Gemini, 2018 is a powerful year to get more creative about expressing your voice, thoughts and perceptions. You have permission to play! Your voice matters in the world. Be open to new ideas, and let the sparks of inspiration fly! You might raise the vibration of those around you. That’s what the North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius have to say.
Venus enters Gemini April–May: a beautiful time to fall in love with yourself. Explore your voice and follow it to expressions of deeper beauty, harmony and self-appreciation. June’s New Moon in Gemini inspires you to express or understand your relationship with the Masculine & Feminine in new ways. Mercury squares Chiron (the Wounded Healer) here—take greater care in what you say and how you say it.
Throughout the year, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn remind you to act with integrity when dealing with finances, energy, psychological/spiritual states that arise in powerful, intimate commitments with others. As Chiron prepares to exit Pisces, you may want to leave or let go of habitual patterns that no longer serve you in your career and/or public image.
Between Nov. ’18 and Jan. ’19 the Nodes in Cancer/Capricorn and Uranus in Aries aspecting one another will create ripples of change for us all. Time to negotiate a better work/life balance and to explore a new sense of identity. Gemini, this energy changes material circumstances and promotes connections with friends will that broaden your mind. This dynamic will come sharply into focus with the Gemini Full Moon in November. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep as Uranus prepares to enter Taurus throughout 2018.
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In my own practice, which you can explore on my website. I use nearly 150 astrological bodies in drawing up charts. The information presented here has been highly condensed.
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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.
Let’s work our gardens. This is a fertile weekend with a waxing Moon and the sun, Mercury, and Uranus all in fecund Taurus. Plant those flowers, plant ideas, cultivate the future all week long. Also, notice what problems take root this week, what causes spark. Don’t plant seeds of discord, because these will also grow. Do back a movement/cause/politician that could improve our situation, that is a garden we want to cultivate.
We may have less emergencies and more time to grow in the weeks ahead. But the last few months have been loaded with tricky aspects which are still ringing like a bell. We have fires to put out, lava to contain from last week’s tense, even explosive Mars-Uranus square, which is still within a degree on Friday morning and in orb for the next few weeks. Danger sharpens, problems that have been building for weeks are still erupting. But there is also a new and gentler energy beginning. Because we have been and are on alert, when we have a quiet moment, when there is no fire to put out, no emergency on our doorstep, it’s easy to just space out or let our minds perseverate on our concerns or what could go wrong next.
But any moment of calm is exactly where we need to be proactive. The Mars-Uranus energy can motivate us to get moving, and the softer aspects encourage us to protect, grow, create, fertilize, nourish. Our children may need extra care, they need to be gardened. So may our love life.
Gardening is a wonderful metaphor because it is a co-creation process. You can’t hurry the plants along. You can tend to them, make sure the weeds aren’t getting in the way, make sure the sunlight reaches the plants, put up a deer fence, add nourishing foods increase the resilience through their health, but you can’t poke and prod. We can’t over analyze the relationship or spend all the time dissecting what went wrong and expect life to improve. We need to garden the future.
Sit with the plants and learn. Watch them grow. Water when needed. Remove pests. Surround with protection. Sit and be present to that miracle. Then take that home and do it with beloveds, with the project of the heart.
Jupiter in Scorpio is retrograde back to form an exact trine with Neptune in Pisces, and intuitive, creative, magical aspect. When a faster moving planet enters Cancer, it forms a grand trine with these two and stirs up our potential for new emotional understanding and creative inspiration, a spiritual aha. It also amps up our desire to escape this harsh world and reach into our imagination for a more beautiful place. For most of us, this can be a longing for the art studio, ceremony, a long walk in the woods or a good book. For those on the edge of sanity, this can send their boat sailing out of reality. It can also bring water damage. We may feel flooded by tears or emotions. This weekend the Moon in Cancer forms that grand trine and taps into the heart. In the coming weeks and months, Venus will form this trine, as will the sun, and Mercury.
But as the weekend begins Mercury trines serious Saturn and encourages us to do something solid with this process. Venus enters Cancer this weekend two turn up the emotional volume, sensitizes us as it sextiles Uranus, but can make us more guarded, and protective of our loved ones. Issues of territoriality, of home and homeland will be more volatile in the weeks ahead.
