Note: These influences are working during the entire month, and form a substrate for each individual day.
May is the month when we grow our gardens. We focus on our resources, and on using them in a productive fashion. It is a hard-working month. The vision which we developed during Pisces time is important, for that is our guide. The Goddess rules now, and we appreciate the pleasures of partaking of her bounty. (My appetite immediately increased when the Sun entered Taurus!) Taurus is the ultimate Earth sign, and very tuned into sensual beauty. And in the Northern Hemisphere, the earth is extraordinarily beautiful during this season.
We honor the goddess, and she honors the people who do her work. On May 1 we celebrate May Day, the blossoming of the earth. We also celebrate the workers of the world on May 1, with international Workers Day. Beltane, the cross-quarter pagan festival which celebrates the earths greening, occurs during the first few days of May. Cinco de Mayo, on May 5, has come to celebrate Mexican workers. Early in May we honor mothers, and the Full Moon of May is a special Moon of bounty, which the Buddhists honor as the Wesak Moon. The month of May, in fact, is said to be named after Buddhas mother, Maya.
Much of the Earth blooms and flowers now, and it is watered by an easy-flowing grand trine in water signs. In fact, there will surely be too much water in some places, even where it is not rainy season. E.g., floods are predicted in California due to both a heavy snow pack and soil supersaturation during the steady winter rains.
The water element represents our feelings, and they will be emerging strongly during the entire month. Uranus in Pisces holds the key place, and Uranus wants independence. Pisces is a sign of the underprivileged and of those who suffer. Struggles for rights will continue throughout the world. Mars and Jupiter, the warrior combination, are at the beck and call of Uranus. Mars is in sensitive water sign Cancer, the sign of family, and Jupiter is traveling in powerful water sign Scorpio, showing that people in high places are involved. In addition, Moon, the people, and Mars, the fighter, are both traveling outside of the ecliptic, indicating a willingness to go beyond standard boundaries. The people are energized, and are working collectively in a spontaneous manner.
In the U.S., the emerging struggle for immigrant rights is an expression of this intense emotional energy.
This water trine not only continues, but is strengthened during May. Earthy Taurus gives it grounding, and gardener Taurus creates channels for this expression. In the sky we have a special kite formation, which is consciously creative. It is, in fact, a great month for gardening and for communicating with nature, as well as for arriving at solutions to immediate problems.
Taurus has another strong effect this month, one which adds to conflict. Taurus is a fixed sign, stubborn and determined. It seeks to have power over material resources.
Taurus is the fourth fixed sign. The other threeLeo, Scorpio, and Aquariushave been occupied for a few months, inducing conflict in the world and in our lives. Each of the fixed signs seeks to establish a power base, and will fight the others for its place in the sun. Release, or surrender, must occur, and we fight that release. Life can feel overwhelming.
When two or three of the fixed signs are involved in conflict, they can find a way out, a solution. When all four are active, as now, it is like a square, a box, with no way out. We can feel pinned to the wall. This is the underlying feeling in May. Thus May is a month of rising tensions, as we feel boxed in..
Can our creative kite overcome our extremely challenging square? Allowing free emotional expression is one essential. Willingness to release a dearly held manifestation of power is another. E.g., does the financial security of the U.S. depend on exploiting vulnerable workers? Can we release that idea? Many workers all over the world are releasing the idea that they cant survive unless they follow employers dictates. This will lead to a greater freedom for them.
Circumstances in each of our lives will push us to release something. We will struggle against if, but it is in letting go that we will find freedomthus says Uranus in Pisces.
These are the two underlying influences of Maythe creative, receptive, intuitive, emotional kite plus the stressful fixed square, aiming for power. They tell us that it is difficult to let go of something which means security or power, but when we do let go, we can come to creative solutions.
Taurus and Scorpio are part of both configurations, and they come to a peak of expression with the Full Moon in Scorpiothe Wesak Moonon May 13. This is the moment of illumination and creation. Taurus and Scorpio are the major signs which deal with resources, emphasizing the importance of all of nature, and how we work with it, and exploit it. Money is but an indicator of how we handle earths bounties.
