- The Moon is in Libra all day (until Thursday, May 19th, at 2:29 AM).
- The Moon is void from 11:22 AM forward (until tomorrow at 2:29 AM.
- The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
- A First Quarter Moon occurred on the 13th, and a Full Moon will occur on May 21st.
- Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from April 28-May 22).
- Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from April 17-June 29).
Times are EDT
Today and tomorrow are strong for money and business matters, dear Aries. You’re in a good position to assess value, particularly of projects and endeavors from the past or already underway. However, this morning relationships can be tricky to navigate. You may feel blocked when it comes to getting your way. If you feel that someone else is trying to steer your wheel, you could be tempted to make a stand, but drawing on patience may be the better choice right now, as the day’s energies can improve considerably as it advances. With a Libra Moon today, everyone has to be fair and reasonable for something to truly work.
This morning, it will be important to avoid pushing people or situations, dear Taurus. You can be quite productive if you keep things light and tune out distractions, although you can certainly feel pulled in different directions. Imbalances and flaws can seem to be magnified in your mind today. If you use this ability to hone in on problems constructively, you can really make headway on practical matters, or you could happily and busily fix those things in your life that have fallen out of whack. As the day advances, emotions tend to iron out. Think in beautiful terms and express yourself with grace. Tonight and tomorrow, there may be a positive turnaround or development in a relationship.
This morning, you can be especially sensitive to, and aware of, conflicts or unrest in your social or romantic life, dear Gemini. People can be erratic or absent, and possibly rebellious or complicated. However, if you choose to use difficult emotional energies constructively, you can be quite successful in creative or artistic pursuits now. In fact, going your own way can help you to center yourself. Although others, and situations, can be unpredictable, if you resolve to make yourself happy in the moment instead of depending on others, then you can enjoy a rewarding day, particularly as it advances. Your creative instincts are strong.
Again today, you can experience a stronger desire to stick close to home or to familiar places, people, and situations, dear Cancer. This is certainly not the time for completely new endeavors, or for taking risks. However, even though your heart is with home and family right now, it’s not the best time for making rational decisions about same, at least not this morning when there can be conflicted feelings and divided attention. Think in terms of simplifying things as much as possible on the home front, as this will help you to feel more in charge, not only of your domestic life, but of other life departments as well. As the day advances, life feels less complicated.
It’s a good idea to try to let go, simplify, and keep things light today, dear Leo, as the Moon in your communications sector is challenged this morning and this can give you a sense that your life is running ahead of you. It’s also better not to hold big expectations of others, as people may be rebelling, absent, or a little contrary in the first half of the day. You may get the feeling that old habits need to be changed, and you’re probably right. As the day advances, you’re in a better position to let the little problems go. You may be exploring new approaches and ideas now.
There is an argumentative or rebellious flavor to the first part of the day, dear Virgo, and it’s likely to do with sharing. There can be inner conflicts to deal with as well – whether you want freedom or support can be an issue. The Moon is in a very steady, stable part of your chart all day, which can incline you to dig in your heels, but whims and desires can grab hold. These are likely very transitory, and a symptom of something else altogether, so try not to let them rule your mood. As the day advances, you tend to focus on more spiritual goals and needs. It’s also easier to muster up patience, and this helps your mood – and your perspective – considerably.
The Moon is once again in your sign all day, dear Libra, and this position serves to pump up your emotions, making them very difficult to set aside. In the first half of the day, you may be feeling slighted, however. You could find that others are too wrapped up in their own problems and issues to be able to intuit what you need. While the ordinary holds little appeal now, it may be better than stirring up problems. Everything can feel urgent right now, but if you slow down a little, you might notice that your plans have been moving along at a reasonable pace – it’s you that wants instant results. As the day advances, a creative albeit minor aspect between your ruler, Venus, and accepting Neptune can be calming.
With the Moon in the final sector of your chart all day, dear Scorpio, you may need to take a break from the regular routine in order to recharge emotionally. Consider ways to better handle your daily routine, which can be quite scattered at this time in your life, so that you can tend to your very important needs for down time. You might be battling unusual desires and whims now, whether this is about a sudden desire to break from the past or to reconnect with it! Work with the restlessness instead of allowing it to work against you through gentle physical exercise or making small improvements that don’t involve exerting too much energy. As the day advances, you may find it easier to rescue yourself from self-defeating feelings.
