Cosmic Calendar: The Latest
The Daily Cosmic Calendar, created by Mark Lerner, is an astrological "energy update,” detailing the energy the planets are exerting HOUR by HOUR as you move through your day. Whatever is currently happening in your life, the Daily Cosmic Calendar can help you to put it in perspective. It's a great service, and it's FREE.
FRI MAY 17
To some extent, today is similar to last Sunday when the universe let up on its pressure-cooker approach to human affairs on our beleaguered planet in a solar system 26,000 light-years from the center of our galactic heart center. Instead of a Moon-Jupiter union – that occurred the morning of May 12 – we now have a supportive, 60-degree rapport from the lunar orb in Leo to giant Jupiter in Gemini (9:18AM PDT). Stay active and passionate about literary, publishing, educational and athletic pursuits. The First Quarter Sun-Moon Phase (energizing 28 degrees of Taurus and Leo at 9:36PM PDT) is a reminder to cut through apparent obstacles blocking your progress and to manage your business affairs with finesse. However, this solar-lunar square-off also begins a void-of-course uncertainty cycle that lasts until 2:34AM PDT tomorrow when the Moon enters meticulous Virgo. In the meantime, start preparing for Monday May 20 when Part 3 (of a 7-Part Series of Uranus-Pluto square patterns) comes into manifestation. Anytime two of the three outer planets interact with one another, intense physical, emotional and mental fireworks are bound to explode around the world.
SAT MAY 18
Easy does it! Dashing forward at full blast is not advised. Not only is a void lunar uncertainty zone in effect until 2:34AM PDT, but Mercury in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces (12:21AM PDT). Put all decisions on the back burner for the time being. Say no to legal matters and key signings. Once the Moon enters earthy, industrious Virgo (2:34AM PDT), the little things in life are suddenly magnified in importance. Repair work, sewing, weeding, dietary and nutritional needs leap into the spotlight. For several hours following the lunar shift, the cosmos is backing you to the hilt across the board – thanks to an uplifting Mercury-Venus parallel (3:32AM PDT) followed by a supportive, 60-degree alliance between Venus and radical-change agent, alias sparkplug Uranus (9:41AM PDT). Revelations abound and new ideas can offer inspiration about your creative artistic expression and love life. However, discordant vibes enter the picture due to a Sun-Pluto contra-parallel (10:19AM PDT), an off-kilter, 150-degree contact from Venus to Pluto (12:17PM PDT), the monthly and potentially confusing Moon-Neptune polarity (12:36PM PDT) as well as an off-kilter, 150-degree contact from Mercury to Saturn (4:34PM PDT). This quartet of challenging aspects can really pack a wallop and send you reeling down a blind alley. Think before you act and strive to maintain a serene disposition. Help dear ones down on their luck and who need assistance. Reading, writing and research are always award-winning activities with the Moon in the sixth sign of the zodiac.
SUN MAY 19
You are now just one day away from the third of seven Uranus-Pluto squares from Aries to Capricorn. Intuitive folks can pick up on these awesome and yet disturbing vibes in advance. These seven 90-degree face-offs – happening from 2012 to 2015 – are a mirror reflection of 5 fairly similar ones that took place in the early 1930s – just after Pluto was discovered in the opposite sign (Cancer) to where it is now (Capricorn). Just as the 1930s brought the world a Great Depression, New Deal type legislation (particularly in America) to radically alter the economy and put people back to work as well as the rise of dictators that led to a global war, we now have what is called the Great Recession, radical proposals of how to jumpstart financial matters, and a variety of leaders that still think they can forcefully control their populations via ruthless behavior. Be a knowledge junkie today and absorb the information in newspapers, online resources, and almanacs as Mercury parallels Jupiter (2:55AM PDT). Productivity is enhanced in the early hours – courtesy of a supportive, 60-degree liaison from the Moon to Ceres (8:30AM PDT). Stock up on cereals, grains, veggies, fruit, herbs, tea, nuts, seeds and seasonings with the Moon continuing its transit through health-oriented Virgo. Slow your tempo this evening and be more conservative as Jupiter makes a frictional, 135-degree link to its fellow large-scale planet Saturn (10:22PM PDT). When the two biggest planets in the solar system temporarily jostle one another, it makes it harder to reach new career milestones and conduct business as usual. Pull in the reins a little and remember that patience is a cosmic as well as cardinal virtue.
MON MAY 20
A big day is certainly here and it can become a 24-hour time-period of great personal transformation or confusion and frustration. It is best to follow the higher path of personal transformation and you can do so by noting the times when each of these potent alignments takes place. In some cases, you will need to tweak the energy-field to turn a possible negative situation into something much more positive. Venus squares Chiron (7:51AM PDT) – opening the gates of healing, if you tune into the right methods and approaches, carefully. A short void-of-course Moon cycle in Virgo occurs as the Moon and Sun trine in earth signs (9:49AM PDT). This void lunar time-span only lasts until 10:08AM PDT when the Moon enters Libra. Under Libra Moon during the next 2+ days, the goal is to improve the quality of your primary partnerships and to find new ways to excel as a creative artist. However, the healing forces earlier activated by the Venus square to Chiron are energized again – more favorably this time – as Pallas makes an inspirational, 72-degree link with Chiron (10:09AM PDT). The main cosmic events of the day are still waiting in the wings as the Sun enters versatile and adaptable Gemini (2:11PM PDT), Uranus squares Pluto (igniting 12 degrees of Aries and Capricorn at 4:03PM PDT), Venus parallels Jupiter (5:48PM PDT), and Mercury forms an off-kilter, 150-degree link with Pluto (8:39PM PDT) while – only 8 minutes later – makes a supportive, 60-degree tie with intuition-enhancer Uranus (8:47PM PDT). It would be great to bundle all of these five main celestial alignments together, synthesize the entire mixture, and intelligently explain the entire situation. Unfortunately, that is not possible – even for professional astrologers with 41 years of learning and studying. The point here is that a gigantic transfiguration of your personality and soul life can happen today if you are willing to open yourself up to change for the Good. Whatever happens, it is wise to recognize the titanic forces unleashed by Uranus and Pluto, and be willing to undergo some kind of emotional and psychic catharsis in order to feel exhilarated and rejuvenated.
[Note: All times are Pacific Zone. For Mountain, Central and Eastern zones, add 1, 2 and 3 hours, respectively. In Hawaii, subtract 2 hours. In Greenwich, England, add 8 hours.]
Mark Lerner has been a professional astrologer since 1972.
He publishes Earth Aquarius News, an online astrology journal
with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
writing the Daily Cosmic Calendar since 1981. More about Mark.