May 1 to
June 20, 2004
Beltane to Summer Solstice
THE BIG PICTURE:
7 weeks include a Lunar Eclipse and Venus retrograde. We are
encouraged to work toward higher forms of empowerment, as well as
to hone increased awareness, deeper mental focus and creative
genius. Letting go of your attachment to specific results will
enable the Gods to send increased blessings in unexpected ways.
May 1 – BELTANE
May 2 – Chiron
Stationary Retrograde in Capricorn (until Sep. 26)
to a week before and after this date, you may find that your focus
is more on health and the ways that you are metaphorically
“wounded.” In particular, be aware of ways that you might be
struggling to move forward with ambitions, goals, career or
dealing with authority figures. Chiron retrograde can help you dig
deeper to understand your obstacles and work harder to develop new
skills and accumulate new resources in your quest.
May 2 – Venus opposite Pluto (in
Venus’ retrograde cycle (Apr.14 to Aug.3), she makes 3 oppositions
to Pluto: May 2, June 2 and July 25. Today begins the first of
these aspects, imprinting the whole cycle with themes of finding a
better balance of power in relationships and empowering yourself
with self-love. The question over the next few months is: how do
you balance gentleness, compassion and negotiation with power,
strength and sticking to your higher values?
May 4, 4:33 PM
EDT – LUNAR ECLIPSE in Scorpio (Sun in Taurus)
Eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon, aligned so precisely that the
Moon passes through Earth’s shadow cast by the Sun. This eclipse
(not visible in Canada) sees the fruition of a process that began
at the Solar Eclipse last November, when you were urged to let a
positive outlook support your conflict or pain, rather than just
mask it. Now you’re challenged to distinguish conflict from
opportunity, aggression from assertiveness, and grandiosity from
genius. You have the next 6 months to juggle these concepts into a
more workable balance.
May 4 – Jupiter Station Direct (in
several days before and after this date, you may feel expansive,
inspired and wise. You may also experience erratic, restless
energy that hides unexpected enlightenment, which harkens back to
last August when a fresh sense of creative genius emerged based on
balancing practical knowledge with lunatic wisdom. That creative
energy can now manifest in concrete action over the next few
months. Stay open, innocent and light, while minimising rebellion,
arrogance and extremes without practical purpose.
May 7 – Mars in
Cancer (until Jun 23)
next couple of months, your energy is best spent in the interests
of self-protection—not in the sense of being selfish, defensive or
overly cautious, but by taking responsibility for your own needs,
learning how to pro-actively be your own nurturing parent, and
discovering ways to assert more effective boundaries in an
atmosphere of kindness, caring and empathy.
May 16 –
Mercury in Taurus (until Jun 5)
returns to Taurus, where he ploughed the ground back in the first
half of April when he went retrograde. After pioneering through
the forthrightness of Aries, he is back in slow, deliberate, paced
Taurus. Take some time now to process the ideas and information
you’ve gathered since early April, which contain seed ideas that
can later bear fruit. Then start planting.
May 17 –
Neptune Station Retrograde in Aquarius (until Oct. 24)
several days before and after this date, you might feel any or all
of: confused, inspired, surrendering, dreamy, depressed, passive,
psychic. This can be a time when you are challenged to let go of
ego attachments and go with the spiritual flow for the greater
good, which may require you to stretch yourself more than you’re
used to. Patience, compassion and trusting the process will help
to grease the wheels and make the journey smoother.
May 17 – Venus Station Retrograde
in Gemini (until June 29)
only goes retrograde every 1½ years, so it’s a relatively rare
occurrence, and Neptune’s station the same day adds a dreamy,
almost surreal aura. For the next 6 weeks it may seem like your
resources, finances, relationships, self-worth and sense of
pleasure have taken a turn into a strange, unfamiliar territory.
Our Lady of Love and Pleasure urges you to reassess how you
empower yourself and employ compassion and empathy, showing you a
new perspective in these areas. Explore new ways to express your
desire for social connection, material security and self-worth—and
what happens if those are frustrated. Gradually share some of the
more challenging aspects of your personal growth with those
closest to you, and network with others to gain new ideas for
future development. In July start to install the best of them into
your collection of personal resources.
May 19, 12:52
AM EDT – NEW MOON in Taurus
opportunity to heal your physical and financial health begins
now—the catch is you may have to let go of some ego attachments in
unexpected ways. For the next 4 weeks, strive for a higher vision
of your material needs, self-worth, values and attitudes about
pleasure and abundance. To do this, you may first need to
acknowledge and accept the paradoxes and limitations inherent to
your circumstances. Yet instead of inhibiting you, letting go of
the need for specific results can free you to be open to the
unexpected ways the Gods can send their blessings.
