Trying to see things in the best possible light and using clever, intense yet charming reasoning to make a case are two themes that will likely pull focus over the next couple of days, as mental Mercury and loving Venus join forces in glib Gemini (exact on Friday). Idealism tends to run high when Mercury and Venus make contact. What are those folks wearing rose-colored glasses reluctant to face, I wonder…
In contrast to yesterday, there are no potentially explosive aspects to the peace-seeking Libra Moon today, which should quell most urges to bicker and snipe. A serious focus on ambition and emotional issues rolls in as the evening progresses, courtesy of an exact hook-up between Moon and stern Saturn at 9:31PM ET. Let it percolate, as the Moon will then be void until 8:31AM ET on Friday.
Moon enters relationship-oriented Libra at 6:46AM ET, shifting the need of the day to justice, fairness, balance and — oh, wouldn’t it be nice if those people-pleasing efforts were appreciated, fuhgawdsake? That’s a broad and patently irreverent summation of the potential flow of this day: everything going all nice and smooth in perfect harmony…and then — surprise — around 7:56PM ET or sooner, the equilibrium is disrupted, perhaps because Venus is retrograde and someone forgot to say, “please” and “thank you”. Will it evolve into the surreal, like those clever “get rid of cable” commercials currently airing on TV? With aggressive Mars in perfectionist Virgo challenging mental Mercury in glib Gemini at 8:20PM ET, impassioned speech and ideas — possibly leading to a verbal outburst — may be on the horizon as the evening unfolds. But there’s no need for your house to explode. Keep up with planetary patterns and you can be a centered observer in the middle of any storm.
For those receiving the forecast via email: Yes, I know it is now Tuesday, May 29th. Error corrected, as forecast. Have a fabulous day! : )
OK, break’s over. Back to work — with the energetic efficiency suggested by a feisty hook up between proactive Mars and Moon in perfectionist Virgo. Last week — and some of the weekend — was a bit spacey, with all that nebulous Neptune energy in the air. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found a few snafus made then that need to be corrected now.
Meanwhile, a challenge between Moon and loving Venus (still retrograde) at 1:44PM T suggests good vibes — especially with women. A creative connection between Venus and Uranus — exact on Wednesday — is not to be missed, especially if you’re in need of innovation. Put your thinking cap on!
Your voids for the work week are practically nil for US time zones — but here they are, for folks reading this overseas: Wednesday 1:50AM – 6:46AM ET; Thursday 9:31PM ET – Friday 8:31AM ET.
Finally, for those who have asked, I will be back from this most excellent astrology conference later this week — and available for consultations on Monday.
Illusions, ideals, inspiration and fantasy — who knows what kind of escape your dreams may have taken you on while you were sleeping. Moon entered perfectionist Virgo at 2:06AM ET and is challenged by nebulous Neptune at 7:46AM ET, so take note of your waking thoughts. An easy connection between Sun and innovative Uranus continues to support the theme of visionary and revolutionary thinking and communication — set by the New Moon on May 20th. And this afternoon we may see a challenge to those new patterns, which the Virgo Moon can refine and reorganize to its heart’s content.
Virgo is also a sign of service, and as this is officially Memorial Day in the United States, it offers a proper and dignified energy which can be constructively applied to remembering those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Did you know this holiday dates back to the end of the Civil War, and that it used to be called Decoration Day? According to Wikipedia, by the turn of the 20th Century, many families observed Memorial Day by visiting graves of all (deceased) relatives, not just those who died in service.
In my family, decorating the graves of our ancestors with bright red geraniums is a ritual started by my grandmother many years ago. We load up the back of the Jeep with a few dozen hardy plants, a trowel and topsoil in preparation for the annual World Cemetery Tour, which now covers four cemeteries on backcountry roads connecting two New England towns. The cows always seem happy to see us. I believe our ancestors are happy to see us, too.
