May 24 to 31, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Saturn Evening: Mars, Venus and Jupiter
Last week was wild. The May 20th new Moon annular solar eclipse peaked in a power-packed package of delusion and delight. I was subterraneously stressed in getting ready for a two-week sojourn to Denver and then New Orleans – visiting family first and then flying to the Crescent City for an international astrology conference – subliminally ecstatic in that I would be getting away from daily chores and wifely duties to visit and stay with friends and loved ones; rushing around and losing track of time, juggling responsibilities with possibilities.
All day last Sunday – the eclipse day – I was feeling and absorbing waves of extreme energetic intensity, which had been building for days. Somehow, the combination of the Cinco de Mayo full Moon “supermoon” with the advent of Venus going retrograde in Gemini – which is my rising sign – and the approaching square of freedom-hungry Uranus in independent Aries to obsessive Pluto in control-compulsive Capricorn put me on a roller coaster of stop and go, up and down, sanity and insanity, chaos and order.
Now, smack-dab in the middle of 2012’s first eclipse window – the companion lunar eclipse to the May 20th solar eclipse takes place on June 4th – I am feeling the ecstasy, unpredictability, surprise, compassion and enlightenment of life. Here in New Orleans, the graveyards are above ground, the Katrina disaster remains a strong presence and my very good from high-school friend Molly is awesome.
Love, peace and starlight, let us give from our hearts and live in the aura of goodness and grace. And help all those who need help. Amen.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Millennium prophecies and Mayan end times aside, 2012 is packed with powerful potential for dramatic change. With wildcat Uranus in Aries tuning up to exactly square Pluto in controlling Capricorn, you may feel the restricting limitations of economic, legal, social and government systems upon your freedom. Hang in there, this too shall pass.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Ruler Venus went retrograde in Gemini in mid-May and will remain so until June’s end. This translates as a time to re-assess personal values and relationships. Parental influences, childhood circumstances and social standards shape us. Education, religion and culture can override essential truths and desires. Tap into your heart and reawaken inner truth.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) The eclipse window opens wide and a Venusian breeze blows sweet memories of love and lust into your heart and head. A certain poignant longing for days of childhood innocence, idealistic hope and romantic fantasy encourage creative self-expression. Art, music and literature reconnect you to the past. Feel your heart, embrace and live in the now.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may feel somewhat reticent and reclusive as ecliptic energy encourages peace, quiet and solitude in a very busy world. Prayer and meditation are allies as you balance private time with social commitments and responsibilities. Seek out spaces and places that calm and refresh body, mind and spirit. Dream, and then dream some more.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) After all, it’s 2012. Transformational energies run rampant, whether we like it or not. There are so many things we cannot change, it’s wise to accept most of what makes us crazy and do the best we can to take care of ourselves. Blessed with spiritual courage and inherent strength-of-heart, you are a beacon of light in a raging storm. Stay happy, and help the world.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) The Gemini new Moon solar eclipse initiates an incredibly powerful segment of life regarding personal performance and achievement. The world sees you as capable, talented and attractive. Now it’s your responsibility to feel the same. Remember, you’re good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you! Heal the world with your heart.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) You may find yourself reading, researching and reviewing spirituality in all its shapes and sizes. Reconnecting with higher-self being and doing is where it’s at now. Have a party with your spirit guides, look for guardian angels and get in synch with the cosmos as the universe opens doors of enlightenment, expansion and opportunity.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) If you desire to enhance sexuality, deepen commitment or feel better about your most intimate relationships, now is the time. Be your sweetest self and focus on the positive aspects of sharing and pairing. If you’re interested in psychotherapy, acupuncture or metaphysical practices, go ahead and research options. Heal via laughter and love.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Last week’s solar eclipse in Gemini sent rays of light through the heart and soul. Family relationships, career goals, personal self and partnership desires ignite in a dance of enlightenment and illumination. Finding your place in the world is a theme and now it’s time to get fully in touch with feelings and desires. Examine values and think about what really matters.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Venus retrograde in Gemini combines with strong ecliptic energies this week – along with the 2012 apocalyptic undertones of the collective consciousness – and pulls you toward a practice of personal responsibility and self-improvement. Being happy and healthy is the best way to help yourself, others and the world. Pray and practice daily.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) You may feel somewhat explosive when it comes to passion and drama as Gemini spirit ignites the heart and fuels creative urges. Express yourself artistically, have fun and connect with what truly makes you happy. Reading, exploring, connecting and communicating with those you love is a fine way to get in synch with the universe. Smile and enjoy the joy.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) In the middle of a very powerful eclipse cycle, you may find yourself at home with your closest and dearest, enjoying the magnificent beauty of life here on planet Earth. Retracing steps of childhood and reliving poignant memories of how you got to here from there proves rich in understanding what means the most to you today. Nurture self and heal.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.