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Jolinda “Josi” Case is a Spiritual Counselor who uses Tarot and Astrology (among other tools) as forms of divination. She is an avid and vigorous student of the esoteric. Josi has a great deal of experience in assisting people through major life changes such as death/dying/grief through counseling.

Josi’s main motivation is to empower others by assisting them to connect with and express their most true and authentic self. She also strives to give people the authority to feel comfortable in the pursuit of their personal Spirituality.

Josi’s formal education includes collegiate level degrees in Communications, Business and Psychology. She is also an ordained minister. In her free time (HA!), she writes a weekly column for her local paper (The Greenup Beacon), blogs on her site Shock Therapy and relaxes with her husband (“Ox”), three grown boys, two grandsons and pets (Prince, Mercury and Perseus).
 
Most recently, Josi has bonded forces with Dixie Vogel of A Fool's Journey to produce a monthly show they call Woo Woo Wonderful. The purpose of the live broadcast is to empower others with knowledge of Spirit and Mysticism.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for May 29 through June 2, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017


Overnight, Mars completed his opposition to Saturn just prior to the Cancer Moon making an anxious square with Uranus. This all went down in a window of about 4 minutes between 2:56 AM EDT and 3:00 AM. We've been dealing with Mars waxing toward this opposition for while. I'm glad to see it come to an end. However, with the grand crescendo of that energy, the collective mood is nervous. It feels a lot like backdraft to me. Hopefully it passes without incident. Yet, I can't dismiss the possibility of some ugly anxious-making stuff. At 5:32 AM, the Moon makes a watery trine with Chiron and reaches Void status until entering Leo at 8:13 AM.

The rest of the day, the Moon spends waxing through Leo working toward a sextile with our Gemini Sun which perfects tonight at 11:18 PM. We are prone to assessing personal effects and discussing it with friends. It does seem to get lighter following the release of pressures from Mars/Saturn.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our Fire Moon makes a sextile with Jupiter in Libra at 6:57 AM. It's active and jubilant offering a chance at both socialization and movement. The active/social component is accentuated due the fact that Mars in Gemini waxes toward a sextile with Uranus in Aries (10:40 PM). As the pressure from Saturn continues to wane, Mars is out of the gate and moving toward brighter days. The Moon births optimism and creativity. However, she does square common sense Mercury in Taurus at 2:48 PM, which brings her to ground for a moment.
The night goes out with a fiery trine between the Leo Moon and Venus in Aries. Yes, the alley cats will be wailing. Indulge in the pleasure of your choosing.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Early this morning the Leo Moon is stabilized and given an agenda for the day by way of a trine to Saturn at 4:24 AM. We wake up satisfied and spry for action as she then moves in to create a trine with Uranus at 6:51 AM. This is a good day for getting down to business, networking in effort to achieve our goals and being physically active and/or creative. That inclination repeats as the Moon finds Mars in Gemini by 7:15 AM. Get up. Make a plan and run with it.


The “making a plan” energy is backed up by an Earthy trine between Mercury in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. We can really get down to the nitty gritty in our efforts if we get started early. The Moon is Void after the sextile with Mars until entering Virgo at 12:17 PM. Perhaps the last leg of the Leo Moon brings us the plan and the inspiration. Then, when the Moon jumps into practical Virgo, we get busy following through with our plans. Progress can certainly be made steadily and without skipping steps within this day. Many will be inclined to engage in such and THIS astrologer encourages you to do so as we step out of the last day of May. As the pressure of our First Quarter waxes in tomorrow, you'll thank yourself (or should) for any progress you make today. Don't be overly self-critical if you are not as far along as you think you should be. Every step counts. Also, know if you want to get to the bottom of something, suss out the root of fears/paranoia or embark on deep study of some kind...Mercury in trine to Pluto provides you the avenue for that. Then, when the Moon clicks into Virgo, you can find practical use for that information.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Today offers a mixed bag of treats. We begin with the First Quarter Moon perfecting between our Mercury ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo. Gemini has many interests and can be easily distracted by moving from task to task without completely any of them. Virgo, however, has a more practical plan. Yet the friction here will be between wanting to flit from one thing to another as the Moon is bent on follow through.

However, Venus in Aries waxes toward a fire trine with Saturn in Sagittarius at about noon helping us to set personal goals and lead us to our own true North in regard to how to address this day. We may wear down quickly, though, as our industrious Moon waxes into an opposition with Neptune at 2:16 PM. It's been a busy few days. Maybe a little midday catnap won't hurt a thing. I can't really think of a time when it ever did.
At 11:11 PM, our goals are more deeply assessed and the emotional body restores as the Moon meets Pluto by trine. This can denote deep and restorative sleep. Focus on matters under the immediate surface or the ability to face our own fears about how astutely we can progress toward our goals.

Friday, June 2, 2017

This morning, the Virgo Moon makes a nice Earth trine with her ruler, Mercury in Taurus. This is grounded, practical and has a plan! Just follow through step by step with your business and don't try to take off running toward too many things at once. Mars perfects in square to Chiron at 6:14 AM (watch your toes and be careful around equipment with sharp/moving parts...like lawnmowers!!).
The mood does become a bit more dour as the Moon squares Saturn in Sagittarius at 11:22 AM. Hey, Virgo, no one said you had to get it all done in one day. Progress is progress! Keep stepping toward that long-term goal and don't be so self-critical!

But...that throbbing toe...that Mars/Chiron, remains a factor for the rest of the day. This can show up as physical illness, injury, allergy, becoming aware of bias or falling prey to matters of addiction. It could also mean running up against chinks in the armor of our goals. Virgo Moon can both prioritize and triage. If you are sick, be a good self-nurse because your health needs to come first. If you are wrestling with self-criticism and doubt, know that's your Chironic job. Deal with what presents as needing dealt with. That's your job even if it is not what you originally intended for this day. The Moon opposes Chiron and squares Mars through the 5 o'clock hour before going Void...what would Jimmy Buffet say about that?


