The next step in the transition to Gemini occurs this week when Mercury leaves matter of fact Taurus for its home sign of Gemini. Lively, curious and changeable are all descriptive of Mercury in Gemini who uses words better than anyone as a smoke screen to veil its true intentions. Mercury makes its move on Wednesday.
Both Neptune and Saturn are busy boys this week, one of them offering enticements and the other following up with sharp reality checks. It is Venus in Gemini’s turn at the beginning of the week to square Neptune in Pisces one day and then inconjunct Saturn in Scorpio the next. On Saturday Mercury in Gemini will repeat those aspects. If we don’t maintain a healthy skepticism we might end up feeling rather bruised.
Uranus in Aries flirts pleasurably with Venus on Saturday via a sextile. Given the bumpy ride Mercury is in for the same day, I strongly suggest keeping your romantic encounters light and breezy. As I said . . . a “healthy skepticism”.
The sky is short on fire right now with only Uranus in Aries representing that element. Fire signs will get a lift when the Moon is in lordly Leo from late Wednesday thru late Friday. Air signs are enjoying the gradual influx of planets into Gemini whilst earth and water folk have plenty of support.
Be aware this is the week leading up to the first exact Uranus-Pluto square of 2013 on 20 May at 11° 13′. There is a feeling of underlying tension thrumming in the background right now.
Still a good week to deal with practicalities as the Sun finishes its journey through Taurus. Personally I’m enjoying having a more balanced sky with the addition of Venus and Mercury in Gemini. These cycles when we have a heavy preponderance in one sign are not comfortable for this Libra person.
Though you are not usually much for tact and diplomacy, Aries, you may find it easier to use this week, much to the relief of your Libra friends. However you best stick with your “honest to a fault” approach. Anything else won’t fly.
As much as you love a good bargain, Taurus, fudging the facts to get one could get you into trouble. You likely have a reputation for being unusually good at assessing value so don’t risk losing that. Your partner will set you straight.
The charm offensive begins this week in earnest for you, Gemini! It may be tempting to spread it on a little too thick but please do your best to maintain some decorum. Save your best lines for play time rather than on the job.
When it comes to love and romance now, Cancer, you might be plagued by doubts and fears. There is a very good chance those have no basis in reality and are only night fears. Have an honest conversation to dispel these uncertainties.
Your interest in hitting the social scene picks up this week, Leo, though please continue to devote the majority of your attention to your career. Obligations to family members could interfere with your desire to get out and start networking with your peers.
Staying focused and on task could be challenging this week, Virgo, particularly when dealing with your boss or other authority figures. Your partner might be part of the problem or at the very least, a distraction. Don’t beat yourself up too much over any missteps, OK?
Dreaming about taking a vacation and getting away from it all, Libra? Better check and make sure you can afford to before calling a travel agent. This is one of those when escaping temporarily into a good book or movie might be a wiser idea.
Once again you might find yourself having to be the voice of cold reason, Scorpio. It’s a role you’ve found yourself in a lot in recent months and it’s not going to end any time soon. This time may have to do with joint finances.
Dealings with your significant other might get tricky this week, Sagittarius. Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes or evade the truth through slight of tongue. Find out what is really going on and hold them accountable. Weekend could be an emotional roller coaster ride.
You might unintentionally be misleading in your communications this week, Capricorn, especially when talking with coworkers. It is one of those times when taking a few moments to verify your facts before laying them out would be a good idea. Underlying tensions with family intensify too.
If you happen to end up meeting someone you are attracted to now, Aquarius, it would be a good idea to apply a large measure of that healthy skepticism I mentioned above. Rather than jump in with both feet, keep it light.
Dealings with your extended family are where you may get into trouble this week, Pisces. In order to avoid confrontations you might be tempted to tell a little white lie or two. Please don’t because it may backfire on you and make matters worse.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
Mercury in Taurus is content making only harmonious connections to Mars, the Sun, Pluto and Chiron. First thing to keep in mind is folks could be quite attached to their opinions and unwilling to consider other options. Standing on one’s principles is all well and good if doing so doesn’t land you in the soup. Unlike cardinal and mutable Mercurys who are quite good at coming up with numerous options, fixed Mercurys are not. Not being able to see a way out of a bad situation tends to not end well.
