Sweetness and fire describe the week. We have extra astrological access to strong opinions, enthusiasm with echoes of conflict, but also to a rich vein of imagination, intuition, camaraderie, and spirit if we can invoke enough insulation and objectivity to use this energy well. The fire and brimstone come as verbal Mercury opposes abundant Jupiter from the fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio and increases both our communication skills but also our tendency to stick our heels in around what we think we know. Those opinions are not only strong but sharp and pointed because feisty Mars still squares Uranus; although this aspect is beginning to fade, this tense aspect that has kept the lava flowing and political comments pointed and stirred the sparks in any argument as well as revolutionary coals in the recent primary. It also loans us energy and helps us do what needs to be done.
This week’s sweetness comes from a softer, more magical Jupiter-Neptune trine that supports our gentler side and encourages us to take a break from ordinary reality. This Jupiter -Neptune trine can open up our subtle perceptions and sense of magic, leave us feeling empathetic and permeable, if not particularly realistic. It encourages us to let go and immerse ourselves in the first day at the beach or an astrological convention, and to feel our spiritual connection to those we remember on Memorial Day. This sweet aspect can help us be sweet with one another. It can also make sweets tempting and make it challenging to keep blood sugar even, so let’s watch our diets at the picnic. Be wary of that desire to have that just one more drink as this Neptunian escapist edge can encourage people to drink way too much on this already traditionally alcohol-soaked weekend, so drive carefully.
If we feel are clash between this extra sensitivity on one side and extra feisty opinions on the other, let’s see if we can navigate this tension kindly. Don’t be surprised if some people hold on tenaciously to their pet illusions. A few people and politicians will spin on but not make sense, lost in their own little world.
There is also an interesting clash to balance between our introversion and extroversion throughout the week. The Sun in outgoing Gemini trines Mars in sociable, socially conscious Aquarius and pulls us into community. But a more introverted Venus in Cancer opposes serious Saturn and pulls us inwards, making us a bit shy and more afraid of rejection than we’d like to admit, more reserved and even formal on this usually picnic-oriented weekend. Seriousness from work or a heart heavy from the world’s woes can cramp our social style. We can reach past our insecurities by connecting to Saturn things, like old friends, talk over work, or reminiscence. It will be important not to test relationships, but to take good care of ourselves so we can stay centered but open. A playfulness returns on Monday, Memorial Day as the Moon enters more outspoken and outgoing Sagittarius and the wild world beckons.
On Tuesday a full Moon in Sagittarius encourages us to make travel plans and think like a global citizen. This Sagittarian restlessness can make post-holiday reentry challenging, make it harder to finish a term paper or knuckle down to our ordinary workload. Take an extra walk or moment in the sunshine midday. Traveling can seem like a great idea, but serious responsibilities still need our attention here now as the Sun quincunx Saturn. Mercury enters Gemini midweek and the conversation picks up. Look for communiqués from people who said they’d get back to was weeks ago.
Mercury in Gemini can leave us feeling a little scattered as our mind roams all over the place, but it can ease communication to get to know new neighbors or say goodbye to old friends as the school year winds up. But if our mind starts buzzing on our worries or concerns, chasing away sleep, let’s look carefully to see if this is just our mental hamsters spin their treadmill, or do we have a real concern. Enjoy the buzz but know when to let go at the end of a long day and practice calming the muscles of the mind.
Friday, May 25: Meet, greet, and network under the sociable Libra Moon. Notice body language and emotional sensations, with unusual permeability we can pick up more than the spoken word, but this information is easy to miss interpret, so let’s fact-check our impressions. Underneath this friendliness is a willingness to go deep but also an intense need to communicate our opinions as Mercury trines Pluto. We want to investigate and understand. Some uncomfortable information or interaction kicks in midafternoon as the Moon squares Pluto, which can leave us feeling insecure or inadequate for a moment, but we can remember what we do well to regain our equilibrium. The mood is sociable with undertones of shyness tonight.
Jupiter trine Neptune 3:52 AM, Mercury trine Pluto 7:37 AM, Moon square Pluto 3:03 PM.
Saturday, May 26: Watch the competitive energy. As the Moon enters Scorpio, opposes Uranus and squares Mars, our minds sharpen, but life can feel like a strategic chess game. Stay poised and centered, somewhat shielded. Don’t lean in trying to make connection or lean back and shut people out. Learn something new and let it change the world view. It furthers to have something to concentrate upon, something to uncover or discover. The energy relaxes towards evening as Mercury semi-squares Venus, we may feel less guarded, with more enthusiasm and warmth.
Venus opposed Saturn 12:39 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 7:39 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 8:42 AM, Moon square Mars 12:45 PM, Mercury semi-square Venus 6:34 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:33 PM.
Sunday, May 27: The level of the collective unconscious rises like a rain-soaked water table and seeps into our dreamscape as the Scorpio Moon conjuncts Jupiter and forms a grand trine with Venus in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces. Magic can happen, so can obsession. Empathy and a craving for intimacy and connection meets with the fear of being overwhelmed. Respect interpersonal signals, there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. It may further to take time alone.
Moon trine Venus 12:55 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 1:47 PM, Moon trine Neptune 12:22 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 11:11 PM.
Monday, May 28: The depths of our psyche undulates on this thoughtful, emotional morning. Pay attention to new relationships and opportunities; trust instincts and follow up those opportunities but don’t project into the future without more information. If we feel mildly awkward around noon time, a few minutes alone can help let go of the need for feedback as the Moon opposes Mercury. An upbeat, positive and restless mood grows and encourages us away from it all as the Moon enter Sagittarius. We need to play, and to get out of our inner experience to find out what’s been going on in the world at large.
Moon opposed Mercury 11:25 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 4:28 PM, Moon sextile Chiron 8:01 PM.
Tuesday, May 29: Adulthood impinges this morning as the Sun quincunx Saturn under full Sagittarius Moon. We may want to play hooky but have deadlines or responsibilities that weigh in and need attention. Get through those quickly, then get back outside. Run with the impulse to be frank and honest, but don’t be oblivious. Be curious and open-minded but watch for simplistic assumptions. Nervous energy speeds up as does the conversation as Mercury enters its home sign of Gemini this afternoon.
Sun quincunx Saturn 12:36 AM, Moon sextile Mars 1:20 AM, Moon opposed the Sun 8:19 AM.
Wednesday, May 30: Watch the mental hamsters as Mercury semi-sextiles Uranus and sextiles Chiron; our nerves can wind up, our minds can get stuck on a worry, overthinking the past and borrowing trouble from the future while having trouble concentrating on our work. Return to the present and put that mental busyness to good use. Look for and engage in a potentially healing conversation.
Moon square Neptune 12:25 AM, Mercury semi-sextile Uranus to 20 1 AM, Mercury sextile Chiron 3:21 PM.
Thursday, May 31: The Moon enters competent Capricorn and levels out some of the buzz, helps us harness it towards good use. Emotions still run a strong deep undercurrent, people are feeling subtleties but may want to talk about anything but those underground streams. We may need to face an internal demon of our own as the Moon conjunct Saturn, and can micromanage as a way of controlling our concerns. Good changes are afoot though; look for them and participate.
Moon enters Capricorn 3:26 AM, Moon trine Uranus 5:02 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 6:52 PM.