Sunday, May 12. A very young Moon contacts Jupiter today. Look for these two together in the western sky at sunset. This should be a beautiful and inspiring sight. Both in Gemini, these two lift our spirits by encouraging new connections with others, new ideas, and new projects. Adding to the expansive nature of this transit, Venus is nearby but may still be too close to the Sun to see with the naked eye. However, even before we can actually see it, we sense that this emergence of Venus as the Evening Star in Gemini will bring much-needed inspiration. As May progresses, it will be easier to see Venus, and we will be treated to a close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter the last week of May. Another bonus is that Mercury will be joining them. We have the opportunity to link lofty aspirations (Gemini) with Taurean groundedness.
May 13—Crescent Moon: Beginning. After an airy weekend of Gemini expansiveness, the knowing of heart, hearth, and home calls us back into our senses and our emotions. The two are linked. Both emotion and sensory input give us immediate information on which we can base our instinctual knowing. We are laying down new patterns. Our homes and hearths are precious. When we feel secure there, we have the flexibility to adapt our responses to complex situations. The trick is to avoid over protectiveness. Time spent sprucing up our homes will give us a sense of rootedness.
Tuesday, May 14. This day may be awash in emotions. It is good to acknowledge how fear can rapidly escalate reactivity. This awareness helps us to be patient with ourselves and others. The real desire is to honor our roots and care for our beloveds. Later in the day, we get to the bottom of conflict or misunderstandings. It may be a struggle to communicate how we are feeling but the effort is worth it. The dialog can open up a whole new perspective if we open to it.
Wednesday, May 15. The protective emotions of the last few days give way to the desire to be seen for our gifts. Mercury enters Gemini where this planet of mind and communication feels strong and frisky. The Moon in Leo makes a sextile contact to Mercury at the same time. We feel brilliant, and maybe we are. Tend your creative fires tonight.
Thursday, May 16. Mars reaches the same degree as the Solar Eclipse of May 9, which may trigger unexpected events. It’s as if the eclipse has another moment of rattling the cages to make sure we’ve truly begun the next phase of development. Astrological events like transits and eclipses are opportunities for integration and evolution. Perhaps what we thought this lunar cycle was going to be about for us changes to something deeper, more intense or more meaningful today. The Moon squares Saturn also and we remember this task of living sustainable, joyous lives is also very serious. Our survival as a species may depend on it.
May 17—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. The friction between earth and fire creates the possibility of manifestation for this phase of the Moon. This lunar cycle, begun in Fixed Earth sign Taurus, holds a great deal of fertile possibility. To tap into this fertility, we commit to earth qualities like pragmatism, accountability, persistence, and embodied awareness. Earth energy is slow and flows towards the center of our planet. Fire is heat and movement. It moves quickly in all directions. The instinct with fire is to seek fuel and release energy. Leo is the Fixed Fire sign ruled by the Sun. The Sun is a great metaphor for what Leo brings to the table, which is creative life force. Although Taurus is the potential of rebirth, we need the solar fire of Leo to fuel the potential. Cosmically, these forces support each other. In humans, they can cause conflict—between individuals as well as internally within each of us.
Saturday, May 18. Take a deep breath; not everything can be accomplished in one day. The Moon in Virgo, the Mutable Earth sign, feeds into the Taurus desire to manage our resources wisely. The Virgo way is through work. Home chores take center stage, but we might also be very busy in service to others. Idealistic Neptune squares Mercury. The messages we receive may be mystical or just plain confusing. Better to wait for more clarity. Mercury’s connection to Saturn today adds a sense that the message is important. Don’t forget to look for Venus and Jupiter at sunset; they are closer than at the beginning of the week. If you get a chance to see Venus, take time to notice this bright energy moving in your relationships. There is a sense we are able to change old patterns if we confront fears about power.