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Weekly Starcodes—Planetary Aspect Interpretations & Predictions
Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice-oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001 Email Heather.
Pollen and petals float on the wind, birds sing, and travel plans commence as the mutable Gemini season kicks in over Memorial Day weekend. In Gemini season people wrap up the school semester, relocate, make contacts for the summer, gossip, flirt, and take short-term trips. Gemini’s gift is cross-pollination and the ability to lightly share resources with one another to see what can grow.
Gemini encourages us to explore new connections and honor memories on Memorial Day. But in daily circumstances, like a gentle lilac-scented breeze, the nervy, talkative, broad-spectrum Gemini energy can be both lovely and a shallow or transitory brush across the surface.
We have to add the depth, but that’s not hard to do with the recent tough T-square in fixed signs, between Mars in Leo, Pluto in Aquarius, and Jupiter in Taurus which adds muscle and drive to anything we start but has also stirred up conflict around the globe. It can call us to work on some old trigger points, conundrums, technical glitches, or can just leave us occasionally grouchy. This aspect was exact last week but echoes through the next few weeks.
Part of the underlying tension we feel could be some impending changes or adjustments which almost occurred back in April when Mercury approached a conjunction with Uranus right before it turned retrograde and brought a big change in media spokespeople. Mercury is now direct, picking up apparent speed, and perfects its conjunction to Uranus on June 4. We are then out of the Mercurial retrograde shadow and events will pick up speed. Look for announcements, changes in personnel, and new approaches. Consider acquiring new cars or technology if needed.
None of these aspects are particularly introspective. While we can talk and analyze until the cows come home, it’s not an easy time to figure out why we’re doing what we’re doing, or to even bring that conversation up. The surface can be light and breezy, with deep primal forces swirling beneath, driving action. We can work on our behaviors. But if we’re tempted to look for who’s at fault or what needs to change, let’s remember to look inward as well as outwards, because that may not be an automatic process.
Now this Memorial Day weekend may be less social and more project-oriented this year. Venus sextile Uranus calls for a break in routine, but that doesn’t mean we sit back and rest, because this aspect also loans us creative restlessness. This, along with the Moon in diligent Virgo and the Sun squaring responsible Saturn, make it a good weekend to focus on our health and our house projects. If we have a wall to rebuild or a ceiling to paint, now is the time. But don’t just work, take a day trip or putter in the garden, and make new connections. If we stay at home and just wash the dishes, we will get cranky.
Dancing with the Wind © Karen Russo 2014
Monday is sociably relaxed and steeped in memories. Have a picnic as the sociable Libra Moon trines the Sun, heal relationships, honor those who passed, and form new connections and understanding in the neighborhood. Focus returns midweek and calls for a surge of effort to punctuate or complete as the obsessive Scorpio Moon hits off that T-square on Wednesday and Thursday. Stay clear of emotional landmines because they will explode under that Scorpio Moon depth charge, and focus on manageable challenges instead.
Friday, May 26: Work and love relationships need extra attention, purpose, and spark as Venus sextile Uranus. If our heart is restless, let’s ask what we’re really hungry for before we cause any problems with ongoing relationships. Add spark to all conversations and see even old friends with fresh eyes. Tonight, if the long week takes its toll and we realize just how tired we are as the Moon enters Virgo, we don’t have to complain, just take care of ourselves.
Moon square Uranus 12:38 AM MDT, Venus sextile Uranus 1:36 AM, Moon enters Virgo 9:05 PM.
Saturday, May 27: Personal work projects compete with a desire to have fun. So, let’s either take turns with those impulses or have the best time we can while we mend or paint the fence as the Virgo Moon opposes Saturn midday. Watch a tendency to get cranky and demand people do things in a particular way, loosen that sense of control, and be surprised by what gift this may bring. The conversation buzzes tonight, share from the mind and heart as the Moon trines Mercury.
Moon trine Jupiter 1:53 AM, Moon square Sun 9:22 AM, Moon opposes Saturn 10:52 AM, Moon trine Mercury 9:07 PM.
Sunday, May 28: Uncertainty, confusion, responsibility, and tiredness can compete and leave us feeling stuck or mopey. It’s better to do something constructive, then rest and talk over our uncertainty without sitting in judgment of ourselves or others while the Sun squares Saturn and Mercury semi-squares Neptune. Make tonight a lovely summer’s moment as the Moon sextile Venus.