The above sounds simple and basic. It is, although it requires us to be conscious and alert, as well as tuned in to our own goals and at the same time to collective needs. But in addition, May is filled with complex planetary positions, so that things are not simple. We are, in fact, preparing for major changes to come.
Part of the complexity is an emphasis on the outer planets, Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune. These are the planets which radically change life on earth. They help us on our evolutionary journey, whose particular steps are difficult to predict, and even more difficult to understand in the vast context of evolution. All spiritual journeys rely on these energies.
There is also a focus on Jupiter and Saturn, those planets which run the predictable affairs of earth. Just now they are challenging one another. Saturn is the law and Jupiter, in contrast, is risk-taking and visionary. Again, look at the immigrants against the state.
Saturn in Leo is helping us to express our inner authority, our personal command centers. For instance, it helps the immigrants to reach for self-determination. And its doing the same for the rest of us. Saturn is a builder, and so is Taurus. This is the month to build the foundations for our personal paths for the rest of 2006.
Jupiter in Scorpio amplifies the extremes of Scorpio, and allows us to grow through Scorpios deep process of renovation, in this case the renewal of emotional power. Our emotional attachments are subject to change during the month. They are avenues for growth, and will surely expand. Compassion can also grow.
Another complexity is the importance of the Asteroids. They bring the rather impersonal planetary energies into our daily lives as we live them. The asteroid goddesses make life very personal. We will experience changes in our daily lives, and in our daily consciousness. I think of the asteroids as representing the people. We can know that the people will be involved in this intense emotional expression.
Not only are the asteroids strong in the heavens; they also aspect planets in the U.S. chart. This shows that the people are having an impact on the nation.
We see Vesta and Juno in Cancer, showing fears in regard to security. Pallas Athena in Capricorn is the governmental strategist, and Ceres in Aquarius is the idealistic Great Mother, telling us that we are all children of God/Goddess, and we all deserve respect. The U.S. Juno, Vesta, and Pallas are also transited this month, doubling the asteroid influence.
The Goddess is very much with us during this Month of the Goddess, May 2006. Ceres, goddess of harvests, is particularly prominent, and I will discuss her more in other contexts.
Perhaps the biggest complication is a multitude of quincunxes and yods. Yods are double quincunxes, sharing a single planet as a lever. They are sometimes called Fingers of God, because their outcomes are often sudden and surprising, and seem like a stroke of fate. The quincunxes are 150 degree aspects, between signs which have nothing in. common. The planets must relate, but big adjustments are required. Quincunxes require much effort, but when planets have any aspect between them we have no choice but to somehow combine their energies. I find that quincunxes lead particularly to spiritual growth.
During May we have Pluto in Sagittarius making quincunxes to planets in Taurus and in Cancer. This creates moving yods. Use of power to provide security is the issue here. Homes, family, money, and earth herself have center stage. For the U.S., events occurring from April 5-11 will now be undergoing this adjustment process. Often with yods there is a sudden resolution. With this yod, the U.S. Mars is at the place of resolution.
For the entire year of 2006, Pluto is quincunxing GWs Saturn in Cancer, which shows his sense of responsibility. Georges Saturn is hidden in his 12thand very karmichouse.
Remember that Pluto is sitting at the point of the Galactic Center during 2006. The Galactic Center is the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy, as the Sun is the heart of the solar system. The Galactic Center is a place of enormous energy. It represents both the source and the ending of our galactic journey. Incans and Mayans considered it the Great Mother. Scientists have discovered a Black Hole there, and also enormous radiation emanating from it.
In other words, powerhouse Plutos already great power is highly amplified during 2006. Pluto has to do with the masses, the subconscious, and the release of incontrovertible power. It permanently transforms conditions.
For many months explosive, powerful Pluto will be setting off the Lunar Eclipse of March 14. Much renewed aggression by the U.S. occurred then. It will only be stepped up as the months move on. Pluto now as a lever of a Finger of God is pushing that aggression into action, despite its costs to security (Cancer and Taurus).
