Morning Star: Astrology for the week of May 8 through May 14, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

As we awake this morning, the Gemini Moon is locked in a mutable t-square with the more powerful players in our sky. She begins with a square to Neptune at 7:19 AM. This is followed by a square to Jupiter (preparing to station direct in Virgo) at 9:52 AM. The final blow comes with a lunar opposition to Saturn Rx in Sagittarius at 12:33 PM. What this creates is a full blown mutable cross for the duration of our morning and into our early afternoon.

Now, listen, this sounds wild. And, I'm not so sure it won't be. However, what this mutable cross gifts us with is flexibility....something that lacks quite a bit during a pile up in the sign of Taurus. Cows don't do yoga, you know. They are not really flexible. This energy, however, provides us with the ability to make changes if we need to (and probably will bring change even if we don't think we need it). The mutability of the cross makes it easier for us to accommodate change and be more flexible even if we don't have anything on our agenda we want to tweak. If you DO want to change things up, though, this is the energy to work with to make that happen. It can encompass anything from your perspective, your chosen path forward in matters of education, career or even your belief system. It may contain echoes from past situations giving you a chance to make better choices this go around or just an opportunity to review and assess your past decisions from a different perspective.

Tomorrow, Jupiter will turn direct meaning some of our review is ending. It also means that our classroom in the school of Virgo is due for commencement ceremony. When direct, Jupiter will travel out of Virgo and into Libra in the Fall. Make sure you take his lessons with you when we travel to Libra school. Jupiter's lessons build upon themselves from sign to sign. In Virgo, we were to learn humility, the ability to separate the wheat from the chaff in regard to Jupiter matters (beliefs, politics, published information, higher education), generosity in service and benevolence and gratitude in daily matters. What we saw A LOT of, though, was folks picking and choosing from their religious doctrine (and the law) as it served them, hyper criticism even if it was self-directed, pious politicians and figure heads and a whole heck of a lot of splitting hairs in regard to who was right (not to mention the punctuation police on social media). We have time to listen to and learn Jupiter in Virgo's more beneficial lessons. So if you are lacking, study up!
Also know that changes made under this mutable cross could really lead to a feeling of more freedom. Even the littlest of changes matter, like a simple change in attitude. At 4:34 PM the Moon finds Pluto Rx by inconjunct and the changes are incorporated deeply into the structure of our lives. Then, overnight, we sprout our wings and the wind lifts us forward into this new territory with a nice sextile to Uranus right around midnight. We move one block and a whole new building appears. Or, it all falls down and we get to rebuild it however we want. Yeah, it's a lot like that. And, even though we may not enjoy the uncertainty of it at first, we can surely use it to our benefit by remaining practical and grounded through the whole process...which is certainly energy that is also accessible today due the ongoing Earth trine that encircles this cross.

Monday, May 9, 2016

This morning, the Moon in Gemini is Void following an overnight square to Chiron (3:48 AM). However, there is plenty going on outside of Moonville. Jupiter in Virgo turns direct at 13 Virgo 15 at 8:02 AM. Meaning, this bus is turning around and leaving the station. Our lovely Venus in Taurus dances hand in hand with her father, Neptune, via sextile at 8:41 AM. Then, Mercury begins to walk backward across the Sun. The two (Venus/Mercury) hover on the same degree (conjunct) at 11:13 AM. Hearts melt and brains spin but it is all done from a detached point of view as the Moon as Void. By the way, you can catch this transit of Mercury online....just click right here.
Not to fear, though, the feels find us eventually as the Moon enters Cancer at 1:25 PM.
Here's the good, the bad and the ugly of all of this. I mainly see good things happening here. However, there could be a bit of remorse that comes along with the Moon becoming active in Cancer. We are undergoing massive change all while glancing back in a rearview mirror under these retrogrades. So, grief in regard to “loss” or “nostalgia” could be a thing. There could be a tendency to cling to things that are slipping away from us too. However, our hearts are softened and more accommodating due Venus' interaction with Neptune. Crying is a good purge. Really getting in touch with how you feel and sitting with that for awhile is a worthy practice. Self-nurturing is highlighted as well as reaching out for creature comforts. Meanwhile, our ego systems are incorporating all this retrograde information. Perhaps we discover we were looking at something all wrong. Perhaps we discover a blessing in disguise. Perhaps we are able to incorporate a change in regard to how we think and subsequently act. Perhaps gray areas emerge while we are softened that helps us to understand. Perhaps we all need a big piece of cheesecake as we think about it.
The main thing, after the Moon is active, is to care. Well, it's not like it isn't important while the Moon is Void. But, it becomes something undeniably needed as the Moon wakes up in her home territory. Start by replenishing your cup. Meaning, address how you feel and do whatever it is that makes you feel better (feed your Moon). Then, when your cup is full and overflowing, call in your brood to share. Bake extra cookies. Give them away to friends and neighbors. Offer folks a safe place to land. Be gentle. Be loving. But, make sure your cup is full first otherwise you are going to end up drained. Say “no” to codependency and enabling behavior...firmly. Say yes to lovingly supporting someone who may sincerely need it...openly. Know how to tell the difference. Gentleness is called for with yourself and with others.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Flow water, into this dusty tomb and replenish me. Bring to me an oasis in this desert. Take this dirt and make it wet, moldable and warm. Fill me up. Make me plump with love and comfort.
Aaaah, yep. Welcome to today. It can feel like you are laying on damp sand with your toes barely in the water under the perfect sky with the perfect breeze. Or, it could be that you are safely indoors snuggled up with a good book or movie as the rain trickles gently outside your window. It is a beautifully emotive, creative, flowy but tangible day. Um...for the most part.

