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Current Moon Phase


Waxing Crescent Moon
Waxing Crescent Moon

The moon is currently in Cancer

Astrology Transits May 2020 -Dancing Through Change

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ― Alan Wilson Watts

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to our individual and collective realities and perceptions.  As discussed in previous newsletters, we are moving toward a Pluto return, which will be exact in early February 2022. It takes Pluto approximately 248 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun. It is my belief that what we are now feeling is just a forewarning or preview of the huge transformation that we are moving towards.  We have certainly been feeling the once-in-a-lifetime shifts as Pluto, the planet of transformation, does its thing.

Indeed, the global pandemic will change our beliefs and ideas around safety, security, travel, the economy, groups and friends.  It has stripped away the non-essentials and forced us to look at what we really value (Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. 

This month we will experience four planets in retrograde motion. 

        Pluto turned retrograde on April 25 until October 4

Saturn turns retrograde on May 11 until September 29

        Venus turns retrograde on May 13 until June 25       

Jupiter turns retrograde on May 15 until September 13

Though retrogrades are often negatively viewed, they can be a blessing in disguise. Retrograde planets slow things down. We may feel like “nothing is moving” or “things are not moving fast enough.”  The blessing is that retrograde planets give us the time and the will to think things through and to proceed in a measured way.  These retrogrades are superb for re-assessing what we did wrong and what we did right and to correct those things that were not done as well as they should have been.

Overall, due to an abundance of Taurus energy, May is a good time to consolidate your finances and to enhance your material security.

May 3:  Venus Square Neptune at 20 Degrees Gemini/Pisces. This is a great time to remove yourself from all the chaos going on in the outside world and to watch an inspirational film or read an uplifting book.  Your judgment may be clouded now, so avoid making any life-changing decisions during the first week of May. Also be aware of becoming entangled in romantic (Venus) entanglements that may not be what they seem (Neptune).  However, May 4 when the Sun is conjunct Mercury will be conducive to communication such as writing and discussion. 

May 7:  Full Moon at 17 Degrees Scorpio.  This Scorpio full Moon is opposite the Sun and Mercury in Taurus.  Scorpio is an emotional water sign, while Taurus is a practical earth sign.  Both Scorpio and Taurus are fixed signs that tend to resist change. Look for set opinions relating to emotional issues versus a practical, pragmatic mind set.  Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we may see high emotions around death and saving lives versus money and employment issues. Given the tension, you may be glad that you are home alone under this Scorpio full Moon.

May 10:  Sun Sextile Neptune at 20 Degrees Taurus/Pisces.  Sextiles typically bring a feeling of ease to whatever is going on in the world.  The Sun is your active ego or ability to made needed decisions.  Neptune tends to cloud all issues.  When combined in an easy aspect, it allows you to make decisions based on intuition.  Artistic projects are favored due to the high level of imagination and creativity now present. Mercury trine Jupiter at the same time, gives you good judgement based on all the data.  Depressive feelings may lift under this lovely optimistic (Jupiter) aspect.

May 11:  Mercury enters Gemini.Mercury Square Mars at 29 Degrees Taurus/Aquarius.  Trouble, irritations, arguments and conflict are the key words for this unpleasant day. Definitely not a good day to have “those conversations” or to provoke anyone.  Machines may act up.  Consider taking a solitary walk to calm your mind.  Mercury in Gemini ups your thinking capacity, so ideas flow freely, if erratically.

May 12:  Mars Enters Pisces.  Mars doesn’t enjoy being in Pisces, because Mars likes action and Pisces is more contemplative.  However, Mars in Pisces gifts you with high intuition and the will to pursue your spiritual path. Mars in Pisces does have a tendency to fire you up, while simultaneously zapping your energy.  Pace yourself and give yourself permission to rest when you can.  Mars moves into its home sign of Aries on June 26, which will make you wish you would have rested while you can.

May 17:  Sun Trine Jupiter at 27 Degrees Taurus/Capricorn.  Amidst all of the turmoil, this aspect is like an infusion of sunshine and roses.  Optimism reappears, though it is based on practicality (earth signs Taurus and Capricorn).  Expand your horizons and think big, as you make plans for your new reality.  We may all begin to understand that there really will be a pot of gold after the thunderstorm.  However, Mercury in hard aspect to Jupiter and Pluto warns us to temper our expectations.

May 20: Sun Enters Gemini.  See new Moon in Gemini below.  The Sun in Gemini will be somewhat the same, though the Sun is more active, while the Moon is more emotional and intuitional.

May 20:  Venus Square Neptune  See my interpretation of May 3 as that energy appears once again due to Venus’ retrograde motion.  Venus retrograde is an opportune time to compassionately work on relationship issues.

May 22:  New Moon at 2 Degrees Gemini.  The Gemini new Moon lets us start anew in all matters relating to communication.  The coming Gemini 28-day new Moon cycle is good for:

  • Reaching out to others (safely of course).
  • Re-evaluating our communication and social skills (or lack thereof). 
  • Taking short classes for enjoyment or for skill improvement.
  • Adding mental stimulation and variety.
  • Making a vow to listen more deeply.

Mercury conjunct Venus in Gemini on May 22 is a superb day for harmonious, clear conversation with a spirit of compromise and agreement.

Moon Movement During April 2020: Note:  The time of the Moon’s movement into a sign will vary depending on where you live.

May 1:  Moon in Leo May 2:  Moon enters Virgo
May 4:  Moon enters Libra
May 6:  Moon enters Scorpio
May 7:  Full Moon at 17 degrees Scorpio
May 8:  Moon enters Sagittarius
May 10:  Moon enters Capricorn
May 12:  Moon enters Aquarius
May 14:  Moon enters Pisces
May 17:  Moon enters Aries
May 19:  Moon enters Taurus
May 22:  New Moon at 2 degrees Gemini
May 22:  Moon enters Gemini
May 24:  Moon enters Cancer
May 27:  Moon enters Leo
May 31:  Moon enters Libra

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