May 30, 2011

Astrological Trends for May 30 - June 5

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

A powerful problem solving day begins on Monday, May 30th, with the moon in the fixed earth sign of Taurus conjunct Mars, the planet of action, in Taurus. Together, they form a steadying and polite quincunx to hard-working Saturn in diplomatic Libra. This combination allows you to flow easily from thinking to doing. Saturn receives support from a trine to the sun in Gemini until June 4th. Constructive communication is favored now and anyone who writes or sells for a living can have a few very productive and satisfying days. Your physical energy should be high and your willpower will be strong, as well, with the air sign Gemini sun receiving a shot of strength from a quincunx to powerful Pluto in Capricorn. Some conflict between old and new may arise from time to time this week due to Uranus in upstart Aries making a challenging square to Pluto in traditional Capricorn. But Pluto is also involved in a sextile to Chiron in Pisces, indicating there will be opportunities for healing transformation. Jupiter, now in the final degree of Aries, is sextile Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune in favorable aspect to each other act as a protective and blessing energy. Grace will be present if you have any difficult situations to handle this week. Mars, Venus, and Mercury are all in the sensual fixed earth sign of Taurus. They help you create things that are useful or beautiful, follow through on projects, and enjoy the material pleasures of life. The quincunx between the moon and Saturn fades as the day progresses. Your mood will lighten up as you move from work to leisure pursuits. The pleasure-seeking Taurus moon joins Venus and Mars by the evening. You may be singing, "All You Need is Love." And maybe a good meal, wine, music, and a partner to make the most of a potentially romantic evening.

Negotiations and formalizing plans are favored activities on Tuesday, May 31st, when the Taurus moon joins Mercury in Taurus. The fixed earth energy of Taurus, when filtered through the emotions and intellect, makes you practical, purposeful, and steady. Monday's quincunx between the sun in Gemini and Pluto in Capricorn is gone at lunchtime, removing some pressure or feeling of urgency. You no longer feel as though everything rests on you alone or is a test of your capability. Later this afternoon, the moon in Taurus forms a square to Neptune in Pisces. For some, this may bring up feelings of unrequited love, a yearning for something you can't have, or nostalgia for things from the past. As you bring a project to a close, you may also feel that you weren't able to do a perfect job. The less-than-perfect impression is just a Neptune illusion. In reality, you have probably done the best that you could, and after this square fades, you will see that this is so. When the square begins to dissolve between the moon and Neptune later this evening, the moon leaves Taurus and enters the mutable air sign of Gemini. Gemini curiosity looks ahead to new ideas and fresh beginnings. You feel the tickle of the Gemini new moon approaching.

On Wednesday, June 1st, a new moon in the mutable air sign of Gemini joins the sun and a partial eclipse makes the event slightly more noticeable. Together, the moon and sun form a favorable trine to Saturn in the cardinal air sign of Libra. On a simplistic level, Gemini represents childlike, selfish thought and Libra represents more mature, relationship-minded thought. This strong trine can help you take new scattered thoughts and bring them to a working, cooperative level. It is important to consider not just the moon in Gemini today, but also Mercury, which is Gemini's ruling planet. A challenging square aspect between Mercury in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces can distort your perception of reality and create feelings of lack or disappointment in the midst of the new moon anticipation. It is important to maintain faith now, even if you can't see how something may come into being. Rather than looking at what keeps you from achieving your dreams, focus on identifying and refining your dreams. The "how" of things will come to you after you settle on the "what." Mercury in Taurus is mildly supported by a semi-sextile to Jupiter in Aries, which helps you stay optimistic in the face of any challenge. The new moon and partial eclipse is an opportunity to rest in the field of potential without attachment and to refine your thoughts and communication skills. When the lights go out on a room full of people, it is natural for them to call out to each other and ask if anyone has a light. Who are the people in your life you need to call? Where do you need to shine some light?

Getting up to speed is the work of the day on Thursday, June 2nd, as Mercury enters the mutable air sign of Gemini. Now that Mercury has moved out of the pragmatic fixed earth energy of Taurus and has entered its "home" sign, you can expect things to quicken and lift off in your life. Check your own natal chart to see which house, or area of life, Gemini occupies. The moon in Gemini semi-sextile to Venus in Taurus makes you feel good about the new cycle that has begun and helps you take whatever next step is necessary to follow through on new moon ideas or plans.

