May Planet Update – Beltaine, Full Moon in Scorpio – Passions run high

Planets15thCThe month of May begins with the celebration of Beltaine, a cross quarter day and fire festival which marks the halfway point of the Sun’s journey between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Although most commonly associated with Mayday and the 1st May the actual mid point falls a few days later – on the 5th this year. Many of the traditional customs that have survived through the ages represent a form of cleansing and re-seeding in preparation for the bountiful summer months.

With the Sun in the earthy sign of Taurus at this time of year the connection with our physical body and natural environment is very strong. At full Moon there is a culmination or peak in energy and because the Moon is always in the opposite sign to the Sun at the Full Moon phase, so we also have all the intense associations of Scorpio involved. Passions of all kinds can run high and emotions can go deep as a whole range of material, physical and practical issues come to a head. Whether this manifests as a satisfactory completion or a critical climax it is likely to be quite an event because Jupiter, known for it’s ability to exaggerate whatever it touches, is hitting a hard angle at both the Sun and Moon from fixed fire sign Leo. This Moon phase could highlight issues of individual personal expression as a human right particularly when it concerns any subject that has been considered a social taboo.

We can expect to have our beliefs and level of openness to new ideas challenged over the next few weeks as Saturn, planet of limitation and restraint is now in it’s retrograde phase, moving back to re-enter Scorpio in mid June. The small but powerful planet Pluto in Capricorn also turned to retrograde during April and will be in reverse until late September. This gives us the impetus to go back over some important and fundamental areas of our life. Looking at the systems, structures and supports which are no longer valid or sustainable, with a view to re-building or completely transforming what isn’t working well is the theme once more.

As the action planet Mars moves into Gemini mid month and confronts Saturn there will be an increase in the tempo of communications and information exchanges but it could be just a lot of “hot air” without the required will to follow through on any positive action.

The New Moon in Taurus on the 18th will bring us back to considering our core values and possibly a desire to indulge in the simpler things of life. On the 19th Mercury, in it’s own sign of Gemini and natural representative for all communications, travel and exchanges, turns to go retrograde until the second week of June. The emphasis is firmly on reconsidering, re-negotiating, revising and re-writing documents, travel arrangements, deals and trading. This provides an opportunity to edit, proof read or check the “small print” before we sign on the dotted line or embark on something new.

When Venus, ruling planet of Taurus, now in Cancer moves into exact opposition to Pluto on 22nd you may experience some resistance to your desires if they are just about fulfilling your own needs. The chances are that as Venus moves on to oppose unpredictable Uranus in Aries on 25th there may be the recognition once again that even excitement and high tension can become tedious and the simpler things of life can bring a longer lasting satisfaction so a deeper sense of nourishment can be enjoyed.

The Merry Month of May – Bealtaine, Venus in Aries & Mars in Libra goes direct

800px-Venus_and_MarsThis merry month is the start of the summer season and begins with our customary Mayday holidays.

Referred to as Beltane  or Bealtaine and usually celebrated as May 1st we are marking a cross quarter day. The four fire festivals, Bealtaine in May, Lughnasadh in August, Samhain in November and Imbolc in February, are remnants from a series of three day long festivities each marking a significant point on the Sun’s path through it’s seasonal journey. Several times over the centuries the yearly calendar has been changed so the holiday dates no longer coincide with the actual Solar events. On May 5th this year, when the Sun moves to 15° Taurus, we are at the halfway point, the cross quarter, between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice. To the ancient Chaldean astrologers and their predecessors these were important rhythmic astronomical events within much larger cycles. May day celebrations in particular became associated with a raunchy time and much practising of various fertility rites. This May, both the planets Venus and Mars, commonly associated with physical love and relationships are highly significant.

In the wake of the Grand Cardinal Cross of April we will all have been realigned, rerouted or had something removed or redefined in our lives. This may have happened on a subtle inner level or quite distinctly through outer events, but something personal will have changed lately. As the immediate tension of the last months decline we will continue to experience the after shocks and repercussions of events now set in motion. Each time the zodiac degrees of the recent Grand cross or eclipses are triggered in the coming months by Lunar phases or other planetary transits the situation will progress. Unless you’ve been directly affected by world events and the shifting global trends the consequences may not be immediately obvious in your personal life.

Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter all get a prompt from Venus, planet of love and beauty, mid month. Just as the Full Moon increases to full potency, Venus, now in feisty Aries, the natural home of Mars, makes a challenging square angle to Pluto. This provocative energy can bring a sense of compulsion to any desires, a feeling that it’s “do or die” to gain what you value. Maybe what was once important is revealed to be much less desirable in this new light. As Venus moves on to connect with Uranus on the 16th there could be sparks flying with sudden and exciting changes in any affairs of the heart. There is more than a hint of adventure for anyone who dares to strike out. An unplanned departure from your usual tastes might be the stimulation you need to break free of an old association in preference for something new. Be aware of opportunity as Venus makes a challenging connection with expansive Jupiter on the 18th but the danger lies in going too far or taking on more than you can manage later.

As our action focused planet, Mars, journeys through the sociable sign of Libra, natural home to Venus, he has been less than comfortable and distinctly thwarted since his retrograde phase started in early March. Now on 20th May he finally turns direction to move forward once more. Expect a release of tension and a readiness for action not really felt since last December. With both love and lust planets in each others signs they are definitely working as a pair. Until Venus moves on into her own sign of Taurus just after the New Moon, the emphasis is on making or breaking connections, fulfilling desires and achieving personal goals. If the partnership area of your birth chart is also in on the action it could mean the start of a new romance.

This month’s Full Moon is at 24° Scorpio on the 14 May at 8:17pm and the New Moon is at 8° Gemini on the 28th at 7:40pm

 

Astrology update for May 2012

During this month and into June we see several of the important astrological events of 2012 coming into play. On May 6 the Moon reaches the point in its orbit when it’s closest to the earth, known as perigee.

Because the Moon travels around the earth in an elliptical orbit each lunar cycle it also has a point when it’s furthest away from the earth, known as apogee. Some months it is nearer or further than others.

Although 2012 is not the closest possible (the last time that happened was 1912) the actual exact time of perigee this May occurs less than two minutes before the exact Full Moon (when the Sun and Moon are completely opposite).

Whilst the energetic forces are amplified in this way we can expect stronger than usual tidal effects and exceptional weather or other geological disturbances. Plants and animals are also subject to the Moons phases. Astrologically we know the lunar cycles can affect our moods and behaviour as well as mundane events and financial markets.

With the Moon in Scorpio we can expect some intense feelings to surface along with power struggles or issues of control being exaggerated.

When the Moon is this close to earth it appears bigger. This is especially so at Moon rise on Full Moon, which you can watch on the eastern horizon as the Sun sets in the west.

The following New Moon (when the Moon and Sun occupy the same Zodiac degree) in very early Gemini occurs within 36 hours of this year’s furthest apogee. To add to the “stress” of this combination the Sun and Moon are at the same declination, which creates an eclipse as the Moon moves across the Sun.

The shadow’s path starts over China and Japan then crosses the Pacific Ocean onto the west coast of America, ending in Texas. It is these areas which will experience the strongest effect over the next months.

The planetary aspects during this phase suggest not only a new beginning, when something outworn is replaced, but also a cleansing with new alliances or relationships forming.

Neptune in watery Pisces forming a difficult square to the Sun/Moon suggests not only the potential for floods but it could also be a challenging event involving heightened emotions, particularly compassion or sorrow. Also watch out for misinformation or some form of deception.

Stabilising Saturn is strongly connected to sociable Venus whilst transforming Pluto has the feisty energy of Mars focused on it. These energies add to the forward thrust towards change and transformation along with consolidating relationships or contracts of allegiance.

As we negotiate this potent month we can anticipate an increase in the ongoing trend of major shifts or changes on every level of our lives.

The Sun moves into Gemini the sign of the twins on the 20th whilst Venus starts her apparent retrograde motion on the 15th and the pair conjunct in a spectacular and rare event in early June.

Being fast and flexible in your thinking is a Gemini trait along with the ability to reconcile a paradox, holding more than one viewpoint simultaneously and understanding the connecting relationships between, well, everything! All these skills will be an advantage in the coming months and now is the time to hone them.

The next Full Moon is at 16° Scorpio on the 6th May at 4:36 am and the next New Moon is at 1° Gemini on the 21st at 12:48 am

