Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
Astrology for May 2014,
Taurus comes in May when the blooms are abundant and beauty fills nature’s view. Even as the spring days arrive these intense times challenge us to be aware. The stress of the Uranus Pluto alignment stretches us to our edges and exaggerates the global tensions. We are caught in the fast moving pace of our lives, while the stellar alignments call for a new orientation and the need to see what we have resisted or denied. Now is the time for perseverance in pursuing new ways of acting or new approaches to life, new perspectives on who we are, what we do, what we eat, and how we relate, while old identities or outworn comfort zones fall and disintegrate around us.
Look to the southeast after sunset and see the red planet, Mars, gleaming like a warning, high in the heavens. Since March 1st Mars, the Warrior, has intensified, appearing to standstill and announce itself, then expressing itself with impulsive responses and seeking to take the advantage. Its cosmic instructions are to slow our momentum, reaffirm our intentions from January, make corrections in our plans, and build a strategy, which attunes to a greater inner alignment. Its Libra influence calls for balance, deliberation, and harmony. The powerful planetary cross of Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars in April brought surprises and unexpected situations which altered our course or called for action in new ways, letting go of patterns that are no longer life sustaining. Now in May, Mars slows again, appears to come to another standstill and reverses direction on the 19th. From the 19th to the 28th, situations that were set in place over the last two months now move forward. This can be encouraging for those who have constructively worked toward realignment with clear positive intention. It can also be the time when destructive actions propel war to take place.
The alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Chiron in the water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, have the potential to ease some of the heat of fiery Mars and Uranus in Aries. It offers an expansion of possibilities, imagination to find practical and realistic opportunities.
The Wesak Moon, the full moon in Scorpio, takes place on the 14th. Around the world many celebrate this day of Buddha’s enlightenment, overcoming of illusion and separation, seeing all the Cosmos, Humanity and the Earth as existing in one eternal consciousness. The power of this full moon is thought to benefit all humanity as we bring our intention to the clear inner essence of Buddha’s truth, freeing us from polarization and suffering.
The Sun enters breezy Gemini on May 20th, shifting from fixed Taurus to flexible, adaptable Gemini. The New Moon in Gemini punctuates the end of the month on the 28th, enveloping the night in a moonless sky, but allowing the greater starry cosmos to glisten with its immensity. Drink in the mystery of this cosmos as the ancient people of this earth did, feeling into the music of the spheres.
Twelve opportunities for May: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This is break through time for you. A new way of responding to others, yourself, and your situations is now taking place. Honor your talents, and what you truly value, because this attention/intention will transform your life and career. A profound release and liberation takes place between the 19th and the 28th. A new sense of self-appreciation grows. A resolution comes to a challenging relationship.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Life is changing and your public image is going through a transformation. Continue to refine your attitude, and health routines to sustain a new sense of yourself. Record your dreams and give yourself time in solitude or nature. Recognize your vulnerability and respect it. Out of this guidance comes, informing your next steps. You will be rewarded with wisdom and insight.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Your mind and perception are very creative. You see things from a new perspective. It is beneficial to retreat or simplify during the first week in May, so you can center in. On the 7th when Mercury enters Gemini events will quicken. Getting clear practical information or conveying it may be challenging. By the 12th your direction, and communications clarify. Business is favored.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This month holds a delicate balance between your needs and your attunement to the needs of others. You now see unresolved issues in a new way. After May 19th, what you have been working towards for several months moves forward and pressure is released. You feel the ability to be objective through emotional interactions. Completions are taking place.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This month highlights the goals that you would like to achieve. You see a pattern that stopped you before. In seeing it, you activate the change you are seeking. Be steady and persevering in your pace. By the 20th you begin making significant progress. You join with friends and people of like mind.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): This month focuses on expanding your horizons, stretching your mind, and tapping a larger point of view on things. Certain points of view are no longer helpful. In fact those views may bring frustration, resentment, or anger. Sharing your creativity with others helps to embody your sense of who you are in a more rewarding way. After the 14th your perception becomes clearer and writing is highlighted.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Since December you have taken specific steps that were investments in your career and/or personal goals. At times this momentum has felt stalled, and obstructed. You have had to deal with unexpected events and/or challenges with others. As you have cultivated mindfulness, strength, clarity, and persistence have cleared a path before you. After the 19th, situations will move more quickly, and connections can be made. Listen to your own inner voice.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This month highlights your relationships. You have the opportunity to step back from getting emotionally caught up, seeing what is working well and what needs some fine-tuning. Take time to reflect on your own needs and motivations. Your communications will then focus more accurately on the whole situation. The full moon on the 14th highlights areas you feel over burdened or limited. As you extend your view on the situation you will know exactly what to do.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This month your work and daily routines dominate. You may recognize an unconscious pattern that narrows your perspective. You are at a turning point. Though sometimes it can feel like an edge of unknown, you are coming into new insights and creative possibilities for your life and work. The tension of this will soon move into a new idea, manifestation, or collaboration.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): You feel progress in your pursuits. And yet there still lingers tension as you try new things without knowing how everything will come together. Your imagination and attunement to what you enjoy doing focalizes into clear actions that benefit you, especially after the 19th. You feel healing, and growth. New relationships are beginning to support your dreams.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): You find yourself balancing within a certain creative expectancy, tension and/or diversity of different commitments. Now is a your opportunity to center within this tension and breath into relaxation. As you step into your calling publicly, your talents are appreciated. The effects of this gather into inspiration, leading you into a new level of growth and expression.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): Your heart is warmed by love. As this love is experienced there is a relaxation and healing within. You find yourself doing exactly what you love doing. You are aware of some emotional tension in relationship. You are best served by noting that edge, and understanding the needs of both yourself, and the other. You feel a release after the 19th in this area.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 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.