An emotional integration day arrives on Friday, June 3rd, as the moon enters the cardinal water sign of sensitive Cancer and forms a trine to Neptune and Chiron in dreamy Pisces. Your new ideas or plans may have taken off quickly and now you are adjusting to the newness on an emotional level. The moon square Uranus in Aries and Mercury sextile Uranus in Aries indicates that while you may want and like the idea of newness and change, it could be an uncomfortable sensation emotionally. But the moon is also semi-sextile to Mercury in mutable Gemini, giving you the desire to adapt and move ahead. The combined energy of these aspects has a creative or romantic overtone. Your emotions may be wrapped up in love or artistic expression. At lunchtime, a potentially volatile and erratic T-square forms, which can precipitate an emotional upheaval and transformation. The emotional moon in sensitive Cancer opposes intense Pluto in serious Capricorn. The moon also squares unpredictable Uranus in pioneering Aries, and Uranus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn. I cannot predict exactly how this may affect you personally without looking at your own natal chart, but a loss or release of something or someone to whom you have a strong attachment may be necessary in order to have a new beginning or a dramatically different life. Early in the evening, the T-square falls apart, but your emotions may still feel some strain as the Cancer moon squares Saturn in Libra. The lesson in this square aspect is responsible love, duty, or honor.

Your emotions will become more grounded on Saturday, June 4th, as the moon in the cardinal water sign of Cancer forms a supportive sextile to Mars in Taurus, as well as a semi-sextile to the sun in the mutable air sign of Gemini. It is easy to know exactly what you are feeling, to communicate your emotions clearly, and to take affirmative action. At midday, Mercury in Gemini forms a quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn, enhancing your powers of mental reasoning and deduction. If you have to solve a logistic problem or argue for your stance on an issue, do it now. An evening of nurturing and indulging in pleasure, alone or with a partner, is indicated when the moon in caring Cancer forms a supportive sextile to affectionate Venus in sensual Taurus. Enjoy this little oasis on your journey through a challenging week.

Put on your armor and carry an umbrella on Sunday, June 5th. Be prepared for anything in your personal life and keep your eye on the weather and world news. A very active and intense set of planetary aspects is in place today. At the start of the day, the moon in the cardinal water sign of Cancer forms a quincunx to Neptune in Pisces, and also squares Jupiter in Taurus. You may be wondering which way to go and how to grow or expand in a grounded or practical way. In past trends, I have mentioned that days when a planet changes signs can be especially intense or make you feel unsettled until you integrate the new energy. Today is such a day because Jupiter has finally left the cardinal fire sign of Aries and has entered the fixed earth sign of Taurus. This is an extremely materialistic Jupiter placement and it may turn your attention to your physical needs and finances. The positive side of Jupiter in Taurus is the ability to become more abundant through steady effort. The negative side is greed and gluttony, continually wanting more rather than being satisfied with enough. At lunchtime, the moon enters the fixed fire sign of Leo, which is a refreshing change from the past few days of a complicated water moon cycle. In the early afternoon, the Leo moon forms a favorable trine to Uranus in Aries. Early this evening, the Leo moon forms a sextile to Mercury in Gemini. The moon also forms a quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn. I see this group of lunar aspects symbolically as a cavalry of men on horses beginning to charge into battle with a big burst of noise and color. An afternoon and evening of creativity, boldness, courage, and resolve can be used to make things happen or push hard for something you want. Outdoor activities, physical sports, or competitive games can help you burn off some of this energy if it is too intense for you. Early this evening, two yod aspect patterns form. I feel this may be significant on a political or global level and may mark an event that transforms and changes our lives for the better. A yod is formed with Pluto and the moon in Leo and Pluto and Mercury in Gemini. Another yod is formed by the moon in Leo and Pluto in Capricorn and the moon and Chiron in Pisces. The Leo moon is sextile Mercury in Gemini and Pluto is sextile to Chiron in Pisces. The moon/Uranus trine and the Pluto/Uranus square make me think that people will demand a change and bring real pressure to bear on politicians or government. The Leo moon makes people aware of their "pride" and Mercury in Gemini considers everyone a brother or sister. Perhaps the planetary energy this evening will make a unity consciousness a logical next step in our evolution. The energy of a major shift caps off a week of many changes.

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