The astrology of Roe v. Wade: The Pluto connection

Surprising no one, the US Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade today. The Roe v. Wade decision granted a constitutional right to an abortion and has been controversial since it was declared on January 22, 1973. (Note: I am not by any means pro-abortion. The whole idea makes me very squeamish. But I do believe that we have an inalienable right to control own bodies, and that makes me against this decision.)

The Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade began with a lawsuit that was filed in March of 1970 as part of a general plan to legalize abortion. The actual plaintiff in the case, later named as Norma McCorvey, was later revealed to be a relatively uneducated young woman who was solicited by attorney Sarah Weddington for her test case on abortion rights.

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At the time, the progressed (Sibley) chart for the United States had some interesting alignments involving Pluto, the planet of power and transformation by creative destruction and regeneration.  Pluto sits in the second house of money and values in the US chart, describing the connection between money and power in this country (read more about that here).

  • Pluto, which is retrograde in the US chart, turned direct in 1871 just after the Civil War. The significance of this shift cannot be overstated – a progressed planet changing direction denotes a major change, and when that planet is Pluto the change is seismic. The Civil War completely transformed the United States and its very existence was in danger from the destruction.
  • In March of 1970 when the Roe v. Wade case was filed in Texas, progressed Pluto had caught up to Pluto in the nation’s chart and the two were exactly aligned with the South Node as well. (The South Node marks the clearing of past karma and events.)
    • It should be noted that with transiting Pluto in Venus-ruled Libra at this time, relationships of all kinds were undergoing significant transformation, and the fight for the power (Pluto) of women over their own destiny was at a crescendo.
  • The US progressed Ascendant was exactly opposite the US Pluto point, as well as progressed US Sun and Pluto for the entire time that Roe v. Wade was before the Supreme Court. This extremely significant event shows a shift in the perception of the country, especially as it relates to the family unit with the progressed Ascendant in Cancer.
  • Progressed Neptune was in an exact trine to progressed and natal US Pluto, facilitating the passage of the landmark decision.

The transits were even more interesting. (Note: progressed planets tend to reveal inner shifts and changes where transits of planets moving through the sky to natal or national charts tend to coincide with events.)

  • Our friend Pluto was in an exact trine to both natal and progressed US Pluto in 1970 and 1971, facilitating endings and transformation.
  • Transiting Uranus, the planet of revolution, was in a challenging square to the US Sun between December 1970 and October 1971, and the US was ready to throw out old and outmoded regulations to enable greater liberation.
  • This was followed by a transit of Pluto over the Midheaven of the US chart representing the government and people in authority. During this period (between November 1971 and September 1972) the Equal Rights Amendment was approved by Congress but never ratified. Still, the drumbeat towards women’s rights, including the right of a woman to choose her own health care, continued while Roe was being argued.
  • This transit of Pluto over the US Midheaven also coincided with the disclosure of the Watergate burglary and the re-election of Richard Nixon. As we know, Nixon ultimately resigned in 1974.

On June 24, 2022 at around 10 am it was announced that the US Supreme Court has struck down the Roe v. Wade decision. This was certainly not a surprise since a draft decision had leaked a few months ago. This is an extremely unpopular opinion since even most Republicans did not want Roe v. Wade to be overturned according to the Pew research group.

We are in the throes of the US Pluto Return – the time when Pluto returns to the same degree as it was in the national astrological chart. Everything you see in the news, from alarm over the end of US democracy, to election lies, to political rage and violence in the street, can be connected to this significant planetary alignment.

I will be covering more details about the current state of the US chart in my July 4th report. The overturning of Roe v. Wade is just one of many incidents that are marking this turning point in American society and law.


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Astrological news this week: Fire and water at the Cancerian Solstice


Astrological update for the week of June 20-27, 2022

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Summer (June) Solstice The big news this week is the Solstice. Up here on the top of the world, the Solstice is the longest day of the year and in the tropical zodiac it’s the time that the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (for my friends Down Under, the Solstice marks the return of the light after darkness). (The four cardinal signs mark the change of seasons: Cancer in June, Capricorn in December, Libra in September and Aries in March.)  These cardinal points are portals for change – cardinal signs carry the potential for action and initiation, so it’s very appropriate that they mark these important seasonal changes.

