Whew! Did you get things sorted out last week? Hopefully you did, which means that this week approaching the Last Quarter Moon at 18°Pisces30′, we clean the slate. There is support here as the week begins with a lovely aspect between the Sun and Jupiter (a warm and fuzzy feeling surrounds us) and the next two days are also supported by Mars and Uranus I alignment (energetic insight). On Wednesday, June 10, Mercury and Venus are also in fabulous aspect affording a wonderful social setting with good conversations and insights, where someone or a group could show up to help you sort out a business issue or a home building project that needs solving.

It is also the day before Mercury goes direct, so things are feeling a lot more optimistic than they might have felt at last week’s Full Moon. Mercury is direct on Thursday June 11 at 3:33 PM Pacific Time and 6:33 pm Eastern time at 4° Gemini 33′ resolving something left unattended within the immediate family or family like circle in mid-May. With Mars and Chiron in stress aspect to each other on the same day that Mercury goes direct, a coach, counsellor or teacher may prove to be of great help neutralizing a situation that everyone realizes must be addressed and needs a third party.

Since Neptune goes retrograde on Friday June 12 at 9° Pisces 19′, this is particularly important, because Neptune retrogrades are about exploring our inner lives, our inner consciousness and discovering how our inner thoughts drive our outer lives. William James once said, “The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by challenging the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”

Tuesday, June 2, is the Full Moon at 11° Sagittarius 49′. This is a pretty lively full moon with lots of people discussing lots of things excitedly and often without any sort of filters. Sagittarius is known for their ‘truthfulness’, but sometimes the ‘truthfulness’ is more tactless than truthful. Stepping over feelings without intending to is possible. Since the Full Moon is activated by over reactive Mars, chatty Mercury, and diffusive Neptune, it might be a good idea to really think about what you’re saying, or, rather how you are saying something before opening your mouth to ‘share’ what is on your mind.

On the other hand, this Full Moon may be just the ticket to finish something that has been hanging around much too long and needs venting and clarity. Feelings run high, though, since Venus is still traveling through sensitive Cancer through Friday June 5, when it enters Leo. The better strategy may be to note what you are feeling around the Full Moon (actually write it down so you don’t change it in your head) and ask for a discussion surrounding that issue closer to the weekend, when Mars and Jupiter are in positive connection to each other (offering a way to express yourself more succinctly) and on Saturday, June 6, when Venus and Saturn are also in good aspect to each other, a practical no nonsense communication is offered as well as received.

The week begins with practical Moon in Virgo as the First Quarter Moon along with unpredictable Venus square Uranus. This aspect has some good as well as challenging options. The challenging part is that things may be very unpredictable. A sudden meeting spurs some excitement or discord depending on how you respond. That sudden meeting may also feel like magic where romance might even be in the air. Since Mars and Neptune are in aspect that day, it is quite possible. That feeling may or may not be sustainable and highly influenced by the party atmosphere! Perhaps make another appointment, or, date, and get together with that same unusual person later in the week or later in the month for another look. Since Mercury aligns with Mars on Wednesday along with Venus and Chiron, this is probably a good plan. Going to a lecture or a class or a place where you share the same values may be just the ticket in getting to know this new person or finding a likeminded group of people.

On Friday May 29 we are still in the First Quarter phase of the Moon and creative ideas, or, a sit down brainstorming session may be the perfect meeting for Friday as Mercury and Neptune square each other. Saturday May 30, the Sun/Mercury alignment triggers some new conversations and solutions to sticky problems. Turn ideas around, ask silly questions, don’t judge the most absurd ideas. Stay with those ideas, work with them, exploring various possibilities. The light may come on next week with the upcoming Full Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius.

Mercury starts its retrograde movement today at 6:49 PM on the West Coast and 9:49 PM on the East Coast. It retrogrades at 13° Gemini 08′ and continues to retrograde until June 11, 2015 when it moves direct at 4° Gemini 33′. Gemini rules the natural zodiac’s third house, which covers such topics as inner office communications like memos, texts, emails; this house and sign are also involved in training people, or, training materials as well as short journeys, neighbors, neighbor issues, age mates and siblings. It is the sign and house that involves such things as short stories, journals, news columns, newsletter, advertising, sometimes even bookkeeping. So if any of this is something you are doing right now, you may want to, again, check something before it goes out. A serious misspelling may miscommunicate your intentions.