We also have Vesta in Cancer forming quincunxes with Neptune and Ceres in Aquarius, and with Pluto in Sagittarius. This creates another yod. Vesta in Cancer wants to protect the home and hearth. And Pluto and Neptune belong to the universe, and are willing to go wherever the universe takes them. Home is a foreign concept to them. This yod outlets on canny Pallas in Capricorn, and it will be government who tries to resolve this situation. (E.g., todays Financial Times says that the WTO has been given more power. Given by whom? Watch your language, FT! You just admitted to a shadowy management team behind the public governing entities!)
So we have flowing emotions, stressful challenges which ask us to release, and difficult quincunx aspects of adjustment. All of these energetic configurations persist throughout the monthand, in fact, began in April. May is, in reality, a continuation of events set in motion in March and April. In fact, its worthwhile reviewing Daykeeper for both of those months. Events then were the starters for the new eclipse series, in Virgo and Pisces, with which we live for the next two extremely eventful years.
In addition, many of the planetary placements pick up extra energy from conjunctions with fixed stars and with other planetary Nodes. For instance, the Taurus planets cross the Nodes of Mercury and Mars, adding aggressive communicative energy, Uranus squares its own Node, adding to its need for freedom, Mars crosses Jupiters Node, expanding its assertiveness. And Vesta, Juno, and Mars all touch the Nodes of Pluto and Saturn, a pair of stern masters.
Much, much energy is released this month, not through explosive squares, but rather through a complex combination of interconnections. For the most part, it is a subtle process. We are making inner preparations for future outer changes.
I believe we lay the groundwork now, particularly in consciousness changes, for major social changes which are imminent. Our real challenge now, as outlined this month, is to put our personal energy in service to the collective. This may require personal sacrifice for the greater good. This is the approach which will best serve each of us in the future.
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MONDAY MAY 1
May is a continuation of current events. Its base was set with the March Eclipses, and each New Moon has amplified it. Our last major April aspect occurred yesterday, as Venus in Pisces squared (challenged) powerful Pluto in Sagittarius. Overall, Pluto really has charge of this year of 2006, so that was a brave act. But fate is challenging Plutos ruthlessness, and this may be the opening salvo. People were surely preparing for planned pro-worker and pro-immigrant demonstrations, and the plan is to spread to a boycott of U.S. goods in Mexico.
Venus enters Aries early this morning, to make a rousing call to action. Emotional, but cautious, Cancer is becoming infused with Aries courage. Full speed ahead! Moon goes VOC at 2:35 p.m., and enters commanding fire sign Leo at 8:18 p.m.
This is a day of both crisis and productive action. Moon in dramatic Leo wants to be in charge, and wants an audience. Moon picks up authoritarian energy this morning, and begins its trip around the zodiac to challenge planets in the other three fixed signs, also stubborn. There is a recklessness in the sky today, an over-reaching, an overdoing. But reality-testing is not far behind.
First Quarter Moon at 15 Leo occurs at 1:13 a.m. The months grand cross is at maximum now, at this same moment that we set into motion our Taurean projects. First Quarter is always a crisis time of month. The seeds planted at New Moon now push through obstacles, like the time when the plant pushes through dirt to emerge in the world and complete its growth in the sun.
Moon goes VOC at 1:00 a.m. EDT, and enters Virgo at 8:20 a.m. I think of Virgo as the cleanup crew who comes in after the fixed sign messes, and cleans things up. Virgo is expert at problem-solving. She is analytical, and at the same time she has an abundance of common sense. She knows how to use that analysis. Mercury has entered earth sign Taurus, and is also primed for some common sense approaches. Take care of all your odd jobs, and loose ends, today. Tomorrow we can really dig into a project.
If there was anything you couldnt solve yesterday, youll be able to resolve it today. This day starts early, and ends late, and is incredibly rich in constructive aspects. We still have the grand water trine (for the entire month), but today we also have a grand earth trine. That means we can build the dams and channels which we need to contain the waterand the emotions. This is a wonderful day to work in the gardenor to work on growing anything. Its also good for building and remodeling. Aspects say to finish the days work before 11:00 p.m. EDT, for just afterwards there is a blockage. Communication and thinking may be slowed down in the evening. Focus then on practical problem-solving.
