Red Arcturus shines in the North Eastern sky after sunset. Jupiter and Saturn are morning stars. Venus now reappears as evening star on May 5th
This time of year we experience the influence of Taurus.
In the time of Taurus, we stabilize and alchemize the potent driving fiery energies of Aries. There is a slowing of movement into embodiment and embracing what has begun in the spring. The challenge of Taurus is feeling stuck or stagnant, but with the planet, Uranus, in Taurus, activating, energizing, and bringing about breakthroughs, we open to possibilities, manifest and inhabit ourselves in new ways.
Taurus is all about fertility and abundance. We might ask ourselves, “Where and how do I feel abundant in my life? Where and how am I grateful for the beauty and richness of this Earth, my relationships and my daily life?” This becomes then our foundation that shifts our perspectives and energizes our creativity.
The full Moon in Scorpio
The full Moon on April 26, Monday, highlights the fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio.These signs express the deep feminine, a time to honor the Earth, nature, and the deep yin within us. This ‘yin’ lives in our inner perceptive self, listening to our bodies and extending our senses, while we step outside of all the ‘shoulds’.
We balance between these opposites now, as represented by Taurus and Scorpio,
- self reliance and attunement to my resources while tuning into others, feeling into their values and our shared resources
- holding, focusing, versus letting go, transforming
- manifesting what I value versus collaborative creation which opens up new possibilities for our growth
- abundance, beauty, and art versus depth, insight and healing
The Saturn Uranus square which is a main feature of 2021 is emphasized under this full Moon.
Under the Full Moon we experience the opposition to Uranus, so we make ourselves available to
- breaking through to sudden unexpected openings or situations,
- to being flexible,
- to looking for ongoing possibilities within the uncertainties.
- And are willing to radically change our perspectives on ourselves, and our situations
Under the Full Moon squaring Saturn, as well, we make ourselves available to
- slow down,
- give ourselves space,
- announce our ideals,
- gather information needed,
- see ourselves within a larger perspective, in order to understand how to practically manifest the changes that are needed
Affirmation for the full Moon
“I find my groundedness and inner harmony while I move steadily through changes now called for.”
Celestial events for May – Your monthly astrological highlights
Jupiter entering Pisces as the main feature for our summer
April 26 – Full Moon in Scorpio – (see above)
April 27 – Pluto retrograde – when Pluto goes retrograde, in fact for the whole month, we experience the power of the god of the underworld. That which we have ignored or oppressed, that which has been living and functioning underground, or in the shadows, all takes on greater emphasis and exposure. The need for transformation is intensified.
April 30 – Sun in Taurus conjuncts Uranus and squares Saturn – (See above, the Saturn Uranus square is highlighted)
May 3 – Sun at 12 Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius, Mercury enters Gemini
May 8 – Venus enters Gemini- now with both Mercury and Venus in Gemini, we make more connections, get together socially, study ad share communications
May 11 – New Moon at 21 Taurus – Get your bare feet on the Earth, plant your vegetables, affirm your intentions as to what you will focus and cultivate for the next 30 days. All Taurian activities are highlighted, imaginative creativity, body work and expression, designing, singing and getting practical matters completed. Seed beauty in your daily life. Contemplate what beauty means to you. “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi. “When we awaken to the call of Beauty, we become aware of new ways of being in the world.” John O’Donohue
May 13 – Jupiter enters Pisces – In Pisces, Jupiter’s qualities of benevolence and generosity are strengthened. We move from the matter-of-fact data and information of Aquarius, to imagination and empathy of Pisces. Music, the Arts, and our dream lives are favored. Spirituality, mindfulness are more easily cultivated. With Jupiter in Pisces trining the USA Jupiter and Venus the economy continues to improve. (more on this in the May monthly talk, May 7th).
May 20 – Sun enters mutable air sign Gemini, favoring more social connections
May 26 – Lunar Eclipse at 5 Sagittarius – takes place at 4:14 am PDT. With the lunar eclipse, we see the shadow of the Earth cover the reflective light of the Moon. During the lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, we might explore our belief systems, inquiring into which are no longer supportive. It can be a time for ceremony to release old beliefs that limit us, or distort our view, that are bound with shame, or take us outside of ourselves. It is a time to renew ourselves through listening to wise teachers and mentors.
May 29 – Mercury goes retrograde at 24 Gemini, until June 22 – an excellent time to edit and review. Be flexible in travel and with deadlines, as unexpected situations may arrive. The trickster keeps us on our toes and alert!
