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We may all have our own ver­sion of Me­mo­rial Day this week­end, as Venus op­poses Pluto and stirs our hearts, while ret­ro­grade Mer­cury brings our minds back to the past.

Not all is gloomy, though. The sur­face en­ergy can be light and chatty, with the sun, Mars, and ret­ro­grade Mer­cury run­ning to­gether in ver­bal Gemini, a sign that en­cour­ages us to syn­the­size in­for­ma­tion. This Gemini en­ergy can help us think fast when our plans need to be ad­justed be­cause Mer­cury ret­ro­grade has thrown us a curve­ball.

This chat­ting may ac­tu­ally al­low us to process ideas and facts more deeply, which helps with the sense of nos­tal­gia that can be stirred up by the Venus-Pluto op­po­si­tion. This op­po­si­tion could also just leave us a lit­tle moody but more able to em­pathize with oth­ers.

It’s a good week­end to let com­mu­nity re­fill our wells. On Fri­day, the sun op­poses Saturn and asks us to catch up with un­fin­ished work. But the moon en­ters ex­pres­sive Leo in the af­ter­noon and kicks in that hol­i­day feel­ing. Satur­day and Sun­day en­cour­age gen­eros­ity as the Leo moon con­juncts ex­pan­sive Jupiter. On Mon­day, Mars squares con­fus­ing Nep­tune un­der an in­dus­tri­ous Virgo moon and may bring strange cross­cur­rents, though most of us can chan­nel this dis­con­tent into home-im­prove­ment projects. The week ends with a more emo­tion­ally con­nected, up­beat Libra moon.

Fri­day, May 22: Lin­ger­ing moods from re­cent events or last night’s dreams leave us ten­der. Life may seem full of tough choices and strange twists of fate. Mid­day, our ef­fi­ciency wan­ders; it takes willpower to fin­ish up un­fin­ished busi­ness. The fes­tive mood picks up by din­ner as the moon en­ters ex­tro­verted Leo. Tonight the mood is loud and warm but eas­ily an­noyed.

Satur­day, May 23: The harder life has been lately, the more we need a mo­ment for re­newal. To­day is a per­fect day off to me­an­der as the moon con­juncts Jupiter. It’s a tough day to stay ef­fi­cient or travel quickly; keep the sched­ule ex­pan­sive, with room for serendip­ity.

Sun­day, May 24: It’s an­other low-ef­fi­ciency, high-so­cia­bil­ity day. We tend to be gen­er­ous but self-ab­sorbed; it’s time to re­turn to the self and fill the wells. Try to honor the needs of oth­ers.

Mon­day, May 25: Make a dif­fer­ence as the moon en­ters nervy Virgo and length­ens our to-do lists. If our sit­u­a­tion has been un­usu­ally un­com­fort­able lately, it may be tempt­ing to make a sud­den leap side­ways or rail against one an­other. Wait a few weeks, un­til Mer­cury is di­rect, to make long-term de­ci­sions. Put dis­con­tent to good use.

Tues­day, May 26: Stay calm as the moon squares Mer­cury and Pluto. Build on one small change af­ter an­other. Peo­ple may be cranky as they try to catch up, but the work land­scape shifts, and so a sense of ac­com­plish­ment may be hard to find. Fix, re­pair, con­firm.

Wed­nes­day, May 27: Watch for a sud­den, ir­ra­tional act. Don’t be pushed into an un­nec­es­sary de­ci­sion. Bravely ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties as Mer­cury con­juncts Mars, but keep the de­ci­sions short-term. We may need to bark — but we don’t need to bite. Ju­di­cious hon­esty in the morn­ing can lead to an un­der­stand­ing later as the moon en­ters egal­i­tar­ian Libra.

Thurs­day, May 28: We can find our equi­lib­rium again to­day, though we may have to send out a search party. Make peace. Bal­ance the com­po­si­tion, as the Libra moon trines the sun, Mer­cury, and Mars and helps us bal­ance op­pos­ing needs, find healthy com­pro­mise, and ad­mit we might re­ally love one an­other.

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