weekly astrology blog
a regular commentary on the week's planetary influences
the weekly astrology blog
May 22 to May 28
***all times are PDT; add 3 hours for EDT***
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all times are in PDT. and for those of you new to my column, i write in lower case for a reason as i find it symbolic and resonant with how i view the world. i capitalize certain words in ways to illuminate their power. otherwise, all is equal to me and i write in lowercase :)
monday may 22nd-
there are no major aspects today. the moon is in fiery, assertive, dynamic aries all day long! the moon triggers the jupiter/pluto square in the early morning hours and then triggers the saturn/uranus trine in the late evening hours! lots of activation throughout the day- so having healthy outlets for emotions and anger/rage if it arises is key. using mars’ energy to be direct and forthright and willing to embrace change where it is needed in life is key today!
tuesday may 23rd-
the only aspects today involve juno- the asteroid Goddess of partnership and marriage- bringing into focus relationships and commitments in our lives (romantic but also business/financial). at 11:17am the sun in gemini sesquiquadrates retrograde juno in capricorn, bringing tension between our needs for lightness, fun and freedom (sun in gemini) and our commitments, obligations, expectations and need for discipline. the sun in gemini does not like being reigned in or limited but juno in capricorn understands that commitments require limiting our ego desires so that we can stay true and loyal to what is important to us.
at 8:49pm venus in aries squares retrograde juno in capricorn, again creating tension between independence (aries) and commitment (juno in capricorn). venus in aries wants what she wants and she wants it NOW! juno in capricorn is more steady, slow moving and long term focused. we want to be aware of where our egos are running the ship and where impulsivity, reactivity and/or immediate desires are being acted out in a way that is not healthy and is not condusive for maintaining our commitments. today the focus is on how to find balance between ME and WE, independence and interconnection, spontaneity and rules/limits. over the next 2 days venus will trigger the pluto/juno conjunction (which is close but not exact until 11/11). there can be some deep stuff arising in relationships, finances, contracts and commitments right now. there is a need to navigate the terrain wisely and skillfully- infusing positive change into structures and relationships rather than resisting change OR reactively and impulsively acting in ways that are destructive.
wednesday may 24th-
the sun in gemini sesquiquadrates retrograde pluto in capricorn at 8:16pm, creating tension between the conscious self and ego and the Lord of the Underworld. sun/pluto can be great for diving deep, getting to the root/Truth of matters and getting way beyond the surface. yet this is a tense aspect and gemini is a sign that perfers the surface while pluto is a planet that can only deal with the depths. therein lies the tension- between surface and depth, ego and Unconscious, Love and Light and darkness/Shadow that needs to be integrated. watch out for power/control dynamics today. navigate the day with awareness of limitations and how working within them in creative ways leads to freedom!
thursday may 25th-
at 9:22am venus in aries square retrograde pluto in capricorn, creating tension and friction between the Goddess of Love and beauty and the Lord of the Underworld. venus has been triggering the jupiter/pluto square from the 19th through the 25th- bringing some big time activation of intensity in Love, money and self-worth. venus square pluto can be passionate and powerful- but it can also unearth a lot of shadow or power/control dynamics in relationships (romantic, financial and otherwise). being willing to confront what underlies jealousy, fears, obsessions and power dynamics is key. also looking at where an over-reliance on independence and freedom can be coming from fear of vulnerability, intimacy and connection can also be fruitful right now.
the new moon at 4’47 gemini is exact at 12:44pm PST, commencing a new lunar cycle that is focused on communication, information, connection and fun! gemini is focused on the surface yet the square to this new moon by neptune reminds us that the surface is only skin deep. if we are avoiding feeling our emotions or looking at the shadow- this new moon could have us default to spiritual bypassing and avoiding going deeper. the new moon is conjunct ceres so there’s also a focus on home/family dynamics, childhood and what we need to feel safe and secure in life.
at 4:55pm mercury in taurus sesquiquadreates retrograde saturn in sagittarius, creating tension and friction between the mind and intellect and the planet of karma and limitation. over the next 2 days mercury will trigger the saturn/chiron square- so navigating the communication terrain with consciousness is key! mercury/saturn can be heavy but also serious and focused. this is great energy for research, having important discussions and being real. just watch out for any tendencies towards rigidity and dogmatism. holding to your Truth without trying to force/dominate others is key right now.
