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The pace shifts early this week.

As both the Sun and Mercury meet up in Gemini on Tuesday, our attention turns to what captures our attention. Ideas become big and bright, and the pace through which we’ve been moving through our days becomes less leisurely and more animated. The practical and pragmatic, and the slow and steady, give way to the more darting and dashing tempo that is inspired when we’re moved by a curiosity that fills our minds. And while we may be able to find ideas and information that had recently eluded us, just watch that too mental a focus doesn’t have you distracted not only from the bigger picture but also from feeding not only your mind, but your body and soul as well.

Our focus this week also includes the ways in which we amplify our will and motivate ourselves to attain what it is that we desire. We may find that different-than-usual desires catalyze us into action. And yet, at times we may want to move forward and yet feel blocked in doing so. If this is the case for you, see whether your hesitancy to act is coming from wise prudence or from personal narratives that keep you blocked from asserting your will as you truly desire. 

 

Astrological Highlights

May 21

  • Sun enters Gemini

  • Mercury enters Gemini

  • Sun/Mercury Conjunction


May 22

  • Mars/Uranus Sextile

 

May 23

  • Mars/Chiron Square

 

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Sometimes less is more. 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot these days as I think more and more about the Saturn/Pluto Conjunction inspiration that’s casting its hue all year, something I’ve written about here and here and here. During this time, we may find ourselves paring down to the essentials of what’s important, moving away from fluff and facades towards the underlying foundations, to not only assess the integrity of the latter but find the beauty of their value.

In this vein, while there are numerous astrological alignments occurring this week, some of which even invite in a greater understanding of the Saturn/Pluto Conjunction (notably Mercury making a harmonious trine to both planets later in the week), I wanted to follow through with the “less is more” philosophy: in this current Stellar Insights, I wanted to just point you to the fact that this week’s highlight is the Scorpio Full Moon occurring on the same day (May 18) that values-driven Venus meets shake-it-up Uranus. And to continue with the “less is more” orientation, instead of writing about it here, I’ll point you to the post that I’ve written about it. 

Have a wonderful week filled with less-is-more beauty.

 

Astrological Highlights 

May 13

  • Sun/Pluto Trine

 

May 14

  • Venus/Mars Sextile

 

May 15

  • Venus enters Taurus

  • Mercury/Neptune Sextile

  • Mars enter Cancer

 

May 16

  • Mercury/Saturn Trine

 

May 18

  • Mercury/Pluto Trine

  • Venus/Uranus Conjunction

  • Scorpio Full Moon


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May 18, 2019: Scorpio Full Moon 

During the Scorpio Full Moon, we experience the juxtaposition of the practical (Taurus, the sign of the Sun) and the emotional (Scorpio, the sign of the Moon). The interplay between these two signs helps us to forge an awareness that what we see—what has form—is reliant upon that which is unseen but deeply felt.

As it reflects the relationship between the ground (Taurus) and the underground (Scorpio), a garden is a great image to consider when looking at the meaning of this Full Moon. Our senses appreciate the glory of the flowers, trees, ferns, and other earthly Taurean gems that flourish. Yet, it’s important to remember that none of this growth would be possible were it not for that which occurs out of sight, below the surface—such as the complex root structure, the hardworking earthworms, and the decay that feeds the soil. What we are called on to appreciate during this time is that the beauty we see is not just on the surface but also exists in the places that we may often shy away from, those we may consider “unseemly” or “dirty” or “out of bounds.”

There is a tenacity that fills the air during this time since both signs are known for this quality: Taurus is stubborn and likes to do what it wants while Scorpio clenches tightly to that which it desires to possess. Combine this with the sexuality inherent in both signs—Taurus from the perspective of enjoying the sensual and Scorpio because of its appreciation of transformative experiences—and you’re looking at a time that may be infused with passion and pleasure.