During the solstice the Sun appears to stand still as it beams its nourishing light across the northern Hemisphere.  The energy of the Sun feeds us and is crucial for our vitality, and the Summer Solstice offers a peak of creative potential. This is especially true because the chart for the 2022 June Solstice reveals five planetary bodies (including the Moon and the new planet Eris) in fiery Aries, inspiring action and purification of Will and intention. The fire of Aries is not a friend to the Cancerian energy of the Solstice, and with the Aries Moon along with expansive Jupiter in a challenging square formation to the Solstice Sun there will need to be some kind of adjustment to our intentions in order to be in synchronization with the planetary energies. Fire can be rather impersonal, driving from pure desire and need which does make this a really good time to ask ourselves what we really need, what drives us, what do our passions tell us? Harnessing the desire of Mars-ruled Aries to the rich emotional tapestry of the Cancerian Solstice can serve to help us burn through negative patterns and gain new focus as well a sense of direction. Venus, doubly sweet in her own sign of Taurus, harmonizes with Pluto for stronger partnerships and self-esteem.

Eris has been a troublemaker over the past few years (catch up with this article) with interactions from both Uranus and Pluto. Eris is a troublemaker by nature (the Goddess of Discord afterall!) but under the Uranus and Pluto influences the level of discord has been raised to a ridiculous level in this astrologer’s opinion.  Fortunately the square from Pluto to Eris is in the rear view mirror, but when the tornado has passed the cleanup must begin and that’s where we are currently. A nice sextile from stable Saturn to Eris is embedded in the chart of the Solstice and will provide support in this cleanup effort.

Planetary aspects to Ceres.  This week we have two significant aspects to Ceres, the planet of nourishment and nurturing the body, mind and spirit. I like to think of Ceres as a higher octave of the Moon – where the Moon governs the emotions and need for security, Ceres governs the importance of the fruits of the Earth in nurturing our very incarnation in a physical body, especially in terms of nourishment which feeds the body, but also all of the physical senses and the spirit as well.

Chiron forms a strong square to Ceres this week which could highlight any difficulties we have in this area. Planning delicious meals which feed the body and the soul is always a good idea, but that is especially true this week. This aspect is embedded in the Solstice chart which suggests that nutrition and deprivation may be somewhat of a theme, especially with the level of food insecurity in the world today. Perhaps this is a good time to donate to your favorite food charity! Fortunately, a harmonious aspect from Uranus to Ceres will help to integrate the energetic rebalancing of Uranus into the body and spirit.

Venus enters Gemini on June 22nd, opening the doors to a busier social schedule.

Now, here is your forecast for the week. Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality. 

Monday June 20. A sweet dance between Mercury and Jupiter today bestows optimism and general good will, and the Pisces Moon, quite active today, harmonizes with five different planets to promote a positive viewpoint which is a great preface to the Solstice on Tuesday.

All of the aspects described in the first few paragraphs are present on Monday in preparation for the Solstice, and the fire becomes more emphasized late Monday night with the entry of the Moon into Aries. (Moon sextile Uranus 12:50 am, Mercury sextile Jupiter 3:44 am, Moon conjunct Neptune 3:21 pm, Moon sextile Venus 7:10 pm, Moon sextile Pluto 8:01 pm, Moon square Sun 11:10 pm, Moon enters Aries 11:37 pm.)

Tuesday June 21. Solstice! 5:13 am EDT

Wednesday June 22. Wednesday may be a rather uncomfortable day emotionally, making this an especially important day to honor the self-care described in the opening paragraph regarding Chiron and Ceres. The Aries Moon gets into the action too on Wednesday, triggering last week’s Mars/Chiron aspect which was quite a challenge for some of us (me!).  Trigger is a good word for the Aries Moon which goes right to the heart of the matter and can therefore be a good ally even if it’s not always comfortable. (Chiron square Ceres 3:24 am, Moon conjunct Chiron 5:26 am, square Ceres 5:30 am, conjunct Mars 2:58 pm, sextile Saturn 10:18 pm.)

