May Celestial Events:
- May 4, 3:46 pm – New Moon in Taurus, the fixed Earth sign of Taurus holds the force of spring into growth and blossoming. The power inherent in earthy Taurus is the power to illuminate the light which dwells in all forms. For this New Moon align yourself with the inner light of yourself. With patience and calm, steady yourself as you continue to carry out your intention. It is said that the 15th degree of each of the fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, is a gate through which power and purpose are released and experienced. Take this unique opportunity to contemplate your intention with faith and trust in its fulfillment.
- May 6 – Mercury leaves fiery Aries and enters calm thoughtful Taurus. On the 8th Mercury conjuncts Uranus, firing up our inspirations, revelations and break-through. Its shadow side is impatience and crisis in communication.
- May 7 -9 – Venus squares Saturn and Pluto. Be kind to yourself and others as together we learn how we create obstacles or see where we have limited ourselves. It’s time for transformation of old patterns.
- May 11 -13 – the Sun is in harmony with Saturn and Pluto. Apply your persistence, patience, and focused attention to gain momentum toward your goals.
- May 15 – Venus enters Taurus – Create beauty! Bring forth your art and the love in your heart. Mars enters Cancer – We seek to protect and stand for those in need with Mars in Cancer. Watch its touchy defensiveness.
- May 18 – Full Moon in Scorpio, the Wesak Moon. Celebration of Buddha’s enlightenment. In the fullness of deep and intense feeling Buddha steadied himself with the wisdom of the nature of being. Here we can pierce the illusion of our egos with deep calm and presence. Affirm the light within and the light within all. Affirm the peace of the deep heart as our foundation in the cosmos.
- May 21 – The Sun and Mercury enter playful and busy Gemini.
- May 31 – Venus in Taurus harmonizes with Saturn in Capricorn. Your intentions begin to bare fruit.
Saturn in Capricorn is closing in on Pluto in Capricorn. Both planets cut away the nonessentials. Now is the time to prune back what is nonessential and unauthentic, what is of the past and is ready to be transformed. We want to free ourselves from clutter, and transform self-judgment into openness. While committing to these tasks we remind ourselves continually to tune into Jupiter in Sagittarius. This means to broaden our vision, and allow movement into uncharted territories.
In May, be aware of the strength of stationary retrograde Saturn and Pluto. Its character is to both sweep away the old and resolve the problems that remain, to harness power and develop mastery. Its shadow is oppressive control and polarization. At the same time Jupiter opposes Mars, taking action to expand our understanding, bringing out courageous truths, escaping away into new territory, or amplification of attack and arrogance.
The Twelve signs for May 2019: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Do you feel both sluggish and amped up? You feel the tremendous effort now needed, and you are anxious to move and take action. So you do. (Your planet Mars, now aspecting Jupiter in Sagittarius.) You are ready to go. You have a target, a focus, and purpose. Don’t let the enormity of the task overwhelm you. Take it one step at a time, and keep your center. When you feel pulled off return to your breath and body. Anchor yourself at this New Moon on the 4th, by affirming your intention. This powerful Taurus Moon holds the grace of the deep feminine, receptive and enduring toward full manifestation.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, You can feel the change, I know you can, a prompting in your body, in your being. You may hesitant in taking the risk. So on the New Moon, go into contemplation. Feel deeply into your being. What is it you value? How do you want to live and create the next part of your life? With your planet, Venus, now in Aries until May 15 you feel more courageous and spontaneous. Steady your intention at the New Moon, on the 4th. Allow the light of your decision and clarity illuminate the dimming affect of fears and doubt. Everything is supporting this new direction. This Moon is the gate of power and purpose.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): With your planet Mercury in the last degrees of Aries, your mind is quick and full of ideas. On the 6th, Mercury moves into Taurus, soon to align with the Sun and Uranus. Now is the time to slow yourself and reflect more deeply. What needs to be completed or settled? The New Moon of the 4th in earthy Taurus calls you inward and back toward yourself, even as Mars in your sign, Gemini encourages business and connections, particularly when in aspect to Jupiter. Look for the middle ground. Find your center from which to navigate. Don’t move from the periphery or be too porous to the influence around you. Watch what takes place on May 8th as Mercury joins Uranus.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This New Moon, dear Cancer, solidifies a hope, an ideal. You can best utilize the power of this Taurus New Moon to step outside of routines and conditioning, to step out, and become part of something larger than yourself. When Mars enters Cancer on the 15th, your courage and risk taking abilities increase. You now go for it. Because of your great sensitivity, be thoughtful as Mars enters Cancer because your defenses and reactions may be quick and strong. Let yourself be aware of this so all responses are conscious, imaginative, and discerning. Demanding Saturn, and transformative Pluto are tempering you. Honor yourself.