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All in all, this is an exciting month! For starters, we have a New Moon in Taurus on May.08, which brings us a very non-physical experience of Taurus' physical and sensory nature. On May.15 there is the Mars-Uranus conjunction in Pisces, which promises to take us on a wild ride to wake us up! We also have two planetary stations -- both Chiron and Neptune go retrograde, bringing a revisitation of issues to do with wounding/healing (Chiron) and spiritual surrender (Neptune).
This month the Low-Down includes information about some major aspect configurations happening in the skies. (For more information about these and other aspect configurations, see the Glossary.)
There are no less than three Yod configurations taking place this month! The Yod configuration typically produces irritation and frustration that needs to be stabilised through the creative cooperation and support of other energies (shown by the planets involved). It is ultimately growth oriented, and its stress can bring us to a new level of awareness of the subtleties and "shades of grey" in our lives.
Another aspect configuration this month is a Grand Trine in Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius), which takes place in mid and late May. This brings an open flow of mental, communication and awareness energy. The Grand Trine is formed by a parade of planets (Venus, Sun, Mercury) going through Gemini during May, pulling together a trine between Jupiter-Chiron.
This Grand Trine is special because it is a throwback to late-2003 to mid-2004, when the Jupiter-Chiron trine brought us renewed hope for the healing of wounds and justice for senseless wrongs committed in the past. Your actions during mid-Feb to late-March of 2004 would have tried to tap into this energy, but this may not have been enough to truly manifest that hope and justice.
However, the latent results of your efforts are likely to come to fruition this month, as several planets align themselves with Jupiter and Chiron to form a Grand Trine from mid-to-late May. Although you may or may not be particularly aware of this energy's presence (it's easy to take Grand Trines for granted), the opportunity is there to tap into it, to support your unresolved struggles and bring you to a deeper level of healing.
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You may have to work extra hard during this time to make your point with people or to think through problems. It is a time to be clear, objective and down-to-earth in your communication and thinking, but equally important to do this without going overboard and becoming rigid, autocratic or over-cautious. If you find yourself stuck in a glass-half-empty frame of mind, you might be finally coming to terms with some hard realities and decisions, but check to be sure you're not taking yourself and your situation too seriously. If you are able to resist over-controlling the results, while remaining connected to your passion, it can also be a time to formulate enthusiastic ideas into solid plans and procedures.
May.07 – Sun SQR Neptune (in Taurus/Aquarius)
Your ideals and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment, disillusionment and pretence. In fact, it is an ideal time to take a hard look at your unconscious beliefs and subtle longings, because they may be distorting your worldview right now. Spiritually you may discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but think of this as an exercise in learning what your path is NOT. This can clear the smoke so that your intuition can show you what the right path for you really is.
For the next four weeks we are in the New Moon cycle in Taurus, giving us all a chance to explore our Taurus nature—slow, steady, methodical, grounded, and focused on abundance, pleasure and values. However, there is a battle going on between spiritual ideals and concrete values, and this struggle will play out through the coming lunar cycle. You are challenged to work with the specific and tangible aspect of your Taurean qualities, but within a greater context of intangible values, spiritual ideals, intuition and uncertainty. You may be called upon to surrender to the "natural law" of fundamental reality, which is not entirely within your control. Your ability to attract and maintain a sense of certainty, comfort and abundance is available now, but may be hard to integrate into your immediate situation(s). Your mission, instead, is to reach for new experience and understanding that goes beyond the surface level. Use your imagination and intuition to gain a new perspective on the way your life and your psyche are structured, but be sure to bring it back to concrete reality. If you start to lose your bearings and fall into fantasy, illusion or confusion, ground yourself back to what you know is true and start again. And watch for the "wild card" in your situation, which can bring unexpected focus to hurt or healing or both.
Be sure to check out your New Moon Horoscope for your Sign!
It is possible to dive deep below the surface now, in your perception of situations, people and yourself. If you have been working on trying to understand the deeper motivations and dynamics of what is happening in your life, there could be a breakthrough now, as the light finally goes on in the darker corners that had eluded you. It is also a time when you may find a way to articulate these perceptions and speak your truth in a way that is powerful and penetrating (so be careful you don't overdo it and blow your audience out of the water).
May.08 – Chiron goes Retrograde (in Aquarius; until Oct.05)
The Retrograde station can be felt for up to a week before and after this date, through intensity and concentrated energy. Chiron often being about health, you may find health issues coming to the foreground now. Issues of wounding, healing and hurt—physically, emotionally and/or spiritually—may come to a turning point now, making it necessary to take some time for healing, reconstruction, and reconciling energies that are out of balance in your life, over the next 5 months. Focus your energies on learning what you need to work on, balanced with what you've already achieved.