Sun squares Saturn 4:46 AM, Mercury semi-square Neptune 8:40 AM, Moon trine Uranus 1:12 PM, Moon sextile Venus 6:19 PM.
Monday, May 29: Have a picnic on this social day of the holiday weekend. Don’t make relationship decisions right now as some cloud can make it harder to see what’s underneath while the Moon opposes Neptune but do decide how to treat one another and model it in all dealings. Let’s begin with how we intend to go on. Take a moment to respect the memories on this Memorial Day. Watch alcohol consumption and the driving of those who started too early, and think through last-minute impulses tonight as the Moon sextile Mars.
Moon opposes Neptune 3:45 AM, Moon enters Libra 8:50 AM, Moon trine Pluto 9:12 AM, Moon sextile Mars 7:21 PM.
Tuesday, May 30: Reconnect and get oriented. Check in with the team, friends, and get an overview of the next few steps. The mood is not detail-oriented, but it is openhearted, so build collaboration while the friendly Libra Moon trines the Sun. Tend the tender shoots of all new possibilities.
Moon trine Sun 1:38 AM, Moon opposes Chiron 8:54 PM.
Wednesday, May 31: Deal with people early on, and then give the busy brain something to focus or obsess upon productively. We may suddenly be aware of a problem but need to keep it in perspective, so look for solutions rather than blame. Doubts arise and can turn easily into a cranky or suspicious focus as the Moon enters Scorpio and squares Pluto around dinnertime, keeping them in proportion. Unwind later in the evening.
Moon square Venus 8:53 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 5:45 PM, Moon square Pluto 6:02 PM.
Thursday, June 1: Birds sing, flowers bloom, events are planned, and yet there’s still some swirling discontent and inner conflict underneath as the brooding Scorpio Moon squares Mars, and Mars quincunx Saturn. Youth challenges age, enthusiasm challenges aching bones, and our desires challenge our responsibilities. Let’s find ways to fight less within, take turns, and see to all needs.
Moon opposes Jupiter 12:03 AM, Moon square Mars 6:11 AM, Moon trine Saturn 6:29 AM, Mars quincunx Saturn 1:30 PM.
Plant seeds carefully, what we plant now will grow on Friday’s New Moon in Taurus, the most fertile of all earth signs. Plant seedlings and ideas, launch projects, start a book, or take a relationship to a new level.
If we plant an argument, that too will grow into a tangled forest. This dynamic week contains both that fertile Taurus ground and a muscular engine of willpower as Mars, the motivating planet, enters expressive Leo on Saturday, opposes powerful Pluto, and squares expansive Jupiter to form a T-square in determined fixed signs. It’s good for us to have healthy places to go and things to do with this astrological engine.
Mars symbolizes what motivates us, what makes us passionate, and what ticks us off. Under Mars in Leo people do not want to be ignored. We have a healthy right to be seen and feel appreciated for what we do. Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto will all be at 0° of fixed signs, and 0° is the border between signs, so expect boundaries to be tested. Keep an eye on border problems whether it is with relatives, neighbors, or countries, and watch for grandstanding, invasion, and heroic action on the world stage.
T-squares, like grand squares, work like combustion engines; minor explosions produce momentum which, if we time it right, can drive the car forward. If we don’t time it right, it blows up or blockades. T-squares act like concave mirrors and shine their light on the missing corner of the square. In this case, the T-square shines towards the south node at 3° of Scorpio which suggests old resentments, grudges, deep wounds, and primal needs can catch fire in that focus.
With this T-square over the next few weeks, some people will just need to debate. Fixed signs tell us to hold our ground rather than to be aggressive, but some won’t hear that call. Notice that sparkle in their eyes when they say something contentious, then choose whether to wrestle with them or just call them on the bait. If it’s just recreational contention, they won’t be interested in a real discussion and are not open to learning from our brilliant points.
After this fertile Friday morning, the weekend is exploratory, interactive, and occasionally contentious under a Gemini Moon and as Mars enters Leo. Consider using this momentum, not to fight, but to make a decision and take a healthy risk.
The Healer, Side #2 © Verlena Lisa Johnson 2021
Slow the momentum early next week to attend to self-care and nurture those newly planted seeds as the Moon enters Cancer and Mars perfects its square to Jupiter. Midweek our relationships take the spotlight; a Leo Moon can help us celebrate the summer but also makes it essential that we honor, respect, and appreciate our beloveds. Otherwise, conflicting needs cause conflict. The Leo Moon calls us to creatively re-center ourselves and tend to business just when our dear ones need to feel important to us. We expand the heart and can pay attention to both.
