Red tinged Mars hangs luminous above the head of the giant Scorpion, stretched across the horizon, during the predawn hours, in the West. What an interesting time we are in! The cosmos is singing to us. This month, on May 9th, Mercury crossed the face of the Sun, a perfect black circle traversing in conversation to the flaming heart of the solar system. The next time this will happen will be in 2019, then 2032. It takes place only when Mercury is retrograde, and in either Taurus or Scorpio, as it crosses the path of the Earth in its revolution around the sun. This is an unusual Mercury retrograde in more ways than one. It’s retrograde time is slightly longer than usual, lingering at each degree for a bit more time. To an astrologer, this indicates an intensifying of the qualities of Mercury retrograde, giving rise to issues that have been dormant for the last 3-4 months. Thoughts and awareness begin to surface in accordance with the needs and timing of each individual, a time for re-thinking, re-doing, re-organizing, a time of deeper self-discovery and potential integration. Mercury goes direct on May 22, when once more outward events and perceptions take precedent. What if we lived by these cosmic cyclical rhythms, deeply in tune with the inner rhythms of our shared nature, rather than pushing forward in a linear way, which modern society so demands?
Jupiter turns direct on the 9th, strengthening our practical considerations and our ability to direct our faith and confidence into action. Right now a grand earth trine takes place with Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Pluto; setting the stage for transformation in our lives. Focus your attention on what you would like to change and allow it to be your navigating device. Your intention is the driver to your unfolding course, which gains momentum after the 21st, and then again at the end of June when Mars goes direct.
The Sun enters social Gemini on the 20th followed by the full Moon on the 21st in Sagittarius. The Sun opposes Mars, as Mercury turns direct on the 22nd. Deep feelings, and intensity may surface at this time so give yourself space and time to respond to what arises on the 22nd and 23rd. It can reveal some need, desire, or inner conflict that had been hidden until now. This can be a turning point from which you can consider new directions.
On the 26th Jupiter in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius. A reconsideration is taking place. We experience a shift in orientation and perspective from where we have been, allowing for new foundations in our lives. Scrutinizing belief systems that no longer serve us, and allowing discernment rather than harsh judgment, births the re-alignment to which all of us are being called. This grounding sets the stage for new beginnings.
Mars retrogrades back into Scorpio on the 27th, as we begin the completion of this Mars retrograde cycle. What have you learned about your life direction, or your actions, that you now want to refine, correct, or adjust? This next 30 days will take you more deeply into the power of transformation and renewal. Be conscious of what triggers you, and thoughtful in your responses. The next New Moon takes place in lively Gemini on June 4th.
Twelve opportunities for May: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This month focuses on anchoring down a plan that can support your needs both financially and personally. Self-reflection on what is deeply valuable to you will give the plan its priorities. Understanding what supports your feelings of self worth will give shape to your goals. During these first 3 weeks of May give yourself the space and time to reflect. Something is being shown to you that you need to see. You will now be able to expand your horizons of what can be possible in regards to your resources and talents. Think outside of the box.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Your contemplations and thoughtful considerations before you speak at this time will prove invaluable. The way you communicate can bring about both greater wisdom and a kind of spaciousness for all involved. It can create transformations that you have been aiming for quite some time. It demands a slowing down, time of deep reflection on where you are internally, and paying attention to what shadow elements or less conscious needs are arising. Love is strong for you right now and taking heed this way can bring much deeper connection and integration.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This is a fruitful month to clear emotional blockages and dependencies. Here is the opportunity to rethink habit patterns and responses to life. Honor a desire to retreat, be alone, or simplify your life. You may be aware of free-floating anxiety arising. It is a call to take the time to realign with yourself. Have a reading. Throw the Tarot or I Ching for yourself. Hold steady with this awareness through May 22. It can bring life changing transformation and opportunity, when you honor taking this time.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Has some health issue slowed you down? Are you reviewing your work situation? Now is an important time to reassess what is working for you in your daily patterns. Take time to contemplate your connection to those you love and your support systems. It is a two way street. Your reflection can clarify your connection to friends at this time, while knowing those friends are dedicated to supporting you. The other side of this two way street is acknowledging to yourself that you have something unique to give and share, which enhances a growth in consciousness for those you touch. This awareness will continue to thrive with attention.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): You are a dynamic, caring, and expressive individual. This month focuses on how you bring yourself out into the world. Some thing may have shifted dramatically in your life around your career, or in what you desire to bring out into the public, how you want to share yourself. Give yourself time during the next 2 weeks to realign yourself with what you would like to individually express. Take the time to reflect on what you are doing while you deepen your appreciation of it. New talents and insights will arise and lead you forward as you take time for this reflection.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): You may find yourself suddenly feeling renewed and inspired this month. Some quiet time with yourself has offered you new perspectives and insights. Perhaps some travel has reignited a process of transformation. Situations that have been unclear can be aided by a daily reflection through the 22nd, when you may suddenly feel a break through. If you feel your thoughts getting limited by fears or narrow views, expand your perspective; seek out a teacher or oracle to support the transformation you are going through.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This month takes you into deeper waters. You are called to reflect on the larger connection with yourself and relationships. There is a kind of spaciousness that comes with this time. Some of you may travel, expand your views, and feel that an important process of change is taking place. A deep sense of love and appreciation is experienced as well as a letting go to a new place. Be thoughtful of communication, taking time to find the right words. Words can be very powerful now.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Relationships are particularly highlighted this month. There is sweetness but also a level of frustration in dealing with and accepting how things are. Patience helps settle you into the sweetness that is present. What you thought was going to be the nature of the situation isn’t what is. As you take time and space to gather yourself and quietly reflect, the situation transforms itself. You suddenly feel lifted into new perspectives that are richly rewarding.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Your work life is full this month! Take your time to review whatever you are working on. Simple mistakes, miscommunications, and delays are common during this period. Though your first impulse is usually what you trust, take time now to slow and contemplate the best way forward. There are changes in the day-to-day procedures, or usual working patterns that will serve you. You will be richly rewarded both financially and emotionally.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): The question is who are you right now? What do you want to create or express as yourself? Are you yearning for a new love, a new passion, perhaps a new pet, or even a child? Things may have come to a standstill but no worries. Take your time to deepen and cultivate a new relationship with yourself. Meditation, yoga, a new course of study, or just a routine of running and contemplation opens the doors to new ways of being. Create a sanctuary for yourself. Situations transform after the 21st.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): This is the month to refresh yourself by going into your deep inner well. Take time to reflect on your own needs for security and comfort that will allow you a sense of freedom to enjoy and expand your life in the ways you desire. Family is in the forefront now. There is a lot love, along with feelings of connection and support. You offer and receive support. Watch interactions with friends or acquaintances, as there are situations where you may feel triggered. Taking time will reveal insights.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): May brings sweetness to you. A new love or artistic pursuit fills your thoughts. You are especially creative this month, attentive to what and who is around you. There are also new responsibilities that change your daily routines. At this time it is better not to say too much. Your presence and love is so appreciated. Perhaps there is a sibling or neighbor that takes up your concern. Your gentle support is all that is needed to shift a situation. As you take the time to reflect on your life you feel the wonder and fullness of this moment.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 34 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.