- The Moon is in Aries.
- The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase until 8:07 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Crescent phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 7th and the New Moon will occur on May 15th.
- Mars enters its pre-retrograde shadow today (Mars will retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
Demands from others may seem to be flying at you from all directions today, dear Aries. Fortunately, you are more than capable of handling them. Do what you can to take short breaks so that you can center yourself if you start to feel worn down, however. The Moon in your sign all day can amp up the emotions in an already-charged atmosphere. As the day advances, Mercury and Uranus, both traveling the last degree of your sign, are heading towards alignment. You could have a sudden need to express yourself or your independence. There can be breakthrough thinking now, but keep in mind that this is only a few days before a New Moon, and while ideas can be influential and even ground-breaking, it’s not yet the time to put them into motion. Watch what you say, particularly professionally or publicly, and be aware that this can be an impulsive time. Information can come your way that is surprising but also nudges you into a new direction that ultimately brings rewards.
Interactions with others can be edgy today, and you might conclude that it’s best to handle people with extra care and sensitivity, dear Taurus. Even so, it can be an impulsive day for decisions and communications. We can feel quite a bit of pressure to draw conclusions or take the next step. Others seem to be a little more demanding or impatient than usual. As the day advances, there could be new insight or information coming in that allows you to turn a corner, perhaps putting something behind you. A secret may reveal itself, or you see a situation in a whole new light. However, impatience or obstinacy in others can be something you’re dealing with now. There may be differences in opinion to deal with, or people could be taking things very personally. You could feel pressured into making a decision, and it may be difficult relaxing your mind. In fact, your mind can go to places it usually doesn’t travel, and conversations may surprise. It’s an excellent time to put something behind you, especially since this is just a few days before a New Moon in your sign.
A Mercury-Mars square this morning can stimulate impatience and a fast pace, dear Gemini, but there may be undue pressure on doing things quickly. Pay extra attention to what you say, and be especially careful getting from one place to another as the tendency is to rush and trip over ourselves as a result! We also move towards a Mercury-Uranus alignment, exact tomorrow morning, that can lead to frank discussions or new insights that surprise. Your more unique qualities are out front and center for all to see and admire. However, interactions can be tricky. You may be giving off provocative energy or creating a stir. Discussions with others or news you hear can spark new directions for your thoughts and exciting new ideas. There can be surprises related to friends, groups, beliefs, education, or travel now.
Mercury and Mars challenge one another via a square aspect this morning, dear Cancer, and irritation is likely. Nevertheless, you can also choose to use frustrations as motivators to work on something on your own or to set your own pace, and you might find you thoroughly enjoy the time you take to do so. It may be a good idea, though, to avoid provoking or discussing especially sensitive topics now. With a pending Mercury-Uranus aspect also influencing the day, you are thinking far ahead, especially related to career. In fact, it’s an excellent time for novel solutions to problems, as well as for insights into what attitudes or situations you need to put behind you so that you can thrive. Your ideas are fresh, and the thinking you’re doing now can break new ground, but it’s important not to run with them just yet. You’re best off letting things steep. Interesting turns in your career are possible this week, and part of this may be about your courage to think in unique ways or to apply progressive methods to pursuing your goals.
A Mercury-Mars square this morning may stimulate tendencies to rush, push, nitpick, and argue, dear Leo. A difference of opinion can bother you more than it typically would, perhaps because you feel rushed in other areas of life. Try to pull back on the pressure and don’t overload yourself with things to do. You may be eager to share your thoughts today, and they can be truly unique and inspiring as Mercury and Uranus head towards an alignment – their last in the sign of Aries. However, the atmosphere around you can be charged. Inflexible thinking is the negative potential of the day when this is a better time for opening yourself up to new possibilities. There can be a conversation that leads to a turning point in a relationship or new insight into a belief or previously held opinion.
This morning, a Mercury-Mars square can have you feeling rushed or pressured, dear Virgo. Impatience can be an issue now. Moods can be sensitive as people are especially attached to their ideas. Mercury heads towards an alignment with Uranus – the last while in the sign of Aries – and you can reach some breakthrough thinking. Today and tomorrow are powerful for new insights or ideas about business or intimate matters. There can be revelations or epiphanies, and these can be exciting, although the potential for feeling all wound up today is strong. There can be news coming in or ideas generated now about your finances, debts, or attachments that is surprising but also very useful to you. There can be a revelation about an intimate relationship or a sudden craving for more independence happening now. Some of your inner stirrings or realizations can seem to break through boundaries and may even feel a little uncomfortable. However, they’re designed to push you forward.
