Starcodes May 29 2015   Heather Roan Robbins

( times listed are MDT)

Strange feeling swirl. Our efforts at communication can be both magical and way off base. Wild weather challenges transportation in many parts of the country. Our minds drift to our strangest hopes and fears or wander into moments of irritability and forgetfulness. Plagues of rabid bats roam the land. Well, not that last one; we can’t blame everything on Mercury retrograde, even if it is in its own nervy sign of Gemini, conjunct Mars and the Sun, and all square confusing, soggy Neptune, a pattern which can make this retrograde cycle (May 20-June 13) feel even more retrograde than usual.

What a wonderful time to write fiction, if we can tell fiction from reality, though reality itself might be plenty strange. Or we may just drift and putter. We can get lost in a bog of memories or chew on them for more understanding or just for the emotional high of intense feelings. But the theories we develop now about what actually happened can be layered with our own projection or self-doubt. Let memories surface, and let them flow away; our understanding of them will probably be distorted and our desire to hold onto them may really speak of a need for a break from the present. By the end of the week we have an opportunity to turn a corner towards the future.

This lineup (Mercury retrograde conjunct Mars and the Sun, all square Neptune) does call for some time out, time to work on project we love, time to read a book that takes us far away, or meander through the woods from the joy of our heart. Though it’s probably not a good idea to tune out and step off the grid completely. We can think erratically and speak sharply, and may need to stay involved enough to modify specious decisions being made in the body politic or at the family dinner table. Let’s be direct and honest, keep to the point, but avoid sweeping statements (we will regret them) and consider the consequences of our words.

We need this time out, but we need also to not drop the ball on important plans that are unfolding for the rest of the summer. So let’s see if we can take a few days here and there, a few hours every day to dwell in those other realms between the worlds, renew, revive, heal, and imagine. And also bring our attention every day to the details that need follow through to manifest the great plans unfolding later the summer.

Long longer trips may actually go more smoothly, especially trips back home, but local transportation can get snarled easily, keep an eye on weather and construction paths this Mercury retrograde. Electronic communication can have its quirks and force us to upgrade, but what looks like a problem at the beginning could bring a real improvement.

We may waft slowly through Friday in a hazy or confused mood as Mercury squares Neptune. The Moon then enters Scorpio for the weekend as the Sun squares Neptune and keeps us deep in our inner world. We can tap into deep pools of feeling, combine Gemini expressiveness and Scorpio’s ability to drill deep, and feel wafting existential loneliness underneath socially fluid Gemini. The combination can produce great music and empowered artwork, because we long to find soul expression.

We can have funny conversations about terribly dark and deep things, find unusual ways of helping one another, but may go back and forth between needing to be with people, and needing to be alone. Let’s make sure all of our needs are met. This energy can also be highly flirtatious and intense, with old loves and one night stands recycling; just don’t make the same mistake twice.

Next week brings a full Moon in Sagittarius rife with possibilities and nervous energy, and possible grand snafus along the way. It first sets off a grand a T-square in the morning (as it opposes the Sun, Merc, Mars combo and squares Neptune) then a grand trine the evening (when it trines Jupiter and Uranus). This full Moon in Sagittarius can restlessly dislodge us from old ruts, it asks us where we want to go and can opens up opportunities to get there. It can mark a turning point away from some sadness or failure in the past, where it may have been hard to see our options, and now offers glimpses of fresh roads opening up. We can use this full Moon to let go of an old obsession, habit, or relationship that has been draining our hearts and begin the search for more fertile fields.

Be kind to nerves and nervy people. Because of the cross-currents involved on this full Moon, we can feel scattered or pulled in many directions, feel one of every possible emotion, or feel confused as we stand at some interior crossroads. It’s a good time to support empaths and people whose psyches are frayed. On a practical level we may see crossed wires or crossed signals, arguments around education and foreign-policy, and water damage to transportation; all these bring an opportunity to take a deep breath and open our minds and hearts a little wider, and work a way around the problem.

The week ends on a more competent Capricorn Moon that might get a little cranky but can help us refocus our efforts.

Friday, May 29: Soggy conditions, overstimulated imagination, fuzzy thinking; our mind and heart can feel bogged down as Mercury squares Neptune this morning. The Moon in friendly Libra encourages us to socialize and connect, but we may just be a little irritable around the edges. Watch out for accidents and change of plans this morning, just stay aware as the Moon opposes Uranus. Kindness helps around awkwardness or relationship wobbles midafternoon as the Moon squares Venus, though our intentions will probably be good. Afternoon, if we can quit work early let’s do it’s not a focused organize time; social conversation might more productive than trying to keep our nose to the grindstone. Just watch the commentary as feelings can get hurt when we think we’re just being witty.

Mercury square Neptune 1 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 6:17 AM, Moon square Venus to 20 p.m. then Moon VOC

Saturday, May 30: Dark and light, deep and shallow, this day runs with extremes as the Moon enters focused and intense Scorpio while the Sun conjuncts Mercury in nervy Gemini. Feel the need to communicate but at the same time a deep need for privacy. Share where people are open, and respect “do not enter” signs. Come together for a cause or purpose; our short-term concentration is strong, we do well with a sense of purpose. Evening brings an opportunity to dream as the Moon trines Neptune. Notice what’s going on underneath the words.

Moon enters Scorpio 3:33 AM, Sun conjunct’s Mercury 10:55 AM-8° Gemini, Moon trine Neptune 10:30 PM,

Sunday, May 31: Lots of strong emotions but very little clarity this morning as the Sun squares Neptune. Let it be a meditation. Feel for that deep connection with spirit, the doors will be unusually open and the rest of life could be too confusing. Watch out for problems with liquids, water, things that flow. Take a flood seriously, and don’t be surprised by a flood of tears or laughter. A generous streak helps midday moves into healing opportunity tonight.

Sun square Neptune 7:07 AM, Moon square Jupiter 11:30 AM, Moon trine Chiron 8:26 PM,

Monday, June 1: Morning is a little slow and preoccupied, our thoughts still linger over personal emotional concerns of the weekend but we can find room to be compassionate with one another as the Moon trines Venus. Just watch for people’s prickly defenses, honor their personal space and rhythm. The momentum picks up this afternoon as the Moon enters more upbeat Sagittarius but circles back to serious plans, vows, and thoughtful moments as the Moon conjunct Saturn.

Moon trine Venus 5:01 AM, then Moon VOC, Moon enters Sagittarius 12:39 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 4:20 PM.

