Forecast for May 25-31, 2015

Complex blend, this week:  changes of heart, walking our talk, and hitting greater self-knowledge…against a backdrop of Mercury retrograde follies and basking in healing waters.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for May 25-31, 2015 (6:07) minutes and forecasts for May (full and flash).

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Mercury Retrograde log

Here we go!  A doozie of a Mercury retrograde is with us from May 18 – June 11. This retrograde is taking place in Mercury’s home sign of Gemini, aka Communication Central, which will make the snafus all the quicker. He’s also making hard contacts to Neptune, the planet of illusion, and Chiron, bringer of healing, which will escalate confusion and delusion. Read more in my article Handling a Mercury Retrograde.

No surprise then that the build-up has already been nutso. I started making a list on the 15th. Here’s what’s happened between then and the retrograde’s technical start:

  • My Time Machine back up drive went out for 12 hours and then came back on by itself
  • My smartphone stopped automatically downloading email despite settings instructing it to do so every 15 minutes
  • The regulator motor broke in one of my rear car windows and left it 1″ down from the top, after I touched the control, by accident, for the first time in the seven years that I’ve owned this car
  • An IRS agent’s computer went down while I was on the phone with him
  • The ATM at the only branch of my bank for miles went temporarily out of service
  • The breaker flipped for all the overhead lights in my living and dining room (none of which were on)
  • One of the two elevators in a Manhattan office building went out of service

And now that the retrograde has started:

  • The replacement base for my Magic Bullet fruit extractor smoked on its first use out of the box. As in, wispy white stuff coming off it.
  • The seller of said base says he’s heard about this from other customers. His explanation is oil on the motor. The Magic Bullet customer service people think something different — that the earlier blades are not compatible with the new replacement base.
  • The electrician says there is no connection between his moving the breaker box and within a week the circuit for the overhead lights starting to go out (with none of them on) when they never had a problem before
  • The up escalator went out of order at Grand Central Station
  • Email has been bouncing to one of my email accounts and from a different one
  • I sent out a letter with the correct names and addresses but the wrong ones in the greeting
  • I received this text:mercury retrograde

I will be adding to this list as the retrograde goes on. Feel free to add your experiences in the comments.

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2015 Taurus New Moon

May 17-18, 2015
9:13 PM PDT / 12:13 AM EDT / 4:13 AM GMT
26 Taurus 55

The Taurus New Moon invites us to sink into the physicality of the here and now. This year’s model is hardly stuck on the earth plane, though. This Moon takes us far from the surface in both directions, lifting us into transcendence (or escapism) while stirring the most primal of cravings deep within.

Focus is now flowing to resources that nourish and support our existence, and all the better if they delight us, too:  Aromatic flowers and herbs. Fresh fruit that explodes with flavor and juiciness when you bite into it. Sensual fabrics and, of course,  sensual touch. Don’t forget cash, too, not merely to pay us for our talents, but also to make it possible to acquire the delights we can’t produce on our own.

It’s the most natural, organic course of action to immerse yourself in any or all of these at the moment.  The ruler of Taurus is encouraging it, too. Venus is currently in the sign of Cancer, which equates the sharing of food with love and emotional support. She is also in cahoots with two greater forces that are making these delights far more compelling (and irresistible) than normal.

We’re experiencing them with not just our bodies, but also our hearts (or maybe, to be honest, wishful thinking). They’re all cloaked with something akin to love, or romanticism, or outright escapism. The cloaking comes from a link between the rulers of earthly and higher love. Venus is in the throes of a free flow of energy with Neptune, which is softening our vision and encouraging viewing everything in the best possible light.  We could be deluding ourselves, but we don’t care. With this, physical experience is a delivery system for heaven on earth. We find it in a sunset, in a fresh strawberry, in another person’s eyes.

It’s not all comforting sweetness, though. Some of the itches we’re feeling are downright devilish. That comes from the tension growing between the two planets of desire and money, pitting the earthly against superhuman, primal, even subterranean levels. Venus, representing the mere mortal experience of desire and money, is moving into an opposition with Pluto, ruler of the deep, dark and reptilian urges. This link is quite different from the harmony Venus is experiencing with Neptune. Oppositions present the challenge of finding meeting ground.

Some of what we want, we want irrationally, obsessively, cellularly. The intensity and force of the tractor beam could be frightening. Yet as pulled as we feel, we’re also in for the frustration of not entirely making contact — and nothing ups desirability than being out of reach. Triangulation will be everywhere. If a third party is in a situation, it could squelch fulfillment — or make the fruit all the more tasty.

Whatever is being stirred up now has been building for months. It grows out of the final foundation-altering clash of Uranus and Pluto in March and the emotional backwash of April’s Scorpio Full Moon.

As with the link to Neptune, your conscious will isn’t in power or control. The most intense of your desires and monetary impulses may or may not be fulfilled. If they are, likely that won’t  happen on your time table.

