From Canada’s Victoria Day through the USA Memorial Day, I will be attending the United Astrology Conference in New Orleans. (Can’t wait!!) Are you going too? Please introduce yourself! If you want a private consultation with me, please reserve early. I won’t be available from May 19 to 31.
Here we go folks! Eclipse season is upon us, and what an outstanding freeze-the-frame moment it shall be. A number of staging transits have already been at work to set critical paving stones in place. If you think back, you’ll probably note that something key has been in development since the late summer or fall of 2011, perhaps as far back as the fall of 2010, or even earlier. While astrology can give the heads-up, often we don’t really understand or appreciate the full implication of our experience until we can make use of our hindsight viewfinder.
Out of retrograde since the middle of April, Mars is now on the corrective leg of its lengthy tour of Virgo. Through the third week of the month, Mars will continue a productive (trine) dialogue with Pluto in Capricorn. Completing the triad of a grand trine in the element of earth, Vesta, the safeguard archetype, is also in on the conversation. Together, this trio put the focus on gaps that need filling, the goals and agendas that need tightening, and on procuring and securing that which will better sustain emotional, physical, and material needs.
The Scorpio full moon on May 5 is a super moon. It is the second of three in a row and the second of five for the year. Watch for matters to do with finances, sex, intimacy, trust, and/or survival matters to reach a break-through or break-point. Taxes, debt, bankruptcy, inheritance matters, corporate mergers, crime, espionage, scandal, and corruption, etc. make headline news too. Also on the radar: power-play agendas, a personal or relationship power struggle, secrets or secrecy, obsession, addiction, enmeshment, abandonment, or betrayal. When Scorpio is ignited we face inner or outer demons. We can stumble, buckle, and crumble, or we can find our hidden keys and/or true grit reservoir. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. While we can be undermined, or undermine ourselves, it is also a time when we can make significant and empowering turnarounds.
Building in the first week of the month, Mercury’s opposition to Saturn shortly after the full moon adds a pressure ceiling and a more serious spin. This is a cementing or sobering realization influence. It is one of finalization or finality, of reaching an end or deadline, of taking an official stand or step, of legitimizing the line in the sand. Whether it is goodbye or commitment time, Venus in harmony (trine) to Saturn suggests whatever shapes up has reached it’s time of reckoning. Jupiter and Sedna suggest a big thaw or big freeze/shut-out. Certainly there’s a lot more riding on the moment. We all have more than the usual to face. The full moon could start out as subdued, stifled, or muffled, but don’t be seduced. This is a high impact, perhaps dislodging, carpet-pull full moon. It could be one of economic intensity and market run-offs. Just after the full moon, we will see more unleashing (crime wave, an outbreak of violence, harsh weather, etc.) Note the occurrences in your private life and in the world too. This full moon is precursor or a staging platform for the new moon solar eclipse of Nov 13, which holds jurisdiction over the US presidential election.
Venus in Gemini finds an ally in Saturn through most of May. Due to her retrograde cycle which begins on May 15, she will not complete her discourse (i.e. perfect the trine aspect) with Saturn until July 31, a full month after her retrograde cycle completes. Throughout May, June, and July, Venus will prove to be an especially potent and active magnet/draw.
A series of critical planetary aspects from May 7 to 16 are staging for both the Solar Eclipse and the start of the Venus retrograde cycle on May 15. With Jupiter, sun, and Sedna in close alignment between May 11 and 13, there’s a precious lot at stake. (Consider them on the bounty hunt.) Whatever has been held in a captive or frozen state is about to breathe a new life. Venus in retrograde will materialize the unfinished and/or ripe and ready from our karmic storyboard. This potent cycle and the rare Venus/sun alignment of June 5/6 will bring each and every one of us to a destiny-writing chapter of major significance. As stated above, this karmic storyboard is already in development. The plot is about to thicken. Across time and space, and regarding our current stage of evolution, we are developing a multi-dimensional, past, present, and future, holographic platform. The reverberation of the rare alignment of June 5/6 is one of creative transformation pulsing through creation. The Mayan Calendar may end on the winter solstice of 2012, but this rare Venus alignment marks the transition of a new age of Man. This is a key and critical time for the evolution of our physical reality, our conceptual framework, and our soul growth too. It is a profound moment for humanity.
