Astrology for May 2017

May has lots of mental activity during the first half of the month, then a consolidating and more restful period during that last two weeks. Mercury Conjuncted Uranus March 26th, turned Retrograde April 9th, then Conjuncting Uranus again on the 28th of April, turning direct on May 3rd, and to reunite with Uranus in his Direct motion on the morning of the May 10th.   This happens just before the Full Moon on the same day.  This shows an added burst of thought-provoking energy starting on the 26th of March and going all the way to mid-May.  From April 20th until May 15th Mercury is in Aries and Mars is in Gemini.  These two planets of thought and action are in each other’s signs, this is mutual reception and strengthens our ability to grasp great ideas and translate them into action.  With the North Node of the Moon moving back into Leo on the 9th and Mercury moving into Taurus on the 15th, the second half of the month will have a more emotional and stable feeling to it.  Even so, the backdrop of turbulence is still with us. There are two measurements for the Moon’s Nodes, the Mean Node and the True Node.  They are never very far apart, but regardless of which one is used, the Moon’s Nodes are crossing from Virgo back into Leo at the end of April and the beginning of May 2017, where it will be for the next 18 months.  The North Node of the Moon in transit shows the dharma for the world.  Leo is the sign of individual self-expression; this will be a time where following one’s true heart is augmented and we are encouraged to overcome any tendency to postpone making decisions.  This will be a period of action.
 The Full Moon is on the 10th at 5:44 PM EDT on the 20th degree of Taurus/Scorpio.  Both Pluto and Neptune are in harmonious aspect with both the Sun and the Moon.  This indicates the ability for us to stretch both emotionally and practically, as Neptune and the Moon are in water signs, and Pluto and the Sun are in earth signsMercury has just left the Conjunction to Uranus and is applying to the Trine of Saturn.  This shows that we can exercise some mental discipline in our task of implementing a vast array of new insights gathered over the last five weeks.  Mars (energy and desire) is Trine Jupiter (abundance) but also Square Neptune (infinite bliss).  There can be a profound inner struggle now to stay on a path that makes sense and to control our passions.  Saturn Trining both Uranus/ Mercury in Aries and the North Node of the Moon in Leo shows we must focus on our higher values to be able to live out our Truth, which we may all too easily speak. This is the time of the Wesak Festival.  The time that the Buddha was born, obtained enlightenment, and left earthly life.  It is believed that the Buddha returns to earth and gives out a new transmission of energy at the time of the Full Moon with the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio.  Every Full Moon (and New Moon) is a powerful time for meditation.  I have always found the Wesak Festival to be particularly helpful.
 
The Sun enters Gemini on the 20th at 4:31 PM EDTWith the Moon in Pisces at the base of a T-Square in mutable signs with Saturn Opposite Mars, we have lots of mental activity and much adjustment trying to integrate our need to slow down with our desire to expand.  We have a picture of how things should be or could be, but it is hard to develop a coherent strategy to make this picture conform to the world we live in.  But that won’t keep us from trying.  With Pluto at the base of a T-Square with Venus Opposite Jupiter in Cardinal signs, we will continue trying to achieve big things all this solar month.  Saturn, Uranus, and the North Node of the Moon form a Grand Trine in the fire signs, so in addition to our need to change, we have the enthusiasm coupled with belief in our abilities.
 
The New Moon is on the 25th at 3:45 PM EDT on the 4th degree of Gemini.  Jupiter is both part of a T-Square with Pluto and Venus as well as the focal point of a Yod with Mercury and Neptune.  A Yod is formed when two planets Sextile each other and are Quincunx a third.  This shows great promise and optimism over the next four weeks.  We should see clarity of mission and great improvement in relationships as Jupiter is in Libra (sign of one to one interactions).  Mars Opposite Saturn and Sextile Uranus indicates the importance of getting our timing right and making room for innovation.  Progress requires flexibility.
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