The Sun enters Gemini on Sunday, the Moon enters Leo, both extroverted signs, and encourages us to take this creativity into our community; get to know the neighbors, attend picnics, yard sales, and arts festivals. The amped up communication can also help us take our inspiration to make the world a better place, talk it up network around it and help make it so.
Early next week the Moon in industrious, nervy Virgo brings out our critical thinking capacity, but can convince us that residing in our heads feels safer than staying in our overflowing hearts. We need to keep them working together.
Friday, May 18: This day can bring seriousness and sanity as mental Mercury trines stabilizing Saturn. And begin this to and give us tools to handle recent upheavals. Some of those upheavals, like this morning’s shootout in Texas, tension in the Mideast and erupting volcanoes, are not going away though they may have been triggered by last week’s aspects, are not going away. But we have access to both a vision of how it could be different as the Moon trines Neptune and Jupiter, and the skills to him to improve the situation, if we choose to use them. Spread thoughtful sanity, put steady work into those dreams. This evening, it furthers to share a good meal and appreciate creative spirits.
Moon sextile Mercury 4:50 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 5:33 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 10:48 AM, Moon semi-square Sun 12:41 PM, Moon trine Neptune 6:20 PM Moon trine Jupiter 7:47 PM.
Saturday, May 19: We could lie around and rest as Venus joins the Moon in domestic Cancer, and this may be just what we need, soul healing is the first priority. Or we could use this opportunity to nurture our souls and relationships, garden our community. Watch the grass grow. Keep expectations low and know that real achievement will be seen in our subtler connections. The Moon shifts to more outgoing Leo tonight, and opposes Mars, and brings out our feistier extrovert. Enjoy but consider avoiding, rather than engaging, belligerent people.
Moon opposed Pluto 2:26 AM, Mars semi-square Neptune 4:49 AM, Venus enters cancer 7:10 AM, Venus sextiles Uranus 11:30 AM, Moon sextile Sun 3:14 PM, Moon enters Leo 5:10 PM, Moon square Uranus 5:33 PM, Moon opposed Mars 7:37 PM, Mars sextile Chiron 11:55 PM.
Sunday, May 20: We can steel set in our ways, intransigent if open-minded, and want a bit of extra attention. Be generous with that, appreciate others and they blossom. Try to push them forward and expect to get nowhere as the Moon squares Mercury midday in fixed signs. Romantic tension can bring up old scars as Venus squares Chiron but can just be a just be skew lines of communication, not an intentional hurt. Stop and accept differences, reconnect in a few hours. As the Sun goes into Gemini tonight, communication improves.
Moon square Mercury 1:30 PM, Venus square Chiron to 20 3 PM, Venus quincunx Mars 8:05 PM, Sun enters Gemini 8:14 PM, Moon square Jupiter 9:29 PM.
Monday, May 21: Shift, change, and make adjustments today as the Sun semi-sextiles Uranus. Later on, as the Moon enters Virgo and squares the sun, our critical thinking sharpens. Let’s not waste it on our beloveds but notice what honestly needs criticism. Write letters to politicians, edit books, reorganize plans; do not stunt creativity with sharp edges, save this for acts of social justice. Refine rather than stop creative process.
Sun semi-sextile Uranus 3:47 AM, Moon enters Virgo 8:02 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8:37 PM, Moon square Sun 9:49 PM.
Tuesday, May 22: Don’t go off half-cocked today, it’s easy to wind out about a complaint and then realize we’ve made a mistake. We tend to see old problems projected on the present. Our intuition opens as the mood improves this afternoon as Mercury sextiles Neptune. Utilize a chameleonlike quality, find a mindset it would be lovely to absorb, and focus on that. People need to process tonight, let the conversation roam far and wide.
Moon sextile Venus 1:47 AM, Moon trine Saturn, 10:19 AM, Sun semi-sextile Chiron 12:48 PM, Mercury sextile Neptune 8:13 PM, Mercury opposed Jupiter 11:53 PM.
