Cancer New Moon and other astrology events for the week
As we begin this week the Moon is waning towards her new or dark phase. The New Moon takes place either May 18 or May 19, depending on your location. This Cancer New Moon offers the same opportunity as other New Moons for setting intentions and seeding new ideas. However, this week’s meeting of the Sun and Moon in the cardinal water sign takes place at a particularly high energy point.
Mars forms T-square with Uranus and Pluto
The ongoing Uranus-Pluto square aspect, which we have written about before, and which will continue to play a key role in astrology weather through 2015, now has the additional factor of Mars, the warrior planet. Together the three planets now form a T-square figure. With three planets which each involve such volatile energy combining together in a potentially confrontational aspect, the stage is set for either a breakdown or a breakthrough. One of these planets, Uranus, just went retrograde last week which tends to increase this planet’s rebellious side.
Take a look at your chart to which houses contain 7-9 degrees of Libra (Mars’ current neighborhood), Capricorn (Pluto) and Aries (Uranus) in order to get an idea of what areas of your life may be affected by this. Unless you have planets there, the personal impact on you may be minimal or glancing. However, if you have planets near those degrees, you could feel the reverberations of this planetary interaction more strongly. Also, check whether you have any planets around those degrees in Cancer as this would mean your natal Cancer planets are making a cardinal signs grand cross with transiting Mars, Pluto and Uranus.
Other aspects for week
At the same time that Mars is forming the T-square with Uranus and Pluto, it also has a quincunx or inconjunct with Chiron in Neptune, meaning that healing energy for any rifts may be difficult or inaccessible at this time. However, a more generous outlook may be provided this weekend when Jupiter, the planet of expansion, forms a flowing trine relationship with Uranus. Combined with the influence of the dark moon, this may lend positive energy and ingenious, innovative energy to help initiate any new projects. The weekend also sees the Sun moving into the sign it rules, creative and playful Leo, fostering optimism and a more festive mood after the month of Cancer sensitivity.
Remember that Mercury remains retrograde until August 8, so avoid signing any contracts based on those exciting new ideas you start incubating with the New Moon. Since this Mercury retrograde period is in Leo, be particularly careful with the words you choose related to anyone who is a star in your social circle.