The Moon remains Void until entering social Libra at 8:05 PM and Venus meets Uranus overnight as the Sun waxes toward Jupiter. Tomorrow, our Libra moon joins in....I smell...a party! The work whistle has wailed. Shift from industry to entertainment and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for May 24 to May 28, 2017

Introduction

There is a lot going on during the end of our week. First, we have the New Moon in Gemini dawning tomorrow. But, under the surface of that, we have the ongoing inconjunct from Jupiter and Neptune which (in my opinion) is being largely overlooked. However, that inconjunct becomes a bit more important over the next few days as a Yod will be created first by the Moon in Taurus and then again by Mercury in Taurus.

Jupiter, of course, is stationing to turn direct. Therefore, his movements are very slow right now and his energy is greatly accentuated. In the sign of Libra, this calls forth the need to be fair and judicial when weighing out information ensure that you are assessing facts and not just rumor, emotional nuance or hearsay. It also leaves room in the courtroom for everyone to be heard before a final decision is ever made. With the inconjunct to Neptune, there are many possibilities. One that information drips with sentiment in an effort to be persuasive or manipulative. Another that what is published is deliberately misconstrued. And, further, that folks are kind of lost in regard to their overall philosophy on any given subject. There are questions. Possible bluffing. Possible plays upon empathy and...at it's worst...a highway to heaven aspect that increases the potential for things such as suicide, over-doses and and hidden dangers when traveling abroad. None of this is out of the scope of our current reality. It is not uncommon for folks to disappear or withdraw at these times either.
With the Yods, the sextile at the base of the one that involves the Moon includes managing the more positive expression of Moon sextile Neptune. Moon in Taurus can stabilize a Neptune that may lack boundaries or be confused. It brings solid ground and in turn can help suss out the truth of the message being delivered by Jupiter in Libra. She can bear in mind the emotional impact but brings over-expressions or confusion to ground rather easily.
As for the Mercury Yod, in Taurus he looks for the common sense answer. His desire is to keep it simple. He will yawn at false emotional or self-martyring pleas. However, the influence of Neptune brings empathy to Mercury in Taurus. Meaning, he can feel where the other person is coming from for better or worse. He is able to assess not only what is being said through the mouth and through written information, but he is able to suss out the deeper meaning by coming into tune with what is not said. This is also a beautiful mixture for singing and music by the way. Mercury in Taurus has a beautiful voice made ethereal and given the ability to touch folks on an emotional level by way of Neptune. The inconjunct to Jupiter helps him put that talent out to the public. This is the type of set up that uncovers ridiculous talent from someone who may be just bagging groceries and singing along joyfully in their work thinking no one is really listening...but they are.
Bono has Mercury in Taurus opposite Neptune in Scorpio

With Mars out of bounds in Gemini, the search for information is on. The Yod however, says some of that information may be deliberately conflated or confused. Plus, the New Moon in Gemini is likely to open a new dialogue across many areas of life both in the public and personal realm. Mercury is out of shadow. Venus is out of shadow. We have been grating over the same issues for most of the year. But what is due to come from the New Moon is likely to be brand new subject matter. Perhaps even a game changer...which also is not unusual with Jupiter at a station point. Plus, after Jupiter turns direct, it is not uncommon for folks to change their opinion/philosophy on any given topic. Gemini on the low end is fickle. So I don't mean that. I mean changing your opinion of what the truth is based upon new and verified information. And...there will be plenty of it coming forth following that lunation for sure.
It's also important to note that just prior to the New Moon on Thursday, Venus does perfect in square to Pluto. There could be grappling for resources, feelings of paranoia that there this not enough to go around, greed, manipulation and attempts to control in relationships...and of course...the potential to run into old lovers, friends and acquaintances. Remember what Mercury's and Venus' retrogrades taught you and keep priorities and value systems in line. If you run into old acquaintances/lovers, look for the lesson before you allow yourself to be drug back into a bad situation. There is room for healing and closure here, though. As the Moon wanes today, it's an excellent time to work to sever negative attachment. It's also a really good time to go into debt. If you are purchasing, make sure the expenditure fits in your budget. If it doesn't, create a savings plan, look for ways to increase income and be resourceful. Ensure, also, even if it fits in your current budget that you are getting an equal amount of worth out of the thing you are investing in. On the high end, Venus/Pluto can deepen existing relationships and help you really go deep in regard to what is personally important to you. On the low end, there is jealousy, greed and the potential for someone to suckle off your resources be those monetary or from the energy of your heart.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This morning we wake up to the Moon in Taurus creating that Yod with Neptune and Jupiter that I spoke about in the introduction. Again, this is grounded empathy in an effort to suss out the true problem. The sextile with Neptune occurs at 7:14 AM. And, since both Taurus and Pisces love a good snuggle in the bed...and Libra can be a bit lazy...it could equate to a desire to sleep in. FIVE MORE MINUTES!!

By 3:09 PM EDT, the Moon is fortified with a trine to Pluto which encourages us to take what was delivered in the morning and go deeper with it. Dig to find the root. Assess underlying motivations and face off with fears. It could also mean we are literally hungry. With Venus waxing toward Pluto those cravings could be for sweets or indulgences. Since Taurus can be material, it could even equate to a desire for big purchases. Just be mindful that you are getting quality in return for what you pay for. Venus rules this Moon, so the potential for running into folks with which we've had previous relationships is high. With the Moon trine Pluto, these interactions can stir deep emotions connected with that potential. Invoke strong boundaries and look for the lesson instead of allowing something to drag you backward. Remember, there is also potential for current relationships to deepen here.
As the Moon still wanes, this is a good time to upcycle or recycle used items, be resourceful and continue clearing out space for the new Moon. We could get down to some nitty gritty work here and be well grounded in an effort to bring things to completion.
Our Taurus Moon is Void following a sextile with Chiron at 5:34 AM. She reactivates in Gemini tomorrow at 8:16 AM.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

This morning the Moon passes into Gemini changing the Mood from grounded to Airy and perhaps a bit fickle. Venus officially perfects in square to Pluto at 12:17 PM. That is big news. But, we've got more big news in store. The New Moon in Gemini germinates at 3:45 PM. This features 3 bodies in the sign and therefore a stellium. Mars waxes toward an opposition with Saturn which is due to perfect on the morning of the 29th.