Tuesday, June 2: It was the worst of days; it was the best of days. The Sagittarius Moon forms a confusing, nervous making, intriguing and mysterious T-square as it opposes Mercury, Sun and Mars all now in Gemini (from 8 to 12°) and all of these square Neptune (at 9° Pisces). At the best of this we can feel at one with the whole world. At the worst we can feel scattered and at odds with the whole world, or at least a little fried along the way. Unusual honesty is available and so are misunderstandings perpetuated in the name of honesty. When in doubt, it may help to be quiet, and listen with the intuitive nature instead of the very busy mind. At its peak midday we can feel pulled in many directions, but some of those pulls could be through unexpected opportunities. Choose to turn down a healthier road to more fertile territory. Tonight the energy shifts out of the uncomfortable T-square into a an easier, more exciting grand trine; the energy still buzzes but can bring a more lighthearted or optimistic direction.

Moon opposed Mercury to 20 7 AM, Moon square Neptune 6:37 AM, Moon 18° Sagittarius opposes Sun 18° Gemini at 10:18 AM, Moon opposed Mars 4:30 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 7:31 PM, Moon trine Uranus 11:58 PM

Wednesday, June 3: Conversation is scattershot, everybody can be a little ADD, but let’s honor the urge to contact or communicate and build on common ideas and interests. When we work together we become more mobile and resilient through some interesting glitches. Afternoon is more disjointed; it may take a lot of attention to follow through on our work. Expect an urge to escape the countryside and let human concerns float away until evening when the Moon enters Capricorn and sharpens our focus but can bring in a dour edge.

Moon square Chiron 3:28 AM, Moon quintile Neptune 2:56 PM then VOC, moon enters Capricorn 6:50 PM

Thursday, June 3: It’s a good day for practical meetings with the purpose. We can get people to work together for specific issues, but it may take extra work and planning. We have to balance the need to plan and track carefully, with a need to relax and accept the fact that we’re not completely in control and things just won’t flow like we hoped. What seems natural may be blocked, and we have to hack a solution or work around the obstacles. Tonight brings a layer of emotional depth, and an opportunity to invalidate or validate our relationships, with the natural outcomes ensuing. Proceed thoughtfully.

Starcodes     May 22, 2015  Heather Roan Robbins

We may all have our own personal version of Memorial Day this weekend as tender Venus in emotional Cancer opposed Pluto last night to stir our heart and retrograde Mercury brings our minds back to stories from the past. We may be painfully aware of the water that has flowed under our bridge and flowed away and need to honor an end of an era, a loss, a tough change, or loneliness– before we can shift gears as Venus squares Uranus later in the week, and celebrate summer’s life.

Not all is gloomy though, the surface energy can be light, witty and chattering, if a bit pointed, the Sun, Mars, and retrograde Mercury run together in verbal Gemini, a sign that encourages us to mind-map instead of outline, to synthesize rather than think sequentially.

This chatting may skim across the surface and give us a little privacy, or it can act as social lubrication and allow us to process stuff that is working on us at a far deeper level. Which we may need, because this weekend’s Venus-Pluto opposition can leave our hearts aching and wondering with emotional self-doubts or longing for missing places and people that once fed us.  Or it can just leave us a little moody and depressed, able to empathize with those who are going through so much. Wild weather, earth changes, and end of term have shifted the world around some of us, and Mercury retrograde may have put on hold plans or complicated our life with logistical tangles.

Friday asks us to be serious and catch up with unfinished work, check in with people who have authority over us, and prepare as the Sun opposes Saturn.  But the Moon enters Leo in the afternoon and starts that holiday feeling competing with these darker and deeper memories. Sunday the Leo Moon conjunct Jupiter beautifully in the night sky and encourages bounty, generosity, and a full picnic basket. It’s a good weekend to let community refill our wells.

Monday we may feel crosscurrents or be pulled in several directions as the Moon enters Virgo while Venus squares Uranus and Mars squares Neptune. Keep an eye on difficult people or military action in the news, and don’t echo that across the dinner table. There may be an unsettled, nervy quality about the day but most of us can channel this into home improvement projects

Legal matters further this week, it’s a good time to investigate an old crime or mistake and repair old wrongs or uncover a truth that was hidden. But we don’t need to do this at home; avoid the tendency to unproductively excavate the past in relationships or dredge up every time they ever committed the petty crime that’s now driving one nut. Speak up, but stay in the present, and stay very open to the idea that there is two-sided to this story.

Midweek we can feel rather critical as Mercury conjuncts Mars, but may not have the whole picture. So let’s not be too hard on others and ourselves but use this sharp-edged mind to get work done, refine the work already in progress and problem solve. Just keep checking and don’t go off half-cocked based on a misunderstanding. It won’t be pretty, and misunderstandings are way too common under Mercury retrograde. Be extra careful driving as impatience, misinformation, and lack of judgement can cause a pile-up. The week ends on a more emotionally connected, upbeat mood as the sociable Libra Moon trine the Sun.

Friday, May 22: Lingering moods from recent events or last night’s dreams can leave us tender and deep within this morning. Life may seem full of tough choices and strange twists of fate. Midday our efficiency wanders; it takes will power to finish up unfinished business and prepare for a holiday weekend. But that festive Moon picks up towards the end of the workday as the Moon enters extroverted Leo.  The need to de-stress and relax can make us all a bit loud and self-centered this evening- friendly and warm, but easily ticked off with anything in our way. And maybe feeling our age. Support one another helpfully, and we all get where we need to go faster.

Moon Vic, Moon enters Leo at 3:42 PM, Moon trine Saturn 6:51 PM, Sun opposed Saturn 7:34 PM

Saturday, May 23: The harder life has been lately, the more we need a moment to renew. Today is perfect day off, meander, renew by listening to a soul’s wants, and indulge. If work needs to be done, get creative as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter.  It’s a tough day to try and stay efficient or travel quickly; keep the schedule loose, expansive, and with room for serendipity. Let that beautiful Moon– Jupiter conjunction pour into the heart tonight.

Moon conjunct Jupiter 10:05 PM

Sunday, May 24: It’s another low-efficiency, high sociability day, though a bit more ready to shift, experiment, explore.  We continue to be generally friendly, generous, but self-absorbed, as it’s time to return to self and fill the wells. Don’t expect others to guess what we need or leave their patterns for ours, and do try to honor the needs of others and take turns with needs met. Or the stubborn streak can cause a problem.

