Towards the end of June (oh heck, let's be exact – June 25th) broadminded, generous and optimistic Jupiter is going to leave Gemini – where it has been for a year – and enter Cancer. We're not going to talk about it just yet, however, this week we are getting a feel of its last hurrah in effervescent Gemini. Two planets Mercury and Venus which are also in Gemini, will scoot past Jupiter this week on their way to Cancer. As they do, they will be infused with the expansive and benevolent energies of the biggest planet in our solar system.
Something else pretty interesting is going on too. All three planets – Mercury the communicator, Venus the lover and Jupiter the optimist will make magical connections with Uranus the Awakener. They will be exactly 72 degrees apart (a little more than two signs – Uranus is at 11 Aries, and they will individually move through 23 Gemini). This is called a Quintile and is considered a 'minor aspect' so doesn't usually get much attention in astrology circles. However, I like to pay attention to it, since it carries the energy of being a bit quirky, possibly magical, and likely it channels a touch of good luck. In a natal chart it's considered to be an indicator of talents, creativity and intelligence. (I can imagine you getting out your charts now, looking for this magical aspect between planets!)
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, watch for a little magic as Mercury, Venus and Jupiter interact with each other and form quintiles with Uranus. Towards the end of the week, we can expect a different bit of magic as three planets change signs. First, on Friday, Mercury the planet of thinking and communication changes his style and even his message as he leaves bubbly Gemini for family-oriented Cancer. It's a shift from extroverted mind-play to more introspective musing. Hearts rule minds when Mercury is in Cancer and it's hard to be objective in our thinking and communications. We may find it quite the challenge to not see everything through the filter of our emotional attachments. Bottom line we tend to take things more personally. When Mercury is in Cancer our minds focus more keenly on home, family, traditions, safety, and security. We also tend to be more psychic and intuitive as our minds bend naturally to the thoughts and feelings of others.
Also on Friday, Mars the planet of energy and motivation leaves grounded Taurus for versatile Gemini – a sign associated with Mercury. So while Mercury is filtering our thinking and messages through our hearts (Cancer), Mars comes through Gemini and energizes our thinking and communications. Mars will be in Gemini through the 12th of July and during this time we are likely to find a renewed interest in a variety of subjects and interests and probably will become passionate about a few. Mars in Gemini is a boon to writers, publishers, speakers and anyone interested in furthering a message through any type of media.
To wrap up the week, and our trio of planets changing signs, Venus will enter home-loving Cancer on Sunday evening. Where Gemini values variety and versatility, Venus in Cancer is looking for security, permanence and commitment. This goes for relationships and financial concerns. We may tend to be more conservative in our investments of money and resources and expect a lot more emotional stability from people in our lives. Family is important whether its blood relatives or adopted groups and organizations. Venus in Cancer is protective, affectionate and nurturing. Venus is artistic and creative, so it's a good time to brush up on your interior design, and cooking skills as well.
Today is the celebration of Memorial Day in the US, but it may feel more like the 4th of July with minds and mouths shooting off fireworks in the form of new and potentially sparkling ideas. Communication is in high gear as Mercury the messenger planet joins Jupiter, the biggest planet in our known solar system. Jupiter is associated with expansion but also with our need to improve and find meaning in our lives. This can lead to some promising recommendations, unless of course they are coming from someone else! Mercury also makes a hopeful connection with original and unconventional Uranus this morning. People won't be thinking outside the box; they will be asking 'what box?'
There is a thread and cosmic story line running through this week involving inspiration, passion and a distinct yearning to satisfy physical desires and needs. This can make for fun and exciting celebrations, but also for overindulgence. Better re-think that extra helping of potato salad or dessert at the holiday barbecue. Give yourself and everyone else a bit more latitude than normal. The loud mouth you usually avoid at social gatherings could just end up being you!
Daily Muse: When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. (Tuli Kupferberg)
TUESDAY MAY 28 MOON in CAPRICORN/AQUARIUS
Moon Void of Course 11:40 am (PDT) –2:48 pm
It's time to rock-n-roll with some really great planetary alignments starting with Venus's meet-up with Jupiter in early afternoon. This could get some power and joy bubbling up from the solar-plexus chakra through your entire body! This is followed by a smart and sexy quintile (that 72 degree aspect we were talking about in the introduction). (This is also the same connection Mercury made with Uranus yesterday.) What really ignites the fuse is the same quintile connection between Jupiter and Uranus just a short while later.
