- The Moon is in Scorpio all day (until Saturday, May 21st, at 2:48 PM).
- 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).
- The Sun enters Gemini today (the Sun transits Gemini May 20-June 20).
Times are EDT
The Sun moves into your communications sector today, dear Aries, where it will transit for a month. This puts a spotlight on your daily affairs, as well as your needs to learn, connect, communicate, and commute. The Sun is encouraging you to take more interest in the world around you. This can be a busy time in which you take on quite a few projects and have many different things to do, but not necessarily focus on one thing in particular. Today, there can be some problems with objectivity, however, as a Mars-Pluto challenge that first occurred in March recurs now. Watch for unusual reactions to others’ opinions. Avoid letting out festering anger in the public eye or on the job. Take the high road, but also aim to confront any emerging anger or tension.
The Sun enters Gemini and your sector of finances and values today, dear Taurus, where it will continue to transit for a month. Your major focus is on material affairs and comfort issues during this cycle. Extravagance with your pocketbook is something you may want to look out for. If you find yourself itching to make unnecessary purchases, know that at the root of this urge is the desire to pamper and comfort yourself. Aim to take charge, build your resources, and rediscover or develop talents. Today there can be some building tension, particularly surrounding matters of intimacy and sharing, including financial support. Tricky power dynamics are possible now. Direct action may not be appropriate or successful now, and a more indirect or subtle approach could be more strategic and clever.
The Sun enters your sign today, dear Gemini, where it will stay until June 20th. This cycle gives you a personal boost of sorts – you feel a little more in charge of your life now. This is the start of your solar year, so be sure to give it your best. Your personality as well as your personal needs and plans are in strong focus. Others tend to follow your lead or they let you do your thing. This is a time for engaging in any confidence-building activity that helps to improve your appearance and manner. Mars is currently in your partnership sector – a position that tends to make you feel that others are more in charge than you are – but will leave this sector on the 27th. Today, there can be a tendency to withhold information or to keep your plans to yourself for now. People in your life may be playing games with you today, and it would be wise to avoid involving yourself in them. In the next couple of days, problems in relationships can surface for handling.
The Sun enters your privacy and soul sector today, dear Cancer, where it will transit for the coming month. You’re in the background now, and this may very well be by choice. You may need extra downtime, or you could be a little hard to reach. This is a period of rest and of physical and emotional replenishment – not the best time to push yourself or your plans, but an excellent time for getting your bearings and reflecting upon recent events and feelings. You may be closing matters that have run their natural course, and you may instinctively withdraw from the hustle and bustle of daily life in an attempt to get to know yourself, your goals, and your needs. There can be some tension building today, particularly related to work, routines, and well-being, and this can serve to push a problem area into your awareness.
You’re entering a generally pleasant solar cycle today that puts the focus on social activities, team work, friendships, dreams, and ideals for the coming month, dear Leo. It’s time to explore your place in the group – in your social circle or community. Friendships assume more importance now, and the need or desire to be part of a group is emphasized. Today’s energy can be intense, and it’s important to try to stay centered and focused rather than to allow others’ dramas to throw off decision making. In fact, something is building and tension experienced now can be released in the next couple of days. Circumstances or people can almost seem to be riling you up and stimulating hidden anger, particularly in your love and/or working relationships. You’ll soon be in the position to understand your feelings and desires more clearly.
The Sun begins transiting your sector of career and reputation today, dear Virgo, and much of your attention is drawn to these matters for the coming month. It’s a good period for taking charge of your life and for becoming clearer about your long-term goals. Mars is currently pulling your strong attention to your personal and home life, however, and there can be a bit of a tug of war to deal with in the coming days. Lingering and unresolved problems, particularly in your domestic life, can surface for handling. It will be important to clear things up – or clear the air. Today, it can take a bit of time to fully understand the source of inner conflicts, so it’s important to avoid allowing tension to rule your behavior or drive decisions.
With the Sun’s entry into your adventure sector today, dear Libra, you’re entering a month-long cycle in which you are likely to search for greater meaning and richer experiences. Anything that expands your understanding of the world around you appeals greatly now, and this theme only becomes stronger in the coming weeks. There can be a battle going on within today, however, with Mars in minor, challenging aspect to Pluto. This is a repeat influence that occurred in March and is recurring with Mars in retrograde. Triggers of frustrations can seem to be everywhere now, and in the next couple of days, buried anger or resentment can surface, at times disruptively. However, this is a revealing time as you learn what may be driving difficult behavior, and you get a chance to finally deal with it. If hidden anger is stirred, it can be a step forward to get it out in the open.