Friday, May 19: Tap into common sense and earned wisdom and make careful choices about what seedlings we plant as Mercury sextile Saturn. Let’s plant and work on whatever we want to grow on this most fertile day after the New Moon in Taurus at 9:53 AM MDT. Run with that metaphor. Tend to home, the garden, domestic issues, and family relations. Plant tangible things this morning and plant ideas after noon when the Moon enters verbal Gemini. We may have a moment of loneliness later but it can bring our attention to nourishing the new sprouts as the Moon approaches a trine to Pluto tonight.
Moon sextile Saturn 12:39 AM MDT, Moon sextile Neptune 7:39 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 9:53 AM, Moon sextile Mars 11:50 AM, Moon enters Gemini 12:47 PM, Moon trine Pluto 1:19 PM.
Saturday, May 20: Engage and create today. The mood is communicative and nervy, but also prone to easy fights and small accidents as Mars in Leo opposes Pluto. We can be energized, creative, and expressive in a good moment, but a sudden arrogance or sense of entitlement can lead to problems if we focus more on our stubbornness than our empathy. Keep the heart open. Be willful, but make wonderful things happen. Events tonight could question our priorities and ask us to get real. Stay involved but exercise caution as Mars opposes Pluto.
Moon square Saturn 12:57 AM, Mars enters Leo 9:31 AM, Mars opposes Pluto 9:11 PM.
Sunday, May 21: The pollen intensifies and so does the wonderful cross-pollination of ideas; our thoughts travel and disperse concentration as the Sun enters Gemini and trines Pluto. Get philosophical, slow the mental buzz, and ask deeper questions. Watch for sudden territorial moves as the Moon enters moody, protective Cancer tonight and nurture instead. Put some plans into place as the Sun sextiles Mars tonight. Start thinking about the next step.
Sun enters Gemini 1:09 AM, Sun trine Pluto 7:58 AM, Moon square Neptune 4:11 PM, Moon enters Cancer 9:28 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 11:53 PM, Sun sextile Mars 11:56 PM.
Monday, May 22: We may need to hold still, take care of ourselves, and consolidate our progress. Self-doubts could arise along with resistance to change as the Cancer Moon trines Saturn this morning. Instead of backing up or arguing defensively, let’s figure out how to make progress safer. Watch a competitive crankiness and even potentially military action on the big front, wherever people choose to displace their discomfort on others rather than do their own homework while Mars squares Jupiter. But if we stay self-responsible, healthy competition can push us over a hurdle towards a personal best.
Moon trine Saturn 11:23 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 1:07 PM, Mars square Jupiter 11:12 PM.
Tuesday, May 23: Rather than letting the head become an escape pod from an emotional heart, we need to integrate logic and compassion; the head and the heart need to work through problems and make decisions as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Cancer. Even though that T-square pounds, step away from reaction and focus on a clear positive goal. Don’t just weed, replace the weeds with potential. If we don’t feel like doing anything this particular day, let’s engage in basic self-care and kindness while we’re waiting.
Moon conjunct Venus 6:45 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 12:07 PM.
Wednesday, May 24: We may need to express ourselves with panache as the Moon enters Leo and conjuncts Mars but let’s allow room for others to shine as well. It may be important to listen to our own needs and center ourselves to make a personal decision, that’s not selfish if it helps us have more to offer others and does not use up their oxygen. Take turns, and look for an important lesson about balancing personal self-care and responsibility to others’ healing as Venus squares Chiron. Support one’s own fire, don’t dampen others.
Moon trine Neptune 3:11 AM, Moon enters Leo, Moon opposes Pluto 9:04 AM, Moon squares Jupiter 12:12 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 1:20 PM, Moon sextile Sun 3:31 PM, Venus square Chiron 5:39 PM.
Thursday, May 25: Potentially awkward moments can pass quickly if we keep talking. An inner urge to move, speak, and manifest can cause us to take up other people’s space unless we stay self-aware. Debate magnifies, but before we disagree, let’s ask ourselves if it is necessary and kind, or if are we just recreationally arguing.
Sun semi-square Venus 3:05 AM, Moon square Mercury 4:11 AM.