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Astrological Notes

  • As we start the month of May, Mercury is still retrograde, and we are greeted with Beltane/May Day. Spring is in full bloom. The celebration of Beltane (actual date is May 5th with the Sun at 15 degrees of Taurus) also marks the cross quarter point, opposite Samhain (Sun at 15 degrees of Scorpio). We are halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The veil is thin, so watch for any signs and synchronicities, or messages from the other side that show up unexpectedly. 

  • Pluto goes retrograde at the beginning of the month, and lasts until October 11, 2023. Venus is still in a square with Neptune, and on May 5th, we also have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio. This lunar eclipse, combined with retrograde Pluto and Venus square Neptune, is all about self-reflection and transformation of our inner landscapes in order to put us on our fated paths. This will be a time of consideration, where we are evaluating our own choices, attitudes, and stagnant or negative emotions. You can then choose to close out those cycles that are not serving you or holding you back from realizing your full potential and destiny. With the actual date of Beltane coinciding with the Scorpio Lunar Eclipse, any fire ceremonies used for release will provide the jump start for self-reflection during this Pluto retrograde period.

    • At the same time, Mercury retrograde is sextile Saturn. This period may increase your interest in your ancestors and the past, as well as viewing any repeating familial patterns and trying to break the cycle from continuing.

  • May 9th (May 6 - May 13, 2023 is the full transit period) brings the exact conjunction (joining) of the Sun and Uranus. This may be a time of unexpected changes and an urge to shake up any day to day routines. This may also be a time where your consciousness and awareness are expanding. If you are feeling restless during this time, you may choose to take action. However, since Uranus rules accidents, please make choices that are based on calculated risks, and not just rebelling for rebellion’s sake.

  • The middle of the month may bring an opportunity to resolve any conflicts that are causing emotional turmoil in relationships. It is also a great time to participate in creative or community projects. You may even decide to get involved with charitable causes.

  • The New Moon in Taurus on May 19th brings a time to set intentions on realizing your self-worth and your relationship to material matters. Mars and Pluto are in opposition and both are square to Jupiter and the Lunar Nodes. This is a great energy to start a new project (Mercury is also direct now), especially one that feels closely aligned with your life’s path. Just be mindful to not become too aggressive in your actions, as paranoia or impulsive thoughts and feelings may be high at this time.

  • The Sun moves into Gemini on May 21st, in an exact trine with Pluto. Gemini is the sign of the twins, and represents anything of a dual-nature (ie. Masculine/Feminine, Light/Dark, etc.) This may be a good time to analyze and communicate any issues where a dual-nature is present, or may help with viewing issues from different angles, and accepting that there is usually a gray area to most matters in life.

  • As May closes (from May 23rd to the end of the month), Venus begins to sextile Uranus, which may bring a need for fun and excitement. It’s a good time to meet new people, or pursue creative endeavors. At this same time, the Sun and Mars are Sextile, so you may feel a surge of physical energy which can be released with physical activity.

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