May could prove quite an exciting time, especially towards the latter part of the month. We may start off a little slow going, with various pushes and pulls upsetting our plans and possibly keeping us in a volatile flux of feelings, events and situations. We might even feel like we have entered carny town with a cavalcade of images, presentations and shell games. No matter what we do or what we get enraptured by, it would be wise to keep in mind that games of chance tend to favor the house.
May begins on May Day, May 1st, also known as Beltane, a time of celebrating the coming of Summer with the Solar precession mid-point between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. In more recent times, May Day has also been known as International Workers’ Day, a ‘workers holiday’. While it has often been a time of celebration with the idea of ‘April showers bring May flowers’ and celebrating the full burst of Spring, it has also been associated with protests and demonstrations regarding human rights. How ever we might refer to May 1st, we enter May with a sense of tilling our soil, planting our seeds and weeding our gardens, whether on a literal basis or on a figurative level.
This May begins with two planets in Fire Signs, four planets in Earth Signs, two planets in Air Signs and two planets in a Water Sign. One planet is in a Cardinal Sign, four planets are in Fixed Signs and five planets are in Mutable Signs. Four planets are in Positive Signs, and six planets are in Receptive Signs.
The month begins with the continuation of Mercury retrograde and retrograding through Taurus. The question of financial stability has already been raised with the financial difficulties of Greece and a possible liability towards default, but has also been seen in other Eurozone countries given the acronym of PIIGS – Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Not only has the Mercury retrograde brought up the issue of the stability / security of sovereign finances. We have also seen in the US the case being made for greater financial regulation, a.k.a. reform, with the grilling of investment firm Goldman Sachs, which I often refer to as Government Sacks since the company has, and has had, many tentacles in various US administrations. And perhaps, during this Mercury retrograde, we ourselves have focused some of our attention on our own finances, whether we see our disposable income being depleted by the rise in energy and food costs or our concern about the tax bite that might prove forthcoming as municipalities, provinces, states, districts and nation states seek additional revenue to manage their own shaky finances.
The early part of May would be a good time for us to consider our financial base, see where we can pare down our expenses, firm up our asset protection and give thought to increasing our revenues stream. For this month also begins with a Grand Trine by Sign in the Earth Element. If we don’t get freaked out by the black Swans of unexpected situations that could dampen our spirits or provide a lateral lobotomy to our senses, we can devise a best practices approach that can be truly pragmatic, expeditious and highly productive. Yes, now is a time for us to work smarter rather than harder. Not only can we see the structure and the format of our operations, we can also take into account the specifics and particulars that make up the whole, all the while being consciously observant of our resources and being attentively resourceful. We can in deed stretch our abilities and virtually get the proverbial blood out of a stone.
Even if we want to broaden our activities and focus on some fun events, it would be wise for us to do so in a manner where we keep a rein on our finances and maintain a strict budgetary approach.
May is also a time when we can address our health regimen, whether we choose to have a check-up or attend to our dietary plan and a good exercise program. We can be responsible for our own well-being and always have to be accountable for our physical, mental and emotional health.
The month does begin with two T-Squares by Sign, one T-Square in the Fixed Signs with the Sun and Mercury in Taurus, Mars in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius. The other T-Square is in the Mutable Signs with the Moon in Sagittarius, Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces. We may have to put up with trying conditions, a sense of delays and frustrations, all the while that we are feeling slightly anxious for any unseen black Swans or champing at the bit wanting to get on with things. We might have to juggle a number of different activities and projects, some of our own making, some unexpected and some situations that are more associated with our past rather than our present and much less our future.
We may be hopping as we come into May but feeling slightly exhausted by the pace and the frenetic energy of these times. It would be wise for us to have several different projects going, so that when one situation is delayed or frustrates us, we can then shift to another project that moves more smoothly along.
Another energy configuration that starts the month is our old nemesis of the Saturn Uranus opposition, given more weight by the influence of the Jupiter Uranus conjunction exact next month. This opposition first began in the Autumn of 2008 and finishes up in exactitude during the mid-Summer of this year. Once again, the battle between old and new is engaged. We may want to move into new directions, and especially as we come towards the end of this month and into early June. Yet we may feel that our obligations, responsibilities, past issues and self-identities keep us from jumping ahead. And the battle is engaged between where we have been, whom we have been and what we have been doing versus where we want to go, how we want to be and what new interests we might choose to develop.
On the 3rd, Mercury trines Pluto. Our mind can be laser-like, razor sharp with the ability of focusing intently on what is going on. We can cut to the core, and this time would be a good time to consider our budget, modify loans and consider how we can do more with less. This is also a time when any problems that might have been perplexing us can be resolved easily and readily. Even with Mercury retrograde, our discussions can be to the point and spot on.
The 4th has the Sun square Mars. On the one hand, we may want what we want and we could overlook the costs of our desires. We might feel that we rightly deserve whatever we want and give our momentary pleasures free rein. If we are feeling blocked or frustrated, we could become somewhat fixed in our opinions and rigid in our stance. Let’s keep in mind that flexibility and adaptability are key to being successful during these times.