Venus is associated with love, values and our ability to attract and magnetize what we want. Jupiter expands and Uranus awakens us to potentials. Are you beginning to see the possibilities for yourself? There are so many chances to discover new avenues of joy and pleasure in these combinations. In mid-afternoon, the Moon flies into visionary Aquarius. Let your heart and passion be the guide for which paths you will explore. Choose wisely; choose love; choose peace.
Daily Muse: We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)
Today on Simpletales, Angela Hartfield, author and creator of Angelic Whisper Oracle Cards and the new Whispers of Love Oracle Cards will join me for a discussion of finding and following your passion. (With 4 planets in passionate Scorpio and an Aries rising sign, she should know!) Please join us at 11 am Pacific – 2 Eastern on 12Radio.com.
WEDNESDAY MAY 29 MOON in AQUARIUS
The Moon in humanitarian and inventive Aquarius keeps the hope and inspiration of yesterday flowing. When we find a good thing we want to share it with everyone so expect today we might all be peddling our own version of truth and happiness and the means for attaining it. Let your inspiration be contagious but try to stop short of pushing for converts. The Moon's easy-going connections with the Sun in Gemini and Uranus in Aries should be enthusiasm enough. If you are not feeling optimistic or hopeful about the future, keep a special lookout today for inspiration and signs. They are abundant and it should be easy to find at least one confirmation that your passion is driving you towards the right course and in alignment with your higher good.
Daily Muse: We must learn to view change as a natural phenomenon - to anticipate it and to plan for it. The future is ours to channel in the direction we want to go... we must continually ask ourselves, 'What will happen if...?' or better still, 'How can we make it happen? (Lisa Taylor)
THURSDAY MAY 30
MOON in AQUARIUS / PISCES
Moon Void of Course 4:57 pm (PDT) – 5:30 pm
A series of constructive lunar connections to Jupiter, Venus and Mercury throughout the day remind us of what's so good about the airy Aquarian Moon. Despite its reputation for emotionally cool detachment, it engenders the necessary objectivity to view and understand things from a cool head and perspective. This Moon also encourages cooperation and understanding, two qualities we will need in abundance towards evening when the Moon squares off with Mars in the very last part of Taurus.
Aquarius and Taurus are both persevering fixed signs, so borrow some of the cooperation from earlier in the day and let it loose if things get tense later. Conflicting words and actions may scatter, or things could get confusing as the Moon eases into Pisces in early evening. The tension may have dissipated, but we may not be sure if it's really gone, or we simply escaped the fracas for now.
Daily Muse: When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. (Helen Keller)
FRIDAY MAY 31 MOON IN PISCES
Mercury enters Cancer 12:07 am (PDT)
Mars enters Gemini 3:39 am (PDT)
Friday is a 'happening' day as both Mercury and Mars change signs and the lunar cycle evolves into the final quarter. The watery and emotional nature of the Pisces Moon is reinforced as thinking Mercury slides into sensitive Cancer. For the next few weeks our thoughts will be more keenly aware of issues involving home, family, safety, and security.
Mars the planet of action takes flight in versatile Gemini igniting passions for words, ideas, books, writing, speaking, all forms of communication – personal and global – socializing and making connections. Depth is not the gift of Gemini, but exploring many and various forms is. It may be hard to focus our activity on just one thing. Did I say hard? It's more accurate to say impossible. But it should be fun to feel motivated and excited about some new ideas, networking opportunities and personal and professional connections.
Just before noon, the Moon in Pisces will square off with the Gemini Sun pitting the compassionate heart of Pisces against the Gemini need for personal freedom. It's necessary to come to terms with these discordant needs and drives and come to a place of acceptance, not judgment, of ourselves and others for wherever we find ourselves on our life paths.