Relationships, finances, resources and values take on an air of curiosity, communication and cleverness. It is a good time to discuss, think about and create strategies to improve these areas. You may be especially innovative, flirtatious and devil-may-care now, but be careful you don't rely so much on these qualities that you forget to ground yourself in substance and integrity.
This energy configuration is likely to create the need to approach empowerment and transformation issues with a firm combination of purpose and discipline. Grounding yourself in accountability and structure can give you a firm foundation on which to deal with matters requiring courage and self-honesty.
Thoughts, communication and analysis become careful and methodical during this time. Your mental attitude and awareness may be somewhat serious and conservative—or down-to-earth, relaxed, and grounded in simple pleasures. This is a good time to plan out how to manifest the ideas that sprang from your imagination in the past several weeks. Take your best ideas, perceptions and words and sow them like seeds. Then watch them grow in time.
May.12 – Venus TRI Chiron (in Gemini/Aquarius)
Healing and rebalancing are possible now, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. Any problems that have persisted in these areas lately may benefit from an influx of helpful and healing resources, as your negotiations and strategic efforts for resolution finally come together. Like the Serenity Prayer, you may now find it a bit easier to accept that which you cannot change, while finding you can move forward with the things you can.
This circuit of planetary power, in the three Air signs, creates an abundant flow of mental, intellectual and communication energy. Your beliefs and wisdom can work cooperatively and creatively with your woundedness and need for healing, manifesting through love, resources and a renewed sense of values. (See "The Big Picture" for more about this Grand Trine.)
Your mental focus and perceptions may be a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle between a "glass half-empty" versus "half-full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective or evenly balanced in your perspective, finding it easier to tip into pessimism, discouragement or frustration. On the other hand, this could also bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and perceptions that have been problematic.
This can be a potent, exciting and/or explosive time! Your energy level may be a bit wonky in its ups and downs, although there is likely to be a lot of energy to harness for whatever you want to apply it to. Just don't expect to always be able to draw on it predictably or consistently. If you've been wanting to take action to break free of old habits or patterns, or to begin a new project that is unusual for you, this is a great time to initiate it. However, this spurt of energy probably won't last and you'll need to follow it up with some structure, discipline and realism, if you want to continue whatever you've started.
This Yod brings communication and awareness to the wild ride of Mars-Uranus, creating the need for understanding and fairness when we give voice to that impatient and explosive energy. There may be short tempers and impulsive declarations during this time, which help you to say what you mean and mean what you say, but it's wise to avoid causing damage. This can impact your sense of justice, philosophical outlook, and spiritual aspirations, either by bending them out of shape or bringing them to a new balance.
Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. The flow of attraction (involving people, things and opportunities) is riding a strong current right now, and you may find it easier to get the resources and abundance of whatever you need right now. On the other hand, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach (as my mother would say) and you could be tempted to spend, flirt and bluff your way through, more than usual. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's probably wise to balance this easy flowing energy with some discretion and good judgement.
This is a time when you may be tempted into impulse purchases or being erratic in your use of resources, resulting in unpredictable finances. It is also a time when you may be a bit inconsistent in how you relate to others (especially those close to you), resulting in changeable relationships. This is the kind of energy that can push you to make needed changes in these areas that are long overdue, although your resistance may not entirely welcome the change. It can be a time of instability for established relationships and finances, or an exciting, wild ride that brings you new possibilities ...or both!
For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a thick concentration of Neptune energy, which could include vivid dreams, intense imagination, foggy confusion or fluid intuition. This could be a turning point in situations that have unfolded over the last few months, in which you have felt the need to surrender to something greater than yourself. The next 5-6 months will be a time to probe the currents beneath the surface; to learn about that greater force and the (unconscious) part of yourself that feels a longing to merge with it.
Happy Birthday to Gemini! Although this is certainly a time for the cosmic Twins to party, it is also a time for all of us to explore our dual nature and the sentient awareness that arises from it. Communication and exchange of information and ideas are the specialties of Gemini, and this period brings these areas into focus. If you're looking for ideas to explore your Gemini nature, try writing your thoughts down, or just sitting and listening to the hum of activity around you, or putting your observations into verbal or non-verbal forms of expression. Pay special attention to conversations with others and be alert to the new information that can be learned there. Connect to your Inner Imp and let yourself be playful, clever, cheerful and fun.
Your mental focus may become a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, but what is flowing under the surface is the need to dissolve away the crust that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than talk and find a balance between analysis and intuition.
