It’s a good time to return to people and places that hold our hearts or to return to a project we once put on hold as Mercury retrogrades for the next couple of weeks. Whatever we thought we were doing may either be complicated or delayed while we deal with a sidebar or unusual agenda as Mercury retrogrades. We can fight the change and get frustrated or take our time and make the most of it.
Mercury retrogrades from Monday, May 18, to June 11 in its own nervy sign of Gemini, which makes this retrograde cycle easier — because we can stay more articulate and verbal — and more difficult because all things mercurial may be unusually challenging. Our memory, practical logistics, planning, communication, and getting from one place to another may take extra ingenuity and attention for the next few weeks, but we are able to talk about it.
The weekend centers around an earthy, warm, and steady — though territorial — Taurus new moon. Things start to get screwy on Monday; our energy begins to swirl in place. It’s helpful to go back and finish unfinished conversations or pursue lines of inquiry we started earlier.
The mood grows bittersweet later in the week. We’re reminded that to love involves the risk of losing as creative Venus approaches an opposition to powerful Pluto at the end of the week. This aspect tells us to treasure what we have and who we love. Let’s not obsess about the past.
Friday, May 15: Independence, bravery, enthusiasm, rebellion, and pugnaciousness are instigated under a spontaneous Aries moon. But our willful nature may be curtailed by our responsibilities or a need to develop relationships with people whose authority we respect. Give an earthy wildness some room to roam tonight — magic is afoot. Saturday, May 16: The waning Taurus moon and Venus trining Neptune pluck at our heartstrings and encourage us to take gentle pragmatic action toward making our world more beautiful and peaceful. This evening is cuddly and sensual, though we may be more emotionally vulnerable than we admit. Sunday, May 17: What appears lazy may instead be slow and steady in the body and nervously quick in the mind. Putter in the garden or connect with the earth. History sits close with us on this Taurus new moon — as do our hungry senses. Monday, May 18: Today is paradoxical; the new moon begins new cycles, but Mercury, stationary in Gemini, asks us to pause, think again, and look for what we are missing. If we feel like we’re running around in circles, let’s hold still a minute, move out of frantic Gemini mind, and return to the heart. Tuesday, May 19: The slower we go, the more likely we are to succeed. Stay closely in touch with one another, and if unexpected delays occur, look around for the silver lining. Talk to strangers and look for surprise opportunities. Wednesday, May 20: We may be a little self-protective as the moon enters tenderhearted Cancer. It would feel good to be home and safe and out of the fray, but if we can’t, let’s stay centered. Where we connect, we can find unusual imagination and tenderness. The artistic muse can speak clearly if we give her time and supplies. Thursday, May 21: Our feelings may be all over the place. So may be the flotsam of our life. The mood is jumpy, disconnected, and anxious as the sun enters restless Gemini and the moon and Venus oppose Pluto. We may feel like we’re standing at a crossroad and need to let go of a layer of the past in order to embrace future possibilities.