MAY 2022

We come into May on May Day, Beltane, and the celebration of fertility. The Earth is alive with birth, rebirth, renewal. And so it can be for us.

The 1st of May has Venus sextile Pluto. Like a guardian angel, someone could step forward to assist us in advancing our grand ambitions. An ability to blend the practical with the aesthetic can assist us in putting our best foot forward in our endeavors. Even if we are mystified by the process, we are likely able to see the movement towards our successful accomplishments.

This almost magical quality of things moving ahead with us being co-creators with the natural unfolding might surprise us but also impels us to be in the flow of the magic and mini-miracles. We can accept being flexible and adaptable as various unexpected incidents occur during the first week of May.

On the 2nd of May, Venus exits Pisces, a Sign of Exaltation for Venus, to enter Aries [12:10 PM EDT], a Sign of Detriment for Venus. Our compassion, still engaged, may be muted as we look more to our own self-interests rather than the concerns of other people. We might be less involved with the Statue of Liberty play with its inscription of: ”Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

While our relationships can now seem to echo the words of ‘what have you done for me lately?’, we are also taking better care of ourselves, less like flotsam on the waves being pushed around by the tides of conditions and circumstance. We are considering what works best for us with a desire to explore and stretch and reach beyond our present limitations.

The 3rd of May has Jupiter sextile Pluto. With optimism and confidence and a sense of personal destiny, we can advance our activities as if divinely guided. Foresight and vision can be applied to our greatest ambitions in a practical, methodical manner without anything falling between the cracks. We are less liable to excess, as we focus on the specifics and our most significant involvements.

We may be willing to put in our time and utilize elbow grease. Seeing us determined to accomplish our goals, the universe steps in on the 4th and 5th of May thanks to the aspects with Uranus. The 4th has Mars sextile Uranus, the 5th the Sun conjunct Uranus.

Drawing upon the concept of working smarter rather than harder, we could utilize streamlined methods, employ technological advances, and virtually leap ahead in achieving successful results. This is a time for us to be open to receive. Unexpected developments, unanticipated variables might grease the wheels for us to be more productive and effective in getting things done.

We just need to be certain that we have changed our conditioned mindset. We were taught that for things to occur we had to make them happen. The paradigm shift in which we are immersed cautions us against arrogance and any sense of total control. On the contrary, these times suggest that like the Taoist saying we ‘bend like a reed or break like an oak’.

Being adaptable and flexible, we can alter our intentions and change our trajectories as conditions warrant. The more we can be open to the magic of these times, the better able we shall be in navigating the currents of these tumultuous, disruptive times.

The 6th of May, as Mercury sextiles Venus, could have us in a chatty mood, chatting up people all about ME. While we might have new adventures we wish to share, or just feel the need to have our voice heard, let’s keep in mind that conversations are two way streets where we not only say what we want to express but we also listen to what someone else wishes to communicate. In our society, there are unfortunately very few receptive listeners.

The Sun sextiles Mars on the 7th of May giving us the impetus to plant our seeds, whether those seeds are literal seeds of plants, vegetables and flowers, or the seeds of our springtime projects with the start of new activities or the renewal of old projects. We are looking at refurbishing our environment, our wardrobe, our self.

Major shifts in energy occur on the 10th of May. Mercury turns retrograde in its own Sign of Gemini [7:47 AM EDT], and Jupiter exits Pisces to enter Aries [7:22 PM EDT] for a brief foray through the Cardinal Fire Sign until the end of October when Jupiter retrogrades back into Pisces for almost eight weeks with Jupiter reentering Aries on December 20th, just before the Winter Solstice on the 21st.

Although confusions might be strong with the Mercury retrograde and variations on the Keystone Kops played out [a reality that seems played out nowadays whether Mercury is retrograde or not], the Jupiter Aries influence gives us a thrust of nothing stopping us now.

It will be interesting to see how this accentuation of the individual spurred on by the Jupiter Aries intertwines with any attempts by the powers-that-be to restrict, regulate, even lockdown, under whatever guise they may come up with. We might all discover that the horse is already out of the barn.

Much of this mid to latter part of the spring season could see each of us getting a second wind. We might emphasize our own individual choices rather than dictates from the powers-that-be.

Even if it would seem like a David and Goliath scenario, with the Goliath of the authorities holding virtually all the power, the individual and the power of the people can certainly outwit the dimwitted with their flip-flops or irrational rationality. In deed, fooled once, people may not be fooled again.

The 15th of May has the Sun square Saturn, and the Sun sextile Neptune. Increasingly during our awakening of the past two years, we may have come to realize that what is presented to us is not always valid, not really the objective truth, but rather an opinion masked as reality. Although the hype, spin, appearances may seem beguiling and we might wonder why anyone would lie to us, our ability to pull back the Wizard of Oz curtain to see the little guy pulling the strings has increased dramatically. Our intuition and our awareness have sharpened. As a result, we are better able to read between the lines, look past the images presented, question the storyline, and dissect fact from fiction.

The Scorpio Full on the 16th of May, when the Moon opposes the Sun [12:14 AM EDT] is a Lunar Eclipse. Our emotions can be heightened with a liability of seeing the half glass of water as half empty and emptying. A sense of dystopia might be en vogue. Global affairs could raise concerns. Atmospheric storm systems may be intense with tornadoes, cyclones and sheets of rain. Financial markets might be shaky, and everyone may wonder what needs to be rid of before we begin a rebuilding process. Some people could even reference the nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpty, anticipating a great fall.

It would be wise for those of us in the US to bear in mind that this year is the year of our country’s first Pluto return with Pluto returning to its position in 1776. Transformation is certainly likely, even in the form of revolution.

