Spring beckons. The planets and politics speak of the tension between our desire to roam and our need for safety as the sun trines intense Pluto and then trines expansive Jupiter.

Jupiter and Pluto were conjunct once a few weeks ago and will twice more before winter. Together, they ask us how we define freedom and assess our priorities. Many children and hard-working people appreciate the extra time with family. We do have the freedom to garden, wander the woods or empty streets, or redefine our lives. However, we don’t have the freedom to drop our guards, travel willy-nilly, or wade into a crowded pub and meet strangers. In this unique time, it’s important for us to notice what we do have, where we are unusually free, and make the most of it.

On Friday and Saturday, a sensitive Pisces moon conjuncts Mars and Neptune, a transit that can be both sweet and sentimental, but it can also make us painfully aware of our psychic and immunological sensitivities. Our gumption levels increase on Sunday, and we could feel our energies pulse in fits and starts as the moon enters Aries and the sun trines Jupiter. Instead of rebelling against what we can’t do, we can direct that Aries impulse toward what we can.

Midweek, an earthy Taurus moon encourages us to share warmth in simple yet tangible ways. Just watch out for odd misunderstandings and fantasies that can clutter up relationships as Venus squares Neptune. The urge to communicate grows even stronger as the sun enters Gemini on Wednesday, so check in on one another and share that web of support.

FRIDAY, MAY 15: Although work deadlines or other pressures demand efficiency this morning, we may long for the creature comforts and the idealized security of yesteryear as the Pisces moon conjuncts Mars. Take any opportunity to reach out and connect.

SATURDAY, MAY 16: We can see how to open our souls to lazy moments in a dreamy day or nurture our gardens as the moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces midday. But in our sensitivities, let’s not forget to show up for others. Our timing can be odd, but sweetness abounds if we can drop our hearts into it.

SUNDAY, MAY 17: It’s good to take on a project of our own devising as the moon enters proactive Aries and the sun trines freedom-loving Jupiter, loaning us optimism and restlessness. Watch for inflammation and expect political feistiness. Start something wonderful.

MONDAY, MAY 18: Expect interesting contradictions. Willpower is strong but may come in bursts. Moods may be feisty, but we won’t want conflict. We may feel unusually articulate by late morning, so let’s get our points across. Certain nervy energy can bring moments of brilliance and make it hard to stay focused.

TUESDAY, MAY 19: Conspiracy theories could flare up and get in the way as the moon squares Pluto and Jupiter. Calm the mind, check sources, and look at the facts again. The afternoon will tend to be busy. Tonight brings calm; we need nourishment and comfort as the moon wanes into Taurus.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20: Take a different approach this morning as sun enters verbal Gemini. Keep talking and watch out for glib thinking. Make sure changes are not based on mere wishful thinking but rather on solid potential and healthy steps forward.

THURSDAY, MAY 21: Bring some practical work to a conclusion as the waning Taurus moon trines Pluto. Look for seedlings, sprouts of ingenuity. Encourage new sparks arising, build solidly rather than jump the gun as Mars approaches a sextile to Uranus in the week ahead. ◀

To contact astrologer Heather Roan Robbins, go to roanrobbins.com.

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