A void of course Moon in Cancer begins at 10:34AM ET and carries us through the whole business day — not to enter Leo until 6:11AM ET. If you didn’t get it off your desk yesterday, be prepared for unexpected twists and detours if you’re trying to move swiftly in a straight line. The potential for communication snafus is also higher than usual, courtesy of a challenge between nebulous Neptune and mental Mercury. On the plus side, you may find opportunities for creative brainstorming, as long as you can be flexible with your schedule. Go with the flow! If you’re new to the forecast and don’t know what a void of course Moon is, check out the forecast posted on February 10, 2012.
Once Moon enters royal Leo, the party mood sets in, kicking off a festive holiday weekend here in the States. Enjoy the fun on Saturday — with or without the rose-tinted glasses suggested by patterns that are particularly idealistic. More easy flow on Sunday, with a special nod to innovative ideas and communication, brought to you by a smooth connection between rebel Uranus and Mercury. How will this tie in with your New Moon agenda, which highlights visionary shifts in words and ideas? And what challenge to that agenda will you note on Monday around 4:16PM ET, suggested by the First Quarter Moon? Eh…worry about it on Monday. On Sunday, the fun-loving Leo Moon goes void on an exuberant, indulgent connection to expansive Jupiter — at 7:54 PM ET.
Not much to add to yesterday’s forecast except mental Mercury’s shift from stubborn, security-oriented Taurus into flexible information-driven Gemini at 7:12AM ET. Review the posts for this week, paying attention to what’s been written about nebulous Neptune pulling focus.
Re: Mercury in Gemini: on the plus side: all those stick-in-the-mud types may begin to see that there’s another side to a situation — let’s hope it your side. At the very least, they may be willing to engage in a debate about it, even if it’s a theory hasn’t been concretely proven. If the stick-in-the-mud type in question happens to be you, maybe you’ll find yourself willing to consider other points of view. It’s possible that you could be weighing your options for quite some time before making a final decision — Gemini is not a sign known for rushing to make a commitment. That’s because Gemini is nearly always concerned that it doesn’t have enough information.
Re-read yesterday’s forecast on nebulous Neptune’s challenge to the Sun at 3 Gemini, exact tonight at 4:57PM ET…followed by another nebulous challenge to mental Mercury at the same degree of Gemini, exact Friday at 5:38PM ET. If you have a planet or key point — e.g., midheaven or ascendant around 3 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and/or Pisces, you are likely feeling this cotton candy transit more intensely than the general public. I happen to fall into this category, and today I managed to leave a iPad on an airline ticket counter and a pair of prescription glasses at a restaurant — d’oh! However, since I am oh-so lucky (and can sing a song to prove it), helpful angels chased after me with said left-behind items as I went merrily on my way. Who else has a planet at 3 Gemini? That’s the degree of Barack Obama’s Moon — and this was mentioned briefly in Monday’s forecast.
The upside of this transit is that my spirits are soaring, like a bunch of helium balloons. And I can’t think of a better place to be right now than the mystical city of New Orleans, which is hosting UAC, a big giant international astrology conference, over the next several days. Of course Venus is retrograde, suggesting opportunities to reconnect and/or rekindle past relationships, and I’m seeing that manifest as I reconnect with friends, mentors and colleagues I haven’t seen in a few years. I am also making a super-conscious effort to project warmth, charm and appreciation in every social interaction during this retrograde period and New Moon cycle. I can confirm that these efforts are not unnoticed by the Karma Police, as the quality of said social interactions has been deeper and more joyful. How about you?
With Moon in Cancer today thru 6:11PM ET on Friday, the day is driven by issues relating to emotional and homeland security, including home, Mom, money and apple pie. Efforts to hold on to something dear may be disrupted overnight, suggested by a challenge to the Moon by rebel Uranus at 10:30PM ET…followed by another challenge from ruthless Pluto at 1:34 AM ET. Or you may experience a flash of insight involving an emotional security matter — one that ultimately sets you free.
Get it off your desk today or tomorrow, as Moon will be void of course from 10:34AM ET thru 6:11PM ET. Can’t you start the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend a day early?
