This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
May 2019 Astrology Trends
April 5 – July 14 / November 20, 2019 – May 8, 2020 (exact January 12, 2020) Saturn in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: The opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct a new world. A steady and consistent effort can provide a way to work within the world that will honor our values in a noble way. Nature is larger than man, and we need to align with a higher vision as we make a new world, culture, society, and systems. The idea that men are machines or the ideas that our parents and the culture have transmitted are not currently aligned with the highest values. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto is the great destroyer. Together, they can embody some larger conversations in nature and mankind is part of nature.
February 13-June 12, 2019 (exact March 28, 2019 from about 7 AM MST to about 2:30 PM MST) Pluto in Capricorn oppose North Node in Cancer. (Pluto turns direct on October 2, 2019 so there’s not a chance to oppose the North Node again.) This is an opportunity for true transformation and evolution on a cosmic scale. Look at how powerful the feelings of past habits and forces can be as a shadow and choose to move into the future where and when you can. It’s a meditation in change, transformation, and shadow. What is useful and what have you learned? What is needed to grow and become the future you? What needs to dissolve about your identity, so you can heal and what can you reassess in order to serve something beyond your ego? Then, how can you put this into daily practice?
April 21 – May 2 (exact April 27) Mars in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces: Mars is doing a variety of things. Maybe Mars can’t decide on which thing to prioritize under this additional Neptune in Pisces aspect. Maybe Mars would do best to DO some dreaming and psychic into some blocks if trying to get very assertive. Less may be more in terms of direct action and communication.
April 30 – October 3 (Exact June 16) Neptune in Pisces trine North Node in Cancer: The divine feminine is a study in depth of receiving rather than pushing forward. Learning to receive and accept; forgive and rely on intuition—these are very different approaches than our cultural indoctrination. Taking a lot of time to learn and experience this approach during the Summer would make a better world, without a doubt, says Astrology.
April 29 – May 3 (exact May 1): Mercury in Aries square North Node in Cancer: Mercury feels the urge to accomplish many tasks but the North Node is calling us to experience the influence of a divine mothering and re-parenting. Relaxation is in the air for the Summer. I’m sorry, Mercury. It is time to allow and slow down instead of business as usual. Try creativity in the area of your heart’s desires if you really want to achieve something.
May Planetary Influences…
May 1 Cardinal T-Square with Mercury/Moon in Aries at the “T”, and the North Node in Cancer Opposing Retrograde Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn: This is an aspect pattern that means there’s conflictual and agitated energy in the air. Conversations, perceptions, and activity are at a turning point. Try to be careful of communication because of the Aries influence. Soon, Taurus will come in and calm things down, but Mercury and Saturn with the Nodes are karmic energy. Something challenging and heavy exists. The mind is under a lot of pressure and limitations exist. We face that there are things out of our control, with the Pluto influence. Saturn in Capricorn words to consider: integrity, planning, long-term, maturity, responsibility. Overall, major decisions are made at the beginning of May.
April 18 – November 6 (exact May 20) North Node in Cancer Oppose Retrograde Saturn in Capricorn: Karma is likely changing the structure of your life right now. If not personally, look around at the environment. In both family and society, you are likely seeing things being reworked. (You may experience many past life memories or have experiences that are linked to past lives during these months.) The nature of nurture and what it means to be together as a culture is up for examination. We can’t keep focusing on profit to the detriment of families without experiencing consequences; the North Node tells us the highest path is to view the world from the stand point of mother. Mother earth comes to mind. Nurture what we have. These are karmic influences, so they are heavy and hard-hitting. I would pay close attention to how they impact your life, were I you. If all you do is work, work, work—you are in need of connecting to the North Node’s Cancer energy. The work mentality is the South Node and Saturn side of this aspect, which is the easy and automatic go-to for problem solving. Life and astrology are asking us to learn to solve problems a different way at this time. We need to find a new way to be together and to make the world “go.” That way is to take the perspective of how a family operates. A mother nurtures a child in her womb and then gives birth using nutrition, but she doesn’t feel she has to create the child all on her own or use her conscious mind to do it all. It is a natural process and she is in tune with all of nature while she goes through it. There is a lot to contemplate there. Once the child is born, what is the process of raising the child? It is done with a lot of love, using resources all around her. What are the options for sustaining a family system? Are we gathering and growing a garden? What is defined as “home?” On whom do we rely? What are our roles? What is good for our growth? What would primarily peaceful community (commerce?) in the 21st century look like? It’s effortless to let things go on the way it seems they have always gone on; to stop and think about virtuous and meaningful shifts is the work of a lifetime as opposed to the work of a paycheck or a contract. In this aspect we face the fears of losing everything we have gained in one fell moment. However, those fears are based on karma—probably past life power struggles we can’t release and present life tendrils linking us to feelings of power that are not the true power that comes from the flexibility of faith in our ability to adapt to a higher level of action and consciousness. Take the opportunity to take care of yourself.
