The week begins as the last of the weekend’s “super moon” disappears beneath the horizon. Early in the week Mercury enters Taurus, the financial fields where the messenger will spend the next two weeks. Mid-week, Mercury makes a blurry sextile with Neptune, while the weekend is dominated by the Sun’s conjunction with Jupiter in Taurus. The positivity of this pairing overshadows the week, yet so does the passionate confusion emanating from Venus’ retrograde station early next week.
Mercury Enters Taurus: Asset Allocation
Mercury in Taurus is usually syncretized with the 5 of Pentacles in the Tarot, a card sometimes titled “Worry.” The Ryder-Waite deck’s version of this card pictures figure in a state of abject poverty, outside a church and ravaged by the winter elements. This is not the situation that the card projects. Instead, it is the fear of this situation that the card suggests. The resulting impulse is to plan to have enough in lean times. Mercury in Taurus is the farmer’s fear of a lean harvest, which would see him starve come winter. The worry detailed here pushes us to plan carefully and work steadily. Who said nothing good comes from fear?
Mercury will trot swiftly through grounded Taurus, making it into Gemini only a little over 2 weeks. Use this time to turn the insights gleaned from the Full Moon’s gleaming into a plan.
Yet this concern with possible scarcity is blunted a bit this week, as Mercury applies and completes a supportive sextile with Neptune in Pisces. This mid-week influence blurs the stark outlines of material affairs and prompts a day or two of pleasing escapism. There is an optimism about these deliquesced days, fueled by the Sun’s approach to Jupiter, yet the line between stress reduction and distraction is a blurry one. Do not abandon your duties merely because your worries have gone on a short vacation.
The Sun- Jupiter Conjunction: Effort-Reward Balance
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus Sunday morning, highlighting the efforts you’ve made to expand your stability and resources over the last year. This is the completion of the 13 monthish Sun-Jupiter cycle, and thus a payout, a door opened as the result of repeated banging. It’s a fine conjunction, but do not expected unearned cash or prizes to come hurtling earthward from a forgiving sky.
If you weren’t able to actualize the internal or external opportunities offered by Jupiter in Taurus, take heart, for the cycle begins anew shortly. Jupiter will enter Gemini in June, offering a new set of avenues for growth and windows of opportunity, including free ipads for the 1,000,000th customer.
The Lady’s Displeasure
However, lying just on the other side of the Sun-Jupiter conjunction is Venus’ retrograde station on May 15th. The emotional tremors have been emanating from this point for weeks, but the retrograde proper begins soon, amplifying focus on emotional, social and financial issues. Once she puts it in reverse, Venus will continue backward until June 27th, presiding over a pair of eclipses, Jupiter’s ingress into Gemini and her very own visible crossing of the Sun. It’s about to get interesting again.
Mercury’s time in Taurus, from this Tuesday night until May 24th, stresses financial concerns, putting your mind on your money and your money on your mind. This week’s Mercury-Neptune aspect midweek may see you discover a source of value hiding in plain sight. Check your underwear drawer.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting the efforts you’ve made to expand your cash and resource pool over the last year. What do you have to draw upon that you didn’t last year?
Venus’ upcoming turn retrograde shadows the week. Look especially to the way you communicate to find the root of the issues creeping their way to the surface.
Mercury enters Taurus on Tuesday night, silvering your tongue and clarifying your thoughts until the 24th. The Mercury-Neptune aspect this week will help you smooth out some ruffled feathers in your social sphere.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting all you’ve learned over the last year. Jupiter’s largess will soon exit your sign - what of the potential bounty of personal growth have your banked?
Venus’s retrograde turn in Gemini is just around the corner, casting a shadow over the week. Keep your eyes peeled for kinks in your financial flow over the coming weeks. Nip issues in the bud before they can flower.
Mercury enters Taurus on Tuesday night, shifting your thoughts to forgotten facts and thoughts swept under the rug some months ago. This week’s Mercury-Neptune aspect may aid you in further ignoring relevant facts, or help you better understand how to apply said data to keeping your professional dreams afloat.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 12th, highlighting the efforts you’ve made to improve issues with laziness and impracticality over the last year.
Venus’ retrograde station is next week, but its vibe overshadow much of this week. Find a way to settle in to dealing with the full complexity of your likes and dislikes, desires and hatreds. Accept the ambivalence and let the complexities and contradictions teach you what they will.