The Twelve signs and opportunities for May 2021: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Dear Aries, during this full moon you have entered a time to stabilize, while in uncertain territory. As you stabilize and ground yourself, Uranus activates your ability to step into new ways to see and value yourself. Your ability to tune in and let go of the old brings more vitality and well-being. You balance now between slowing, steadying, and perseverance with seeing everything through new eyes. You are turning the unexpected into opportunity as you shift your perspectives.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Being a Taurus myself, I am attuning to the new opportunities presenting themselves. I am looking to expand and open up my world. I am looking to redefine what I desire to manifest for the next part of my life. Uranus is lighting up fixed earth Taurus with its change agent breakthrough energy. And this full Moon heightens it all. At this full moon you may feel yourself navigating through deep emotional waters. Find your grounding, your center, be it your garden, your meditation, your art, your yoga. Step into mountain poise and experience the change vibrating around you to activate new life pathways.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, as a mutable air sign, you are windy and changeable and interested in 100 things. Under this Scorpio full moon in the time of Taurus, plant your feet on the earth, barefoot if you can. What will fuel you this month is to find times to draw yourself inward, bringing self inquiry into the challenging inner places and listen to your dreams. It may be that messages now come to you from unexpected places. Heighten your senses to move in different ways than you are used to. The Scorpio Moon encourages you to let go of something that is not working in your daily routine.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Dear Cancer, under the light of this Scorpio full moon, Mars moves into Cancer and brings energy and vitality to you. Ask yourself “What is it I want to accomplish now?’ to steady your movement toward your goal. The full Moon illuminates your house of creative expression, while in harmony with both Mars and Jupiter. Is there a big project you are involved in? Certainly with this lineup you are in good position to tackle it. The gathering of Taurus planets highlights your goals, ideals, and connecting with groups of likeminded people.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, under this Scorpio full moon, fiery and dramatic Leo may feel more emotional, riding in deep waters. It would be nice to settle in your home or simplify your day with a quiet task. Simplify and quiet are the key words for your passage this April and early May as Saturn in Aquarius influences your sign. Now is a good time to consider, and thoughtfully pursue both that which needs to be done, and any bigger projects that call for perseverance. Relationships are the place of learning, teaching, and growing now.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Dear Virgo, this full moon falls in your house of communication. It has you in deep thought and maybe processing the concerns of the world, your family, or your daily life. As this gathering of Taurus planets stimulate your search for meaning, truth, and philosophy, you are encouraged to lose yourself in the words of your favorite deep thinkers. Perhaps you are ready for a trip, one that allows your mind to expand and imagine. If you are willing, you will be supported through slowing down and taking some time to allow your thoughts to settle.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, this full Moon highlights your depth and your inner resources. Under the light of the full Moon, reflect on what you draw from, your talents, your values, your ability to transform and renew, that leads you on your journey. Now you balance collaboration with others and the power of your presence. This month you find the midpoint between outreach and self-reliance. You are considering where boundaries and structure are in your life, to help navigate the growth that is before you.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, with the full Moon in Scorpio, your deep feeling self is stirred. Find a way to move your body for this Moon aligns with Mars in Cancer and wants some release of energy. Four planets in Taurus, in your house of relationship, shows that another person may be a helpful touchstone, if you let them. Saturn in Aquarius wants to teach you some detachment from identifying with your feeling states. Finding time for quiet reflection on what you are creating for yourself now helps to create more flow in your daily life.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, with Jupiter in Aquarius you may be busy with lots of data and information. Your knowledge and insight are appreciated by others. Under this Scorpio full moon, you are encouraged to retreat, to find time to meditate, to record your dreams, or to consult an oracle. A message from your deeper self, your dream body, is present, something subtle is being communicated. Watch for signs and unusual visits to hear into the other dimensions. Your imaginative self is present and wants to participate.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, under this full Moon you find yourself in the company of others. It would be nice to share a ritual, or a circle, to honor your connection with each other, to declare your hopes and dreams for the future together. All the Taurus planets are moving through your house of creative expression, the area of the chart that represents expression from the heart. Over the next month doors open, with new insights and possibilities that bring surprises and breakthroughs.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, this year carries both joyfulness and serious commitment, or responsibility, that you have chosen to take on. What are you committed to? What do you want to develop, complete, or manifest? This Scorpio Moon highlights your contribution to the world, how you touch and affect others. The impact of this increases as you access your deep inner wisdom and your Aquarian originality. With Saturn squaring your planet, Uranus, through the year, you are constantly balancing between inspiration and finding ways to ground or give form to those inspirations.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Dear Pisces, there is part of you that could just float through your day with enjoyment, so imaginative are you and right now part of the rhythms of a deeper calling. Under this Scorpio full Moon, and with Mars now in Cancer, your reverie can be even stronger. With this full Moon in your house of philosophy and expansion of consciousness, how nice to share with others your creative gifts, your writings, and your deep musing. It would be wonderful to give yourself time and space to sink into those imaginative worlds, whether reading, traveling, writing or singing.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 38 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