Moon trine Uranus at 4:49 AM, then VOC

Monday, May 25: Make a difference as the Moon enters industrious and nervy Virgo and lengthens our to-do list. Venus squares Uranus makes us itch for change, just do not try to change one another. If our situation has been either unusually uncomfortable or especially lovely lately, it may be tempting to make sudden leap sideways or to rail against one another and list everything others have done wrong. But it will be a lot more productive to deal with the issue directly in front of us and wait a few weeks, until Mercury is direct to make long term decisions. Better to put our existential discontent to good use. Move furniture and flowerbeds, talk about healthy changes in relationship, work on desired cultural changes.  Declare a self-improvement program. Sketch the tattoo, but wait to make it happen.

Moon enters Venus to 50 1 AM, Moon squares Saturn 5:47 AM, Venus square Uranus at 11:09 AM, Moon squares Sun 11:18 AM, Mars square Neptune 5:38 PM, Moon opposed Neptune 10:32 PM, Moon square Mars 10:51 PM

Tuesday, May 26: Stay calm through some early morning scrambling as the Moon squares Mercury and Pluto. Follow the details today; this is not a big-picture day, but one built on one small change after another. If we think too far ahead, our details fall through the cracks and we get overwhelmed. People may be cranky as they try to catch up, but the work landscape is shifting sands, always changing, and so a sense of accomplishment may be hard to find. That does not mean we are not getting anywhere- all these details are necessary.  Fix, repair, confirm. Reorganize.

Moon square Mercury 1:42 AM, Moon square Pluto 9:36 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 9:49 PM, then Moon VOC

Wednesday, May 27: We may be pressed for decisions today, but let’s not be pushed into an unripe or unnecessary one.  Watch for a sudden, irrational act. Bravely explore possibilities as Mercury conjuncts Mars, but keep the decisions short term, what we’ll do this week, not this year. We may need to do surgery, to cut out something unnecessary, or to bark, to firmly set a limit- but don’t need to bite or get mean.  Say no more than necessary, we think we’re saying it like it is—but with Mercury retrograde there is a good chance we only have part of the picture and will have to eat our words later.   Judicious honesty in the morning can lead to a healing, understanding, and righting of an old wrong or imbalance later as Venus trines Chiron and the Moon enters egalitarian Libra.

Mercury conjunct Mars at 4:36 AM, Venus trine Chiron 1:45 PM, Moon enters Libra 3:42 PM

Thursday, May 28: We can find our equilibrium again today, though may have to send out a search party. Make peace. Balance the composition, as the Libra Moon trines the Sun, Mercury and Mars. This helps us balance opposing needs and find healthy compromise, and maybe admit we might really love one another.

Moon trine Sun 5:31 AM, Moon trine Mercury 12 PM Moon trine Mars 3:24 PM, Moon square Pluto 10:10 PM

Starcodes May 15, 2015  Heather Roan Robbins

It’s a good time to return, return to ones we have loved before, return to a place that holds our heart, or return to a project we once put on hold as Mercury retrogrades for the next three weeks.

The past whispers to us and it’s time to take a break. Whatever we’re in the midst of doing may either be put on hold while we deal with a sidebar, another agenda other than our usual, this week while Mercury retrogrades, Venus opposes Pluto, and Mars opposes Saturn.

Mercury retrogrades (May 18-June 11) in its own nervy sign of Gemini, which both makes this Mercury retrograde cycle easier, because we can stay more articulate and verbal, and more difficult because all things mercurial may be unusually challenging. Mercury is further energized and scrambled by a square with confusing if inspired Neptune- which perfected last week, retrogrades back to perfect again May 29th, and hits again going forward on June 23.  Our memory, practical logistics, understanding what another person really meant underneath the words, planning, methods of communication and transportation, all may take extra ingenuity and attention for the next three weeks.

But at least will be able to talk about it. We can get lost in our imaginary world, though our spiritual life and creative process can blossom as long as we take care of our practicalities safely.  Conversation can be light and easy, though our thoughts may be troubled with memories and we may have trouble speaking in order and can forget the punchline of our jokes. Transportation could get confusing but can be an interesting adventure.

Mercury retrograde is most difficult at the turning points because Mercury is the planet of movement, and seems to resist even appearing to hold still. So really watch your p’s and q’s, your emails and your keys right around May 18 and June 11 and a few days on either side. After Mercury turns direct we begin to untangle our problems and beaten build momentum for the future, but we won’t be up to full speed and tell June 27, when we leave the shadow on the others. (See for more info)

As the weekend begins, handle life one minute at a time. Mars opposes serious Saturn, so this won’t be a frivolous time; we’ve got serious concerns or memories that need work, from our own recent past or from the depths of history.

The weekend centers around an earthy, warm, steady, if territorial Taurus new Moon. Things start to get screwy on Monday as Mercury retrogrades in Gemini under a Gemini Moon and energy begins to swirl in place. It is helpful to go back and finish unfinished conversations or pursue lines of inquiry we started earlier throughout the rest of the week. Venus, now in introspective and sensitive Cancer, can leave us more self- protective and introverted than usual, even on a bright Sunny spring day.

The mood grows bittersweet as creative Venus approaches an opposition to Pluto at the end of the week. We may be tempted to wallow with our ghosts; we’re reminded that to love risks losing, we may remember a disaster or note a concern for the future. This aspect reminds us to treasure what we do have, who we do love. Much that was lost can be found, but let’s not obsess about the past; instead, honestly process, compost, and prepare to rebuild.

Friday, May 15: Just a touch of attitude; Independence, bravery, enthusiasm, rebellion, and pugnaciousness are instigated by the Aries Moon as it trines Jupiter and conjuncts Uranus, just as Mars opposes Saturn and makes us even more resistant to systems. But our willful nature may be curtailed by our responsibilities, well-earned discipline, or a need to develop relationships with people whose authority we respect. So find a balance between independence and mutual responsibility. Don’t feel like it’s such an either- or opportunity. Give an earthy wildness some room to roam tonight, magic is afoot.

Mars opposed Saturn at 12:02 AM, Moon square Pluto at 12:43 AM, and Moon conjunct Uranus at 6:03 AM, then VOC

Saturday, May 16: The waning Taurus Moon and Venus trine Neptune pluck our heartstrings and encourage us to appreciate our surroundings and take gentle pragmatic action towards making our world feel more beautiful and peaceful. Whether we are gardening, creating, tiptoeing through the tulips or working in compassionate action, it is time to carry through an idea and gentle our world. Evening is cuddly and sensual, though we may be feeling a little bit more emotionally vulnerable than we admit.

