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Both Mars and Mercury, as well as Saturn and Pluto, are retrograde for the greater part of May. Take things one step at a time. Mercury is moving backwards through the stubborn sign of Taurus so don’t expect to win any arguments. You will have to re-examine the areas of life ruled by the place where Taurus is in your chart. Mercury ends his retrograde period on May 22.
Mars will be in retrograde motion all month, moving back from Sagittarius to Scorpio. When you feel angry, you need to look below the surface to find the real cause of your rage as it won’t be what’s in front of you. You may find that you lose interest in something that once thrilled you. If so, let it g
May 24 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is a good day to begin your climb up towards your goals. You need to take it step by step. Venus enters Gemini and encounters Mars who jazzes her up with dreams of far away places. You’ll see old friends and lovers reappear with in person, by email, or you’ll take the initiative to make contact.
May 25 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s a day to work work work. You’ve been waiting for such a day for weeks. You’ll see the mistakes you made while Mercury was retrograde and will know how to correct them. You can revise your schedules and set new goals and see how take your job/business to the next level. You can hire, fire, or take a new job today.
May 26 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 10:27 am. It’s an idea day since the Sun and Moon are both in mentally active air signs. You can see how to move forward and where to stand back and clean up any mess you’ve made. The action will be mostly in your head as Mars is still slowing down your momentum. It’s a good day for meetings and thinking in a group.
May 27 – Moon in Aquarius. Mars backs into Scorpio and insists you examine the things you did in January and February. He’s giving you a second chance to get it right. You’ll find objects you lost at that time that you thought were gone forever. It’s a good time to start therapy for those nagging problems that you haven’t been able to get to the bottom of and heal them.
May 28 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 4:19 pm until 5:06 pm when it enters Pisces. Hold off from gardening today as nothing you plant will do well. Rearrange your schedule to make room for planting tomorrow. It’s a good day to get involved n a community project such as Habitat, or a fundraiser, or taking a group of kids on an educational trip. Take a workshop this weekend.
May 29 – Moon in Pisces. It’s a good day to plant berry bushes and fruit trees. Then go somewhere where you can be by on, in, or looking at water. Give yourself some time today to drift and space out. You don’t want to be on a schedule or locked into a firm plan. It’s a day to be flexible and spontaneous.
May 30 – Moon in Pisces, VC 7:10 pm until 9:09 pm when it enters Aries. Enjoy the holiday if you have the day off. You’ll be caught between wanting to take a well deserved rest and the urge to go out and help someone. You can have deep conversations about earthy subjects such as land and money. Continue to plant and transplant.
May 31 – Moon in Aries. It’s full speed ahead now that you’re back to work with Mercury in direct motion. You may want to change your routines and patterns of working to something that better suits you. Keep a handle on your temper. Try to see frustrations and annoying people as lessons that show you where you can make change. Be sure to exercise today.
Mars continues to move in retrograde motion for almost the whole month (He turns direct on June 29.) By now you’ll have a sense of which projects, jobs, and plans have been deflated and need to be tossed away. Now that he is back in Scorpio life can feel emotionally stormy and hard to keep going on an even keel. He is also teaching you patience. It is better to wait and think it out than to react with anger.
Neptune turns retrograde and want to show you where you are too rigid. He will dissolve boundaries, walls, and el you to look at your life from a less opinionated point of view.
Summer begins on June 20 this year!!!
June 1 – Moon in Aries, VC 11:42 am. The moon is void most of the day and the Sun and Neptune have gone off to play, so don’t try to get much done today. You’ll be going every which way but straight ahead, so, give in to the confusion rather than be frustrated. Try to enjoy the fluidity of the day and give yourself permission to put things off until tomorrow.
June 2 – Moon in Taurus. Focus on the things you can see, feel, hear, touch, and taste. Leave your worries about the future for another day. It’s a good day for planting and you’ll enjoy getting your hands in the dirt. You can finish what you start and complete the things you’ve already started. Reward yourself with your favorite dessert.
