Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Heather Roan Rob­bins

Strange feel­ings are swirling, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is both mag­i­cal and way off base, wild weather af­fects trans­porta­tion, and plagues of bats roam the land. Well, maybe not that last one. We can’t blame ev­ery­thing on Mer­cury ret­ro­grade, even if it is in its own sign of Gemini and is squar­ing soggy, con­fus­ing Nep­tune, a pat­tern that can make this cy­cle (May 20-June 13) feel even more ret­ro­grade than usual.

What a won­der­ful time to write fic­tion, if we can tell fic­tion from re­al­ity. Re­al­ity might be very strange as Mer­cury, the sun, and Mars con­junct in nervy Gemini and square Nep­tune all week long. Let’s not get lost in a bog of mem­o­ries.

Be­cause this lineup calls for some time out, it’s prob­a­bly not a good idea to tune out and step off the grid com­pletely. We need to stay in­volved enough to mod­ify spe­cious de­ci­sions that are be­ing made in the body politic or at the fam­ily din­ner ta­ble. We can think er­rat­i­cally and speak sharply. Be di­rect and hon­est, and avoid sweep­ing state­ments. Fri­day be­gins in a hazy place. Over the week­end, a com­bi­na­tion of Gemini ex­pres­sive­ness and Scorpio moon in­ten­sity calls for soul ex­pres­sion. We can have funny con­ver­sa­tions about ter­ri­bly dark top­ics, but we can use this to find ways of help­ing one an­other. This moon can also bring hints of ro­mance re­cy­cled from the past — just don’t make the same mis­take twice. Wed­nes­day, a full moon in Sagittarius can mark a turn­ing point away from some sad­ness or fail­ure in the past and of­fer a glimpse of fresh roads open­ing up. The week ends with a com­pe­tent if cranky Capricorn moon. Fri­day, May 29: We can feel bogged down as Mer­cury squares Nep­tune this morn­ing. Be alert, and then be gen­tle around re­la­tion­ship wob­bles in the midafter­noon. Satur­day, May 30: A sense of pur­pose helps. This day runs to­ward ex­tremes as the moon en­ters deep and fo­cused Scorpio while the sun con­juncts Mer­cury in talk­a­tive Gemini. Connect, but re­spect “do not en­ter” signs. No­tice what’s go­ing on un­der­neath the words tonight. Sun­day, May 31: Strong emo­tions have lit­tle clar­ity this morn­ing as the sun squares Nep­tune. Feel that deep con­nec­tion with the spirit. Don’t be sur­prised by a flood of tears or laugh­ter. A gen­er­ous streak mid­day can move into heal­ing tonight. Mon­day, June 1: We’re pre­oc­cu­pied this morn­ing, lin­ger­ing over per­sonal emo­tional con­cerns of the week­end. Our mood may be com­pas­sion­ate but prickly. The mo­men­tum picks up this af­ter­noon as the moon en­ters more up­beat Sagittarius, but the mood be­comes se­ri­ous as the moon con­juncts Saturn tonight. Tues­day, June 2: The Sagittarius full moon forms a con­fus­ing, anx­ious, in­trigu­ing T square. At best, we can feel one with ev­ery­thing; at worst we can feel fried and at odds with the whole world. Un­usual hon­esty is avail­able and so are mis­un­der­stand­ings per­pet­u­ated in the name of truth. Lis­ten with the heart in­stead of a very busy mind. Tonight a grand trine re­laxes us and opens op­por­tu­ni­ties. Wed­nes­day, June 3: Con­ver­sa­tion is scat­ter­shot. Honor the urge to connect with oth­ers and build on com­mon in­ter­ests. Let hu­man con­cerns float away this af­ter­noon un­til the Capricorn moon sharp­ens our fo­cus tonight. Thurs­day, June 4: It’s a good day for prac­ti­cal meet­ings with pur­pose; work around ob­sta­cles and plan wisely, but ac­cept the fact that we’re not com­pletely in con­trol. Tonight brings an op­por­tu­nity to ei­ther in­val­i­date or val­i­date our re­la­tion­ships. Choose care­fully.

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