The New Moon itself is great for creating a new dialogue, taking a new class/new path of study or even making new friends. However, know that a new dialogue and new information is likely to be opened within the collective too. In that case, with Mars in Gemini, we may be prone to respond to it. As he is out of bounds, that could include an over-reaction. Be mindful in your actions and make sure you have the information straight before you do anything. The Saturn opposition will call you out on taking action any other way. Remember the inconjunct from Jupiter to Neptune and remember some information (especially publicly published information) may be conflated, misconstrued, an outright lie...or even equate to someone bluffing. Get the facts straight then respond maturely and with accountability.

The Sabian symbols in relation to this New Moon read as follows:

For the Sun and Moon at 5 Gemini: A radical magazine displays a sensational front page. Social propaganda and the tendency for it to distract us from personal priority is a thing under this Symbol. Be careful what you feed your brain. Also be careful in regard to allowing outside entities to control what you think or what you believe to be at priority. At the same time, if it's true, speak it. If it's published and untrue, point it out. The idea here is spread the news but make sure it's true, relevant and not just something put in place to generate ire or stimulate pay-for-clicks.

For the Moon's ruler, Mercury, at 10 Taurus: A pretty red cross nurse hurries on an errand of mercy. This Symbol fits nicely with our Venus/Jupiter opposition. Here, the red cross nurse is out and about helping those in need. Venus definitely supports these efforts as well as Jupiter. Each are best directed at supporting others in such a way that brings them comfort and eases their situation to degree. In order to do this effectively, you must know what the person needs and also know what it is you are capable of. Then, whatever that leads to, do the activity with love expecting nothing in return save maybe a “Thank you.” The joy is in doing for others because you can and are able. Not doing in hopes of banking something back from them.

See? Expect radicalism, sensationalism, information used to stir folks up or perhaps dripping with emotionality and sentiment. Remain grounded and keep searching for the truth. However, also know with the Red Cross nurse in action, there could be literal emergent situations to deal with too.
There will be an assured battle between truth and fiction in the morning. Read on to discover why.

Friday, May 26, 2017

This morning we find our Gemini Moon in trine to Jupiter in Libra. Tongues are wagging most likely from whatever dialogue was opened yesterday. Almost immediately after, the Moon squares Neptune which overlays an emotional tone to whatever we are dealing with. Folks may be confused, fatigued, overly sensitive, moody, withdrawn...or you know...just sleepy. Gather information like a good Gemini but only keep the parts that hold truth while discarding the rest. We are still looking at a chance of conflation and deliberate misinformation. Be aware of that.

At 2:11 PM the Moon passes by Pluto by inconjunct and something in the emotional body stirs in response. Something is just...off. And, we are quite prone to keep digging to get to the bottom of it.
At 3:50 PM, the Moon nicely sextiles Venus in Aries. We may be asking ourselves, “Why I this important to me? Or does it even apply to me? How do I feel about it?” Yet, it is a light and social aspect which may just have us chatting things over with friends and lightly focusing on what IS important to us on a personal level instead of trying to figure out what the crap is going on out there in the public arena. Be sure you have discussions with folks you trust and who are open to an exchange of ideas that may be different than their own. The ability to openly discuss (between all potential speakers sharing their views is important). If not, there could be arguments and hurt feelings as the Gemini Moon meets Mars by conjunction at 10:21 PM. Speak gently about the issues that are important to you but remember everyone has the right to be heard.
By midnight, the Moon is sobered by an opposition to Saturn. Some of what we've learned today will not likely be pretty. Now is the time to ground that out and boundary it up and do the responsible thing. Sometimes the truth is hard. But, at least, now you know.

Overnight, the Gemini Moon sextiles Uranus and squares Chiron before going Void. It's not the most restful night for sleep, I would imagine. The brain is a busy place. To offset that, limit your exposure to things that may be over-stimulating and stick to a step down routine before bed. Also know there is potential for some truths to come out by way of talking in your sleep. Hopefully, that doesn't scare you in the least.
The Moon remains Void until entering the watery world of Cancer at 7:25 AM tomorrow.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

This morning the Moon resides in Cancer after 7:25 AM. We encounter her in all her purity as there are no major lunar aspects throughout the day. However, Mercury remains busy, busy, busy. He meets Jupiter by inconjunct (3:18 PM) which is followed by a sextile to Neptune (3:04 AM), thus opening the Yod I spoke about in the introduction. This calls us to remain empathic but well grounded and holding tight to common sense. Things may not be as they seem. Information may be confused or conflated. But, grounded Mercury in Taurus knows the answer is usually pretty practical and simple. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and all that.
Still, though, the Moon isn't necessarily in the mood for any of that. She may retreat to the privacy of her shell and let all this slip under the radar for now. There isn't anything wrong with that. However, her intuitive powers remain astute. She can drink in the happenings of the world without ever clicking on the TV or opening the newspaper. She can “feel” what it's like out there and will gauge that temperature before daring to venture out.

aka: when Cancer and Virgo mate = Hermit Crab ;-)


It is a good day to withdraw and pay heed to more personal matters. Self-care and nurturing others are highlighted. It's a great day for a good home-cooked meal and leisurely activities around the home.
Enjoy the potentially lax feel of the day and go with the flow. Tomorrow, Cancer Moon is not so settled.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Today is the day in which the Moon passes by in trine/sextile to the interaction between Mercury and Neptune. Intuitive information is kicking. In Cancer is where the most intuitive placements reside. Mercury/Neptune brings information outside the form of written or verbal communication. Pay very close attention to how you feel and heed warnings from the gut.