Thursday June 23.  The Moon makes one last difficult aspect (to Pluto) in the wee hours of the morning, and then enters Taurus to help stabilize and offer shelter from the storm.  The next few days will be a good time to relax and re-center if there were any challenges earlier in the week. (Moon square Pluto 4:02 am, enters Taurus 7:57 am, sextile Sun 12:11 pm.)

Friday June 24.  Friday is relatively quiet, although a lunar aspect to Uranus around 6 pm could bring about some interesting surprises. (Moon sextile Ceres 5:46 pm, conjunct Uranus 6:14 pm.)

Saturday June 25.  The Taurus Moon aligns with the North Node of fate very early in the morning. Aspects to the lunar nodes are not always significant, but they sometimes can indicate that a course correction is underway. It might be interesting to pay attention to dreams on Friday night/Saturday morning to see whether there are any potent symbols to pay attention to.

Otherwise, we have the culmination of a harmonious aspect from Uranus to Ceres which can help us to find that energetic integration described earlier in this post. As the Moon makes its way through the end of Taurus there may be a few hours of desolation under a Saturn aspect in the morning, followed by harmonious planetary energies to lift the spirit. The Moon leaves Taurus for Gemini at 7:13 pm. (Moon conjunct North Node 3:09 am, Uranus sextile Ceres 8:12 am, Moon square Saturn 9:01 am, sextile Neptune 10:05 am, trine Pluto 3:02 pm.)

Sunday June 26. Today brings lovely lunar aspects and the building of harmonious Mercury and Mars aspects which will peak on Monday. A great end to the week!


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Astrological news this week: SuperMoon in Sagittarius! And Mercury in Gemini


Astrological update for the week of June 13-20, 2022

There is a lot going on here, and the bigger influences tend to outshine the lunar aspects so we will put those on hold this week. 

Sagittarius SuperMoon. This week’s Full Moon in Sagittarius (June 14, 11:51 am EDT) is a SuperMoon (™ astrologer Richard Nolle), meaning it is closer to Earth than at other times. When planetary bodies are closer to Earth their influence is stronger, which is why Mercury retrograde periods are so critical for communication – that is the time when Mercury is closest to Earth.

Every Full Moon tends to amplify our feelings and emotional triggers, and the SuperMoon simply intensifies that tendency which is already at work. However, this Full Moon is in Sagittarius, with the Sun in Gemini – the two signs of knowledge and wisdom. There is a dearth of the water element in the sky right now, and water is the element through which we process feelings, intuition and emotion. This Full Moon encourages us to be curious (Gemini Sun) and seek a higher path to real knowledge (Sagittarius).  Under the Sagittarius Full Moon we know that growth and evolution is the goal, and that confidence is all we need to get there.

This Full Moon chart engages some powerful allies and teachers. Both the Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon have a tendency to be ungrounded and can lack focus, but Saturn lends its grounding realism to the mix to aid in forging practical plans to achieve the sense of growth and peak experience that Sagittarius craves. That will be a big help since Neptune squares the lunation, however, tempting us into fantastic adventures which may not make sense from a practical perspective.

Mercury in Gemini. In other news, Mercury finally re-enters Gemini today (June 13) after a long sojourn through Gemini and then retrograding back into Taurus before turning direct again. Mercury is most at home in Gemini where curiosity and a thirst for experience can prevail; there is more fluidity and flexibility in our thoughts and actions which aid in the processing of experiences to enrich our day to day world.

Mars conjunct Chiron in Aries. Mars is in Aries now where it is at its most Mars-y, enhancing our motivation and desire and aiding in the focus of Will to achieve our intentions. Mars doesn’t care for road blocks in the best of times, but when it travels through Aries it can encourage impulsivity and restlessness. When Mars conjoins Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, it can activate resentments and old hurt feelings that really need to emerge so that they can be healed. This isn’t a pleasant experience but can be an important part of any healing process.

