Sturdy. Simple. Pleasure. Peace. The bull that builds is a happy one indeed, but there are astrological moments that ask us to consider what might be best to bring into form.
The beginning of 2017 sets you up for a review. Your ruling planet, Venus, will be retrograde 4/4–5/15, and will ask you to look deeper into the nature of what goes on behind the scenes. Your deeper motives, subconscious fears and flaws, and all the projects that are incubating demand your attention. These are important pieces to get straight as there is, simultaneously, a major boom wanting to take place in your work life . . . Your empire awaits you.
This phase is less about fame and fortune and more about focusing on the work at hand that will lead to such success. With Jupiter moving through your 6th house of employment, it’s definitely time to expand the less glorious side of your business—notably the hard work part. Pay attention to relationships that will help your career the most. Notice those bearing helpful hints about how to grow what you’ve got, and relationships that help you evolve, explore and trust your intuitive wisdom—develop your own ways of doing business. To recreate a world filled with peace, love and justice, we must radicalize the outdated institutions in our lives. For you, this means doing the day-to-day differently or in greater harmony with your own nature.
Also, pay attention to the delicate balance of your physical needs. Notice what parts of your daily life make you feel better and which might knock you out of alignment.
Chani Nicholas © Mother Tongue Ink 2016
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.
Mother’s Day, that fertile Taurus holiday, is often loaded with complex layered feelings sprigged with lilac and daffodil, and this year is no exception. It may help to open the aperture around mothering, and support how we can mother ourselves, how we can honor the mother within, and the earth as the mother of all. It’s particularly important to find a way of honoring the archetype when we don’t have a mother to honor, or when that relationship is caught in the weeds.
The weekend starts with a competitive enthusiasm as Mars trines Jupiter under an upbeat Sagittarius moon. We can be unusually honest and say what we mean. Mercury is still conjunct Uranus in Aries which winds up our nerves and encourages us to say outrageous things. It can feel good to get on our high horse of righteousness and launch a crusade, but let’s direct this towards improving the world rather than each other. No crusades at home over brunch.
Family traditions further, though it’s good to bring a note of levity and flowers. If waves of melancholy wash through sometime Sunday or Monday, honor the feelings but let them flow out on the receding tide.
Our nervous systems are running extra voltage these weeks, with Mercury near Uranus in fiery Aries and Venus and Mars both in extroverted signs. Too much energy is taking us out and about, so much is happening in a short period of time and needs juggling that it can be hard to truly relax long enough to rest to the profound level, and this can leave us feel overextended and tired unless we make that effort.
The mood grows more serious late Saturday and Sunday as the Moon enters Capricorn and conjuncts Pluto, formal or family traditions further, though it’s good to bring a note of levity and flowers. Let’s see if we can bring some joy and let go of a need to prove ourselves. And, if waves of sad emotions wash through sometimes Sunday or Monday, it furthers to honor the feelings but let go of the story and let the feelings flow out on the receding tide.
Early next week can be a strategically important time where we plan actions for the next few months. Connect with allies and see how mutual projects fit together as the Sun forms minor challenging aspects to Saturn, the planet of organization. If we grow anxious around what’s going to happen in the future, it can be relieved by planning and reviewing our range of possibilities. Bring out the maps and look for the bright spot.
We may have a patch of confusion or desire to escape from it all on midweek as Jupiter challenges Neptune. Our spiritual or personal ideals may feel challenged or we may be challenged to act in accordance with our ideals. Be cautious around any unusual craving for sweets, but do consider comfort foods or a soak in a hot spring. A little easy self-care can really help renew resilience for the work ahead.
Friday, May 12: A friendly if competitive day calls us to advocate for good causes, but pay attention to avoid unnecessary action accidents or tangential arguments midday. Debates abound. Compete for one’s personal best, or keep up sporting sense of humor about it all. Small decisions may be required this afternoon that end one path and allow us to proceed on another. Tonight, it furthers to dance and wander under the moonlight.
Moon trine Venus 3:40 AM, Mars trine Jupiter 4:18 PM., Moon square Neptune 3:08 PM, Moon opposed Mars 4:44 PM.
Saturday, May 13: A wandering if nervy morning can renew us if we escape from chores and do something spontaneous while the Moon trines unexpected Uranus. Though we may need to focus on responsibilities to home and family this afternoon, we can bring as much humor and joy to it as possible as the Moon conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. Conversation over dinner can scintillate as the Moon trines Mercury, but grow grimmer later on as the Moon enters Capricorn.