April 27 – May 4 (Exact May 1) Mercury in Aries sextile Mars in Gemini: You are provided the courage to communicate honestly, with Mercury and Mars in mutual reception. Your initiative is activated, and you can sense meaning in your actions. There are extra blessings on conversations that occur now. You can find balance in not being too over-confident and also not falling into a sense of learned helplessness. Your ego shouldn’t be out of control even though Aries is involved. You can find your confidence is all. Even confidence to propose to a love partner or propose a new plan professionally.
May 1 – 4 (Exact May 2) Mercury in Aries trine Jupiter in Sagittarius: Thursday night brings some good news. Jupiter and Mercury (plus the Moon) together bring happiness and joy. Your brain can be stimulated with joy. After a tough few days, the ability to enjoy and relax life with people should help you feel you are receiving some of life’s gifts. Flexibility and adaptability come in to play.
May 1 – 11 (Exact May 5) Mars in Gemini oppose Jupiter in Sagittarius: This is a beneficial aspect that provides good luck. Make sure you check your selfish desires and apply the good luck toward virtuous ends and enjoy how malleable life can be. The little coincidences that occur as you move through life can be magical when you pay attention, and give your life meaning and happiness, as if life itself is having a conversation with you. Be considerate of others and act in loving ways. Feel free to date and be social.
May 4 New Moon in Taurus: What treasures are beneath the garden in your life? You will need to let the old life dissolve in order for your individual paradise to emerge. With the New Moon in happy conjunction to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction, I have no doubt that your life is changing in being reshaped. The New Moon is also in harmony with Neptune. Honor your personal desires. The things that have you feeling alive are the things that will help you embody your future. Simplify in order to return to your natural rhythm. Use effortlessness as your guide. It’s time to slow down and fertilize the garden of your life. Find comfort and a slower pace now to find abundance. Inter-connect with nature and view your body as a temple.
May 4 – 10 (Exact May 7) Venus in Aries Square Saturn in Capricorn: You would rather relax than have to attend to responsibilities. That sense you have that you need a really long nap is due to this aspect.
May 6 Mercury enters Taurus: Our minds can feel peaceful and quiet during this time. Take some time to breathe and enjoy nature. Use your resources.
May 6 – 10 (Exact May 8) Mercury in Taurus Conjunct Uranus in Taurus: Find opportunities to simplify. You can improve the ways you have space, peace, and reduce how you can earn money or use your creativity. New ways and means are available. Higher concepts are coming through physical experiences. Taking a walk can help you get in touch with your mind through your breath and being. A great meal can spark insight. Your brilliance can emerge through relaxation.
May 6 – 12 (Exact May 9) Sun in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces: This is the aspect that enhances dreaming, empathizing, sensitivities, and personal connections to universal consciousness. Enjoy these days of connection to a higher sense of life. Your spiritual nature is highlighted. You can connect to spirit directly through your heart.
May 7 – 12 (Exact May 9) Venus in Aries Trine Jupiter in Sagittarius: Affectionate and attractive, you can date, propose, share your heart, and love each other in general. An anticipated aspect, this is a lovely time for relationships, romance, friendship, sweetness, and abundance. A great time to start a relationship.
May 7 – 12 (Exact May 9) Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: Fear, manipulation and insecurity can arise in relationships. However, Pluto can also provide power to a relationship in its highest manifestation. Situations can emerge that can empower the attraction and the connection between partners, for better or worse.
May 15 Venus enters Taurus: Beauty, femininity, sensuality. This is the time of centering in relationships, creativity, and finances. Through Venus and Taurus, we touch life. We connect with the divine feminine. This provides true safety and space.
May 15 – 22 Venus in Taurus conjunct Uranus in Taurus: How can you share your values and creativity in a high-minded way? How can you balance freedom and finances and your survival needs? This is a chance to look at Taurus medicine. We may not want to settle for the slower answer because we prefer the short term and we want the rest of our lives figured out. However, this is not realistic, and we need to give up easy wins and spiritual materialism and slow down and revisit our truest values. Over extending is not the future. It sucks the energy from our lives. Life energy is more valuable than the rat race. The rat race is a disease and the conditioning is deep. What is “good?” What is true? It is a prejudice against the feminine to kill ourselves through hurting ourselves by working when we are sick, for example.