Personal relationships can involve a tug of war on an emotional level in the first half of the day, dear Sagittarius. An optimistic outlook and a desire to cooperate with others will take you far, as long as you know when and where to draw the line. People can be holding on very tightly to their independence one minute, and feeling needy the next. Keep a sense of humor today, and it can be a playful and spirited time. Don’t expect anyone to be especially predictable for best results now. Later today, and tomorrow as well, bring good energy for openness and receptivity. Aim to make peace with others now, or, at the very least, to let things go for your own peace of mind.
A need to tend to duties and responsibilities today can prompt you to detach yourself from emotions which can facilitate getting things done, dear Capricorn. Even so, emotions have to go somewhere, and they can be rather inflamed in the first half of the day. While you are inclined to pull away from difficult feelings, watch that they don’t drive your behavior with those closest to you. Shows of independence can figure strongly, largely on the job and with family. You may want to push plans ahead now, but would be best off if you are willing to take it slowly. As the day advances, you’re more able to let things go and relax.
You tend to attract intense energy your way early today, dear Aquarius, and at times you could feel that important people in your life are being a little too dramatic for your liking. However, if you entertain the idea that underneath the drama may be a real desire for positive change, you can gently guide others towards making these changes. With the Moon in tactful Libra in your sector of opinions and beliefs and challenged in the morning, it’s important to be diplomatic, as there can be some impatience with others’ opinions. Later today, you instinctively know how to make the most of your talents and abilities and you’re less inclined to worry about what others think.
Going into the day expecting too much from others is unwise today, dear Pisces. You are far better off doing your own thing. At the same time, you shouldn’t be totally excluding others, as this can be misinterpreted – people can be quite sensitive today, although as the day advances, this sensitivity becomes less self-centered. Instead of waiting for people to sense what you want or need, express yourself and take action, or wait for a more cooperative atmosphere to do so. Later today is a time for letting go of a need for answers. With an open and willing mind, this can be a strong time for self-discovery. While emotions can be inflamed, you become more objective as the day advances, and this can make a big difference in your mood.
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If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Libra
Description: The Moon in Libra
This is a time for seeking out balance, harmony, and peace. It’s also a time to express emotions gracefully, diplomatically, and considerately. There could be a stronger focus on a relationship, partner, or potential partner. The ability to see both sides of a situation or story is a positive, but indecision can be a byproduct. This is a sociable, artistic Moon.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 11:22 am
Event: Moon goes void of course
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 0:37 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pluto
Deeper feelings emerge suddenly, and possibly in a disruptive way. We may be over-reacting or going to extremes. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 2:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Mar
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Mars
We can overreact and exhibit impatience. However, this can also be a time of self-motivation.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 4:55 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Pal
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Pallas
We may be concerned about what others are thinking of us now, and can be sensitive to negativity and criticism, or what we perceive as such. We might not understand one another, and can be at odds with one another on a mental or intellectual level. Someone’s belief or idea can make us feel insecure or out of sorts, or otherwise rub us the wrong way.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 11:22 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Ura
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Uranus
Life may be a little tense right now. Avoid willful behavior if the situation doesn’t call for it. Remain open to new possibilities and all will be revealed. There could be a surprising revelation or turning point. Unpredictable responses from others (and ourselves). Emotional eruptions are possible. Not a good time to make permanent decisions, particularly about relationships.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 12:10 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Venus
Love relationships or feelings can be unsettled. There can be a conflict experienced between family and friends/lovers, or between comfort and the pursuit of pleasure. Try to relax and not obsess, and show restraint.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 3:27 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings may be opportunities for healing. Now is the time for building bridges, not burning them.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 8:06 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Nep
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Neptune
If we are not in touch with our need for inspiration, beauty, compassion, connection to something otherworldly, or our spirituality, we could feel out of sorts right now. Relaxing, listening to music, getting close to nature, or taking a break may resolve this.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 10:01 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Jup
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Jupiter
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 10:51 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Neptune
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 11:14 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Jup
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Jupiter
Self-indulgence is more likely now. We’re not as inclined to consider the consequences of over-eating, over-drinking, or overdoing in general. We may be acting in a haughty manner.
