May 2017

As we come into May, Mercury ends its three-week retrograde cycle with Mercury turning direct on the 3rd. My experiences with this Mercury retrograde, and what other people have shared with me regarding this Mercury retrograde, makes this Mercury retrograde a real beaut.

With Mercury retrograde transiting back through Taurus and then back into the Sagittarian decanate of Aries, I have heard about and experienced myself issues with finances and with distant travel. I have had two overcharges, one on my bank account and the other on a credit card account, that needed straightening out. And we have all heard about the incidents flying the friendly skies. I’m certain there is a myriad of Mercury retrograde incidents, and it should be noted that the first round of the French presidential election was voted under Mercury retrograde too.

Mercury turns direct on the 3rd of this month, the same day that the Sun sextiles Neptune. Our sensitivity may be ratcheted up, our thoughts clearer than they have been, and we might feel divinely guided in realizing our purpose and doing so in the most expeditious of means. We could take on a far broader perspective, consider options and alternatives beyond our usual viewpoint, and determine what and how we might proceed, feeling that we are on the right path and in league with our life’s true intent.

Let’s just give ourselves time to adjust to the shift in energy, get our sea legs and find our balance before sprinting forward.

The 9th of May gives us the Sun trine Pluto, just prior to the Scorpio Full Moon on the 10th, which also has Mercury conjunct Uranus, the third and final time for this Springtime energy configuration.

This is a time for us to realize what is truly important to us and to lay the foundation stones for our future. It would be wise for us to take account of where we are and the truly meaningful in our lives. We may have to strip away the irrelevant and the dysfunctional. We can cut to the core but also with an appreciation that we are living in magical times when things can occur in a most unexpected, even random, manner.

Let us embrace the wonder of these days, the paradigm shift where things can occur without our making them happen. We do need to have our antennae up and work with peripheral vision in order to take advantage of the surprises that might come our way.

Where a problem arises, and we might experience a sense of it on May 11th, when Mars squares Neptune and Mercury trines Saturn, is the likelihood that so many different things could arise where we have a broad palette from which to choose. We can be virtually overwhelmed by the various possibilities and might wish to participate in as many as possible. Focusing on what we truly wish to engage would be suggested, all with the recognition that the many sparkly things may be only distractions and diversions from the truly important to us.

The 12th of May has Mars trine Jupiter, and we could draw upon someone to evaluate the various possibilities available to us. We might need someone with a detached viewpoint to see what we are taking under consideration and to give their critique of all the possibilities before us. It would be important for us to do so since we shall be moving into a time when we may be embracing all sorts of activities with the tendency to sample this and then sample that but with little consistency or commitment.

May 16th has Mercury exiting Aries to enter Taurus. Our thinking may become more practical with us better accepting to take things step by step. A belief that we can move mountains could shift into a realization that every journey begins with a first step, not a major leap, and that successful movement is often step by step rather than by grand leaps ahead. We might take more of a tortoise approach rather than the bounding efforts of a hare.

The 19th of May is the last day of the Sun’s transit of Taurus and before the Sun enters Gemini on the 20th. This day has Venus opposed Jupiter and Saturn trine Uranus. We may feel conflicted at this time. There could be the desire to showcase our exploits, yet also seek the acceptance and approval of someone.

We might wish for the applause and recognition of someone, but we would also have to ask ourselves: to what lengths are we willing to go to gain appreciation? If we can maintain our self-esteem and not accommodate someone else’s opinions, then this time would allow us to determine how we could use our experience and developed expertise to launch into new involvements and new activities. This blend of old and new might cause upset with someone who sees us based upon our past rather than our recent development. Let’s trust in our own process and our own journey and recognize that what might have worked for us before may no longer serve us in the present, much less the future.

The Sun exits Taurus to enter Gemini on the 20th for its month-long transit. Increasingly, the sense of ‘Spring fever’ and the desire to try a kaleidoscope of activities and interests can take hold. The Mutable Sign T-Square with the Sun and Mars in Gemini, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, along with the Cardinal Sign T-Square with Venus and Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn are accentuated. With the concentration of planetary energy on initiations and adaptations, we may be lacking in the follow through. We may find ourselves running around, adding ever more to our list of activities and events. We are captivated by all prospects, are likely to discard none, but in-depth involvement might prove lacking.

The desire to try everything and leave nothing behind could be heightened by the Gemini New Moon on the 25th of May. While we have an intense rush of getting going, with direction and itinerary not especially relevant as far as we’re concerned, we have to avoid banging up against accepted ways and any sense of entitlement. Doing what we want and doing it the way we want without considering the consequences could have us tilting against windmills and becoming exasperated by our refusing to take into account the specifics of our engagements.

If we would slow things down, take into account the ramifications of our decisions and our actions, and engage our intuitive sense, we could avoid running ragged.

With Mercury sextile Neptune on the 28th of May we can discern what works and what doesn’t. Our intuitive sense could steer us in the right direction, all the while that we are acknowledging the particulars along the way and successfully moving our interests forward. It is important that we not stand in our own way and not draw merely upon empirical proof. This is a time for us to recognize the importance of our inner knowing, that subtle quality within us that tells us what feels right and what feels inappropriate. It is time for us to trust our instincts.

If we fail to stop our frenetic activity in order to reflect on our process and procedures, we could run ourselves into the ground as indicated by the Mars opposed Saturn on the 29th of May. With everything that we have taken on, we could feel on overwhelm, exhausted and depleted. We might also find that in our hurry to get things done, we have created for ourselves a house of cards, whereby our structure and the basics were lacking from the get-go.

Whether certain involvements crash and burn or are found to be shaky rather than strong, we can make repairs to the ways we are doing things and avoid all things falling down.

This latter part of May could prove a roller coaster of ups and downs, and the extremes of either would be aggravated by our rushing things without checking and evaluating as we go along.

The last two days of May allow us to either change direction or fortify what we have begun. While the 29th of May with the Mars opposed Saturn could be exhausting with various impediments placed in our way, the 30th and 31st allow us to try things differently and with a greater concentration than our earlier helter-skelter qualities.

The 30th has Mars sextile Uranus. Even if we have been knocked back a square or two on the previous day, the 30th allows us to be open to streamlined methods and new trajectories that can cut the amount of time and exertion that we might have spent in largely spinning our wheels.

With Mercury trine Pluto on the 31st of May we can devise a plan and means by which to build our projects on rock rather than on sand. Our mind is focused, and we are looking at how we can accomplish our goals by concentrating on the most expeditious means without glossing over essential details. Our mind may be laser-like at this time, able to cut to the core, see the skeleton of our intentions and then build solidly from there. Communications can be direct and to the point without condemning anyone or stepping on someone’s toes. We might seem detached but also committed to what we want to do with recognition of a best practices approach as to how to do it.

We end May on a high note, and we enter June feeling better about what we are doing and more confident in our abilities to achieve positive results.

May 2017… Smorgasbord with all this and more…