May 10 to 17, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury Evening: Venus, Mars and Saturn
Last week I felt as if I might be losing my mind. It was a case of over-commitment, coupled with the sudden addition of unexpected professional and domestic duties. My cell phone disappeared, my husband lost his seasonal labor force and we showed up a day late with a trailer load of trees for an auction in Grand Junction. Bottom line: I couldn’t find time to write my column, do the laundry or even wash my hair! Sounds crazy, but come to find out, I wasn’t the Lone Ranger. Several friends and associates reported similar feelings and experiences: lost keys, broken cell phones, mechanical breakdowns, disorientation, confusion, insomnia…
Of course, I knew the “supermoon” of May 5th was one of the most intense lunations of the year – physically seductive and psychologically evocative – and I was prepped for that. But, I had no clue I would be dancing on the borders of insanity, feeling as if I was floating on a surrealistic cloud of iridescent light and multi-faceted possibility – lost in a sea of altered consciousness and Castaneda-like reality. And, yes – 100% clean and sober.
The Taurus/Scorpio full Moon is forever and always one that pulls at heartstrings, tests boundaries and tempts desires. We are awakened to primal lust and our own inherent physical and sexual power. The birthing season of spring takes hold, plants take root, the world turns green. The sensuality of life on Earth blossoms and blooms. And this takes place each and every year.
But, because the 2012 Taurus/Scorpio full Moon was also a supermoon - which is when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned in the celestial aspect of a new or full Moon, and the Moon is within 90% of it’s closest point to Earth (perigee) – and this one was the closest one of the year – it’s no surprise that it was even more intense than usual. (There are four to six supermoons each year). Then add in Mercury – the planet ruling cell phones, keys, cars, trips, travel, transportation, thinking and communication – in an exact opposition to Saturn (retrograde) in Libra. That could explain the muddled thinking, missing cell phone, lost keys and wrong day for delivery. But, even that couldn’t satisfy this astrologer. There had to be something more. Sunspots and solar flares? Yes, we can add in this one, too.
And, then, it came. Of course! The Taurus/Scorpio full Moon lunation took place on Cinco de Mayo – May 5th!!! – one of the four cross-quarter days in our yearly orbit around the Sun, the four halfway points between each solstice and equinox. Voila! Planetary electromagnetism peaking, gravitational pulls at maximum intensity and a Taurus/Scorpio supermoon! No wonder. Now I can rest in peace!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) The recent “super Moon” illuminated issues of finance and romance, personal earning potential, value systems, deep sharing and intimacy. Utilize the information and experiences of this lunation to stabilize both income and relationships. Once again, it’s up to you. Do your best.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Ruler Venus stations retrograde this week and pulls you back in to a process of personally charged reassessment and revaluation. Goals, values and relationships come under review as you qualify quality and quantity, progress and priority. This is a fortuitous chance to reawaken essential truths and desires. Take your time and enjoy the process.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Voluptuous Venus goes retrograde in Gemini this week and heralds a six-week period of personal review regarding love, money, people, possessions and priorities. What really matters? Are we making a living or making a life? How about enjoyment and creativity? Are we utilizing natural talents and gifts? Relax and let it flow as you assess and reassess.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may find yourself reaching out to friends and making contact with people you admire and aspire to be like. Explore the world of all possibilities as you think out of the box and travel the space-time of expanding potential and visionary dreams. Venus retrograde in your solar 12th house of fantasy encourages art, imagination and creativity. Imagine.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Professional activities and responsibilities lessen as you temper career demands with personal pleasures and enjoyable pastimes. Love planet Venus soon retrograde in you solar 11th house of inspirational causes pulls you back to people and projects that feed the soul and fuel the heart. Open communication pathways and make contact. Give and receive.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) The prolonged presence of Mars in Virgo has taken you up and down, around and about the roads and rooms of personal choice and consequence. Consider whether or not you have been or continue to be too hard on yourself and/or others in the process. Relationships may feel illusionary or somehow painful. Cultivate inner peace and outer calm.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Ruling planet Venus goes retrograde this week in Gemini and blows the skirt up in relationships of spirit, religion and philosophy. It’s mostly about belief systems and whether or not they are real: true or false? So much death and destruction in the name of God, it’s hard to take. Peace, balance and equanimity are what you seek. Keep looking and seeking.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Relationships loom large on the proverbial horizon as super-Moons and Venus stations focus attention on who and what is most important to you. Take a deep breath and exhale. Do it again. You are experiencing a powerful, ongoing metamorphosis regarding what you think, what you say and how you perceive reality. As you transform, so does the world.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) You may discover a pleasant return of someone or something you were once in love with as velvet Venus stations retrograde in your solar 7th house of relationships. Whatever the manifestation, the next six weeks are packed with many auspicious opportunities for making amends, calming the waters and healing the heart. Open to happiness and enjoy the joy.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You may feel slightly out-of-synch in love and romance or not up to your normal speed in matters of money and finance as vixen Venus goes retrograde in your solar 6th house of self-esteem and self-improvement. The good news is that the next six weeks are perfect for making yourself more beautiful, loveable and attractive to others. Smile, laugh and be sweet.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) The rather light-hearted approach to love and money, romance and finance continues as voluptuous Venus stations retrograde in your solar 5th house of the heart. Traveling through fellow air-sign Gemini, you are sure to revisit the nostalgic days of youth and reawaken the cherished desires that set you on the road of self-discovery. Feel the love, follow the path.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Taurus loves steady progress and calm perseverance. Pisces understands the value of adaptation and flexibility. Both signs are dancing with delightful Venus moving backward in Gemini. This translates as an upcoming six-week period of self-beautification and self-healing. Keep your hands busy and your heart happy; create both beauty and art.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.