This is one of those days when unharnessed power is vaguely in the air, and we may be irritable, or carry a chip on our shoulder. Beware of useless power struggles. Lie low. Moon goes VOC at 1:48 p.m., and the rest of the day may feel a bit aimless, especially compared to yesterday. Well, you did enough yesterday for two days. With Virgo moon, cleaning up, organizing, cooking, or reading may center us. Or our gardens may still need attention. At 9:10 p.m. Moon enters peace-making Libra, and we shift gears.
Taurus Sun has making the rounds of completing the fixed square. Last week it opposed Jupiter in Scorpio, the week before Sun squared Saturn in Leo, and tomorrow it squares Neptune in Aquarius. Mercury is also traveling through Taurus, close behind Sun. It started this same journey with a square to Saturn last Sunday, and will finish with a square to Neptune on May 15. These weeks of May are pressure-cooker time.
Moon continues in Libra, and so does our need to tell our own stories. Actually, this is a great day for writing. Imagination and creativity are both high. So is idealism. Our need to communicate is strong, but there may be some confusion in the lines of communication. Computer glitches may be common today. Consciousness of the disempowered is keen, and also of the forces arrayed against them.
Moon enters Scorpio at 8:25 a.m. EDT. This will be an intense journey, as Moon is approaching Full Moon. In addition, Scorpio is the major sign of most of 2006. Scorpio is a super-creative sign. It always transforms whatever it touches. Since it touches all of the fixed signs through November, we know that seats of power will beand are beingtransformed.
Full Moon at 23 Scorpio occurs May 12 at 11:51 p.m. PDT, and May 13 at 2:51 a.m. EDT. In other words, around midnight, when the moon is shining right down on us, it is full. This is the Wesak Moon, the Buddhist moon of bounty. It ushers in Mother's Day weekend.
There are many aspects on Friday, and it can be a very busy and very pleasant day. Friday night we are open to music, prayers, and angelic vibrations. Buddhist or not, it would be a powerful time to celebrate our blessings, and to thank our bounteous earth for her support.
Most of this day is a relatively aimless VOC period. We feel the letdown of this magnetic Full Moon. However, with Moon in Scorpio, we are always ready to look deeply into things. At 4:56 p.m. EDT, Moon enters Sagittarius, and we are ready for an adventure tonightprobably an emotional adventure.
Mother's Day dawns with a get up and go Sagittarius moon. Well be out and about, on the road, in the woods, at the museums, at the restaurants. This promises to be a fun and loving day.
Moon remains in enthusiastic Sagittarius, and goes VOC at 4:15 p.m. Sagittarius is the sign of travel, and Moon today connects with those galactic travelers, Neptune and Pluto, bringing us into brand new spaces. These spaces are very connected to U.S. security and finances. There are likely to be adjustments in the Dow, due to rising oil prices. Both Ceres, labor, and Neptune, oil, are involved, and greed is the problem.
We are ambitious and hard-working with Moon in Capricorn. We also want to connect with the establishment, and to be respected. Doing things right is important. Energy flows very well during these days. Corrections can be made in the markets to alleviate fear, and we end up on Wednesday night in a good place.
Moon travels in Aquarius today, and we may want to discuss current affairs. Aquarius tends to be open, friendly, and interested in the politics of the world. However, we may run into oppositionwhich sharpens our own views. Today we can get clear on combining our beliefs with our program for action. However, it does indeed take adjustments to put the two together. What does security mean to us? Are there other aspects to security besides our material well-being? How do we fit into the bigger picture? By evening we may feel optimistic about the future. This is our last day of focus on the material aspects of life. By Sunday, both Sun and Mercury are in Gemini, the sign of connecting.
Moon continues in Aquarius, with loving vibes. The whole world is our friend, and we want to show it. Tonight especially we will seek out companions with whom to talk about the state of the world.
Last Quarter Moon in 30 degrees of Aquarius occurs at 5:21 a.m. EDT. This is the fifth moon phase in a row in fixed signs, a very unusual situation. Changes in power stances, including in each of our lives, are happening big-time this month. And not easily. There is a big power change in the U.S. now. The U.S. Pluto is heavily involved in a couple of ways, along with the U.S. Aquarius Moon. Moon represents the people, and with Moon in Aquarius, the bottom line need in the U.S., when the chips are down, is a need for freedom. Lets see how that need gets transformed now by the plutocratic government.