Moon enters Taurus at 1:02 AM, Venus trine Neptune 12:48 PM,

Sunday, May 17: What appears lazy may instead be slow and steady in the body, and nervously quick in the mind. A day to either lazily putter in the garden or in other ways connect with the earth. Memories of old incidents which brought out our Taurus– our fondness, our possessiveness,  territoriality, our acquisitiveness, our ability to nurture– may come up for review; are these seeds we want to nurture or experiences from the past we need to plow under an release. History sits close with us before the Taurus new Moon at tonight. So do our hungry senses.

Moon square Jupiter at 1:44 AM, Moon trine Pluto at 2:37 AM, Moon conjunct Sun at 11:13 PM, then VOC

Monday, May 18: It’s a day of paradoxes; the new Moon begins new cycles but Mercury stationary in Gemini asks us to pause, hold still, think again and look for what we are missing. We’ll need some structure to our day, but frustrations pile up if we stick to a tight schedule.  So co-create the day with fate. If communication gets really haywire, plans misdirect, or we feel like we’re running around in circles, let’s hold still a minute, and move out of frantic Gemini mind to center down in the heart to proceed. Odd wisdom is found underneath.

Moon enters Gemini at 3:27 AM, Moon opposed Saturn at 6:49 AM, Moon conjunct Mars at 11:25 AM, Mercury retrograde 7:49 PM, Moon square Neptune 8:02 PM

Tuesday, May 19: The slower we go, the more likely we are to succeed. Watch a tendency to rev up and then end up running late from missed signals and other snafus. Stay closely in touch with one another and if unexpected delays occur, look around for the silver lining; talk to strangers and look for a surprise opportunity. Return to the scene if in mind only) of early joy, and reconnect with what worked. Catch up with one another in ourselves, and engage the unexpected twists of fortune.

Moon conjunct Mars at 2:06 AM Moon square Chiron 3:52 PM, then VOC

Wednesday, May 20: We may be a little self-protective shy or risk-averse, though that may come off as prickly or diffident as the Moon enters more tenderhearted Cancer.  It would feel good to be home and safe and out of the fray. For those of us that need to engage the world, let’s stay centered and keep our heart open but not lean into or invade other people’s space. Invite them to connection, but hold our own heart. Where we connect, we can find unusual imagination tenderness as the Moon approaches are trying to Neptune. The artistic muse can speak clearly if we give her time and supplies; help other people see the vision. Tonight we may need to mull over questions of purpose and relevance.

Moon enters Cancer 7:55 AM, Moon square the nodes at 9:33 PM

Thursday, May 21: Our feelings could be all over the place. So may be the flotsam of our life; it’s so easy to drop stuff and scatter all over the floor. The mood is funny (in the morning) jumpy, disconnected, retrospective and anxious, and a bit of an emotional puddle as the Sun enters restless Gemini and the Moon conjunct Venus in emotional Cancer as both opposed Pluto. We may feel like were standing at a crossroads and need to let go of a layer of the past in order to embrace future possibilities. After deep moods midday as the Moon opposes Pluto we could feel at loose ends and be tempted to change things too fast to be productive as the Moon squares Uranus.  Stay connected to the heart to make evening a healing time as the Moon trines Chiron.

Moon trine Neptune at 1:32 AM, Sun enters Gemini 2:44 AM, Moon conjunct Venus at 11:06 AM, Moon opposes Pluto at 11:50 AM, Moon square Uranus 6:36 PM, Venus opposes Pluto at 7:56 PM, Moon trine Chiron 10:42 PM


Starcodes May 8, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

Make hay while the Sun shines. Get done what needs to get done now while the stars support a relatively competent and functional week. With the Sun, Moon, Mars, and Pluto in earth signs as the weekend begins, let’s get sketch out plans for the next couple of months.

Because we can already feel our world slowing down, communications glitch, and an interest in the past swell up. Water problems and weather cause problems. Mercury, symbolic ruler of communication and transportation, squares confusing Neptune this weekend then turns retrograde May 18 – June 11 (and squares Neptune again twice as it does so, coming and going). But we can make the most of the introspective and reparative time ahead if we get organized now.

Friday brings a hard-working Capricorn Moon, with tough challenges and strong competence. This Capricorn Moon asks us to deal with logistics and get organized, but it also asks us to engage the conversation about the right and wrong use of personal, political, meteorological, and electrical power, the question of our time raised by the ongoing Pluto – Uranus square, which are stimulated right now as the Moon conjuncts Pluto.  We may also feel sadness drift through, a mourning for something we have recently let go or lost.

A sociable Aquarius Moon over the weekend helps us get us out and about and encourages us to work together common causes, whether we’re gardening the family yard or rescuing a town from a tornado or earthquake. But this weekend also brings a taste of this coming mercurial confusion as mental Mercury squares intuitive, imaginative Neptune. Mother Nature calls to us to frolic, but may also flex her muscles and humble us with both her beauty and power.  Be weather wise. Also be patient around confusing messages, notice how easy it is to misunderstand each other even when we are enthusiastically trying to connect. It will be so easy to get distracted and drop the ball, so if we need to really follow through and not forget what we’re doing with the Mercury/Neptune square, we have to make lists and hold on to the details carefully.

This little taste of Mercury glitches can help notice where we need to tighten up our efforts or repair lines of communication in order to prepare for Mercury retrograde season.  With Venus in sensitive, defensive Cancer right now—notice that people aren’t really fond of criticism, even if it is constructive, and may be seriously in need of an extra hug.

Mars enters talkative Gemini and the Moon enters intuitive Pisces on Monday which can sharpen our sensitivities as the week begins. By the week’s end, an Aries Moon helps us kick into high gear and accomplish a lot in a short period of time. Mars enters talkative Gemini and the Moon enters sensitive Pisces on Monday which can give us an interesting portable restlessness helps us adapt, but rattle our nervous system and sharpen our sensitivities to pollen into each other’s feelings as the week begins. Midweek an Aries Moon helps us kick into high gear and accomplish a lot in a short period of time.

Friday, May 8: Plan, organize, and accomplish on this efficient if slightly grumpy day. This morning, apologize if necessary or repair old wrongs and cleanup karma as the Moon squares the nodes. Take the mission seriously this afternoon as the Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto, but don’t believe a wave of discouragement. Do engage the conversation about what is the right use of personal and political power, the question of the decade.

