We’re in for another trying week, with an increased risk of arguments, errors on the job, and difficulty staying on task.
Mercury is retrograde until June 11, in his own sign of Gemini. Mercury rules information, communications, small electronics, traffic flow, siblings, and your immediate neighborhood. Challenges in one or more of these areas are typical during Mercury retrograde periods, but the potential for frustration and delay doubles with Mercury in his own sign.
Mars and the Sun also are in Gemini, adding another layer of complication, and this week all three planets are in conjunction, and all in a square to Neptune, the planet of foggy thinking, confusion, and deception. Gemini usually is quick-witted, funny, curious, and chatty; however, this configuration is anything but amusing. Of all the aspects, squares are the most prone to conflict. The conjunction stretches over the entire week, with Mars square Neptune on Monday, Mercury conjunct Mars on Wednesday, Mercury square Neptune on Friday, the Sun conjunct Mercury on Saturday, and the Sun square Neptune on Sunday (May 31).
The social media are an ideal forum for these aspects to play out, so I suggest being more conservative than usual this week. I try to stay out of arguments online but last week got in a stupid exchange with someone over a throw-away comment I made on an inconsequential post. Mr. Superiority blocked me and then sent a message to make sure I knew it. I actually got a good laugh out of that. But it was a reminder that posting comments on the social media just for the sake of being “social” is a waste of time, and there are enough assholes out there to take all the fun out of it.
While driving, do your best to stay alert. How often do we “snap to” while driving along a familiar road and realize that we don’t remember the past few seconds or even minutes? Also, road rage could get out of control. Be extra polite and give people the right of way when appropriate. I’ve taken note this past week of the number of times that someone stopped and let me make a left turn across a long line of oncoming traffic. They didn’t have to, but it wasn’t going to cost them or anyone behind them even half a second. It was a good reminder for me. Sometimes I’m off in my own little world when I’m out running errands and fail to notice opportunities to be courteous.
The squares to Neptune, particularly from Mercury on Friday, could trigger more strange dreams. Pay close attention, because many of these nocturnal wanderings are through the territory of the collective unconscious. Even those that are strictly personal could provide missing pieces of a puzzle in your life.
Also on Monday, Venus squares Uranus. There can be excitement, and romantic sparks can fly. If you’re flirting with someone, just make sure you mean it. Of all the possible misunderstandings between people, misinterpreting sexual intentions has to be near the top.
The first half of the week is even more testy with the Moon in Virgo from early Monday morning to Wednesday evening. Moon in Virgo normally wants to be helpful. However, Mercury is Virgo’s ruler (I say co-ruler, with Ceres), and so this is still more fuel for misunderstandings, particularly when giving or receiving “helpful advice.” Tuesday is potentially the most challenging day.
After the Moon enters conciliatory Libra on Wednesday (5:42 pm EDT), we should feel a shift – small, but any little bit helps. Venus, Libra’s ruler, is in sensitive Cancer, and on Wednesday she trines Chiron in tender Pisces. Words can hurt or heal. Actions obviously can hurt, too, but what many people don’t realize is that doing nothing can qualify as an action. Avoiding confrontation by going silent or disappearing for awhile is rarely the moral high ground. If you value a relationship, then you need to respect the other person enough to be honest and direct. If you need a time out or a few days to gather your thoughts, that’s fine, but you need to say so. This is one of the key elements to successful communications in relationships. It’s also a good tactic for surviving Mercury retrograde, especially during weeks like this one.
Speaking of which, if you follow RealAstrologers on Facebook, you received an alert that I was going to be late with this week’s forecast. I woke up Saturday with a migraine, and although it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever had, I stayed down all morning and afternoon in the hope of feeling well enough to get in the ferry line in time to make dinner at the Northwest Astrology Conference. I didn’t have the stamina to attend all three days of the conference but planned to go for one day. With that option gone, I figured I could at least make it to the banquet to hear Rick Levine speak. Rick’s business partner, Jeff Jawer, was scheduled to make the presentation, but he left us in February just a month after being diagnosed with lung cancer. I wanted to be there to support Rick and honor Jeff, and also to visit with some colleagues.
The headache was mostly gone by 5 p.m., but I just didn’t have it in me to dress up and make a two-to-three-hour roundtrip. So when it was time for bed, I wasn’t tired after lying down for half the day, and yet I wasn’t clear-headed enough to write the forecast or work on reports. Last week’s forecast generated some comments about Medusa and Algol, and that gave me the bright idea to upload the article on Ophiuchus I wrote for The Mountain Astrologer in 2011. I know it sounds crazy, but I can format and post in my sleep, as long as I don’t have to write a coherent sentence. Well, before I knew it, it was 5 a.m. The birdies had started their dawn chorus when I packed it in. I woke up at 11 feeling like I’d been out dancing all night and drinking double G&Ts. I spent the afternoon doing laundry and pulling slugs off the petunias.
I wish a headache and a late forecast were the worst that happened last week. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time at the computer researching feline cardiomyopathy. As I wrote in the February 16 forecast, I took Jinn (a.k.a. Astrology Cat) to the vet for his neuter, which was scheduled the day Mercury turned direct. It was a total nightmare. I wrote a letter to the clinic but didn’t get a response until last week, after some prodding by a third party. Actually, it was no response, because, while the conversation was civil, they just made a bunch of excuses and refused to admit to any deficiencies (e.g., sending him home soaked in his own urine). The following morning, I got a call from the clinic director, who said that Jinn’s severe reaction to a routine procedure was a major symptom of cardiomyopathy, and that I should get it checked out right away, because he could drop dead at any time with no warning. That’s close to an exact quote. Clearly, the message was intended as retribution for daring to complain, and it worked. I was terrified and spent days researching every possible angle, hoping it was just a Mercury retrograde trick. From what I read, however, it’s a strong possibility. Testing for it is expensive and not 100-percent reliable – and for all that, there’s no cure anyway.
Jinn has become a constant companion, and there is little doubt of a karmic connection. He literally was handed to a friend of mine one day in her office, unannounced and totally unexpected. Even though she didn’t want another cat, she took him. She told me last week how she held him in her palm at eye level and asked him, “Whose cat are you?” She listened intently (she’s a Scorpio), and he told her. A few months before that, I dreamed he was looking for me. And it all happened barely a week after I moved from an apartment where no pets were allowed. So, last week for me was a slow, painful attempt to accept the inevitability of another loss in a life with loss as the major theme. I also had to struggle with gratitude for the message, regardless of the manner in which it was delivered.
Next week is the Full Moon in Sagittarius. It brings all of this week’s challenges to a culmination, with opportunities for growth and renewal for those willing to let go and trust. It can be so hard to trust. And yet, that’s what we have to do.
Wishing much love and courage to all,
© Pat Paquette, RealAstrologers.com, 2015.