Another hue casting itself during the time of this Full Moon is the Venus/Uranus Conjunction. (And while this conjunction occurs every year, it’s the first one that’s taking place in the sign of Taurus since 1941.)  There's a call to honor freedom and independence in different shapes and forms. If we close ourselves off from breaking out of staid categorizations, we could uncategorically find ourselves swirling in an eddy of upset caused by keeping our natural tendencies to evolve at bay. 

Reflective of their union in Taurus, we may find ourselves wanting to redefine our values and what we find to be beautiful. With both Venus and Taurus related to money, surprises in financial matters—whether personally or collectively—may catch our attention. If you find things are shaken up, see what shakes out, what you gain awareness of that you weren’t able to see before.

This month’s Full Moon falls at 28 degrees of Taurus (Sun) and Scorpio (Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a Full Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Taurus, Scorpio, or the other fixed signs—Leo and Aquarius—it may impact you more intensely.

Scorpio Full Moon Apothecary Suggestions

Taurus is associated with the neck, throat, and inner ears while Scorpio is associated with the genitals, bladder, and large intestine. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this Full Moon.

Flower bath: Submerge your body in a sensuality-inspiring bath. Fill a small drawstring muslin bag (available at health and beauty-aid stores) with petals or dried buds from your favorite fragrant flowers. While the bath is filling, hang the flower bag on the tub’s spout, and then let it float in the water after the bath is ready. (If you have a good drain cover, consider floating some petals themselves in the bath.) Enhance the aromatics of your experience by adding a few drops of floral essential oils—such as jasmine, rose, or rose geranium—mixed in with some minerals salts to the bath.

Mud therapy: Mud holds great therapeutic benefits, including detoxification and muscle relaxation. As mud reflects aspects of Taurus (the earth) and Scorpio (the dark and dirty), treatments using this powerful material are well suited during this Full Moon. Many spas offer body polishing mud treatments (also known as fangotherapy). Or purchase some mud at a natural apothecary, applying it as a mask to your face and/or body, reveling in its ability to uncover more of your natural beauty.

The Full Moon is exact at 5:11 pm EDT

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As tempting as it may be, it’s not a week for cutting corners, notably when it comes to our approaches to relationships, artistic enterprises, or financial matters. We could feel like we just don’t want to do the work, and we want a sooner-than-later outcome. Yet, there may be too high a price to pay—whether in the moment with feelings of worry or guilt, or down the road with all the work we need to do to untangle a prematurely interwoven situation—should we sidestep important processes. 

Remember that things take time and that sometimes delays aren’t necessarily restrictions that defeat progress but rather guiding principles that allow us the time, space, and perspective to create solid foundations upon which to build things of lasting value.

The astrological inspiration for these reflections? Venus—the planet related to values, love, and beauty—ties into the Saturn/Pluto Conjunction, squaring both of them this week. (While Saturn and Pluto don’t exactly come together until January 12, this whole year is awash with the inspiration from the close dance between these two—Saturn, the planet of structure, and Pluto, the planet of hidden riches. Given that these two just stationed retrograde a couple of weeks ago, the volume of their invitation feels quite strong right now).

Additionally, watch out for possible surprises and twists-and-turns when it comes to communication this week. It’s a time to stay bouncy when it comes to information gathering and sharing. Also, remember that when we consider the unexpected, it isn’t always a bad thing.

Reflecting this, it’s important to not pre-suppose the outcome of a dialogue or a message that you want to deliver. Be open to a variety of possibilities that may emerge rather than being tied too closely to the outcome manifesting in the exact way that you envision. Keep your intention set on the bigger picture, keeping a lighter grip on the pathway to getting there. This way if a detour emerges, you can see that it’s not necessarily something negative—but, possibly, an even more appropriate way to getting where you want to go, learning what you want to understand, and seeing how to best to get your message across.

I share this in reflection of this week’s connection between Mercury, the planet of communication, and Uranus, the planet that shakes things up to show us an innovative way.

