APRIL 28 to MAY 9, 2016
THURSDAY APRIL 28, 2016
On Thursday Mercury does an about-face and goes "backwards" as seen from Earth until May 22nd. This RETROGRADE MERCURY phase is a time of confusion in communications and commerce. About three times each year, Mercury the communications wizard turns into Mercury the fast-talking con man. This is the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, and it lasts about three weeks. Because Mercury is in Taurus, RETROGRADE MERCURY will be serving up glitches and snafus in the Taurus-related areas of home comforts, domestic issues, home appliances, home finances as well as communications, computers, transport, travel and social media. If you are buying a new mobile phone, be sure to read the fine print about hidden costs. Planning to move into a new apartment? Check the kitchen and bathroom for tell-tale signs of mold before signing the lease. Remember over the next three weeks that MERCURY wants you to play his sly game to win — not to be a whining victim. Make him proud of the way you play his game!
FRIDAY/SATURDAY APRIL 29-30, 2016
Overnight Friday/Saturday the Moon squares off against the Sun for the Aquarius Third Quarter Moon which in Antinous Moon Magic we call the FORUM MOON. This is the best Lunar Phase of the year for oracles or spell work involving interaction with groups or a public setting. Gathering place. Club. Work place. Any place where numerous people gather. It is also the best moon for rituals focusing on parks, gardens and the outdoors in general, such as working rituals for protecting a back garden or outdoor venue.
SUNDAY MAY 1, 2016
Overnight Saturday/Sunday ... Walpurgis Night ... Venus enters the earthy and sensual realm of Taurus, The flirting of the past few weeks Venus spent in Aries is now over. Taurus Venus loves romantic cuddling with good food, good wine, flowers, candles and soft music. Venus in Taurus brings the need for reliability, steadfastness and loyalty. Having a partner whom you can lean on and rely on when the going gets tough is high on the priority list.
MONDAY-THURSDAY MAY 2-5, 2016
This week is dominated by a beneficent trine aspect between the Taurus Sun and Virgo Jupiter. This is a bright spot coming after weeks of doom-and-gloom moodiness. Jupiter has been Retrograde (going backwards as seen from Earth) since January 8, 2016, and is nearing the end of that Retrograde phase ... May 9, 2016. You have experienced four months of introspection and review. You may have felt you were spinning your wheels much of the time. And because Retrograde Jupiter has been in workaday Virgo for the entire time, you have had to rely more upon hard work than upon luck, despite the fact that Jupiter is the luckiest planet in the Zodiac. When Jupiter turns retrograde, the action of Jupiter is reversed so that the emphasis is upon inner awareness and inner growth. When opportunities arise while Jupiter is retrograde, they are the result of seeds planted in the past from people met or connections made in the past.This week's Sun-trine-Jupiter aspect represents the "light at the end of the tunnel" for this long and difficult period.
FRIDAY MAY 6, 2016
On Friday ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with the Sun in Taurus for the TAURUS NEW MOON the MARCUS AURELIUS MOON because he was a man of judicious might and justice, a warrior and a poet, a man whose reign was called a Golden Age. The TAURUS NEW MOON highlights Taurean qualities (determined, practical, devoted, grounded, dependable) and 2nd House themes (material security, values, self-worth). On a spiritual/higher plane, the New Moon in Taurus seeks inner peace through stability and contentment.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY MAY 7-8, 2016
This weekend the Sun is in a positively profound trine with Pluto that enables you to get down and dirty and show what is really inside of you ... deep ... down ... inside. This is a good day to grow beyond yourself ... shed your old shy image the way a snake sheds its skin ... and present your shining inner self to the world.
MONDAY MAY 9, 2016
On Monday a rare and spectacular cosmic event occurs when Mercury crosses the face of the Sun. Ordinarily, Mercury is above or below the solar disc, but when Mercury transits the Sun, it can be observed as a black dot moving across the face of the sun. Mercury has not transited the Sun since 2006. This is not only an awesome sight, it strikes awe and foreboding into the hearts of many people, particularly because Mercury is Retrograde right now. Old astrology texts dating back to Ancient Rome call this a potentially hazardous time, and speak of a "Scorched Mercury" which impairs communications and judgment. But in ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC, we see that very differently. This Sun/Mercury conjunction is indeed intense, but in a positive way. Antinous/Mercury focuses the gay spiritual light of his heavenly father Ra-Herakhte right at you. Open your spiritual heart to the light and joy and permit it to burn away all doubt and all fear and trepidation. Most people live in spiritual darkness. They are like people who live in caves and are afraid of sunlight because it hurts their eyes. But should we shun the light and stay in the cave with them? Antinous/Mercury says it's safe to open your spiritual eyes — and spiritual heart — and become accustomed to the light.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between May 10 and 16 when we come to the Leo First Quarter Moon. It is the Lunar Phase in Antinous Moon Magic which we call the SCARAB MOON of miracles and wish-fulfillment. Meditations and rituals carried out tonight can result in an unexpected breakthrough. Eureka! Unanticipated solution. Fortuitous surprise. Sudden change for the better. Plucking victory from the jaws of defeat. An oracle reading or meditative trance can produce a sudden answer for transformation of a bad situation into something profitable .... More details next time ....