Saturday May 9: Stay in the moment and do the work that needs to be done. Water damage can glitch the system, sleepiness or confusion can fog our morning as Mercury squares Neptune. It’s good to notice weak points and our communication or unfinished business that needs attending to, and deal with it for the rest of the week. Just don’t jump to conclusions. Late afternoon, if we can agree, we can get it done as the Moon squares Mars then enters Aquarius around dinner time; evening is more agreeable and sociable if stubborn. We lighten up this evening as the Moon trines the Sun and can mix business with pleasure, helpfulness with socialization tonight.

Mercury square Neptune 10:08 AM, Moon trine Mars 2:35 PM, then VOC, Moon enters Aquarius 5:21 PM

Sunday, May 10: Social obligations are wonderful but take time, we may both want to socialize and feel a clock ticking and a sense of urgency about tasks that need to be done. We may even have emergencies that need our attention now, even though conditions are confusing. Calmness and focus will help more than anxious busyness. Engage the conversation around brunch time as the Moon trines Mercury, and don’t over schedule or overeat this evening as the Moon opposes Jupiter. Use this expansive Moon to philosophize and get a better overview of the personal situation.

Moon trine Mercury 11:10 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 5:50 PM,

Monday, May 11: This morning can be productive if we get into a groove; people are helpful intentioned, but may miss our cues as the Aquarius Moon squares the Sun. Mars enters Gemini and gives us more flexibility and can make us restless like a tumbling weed. Respiratory systems may grow more sensitive, pollen bother us more as the day goes on and the Moon enters Pisces tonight. People can get a bit touchy and need for personal space. Feel the approach avoidance conflicts, and find a safe and cheerful way to proceed.

Moon square Sun 4:36 AM, then VOC, Mars enters Gemini at 8:40 PM, Moon enters Pisces 8:53 PM, Moon squares Mars at 8:53 PM

Tuesday, May 12: A spacey, intuitive imaginative and vulnerable feeling day as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces and squares Mercury. Use the more subtle perceptions to refine work, appreciate landscape, or intuit potential. Notice, but don’t give in to, and underlying anxiety which is a result of magnified perceptions. Instead, find a safe way to be sensitive.

Moon squares Saturn at 1:00 AM, Moon trine Venus at 5:15 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune at 1:02 PM, Moon square Mercury at 4:28 PM

Wednesday, May 13: The days may start off slower, more sensitive, maybe even a little homesick. There is healing work to be done as the Moon conjuncts Chiron this morning. We are open to beauty, but may feel the rough-and-tumble edges of life like sandpaper on tender skin. It’s hard to get in there and get our hands dirty, but is a good day to dream and vision and water the plants. Our energy and bravery pickup, and so does our belligerence as the Moon enters Aries late tonight.

Moon conjunct Chiron at 7:51 AM, then VOC, Moon enters Aries at 11:13 PM

Thursday, May 14: This is a good day to explore or break into new territory under an enthusiastic Aries Moon, but a tough day to do boring routine. Midmorning can bring some social glitches, we need to be spacious and look for in tension rather than action. While we are boldly going where we have not gone before, some interesting threads of our past can pluck our heartstrings as Venus squares the nodes. Tonight can overflow with camaraderie as the Moon trines Jupiter, it can also overflow with pugnaciousness if we start to dig in our heels.

Moon trine Saturn at 3:01 AM, Moon square Venus at 11:32 AM, Venus square the nodes at 8:55 PM, Moon trine Jupiter at 11:25 PM

Starcodes May 1 2015       Heather Roan Robbins

The rights of the working people, fresh life and earthy fertility: the Taurus force is strong with us this week. On May 1, May Day, enjoy the natural bounty of the burgeoning life as the lilac and plum trees bloom by cavorting and leaving May baskets on doorsteps. Also celebrate the workers of the world on this International Worker’s Day, the earthy holiday honoring laboring muscle and grit (Labor Day to many countries, though USA celebrates that in Virgo season). On Monday we celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you) and Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, celebrating freedom of the Mexican people.

In this lusty sturdy month of May, under an earthy Taurus Sun and Mars, we can enjoy all of our senses; enjoy our food, the feeling of warm wind on our skin, sunlight, the feeling of working muscles in the garden, and political muscle in the streets and courts. Taurus encourages us to steadily tend to all things earthy, both to walk outdoors, garden, and tend our bodies, but more importantly to reach out with competent and tangible help to people who really need it. This Sun and Mars in Taurus will add steadiness to relief efforts in Nepal, and sturdiness to efforts for egalitarian justice in American cities.

But all is not plum blossom and sunshine. The shadow side of Taurus, intransigent stubbornness, possessiveness and territoriality tug on us. This weekend, a Full Moon in broody resentful or transcendent Scorpio underlines this shadow, one of the most tempestuous and broody Moons of the year.  But the Scorpio Full Moon also brings a certain morbid clear-sightedness.  We can uncover our fears or uncover the true worst-case scenario, and deal with it.

We’ve seen lately that our worst case fears can sometimes be upstaged by reality. This year’s upheaval-triggering astrological aspects, Uranus square Pluto and Saturn square Neptune, are both past their peak but are still working in our culture and on earth’s tectonic plates. Astrologers expect it to stay a politically and geologically active year. We’ve seen the destruction, but this can also be a good thing. Tectonic plates are shifting all the time; when they make lots of little adjustments we feel the change but will barely notice the events. It’s only when the plates get stuck and the little changes build up, or when the plates run into one another, that we have a destructive earthquake. The same pattern goes for our socio-political clashes. The planets chant to us to adjust, shift, flow with one another. That can be hard to do in earthy, rooted, tradition-loving, territorial Taurus season; under stress we tend to go back to our old ways, but we can change, if we have to.

This weekend’s Scorpio Full Moon brings fresh revelations about what’s needed and how we have to help. This could fan the fire of resentment in political hotspots, we become more suspicious and want transparency. Mercury will also be opposed Saturn this weekend and give us extra concentration and focus, for better or worse. It’s a fabulous time to weed the garden or the culture. Just be careful about weeding people.

Strong emotions can roll in like an ocean swell. If this happens, let’s not identify with the story, but acknowledge the feelings and let them flow through, then consider carefully what needs to be done in response.  If we have trouble remembering that balance of joy, comfort and support needed in order to stay engaged, then lustily practical Taurus can help.

Early next week under the Sagittarius Moon we can relax a bit and enjoy the spring. The Sun squares Jupiter which can free us up and help us let go of the chains that tightened on our heart just a day or two ago. Midweek the Sun trines empowering Pluto and stimulates a highly practical and industrious time to build policy and get organized.