mars in gemini sextiles eris in aries at 7:59pm, aligning the will and drive with the Goddess of discord and chaos! luckily these two are in harmonious aspect- which is great for taking action and embracing change! mars in gemini is direct, honest and blunt in communication. eris is showing very clearly what is stuck, stagnant or toxic. she is shining a Light on the shadow and shit. the more capacity we have for seeing what IS and taking responsibility for our part in it- the more capacity we have to be agents of change right now!
friday may 26th-
retrograde jupiter in libra semisquares the north node and sesquiquadrates the south node at 6:35pm, creating a tense alignment between the planet of expansion and excess with the nodes of destiny/fate and karma. this is an important time to think before we act, speak or do anything in haste. jupiter is larger than life and he likes to do things NOW! he is no known for reigning it in- and in excess this can lead to impulsivity, reactivity and mistakes or accidents. finding balance between self focus and collaboration with others is key right now!
saturday may 27th-
at 2:18am ceres in gemini opposes mean black moon lilith in sadge, echoing the opposition mars made to lilith on may 4th. ceres is the Great Mother asteroid Goddess and in opposition to the fierce Dark Feminine. this can bring up some intense energies in home/family dynamics, with children, and also in regards to the environment and Mother Earth. with the gemini/sadge axis highlighted there’s also a focus on information and Truth. what is Truth? is what is being presented on the surface simply a cover up for what is going on deep within? lilith in sadge is a fierce Warrior for Truth! we just need to be aware of any tendencies we have to self-righteousness and thinking we are right and others are wrong. black and white polarized thinking creates wars and division. seeking to find Unity while still holding clear boundaries held with compassion is key.
at 10:22am mercury in taurus semisquares chiron in pisces, creating tension and friction between the mind and intellect and the Wounded Healer. from thursday to today mercury has triggered the saturn/chiron square- bringing up some intense energies to navigate in communication and thinking. mercury/chiron can unearth old wounds and pain in communication with others or perhaps just in our thinking and perception of ourselves. using this astrology to lovingly communicate and share our wounds and pain- as well as be understanding of that in others- is key right now.
at 12:17pm mercury in taurus quincunxes retrograde jupiter in libra, creating tension and friction between the practical, earthy mind and the airy placement of jupiter. mercury in taurus wants to be slow and methodical in his thinking and communicating- yet jupiter’s tense aspect brings an immediacy and a need to say it all/hear it all/know it all NOW! finding balance between what is familiar and known and the unknown is key. being willing to question what we think we know- particularly anything regarding traditional ways of thinking and understanding- is recommended right now.
retrograde pluto in capricorn contraparallels ceres in gemini at 8:30pm, creating an energetic opposition between the Lord of the Underworld and the Great Mother asteroid Goddess. on may 9th pluto made a tense asepct to ceres by degree and today he does so by declination- so we have had a super aspect between the two in effect most of the month. incidentally may 9th is the day of the hanford nuclear accident (if you don’t know what that is google it). if you know your mythology you know that ceres/demeter is the mother of persephone and pluto is the one who abducted persephone and took her into the Underworld. so these two have a tense relationship- to say the least! pluto wants to dig and go deep and be real and raw. cere’s myth kept her on earth and in the upperworld- she never went down into the depths. one variation of the myth pre-patriarchy actually shows ceres sad that she cannot govern the lower world, earth and upperworld as she is too busy dealing with what is above ground- so her daughter persephone offers to go down to the Underworld and govern it herself. this was pre-pluto- she choose to go down of her own volition.
this is symbolic of our willingness to go down into the Unconscious, confront our shadows and do the work of integration and healing. with ceres in airy gemini- a sign known to prefer the surface to the depths- ceres is Lighter, more carefree and also at times avoidant of what is going on deep beneath the surface of affairs. in home/family dynamics as well as in regards to our relationship to our inner child and our needs for safety and security- pluto is unearthing some deep stuff that may be intense and not fun to face. yet the only way out is through- and the only way to wake up is to go down and in! ascension can only happen when we have fully descended into our depths and faced what is hidden there. until we do we are unintegrated and unable to move towards genuine wholeness. the astrology right now is a reminder of that! honor your need to turn within- it will be well worth your time and effort! this can also play out in a collective way in regards to Mother Earth and the environment. pay attention to the shadow happening right in front of your face right now. focusing on Love and Light divorced from seeing/owning/dealing with the shadow can create problems right now.