Mercury enters Taurus on Tuesday night, where he’ll be carrying a freight load of messages back and for the between yourself and others over the next several weeks. Mercury’s aspect to Neptune this week connects the messages in play with your long term goals. The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting efforts you’ve made over the last year to expand your social horizons and learn from the people in your life. Venus’ turn retrograde in Gemini next week colors this one. Watch calmly as the likes and dislikes emerge and recede along the shore of your subconscious. You may learn something about yourself.
Mercury enters Taurus on Tuesday night, bringing mental energy to bear on professional matters for a few weeks. In the middle of this week, Mercury aspects Neptune, connecting you with potential allies.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 12th, highlighting the professional understandings you’ve accumulated over the last year, not to mention the more concrete gains. Venus does not turn retrograde until next week, but the power of the upcoming station seeps into this one.
The 6 week period we’re about to enter centers around a core a reorganization of your social sphere, the way you define friendship and who you do and do not stay connected to.
Tuesday night, Mercury moves into Taurus, pulling your thoughts toward your long term goals for the next couple weeks. This week, Mercury aspects Neptune, stimulating reconciliatory conversations.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting the work you’ve done to close in on your long term goals during the last year. Take a good look at where you were, where you are and where you’d like to be.
Venus turns retrograde in Gemini next week, a powerful influence which has its finger prints all over this week’s events. Venus’ reversal begins a 6 week period which will see you reconsidering aspects of your professional situation and the people it involves.
Mercury moves into Taurus on Tuesday night, which adds the messenger’s mental energy to your considerations about the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and others for the next couple weeks. This week Mercury sextiles Neptune in Pisces, bringing your mind to bear on practical issues you’ve had a lot more fun ignoring.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting what you’ve gained from others over the last year, as well as what you’ve learned about the value of pooling resources.
Venus won’t station retrograde in Gemini until next week, but you’ll feel it this week. The influence will likely entail vacillating back and forth between divergent long term goals.
Tuesday night, Mercury moves into Taurus, which brings the messenger’s communicative energy to bear on your relationships until the 24th, when the messenger enters Gemini. This week, Mercury sextiles Neptune, loosening the seal on the keg to let some good times flow.
The Sun conjuncts Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting the benefits you’ve gained from partnerships this year, as well as what you’ve learned about relationships.
Venus turns retrograde next week, but it colors this week strongly. The 6 week period we’re about to enter involves a reorganization of the way you exchange time, money and energy with other people. Expect sharing to be even more challenging than usual.
Mercury moves into Taurus Tuesday night, which pulls your mind toward your physical and fiscal habits for the next several weeks. This week, Mercury aspects Neptune, which highlights the corrupting influence of your living situation on your habits.
The Sun and Jupiter conjoin in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting the efforts you’ve made to take care of fiscal problems and establish good habits over the last year. Good habits may be boring, but the benefits are enormous.
It isn’t until next week that Venus turns retrograde, but you’ll be feeling it this week. This period entails a relatively intense rethinking of the way manage partnerships. If you’re not sure how you feel about the people around you, then you’re on track. Just don’t be an asshole about it.
Mercury moves into Taurus late Tuesday night, which pulls your thinking toward how your spending your energy and what, exactly, you’re getting out of that. This week Mercury aspects Neptune in Pisces, which will likely distract from your audit of personal energy expenditures.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting what you’ve learned about how to marshal your creative energy more effectively over the last year.
Venus turns retrograde in Gemini next week, but you’ll feel it during this one. This period entails changes to the way you approach fiscal issues, as well as an inspection of your emotional habits, your patterns of reaction and processing. Prepare for some malfunctioning circuitry.
Mercury moves into Taurus on Tuesday night, lending you the messenger’s analytic energy in order to inspect your living situation and touch base with family for the next couple weeks.
This week Mercury aspect Neptune, asking you to check on finances. The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting the efforts you’ve made to solidify your living situation over the last year and consider the position it's put you in.
Venus won’t turn retrograde in Gemini until next week, but the upcoming station will color this week strongly. The influence highlights the many conflicting things you’d like to do with your energy. Don’t force premature decisions.
Tuesday night, Mercury moves into Taurus, shifting more mental energy to the short term tasks ahead of you for the next couple weeks. Mercury’s aspect to Neptune this week makes it a little harder to stay on point, encouraging you to instead consider whether drinking 100 beers is realistic or not.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Taurus on the 13th, highlighting the efforts you’ve made to be more efficient at accomplishing short term goals over the last year. Big things are made of little things.
It won’t be until next week that Venus turns retrograde in Gemini, but you’ll be feeling it this week. Keep an eye on interactions with family members, as the period we’re heading into is likely to involve a reconsideration of your relationship to your family and origins