Very early, the Moon squares Jupiter in Libra (4:58 AM). This can kick off dreaming or awaken us to an exuberant morning...or a sense of knowing that something is stirring out there. By 6:08 AM the Moon is trine Neptune and by 6:28 AM she is sextile Mercury. This weekend, in the US, is Memorial Day. The memories. The watery feel, the sense of mourning that is brought forth from this sky all fits with that. It is a day marked for grief on the calendar and marked for the same by way of the stars. Cancer remembers....so much and Neptune grieves and grieves.
On the high end, apart from the holiday, memories and mourning, this is also very creative and somewhat dreamy. Creative visions can be brought to tangible reality with Mercury in Taurus. Art can be an excellent format to work through grief as well as music, art...the cleansing and rejuvenating power of water. It would be a good day for the water front, yes?
Seurat-Bathers at Asnieres

However, by 2:06 PM, the mood grows darker as the Moon opposes Pluto. Some may want to cling, control, revert to emotional manipulation to assuage one's fear of loneliness. There is the enabling/codependency dynamic that can rear its head, as well. There could be dark inklings and intuitive hits that birth fears and paranoia. However, Pluto also gives us the power to face these head on. He also brings temptations while also delivering the power to say, “No” to them through our power of will and self-control. For me, the temptation part of Pluto has always been the hardest thing to deal with...when that inner darkness wells up and the devil on your right shoulder grows so much louder than the angel on your left. This can be depressive but it can also be empowering when you properly balance out the polarity allowing you plenty of room to more deeply inspect fears, paranoia and the desire to control others.
At 7:03 PM, the Moon is in uncomfortable square with Venus. Venus wants to move on but finds herself within the same trappings as the Moon...falling under the dark shadow of Pluto. The outlet to this loose Cardinal t-square is in Libra. Air. Balance. And, proper relating. With Venus involved those control efforts could be directed at relationships with lovers and a desire to cling and control in that realm as well. Aside from all that, we grow increasingly frustrated. As if we are blocked. Our efforts usurped. Mars waxes strongly into opposition with Saturn which is due to perfect overnight.
It's a tedious day. Folks are grumpy. On edge. Sad. Gathered in public places for mourning on both an individual and collective level...and then...Mars/Saturn. Difficulty moving on. Sun/Pluto/Venus can be insidious and Mars/Saturn...cruel. Plus, as Mars waxes toward Saturn, he also waxes toward a potentially reactive, spiteful and impulsive sextile with Uranus and a quite painful square with Chiron. It's tedious. Potentially dangerous and awareness of one's own actions and the environment is highly suggested.

Shortly after the Mars/Saturn opposition, the Moon squares Uranus and trines Chiron before going Void. To be honest...I don't like the entirety of the set up at all. It looks painful to me and even potentially dangerous. I would advise to keep holiday gatherings small and private. I would also suggest if you have a bad feeling about doing something or going somewhere...pay heed to it. May be nothing. But...by all means, take the safe route. There will be plenty of public ceremonies in the US on this day and likely tomorrow. Be careful and aware out there folks.





Saturday, May 20, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for May 20 to May 23, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This morning we wake up with the Moon in Pisces leaving her overnight conjunction with Neptune and moving in to sextile Pluto. This could equate to a night of deep and restorative rest last night. On the low end, though, it could have been tearful or even caused nightmares. Yet, the sextile with Pluto is not harsh and could essentially bring emotional grounding and restoration...plus a bit more focus.
By Noon, the Moon is square Mars in Gemini and motivations could be confused or scattered. This could also cause disagreements over what to do or just in general. Remember that the Moon is waning if you are having trouble setting priorities. This is a time to wind down tasks and clear out space over and above starting anything brand new. As you clear out space and wipe out your task list, begin to imagine all the things you can fill that Void with in the future as you contemplate your intentions for our incoming New Moon in Gemini on the 25th. Also, with Moon squares, I'm inclined to advise folks to follow the guidance of the Moon...yours or the one in transit. In this instance, there may be much to do standing off with the fact we are tired or feel like withdrawing. The Moon points to what you need. If you are tired, you need rest. Follow that, as an example.




Speaking of Gemini, the Sun moves into the sign at 4:31 PM EDT today. This brings Taurus season to a close and we may begin to feel lighter and more flexible. Gemini is always the sign that I equate to butterflies, elves (especially Gemini rising...they have this elven quality to them) and the ability to laugh...even if it's by the hands of it's own trickster qualities.
At 11:40 PM the Moon squares Saturn and then meets Chiron by conjunction at 2:57 AM. Being able to accomplish something, even if it is small, will help to ease the tension of that square. Boundaries are a beautiful thing and they are invoked here. With the conjunction to Chiron, we may be given awareness of hidden biases or addictions that we need to work to shore up and rectify. These are important issues to address because our ability to cope and accept these Chironic issues will be tested when Saturn turns direct and squares Chiron once more. That's way out in the future...but still a task we have on tap that needs to be an ongoing affair.
Overall, today is good for spiritual cleanings, Hoodoo baths, saunas, detoxes and finishing up projects already in progress. It's good for more leisurely affairs too in so far as searching for new information/ideas that may birth inspiration...especially in the creative realm. Saturn and Uranus are still in trine, so learning and incorporating some of the new and innovative ideas that Uranus in Aries has brought forth is also good exercise. Plus, we can focus in on building boundary and security around these new innovations (particularly in the realm of technology) while setting personal standards for their use. It's time to start incorporating all this rapid advancement in a responsible way. Saturn/Uranus also values efforts taking toward a social agenda, establishing authenticity and even upcycling/recycling. So, in your clearance efforts, before you just throw something away to fill the dump, check to see if it can be recycled or inspect items to see if they can be renovated for an entirely new purpose.