at 10:42pm uranus in aries semisquares ceres in gemini, creating tension and friction between the rebel, revolutionary and Great Awakener and the Great Mother asteroid Goddess. ceres is in the midst of some intense astrology this week! mars opposed her and now uranus triggers her- bringing an intensity into home/family dynamics, relationship with children, and in regards to the environment and the Great Mother Earth we all reside on. uranus can bring unexpected and surprising events- so be aware and navigate with care. having healthy outlets for anger and rage is key right now- personally and collectively. we all need release valves- including Mother Earth!
sunday may 28th-
mercury in taurus sextiles neptune in pisces at 12:04am, aligning the mind and intellect with the planet of spirituality and intuition. this is great astrology for accessing our intuition, imagination and inner knowing. dreams can be potent- so pay attention to the messages they deliver. finding balance between the known (taurus) and the unknown (pisces) is key. with mercury in grounded and embodied taurus we can ground down our visions and dreams and practically apply them right now if we so wish!
at 6:11pm chiron in pisces quincunxes the mean north node at 28’23 leo- bringing tension and friction between the Wounded Healer and our destined path of evolution and growth. we are heading into a time of amazing aspects to the north node (uranus/eris trine, saturn/galactic center trine)- but this is the one tense aspect that is almost like the gatekeeper to what is incoming in the summer. the north node in leo is a call to step up in our authenticity, Light, creativity and living our passions even more! chiron’s tense aspect to the north node shines a deep Light on whatever it is that holds us back from doing so. chiron can unearth old wounds and pain- from childhood and even past lives- that require us diving deeply into our conditioning and Unconscious material so that we can clear, heal, integrate and move on. leo is the sign of the self/ego and pisces is the sign of dissolution of the self. wherever we tend to err to far in either extreme- being too egoic or not having a healthy ego that serves the Spirit- that is where our growth lies right now.
then at 11:55pm mars in gemini opposes retrograde saturn in sagittarius, creating and opposition between the will and drive and the planet of mastery and karma. mars and saturn are the lesser and Greater Malefics in ancient astrology- typically seen as bringing ‘malevolent energy’. in in-depth and psychological astrology all planets have a Light and shadow. it is too simplistic and severely limiting to say mars is bad and venus is good. mars is our agency and how we take action in the world! and saturn is our self mastery and how we step up into greater integrity and responsibility in our lives. yet they both do have a shadow side and in opposition to each other that shadow can be exacerbated. mars’ shadow is aggression, violence and selfishness. saturn’s shadow is dominance, control, restriction and depression. mars opposite saturn can help us master our will, drive and ego energies. but it can also limit them to the point of feeling blocked OR it can limit them to the point of cutting off from our healthy anger and agency. denying our own needs and desires can lead to frustration, irritation and impulse control issues.
our well being can be lowered right now- so take time out from doing, doing, doing to just be and rest and reflect. this is a ‘rubber meets the road’ energy combined with ‘between a rock and a hard place’. when under intense pressure the actions you take say a lot about you. think about long term consequences rather than short term reward right now- in actions, communication and interpersonal relationships (personal but also regarding world governments!). in the next 6 days mars will trigger the saturn/chiron square- so it’s very important we all navigate the coming days with consciousness and awareness. old wounds and pain can be running us big time right now and taking actions from this place can have consequences.
have a deep and transformational week!
Divine Harmony is dedicated to communicating with one’s higher Self by way of the celestial realms. Just as the microcosm is contained in the macrocosm and vice-versa – Divine Harmony believes that the stars and planets have connections to the people, places and things that inhabit the earth, and there is a way to find the pattern of communication and connection by divining the stars.
BML (black moon lilith) is being included in the weekly interpretations now. the highest expression of joining these two is symbolized by the high priestess tarot card. she sits between the black and white pillars- the black being the pillar of severity and the white being the pillar of mercy. i use the mean position of BML, which in contrast to the fluctuating motion of the true position, advances steadily.