We are celebrating Memorial Day in the USA today. This is the time we remember those who gave their lives for our country for we the future generations. Remembering people is respectful, and often one of the neglected practices in the USA, because we are moving so fast through our day to day activities. The Moon is the planet that remembers the past. It remembers from whence we came and though we sometimes remember the more difficult issues around people or situations from the past, there is always something learned by those experiences. This is the time to remember the good.

The week begins with the Moon in Pisces, one of the more sensitive moons, and so it is in line with the idea of remembering those people upon whose shoulders we stood who helped carve our paths in this lifetime.

As the week continues, the Moon enters lively Aries and on Thursday, May 30 offers communication opportunities that can include planned meetings that might prove fortunate as Jupiter is involved in the aspect. On Thursday Venus and Neptune are aligned with each other providing a perfect combination for the arts, creativity, a movie, a romantic moment. Friday and Saturday the Moon is in Taurus and continues the flow of creativity and socializing that might include an opportunity out of the blue for being in the ‘right place at the right time’. Sometimes we don’t want to go to a social event because we are too tired or just too overloaded with work, but the suggestion here is…. GO!

Monday’s void of course Moon from 1:05 pm Eastern Time suggests a day in which it seems as though nothing is getting done. Plus, the Sun is in the last degree of Taurus and Mercury is in the last degree of Taurus. There are many void-of-course energies today. Thusly, it is probably a good day to go out into the garden and enjoy a little nature or take the day off. Sometimes when we step back from our challenges, the unconscious steps in with solutions for things that seem unresolvable. Taking time away from a problem is often the best way to find a solution.

After the Sun and Mercury enter Gemini in the early morning hours of May 21, livelier energy appears, phone calls come in, texts get answered and a very different way of approaching a project shows up. This is a great week for networking, in person, with others, to catch up with friends, and share some of the issues bothering you, particularly on the 22nd when trepidation regarding one’s security may be lingering in the ethers. A long time ago I learned that those who share their financial planning or ideas with others prosper far better than those who keep things too close to the vest. A trusted friend or ally is what is needed during these times.

This coming weekend I am speaking at the Seattle conference NORWAC. The three topics I am covering are: Synodic Cycles (topic of my new book), Derivative Houses (Turning the Wheel), and a three hour pre-conference workshop on Fashion Cycles, something I have studied for years and years since I was doing costume design at Northwestern in Chicago many years ago. It has always been a first love of mine, and fascinating. I am finding out as I uncover the big historical changes in this industry that, again, as always history does repeat itself. The idea of working with fabrics, color are all very Taurus and with Uranus just moving into Taurus, waking up to our own personal designs, what we wear now versus what we wore ‘then’, is a great way to process other things. Cleaning out closets while trying to solve a problem, or, reworking something old into something newer looking is also a great way to change energies around. This can be closets as well as offices or work spaces or even gardens. Uranus in Taurus asks us to think about the beauty in our lives in a fresh new way and what a perfect time of year in which to do that.

Shine a light on problem-solving as the week begins and the Sun and Pluto are in a good aspect to each other. Someone, a respected figure, may be the person to call to glean insights on how to maneuver through the present financial challenges. Reaching out and asking for help or sharing your concerns with another more respected figure in the field is just the ticket and help is there if you reach out. Tuesday’s Mars and Venus positive aspect indicates the individual may be closer than you realize and when Venus enters its own sign, Taurus, on Wednesday, May 15 along with Mars entering Cancer, ruffled feathers calm down and some peace enters the environment.

On Thursday, May 16, Mercury, the planet of communication and discussions, is in a good aspect to Saturn (grounded and stable energy) and with a few tweaks here and there, one arrives at a solution or resolution on how to handle some of the surprises of last week. This is a good aspect in which to negotiate a contract with both parties giving something.

