Starcodes: May 6-12


Starcodes for the week of May 6-12, 2022

We may be at a familiar place on the spiral as Mercury stations to turn retrograde, but we’re not going back. Note the differences this time around and build momentum towards the future, whether this is a personal issue or about women’s rights. Stories of the past could trigger old personal or cultural traumas that still need work, Mars in Pisces can leave us feeling overwhelmed, but Venus and Jupiter in Aries remind us that we are truly fierce and ready to move forward.

Moods can fluctuate confusingly like spring weather this week because the planets give us so many different signals; in a challenging moment that tension can scatter us in five directions, in a good moment they can balance each other out and leave us standing in the center. So let’s break down the influences and how to work with them.

The Sun in earthy Taurus encourages us to plant and sow, root and grow, though the rest of the planets have other work in mind. When the existential whirlwinds pick up we can tune into that Taurus earthiness and work or wander in the garden. This Waxing Moon is wonderful time to plant seeds- particularly vegetables on Friday under the Cancer Moon and next Tuesday through Friday for herbs and flowers under the waxing Virgo and Libra Moons. Our minds and politics may get confused this week, but our hands will know what to do.

Mercury retrogrades on Tuesday in its own nervy and verbal sign of Gemini. A Gemini Mercury normally speeds up our conversation and helps us multi-task but this stationary Mercury can leave us spinning our wheels or spacing out. It will be easy to drop ball, to march boldly into to the kitchen and forget why we’re there, send an email to the wrong person, or misconstrue some important piece of information, so let’s stay alert and follow through with care.

Expansive Jupiter joins Venus in feisty, fierce Aries on Tuesday and amps up the power of feminine divine. Expect intense flashes of temper around what we love, hate, and care about. This Venus can help us respond to the emergencies of wildfires with grace and efficiency and to attacks on women’s rights with power but can also have us react to a minor problem as if it’s a conflagration unless we modulate. Mars now in Pisces can leave us easily hurt or overwhelmed unless we handle one problem at a time at a time. Yet with all these planets together we can create brave radical acts of compassion.

Jupiter stays in Aries until it retrogrades back into Pisces in October. Jupiter in Aries screams for liberation and fans the fires of many different kinds. Jupiter in Aries calls for liberating action but doesn’t bring agreement on what that means. Think on this-what truly brings freedom.

Friday could waft with some bittersweet emotions, our search for safety can push against our desire to connect compassionately under a busy Cancer Moon. Over the weekend a Leo Moon encourages are extraversion and action orientation. But to really refill our wells we need to hear what we need an honor that, rather than just giving in to other people’s expectations. Which can run straight into Mother’s Day issues. Mothers, mother figures, and mother issues may feel the need for attention and appreciation under this Leo Moon, but they may not need a lot of time; we can balance offerings and still take time for personal renewal.

Communication slows down early next week as Mercury retrogrades in Gemini, it will help to keep talking but we’ll need to track our thoughts, memos and to-do lists carefully. Gossip and shallow thinking can proliferate misunderstanding, so we’ll need to confirm everything heard for the next few weeks, particularly when it’s in line with our own opinions and therefore a place where we’re less likely to ask the tough questions. Let’s keep our critical thinking intact and follow through.

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Friday, May 6: A kindly Mercury-Venus sextile encourages compassionate neighborly actions under duress. We may need this kindness as the introverted Cancer Moon opposes Pluto tonight and brings our attention to our vulnerabilities or make us painfully aware of the dangers of the world. We may just need some shell time alone or with our most familiars, or to find some other way to feel safe. Keep expectations low and share comfort.

Mercury sextile Venus 12 AM, Moon sextile Sun 1:03 AM, Moon trine Mars 1:34 AM, Moon trine Neptune 7:12 PM.

Saturday, May 7: It’s a good day to get out, about, and tend to personal needs as the sun sextiles active Mars and the Moon enters Leo. Whatever feels unheard will clamor for attention, whether that’s an ache in our body, an issue in our relationship, or a problem in our culture or ecosystem. That’s when the drama starts. If we listen carefully and respond appropriately, the drama dies down and good things can happen. In the long run, it will be much easier to listen. Share potential enthusiasm tonight as the Moon trine Venus, we need something to look forward to.
Moon opposed Pluto 2:58 AM, Sun sextile Mars 3:47 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 4:25 AM, Moon enters Leo 5:49 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 2:58 PM, Moon trine Venus 6:01 PM.

Sunday, May 8: Find a balance between personal needs and family obligations. Reminisce over the best moments of the past rather than try to create new understanding in the present as Mercury slows down to retrograde. Our true gift can be our attention under this Leo Moon. Be ready for a spontaneous shift in plans midday as the Moon squares Uranus, take turns rather than squabble tonight as the Moon squares the Sun.

Moon square Uranus 11:41 AM, Moon square Sun 6:21 PM.

Monday, May 9: It’s easy to feel old and creaky until we get going this morning, but we can turn that stiffness into organizational ability as the Leo Moon opposes Saturn. Cranky people who think they’re in charge may want details to feel more in control. Although our brains may be slowing down as Mercury stations, we can use a productive burst late in the afternoon to batten down the hatches and sketch out plans as the Moon enters efficient Virgo. People may be edgy tonight, let them be cranky for a few minutes; don’t laugh at them but do look for the humor within the situation.

Moon opposed Saturn 6:38 AM, Moon enters Virgo 4:53 PM.

Tuesday, May 10: Take a break or practice patience as Mercury retrogrades this morning at 5:47 AM MDT. we may want to push forward and do everything right, but that will be tricky as mistakes or minor accident might pile up under a self-improving Virgo Moon and as Venus semi-squares Saturn. Slow down and appreciate the moment, and then move forward with care. Jupiter enters Aries tonight and we want to rebel against old problems that have returned. Take the time to do it right.

Moon square Mercury 2:09 AM, Mercury turns retrograde 5:47 AM, Jupiter enters Aries 5:21 PM, Moon trine Uranus 9:27 PM, Venus semi-square Saturn 10:32 PM.

Wednesday, May 11: Uncertainty about the future or magical thinking can make it hard to see the road ahead. Expect layers of both confusion and direction as the Virgo Moon forms a grand earth trine with Pluto and the Sun- bisected by an opposition between the Moon and Neptune. Clarify the goals and action follows naturally. Jupiter semi-square Uranus and encourages needed change but can leave us feeling unsettled.

Moon opposed Mars 6:17 AM, Moon trine Sun 8:01 AM, Jupiter semi-square Uranus 2:54 PM, Moon opposed Neptune 3:16 PM, Moon trine Pluto 9:59 PM.

Thursday, May 12: Questions of romance and the need for social justice are brought up as a cooperative and friendly Libra Moon opposes Venus in Aries. We could feel fierce but still want to solve the problem without an argument so will need to find creative ways to make a point. Don’t get caught by stories from the past, deal with them but do so in a healing way.

Moon enters Libra 12:34 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 1:01 AM, Moon trine Mars 8:54 AM, Moon opposed Venus 9:49 PM.


Provided by Heather Roan Robbins


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Heather Roan Robbins
Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit


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