- The Moon is in Virgo.
- The Moon is void from 10:54 AM forward.
- The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
- The First Quarter Moon occurred on the 21st and a Full Moon will occur on the 29th.
- Mars is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mars will retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
You’re bright and visionary today, dear Aries. Use your natural smarts to maximize your capacity for healthy communication now as reaching out and connecting can bring unexpected opportunities to you. You can experience fantastic energy for connecting, learning, or projects and personal interests. Motivation returns or builds now. You are bright and alert, and ready to embrace change. You’re in a primarily positive, action-oriented frame of mind as the Sun harmonizes with Mars, your ruler. In fact, you’re at the midpoint of these bodies, and you can feel very supported and confident! You can be feeling refreshed and a little braver or interested in seeing results than usual. You’re also inclined to trust your instincts on a social level today.
Your enthusiasm can be infectious today, dear Taurus. Your potential to lead is active right now, and nothing needs to be forced – others seem to follow you naturally. In fact, you may fall into a leading role quite organically at the moment. Creative problem solving comes easily, particularly when you apply your thinking to practical and professional matters. You’re in an especially decisive, confident frame of mind. This is a powerful time for career connections, income boosts, and taking action to move projects forward. You are unafraid to take small risks or to throw more of your energy into a project or venture. You may be motivated to make money, or healthy and friendly competition encourages you to shine.
You are likely to feel quite brave today, particularly when it comes to expressing your ideas and expressing your personality, dear Gemini. Your vision and intelligence empower you as a leader now, and you seem to instinctively know that change is necessary so that you can improve, develop, and grow. Your good organizational capacities help you get things done right now with minimal interference and maximum respect. This is a more future-oriented and upbeat time, and you are transitioning into an outgoing period. It may feel as if life is speeding up for you in a helpful sense as it helps you pull yourself out of situations that have been weighing you down. Plans may seem to be coming together as your confidence builds. This can be an excellent time for doing something you genuinely enjoy and applying yourself. You are ready to take the lead and to take on a challenge. In fact, you may seek out a challenge today.
Your ability to use strategy successfully is enhanced today, dear Cancer, as the Sun and Mars harmonize in the hidden sectors of your chart. A special someone can be quite ardent, and pleasingly so, or relations tend to run exceptionally smoothly when you keep active together. Independent activities are also favored and, in fact, empowering. People may be letting you do your own thing today, and perhaps admiring you for going after what you want without apology. An intense discussion about your past or private matters may be part of the picture. It’s an excellent time for cutting through appearances and uncovering something previously unknown or hidden. You can feel much more decisive than usual on an emotional level, and you’re likely to benefit significantly from this clarity.
This is a strong day for getting things accomplished, dear Leo, particularly with a partner or team. The more you open your heart, and the more you accept the need for others, the better life gets right now as the Sun in your social sector harmonizes with Mars in your partnership zone. Relationships may be a motivator that gets you going today, a partner eggs you on, or you are in the perfect position to collaborate. Healthy competition can fuel the desire to do your very best. Obstacles fall out of the way as you approach life with increased confidence. The Moon spends the day in your resources sector, however, and you can also enjoy focusing on comfort needs now.
A Sun-Mars trine occurring today can bring high energy and confidence boosts into your life today, dear Virgo. It’s a good time for all work-related matters – you apply yourself with purpose and intent – as these influences fall in your work and health sector and career and reputation zone. The atmosphere is ripe for making quick, snappy decisions, and your intuition can back you up, as you have your finger on the pulse of what others seem to want right now. You can be feeling quite courageous, enthusiastic, and adventurous. This is a very creative, energetic, and motivated time for you with your work, routines, and long-term goals. Putting your practical affairs together can come exceptionally easy to you now, so take advantage! Your stamina level is strong, and you might find it easier to get the job done without wasting energy. Others are taking note of your efforts, to boot.
You are spirited and self-expressive today, dear Libra, and you might embark on a little adventure that gets the adrenaline pumping. Romantic prospects are good, although in the coming months, you might be refining your approach to getting what (and who) you want in love. For the time being, a direct approach is favored. Your spirit for adventure is running strong today, and efforts put forth now can somehow leave you with more energy than what you started with, primarily because you’re feeling enthusiastic and hopeful. You are unusually open to making changes and widening your perspective and experiences. A decision to travel or to take up studies could be made quite suddenly. Your energy levels are elevated, and you may be feeling very passionate about something (or someone!).
