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As this week begins, we are coming off the powerful Scorpio Full Moon and sliding right into Gemini season. The Sun and Mercury both move into Gemini on the 21st. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, so the Sun being in Gemini, ruled by Mercury, and conjoining Mercury is an astrological Double Whammy telling us that this is a very mental time – full of curiosity and anticipation and lots of ideas floating around, looking for a place to land. The Gemini influence can be a great aid in moving through things quickly.
Mars (assertive energy) is in Cancer, super sensitive and perhaps a bit touchy, approaching a challenging square to Chiron which will poke us in uncomfortable places and stimulate urges to react and perhaps lash out if we feel threatened. This discomfort is annoying to be sure, but also provides us with an opportunity to discover where we still have reactive wounds that perhaps are ready to emerge for healing. Under this influence it will be helpful to try to avoid blame and focus instead on looking inwards at the emotion itself. Emotions and feelings are energies – they can be dispelled on an energetic level through breath and opening the heart. This challenging dynamic will peak on the 23rd and then will begin to dissipate, but it is made easier by a harmonious aspect between Mars and Uranus (sextile aspect).
The energy of Mars harmonizes nicely with the tendency of Uranus to bring in radical change and new ideas. Under Mars and Uranus it becomes easier to let go of old thought patterns to which we are overly attached, and to embrace new ways of seeing our world and our experiences. […]
. This week offers some respite from the planetary intensity we’ve been seeing lately. Between May 11th and the 15th, we see only mild and pleasant planetary alignments that offer support and help us to regain our balance if we’re feeling out of sorts.
We do see two planets changing signs on the 15th: Venus will move from fiery Aries to stable Taurus. Venus is quite happy there as the peaceful nature of Taurus supports the Venusian urge to form relationships and experience more beauty and equanimity in life. This period while Venus is in Taurus, between May 15th and June 8th, is excellent for anything Venusian: wealth, beauty activities, relationships of all kinds, love and harmony. This is not a particularly emotional time, or a time in which processing of emotional stuff will be very easy or even desired.
Mars also changes signs on the 15th, moving from Gemini to Cancer. Mars is NOT particularly happy in Cancer where it tends to be touchy and reactive rather than proactive and self-initiating. While Mars is in Cancer (between May 15th and July 1st), our drive, desires, and ability to manifest our personal will, all of which Mars motivates, will be colored by our emotional sensitivities. Mars is said to be in its fall in Cancer because Cancer is emotionally reactive; it is more difficult to be clear about our motivations and the true desires. Cancer is the sign of nurturing and caring for others, and there is the potential for codependent behavior because of the focus on the needs of other people in an effort to care for oneself.
The Scorpio Full Moon on the 18th could bring out some of these issues since […]
Now that the New Moon in Taurus has calmed things down somewhat, we can turn our attention to other matters. Mercury, the messenger planet, moves into Taurus on May 6th and continues the trend towards a more peaceful environment.
This will help the disruption caused by a stressful opposition between Mars (aggression) which is creating a lot of bombastic rhetoric while in Gemini, to Jupiter (expansion) which is in Sagittarius where it tends to be optimistic but also somewhat self-righteous. So there is a lot of righteous (Jupiter) anger (Mars) floating around for a couple of days. Having Mercury in Taurus now instead of fiery Aries will certainly help, but between May 6 and May 8th it might be a good idea to avoid unnecessary arguments which simply serve to blow off steam.
Between the 9th and the 13th of May we mostly encounter mild planetary movements that serve only to support and facilitate, except on the 9th a stressful Venus/Pluto aspect could bring up some power issues in our interactions with others. This lasts only a day or so and should be pretty mild.
Of course if your own chart is undergoing a stressful attack from one of the heavier planets, that stronger influence will take precedence over the faster moving cycles.
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