AS LONG AS WE’RE NOT IN A HURRY, we can enjoy this weekend’s sweet and mellow aspects, perfect for puttering in the garden or through the farmers market, checking in with friends, and catching up with a backlog of emotional processing. Venus enters its own sign of Taurus and nurtures our gardens and our relationships.
But if we have specific places to go, things to do, and a tight timeline to get there, we may feel frustrated. It will help to keep a loose grip on our plans, but be open to serendipity. Mercury has just turned retrograde for the next three weeks, joining four other planets all appearing to back up against the zodiac from our earthly perspective.
Over the next few weeks, Mercury backs into a grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, which can bring about power plays or take our minds back to old troubles. We may need to sit with our memories and get out some old thorns still buried there, or recommit to fixing an old wrong. But the grand trine can help us find fresh understanding and inspiration.
May Day marks spring’s midpoint. We feel a little hypersensitive and may lose a lot of details as the energizing sun sextiles intuitive, spiritual, idealistic Neptune. Still, this truly can be a magical time to commune with nature.
Enjoy the spring pulchritude before Tuesday. The weekend ends with high-friction aspects that can make us cranky and lower our impulse control, just as mechanical glitches and human assumptions increase. We can direct this irritable fuel to further our work or rebel against problems. But let’s hold one another and the world in loving kindness.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29: The mood is pleasantly stubborn, though it’s easy to miss signals and work tangentially instead of cooperatively. Slow down, reconnect, decide on a few select goals, and let everything else wait. The evening has a cuddly, humorous quality.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30: We may want to connect this morning, but relationships can be strained, as pragmatic chores demand attention. On this social afternoon, go outside. Watch for a clash between conflicting needs tonight.
SUNDAY, MAY 1: Feelings are delicate. Talk with the garden spirits; open the heart; dance around the maypole. As the moon enters sensitive Pisces and the sun aspects imaginative Neptune, we are permeable, unrealistic, and alive — just not terribly grounded. MONDAY, MAY 2: Be gentle with one another this morning; we may be not be feeling terribly sharp. Allergies and other irritants can hit delicate nerves. Midday can bring a grim streak as this soft mood hits workday realities, but the day ends on a more comfortable note if we can support one another.
TUESDAY, MAY 3: The moon enters energized, iconoclastic Aries and infuses us with a desire to break away from it all; we’re not interested in trivia or routine, but we don’t have to push others away. Philosophize on the nature of true freedom.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4: We could wake up with a rebellious chip on our shoulder. We may also have to accept that we have to release an item, plan, or person. Watch for odd power plays. Be cautious tonight as the energy swirls erratically.
THURSDAY, MAY 5: This morning brings accident-prone energy; it’s so easy to say something we don’t really mean. Keep a five-second delay on impulse and don’t read too much into interpersonal friction. The day smooths out as the moon enters Taurus, and we can reconnect tonight. Show love through concrete help.