Moon trine Uranus 3:45 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 4:56 PM, Moon trine Mercury 8:14 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 11:37 PM.
Sunday, May 14: Sleep in this morning as Mercury semi-squares Neptune, the dream world stays close to us well into the morning. Breakfast in bed a beautiful thing. Though our communication can be a little off with one another and it’s easy to miss signals or feel a little at a sink with one another. A note of formal notice to Mother’s Day, traditions routines, practical giving someone in the practical gift of helpful support, take a moment with our memories or our unfulfilled longings. Yet we need to breathe useful creativity into this moment.
Mercury semi-square Neptune 4:36 PM,’s Moon square Venus 8:23 PM.
Monday, May 15: Follow through on plans initiated over the last few weeks as Mercury spends the last day in Aries. The mood can be uncomfortable, a push-pull, as our wills tug on one another in an existential discontent this afternoon as the Moon conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Let’s avoid unnecessary conflict, celebrate diversity, and use this tension to work together in our different ways to move the ball forward.
Moon square Jupiter for 10 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 2:23 PM, Mercury enters Taurus 10:06 PM.
Tuesday, May 16: Our nervous system begins to slow down stop revving and build a steady or momentum as Mercury enters Taurus. We need to seduce with words, paint pictures rather than duel. A collaborative approach to logistical problems furthers as the Sun quincunx Saturn and the Moon enters Aquarius. Give people room to tell their stories, and they will be more cooperative.
Moon trine Sun 3:16 AM, Moon square Uranus 4:22 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 11:44 AM, Moon square Venus 12:54 PM, Sun quincunx Saturn 11:28 PM.
Wednesday, May 17: Our ideals can be challenged today, and so can our sense of reality. It would further to give ourselves some down time and drift away, but if we can’t, let’s be gentle on our souls but look at how we may be challenged to truly walk our talk. Hypocrisy gets exposed. Evening brings a fresh action and activism as the Moon Jupiter and Mars form a grand trine.
Jupiter quincunx Neptune 2:36 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 10:24 AM, Moon sextile Venus 12:08 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 3:15 PM, Moon trine Mars 11:38 PM.
Thursday, May 18: Tie up loose ends and take care of ongoing work; persist as the planets form gently competent aspects today. It’s easy to square off around dinner time, so it won’t further to push, but debates may just be our way of our form of camaraderie. Our sensitivities increase tonight as the Moon enters Pisces, suddenly we may begin to catch up on unprocessed feelings. Keep the hankies handy.
Sun sextile Chiron 2:06 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 3:00 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 3:05 PM, Moon square Sun 6:32 PM, Moon enters Pisces 9:51 PM.
Changes, reversal, adjustments, and explorations, this week could be exciting. And if it’s not, we may be tempted to start trouble and make it so as Mercury, is finally direct and moving forward, building up steam in restless Aries, and then conjuncts the asteroid Eris and Uranus as Mars semi-squares them all this weekend.
The clutch is in, and we are changing gears. Recent political and personal turmoil and excitement created while Mercury stationed at this tricky point, going back and forth over Uranus and Eris, named after the goddess of discord, can wear on our nerves. The current is unexpected and exciting, erratic and electric; as Uranus charges up our nervous systems we can both feel buzzy enough to delay sleep, and never quite feel rested, as if our engines are running too hot.
We can call up the energy for emergencies or for an exciting moment though, but respond well to urgencies. Routine is hard to relax into- we may just have to find way to trick ourselves into finding the thrill in our daily life to kick us into efficiency.
A Virgo Moon helps us clean up our act and our work as the week ends, but that, along with a semi-square between Mars and Uranus over the weekend can leave some of us cranky and painfully aware of unfinished edges and recent mistakes. Mechanical difficulties can spur our ingenuity. We may have to run twice as far to accomplish normal things unless we stop and take a moment to return to our center and assess what would be the most efficient way forward. Emotionally, we can alternate between being proud of our rugged individualism and independence, and wondering why people don’t give us more help. (Hint, it may be our attitude).
With the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Libra, both Venus-ruled signs, it can be a cuddly weekend. It helps our potentially neurologically fried nervous system to take a moment in the Sun and soothe ourselves with healthy creature comforts. This friendly overtone lasts through Monday, so let’s extends ourselves now and make the connections we need. The Moon heads into Scorpio late Monday night and waxes full on Wednesday, one of the most broody and moody full Moons of the year.
