Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - Heather Roan Rob­bins www.roan­rob­

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.

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