A Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius and a new Mercury Retrograde in Gemini highlight the second half of May. We also have Saturn turning retrograde, the Sun entering Gemini, and a relationship-focused T-square!
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T-square Invites Strategic Relationship Flow
This T-square includes Venus, Juno, Pallas Athena and Neptune. It begins today (5/19), peaks on 5/26 and ends on 5/31.
Venus represents relationship and Juno stands for committed partnership. Neptune invites the blending, while Pallas Athena brings the strategy!
What kind of strategies? If a relationship is facing challenge, I recommend Nonviolent Communication. Do you want to take an erotic relationship to a higher level of soul blending? You could start with a few minutes of eye gazing, or begin your loveplay with extended, feather-light stroking of your partner’s entire body. (Save the erogenous zones for last.)
This T-square could also represent an adversarial relationship, where challenge must be faced. In this case, Venus and Juno play the same roles as before. Pallas Athena represents negotiation and diplomacy, while Neptune offers a stream of inspiration to guide you.
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The Sun enters Gemini at 3:37 pm EDT. For the next month, it will be easier to learn, write and share information. Give yourself plenty of variety, and spend some time with your neighbors and relatives!
Saturn turns retrograde today at 5:19 am EDT (13°31′ Aquarius). The Time Lord will turn direct again in 4-1/2 months, on 10/10 (6°52′ Aquarius).
As Saturn changes directions, it’s a great time to reflect on how well you’re embodying his best qualities.
Are you being mature? Responsible? Are you making good use of your time?
Where appropriate, are you planning the work and working the plan? If you’re old enough, have you stepped into the role of the Wise Elder?
Saturn also represent authority. Are you free to do as you wish? Or are there people or institutions who can stop you? If so, is the power others hold over you appropriate? Or is it time for you to stand more fully in your power and act as a sovereign being?
One of Saturn’s most important themes is structure. As he turns retrograde, he invites you to reflect on the structures in your life. These could be physical, like your home and possessions. Important structures can also be conceptual or energetic.
Whatever form they take, this is a great time to evaluate your structures clearly and objectively. How does their current state compare to how you want or need them to be? Does a specific structure need to be released or repaired? If it’s already in great shape, can it be expanded or built upon further?
The most important aspect Saturn makes as he stations retrograde is a square with Uranus. This is the most important aspect of 2021! For my deep dive interpretation of this square, click here.
Saturn also sextiles Chiron as he reverses course. This is the second most important aspect of 2021. For my in-depth interpretation, click here.
Finally, stationing Saturn forms a Grand Trine with Geminian Venus and the Libran Moon. Contemplate how you can bring more harmony, ease and stability to your important relationships. (As noted above, Nonviolent Communication is an awesome method for resolving relationship conflict.) This Grand Trine also promotes easier creative expression, especially if you let your true vision come through.
Saturn is one of my favorite planets. He helps me get so much done! Consider using this Saturn retrograde to improve your relationship with the Productivity Master.
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Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius
It’s eclipse season! We have a Lunar Eclipse today, followed by a Solar Eclipse on 6/10. These are extra-powerful lunations whose effects last 6 to 12 months.
Today’s Lunar Eclipse lines up at 7:14 a.m. EDT (5°25′ Sagittarius). Like any Sagittarius Full Moon, it offers an abundance of themes! Which of these is ripe for release or adjustment in your life?
- pursuing higher education or advanced knowledge
- acting as the professor, philosopher, guru or wisdom-giver
- religion or the meaning of life
- questing and adventuring
- foreign travel and influences
- joy, celebration and euphoria!
Are you delving into the shadow side of Sagittarius? This could include “street corner preacher syndrome”, in which you’re absolutely certain of your version of the truth and proselytize it to others. Or you could be spreading yourself too thin as you try to do too many things at once.
The luminaries are about 5° from the lunar nodes, which is pretty tight. If the Sun and Moon are close to the lunar nodes, it strengthens eclipse effects.
The luminaries square Jupiter, which has the same meanings as Sagittarius. This puts additional emphasis on all of the Sagittarian meanings above.
With Jupiter in Pisces, you can contemplate what changes or releases would serve you in the areas of spiritual awakening, inspired creativity or operating in flow state. If you’re dealing with the lower aspects of Pisces, this eclipse can give you energy to work with those. They include substance abuse, excessive escapism, aimless drifting or self-sacrifice in a relationship.
The luminaries also square Vesta in Virgo. Is there any release or adjustment you’d be wise to make in the selfless service you’re giving to a higher cause?
Finally, the Moon sesquares Mars. The Red Planet embodies the energies of the warrior, pioneer, entrepreneur and sexual being. Any releases or adjustments needed in these areas? And with Mars in Cancer, could you make changes that would help you act in a more heart-centered way?
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The Venus-Juno-Pallas Athena-Neptune T-square that started on 5/19 peaks today (5/26) and ends on 5/31.
Mercury Retrograde Begins
Mercury is retrograde entirely within Gemini. This is great for reflection on how you learn and communicate, whether you’re enjoying enough variety, and how you’re interacting with your neighbors and relatives.
Mercury makes several strong aspects as it stations retrograde. For starters, it’s less than 1 degree from Venus! This optimizes reflection on the state of your relationships, creativity and finances.
Mercury also squares Neptune. How are things going with your spiritual practices, how you express your inspired creativity, and how consistently you’re operating in flow state?
Finally, Mercury squares the warrior goddess Pallas Athena. Are you standing up for the causes you believe in? And are you making appropriate use of diplomacy, negotiation and strategy?
The Usual Advice
As with all Mercury retrogrades, if possible, delay major new beginnings until Mercury is direct again. If a major purchase or contract signing can be delayed, do so. Double check any travel plans, and make sure you are understanding and being understood.
Finally, Mercury retrograde is an excellent time to complete things you’ve already started, get things repaired, and engage in reflection and introspection.
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“Finger of God” Energizes Healing, Wisdom and a Higher Cause
If you’re selflessly serving a higher cause, can you support it as a healer, mentor or wisdom giver? This opportunity is highlighted by a Finger of God (formally known as a Yod) that started on 5/11, peaks today (5/29) and ends on 6/16. It includes Vesta at the tip, with Saturn and Chiron on the back end.
You’re also invited to bring your positive Saturn qualities to the party. These can include maturity, responsibility, good time management, and the ability to create and carry out an achievable plan.
Whatever your Sun Sign, my forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.
All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least a week before and after.
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