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, this New Moon continues to encourage, and persist in breaking out of the old, liberating yourself into revelation and releasing old baggage. Something new is entering your life. Sometimes it may be daunting, while other times, with Jupiter in Sagittarius, in the area of self embodiment and expression, you can feel the enthusiasm and new levels of confidence. So steady yourself as you meet the challenges, honoring the solidness of this time of Taurus. When Mars enters Cancer on the 15th, pause and go within. Check in with your deeper feelings and realign with your spirituality. Dreams may be calling to you with new information.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, this New Moon is a great opportunity for you to reflect on what drives your life and actions. What gives the greatest meaning to your journey here? Seed your intention to enlarge your view this month as the New Moon aspects your angle of expansion and philosophy. Dream up a new adventure and set the stage for new kinds of learning. Your planet, Mercury, leaves Aries and enters Taurus on May 6th, supporting a slowing to life’s hectic pace. Mercury aligns with Uranus on the 8th, so give yourself space for revelation and insight.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): The New Moon in Taurus calls for time to access your own depths. And from that place within to connect with those you love on deeper levels of intimacy. This month allows a release and transformation with something you have been working on. As Venus moves beyond Saturn’s reach on the 11th, situations start to manifest and embody your intentions. When Venus enters Taurus and conjuncts Uranus at the full Moon let your creative juices take up space and time. There’s beauty and love in your deep heart that yearns for expression.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, the New Moon in Taurus is a power time for you. The Moon is exalted in Taurus and this Moon is a gate through which power and purpose are released. Honor this time and yourself by acknowledging your highest intention. With your planet, Mars, squaring Neptune, it is easy to get caught up in spin, emotional intensity, or overwhelm. So take a deep breath, and remember that Saturn in Capricorn joins your other planetary ruler, Pluto, acting as a steadying force by which to navigate your longer-range goals. Your house of relationship is lit up. Go out with the one you love. Do something you’ve never done before to inspire you both. Enjoy the light of that Scorpio full Moon on the 18th, but keep your feet on the ground in practical Taurus!
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, the outdoors calls to you. The beauty of the gardens in this Taurus time of year pulls your wild heart beyond all the work plans you have! And yet, you may feel the necessity with this New Moon, accenting your angle of work and health, to organize and make sure everything is in place, and that you take good care of yourself; body, soul and mind. Because once those Gemini winds blow in on the 21st you’ll be off to some interesting event, with plenty of new ideas to seed those who are interested. On the day of the full moon in Scorpio, retreat. Here is an opportunity to meet yourself and the powers of the cosmos in collaboration, with a gift of wisdom coming your way.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, it is said that at 15 degrees within each fixed sign, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, is a gate through which power and purpose are released and experienced. They are alchemical points of transformation. 3:46 pm is the time of the New Moon. Take the time to verbalize your heart’s intention. Then proceed in your day with the awareness that this moon lights up your house of creative expression and embodiment of your uniqueness. Trust it, as you move through the rest of the day. If possible, deepen this intention on Sunday by taking time to contemplate or create, to anchor it for the month. Through out the month, there is support and inspiration to create and share collaborations. Listen to your heart. Put your mind in the passengers seat.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Get your hands in the dirt, dear Aquarius! The earth is calling to you with this emphasis on Taurus! The dirt, the stones, the plants and animals, the birds are calling you to your deepest home. Walk the streams and under the redwoods. This is food to your soul this month. On the 18th under the Scorpio Moon, you are blessed with the power of presence as the Moon accentuates your house of career and being in the public. The Taurus Sun will root you into your ancestors and the power will draw itself up into your expression. Both the Sun and Mercury enter airy and communicative Gemini on the 21st blending harmoniously with your own Aquarius Sun. You find yourself inspired and giving voice to that which sings in you.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): With Jupiter and Mars aspecting each other you may feel restless, ready to take off and explore. On the other hand, Neptune aspects both, and doesn’t really want to move or know where to go. And perhaps you are being of service, giving out that loving vibration. Or perhaps you are creating up a storm. This New Moon accentuates your angle of communication, of writing and short journeys. It anchors you and encourages the development of your ideas. Now and through the Full Moon, it is a ripe time to communicate your creative insights and share these new ideas. As the Sun moves into Gemini on the 21st, it’s a perfect time to gather your friends in your home and bring your playful self into the room!
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 35 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.