May.22 – Venus SQR Mars (in Gemini/Pisces)
Your receptive, diplomatic side is arguing with your assertive, decisive side. The result is either a battle of wills between your Yin and Yang, or a new creative energy that harnesses both. This could manifest in the form of relationship problems, financial struggles, arguments about control, or you are propelled to take action with plans that have been percolating for a while. If you're usually more comfortable with your Yin side (receptive, diplomatic), you might feel a bit backed into a corner or forced to negotiate under pressure. If you're more at home in your Yang side (assertive, action-oriented), you may feel compelled to blunt or sheathe the sword you would prefer to smite your enemy with. Either way, this is about balancing the two sides and finding a new cooperation that works for both.
The New Moon (May.08) was an exercise to bring balance between the physical and the spiritual, and between ego desires and "natural law." Now this energy comes to fruition in the form of mental perception that sees both the big and small perspectives of your situation. The balance that can be achieved now, actually extends far beyond your immediate environment, with implications that bring healing to your experience of unique individuality and being part of a greater community. The resources and abundance (both material and social) that have been erratic or awkward to integrate can now be applied. Use your focused thought, communication, creativity, faith, and willingness to take a calculated (not reckless) risk. Interaction with others, especially where one of you is a mentor or advisor, can help increase your understanding of the dynamics in your life, as well as assessing your situation in a fair and balanced way. It will help to stay mentally grounded through realism, discipline and gradual progress.
Be sure to check out your Full Moon Horoscope for your Sign!
May.23-31 – Grand Trine in Air (Chiron-Jupiter-Sun-Mercury)
We have one more pass of the Grand Trine of May.13-18. This time the Jupiter-Chiron energy of hope, justice, healing and spiritual balance is channelled through your identity, sense of purpose, frame of mine and self-expression. (See "The Big Picture" for more about this Grand Trine.)
This is a time when you may find that your efforts to mend and heal chronic struggles in your life start to come together. You have the confidence now to try new solutions, or at least to approach problems from a different angle that sheds new light on the situation. Some of this may come from finding the daring to walk your own path, or the courage to face the hidden shadow of your worries and weaknesses. Regardless of what struggles or woundedness you have that can benefit from this energy, strive to reach a balance between dipping your toe in troubled waters and thinking that is enough, versus jumping in the deep end and marinating in it.
May.24 – Venus TRI Neptune (in Gemini/Aquarius)
This can be a time of romance, creativity and faith in the natural flow of things. Socially things can run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear about what you really want. Financially and materially, this can be a time of blessings and abundance—as well as overspending and wondering where the money went. Your natural beauty and warmth can shine through now, so try peeking out from behind any façade of glamour or illusion you might be cloaked in.
May.24-26 – Yod aspect configuration (Mercury SXT Saturn, QCX Pluto)
This is very similar to the Yod of May 11-18, but this time it is our mental outlook and communication that need constructive boundaries and disciplined organization. Getting these areas cooperating with each other will help you find the words that empower you in a healthy way, and can be a powerful resource for delving deep into your psyche.
During this time, communication and ideas are like a fresh breeze through an open window. Words and mental focus may come more easily to articulate and collect your thoughts, perceptions, analysis and information. This can give wings to your ideas and self-expression, but remember that you'll have to back up any promises and "fast talk" with action and substance. Let this be a time to explore possibilities and enjoy social interaction, rather than jumping to conclusions.
This is a time to delve into the depths of issues to do with relationships, finances, resources and values. There may be under-the-surface dynamics and patterns emerging in these areas, indicating a need to come to terms with your own "shadow" (the unconscious secret agendas you'd avoided facing head-on). There is an opportunity to learn more about how you project this "shadow" into your interactions with others. At its best, this can be a time to transform fear into courage and powerlessness into strength—either by standing up to that which intimidates you, or by accepting that you can't always control everything through your ego...or both.
May.29 – Mercury TRI Chiron (in Taurus/Aquarius)
Your mental focus and communication get an injection of healing energy now. Any tendency for depression, cynicism or "stinkin' thinkin'" (rationalisation that slips through the reality filter) can find benefit and healing through acceptance and letting go of the impulse to escape from difficult situations. You may find it's a bit easier to release the need to control your situations through analysis, over-explaining or criticism. This can free up mental space and energy that, ironically, allows you to see a new path between "the rock and the hard place."
This is a time when your understanding of the Big Picture and your place within it, can click into place. As a result, your confidence and self-esteem are high right now, and your ability to see opportunities and possibilities more clearly can produce an experience of "luck." Just be careful that all this self-assurance and "knowing" doesn't backfire, by forgetting that what works for you doesn't necessarily work for everyone else.
Your world may experience a bit of a shake-up right now, as the Universe decides it's time to make things "interesting." This is a wake-up call, designed to loosen you up from the ways you have become habitual, stuck or repressed. Be alert to new insights and opportunities disguised as accidents or crises. Your usual sense of self and purpose may become somewhat disrupted now, but a space is being cleared to make room for new growth and possibilities. Try to ride with the shock-wave.
© 2005 Wendy Guy