Forecast May 25-31, 2020: Not Exactly On The Same Page

If you need a definite answer right now or you’re hoping to completely resolve an issue, that’s going to be tricky to impossible this week. Throughout the week, Mercury is making odd connections with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto and undergoing a sign change. The angles being formed are not particularly harsh. But being astrology’s quincunxes, they pose their own unique challenges. A quincunx means that the planets involved are 150 degrees apart, so they do not share a common modality (cardinal, fixed or mutable) or element (fire, earth, air or water). Without common ground, coming to an understanding, much less an agreement, is difficult.

Mischievous Mercury plays many roles in astrology. Going back to his Greek origins as Hermes, he was Apollo’s (annoying) little brother, who at the ripe old age of one day crept out of his crib, made the world’s first lyre from a tortoise shell, stole his brother’s cattle and forcefully denied any wrongdoing when confronted by Apollo. To this day we associate Mercury with being clever, quick, inventive and deceitful. So when this little rascal spends a week flitting around the zodiac, chatting with power brokers like Pluto, Jupiter and then Saturn, we might want to get the story completely straight before making any long term decisions. This week’s sign change sees the Messenger moving from his happy Gemini home, where he is especially nimble, adept and talkative, to caring, reflective Cancer. In the cardinal water sign, the busyness of the past few weeks will be replaced by a focus on self-care, the home and security. This sign change could very well portend reinstatement of shelter in place orders. Cancer is where Mercury will spend his coming retrograde, from June 18th-July 12th. We’ll enter that retrograde’s shadow next week and exit it on July 26th. For now, news about business (quincunxes to Pluto & Jupiter in Capricorn) and medical advances (quincunx to Saturn in Aquarius) will be interesting and intriguing. But to get a better picture, we may need to see what light next week’s full Moon sheds, with a calmer, nurturing Mercury in tow.

Venus, the planet of romance and finance, is moving backwards. This aspect is good for reigniting old flames, recovering money and rekindling old friendships. How it will work for you depends on your unique chart and situation. While Venus is retrograde, there’s a 20% discount on 30 minute readings. Just email me (elizabeth at elizabethsoracle dot com) to schedule your private session.

Forecast May 18-24, 2020: Easy Does It

On the surface, this week’s noteworthy events are a Sun sign change into Gemini and the new Gemini Moon. But the planet to beware of is Neptune. This week the planet of illusions and deception will square Venus and Mercury, and several iterations of these squares are in the works for the next month. Outgoing, friendly Gemini heightens our desire to mix and mingle. As the Sun enters the mutable air sign, restrictions are being lifted, school years are ending and warm days abound. Naturally our thoughts and conversations are turning to summer topics like travel and recreation. it’s as if the cosmos is abandoning the chains of COVID-19 and throwing a party, with the Gemini Sun, Moon (and its North Node), Mercury and Venus as its VIP guests. Pleasure-seeking Venus is hosting the celebrations, and heightening hankerings to explore, spend and socialize even further. Neptune, you might say, is bringing the booze.

Neptune is the outer planet whose influence is subtle and whose effect is unmistakable. Like most intoxicants, it relaxes inhibitions, induces a sense of feeling groovy and impairs clear thinking. Shortly after the Sun enters Gemini on Wednesday, Venus will square Neptune, and right before Friday’s new moon, Mercury will square Neptune. On June 3rd Venus will conjoin the Gemini Sun, on the 5th the Moon will be full (in aspirational Sagittarius), on the 6th the Sun will square Mars (in Pisces) and on the 13th Mars and Neptune will be conjunct. The mutability of Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces adds to the nearly imperceptible changing of the landscape that will play out during the solar and lunar phases now getting underway. I expect this week’s Venus Neptune buzz to carry us right through to June 5th’s full Moon and minor eclipse. However, the Sun Mars square coming right on its heels signals a distinct shift. Knowing now that a potentially nasty Mars Neptune hangover is on the horizon, we can temper the Venus Neptune seduction infiltrating the ethers as the Sun moves into Gemini.

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