by Heather Roan Robbins
Mother’s Day, that fertile Taurus holiday, is often loaded with complex layered feelings sprigged with lilac and daffodil, and this year is no exception. It may help to open the aperture around mothering, and support how we can mother ourselves, how we can honor the mother within, and the earth as the mother of all. It’s particularly important to find a way of honoring the archetype when we don’t have a mother to honor, or when that relationship is caught in the weeds.\
The weekend starts with a competitive enthusiasm as Mars trines Jupiter under an upbeat Sagittarius moon. We can be unusually honest and say what we mean. Mercury is still conjunct Uranus in Aries which winds up our nerves and encourages us to say outrageous things. It can feel good to get on our high horse of righteousness and launch a crusade, but let’s direct this towards improving the world rather than each other. No crusades at home over brunch.
family traditions further, though it’s good to bring a note of levity and flowers. If waves of melancholy wash through sometime Sunday or Monday, honor the feelings but let them flow out on the receding tide.
Our nervous systems are running extra voltage these weeks, with Mercury near Uranus in fiery Aries and Venus and Mars both in extroverted signs. Too much energy is taking us out and about, so much is happening in a short period of time and needs juggling that it can be hard to truly relax long enough to rest to the profound level, and this can leave us feel overextended and tired unless we make that effort.
The mood grows more serious late Saturday and Sunday as the Moon enters Capricorn and conjuncts Pluto, formal or family traditions further, though it’s good to bring a note of levity and flowers. Let’s see if we can bring some joy and let go of a need to prove ourselves. And, if waves of sad emotions wash through sometimes Sunday or Monday, it furthers to honor the feelings but let go of the story and let the feelings flow out on the receding tide.
Early next week can be a strategically important time where we plan actions for the next few months. Connect with allies and see how mutual projects fit together as the Sun forms minor challenging aspects to Saturn, the planet of organization. If we grow anxious around what’s going to happen in the future, it can be relieved by planning and reviewing our range of possibilities. Bring out the maps and look for the bright spot.
We may have a patch of confusion or desire to escape from it all on midweek as Jupiter challenges Neptune. Our spiritual or personal ideals may feel challenged or we may be challenged to act in accordance with our ideals. Be cautious around any unusual craving for sweets, but do consider comfort foods or a soak in a hot spring. A little easy self-care can really help renew resilience for the work ahead.
Friday, May 12: A friendly if competitive day calls us to advocate for good causes, but pay attention to avoid unnecessary action accidents or tangential arguments midday. Debates abound. Compete for one’s personal best, or keep up sporting sense of humor about it all. Small decisions may be required this afternoon that end one path and allow us to proceed on another. Tonight, it furthers to dance and wander under the moonlight.
Moon trine Venus 3:40 AM, Mars trine Jupiter 4:18 PM., Moon square Neptune 3:08 PM, Moon opposed Mars 4:44 PM.
Saturday, May 13: A wandering if nervy morning can renew us if we escape from chores and do something spontaneous while the Moon trines unexpected Uranus. Though we may need to focus on responsibilities to home and family this afternoon, we can bring as much humor and joy to it as possible as the Moon conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. Conversation over dinner can scintillate as the Moon trines Mercury, but grow grimmer later on as the Moon enters Capricorn.
Moon trine Uranus 3:45 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 4:56 PM, Moon trine Mercury 8:14 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 11:37 PM.
Sunday, May 14: Sleep in this morning as Mercury semi-squares Neptune, the dream world stays close to us well into the morning. Breakfast in bed a beautiful thing. Though our communication can be a little off with one another and it’s easy to miss signals or feel a little at a sink with one another. A note of formal notice to Mother’s Day, traditions routines, practical giving someone in the practical gift of helpful support, take a moment with our memories or our unfulfilled longings. Yet we need to breathe useful creativity into this moment.
Mercury semi-square Neptune 4:36 PM,’s Moon square Venus 8:23 PM.
Monday, May 15: Follow through on plans initiated over the last few weeks as Mercury spends the last day in Aries. The mood can be uncomfortable, a push-pull, as our wills tug on one another in an existential discontent this afternoon as the Moon conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Let’s avoid unnecessary conflict, celebrate diversity, and use this tension to work together in our different ways to move the ball forward.
Moon square Jupiter for 10 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 2:23 PM, Mercury enters Taurus 10:06 PM.
Tuesday, May 16: Our nervous system begins to slow down stop revving and build a steady or momentum as Mercury enters Taurus. We need to seduce with words, paint pictures rather than duel. A collaborative approach to logistical problems furthers as the Sun quincunx Saturn and the Moon enters Aquarius. Give people room to tell their stories, and they will be more cooperative.
Moon trine Sun 3:16 AM, Moon square Uranus 4:22 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 11:44 AM, Moon square Venus 12:54 PM, Sun quincunx Saturn 11:28 PM.
Wednesday, May 17: Our ideals can be challenged today, and so can our sense of reality. It would further to give ourselves some down time and drift away, but if we can’t, let’s be gentle on our souls but look at how we may be challenged to truly walk our talk. Hypocrisy gets exposed. Evening brings a fresh action and activism as the Moon Jupiter and Mars form a grand trine.
Jupiter quincunx Neptune 2:36 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 10:24 AM, Moon sextile Venus 12:08 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 3:15 PM, Moon trine Mars 11:38 PM.
Thursday, May 18: Tie up loose ends and take care of ongoing work; persist as the planets form gently competent aspects today. It’s easy to square off around dinner time, so it won’t further to push, but debates may just be our way of our form of camaraderie. Our sensitivities increase tonight as the Moon enters Pisces, suddenly we may begin to catch up on unprocessed feelings. Keep the hankies handy.
Sun sextile Chiron 2:06 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 3:00 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 3:05 PM, Moon square Sun 6:32 PM, Moon enters Pisces 9:51 PM.
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