This morning we wake up under an active Moon in Cancer who is in trine to Neptune at 9:19 AM. From here, she makes a lovely mini-trine between Venus in Taurus (11:40 AM) and Jupiter in Virgo (11:58 AM). Of course, there is another mini-trine created due Venus pivot point in sextile to both the Moon and Neptune as the Moon also trines Neptune in our early morning. Mini-trines are HIGHLY supportive capturing two sextiles linked by a trine. The mixture of Earth to Water is gentle and soft here. Quite relaxing. Not so ambitious. More huggy than pushy.
Meanwhile, Venus is uplifted by a generous (yet practical) trine with Jupiter in Virgo. Simple blessings are to be noted. Humility, gentleness and generosity are highlighted. This is where the feeling of your cup overflowing becomes apparent if you have taken the proper measures to ensure its filling. The Earth continues to blossom and the doors on many a heart swing wide open spilling over with love and affection for the simplest of things. It's a good day, most certainly, to pamper your pets or to just show gratitude for their constant affection. It's a good day to pay homage to anyone who is consistently there for you with open, loving and accepting arms. Good thing about that is it doesn't have to be complicated. Appreciation can be shown with a simple but warm hug or even a sincere “thank you.” So don't over-think this or skew it into something meticulous. Think simple. Live simple. Adore the things you may have overlooked that matter.

There is potential for this to be a beautiful morning, for sure. However, problems arise if we get greedy, bossy or clingy as the Moon moves into a Cardinal t-square with Pluto (7:05 PM) and Uranus (3:35 AM). That energy threatens to blow our gently rocking boat right out of the water if we engage in power struggles or passive-aggressive behavior. The act of nurturing and caring for another creature is a continual exercise in letting go. Or, at least, it should be. We raise our baby birds so that they are able to fend for themselves. We do not raise them (or should not) to keep them beholden to us for the rest of their lives. We must teach them to fly and then expect that they will without trying to hold them back. Let them go. Yeah, it's freaking hard. Of course, it hurts. But, if we really, really care for something, if love is something we really hold for someone, we shouldn't want to trap them. If we do, that's not love or caring that's something else entirely. So, yes, love but know that you may have to let go. That doesn't mean the leaving creature takes your love away. It's yours to keep forever if you choose. But, the person or thing is not owned by you just because it is loved by you.

Helping us out in the midst of this Cardinal crunch is a nice sextile between the Moon in Cancer and Mercury in Taurus (9:11 PM). This enables us to keep some practical sense about us. Plus, the Moon also sextiles the Sun in Taurus at 1:24 AM offering us stability and grace. These two subsequent sextiles help us to have a little common sense and relish in our new budding planting emerging from the Earth. I don't cry or feel remorse when my tomatoes bloom. You should not feel remorse when the object of your love blooms and grows. We should celebrate that emerging blossom instead of feeling threatened by it. And, that is the key here. Celebrate the success of others instead of feeling as if it is a threat to you. Uplift one another. Support those who have supported you. And, if someone is blooming, cheer them on supportively instead of trying to stomp their petals.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This morning the Moon is Void following a trine with Chiron in Pisces (7:20 AM) for most of the day. She clicks over to fiery Leo at 5:33 PM. We are not drowning. We are contemplating. Quietly processing all that has unfolded this week thus far and considering what it is that may be coming next. But, emotions are rather flat through all of this. It is a cerebral contemplation as the Moon is Void.
Then, when the Moon saunters into Leo, we are ready to play. Some will make it an “all about me” show. But most will be romantic, playful and active. The inner child emerges. Make room for his/her entertainment. Be willing to smile wide and let your heart be aflutter with a cat with a new ball of yarn. Or, an artist with new inspiration. As a matter of fact, this is a very romantic and artistic Moon. Feel free to do the things you enjoy but don't forget to share as a good schoolyard mate. Oooooh, naptime is over children! Time for recess! YAAAAAAAAY! At the very least, I suggest calling a halt to “adulting” for the day as our evening finds us.

