Photo by wise owl Kevin

Photo by wise owl Kevin

Saturday, May 10 - Sunday, May 11, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Virgo/Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhuvaneshvari and Tara

Skill: choose wisely, move in and out of situations smoothly

Negative Imprint: control, criticism, burdens

Positive Imprint: reinterpretation, reformation

Strong astrological aspects are on tap this weekend.  Around 2:30 pm ET/ 6:30 pm UT on Saturday, the Sun will oppose Saturn.  This energy will build all day and be strongly in effect through the evening.  With this, we are asked to go back and look at something in more detail.  Did we miss something or not place enough importance on it?  Are we glossing over important details or elements?  Saturn tends to make us feel bad about ourselves and pick out all the things that we feel aren't up to par.  People often project these feelings, pointing out what others aren't doing or what they are doing wrong.  If you feel let down (by yourself or others) this energy can take hold of you and start taking you down, spiraling into oblivion.  Saturn "rules" time, so don't fall for the trap that has you racing against the clock or mired in mundane tasks that are not enjoyable.  Saturn wants us to follow the rules and it is into control.  If you have responsibilities or duties, honor what needs to be done just because it needs to be done and feel rewarded with the completion.  (Saturn rarely rewards us, so we have to do that ourselves.)

You may find yourself faced with a significant choice on Saturday.  The choice may involve doing what's expected or following your own sense of integrity and value.  Don't do anything you aren't comfortable with.  It may take courage, but don't compromise yourself.  Stay on the "high road" but don't take things over the top.

Saturday's energy also foreshadows the future.  Take note of circumstances, messages, synchronicities, and animal sightings (refer to Ted Andrews' book Animal Speak for full discussion of the meaning of encounters with specific animals).  This is excellent energy for reinforcing the visions, wishes, and intentions that you are setting for this year.  Gaze ahead and see it come to fruition.

Sunday's energy starts off with the Moon making conjunction with Mars with Mars and Venus in opposition.  This occurs around 7:30 am ET/ 11:30 am UT.  This is all about relationships, particularly romantic relationships but really all kinds of relationships - familial, professional, friendly, casual.  Trouble may brew, especially if people are feeling abandoned or not seen or heard.  There is strong potential for arguments, conflict, and aggression.  It is never a good thing to be dominated by the energy.  We want to command it, not be commanded by it.  So, knowing in advance that there is heightened potential for things to become charged up with emotion, we can detach from the emotion and look at what is really going on.  The raven in the picture above reminds us of this.  We can step back and watch; we can fly right into the middle of things; we can step back out.  The point is to remember that you are in control of yourself.

There is ample assistance available to us no matter what transpires.  All we need to do is ask.

Keep in mind that I am giving the times of the exact astrological aspects for these events.  Energy moves in waves.  It waxes and wanes.  All of this energy is in effect this weekend, not just the day of the aspect.  It is not rigidly in place at these exact times.  It flows.  I am listing the times for point of reference.  You may experience the Mars-Venus aspect on Saturday and the Sun-Saturn aspect on Sunday.  Take it as a whole.

Remember always that nature provides whatever we need - including our sanity.  Go outside and take a walk to calm emotions and gain perspective.  Keep your eyes and ears open for synchronicity and snap a photograph when you stumble upon something beautiful.  Share it with your fellow owls by sending it to

We are going to turn this energy on its side and use it to reform, reinterpret, and remake what we want instead of being whipped by it.  Take charge.