Wednesday, May 23: Overnight confusion clears this morning, we can manifest easily and accomplish concrete steps forward as the Virgo Moon forms a grand trine with Mercury and Pluto this afternoon. Introspection and analysis further. And from that let action happen, as the sun trine’s Mars and craves clear action and clean territory. Just watch psychic boundaries; do not be invasive, knock before entering another’s mind.
Moon opposed Neptune 12:29 AM, Mercury semi-squares Chiron 12:40 AM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 12:59 AM, Moon trines Mercury 1:10 AM, Moon trines Pluto 8:54 AM, Sun trine Mars 8:39 PM
Thursday, May 24: What’s fair? It’s all about social justice and interpersonal balance as the Moon enters egalitarian Libra and forms a trine with Mars and the Sun. Injustice will really tick us off. What are going to do about making the workload feel fair at home and work, how we are going to contribute to fairness in the world at large? This moon wants to know. We feel loved, and our heart opens, when we feel someone is on our side and cares about our happiness.
Moon enters Libra 12:51 AM, Moon opposes Chiron 3:52 AM, Moon trine’s Mars 6:19 AM, Moon trine Sun 6:48 AM, Moon squares Venus 12:02 PM, and Moon squares Mars 3:28 PM.
This week will go easier we can find good use for impatience. With the inevitability of volcanic lava, we can feel changes coming. Maybe not fast enough for us for some in some places, and to quickly and others, but this week can mark a turnaround as Mercury conjuncts Uranus at the last degree of Aries and they both enter Taurus together, and volatile Mars squares electrifying Uranus.
And, like watching the volcano slowly and inexorably eat up homes and create new land in Hawaii, we may get a humbling reminder that we’re not in control of everything in our life. Recent Pluto transits make clear that sometimes we just have to let go, drop a plan that’s not working, or be willing to realistically reorganize, rather than keep trying to finagle it into shape.
The weekend begins with the Moon in antsy Aries while mental Mercury forming a square to impatient Mars. We need to put safety first any time we brush with conflict, in transportation, or handling mechanical gear. We can be a little twitchy, fast on the trigger. And no matter how much we’ve done, we probably feel like were running behind and potentially overwhelmed by the amount that needs to be done, that is dealing with the work pile on our desk or making changes for social justice in our community. Really, our burden is no worse than it was a week ago, but now we’re more aware of what’s needed and what’s possible.
But let’s not take this impatience out on one another, instead put it to good use. Finish projects that have been dragging on too long, that have been working on for month; we are so ready to be done, but it’s important not to drop the ball or make mistakes at the last minute just because were impatient. But this impatience can move us out of an inertia or depression and move on.
Mother’s Day begins the shift. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, let’s take time to honor the Mother, our own mothers if we can, but if, through problems of time, space, or trust, we can’t, let’s honor the Mother earth itself. Mother’s Day is the Taurus holiday for a reason, Taurus exudes the original stabilizing and nourishing earth mother energy.
Tuesday brings a new Moon in Taurus, the most fertile day of the year, which makes May 15 and 16t great days to plant seeds and important ideas. Changes that erupt early next week can provide fertile ground for both as Uranus enters earthy Taurus on Tuesday for most of the next eight years. Uranus, which takes 84 years to go around the zodiac, enters Taurus on Tuesday, and though it retrogrades back into Aries later this summer for a few months. Last time Uranus was in Taurus 1934-1941, the New Deal turned the American economy and culture around, and the power structures of Europe changed. Over the next eight years we will be pushed to evolve our relationship to the world of matter: our bodies, our money, our resources, and our relationship to the earth. Tectonic plates will shift, both literally and metaphorically.
Mars squares Uranus on Wednesday, an exciting, accident-prone, volatile but determined and motivating aspect that brings the energy of a combustion engine to us. Both Mars and Uranus will switch from volatile Cardinal signs into steadier and more determined fixed signs hours before this square, which can help us channel the heat of this aspect and put it to good use. But this aspect can bring up anger management issues, and make us really fed up with any situation it’s just not working. Let’s not throw a relationship or situation out that just needs a little work and patience.