Daily Muse: The flames, symbolic of the life force, are only frightening for those who avoid life or who oppose the higher sense of creation with their personal will. (Akron and Hajo Banzhaf writing about the Prince of Wands Tarot card)
SATURDAY JUNE 1 MOON in PISCES / ARIES
Moon Void of Course 9:30 pm (PDT) – 11:33 pm
Moving beyond the fears, resentments and hurts of the past is a good activity for Saturday as the Sun makes two notable connections – the first with Pluto, the second with Uranus. The Sun's brush with Pluto makes us realize an adjustment in attitude and/or behavior is needed – especially if we are feeling unhappy or just not quite on track. We can choose to persist, but will be encouraged to look beyond our need to defend previous choices in deference to making different and wiser choices for the future. But there is no time to worry or judge what has come before. The Moon is in forgiving and empathetic Pisces and the Sun is making a productive alliance with forward-thinking Uranus in ground-breaking Aries. Pushing through sticky problems with innovative answers and solutions is this aspect's strength and tour de force.
Daily Muse: One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. (Tony Robbins)
SUNDAY JUNE 2 MOON in ARIES
Venus enters Cancer 7:13 pm (PDT)
Venus the planet of love and values slips into sensitive and family-minded Cancer early this morning. We demand more commitment, permanence and security in our relationships now, but likewise are willing to offer nurturance and protection to those we call family. Financial decisions are likely to trend toward the conservative with an emphasis of providing for home and family with an eye toward future security.
Venus in Cancer is mostly sweet and loving, however, all is not quiet on the Western front tonight. Late last night the Moon marched into Aries. Tonight, it's a changing emotional landscape as the Moon makes scrappy connections to both Pluto and Uranus. If you make peace of mind your goal, you will be able to navigate through this rough emotional terrain by not getting sucked into believing every comment and action is a personal attack. Yes, things might get confrontational – plan ahead!
Daily Muse: Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. (Jane Howard)
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I've noticed that most of the people who're into metaphysics are kind. We have a less intense way of looking at the world and are more tolerant than many of the people we meet on our journey through life. This attitude seems to go hand in hand with a genuine interest in the mysteries.
If you take a moment to think about it, I'm sure you'll see that you're a nice person and strive for harmony in your life.
So why do some people take great pleasure in picking on us?
For example: you may be involved in some sort of activity--work, play, driving, resting at home, shopping, minding your own business and blammo, it happens. Someone harshly intrudes into your world, intent on letting you know how you've offended them. It may be a phone call, email, hand gesture, backhanded comment or my personal favorite, the grocery cart combination eye-roll/glare accompanied by the huge sigh of exasperation. (This always cracks me up, adding to the problem.)
Perhaps you're questioning my assertion that nice people get targeted. If so, you're one of the lucky ones, but as a relatively laid back fellow and an advisor of some pretty sweet people, I see this often. It may not be traditional bullying, but there are times when kind hearted people are oppressed, seemingly just because it seems easy. The offenders often see a kind person as someone who can be intimidated verbally, emotionally or even physically.
Those who think that kindness is a weakness need to reevaluate their thinking. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this world, at this time, it would be much easier to be cynical and mean-spirited than to be kind in heart. It takes compassion and a great sense of determination to treat others well and to be kind. Being angry or malicious is the easy way out.
Happiness is a choice, and most people don't realize that they have the key to personal joy within them. This lack of power can make them prone to anger. To a person struggling in their career, relationship or their own sense of self, someone who's mild-mannered may appear to be a safe outlet for their frustrations.
Remember, most bullies have been bullied themselves and are simply passing on what they've learned. This neither excuses them nor gives them legitimacy. It simply is what it is.
Although it's difficult to have compassion for people who shove their way through life, you'll find that in the long run it helps. When people try to inflict some sort of aggravation upon us and we don't react the way they expect, it deflates them. They find themselves at odds with their own actions. It's like taking a swing at someone and having them step out of the way; your own momentum pulls you down.
The reason I'm bringing this up is because many people I know, good, kindhearted souls, have been picked on lately. They've been accused of things they haven't done, they've been pushed to the point where it seems like there's nowhere left to go, they've been challenged in almost every field of their life, and at times they've been bullied. This doesn't mean they've taken it, though.
Remember, being kind doesn't mean being weak and those who think otherwise are at a disadvantage.
Nice people appear to be easy targets. However, we know how to stand firmly on our principles and maintain our sense of what's important. As a matter of fact, most of us are so ethically grounded that it's almost impossible to push us off our foundations.
