Deer Moon Astrology, 5/16/2021

Mercury arrives in the shadow of the upcoming retrograde phase (May 29th – June 22nd) and approaches a square to Neptune — the first of 3 squares that will challenge us to deepen our connections. Our thinking must begin to mature and our ideas must show relevance beyond simple cleverness. As well, Saturn is on the degree where it will turn retrograde on May 23rd. The challenge is to recognize the importance of flexibility that does not sacrifice the importance of principles, morality, and compassion. Curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge must stay connected to deeper principles and truth. The promise of last Tuesday’s New Moon (11:59 AM PDT 21° Taurus) will not be realized until we move through this deepening process.

When the moon links up with Mars in Cancer this morning, we can expect to feel like taking action in our relationships. We might even want to discuss our emotions with others or demonstrate our sentiments at a deeper level.

This is expressed by Pluto, which makes a lunar aspect before the moon turns void-of-course and rests tonight. When the moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn, we can expect to see and feel a power struggle brewing.

This morning’s moon-Mars conjunction urges us to confront such matters, while the Pluto energy demands that we take charge and fight until someone wins the argument. The flip side to this transit is that we might want to dominate others at any cost, and in that case, no one can win.

Neptune in Pisces adds inspiration to the afternoon, allowing us to embrace our creativity and let our inner artistry shine. The only drawback to this transit is that you may feel as though you’re being taken for granted or that people aren’t giving you the credit you deserve.

Emotions and deception could be strong throughout the day, which is why it would be best to take care of yourself and give your heart a break. Instead of feeling so much all the time, put your energy into something creative to release any pent-up emotions.

Finally, the Taurus sun and Cancer moon share a lovely connection tonight, heightening desire.


Today is the 136th day of 2021
35 days until the summer solstice
13 days until Mercury Retrograde
229 days until 2022

Sun is in Taurus
Moon is Waxing Crescent* in Cancer
Mercury is in Gemini
Venus is in Gemini
Mars is in Cancer
Jupiter enters Pisces
Saturn is in Aquarius
Uranus is in Taurus
Neptune is in Pisces
Pluto is Rx in Capricorn
Chiron is in Aries

*The Waxing Crescent is an intermediate phase of the Moon, which starts after the New Moon and lasts until the First Quarter. In this phase, the Moon’s light begins to increase from 0.1% to 49.9%. Even though it is not a major phase, it lasts longer, about 21.6% of the lunar month.

  • Mercury is retrograde from May 29th and goes Direct on June 22nd in the signs of Gemini/Taurus
  • Jupiter is retrograde from June 20th and goes Direct on October 18th in the signs of Aquarius/Capricorn
  • Venus is retrograde from December 19th and goes Direct on January 29th (2022) in the signs of Capricorn/Sagittarius
  • Saturn is retrograde from May 23rd and goes Direct on October 11th in the sign of Capricorn


The High Priestess sits in front of a thin veil decorated with pomegranates. The veil represents the separate conscious and subconscious realms, the seen and the unseen, and serves to keep casual onlookers out. Only the initiated may enter. The pomegranates on the veil are a symbol of abundance, fertility and the divine feminine, and are sacred to Persephone who ate a pomegranate seed in the underworld and was forced to return every year.

On either side of the High Priestess stand two pillars, marking the entrance to this sacred, mystical temple (also associated with the Temple of Solomon). One pillar is black with the letter B (Boaz, meaning ‘in his strength’) and the other is white with the letter J (Jachin, meaning ‘he will establish’). The black and white colours of the pillars symbolise duality – masculine and feminine, darkness and light – stating that knowledge and acceptance of duality are required to enter this sacred space.

The High Priestess wears a blue robe with a cross on her chest and a horned diadem (or crown), both a symbol of her divine knowledge and her status as a divine ruler. In her lap, she holds a scroll with the letter TORA, signifying the Greater Law (according to A. E. Waite). It is partly covered, signifying that this sacred knowledge is both explicit and implicit, it will only be revealed when the student is ready to look beyond the material realm. The crescent moon at her feet symbolises her connection with the divine feminine, her intuition and subconscious mind, and the natural cycles of the moon.

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