Sometimes people forget to show up for appointments, re-arrange their schedules, or re-think important contracts or projects. This sounds unpleasant, but there is a great gift that comes with Mercury retrogrades in that you filter out what is clear and what is absolutely not. It is important to remain flexible during this time, which might be easier closer to week’s end as the Sun leaves less pliable Taurus and enters Gemini on Thursday, May 21. Plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend may go awry, but may be to your benefit as Friday May 22 brings a more conservative approach to the weekend. This is important if you feel at all burned out or tired. Don’t over extend. You can have just as much fun close to home on Saturday and Sunday while the Moon is in Leo. Friends from the past may show up and if you are close to home, they may show up on your doorstep!

The week begins with the Last Quarter Moon at 20° Aquarius 26′. Last Quarter Moon weeks are about deflating the balloon, finishing things up, clearing out the deck, the closets, the cobwebs. They are a time when we feel more tired than usual and for good reason. The spring has been filled with lots of activity, eclipses, hard squares, and now in the next week or so, Mercury, the planet of communication, will begin its three week retrograde starting on Monday, May 18 (more on that next week). However, since it appears to be slowing down this week and we happen to be in a Last Quarter Moon, it is a good time check and re-check something you’ve been working on just to make sure the ‘t’s are crossed and the ‘i’s are dotted.

If you’ve been studying something, or, trying to learn it better, this could be a good week to reinforce what you do know, then mark down the parts that are still foggy and work out those parts over the course of the next few weeks. I will be teaching a class on Saturday May 16 on Solar Arcs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 10:30 am to 5 pm, so if anyone reading this really wants to reinforce their knowledge of Solar Arcs, then please contact Mimi Alonso at 954-296-1211 for more information on registration. If you cannot attend, there is always the very excellent WMV file available through our website on Solar Arcs presented in spring 2014.

The week ends with a Moon in Taurus moving into a new cycle, a New Moon, on Sunday, May 17 late at night on the West Coast and just past midnight on Monday May 18 on the East Coast when Mercury goes retrograde. But more on that next week.

As the week opens, the Sun and Jupiter offers a happy start. Re-thinking occurred over the last few days. As the week continues, the Sun and Pluto are in a very positive aspect throughout Wednesday and Thursday offering easy and effortless solutions. Though it may seem stressful due to too many irons in the fire, things shift come Thursday afternoon, May 7. Transit Venus moves into the cardinal/action sign of Cancer. Believe it or not, the sign of Cancer, though quite emotional and watery, does have a way of getting things done, particularly around the home or family front. If she really wants something to happen, she is incredibly tenacious, particularly when it comes to defending her turf. Venus in Cancer doesn’t let go easily. Things get done.

Allowing time to rest or take a nice long nap comes on Saturday May 9, with Mercury and Neptune square to each other. A dip in a pool, a nice massage, or gardening offers a small respite from the hectic pace often surrounding Mother’s Day weekends. Yes…it is Mother’s Day on Sunday May 10. I don’t like going out on Mother’s Day because it is just too loud, too hectic, too overwhelming. We usually pick other days that are quieter and prove to be more meaningful where you can actually talk with each other and take your time at the table. Especially pay attention at week’s end when Mars moves through the last degrees of Taurus, reinforcing this idea of ‘over the top’ experiences many have on this ‘one day a year’ where we honor our mothers. Really? What about those other 364 days?? Think about it.