June 3 – Moon in Taurus, VC 7:02 pm. The Sun and Saturn stand facing each other and they force you to make a balance between what you know and what you think you know. It’s a tug between facts and theories, data vs. ideas. You’re launched on a search for the truth. There will be confusion in your love life as you’ll see many facets of your partnership. It’s not a day to make decisions about your relationship.
June 4 – Moon in Gemini. The Sun leaves Neptune and Saturn and moves on to share the day with Jupiter. They bring you luck and opportunities. They also warn you that what you see is not what you get. Today’s new moon asks you to still your mind so that you can receive thoughts. It is beneficial to do breathing exercises and calm down from the nervous energy caused by so many planets being in mutable signs. Don’t plant this weekend.
June 5 – Moon in Gemini, VC 12:47 pm. Mow the lawn, pull the weeds, but don’t plant. It’s not a fertile day for planting but it is a fruitful time for finding the right words for writing and speaking. Have a googlefest and do that research on subjects that have been making you curious. Get out and about and go where there are people to talk to .
June 6 – Moon in Cancer. Today and tomorrow are the best days for planting this month. Do as much of it as you can and you’ll be rewarded with luxurious growth. Things will go well today with Venus and the Sun snuggling up together. They give you blessings for all writing, speaking, publishing, and teaching projects. Cook with food that has been freshly picked.
June 7 – Moon in Cancer, VC 8:18 pm. You have to make adjustments to your plans and your attitudes when new information is revealed. If your actions are thwarted, figure out an alternate route. It will be hard to keep your emotions out of the decision making. Soothe yourself with your comfort foods, especially those that were your childhood favorites. Keep planting as a few infertile days are coming up.
June 8 – Moon in Leo. Have fun today. You’ll be able to be highly creative as concepts for new projects flow out of your brain. You need to express yourself and be an extrovert even if that’s not your basic nature. You’ll discover that words have a healing effect today, as does planting and massage.
June 9 – Moon in Leo. You can use all those interesting ideas you thought of last month when Mercury was retrograde and now put them into form. You’ll feel some tension between what you know to be true and what your feelings want to be true. Give the kids a special treat. Buy yourself something that makes you happy.
June 10 – Moon VC Leo, enters Virgo 9:46 am. You’ll have the focus to keep your mind on the monotonous little tasks that you don’t like to do. It’s a day to clean, fix, file, and recycle. Tie up the loose ends of the last few weeks. It will be hard to stay on schedule so flexibility is the key word for the day.
June 11 – Moon in Virgo. This is the moon where you weed and deal with bugs but you don’t plant. The moon’s energy will help you get organized for the summer. Figure out your travel plans, your visitors, your projects, and what fun things you want to do, and make reservations where needed. Try to help friends and relatives who need some assistance in the house or yard or with shopping.
June 12 – Moon in Virgo, VC 10:47 am until 8:33 pm when it enters Libra. Once your chores are done, find something exciting and out of the ordinary to do. Mercury moves into Gemini where he is able to rev up your thinking. He puts on his running shoes and wants you to keep up with him. Play games and do puzzles to keep him happy.
June 13 – Moon in Libra. Neptune turn retrograde and colors the day with a spaced out aura. Don’t try to make decisions as you’ll see too many sides to the question. It’s a good day for non-verbal therapies and healing yourself through music and meditation. You can plant flowers and those vegetables where you eat the flowers like cauliflower and broccoli.
June 14 – Moon in Libra. The element of air, with its connection to thought, mind, and ideas, rules the day. You can go to many stimulating places in your mind. It’s a day to be outgoing and make a new friend in person, not by computer. Redecorate your workspace to make it bright and airy. Keep planting flowers. It’s good evening to go out with your loved one.
June 15 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 9:18 am. It’s a fertile day to plant and transplant, especially tomatoes. You have an opportunity to look at your health problems from a different perspective and find a new way to heal the issue. Let your gut tell you what to try. You may have to take a few steps backwards if it feels right to do so.
June 16 – Moon in Scorpio. Use your instincts when faced with having to make any big change in your financial life. Try to separate worry from a sense of knowing. Keep planting on this very fertile day. Take another look for your lost objects. Get tomorrow’s important work done today. Find time to update your journal.
