Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
Astrology for May 2013;
We are in a profound time of change! This year of the Water Snake challenges our ways of thinking, habituated patterns, conditioned beliefs and the inheritance of family wounds. Now is the time to flow with the undulations, the ups and downs of the Snake, and let the friction of these times pull off the old skins. After the fury of Mars, Uranus, and the Sun, moving through intense and volatile Aries, forcing eruption of events, May brings in Taurus energy to stabilize situations. As a fixed, earth sign, Taurus seeks to stabilize, harmonize, and build. Taurus stimulates our ability to hold the strain of conflictual states in order to integrate at higher levels of consciousness.
The exact Uranus square Pluto takes place during May. This tension has been building since 2010. Personally, we find ourselves moved into depths of feeling, at times despairing, being greatly challenged, then suddenly opening to new vistas, new possibilities. Pluto in Capricorn brings up the deep attachments and complexes we have, to dismember and transform. All the sudden crisis, unexpected events, violence, and revolutions are telling us to wake up! This is Uranus in Aries. Here the tension between the past and future calls for new relationships between inner and outer, right and left, masculine and feminine, humanity and the Earth.
During the 1st week of May, we may feel that it is difficult to make forward progress. It is best to be patient, get to the heart of the matter, and to create strategies for the future. With Saturn in Scorpio opposing Taurus, one must confront and deal directly with the practical needs of the time. Saturn brings unrelenting pressure to seek out the truth.
We are in the middle of an eclipse field, 2 lunar eclipses and one solar, from April 25th to May 25th. Eclipses are near to exact alignments with the Sun, Earth and moon. They intensify our experiences, bringing to the forefront what needs to be released, or dealt with. They also represent the potential to align with our higher self, opening our chakras, moving more energy through us and extending our awareness. A solar eclipse takes place on the 9th.
Venus enters Gemini on May 9th as well, balancing the intensity of these times with a playful and lighter energy within relationships. On the 15th Mercury moves into Gemini and heightens the movement of all communication and business. It is a great time for learning, teaching and writing.
The Sun shifts into Gemini on the 20th followed by another lunar eclipse on the 24th. This shallow penumbral eclipse, barely visible, in the sign Sagittarius, marks a changeable environment where we can easily dissipate our energies and loose momentum towards our goals. Be discerning. Mars enters Gemini on the 31st, shifting us into a fast moving time.
Twelve opportunities for May: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This month the light of the eclipses shines upon your ability to value, love, and nurture yourself. After the hectic pace of the last two months, now you must slow down, scrutinize your motives, actions and needs. Bring your awareness to balancing your output, inner resources, and finances. At the end of May, travel and cultural events can stimulate and uplift your spirit.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): The eclipses of late April and early May carry a strong energy for you. It may create the need to rest, to allow accumulated emotions to be released. Or it may stimulate new possibilities and inspiration. With Mars now in Taurus, you feel more focus and drive. As you strategize what will be most effective, patience and perseverance brings success. Writing, travel and enjoyment with your siblings highlights the later part of May.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): At the beginning of the month love is enhanced or enters your life. Be thoughtful, as you can tend to see what you want to see. Work with both the light and dark aspects of yourself, that part of you that skims over things, moving too quickly to absorb and integrate deeper feelings. The eclipse of 24th brings out these dichotomies in relationship for healing.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): During May anchor your intention for the future. The world has challenged you to be flexible, inventive, and original in your work. This is an excellent time to be patient, organize, and practical. Early in the month, be aware of the needs of a friend and take your time to respond. On May 20, retreat. Soon the pace will shift and move quickly, putting you in the limelight.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): May brings challenges to clearly communicate. Cultivate patience and take your time. Continue to shift your perspectives on situations for greatest success. After the 20th, enjoyment with people you love and working with groups becomes prominent.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): May is an inspirational time for you. It is conducive for learning, teaching, and giving a shape to your deeper understandings. Write it, speak it, and share it. Saturn asks you to check things thoroughly, and take your time. Aspire toward what you love and join with like-minded souls.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Stay fluid this month as you move through transitions and change. Any rigidity will cause obstacles. Instead, cultivate patience, and release fear. Enjoy the one you love and feel the sweetness of life, as this shifts difficulties. It is an excellent month for teaching, learning, writing, travel and publishing. Look forward to things opening up for you in the summer.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): There is a lot of focus on you! People’s desires and needs are strong right now, which can be either loving or nurturing, or too much! Honor your own needs and boundaries. Take time to go within and feel just exactly where you are. You are in a time of great change! Transform fears and control into compassion, feeling the magic of life.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): A new you is emerging, a deeper more authentic self. Don’t be afraid of losing control, letting go, or shifting your income. Retreat. Feel into new structures, patterns, and relationships you want to build. An important relationship or communication makes an impact in the later half of the month. Sit under the Sagittarius full moon and drink it in.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): So much is in flux, your sense of self, your home. Break out, take a leap! Express yourself. Give yourself to love and creative expression. Let the harsh judge within become the clear, calm eye of commitment to new ways of thinking and relating. A friend may need your help, better to assist after the 17th. The later part of the month, you balance busyness with solitude.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): You have been in a phase of letting go. Whether it is issues of family, home, or your sense of identity, transformation is taking place. May has you settling more solidly into your home, work, and relationships. Take your time as new goals become clear. Love, creativity and enjoyment are enhanced in the second part of May.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): This is an excellent time to develop a meditation practice, or recommit yourself, as it will support more joy in your life. You are entering a highly imaginative and creative time. Keep grounded, eat good food and get plenty of rest. Time to anchor a dream or goal, and trust that it will grow. Support it by a practical step-by-step process.