Mercury forms a square to Mars this morning and then heads towards an alignment to Uranus, dear Libra, and there can be some mental stimulation and tension. Watch carefully for a tendency to want to do too much, too fast. It’s a little too easy to become irritated, particularly with a partner or family member who may be disagreeable or provoking. Differences of opinion might be taken too personally now. New and even breakthrough ideas or information can be part of this. There can be surprises, chance meetings, reactivated memories or new information coming in that throws you on a new train of thought and possibly takes you to breakthrough insight, mainly related to a partnership or matter of the heart. A relationship itself may inspire you to make some changes. It’s an exciting time, but do watch for impulsiveness now.
This can be a time when you’re anxious to express yourself, but there can be hasty conclusions drawn now, dear Scorpio, as Mercury and Mars form a square aspect. We may also be speaking too brusquely or insensitively. Both you and others tend to speak before thinking, and while truths may emerge as a result, it’s also possible that what’s said is misunderstood. With Mercury heading towards an alignment with Uranus, there can be breakthrough ideas or information coming in that helps you make positive changes with work, routines, or health matters. You can have ideas swirling in your head in a mostly exciting way. There may be detours and changes in your schedule that take you off course, but these may very well stimulate valuable ideas. Your thinking is inventive, and conversations can be alarmingly frank but also quite refreshing. Do watch for impulsiveness, but pay attention to new thinking.
Take extra care getting around, communicating, and drawing conclusions today, dear Sagittarius, as there can be a tendency to be impatient and short with others. Relations can be a little strained today. You might experience a need for closeness but fear of being restricted. Others are likely bringing surprises into your life right now. While there is an air of excitement today and tomorrow, this can also be a blindly impulsive or combative time. Something you see or feel today could change your mind on an important matter. You desire a little more mental stimulation than usual, and you can be very creative as you seek it out. There can be surprising news or surprises in general in your romantic or creative life as the day advances. Someone may be unusually frank or straightforward with you, or they could surprise you with what they think or say.
This morning, watch for overstating or rushing conversations and conclusions, dear Capricorn. Watch also for impatience as the pace can be intense but tripping up is more likely if you rush through things. It may very well be that you’re putting too much pressure on yourself. New ideas are exciting, but there can also be associated worries. The pace may be hectic, particularly at home or with family, although this may also be a symptom of inner unrest. Mercury and Uranus are approaching alignment in your sector of home and family, and you can feel some nervous excitement. Your perception of family dynamics or your ideas about your personal life and living arrangements are changing. Conversations can be frank or surprising now. This can be an invigorating time as you weigh your options and consider new possibilities, but also a tense day, so aim to center yourself so that decision-making is clear.
You might find others are a little aggressive about their needs today, dear Aquarius, or pushing things too far or too hard. A Mercury-Mars square this morning is a tense, impatient, and combative energy. The chances are high that people are too wrapped up in their own problems to notice much of anything else just for now. However, you could get word of something exciting or unexpected today or tomorrow as Mercury is moving towards alignment with your ruler, Uranus. While there is a sense that you’re turning a corner, there can be some difficulties on a mental level today, either within yourself or in conversations with others, and quite possibly both! Unexpected changes to your schedule or surprises that lead to exciting detours can figure strongly now. You can be itching to express yourself or fired up about current interests, studies, and ventures. It may be best to avoid jumping to communicate as misunderstandings are possible. Communications and conclusions can be rushed.
You could find yourself quite harried today, dear Pisces, as a Mercury-Mars square occurs this morning and Mercury heads towards an alignment with Uranus. Turning to others for a sense of stability could be a lesson in frustration. If you notice that others are defensive now, which is highly likely, it may be better to wait for a better day to tackle significant issues. People seem to be spilling too much or obsessing over inconsequential matters. Or, they can be hyper-sensitive about their opinions today, taking everything very personally. Ideas tend to be fresh and perhaps provocative. You may need to control what you say today, but don’t do this to the point that you’re not saying what you mean. While impulsive words may be regrettable, we also get the chance to see the truth about a matter that sets us on a new path. Don’t let petty problems interfere with the potential for arriving at breakthrough ideas and methods. Try to enjoy the hopeful, fresh approach to your life now and new insight into emotional, personal, and financial matters.
* Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign. If you don’t know your Ascendant sign (and you know your birth time), you can look it up here.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
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):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Aries
Description: The Moon in Aries
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look out for new opportunities.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 0:34 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Saturn
We could feel burdened, restricted, or limited during this brief influence. We could be feeling a little down on ourselves, excluded, or lonely. There can be some awkwardness or stiffness and difficulty showing affection and feelings. It’s important to be patient now.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 1:54 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Nod
Description: Transiting Moon Trine 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: May 12 2018 9:26 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Ceres
We can be feeling pleasantly attached to, or supported by, our loved ones or family. We are seeking out security, nurturing, and warmth, and we are more likely to express these things towards others.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 10:59 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Pal
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Pallas
Date & Time: May 12 2018 5:01 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Jupiter
Watch for moody decisions and excesses now.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 6:41 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Juno
Date & Time: May 12 2018 10:00 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Chiron
Date & Time: May 12 2018 10:53 pm
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: May 12 2018 10:21 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun SSq Jun
Description: Transiting Sun SemiSquare Transiting Juno
We may have difficulty relating to one another if we are not treating each other as equals. There can be temptations to manipulate in order to get our way. There can be jealousy or lack of trust that interferes with healthy interactions. Conceding may feel as if we are giving up something of ourselves.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 9:30 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Sqr Mar
Description: Transiting Mercury Square Transiting Mars
Impulsive reactions. Fast pace. Trouble, problems and irritations. Mechanical breakdowns. Arguments and conflicts.
Date & Time: May 12 2018 1:04 am
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Qnx Plu
Description: Transiting Venus Quincunx Transiting Pluto
Perception of value is skewed by fear or desire. There can be envy, jealousy, and manipulation now working under the surface things, but it can be difficult to address or pinpoint.
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Today’s Emphasized Signs of the Zodiac
Initiating, pioneering energy. Independent, bold, courageous, assertive, fiery, inspirational, direct, decisive. Can be egotistical, impulsive, impatient, aggressive, lacking subtlety.
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
Today’s Elemental Balance
Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. 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.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
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.
Today’s Modal Balance
The Cardinal signs are: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and we can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
Today’s Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: BALSAMIC
Moon less than 45 degrees behind the Sun.
Time to tie up loose ends, review, reflect, let go, and edit.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on May 12th:
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 the Moon 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 ARIES
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look for new opportunities.
16TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Pons
Sabian Symbol: Dancing in the setting sun.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
QUINCUNX JUPITER Orb 2°51′ Applying
Watch for moody decisions and excesses now.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 6°09′ Applying
Unacknowledged feelings can emerge in possibly disruptive ways. We may be acting in compulsive or possessive ways now.
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.
22ND DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Tongue muscles
Sabian Symbol: White dove over troubled waters.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
TRINE MARS Orb 6°42′ Applying
Energy and vitality are strong. A good time to take the initiative. Effective decision-making is possible now.
OPPOSITION JUPITER Orb 3°58′ Separating
You are restless and find it difficult to settle in one place. Your larger-than-life ideals stand in the way of you achieving your goals. Your challenge is to find a balance between stability and adventure. Then you will be able to reach all your goals.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 0°41′ Separating
You are a powerful person with strong leadership abilities. You know when to be assertive and when to compromise. You are able to apply yourself to the job at hand.
MERCURY IN ARIES
We communicate enthusiastically and straightforwardly under the influence of Mercury in Aries. Decisons are quick and perhaps rushed. Commentary is frank and possibly insensitive. We’re not inclined to overthink or dwell.
29TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Auditory canal
Sabian Symbol: A celestial choir singing.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SQUARE MARS Orb 0°06′ Separating
Questions are raised, discussions can become heated, and there can be nervous excitement now. Enthusiasm is likely, but may go a little too far. Impulsive speech or other communications. Mechanical breakdowns are possible.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 1°08′ Applying
You have an incisive and ingenious mind. Your thoughts and speech are erratic and inventive. You enjoy progressive topics. Your opinions may be ahead of your time.