Occurring at the starting degree of Gemini, the Solar Eclipse on May 20 suggests a significant or climatic point for all things and persons Gemini ruled: information, communications, media, social networks, social and cultural trends, transportation, trade and commerce, networks, television, games, sports, and other popular interests, trends and past-times. New lines of communications can open, social media may make headlines. It can be mobilizing time for important talks, negotiations, trades, amalgamations, social trends, movements or uprisings. Solar Eclipses are event generating, so there should be plenty more information, news, wheeling and dealing, or people in circulation. Twins, neighbours, agents, media moguls, educators, messengers, students, players, gamers, or other popular names in the news are likely to give us plenty more to talk about. Noting that Mercury, ruler of Gemini, is in aspect to Sedna and Jupiter and that all three tenant the sign of Taurus, we are likely to hear of large financial transactions. Watch the money markets for run-offs or sell-offs. Even though our Canadian economy continues at pretty much the same level, there has been talk that the banks are ready to raise rates. This eclipse may set the stage for Vancouver Cannuck’s goalie Robert Luongo to be traded. (He currently holds a lengthy no-trade contract.) The eclipse can also be one of cover-ups, save your neck first, play both sides of the fence, or opportunistic agendas exposed – or gone wrong. The eclipse is in aspect to Neptune in Pisces (and in wide aspect to Chiron too) suggests stirring potentials are about to unfold/make themselves known. Neptune adds mystery, uncertainty, illusion, deception, and secrecy. There’s more than meets the eye; not all is visible or disclosed, but it soon will be. There is likely to be plenty of political backroom dealings. The controversial pipeline projects are likely to see action from all sides (corporate, political, and public.)
With such important transits covering Gemini ground, it is important not to take things at face value, or to discount something as only a passing trend. On the other hand, it is also important not to make a bigger deal out of something that may be temporary or fleeting. When the trickster side of Gemini is ignited, we can have duality, double talk, double take, contradiction, and superficial, half truths, or second hand information passed on as the whole truth. Ask your heart and you should be able to discern what’s truly what.
The solar eclipse of May 20 is the first central eclipse of the 21st century to occur in the continental (western) USA. Albuquerque is on the central path. Kanarraville Utah will be a perfect place to view it. It is one of a metonic series and references the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994. Can you identify this date as an important start point or transition? You are at a full circle with it now and are about to move onto the next platform.
Mercury, one of the two rulers of the karmic axis, advances into Gemini on May 24. You can expect the buzz to keep going strong through month’s end.
May 5: Super Full Moon 8:35 pm (16 Scorpio 01)
May 20: New Moon Solar Eclipse 4:47 pm (0 Gemini 21)
June 4: Super Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 4:12 am (14 Sagittarius 14)
June 5: Venus occultation 6:31 pm (15 Gemini 44)
(Venus/Sun conjunction, duration 6 hours)
May 8: Mercury enters Taurus (10:15 pm)
May 15: Venus stations retrograde (7:33 am) (Venus retro: May 15 to June 27)
May 16: Juno retrograde revisits Scorpio (11:56 pm)
May 17: Pallas Athene enters Aries (9:56 pm)
May 20: Sun enters Gemini (8:16 am)
May 24: Venus enters Gemini (4:12 am)
**Note all times listed are PDT; please check your local listings
Dates to watch: May 5- 7, 8 – 16, 19 – 23, 25 – 27
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Getting yourself out from under that rock can be challenging through the super full moon May 5. There’s only so much you can try and only so far you can get. Mercury in Aries is challenged by both Saturn and Eris through this first week, so you may find you don’t quite net the results you seek. Even so, it’s worth it for you to keep going. Apply good effort but try not to engage in unnecessary struggle. Your battles may be decided for you, but you have a choice as to how you respond in any given moment.
Mercury advances into Taurus on May 8 and progressively joins the group of planets forming an earth grand trine. May 13 to 16, Mercury in Taurus, Mars in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn will bring their grand trine relationship to its peak. In doing so, they serve to lock-in what Venus retrograde is about to call forth. This earth configuration sets an important corner stone into place regarding the following: finances, professional development, work, working it out, legitimizing yourself or your position, contracts, and/or making it official.