This aspect culminates on Wednesday June 15 but will be in effect for much of the week. Watch for challenges in relationships this week under this influence, especially with the amplification of the SuperMoon to any emotions that are not well-regulated.

Solar aspects on Thursday. The aspects from Saturn and Neptune that are highlighted in the Full Moon chart culminate on Thursday. Saturn helps us to find greater balance, and this will begin to build on Wednesday to help ground any challenges from the Mars/Chiron incidents.  Under the Neptune influence, though, we may have more difficulty focusing or getting a handle on potential emotional ups and downs. We can that Saturn influence to maintain focus, and just breathe through any emotional challenges that come up this week. ❤️


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Liz Greene and the Twelve Temples

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A portion of this article was originally posted in 2006.  Liz Greene is quite possibly my favorite astrology writer of all time, and yesterday I dug out her book The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope, which is actually a transcription of a seminar on the subject. In it she briefly touches on the work of the Roman writer Manilius, who in his work the Astronomica refers to the astrological houses as “templums.”

In the horoscope, which is a map of the sky at a particular time from the perspective of earth, the space above and below the earth is ringed with the symbolic zodiac system and then divided into four quadrants. Each of the four quadrants is divided into three sections, and we call the twelve resulting pie-shaped sections “houses.” Each “house” is associated with a sphere of existence. Liz Greene describes the houses as being like empty stages before a play, each of which is already set with its “decor, furniture and objects according to the domain which the house rules and the sign on the cusp of the house.”

The use of the word “templum” to describe the houses is a fascinating one. Greene writes that the templum, or temple, was any empty building or space used for sacred purposes, and until the cult statue of the god was placed in the temple, the space had no real purpose. Writer Gordon Fisher quotes an earlier work by linguist Zacharie Mayani describing a ceremony dividing a templum into twelve sections:

Two priests are seen marking out the bounds of a holy area consisting of a square in which two medians were marked, one running from north to south and the other from east to west. The quarters of the square are also subdivided, and each resulting section is assigned to a particular deity. The square is a kind of mirror of the heavens, since the divisions of the square correspond to a conceptual division of the sky. A priest could stand in the center of the square and with the help of a special staff determine in which zone of the square the direction of a celestial omen fell, hence which deity was sending the omen. Thus the holy area or templum constituted an observatory for determining positions of omens which could be used for predicting future events. The observations were a means of learning the will of the gods.

Over the years, I have come to revere the planets as gods, and so I love this image of the deity inhabiting the astrological houses. Certainly modern astrology has come a long way from the fatalistic fortunetelling of the past, but just as in medicine and other modern sciences, we still have much to learn from those who have gone before us. Update: Astrologer Deb Houlding of the Skyscript website, whose work I admire, has published a book about the astrological houses called the Temples of the Soul.


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Astrological news this week: Mostly mild with a hint of Saturn


Astrological update for the week of June 6-13, 2022.

Saturn turned retrograde on Saturday which happens to be Saturn’s own day. Saturn of course is the planet of restriction and hard work, but his gift is in the rewards that come as a result. Any planet when changing direction has a more intensely powerful impact, especially if it is affecting your chart in a more personal way and when that planet is Saturn there is more pressure to take a realistic view of our world. Saturn will tend to kick our behinds if we are living in a fantasy land so when Saturn is stationary in the sky as it is right now, barely moving, it wants our attention.

There are a number of planets at 25-26 degrees right now – Saturn is at 25 Aquarius square to Mercury at 26 Taurus, further demanding a serious mind and attention to all matters of communication. Saturn is in an awkward semi-sextile to mystical Neptune, further emphasizing the idea that too much fantasy or idealization (Neptune) will not have a good outcome. Fortunately we have two of the personal planets in earthy Taurus (Mercury and Venus) to help us to ground and center.