VENUS IN GEMINI
We enjoy connecting and communicating, exchanging ideas. We seek out variety in our entertainment and with people. We can have many different ideas for enjoying ourselves or making money and we’re not bound to any one particular idea.
22ND DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Upper arm
Sabian Symbol: Dancing couples crowd the barn in a harvest festival.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
QUINCUNX PLUTO Orb 0°33′ Separating
We could be surprised by our feelings and impressions now, or could experience strong or unsual attractions to people, situations, and things. Old, unresolved matters can prompt us to second-guess our current relationships or feelings.
MARS IN CAPRICORN
This is a time for adopting a methodical, responsible, and structured approach to reaching our goals. We can be rigid and calculating under this influence, but also determined, focused, studied, deliberate, ambitious, smart, and realistic.
29TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Left genicular arteries
Sabian Symbol: A woman reading tea leaves.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SQUARE URANUS Orb 1°15′ Applying
The desire to assert independence and to dominate can be strong. Impulsiveness can be a problem. We can be rebellious and willful, ignoring others’ needs in the process.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 2°39′ Applying
You have the opportunity to be an empathetic and powerful leader of the downtrodden people of the world.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO
You are on an intense search for the truth. You have strong desires for sexual union and joint enterprises. You could be a transformative teacher.
18TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Vas deferens, hymen
Sabian Symbol: A woods rich in autumn coloring.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 1°46′ Applying
You are artistic and may also be religious. You have a need to help others and may feel you have a calling. You have the ability to inspire other people’s talents as well.
SATURN IN CAPRICORN
Conservation, moderation, definition, structure, simplicity, and realism are themes now. We might also be striving for more authority in a particular area of our lives now. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our life path choices, careers, and long-term goals. (from December 19, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then from July 1 to December 17, 2020).
9TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Nerves of knee
Sabian Symbol: An angel carrying a harp.
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).
30TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Parotid gland
Sabian Symbol: A duck pond and its brood.
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)
17TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Cruciate ligaments of left foot
Sabian Symbol: An easter promenade.
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).
22ND DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Muscle insertions of upper to lower legs
Sabian Symbol: A general accepting defeat gracefully.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and by Degree
CHIRON IN ARIES
Your sense of being has been violated in some way and you may fear asserting yourself. You may also over-compensate by attempting to be the first at everything. Physically you may suffer head wounds. You may become a pioneer in a way which will be of service to humanity.
2ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Midbrain
Sabian Symbol: A comedian entertaining the group.
VESTA IN CAPRICORN
You place importance on structure and order in the workplace. You have great discipline and personal ambition and can succeed in administrative and management positions. Workers will turn to you for a sense of stability and authority.
5TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Cutaneous nerves of knee
Sabian Symbol: People rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance.
PALLAS IN GEMINI
You have a keen mind able to grasp many concepts. Therefore you are adept both in written and spoken language.
25TH DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Radius
Sabian Symbol: A man trimming palms.
JUNO IN ARIES
You need freedom within your relationships and may become impatient if this is denied. If you do not express your own need for independence you may attract a dominant partner.
7TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: The ears
Sabian Symbol: A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once.
CERES IN LEO
You feel cared for when other people play with you and praise you. You like to show others you care for them by encouraging their creative talents and sense of fun.
14TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Left ventricle of heart
Sabian Symbol: Cherub-like, a human soul whispers, seeking to manifest.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
10TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Jugular vein
Sabian Symbol: Early morning dew.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
10TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Skin of left lower leg
Sabian Symbol: A popularity that proves ephemeral.
**Conjunctions to Select Fixed Stars on May 12, 2018.**
Aspects to Ven 21°Ge44 +24°30′
Cnj 22°Ge06 CAPELLA Love of movement
Cnj 22°Ge24 PHACT To quest adventure.
Cnj 21°Ge11 BELLATRIX ** Success through the Shadow.
Aspects to Sat 08°Cp40 -22°16′
Cnj 08°Cp33 FACIES — Ruthlessness or the victim.
Aspects to Ura 29°Ar50 +10°55′
Cnj 00°Ta39 MIRACH In harmony to be receptive
Aspects to Nep 16°Pi07 -06°20′
Cnj 15°Pi33 ACHERNAR Risk of rapid endings.