Power Up; Power Down: Forecast for Week of May 9

All our fiery Aries impulses peak this week. It could feel like the rush before New Year’s or some other big calendar date, when an urgency grabs the wheel and propels everyone into high gear.

What we accomplish in the first two days alone will outshine the productivity of the recent moon void-laden weeks — and then our jets will cool as everything comes down for a landing.

The last big push comes with an intense and exciting mixed bag of instinctive behavior: more heart-centered communication, more sharing, more expressions of love and desire, yet more aggression, more conflict, more brusqueness, more recklessness and more egocentric disregard for consequences or collateral damage.

This week brings a final cluster of conjunctions at the end of Aries, each one like a handful of matches igniting and flaring up together. The first involves information flow and what we value. Mercury and Venus meet each other and inflame our minds and hearts, sparking impassioned messages, risky strikes at objects of desire and courageous speaking out.

This meeting has positive potential indeed, but that, alas, may go momentarily astray. The messenger and the goddess run from each other into the scorching force field of Eris, a dwarf planet named for a lesser goddess of discord, hatred, jealousy and battle. Like a fairy who wasn’t invited to a christening, she’s been making her vicious, vindictive, you-know-what-stirring presence known lately.

Think back to the beginning of last week, when Mars and Jupiter met up with her. That three-way is the reason for the anger and venom that erupted then. And the reason it’s had staying power — you haven’t been able to shake all that, have you? — is Mercury and Venus coming into her midst. Adding to the drama, they go straight from her to play with flame-fanner Jupiter, meaning that skirmishes that start out small will spread uncontrollably.

So: put on fire suits and safety goggles, and be sure to bring along your sense of humor. Pick your battles. When the flame of one dances enticingly in front of you, consciously consider: (a) Is this my battle? (b) How important is it? (c) What quality of passions is this battle stirring in me? (d) Do I enjoy or want those feelings? (e) Do I want to live with this if it continues (because it will)?

A lot of people are going to come out of this feeling like scorched earth, so act mindfully. Take care that whatever you get out of this process justifies what you’ll go through to get it. Consider redirecting your own anger and, let’s be honest, venom, too. Blasting them at someone now will burn both of you. On top of which there’s no telling what fire bombs may come at you in return.

There’s another and more beneficial potential in this playing out. After Mercury and Venus fire you up about what you want, they run it by Eris for a taste of the lower energies around her: jealousies, envy, anger, pettiness, strife for its own sake. No blame, please. Remember that if you’re seeing it outside yourself, it’s in you somewhere, too. You can see (more likely, experience) what you don’t want and possibly burn it off.

The fieriness is short-lived. It’s coming to ground as the inner planets make their exodus from Aries. Mars, the sign’s spirited ruler, leads the way into Taurus. As he moves into Venus’ home, he hands the reigns of his control over to the goddess. His testosterone levels dial back a bit in the relaxing environment of her boudoir. His mode shifts to the old slogan “make love, not war” in anticipation of her arrival and their private date scheduled for the 23rd. This means he will no longer be at his fiercest strength as Venus and Mercury pass Eris and Jupiter on their way out of Aries — a counterweight and mild damper to whatever erupts from their activities.

Venus and Mercury come on over into Taurus on Sunday. The Sun, Mercury and Mars will then be under the gentle, sensual guidance of Venus. Our minds and bodies will stop racing all over the place. The pace of life will slow to more deliberate, languid motion, with breaks for rest and snacks and watching flowers dance in the breeze. We’ll be wanting to see concrete results from the projects we’ve been initiating.

Lead with your heart, and measure everything against it. You’ll be working in this metaphoric garden for the rest of the month and beyond. Next week’s Full Moon will light up weeds and other unwelcome growth that you might want to uproot. The following week, Venus and Mars engage in a private ritual for fertility and prosperity. (In their honor, I’m leading a talk and ritual to reclaim your energy; details here.) And Jupiter will be arriving in June with a year’s supply of Miracle-Gro.

Keep all these helpers in mind. Sink into the moment. Really settle into the physicality of your existence. You’re cultivating your own new world.

More in my day by day forecast and podcast for the week.

In honor of the Venus/Mars conjunction (in Taurus; yum!), I’m teaching a technique by teleclass for reclaiming your energy for your own use and enjoyment. Monday, May 23, 8 PM EDT, $15/person. Registration info.

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