The Sun enters Gemini today, and this influences the eighth house of your solar chart for the coming month, dear Scorpio. Intimate matters assume greater importance in your life. Personal transformations, personal power, and intimate matters fulfill you most during this cycle. There may be a strong focus on other’s money, such as the resources of a partner. You are more intense in your mood and disposition, and perhaps even secretive, at this time of year. This can be a determined and personally powerful time of year if you apply the energy of this transit constructively. Face your fears! And, do so with self-honesty in order to make the best of this Sun cycle. Today, there can be some tension building that is likely to be released in the next two days, likely revolving around values, respect, and finances. You may be feeling a rather protective need to defend yourself and your self-respect.
The Sun enters Gemini and your solar seventh house today, dear Sagittarius, where it will transit for the month ahead. This puts the spotlight on your close relationships, and by extension, your own expectations from others. It’s a cycle in which your personal plans may need to take a back seat to those of another. After the 27th, when Mars moves out of your sign, you’ll experience an even stronger focus on others and less on your personal needs and plans. Today and in the next couple of days, however, you can be wrestling with getting your way, or with strong desires and compulsions. Try not to push others as you seek your own answers, but pay attention to what comes bubbling up to the surface.
The Sun enters Gemini and your solar sixth house today, dear Capricorn, where it will transit for the coming month. The Sun is turning your attention to practical matters, and especially your work, routines, and health. Focusing on self-improvement through self-care programs can be especially effective. You take more pride in, and are more equipped to take charge of, your health and wellness. Frustrations that you may have operating under the surface may emerge today, possibly in disruptive ways. Even issues that you may have thought were ancient history could surface under moments of duress. In the next couple of days, you could be discovering much about your inner workings, needs, and desires.
The Sun enters your romance and creativity sector today, dear Aquarius, where it will shine for a month. This is a time when expressive and pleasure-seeking activities come into focus and grab much of your attention. You are personally charming in a spontaneous, natural way during this solar cycle. This is a time of year when you are ready to perform and to express yourself creatively. It’s a very playful cycle, and in the coming weeks you can be quite inspired creatively and emotionally. A tense aspect between Mars and Pluto today can serve to pull up buried frustrations, particularly revolving around friends or long-term goals. The next couple of days can be illuminating in this respect, allowing you to get into better touch with what changes need to be made in order to improve your sense of fulfillment.
The Sun enters Gemini and your sector of home and family today, dear Pisces, where it will transit for a full month. While Mars is stimulating you to take on ambitious projects, the Sun is encouraging you to tend to your hearth. This is a good cycle for family activities, home improvement, and improving your sense of safety, security, and comfort. It’s also strong for reconnecting with your roots. Today, there is some tendency for people to take things quite personally. You may want to avoid power games with people in your life, and especially friends and those in authority. Keep an emotional distance if people seem to have an agenda.
*Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign.
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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: 20 May 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Scorpio
Description: The Moon in Scorpio
Contemplate the deeper things in life. Avoid unnecessary conflict, but if it’s going to improve your life, go ahead and make waves. Tune in to your intuition. This is a good time for investigations, looking into a matter further, doing research, connecting to others with a shared passion, solving a mystery, and devising a strategy. When the Moon in Scorpio is strained, we may take our passions too far.
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 2:30 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Neptune
This is a feel-good time if we allow ourselves to relax and tune into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We absorb things easily, our senses are in good form, and we more naturally accept things and people as they are. There is no need to look for definite answers right now.
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 4:56 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 5:39 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Jupiter
A great time to take up new feel-good opportunities. Show your confidence and optimism and reap the rewards.
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 6:24 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Pal
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Pallas
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 7:47 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Mer
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Mercury
Relationships can be somewhat strained as responses to one another can be too intellectual/logical or too emotional, swinging between the two.Nervous energy, hypersensitivity. How we feel and what we think can be at odds.
