May 5—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Are you aware of the times you stepped past your growing edge this lunar cycle?* Did you try anything new? Did it turn out the way you imagined? Or do you wish you could take back a rash action, a moment of anger, or a time when you played it safe and didn’t take the challenge given you? It is not possible to navigate the Aries season perfectly without mistakes. The Balsamic phase is a time to notice and let go of everything: failures and successes. At this stage, I now have a better understanding of the Antonio Machado poem about the golden bees making “white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.” There is an alchemy that happens when we surrender our imperfections. Can you find the sweet honey from this lunar cycle?
Monday, May 6. Later this month, Uranus will exactly square Pluto for the third time since these planets of change began this transit in June 2012. (This is a long process of cultural and personal transformation. There are four more squares to come over the next two years.) The Moon nudges these giants today. Have you learned anything about acting impulsively this last month? Some passion is justified. You may get an opportunity to practice applying what you are learning about passion.
Tuesday, May 7. Mercury in Taurus is asking us to be careful about our thoughts and words. We benefit from literal thinking by asking ourselves, it this expression useful? Is it true? Will it bring strength? Does it serve beauty? If we agree to discipline our thoughts today, we reap benefit. Cultivate steadiness. The body helps the mind to focus. A focused mind can bring healing to the body.
Wednesday, May 8. The powerful New Moon tomorrow is already being felt. The Moon in Taurus opposes Saturn lending a tone of solemnity. Notice the fears around scarcity. These fears are teaching us about non-attachment. Beauty is still the secret power of this season. Dare to find beauty where you are.
May 9—New Moon: Dreaming. Today’s New Moon in Taurus is also a Solar Eclipse, adding a sense of heightened intensity as well as unpredictability to the lunar cycle. That doesn’t mean we can’t set intention and practice mindfulness. In fact, it may be more necessary. As you dream about the potential of this Taurus season, what do you most long for? What tangible desire will you manifest?
Friday, May 10. Delight in social contacts and mental activity is strong. The Moon contacts Venus. Where do you notice beauty today? Listen with open ears;ter the call comes on the wind and may be hard to pin down exactly, yet fills the air with a sweet scent of enticement.
Saturday, May 11. Gemini shenanigans continue. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, comes into its superior conjunction with the Sun. This is a pivotal moment in the Mercury/Sun synodic cycle. During its 88-day orbit of the Sun, Mercury spends some of its time as an Evening Star, some of its time as a Morning Star, some times too near the Sun to be seen and some of the time moving backwards in relation to the stars behind it. This busy planet is a good symbol for our busy minds. Midway between its shift from the morning sky to the evening sky, Mercury visits the Sun for a conference about Taurus. Quick-witted Mercury doesn’t always feel comfortable under the sway of this Fixed Earth sign. Do your thoughts feel sluggish? Or are you feeling particularly stubborn about your own point of view? Let the Sun burn away mental resistance. The gift can be a calmer, more focused mind.