May 16 Mars enters Cancer: After feeling you have had to be going in so many directions, Mars finally settles down into sensitive and psychic Cancer for a spell. This can provide either frustration or comfort. I believe this transit of Mars will be comfortable because of the compatible Taurus influences surrounding it. This year is focused on the feminine and energy taken in feminine and cardinal Cancer will be healing and directive for getting the Summer off to a more productive level than Gemini likely was, even though Gemini appeared busier. Cancer is simply more of a leader.
May 17 – 30 (Exact May 23) Mars in Cancer Square Chiron in Aries: This is the dynamic that you must do something about the wound you are experiencing (or more than one). There seems to be a mountain to climb, a corner to turn. You are motivated to keep going. That’s the only way through with a square aspect. It probably feels like you would like to retreat and relax at the same time, and yet it is important to keep forging a new path. That’s the ambivalence of this aspect. Remember that when some people hit a wall, they climb it. However, others learn from it and apply that knowledge to other walls. They find a door. They dig underneath. They discover a way around it. They use other means to get by it. Some people enlist the help of other people to get over the wall. Some others find ways to help another get over the wall even if they, themselves, can’t make it. Remember you can usually walk to another wall. There are only a few required walls.
May 18 Full Moon in Scorpio: This is the time to forgive, express gratitude, and let go of the things that you can no longer engage with. Part of forgiving is learning to appreciate that relationships and endeavors have been a sacred part of your journey. Part of that journey is going inward to understand your own relationship to the worlds beneath your feet and the heavenly realms above. You cannot do so distracted by the “ten thousand things” as they are called in Taoism. Scorpio is honest and deep and asks you to examine how you can work with others by going within to examine what resources you truthfully have to offer. This is likely changing in tangible and surprising ways. Please be gentle and honest with yourself and others.
May 16 – 20 (exact May 18) Mercury in Taurus Trine Pluto in Capricorn: This aspect gives powerful manifestation to your ability to communicate and interact, or simply find yourself in the right place at the right time. Visits to nature or to gardens are highly beneficial.
May 18 – 21 Mercury conjunct Sun in Taurus: We are conscious of our value and we allow ourselves to relax and feel our way forward. Allow yourself to remember what life can be when we return to nature. Creativity and innovation are found in what is most simple. Process by moving and breathing. Easier and simpler is the gift. Nature works with us like a river moving downstream. When we go along with it, we’re in the Taurus mode.
May 21 Sun enters Gemini: Many messages about who you are and the numerous aspects of yourself and others may start to move through you as the Sun transitions into Gemini. You may travel a bit or seek out the company of like-minded people in order to move through this month comfortably.
May 21 Mercury enters Gemini: The mind begins to travel again. Verbal communication becomes the call of the day again. Get your writing pen out as opposed to the Taurus garden trowel.
May 21 – 24 (exact May 21) Mercury Conjunct Sun in Gemini: Mercury and the Sun are saying that head and heart are one. You can use these days to accomplish important tasks and, again, writing and communicating is favored. You have clear insight about who you are and what you wish to convey.
May 21 – 26 (exact May 23) Mercury in Gemini sextile Chiron in Aries: This is a healing aspect in regard to your thoughts and even for neurological matters. A good time to seek psychological or mentoring services as you can meet someone supportive and skilled.
May 21 – May 31 (exact May 27) Sun sextile Chiron in Aries: You are able to connect to your true self and feel your raw life energy. This is a fortunate time period for healing. Wounds to the head or to your psychological self are especially favored for healing. There is no doubt that the Chiron focus at the end of the month is calling people to personally experience something that calls them to healing via courage and action. The influence of the Sun in Gemini may mean that you break your problem down into smaller steps. It may mean that you can’t solve the whole problem at once. It may mean you take several perspectives in order to find your best approach. Chiron in Aries can show us a) the best and worst about ourselves as we are challenged to survive and thrive, b) the exposition of our Achilles Heel, or the places we are vulnerable and not invincible when we believed ourselves to be, and c) our greatest strengths. Remember: we are neither indestructible nor helpless.
May 28-June 3 (Exact May 31) Venus in Taurus trine Saturn In Capricorn: This is an aspect that provides an opportunity for long-term relationships. This relationship can be with another or with yourself. Commitments that are grounded and real are great gifts and provide tremendous benefit to your life.
May 30-June 6 (Exact June 2) Venus in Taurus trine Pluto In Capricorn: Longevity and depth in relationships is the focus as Venus is in her home sign. Love can be manifested and the resources are there to put together a lovely and fabulous shared life. Revel in commitments. The energy of love and wisdom is provided by Pluto as we move into late Spring. Our incarnation is honored here. We get to experience sharing on the deepest levels.
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