June 17 – Moon in Scorpio, VC from 9:52 am until 9:34 pm when it enters Sagittarius. Get up early and get things done so that you can coast through the rest of the day, or, be able to start your weekend this afternoon. You won’t be able to plant this weekend so finish up putting in what you have to plant. Venus moves into Cancer to bring home all sorts of domestic delights.
June 18 – Moon in Sagittarius. It’s a weekend to expand your boundaries and get outside of your comfort zone. Stay free and be spontaneous. Attend a workshop, take a study trip, or volunteer to help anyone who has just arrived in your community. Contact your friends who live in other countries. Go to an ethnic restaurant and try new foods.
June 19 – Moon in Sagittarius. It’s the last day of Spring with it’s energy that is full of newness and growth. Get outside and roam around in nature for as long as you can. Travel on a new path as you run, bike, or ride. You need to feel free today so leave your obligations for another day. Be adventurous in your thinking and your actions.
June 20 – Moon VC Sagittarius, enters Capricorn 7:55 am. The Sun enters Cancer at 6:34 pm. Welcome Summer 2016! This is a day of transition and the energy is unstable, like riding in a boat when the currents are flowing in different directions. There is a potential for miscommunication. You want to be exact in your words but they will still get jumbled so reread your emails before you send them.
June 21 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is a day to work extra hard and put in long hours. You may have to do some damage control from yesterday and you do have to do tomorrow’s work. You’ll find that the work goes well as long as you stay focused and don’t try to skip steps or gloss over anything. You’ll feel the tension between paying attention to things at home and things at work.
June 22 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 4:08 pm. Continue on with the things you were doing yesterday. You can edit, organize, and come up with a finished product. Mercury and Jupiter urge you to use your words in a new manner and challenge you to express your thoughts verbally. Play word games with friends or on your ipad or computer.
June 23 – Moon in Aquarius. You’ll feel the tension between thoughts and feelings. There’s a part of you that wants to escape into your mind and visit the realm of pure thought. There’s another part that wants to use your ideas to help others. Join in on a community project. Donate time and or money to a favorite cause. Don’t plant today.
June 24 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 11:48 am. You have the morning to get your work done. Finish up in the afternoon and start your weekend early if you can. Hold your meetings in the morning, not the afternoon, if you want to get anything accomplished. Visit the nurseries to buy the plants you can plant tomorrow. Pull the weeds today.
June 25 – Moon in Pisces. This is a good weekend to immerse yourself in the garden, yard, or window boxes and plant all sorts of flowers, vegetables, and trees and bushes. The Sun and Moon are both in fruitful water signs and fertility abounds. You’ll be sentimental and emotional and your feelings will be touched by what you see and hear. Find time to meditate.
June 26 – Moon in Pisces, VC 3:55 pm. Keep on planting, especially berry bushes. This is the best moon for planting in dry soils. You can move a project forward today if it is dynamic and not full of stagnant ideas or materials. Enjoy water – sit by it, float on in, swim in it. Take time to relax and renew yourself.
June 27 – Moon in Aries. Chiron turns retrograde today. Quiet your mind of its usual chatter and let your inner voice tell you what is the best cure for your problems. It’s not what you think, but what you know. Venus and Neptune bestow an aura of grace and beauty to the day. Let yourself soften as you do what you need to do.
June 28 – Moon in Aries. You want to move fast but the fact that Mars has stopped moving in preparation for his going direct slows you to a crawl. Set your intention for further action but move in baby steps today. Hold on to your temper when things and people irritate you, and they will. Vigorous exercise will help use up some of your energy.
June 29 – Moon in Taurus. Mars turns direct at 7:36 pm. You’ll feel like you’re walking through molasses all day so keep it simple. Take a lot of deep breaths when you encounter frustrations. You can plant a lot. It’s a good day to take care of your body with a massage or facial or a bodywork session. Mercury enters Cancer and turns your thoughts to the past.
June 30 – Moon in Taurus, VC 8:19 pm. You’ll have a sense of which situation, circumstance, or condition has run it’s course. You’ll hear what Mars told you needs to change. You’ll feel more in control now. Venus and Pluto send you a message to look under the surface of your relationships and pleasures and get rid of what isn’t working for you. It will be a night of passion.