If power plays and control issues play a starring role during this week, see if you can find a creative way to break the ice and recalibrate the dynamics. The pathway forward may require ingenuity, the type you get from looking at a situation with a fresh pair of eyes and a different-than-usual angle. And yet the solution that arises with that Aha! may then be one that seems so obvious that you can’t believe you didn’t see it before. Yet, you didn’t, and that was OK. You have now. And there’s no time like this very moment.

Astrological Highlights

May 6

  • Mercury enters Taurus

 

May 7

  • Venus/Saturn Square

 

May 8

  • Mercury/Uranus Conjunction

  • Sun/Neptune Sextile

 

May 9

  • Venus/Jupiter Trine

  • Venus/Pluto Square

 

May 11

  • Sun/Saturn Trine


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Trudging through an endless list of things to do? Welcome to the Saturn Station.

In astrology, Saturn governs limits and restrictions, and the rules that rule our consensus reality. Saturn reminds us that there is finitude: of time, of resources, and of life. It also encourages us to remember that we can architect things that have long lasting value, if we go slow, don’t cut corners, and focus on the essentiality of integrity.

When a planet stations, in preparation for it appearing to move in a different direction in the sky (shifting from retrograde motion to direct motion, or in the case of the here/now from direct motion to retrograde motion), all that it represents feels really loud and noticeable in the kairos, in the collective and in our lives. With Saturn shifting retrograde Monday April 29, we’re in the thick of the Saturn Station.

So if you have a pile of things to do, you’re not alone. Go slow, be methodical, and get them done without cutting corners. Also consider prioritizing, seeing which ones really have ingrained value and which ones provide more superficial reward, and sequence your efforts through that lens.

And also remember another lesson from Saturn, which rules time: This too shall pass.

Also this week, we have messenger Mercury squaring both Saturn and Pluto. Remember that all year, Saturn and Pluto are dancing together, leading up to their conjunction on January 12, 2020. And with that we may find ourselves gaining more understanding as to the structures that we feel no longer have vitality and which are being, or need to be, dismantled. We may find ourselves dealing with things we consider BS and/or learning more about ways to architect things with more integrity. This understanding may come through information we connect to—whether through dialogues, things we read, messages we share, or in our thinking process.

On Saturday, the Taurus New Moon arrives, bringing our attention to our habits and routines, and our relationship with rhythm. We may find ourselves wanting to experience the world through our senses, enjoying sybaritic pleasures and/or connecting with the natural world. Read more about the New Moon here.

 

Astrological Highlights

April 29

  • Saturn Stations Retrograde

 

May 1

  • Mercury/Mars Sextile

  • Mercury/Saturn Square

 

May 2

  • Mercury/Pluto Square

  • Mercury/Jupiter Trine

 

May 4

  • Taurus New Moon

 

May 5

  • Mars/Jupiter Opposition


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Shi*t—and it’s colloquial cousin BS—are captivating our attention this week, quite literally and figuratively seeming to be everywhere. After all, we’re in the midst of the Pluto station, as the planet of the underworld is set to shift retrograde on Wednesday, April 24.

We may find ourselves facing our own Sh*t—realizing the places that we hide, or illusory fears that keep us from full living life, or how our need for control gets in our way of freedom, or the way we skirt an issue because we're unsure how to face it head one, et al., et al. And as you open to what you are seeing, remember to hold yourself with compassion as you also begin to see that there may be a different way to live, and begin to deal with your Sh*t.

We may find ourselves really clearly seeing other’s BS, and calling them on it (or at least, really wanting to). Before, we may have just given it—the dishonesty, hubris, slippery ways, et al.—a pass. But this week something may feel different, as we sense that we just don’t the time and patience for all the BS. After all, one thing that can arise during times that Pluto’s invitations are reverberating strongly in our consciousness is that we remember that life is really short, and we truly do want to make the most of it.