As stated in the intro, it is likely that a situation has been in the works since fall of 2011 and perhaps even earlier. Friends, siblings, neighbours, agents, youth, students, clients, and/or people who populate your everyday world can be key players for you now. Retrograde Venus in Gemini, May 15 to June 27, will animate the unfinished business of this lifetime and others too. That sense of “been here before” is an important clue. You can find yourself on a repeating loop, or repeating similar but different circumstances or relationship involvements. The informing Venus retrograde cycle will take this situation or relationship through a compressed developmental and crystallization period. By the time the retrograde cycle is complete at the end of June, you should have learned, experienced, negotiated, qualified, or hatched enough to see the outline better defined. Look to the end of July for the time when more colour, hue and texture will fill in.
If the first half of the month doesn’t get you up and out of your chair yet, the solar eclipse, launching on May 20 may do the trick. It could thrust you into a social whirlwind. You’ll find more opportunity to meet and greet, to network, market, share or swap. It’s also a time when you can advance writing projects, marketing, or education. It can stimulate ideas, open lines of communications, launch you onto an exploration track, or a scavenger hunt. There can be a movement or a bandwagon with your name on it. This Venus cycle can also prompt you to explore alternative options, or entering possibilities that you hadn’t considered so far. Someone of significance can make a re-appearance. Something you thought was finished or complete can prove to have yet one more go around. Stay open to the moment and take your clues from what is presented in the here and now.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
Holding steady is something Taurus excels at, but working your way out of a rut is usually more of a challenge than it can be for other signs. It’s about to get a lot easier for you. When it comes to self preservation and safeguarding, creative navigation and hedging your best bets, Vesta, Ceres, and Jupiter provide you with the impetuous and ample instinctual know-how. Together they are a clever follow your gut combination. Try it a new way and you should find your new track to be a ready and natural fit.
Mars is on the corrective leg of its tour through Virgo, and although it has likely has moved you forward to some extent, there’s still more critical ground to cover on the road ahead.
The push-come-to-shove full moon in Scorpio on May 5 can totally transform your outer reality. Someone in particular may be a powerful catalyst. You could feel undermined, mesmerized, or empowered by this individual, or by a play-out of circumstance. What may initially look like a loss or even a betrayal could prove to put you on the plus or winning side of things. An attitude, personal, or appearance make-over could be among the best of things you’ve done for yourself in awhile. Go bold, go all the way. Toss the old you overboard. This is a time when experimentation, risk-taking and giving-up-to- get can pay-off big. Of course, I am not recommending for you to be reckless or foolish, but rather that you should allow yourself to open up to/explore what’s already been knocking on your door.
The upcoming Venus retrograde cycle is of major importance to you. As you know, Venus is your ruling planet. While in retrograde, Venus will help you to get in touch with your deeper self, your inner core, your inner reservoir, your deeper needs. The cycle will help you to hold an important dialogue, to play devil’s advocate or to trade places with yourself, to discover a rich, as yet untapped vein of personal resource. Whether you seek through therapy or whether you find your head and heart are simply more sharply attuned, it is a rich time for uncovering the buried treasure held in the safe of your unconscious memory banks. This information can be from the past of this lifetime or of many others. What you uncover is key and essential. It sets your next step/next program into play.
Venus in retrograde intensifies the need to re-center and regroup. It asks you to remember who you most naturally are. It is a time to be your own best lover. Venus in retrograde also increases your personal magnetism and your fertility. You are in a potent call-forth cycle. Take none of it for granted.
The Solar Eclipse on May 20 can drive earning potentials, financial, material and/or relationship circumstances or ambitions. You can be directly or indirectly influenced by others. Watch for something unexpected in the days leading up to this eclipse. Appearances can be deceiving. What looks like a loss or even a disaster could prove to offer an advantage. A new doorway or path can open up where you least expect it. A health matter could flare up unexpectedly. Don’t take unnecessary risks with your body or your wallet.