Work on or around the house can be especially productive today, dear Scorpio, as matters seem to flow naturally and interference is minimal with a Sun-Mars aspect boosting stamina and confidence levels. Motivation is strong. This is a good day for living in the moment, too. Putting plans aside and allowing yourself some time off from overthinking can be beneficial. Fortunately, your instincts seem to serve you well right now. Your emotional life is animated and energizing, and you seem to have the power to put a negative situation behind you today. While you are transitioning into a somewhat introspective phase these days, today’s Moon is in your social sector, and you’re inclined to want to share your time with others.
Your mood takes on an upbeat, positive quality that endears you to others today, dear Sagittarius. You’re quick to tackle problems, and your confidence is infectious. Two heads are better than one for you right now if you have a problem to solve. You can come to a very happy position if you combine resources and work together with someone special. Clear your schedule if you have one (and if you can), and try to take time to clear your head as well. The enthusiasm stirred up today can take you far. The desire may be to live life truly, and to feel alive and vital, through a significant other in your life. The Sun-Mars aspect today favors getting things done and being direct and straightforward, which is completely up your alley!
You can experience a strong desire or drive to be efficient today, dear Capricorn, with the Sun and Mars forming a trine aspect in your practical sectors. You might work your way through difficult problems or challenges quickly and orderly, and your innovations are grounded in practical realities right now. Take advantage of this by applying yourself to something constructive for best results today. You’re less inclined to overthink and tend instead to throw yourself into your activities with vigor. This is a time for working hard and putting in the extra effort quite willingly. You may be feeling some healthy competition that pushes you to new heights, and it feels good to rise to a challenge, especially one of your own making!
Your ideas are genuinely creative right now, dear Aquarius, and you are both motivated and confident. There is a dramatic and competitive touch to virtually everything you do today with the Sun in harmony with Mars in your sign. If you are engaging in a competition of sorts, physical or mental, you are more likely to come out a winner right now. There is an exciting, daring, and spontaneous energy to the day, and it becomes you instead of unsettles you. You are enthusiastic about making changes to a relationship, romance, or hobbies, or you might experience a new desire to move forward in these areas. You can be filled with wonderful ideas, and you seem to have the courage to run with them. Take advantage of the rush of energy around you to ride your internal waves. Note that next month, Mars will retrograde in your sign and you may be reevaluating your desires. However, for now, a direct approach works wonders.
Excellent energy is with you today for dealing with emotional or tricky areas courageously, dear Pisces, and for putting annoying situations behind you. You might come to a sudden decision to move or to rearrange your current living setup, or you can fill with enthusiasm and a strong desire to take action that improves your personal life. There can be an accelerated pace to the day. This can be an excellent time for being active, taking care of business, and taking steps to reduce stress. Efforts made around the home, with domestic projects, and concerning activities with family can lead to remarkable advances. Your energy flows naturally, and you’re not as given to distraction. Feelings should be acknowledged now instead of pushed to the side, although you may very well feel the need to push for something you have previously ignored or let slide.
