Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Sagittarius June 2, 2015

Go ahead and get excited for the shiny happy Full Moon at 11 degrees Sagittarius on Tuesday, June 2 at 11:19 A.M. CST. The Full Moon (also known as the Strawberry Moon) will oppose Mercury retrograde at 7 degrees Gemini and Mars at 15 Gemini; square Neptune at 9 Pisces and Chiron at 21 Pisces; and form magnificent trines to Jupiter at 16 Leo and Uranus at 19 Aries. Shame this happens in the middle of a Tuesday, rather than on a Saturday night… but, who couldn’t use a bit of a party atmosphere during the work week as well?

The strong aspects make this particular Full Moon a rather quirky and vague one, but Sagittarius Full Moons are always an emotional adventure. Emotions can become a complicated mix of contradictory feelings and responses. Emotional growth happens here via the process of eliminating barriers of expression, experience and fulfillment. As Sagittarius is the sign most closely associated with beliefs, this Full Moon is a great time to examine your personal philosophies and see how they are serving you in actuality. Ideas and practices that are hurting you in daily situations will come to light. Other personal principles will be tested in ways to ensure they are still right for you. The need to reevaluate beliefs now is really quite crucial with Saturn currently retrograde on the very first degree of Sagittarius (and conjunct the Moon in Sagittarius on Monday, June 1, ahead of the Full Moon), soon to be returning to the final degrees of Scorpio for much of the remainder of the summer. Throwing away things you’re clinging to but that aren’t working effectively will be much easier now than when we’re back in Saturn in Scorpio territory, when changes will be less within our control.  The oppositions to the Sun, Mercury retrograde and Mars in Gemini means these issues can be brought up by talking it out with other people.

And people are certainly gonna blab under this Sagittarius Full Moon! There are stories to be told and experiences to be shared. Some will be tall tales or even outright bullshit, but even liars have their own truth sometimes and its truth that we’re ultimately looking for now. Seemingly far-fetched tales can be parables that nuggets of knowledge can be gleaned from. Even well intentioned and honest communications can take on a life all their own. Once people’s mouths get going, it will be hard to rein in the inherent chattiness. Just go ahead and say whatever is on your mind, and allow others to do the same. Keep in mind that perspective and factuality will be distorted, though.

Distortion is really one of the only problems in an otherwise upbeat day. There is a real possibility of overextending yourself or overdoing something in some way. Making promises or commitments you can’t keep at a later time is likely. People can get so caught up in a certain mood and not anticipate the consequences of what will happen once the infectious mood has passed. On the other hand, with enough caution this optimism can turn into some lucky breaks. Sagittarius and its ruling planet Jupiter are associated with luck, speculation and gambling. Seeing as the Full Moon in Sagittarius trines Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries, calculated risks can definitely pay off. Not major life changing lottery-winning type lucky breaks, but more reasonable ones that improve your current life situation in some way. The opposition to the three bodies in Gemini suggests again that communication and information searching will be a necessary component.

Travel of any and all kinds can be beneficial and exciting, even if it is just mental travel. (Actual physical travel will be much more rewarding, though! Especially if it gets you out of enclosed spaces for a while.) If you get the urge to say “to hell with it all!” and go off routine and off the beaten path, by all means do it and don’t feel guilty. Life needs random excitement if it is to keep from stagnating. Going places you don’t usually go, around people outside of your usual clique, is a natural and fun way to test your old beliefs and ideas and try some new ones on for size. So maybe there’s a purpose to having this dynamic Full Moon in Sagittarius fall on a typically dull workday after all? Roll the dice!

Real Time Astrology: New Moon in Taurus May 17, 2015

A mashup of heavy duty discipline and la dolce vita, the New Moon at 26 degrees Taurus takes place late Sunday evening May 17 at 11:13 P.M. CST. (Depending on your time zone, it will occur in the early morning hours of May 18.) The New Moon will sextile Chiron in Pisces and broadly aspect the weakening opposition between Mars in Gemini and Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius. The exalted New Moon in Taurus will also be in a beautiful mutual reception to Venus in Cancer, although they do not aspect each other.

The effect will run deep and be experienced in different ways. For some, it will be a calming of nerves and a pleasurable time. There is emotional stability with this Moon, although the Mars-Saturn opposition will keep the mood serious and sober. This Moon will be lacking the drama of the previous Moon cycles and will create a more natural flow. There are good times to be had here, most likely low key. Taurus is a sensual sign and the mutual reception to Venus in Cancer will reinforce the enjoyment of physical comfort. Music, food, dance, nature, sleep… whatever the good stuff in life is to you, grab on to some of it.

A Moon aspecting Mars and Saturn can be a source of depression for some. The Mars-Saturn opposition will be weakening, so any mental funk shouldn’t stick around for long or be anything you can’t navigate out of. Any bad moods will be a result of frustrations, a feeling of not being able to move forward as planned.

This New Moon in Taurus is a great time to set in motion changes to your physical world that will allow for better long term successes, however you define success. Taurus has considerable stamina and will see projects through to the end, and its aspects to Mars and Saturn will provide drive and discipline. Look at the areas of life that you feel you are “stuck” in and set intentions on moving forward or around these obstacles. Anything from stopping smoking to starting new business plans to moving house or changing something in the home.