Friday, May 1: On this romantic, sensual day with both the Sun and Moon in Venus-ruled signs (Sun in Taurus, Moon in Libra) be friendly and  fertilize the fields in all the symbolic ways. Feel the urge to make things nicer, prettier, and more equitable. We can negotiate for more peaceful solutions in a window of diplomatic flexibility (if we don’t see improvements today, the weekend becomes even more tempestuous).The urge to get out wiggle our toes in the dirt and smell the blossom is strong, and our attention can wander all day. Late afternoon a moody spell can bring our thoughts to the more serious aspects of May Day as the Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus.

Moon conjunct North node 1:18 AM, Moon square Pluto 3:08 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 7:53 PM

Saturday, May 2: Morning can be pleasant, sociable and little sybaritic. Breakfast in bed sounds marvelous; the question is who gets up to get it. The day meanders and gives us room for puttering around the beauty of our garden, around questions of fairness and friendliness and egalitarian action. The mood grows sharper, suddenly less forgiving and more demanding or longing tonight as the Moon waxes into Scorpio. If we felt heard and cared for, all is well; if not, watch out.

Moon trine Venus at 8:03 AM, then Moon VOC until Moon enters Scorpio 7:47 PM

Sunday, May 3: Our tails may twitch, our subconscious stirs under the Full Moon. If we see a wild look in their eyes, let’s back off until their inner demons calm down. We can play hardball; a confrontation, once begun, will be hard to drop. It’s a good day to meditate, pray, and get to the roots of weeds or problems. Give everyone a little extra room. Mercury opposes Saturn can make us can increase our possessiveness or worried edges, but also gives us mental durability to concentrate. Or obsess.

Mercury opposed Saturn for 30 4 AM, Moon trine Neptune at 4:02 PM, Moon opposed Sun at 11:42 PM, Moon square Jupiter at 10:05 PM,

Monday, May 4: An emotional high tide can set our chin and get our hackles up, we can be particularly resentful if we feel others are not pulling their own weight or are stepping on our toes or eating our favorite cookie. Watch the tendency to resent as the Sun and Moon square Jupiter, take the opportunity to notice the feeling, let it flow, and look for a new layer of gratitude underneath. Diffuse harsh situations with dark humor respect, and when in doubt, take a break. Early evening can be particularly feisty as the Moon opposes Mars, later evening mellows out. Kiss and make up.

Sun square Jupiter at 3:02 AM, Moon trine Chiron at 11:10 AM, Moon opposed Mars at 7:49 PM, then Moon VOC

Tuesday, May 5: Morning may still be serious but with a more outspoken edge. We may have to define our responsibilities under unusual conditions, or feel we need to reach out to the larger community to help as the Moon and Saturn conjunct in Sagittarius. But the planets can loan us resilience. We can bounce back. People may be more anxious than they seem; if there is a communication glitch this afternoon, look to the worry or confusion beneath.

Moon enters Sagittarius 5:12 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn at 10:37 AM, Moon opposed Mercury at 4:31 PM, Moon square Neptune at 10:47 PM

Wednesday, May 6:  Notice resources and use personal skills and abilities to advantage this morning as the Sun trines Pluto. We understand something about ourselves and others by watching how we allocated our resources of time and stuff. We have an opportunity to build or break down trust in the process. Put restlessness to good use and be on the side of a positive change. Time with children or animals can be good therapy and help us take ourselves less seriously.

Sun trine Pluto at 1:10 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 6:44 AM, Moon trine Uranus at 2:45 PM, Moon square Chiron at 7:08 PM

Thursday, May 7: Relationships need attention but not obsession this morning; we can feel the filaments of love and attachment run between our heart and that of many others as Venus enters Cancer. We may feel pulled between work and caring, between our love and responsibilities to many different people. To feel less stretched thin, let go of what would make them happy and come back to the heart; care, but be honest. We are sufficient.


Moon opposed to Venus at 11:51 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 12:16 PM, Venus enters Cancer 4:51 PM.


Starcodes April 24, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

This is a rich and fertile week to garden our life and plant what we want to grow. The Sun, Mercury, and Mars in earthy Taurus loan us stability, fruitfulness, steadiness, and a longing for stability. We just may not move as fast as we’d like. Nor be able to change our minds very easily.

These planets encourage us to root deep or build in place, so we may not be feeling as portable or flexible as usual. Once were in motion we can stay in motion, but it can feel really good to nestle under a favorite tree, and once someone snuggles into a recliner, don’t expect them to budge. Nasty habits and bad politics, weeds of all kinds can also take root, so let’s tend our garden carefully.

To offer a counterpoint, Venus now in mutable Gemini imparts a bit more emotional versatility and helps us keep the conversation going. But please don’t overload or hurry us right now, or ask us to spread our efforts out too thinly, just let us carry on in a steady rhythm.

If we don’t have ground to garden or work that produces, we can get depressed and irritated this week. Uncertainty can make us unusually uncomfortable, but if that’s where we are, we need to be patient and invest in smaller and more doable steps that clear our mind and can grow into a larger project. We can also scatter seeds, water them all, and over the summer weed out efforts that aren’t working and fertilize the ones that are.

Early next brings an industrious, introspective time, great for analyzing, plowing through a chunk of work, or just plain plowing. Just make sure the analysis is solution oriented and look on self-doubts with gentleness.

Friday starts off a little emotionally delicate, we may feel lonely or strangely maudlin, aware of what has not worked, who’s no longer with us, or what chapter is now completing as the Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus. The vibe is introverted, tender and a little shy now, but the mood shifts into and upbeat if potentially dramatic weekend under a festive Leo Moon. It’s a great time to get married or have a party. Let’s make up a celebration if we don’t have one to go to. Just avoid topics that polarize people, as that Taurus stubborn streak is strong, and don’t engage casual melodrama as we’re not in a particularly forgiving mood either.

Early next week we can engage in a healing conversation. We better make it a healing conversation, or we can just get critically difficult under the perceptive Virgo Moon. This can be an introspective and industrious time, great for plowing through a chunk of work, or just plain plowing. We can use our analytical capacities well, but let’s make sure the analysis is solution- oriented. Watch a tendency to burn rate ourselves or one another for not doing enough, we need to look at our self-doubts with gentleness.

The week ends in a more upbeat, collaborative approach as emotional Moon trines mental Mercury in practical earth signs and then both planets enter communication-oriented air signs, as the Moon enters Libra, and Mercury enters Gemini. The next few days are useful to get the word out, to promote, start a website, or just have a good talk around the family dinner table.

