Perusing the May charts, I’m reminded of the ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”.
I think May will be interesting, but it’s being rather enigmatic about it all. Apparently a quiet month, quite chilled out, but there are a few land-mines about which could blow up in someone’s face.
The month begins with Mars conjunct Jupiter. Mars is second of the malefics after Saturn, and is about war, fire, and aggression, while Jupiter is the great benefic and is about benevolence, munificence, expansion and growth. Another cliché: Marriages being made in heaven….. but so are thunder and lightning…. That’s the paradox of Mars and Jupiter.
Although a few hours earlier, but far less powerful, there’s another enigma with Venus opposing Saturn. Warm wet Venus opposing cold dry Saturn. It’s almost a confusion or challenge between good and evil…. Same coin, different face?
Meanwhile, retrograde Saturn is hanging about almost stationary all month, and as such is close to a square with both Pluto and Uranus. Like a veiled threat…… Saturnian order and discipline, squaring up against intense Pluto, and sudden shock Uranus. Revolution against authority? Maybe the clue is in those May 1st aspects…. Which leads to another cliché…. “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”.
There’s a New Moon in Taurus on the 3rd, and that too might be an interesting time…. Taurus playing host to Moon and Sun, as paternal Taurus does, but the chart for the New Moon places it in the 12th house….. of institutions, prisons, and hidden enemies.
At least the New Moon chart has one piece of good news, with the 4th house cusp in Leo, which is ruled by the Sun. And that my friends indicates a 28 day lunar cycle with plenty of warm sunshine! Mercury is still in Aries, and remains with the Uranus influence for a while, so unexpected gusts will continue, while Neptune continues to provide bits of cloud.
Around the 17th could be a time of more destructive seismic activity/storms/weather. Remember your brolly, and be prepared for interrupted journeys.
And on to the major aspects for May. I’m prefixing each aspect with an indication of its duration, rather than the date on which it perfects. Many many other aspects join the major ones, and the exact timing of an event depends upon the optimal moment. Hence a major aspect can be the point of change for several occurrences, albeit not at the same moment.
30 Apr to 01 May – Venus Opposition Saturn: Journeys of desire proceed despite interruptions, but at a slower rate. If at first you don’t get what you want, try it again differently until you find your way around the roadblocks. Where resources fall short, cleverness intercedes and patience perseveres. Fortunes are seldom made overnight, so take one step at a time.
29 Apr to 03 May Mars Conjunction Jupiter: Boundless energy and enthusiasm can overwhelm, like a crowd of runners all attempting the hundred-metre dash. You may want to think about not
joining that herd but siphoning off some of the energy around you in a more reasoned way. Eagerness often lacks staying power, but passion can be a thrill when directed.
03 May to 03 May Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new. Re-bundle your energies into a new package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. A time for laying cornerstones, – walls and rafters come later.
05 May to 20 May Mercury Conjunction Venus: This is an ideal time for achievement in the arts and writing – whether it’s redecorating, taking great pictures and movies, or doing a makeover. A keen eye for the beautiful is in sharp focus and a strong sense of shape and proportion makes for good judgment in all aspect of design, now and for posterity.
11 May to 21 Jun Mars Enters Taurus: The need to get on with things takes a slow turn for a while to come. Actions become of necessity more deliberate, sometimes ponderous. Although headway may be gradual all around, it’s a good time for laying solid foundations and putting your sweat into investments that will last a long time.
10 May to 12 May Venus Conjunction Jupiter: Big appetites and a large bite out of life depict the day. That means dig in right there, but don’t overdo. Spectacular beauty will characterise launches in love or money, but take things with a barrel of salt. Nevertheless, enjoy.
10 May to 12 May Mercury Conjunction Jupiter: Various new plans and schemes fill the air. If you can latch onto one that really works, you can go far. If there is a problem, weed out the best from the rest and settle on what to do with it. No time now for details, just get the concepts right.