Scattered motivations and the potential for irritability will be the big players. However, after the Sun enters Gemini, some of that could dissipate and, as I said, we could feel a little more flexible and light. The Moon is Void after she crosses Chiron by conjunction until entering Aries at 6:12 AM tomorrow morning.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Moon enters Aries early this morning shifting the emotional realm from dreamy, empathic and perhaps overly emotional to being more prone to be out and active. Her first aspect is a nice and light sextile with our Sun newly in Gemini at 7:13 AM. This feels pretty good! Save the potential for crazy weather (which does have potential in a few areas), it's a good day to venture out and be active. It's also fairly social and favors making new friends.


That social atmosphere is backed by a lunar opposition to Jupiter at 5:39 AM tonight. This is another “get together” aspect (as it waxes in our evening hours) that wants you to remember not to leave yourself out. That means, don't over-accommodate, don't compromise yourself or your priorities and don't pretend to be something you are not just to go along and get along. Balance out the polarity between self and other. Besides that, reach out to trusted friends and enjoy the light and mobile potential here. Since the opposition officially perfects overnight in the time zones I address, dreams may also bring visits from friends/loved ones who have passed over or just be active/vivid in general.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Moon remains active in Aries this morning. Her first aspect is a warm embrace by conjunction with Venus at 10:10 AM. This is nice. Gentle. Likely active. It's also great for self-care and doing what you need to do in order to appease and honor your physical body. It can be competitive...but, it doesn't have to be. It can also be mutually supportive. Meaning, you aren't in a race here. Support others as they chase their ambitions and by doing so you will attract folks that support you in the same way.
I mention the competition factor because at 2:45 PM, the Moon passes by Pluto by square. Plus, Venus is headed that way for the same thing soon. The Venus/Pluto square waxes now but is due to perfect just before the New Moon in Gemini on the 25th.


For the Moon/Pluto square we may see grappling for resources, attempts at emotional manipulation particularly through shaming and use of guilt and other subservient emotional tactics. However, used at the highest and it allows us to face off with our fears, learn to build better and stronger emotional boundaries and to pierce below the surface of the psyche in order to better understand what it is under the hood driving this machine. Expect that not everyone will take the high road and will instead be jealous, forceful, controlling...not that you have to put up with that. Just be wary of the potential and steer yourself away from that if needed.


For Venus square Pluto, on the low end is jealousy or abuses in the realm of finances (even birthing substantial debt) or an over attachment to the material realm are possible. Whenever I see Venus/Pluto in harsh aspect, I often think of vampires and past relationships coming back in to haunt or tempt us. Plus, when Pluto is around temptation is always a factor. Low end Venus/Pluto can suck your materials and life force right out of you. While high end expressions can cause the well to overflow. If you run into old lovers and it's less than a savory affair, look for what you might be missing in the way of lessons and unfinished business. Also look for ways you might unwittingly leave that channel open. As this aspect waxes in and the Moon wanes, it's a good time to deliberately take effort to release yourself from more negative attachments that involve matters of the heart and finances. Shore up leaks and cut the cord on non-supportive or draining/controlling relationships. Also, remain aware of waste and the need to be accountable for such. This includes efforts at upcycling and recycling as well as being a conscientious consumer. Use your spending power wisely and mindfully.


At 6:37 PM, the Moon dances with Mars in Gemini. These two energies between Aries and Gemini have a tendency to get on marvelously. Again, it's light and active. Great for dancing and socialization or fits well with the ongoing wind down of things we have left on our task list that need completion prior to the New Moon.
Overnight, the Moon will conjunct Uranus (3:00 AM) and trine Saturn in Sagittarius (2:16 AM). There's a type of satisfaction that comes with the ability to live authentically and remain personally aware of and accountable for ourselves. If you are not on par with this, you might feel quite unsettled...that's your cue to deliberately make changes or adjustments. Otherwise, it's a fairly stable thing that could have us dreaming of all the wonderfulness we can create from our strong, well boundaried and authentic space.
Following the conjunction with Uranus, the Moon is Void until entering Taurus at 8:33 AM in the morning.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Moon shifts gears and enters Taurus at 8:33 AM. This is more stable and grounded than what we experienced with the Aries Moon. But, also more stubborn and less flexible. It's good for plodding and setting a slower pace than Gemini Mars may be comfortable with. Plus with Venus waxing toward Pluto and just leaving her opposition with Jupiter, some may be inclined toward big purchases. As long as it fits in your budget, go for it. Plus, mindful and purposeful purchases is a nice expression of Venus/Pluto. Just make sure you are getting what you paid for and remember to check for quality and potential return on investment.



The Moon does meet Mercury by conjunction at 10:14 PM. Other than that we have the Taurus Moon in all her splendor save a minor aspect from Mars. The night favors routine and practicality. To enhance sleep, a nice warm bath, a massage or a little sweet snack before bedtime may help. Yet, Taurus loves the good sheets especially after they've come freshly from the wash along. Add that with a little sachet or spritz of lavender and you've got Taurean kryptonite my friend. You'll sleep like a child.







Monday, May 15, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for May 15 to May 19, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Today looks rather stable for the most part. We wake up with the Moon in Capricorn in sextile to Neptune at 5:52 AM. It is industrious but willing to accommodate. The sensitive leader Moon that maintains a sense of compassion for those under his wing is a figurative representation of this Moon. This can be quite creative and empathic but remains grounded and purposefully driven.


From here the Moon moves on to square Jupiter in Libra at 6:12 AM. Again, not a horrible aspect. It could amplify emotions or steer the mood toward being less dour. We may feel as if we have a lot on our plates. Yet, overall, it's fairly buoyant.


The Moon continues through Capricorn passing over Mars in Gemini by inconjunct at 11:01 AM then sinks into a conjunction with Pluto at 4:25 PM. And, here's the thing about all that. Mars ventures into out of bounds status today. He goes rogue. Out of reach of the regulating body of the Sun. This is not rare. However, it does mark a period of time that can be rather daring and physically active. With that, forward progress can, indeed, by made (which is a blessing to hear, right?). What we want to do, though, is remain conscientious of our motivations, where it is we are initiating and how, plus remind mindful of our actions themselves. Mindfulness is key since we don't want to end up severely progressed on a path that is not really of our choosing. Do much. But, know what you are doing. You know? In that way, we can progress where we need/want to without wasting this on efforts that don't support our overall goals.

