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Dear NightFall Astrology readers,
Are you tired of all of the miscommunication, snail mail, rewriting, re-explaining, re-evaluating, re-reading, and re-fixing your electronics and cars with this doozy of a Mercury retrograde? I know I am! The good news is that we have one more week to go of the planet ruling our minds going backwards, and we have some energetic support from Venus, Mars, and Jupiter this week! Plus, Mercury hasn’t abandoned us altogether; it’s going to be making some nice aspects to passionate Mars and detective Pluto to help us infuse a little bit of energy and deeper concentration into our communications.
And if you’re feeling frustrated by Mercury’s shenanigans, you’ll be able to blow off some steam at the gym with Mars entering its own sign of Aries and then get rewarded for a job well-done with some serious self-care (shopping, going to the spa, romantic dinners…) with Venus also getting cosy and comfy in sensual Taurus.
Here’s your weekly horoscope.
1. Mercury sextile Mars & Mercury trine Pluto:
From May 23rd until May 26th, Mercury retrograde in Taurus will be making two harmonious aspects (a sextile and a trine) to Mars in Pisces and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, respectively. The sextile will be exact on May 23rd, and the trine on May 24th. The three of them form another harmonious configuration called a “minor Grand Trine” that lets the positive energy flow even better!
Now, since we have 2 retrograde planets in this configuration, yes, people and situations from the past can be “resurrected”. The sextile between Mercury retrograde and Mars improves our negotiation and verbal skills. So, past public-speaking opportunities, sales leads, unfinished negotiations, and publishing deals can come back around for a review and even get finally closed! There’s increased mental agility and alertness. This is excellent energy for planning and organising things faster. You can rely on your instincts.
With the effortless flow from the trine between Mercury and Pluto retrograde, any communication or topic brought back to the table will be discussed in a deeper and more meaningful way. This is an excellent transit for finding and putting all the pieces of a situation together, as the researcher/investigator side of us will be amplified. It’s also favourable for all business, commercial and financial activities or negotiations, especially regarding mutual/shared resources, investments, loans, and inheritances. Finally, this minor Grand Trine supports all travel arrangements.
The transit will be most auspicious for Capricorn, Taurus, Pisces, Scorpio, and Virgo.
2. Mars enters Aries:
Go-getter Mars hosts a seven-week homecoming party in its native sign of Aries—and it’s going to be a rager! As this double-dose of warrior energy permeates the collective psyche from Tuesday, May 24th until July 5th, the feisty red planet demands that we choose a “side” and stand up for what we know is right. A word to the wise: Find a physical outlet for blowing off steam because egos and tempers could rage out of control. On a personal level, Mars in Aries wakes you up and gets you psyched to take the initiative. Embrace the competitive spirit! Just remember that the real goal is simply to be your best version of yourself.
In love, this cycle issues a code-red swagger alert! As lusty Mars fans its feathers in Aries, peacocking could go from enticing to obnoxious at an alarming rate. Like the legendary opening of Studio 54, this “more is more” cycle removes any shame barriers around desire and erotic expression. Is that a good thing? Absolutely, as long as you stay alert! Between now and July 5th, life-changing experiences can break open unconscious biases around sexuality. Yet when Mars is in Aries, what begins as “Dionysian” can turn destructive fast. Anger is a touchstone for both this planet and sign. What begins as a basic lover’s quarrel could snowball into a nuclear meltdown. Jealousy, even if well-founded, could spur irrational acts. Taking cool-down breaks will be essential to saving everyone’s sanity…and reputations.
Mars’s transit through Aries will energise Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, and Aquarius the most.
3. Venus sextile Saturn & Venus square Pluto:
a) Venus sextile Saturn:
From May 23rd until May 26th (exact on May 24th), Venus in Aries will sextile (harmonious aspect) Saturn in Aquarius. This is excellent energy for emotional self-control. Our significant others, business partners, family members and/or friends can help us practically. We’ll be keener on being responsible at work and following the rules, which can pay off big time! We’ll be able to control our desires more efficiently, and for us, ladies, we’ll be feeling more centred.
This transit will be most supportive of Aquarius, Libra, Gemini, Aries, and Sagittarius.
b) Venus square Pluto:
From May 25th until May 30th (exact on May 26th), Venus in Aries will square (challenging aspect) Pluto retrograde in Capricorn. This is tense energy that could lead to making bad financial decisions and eventual losses. We will be more prone to being manipulated by others, feeling intense emotions beyond our control, obsessions, and power struggles.
On the positive side, we can feel extremely passionate about something or someone, have the capacity to transform our emotions more easily, and form more profound and meaningful emotional connections with others. We’ll also have the urge to take our emotional and financial power and independence back through brave decisions.
This aspect will be most challenging for Capricorn, Aries, Libra, and Cancer.
4. Venus enters Taurus:
If you’d rather be soul food than eye candy, here’s some delicious news. Sweet, sensual Venus comes home to traditional Taurus this Saturday, May 28th, bringing a deeper dimension to all romantic interactions. While attraction is essential, common values are the glue. Between now and June 22nd, radar in on people who share your views on all the key topics from money to spirituality to lifestyle. Venus in Taurus can make us all a touch old-fashioned, emphasising comfortable, consistent companionship. Wherever you are on the romantic continuum, relationships can turn more serious under the stabilising spell of Taurus. But don’t forget to pamper yourself and spoil the ones you love. “Too much of a good thing” feels like the perfect dose of pleasure now.
Venus’s transit in its home sign of Taurus will be most beneficial for Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces, and Cancer.
5. Mars conjunct Jupiter:
Here comes the bombastic energy part! Kaboom! Sunday, May 29th is a big deal day, as make-it-happen Mars teams up with make-it-bigger Jupiter at the same degree of Aries. Even if motivation’s been lagging, you could suddenly feel like you downed a multipack of 5 Hour Energy drinks. These two accelerators connect once every two years, but they haven’t teamed up in Aries since April/May 2011. For the record, that was a year when ambitions soared so high that an estimated two billion people watched the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London, and former U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, was killed on May 2nd, 2011, during an American military operation in Pakistan, to name a couple of events.
But as this pair of brash planets pass over the same zodiac point, there’s no stopping anyone from living out loud—or living their truth! On the global stage, there could be some shocking power plays and “for the people” revolutions like the Arab Spring that was waging during the last Mars-Jupiter meetup in Aries. If your activism is activated, make sure you’re throwing that energy behind a worthy cause.
This conjunction will energise Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, and Aquarius the most! Make it count!
“You have to be willing to be a fool to advance.” Dr Jordan B. Peterson
Side note: think of “The Fool” card in Tarot this week; take a leap of faith for your true heart’s desire.
Your astrologer – Theodora NightFall ~
Bear in mind that this is a general horoscope and is in no way your personal horoscope. If you’d like to know what your birth chart says about your personality and your life’s purpose or discover what the upcoming astrological alignments mean specifically for you, you can book a consultation with me.
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