We may also find that skimming across the surface of issues feels itself to be a bit BS, that we’re wanting to dive deeper and see what’s underneath the surface, the places we don’t usually probe. Some examples of this may include our cleaning out the back of a closet, probing our health to figure out what’s at the root of the rash of symptoms we’ve recently been having, organizing our finances, and looking at end-of-life issues. We may even find that turning away from deep feelings, such as grief, feels like BS and we want to find a new way to be with them.

And we may literally be focusing on Sh*t, whether it’s our digestive health, sewer system, garden compost, or news in the world.

Look to the Sh*t and BS, and see how by viewing it and dealing with it, you find yourself living your life from a deeper place, more open to the wholeness of life, and the richness it can yield.

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May 4, 2019: Taurus New Moon 

When the New Moon occurs in Taurus we have a great opportunity to look within and see what it is that brings us comfort and a greater sense of security. Taking the time to examine what activities and earthly delights yield pleasure can help you discover a sense of rootedness that can serve you well in the coming year.

As part of this exercise, think about your habits: Do they actually serve your personal needs for health and happiness or is the pleasure they provide mostly linked to their familiarity? Do they assist you in productively structuring your life or are they actually limiting, as they don’t let you move readily outside of a narrowly defined comfort zone? Reflecting upon your routines and rituals can be a great fount of awareness during the yearly Taurus New Moon.

As Taurus is a very sensual sign, it’s a good time to listen to music, surround yourself with fragrant flowers, work for hours in the garden, or engage in other experiences that give you pleasure. Your kinesthetic senses may be especially heightened today and can serve as an additional tool to tune into how you feel about certain situations and people. For example, if you’re wondering whether you should pursue a certain project, let the idea of it sit within you and tune into how your body feels. Do you feel relaxed and comforted or jumpy and agitated? Your body may be able to help you filter truths that your mind is unable to clearly perceive.

This Taurus New Moon falls at 15 degrees of Taurus (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of the New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Taurus or the other fixed signs—Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius—it may impact you more intensely.

Taurus New Moon Apothecary Suggestions

Taurus rules the neck, throat, inner ears, and thyroid gland. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this New Moon.

Chestnut bud flower essence: Sometimes habits can be supportive and necessary to create productive structure in our lives. Other times they can hold us back or keep us in an unsupportive loop of behavior. In the latter case, we may derive great comfort from doing the same thing again and again, even if we know that it’s not necessarily something that is in our highest interest. If you find yourself stuck in a “been there, done that, but I’ll do that again” rut and would like assistance releasing it, consider Chestnut Bud flower essence. It’s a great natural remedy to use when we need a little assistance breaking out of well-tread but unsupportive routines. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)

Honey and lemon tea: Enjoy a soothing cup of honey and lemon tea. Its warmth is nurturing while the honey and lemon serve as wonderful balms for the throat. If possible, use raw honey (unless you’re pregnant or immunocompromised), which has more antioxidants, and juice from a fresh lemon rather than a bottle. For more throat support, add a tea bag of slippery elm or marshmallow root, two herbs known for their palliative qualities.

* The New Moon is exact at 6:46 pm EDT

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Sh*t + BS

I can’t but think that this may be a theme that captivates our attention this week. After all, we’re in the midst of the Pluto station, as the planet of the underworld is set to shift retrograde on Wednesday. (And given that the Saturn station is upon us, with the planet of structure beginning its retrograde phase next Monday, it seems that whatever is happening now appears to have even more gravitas.)

As I’ve written about before, when a planet stations (right before and after it appears to shift directions), what it archetypally represents seems to be more apparent in our consciousness and play itself out in the collective.

Given that Sh*t—and it’s colloquial cousin BS—in all its forms seems related to Pluto, it literally and figuratively be everywhere.