Gemini can be easily distracted. Mars in Gemini has a tendency to talk a good game but needs to remember that talking about doing something and actually doing it are two totally different things. This is actually true of all our Air Mars placements. Thinking about doing something is not doing it either. There is a need to ground action into the physical sphere. Talk less. Do more. While focusing on the true task at hand which is something we should be well practiced at given the beginning of this Spring's plodding pace. So, while we will be filled with wonderful aspirations, inspirations and physical energy may return to accommodate that, remember there was a reason we were so practiced and schooled in focus and diligence prior to Mars reaching this unleashed and rogue status. So that we can use it to maximum benefit.

The GOOD side of Mars in Gemini is that he can multi-task. He is also driven to make friends and social contacts that can further him on his chosen path. Networking is an astute talent and being a social creature (like a high functioning Gemini) can pay off now and in the future. Plus, this guy is generally a lot of fun. His actions are light handed and often joyful. Plus he remains nimble and able to juggle more than one task at a time.


Now, as our boss Moon passes sideways by Mars, she gets an inkling of all his wonderful plans. Then, as she meets the higher octave of Mars, Pluto, by conjunction, she becomes eager. Perhaps inflamed with passion and desire. Hungry to achieve these ambitions being birthed by Mars.

We are quite familiar with the negative expression of Moon/Pluto by way of emotional manipulation, abuse and a desire to control just about everything. The high expression coming from Capricorn though is to control the base and primal desires and direct them toward a goal. Self-control and mastery of more subservient fears. To use this aspect set up to the highest, assess the goals of Mars but speak not of them. Keep them to yourself and channel any energy that you may have used to openly speak of what you are planning to do instead toward implementation. Remember, the hallmark of Capricorn is goal setting, leadership, follow through, integrity and fortitude. Imbue Mars in Gemini with this focus and use the Moon/Pluto conjunction to plot your path with determination to follow through with those efforts. But, yes, keep your plans to yourself for now. Talk less. Do more and remain intent on focus.

Mercury resides most of the day at the 29th degree of Aries. So, there is a push...almost an impetus to get started right now. An anxiousness as Mars and Mercury remain in mutual reception for the last of this evening. At midnight, though, Mercury moves from Aries to Taurus. This means he is due to settle down substantially and take a more practical and common sense approach to his task list ahead. Also remember the Moon is waning now. The best place to start with getting things accomplished is to begin with what you already have in place and wind down existing projects so that you can give full and undivided attention to these new ventures you may just now be feeling called toward. The best time to initiate new action comes with the New Moon in Gemini. From now until then, we are laying ground work for that by clearing off our current agenda. Mars remains out of bounds all the way through June. So, this heightened energy is going to last awhile. Pace yourself. Plot it out and plan to follow through.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Any efforts you took in grounding out the energy of late yesterday evening comes in handy today. We begin with the Moon still in Capricorn early. She trines our Earthy Taurus Sun just before daybreak (5:19 AM) and then moves from that stable position to square Uranus at 6:24 AM. We are grounded and settled but there is potential for anxiety to creep back in. Morning routines could be upset or feel scattered and erratic. Don't be afraid to wing it in light of the unexpected. Maintain your steerage.

The Moon then goes on to sextile Chiron which is a test of our coping mechanisms and our ability to set a positive example. This occurs at 9:50 AM and ushers the Moon into Void status.

What I suspect is that Moon/Uranus has potential to either wake us up spry or upset our apple cart. Don't be too upset if normal routine plans go awry. Life happens like that sometimes. Deal with things according to their priority. Know that “dealing with things” is probably what we will spend the rest of the morning doing.

 


The Moon re-activates in cool headed Aquarius at 1:51 PM. The gut check with that will be that she squares off with Mercury newly in Taurus shortly after (2:56 PM). This pits over-complicating things or over-thinking things against a call for common sense. It can also have an emotional push to try something new but it's hard to wrap our brains around that since it will push us from our comfortable routine. To balance it out, do employ some common and grounded sense in emotional situations. But, coax your mind toward new ways of operation by offering it the incentive to do so. These are both fixed signs, so the struggle could be real. Balance it out with practicality and incentive toward change if that is what you deem necessary for yourself. Aquarius Moon may accuse Mercury in Taurus of oversimplification. Yet, Mercury in Taurus will accuse Aquarius Moon of over-complicating things or being too cold and detached from reality. Touch ground but remain open to change.

Overnight, we have some criss-crossing inconjuncts. The first comes by way of the Sun to Saturn at 1:30 AM. The second from Jupiter in Libra to Neptune in Pisces. This colors in the dreamscape. Sagittarius rules dreams. Jupiter rules Sagittarius. Neptune is sleep and also the ethereal plane while the Sun in Taurus makes all this seem real. Pay attention to what happens in the dreamscape. If you don't remember, trust there was important and relevant work that probably went down there tonight.

Jupiter inconjunct Neptune could cast a haze or fog over both today and tomorrow. Where things seem just out of the confines of real. Again, use the Earth energy we have on hand to ground and stabilize but enjoy the watercolor feel. Also know this makes “reality” a very bendable thing. Use that to your advantage if you can.
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This morning we are a bit hung over from the Jupiter/Neptune inconjunct. However, the Moon does make minor aspect with Saturn at about Noon which can help us to ground things out as that aspect wanes. The Moon remains active in Aquarius.

At 2:10 PM, the Moon passes by Venus in a nice sextile. This is relaxing, upbeat, prone to be out in the wild and active. Lean into what makes you feel good and grab a few friends to tag along if you'd like. It's not very productive but it can bring a sense of ease and freedom to the day.