Date & Time: 18 May 2016 11:38 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Sun
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Sun
How we feel and what we think we should do can be at odds right now. We could act on our will at the expense of our feelings, or act on our feelings at the expense of our will or ego. Either way, we can feel unsatisfied.
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
We are especially in touch with the physical world. We consider what we’ve learned and experienced in the past in order to make the most of the present. We can be cautious, practical, and possibly unimaginative. We are deliberate and can pace ourselves well. We need hands-on experience and are not impressed with theory as much as we are with results. Routines are tolerable and comforting.
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
BALANCE OF MODES
The modes are balanced.
LUNAR PHASE: GIBBOUS
Moon 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are looking to attach value and meaning to our goals. This is a time for analyzing, questioning, perfecting, and improving.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on May 18th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected, or will perfect, in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours, so that if an aspect involving is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a lifetime).
THE MOON IN LIBRA
We are focused on our relationships, and finding balance, peace, and harmony in our personal environment under this influence.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
QUINCUNX VENUS Orb 0°04′ Applying
You attempt to cater for everyone around you. You need to be true to yourself and gently leave others to look after themselves.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 0°18′ Separating
We can be moody, swinging between wanting to belong and wanting to be different or independent. We can feel a little off-balance if schedules and people around us are unpredictable or changing; or, we are restless with the usual routine and want to create some kind of stir.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 5°36′ Separating
Unacknowledged feelings can emerge in possibly disruptive ways. We may be acting in compulsive or possessive ways now.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 1°41′ Applying
We could be misjudging our sensitivity levels and making poor choices as a result. Decisions made now may not reflect our hearts, and can be regrettable later on.
THE SUN IN TAURUS
You are a reliable and solid individual. You have a strong need for stable routine and security. You can be stubborn. Others can rely on your down-to-earth nature.
29TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Deltoid muscle and main neck muscles
Sabian Symbol: Two cobblers working at a table.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 5°11′ Applying
We take pride in our ability to relate well with others or to smooth over differences now. Graciousness, diplomacy, charm, and some superficiality are themes. This is a good period for social affairs, pleasure, amusement, and romance, all things considered.
OPPOSITION MARS Orb 4°57′ Applying
You find that your sense of identity is constantly being challenged. As a young child parent figures opposed you and you fought back. Now as an adult the battle continues with other authority figures. You need to learn the difference between assertion and aggression.
MERCURY IN TAURUS
You place importance on traditional knowledge. You learn in a slow, methodical and hands-on manner. You stick to old ideas and may fear having to learn anything new.
15TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Epiglottis
Sabian Symbol: A man with rakish silk hat, muffled, braves the storm.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
TRINE JUPITER Orb 1°30′ Applying
Good judgment. Taking in the full picture. Speculative thought. Positive thinking. Interest in learning. Teaching.
QUINCUNX SATURN Orb 0°38′ Applying
Delays, uncertainty, or second-guessing ideas and decisions can slow us down. Adjustments or reassessments may need to be made now, particularly related to important and realistic details that need our attention. Communications may miss the mark.
SEXTILE NEPTUNE Orb 3°02′ Applying
Our words and thoughts can be more imaginative and colorful, subtle or creative. We can experience a sense of knowing and understanding with minimal explanation or instruction. Intuition is highlighted or awakened.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 2°22′ Separating
This is a good time for serious and determined study and investigation. We are drawn to looking for truths and to unexplored topics and ideas.
VENUS IN TAURUS
For you romance and reliability go hand in hand. You approach relationships slowly and steadily, looking for someone who will prove solid and secure. You enjoy sensuality, and are reliable with finances.
23RD DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Teeth
Sabian Symbol: A jewellery shop filled with the most magnificent jewels.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE PLUTO Orb 5°40′ Separating
We’re a better judge of value right now — who and what are important to us. We might see one another, and our relationships, in a different light. We could reconnect with someone or improve an existing bond. We could be up for a challenge now. Increased insight in relationships, with money, and in business.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 1°37′ Applying
You are a caring and loving partner. You understand your partner’s struggles.
MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
You are an inspirational leader, and have a strong desire for exploration and adventure. You may be one-pointed in your desires.
4TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Femur
Sabian Symbol: A little child learning to walk.
JUPITER IN VIRGO
You have a strong desire to be of service, and high religious or spiritual ideals. You may also have an obsession with detailed perfection.
14TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Cystic arteries
Sabian Symbol: A family tree.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE SATURN Orb 0°52′ Applying
We are faced with the need to temper our enthusiasm or to slow down to avoid overextending ourselves. This is a time for clarifying and editing projects and goals. We may need to cut back on something in order to grow in another area. Patience is required now.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 1°31′ Separating
We may be misled easily under this influence–by others, or by our own unrealistic or inflated expectations. Routine seems to be particularly unsatisfying now, as we are inclined to want to find more meaning in what we’re doing.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 3°52′ Applying
You are enthusiastic about so many things, and have ambition to succeed. You naturally find yourself in leadership positions and react well to them.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 6°08′ Applying
Your current life challenge is to embrace adventure. You may find yourself in situations which inspire you to see the big picture. Inspiring others, possibly through preaching or teaching, may be part of your life’s destiny. Benevolent groups may also play a key role.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles, and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014 to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017)
15TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right iliac vein
Sabian Symbol: The ground hog looking for its shadow.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 2°23′ Applying
Some feelings of disillusionment can come now as our dreams and ideals can be put to the test. Questioning our faith in our dreams can lead to lack of follow-through or wasteful activities and avoidance of responsibilities. Ideally, this crisis leads to a realignment of material goals and spiritual ideals as we assess what is truly meaningful to us.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010 to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011 to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019).
23RD DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Muscles of mastication
Sabian Symbol: A woman in pastel colors carrying a heavy and valuable but Veiled load.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011 to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012 to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025 to January 26, 2026)
12TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar artery of right foot
Sabian Symbol: An examination of initiates.
ASPECTS OF NEPTUNE
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 7°39′ Applying
You have a tendency to daydream and live in a fantasy world, possibly even escaping into the world of drugs and depression. Your quest in this life is to put your creative talents to positive use.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008 to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008 to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023 to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024 to November 19, 2024).
18TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Ligaments of right knee
Sabian Symbol: The union jack flies from a new british destroyer.
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011 to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018 to February 18, 2019).
25TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left distal tibio-fibular joint
Sabian Symbol: The purging of the priesthood.
ASPECTS OF CHIRON
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 5°02′ Separating
You have a tendency to become stuck in a mire of self-pity, seeing only the pain and suffering in life. You need to develop the caring and sensitive side of your nature for the good of others.
VESTA IN GEMINI
Networking and coordinating are two key factors in your work. You enjoy communicating and exchanging information, particularly at work. You have a tendency to avoid emotions, in favor of intellectual conversations. You may be a committed writer.
1ST DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Trachea
Sabian Symbol: A glass-bottomed boat drifts over under-sea wonders.
PALLAS IN PISCES
You have a meditative mind, the ability to merge in your mind with the universe. You desire to heal the world through words, and may be involved in some form of artistic expression.
5TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right cuboid bone
Sabian Symbol: A church bazaar.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
3RD DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Prostate, uterus
Sabian Symbol: A house-raising.
CERES IN ARIES
You feel cared for when people are allowing you to be independent. You also believe that the best way of caring for others is to let them be themselves. You will suffer if you feel dominated or caged in.
13TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Ventricles of brain
Sabian Symbol: A bomb which failed to explode is now safely concealed.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN PISCES
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
20TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right fibula muscle
Sabian Symbol: A table set for an evening meal.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits 18 May 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Mer 14°Ta53 +13°55′
Cnj 14°Ta32 MENKAR — A victim of the Unconscious
Aspects to Plu 17°Cp15 -20°53′
Cnj 16°Cp52 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to Ves 00°Ge49 +16°56′
Cnj 00°Ge12 ALCYONE Mystical but judgmental.
Aspects to Pal 04°Pi26 +11°54′
Cnj 04°Pi05 FOMALHAUT *** Success through noble ideals