Enjoy the bounty that is already in your garden. Everything else, hand over to higher guidance and forces greater than your will.  Focus instead on what is before you now. Simple pleasures can be exquisite. Celebrate those, and allow yourself to be surprised about the rest.

“A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou beside me.” — Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat

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Forecast for May 11-18, 2015

And so begins another Mercury retrograde. Hearts have quite the journey, too. Pay attention to cravings – and desires that don’t find fulfillment.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for May 18-24, 2015 (7:58) minutes and forecasts for May (full and flash).

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Forecast for May 11-18, 2015

A frenzy starts and stops. Rose-colored glasses are standard issue for the weekend. Then the Taurus New Moon has us making like Ferdinand the Bull and relaxing…relaxing…

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for May 11-17, 2015 (6:05) minutes and forecasts for May (full and flash).

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Forecast for May 4-10, 2015

Watchwords for the week:  Expansion. Nurturing. Indulgence. Dooooooooughnuuuuts.

Learn more in the Astro-Insight podcast for May 4-10, 2015 (6:36) minutes and forecasts for May and the Scorpio Full Moon.

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2015 Scorpio Full Moon

May 3-4, 2015

8:42 PM PDT / 11:42 PM EDT / 3:42 AM GMT

13 Taurus 22 / 13 Scorpio 22

May’s Scorpio Full Moon continues the clean-up work we’ve been facing after the rockiness of March and April.  The intensity and irrationality of the emotional purging may feel like an eclipse, but don’t be fooled. Eclipse season is over until the fall. This Moon is simply shining light even more deeply than it has gone so far this year.

This moon’s polarity always stirs issues of give and take (usually out of whack, and never in your direction, it seems), trust and betrayal, investments and return, cold hard cash, and all kinds of other issues we don’t normally trot out into polite society.  They can’t stay in hiding now. Too much is dragging them out for airing now.

The Sun and the Moon are in close, direct contact to Pluto, ruler of Scorpio and all those aforementioned issues, as well as matters, impulses and influences outside — or below — the normal scope of mortal existence. He’s bearing down on the tender spot that got worked over in March and April, where the last battle in a three-year life-altering struggle took place. The clash permanently reshaped the foundations of our lives (and many a relationship). We’re still feeling emotional shockwaves and, more importantly, still experiencing the emergence of startling little monsters we had no idea were within, crawling out of our very cells.

Watch for more of them to crawl out now. The days before the Full Moon are enticing them, thanks to a passel of uncomfortable, anxiety-provoking aspects pitting Mercury and Mars against the outer planets. Don’t stifle. Let the beasties surface. It’s time for them to come out, so the new foundations can settle without their undermining interference. No matter how scary them might seem, no matter how uncomfortable their emergence might be (and it could affect your physical body), they’ll lose their power in the light and possibly shrivel away.

Some of them point to a need for validation, acknowledgement, recognition or outlets for self-expression. The Sun and the Moon are making a T-square to Jupiter, a dynamic configuration that demands movement. Our rational and emotional sides are pressuring the inner child and our inherent need to shine and matter.  The pressure will push some into making a scene (Leo is one for drama and the spotlight), while others will respond by moving more fully into self-expression and generosity of spirit.  For them, the pressure will act as a bellows causing their inner light to expand its size and reach and shine bigger and brighter. For all, the ultimate release lies in expressing individual uniqueness.

The discomfort that so many of us have with being ourselves — with it being acceptable to be ourselves — will translate into overcompensation now. Remember that if you observe an outburst that seems out of proportion to the surface trigger. People are phenomenally sensitive to not getting their due. If someone reads evil motives into innocent behavior, likely they feel that are not receiving an appropriate and meaningful return on their investment in the situation. It could be financial; it could be emotional; it could be energetic. It could be a reaction to something that happened years ago, likely not involving the same people as whatever is happening now. It could be paranoid and outright nuts, to anyone but the person making the outburst.

Although not necessarily. The person doing the venting may well suspect that something is out of kilter. It’s easy not to be sure of much of anything right now, thanks to the square Saturn is making to Neptune. Saturn rules structure, and Neptune is absolute formlessness. Saturn is in the sign of our world view, and Neptune in his home base of transcendence. Their pressure will abate during the summer, then return and peak in the fall. For now, they raise the ongoing question of what is reality and what is an illusion.

Use this weird mix of energies to your benefit. Actively look for evidence of rot, decay or unhealthiness that you would benefit from addressing. If you’re overdue for a meltdown, go privately nuts. Let your inner child pour out her darkest, most irrational fears. Listen to them. For one thing, it’ll help Adult You to get them out of your system; for another, they may indicate where reciprocity is out of balance for you.

As for what you observe coming out of others: Looking at this weekend as Halloween in May will keep it in perspective.  Ghouls and goblins may be on the prowl. Tread lightly and kindly. If what you see sets you off, consider whether — or rather, why — it is reverberating in you. Open that baggage up. Clean it out and leave it at the curb. You’re creating space for your light to expand — and for soothing, healing emotions to rush in later in the month. Tackle the beasties. Face those fears. Purge, baby, purge.

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