Otherwise the planetary activity is fairly mild, with no major outer planet alignments at all during the month of June. In fact, there are no other outer planet aspects for the rest of the year. It’s the outer planets which apply the most pressure in longer lasting cycles, and when those influences are absent we become more aware of the more subtle influences of the faster moving planets and the Moon. That doesn’t mean you won’t personally be affected if one of the bigger players is hitting your chart in a major way! But overall there is less big conflict and upheaval as we’ve seen in 2020 with the repression of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, and in 2021 with the social upheaval of the Saturn/Uranus square.

So without further ado, here’s your update for the week! Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.

Monday June 6. We begin the week with the Moon in Virgo – an excellent time to get organized and create some order in our lives. Under the influence of Virgo we seek harmony through perfection, and things that are out of place obstruct that sense of harmony to create difficulty.

We may feel that a little more today with aggressive Mars in a challenging square to Ceres, the planet that governs care of the self and the body mind spirit balance. Fortunately, the Sun harmonizes with Chiron, planet of wounding and healing, to facilitate the clearing of stuck energies which may be keeping us from emerging as our best selves. (Moon enters Virgo 2:21 am, Sun sextile Chiron 4:44 am, Mars square Ceres 8:06 am, Moon sextile Ceres 8:48 pm.)

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Tuesday June 7.  Tuesday brings a series of lunar aspects which are mostly harmonious and positive for relationships as well as personal growth. New ideas may excite us, and a trine to the North Node in the evening could activate a step in the right direction although there may be a stuck point in the late morning where an adjustment is needed. (Moon trine Venus 12:05 am, trine Uranus 10:26 am, Moon square Sun 10:48 am, Moon trine North Node 8:57 pm.)

Wednesday June 8. The Moon leaves Virgo for Libra in the late morning, shifting the focus from worldly details to aesthetics and relating. Harmonious aspects from the Virgo Moon to Mercury and Pluto in the morning (EDT) facilitate personal expression and communication.

Once the Moon moves into Libra, an aspect to Jupiter could create a sense of abundance and good fortune. Alternatively, there may be some frustration if our desires don’t match up with our situation. Lunar aspects last for only a few hours, so if you’re feeling out of sorts don’t worry, it will soon pass. (Moon opposite Neptune 2:44 am, trine Mercury 5:55 am, trine Pluto 8:08 am, Moon enters Libra 11:22 am, Moon opposite Jupiter 8:25 am.)

Thursday June 9. Lunar aspects could activate feelings of irritability, unease and perhaps some emotional distress as the Libran need for harmony is upset by brief but challenging aspects. The coast will clear in the evening, though, as the Sun burns off the clouds. (Moon square Ceres 6:33 am, opposite Mars 8:15 am, opposite Chiron 3:52 pm, trine Sun 9:56 pm.)

Friday June 10. Another lunar day, with the Libra Moon creating harmony in the morning and then potential stress in the afternoon as our emotions intensify under an aspect to Pluto. That will lead into the shift of the Moon into Scorpio in the afternoon, and for a few days emotions WILL be more intense. This is especially true with Mercury harmonizing with Pluto on Thursday and Friday which sharpens our focus and deepens our desire to communicate with truth and raw emotion.

Intense emotionality can be frightening or annoying, but this intensity can also illuminate feelings that we may not even know we had. Embracing our feelings, warts and all, can be an enlightening and liberating experience. (Moon trine Saturn 8:27 am, square Pluto 1:436 pm, Moon enters Scorpio 4:41 pm, Mercury trine Pluto 5:21 pm.)

Saturday June 11. A combination of Venus and Uranus on Saturday brings sparkly new energy into our relationships. Venus is in Taurus where things can get a bit stodgy, but Saturday will be a great day to interact with friends and loved ones. There could be some surprises, so try to be flexible if something unexpected pops up. The Scorpio Moon reactivates the Venus/Uranus combination in the evening which may feel a little unsettling, but any feelings of unease will soon pass. (Moon trine Ceres 12:09 pm, Venus conjunct Uranus 6:57 pm, Moon opposite Uranus 9:05 pm, Moon opposite Venus 9:15 pm.)