 You may find yourself facing your own Sh*t—realizing the places that you hide, or illusory fears that keep you from full living life, or how your need for control gets in your way of freedom, or the way you skirt an issue because you’re unsure how to face it head one, et al., et al. And as you open to what you are seeing, remember to hold yourself with compassion as you also begin to see that there may be a different way to live, and begin to deal with your Sh*t.

 You may find yourself really clearly seeing other’s BS, and calling them on it (or at least, really wanting to).. Before, you may have just given it—the dishonesty, hubris, slippery ways, et al.—a pass. But this week something may feel different, as you sense that you just don’t the time and patience for all the BS. After all, one thing that can arise during times that Pluto’s invitations are reverberating strongly in our consciousness is that we remember that life is really short, and we truly do want to make the most of it.

We may also find that skimming across the surface of issues feels itself to be a bit BS, that we’re wanting to dive deeper and see what’s underneath the surface, the places we don’t usually probe. Some examples of this may include our cleaning out the back of a closet, probing our health to figure out what’s at the root of the rash of symptoms we’ve recently been having, organizing our finances, and looking at end-of-life* issues. We may even find that turning away from deep feelings, such as grief, feels like BS and we want to find a new way to be with them.

And we may literally be focusing on Sh*t, whether it’s our digestive health, sewer system, garden compost, or news in the world. (Talk about Sh*t synchronicity: just as I was writing this piece, the news that came through my email while I was writing this that a truck filled with human waste spilled it on a highway near me—I kid you not.)

Look to the Sh*t and BS, and see how by seeing it and dealing with it, you find yourself living your life from a deeper place, more open to the wholeness of life, and the richness it can yield.

Oh, one more thing about BS, something that came to my mind this morning. I woke up remembering that today, April 22, is Earth Day. As much as I love Earth Day, I wanted to call collective BS, as I began getting really upset thinking about how it’s only one day each year that we celebrate and honor our home. And then I though how striking it was that this is the first "Earth Day” since its inception that the Sun is united with shake-it-up Uranus, both in the earth sign of Taurus. Given this, and given this year’s Saturn/Pluto Conjunction in Capricorn—which is making us look at the issues of sustainability, regenerative capabilities, and life/death issues—I couldn’t but then help thinking whether this may not be the year that a shift occurs, when more and more people realize the reason behind the phrase “Make Earth Day Every Day”, begin to embody life in this way, and our collective priorities begin to shift.

May your week of dealing with Sh*t and BS be one that you find transformative, remembering that when things feel like they are falling apart that we can look deep within as well as to trusted others to help us see how to rebuild with greater strength of heart.

*  My friend Chanel Reynolds started an organization dedicated to helping people organize their financial and end-of-life matters—think wills, financial  planning, health care directives, et al.—since as she notes, you never know when life may go sideways. She called her organization Get Your Sh*t Together. If you’re interested in this subject check out her website and her new book What Matters Most.

Astrological Highlights

April 22

  • Sun/Uranus Conjunction

 

April 24

  • Pluto Stations Retrograde

 

April 27

  • Mars/Neptune Square


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Happy Birthday, Taurus! Enjoy your birthday bouquet!

Your AstroBotanica bouquet captures your sign’s earthiness, your rich connection to nature, and your no-nonsense approach to beauty. Consistent rhythms are nurturing to you while abrupt change is not. You’re quite a sensual soul who loves leisure and luxury.

No big, billowy cultivated blooms for you, Taurus! You'd rather be barefoot and foraging quietly on the side of the road, picking what nature offers. Greens and texture and a touch of the epicurean for your sensualist self! Ferns, figs, artichokes, hellebore and globe thistle to name a few.

Astrological insight by @stephanie_gailing

Bouquet by @alexabuzadesign
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I didn’t end up writing this weekly update until Monday in the late afternoon. Usually I do it before this point, on Sunday or first thing Monday morning.

My delay was partly practical (an early morning appointment and a writing project that’s captivated my focus and a ton of my time). And it was partly instinctual (before this point, whenever I would think of writing it, I felt called to wait longer).

