by Heather Roan Robbins
The gift of Leo is to know “I am the center of the universe, and so are you “. The shadow of Leo tells us “I am the center of the universe, and you are not” With the Sun and Mars now conjunct in Leo it helps to look at the lion for advice. the lion encourages us to bask lazily in the sunshine and generously share tidbits with our family and beloveds. But when we get excited, that lionlike energy encourages us to think fast and launch into action with verve and panache. Creative events can shine with unusual leonine electricity, but this same dramatic grandeur can fuel a forest fire or power international incident, and leave us scorched.
The weekend begins under an amiable Libra Moon conjunct Jupiter, we can use the open heartedness of this conjunction to help us connect and organize, or just have fun at a county fair. The Libra Moon encourages friendliness, but can also leave most of us conflict-avoidant, just while that sun-Mars conjunction feeds those of a naturally bombastic nature. Deal with that attitude directly rather than let them create a manipulative scene with emotional or political blackmail.
The Moon enters contrary Scorpio Saturday night through Monday and we may get twitchy unless we get time alone or to concentrate on our own projects. We may need to reach into our most eccentric social graces to get through a tricky interpersonal patch set off by a clash of needs or as some old issue dances on our scars as Venus sex tiles Uranus and squares Chiron.
Our feelings may deepen, and grow more self-protective after Venus enters Cancer on Monday. Tuesday throughThursday that Sagittarius Moon may leave us impatient with paperwork or routine, and encourages us to get outside and revel in the summer’s wild. Things heat up, and we may have to deal with fire hazards or watch some interplay catch fire when people speak their undiplomatic truth. But in most of our relationships, we can appeal to an honest easy camaraderie that helps us work together.
At some point this week, a long-term change we’ve been working towards, may be put on hold or slow down to be reviewed and refined as Uranus retrogrades, but do not give up hope. This is a blip; get back in there and do the work to make the plan more robust and refined, and press forward again early in 2018. Also, if electrical turbulence or unexpected events erupts, it will need a healthy and spontaneous response.
Friday, July 28: A bountiful moon-Jupiter conjunction can put us in an optimistic or generous mood this morning, or add overflowing abundance to any emotion. But the edges sharpen closer to dinner time, we can feel sensitive, and a bitter-sweetness, as the Moon squares Pluto; our minds can perseverate around a recent loss, or try to second-guess a recent decision. Work around minor disappointments, then look up to find that moon-Jupiter conjunction in the night sky and let it pour into the heart and restore gratitude.
Moon conjunct Jupiter 4:34 PM, Moon square Pluto 6:37 PM.
Saturday, July 29: The forecast is friendly and restless as the Moon opposes Uranus. It furthers to break routine and go exploring. If we have trouble deciding, it helps to take a step outside the box and explore fresh alternatives. The mood grows darker, cranky, willful, musky, and real as the Moon enters Scorpio tonight.
Moon sextile Saturn 2:26 AM, Moon trine Venus 2:24 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 3:29 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 6:22 PM.
Sunday, July 30: Feelings churn deeply underneath a pleasant surface. We can channel an otherwise uncomfortable focus into meditation or projects, or have the guts to process deep and difficult stuff to deal with impatient squalls of emotions. Stubborn pride can interfere with movement, but our heart is ready to shift as Venus squares Chiron and sextiles Uranus.
Venus square Chiron 1:45 AM, Venus sextile Uranus 2:03 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 3:20 AM, Moon square Mars 7:02 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 7:31 AM, Moon square Venus 9:23 AM, Moon trine Neptune 9:29 PM.
Monday, July 31: Get organized and plan the week, catch up on old unfinished business now, as communication gets fuzzy in the weeks ahead. Put out fires, deal with emergencies or unexpected friction or change. But keep emotional demands on others light: we can sting if we feel pressed by unnecessary demands.
Moon sextile Pluto 5:10 AM, Venus enters cancer 8:53 AM.
Tuesday, August 1: Feel that desire to change scenes, travel, connect with people far away or in the wilds as the Moon enters spontaneous Sagittarius. We can be unconsciously calloused about another’s feelings in the name of honesty, but don’t take it personally. Speak up about what bothers, put in two cents on the world stage.
