Starcodes: May 12-18


Starcodes for the week of May 12-18, 2023

This weekend starts slow, then roars into action. Rest and putter over the weekend as Retrograde Mercury appears to hold still under a tender Pisces Moon before turning direct Sunday night. Enjoy, as it will not help to push the river; we can tie ourselves up in knots if we hurry. Reminisce with the best of memories, but if conversation gets difficult or minor accidents proliferate, slow down and loosen those knots.

Both Venus and Mars, planets which symbolize our emotional realm, are now in tender, self-protective Cancer which both opens our squishy hearts and leaves those tender hearts guarded, wary of rejection or pain, processing our family patterns and contemplating our concept of home. We feel it all in our guts, both through sensitive digestion and quite literal gut intuition, a Geiger-counter-like sensation which lets us know when we’re off track or on.

Mother’s Day could feel extra tender under this sensitive Pisces Moon and as that retrograde Mercury stirs up the past. While this tenderness is lovely for happy families it could be painful for those who lost a mother or had a difficult relationship. Whatever we felt about our family, we can also reach behind those human mothers and honor the earth beneath us, mother of us all. On this tender day visit a garden and feel parented by the planet.

Now the shift; Mercury turns direct Sunday night as the Moon enters proactive energetic Aries, events speed up, the gutters unclog, and the gates open on Monday. Suddenly brewing plans become visible, whether wonderful unfoldment or weird plots. Let’s get our bearings before we leap ahead; assess and reorganize after the last few inwards retrograde weeks.

Clarify those personal and shared professional goals now because that momentum strengthens as Jupiter enters Taurus on Tuesday and squares Pluto on Wednesday. Give it a worthy direction.

On Wednesday, the waning moon enters Taurus and joins Jupiter, the North Node, Mercury, Uranus, and the Sun all in earthy, possessive Taurus. While this is wonderful for gardening our lives and building roots, our world wrestles with problems around borders, boundaries, territory, and the ecosystem. Do not tease people about loyalty or property for the next few weeks.

Next Friday is a brings a New Moon in Taurus, one of the most fertile times of the year to plant seeds of all types, so prepare that ground now. Next week Mars enters Leo and forms a t-square with Jupiter and Pluto at 0 degrees of fixed signs, a muscular engine of an aspect which can launch a business or assault, shift power dynamics and change borders.

Starcodes week of May 12 through 18Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

Friday, May 12: Take all the time needed. Tactfully and thoughtfully review the past to find hidden resources and missing threads; check in with people who forgot to answer an email or call and pick up the dropped opportunities with forgiveness as Mercury sextile Saturn and Venus under a collaborative Aquarius Moon. Correct misperceptions and move forward with a kind heart. Don’t push people to let down a boundary until they are good and ready. Speculate, but make no decisions about the future. The mood sensitizes and calls for safety and gentleness tonight as the Moon enters Pisces.

Mercury sextile Saturn 2:41 AM, Moon square Uranus 4:12 AM, Moon square Sun 8:28 AM, Mercury sextile Venus 8:43 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:15 PM, Moon enters Pisces 10:38 PM.

Saturday, May 13: We could feel maudlin, creative, or easily overwhelmed as the Moon in Pisces conjuncts serious Saturn and both trine emotional Venus. It can stabilize us to tend our world and make our nest more comfortable. Find a way to feel more at home on this planet and in this life. It is ok to be sensitive, but practice awareness of other’s sensitivities as well as one’s own.

Venus trine Saturn 12:56 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 8:43 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 9:11 AM, Moon the trine Venus 9:50 AM.

Sunday, May 14: We could feel raw, hypersensitive, on this tender, Pisces Moon Mother’s Day. This can be a tender day for happy families, tricky if we lost our mother or never had one, and painful for those with the toxic mother. Make no assumptions about another person’s process. Walk gently, Mercury is stationary, if misunderstandings occur, proceed with gentleness and breathe love around those knots as Mercury turns direct tonight.

Moon sextile Uranus 7:21 AM, Moon sextile Sun 3:16 PM, Moon trine Mars 8:30 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 8:56 PM, Mercury stations direct 9:16 PM MDT.

Monday, May 15: Launch forward with attention. Mercury is now direct and the Moon is in proactive Aries. As the energy shifts, check to make sure everyone is on the same page. Clean up mistakes from the last few weeks and clarify goals. Mix imagination with practicality as Mars trines Neptune. Prepare to release a grudge or an outdated desire. Don’t jump to conclusions but do prepare to jump forward in the week ahead.

Moon enters Aries 1:55 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 2:26 AM, Mars trine Neptune 7:44 AM, Moon square Venus 5:41 PM.

Tuesday, May 16: Mediate conflicts of interest and conflicts of desires. A willful soul muscularity kicks in as Jupiter enters Taurus and Mars approaches an opposition to Pluto under an impulsive Aries Moon. Let’s get our horses heading in a good direction. We build momentum if we don’t waste this energy in conflict. But that could be tricky.

Jupiter enters Taurus 11:20 AM.

Wednesday, May 17: Be thoughtful around strong territorial sensibilities, we can feel protective of our stuff, our land, and our beloveds, and this can be either healthy or obsessive. The waning moon enters Taurus and joins Jupiter, the North Node, Mercury, Uranus, and the Sun all in Taurus. Work those gardens, nurture and get ready to plant seeds of all kinds, plants, ideas, relationships on Friday’s new Moon in fertile Taurus. Do the groundwork now.

Moon square Mars 3:09 AM, Moon enters Taurus 6:27 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 6:47 AM, Moon square Pluto 7 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 5:26 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 5:57 PM, Jupiter square Pluto 7:09 PM.

Thursday, May 18: The mood is solid, steady, stubborn, possessive, with a growing willfulness. Take compost as a metaphor on this last day before the Taurus New Moon and assess what needs to be released from its old form to fertilize the future. The only way to get there is to do the work in the moment. Taurus asked us to be practical about it all; touch the earth and take solid steady steps.

Sun sextile Neptune 2:59 AM, Moon sextile Venus 3:18 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 5:28 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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