Illustration by Taylor Dow

Illustration by Taylor Dow

Heavy Turbulence

Uranus steps into Taurus and Mars enters shadow.

“For when we hit the roughest seas,

We’ll need all we can get…

Let the last storm hit us.

Let it strike at the hardest part.”

—Sleater-Kinney, “The End of You”

The ride speeds up so quickly this week you may feel like you’re stuck to the walls of a spinning Gravitron, overwhelmed. Despite the fast pace, try to savor the scent of lilacs before their purple petals wither. Taste small strawberries. This life includes the difficult and the sweet! Closures keep coming this week, but a new Moon in Taurus on the 15th acts like a doorway to a solid new beginning. Also on the 15th, Uranus is graduating from Aries University and entering Taurus. That means Tuesday contains potential upheaval, electrical problems or “tension-breaking” events. This is the big Uranus transition we have felt rumbling! We might confront #MeToo topics from the 8th to the 11th, as we consider all that Jupiter-in-Scorpio has taught us (so far) about power, trauma, and shame. Unavoidable shadows. We’re viewing the sharp, thorny parts of ourselves—the scared and scary ways in which we’ve been hurt and also do harm.

Speaking of shadows: Mars is gearing up for a red-hot summer retrograde (that starts June 26th) by strolling into its pre-retrograde shadow on the 12th. What happens on Friday relates to the plot of your upcoming Mars retro story. Mars is about self-empowerment, anger, and action. Mars clarifies what we can change and what we must accept. Expect those issues to arise. On the 15th Mars enters Aquarius, amping up our desire for independence and unusual subjects. Mercury enters Taurus on the 13th, making words slightly less impulsive. Mercury in Aries has been very speak first, think it through later. A Taurus Mercury allows for more careful—yet still blunt—communication. Creative problem solving is necessary this week; you may have to try multiple approaches before you find a solution. Keep reaching out to people you trust. It’s a wild ride, and we’ll all need hands to hold.

SEVEN-YEAR SWITCH

Heeeeere’s Uranus, transiting to a new sign for the first time in nearly seven years! The slow-moving outer planet will enter Taurus on the 15th and pretty much stay there until 2026. Uranus—planet of innovation, disruption, and exclamation points—has lived in Aries since about 2011. The day that Uranus enters a new sign tends to coincide with a chaotic, tumultuous event. Be aware. It’s also common to feel tense for days surrounding Uranus’ move. You’re reviewing all the lessons you’ve gained over the past seven years, and much of that learning was about self-worth and personal power.

With Uranus in Taurus, we’ll likely see changes to food production and breakthroughs related to the physical body. Increasingly unstable weather patterns may take the spotlight. Historically, the last time Uranus was in Taurus (1934–1942) coincided with the rise of fascism on a global scale. But the future is still unwritten. Many astrologers predict Uranus in Taurus will shake up financial systems: Stock markets and cryptocurrencies could alter everything. It’s impossible to know exactly how a Taurus Uranus will affect our personal and public world. One thing is certain though: Uranus loathes stagnancy and demands change.

YOU CAN PLANET

From Wednesday the 9th until Thursday evening you can get a ton accomplished, thanks to a helpful Moon in Pisces. On Wednesday morning Venus and Jupiter ask you to adjust your expectations. The morning of Thursday the 10th could feel emotional, but by early afternoon you will become unstuck. An asteroid named Vesta kicks up home-related stress. Expect conversations about value and money. Schedule a job interview or important meeting for Friday the 11th! The Sun makes a helpful angle with Pluto around 4 p.m. Though this rare “trine” may stir strong feelings for a few days, it’s also useful for initiating projects or getting a thumbs-up. The Aries Moon provides self-empowerment and confidence too. Repair relationships and examine power-and-control issues possibly related to “triangular” dynamics. On Saturday the 12th, Mars enters its pre-retrograde shadow. Mercury and Mars clash in a square that irritates you with fighting words or button-pushing. More relationship tension! On Sunday the 13th, Mercury and Uranus collide and unleash shocking communication. Mercury enters Taurus (beware of backhanded compliments). Fortunately Venus makes two positive aspects with Mars and Jupiter that ought to provide relief. Monday the 14th is action-packed. Mercury and Chiron bring words that sting but then heal. You have an important choice to make about love or money, and the evening brings intense moods. Tuesday the 15th is a super-fertile day! Use it wisely. There’s a new Moon (new start) in Taurus, and Uranus enters Taurus too. Mars also enters Aquarius today.

spacewitch@ seattleweekly.com

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