May 2016

The first half of May concentrates on the plant seeding and the physical rebirthing that goes along with nature at this time of year.

Early May has the Sun sextile Neptune on the 1st and the Sun triggering the Earth Grand Trine as the Sun trines Jupiter on the 3rd and the Sun trines Pluto on the 7th. The Taurus New Moon on the 6th reinforces the Earth Grand Trine and imprints the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 21st.

We can plant our seeds, lay down our foundation stones and move forward with our physical manifestation of what we wish to accomplish and the plans we intend to achieve.

Despite the backdrop of the Mutable Sign T-Square of Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, which has daunted us since last September and will continue to do so into this coming September, we may find that the Earth Grand Trine has the greater influence through the third week of May.

The two weeks between the Taurus New Moon on the 6th of May and the Sagittarius Full Moon on the 21st of May can be a highly productive time, a time when putting our nose to the grindstone can reap bountiful harvests. This two-week period is a good time for us to focus and accomplish a great deal, all with slight hiccups that the Mercury retrograde and the Mutable Sign T-Square might present.

The first week of May has the transiting Sun triggering the Earth Grand Trine. Our personal commitment can be to focusing on the truly meaningful projects for our goals, all the while that we are addressing the details and being certain that all the pieces fit neatly into the large puzzle of our long-term goals. We are likely to feel inspired, confident of our abilities and ready to stretch beyond our usual routine to push forward our ambitions. Nothing is likely to be stopping us now.

The second week of May incorporates both Venus and Mercury as triggers for the Earth Grand Trine.

Venus sextiles Neptune on the 9th, the same day that the Sun conjuncts Mercury. Venus trines Jupiter on the 10th, Mercury trines Pluto on the 12th, followed on the 13th by Mercury conjunct Venus and Venus trine Pluto.

We may have built up our confidence and enthusiasm during the first week of May. The second week of May could have us drawing upon allies and advocates who can assist us in realizing our goals. Our mind is astute and our style is adept at presenting us in the very best light.

This first half of May can be the most productive period of our Spring season. We might feel as though we are gliding along on greased wheels, that everything is going our way no matter the slight bumps we might encounter along the way.

The second half of May can prove a little more dicey. The Sun enters Gemini on the 20th of May just prior to the Sagittarius Full Moon on the 21st. With Venus and later Mercury moving into Gemini during the latter part of the Spring season, the Mutable Sign T-Square is accentuated and turns into a Mutable Sign Grand Cross with all four Signs of the Mutable Sign Quadruplicity occupied.

We may seem to go from the sublime through the third week of May to the ridiculous during the latter part of May.

A day after the Sun moves into Gemini on the 20th we have the Sagittarius Full Moon. We still have the Earth Grand Trine operational but certainly weakened as the Mutable Grand Cross comes into play. The question of balance will be key to navigating the swirling currents of this latter part of May. We may find ourselves all over the place, trying to cover too many bases, glossing over situations as we try to do so much. It would be wise before we leap out of the starting gate each morning to have our schedule planned, our itinerary in hand and our destination clear in mind. We might, however, find ourselves caught up in the frenzy and frantic activities and leave map and trajectory behind and out of mind.

The 22nd of May has Mercury ending its three-week retrograde cycle to turn direct. Although we are likely to welcome Mercury turning direct, let’s keep in mind that whenever Mercury is turning in direction, the craziness can ratchet up and impact our communications, our travel plans and our thought processes.

The 22nd also has the Sun opposed Mars and we could easily gallop off in whatever direction with the intention of tilting against windmills, for whatever purpose we might have no idea.

While Mercury turns direct on the 22nd, we shall still be in the ‘shadow’ of Mercury retrograde until the 7th of June when Mercury reaches the point at which it had turned retrograde. Our thoughts can still be a little hazy, a liability increased by the Mutable Sign Grand Cross.

Venus exits its own Sign of Taurus to enter Gemini on the 24th giving greater emphasis to the Mutable Sign Grand Cross. As Venus first moves into Gemini, Venus opposes Mars on the 24th. What we say and to whom we say it could create some problems. We could say something quickly without thinking it through only to think better of it on reflection. We might also find that our conversations become like the children’s telephone game where what is said initially goes through various iterations as it goes from one person to the next with the ultimate result being nothing close to what was first said.

Jupiter squares Saturn on the 26th of May. The ping-pong nature of expansion-contraction can be at play now. We might want to expand our activities only to find that we are either delayed or prevented from doing so. This period can be a time of great frustration, and we might feel Sisyphus-like trying to roll the boulder up the mountain.

The intensity can ratchet up severalfold as Mars retrogrades back into Scorpio on the 27th. Out of a sense of frustration or exhaustion or both, people can hold their cards close to their chest, feel slightly paranoid and willing to cut someone off at the knees if only slightly provoked.

While there can be a stronger secretive tendency with Mars moving back into Scorpio, the 30th of May provides us with remarkable insight as Mercury trines Pluto. Our due diligence and laser-like vision can cut to the core by stripping away the image and the hype for us to see what is really going on. Engaging diplomacy would be suggested, for otherwise we can be rather damning in our critiques and evaluations.

May 2016… Make hay while the sun shines…