As we continue with the First Quarter Moon and the week begins with a Moon in Virgo, it is a good week to continue building and structuring some of the new ideas that began last week. Imagination is even more fertile come Wednesday, April 29 and clear as Mercury enters its own sign of Gemini on Thursday, April 30, putting together the details of the ideas that began in the last couple of weeks. Further insight comes later on Sunday, May 3 after Mercury and Saturn oppose each other along with the Full Moon at 13° Scorpio 23′. With Mercury in Gemini and the Moon in Scorpio, you have the classic story of the hero or heroine who enters the underworld to fight dragons, but must have an ally who accompanies him or her (that is always Mercury) as Scout. In many ways, Gemini and Scorpio work well together, with Scorpio transforms circumstances with the assistance from Gemini as to which way to go and which to avoid.

If you look at all the fairy tales such as Snow White, she had her seven dwarfs, you have Peter Pan helped by Tinkerbell, and in myth you have numerous stories of heroes, heroines, who are helped by nature spirits and guides. Therefore, this is a good time to gather up the assistants, helpers, objective parties who offer fresh eyes for what could be a daunting summer of projects.

With the Sun entering Taurus on Monday April 20 at 2:42 am Pacific time, a sense of wellbeing is in the ethers. Taurus is a very slow moving sign of the zodiac, but its ruler is Venus, and Venus is motivated by beauty, getting things shifted and re-shaped into a more pleasing environment like remodeling houses, gardens, or closets. It is a good time for reaching out in attaining those goals. As the Sun continues aspecting Pluto in a very positive format throughout the month, beauty and transformation is possible. Pluto has its positive sides as well as its challenging sides…it just depends on your frame of mind.

In the first few days of Pluto in retrograde motion, it may have seemed as there were barriers. The Mercury/Mars challenge on Wednesday suggests communication. Think before you speak, because Mars often spews things out without filters. The end of the day is far more volatile than the beginning of the day where great ideas are passed back and forth, but by day’s end, the mood shifts. Close it up and go home.

There is some juggling that takes place at week’s end as fun loving Sun and Venus juggle with the more practical Saturn (organization) and the coach, Chiron. By Saturday’s First Quarter Moon in Leo, things smooth out and the discovery of the ideal solution appear possibly from someone far away, or from one of your ‘guardian angel’ friends or acquaintances. The week finishes on a high note — Sunday is the Sun’s day, which rules Leo, where we find the Moon l in Leo ready to play wholeheartedly. So get together with those you love and bask in their warmth.

Tax due dates are stressful and this week isn’t any different as we approach the infamous April 15 in America. On Monday April 13, transiting Mercury leaves explosive Aries and enters the more plodding, and more cautious, sign of Taurus. Communications may seem slower in the coming weeks, but sometimes slow is far more effective than fast and rushed, which seems to be the way of the world these days. On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15, transit Venus in Gemini opposes (180°) the transit Saturn, which often feels somewhat limiting. This opposition often brings a reality check concerning relationships, but, in general, is a good transit for getting that project done and getting focused.

In addition, the pull of Pluto starting its annual retrograde motion on Thursday April 16 at 15° Capricorn 32′ slows us all down buying some time to re-group and form a practical plan of change and choices for the rest of the year. Sometimes, however, in the weeks that Pluto is in either a retrograde or direct mode (September 24), the news is filled with unfortunate situations of endings, losses and finalities that are unwelcome. Of course, this type of news is disheartening, but it is part of a greater plan –nature’s way — of closing doors and opening windows while allowing time to lick our wounds of loss.

As the week finishes, and Mars and Jupiter are in hard aspect to each other, the strained experience of the past week seeks release in an overindulgent weekend. Be aware that rash actions reap consequences so watch things like driving and walking into crosswalks while looking at your cell and not paying attention to what is around you! Then get ready for the New Moon at 28° Aries 25′ awaiting all of us on Saturday April 18. Since this New Moon falls in later degrees of Aries, in the more unconscious and soulful section of Aries, insight is gained in quiet moments of meditation and rest.

Just finishing a lunar eclipse (a full moon eclipse) is often exhausting, particularly if it falls on a nation’s (USA) Saturn, which rules government. How interesting that in the last few weeks, the Republican members of Congress, in an unprecedented, and, not particularly, smart move, bypassed President Obama sending a letter to Iran’s leadership about their ‘take’ on the upcoming nuclear agreement… Unfortunately for them, Iran’s leadership is well versed in international law and stated, that, though it was noted that upon the next election, in 2016, the Congress may change their mind completely about any nuclear agreement made at the present time, that international law is different in that international agreements are still honored! Well bully for both sides!