GEMINI (May 20-June 21)
Mars retrograde may have put you through the grinding mill, but Venus in Gemini (to Aug 7) aims to set you on the visible plus. Venus will attract, enhance, synthesize, and call-it-forth. Receiving good support from Saturn in Libra through May, you should find life pieces it together for you fairly well. This facilitating planetary duo helps you to find/create good inner and outer accord. So much can shape up now. The next three months are a manifesting and crystallization time for plans, ambitions, career matters and key relationships. You are moving into a lucrative contract cycle, actual/material, and karmic too. Saturn’s influence serves to create greater stability, harmony, and security, even amid change, flux and uncertainty. Venus in trine to Saturn helps to anchor and/or solidify key relationships, especially your relationship with your lover, children, parents, or people who are important to your career aspirations (i.e. clients, financers, and authority figures.)
While Venus is in retrograde (May 15 to June 27), you can find you are just as good on your own as you are when you team up or join forces. Venus retrograde can be a pull-back and/or a heating up influence. Either way, you’ll find yourself in the thick of something major. This Venus cycle will be especially forward thrusting for those born May 26 to 28, and especially fruitful, shaping, and crystallizing for those born June 13 to 16. Those of you born June 3 to 7 are in for an exceptional life-altering year ahead. Key destiny will come to call for all, especially those born May 20 to 24 who will be directly affected by the new moon solar eclipse.
Strongly influenced by Neptune in Pisces, and Jupiter’s alignment with Sedna in Taurus, the solar eclipse on May 20 can spring you free. It can release, unleash, or unchain you, perhaps unexpectedly so. By force or by choice, this solar eclipse can signal a significant bailout or buy-out time. Whether it has been in the works or whether it takes you by surprise, watch for a career opportunity/change can present itself. There can be new responsibilities, a saving grace, or a contract or bank term to negotiate. While it appears that you are ready to do whatever it takes, know you probably haven’t seen the full breadth of it yet. Be careful not to take on more than is reasonable. This solar eclipse suggests hidden elements are part of the package. They could prove to be a hindrance or burden at some later point. Do not sign on casually. Make sure you know what the fine print says. Check to make sure all your necessary provisions or checkmarks are covered, or that there’s an easy out if you need one.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
The May 5 super full moon in Scorpio is a tide turner. Your luck, fortunes, social or love life can be redirected in some significant way. An epiphany or revelation could prompt a major change of heart or mind. A let down, loss, or sabotaged hope could do the same. This full moon may be a precursor, preview, seeding, or launch point for the super new moon solar eclipse of Nov 13. Pay attention to the happenings, the undercurrents, and also to your impressions, obsessions, yearnings and needs too. Everything is important. Do not discount a thing, especially when it comes to your health, wealth and safety, or that of your loved ones, especially your children. When Scorpio is activated, there’s always something more. Something can be hidden within plain view. The full moon can help you to seize an advantage that another has missed. It can be empowering or tantalizing for you.
The transit of Venus stirs it up from a background position for your sign. Pay attention to impressions, inklings, intuitions, and synchronicities. Stay observant and monitor the trends. Always look to read between the lines, to see what’s behind their eyes. While Venus tours retrograde, May 15 to June 27, it will be a time to review your ultimate ideals and aspirations. It is a time to search for your ultimate social purpose, and that which will provide more meaning for your private life too. If you’ve already found it, it’s time to add another layer to it. Venus in retrograde is an ideal time to hold more conversations with your higher self and with god/dess or Source. Through the beginning of August, it is an ideal time to immerse in study, reflection, or creative endeavour. If you have a story to tell, it’s the ideal time to work on writing that book.
Through the middle of August, Venus is in a staging, incubating, and/or grooming phase. A spark of idea, an introduction or invitation could be the start of something major. Someone who enters your life can prove to be a significant influence or relationship. They can be a special friend, mentor, supporter, saviour, or even a soul mate. When new love or that opportunity of a life time presents itself, savour each step and give each building block your complete and total attention. Even though it is a karmic fruition or recall, we really only pass this way but once. The moment may be fleeting, but the experience transcends this space and time reality.
The new moon solar eclipse on May 20 can set something unexpected in motion. This eclipse is critically staging for your future. You may not realize its full implications or potentials until sometime later. Do not under estimate the moment! Too, this solar eclipse can also start you a new spiritual quest.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Feeling stalled or stuck? Is the pressure or inertia getting the better of you? Running out of ideas, avenues, or courage? The super full moon on May 5 can be a particularly rough one, but one way or another it will pull you out from under that rock. Despite a few beneficial transits, your coping skills are likely to be tested by monumental pressure and hard-line decisions through mid month (at least). Be sure to stay real/know what you are getting into next or you could end up trading one shackle for another. Don’t be casual about agreements or signatures. Don’t divide your attention, time or resources. If you want to ensure the outcome you desire, you’ll have to give it your complete all.
