Boots Hart's Astro Overview

May 2011: What’s Important?

by Boots Hart, CAP on May 2, 2011

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Whether on a public or private stage, May asks what’s important. If you haven’t thought about it lately, situations will prompt you to. And where (if?) you haven’t tapped into your full personal capacities, the opportunity or the need to do so is likely to arise. Even if you say “no thanks!” you’ll be left wondering why you’re avoiding growing your life. That’s the real crux of the thing—and what will, like as not, be either a dead weight or lifeboat of hope as we move forward from May into June and July.

All this starts with a May Sun in Taurus and all the rest of our personal planetary compatriots (Mercury, Venus and Mars) in Aries. So emotions are running high! Mars pressing through  Aries’ third decanate (degrees 20-29) signals “wanting to see…” something, while Venus and Mercury running in close Aries tandem means our mind is on the ball and we want it to take a favorable bounce.

The glitch here is that Venus has a distinct lack of grace in Aries. The natural Venusian dynamic is “I present, you respond.” Venus in Aries puts all the emphasis on the “I/Me” side of the equation. So this is either a time when we have to just “deal” with ourselves (wishing we didn’t have to) or when the world and those in it are simply not living up to our…what? Our standards? No, no! Our expectations! And there’s the personal glitch! We want them to do “x” while they want us (or someone else) to do “y.” Meanwhile, we’re all doing for ourselves. See the problem?

Then…along comes a New Moon. Occurring at 6:52 on the morning of May 3 (UT/+0), its being positioned at 12 Taurus is a plus. Why? Because 12 Taurus has a reputation for patience and cooperation. Okay, so the Venus in Aries part may dampen this generous Taurus instinct, giving it a slightly begrudging “do I have to?” air. Yet despite a lack of sterling enthusiasm, with Phaethon just behind and Hera just ahead of said New Moon we do have to deal with “outstanding” (not to mention hot-button) issues. Haste makes waste here, and repercussions we bring down on our own heads are annoying as all get-out. But what’s the choice? We can get behind fixing the problem or have it henpeck at us for the next half-decade or so.

Those who take on “the task” now will in time emerge with respect—at least—and maybe having earned loving support. Those who bypass necessity? They will surely find that something goes up in flames. Making it all work properly may well take time, but with headstrong Phaethon, the negative end game (which comes from insisting on your own way and doing what you want) always ends with something—or someone—getting burned.

As we say all this, let’s remember also how we’re already in the “foreshadow” of the first of a pair of mid-year solar eclipses. Since the first eclipse is in Gemini, the question is choice: choices which need making and choices already made. Things which are so very difficult now (or which block your ability to do something you consider “normal”) are directing you to make a different choice.  Yes, it does mean changing your direction. It probably also means learning a whole new set of skills. But with eclipses, what’s your choice? There is no choice!

Also…from May 1 through May 8, Chiron will be at 4 Pisces and therefore “vibe-ing” with fixed star Fomalhaut. This is not a short-term issue: having come into range (aka standard aspect orb) to conjunct Fomalhaut back in April of 2010, Chiron has since represented an ever-increasing sense of needing to clarify and purify our proverbial “act.” As Chiron reached Pisces on April 13, a whole variety and slew (a proverbial salad!) of emotionally evocative—even provocative—(Chiron/Piscean) encounters, situations and…most of all…needs have become apparent. Dithering time is apparently over…it’s time to be big boys and girls (aka real men and women!) and get down to the business of dealing with reality and realities about reality—and what you can’t do because in some way, shape or form, it isn’t good—or good for you.

Given retrograde patterns, Chiron is going to be playing footsie with…. The rest of Boots’ fantastic monthly overview is available with a Premium Forecast Package, only pennies per day, check it out now!

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