Friday, May 11: we can wake up calm but deeply opinionated. Feistiness and energy returns wherever we are emotionally engaged as the Moon enters Aries this morning. This day could call for strong leadership abilities, help us know when to be assertive, and able to apply ourselves the job at hand. let’s remember our personal superpowers, but also add in the compromise necessary to create cooperation. Take an opportunity to stretch the soul muscles this afternoon and don’t give into a passing wave of romantic or interpersonal doubts. Notice a hunger for meaningful discussion around dinner time as the Sun trines Pluto, but if emotions start to take us off the rails tonight as Venus quincunx Pluto, postpone the conversation, get out of the head and take care of hearts.
Moon sextile Mars 3:02 AM, Moon enters Aries 6:40 AM, Sun trine Pluto 5:10 PM, Moon square Saturn 10:34 PM, Venus quincunx Pluto 11:04 PM.
Saturday, May 12: Don’t bug people before their coffee; timing is unique, so let people find their own rhythm and don’t nag as Mercury squares Mars. We can put this pushiness to good use this afternoon or may need to wander and listen to our own souls as our inner child needs spontaneity, grows willful, and wants to act out. The mood softens, grows more agreeable this evening as the Moon forms a pleasant sextile to Venus; camaraderie feels more delicious than conflict.
Mercury square Mars 7:30 AM, Moon square Pluto 8:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 11:01 PM.
Sunday, May 13: Spontaneous moments further, so expect the unexpected through the morning, and avoid a sort of a certain grimness in trying to create an event or wanting things to be a certain way. Some people will feel the urge to speak up and share unexpected news. The energy smooths out after lunch as the Moon conjunct Uranus and enters Taurus. We can explore new terrain and appreciate our creature comforts. Consider celebrating Mother’s Day and family gatherings after noon, or let the morning be about the unique individuality of each family member and wait until after lunch to focus in on family appreciation.
Mercury conjunct Uranus 4:50 AM, Mercury enters Taurus 6:40 AM, Moon square Mars 10:31 AM, Moon conjunct’s Uranus 12:04 PM Moon enters Taurus 12:15 PM, Moon conjuncts Mercury 12:56 PM.
Monday, May 14: Some confusion can keep us slow off the mark this morning as Mercury semi-squares Neptune. We may feel fuzzyheaded, or a bit vulnerable. What changes can we gently invoke to help each other become more comfortable and feel safer in our work situation. We want to see a practical, tangible step in a good direction.
Mercury semi-square Neptune 12:28 AM, Mercury semi-sextile Chiron 2:51 AM, Moon square Saturn 2:58 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 3:43 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 6:07 PM.
Tuesday, May 15: The next two days can bring fundamental shifts, but we can do it with reasonable grace and safety if we pay attention, and don’t let the tension build up. Like Pelé spilling over in Hawaii, we can change our landscape without exploding, though it may be uncomfortable and inconvenient for others. Uranus enters Taurus, Mars enters Aquarius and they square in the morning.
Moon squares Pluto 12:05 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 5:47 AM, Uranus enters Taurus 9:16 AM, Moon trine Mars 2:29 PM, Moon enters Gemini 2:43 PM, Mars enters Aquarius 10:54 PM.
Wednesday, May 16: This could be an accident prone and potentially revolutionary morning as Mars squares Uranus this morning. Keep eyes open and be aware of the lay of the land. This energy may just move into crankiness or impatience, and the non-introspective can create a mess in relationships by blaming the other person for a certain existential discomfort. Define healthy sustainable progress and take a step in that direction.
Mars squares Uranus 1:03 AM, Moon semi-squares Pluto 3:25 PM, Moon square Neptune 5:16 PM.
Thursday, May 17: Encourage any sweetness, appreciate appreciation, gratitude, it’s all good as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Gemini and enters nurturing and sensitive Cancer midday. People obsess on their safety concerns and have worries going on that need respect. Let’s offer what reassurance and security we can because it will lower the tension and make our interactions more productive.
Moon conjunct Venus 12:17 PM, Moon enters Cancer 3:47 PM, Moon sextiles Uranus 3:59 PM.