Venus retrograde, May 15 to June 27, can redirect an ambition, goal, or social involvement. An income source could dry up, be replaced, or need a top-up. It can be time to consider switching career or education tracks, to add another product, to change your marketing or investment strategy. Perhaps a new advisor, agent, bank, broker, lender, or second opinion is necessary. Too, it might be time to change your status with an association, group, or community.
One door closes, another opens, the Solar Eclipse of May 20 can make you see situations or people in a much different light. This eclipse prompts an important script rewrite. It can set you on a hunt for better and more; it can flick the switch onto an alternate way of thinking, a new tangent, plan, or goal. A legal issue, professional contract, important bank matter or financial transaction can consume your priority attention. There cam be important talks to have, campaigns to launch, negotiations to undertake, or scores to settle. A second look or second go ‘round could thrust you onto a completely new and unexpected track. It can move something from the past in a new direction. You could find yourself facing a critical next step and or find the necessity to redefine your line in the sand. What was thought of as a closed door or a done deal can prove just the opposite. It can also be a time to pass the baton, or to lay the past to rest, once and for all. There can be matters of finality, legalities to sort out, or issues to do with parents (living or no longer here). It can be time to rewrite an important script, whether it is an inner tape, a perspective on the past, or a self-defeating attitude. A look back at your history or a review of your progress to date, will add an important clue you may not have seen previously. You are likely revisit, and perhaps to rewrite an important piece of your history.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You have more strength and courage than you may truly recognize. Too, you hold more power and sway than you may think. Through this first week, Mercury and Saturn keep you trudging along. It seems you aren’t about to give it up without a giving it a good show. Look to the super full moon in Scorpio on May 5 to be a tide turner. This full moon can reveal where you may have self sabotaged or where you have been undermined. It will uncover the forces, secrets, mysteries, hidden motivations or reservoirs that are setting your present agenda and reality. Mercury’s opposition to Saturn occurring just two hours prior to the full moon brings you to the end of your endurance test. Saturn in Libra provides you with inner wisdom. If you listen to yourself honestly, you’ll know when to cut your losses and/or when it is worth it to keep going.
Now that Mars retrograde has finished its subjective review and reprogramming, Venus will spend time tuning inward and tuning up too. Due to her slowed orbit (this happens whenever a planet changes direction), Venus will hold a facilitating (trine) alignment with Saturn through most of this month. Together they will help you to take yourself and your ambitions seriously. They can help you to stay even keeled and committed, to ease your way along; to be self honouring, productive, reasonable, and realistic.
Venus retrograde, May 15 to June 27, calls forth your unfinished business. Consider the start of the retrograde cycle as the photographic capture or freeze frame moment. You’ll reference it frequently as story-line continues to develop. Watch May 11 to 13. Jupiter, sun, and Sedna are on the bounty hunt, packaging it up for your benefit.
Venus in retrograde will take you through an intensified internal and external re-structuring phase. It will ask and answer your questions. A career, material, or commitment change is afoot. By the time the cycle completes, you should feel more secure about what’s necessary, advancing, and best for you. You may not know how to connect all the dots just yet, but know that circumstances will set up for you. The last week of June is when Venus retrograde ends and the full thrust action begins.
Although we’ll all see a switch flick, the solar eclipse on May 20 is particularly animating for those born at the start of Virgo. It’s all about your game plans, how you structure them and give them form, how you navigate and negotiate. It’s about how you communicate, with yourself and with priority others, it’s about setting guidelines and deadlines, about representing yourself, about settling the score, proving your authority, expertise, or intent. It’s about negotiating the best deal or contract you can. It’s about accepting what is while you work toward what could be. It’s about retraining and reprogramming. It’s about forging proper links, and setting the right paving stones in place. This also represents the work of Venus retrograde. The eclipses in November set another book-mark the karmic undertakings and learning of these next couple of months.