The Moon continues on the upswing and has her social inclination tickled with a windy trine to Jupiter at 5:17 PM. This favors social interaction and hanging in light conversation with one's tribe. This windy but warm breeze persists as the Moon now moves on to make yet another Air trine...this time with Mars in Gemini at 1:39 AM.

It's an active day, surely. But, it's not one that is necessarily pressurized. It's easy breezy. Favoring light activity over sweaty. Social fun over seriousness. Laughter is great medicine as is just getting out and being mobile. It feels rather light and upbeat communication is favored. It actually looks like a good day to play hooky...rebel against what you are expected to do and have a little unscripted fun instead. Why not?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Moon is still breezy and light and in Aquarius. However, our Taurus Sun is humbled a bit and perhaps discovers a thorn in his paw by way of a sextile to Chiron. This helps us to become more empathic to the plight of others while also recognizing our own limitations. We can support one another in this way. It's solid but empathic. Stable but not completely dry or devoid of caring. Hugs likely fit well as well as non-judgmental support of self and others.

 
Sun/Chiron perfects at 4:06 PM. Then, the Moon moves into a sextile with Uranus in Aries at 5:02 PM. Yep. We all have our limitations. We all have limps we need to work with. Once we accept that, we can move forward more freely. This is the kind embrace of knowing that you nor I are perfect and that's ok. It's the friendship given to self and others in spite of imperfection. The warm embrace and acceptance of whatever limitations we find and the impetus to deal with that and do whatever we had in mind anyway. In our own way. In our own time without worrying about judgment from the outside and dismissing more sour self-judgments as well.

We are all a little weird by someone's standards. So? Go with it while accepting the differences in others as well.

The Moon quickly moves in to sextile Saturn at 5:07 PM bringing stabilization and accountability to the table. Of course, this also denotes the waxing trine coming in from Saturn and Uranus which is due to perfect at 2:17 AM overnight. Rebel with a cause. Change your mode of operations with a goal in mind. Write your own rules. Remain self-accountable but don't be afraid to do your own thing.

In the meantime our Last Quarter Moon perfects at 8:34 PM echoing the same type of tension we felt when the Moon squared Mercury. Over-thinking versus common sense. Making it too complicated versus over-simplification. Release where necessary. Enjoy the fact that emotionality is shrinking from our super intense Full Moon in Scorpio...let go...let go...let go. A little practicality and common sense goes a very, very long way. Following the last quarter, the Moon is Void until entering Pisces at 11:53 PM tonight.


Friday, May 19, 2017
 
This morning, the Moon is in dreamy Pisces. Overnight, Saturn met Uranus, officially by trine for the second time. The first was at the end of December last year. This is self-accountability mixed with personal authenticity and ingenuity. It is the mark of the rebel with a cause and can equate to progress made toward social issues or simply solidifying one's independence by way of being personally accountable and responsible. This occurs at 26 degrees of our fire signs.


The Sabian Symbol for Uranus at 27 Aries: (From Dane Rudhyar's Wheel of Significance) Through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained. Beginning of mental maturity and slow growth of the creative faculty. Revision of attitude. Mental house-cleaning.

The Sabian Symbol for Saturn at 26 Sagittarius: Flag bearer distinguishes himself in hand to hand battle. Exaltation of physical valor as necessary support to lofty race ideals. Spectacular effort. Endowment beyond realization.

This aspect, under a Pisces Moon and accompanied with the fact that Venus waxes into opposition with Jupiter (10:12 AM) is a very promising set up. It could be the dream realized. A lucky break. A sign that you have the ability to manifest your dreams and create whatever it is that you put your whole self consciously into. The imagination tickles itself with that potential as the Pisces Moon passes by Mercury in Taurus prior to the Venus/Jupiter opposition at 5:39 AM. Set your intentions solidly. Say a little wish, even, if you'd like. Then, stay open to opportunities and possibilities as they present. Walk into this day with a positive attitude and a vow to be deliberately joyful and watch as that kind of energy returns to you...sometimes in rather unexpected ways.

It's a perfect day for sharing your joy as under a Pisces Moon the mood can be contagious. Spread yours or catch someone else's but boundaries are nicely in play so that you can build your own joy and exude it through authentic personal expression and sending that out into the world to spread like wildfire. It's great for gentle generosities. Taking time to stop and smell the roses and notice everyday blessings. It's great for the imagination and creative efforts. All in all, it's a nice Friday that holds plenty of room for feeling pretty darn good one way or another.

The Saturn/Uranus trine also involves a kite with the transiting nodal axes. It is time to break away from the pack. This set up is surely impetus to do so. Use it wisely and deliberately. Make your mark! Be true to yourself and shine on. Break through.












Thursday, May 11, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for May 11 through May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Moon in Scorpio is Void most of the morning. This gives the piqued emotionality of the Full Moon in Scorpio time to settle down. The pot simmers.



The Moon reactivates in Sagittarius at 1:01 PM EDT. Just in time for Mars to officially find Neptune by square. The Moon is in fire but our fire planet is a little drunk. There could be a desire here to become more mobile by way of the Moon. However, physical energy could dissipate. Motivations could become confused. Or, folks could be tired or sick. Feel for the flow and follow that. Which means, if you find that physical energy is high...go with it and monopolize upon the high tide. If you are feeling tired and distracted, don't push yourself. Float on along. Whatever you feel, go with that. Don't kid yourself, though. The Full Moon was kind of exhausting. If you need to take a rest, don't shortchange yourself. Mars is headed out of bounds and toward a trine with Jupiter. There's a lot of potential for days ahead that are more supportive for physical activity.
Meanwhile, though, Mercury finds Saturn by trine at 4:15 PM. So, while physically we may not feel up to par, the brain settles from it's interaction with Uranus and final decision making can occur. I really think this will be nice after two weeks of electric brain shocks. We can let what we've discovered during that time to solidify and incorporate the facts into our future decision making. We may not like what we know. But, we can use it going forward.


