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Uranus is officially transiting Taurus as of the last May15th, and as predicted, last week was full of surprises and earth changes. The Kileaua volcano is definitely showing us who’s boss. I counted around 50 small earthquakes in Hawaii the 24 hour period between Friday and Saturday last week.  There are some powerful people trying to show us who is boss too.

A spring storm has swept the eastern US this week dumping lots of water in some parts of the east coast. Some might say there has been enough water coming down to “float a battleship”. Some parts of the foothills in my state have gotten almost a foot of rain in that past three days.

This week in astrology begins with the Sun as 29 degrees of Taurus, Venus at zero degrees Cancer, Mars at one degree Aquarius, and Uranus at zero degrees Taurus. That is a whole lot of change in the energy!

There are also several aspects we need to take a look at. First is a Yod or Finger of God formation in which Ceres is the focus. Ceres is the goddess of the harvest/result/outcome and abundance/quantity. The other planets involved in this pattern are Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces.

While we all prefer to look at the best a planet or asteroid have to offer, there is always a shadow side to them. The shadow side of Ceres can be one of loss and sadness. The news was full of these sorts of stories last week.

This shadow side can offer us a path to healing and growth. Pluto loves to stir the pot of past hurts and pains, and bring them to the light so we can see them clearly, deal with them, and heal them. Neptune provides us with all the healing energy we need to accomplish this.

Sunday, May 20 the Sun moves to Gemini. This is the sign of the twins and people born under this sign are known to have two distinct sides to them. One friend, whose mother is a Gemini said she always felt like she had two moms. I have lots of Gemini friends that I love dearly. I think I am drawn to their knowledge and diversity.

When the Sun is in Gemini, we are all likely to be more intellectual, social, have enhanced communication skills, and are far more curious than usual. However, our energy often feels more scattered due to our curiosity and an awareness of options that lie before us.

Tuesday there are three aspects affecting us. The first is the Sun sextile to Chiron. This could help many of us with increased confidence and a sense of purpose. This is a good aspect for problem-solving and we have a large interest in growing through our experiences.

Tuesday Jupiter is also aspecting Chiron. When it comes to what we personally believe, this aspect might cause a problem or two for some of us. Those most affected will have planets in water signs or any sign between 15 and 17 degrees, or have heavy Jupiter/Scorpio influence in their charts. This means me since I have Jupiter at 17 degrees Gemini in my chart. Transiting Jupiter is within one degree of my natal Mars.

It will be important for me and who fits within these margins. Some of us might have what is known as a “crisis of faith”, while others are simply confused and unsure what to believe. A lot of good work can be done when it comes to what we believe if we are willing to open up and take a serious look at this now. This is not the time to follow others blindly. If there is something new about a business in your world, you might need to examine things closer to be sure you are making the right decisions and taking the right steps.

Lastly, for Tuesday, we have Mercury in sextile aspect with Neptune. This energy will heighten our intuition, increase our artistic sensitivity, and increase our discernment. This would be a good day to get outdoors and enjoy some grounding.

Wednesday, Mercury opposes Jupiter. This is one to pay attention to, especially if you are prone to overstate, overestimate, or wish to avoid exaggerating in all forms. Be careful not to overlook important details. Staying focused will be key.

Wednesday brings us another aspect with Mercury. This time he is semi-square Chiron and communications are strained. This energy could bring us to use some unkind words. The intention with which we speak might be difficult for others to read.

The last aspect for Wednesday is the Sun in a trine aspect with Mars. Trines are good aspects and this certainly looks good as it increases our energy levels. This is a good day to get physical and get some exercise. Today will also be a good day for making decisions.

Thursday there is a Grand Trine perfecting. This is a bright spot among many other difficult aspects in the sky. Trines are all about harmony and balance. The players in this pattern are Jupiter, Venus, and Neptune. Jupiter expands and increases the energy of the other two planets. Venus is about love and money, and Neptune is about creativity and inspiration. From this Grand Trine, we can expect our relationships to be more joyful and empathic. Finances could be less difficult. And our creative inspiration could soar. There are so many possibilities with this trine and they are all positive.

Friday Mercury trines Pluto. This aspect will probably open us up to our mental strengths and understand ourselves on a deeper psychological level. Our attention finds focus as we dive into the depths of our psyche. This is a good thing.

This week ends with three tough aspects. The first is Venus opposing Saturn. We will feel like we need to keep the other guy at some distance thanks to Saturn putting the kibosh on our confidence in our love relationships. Saturn has an aspect of seriousness and is not so much interested in how much we feel loved and appreciated. We all need to be aware of our relationship fears now. Saturn could use them against us.

Saturday also brings us another tough aspect between Saturn and Mercury. This one can feel a bit like Mercury retrograde. We could feel the need to re-do some things we thought were complete. Or, we might experience some difficulties in our travel plans or communications. Be alert to being over critical and negative thinking.

Last and not much fun for a Saturday is a semi-square between Mercury and Venus. This most likely will mean problems in the social and romantic aspects of our lives. There are always two sides to things and the positive possibilities of this aspect are that we make more effort to be kind and polite. I don’t think this is ever out of fashion. But the tendency toward being hypersensitive is there too and come across as being distracted.

This week I see two themes. The first is allowing ourselves to examine our true purpose and heal our past. The second communication, both with others and ourselves. The past week I have heard several people discuss the need for self-care. I have even talked about this on social media myself. I feel like the second half of this week would be well spent in indulging in more self-care than we normally do.

Self-care does not have to cost a dime. Start by waking up a few minutes earlier and using that time to be alone and focused on the breath. This is a simple, fast yet powerful meditation. Or take a few minutes to listen to the early morning sounds of birds singing or of the city waking up to a new day.

Try not to spend much time watching the news or listening to it on the radio. Stay informed as you think you must but do your best to be less focused on the negative things going on in the world. Change really begins with us anyway.

There is a quote often attributed to Mohandas Gandi but in reality, it seems to have been coined by a teacher named Arleen Lorrance in 1974. Lorrance was quite unhappy with her work at a New York high school. She tried for years to change other teachers and the system. Then she came to realize that she where change needed to begin. She let go of her anger and negative thinking. She then made a conscious decision to always be open, loving, and vulnerable and began a project called “The Love Project”. Her words were printed in a book of the same title.

Gandhi did say something similar in 1913. He published his thoughts this way,

We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

The point of all this is to change things in your life so that you are exposed to more joy and fewer things that cause stress. Stress cannot be totally avoided but we sure can reduce our exposure to it. Think about this as you go about your evening and your day tomorrow.

Be kind, smile to all you meet and lend a helping hand whenever you can. We seldom, if ever know what is going on with the person that cuts us off while driving or cuts in line ahead of us.

Now you have some info you can use,  go out and make this a great week! ! !