11 May to 13 May Mars Sextile Neptune: Small illusions and occasional flattery grease the path for everyone, so good manners based on consideration of others makes even the most insincere friendships rewarding. Gilding the truth doesn’t always mean lying, just spreading cheer and optimism that enlivens and revitalises all concerned.
16 May to 09 Jun Venus Enters Taurus: There’s harmony in simplicity in the air. The old pleasures haven’t lost their appeal. For the next few weeks, you don’t need a fancy cuisine to take a nice bite out of life.
16 May to 02 Jun Mercury Enters Taurus: There’s a certain ponderous quality to communications in the coming weeks, which is great for gaining ground and making sure you know what’s really happening. Solid, well-crafted ideas have appeal whereas flights of fancy have a harder time getting heard because a leap of imagination is difficult with both your feet on the ground.
05 May to 20 May Mercury Conjunction Venus: This is an ideal time for achievement in the arts and writing – whether it’s redecorating, taking great pictures and movies, or doing a makeover. A keen eye for the beautiful is in sharp focus and a strong sense of shape and proportion makes for good judgment in all aspect of design.
15 May to 17 May Mercury Sextile Neptune: The messages of the spirit are clearest when you are not directly seeking them. It is now that wisdom unheralded and unnoticed displays itself around you. A special comfort comes from knowing secrets without shouting them. A quiet word and a knowing glance tell all.
15 May to 17 May Venus Sextile Neptune: Good taste is everything and it’s at its most real when you don’t even notice it. What feels right unquestionably is right. Enjoy the drink that’s already been poured – you’ll find it suits you more than you ever imagined.
17 May to 17 May Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals done now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking fruit from the tree, not planting.
19 May 22 May Mars Trine Pluto: Forceful action is highlighted by confidence and follow-through, doubling the available power at hand. Swing through and not at the ball, and it will soar straight and true. Today’s beginnings will mature to be self-reliant and reliable, fuelled by faith and conviction.
20 May to 21 May Mercury Trine Pluto: When you’ve got it all thought out, run with it and everyone will follow. Forceful words expressed in a friendly manner brook no opposition. A powerful concept sweeps the field better than an onslaught.
19 May to 22 May Mercury Conjunction Mars: Ideas catch fire and the mind races as your thinking cap jams with the hammer down. A heady time indeed, but you’ll need to keep pace with the rest of the world which is experiencing the same thing. Strike while the iron is hot!
21 May to 21 Jun Sun Enters Gemini: The month ahead promises a lot of heightened communication – at least that’s the general expectation, so expect to hit a chord if you say more rather than less. Intellectual solutions are the rage, but that may be simply to paper over what’s being ignored underneath. Keep you options open however as you never know which sound bite is going to wind up being true.
21 May to 22 May Venus Trine Pluto: When you’re sure you’re going to get what you want, you probably will! That kind of attitude all around makes for a general win-win situation. Cross-purposes are at a minimum and a fundamental agreement on mutual goals means one hand washes the other and vice versa.
21 May to 23 May Sun Square Neptune: Deceits and deceptions are hard to distinguish from honest mistakes and confusions. When in doubt it’s probably best not to try to find out. It’s easy for everyone to get into a tangle over minor misunderstandings that waste time and energy. Don’t let it lie and don’t make moves – you want to be on a solid foot.
21 May to 25 May Venus Conjunction Mars: It’s sparkle time! Love and desire are born and animal magnetism is instilled into every step you take. It’s the perfect time for love, romance, and passion and it has star power written all over. If you want to start something with high profile public appeal, now’s the time.
24 May to 26 May Sun Sextile Uranus: Sometimes you can see just as well with a flashlight as with a floodlight if you are examining something small. The simplest solutions are often the most ingenious, and it’s the household gadget that makes most inventors rich. Small and clever is the order of the day, and what’s more it has staying power.
And that’s it for May!
Solstice next month! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?
Until flaming June, enjoy with my blessing, an enigmatic May.
Your Ibiza Astrologer