The Mercury-Pluto trine at the start of the week is excellent for handling business matters with patience and thoroughness. Sometimes obsessing over every detail can work to our advantage. The conjunctions to Mars in Taurus midweek and the Sun on the weekend are better for doing repetitive tasks than multi-tasking. Fire and air folk might need to bite their tongues and practice patience because no one hurries the Bull. You will get a well thought out answer to your question but on Taurus’ schedule, not yours.
Venus is the first planet to leave the comfort of earthy Taurus for cool, dry air of Gemini on Thursday. Somehow it is fitting that the first contact Venus in quixotic Gemini has is Neptune in Pisces. The square between these two will not be exact until the following week but we’ll notice the effects over the weekend when the Moon is in Gemini also squaring Neptune. Neptune casts his glamour over Venus and we are tempted to jump into romantic adventures that may end weirdly. The morning after could be revealing and not in a good way. Be careful!
Excellent week ahead for you earth signs as you are well supported and the water signs will be fine. Fire and air people will find the weekend most congenial and a good time to blow off their frustrations from the past week. The motto for the week ought to be “just do it already”!
One thing you excel at, Aries, is taking action whilst others are still dithering and this week is perfect for launching a plan to improve your cash flow. However you also need to remember those in charge don’t always approve of taking independent thinking to the extreme.
Time to refurbish your public image, Taurus! Yes, you can still go with the classics but choosing a look appropriate to the times won’t kill you. It will be easier to find something trendy you like that will blend with your current wardrobe later in the week.
Revelations bubbling up from your unconscious are potentially life changing, Gemini. I know you are reluctant to rummage around in your dark side but do it anyway. The latter part of the week looks far brighter and livelier for you. Enjoy!
Now is a great time for you to step up and actively support your favorite social cause, Cancer. Find a group of like-minded people and commit yourself to doing your bit on a regular basis. You’ll like the way it makes you feel.
This is it, Leo, time for you to put those long term plans into motion and take the next step towards achieving your career goals. Do you aspire to step into your boss’s shoes? Believe in yourself and take a chance. Go for it!
If you have been contemplating furthering your education, Virgo, don’t put off applying any longer. Choose a course that emphasizes practical training programs designed for a specific role. Adding to your skill set can only be to your benefit in the long run.
A transformative experience of some kind may come your way now, Libra, and if you’re lucky it will be a pleasant one . . . if you’re lucky. If not, then do your best to allow events to unfold as they will. Fun weekend ahead for you.
Your one-on-one relationships are front and center this week, Scorpio. Where do you want to see those go? Are you willing to commit to something more lasting, or do you want to call it off altogether. Either way, you need to take action.
No more procrastinating, Sagittarius, about starting an honest to god good diet and exercise regime. Take the first step now and then keep on going. You know how much better being active makes you feel, not to mention having the sun on your face and wind in your hair.
You do have a creative side, Capricorn, though you tend to feel somewhat insecure in this regard. Now is the time to be brave and let your inner artist free. Write, paint, play music, dance or audition for a part in a play. Whatever floats your boat.
Are you bored with the way your living space looks, Aquarius? Then do something about it. Clean house, rearrange the furniture and bring in some flowers or a new piece of art. Apply a coat of fresh paint to brighten the room. All are good.
If you’ve been looking for some new and different to do, Pisces, consider taking part in a neighborhood improvement project of some kind. You enjoy helping others and this would be a great way to make new friends. Enjoy family activities on the weekend.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too.
I doubt if there is a better time to start working on a long term project demanding endless patience than this New Moon Solar Eclipse at 19° 54′ Taurus on 9 May 2013 05:29 PM PDT. Pallas, the supreme organizer, tightly conjoins the luminaries as well as both Mercury and Mars in Taurus. That’s a lot of Taurus, baby! No one can work as hard or as long without losing focus on tough, repetitious tasks like the Bull.
The Taurus stellium goes its own way this time which works out fine for this most practical of signs because that makes for fewer distractions and distractions can interfere with getting the job done. Jupiter in Gemini will try to disrupt Taurus’ concentration with glib jokes and witty commentary via a semi-sextile. Chances are the bull will brush those off and get back to work because Mercury conjunct Mars in Taurus is close to impossible to sidetrack.
Earth signs are the best for giving wonderful, warm hugs. The healing power of touch is well established and the sextile from Chiron in Pisces to earthy Mars in Taurus highlights the importance of a loving embrace. Hug your loved ones, cuddle your children and enjoy the warmth. This extends to our four footed companions. Petting your dog or cat is wonderful for reducing stress.
