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 Looking at the systems, structures and supports which are no longer valid or sustainable, with a view to re-building or completely transforming what isn’t working well is the theme once more.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.

January 2015 – Mars Conjunct Neptune & New Moon in Aquarius

celticdoorwayWe are just halfway through January and it’s been an eventful year already. The current planetary patterns speak of change and the need for renewal with the pressure on to move swiftly into our collective future. The recent Full Moon in Cancer was a potent force combined with the Sun Pluto conjunction whilst making a cross pattern with the lunar nodes. Those few days provided moments when the past and present seemed to collide.

Choices were made about which direction in life holds the most meaning now. Issues, events or a way of being that resulted from past actions came into full view and in the fresh light of an emerging new perspective it may have seemed tarnished, false or simply unacceptable to the “new you”!

Now as the pace of change continues through the second half of January and into February the focus is definitely future orientated and the critical question is – what part will you play in shaping it?

The New Moon mid month forms part of a rare event by falling in the very first degree of Aquarius. This allows for a second New Moon in Aquarius in February. With both the Sun and Moon having barely crossed the threshold of a sign when they coincide, the energy of that sign is significantly strengthened. Aquarius the water bearer, represents the inspired thoughts from the higher mind or collective consciousness. As an independent thinker the archetypal character of this sign is also highly civilised, humane and seeks to improve society for the good of all. These coming few weeks will show us where social structures, organisations, national and personal boundaries are in need of a radical review and restructuring to match with these altruistic ideals.

For some, attuning to this Moon phase can allow for a ‘stream of conciousness’ experience, visionary thinking or simply an unusually inclusive and sociable attitude. Expect an increased urge towards being true to one’s self and be prepared to step aside from the crowd if required. Standing up for truth and freedom are worthy aspirations but attaining them is not going to be straightforward. Knowing exactly what you are standing up for, or against, could become more complex and challenging than you had first imagined. The planetary dynamics occurring now mean it will be hard to tell what is truth and what is illusion or delusion.

Emphatic Mars combines with nebulous Neptune during this Moon phase whilst Mercury slows to a standstill before turning retrograde on the 21st. Trickery, deceit, or slight of hand may be intentional whilst misunderstandings may genuinely be the result of unreliable information. Whatever occurs now needs to be viewed with a cautious but open mind and many of the things you believed to be true about the world, other people and even yourself might need to be questioned. By being discerning during the next few weeks you may find many ideas and beliefs can be revised. You begin to get more information or see glimpses of the bigger picture. Remember that ‘enlightenment’ makes some previously desirable options look very unsuitable. But also be prepared to be surprised, inspired, amazed and delighted when you discover your ‘reality’ is not what it seemed.

Star gazing, the bigger picture.

I watched a fabulous Full Moon rising tonight and it’s conjunct Mars which is at it’s closest to earth now! I also took time to gaze at Venus and Jupiter, so bright in the west even as the sky was still light soon after sunset. The planets are putting on a wonderful show lately.

Seems the Sun is getting excited too!

Do you get the feeling that something is trying to attract our attention?

With all five of the “personal” planets visible there is an emphasis on all those traits represented by them, bringing those qualities to our attention by being so “in your face”

There is nothing quite like being able to gaze up to the skies and absorb the meaning of the benefics, Venus and Jupiter, by letting their light shine down on a clear night.  That’s how the ancients knew their meaning and message. In almost forgotten days before the demands of a modern world took our attention, when there was an abundance of time, quietly and patiently we observed what went on around us in nature and above in the heavens and it had meaning. In those long gone days, when we had time to “stand and stare” and waited long enough, we could see the patterns and cycles as everything in existence came into its fullness and then declined again. The ebb and flow, the growth and decay, the rythmns and seasons, they all came and went. They still do if you watch and wait long enough to notice.

In studying the movement of the planets through the heavens we become part of an ancient tradition, connecting to men and women of cultures and civilisations now lost and written out of the  histories by the victors in conquest. Through the ages, nations of people, busy determining their material security and ensuring their dominance in power, lost the art of gazing, watching, waiting and absorbing.

Through observing the patterns over time, somehow slowly and surely, a sense of what is constant emerges. The “truth” is there, the advice on what to do, the knowledge of how to be, the comfort, the reassurance, the peace.  It’s always been there and isn’t about to go away and if you take the time to stay quiet and still and humble for long enough you might just get to “hear” something that resonates with a deeper version of yourself. It’s a welcome contrast to the stress and worry, confusion and chaos of a world in which we are always trying to achieve something.

That’s what I sense to be in the message from the planets as they shine so brightly. It’s a reminder to look up and notice them, they’re awesome. And they’ve been there following the patterns and rythmns for a very long time and we have something to learn from them. Something about who we really are perhaps?

If it’s a clear sky you should be able to see these planets all through March. At dusk if you look to where the Sun has just set each evening and look up and to the left a bit you’ll see Mercury followed by Venus, Big and bright, and Jupiter just above.

As Venus sets in the west Saturn will be rising in the east.

Mars, for the next few of days is near the Moon, just ahead now, so look to the right and up a bit.

Happy gazing.