The 7th has Venus sextile Mars. Relationships could be quite pleasant, and our conversations scintillating with a theme of win-win scenarios. We’re not looking to do battle with anyone. On the contrary, we can see the best in other people and how they brighten our lives. We want to concentrate on our personal interests and can find support from other people by means of our grace and charm and some appealing words.
Mercury turns direct on the 11th. As things move forward, there can be greater clarity regarding our thoughts, communications and plans for our future and the best way by which to achieve them. Whenever Mercury shifts direction, there can be a ratcheting up of miscommunications, traffic problems, computer glitches and other forms of movement and transmissions. Today is a day to add on extra time getting from one place to another and a time for us to check and be certain that our emails, voicemail messages and other contacts with other people are not only sent but also received.
The Taurus New Moon on the 13th can give us the go ahead for moving our projects forward. We can be astute, even draw upon new innovative techniques and create an interesting mosaic of different pieces to create the whole puzzle and get things done.
The 17th through the 20th seems highly active with a great degree of irrational exuberance, excess, but also an element of a whack on the side of the head if we merely go forward without exercising due diligence. The 17th has Venus square Jupiter and the Sun sextile Jupiter. We may be feeling in fine form, at the top of our game and as though nothing can stand in the way of what we want. We could be indulgent, even going to extremes, buoyed by our confidence and perhaps by misplaced optimism. It would be wise for us to rein in our enthusiasm, for otherwise we could go overboard, be extravagant and far from practical reality.
The 18th continues the theme of seeing life through rose-colored glasses. Are we seeing reality or only what we want to see? Venus squares Saturn and Venus sextiles Neptune and the Sun trines Saturn. We want to see people in their best light. We would like to assume that everyone is pulling for best case scenarios for all concerned. That may be idealistic and we could be in for a rude awakening if we give people the benefit of the doubt and operate solely on blind faith. Past issues could get in our way, and we might find ourselves tongue-tied or maybe a little light on the specifics. While we know where we want to go, we might have difficulty communicating our needs to other people.
The 19th has the Sun square Neptune, Mercury trine Pluto, Venus square Uranus and then Venus moving out of Gemini to enter Cancer. We could be confused about our prospects and our plans for the future and we might feel a little shaky, especially if we get thrown a curve ball by people from whom we would least expect it. Relationships could be dicey, and it would be important for us to use our sharp mind to look beyond the appearance and see what is truly going on. We might not like what we see, and we may be disillusioned, but it would be far wiser for us to see the truth and not just what we might hope to be the reality. We might fall back on family or even feel that we want to seek sanctuary in the comfort of our home.
The 20th has the Sun sextile Uranus just before the Sun exits Taurus to enter Gemini. Change is in the air, and we’re looking to make changes, no matter how minimal the effects of our changes might seem. We are also picking up the pace, looking to spend less time on things and yet to put more on our plate. We might feel that if we want to bring about change in our lives, the change begins within our own selves.
The 23rd could be a fairly intense day. Jupiter opposes Saturn and Venus opposes Pluto. There could be real whipsaws between expanding our activities and feeling limited by our options. We could get a little testy with people, or them with us. This is a day when we might feel that we’re not so much walking in sunshine but rather walking on eggshells, or tiptoeing through land mines. Today is a day to avoid immediate reactions or spontaneous combustions.
The Sagittarius Full Moon on the 27th is also the day of a major Sign change, major major. Uranus enters Aries, a brief prelude between now and mid-August, before going into Aries next year for its seven year transit of the Cardinal Fire Sign. I’ve written before, and I’ll write it again, that this Sign change and next month’s brief prelude of Jupiter’s year-long transit of Aries next year, is indicative of these times as ‘power to the person’. We shall increasingly find people exploring new ways of expressing themselves. The emphasis upon the individual and the opportunities for the individual to creatively affirm their own being will abound, even in spite of the contraction by the powers-that-be, whether that sense of restriction comes from big government or big corporations. These are exciting times to be alive, and this Full Moon with a Grand Trine in Fire will celebrate the individual journey of self-realization.
The 30th has Saturn turning direct ending its winter-long through early Spring retrograde motion. Like the hibernation of winter, when nature turns inward, we may have experienced delays and frustrations in getting things moving and trying to solidify the changes we seek to incorporate into our lives. With Saturn direct, we may concentrate on developing a good health regimen [mind, body, spirit] and also looking at the best practices approach in dealing with our responsibilities and our everyday lives. We can become ever more aware of time management techniques for these fast-paced times, techniques that focus on the qualitative use of time and not merely the quantitative measure of time, or our developing the ability to do more in less time.
The 31st ends the month with Neptune turning retrograde. With Neptune being a fairly nebulous energy, the shifting of direction could go unnoticed. If noticed at all, we might feel a little hazy regarding our future prospects. We might have a tendency to second guess ourselves in regard to where we are going and what we intend to do.
Such a conundrum might not be such a bad thing during these times when we are being asked to get out of our own way, no longer attempt to master our universe but instead to work with the energies, be co-creators and allow ourselves to engage the magic and mystery of synchronicity and asequential reality.
May 2010… a time to sow, a time to be…