The Daily Astro for May 16, 2013

The Serenade - Traditionally Spanish women 19th century


The Daily Astro for May 16, 2013

by Valerie Sylvester





The Moon is in Leo today, so the Lion is primed and ready to roar. Due to a few squinchy aspects, though, it may come out more like a strangled yelp at times! The day begins with a Moon/Neptune aspect at 5:06 AM EDT, so we might be disappointed to wake up and find things aren’t quite as glamorous as they were in our dreams. Re-entry might be a little rough this morning as we wander out of the dreamscape shrouded in fog. At 7:22 AM EDT, the Sun squares Saturn, which is the “champagne dreams/beer budget” paradigm. Something’s surely going to rain on your parade or cramp your style early today. This just might be nature’s way of telling you to rein it in a bit. Think: allocation of resources. In order to build for the future, it may be necessary to cut back on  alluring luxury items today. Take a look at any out-of-control  spending and “comfort shopping” done in an attempt to fill some sort of void.

At 10:54 AM EDT, the Moon in Leo trines Venus in Gemini and everybody feels oh-so-pretty and witty. It’s sparkle plenty time, so enjoy the good vibes and friendly chatter. As the day progresses, the Sun makes the first of two aspects that evoke the  paradigm-shifting Uranus-Pluto square that is approaching an exact hit in the next few days. First up is Sun semi-square to Uranus at 1:55 PM EDT. People are going to be a little headstrong or oddly assertive about screwy things and some will undoubtedly be planning a mutiny. Nobody’s too happy with the same-old same-old. See if you can channel this energy in a useful direction (towards innovation, inventiveness, practical genius). At 3:41 PM EDT, playful Moon in Leo trines Uranus in Aries and gets that party started; be open to inspiration that arrives from left field. Magnetic energy abounds, so get creative!

At 4:10 PM EDT a Moon/Pluto connection, followed by a Sun/Pluto sesquisquare and a Moon/Saturn hookup, say “party’s over”. We become acutely aware of hidden agendas, secret pacts, power plays and cut-offs, put-downs, and blockades. We feel the influence of the puppetmaster pulling the strings on the marionette show. We may have to pull back and reassess the situation before moving forward again—especially if we didn’t realize the importance of all the hidden factors in operation today. It’s wise to keep certain things sub rosa today—be selective about what information you reveal to others, especially if you are unclear about or suspect their motivations. We may hear something in  today’s news about shadow governments, hidden nuclear weapons, or top-secret spy operations.




Sabian Symbol for today’s SUN: “A Spaniard serenading his señorita.”

Kozminsky Symbol for today’s SUN: “A giant of benevolent aspect, with his foot on a broken sword, tearing up the laws of the world by which men have been governed for centuries. Behind him are broken bags of golden coins, which are falling in a shower over a precipice.”

The Keyword for the Sabian Symbol is: “CONSTANCY.”

The Keyword for the Kozminsky Symbol is: “ICONOCLASM.”


Today’s Kozminsky Symbol echoes the tightening Uranus-Pluto square aspect. This Symbol relates to changing the paradigm, eliminating the old/bringing on the new, and establishing new standards and values. The giant is benevolent but you still don’t want to mess with him. He’s a force of nature like earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. This giant heralds a new order (he tears up laws, breaks swords, dumps all those coins into the ditch). We’re on notice that things must change, and the change will be massive. We’ve been operating on faulty premises and it’s time to begin again. The old ways have become corrupt; the old tools no longer work. The unusual becomes the usual. The “gold standard” has been upended as values change.

The Sabian Symbol has the romantic flair of the Moon in Leo, coupled with the steady faithfulness of the Sun in Taurus. It’s about going after what you desire with enthusiasm and a “never-say-die” attitude. Whatever we want, we will have to work hard for it. Get creative; try something new. Give voice to your talents, dance your dance, chase your dream. This Symbol is about creative manifestation and the power of love and emotion. What’s your siren song, your serenade?  We remember things better when there is an emotion or memory attached to the image. It’s about invoking the sacred in our lives. On the down side, it can mean pretty words, flattery and manipulative behavior, or becoming so emotional we’re overwhelmed or can’t see clearly.


The Devil / Judgment

“Detox.”  This combo reminds me of Saturn (The Devil card relates to Capricorn, whose ruler is Saturn) meeting Pluto (the Judgment card has a Pluto aura). When these two collide, we’re being asked to take a panoramic look at our life/lives and honestly assess what we’ve done. We’ll see everything that’s held us back, where we’ve behaved dishonestly, where we’ve been obsessed,  and everything we’ve ever been ashamed of—it’s like poking at old scars and making them bleed again. But we need to understand our habit patterns, where we get stuck, and why we keep playing the same roles over and over. This demolition process is a necessary step.

We learn to take a dispassionate view, seeing our lives as a continuum, and are finally learn from our mistakes. We start to see the web of connections, the reason things happened, allow us to clear out “stuck” areas. The Devil brings up these dark zones so we can finally see the light, which is the first step towards breaking free. This combination shows release from addictions, fears, and shame, it has a very “detox” feel to it. There’s a need to purge and release. This is also a very karmic combination, speaking of past life issues that suddenly erupt into our lives through unconscious or obsessive-compulsive behavior patterns. We’re being made aware of these things in order to finally let go of lingering feelings of  debt or obligation so we can begin again. It’s “clean slate time” and we’re being given the opportunity to re-create ourselves.

–May 16,  2013


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