Friday, April 24: Work therapy helps this moody morning as the Moon opposes Pluto and reminds us of what we’ve lost, what we don’t have, or what we need to leave behind. Do not try to talk people out of their moods, just quietly support. We’re ready to make a change as the Moon squares Uranus midday. If we get a little contrary, a change of scene can help. If the afternoon momentum begins to drift unproductively, focus on human resources. The evening is thoughtful with opportunities to heal our own heart by assisting others as the Moon trines Chiron. We may feel a lot more than we show, and long to feel safe and wanted.

Moon opposes Pluto 3:21 AM, Moon square Uranus 7:02 AM, Moon trine Chiron 11:50 AM, then Moon VOC.

Saturday, April 25: This can be a lovely day, if stubborn and firm of opinion, as the festive Leo Moon trines steady Saturn and squares the Sun. Agreements or plans are firmed up midday, people are generally cooperative once we can find a common goal. We want something special to happen, to have pancakes for breakfast or somehow make even the ordinary, extraordinary. Everybody needs a little attention, so let’s make sure to give each person a moment in the sunlight of our focus. Look for a beautiful Moon-Jupiter conjunction in the night sky and let it pour into the heart.

The Moon enters Leo 7:12 AM, Moon trine Saturn at 2:08 PM, Moon square Sun 5:55 PM

Sunday, April 26: On this lovely, generous, and funny morning we want to take things over the top in pleasant and unconventional ways as the Moon conjunct Jupiter. People’s egos may be a bit touchy, easily miffed if they don’t feel in the mix of things, so be inclusive. Performances have extra panache if with a touch of grandstanding or overacting. Be nimble about plan changes around dinner time, and consider retiring early as moods can get edgy or abrasive tonight as the Moon squares Mars.

Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:03 AM, Moon trine Uranus 6:06 PM, Moon square Mars 9:33 PM

Monday, April 27: We may want to engage the world, but could use a weekend from our weekend; our physical energy reserves may be low this Monday morning as the Moon squares Mercury, and that can make us cranky. Rest if possible, catch up with one another, and tend connections. Because we may be a little out of sync with one another, speak up about priorities and needs; don’t complain, just inform. We care, we just may not notice. The Moon enters Virgo tonight and we become more philosophical and introspective. Eat cleanly and prioritize health and healing.

Moon squares Mercury at 8:12 AM then is VOC, Moon enters Virgo at 7:07 PM

Tuesday, April 28: Overnight dreams or worries can churn and ask us to face our responsibilities and our fears; the trick will be to tell them apart. As the Moon trines the Sun this morning, we want to both be efficient and to connect; don’t get in the way of someone on a roll, walk with them and talk. Midafternoon sleepiness creeps in, naps sing to us seductively and so does the garden path as the Moon opposes Neptune. Clarify misunderstandings. Tonight we may feel tender in our heart and need safety to talk about it as Venus squares Chiron.

Moon squares Saturn 1:59 AM, Moon trine Sun 11:36 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 1:59 PM, Venus square Chiron 10:31 PM

Wednesday, April 29: We may be asked to try our best or give it our all this morning as the Moon trines Pluto and pushes us to make the effort rather than play safe, then rewards us with a sense of satisfaction if we do so. Social awkwardness or self-consciousness wafts in as the Moon squares Venus this afternoon; tender feelings may be hidden by a gruff exterior. The Moon trines Mars and gives us energy to do what needs to be done, but doesn’t help us socialize. Let’s consolidate ideas, tie up loose ends, sweep our chores into a pile and get them done.

Moon trine Pluto 2:38 AM, Moon opposed Chiron at 12:14 PM, Moon square Venus 1:37 PM, Moon trine Mars 2:21 PM

Thursday, April 30: It’s all about communication this morning; words, body language, flick of the eye, the whisper of an email as the Virgo Moon trines Mercury in Taurus. The moon enters more sociable Libra after breakfast, and Mercury enters its own talkative, nervy sign of Gemini tonight. Don’t be shy, over the next few days engage potentially important dialogue. Look for conversation with new people, a change in personnel. Deal with questions of air quality.

Moon trine Mercury 6:23 AM, Moon enters Libra 8:02 AM, Mercury enters Gemini at 7:59 PM


Starcodes April 17, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

Life may have felt like a lot of work over the last few weeks; the planets have asked us to turn the soil and till the fields, and thrown a few stumbling blocks in the way. This week they offer a chance to build more durable momentum.

Earthy Taurus productivity brings May flowers. Mercury and Mars conjunct in steady, grounded, stubborn Taurus all week long and are joined by the Sun on Monday. This line up can make us want to cuddle our beloveds, grow healthy fresh crops and stake out our territory.

Like Ferdinand the bull of childhood story fame, we could be happy chewing flowers in the sunshine, but with enough provocation can get wild, and with enough momentum can pull the house down. Taurus can also inspire a muscular stubbornness. Under this Taurus line-up we can go along peacefully and productively until we square off or feel stung, then watch our jaw jut out and heels dig in. It also adds certain possessiveness and jealousy. We are easily inflamed, both our joints and our temper, as Mars squares Jupiter. Some people may want to argue recreationally, but we can direct them towards politics or art theory and keep this pugnaciousness away from tender subjects. We could see some good bar brawls this week, but don’t have to have one at home.

Mercury in Taurus may not encourage us to think fast, but it does inspire us to think things through thoroughly. It also increases our need to see tangible results, so if we want to open another person’s mind, we can give them an image of what this project will bring them, what tactile improvement or comfort it can offer, or how can it grow corn.

The weekend begins with a sparky New Moon in Aries, exciting, funny spontaneous low on impulse control and a little hot under the collar. We have plenty of energy when were excited, but may notice a little undertow of competition or sibling rivalry, a jostling for attention, nothing a good pillow fight wouldn’t help in most circumstances, but if we really get wound up, there’s a lot of fuel and persistence available. If a storm or romance commences or a political movement sparks, we can go up like a forest fire.

This New Moon is a powerful time to initiate self-directed efforts, launch a business, a self-improvement effort, set a boundary or declare our intentions. So what do we want to start?

After a potentially spicy evening, the waxing Moon enters Taurus on Saturday and slow us down, bring us back into our bodies and gardens. This is a very fertile Moon and brings excellent days to plant seeds or bulbs, ideas or relationships. Though we may not be particularly realistic about it all as Venus in Gemini squares Neptune leaves us poetic but imaginative; we fabricate easily or can see what we want to see. We are earthy, cuddly, possessive, and not very clear-thinking about our relationships, which can lead to an interesting Saturday night. Stay present.