Sunday June 12. Sunday is a very busy lunar day, and with the Moon still in Scorpio that means a lot of emotional stuff coming to the forefront of consciousness. Early in the morning the Moon conjoins the South Node to awaken something from the past that needs to be resolved before we can move into the future. Later in the morning and until around 6 pm we are buffeted around by some conflicting experiences: isolation and loneliness, magic and creativity, harmonious processing of life’s situations, and over-emotional thinking that prevents logical and reasoned decisions.

The Moon leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius around 6:30 pm at which point a veneer of optimism and positivity could help to resolve anything left undone from a day of emotional ups and downs. (Moon conjunct South Node 6:01 am, Moon square Saturn 10:44 am, trine Neptune 11:01 am, sextile Pluto 3:33 pm, opposite Mercury 5:39 pm, Moon enters Sagittarius 6:31 pm.)

I hope you have a wonderful week! ❤️


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Astrological news this week: Mars in its happy place and a Gemini New Moon


Astrological update for the week of May 23-30, 2022

Mars in Aries. The instinct for self-preservation is a critical one for the survival of a human individual the role of Mars is to preserve the Self and to gratify desire.  Mars is particularly strong when in the sign of Aries, and Mars will enter Aries on Tuesday May 24.  While in Aries, Mars is at its most potent and the aggressive force is permitted full expression, unhampered by the niceties of signs like Libra or Pisces, by practical considerations such as Capricorn and Taurus would exercise, or by reason and intellectual processing such as Gemini and Aquarius would instigate.  It is pure, unadulterated need and drive.

When this basic force of need is thwarted, frustration is the result.  A certain amount of frustration leads to anger, and chronic anger leads to chronic rage and health problems.  The idea that Mars is a malefic planet that brings no good is a feature of traditional forms of astrology in which the outcome of human life is considered to be fated. It’s certainly true that when Mars is positioned opposite a difficult planet like Pluto, it can bring misfortune to the native especially in early life. We often see some kind of abuse or oppression under these circumstances. Actress Samantha Morton, for example, has Mars in Aries opposite Pluto in Libra and she has talked about the abuse she experienced while in foster care and her life has not been easy. But the personal empowerment experience after mastering the challenges that a Mars/Pluto combination can bring can also bring great success and deep feelings of satisfaction.

At any rate, a healthy Mars is, in my view, very important for the human ecosystem to function properly and nowhere is it as healthy as it is in its own sign of Aries. That doesn’t mean Mars is easy in Aries – it can be strident, obnoxious, and determined to get its way. If you have had trouble motivating yourself recently, this infusion of pure raw energy can help you.  There will be more action and less talk – and the talk that does occur will be more frank and more blunt.  Under Mars in Aries (until July 5) there is less care to avoid hurting feelings and more of an urgency to get on with things.

Mars conjunct Jupiter.  That will be especially true this week when Mars enlists Jupiter as an ally in the need to make things happen. Jupiter has just entered Aries, and the power of fire is pretty strong right now. The power of Mars will begin when the Moon conjoins Mars at the 29th degree of Pisces at around 5:30 pm on the 24th. Pisces is a pretty placid sign, so the jolt of Mars can feel like a double shot of espresso on a calm morning. The Moon moves into Aries a few minutes after that which will set the stage for Mars entering Aries at 7:17 pm EDT and beginning the approach to the Mars/Jupiter conjunction.

The conjunction of Mars to Jupiter that will culminate on May 29th is not the best alignment for world peace. Aries is a self-oriented sign that is not interested in compromise, and Jupiter traveling through Aries may inflame situations and make peace talks more difficult. Jupiter and Mars will form a challenging square to Ceres, planet of nurture and care which means that on a personal level we will need to make a particularly strong effort to take care of ourselves and nurture our body, mind, spirit balance. With Mercury still retrograde, misunderstandings are possible especially since Mercury will be slowly moving towards a square to Neptune that will culminate near the Gemini New Moon. Neptune encourages us to take a more transcendent viewpoint but this is not always compatible with the processing of information, so things can get a bit confused.