It's the impenetrable boundaries we live by that sometimes cause the biggest problems, but therein lies the joy of knowing who you are. As long as we know who and what we are, the mean or thoughtless actions of others are swings that miss. Yes, they affect us, but in the long run they only serve to exhaust the attacker.
Some people want to overcome your basic goodness and push you into acting as they do, thus justifying their own lack of right action. It's the oldest trick in the book, dragging you down to their level of dysfunction. Don't fall for it.
If you're overlooked at work and a higher profile employee repeatedly gets recognition, don't take it personally. If your neighbor takes advantage of every opportunity to annoy you, try to let it go. Even if a friend or family member goes out of their way to injure you, try to turn away from it. Being kind has its bumps, but being mean is much, much worse.
A word of warning to those who think kindness is a weakness. When we're pushed or have a cause that we believe in, or our loved ones are threatened, we can be as ferocious as a lion and as cunning as a fox.
No one should ever mistake us for being weak or easy to overcome. Although being compassionate may include passivity, it sometimes means taking the bull by the horns and wrestling it to the ground, then giving it a kiss on the forehead.
May your week be filled with strength, kindness and joy.
Program Note: Out of Mo's Mind will air at its usual time, Wednesday, 9 AM Pacific Time, and I have no idea yet what my topic will be. To some, not having it all laid out would be the stuff that bad dreams are made of. I once wore a toga for a play in high school. At one point, howls of laughter erupted and I realized that I'd tied the toga badly and my classmates were watching me deliver a monologue in my underpants. I finished my speech with a swagger and received a standing ovation. Since public speaking in one's underwear ranks right up there on the list of people's fears, very little gets to me anymore. LIVE with the week's predictions by sign on 12radio.com!
My primary guide is Archangel Michael. I have been channeling messages from him for several years now. He has been with me, watching over and guiding me my whole life. He has been such a blessing to me. I would like to share some of my favorite messages from AA Michael with you!
Michael says "Take the time to go slow, and be quiet. So much is lost in the fast paced, noisy world you live in. Your angels are standing next to you, trying to get your attention all day, it is hard to get through. Give yourself permission to feel peaceful everyday. Being peaceful inside yourself creates peace on the outside as well."
Michael says "Call on me in times of turmoil. I will stand by your side and keep you safe. You are powerful, and can overcome anything. I will remind you of your strength when you forget who you really are."
Michael says "When you feel overwhelmed or vulnerable, call me in for protection. Ask me to come to you and surround you with blue energy. I will always come when you ask me to. My energy will create a barrier between you and the outside world, protecting you from lower vibrating energy. I love you, and am here to support you everyday."
Michael says "Listen to your body. It is important that you take the time to rest. When your body and mind are tired your connection to your angels is weakened. Trust your inner knowing and take the time to care for your physical body in order to keep your connection strong."
Michael says "Peace, love and understanding. This is all anyone wants. When you feel frustrated with another person look at them from this perspective. How is their behavior asking for peace, love or understanding? See them with a compassionate heart. Remember that you need compassion from others, too. You are all good on the inside."
Michael says "When we, the angels, are working to bring something to you timing is important. Our timing and your timing don't always match up. When you ask for our help trust that we will bring everything together at exactly the right time. If you try to interfere and force something to happen, it will turn out badly. Release your desires to us and trust that we will bring them to you in the most perfect way."
Michael says "Your beliefs create your reality. Be aware of your beliefs and choose them wisely, as they will bring you peace. Be conscious of the beliefs that limit your life, and release them. Ask me to take old beliefs that no longer serve you, and I will turn them into love."
Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art. She has created art for many clients such as Timothy Leary, Santana, The Fillmore, and Moonalice.
Her artwork can be viewed at her web site www.intuitivereadings.com!
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This is the balance card. The woman here is seen with a mask, she wears natural Henna tattoos on the palms of her hands. She has clarity as seen by the way she is focused and centered as she flies through the center of the background image. Do you need your life to be more balanced? Do you need to receive more or give more? Do you need more time off or to work more often? How do you psychologically hold your yin/yang currently in your life? If you are having the dull-drums, become more festive--dress up, get to an art museum, rent a camel for the afternoon and take a ride! Change your life by practicing balance and appreciating the joy you've found in each experience along the way.
Many of the interests I have in my eclectic world will be represented here. From the weekly Power Peek to the things and people that I love (not all of them, of course). May you find something you like. Mark