On Tuesday, the Sun trines Pluto planet of death, rebirth, power struggles and empowerment as Mercury conjuncts Uranus, planet of change. We can expect some shifts in direction energy and momentum beginning to build, and the effect may shock us, one way or another. Which direction these changes take us is very much a wildcard and up to all of us. Let’s use this intensity wisely. Make it also a meditation to transcend resentments, research the depths, and nourish our roots.
Thursday brings more upbeat Sagittarius Moon helps us move on. Mars squares Neptune which may take away some certainty of the future, but also helps us drop the resentments and move past any recent stalemate. Mercury trine Saturn bringing fresh concentration sanity, and can do ability. For a bringing back momentum and competence if we choose to engage.
Friday, May 5: The Virgo Moon forms a grand trine with the Sun and Pluto and asks if we’re doing enough. Work flows when the answer to that is yes. Morning confusion leaves us fuzzy-headed as the Moon opposes Neptune, but turns into a productive if nervy afternoon. Though we can get so hyper focused on what needs to be done that we are cavalier with others’ feelings unless we consciously keep our hearts open. Efficient if surgical decisions can be made. Tonight, conversation rocks, but edginess makes it hard to wind down.
Sun quincunx Jupiter 1:59 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 5:27 AM, Moon trine Sun 8:14 AM, Moon trine Pluto 3:56 PM.
Saturday, May 6: We can feel old this morning and need extra rest as the Moon squares Saturn but it may be hard to sleep in as Mercury conjuncts Uranus and nudges us to get on with life. Chores flow easier this morning, we need time for connection and creativity, to respond to a spontaneous suggestion this afternoon. Edgy tempers can be sweet until rubbed the wrong way, then sharp spikes of temper and sudden jerkiness can precipitate minor accidents. Watch a passive-aggressive undertone. We need excitement but in a way that is safe, fair, and alive.
Moon square Saturn 6:41 AM, Moon enters Libra 12:20 PM, Mars semi-square Uranus 7:53 PM, Moon opposed Venus 9:21 PM.
Sunday, May 7: Take any opportunity to prepare recently rest up relationships are nervous system. And take an opportunity to create space in the heart in the world around the problem as the Moon conjunct Jupiter in Libra this afternoon. Regain equilibrium. Reach out to a larger community and create more emotional stability.
Moon trine Mars 9:56 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 5:01 PM.
Monday, May 8: It’s a tricky day, decisions can toggle back and forth as the Libra Moon opposes Mercury and Uranus. Don’t buy into a false sense of urgency and be forced to make a move before it’s right, but do pay attention to sudden opportunities or real emergencies. The landscape continues to shift and change over the next few days. Watch where the mind goes tonight as the Moon enters Scorpio; our soul wants to look under rocks and into caves. We need to do the deep work, but not get stuck in those dark corners.
Moon square Pluto 1:56 AM, Moon opposed Venus 1:41 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 2:47 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 4:58 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 11:01 PM.
Tuesday, May 9: Stay in touch with ongoing conundrums and questions as decisions ripen. This is a pivot point, and consequence become manifest as the Sun trines Pluto while Mercury conjuncts Uranus exact. Decisions that have been going back and forth for two months now may now take a decisive step. What was stuck can may become unstuck. We can speak in judiciously, and comments made can shock us into action.
Sun trine Pluto 12:23 PM, Moon semi-square Saturn 10:39 PM, Mercury conjunct Uranus 11:19 PM.
Wednesday, May 10: Legend has it that Buddha was born under a tempestuous Full Moon in Scorpio, like today, and so he understood how suffering is instigated when we desire or crave something other than what we have. We get a review lesson today. Our feelings need to flow, rather than swirl into a maelstrom. We can hurt with longing for different politics, events, circumstances than what we have. Jealousy, resentment, fury, passion, depth, all simmer in the sub-ether. Or we can redirect the Scorpio Moon focus into a search for solutions, and find gratitude for what’s worthy in our life. So let’s use this focus wisely.
Moon trine Neptune 2:39 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 1:28 PM, Moon opposed Sun 3:42 PM.
Thursday, May 11: Our nervous system can either relax, unwind, or feel tired this morning, as we crash off the full Moon and our motivation softens as Mars squares Neptune, but spirits lift as the Moon enters Sagittarius midday. This afternoon we begin to see how the dust settles enough for us to see farther on down the road and begin to make pragmatic long-term plans as Mercury trine Saturn.
Moon trine Chiron 6:30 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 10:59 AM, Mars squares Neptune 11:51 AM, Mercury trine Saturn 2:14 PM.