As I write this Friday afternoon, the Moon is in Aquarius. Aquarian Moons tend to dispose us toward intellectual exploration, innovation, technology and/or broader social understanding. Aquarius also loves its freedom, so this is not the time to try to pin anyone down about any concerns.
Saturday, Void of Course Moon
Saturday evening the Moon goes Void of Course (VOC) before entering Pisces Sunday morning. This is one of those astrology terms which often confuses people who haven’t studied astrology. I know when I first heard it, I thought the person was saying the moon was “void, of course” which sounded perplexing.
When astrologers speak of the Moon being “Void of Course” when it is in the final degrees of one sign, after having made any major aspects to other planets, but has not yet entered the next zodiac sign. VOC periods tend to leave us feeling at loose ends so Saturday night may be a good time for quiet pleasures rather than a big night on the town. If you do go out Saturday night, don’t expect to meet your soulmate—projects or relationships begun during VOC time rarely have staying power.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the US and Canada and the astrological weather for the 13th looks promising to support both kindness and celebration. The Moon—which symbolizes many things including nurturing and emotions—will meet sentimental Neptune in its native sign of Pisces on Sunday. At the same time, the Sun joins up for its once-a-year meeting with expansive Jupiter, this year’s conjunction taking place in earthy Taurus. An interesting note is that the Sun and Jupiter will be joining the planetoid Sedna when they meet this time, making this an excellent time to let go of old pain (for more information about Sedna, check out this article on our sister blog.)
You may want to partake of the bountiful Taurean energy by taking your mother out for a hike or to a garden show. (Or visit those places on your own if your mother lives too far away or has already passed and celebrate your connection to Mother Earth.) The combination of the Sun-Jupiter and Moon-Neptune aspects also favors generosity, so if your weekend isn’t taken up with family activities, you may want to do something nice for an elderly neighbor or see if a local charity needs volunteers at an event or project. These activities are a wiser manifestation of today’s energies than the other possible effects which include splurging on something you can’t really afford (Sun-Jupiter in Taurus) or finding yourself caught up in depression or over-indulging in mind-altering substances (Moon-Neptune in Pisces).
Monday and looking ahead
The Sun-Jupiter conjunction will remain within orb (meaning close enough to count although no longer exact) into early next week. This provides an opportunity to shine and show your leadership qualities, particularly for those of you with planets near 20 degrees of Taurus. You’ll get some help in making positive change from a friendly aspect between Mercury (intellect, communications) and Pluto (transformation) on Monday. Conversations and ruminations have the opportunity to go a bit deeper than usual and may result in creative solutions to long-standing problems. Since both Mercury and Pluto are in earth signs as this positive connection between them occurs, you’ll have an opportunity to make some very practical improvements.
The Moon will continue to wane from the huge full face visible last weekend until the Gemini New Moon on May 20, which will feature a solar eclipse visible to those in most parts of the southwestern US. I will write more about this event next week.