Astrology News May 2011

This month we see a sequence of striking astrological events. The faster moving “inner” planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars take turns in making significant aspects to Jupiter early in the month. They then go on to make strong connections to both Neptune and Pluto in mid May. The month starts with six planets in Aries continuing on with the feisty and confrontational scenarios of April. Five of those planets form a close group, within ten degrees of each other, which creates a very strong focus of energy known as a stellium. Jupiter, as the slowest moving of the group, provides the central theme. Also known as the “greater benefic”, it moves us towards becoming something bigger and better than we are now. It represents the adventurer, the opportunist, speculator, explorer, student, visionary and seeker of truth. As each of the faster moving planets catch up and overtake Jupiter, they start a new cycle which will take 1-2 years to fulfil. As Mercury makes contact it will bring new information and ideas, enhancing connections and communications. Venus attracts good things, social occasions and pleasant surroundings whilst Mars raises the energy to get things done and confront issues. Under the Aries influence this is the right time to initiate new projects and pioneer the next phase of your life. How it will affect an individual will depend on where all this activity takes place in a personal birth chart. As Mars, Mercury, and Venus in turn enter Taurus between 11th and 15th they make a sextile (sixty degree) angle to Neptune. This supportive aspect helps to bring about the positive and visionary side of Neptune and also acts to dissolve boundaries thus making it easier to access our dreams and intuition. The same three planets then move on to make a trine (120 degree) angle to Pluto during 19th and 20th May. This advantageous contact to the “Lord of the Underworld” brings things into the light in a favourable way. Use the time to focus your will power on achieving your deepest and heartfelt desires. There is no better time to practice a determined and unbending intent on getting what you want. Be sure it’s above reproach though as there is always a price to be paid with Pluto if you attempt to win at the expense of another.

Neptune Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Aquarius May 2009

For Astrologers the headline news this month is the gathering together of Neptune, Jupiter and Chiron for a triple conjunction at 27 degrees of Aquarius on 27 May. This configuration has been building over the last several months and will continue in influence through to 2011. Strongly affecting people born between February 12 -16 who have their Sun placed there, it will also be particularly significant for anyone with planets at 27 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio.
Chiron, discovered in 1977 is actually thought to be a comet on a long term visit to our corner of the universe but manages to play a powerful role in Astrology nonetheless. Mythical Chiron was a centaur. Wounded accidentally by his fellows and despite being a talented healer, much sought after by the Gods, he was unable to heal himself and suffered immense pain. To alleviate him the Gods allowed him to sacrifice his immortality and become human so he could die. He was then gifted new immortality by being placed amongst the stars. Chiron in our natal charts signifies a personal lesson which teaches compassion and empathy via suffering. It is often from our most deeply wounding experiences that we learn what it means to be human.
Jupiter combined with Neptune occurs roughly every 12 years and can feel like a gift from the Gods. Idealistic, visionary Neptune together with benevolent, expansive Jupiter sounds like a recipe for our wildest dreams to be realised. But there can be an impracticable delusory side to Neptune and optimistic Jupiter can have us overreaching our capabilities. Historically this pair joined with Chiron in 1114 and in 1881and most recently in Libra in September 1945. These were years of massive social change but only after much conflict and hardship. The end of the World War followed the detonation of two atomic bombs. Perhaps it is only when things get taken to their extremes (Jupiter) that we come to our senses (Neptune).
This time round the planets are lining up in the altruistic sign of the social reformer, Aquarius. Positioned here we can expect to see situations where individual needs have been sacrificed for the greater good but also that things have gone too far and lost integrity. When Chiron is involved it implies a need to sacrifice one thing so something greater can be received. The planets suggest that through an empathy brought about by shared suffering we will seek new opportunities to fulfil our dreams and visions for more socially equal common future.

The next Full Moon is at 19° Scorpio on the 9 May at 6:02 am and the New Moon is at 3° Gemini on the 24 May at 2:12 pm

Bealtaine, May 1

The celebration of Bealtaine or the month of May marks the cross quarter day or midpoint in the Sun’s progress between the vernal equinox and summer solstice. (Around May 6) It is traditionally a time to light fires for purification in preparation for the fertile summer months. This year the productive Taurus New Moon falls on May 5 and the few days surrounding it are the perfect time for sowing seeds of intent. The New Moon always marks the start of a new lunar cycle when our focus is inclined inward to reflect on the deeper issues of life whilst the Full Moon brings things to fruition. This New Moon is especially potent as a point of new beginnings. Saturn, planet of life lessons, stability and endurance starts its forward journey once more after five months of retrograde motion. A lot of fears, doubts and insecurities about the certainty of our future have been induced since the start of the year leaving us fretting and pessimistic. As Saturn turns again we also turn a corner as fears which have been internalised can now be dealt with externally. This is a time for well thought out decisions and practical forward planning based on what we’ve learnt. Supported by Jupiter, planet of enthusiasm, change and higher knowledge beginning its retrograde journey on May 9 it gives us time to do some inner truth seeking as we build up some internal pressure for dynamic action later in the year. The Planet of assertive action, Mars, moves out of Cancer where he has been very cautious and quiet into bold Leo, also on May 9, which means that soon we can really push ahead. Coinciding with the Scorpio Full Moon of May 20 Jupiter makes a favourable Sextile angle to Uranus, planet of change, individual expression and freedom. Occurring every 14 years, this is a significant astrological event and the second part of three phases; the first was in March this year. A maxim for this event could be that “the Truth will set you Free”. We have recently had to face some hard facts about the way we have conducted our affairs during the last decade. But with optimistic Jupiter in Capricorn we can learn, grow and liberate ourselves through hard work, discipline and personal integrity. Both Jupiter and Uranus are forward thinking and visionary, so it really is a great month to make plans for the future and thanks to fiery Mars we are building up the energy and drive needed to put them into action.