LIBRA (Sept 22-Oct 22)
This first week of May can keep you on a pause, a wait, a slowdown, or a flat-line. You are likely to be taking everything more seriously. Too, you can find more deliberate effort is required to simply maintain the average/the status quo. Of course, things may be running okay, but even so, it can always be better. Mercury’s opposition to Saturn will perfect (complete) just two hours before the super full moon in Scorpio on May 5. Look to the unleashing full moon to re-establish a momentum and to juice it or spice it up. It will release for whatever’s been pent up, developing, brewing, or stewing and launch a fertile, illuminating, and staging platform. The full moon brings major financial and emotional investments, empowerment and improvement mandates, and intimacy needs/issues/interests to a major transition peak.
Venus in facilitating alignment (trine) to Saturn through May helps you to not only hold steady, but to make the most of the moment too. You should find you can connect your dots with more than the usual ease. This planetary alignment helps you to stay focused and dedicated. You should find that you can reason, negotiate, articulate, and explain what’s important to you; that you can make good use of your study and research and retain information readily. You should also find ready acceptance and respect for your expertise and knowledge. It’s a good time to hash out contracts, agreements, and terms, and to set plans in motion. Most essentially, Venus and Saturn will remind you to stay self-honouring.
Once Venus turns retrograde, (May 15 to June 27) you can find the necessity to pull back more. It will be necessary to be more discriminating regarding social activities, and/or investments of time, resources, and heart. A specific involvement, project, plan, circumstance, career aspiration, or financial matter can occupy your priority attention. Venus retrograde prompts you to reconsider your future and to steer it more proactively. Relocation, a study program, a long distance relationship, mentoring, marketing development, or a new goal can be in the mix. You can find yourself working toward becoming a free agent or making significant change to your lifestyle. It’s an ideal time to formulate a new business or business plan. Among the many possibilities for this Venus transit: publishing, performing, expanding your contacts, clients, or repertoire, broadening your experience or sphere of influence.
Venus retrograde is the time to plan, consider, investigate and develop it. Venus direct (June 27 onward) is the time to do/actualize it. Venus retrograde calls forth the destiny that is ripe, ready, and waiting for you.
The solar eclipse in Gemini on May 20 shortens your actualizing time-lines and provides you with a better glimpse of you future. In fact, you’ll see your past, present, and future intermingle. Travel, for business or pleasure, could introduce you to a missing key. No matter what you do or where you find yourself, you will re-meet with a significant key of your karmic history. It could be person, place, or thing.
SCORPIO (Oct 23~Nov 22)
Over this first week, you could spin your wheels or angst needlessly. You can’t push things any faster than they are meant to/naturally go. However, it is good to keep focused and working toward your objective. Look to the mobilizing super full moon in Scorpio on May 5 and the days following to provide a significant forward thrust. You should also find yourself replenished physically and emotionally.
May 11 to 13, Jupiter, sun, and Sedna can put extra on your plate, plus and/or minus. Although there may be plenty of opportunity, advantages, choices, or pluses, you could reach your saturation point with people, financial outlay, do-good or do-yourself-good programs, or frustrations. Leading up to the start of Venus retrograde on May 15, this triple alignment is staging. You’ll gain significant insight regarding what and who is most worthy.
Venus in retrograde, May 15 to June 27 takes you through a critical transition. It is a time to finish-off financial or relationship loose ends, and to assess and map what you want to see happens next. Circumstances or relationship involvements may dictate your choices and options. What happens to or for others also creates impact for you.
Venus will transit Gemini through Aug 7. The new moon solar eclipse on May 20 is also in Gemini. Both can push the refresh button in some dynamic way. The eclipse could spark a new idea, plan, project, a new financial avenue or business prospect, an important communiqué or negotiation, or investigative chapter. It can catapult an important alliance, link, or friendship bond into being. Among the other possibilities: a new intimate relationship or a new chapter for lovers can start. For those coming of age, the transits can prompt a sexual coming-out time.
The effects of an eclipse are strongest when they make direct contact to your chart. Déjà vu is a strong hint that you’ve been this way before.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV 21~DEC21)
Mercury’s opposition to Saturn in this first week of May can add pressure or force you to work at it harder. The super full moon on May 5 could open up emotional floodgates. Health, financial or relationship wise, watch for something unexpected to hit you or jump out at you. The full moon could offer a healthy release or translate as a good let-off-steam influence, but noting it happens in Scorpio, it’s always good to safeguard or keep something on reserve.