Moon trine Chiron 2:54 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 6:01 AM, Moon square Mercury 7:59 PM, Moon trine Mars 10:29 PM.
Wednesday, August 2: Move the body, the mind of the furniture. Shift opinions. The energy can be can edge on the chaotic, as swirls ends and swirls and stops and starts, some changes be were counting on may need to be may need refinement before they proceed. Think surfing or redrafting, be as flexible and adaptable as possible while still holding on to short-term and long-term goals. Tonight, calls us to dynamic sanity, alive maturity as Uranus retrogrades and that Sagittarius Moon conjuncts Saturn after midnight.
Moon trine Sun 2:44 AM, Moon square Neptune 9:43 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 4:54 PM, Uranus retrograde 10:30 PM.
Thursday, August 3: Implement ideas and changes, Long-terms plans may be put on hold or otherwise deferred, but short -term changes need to be implemented now. Let’s follow through on what we’ve been thinking about or longing to do, but put off: life is too short. Evening, as the Moon enters Capricorn, we can take ourselves too seriously, but have access to competence if we choose to kick it into gear.
Moon conjunct Saturn 1:36 AM, Moon trine Uranus 3:38 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 6:36 PM.
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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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by Heather Roan Robbins
Spring begins with tender shoots and tough lightning bolts on March 20, at 5:28 am MDT. The Sun enters brash, forthright Aries, though we felt it coming earlier this year as Venus, Mars and Mercury preceded the Sun in to Aries and gave us a taste of the season to come. Tulips peek through last year’s leaves and loan us their bravery, tornadoes and march winds remind us that spring is as tumultuous as it is tender.
But this Friday we still feel the tired tag end of winter as the Sun in Pisces squares serious Saturn and calls us to task. Life’s responsibilities can chafe at us, papers and bills come due, chores demand attention. Insecurities can tap dance on our control issues and stimulate us to rebel, push ourselves, or to sulk, depending on our response. Instead of bucking authority it is good for us to claim our own.
But the weekend opens up once we get our ducks in a row. An outgoing up-beat, and outspoken Sagittarius Moon shifts the mood and Mercury conjuncts Venus in Aries. We love to share our ideas and can bond over saying outrageous things, which can be perfect for St Patrick’s parades or to bring the snakes back. Let a desire for fresh news, fresh territory, and a clean garden inspire action. Just notice that people may, in their enthusiasm, not be particularly careful of each other’s tender feelings.
We begin the new week with a charge; the Sun enters proactive Aries on Monday as the Moon enters determined Capricorn, and the spring revolution kicks in, however we want to define it. Politics, both national and interpersonal, moves onto the front burner this week. The courage to begin again, no matter how tough the winder, is the medicine of spring, so the stars ask us where do we need to start over? We have access to the determination and ability to make a good start. Let’s ramp up and get as far as we can before Mercury retrogrades ion April 9th and sends us back to review.
The week ends under a more extroverted and sociable, if still political, Aquarius Moon. Mercury squares Pluto and inspires debates and tussles for power as we become aware of what is at risk, what we might lose. Rhetoric intensifies, and so do our thoughts: we can see things in black and white instead of a more honest shading. If a person feels cornered, they can become truly active and storm the bastille, or get depressed if it’s a smaller, more personal corner. But we can pour this intensity into anything we do. Any sign of progress will improve the mood.
Friday, March 17: prickly and emotional, people feel under pressure as responsibilities become due and can get grim. Let’s support one another’s work and stay out of the way when someone’s on a roll. An effort to crack down or impose disciple is a response to stress, but won’t be effective. Whereas organization furthers, and joy is checking things of the list. This evening people can relax and laugh about it all, but may get wild as the Moon enters Sagittarius.
Sun square Saturn 3:47 PM, Moon trine son 3:56 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius 8:59 PM.