The Sun enters earthy Taurus on Monday as the Moon enters verbal Gemini. The emotional heat level slows down and the conversation picks up. We can negotiate well next week; even though we’re not feeling particularly flexible we may be so secure in our position that we are willing to listen to others, as long as we don’t feel pushed. We can build, sometimes quite literally build walls, build collaborative efforts, build alliances to take on challenges. It’s a good time to be in touch with like minds and begin the foundation of interesting things as Mars and Mercury trine Pluto.

Early next week let’s keep talking, exchange ideas even though the vibe is still stubborn underneath as the Gemini Moon and Mercury square Jupiter. There’s so much talk we could long for a moment of peace and quiet, but this verbal flow can unstop some logjam that was just too knotted up. Our feelings might be able to get out on the table where we can see them and work on them.

Watch out for a tendency to shutdown withhold when it feels like things aren’t going our way, as this won’t really be productive. If the conversation sticks, let’s listen harder and try to understand their perspective even as we hold our own. A strong point may need to be made, but let’s hold a point because we mean it, not because we’re just stubborn and reactive. Watch wind damage and damage by words and arguments as Mercury and Mars conjunct midweek. The week ends on a more emotional and self-protective note under a sensitive Cancer Moon. Kindness means everything.

Friday, April 17: The vibe is adventurous, brave, impatient, but can leave us with a chip on our shoulder. It’s a perfect day to try something completely new, just don’t be tripped up by attitude. Be upfront and direct, but soften the edges with tangible help as feisty Mars square Jupiter. Most of us will feel energized, optimistic if a bit pugnacious, but a few may be ready to go to war. We need to feel there is hope for progress on causes we believe in, or will rebel. Mars/Jupiter can also bring mechanical or engineering problems and an increase in accidents when we’re distracted by strong emotions, but also the ingenuity and reflexes needed to deal with what fate dishes out. Evening is eccentric and energetic, anything can happen as the Moon conjuncts unexpected Uranus.

Moon trine Jupiter 11:30 AM, Moon squares Pluto 4:04 PM, Mars squares Jupiter 6:28 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 30 5 PM

Saturday, April 18: Finish unfinished business, prepare the ground after this morning’s new Moon, but wait to plant until after the waxing Moon enters fertile Taurus this afternoon. This goes for both seeds and projects. Complete conversations begun yesterday to let the relationship turn a corner and begin a new chapter. Tonight rest, renew and cuddle; an escapist edge calls us out of reality into a good movie or a moment’s dream. The more we have felt overtaxed this week, the more vehement is our need for down time.

Moon conjunct Sun 12:56 PM then void of course until Moon enters Taurus at 3:31 PM

Sunday, April 19: Safely duck out of ordinary reality and dwell in beauty this morning as Venus squares Neptune. Our soul and our sense of aesthetics need to be fed, we just have to realize we are not realistic at the moment and watch what stories we tell ourselves in this process. For example, antique hunting may not be such a good idea because we want beautiful things but may be unusually gullible, willing to see what we want to see. (or conversely, only see what scares us). As the day wears on we can find words for our feelings, so take any opportunity to share some of this inner world of hopes and fears as the Moon conjuncts Mercury. This afternoon can bring a strident sense of urgency about a pragmatic conundrum, as if we’ve woken up from the morning fog to realize we have too much to do as the Moon conjuncts Mars and trines Pluto.

Venus squared Neptune 4:29 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury at 7:11 AM, Moon squared Jupiter 12:31 PM, Moon conjuncts Mars 2:38 PM, Moon trines Pluto at 5:06 PM , then VOC

Monday, April 20:Plant today; plant seeds, bulbs, suggestions, resumes and proposals, as the Sun joins the waxing Moon in Taurus this ever-so-fertile morning. Do not plant grudges or frustrations, as what ever we plant today will tend to grow roots and flourish. Nourish and fertilize kindness and compassion. Just don’t try to change anyone’s mind until the Moon enters more flexible Gemini tonight. The conversation picks up; we may be required to drop our stubbornness, stretch our empathy, and see a conundrum from another’s perspective. Just don’t say too much in the process, as we can put our foot in our mouth as Mercury squares Jupiter. If discouragement swirls late tonight as the Moon opposes Saturn, sleep, rather than believe the story.

Sun enters Taurus at 3:41 AM, Moon enters Gemini 5:27 PM, Mercury squares Jupiter 10:15 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 11:59 PM

Tuesday, April 21: After an early morning distraction, the vibes are funny and versatile on the surface with broody overtones; conversation may appear to be broken and disjointed, the audience distracted, but underneath this sociable staccato as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Gemini, we can find a fierce mental durability as Mercury approaches a conjunction with Mars in durable Taurus, and both trine Pluto. Deeper lifer and death concerns hover in the background and bring focus to an otherwise disjointed week. We may experience a feeling that it’s now or never; though some of this sensation is an illusion, we can let it motivate us to good things.

Moon square Neptune at 9:10 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 1:52 PM, Mars trine Pluto 3:34 PM

Wednesday, April 22: Although we can stay cheerfully busy on the surface, deeper work calls us inwards, can distract us and may prevent us from being practical. We are not satisfied with easy answers that don’t ring true and can unearth hidden objects and motivation as Mercury trines Pluto. Those comfortable with introspection will appreciate the feeling, others may squirm uncomfortably or try to externalize their problems and look for the cause outside themselves. Today we may need to make a sharp decision or find that circumstances have clarified a decision for us. Say what’s needed to move forward late this afternoon, but act from a clear intent rather than from crankiness as Mercury conjuncts Mars. Let’s not cut or cut away any more than necessary. Feelings grow more tender and defensive later in the night; we crave coziness as the Moon enters Cancer.

Moon square Chiron 4:08 AM, then VOC, Mercury trine Pluto at 7:26 AM, Mercury conjunct Mars 5:03 PM, Moon enters Cancer 10:24 PM

Thursday, April 23: It’s a good day to regroup and balance personal and professional needs; yes, we need to follow through on yesterday’s action plan, but also have to take care of our own tender places and our important karmic relationships. We don’t need to process the relationships much, just need be there for one another and be supportive instead of becoming one more drain on each other’s crowded plate. Tonight many of us will need to let our brains fuzz out, so let’s find a safe way to do so; drop mutual expectations and just be kind.

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