May 18th has Mars conjunct Neptune. When it rains, it pours. Any storm systems now are likely to produce a deluge of precipitation with the potential of flash floods. Even geophysical activity could trigger tsunami-like conditions. And boaters need to be extra cautious on the oceans, lakes and waterways. Our emotions could be fraught with anxiety, and we need to get a grip. Fear is a great magnet to draw some nasty incidents our way. We may need to draw upon our inner strength, and we could be surprised by the reservoir of internal power each of us has.

After the intensity of the previous three days, the 19th of May allows for a reconstruction phase. The Sun trines Pluto, and Mercury sextiles Jupiter. Similar to the story in Greek mythology of the phoenix rising from its ashes to soar ever higher, whatever hiccups we might have experienced, we now have the impetus and confidence to engage better ways for brighter days. Sometimes the dross needs to be wiped away in order to draw upon a blank slate a better and brighter future for ourselves.

The 20th of May has the Sun exiting Taurus to enter Gemini [9:23 PM EDT], followed on the 21st by the Sun conjunct Mercury. We could feel as if the world is our oyster with a wide range of possibilities. We are likely to be interested in distractions and diversions rather than giving too much thought to the serious or the anxiety-provoking. Even if concerns of safety, security, health, financial, et al., seem knocking at the door, we are more likely oblivious and engage instead our springtime frolics. Sampling this and trying that are good ways of keeping our focus on anything other than the fearful.

If we take the weekend of May 20th through the 22nd as a time to relax, reinvigorate and try exciting, new activities, we may have gained for ourselves a second wind as we prepare for the week ahead.

The latter part of the 22nd of May has Mars sextile Pluto and Mercury retrograding back into Taurus [9:15 PM EDT]. We may be more attuned to pushing through any impediments with determination and perseverance. We are better able to see the specifics that make up the whole and can focus, taking things step-by-step, even if it feels at times as though we are rolling a boulder up the mountain. Strengthening our resolve of a ‘can do’ attitude on that Sunday evening of the 22nd sets up a most productive week ahead, a week when the FORCE may well be with us.

The week of the 23rd through the 29th of May can be a highly powerful week. We have two Sign changes as Mars enters its own Sign, and Venus enters its own Sign.

The week begins on the 23rd of May with the Sun sextile Jupiter, and Mercury sextile Mars. We could feel as though we are operating on all cylinders. Not only are we upbeat and confident of our abilities, but we are able to work smarter rather than harder. It might seem as though we are gliding along with everything coming neatly together.

The 24th of May has Venus sextile Saturn, and Mars entering its own Sign of Aries [7:17 PM EDT]. Someone could prove quite helpful in assisting our plans. There could be a reconnection with someone from our past. Are we making plans for school reunions, graduations, weddings, family get-togethers? The entry of Mars into Aries gives us more ME impetus. We have a fire in our belly, and we have a brief Stellium in the Cardinal Fire sign as Mars joins Jupiter and Venus in Aries before Venus exits Aries to enter Taurus on Saturday the 28th.

This latter part of May can have us in a pioneering spirit, encouraging our individuality and less likely to heed any recommendations from the powers-that-be which might run counter to our own personal interests.

As it did back in April, on the 28th of April, Mercury trines Pluto on the 25th. This time, Mercury is retrograde. With an ability to cut to the core and with an engineering quality, we can go back over some of our projects, tweak them if need be, and be certain that they are solid with all the particulars taken care of. With the Law of Three operational in life and in astrology, the third time over of this Mercury trine Pluto configuration will come on the 10th of June, after Mercury has turned direct. The finishing touches to our strategizing our projects can come at that time. For now, we can work out any of the kinks that might be evident in our planning stages.

The only problem at the end of May could come around the 27th when Venus squares Pluto. Venus is still in Aries about to move into Taurus the next day, but we might find restrictions are hampering our intended plans. Regulations could impact our movements, and it would be wise for us to have contingency plans, especially if we are considering traveling or making plans for summer travel. It’s hard to know, much less anticipate, what sorts of curveballs could be thrown at us, only knowing that curveballs are likely to be coming and that our forward movement can be delayed.

The 28th of May has Venus moving into Taurus [10:46 AM EDT]. Venus has exited a Sign of its Detriment, Aries, and entered a Sign that Venus rules, Taurus. With Venus moving into Taurus, we have a Stellium in Taurus again as Venus joins Mercury and Uranus in the Fixed Earth Sign. Less assertive in our manners and our engagements, we are now more considerate of other people and invested in our style. Decorum and having the pleasant things in life become more pronounced.

On the 29th of May, Mars conjunct Jupiter. Talk about overdrive! This is a time when we are likely to go for the gold, put our pedal to the metal, and exhibit a great deal of energy. We do have to be wary of impetuousness. Whatever grabs our interest, we may go all out in pursuing it. Hopefully, we can harness this energy and put it towards initiations of new projects, engagement of new activities. We are operating on high octane, but we shall have to watch that we don’t burn ourselves out.

The month of May closes out with the Gemini New Moon on the 30th [7:30 AM EDT] when the Moon conjuncts the Sun. This next fortnight, up to the Full Moon on the 14th of June can have us here, there and everywhere. We are likely more interested in juggling any number of things than concentrating on any one thing in depth. Dealing from a high level of nervous energy, it would be wise for us to work with time in a qualitative manner than as a quantitative measure. We could feel as though we have ADHD with us focused on one thing until our interest wanes, then going on to something else, and then so on and so on.

May 2022… in the warmth of the light flowers blossom…