Moon is in mellow Pisces, while early this morning Sun enters lively Gemini. Sun will bring Moon along into an extraordinarily energetic day, with a strong desire to get a message out. With Pisces moon, we can both communicate with the world, and take the broad view. Moon occults Uranus this morning, emphasizing feelings of independence. When this happened, one month ago, we had our huge National Day of Action for immigrant rights. Energy remains fervent and potent well into the night.
Moon enters challenging Aries at 9:24 a.m. What battles do we want to take on? We still have the people vs. the institutions, with an embattled Venus trying to mediate between the two. There are many harmonious aspects, and assertive Aries moon can do what she wants.
We have a new dynamic in ongoing conflicts. For most of the month the ruthless power of Pluto was at the levers of power. Then for a few days Vesta, guardian of security, occupied that position. Now Juno, the disempowered partner, sits in that spot. However, she is accompanied by Mars, who is helping her fight back. And Mars is squared by Venus, adding to his passion. All of these positions, plus Ceres, closely aspect the U.S. Mercury. The people of the U.S. have much on their minds. In fact, their minds have been swirling for the entire month. There may be some kind of crackdown by the U.S. government.
Moon is VOC in Aries this morning and we may be restless. At 12:00 p.m. EDT, Moon enters Taurus, just in time for a satisfying lunch. We are close to the end of the moon cycle, and the time for striving has passed. Still, we may want to accomplish a practical goal. Dont push it. Enjoy yourself in the process. I picture taking the time to create a beautiful clay pot.
A big energy reconfiguration occurs over the next three days, which includes the upcoming New Moon on May 26-27. Moon now at the end of the Taurus Moon cycle steps up the pressure to repair obvious problems in the money and labor sectors. Outer planets are featured today, and our attention is drawn to those wider energy currents which form the contexts for our lives.
New Moon at 6 Gemini occurs at 10:26 p.m. PDT, and at 1:26 a.m. EDT tomorrow. Today Moon goes VOC early in the morning, and enters Gemini at 3:19 p.m. EDT. VOC Moon, when there are no more major aspects in the current sign, is an unpredictable period.
New Moon at 6 Gemini occurs at 1:26 a.m. EDT. Most of the aspects of the last couple of days are still in orb. Gemini is about communication, perception, and connection. Thinking, talking, and our nervous impulses are associated with Gemini. Gemini is quick, curious, lively, and expressive. Everything moves during Gemini time, from the weather to our minds. People are itching to travel. We are on the go.
Moon continues in Gemini with very harmonious aspects. Spontaneous exploration is one of Geminis favorite activities. Dont forget a coffee stop along the way, with time for a little chat. The message-spreading is doing just fine, The evening can be poetic and romantic. Moon enters Cancer at 8:33 p.m. EDT, and we may want to cuddle up at home with a video tonight.
This is the third day of a 3-day weekend, and we will very likely want to spend it at home, unless were on the streets. It is a very pleasant day. Food may be on our agenda, and perhaps gardening as well. However, at the same time the disenfranchised are very high in national consciousness. Juno reaches its exact conjunction with Mars today, at 28 Cancer, and they oppose the U.S. Pluto. Opposing Pluto is difficult, and the U.S. Pluto in Capricorn is strong and toughshould we say ruthless? This is a climax to the domestic action that has been building up for the last few weeks.
Moon continues in sensitive, vulnerable Cancer. We are apt to feel like staying home and nesting in. This is especially so since there are no lunar aspects to guide us during the day. However, tonight Moon conjoins Mars, and this is very emotionally stimulating. It also enhances sensitivity, and readies us for challenges. We may carry a chip on our shoulder. Conflict arises readily because we are each ultra-sensitive, and subjective. These are water signs, and they can also encourage us to indulge in alcohol, which can really promote arguments and fights.
Moon is traveling in Leo, and we have a need to dramatize ourselves. Morning will be fun and spontaneous, afternoon serious. Try to take a nap, for the long night is bursting with exuberant aspects. Games look more likely than sleep. Leo energy is great for self-expression in all modes.
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