On Saturday, May 18, is another Full Moon, called a Blue Moon, in late Scorpio and late Taurus, and this affects people that have planets close to the end of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, and Taurus. Lots of change may suddenly show up concerning the major areas–identity, primary relationships, where you are living and with whom you are working. In other words, a light shine on issues perhaps swept under the rug or ignored over the course of the last four months.

Communication is always a key to smoothing things over and it is important to have skills or tools that support that process. Mercury enters the less reactive sign of Taurus on Monday, May 6. Mercury in Taurus requires more processing time in communications and is a very good place for it to be in terms of planning out long-term goals. This week, Mercury passes over Uranus on Wednesday so some surprises may pop out of the blue offering either insights to a new way of doing things or offering some detours falling in front of plans. Transit Saturn and Pluto continue to run with the South Node (Dragon’s Tail) and responsibilities loom large as this continues throughout the month.

It is the first week of the New Moon which was on Saturday, May 4 at mid-degrees of Taurus, so this is the start of a thirty-day new start cycle particularly around resources, spending, liquidity issues, and cash flow. The surprises come first and then the ‘how’ of how to handle them unfolds. Avoid confrontations on Thursday, May 9, as stress can often lead to saying things that one cannot take back.

On Monday, Saturn stations to go retrograde at about 20º Capricorn 53’ and it looks as though it stops and puts our organizational plans on pause. Regard this as an opportunity for further reflection and to form a more solid foundation that gets rid of anything extraneous. Saturn retrograde periods (this is between April 29 and September 18, 2019) are some of the more productive periods of each year. Saturn has a way of saying, “Let’s take a wait-and-see approach.” It is a perfect time to have our annual plans reviewed so that they are clear and efficient. This period slows us down in the area of our lives where Saturn is transiting. This can involve parental control (the Saturn myth involves a lot of parental control), either letting go of that role or letting go of our dependence upon it. Saturn retrogrades provide a perspective for a less emotional judgment of our current professional role and what is it we can do to change. Review what it is you are willing to do to minimize your lifestyles is in order to take the next steps toward the top of your proverbial mountain. This is an interesting week in that it is also the Last Quarter Moon, when we clear off desks, shred the files, and release ourselves of outworn obligations.

Saturday, May 4 is a New Moon at 14º Taurus! With Saturn and last week’s Pluto in aspect and slowing down, new options show up for a new cash flow. It doesn’t have to be extreme change. It can start with one or two alternative things you do during the week that can, over time, grow your wealth. It requires the ability to be brave and decide you do not have to have too much. Resolve to have just enough so that very big changes can begin. Three large planetary conjunctions (called Synodic Cycles) take place starting in January 2020, so the next few months of laying down a plan, a budget and a blueprint for this change will indeed pay off.

Here we go! This week the traveling Sun crosses over Uranus (a once a year phenomenon) on Monday, starting out the week with brilliant insights and startling ideas. This alignment is quite powerful and can offer opportunities, if one is willing to pay attention to what is going on around them. This is the alignment of networking–people who know people who know people who can offer you resources or places to go for those items and services you need. On this very same day, those network options present the beginning of opportunities to work out obstacles getting in the way of ideas regarding more cash flow. Do make sure that you know where the money is coming from and if the value is accurate. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask for clarity regarding what you need to know. With Pluto going retrograde for a few months on Wednesday, April 24, you really do need to pause and explore. This time spent will be worth it for more efficient planning. Saturn also goes retrograde next week (all very good retrogrades) representing a rethink, renewal, or research period.

In the USA, taxes are due this week. This is the second 90-day period after the January 21, 2019 eclipse at 00º Leo and 00º Aquarius. These two degrees and the 00º Taurus and 00º Scorpio are the degrees connected to the security houses in the horoscope. Some of the things they include are how we spend our money, our cash flow, what we save for a rainy day, and with whom we are tied financially–both personally and professionally. Monies we owe to others and what others owe us. The ‘stark’ reality on what needs to be done in any one of those areas is possible this week It may also be that this is the week of resolving an ongoing issue involving some of the above-mentioned subjects.

