When Mars and Jupiter got here collectively by conjunction in Aries on Could 29, 2022, they had been two grizzled pioneers assembly on the prairie who set out as path mates on an thrilling, however daunting, expedition. This week, they attain a sq. facet (Could 22, 2023, 10:13 pm PDT) in Leo and Taurus, two mounted indicators which might be presently underneath strain from Pluto in Aquarius. That’s a tiring mixture, even for hardy planets in such stalwart indicators.
The conjunction marked the start of a journey that provided no ensures, no safety, solely one thing fully new and exhilarating. And now shouldn’t be the time to surrender on that journey. However even pioneers need to know when it’s time to drag over and make camp for a short while, to relaxation within the shade and water the horses.
Jupiter will discover this pause so scrumptious that it’s arduous to get transferring once more. However Mars – who was reluctant to cease within the first place – will develop stressed fairly rapidly. Belief him to push that comfy Jupiter, and us, again out onto the dusty path by week’s finish.
Lunch for a Highway Journey
Within the wake of the Mars-Jupiter-Pluto convergence over the previous week, you would possibly really feel like a tin can that’s been tied to the bumper of a automotive and dragged alongside for just a few miles. You realize what you want? You want somewhat Venus. And this week (Could 26, 2023, 00:37 am PDT) she arrives in as a sextile facet to Uranus.
Sextiles present up as invites, conferences, correspondence, guests, whispered recommendations – all of which provide alternatives. And when it’s magnetic Venus issuing the invites, they’re all however unattainable to refuse.
Venus in Most cancers woos us with contemporary baked cookies, a wonderful house, a heat pat on the hand, and a comforting “there, there.” Simply what a dented tin can of an individual would possibly want nearly now.
Latest transits have given us a great shake and pushed us unceremoniously upon a brand new path. Venus’ sextiles fortify us for the journey with loving consolation, like Mother sending us off on a highway journey with a care package deal stuffed with our favourite treats.
Anybody who lives with a cat can let you know that when it throws itself at your ft, rolling round with its abdomen bared and its paws within the air, it’s nearly by no means an invite to scratch that attractive stomach. Strive it, and also you’ll seemingly come away with just a few struggle wounds.
Mars in Leo, a fearsome feline, squares the Lunar Nodes this week (Could 26, 2023, 1:05 pm PDT, 3.32 Leo/Taurus) on the Sabian image, Man formally dressed and a deer with its horns folded. This can be a Mars hunter along with his trophy, dressed up in his Sunday greatest, on the lookout for all of the world as if he’s been tamed and included into well mannered society. However don’t be fooled; Mars is simply beneath the floor, and people claws can destroy the unwary.
As Mars bends towards the North Node on the Sabian image The rainbow’s pot of gold, we may be propelled within the path of serious rewards and cherished goals by our animal nature– so long as it’s dressed up somewhat. However as at all times, the nodal axis is a tightwire act, and one false transfer can plunge us towards the Scorpio South Node, the place paws come out swinging.
The Onerous Path is the Proper Path
At this week’s Virgo First Quarter Moon (Could 27, 2023, 8:22 am PDT) the Solar and Moon each occupy indicators dominated by Mercury. The truth that they’re in a relationship of pure stress with one another illustrates the variations between Mercury’s two faces. Gemini is the witty, charming linguist, the traveler, the trickster facet of Mercury. Virgo represents Mercury’s sensible facet – the businessperson, service supplier, shopkeeper, repairman, or service provider. The Solar in Gemini shines with Mercury’s wit, attraction, and love of wordplay and concepts; the Moon in Virgo longs to roll up its sleeves, hire a retail area, and make these concepts a actuality.
At this First Quarter, each the Solar and Moon join with Saturn in intuitive Pisces. Understanding which path to take isn’t completely a query of what is smart to us logically, regardless of what the Solar and Moon in Mercury’s indicators would have us imagine, and it’ll completely not be straightforward. The truth is, the best way we’ll acknowledge the trail that’s proper is that it appears dauntingly arduous, and that it appeals to our compassionate facet.
Phrases Can Harm
After we’re comfy and well-fed, with a roof overhead and no quick threats to our security, it may be arduous to summon the motivation to pursue our largest objectives and provides to others. However Saturn’s journey by Pisces insists that we do exactly that. Because the Solar in Gemini squares Saturn in Pisces this week (Could 28, 2023, 3:46 am PDT), we discover out why our efforts to chill out and benefit from the sociable delights of this temperate season have been thwarted by limitations, obligations, and a nagging sense of unease. Saturn is the affect that makes an attempt to shave away the much less interesting edges of our character, and he doesn’t have numerous time for play and rest – even in an easy-going signal like Pisces.
And Saturn in Pisces is in an authoritative, nearly parental relationship with any planet in Gemini. The Gemini “little one” in us is vibrant and enjoyable and delights in taking part in with folks, language, concepts, and infrequently, the reality. Saturn in empathetic Pisces gently reminds Gemini that the phrases it blows into the air like cleaning soap bubbles may be hurtful to tender hearts; and that though Gemini’s job description requires it to maintain transferring from flower to flower – and from individual to individual – it’s not okay to desert those that love and rely on us, merely to chase a glittering new prospect.
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