And now, as opposed to if I wrote it at the usual moment, I can make space to reflect on something that has happened in its midst, between then and now: the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire.

This conflagration consuming a beloved and iconic monument has touched a spark in so many, drawing attention from throughout the world. “Heart-breaking” and “Broken Hearted” are repeated sentiments I see on my Instagram feed with people around the world sharing their photos and feelings.

While I experience things personally, I also orient and see them through an archetypal lens. And I couldn’t help but be struck by how symbolically reflective of the kairos this event is.

Instead of writing anew, I think what I will do here is share the related reflections that I offered on my Instagram Stories (edited just a bit here for clarity), which connected this shocking event to the astrology of the times.

“Devastated + Devastating. Fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, threatening the entire structure of this gorgeous and historic icon and monument.

I can’t but help think of the timing + its symbology: as we move through this year of the Saturn/Pluto Conjunction—exact on 1/12/20 but strongly felt through then and after, and notably this month because of both planets upcoming stations.

Throughout this time, one of the things that draws our attention may be the breakdown of structures in our lives and the world around us.

How do we uphold the integrity of structures of value, taking precautions to safeguard their existence?

How do we find the courage to express and hold the grief we feel when they are compromised or destroyed?

And what structures in our life would we actually be ok with letting go, realizing that in doing so there may be pain but that this can also allow for necessary rebirth?

These seem to be some of the questions loudly being asked of us this year.

All that said, focusing back on the fire at Notre-Dame, it is devasting and I feel a bit devastated.”

The Saturn/Pluto Conjunction was something that I was going to write more of next week, given the upcoming Pluto station (it turns retrograde on April 24) and Saturn station (it turns retrograde on April 29). And something I definitely will do. Yet, it seemed to have also be something that I felt inclined to give voice to today, perhaps reflected in my delay in writing until now.

And how things may unfold from the fire, we shall have to wait and see. That too feels like a Saturn/Pluto lesson, notably as they reside together in the sign of patient, enduring and honoring-time Capricorn.

One other note about the fire, I can’t help but think how it also captures the archetypal expression of an alignment that is exact today, on Monday. That is the square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Venus in Pisces.

Jupiter expands things and while in Sagittarius since November and through December what it may inspire growth in, and draw our attention to, are Sagittarian themes, including higher education, travel, philosophy, and, of course, religion. When what-is-treasured Venus is in Pisces, our attention is drawn to subjects of compassion, spirituality, art, and the threads that connect us all. I can’t help but think about this in the context of the flames destroying an iconic and beautiful church, notably when I reflect upon Sagittarius being a fire sign and Pisces, the sign of water, that is being used to try to contain the fire.

Speaking of water and fire, this week both Mercury and Venus are moving from Pisces into the cardinal fire sign of Aries. And with that, fire—figuratively and literally—may capture our attention even more. Yet, so may other Aries themes such as being courageous and pioneering as we connect to the willpower within ourselves to champion a cause in which we feel passionate. And just as more fire enters, we also find even more ground, as Taurus season begins on Saturday.

Aaah, deep breathe.

The other thing that’s strongly igniting our week’s themes is the Full Moon on Friday, the same day that messenger Mercury unites with transform-your-wounds-into-gifts Chiron. This is the second Libra Full Moon this season, with the first occurring on the Equinox on March 20. Read more about all this here.

I wish for you a week filled with richness and even if you find your heart breaking, I encourage you to remember that sometimes it’s in its cracking open, when we can courageously express grief , that we allows it to have even more space than we had thought possible, space that can hold and radiate love.

Astrological Highlights

April 15

  • Venus/Jupiter Square

April 17

  • Mercury enters Aries

April 19

  • Libra Full Moon

  • Mercury/Chiron Conjunction

April 20

  • Sun enters Taurus

  • Venus enters Aries

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