May 9, 2018

Astrology for May

We strive for peace of mind, to find ourselves inside the beauty of this world. We pursue discovery, balanced on the edge of uncertainty, we embrace life. As astrologers, we listen deeply to the language of stars, bones, ancestors, earth and sea. Jupiter now shines its light to open our minds. It guides us to greater vistas that will illuminate the way.

In this time of paradigm shift, this edge, this tear between worlds, Chiron, the wounded healer, enters Aries. We confront the tatters of our old ways, those wounds of a polarized world set up for power and gain. With Aries’ intuitive spontaneity we can leap into the beating heart of Earth and humanity. We can claim our kinship with kindness and clarity. This activates the opening.

Each one of us is responsible for the turning of this prayer wheel into our becoming. Some say we are moving from the 3rd dimension to the 4th, and on to the 5th. What does it mean? We think of being firmly embedded in the 3rd dimension. This dimension is about power and polarity, worth and shame, fame and success versus the common. The 4th dimension centers us into the heart, where we witness our reactions. We create spaciousness in our responses, listening without an agenda. Our priority is to perceive and learn.

The 5th dimension expands our perception of who we are, to merge into the greater ‘I’, the spirit that animates all life, nature, and cycles. It is this spirit that pumps our blood, and instills in us the wisdom inherent in the universe. We become centered in the creative powers. Attuned to the synchronicities of the universe we perceive its language. Our understanding, perception, and knowing is through the intuitive mind and applied through the linear. We can now say that the masculine serves the feminine, the intuitive and inclusive replacing the old paradigm in which the feminine must serve the masculine.

What are the directions from the universe and planetary interactions that can lead us this month? Uranus, the awakener, enters the earthy sign, Taurus on the 15th. Lightening strikes of insight awaken our daily life, and habituated patterns break out into new possibilities. Uranus stimulates our concern for the earth and environment, pollution and health, in dynamic new ways during its 7-year sojourn. Grounded Earth signs find new stimulus to grow and change. (Last time Uranus was in Taurus was the 1930s).

The Taurus New Moon takes place on the 15th. We can attune ourselves to this ground shaking Moon, as it aligns with Uranus, with an intention to change any habits, begin new regimes, and open ourselves to possibilities. We can spend time anchoring ourselves in the appreciation of Earth’s beauty and extend into spaciousness of creative possibilities.

Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th, helping us to become more objective and detached from the ego’s drama or the old story lines. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, which supports our ability to step outside of society’s dictates. Our actions can be channeled to group causes during this time. Learning and sharing information is highlighted. Watch any tendency to become overly identified with your opinion.

The Full Moon shines upon us on the 29th, in adventurous Sagittarius. May we cross the borders into new territories of consciousness! May we explore the earth’s wild places in sacred ways. May we follow our dreams.

The Twelve signs for May 2018: For Sun and Rising Signs

 Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, Chiron enters Aries, activates healing. It brings about greater trust and confidence as you move forward into something new. Continue to be patient and pace yourself, as your skillfulness increases. You are definitely structuring and mapping a new course. Mid-month Mars leaves Capricorn, enters Aquarius and you feel much more in harmony with those around you. Listening and learning, collaboration increases. Take the time to let yourself dream and cultivate the heart’s compassion for yourself and your daily interaction with yourself and the world. You may notice the importance of slowing down as Mars decreases speed toward retrograde.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Happy Birthday Taurus! Step outside early evening to ponder the bright light of Jupiter as it shines across the skies upon your Taurus Sun. Let your confidence grow as you enter new endeavors. As always, with Jupiter’s illuminating and grace filled light, don’t overdo, take on too much, or become inflated with your own self importance. Let Jupiter feed your soul rather than ego. It can teach you to listen, and cultivate wisdom and intuitive perception. It will bless you with abundance. Uranus enters Taurus on the 15thGather yourself for its wild ride through openings, breakthroughs, and hurdles into new territories. Imagine yourself astride a heavenly creature opening the heavens. You’re riding bare back, so grab the mane and hold on. Balance, stability, along with attuning to new rhythms, brings success.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Happy Birthday to you, too, Gemini, (those of the early Gemini degrees). Can you slow your busy energy to gather yourself into the quiet? Put your feet into the Earth or garden for renewal before the Sun enters Gemini on the 20th. Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th aligning with your Gemini energy. You are excited to learn something new. Take your time. As Mars aligns with the Sun before retrograding in June, it slows. Can you do the yoga of slowed action toward your intention? You are uncovering the next layer of what you want to accomplish and/or manifest. You can now dream a new work situation for yourself.

Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, ah, love is on the horizon! Venus will enter Cancer on the 19th. Then beautiful Venus aligns in a grand trine configuration with Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Scorpio! Time to enter the 4th and 5th dimension, or in other words, open your heart to your life and the song in your soul. Now is the time to dream, and expand into transformation and new possibilities. Don’t over do though. Use this time wisely to open up the imaginal centers of your mind, finding ways to move into altered states and new mindsets. Saturn will anchor you into a workable structure of focus and regularity, if you accept with it. If not, it will definitely let you know through obstruction that you are barking up the wrong tree.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, reflect upon what has taken place over the last 7 years. What new things came into being and what situations came to conclusion? As Uranus awakens the earthy Taurus, Leos can preserver in anchoring and manifesting what has been hoped for and worked toward over those last years. Make sure there is an open space, uncluttered and inspirational, for yourself to do what it is you want to. Go there to dream, contemplate and create. Your home right now is where your heart is. Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th. Friends may encourage you. Collaboration can be fruitful. As always, you must watch the sharpness and impatience of Mars. Sometimes it may seem to come from others. To partner with it, define what it is that you want. Take care of your body and attend to daily routines to amplify what you want to create. This will deepen during Mars retrograde period, June 26 through August 28th.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Ah, sensitive, analytical, and studious Virgo. Uranus enters earthy Taurus on the 15thaligning harmoniously with your Sun sign! Time to change!!! Open yourself in ways you haven’t before. Step into a larger space for yourself. Travel will help you. Learn something new. Old belief systems that have formed your outlook now are activated into the 5th dimension! And what is that? Now you can cultivate intuitive perception into an expanded perception of your own life. This can be anchored with Saturn’s discipline through attending to what you love and to your own creativity.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Hello dear Libra. Time to get away and travel with those you enjoy. Enter new learning environments. You are cooking yourself into transformation, learning about the deep self and its relationship with other’s deep selves. You are growing a new inner foundation though it takes some discipline, or a repeated routine if you prefer. Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th and aligns with your Libra. Confidence and courage increase, so take a risk, express your love, your heart, and creativity. When Mars goes retrograde on June 26th, you can gather yourself into deepening who and what it is you love, it will continue to grow. Saturn is still your guardian during this time, teaching you through structuring intention, time, and continuing perseverance.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): When you step outside in early evening look to the east to see Jupiter shining brightly in your sign. There you will also see the large and beautiful constellation of Scorpio climbing the skies. Scorpio loves the mystery in life and probes the depths of psychology and meaning. Something feels so right in your life now, being blessed by Jupiter. Jupiter’s blessings always increase with gratitude. As Uranus enters Taurus and Mars enters Aquarius on the 15th be prepared for the unexpected, something that calls for your attention. Walk in mindfulness as a deeper awakening is being activated. Be open to change in relationship. You will be propelled into new insights and out of habituated patterns. Let go of fears and cultivate your ability to trust.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, capture your outgoing energy into an in breath. Now you can complete things and contemplate new vistas, ways that your life will be enriched and enhanced. As your planet, Jupiter now trines imaginative Neptune, so dream into a new dream. Find your space to write, create, and meditate. Do yoga and attune to body, mind, and spirit. Take in its ancient wisdom. Free yourself from too much of the mundane and planning. This month you are called to soar like the eagle for new sight. In the fall you will birth something new. As Uranus enters Taurus, work routines change. It is best to be flexible and open to surprise.

Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, you certainly now have had a good taste of Saturn’s influence in Capricorn. Perhaps you are finding new focus and discipline. Perhaps you are experiencing your wisdom in choices made and followed. Saturn in your sign encourages you to know that you are a creator and it will show you how to create fulfillment and a life of depth. It is like canoeing in a stream. Learn to follow the current. Sometimes there are rapids, or boulders. You begin to feel when you catch the flow. Uranus moves into Taurus and harmoniously aligns with your Sun sign. This is a breakthrough time!! Let yourself move into new possibilities. Express your deep heart. Let your love come through. Creativity and expression can take you into new territory.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, you are on the cusp of new movement. Take up your gifts and share. Uranus moves into Taurus and Mars into Aquarius on the 15th. That’s a jolt of lightening! You are aware of something you really want to do that will electrify you into shedding a layer of how you have known yourself. (Think caterpillar to butterfly). Make a space or altar in your home for this new something. It wants your focus. The full Moon on the 15th marks a time for you. Step out at night and look to Jupiter as it swims the belt of the sky. It calls to you to sing your song out to the public. When Mars goes retrograde on June 26th, simplify and review. Don’t launch anything until it goes direct on August 28th.

Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, do you feel the sweetness of Jupiter trining your planet, Neptune, in harmony, in imagination, in love, in poetry? When Venus enters Cancer on the 19th, it forms a grand trine with Jupiter and Neptune. What a special time for you! Love, creative fulfillment, and enjoyment of life’s beauty can fill your life. Take time to enter into gratitude and imaginative possibilities allowing this special alignment to become even more deeply enhanced. Travel can be wonderful, lead to love, and reconnection with place. Mars begins its long passage of your house of imagination, dreams and digging deeper into the archetypal world. You perceive the map of your life. Seek the knowledge. Continue to come back again and again to healthy structure, focus, and perseverance. A wise person is your guide.

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

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