ALACAZEM 2015.05.21

ALACAZEM 2015.05.21

May 21 to 28, 2015   Visible planets: Morning: none   Evening: Venus, Jupiter

GodspeedMainAlready I see the fallout of a late-degree Taurus New Moon [May 17th @ 10:13pm MDT], followed quickly by the station retrograde of Mercury in mid-degree Gemini [May 18th @ 7:50pm], both of which followed the previous week’s planetary opposition of self-willed Mars in impossible-to-pin-down Gemini to stringent, controlling Saturn in uncontrollable Sagittarius, as well as a dreamy-sweet Venus-Neptune trine in Cancer-Pisces. It’s an up-and-down, bumpy, swirling ride with plenty of twists and turns. No one controls Sag and nothing can stop Gemini, it’s just a game of war and tricks, chains, chatter and clatter.

Mercury retrograde is always an enigmatic, unpredictable adventure that creeps up without warning, no matter what sign it’s in. Things can just seem oddly out-of-whack or simply lost in translation. Plans change, health issues take precedence and mechanical breakdowns often transform little arroyos into grand canyons. And that’s just Mercury retrograde in general.

1916_-show_program_webEach and every sign of the zodiac tints Mercury’s silvery, iridescent armor with its own color, flavor and style as it passes through. The costumes and get-ups of Mercury depend upon what is provided; the terms and conditions of each zodiac sign as well as the terms and conditions of our life and times, including temperature, mood and cosmic weather. The rules of engagement, so to speak. And Mercury loves breaking the rules.

nolaMercury will show up, shape-shift and change, wear disguises, play the part – both male and female – and leave you wondering just who and what just blew through your house, heart and head. Mercury retrograde returns us to places and spaces we have been before, awards us with multi-faceted jewels of opportunity to revise, revision, retrofit, re-create and reimagine ourselves and our lives. Finish, complete or wrap what has been left undone. Take another look, try another way, utilize a different tool. And it’s also all about using the prefix “re” in everything we do and then relaxing – if possible – in the mutable magic and medicine of the ultimate coyote, shaman and trickster: Mercury retrograde in Gemini while the Sun and Mars are also moving through Gemini. Whew!

godsThe Sun enters mercurial Gemini on May 21st @ 2:45 am MDT and the Gemini zodiac month begins. Mercury continues to retrace its path back through Gemini until June 12th when it will turn direct @ 04°35’ Gemini. Venus is transiting nurturing Cancer, Mars is marching through curious, unpredictable Gemini, Jupiter is direct in heart-strong Leo, Saturn is retrograde in early degree Sagittarius, Uranus continues to move through self-fueled Aries, Neptune is floating through dreamy Pisces and power-hungry Pluto maintains its slow and steady pace through hierarchic, class-conscious Capricorn.

mercury butterflyGood luck! Try and try again. And don’t lose your sense of humor! That’s the golden key to Mercury and Gemini, laughter and learning. After all, isn’t life too mysterious to take it serious? Live and learn, or I guess that’s re-live and re-learn!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The Sun enters fickle, flexible Gemini this week, setting the stage for a solar month of more mobility and movement in general. Be aware; however, of the up and down, potentially circular motion of Mercury retrograde. It’s far better to go with the flow, even if it feels like going backwards, than trying to swim against the current. These days the waters are strong and the undertow dangerous. Take care of old business.

Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) As the Sun moves from Taurus into neighboring Gemini, be aware of what you think and say. The word is a powerful tool and can be used as a weapon of good or not-so-good. Dare we say evil? Not quite as dramatic as that, but during this 3-week period of Mercury retrograde, wise Bulls use caution and care when speaking. Hurting others is not what you want or need. Focus on acceptance and tap into compassion.

Gemini (May 20-June 20) Congratulations on another revolution around the Sun. Your birthday month has arrived and it’s time to celebrate life. Just take care and use caution in revelry and party. Friends may excite and entice you while romantic or creative ideas attract and intrigue you. With motivator Mars squaring Neptune, imagination and fantasy compel action. Appreciate the past and embrace the present. Take it slow and easy.

Cancer (June 20-July 22) A rather challenging couple of planetary squares may cause a ruckus this week and have you riding an emotional roller coaster, but c’est la vie, no feeling is final. Sweet Venus in your sign encourages self-love and self-care, so why not do what you want to do rather than what others want you to do? Plenty of reasons: professional responsibilities and social obligations. Oh well. Do your best and let go of the rest. And rest.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) As Mercury retrograde in Gemini kicks in, pay attention to the new and old friends who pop up in your home, head and heart. These are the people with whom you may derive the most pleasure, need to make contact or settle a score. Whoever, whatever, let go of resentment and do your best to make it all good. Also take note of subconscious prompts, dreams and feelings of déjà vu. It’s all about karma. Live and let live.

Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) The Gemini zodiac month is perennially one of professional and social attention and action for the Virgin, a time to get out and about, see and be seen. This year however, Mercury is retrograde, which translates as a stop and go pace, a start and stop pattern that may frustrate and confuse you. The solution? Focus on finishing work and projects you have already started. Tie up loose ends, clean up and fix up.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) Voluptuous Venus in maternal Cancer squares explosive Uranus in self-aware Aries as motivator Mars in flighty Gemini squares numinous Neptune in dreamy Pisces – all during Mercury retrograde – setting the stage for a dose of awakening and sudden change regarding money, family and partners. You may feel confused or out of control, but relax. Everything happens for a reason and it’s not about you. Focus on self-care.

Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) As the Sun and retrograde Mercury dance through Gemini, you may feel as if you are flying through uncharted territory or traveling in circles, especially where emotionally intense relationships are concerned. Haven’t you been here before? Are you repeating old behavior patterns, possibly from childhood? Whatever the manifestation, take a deep breath of self-love. You are beautiful and amazing. Relax.

Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) A potentially convoluted week presents itself as some rather wild and raucous energy floats about the cosmos. Lovers and friends may put in requests that seem to be in direct conflict with what you want and need. Dreams and visions for the future may suddenly appear hopelessly out of reach. Once again, it’s a test of courage, strength and faith. How far are you willing to trust? Hang in there. This too shall pass.

Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) The Gemini zodiac month is all about self-improvement and self-betterment for the Mountain Goat. As one who knows the value of material gain and accomplishment, you also know the importance of physical wellness. In other words, health is wealth. Without it, one cannot enjoy life. And with Mercury – ruler of health and medicine – now retrograde, the stars align for you to get back at it. Refresh, renew and revitalize you.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Working with others, being of service and attending to your own personal health and wellness bring great pleasure and reward. Nurture your body, mind and spirit with nutritious, whole foods, daily walks and restful evenings. It’s a holistic universe; everything effects and influences everything else, all the time. Gemini energy opens your heart and reignites love and passion. Enjoy the heat, and let it be.

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) A somewhat up and down, circular week unfolds as the Sun, Mars and retrograde Mercury in Gemini lights up issues of mother, father, home and family as well as your personal role and feelings about it all. Maternal, paternal roles and patterns, child and parent relationships dance about your heart and head. Venus in Cancer helps you feel the compassion and nurture the love. Thanks for being you.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @








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