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by Heather Roan Robbins
Let’s work our gardens. This is a fertile weekend with a waxing Moon and the sun, Mercury, and Uranus all in fecund Taurus. Plant those flowers, plant ideas, cultivate the future all week long. Also, notice what problems take root this week, what causes spark. Don’t plant seeds of discord, because these will also grow. Do back a movement/cause/politician that could improve our situation, that is a garden we want to cultivate.
We may have less emergencies and more time to grow in the weeks ahead. But the last few months have been loaded with tricky aspects which are still ringing like a bell. We have fires to put out, lava to contain from last week’s tense, even explosive Mars-Uranus square, which is still within a degree on Friday morning and in orb for the next few weeks. Danger sharpens, problems that have been building for weeks are still erupting. But there is also a new and gentler energy beginning. Because we have been and are on alert, when we have a quiet moment, when there is no fire to put out, no emergency on our doorstep, it’s easy to just space out or let our minds perseverate on our concerns or what could go wrong next.
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But any moment of calm is exactly where we need to be proactive. The Mars-Uranus energy can motivate us to get moving, and the softer aspects encourage us to protect, grow, create, fertilize, nourish. Our children may need extra care, they need to be gardened. So may our love life.
Gardening is a wonderful metaphor because it is a co-creation process. You can’t hurry the plants along. You can tend to them, make sure the weeds aren’t getting in the way, make sure the sunlight reaches the plants, put up a deer fence, add nourishing foods increase the resilience through their health, but you can’t poke and prod. We can’t over analyze the relationship or spend all the time dissecting what went wrong and expect life to improve. We need to garden the future.
Sit with the plants and learn. Watch them grow. Water when needed. Remove pests. Surround with protection. Sit and be present to that miracle. Then take that home and do it with beloveds, with the project of the heart.
Jupiter in Scorpio is retrograde back to form an exact trine with Neptune in Pisces, and intuitive, creative, magical aspect. When a faster moving planet enters Cancer, it forms a grand trine with these two and stirs up our potential for new emotional understanding and creative inspiration, a spiritual aha. It also amps up our desire to escape this harsh world and reach into our imagination for a more beautiful place. For most of us, this can be a longing for the art studio, ceremony, a long walk in the woods or a good book. For those on the edge of sanity, this can send their boat sailing out of reality. It can also bring water damage. We may feel flooded by tears or emotions. This weekend the Moon in Cancer forms that grand trine and taps into the heart. In the coming weeks and months, Venus will form this trine, as will the sun, and Mercury.
But as the weekend begins Mercury trines serious Saturn and encourages us to do something solid with this process. Venus enters Cancer this weekend two turn up the emotional volume, sensitizes us as it sextiles Uranus, but can make us more guarded, and protective of our loved ones. Issues of territoriality, of home and homeland will be more volatile in the weeks ahead.
The Sun enters Gemini on Sunday, the Moon enters Leo, both extroverted signs, and encourages us to take this creativity into our community; get to know the neighbors, attend picnics, yard sales, and arts festivals. The amped up communication can also help us take our inspiration to make the world a better place, talk it up network around it and help make it so.
Early next week the Moon in industrious, nervy Virgo brings out our critical thinking capacity, but can convince us that residing in our heads feels safer than staying in our overflowing hearts. We need to keep them working together.
Friday, May 18: This day can bring seriousness and sanity as mental Mercury trines stabilizing Saturn. And begin this to and give us tools to handle recent upheavals. Some of those upheavals, like this morning’s shootout in Texas, tension in the Mideast and erupting volcanoes, are not going away though they may have been triggered by last week’s aspects, are not going away. But we have access to both a vision of how it could be different as the Moon trines Neptune and Jupiter, and the skills to him to improve the situation, if we choose to use them. Spread thoughtful sanity, put steady work into those dreams. This evening, it furthers to share a good meal and appreciate creative spirits.
Moon sextile Mercury 4:50 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 5:33 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 10:48 AM, Moon semi-square Sun 12:41 PM, Moon trine Neptune 6:20 PM Moon trine Jupiter 7:47 PM.