May 20 – Sun
in Gemini (until Jun 20)
Solar Return to all Gemini’s! The Sun in Gemini brings
opportunities to focus on communication, mental focus, exchange of
ideas, and increasing your conscious awareness and
self-expression. Struggling with creative madness and egotism can
give way to a higher sense of purpose and vision of the Self,
allowing a new sense of genuine self-love, empowerment, and
speaking from the heart, to emerge.
May 25 – Mars
conjunct Saturn (in Cancer)
this date, forward action combines with manifestation and/or
limitation. On one hand you may experience delays, frustration and
struggles with authority figures; however, you may also find you
are finally able to manifest carefully laid plans. Strive to take
responsibility for your actions, face hard realities head-on, and
work with your circumstances, to increase the effectiveness of
your ambitions and goals.
June 2, 12:19
AM EDT – FULL MOON in Sagittarius (Sun in Gemini)
the fruition point for the seeds you planted at the New Moon (May
19). This is the time when that higher vision can emerge,
transforming into unexpected sources and forms of divine blessings
and abundance. However, attachment to a specific outcome could
result in disappointment and feeling like you’re losing control of
your circumstances. Loosen up, give the Gods some flexibility in
choosing how to manifest their blessings, and use your creative
intuition to prepare the ground.
June 5 –
Mercury in Gemini (until Jun 19)
sprints through his own sign of Gemini for the next two weeks,
giving voice to the dynamics described under “Sun in Gemini.”
Consciously directed thought, communication, and exchange of ideas
can help you mentally focus on your quest for higher forms of
self-expression and awareness.
June 8 – Sun
conjunct Venus (in Gemini)
marks the half-way point of Venus’s retrograde cycle, bringing a
somewhat fragile beginning of new awareness about how to work with
receptivity, relating, abundance and self-worth. For a couple of
days before and after this date, strive to balance your need for
empowerment with a non-judgemental acceptance and recognition of
the ways that you may also feel vulnerable or wounded. Be gentle
with yourself and others.
June 10 –
Uranus Stationary Retrograde in Pisces (until Nov. 11)
several days before and after this date life may seem a bit
chaotic and erratic, or maybe just exciting and spontaneous.
Whatever your experience, this can be a transition time between
the old and the new, shedding old habitual responses and trading
them for new adventures and perspectives. No need to trash
everything in sight—just whatever needs to be set free.
June 11 – Sun
opposite Pluto (in Gemini/Sagittarius)
Now is a
good time to process accumulating information, as well as increase
your awareness, about empowerment in your life. Reach for a
higher, broader perspective by which to view and understand
situations involving power struggles, deep psychology and
intensity. You may surprise yourself.
June 12 –
Mercury conjunct Venus (in Gemini)
Receptive awareness can run deep at this time and may show you
valuable information about dynamics that are happening under the
surface of interactions and relationships. Indulge in some
creative pleasures that could transform you: art, music, poetry,
massage, scented baths, walks in the country.
June 15 – Mars
opposite Chiron (in Cancer/Capricorn)
be able to see more clearly now the ways in which you can wound as
well as heal others with intentions of kindness, nurturing, limits
and high standards. Whether you do this to someone else, or
someone else does it to you, either way, you have the opportunity
to learn new insights about this by listening closely to your
feelings and observing the cause-and-effect.
June 17, 4:26
PM EDT – NEW MOON in Gemini
of the Moon heralds a time of new beginnings, unseen by the
conscious mind, which will come to fruition at the Full Moon (July
2). In the next two weeks, be open to new information, insights
and awareness about how paradox, irony and contradiction can hide
sacred Truths and reveal the limitations of conventional wisdom.
By refusing to settle for superficial logic, and by being
receptive to subtlety and nuance, you can prepare the way for new
spiritual and emotional growth.
June 19 –
Mercury in Cancer (until July 4)
focus is on feelings, needs, nurturing, home, family and roots.
This can be a good time to learn and gather information about how
your adult life is coloured by childhood experiences. Letting
yourself see how these experiences have made you unique and
special can facilitate new balance and acceptance of your human
June 20, 8:56 PM EDT – SUMMER
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Originally published in Cauldron and Quill Magazine, and The Burning Times
Newsletter, Beltane 2004 Issues.
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