Saturday, March 18: Mercury conjuncts Venus today and we can be glib, flirtatious; notice a whiff of spring fever in the air. But also we can go deeper and become impassioned and charismatic. What we won’t feel like is patient. Run into old friends, but don’t get caught up in old patterns, pick up an old oar projects and see it with fresh eyes, and talk about social justice, what is fair and beautiful, and what we are willing to do for this.
Mercury conjunct Venus 6:26 AM, Moon trine Venus 2:58 PM, Moon trine Mercury 5:05 PM, Moon square Neptune 9:56 PM.
Sunday, March 19: Today continues yesterday’s momentum, with a chance to expand our network this afternoon as the Moon sextiles Jupiter. Give people undemanding space through an irritated or over extended patch around dinner time, and look for positive changes this evening.
Moon sextile Jupiter 2:35 PM, Moon trine Uranus 7:32 PM.
Monday, March 20: Now we’re cooking. The Sun enters pro-active Aries on this the vernal equinox, the first day of spring and the Moon enters competent, controlling Capricorn, we have efficiency to follow through what we begin, if we can get the energetic elements together, otherwise we can rebel against ourselves, or try to control the uncontrollable, and loose our momentum in tension.
Sun enters Aries 4:28 AM, Moon conjunct’s Saturn 4:37 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 9:30 AM, Moon square Sun 9:58 AM.
Tuesday, March 21: Follow through what was just begun. Run through the momentum from yesterday and make it so this morning as the Moon trines Mars. Keep dogs and children busy, give cynics a job, as we can get in trouble if bored or unengaged.
Moon square Venus 12:32 AM, Moon trine Mars 1:42 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 10:16 AM, Moon square Mercury 4:19 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 11:32 PM.
Wednesday, March 22: Look for some interesting karmic interactions may not make sense in the short term, but tweak our soul’s work as the Sun and Mercury aspects the Moon’s Nodes. Pay attention to political statements made this week and deeply consider the long-term ramifications. Tonight, the mood grows more cooperative if as stubborn; we may be able to perceive more options as the Moon enters Aquarius.
Moon square Jupiter 1:44 AM, Moon square Uranus 7:19 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 8:28 PM.
Thursday, March 23: Concerns crowd the horizon, but are we catastrophizing, or is there really something to worry about as Mercury squares Pluto. In this urgency, we may try to convince or manipulate others, but that will tend to backfire; look for the content under the fog, the fire underneath the smoke, and prioritize. Fixate constructively.
Moon sextile Sun 1:57 AM, Moon sex tiles Venus 8:06 AM, Moon square Mars 3:19 PM, Moon square Pluto 6:44 PM.
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by Heather Roan Robbins
Use this week to prepare for the vibrant spring ahead. Let’s clean our flowerbeds and rake the yard, rake our emotional issues and political secrets out of the corners and send them to the compost. Clear the ground, study, restock, complete work of the mind, body, and soul.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we probably know what we need to do this coming season, if not exactly how or where. The recent Uranus-Mars aspects and eclipse series did its best to shake us loose, wake us up, and let us know what we need to deal with the next.
Though this will probably be a busy week, we may feel that end of winter, Sun in Pisces, low energy, so let’s pace ourselves. Energizing Mars has just moved into steady Taurus which gives us more physical endurance than enthusiasm. Even though Venus retrograde in Aries keeps our hearts volatile we still need time to replenish in the dream world and let our psyches integrate all that’s been going on.
The Moon enters industrious Virgo for the weekend and reminds us to get our work done. Mental Mercury squares serious Saturn this weekend and lets our mind perseverate and worry a pattern which is compounded by a full Moon in introspective, edgy Virgo. Turn this mental activity towards learning, studying, solving a problem, or reading a complicated book to keep it from degenerating into anxiety. Use those mental muscles in a good way so they don’t just spin in circles.
When Mercury enters brash Aries on Monday a we’ll jump to conclusion more easily and grow more verbally impetuous, tweet first and think later. While this trait can be fun at the beginning of the week under a sociable generous Moon in Libra, on Wednesday the Moon enters more irascible, less charitable Scorpio and opposes Mars, and that lack of impulse control can sharpen spears. We can choose to be incisive, not mean.
