May 2024

The beginning of May demands that we be judicious in our actions, a characteristic that might just be hard to come by as we start the month of May.

May 1st has Venus square Pluto. Relationships could suffer as we determine whether our connections that may have served us well in the past measure up to our anticipations for our future. We could hold other people to higher standards than we had previously.

We need to avoid getting too full of ourselves, for precipitous actions could bring our intended future crashing down. Step by step would be suggested in making our springtime changes rather than excessive moves that might damage our long-term prospects.

The 2nd of May has Pluto turning retrograde [1:46 PM EDT]. Whenever Pluto changes direction, it often seems like adding a lit match to a gas infused situation. The liability of explosions, bomb blasts, and intemperate outbursts are likely. There can be the cases of too hot to handle.

This ratcheting up of the energy is fomented on the 3rd of May when Mars sextiles Pluto. If we can get a handle on the powerful energies at this time, then we could make tremendous advances in forging ahead with our goals and ambitions. The key question is the ‘if’. We are dealing with intense energies that demand caution and well-considered moves.

The Taurus New Moon on the 7th of May when the Sun conjuncts the Moon [11:22 PM EDT] gives us the strategic planning and attention to detail to harness our physical stamina. This New Moon configuration sextiles Saturn and is in orb of a conjunction with Uranus. This New Moon configuration influences the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 23rd.

Under this New Moon influence, this two-week period can be highly productive to advance our ambitions. Blending the expertise developed through experience with new technologies that streamline operations are a winning combination to successfully move ahead. We need to strategize, devise a best practices approach, utilize advanced tools and techniques, and focus on the details, all the while that we keep our end goal in mind.

The 13th of May has the Sun conjunct Uranus and Venus sextile Saturn. Incorporating a sense of the change we wish to see envisioned as already accomplished, we are able to adjust and adapt to shifting conditions. We can lay down the foundation stones of new projects, the seed plantings that this time of year encourages. Not only are we adept at initiating our projects in accord with the circumstances we encounter. We may also develop the basic formats with an eye to detail and to appearance.

We are likely operating in an effective and productive manner during this first half of May, if we prevent ourselves from racing forward and trying to go too far too fast.

A step-by-step process is fortified by Mercury exiting Aries on the 15thof May and entering Taurus [1:05 PM EDT], where Mercury adds to the Taurus Stellium as Mercury joins the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus in the Fixed Earth Sign. We are more willing to be patient, less impulsive, and giving greater credence to a practical approach. 

This mid-May period highlights our worth, sense of self-value and financial position. It will be interesting to see how financial markets react to this powerful energy configuration in Taurus. Will there be more printing of fiat currency? Will national debts continue to climb? Will decentralized finance and cryptocurrencies increase in popularity and interest both with financial services companies and the retail customer?

The Mercury square Pluto on the 17th of May could raise issues of our resources in context of our future goals. Everyone might be on edge with discussions turning heated and conversations liable to turn into arguments. Let’s recognize that everyone may be playing ‘a strong offense is a good defense’ sentiment with people being touchy and liable to go off without even a moment’s notice.

The extreme volatility of these times could be evident on the 17th – 18th. Coming from the edginess of a pit bull to the docile nature of a Labrador retriever, the 18th of May could be all sunshine and roses. Venus conjuncts Uranus, and the Sun conjuncts Jupiter on the 18th. Serendipitous encounters can make us aware of the magic and mini-miracles of these times. We may find ourselves upbeat and excited by unexpected developments with the sense that no matter how dark the clouds might seem, there are always sun breaks to lighten the day and uplift our moods.

On the 19th of May, the Sun sextiles Neptune. A belief in our personal destiny and acceptance of our individual journey through this earth life experience could affirm our sense that all things work out the way they are supposed to, whether we recognize that truth or not while we’re going through a particular situation.

May 20th begins a week of transitioning from a Taurus Stellium into a Gemini Stellium. The Sun exits Taurus to enter Gemini [8:59 AM EDT]. Increasingly this week, our energies may shift from taking things step-by-step to being here, there, and everywhere. We might far prefer exploration and variety than having our head down, concentrated focus, and looking straight ahead at what is right in front of us. 

This latter part of May ramps up the energy and us with it.

We may be in an explorative mood, considering our options and alternatives, as the Sun trines Pluto on the 22nd, and we consider those things that we might wish to pursue in our days ahead. We could seek to be more autonomous, have our own individual projects, and engage activities that better reflect whom we have become rather than who we were.

The Sagittarius Full Moon on the 23rd when the Sun opposes the Moon [9:53 AM EDT] is also the day that the two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, are conjunct and both sextile Neptune. Late in the day, Venus exits Taurus to enter Gemini [4:30 PM EDT]. 

We are entering a time of considering options and alternatives but without much depth. Like a kaleidoscope, we can see a myriad of possibilities, many projects, and activities, that we could take part in. No need for us to limit ourselves right now, for our attitude is along the lines of ‘the more, the merrier’. We are not interested in any definitive commitment or long-term engagements, but rather a sampling of this, that, and the other.

The 25th of May has Venus trine Pluto. The 25th also has Jupiter ending its year-long transit of Taurus and beginning its year-long transit of Gemini [7:15 PM EDT]. Our interactions with other people may be truly meaningful with suggestions and guidance regarding our prospects and our plans. We might decide to filter our social contacts, focusing on those with depth of character, and paring down those who may seem pretentious, shallow, and narcissistic. A revolving door of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ could be part of our springtime clean up and clear out.

The entry of Jupiter in Gemini ends the Stellium in Taurus and triggers a Stellium in Gemini as Jupiter joins the Sun and Venus in the Mutable Air Sign. Jupiter is in Detriment in Gemini where our interests may be ephemeral with a tendency like a butterfly to alight briefly on one thing, only to fly off to another and then another, and with little concentrated effort. 

The gift of gab may be evident over the next three weeks with conversations tending to be superficial and banal and without much insight or philosophical understanding. Our attention span might be sorely limited, especially after years of conditioning of the constant bombardment of stimuli and an attention span that has diminished to an average of 8.25 seconds, a shorter attention span than that of goldfish. Is it any wonder that much of our communication by text is reduced to initialisms [e.g. asap, fyi, imo, etc.]

Although the strong Gemini influence can have us flighty and interested in brief interchanges, the Mercury sextile Saturn on the 27th of May could provide a grounding rod where we think things through, take into account the details and the specifics, and determine a best practices approach to achieve positive results. We might also take a walk down Memory Lane and reflect where we have been in sharp contrast to where we intend to go.

From the Mercury sextile Saturn on the 27th of May, which can have us drawing upon past experiences that have developed our present expertise, we flip into altered states to end the month.

The 31st of May has Mercury conjunct Uranus. Insights, revelations, and thinking outside the box allow us to take a clearer and objective perspective as to what is going on. We might experience those ‘ah-ha’moments when things become crystal clear. We can figure out the most effective and expeditious ways of doing things. Since the altered consciousness helps us get away from our own bias and our own personal read on things, there might be a certain vulnerability to our thinking and to our decision-making. With the energy ramped up, there may be issues associated with travel, communication, Internet, and computer problems. We are not necessarily thinking in our right mind, which can either be a benefit or a detriment.

May 2024… like Johnny Appleseed planting our seeds before journeying on…