Gemini New Moon. The New Moon in Gemini may help to clear up some of this fog – under the influence of Gemini we are open to many ideas and possibilities. Where Jupiter in Aries, especially in tandem with Mars, can be self-righteous and unyielding in a belief that MIGHT means we are RIGHT, the New Moon in Gemini offers an opportunity to see a situation from a new perspective and an open mind. There is an opportunity for a new beginning – a new slate in which many exciting possibilities are revealed. The New Moon harmonizes in a sextile to Mars and Jupiter and brings out the best in the power of action to effect change, so if we can get through the challenges of the week this New Moon on May 30th will be a lovely start to next week.

Prescription. To get the most out of these complex energies of the Aries Moon, Mars and Jupiter, we must determine what it is that we need and how we can best communicate these needs to others and express them clearly to ourselves and the people around us. In an ideal world our needs and desires do not conflict with the needs and desires of others and everyone gets what they want, but that isn’t always possible! But communication and compromise IS possible, and that is where the Gemini New Moon will act as the solution to any challenges that come up this week. ❤️


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Astrological news this week: Mars/Neptune and Gemini season


Astrological update for the week of May 16-23, 2022

How did everyone fare during the eclipse Sunday night? I was knocked so off kilter (the eclipse squared my natal Pluto which and a bunch of progressed planets) that I forgot what day it was yesterday! So this forecast is late, but hopefully better late than never as they say.

This week is a bit quieter astrologically, although Mars, planet of action teams up with Neptune, planet of transcendence, in the sign of Pisces (culminating around 2:30 am on Wednesday). At its best this planetary combination can release a torrent of creative energies and unbridled compassion; at its worst, it can bring confusion and the kind of passive aggression that Mars in Pisces is known for. Mars needs to express itself forcefully, and in Pisces that force is watered down and sometimes disappears, so the aggression of Mars can be quite leaky and come out in unexpected places.

The Moon will have moved from Scorpio after the eclipse into Sagittarius which can be a  mixed blessing: Sagittarius is certainly hopeful and optimistic, but if the wrong thing is expanded under the Sagittarius influence it can cause problems. Tread carefully in the evening of the 17th (Tuesday) when the Sagittarius Moon will face off against Mars and Neptune.

On the heels of a powerful eclipse this can be somewhat destabilizing so in the early part of the week we may want to try to avoid open conflict where possible and wait for the fog to clear. It shouldn’t take long for that to happen since the Moon enters Capricorn on the 18th around 8 am which helps to ground and stabilize. Then a harmonious trine from the Sun to powerful Pluto on the 19th will burn through the clouds and help to clear up any confusion. Mercury (mind) harmonizes with Jupiter (optimism) the same day which helps to enhance understanding and generally positive thinking for an extra boost of clarity.

The Moon enters Aquarius on Friday the 20th at 8:52 am EDT, and then the Sun enters Gemini at 9:22 pm on the same day. This shift into the airy element, especially with Mercury retrograde, brings new energy into the mental realm and makes any kind of communication easier and more facile, especially since the Sun conjoins Mercury on Saturday the 21st at 3:17 pm. This marks the midpoint of the retrograde cycle and because both Sun and Mercury are at zero degrees of Gemini, the very first degree, that Gemini influence is a powerful one. Curiosity, changeability, adaptation – all of these aspects are highlighted now. This is a wonderful time for writers and communicators of all kinds.

The Moon will leave Aquarius for dreamy Pisces on Sunday May 22nd, bringing back some of clouds of illusion that we saw earlier in the week because it will form a challenging square to the Sun and Mercury. But this lasts for only a few hours late morning that day EDT, and a lovely harmonious sextile from Mars to transformative Pluto builds throughout the day to culminate around 6:15 pm EDT.  In addition, Mercury retrogrades back into Taurus to facilitate completion of anything left undone.

If there is something you’ve been trying to accomplish which has been a challenge because of retrograde do-overs or Mars/Neptune confusion, Sunday might be the perfect day to make it happen, especially the Sun and Jupiter are moving into a beautifully harmonious alignment for good fortune which culminates on Monday May 23rd.

That takes us nicely to the end of the week!  I hope you have a good one. ❤️gs and writings by Lynn Hayes.