* 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 23 2018 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Virgo
Description: The Moon in Virgo
We crave organization and order, and are quickly disturbed by anything standing in the way of these things. This is a good time for chores, organizing, and tidying. It’s also a time for scheduling health appointments and checkups, starting new routines, and generally tending to details.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 10:54 am
Event: Moon goes void of course
Date & Time: May 23 2018 0:53 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Ura
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Uranus
We can easily find ourselves all wound up and nervous. Unpredictable responses from others (and ourselves). Emotional eruptions are possible. Not a good time to make permanent decisions, particularly about relationships and family/domestic matters.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 2:29 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Neptune
We can be faced with confusing events, and we may not be seeing others clearly. People may be noncommittal, elusive, or absent when we need them. We are more vulnerable and sensitive. Moods are hard to define. Honor your need to feed your more refined or spiritual side, and the difficult feelings will soon fade away.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 2:59 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: May 23 2018 3:10 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Mer
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Mercury
Ideas flow freely. We express feelings with clarity and thoughts with sensitivity. An excellent time for cooperative projects. A good time for taking tests, writing, promoting, public speaking, and studying. We are alert, observant, and our memory is good.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 4:52 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Mar
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Mars
We can overreact and exhibit impatience. However, this can also be a time of self-motivation.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 10:54 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Trine 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: May 23 2018 1:13 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Nep
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Neptune
Date & Time: May 23 2018 3:01 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Nod
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting North Node
There may be the need to pause to adjust things before moving plans forward. We could feel at odds with others on an emotional level. Public relations are not as favorable now.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 10:22 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Juno
Date & Time: May 23 2018 10:39 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Tri Mar
Description: Transiting Sun Trine Transiting Mars
A good time for competition rather than co-operation. So solve those problems but don’t create them!
Date & Time: May 23 2018 1:53 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Opp Jup
Description: Transiting Mercury Opposition Transiting Jupiter
Mentally pushing the limits — overassimilation. Interest in learning and travel. Overconfident judgments. Opinions.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 2:39 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer SSq Chi
Description: Transiting Mercury SemiSquare Transiting Chiron
There is greater sensitivity to what is being said, choice of words, and syntax. Memories and dreams are strong right now. It is time to forgive and forget.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 6:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Sqr Cer
Description: Transiting Mercury Square Transiting Ceres
We may be trying to get our feelings across, or attempting to explain how we feel, but we have difficulty doing so. Disagreements or misunderstandings are possible, as it is difficult to understand people’s intentions. There may be stress or extra activity in the household.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 2:12 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Cpl Jup
Description: Transiting Mercury ContraParallel Transiting Jupiter
Date & Time: May 23 2018 9:38 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Jup Sqq Pal
Description: Transiting Jupiter SesquiSquare Transiting Pallas
We may be misjudging things right now, or it may be difficult to get our ideas across effectively.
Date & Time: May 23 2018 1:51 am
Event: Tr-Tr Ves Cpl Nod
Description: Transiting Vesta ContraParallel Transiting North Node
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Today’s Emphasized Signs of the Zodiac
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.
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
Today’s Elemental Balance
We are not very goal-oriented right now, or motivation to pursue our goals may be waning/lacking. Changes feel overwhelming. Enthusiasm may be low, we argue less, and we think more than we take action.
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.
Today’s Modal Balance
The modes are balanced.
Today’s Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: FIRST QUARTER
Moon from 90 to 135 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are motivated to take action, perhaps due to a clash, conflict, or stress, as we are more aware of problems and differences now. Plans are beginning to take off or turn a corner. We should watch for pushing too hard.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on May 23rd:
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 VIRGO
We have an emotional need for order with the Moon in Virgo. Diet, nutrition, health matters, work, and routines are in stronger focus. If we’re feeling out of sorts emotionally, we might also experience symptoms on a physical level now.
22ND DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Gall-bladder
Sabian Symbol: A royal coat of arms.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
TRINE MERCURY Orb 4°17′ Separating
Our hearts or emotional needs and our minds seem to be cooperating, and we are able to communicate effectively. It’s a good time for publicity, marketing, writing, and studying.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 5°22′ Separating
We may be looking for emotional happiness outside of ourselves, and have a tendency to glamorize the past or what we don’t currently have. We can be more vulnerable now.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 0°36′ Separating
We can be quite focused now, driven by our goals and ambitions and motivated to put problems behind us. We might happily pour ourselves into a current passion or interest, and could find it easy to get to the bottom of things.
THE SUN IN GEMINI
You are curious, communicative, versatile and talkative. You may be unreliable and evasive.
3RD DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Upper right pulmonary lobe
Sabian Symbol: The garden of the tuileries.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
TRINE MARS Orb 0°16′ Applying
Energy and vitality are strong. A good time to take the initiative. Effective decision-making is possible now.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 0°49′ Separating
You will be able to help others with your ability to understand their pain.
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.
18TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Lymph vessels
Sabian Symbol: A woman airing a linen bag through a sunny window.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
OPPOSITION JUPITER Orb 0°50′ Separating
You are prone to making mountains out of molehills. You struggle to keep a balanced viewpoint, but can become fanatical in pursuit of your beliefs.
SEXTILE NEPTUNE Orb 1°04′ Separating
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 3°41′ Applying
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 CANCER
You place emphasis on family relations. You will form strong emotional bonds within your own tribe. You may have an emotional need for financial security.
5TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: tenth to twelfth ribs
Sabian Symbol: An automobile wrecked by a train.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
OPPOSITION SATURN Orb 3°15′ Applying
You have an inability to trust and show your love for other people. This probably stems from childhood experiences with your parents. You may have felt unworthy of your parents’ love. Alternatively you may have perceived your parents’ as cold and unloving. As an adult you may become involved in relationships with an older person or someone who offers you financial or emotional security. You need to develop your own value system and develop compassion for yourself and other people.
SQUARE CHIRON Orb 3°15′ Separating
You experience emotional pain in your relationships. You have difficulty experiencing the joy and beauty of intimate relationships. You need to face early childhood feelings of rejection and develop empathy for others close to you.
MARS IN AQUARIUS
You will fight for just causes. You are unpredictable, but will probably be a group leader. You may become rebellious when angry.
3RD DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right fibula
Sabian Symbol: A deserter from the navy.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SQUARE URANUS Orb 2°19′ Separating
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 1°05′ Separating
You have the opportunity to be an empathetic and powerful leader of the downtrodden people of the world.
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 5°37′ Applying
You may experience difficulty being assertive and finding the drive to succeed, or alternatively you may have a tendency to misdirect your energies. Your current life lesson to express your energy positively and assertively. Your talent for independent action needs to be developed.
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.
17TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Testicular lobes, left ovary
Sabian Symbol: A woman the father of her own child.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 0°13′ 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 TAURUS
(1934 – 1942) We approach money and personal possessions in new ways and learn how to free ourselves from certain material constraints. Innovative ways to make ourselves comfortable emerge. We’re less inhibited about expressing sensuality, self-love, body love, and pampering. We’re challenging what we previously valued. There can be abrupt changes with money, valuables, possessions, and income that lead to a reshuffling of priorities or values. Income might come from non-traditional sources or ventures. We’re bringing progressive ideas to the world of business. New ways of doing business, as well as making, viewing, and handling money are likely. Income and the energy we put into making money can be variable. (May 15, 2018 to November 6, 2018, then March 6, 2019, to July 7, 2025, and then November 7, 2025 to April 25, 2026).
1ST DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Throat, gullet
Sabian Symbol: A clear mountain stream.
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 the 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.
4TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Cutaneous nerves of lower leg
Sabian Symbol: A party entering a large canoe.
PALLAS IN CANCER
You are very intuitive. You rely on your emotions to guide your opinions and thoughts. You are an empathetic listener and are keen to keep up communications with your family and loved ones.
2ND DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Seventh rib
Sabian Symbol: A man on a magic carpet observes vast vistas below him.
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.
13TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Ventricles of brain
Sabian Symbol: A bomb which failed to explode is now safely concealed.
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.
18TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Right cardiac cavity
Sabian Symbol: A chemist conducts an experiment before his students.
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.
9TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Superior vena cava
Sabian Symbol: Glass blowers shape with their breath glowing forms.
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.
9TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Skin of right lower leg
Sabian Symbol: A flag turned into an eagle.
**Conjunctions to Select Fixed Stars on May 23, 2018.**
Aspects to Sun 02°Ge28 +20°39′
Cnj 02°Ge19 MIRFAK Challenge-oriented.
Aspects to Mar 02°Aq44 -21°51′
Cnj 02°Aq02 ALTAIR To explore, to be bold.
Aspects to Sat 08°Cp10 -22°18′
Cnj 08°Cp33 FACIES — Ruthlessness or the victim.
Aspects to Ura 00°Ta25 +11°07′
Cnj 00°Ta39 MIRACH In harmony to be receptive
Aspects to Nep 16°Pi18 -06°16′
Cnj 15°Pi33 ACHERNAR Risk of rapid endings.