The spring season develops as nature starts growing; all the vegetables, plants, flowers and trees are filling up and out. Although the weather can be rough and erratic in some places, the seasons continue to be regular and constant. The Sun is transiting through the practical, earthy and security minded earth sign Taurus this month, lending a practical perspective to our attitudes and affairs.
The Taurus symbol is the circle of spirit with a half crescent representing the life force being conserved and capped by the crescent. Taurus stands for purposeful action, steady drive, determined effort, endurance, reliability, conservatism and fixed attitudes. During this time we look for security in the things that have value to our sense of esthetics. We may not want to make too many changes in May until mid-month, especially while Mercury is retrograde through May 22nd. This fixed Taurus energy will shift May 20th when the Sun enters the curious, intellectual air sign Gemini. From the Book of Changes, I drew this hexagram for the month, Enduring, which states: Consider a flowering plant, its new leaves stretching open, reaching for the life-giving sun; its roots anchoring deep into the earth, drawing sustenance into itself, as if prompted by an invisible imperative it forms its blossom and develops its fruit, thus Taurus is a time of Enduring.
Taurus is ruled by Venus which makes Taurus natives to be earthy folks that are lovers of beauty and the arts. They are charming, loving, affectionate, and because they crave love and security they can be possessive, jealous of people and things. They are a fixed earth sign which means they are attached to their opinions, this may trouble them at times however it secures their interest in things. They can be flexible and sensible, yet stubborn and always sure to get their business done and secured. Usually they are mild mannered and patient until they are crossed and then we can see the temper. They are great loyal friends and expect others to be reliable like themselves. Happy Birthday Taurus! The transit of Pluto through Capricorn has been aiding your growth with changes and transitions in a progressing way to keep you evolving. Keep moving with the flow of energy, not against it; what runs smoothly and naturally is a good course to follow.
Planetary shifts for May
Mercury retrograde occurs until May 23rd; it started its retrograde trek on April 28th. It moves through the earth sign Taurus which helps to focus and strengthen the mind and affects communications and connections in a very sure, practical way. Financial and material considerations are important, do not take any major risks but research, check things out and be sure it’s a practical move. If things are going to break down they surely will under the retrograde as things can pop up suddenly or fall through. Pace yourself with traveling and schedules during this time. I like to think of Mercury retrograde periods as a periodic learning curve.
Venus, planet of love, relationships, art, healing, and values, is moving through practical security minded Taurus this month lending more stable and security minded vibes to our values. Some may feel like indulging in purchasing pleasing things or food. Mars planet of action, Venus’ consort, is retrograding through the idealistic fire sign Sagittarius and conjuncts karmic Saturn also in Sagittarius which makes for some frustrations with strategies, goals, and directions. It may seem as if our goals are not quite clear to us this month. Many people born in 1956-58 are having a second Saturn return which is felt like a summing up of a 28 year cycle and the beginning of a new one. Sagittarian issues come to light, intellectual responsibility, morality, religious, political, freedom of speech, traditional vs broader expansive views are weighed during this time.
Jupiter, planet that rules optimism, wealth, expansion and travel, will move direct May 10th. It has been retrograding through the practical, analytical earth sign Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo gives us a time to evaluate our work ethic and to sharpen our discerning minds. Perhaps we can be more sensible and not so gullible this year. We will sense things moving forward middle of May with growth and opportunity, especially for those involved with the arts, fashion, and health and healing.
Uranus, in the fire sign Aries, asserts independence and prompts change and Pluto in Capricorn promotes an orderly change and may inspire positive growth for global governments. They continue to square each other through their respective transits affecting changes to governments and usurping power as they shine the light on corruption everywhere. This is an exciting time for world movements and earth changes and here in USA we will have Pluto line up to its natal position at 27 degrees Capricorn starting Feb. 2022 in the USA natal chart signifying similar challenges as were faced in 1776.
Neptune in its own sign Pisces continues to help those water signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces evolve to a more spiritual level. Jupiter represents faith, hope and expansion while Neptune lends mystical energy to all, touching especially our imaginations and psychic attunements to other realms. Both planets have been in opposition lending sensitivities to those open to the other realms and by the dissolution of faith we can reach for greater joy. We may be struggling with our religious and spiritual conflicts, like who is right or wrong to believe such and such, as the story goes. How can we all believe in the Oneness when we cling to our own versions of deity? This aspect can give us more insight into the illusions we create for ourselves. While utopian dreams and ideals are pulsing through some of the current world affairs positively, they show where the hope lies, yet the unreliable and deceitful agencies continue to confirm dishonest tendencies amongst leaders.
Lunar Cycles for May
The New Moon starts this lunar cycle May 6th in the fixed earth sign Taurus. This is a good time to look at what projects or plans you want to give further energy to. Taurus energy can be more concerned with practical and matters that help to ground you, like things that allow you to feel beautiful, secure and pampered. New moon phases always energize us also Jupiter turns direct motion in Virgo this adds to the progressive energy natural to the new Moon.
The First Quarter Moon on May 13th, in the creative fire sign Leo, begins a new phase of productivity and fun. This weekend can be mixed with challenges to change and grow as Venus and Pluto form a beneficial trine.
The Full Moon will be in Sagittarius on May 21st and the Sun enters Gemini on the 20th plus Mercury will station to move in direct motion on the 22nd. This makes for an eventful weekend full of optimistic energy for all to play with.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs May 29th in the mystic water sign Pisces. This day can be complex and highly intuitive good for creative work. The last quarter moon is a good time to summarize your projects, plans and areas of personal growth.
This concludes another month in the cycle around the zodiac. Remember we are the deciders of our destiny by making the choice to use the energy for our best expression.
Peace and Blessings