Which takes us back to our gardening metaphor for advice on this last full week before spring begins. We need to stir the compost, clear the ground, and prepare, but we don’t need to blow up the garden. It is also important to see what is already growing in our life’s garden, from the seeds and bulbs already planted. Don’t just worry about the crops or fuss at unexpected vines strangling your tree, get on with the work at hand. Weed those problems and fertilize the healthy growth to be busy and nourished in this complicated year ahead.
Friday, March 10: Feel the pull to over-dramatize just to express what we feel this morning; acknowledge conflicting feelings without the soap opera. Midday, look for successful meetings that promote dynamic change as the Moon forms a grand trine with Uranus and Saturn. Our energy begins to flag and our thoughts grow more serious as the Moon enters Virgo around 3 PM, we can get persnickety if we’re feeling overextended or worried, but a great conversation that lets us analyze and process will bring us back alive.
Moon trine Uranus 1:41 AM, Moon trine Saturn 10:05 AM, Moon enters Virgo 3:07 PM, Moon trine Mars 4:21 PM.
Saturday, March 11: The mood winds up and can leave us feeling overwhelmed by all the details as our minds try to encompass too many different threads, or while imagine worse case scenarios while the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. And if we go there, we can take it out on one another as a way of dispersing anxiety. Or we can choose to drop beneath this mental static and open our empathy and compassion for one another, learn a new concept or take on one project at a time and feel like we’re getting somewhere. It’s up to us which side of this Virgo nerviness we exercise.
Moon opposed Neptune 1:07 PM.
Sunday, March 12: Our minds and guts can bunch up in a knot unless we give them something worthy to chew upon as Mercury squares Saturn under the Full Moon in Virgo. But if we do, the internal wheels can grind efficiently, and we begin to put pieces together to grow our understanding. Transportation delays can add to a low-level frustration, so keep the schedule loose, and keep one another informed. We take communication seriously, as a culture we may be holding the press accountable and investigating all forms of information exchange. We have access to strategic thinking but can get cranky if we’re overtired. Late evening smooths out as the Moon enters Libra.
Moon trine Pluto 1:56 AM, Mercury square Saturn 6:09 AM, Moon opposed son 8:53 AM, Moon square Saturn 6:24 PM, Moon opposed Mercury 8:36 PM, Moon enters Libra 11:28 PM.
Monday, March 13: It can be a relief to get back to work this morning after a complicated weekend People need a little tender loving care and reassurance; do not tap dance on their insecurities. Our minds speed up and the filters may come off our conversation as Mercury enters Aries and injects cosmic caffeine later in the day. If we feel a longing, let’s ask what do they symbolize life and how much we want that within us in our hearts. Rather than become demanding tonight, let’s ask what our longing symbolize.
Mercury enters Aries 3:07 PM, Moon opposes Venus 8:41 PM
Tuesday, March 14: Relationships come to the forefront, some event can trigger our realization of who’s precious and who’s full of it, which allows us to sort and process. Though we may feel someone that we need someone more than we actually do. Look for an opportunity to open up this afternoon as the Moon conjunct Jupiter, watch this conjunction rise as the Sun sets and let it soothe the heart.
Moon square Pluto 11:51 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 3:51 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 7:04 PM.
Wednesday, March 15: It will stabilize us to focus on logistics this pragmatically efficient but emotionally stormy day as the Moon enters serious Scorpio this morning and opposes volatile Mars this afternoon. That outspoken Mercury in Aries can grow claws, and anything we say can come out sharper than we intend. Our impulse control is down, our verbal filter is thin, but we can concentrate or obsess. Investigate, write invective, write political commentary, advocate for what’s needed, but consider avoiding crowded intersections and emotionally demanding situations. Walk away from unnecessary confrontations.
Moon sextile Saturn 4:05 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 9:10 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:37 PM.
Thursday, March 16: Let’s pace ourselves and restore physical reserves that have been recently burnt up. Our energy can swirl inwards even though our mind is racing ahead. If people are guarded, prickly, don’t take it personally. We need our shields while our intuition is so strong: listen in subtle ways to the body, to beloveds. Listen to sudden hunches about work, and follow up with fact-finding.
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