May 2014 Astrology Trends
If you are not already hooked up with a great mentor or therapist, the beginning of May is a great time to seek out guidance. If you’ve been feeling vulnerable or unstable from the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square (and who hasn’t?), May fist through ninth offers a lovely aspect between Uranus and Venus that could bring a new relationship into your life. It will help you begin to see and understand some of the larger meaning for you, personally, in all the chaos and/or upheaval in the larger environment. The Uranus-Pluto square activates fears of losing everything we have ever built. These two planets will dance their dance for a long while together. A healthy detachment and a non-material philosophy and lifestyle are recommended for all at this time. Enjoy this physical world to its fullest in every moment, with the deep, deep knowledge that nothing is permanent. This keeps each day sacred, and is an attitude of gratitude that leads to happiness in the present moment without attaching ourselves to the need to keep things the same. With Uranus in play, we know anything is possible. That means miracles, too!
Flexibility is a beautiful quality that is often under-appreciated. Throughout most of May, Uranus and Pluto offer other transiting aspects that are positive to boost your ability to play with flexibility in relationships and within your self-concept. Pluto sextiles Chiron, providing the potential to heal problem from your past from May first through the 25th. The key is to be honest even if it is painful. Uranus can help you add sparkle into the way you present yourself through May 24th. This could be the way you dress, speak, look, your personality--just try to be comfortable with changing things up.
Be careful, however, to act from joy and not from rebellion. With Jupiter in conflict (square) to Uranus, any rebellion or reactionary feelings you indulge in may expand into unrealistic expectations in a flash. It’s really important to get yourself into a good emotional place prior to taking action. This means ALL month long, and longer!
Sometimes it seems like someone or something is restricting our freedom. We are tempted to be wild about our desires and break out of routines. That is Jupiter’s gift and curse. The new horizons are inviting and exciting. However, just as when we are on the road, wishing we could pass the car in front of us, and we see a police patrol car--we realize that slow driver has been the protective element in our lives all along. We smile at our rush and we thank the universe for that slow driver that held us back… We can imagine ourselves thanking the universe for slowing us down when we feel those impulses to go faster. Our timing is not the best timing in many cases. It is a real treat to laugh and go with Spirit’s timing in life. Just settle in for the ride and relax. That is what’s enjoyable about astrology—it gives you the sense that there’s a cosmic timing and you don’t have to go so fast when Jupiter aspects come along.
Jupiter does, however, also expand your potential for healing this month, as it also nicely aspects Chiron. In conversation with Chiron through May 28th, Jupiter will add to the energy that helps you find just the right therapist, mentor, healer, guide, or teacher. Otherwise, YOU may have the chance to express your wisdom if you are older, or you may discover talents you never knew existed. Watch for learning opportunities this month.
teaches about Tarot having three layers of meaning. The first is divination, which is looking into the future to see what is "in the cards." The second is therapeutic, which is to address one's well-being and emotional healing. The third is spiritual, which is using tarot to achieve understanding of the higher purpose behind life's challenges and encourage spiritual growth and awareness.
Many of us start with divination questions: Does he love me? Will I get that job? Is that car right for me?
Inevitably, some of those very questions lead us into deep spiritual issues. We are not here to simply achieve gratification of our desires, because there will always be another desire. To remain in a state of desire is a rather unhappy state of being. A thing or even an achievement is as fleeting as a sunset. The world turns round and another sunrise appears and another sunset occurs. Anything and any achievement is appreciated but fades and is impermanent, no matter how solid it appears at the moment.
We will give back everything in the end, even our own selves and our own lives. Life is a conversation with Spirit, full of mystery and beauty and grace.
That is how I, anyway, am led into the spiritual level of Tarot, and into loving appreciation. There will never be another moment like this, another set of potentials like the potentials of the present moment. Nor will there ever be another reading like the current reading, wherein Spirit uses the language of Tarot in its dialogue with us.
It all truly is "in the cards" for us!
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Astrology is the study of finding meaning in the sky. It is thought that about 25,000 years ago, human beings began the attempt to record the moon's influence on tides and rivers by marking bones and cave walls to create communal calendars. Observing these lunar cycles were some of the first evidence we know about that depicts the ways we have connected objects in the sky to our environments and to our habits and frame references.
The Neolithic Revolution, or the Agricultural Revolution, occurred about 12,000 years ago and involved the wide-spread transition of human lifestyles from hunting and gathering to the domestication of plants and animals and populations into the forms of villages and towns. Out of the complexities of the village lifestyle, social evolution resulted in things like the mapping and observing of constellations over a long period of time. People began to predict annual floods and seasonal activities based upon the appearance, or rising, of particular star groups.
About 5.000 years ago, it's believed people had developed a sophisticated enough understanding to create temples that would align with celestial bodies, such as the stars, moon, planets, or a constellation, as they rise in the east just before sunrise, which is called their heliacal rising.
One of the most wonderful things to learn in meditation and in spiritual study is that "you are not your thoughts." Maybe Eckhart Tolle taught me this, but I know it is not my original idea. I know his "pain body" concept leads on to the idea that "you are not your pain."
Make space, even a little space, in the quiet places in your day--and take air into the deepest places in your belly. Separate from your thoughts to watch them parade by--as if they are on a road or a river...
Suddenly you are observing them.
And you know there is a you behind your thoughts; behind your pain.
Expansive and spacious. Calm and serene.
Spending even five minutes of time, you, just breathing easily, effortlessly, is a gift to the world and to your life.
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