As we lay our big lion heads down for sleep tonight, the Moon finds Mars Rx by trine (2:51 AM). How can we incorporate such joy and playfulness into our future path? What things brought us joy in the past that we may have laid aside for more “adult” ambitious efforts? Can't we make room for those things? Don't they matter? OF COURSE THEY DO! Drift off to dream pontificating the ways in which you can bring those feelings back to you.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Last week, a Leo friend of mine who is at the age of her 2nd Saturn return, told me a story about her granddaughter. She said she was coloring with her granddaughter (who is about to turn 4—also a Leo btw). Apparently my Leo friend has a history of being a little OCD with her crayons. However, the granddaughter, while coloring dumped grandma's whole box (64 count) of crayons all about the floor and even broke a few. The granddaughter apologized each time “I'm sorry, Nini” as the crayons snapped. My friend says she just kind of went with it because, this is her grandbaby. I can attest to the fact that the rules of operation have a tendency to change once you have grandchildren. However, she did twitch a little. Her granddaughter's presence was good medicine, though. Easing her away from her need to color in the lines and keep everything in just the proper order. And, that's exactly what I told her. Grandchildren are good medicine. Welcome to your cure.

I did giggle at this story more than a little. I let her know that I have the same problem with my Playdoh. I like the colors to be in the right container and pure from other colors being smashed in it. However, playing with Playdoh with my grandkids has left me with a nice collection of ugly brown. As a kid, if someone would have mixed all my Playdoh together and left the lid off the little cans I probably would have had a super OCD meltdown. But, because grandchildren are good medicine, I've a bit.
When we play or create, everything doesn't always have to be just so-so. Patience, wisdom, grandchildren and the ability to turn previously perceived mistakes into something more beautiful than we originally anticipated teaches us to be a little bit more flexible. For example, the more brown Playdoh I have the more little bears, puppies and even hamburger patties (my grandson has Venus in Cancer...we make a lot of food out of Playdoh) we can make. Broken crayons that are scattered on the floor still make beautiful colors. But now, instead of one stick of that color you have two...or three...and, it'll be ok. The lines on your coloring page are just suggestions anyway, right?

Why does any of this matter? Today the Moon in Leo wakes up in a nice wise trine with Saturn in Sagittarius. Our playful child is more wise and a little less rambunctious this morning. Playtime becomes a serious affair. Creativity draws our focus...don't let the meticulousness and potential criticism coming from Jupiter in Virgo (who is also squaring this same Saturn the Moon is trining) to upset your apple cart. Let all that melt away...which you can do as Jupiter is also opposing Neptune...and just go with it. It's not the end product, really, that matters. It is the amount of love and creativity that you pour into that makes all the difference. So, if someone loses one of your Monopoly pieces, don't have meltdown. Improvise. Use something unusual. Get creative with it instead of restrictive. Go with it.
Later in the evening, Mercury Rx finds Pluto for the second time by trine during this retrograde period. Thoughts are prone to seriousness. What this is great for is really, really getting to the bottom of something without fully losing your mind over it. Mercury mixed with Pluto is always investigative and deep. Coming in Earth signs, particularly with Mercury in Taurus, this inspection or introspection is colored with common sense. Yeah, the tendency to obsess is there, but you'll likely catch yourself.
Our playful emotional bodies are likely not going to understand a lot of this. However, therapeutic play and creativity can actually help us assess and express what is happening in our tangled brains. Words spoken here bear deep impact and thoughts are fertile creations that threaten to grow and become deeply rooted. So, be mindful of where you allow your brain to lead you. You are the boss of it not the other way around. Or at least, that's as it should be.