Venus reluctantly leaves the comfort and security of Taurus for witty Gemini where she is much more fickle and unpredictable. Softening the transition this time is a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces, exact on 13 May. Blind trust when it comes to love and romance could seriously backfire, so be careful flirting with sexy strangers. We can still enjoy the lovely illusions as long as we keep one foot on the ground. All those other planets in Taurus will help with that.
A calming influence is a slowly waxing trine between Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces which will not be exact until summer. Reason conjoined with a compassionate perspective can go far towards finding positive solutions to our problems. Listening to our hearts as well as our heads is the key.
The big picture situation is beginning to heat up as the third exact Uranus-Pluto square tightens. Those who have personal planets and Angles at 11° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are very likely already dealing with the effects of the life changing square. Frustrations are on the rise. There are those who feel controlled and oppressed whilst others believe more control is the only answer. Maybe it’s time to find some detachment rather than feeling forced to choose a side?
This is a rare and special celestial event in bountiful Taurus. Live in the moment and feel the power of the earth beneath your feet. Take time to enjoy the pleasures of good food, wonderful music, beautiful vistas and sweet, fragrant flowers. Embrace those you love with enthusiasm and joy. Namaste.
On a personal note: The Taurus stellium falls in my sixth house opposing my Mars in Scorpio bringing up all those “suffer or serve” issues once more. It is a great time for me to continue to work on improving my physical well-being. Exercising, eating right and taking time to play are all part of this.
There is an edged clarity to this Full Moon at 12° 14′ Capricorn on 3 July 2012 11:52 AM PDT, a condition sorely missed over the past couple of weeks when Jupiter in Gemini squared the great illusionist, Neptune.
The Moon in Capricorn is widely conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, a powerful combination conducive to stirring up emotional obsessions OR for realizing we are caught in the grip of one we need to be freed from. The light of the Full Moon is excellent for clearly delineating the depths of our obsession and hopefully allowing us to see the path we need to take to detachment. Those people who have personal planets and/or Ascendant between 8 to 12 degrees in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will feel this one very keenly, no doubt in part because Uranus in Aries makes a T-Square with the lunar axis. That being said, it is those folks with planets and /or ASC in Libra at those degree points who have the joy of completing a Grand Cross. In this case the Moon’s Nodes in Aries and Libra need to be included . . . look to the North Node and let it speak to you. Do you need to strike out and seek your independence (Aries) or allow yourself to realize the benefits of a true partnership (Libra)? Cardinal signs are all about taking action of some kind and if we have been sitting on the fence, there is a good chance this influence will help us break through the stalemate.
Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is slowly beginning its final march through the last decant of Libra and will provide frequent reminders to take care of relationship issues still hanging fire. Sitting alone with no other planets closely aspecting it and in a chart dominated by cardinal air, Saturn’s message is pure Libra – choose moderation, equity, compromise and always seek truth and justice. If you need to end a relationship, do it cleanly and in person . . . no texts, emails, phone messages, etc. We owe it to ourselves and those we once loved to screw up our courage and treat them with respect. For those lucky folks who found someone worth making a lasting commitment with, there is no better time to celebrate making it legal than under Saturn in Libra’s aegis.
Our creative impulses are very much supported by a lively triangle composed of Mercury in Leo trine Uranus in Aries with both sextile to Venus in Gemini. This is the perfect signature for enjoying the Arts too, so find a good play, gallery opening or concert you’d like to take in and enjoy! Lovers will sparkle and glitter with plenty of witty innuendo flying back and forth. For those of us who in live in the USA who will be celebrating the Fourth of July, this is a whizz bang aspect for fireworks displays, make sure to find one to watch. Love those!!
Mercury in Leo is also the apex of a Yod with Pluto in Capricorn sextile Chiron in Pisces as the base. What an odd mix to be sure and ought to produce some really unusual conversations. Leo has practically nothing in common with Capricorn and only a shared interest in the dramatic arts with Pisces. Pluto and Chiron are both private and prefer to turn inwards whilst Mercury is all about sharing every little passing thought. Leos may end up scratching their heads and wondering what they did to offend someone . . . though that’s probably not the case. It’s far more likely Capricorn and Pisces types just didn’t have anything to add. LOL
Another inconjunct bound to create problems for folks is Mars in Libra inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. After spending what seems like forever in Virgo, Mars is ready to DO something in cardinal Libra and running up against Neptune right out the box will not set well. Neptune’s lack of cohesiveness distresses Mars who likes a clear objective to tackle. Thankfully this aspect will peak on 8 July and Mars can go on to his next task . . . hooking up with Jupiter in Gemini for kicks and giggles whilst bugging the hell out of Uranus and Pluto.