The bottom line is that this is a perfect example of the ‘anarchy’ that the last and final Uranus Pluto square of March 16 was indicating. Congress doesn’t ‘bypass’ Presidents! It just isn’t done. And this is also a microcosmic example of that last configuration and this week’s April 6 Sun/Uranus conjunction (again rebellious actions) hitting all of our natal charts.

Where is it that you need to bravely step up, or, step out of your thinking box to figure out a different alternative? Where is it you need to take a chance, a risk, a stab at something different? This combined with the Sun/Mercury alignment on April 10, gives all of us a fresh take on an old story. Fresh eyes are always wonderful. It may be someone may help you with those fresh eyes offering you fresh eyes as well as support as you step up. A contract, a conversation, a report, a phone call, or, even a text that wasn’t particularly effective earlier in the week, is made clearer at week’s end, particularly as transiting Venus finally leaves Taurus and enters talkative and problem-solving Gemini on Saturday April 11. With Jupiter going direct on Wednesday, April 8 at 10 am Pacific time and at 12° Leo 35′, a bit more ‘heart’ may engage everyone providing a more soulful message.

We are in the week of the second eclipse mentioned last week. It is also a Total Eclipse (Saturday, April 4, 2015) but a Full Moon, rather than a New Moon. Full Moons, especially eclipses, are less concerned with leaders of countries, but rather with the concerns of the People of a country. The Moon rules the people in mundane charts.

This Full Moon eclipse falls the day after Good Friday, which is April 3 and is exact on the first full day of Passover which begins April 4. Could it be there is increasing tension between Israel and Palestine? Or, in a perfect world, wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone got ‘it’ and put down their guns and talked true peace. In a similar scenario, it might even be a more permanent solution, similar to that Christmas Eve in 1914 when the Western Front of World War I, the French and the Scottish and their adversaries, the Germans laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday season in ‘no man’s land’ the territory between the two battle field areas. This is a true story and is beautifully illustrated in the film, Joyeux Noel.

Bottom line — fighting is exhausting and with this Full Moon in the third of several eclipses that began in late 2013, and one of two back to back Total eclipses, perhaps this last one at that middle degree of Libra finally sends the message to not only the leaders in Washington, but to those closer to home with the realization that peaceful solutions and honest discussions are really the only way to go. Compromise and understanding and each individual or group giving something to facilitate that — perhaps pride, the issue of not wanting to be vulnerable — it takes many forms. What peaceful gesture coming from you facilitates a real change? And are you patient with baby steps rather than large giant ones?

The Total Solar Eclipse of last week happened just about an hour before Spring Equinox — equal day and equal night — where the days in the Northern Hemisphere now become longer. A Solar Eclipse at that very position in an ingress chart has a lot to do with the leaders of countries. The idea of Solar surrounds those who lead, or, who have strong Solar — Leo like — characteristics. It wouldn’t be a surprise if over the course of the next few months, the leaders of the world come together to make a change — perhaps with growing international threats –and realizing that strength comes in numbers. Leaders of countries, communities, organizations, and families, all take a hard look at how their lives (the Sun has to do with one’s life) and communities must shift. This different perspective is not only expressed through communities, but also in countries, political parties, organizations and families. In other words, if you keep doing what you always did, you get what you always got.

What psychological hang-ups keep you from letting go or telling the truth or releasing something that needs releasing? Is emotion or fear of being discovered, exposed and vulnerable getting in the way of progress? Is a recent emotional upheaval keeping you from making important decisions?

These are all very good questions to ask as we move through the shadow of the still existent energy of this last eclipse and the one coming next week on April 4, which is another Total Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) at 14° Libra 21′ — interestingly enough on the USA Saturn, which has to do with government and the Democratic Party. In other words, this is not the time to ‘decide’, but to explore, investigate, and ask lots of questions. More clarity comes during the summer months.