It's a good day for thinking, philosophizing and letting the body and emotional system rest in favor of really rolling all this information that was unleashed over. If you have a message to deliver, it will likely bear impact upon the audience. I do encourage you to listen to what is given by way of conversations today. It will be solid and likely usable stuff.


Friday, May 12, 2017

This morning the Moon is active in Sagittarius on Jupiter's day. Or the Day of Thor. However, you want to look at it. I prefer Thor. I'm not a huge Jupiter fan. He knows this.


The Moon did make a lovely trine with Venus in Aries before dawn. It's comfortable and mobile. Though, few were likely stirring for it. It could have produced a few sweet dreams though and may kick start some Jupiterian activity for later in the morning just in time for Mars to trine Jupiter himself at 6:20 AM. We likely feel better this morning unless you have some wonky aspects in your chart that overrule that. There are issues with Mars/Jupiter, though. We could place too much emphasis on doing for others when we need to focus on our own agenda. We could over-extend or over-reach. Perhaps even over-promise on what we can effectively deliver. But, other than that, it's a great day for gentle generosities and becoming a little more mobile. Stretching your legs. Going for a walk. Coming into the moment and allowing your body to drink all that in. Even some lighthearted social interaction fits well.

Of course, the catch to that is going to be the Moon squaring off with Neptune at 5:10 PM. The more you are out and about, the more permeable you are to the energies you surround yourself with. That's kind of what Moon/Neptune does. It dissolves boundaries, increases empathy and intuition. It can also cause fatigue and increased emotionality. The good news about that though is that it you can steer it to work in your favor. Surround yourself with positive upbeat folks and those kind of feelings become contagious too. Or, set your mood by the music or art or you expose yourself too. Another possibility is that we feed off the Mars/Jupiter energy as it waxes in and then by Moon/Neptune we are ready for some social withdraw or a nap. That's all fine. Just know that the energies you surround yourself with could very well rub off on you and some folks could become fairly emotional sensitive...touchy...as a result of this.
It's kind of important to note that. Because, the next stop the Moon makes is a sextile to Jupiter in Libra less than an hour later (5:59 PM). So, emotions are permeable and then become amplified. Note how you feel around certain folks and in certain situations. If it feels bad, slimy or yucky...dismiss yourself from it quickly. But, know the increase in empathy could be helpful if you really want to be able to relate to someone. Then you can steer Moon/Jupiter toward more uplifting and supportive things if you choose. Meaning, your uplifting perspective could rub off on someone else too. Makes it a great set up for random acts of kindness or just being nice for no other reason than to attempt to spread that sentiment. You feel good as a result of brightening the day of someone else. I fail to see how that could be a bad thing. It's definitely a day in which being kind and considerate to others is accentuated. You just don't want to over-extend or over-promise yourself. Be realistic in it, you know?

The Moon moves on to create a little ambiguity between the emotional state and physical desires with an opposition to Mars at 6:46 PM. To balance this appropriately, remember the positive qualities of Jupiter. Generosity. Truthfulness. Humility. Grace. Jupiter still touches both Mars and the Moon here. So, his positive expression is the fulcrum you need to reach for.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Today starts out well enough. The first major aspect from the Moon is a trine to Uranus at 5:47 PM. So, that's pretty nice even it may make us temporarily manic. Holding true to accountability and authentic self-expression is the way to go with this. Especially since the Moon finds Saturn by conjunction a little bit later at 6:58 PM. That brings us to ground rather quickly but can also solidify emotional boundaries, cause accomplishment to be emotionally supportive and stabilize the otherwise erratic potential of Moon trine Uranus. It's a great set up to embark on innovative solutions for long standing problems especially those that may arise as hindrances from the emotional body.


The Moon remains active as she then squares Chiron at 9:21 PM encouraging us to lean into effective coping mechanisms which both Saturn and Uranus can help with by way of detachment, grounding and boundaries as appropriate. Then, it all comes home to roost in the mental body before we go to sleep with a lunar trine to Mercury at 10:16 PM. This is going to play out in relation to how effectively we can steer the mental body (which needs to be a deliberate act right now). It could cause us to be up with brain spin. Or, it could mean our minds are settled and optimistic about brighter days. You hold the keys on that depending on your perspective. So, feel free to zoom in or out as needed. Jupiter and Saturn continue to rewind. So, matters of our personal history can be revisited and effectively re-scripted. In doing so, our perspective on the future and how we think about that could also be altered in a positive way. Maintain your license to change your mind so you can rest more easily. Either way, it's likely a night of active dreaming. Keep your dream diaries and a pen close.
The Moon is Void following the trine with Mercury until entering Capricorn at 1:39 AM.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Ah Mother's Day. And, all the good, bad and ugly that goes with that. LOL. Seriously. It's kind of a tedious thing for me to talk about holidays anymore. I never know who (or what) I might trigger. Especially when it comes to holidays that deal with family. So. Let me just say, “Happy Mother's Day” and leave it at that.


Interestingly enough, though, the Moon is in the sign of Father on this day. Or, it could denote the crone or older Mom and grandmother. Or, it could even relate to a father who had a more motherly role. Or, the worst end...the cold and unfeeling Mom. So. Yeah. There's that. It's really kind of sober and adherent to things like tradition and routine, though.
There are no major aspects throughout the day. So, we experience the well boundaried and responsible Capricorn Moon in all her purity. Until an uncomfortable square with Venus that comes in at about 10:30 PM. This is where we deal with all the uncomfortable stuff that holidays like this may dredge up. Just remember, if you have issues with the whole parent thing...you are not your parent. They are not you. Your children are also not you and so on and so forth. Be nice to yourself. That's the main call of this square and stow your negative self-assessments for now. If you didn't have the ideal parent there is nothing stopping you from being that ideal in an effort to parent your own inner child effectively and just letting all that other stuff go for now. It's also perfectly ok to mourn what wasn't though. That's an important effort taken in self-care, for sure. Again, be nice to yourself.