The next New Moon is at 16° Taurus on the 5 May at 1:19 pm

Blue Moon

This Month boasts a second Full or “Blue” Moon and with the Summer Solstice fast approaching, June should be a Month of heightened vitality with plenty of cause for celebration. The Moon enters Sagittarius on May 31 just after 6am and becomes full less than 24 hours later when it combines positively with Jupiter and Mars. This promises to bring a high-spirited and enthusiastic influence with increased productivity, optimism for the future and a greater sense of opportunity on the horizon. With Uranus providing some provocation, be prepared to seize any unexpected or unusual possibilities to further your personal vision.
This calendar month we see two Full Moons and the second Full Moon has become known as a “Blue Moon”. Though if you are living in a different time zone like America you get your Blue Moon in May where the Moon becomes full before midnight and therefore falls on May 31! For a Blue Moon to occur, the first of the full Moons must appear at or near the beginning of the month so that the second will fall within the same month (the average span between two moons is 29.5 days).The more recent trend using a calendar month has taken over from an older tradition when two Full Moons would occur in the same Zodiac sign. The first Moon falls in the first few degrees and the second towards the last of the 30 degrees that make up a Zodiac sign. Over the next twenty years there will be a total of 17 Blue Moons, with an almost equal number of both types of Blue Moon occurring. No Blue Moon of any kind will occur in the years 2006, 2011, 2014, and 2017.
The older Blue Moon event happens when there are four, instead of the usual three, full Moons in a season, or quarter year. Since this type of Blue Moon is determined according to the seasons, it can only occur in February, May, August, or November, about a month before the equinox or the solstice. Occuring every three to five years or so, the last was June/July 2005 with two Full Moons in the Cancer/Capricorn axis.
The rare phenomenon of two Blue Moons (using the more recent calendar definitition) occurring in the same year happens approximately once every 19 years. 1999 was the last time a Blue Moon appeared twice, in January and March.

The Full Moon this month is at 10° Sagittarius on the 1st June at 2:05 am this is followed by the New Moon on 15th June in Gemini with a second Full “Blue Moon” on 30th June in Capricorn

Bealtaine May 2007

May traditionally heralds the start of summer with the festival of Bealtaine, a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun’s progress between the vernal (spring) equinox and the summer solstice. The date of this fire festival which followed both lunar and solar cycles would have been held on the nearest Full Moon rather than the more recent May 1st date. This year the May Full Moon was on the 2nd but it varies each year. It is also interesting to note that before the Gregorian calendar was introduced to Ireland in 1752, “May Day” would have occurred 11 days later than today.
This Lunar Month starts with several of the tense and difficult aspects that occurred in late April now easing off and the volatile Mars-Uranus conjunction of 29th also behind us. Take some time to re-orientate as Venus opposes Pluto on 7th and watch how people try to reach for their goals despite resistance. Expect frustration and don’t rely on deadlines being met as obstacles and thwarted efforts cause delay. On 8th Venus moves into the sign of Cancer evoking feelings of sympathy, a yearning to put down roots, and a fondness for things that have stood the test of time. This is a phase where well thought out values and things held dear can be encouraged into taking on a greater significance. Some of last months stresses could return as Jupiter Squares Uranus on the 11th requiring some rethinking as a necessary part of life’s progress. Mars makes a challenging square to Pluto on 13th creating another test to see if ‘might’ rules over ‘right’ and as always with Pluto if an action is not for the greater good there will be debts to settle later. The drive to challenge others and assert oneself will be forefront during this coming New Moon phase as Mars enters its home sign of Aries on the 15th. This could be the start of another round of action in several spheres of life so expect to be busy for a while. Neptune begins its retrograde motion on the 24th (until October), as Venus makes a positive connection to Uranus bringing some new, interesting and welcome changes in our personal lives. During this time, on a global and personal level we might see some re-evaluation of our future vision with a greater striving towards high ideals and the possibility of innovative or unexpected attempts to create some cohesion through common values.
Next month brings us a Blue Moon, the first Full Moon of the month on June 1st with the second on June 30th.

The next New Moon is at 25° Taurus on the 16 May at 8:28 pm