Saturday, May 19: We could lie around and rest as Venus joins the Moon in domestic Cancer, and this may be just what we need, soul healing is the first priority. Or we could use this opportunity to nurture our souls and relationships, garden our community. Watch the grass grow. Keep expectations low and know that real achievement will be seen in our subtler connections. The Moon shifts to more outgoing Leo tonight, and opposes Mars, and brings out our feistier extrovert. Enjoy but consider avoiding, rather than engaging, belligerent people.
Moon opposed Pluto 2:26 AM, Mars semi-square Neptune 4:49 AM, Venus enters cancer 7:10 AM, Venus sextiles Uranus 11:30 AM, Moon sextile Sun 3:14 PM, Moon enters Leo 5:10 PM, Moon square Uranus 5:33 PM, Moon opposed Mars 7:37 PM, Mars sextile Chiron 11:55 PM.
Sunday, May 20: We can steel set in our ways, intransigent if open-minded, and want a bit of extra attention. Be generous with that, appreciate others and they blossom. Try to push them forward and expect to get nowhere as the Moon squares Mercury midday in fixed signs. Romantic tension can bring up old scars as Venus squares Chiron but can just be a just be skew lines of communication, not an intentional hurt. Stop and accept differences, reconnect in a few hours. As the Sun goes into Gemini tonight, communication improves.
Moon square Mercury 1:30 PM, Venus square Chiron to 20 3 PM, Venus quincunx Mars 8:05 PM, Sun enters Gemini 8:14 PM, Moon square Jupiter 9:29 PM.
Monday, May 21: Shift, change, and make adjustments today as the Sun semi-sextiles Uranus. Later on, as the Moon enters Virgo and squares the sun, our critical thinking sharpens. Let’s not waste it on our beloveds but notice what honestly needs criticism. Write letters to politicians, edit books, reorganize plans; do not stunt creativity with sharp edges, save this for acts of social justice. Refine rather than stop creative process.
Sun semi-sextile Uranus 3:47 AM, Moon enters Virgo 8:02 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8:37 PM, Moon square Sun 9:49 PM.
Tuesday, May 22: Don’t go off half-cocked today, it’s easy to wind out about a complaint and then realize we’ve made a mistake. We tend to see old problems projected on the present. Our intuition opens as the mood improves this afternoon as Mercury sextiles Neptune. Utilize a chameleonlike quality, find a mindset it would be lovely to absorb, and focus on that. People need to process tonight, let the conversation roam far and wide.
Moon sextile Venus 1:47 AM, Moon trine Saturn, 10:19 AM, Sun semi-sextile Chiron 12:48 PM, Mercury sextile Neptune 8:13 PM, Mercury opposed Jupiter 11:53 PM.
Wednesday, May 23: Overnight confusion clears this morning, we can manifest easily and accomplish concrete steps forward as the Virgo Moon forms a grand trine with Mercury and Pluto this afternoon. Introspection and analysis further. And from that let action happen, as the sun trine’s Mars and craves clear action and clean territory. Just watch psychic boundaries; do not be invasive, knock before entering another’s mind.
Moon opposed Neptune 12:29 AM, Mercury semi-squares Chiron 12:40 AM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 12:59 AM, Moon trines Mercury 1:10 AM, Moon trines Pluto 8:54 AM, Sun trine Mars 8:39 PM
Thursday, May 24: What’s fair? It’s all about social justice and interpersonal balance as the Moon enters egalitarian Libra and forms a trine with Mars and the Sun. Injustice will really tick us off. What are going to do about making the workload feel fair at home and work, how we are going to contribute to fairness in the world at large? This moon wants to know. We feel loved, and our heart opens, when we feel someone is on our side and cares about our happiness.
Moon enters Libra 12:51 AM, Moon opposes Chiron 3:52 AM, Moon trine’s Mars 6:19 AM, Moon trine Sun 6:48 AM, Moon squares Venus 12:02 PM, and Moon squares Mars 3:28 PM.
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