The Moon makes an uncomfortable square with Venus at 11:22 PM followed by another “calm your ass down and go to bed already” square with Mercury at 11:04 AM. So, the end of the day gets a little crunchy and it may be hard to settle down and rest. But, rectifying whatever it is that is needling your brain will help.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Friday the 13th and First Quarter Moon! We begin the day under a still active Moon in Leo trine to catalyzing Uranus in Aries. Get up and move! You know how the Friday the 13th horror movies unfold. It's always the guy or girl who is distracted, drunk, sleeping, having sex or using the bathroom that gets the ax first. So, stay busy! That won't be hard to do under this sky. We are playful, athletic and ready to take this day by storm.

Remember those seeds you threw out at the New Moon? Their shell is cracking open and they are starting to push through the Earth. Meaning, it is now time to take action on our intentions. That's what First Quarter Moons prompt us to do. It feels pressurized for a reason. This occurs between the signs of Leo and Taurus at 1:04 PM. The pressure you feel wants you to move so don't try to sit still with it. Don't be overly dramatic and try not to dig your heels in too deeply. Take a dose of common sense and mix it with a well calculated risk, then freaking go for it! Use a big push to break out of your shell and emerge into the sunlight...just as those seedlings you planted are doing.

And, oooh is the ground ever rich! The Moon is Void following the First Quarter, however Venus meets up with Pluto in a rich luxurious Earth trine at 10:17 PM. This follows a conjunction with Mercury at 3:11 PM where he whispered sweet promises in her ears and filled her with all kinds of ideas. It's the beginning of something wonderfully blissful. Believe in yourself and the promise this lovely set up delivers. Keep your pace slow, practical and relaxed. Take time to enjoy the wildflowers and don't let the pressure of the First Quarter crush you. Just know that it's time to act, change and do. Or at least, give it a shot which is easier to do if you can foster belief in yourself while remaining willing to take gentle baby steps toward your goals. Don't forget to reward for yourself for your progress and redirect yourself to the incentives that entice you toward your goals. Remember what you'll get out of it, in other words. How will all this be “worth it” in the end. Use that enticement to keep you moving forward and to maintain the momentum which is a pretty big deal with both Mars Rx and a load of Taurean energy. Enticement or no, keep things simple and walk softly not forcefully. Dance your way to the finish line without pressurizing yourself to rush. We create our own luck here. So whatever type of day you are expecting for Friday the 13th, is likely what you are going to get. Steer it on purpose and with purpose.
The Moon remains Void until entering Virgo at 1:04 AM.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Remember yesterday when I told you to keep things practical? Well, the call for that remains today as we wake up under a Virgo Moon in square to Mars Rx in Sagittarius. The caution here is over-reaching and over-blowing our expectations compounded by frustration as we fall short (or feel as we have). Easy now. We are baby stepping, remember? No sense in getting all bent out of shape because things are not lined up perfectly. Remember the crayon story? Yeah, it doesn't have to be all lined up perfect all the time for it to be beautiful and useful. Ease up on any tendency to be self-critical or any tendency to guilt yourself over falling short or out of line with your goal. Keep things simple, practical and humble. Mars in Sagittarius (when direct) is on an outward worldly adventure. Mars Rx in Sagittarius is tunneling on an inward seeking journey...much like the Hermit who jives really well with Virgo energy. So seek not outward but inward for the truth.

At 3:46 PM the Sun meets Chiron by sextile and some of our angst may reveal a few previously unnoticed chinks in our armor. That's alright. Accept the knowledge and put it to use as we move forward. Is that a thorn in your paw? Well, our Virgo Moon is glad to pull it out for you so you can move forward with healing (Sun/Chiron). At least you found it. Awareness of denied issues is a blessing not a curse or a chastisement opportunity. Now you know and can build effective coping mechanisms to deal with it in the future. Our nurse Moon helps with this, too.

At 1:04 AM most are sleeping soundly under an opposition from the Moon to Neptune followed by a conjunction of the Moon to Jupiter at 4:03 AM. Yep. You can go outside and see the Moon snuggled up with Jupiter tonight...if you can stay awake that long. But, if you are resting, the dreamscape is rich and colored with beautiful symbolism. Then, in the morning, the Moon smacks into Saturn by square (6:22 AM) bringing us harshly “back to life...back to reality.” Enjoy dreamland while you can. When you wake up, don't feel remorse for the unmanifest dream. Instead, start putting the puzzle pieces together that could lead to it's manifestation. Don't give up believing or imagining. But, bring some real world influence to it so that it may emerge from your dreamscape and into your every day life. Don't fear failure. Don't worry about stuff that hasn't happened yet. Just get busy making it happen.