First, a bit of housekeeping — and gratitude to the reader who called my attention to the non-functioning links in recent forecasts. They are now all functioning, and by special request, here is an encore presentation of the link to the Joan Armatrading song, “I’m Lucky” from yesterday’s forecast. There are worse ways to start the day, especially in the beginning days of new lunar cycle.
Moon is still running strong in chatterbox Gemini, focusing the day on information and communication — especially really big ideas and worldly viewpoints. Anyone up for a philosophical discussion? Depth and substance in social interactions of a most congenial kind are favored around 5-7PM ET.
Magic, spirit, healing, film, music, art and other intangibles; confusion, delusion, dissolution — these themes may run strong in your world for the rest of the week, as nebulous Neptune challenges both the Sun (on Wednesday at 4:57PM ET) and mental Mercury (on Friday at 5:38PM ET). In the language of astrology, Neptune refers to things that may not be as they seem…or a force which dissolves whatever it touches. It suggests spiritual highs and the rosiest of dreams. It seeps through boundaries. It can cast a veil of illusion over a person, thing or idea — not a bad to have if you’re an actor on a stage…a wizard…a mystic…or a snake oil salesman. With Venus retrograde, you can enjoy the pixie dust and mirrors…without worrying about making a commitment to the show at this time.
Oh — one more thing — the Moon goes void at 6:51PM ET, giving you 12 1/2 hours to cast a few spells without consequence until Moon enters Cancer at 7:31AM ET on Wednesday and demands a focus on emotional security.
At 7:47PM EDT the New Moon arrives at 1 degree of Gemini, along with a solar eclipse. Eclipses act as “bottlenecks” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun or Moon is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on the interrupted point and allowing something new and possible fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden.
Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…and when it flows again, it’s possible that some drivers may hit the gas a little too hard — and wham! — there’s a sudden release of the bottlenecked energy. If you have a planet or point at the degree of an exceptionally potent eclipse, you may feel the effects of the release of the bottleneck for months afterward — sometimes even years. And here I would be thinking of Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner, who all have a major point or planet at 11 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, which was impacted by last June’s eclipse at 11 Gemini. Might they have been feeling a bit “eclipsed” over the past year?
In Gemini, the New Moon suggests a focus on new ideas, new mindsets, new ways of communication and gathering information. Got that? Your thoughts and your words can move mountains; i.e., they manifest in your physical reality. Don’t believe me? Here’s an article from last week about two people paralyzed from the neck down who can now move a robotic arm with their minds. Don’t believe that thought patterns can change? Check out this collection of 23 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today.
This New Moon offers us the opportunity to create a new way of positive thinking so that you can manifest a more positive reality. Don’t know how to do that? You could start by listening to this super-positive, life-affirming song by Joan Armatrading every morning. Hum it through the day and see if it changes the way you interact with your world for the better. Patterns in the chart for this New Moon strongly support visionary/revolutionary thinking and communication.
The Sabian Symbol for 1 degree of Gemini is “a glass-bottomed boat in still water”. This is an image of a self-contained, protected, transparent vessel that allows illuminating perspective into watery (emotions) depths. It’s an image that ties in nicely with the current Venus retrograde, which suggests a focus on courtesy and grace in our social expression. This image also supports nebulous Neptune, which is challenging Sun, Moon and the lunar nodes. The lunar nodes refer to the feminine and groups/associations. How can intuition, emotions and feminine/receptive principles clarify and/or change your thinking in the material world?
Interesting to note that this eclipse is almost exactly conjunct Mitt Romney’s Gemini Ascendant, using birth data of 3/12 47 9:51AM Detroit MI. This suggests Romney’s personal projection will be impacted. The eclipse is not quite as close to Barack Obama’s Moon at 3 Gemini; we may see the impact in Obama’s need to be seen as clever and informed in areas of work, service, homeland security and women. Visionary values may also be projected at this time (nebulous Neptune is almost exactly square Obama’s Moon).
This a week for big ideas! Take note of what’s flowing through your mind. And on Monday, note the potential for a clash of wills around 5:17PM ET and temper your communication accordingly.