Mercury has had a long visit in Pisces during both its retrograde and direct phases. The fact that Mercury finally enters Aries, the ‘click’ sign of the zodiac, either late Tuesday for the West Coast and the early morning hours on Wednesday, April 17, for the Eastern Time zone, means clarity. It is possible, though it may not be pleasant, that around the 19th of April, when Chiron and Mercury are together, difficulties resulting from miscalculation are apparent. Hmmm? This is tax week isn’t it? Chiron has to do with learning, so this is a good time to learn about those things that many of us just do not want to deal with, like finances. No worries, learning is in the air and can really wake us up to planning in a very beneficial way.

An interesting week in that a few planetary bodies go retrograde and these are probably the good ones. Ceres is not a planet but an asteroid. Ceres has a lot to do with farming, wheat, and food deriving from the earth. Simply put, if you need to start watching your food intake, this retrograde offers an opportunity to re-think your diet. Seek out a good nutritionist who can check out those long unresolved mysteries involving how certain foods affect you. There are all types of hidden allergies to such things as gluten, tree nuts, and yeast. This is a good time to get clarity on whether you are experiencing an allergy or an imbalance in your digestive system. On a larger global level, this could have something to do with the food chain and discovery that part of that process must change or needs a re-think in terms of distributions.

The other retrograde taking place this week is that of Jupiter in Sagittarius at 24º Sagittarius 21’ on April 10, which is a good for everyone. The reason for this is that Jupiter in Sagittarius can have a kind of ‘runaway train’ effect in our lives as well as politically and globally. The fact that Jupiter is looking as though it is retrograde until it goes direct in mid-August welcomes a calmer and less reactive environment. Wherever Jupiter has been passing through your chart is where you have probably been experiencing a lot of ‘something’. In the second or eighth house, it is spending. In the third or ninth house, it is information overload. In the sixth and twelfth house, health issues or environmental chaos that is moving too fast. This cycle slows that stuff down and brings reason and clarity to the table a lot more than in the past weeks when Jupiter was moving fast and furious. On Friday, April 12, the Sun and Pluto have a somewhat confrontational position with each other, which suggests if a miscommunication, or, a confrontation takes place. Take a moment, take a deep breath and ask to think about it and discuss it the next day, Saturday, when things calm down considerably and all parties are far more generous in their resolutions.

This week is about 90-days after the Solar Eclipse that occurred at 15° of Capricorn on January 5, 2019. It should be an interesting week with the peak of the 90-degree peak happening on April 4, 5, and 6. Expect responsible action and reaction. This can be a wonderful period if one has been working to simplifying their life, environment and the setting of serious boundaries, particularly around issues that arose at end of 2018 or during January 2019. If one has stuck their head in the sand hoping the issue would go away, well, this week is when you have to lift yourself up and face what has to be done to change. This crosses over into both personal and professional lives. Perhaps your boundaries have been slack, or with Venus and Neptune close and in Pisces, you keep giving people the ‘benefit of the doubt’. Know this that the time for changing that pattern is upon all of us. This 90-day period is important as will be the next 90-day period between April 18 and April 20. If you started to make a move in January, you may move in April. If you started to make a job change, you may make that change this month. If you were back and forth about keeping a professional relationship in your life, then this is the month to clarify what is expected and what you will and will not do. If you have ignored health issues then this is the month to face the dragon and deal with it. The good news is that once things are said and done you can move on to the next exciting rite of passage in your professional or personal life.

On Tuesday, Venus enters the sign of Pisces for a few weeks. Venus is what we call exalted in the sign of Pisces and I suppose it is because Pisces is one of the healers of the zodiac. Venus holds soothing energy. The next few weeks should bring some kindness into our lives, peppered with some energy, as the Sun continues in the sign of Aries. As Mercury goes direct on Thursday, March 28, concerns regarding contracts, equipment purchases, and decisions to move forward on projects become clearer. Now that you have the direction you need to take for that new idea, job, or relationship, you set up the process for completion. Watch May 8 going forward for the big click, the big start, the oomph, as we say. These next two months bring all kinds of ideas to the forefront though it may not seem so right now.