Financial security will be a focus here and a change in materialistic attitudes and/or spending and saving practices may be necessary. Your values system may need a makeover, or you may need to stick to your guns in defending your values.

The tempo will be slower, steadier, even leisurely. Physical energy probably won’t be at its peak here; take it easy if you notice yourself feeling more tired than usual. Wearing off physical energy, if done right, can be a mental boost though and help clear the mind. Spending time in nature will do the same. Move your body!

Real Time Astrology: May 2015

The month of May  is an interesting mixed bag of astrological energies at play. Sweet and  tender, busy and strained, focused and then suddenly scattered, alternately austere and romantic. It will be a month that seems to fly, and neither the highs nor the lows will linger for long.

The influence of shape shifting communication planet Mercury and the mutable sign it rules, Mercury, will have the strongest influence, with Mercury entering its own sign on on April 30 and turning retrograde on May 18 (read the in depth report here), the entry of Mars into Gemini on Monday May 11 at 9:40 P.M., and the entry of the Sun into Gemini on Thursday May 21, officially beginning Gemini season. Particularly after Mars enters Gemini, our  needs for communicating, seeking out new information and sources, and our restlessness to move around untethered will dominate.

This will be easier to achieve at certain times in the month than at others. The opposition between Mars at 2 degrees Gemini and Saturn retrograde at 2 Sagittarius (exact on Friday May 15 but will be felt for a few days before and after) will be a lesson in patience and reining in desires. Mars in Gemini can lend itself to nervous tension anyway, and Mars opposing Saturn creates frustrating situations in which we feel our energy, stamina and drive is being dampened or outright blocked. It is typical to experience setbacks and delays with this aspect. Even if you can’t control the outcome, you can control your own response to the situation, so don’t allow the short term stresses to get the best of you and hurt you in the long term. That may be easier said than done. Cold cruelty in some form is one possible manifestation of Mars opposing Saturn (not by any means the only or even typical manifestation), and with Mars in Gemini I’d expect this to take the form of verbal abuse: cutting and snide comments, vicious arguments, freezing people out or even bullying. Anyone can be the perpetrator if they’re in a foul enough mood and are not actively controlling their responses or channeling their nervous energy.

Mars in Gemini has a way of creating travel issues, mostly local trips and mostly timing issues or minor automotive breakdowns. When badly stressed though it can create potential for traffic accidents, so keep road and travel safety in mind throughout the month but more so around the Mars-Saturn opposition and the Mars in Gemini square to Neptune in Pisces May 25.

Towards the end of the month communicating will be considerably lighter, though by then the Mercury retrograde will be well under way and not making things any easier. Still, boosts to thought processes and verbal exchanges can be expected after the Sun enters Gemini May 21 and especially around the Mercury-Mars conjunction at 10 degrees Gemini May 27 and the Sun-Mercury conjunction May 30. The tempo will be sharp and brisk, but not necessarily smooth. The Mercury-Mars conjunction can be another time of arguments, but mostly people will be expressing themselves more forcefully than usual and patience and understanding will go a long way.

It wouldn’t be healthy anyway to keep information inside that needs expressed, and the more you try to constructively express yourself the more you are likely to find camaraderie. Speaking up and speaking out is so much easier with Mercury and Mars in Gemini; with Jupiter in Leo, it will also make you more attractive if you play it right. Seeker and sharer of wisdom planet Jupiter will remain in conjunction to soul mate asteroid Juno in the big hearted, attention loving sign of Leo for the remainder of May.  Being true to yourself, expressing yourself with confidence, will continue to draw people together who have soulful insights to share.

At other times, some of our encounters will be strange and unpleasant. Venus enters Cancer on Thursday May 7 at 5:52 P.M. Cancer is a sign that likes to carry the past into the present with it and is something of a hoarder: of people, memories, emotions, mementos, anything that feels familiar. Venus at 15 degrees Cancer will oppose Pluto retrograde in Capricorn on Thursday, May 21. Around this time people from the past may resurface, especially old flames or estranged family, and for better or worse. Emotional baggage you thought was resolved will no doubt resurface as well. Regardless of whether these rekindled contacts are welcomed, I don’t recommend ignoring them. The influence of Gemini will be trying its best to get necessary info spread around, and this can take any form. This is more likely around May 25 as Venus in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries. A Venus-Uranus square can introduce strange people into your life, or reintroduce people in strange ways. Expect the unexpected here but expect it to be exciting at least!

Otherwise, the transit of Venus in Cancer – from May 7 until June 5- is something to enjoy while it lasts. Venus is the planet of love, beauty, relationships and social graces and hits a sweet note in Cancer. It will be softening the hard edges of hearts and minds even during the more frustrating moments. Lots of enriching experiences are to be had at home or on local turf, especially with family or groups of women. Backyard barbecues and the like. Venus in Cancer is sensitive and requires discriminating taste; opening up to the wrong person can be acutely painful. But opening up to the right people, in the right time and place, will be all kinds of warm fuzzy happiness. Women in particular should notice a stronger sense of well-being from this, especially around the time of the New Moon in Taurus May 17 as this will create a brief mutual reception of feminine energy (more here.)