Through July 3, while Mars continues its tour of Virgo, you can’t/shouldn’t coast on your laurels. Stay on top of what’s important to you. To just get by doesn’t cut it well enough. Although I’ve just said that, you will receive good support and benefit from Venus in trine to Saturn throughout May, and again from late July through the beginning of August. Professional, personal, social, and casual relationships should maintain a good communication flow. Isn’t it wonderful when you each know the score, when you can find mutual respect and same page intent?
There’s a reason for everything, and if you don’t know what it is yet, you will soon enough. Venus retrograde, May 15 to June 27, puts a fated spin on circumstances, especially relationship draws. Watch what builds May 11 to 13, there can be a lot to deal with. Venus retrograde can see you reconnect with a significant other, whether they are from your recent past or another lifetime. They can represent a stepping stone or a bridge, an unfinished loose end, or they can sign on as a permanent fixture in your life. Venus trine Saturn and Venus retrograde bring destined financial and relationship contracts into being. All Sagittarians will feel the dynamism of the upcoming transits very strongly. Those born Dec 6 to 8 and Dec 14 to 16 will feel the karmic intensity of Venus retrograde and the rare June 5, 6 alignment the strongest. Those born Nov 21, 22 will be strongly influenced by the solar eclipse catalyst of May 20. A new journey begins.
CAPRICORN (DEC 22~JAN 19)
You could feel tested and under increasing pressure through to the super full moon on May 5. Despite your good efforts/best foot forward, you can feel thwarted too. Mercury’s completes an opposition to Saturn by the full moon, inching you closer to an important finish line, cut-off point, or a final curtain, but Saturn’s opposition Eris can keep a carrot dangling through this month and next.
The Scorpio super full moon offers the opportunity to clear the air, bare your soul, and/or let off major steam. The makeup sex can almost be worth the fight. A wild night out with friends/on the dance floor could do you justice too.
In closest aspect as her retrograde cycle begins Venus trines Saturn for the entire month. If there’s a way to work it out, you’ll find it. Perseverance is a Capricorn talent; Venus/Saturn keeps you going strong in this regard. This duo also loans you extra tolerance. You can put up with a lot, and if you feel the stakes are worth it, you’ll put up with even more. Whether you find yourself working through a contract that is actual paper or of karmic recall (likely both), Venus and Saturn help you to negotiate the best you can broker for yourself.
Venus trine Saturn can also extend the problem, the pain, the work, the working it out, or the end of the road. Venus retrograde, May 15 to June 27, can help you to isolate the issue or to address the specifics one step at a time. Venus retrograde can also help you to better self-preservation and self-care (in other words, putting self interests/your own needs first) especially from May 15 to 24. Look to the latter portion of June onward to get yourself on ready, set, go.
The solar eclipse on May 20 can show you what you’ve missed or missed out on. On the positive, it can introduce you to a new technique, formula, solution, or start a new work, training, or healing chapter. Equipment, vehicle, or education upgrades can be necessary. On the more jarring end, it could fire up a new set of problems or challenges, unexpectedly so. Do your best to put safeguards in place and stay alert for clues. One way or another what’s on brew will make itself known. After the fact you may say you should’ve seen it coming, but please remember that you too are only human.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20~Feb 18)
Over the first week of the month, Mercury’s opposition to Saturn finds you facing a difficult reconciliation between life as is and what you feel it should deliver. You may feel boxed in by circumstance or finance, limited by another, or stymied by your own belief system. You could have a sense that the other shoe is about to drop. You may feel impatient to get over a hump, to end the wait, and/or to reach that important finish line. In some ways a future prospect, plan or goal seems to be further off, in other ways, you may feel it is approaching too soon.
It can be hard to keep it stuffed and buried once the Scorpio super moon on May 5 strikes. Once those suppressed emotions hit the surface, they can leave quite a mark. Keep later regret in mind and try not to be overly reactive or to place yourself in compromising situations, or outright danger. If you can channel pent up energy into something constructive, it could do you great justice.
