Spring is in full swing and the energy of the world around us is reflecting just that. The volatile weather. The new growth of the trees and plants. The warming temperatures. We are in a period of transition, as a new energetic year has begun.
For most of this month, we will be in Taurus season. Themes you may want to reflect on as you journal include stability, finances, values, hard work and tenacity.
Note, these are not all of the transits that are happening this month, but the ones I believe will be most impactful on us.
May 1 – Pluto retrograde in Aquarius
As the last of the generation planets, Pluto is impactful on not just a personal level, but on the functions of society in general.
Over the last 20 years, we’ve been dealing with a lot of Capricorn Plutonian themes, as the Great Alchemist has been transiting in and out of the last degrees of this sign. Governments have been failing and/or showing their shadow sides. Wealth has become more and more centralized, with entire communities disenfranchised on a monumental scale. Working hard at all costs has come to a head, with people finally beginning to question why we continue to run ourselves into the ground at the expense of capitalistic values we may never benefit from.
During this Retrograde period, Pluto will leave Aquarius and head back into Capricorn, yet again. This dance between the two Saturnian signs over the next two years will be INTENSE, to say the least.
The last time this happened, both the United States and France went through revolutionary changes (literally!) where communities rose up against the tyranny of their oppressors in order to bring about lasting, systemic change. Will this happen again? Aquarius says, “Power to the people”.
May 5 – Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
We are currently in the heart of eclipse season, which began with the Aries New Moon on April 20. During eclipse season, it’s wise to take it easy, as major shifts tend to occur. Especially during the Full Moon in Scorpio, the zodiac sign of transformation and major change … look out!
You may find that you are feeling extra emotional during this time, as the fixed water sign Scorpio brings a depth and intensity to our emotions (the Moon). That’s why, in general, it’s best to steer clear of any rituals like meditation, crystal cleansing, or manifestation during eclipses. Just noticing its energy is enough.
May 7 – Venus enters Cancer
Lady Luck transitions into the house of the divine mother today. As the Great Lover transitions into the sign of compassion, nurturing, home and safety; you may feel yourself getting more sentimental, or at least more emotional. We may find that our interactions with those around us become more thoughtful, tender, and compassionate.
May 14 – Mercury direct in Taurus
Mercury goes direct today – thank GOODNESS! For the last few weeks, we’ve been struggling with miscommunication, overworked technology and transportation issues. With the Great Messenger retrograde in the sign of values, beauty and equity; we’ve been given the opportunity to revisit what we truly find valuable – and how we communicate those values to those around us.
There is still a post-shadow period, where Mercury moves a bit more slowly, so you’ve got some time to integrate any lessons you learned here.
May 16 – Jupiter enters Taurus
The Great Expander heads into the sign of values, beauty and equity today! As the sign most associated with opulence and luxury, Taurus asks us to bring the excitement and energy of Aries into a more grounded and practical existence.
Jupiter expands everything it touches, making the next year-ish a time where more of us will be interested in feeling into our bodies, rather than dissociating and detaching from reality.
At the same time, we may notice that our value-system begins to expand, perhaps our tolerance for a particular way of life, or set of ideals, begins to show signs of cracking open.
May 17 – Jupiter in Taurus square Pluto in Aquarius
The Great Expander is squaring the Great Alchemist today. Being in two fixed signs, there might be some friction today, particularly if there are situations that have felt stuck or stubborn, today things might break free.
Unfortunately, because Pluto often causes uncomfortable, systemic change; this break might feel disagreeable at first. But, don’t worry, with Jupiter here as the most benefic planet in the zodiac – and Pluto often bringing change for the better – things are all working out for your highest good.
The opportunity during this experience is to allow yourself some time to integrate the lessons before judging them as good or bad.
May 19 – New Moon in Taurus
It’s time to stop and smell the roses. Taurus – the sign of opulence, pleasure and values – is connecting with the darkness of the moon today to help us ask ourselves: “What is it that makes me feel stable? How do my values inform the way I show up in the world? How can I find beauty in the world, even when I’m not looking for it?”
For the next 6 months, beginning with this New Moon, we could all benefit from reflecting on our money and material possessions – and how they may or may not make us feel fulfilled.
May 20 – Sun enters Gemini
Just as we round out the month, the Sun enters the curious and capricious sign of the Twins. Here, the Sun delights in shining a light on our communication and comprehension. Some questions you might ask yourself during Gemini season:
How do you remain open to the mysteries of the world around you?
How do you take that information and synthesize it for your own comprehension?
There’s a kind of brilliance in the Sun entering Gemini just as Mercury is coming out of its retrograde period, as Mercury rules Gemini. Communication and connection is getting easier!
Overall, this month, there is a sense of introspection. With two major planets going retrograde, along with eclipse season, it’s a time to do the work you’ve been wanting to do for a while – and to get more curious about what YOU value and find beautiful in the world.