Starcodes May 17, 2024

This week the stars asked us to weed and cultivate our garden, and run with that earthy metaphor throughout our life. But what’s a weed and what’s a plant worth fertilizing can be a very personal choice, we need to clarify our goal. Though it may be unloved by gardening magazines, the noble dandelion saves the early pollinators and offers us food with every part of its being.

Let’s take a good look at what really matters to us and nurture friendships, healthy habits, a community, or love interest close to our heart. Once we plant a seedling we can protect and nurture it, but we can’t hurry the process. The more we poke it or pull it, the slower the growth. This week that slow but steady blossoming is nurtured by five planets in fertile, earthy, comfort- loving Taurus. Taurus encourages deep roots, people and politics can also show its incredibly stubborn side.

But the planets also call us to weed and remove the tangled blocks to our growth as well as mourn and compost what no longer grows as Mercury in Taurus now squares Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth. We may need to reckon with some sadness, some Plutonian realization or tough decision which loomed in March and now needs reckoning; Mercury almost hit this point before it retrograded in early April and now works its way back. A healthy forest is not static, it’s in a constant state of new growth from old compost.

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Starcodes: Astrological map for the week ahead

Heather Roan Robbins is a choice-oriented astrologer and ceremonialist, author of Starcodes Oracle Deck and 4 books-with an on-line practice www.roanrobbins.com