For fire and air signs this Full Moon may mean plenty of light-hearted fun and more power to them. Of the earth and water signs, Cancer and Capricorn may feel the least like partying and the most bedeviled by what’s going on internally. We need to respect each other’s personal preferences and gracefully accept those. This is the perfect time to practice kindness and tolerance whilst following your own wyrd.
On a personal note: Even though Venus and Jupiter in Gemini are playing in my seventh house, the lunar axis will widely square my Libra Moon with Mercury in Leo conjunct my Saturn. Chances are I will be listening and responding to other people’s issues during this time. Saturn will STILL be on the midpoint between my Libra luminaries and continuing to set a more serious tone in my life. The needs of others will continue to take priority, so I want the rest of you to party for me!
A small oasis of calm will descend on the New Moon at 01° 35′ Taurus on 21 April 2012, 12:18 AM PDT. This will be a very welcome change for anyone left feeling bashed about by Mars and Mercury stationing direct recently.
Enhancing Taurus New Moon’s naturally fertile, earthy nature is a conjunction with Ceres in Taurus, making this coming weekend the perfect time to schedule a visit to your favorite spa. Get a lovely massage, take nature walks or just hang out by the pool sipping soothing drinks. In touchy feely Taurus, Ceres loves to express nurturance through touch. I mean who doesn’t love getting a nice foot massage! The trine from Mars in Virgo stimulates the healing energy of Ceres and the New Moon because Virgo is noted for caring for the health and well being of others.
A sextile to the New Moon from Neptune in Pisces will help smooth any rough edges and allow us to gently slip sideways away from harsh realities, if only briefly. Music is a wonderful way to set the mood for relaxation of the mind and body along with a well chosen fragrance.
Saturn in Libra widely opposes the New Moon and helps reinforce the need to play well with others. Venus ruled Taurus generally appreciates Libra’s tact and both share a deep love of beauty. Saturn’s fondness for structure meets with Taurus’s approval because Taurus does like to keep surprises to a minimum.
Even though Venus in Gemini is a little too changeable for Taurus’s taste, it is semi-sextile to genial Jupiter in Taurus. This combination favors both having fun and making a little money, something we can all get behind.
Neptune blurs the edges of Mars in Virgo via an opposition and softens the aggressive tone of Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries. We may have more than one reason to be thankful to Neptune because Mars is inconjunct Mercury, making tempers short because it insists on going over ALL the details.
Thankfully we aren’t quite to the point when Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries will start actively taking pot shots at one another . . . that will begin in earnest in late May and June. *sigh* For now, Pluto’s sextile to Chiron in Pisces continues aiding us in figuring out the reasons behind the unreasonable expectations we have for ourselves and others in our lives. I came across this wonderful quote from astrologer Liz Greene on Chiron apropos to the Pluto-Chiron sextile:
“The healing process can only begin when we disengage from our belief that life ought to fit a certain model. It is our worldview that is being challenged by Chiron, so that the place to begin is with the holes and fissures in our belief system”.
For those of us who feel stretched thin from the Mercury-Mars retrograde overlap and just want some rest and relaxation, this New Moon in Taurus has the potential to deliver it. It’s simple . . . tune out and ignore all the hyper-inflated Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries rhetoric and tune in on your bliss. Politely but firmly stir the conversation away from inflammatory subjects or quietly walk away. As always, chose to practice kindness and tolerance!
On a personal note: The New Moon conjoins the cusp of my sixth house and is the reason why I feel a strong desire for peaceful routines in my daily life. When one’s Aries husband’s Sun has Uranus in Aries crossing it, last minute changes have been the rule rather than the exception.
Neptune continues to square my Venus as does Mars, not the most energizing combination. It takes more conscious effort to get going under this influence. Maybe it’s a good thing I have an Aries bouncing around keeping me motivated!
Venus in Gemini conjoins my seventh house North Node and sweetens my relationships via improved communications on her way past for the first time. She’ll be spending the better part of her retrograde period in my seventh house eighth houses and it will be interesting to see how that goes.