Wednesday, May 16, 2007

May 2007 Lunar Cycle Forecast

New Moon May 16, 2007

The three primary energies of astrology are:

Cardinal – initiating, thesis
Fixed – holding, antithesis
Mutable –transforming, synthesis

These energies can be thought of as stages of manifestation and evolution. The Cardinal energy sets intention. Fixed energy manifests. Mutable energy shifts the experience into meaning. For example, in meditation practice, one sets intention for the practice, then does the practice, and finally the practice is dedicated to a higher purpose. This formula can be followed while the Sun transits the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable signs. During the Cardinal month, notice your intentions for the season. During the Fixed month, what is happening? During the Mutable month, what is the meaning or purpose?

The New Moon occurs at the end of the Fixed sign, Taurus (26 degrees) on May 16. But the energy of this lunar cycle will feel very mutable, especially when the Sun moves into Gemini on May 21. The important mutable stories of the moment are being expressed by Jupiter and Pluto in Sagittarius and Uranus in Pisces. The major transits of this lunar month involve these three planets.

As the Mutable signs search for meaning and shift and change forms, it is good to be flexible. It is also good to let go of personal attachments, more of a Fixed sign approach. What needs to be surrendered, can be during this month. Attention becomes diffused. Although it may be harder to focus, we will be flooded with new insights.

Important dates for the mutable stories:

May 20 - Mercury (17 degrees Gemini) opposes Jupiter and squares Uranus. The trickster god activates the dynamic square between Jupiter and Uranus. Sparks may fly, especially mentally.
May 21 - Sun enters Gemini — The Mutable Air sign. Thoughts soar with the purpose of finding connection and meaning.
May 25 -Venus (18 degrees Cancer) trines Uranus. This harmonious aspect between the goddess of love and the great awakener facilitates authentic expressions of pleasure.
May 27 - Mercury (28 degrees Gemini) opposes Pluto. The psychopomp (guide of souls to the Underworld) confronts the lord of the Underworld. This signals a release of what has been hidden into consciousness.
May 31 - Full Moon. The Sun (10 degrees Gemini) and Moon (10 degrees Sagittarius) closely square the nodes (North node 11 degrees Pisces, South Node 11 degrees Virgo). This Full Moon may be the culmination of this Mutable energy, and with the nodes involved, karmic events may happen.
June 5 - Sun (15 degrees Gemini) opposes Jupiter. Surrender what you know to be true. Invite in expansive optimism.
June 9 - Sun (18 degrees Gemini) squares Uranus. Shift the boundaries of what is possible. Awaken to authenticity.

The fixed stories involving Saturn, Chiron, and Neptune are a bit quieter this month.

However important dates here are:

May 21- Chiron stations retrograde (16 degrees Aquarius). The wounded healer and shaman turns inward.
May 25 - Neptune stations retrograde (22 degrees Aquarius). The planet of transcendence and illusion is strong.
June 11 - Mars (20 degrees Aries) trines Saturn (20 degrees Leo). Fire energy is marshaled to achieve our goals.
June 13 - Sun (21 degrees Gemini) trines Neptune. Flow of inspiration. And Mars (21 degrees Aries) sextiles Neptune. Take action on these inspirations.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Balsamic Moon: Looking over the last month

Looking back at last lunar cycle. Today, the Moon is waning. It is in that phase astrologers call the Balsamic Phase. this is a good time to reflect on the past lunar month, let the old cycle go to get ready for the next.

See New Moon April 17 entry for reference for this post.

My practice of astrology is strongly focused on observation. It is one thing to predict energy based on astrological theory and it is another thing to observe what really happens. This past month has been interesting for me because, some things have not unfolded the way I expected them to.

Fire. Last month had a lot of fire energy. Astrological theory says that aspects between signs of the same element are harmonious, we should experience this energy as flowing and helpful. So it is interesting to notice how many places are on fire right now, and not in the good way. Fires have been burning in Florida, California, and in my home state, Minnesota where one of the worst forest fires recorded is burning in the Boundary Waters. These are just the fires I know about. I would not be surprised if there were more.

This last month we had the second of three trines between Jupiter and Saturn (May 6) both in fire signs. Could it be that fire is working on our behalf to teach us something important? In 2000, Jupiter and Saturn came together forming a conjunction in Taurus, a fixed earth sign. The conjunction of these two planets, happening at 20-year intervals, signals a beginning of an important cultural cycle—the principals of conservation and expansion merging. Responsibility and possibility come together to create a new reality. If we follow the pattern of a lunar cycle, what begins at the New Moon will come to fruition in the Full. We are headed toward the opposition (or Full Phase) of Jupiter and Saturn in 2010 ( Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo). The trine happening right now is one stage in the development of the new reality. The reality will be about what is important to Taurus – the Earth, her resources, and our relationship to Beauty. Perhaps the fires are burning away any denial that we have left about our need to take care of the Earth and to do it now.

Another surprise for me from last month was the very quiet transit of Mars (May 13) at the Solar Eclipse degree (28 degrees Pisces) of March 18. Perhaps this is the nature of Pisces, a water sign ruled by Neptune – god of the seas. A lot can be going on underneath the surface of that water. And I think this is true. Ever since Uranus entered Pisces in 2003, I’ve expected more of a splash from Pisces. It may not be until the transiting nodes move out of Pisces/Virgo in December, and really until Uranus moves into Aries in 2010, that we “get” what is going on under the waves. I’m still going to be paying attention to my dreams, my intuition, my hopes for the world during this time.

A new lunar month begins on May 16. See my next post for more information about the Taurus New Moon.