Sunday, 1 May 2011

Astrology for May

Welcome to May.

I love May. It’s such a ripe month here in the northern hemisphere. The days are long and we’ve had a little taste of sunshine, so the promise and hope of a warm summer is upon us. Here in the UK, we are just coming down from the royal wedding, an event so full of romance and optimism.

The sky on the May 1st, magical May Day, offers us Neptune in Pisces and Mercury direct, following a rather tense retrograde in April. The Sun is in sensual Taurus, a stubborn Sun, steady in the face of Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus, all in fiery Aries! Had enough of all the heat? Well, this May, the inner planets start to join the Sun in the earth sign of Taurus, helping us to connect to something a bit more tangible than hot air and rash impatience.

Here’s the low-down on April's main action...

Taurus New Moon
May 2 (American time zones) or 3 (European/Asian time zones)
As the Sun and Moon join in practical Taurus, it’s time to make a plan. Taurus likes nothing more than security, so issues of both emotional and financial security come into focus now. The build up of planets in Aries provides the energy and drive to get us started and the steady tenaciousness of Taurus helps us to follow through. Pluto’s easy trine to the New Moon helps us to find the resources we need, but Saturn in an awkward quincunx to the New Moon reminds us to consider others as we push through with our planning.

Mars Enters Taurus
May 11:
Had a great idea or started a promising new project last month while Mars was in fiery Aries? Now that Mars enters the steady, tenacious, productive sign of Taurus, you should be able to find the right kind of energy to follow through on that project or idea. So long as you don’t give in to laziness! This is a sensual Mars and simple pleasures are what it is all about. This is a great ingress for enjoying nature or for doing what comes naturally. Enjoy! Mars is in Taurus until June 20/21 (depending on your time zone).

Venus Enters Taurus
May 15:
Lovely Venus joins Mars in Taurus. Venus is very happy in the sign of the bull. This is an especially warm, physical and creative placing for Venus. In Taurus, Venus expresses affection easily. We can appreciate the good things in life when Venus is in this sign – food, luxury, beauty, comfortable surroundings. It is also a good ingress to have a look at our finances. We love the things that money can buy, but do we have the money to buy them? An earth sign, Taurus will help us to stay down to earth and realistic when it comes to our expenditure and also help us to understand that some of the best things in life are free. Venus is in Taurus until June 9.

Mercury Enters Taurus
May 15:
One the same day as Venus moves into Taurus, Mercury does the same. With Mercury in Aries, shooting off at the mouth without thinking was fine, but with the communication planet in Taurus, we need to be more careful with what we say. Mercury in Taurus is a practical thinker, so applying your mind to finding functional solutions to problems is a great use of this energy. It’s also a good time to think about the power of words, to really savour what you say and how you say it. It’s also pretty good for whispering sensual sweet nothings into the ear of the one you love. Mercury is in Taurus until June 2.

Full Moon in Scorpio
May 17:
Taurus is about desire and possession and this is what it has in common with its opposite sign Scorpio. For both Taurus and Scorpio, to possess something - whether it’s a person, an object or a big bank balance – is to have security: emotional, financial and material. Desire is an expression of a need to connect to something other than the self. Desire for Taurus is a sensual, earthly pleasure. For Scorpio, it’s a deeply felt, highly controlled emotion. Balancing Taurus desire with Scorpio desire is key this Full Moon and paves the road to the security that these two signs need.  A Mercury, Venus and Mars conjunction, all in Taurus, will help us to voice our desires and a connection to the Full Moon from Neptune lends a bit of magical alchemy to the mix.

Sun in Gemini
May 21:
A Gemini Sun has us striving to connect and communicate with others. The magic is in the detail with Gemini, but the danger is of being pulled in all sorts of directions as we follow the whims of the moment. All in all though, Gemini is a fun placement for the Sun, a time to come out of yourself and look upon the world with curiosity, then head off to explore it. We never know where the Gemini journey will take us until we start out. We are bound to meet many forks in the road, we just won’t be sure which on to take!

Ongoing Events: A Reminder of the Bigger Picture

Pluto Retrograde
Pluto turned retrograde on April 9. It spends over 40% of its time retrograde and has a retrograde period of approximately 160 days, so this is not a retrograde to get too worried about.  It turned around at 7 degrees 30 minutes of Capricorn and from a personal perspective this will be a significant retrograde transit if you have planets or angles at 7-8 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. A deep review of your emotional and material life could be called for, as well as dealing with issues around power and control and self-sabotaging habits. Pluto transits are not easy, but in the final analysis can signal the start of positive change. See Notes From A Pluto transit for a personal account of what a Pluto transit can be like.

Neptune in Pisces
As the Moon starts to wax, increasing in light and energy we start to dream of something magical and mystical came our way…Neptune, after 14 years in Aquarius, dipped its toes into watery Pisces on April 4, the sign it feels its most natural affinity with.  This ingress brings with it themes of compassion, philanthropy, suffering, idealism, spirituality and sacrifice. Some of these are explored in my article Neptune in Pisces Miscellanea

Neptune retrogrades back into Aquarius on August 5, re-entering Pisces on February 3, 2012, after which it will stay in Pisces until 2026.

Uranus in Aries
Exciting, rebellious Uranus is now very much settled in warrior sign of Aries… There’s lots of stuff about Uranus in Aries at Astroair Astrology…here’s a selection of the most popular articles…

What’s the Aries Point and what does it mean for Uranus? 
Rush of Energy ~ Uranus at the Aries Point

How Uranus in Aries might affect you?
Uranus in Aries Transits

Key phrases for this exciting transit & tips for handling the fiery energy

Uranus in Aries Brainstorm

Find out how Uranus in Aries will wake up your Mars

Uranus in Aries and your Personal Mars Sign

Saturn retrograde in Libra
Saturn’s been in Libra since 2009 and is currently in its second retrograde period of three during its time in the sign of the scales. It turns direct in June, so we still have May to do some Saturn Libra Retrograde’s a few suggestions for using the retrograde to review your relationships:

Saturn transit getting you down? Here are a few helpful articles from last year’s blog-a-thon:

Void of Course Moons for May
You can see a Void of Course Moon table for May here….along with an explanation of what Void of Course is and how to use it.

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