Problem-solving on an issue gets on track even more effectively after Mars enters Gemini on Saturday, March 30. Mars in Gemini is restless energy but is notorious for going in and out of one’s head to figure out the many different ways to do things. At times it can also be exhausting, so getting exercise that allows the lungs to work at full capacity (Gemini rules the lungs) will do two things – calm you down, and, help you focus. If you don’t get that blood pumping this energy can implode with overuse of alcohol or drugs.

An eventful week as the Sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries on March 20 at the Spring Equinox (which means equal day and equal night) when the days now become longer. This is particularly interesting Equinox in that on the same day, within about four hours there is a Full Moon in Libra and Aries. This combination heightens reactions to things that have been building over the course of the last few weeks. It also energizes people into taking action, getting rid of the extraneous in their lives and move on. A lot of what transpires is a direct result of what was going on in late December 2018 at the Winter Solstice. Projects started then, or, attempting to complete, come to fruition now over the course of the next few weeks after this Equinox. Spring is finally here in the Northern Hemisphere and with that comes a more sensitive awareness to what must take place in order to complete a project.

On Thursday, March 22, just after the Full Moon of the 20th, the Sun aligns with Chiron in Aries. This is a once a year phenomenon. Since Chiron heightens one’s awareness of one’s wounds or unresolved issues regarding one’s health or healing, this date may start an enlightened period where one realizes what they must do to improve physical and mental health. Since Chiron also happens to be associated with the ankles, make sure you wear the right shoes! Since the Sun passes over this point, sudden light is shed on an issue regarding superiors, bosses, or those in charge. It may also be a time when many who have been in charge decide to step down which might be a surprise to those in that professional arena. This suggests that others can now move up. Those stepping down, please remember that mentoring is important when you let go of a major situation.

Mars, which has to do with motivation and drive, has been in Taurus for a few weeks now and working very well with transit Saturn (organization) and Pluto (research, transformation and choosing a direction). This is a far better place than it was last month. The current cycle affords the opportunity to start getting things done for which many attempts were made in January and February. Though Mercury is still retrograde and doesn’t go direct until the end of the month, it is in a favorable sign working with Mars. This means that not all possible solutions for a project or a contract or an event are solved, but that the process is still in limbo as new options are presented and explored. Mercury retrogrades are often cursed by the media, but they are, in fact, a cosmic brake pedal to do things correctly and change direction if necessary. Since Mercury (in Pisces water) and Mars, Uranus, Saturn, and Pluto are working in tandem with communicative Mercury, it behooves each of us to take some quiet time away from the crowd to allow for other things to come in. I was in a design meeting with several young people recently who were telling me that one of their parent companies (in Europe) are asking these young designers to turn off their phones at night and NOT work, but it is not the American way-at least at this juncture. This is a problem because if you don’t turn off the constant barrage of information coming at you from a thousand directions, there is no space for other ideas to birth and prosper. This Mercury retrograde is a good time to pull-back in the remaining weeks of March. It is also a great time to find out what you didn’t give your tax person, that is an important tax item. If you cannot find it, you will, eventually, as Mercury direct (on March 28) will begin the process of finding things and getting clearer about how you wish to proceed in a project that has had you flummoxed for a good part of six weeks. The only stark aspect is between Mercury and Jupiter, which can suggest too much talking and not enough listening.

The week caps out in a positive light on Saturday when transit Mercury (still retrograde) is in a perfect aspect with Pluto. As Susan Miller states, “It is a time to solve a financial mystery by burrowing into records.” Since we are close to tax season, there may be some things we didn’t see, didn’t notice or didn’t know anything about.