water level of our emotions rises.

Moon sextile Mercury 6:50 AM, son opposed Jupiter 6:38 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 8:28 PM, Moon enters Pisces 9:10 PM.

Wednesday, May 9: Contact any friend who is in a truly tough place.  Even as underlying tension may be building and restlessness growing, our hearts soften today as the Pisces Moon approaches Neptune. It may be important to take time out to daydream, not just to get away from any ongoing problems but to go around the problem and looked at it from a different perspective, to imagine if we really wanted it all to be better what would that look like and hold that while we handle the other pieces. Meanwhile people are tender in the heart even though our tempers are twitchy. That the softness in the heart makes it important that we speak cleanly and kindly and not put this tension between us or it won’t be easily forgiven. Radical acts of kindness and romance further.

Venus quincunx Jupiter 12:36 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 2:22 PM.

Thursday, May 10: Pay attention to this morning’s dreams as the Moon conjuncts Neptune. They may be rather cryptic but can give an archetype to work with. Be gentle with one another and stay focused on real issues. Let people wind their way rather than be direct, this is a nonlinear day. Some social awkwardness midmorning to noon as the Moon squares Venus, but it eases out after lunch. We all need a bucket of patience and kindness, as nothing is simple. Many heart strings are tugged while handling ordinary work

Moon conjunct Neptune 4:27 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 8:25 AM, Moon square Venus 10:44 AM, Moon sextile Sun 11:58 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 2:13 PM.

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