Horoscope: May 20 to 26, 2019
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
MON: Venus sesquiquadrate Jupiter
TUE: Sun enters Gemini, Mercury enters Gemini, Sun conjunct Mercury, Mercury quintile Neptune, Sun quintile Neptune
WED: Mars sextile Uranus
THU: Mercury sextile Chiron, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn, Mars square Chiron
FRI: Mercury sesquiquadrate Pluto
SUN: Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn, Sun sextile Chiron
THINGS GET INTERESTING this week, as the Sun and Mercury travel side by side for several days. No matter what sign these two planets are in when they conjoin, we can expect increased mental activity and information exchange. But that effect is magnified this week, as both planets will move into intellectual Gemini on Tuesday, exactly aligning as they make the sign shift.
In general, our thinking process speeds up when Mercury is in the sign of the Twins, and this week the Sun's influence will also be boosting the mental energy. At times, it may feel a bit like we're watching a movie in fast forward-- or moving that quickly ourselves. We'll need to remember to slow it down, and to breathe, so that our nervous systems don't get overwrought.
The benefits of this alignment include access to new ideas, and an enhanced ability to share our thoughts with others -- as long as we speak slowly enough for the listener to comprehend us. Plus, both Mercury and the Sun will be in quintile aspect to Neptune, which augments intuitive insights, as well as our capacity to read between the lines of whatever is being communicated.
THE SENSE of excitement kicks up a notch on Wednesday when Mars and Uranus are in sextile aspect. We're more willing than usual to take risks with this influence, and may surprise ourselves with our capacity for change.
We'll appreciate that the Moon is in conservative Capricorn on Wednesday, helping make sure we don't go too far off the deep end. However, the Moon will be aligning with Saturn (3:23 p.m. PDT) and with Pluto (8:58 p.m.), reminding us of some of the challenges we experienced back in April, and requiring us to take a stronger stance emotionally.
THE STRESS BUILDS on Thursday, with Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn and Mars square Chiron. We can be overwhelmed mentally, and need some down time. If we try to push ourselves to live up to our own or others expectations, we're likely to dredge up old insecurities, which will undercut our efforts. All in all, this would be a good day to take a break from the action.
On Friday, it may be hard to avoid confrontations, with Mercury sesquiquadrate Pluto. It's hard to be tactful with this influence, and words can cut like a knife. The more stubbornly we hold to our opinions, and the more forcefully we try to explain ourselves, the more resistance we can experience.
THERE'S AN ECHO of Thursday's stress factor on Sunday, when the Sun makes its sesquiquadrate to Saturn. Basically, we want to give ourselves -- and our brains -- a rest. Whether we've been spending too much time on the computer or working long hours on a project, or we are simply feeling the pressure of all the energy shifts planet Earth is experiencing, we need a break.
The Moon, in the waning phase of its cycle through the end of the month, reinforces the idea that this is a time for winding down. The better we are at self-care now, the more prepared we will be to embrace new beginnings at the time of the enthusiastic Gemini New Moon on June 3.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are drawn to new ideas this year, and could literally take up a new course of learning. Your mind is stimulated, and there is a strong need for interesting activities to satisfy your increased curiosity. This can be an especially insightful time, although your ideas may be judged as not being very practical -- either by others or by your own inner critic. Take this opportunity to open your mind and to broaden your intellectual resources. You may also be drawn to writing or speaking, especially about your own personal journey. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Mercury, quintile Neptune, sesquiquadrate Saturn)
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