Venus in Gemini is a benefic influence for your sign. Saturn in Libra can be too. The fact that both these planets are well aligned with each other throughout May suggest that most ambitions, undertakings, and transactions should turn out well. You should find yourself on the plus side, no matter what it may look like in the initiatory phase or the heat of the moment. Venus trine Saturn also suggests you have come to a right place, right time moment. Creative or scholastic endeavour, business, social, and commitment relationships, financial and legal matters, contracts all of kinds (karmic included) relationships with authority, children, peers, agents, etc. – all these topics are favoured by Venus trine Saturn.
Venus retrograde, May 15 to June 27 intensifies your ability to attract resources and opportunities. It is a karmic time for key people too, be they lovers, allies, agents, cohorts, team-players, siblings, friends. Watch for this transit to increase your intuitive and creative capacities, your physical agility and magnetic energy field. Venus retrograde is a great influence for writers, visual artists, athletes, dancers, and energy healers. Best of all, Venus retrograde will help you to reconnect with the core of who you are and what you need. The cycle will take you through a priority personal regroup and self re-centering time.
The solar eclipse in Gemini on May 20 launches a fertile and lucrative growth cycle. You may or may not feel its potency as obvious, but know it sets karmic synchronicity into play. All beginnings, introductions, and initiations are highly significant. They are major stepping stones and bridge builders. Don’t under-estimate the fleeting moment. It could leave an indelible mark on you – and on your future too.
PISCES (Feb 19~March 20)
In wait for the check to come in, or in a struggle to balance the books with another? Someone or something could hold it over you through this first week. Mercury’s opposition to Saturn can put you under added financial or emotional strain. You can feel blocked creatively too. The super full moon on May 5 is a major tide-changer. Opportunity can be found where none appeared to exist. You could find you have more advantage or power than was evident all this time. The full moon in Scorpio can loan you added drive and tenacity. It can make you obsessed too. A little or a lot – and likely the latter – the full moon can revamp your perspective, opinion, plans, or interest level. Just after the full moon peaks, you’ll find the ball rolls a lot faster. May 9 can bring it all together for you.
May 11 to 13, the alignment of the sun, Jupiter, and Sedna suggests the stakes are high and that you expect and/or need a lot from others. It can be a time to raise your prices or your profile. Added effort and investment toward expanding your marketing, products, and services will net the pay-off you are looking for. Overall, Venus trine Saturn for the entire month marks May as a lucrative time to groom/plant seeds. Still, you may have to “pay-it-forward”, especially mid month due to the shift of energy as Venus begins her retrograde tour.
The start of a retrograde cycle can set a play in reverse motion. It can produce an unexpected stall, or the ball can get dropped altogether. That Venus and Saturn are in their closest alignment at the time of retrograde suggests that things can come together well, but there may be stages, steps, prior commitments, or add-ons that will take extend the fresh start, merger, or contract completion time.
The best use of Venus retrograde is to submerge into more processing, study, and observation. It is a critical time to reassess intentions, game plans, programs, wants, relationships and investments.
This high-point, destiny-in-the-making Venus cycle puts an added emphasis on home, real estate, family members and family matters. A particular family member (or two) can face an important career, personal life, or end of life transition. You can be directly or indirectly affected by their changes.
Whether you rent or own, now through the next couple of months is an appropriate/opportune time to search for a new address and/or to aim for a fresh start. Don’t hesitate to move to a new neighbourhood or locality.
Venus retrograde can also be a time of hosting. Visitors show up on your doorstep. Whether from this or another lifetime, watch for key people from your past to reappear. Whether the experience is of a temporary nature, another goodbye, or a make-over fresh start, they will have important unfinished business to share with you. Pay attention to your initial meeting and first impression. It will be a clue as to the nature of the past life karma between you. For some, Venus in Gemini can bring the joy of tiny feet. Adoption brings together those who have travelled a number of lifetimes together. A foster child, an extended family member or a mentorship relationship can produce that same familiar, “been-here-before” bond. There’s no mistake about the people who are in your world now. You have major karma with them.
The new moon solar eclipse in Gemini on May 20 doubles up on this very important Venus cycle. You are at the beginning of a fresh chapter, a new way of doing, being and seeing. You are at the start of the rest of your life. It is a major milestone threshold. You are entering another highlight life moment.