is standing in for Terri Smallwood this month on the joyous occasion of
the birth of her daughter, Tegan. Terri will be back again as usual in
fitting that May Day not only is a traditional celebration of
growth, fertility and springtime blessings around the world, but also that
mayday is the international nautical code for distress - a call
for help! Despite the gentle joys of springtime and the soft earthy pleasures
of Venus-ruled Taurus, many of us will feel like calling for help before
the month is out!
Not that terrible things are
likely to happen this May, but the month is dominated by a number of strong
Neptunian aspects, along with two eclipses ... and a retrograde Mercury through
most of it! This all adds up to a lot of confusion and mental agitation
thats likely to keep us just a bit off balance all month long. Even
so, theres still plenty of opportunity to enjoy the down-to-earth pleasures
and comforts of Taurus.
The month announces its beginning
in no uncertain terms with the new Moon in Taurus on the first. New Moons
mean new beginnings, and in Taurus it turns the focus to earthly practicalities,
a no-nonsense get down to business phase. It begins a cycle focused
on productivity and fruitfulness, one that is deeply grounded in the material
plane with a close connection to Mother Earth. The challenge it initiates
for the rest of the month is that this new Moon makes a T-square with the
long-lasting opposition of Jupiter and Neptune (Leo-Aquarius) - anything
but down-to Earth energy! While these two push and pull us over broad visionary
goals and expansive philosophical ideals of war and peace or individualism
versus nationalism, new Moon in Taurus firmly announces its impatience with
all the debates and dramatic ponderings over world events, saying instead,
Lets think about whats for dinner tonight, or tending the
garden, or minding the store. Or maybe relaxing in the hot tub and listening
to the crickets chirp!
In short order Venus comes
in to ease the tension by making a soothing sextile to Neptune on May 2.
Perhaps we can build a harmonious bridge between the erratic struggle of
ideals and practical day-to-day reality, maybe helping to re-focus the dialog
on concrete solutions to real problems, or maybe drawing inspiration into
our own practical goals.
This harmony will not last,
however, as Sun square Neptune on the 4th re-asserts the cloudy, confusing
influence of Neptune. Sun conjunct Mercury on May 7 clears the air a bit,
promoting clear thinking and productive self-analysis, while Venus trine
Pluto the same day brings a different kind of clarity: an emotional
self-awareness that is able to dredge up buried thoughts and feelings from
the past that may be influencing us subconsciously, so we can consider whether
or not they still serve a useful purpose.
On the 8th Mars opposes Jupiter,
one of the few times this month when the action could take a more physical
turn. If theres a major task or activity youve been waiting for
the right time to launch, this could be it. Mars will provide the energy
while Jupiter adds the heart and smoothes the way to make it a success. On
the other hand, without productive focus the same energy can manifest as
ego battles and self-righteous argumentation.
With a few days of relative
calm, the agitation and confusion gets downright hairy in the days leading
up to mid-month, with Mercury squaring Neptune and then Mars in quick succession,
followed by Mars conjunct Neptune. At this time it is wise to stay alert
to keeping out of harms way, as this combination can bring about explosive
energy or accidents quite unexpectedly. On the world stage, look for aggression
and deception to reach new heights. Dramatic events are likely, but are unlikely
to be what they seem to be on the surface.
May 16 there is a lunar eclipse, with Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio.
Along with the somewhat shadowy nature of lunar eclipses in general, here
Scorpios characteristic association with hidden forces and secrecy
is intensified by Neptunes going retrograde the same day! A lunar eclipse,
like any other full Moon, shows the outcome of the forces set
in motion by the previous new Moon. Here at the pivot-point of the month,
the tug-of war between the Venusian/Taurean down-to-earth openness and
practicality, and the illusory, confusing, deceptive side of Neptune swings
decisively to the Neptunian side with the influence of the Scorpio lunar
On the world stage, what is
being emphasized here is the balance between the need for stable values,
peace and security represented by Taurus, and the secrecy, confusion and
hidden agendas that can threaten that peace and security even as they nominally
strive to protect it, represented by Scorpio and Neptune. Of course both
Scorpio (ruled by Pluto) and Neptune (ruler of Pisces) have positive sides,
including psychic abilities and the power of positive transformation for
Scorpio. For Neptune, the positives are faith, inspiration, intuition and
universal Love. Ultimately, whether the positive or negative sides of any
astrological influence have the final say is a matter of free will. Those
interested in understanding the dynamics of current events on a global scale
would do well to meditate deeply on the insights of this lunar eclipse.
Mercury finally goes direct
on May 20 - hooray! - sandwiched by a pair of Mercury-Jupiter squares on
the 19th and 23rd. These few days are likely to be a time of too much talk
with too little meaning ... lots of glib chatter and promises that wont
be kept. Take everything said during this time (even what you say yourself!)
with a large grain of salt.
Its only fitting that
this Mercury-dominated talk-fest marks the moment Sun says a fond farewell
to Taurus and enters talkative, analytical Gemini on May 21. On May 24 Sun
squares Uranus, a volatile aspect that can bring sudden, unexpected changes
or rebellious challenges to authority. This could be a day for vocal (and
possibly violent) protests and clashes over government policies. On a personal
level it could mean blowing up at the boss or letting the in-laws know that
you dont exist to live up to their expectations!
The next day brings a more
focused and productive expression to this restless energy when Mars sextiles
Pluto on May 25. On the 26th Venus in Taurus squares Jupiter, then conjuncts
Mercury, creating an atmosphere where both thoughts and feelings can be expressed
freely. This is definitely the day for that heart-to-heart talk with your
spouse or loved one.
On May 27 Aquarian Neptune
makes its final stand against the Taurus energy when it squares both Venus
and Mercury, clouding and confusing the harmonious connection between ideas
and emotions. Best to put off any important decisions or plans until June,
when the fuzzy Neptunian energy wanes and the lingering Jupiter-Neptune
opposition finally leaves its orb of influence.
May 30 the waning, nearly exhausted Moon joins the Sun in Gemini, setting
the stage for the dramatic closing event of the month the following day.
May ends as it began, with a new Moon, but this time its in Gemini
and its a solar eclipse! More than an ordinary new Moon, a solar eclipse
marks the beginning of a new cycle and plants the seeds of change for what
is to come. In Gemini, it heralds a most welcome change from the muddy, cloudy
thinking that has hung over the collective consciousness under the influence
of Neptunes shadowy side. Mercury-ruled Gemini announces a new clarity
of thought and communication, and brings the opportunity to consciously evolve
our objective awareness. On the world scene, tired rhetoric and empty
sloganeering loses much of its power to bedazzle us, and we are better able
to distinguish truth from propaganda, more likely to make decisions based
on clear understanding and reasoned consideration of the likely consequences
of the alternatives rather than vague feelings of fear, loyalty, patriotism,
anger and insecurity that may or may not accurately reflect reality.
Here again, it is free will
that will determine whether we use this new-found clarity to actively move
events, both global and personal, in new and positive directions ... but
the opportunity is there. Make the most of it!
For a detailed
listing of this months transits, see
the May Interactive