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 1:17 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Pluto
This can be a good time for getting loans, for taking care of business, and for dealing with money matters. It’s also good for getting in touch with feelings and managing them effectively. There can be a boost to our intimate life, creative impulses, and self-understanding. Events occurring now might involve some kind of karmic repayment or benefit. We could discover new information, hidden information, or a lost item. This is a time for recycling – seeing new uses for old items. True feelings come to the surface.
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 5:13 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Nod
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting North Node
A good time for dealing with the public, for making connections, and for taking positive steps towards a personal or professional goal. You are able to make changes. This is a feel-good time for embracing new opportunities.
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 5:42 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Mer
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Mercury
Date & Time: 20 May 2016 10:36 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Cnj Gem
Description: Transiting Sun Entering Gemini
It is time to be curious, communicative, versatile and talkative. Make the most of good news, contracts and communications that come your way.
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Agile, versatile, inquisitive, flowing, conversational, airy, many ideas. Can be volatile, superficial, changeable, restless and inconsistent.
Intense, magnetic, penetrating perception, power to confront. Can be destructive, vengeful, jealous, overly dramatic.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
The elements are balanced.
BALANCE OF MODES
This is not a time that we tend to naturally initiate actions. We may be stronger at following up than starting anew. Survival mechanisms may be weaker now.
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 20th:
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 SCORPIO
You have an emotional intensity, and a strong need for drama. Under stress you will create drama and intensity in your life. You may have been born at a time when your mother experienced a crisis, or your birth may have been traumatic. Your mother may have been possessive and intense.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
OPPOSITION MERCURY Orb 2°07′ Separating
There can be disagreement between logic and feeling, the heart and the head. Relationships can be somewhat strained as responses to one another can be too intellectual/logical or too emotional, swinging between the two. Nervous energy, hypersensitivity.
OPPOSITION VENUS Orb 8°48′ Applying
We may be attempting to please others and ignoring our own needs, or tending to our own needs and alienating others. We can be feeling needy, looking for love or attention outside of ourselves. Indulgence, dissatisfaction.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 4°42′ Separating
We are turning into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We more naturally accept situations and people as they are. Sensitivity, compassion.
SEXTILE PLUTO Orb 0°38′ Applying
This is a good time for feeling emotionally certain and motivated. We are more resourceful and insightful. The ability to keep the emotions on the inside today may be a strategy that turns out to be most successful.
THE SUN IN GEMINI
You are curious, communicative, versatile and talkative. You may be unreliable and evasive.
1ST DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Trachea
Sabian Symbol: A glass-bottomed boat drifts over under-sea wonders.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 4°39′ 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 2°21′ 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°01′ Applying
Good judgment. Taking in the full picture. Speculative thought. Positive thinking. Interest in learning. Teaching.
QUINCUNX SATURN Orb 0°21′ 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 2°35′ 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°45′ 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.
26TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Nasal bone
Sabian Symbol: A spaniard serenading his senorita.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
OPPOSITION MARS Orb 7°00′ Applying
You struggle to balance your own needs and the needs of your partners in relationships. You see-saw between wanting closeness and freedom. On the one hand you seek adventure on your own, on the other you want to be close to your partner. The ideal is a balance between the two.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 0°46′ Separating
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.
3RD DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Ischia
Sabian Symbol: Two men playing chess.
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°39′ 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°33′ 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°47′ 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 5°47′ 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°13′ 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°21′ 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°23′ 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.
2ND DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Oesophagus
Sabian Symbol: Santa clause filling stockings furtively.
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.
14TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Frontal lobes of brain
Sabian Symbol: A serpent coiling near a man and a woman.
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 20 May 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sun 00°Ge03 +20°09′
Cnj 00°Ge12 ALCYONE Mystical but judgmental.
Aspects to Mer 14°Ta28 +13°25′
Cnj 14°Ta32 MENKAR — A victim of the Unconscious
Aspects to Ven 25°Ta24 +18°27′
Cnj 26°Ta23 ALGOL— Female; passion and intensity.
Cnj 24°Ta24 CAPULUS— Male, sexual and/or aggressive
Aspects to Plu 17°Cp14 -20°54′
Cnj 16°Cp52 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to Ves 01°Ge42 +17°09′
Cnj 02°Ge18 MIRFAK Challenge-oriented.
Aspects to Pal 04°Pi44 +12°04′
Cnj 05°Pi33 DENEB ADIGE Artistic, strong will.
Cnj 04°Pi05 FOMALHAUT *** Success through noble ideals