Break Out of Your Box

Take special note of June 6th and 7th this week, when Mercury and Venus will both be out of bounds. Allow time for artistry, creativity, and/or relationship. Give yourself some time and head space for working out problems and brainstorming in these arenas of life.

Alan Turing was a genius codebreaker who had natal Mercury and Venus both out of bounds. What codes can you unlock during this time? Whether it's a relationship dynamic or a creative conundrum, make space for this process so you can find out.

Allow Reverie and Get Recharged

There's another signature that is amazing for imaginative thinking, dreamtime and reverie - the Moon conjunct and parallel in Pisces. It doesn't really get much dreamier than that! If you're an artist or creative writer, drop everything today and tomorrow and let your muse guide you. This is the time to let your imagination run free.

If you've been stuck in a rut, seek out inspiration through music, art, or eros (love+attraction) and let the non-linear into your field. You might be surprised where it takes you if you just get out of your own way. Whether you call it "spirit" or "your guides" or "the universe", these energies are speaking to you now. And you don't have to try hard to hear them, unless you're typically a pragmatic, material type of person. In which case, this is a brief window when you can let your hair down and at the least, chill out for a power nap and some healing downtime.

Take a walk in the woods, go for a leisurely swim, take in a sublime musical performance, invoke your guides/muse/spirit and allow magic to inform this rich but fleeting moment.

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Good Advice for Venus Out of Bounds in May

Lots of astrologers will be talking about Uranus moving into Taurus this month – and for good reason. Major planet ingresses are a big deal. Heck, I might even write about it for you soon. But what you might miss in all of the Uranus commotion is that Venus goes out of bounds May 5 and doesn’t come back in bounds until June 8. And that’s worth talking about. If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “out of bounds,” check out my webinar on Venus out of bounds, which includes an introduction to the concept.

Venus starts this cycle at 14° Gemini and ends at 22° Cancer, covering quite a lot of ground on the way. So if you have planets in Mutable or Cardinal signs, you’re going to see some Venus action in the coming month in the zone of life signified by the house Venus is moving through. And on the last day of this cycle – June 7 – two planets will be out of bounds at once, since Mercury starts its own out of bounds cycle that day. That’s a day to note on your calendar and watch what unfolds.

Those are the technical bits, so what’s the scoop?

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Feeling Free and Frustrated

On March 17, Mars reaches a declination that is beyond the limit set by the Sun. We call that “out of bounds”. On the positive side, this can be a highly expressive time, where we might feel a little more freedom to go after what we want, take action with less of a sense of limitation, and do work that stretches our limits. On the negative side, we go rogue, awol, or do things we later regret.

Blanket statements like this can’t apply with the strength or clear channel for all of us, because planetary energies happening today are always going to refer back to our own natal charts. But we’ll be able to sense this unrestrained energy in the collective, and some of us will express it in direct ways.

For technical astro nerds, it’s important to note that when a planet is out of bounds, it’s actually further away from making close aspects with other planets if you take into account declination in addition to the “regular” longitudinal measurement of aspects. This could be the reason the out of bounds energy often has the feeling of a “wild card.” Any aspects it does make are a bit weaker than usual. So the out of bounds planet literally has less restraint and more freedom to express in uninhibited ways.

This particular Mars out of bounds cycle starts off with Mars at zero degrees Capricorn, already a charged cardinal point signifying new beginnings. In this case, maybe the start of creating/building something solid or tangible, or something with a long-term end game.

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The Magic of the Venus-Jupiter Super Conjunction

You may have heard that Jupiter recently changed signs from Libra to Scorpio. But did you know that we have a “super conjunction” of Venus and Jupiter this weekend? Yep! And what is that?

A super conjunction is the rare condition when two planets are simultaneously conjunct and parallel. This basically means that their latitude and longitude positions are the same, or very close. So that if you look at them in the night sky, you’ll see them right next to each other.

When astrologers say that two planets are conjunct, they’re using a measurement of longitude. “Parallel” is a measurement of declination, or latitude – the distance a planet is north or south of the equator. When two planets come together using both measurements, we get a super conjunction.

If you have good night sky visibility this weekend, it will be worth a trip outside to see Venus and Jupiter converge.

So what does this mean for the little people on Earth? Well, it could sound like a time for celebration, given that these are the two so-called “benefic” planets. We astrologers often look to these planets to see where the “good news” is in terms of astrological timing and birth chart potentials. But we need to remember that they are both more than that, they both have shadow expressions, and they are in the sign of Scorpio, which further colors our interpretation.

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When Perfect is the Enemy of Good Enough

Our charts don’t define us. They are energetic fields of possibility in which we interact. They may corral us into a certain arena of life in which to engage, or point to specific dynamics that hold the keys to our healing and growth. But it’s always up to us to make choices. Comic books teach us this at a very basic level: we always have the choice to use our special powers for good or bad.

For some of us, the choice is an easy one in either direction. But most of us hang out in the grey area, making some decisions we later regret, and making other better choices based on learning from those same regrets.

Sometimes we’ll see a standout citizen who embodies some of the highest potentials in their chart in a way that impacts the collective. They inspire us, shine a light for humanity to follow, or give us hope, spreading love, instigating healing or sharing insight. We can’t see this kind of collective reach or predict its occurrence with the chart alone. Something inside the person - call it soul if you like - shines out in a particularly luminous way. Two people born at that same moment still have the same choice to make - use my chart for good, or wallow in negativity and poor choices with those very same energies.

In this context, I’d call Brene Brown a warrior of light. Her work as a researcher around complex topics like shame, vulnerability, courage and empathy has helped countless numbers of folks make positive change in their lives. Brown is a 12th house Scorpio, with her Sun conjunct Neptune. Combined with Pluto-Uranus conjunct in Virgo on the MC, she’s one of the most important voices of her generation - with a message of healing tailored specifically to all of us.

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