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Astrological highlights by Danielle Blackwood

May 2019

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The first of May marks the third of the ancient cross quarter festivals, known as Beltane, or Bealtaine. Beltane is an ancient Irish fertility festival and the midpoint between the seasonal gateways of the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It represents the consummation of the sacred marriage of the Goddess and the God, and all of nature is in an orgasmic climax of fulfillment. Flowers open, tempting bees and butterflies with their seductive colors and intoxicating perfumes, and the air is fragrant and warm, calling us to play outside, or spend time in the garden.

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Although many celebrate Beltane between April 30th and May 1st, 15 degrees of Taurus, which would be the true midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice, is on May 6th this year. Others choose to celebrate on the Full Moon closest to the holy day, and the next Full Moon is on May 18th. Whatever day resonates with you, we are deep into the tangible, sensual, earth centered energy of Taurus season. Take a moment to appreciate the gifts of being embodied.

On May 4th, we have the only New Moon of the year in Taurus. As with all New Moons, this is a time to hit the reset button in a particular area of your life. The house (life area) where you have 14 degrees of Taurus in your chart is the most fertile ground to plant new seeds of intention. While the Moon is still dark (not visible) our seedling intentions can be nurtured, and their roots can be strengthened.

If you have been living in your head too much, stuck in a world of abstractions and internet addiction, this New Moon is just the one to get your hands in the dirt, turn your face to the sun and connect with the earth. This is the time to create intentions around beauty in all its forms: including positive body image and self-love. It’s also a good time to make goals around finances, another Taurus theme. What do you want to cultivate?  What kind of clients do you want to work with? Are you willing to show up in a way that will align with your vision of right livelihood? Taurus resonates with the lusty, sensual fertility goddess, Aphrodite Pandemos: call on her to reconnect with your body, and practical earth centered aspects of life.

Other goddesses to work with on this Taurus New Moon: Venus, Lakshmi, Gaia, Annapurna, Epona, Flora

On May 6th, Mercury leaves competitive, headstrong Aries for the stability of Taurus until May 21st. We now are more apt to pause before we speak and favor practical straight forward communication and solutions. On May 15th Venus enters Taurus, one of her two home signs. Venus in Taurus is fecund, sensual, and connected to the principle of pleasure. This is a good time for both creatives and lovers alike. In relationship, Venus in Taurus is not the impetuous fast track energy of Aries, but slow and sensuous, enjoying the unfolding nuances one step at a time. This is a good opportunity to connect with your body and cultivate a sense of solid self worth. During Venus’ transit through Taurus, make space for some intentional solitude. Get out into nature. Surround yourself with beauty and make time for creative projects. Treat yourself to good food and wine, and some beautiful things for you and your home. Connect with all your senses.

Mars enters Cancer on the 15th, where he stay until July 1st. The Warrior is not usually at his best in this sign, and anger can easily turn to resentment, passive aggression or depression. Mars is in his “Fall” in Cancer. He is underwater, so to speak. Watch for flagging vitality, or your usual self assertion and confidence not up to their usual par. Boundaries can be blurred. You may feel more sensitive than usual, defensive, and bottle up your feelings, expressing anger indirectly. In Cancer, the sign of home, family and belonging, conflict at home and with family members can arise. This is a good opportunity to look at your relationship toward the way you handle conflict. How are you enmeshed with the people in your life? Are you expressing your truth in a clear and direct manner? Do you find yourself holding grudges or seething inwardly with discontent because you have a pattern of not standing up for yourself? Now’s your chance to get conscious about these patterns and free up your suppressed energy so you can use it constructively.

The Full Blue Flower Moon in Scorpio lights up the sky on the 18th. All Full Moons have the potential to bring things to a head. To illuminate a solution (or a secret). But the Full Moon in Scorpio is all about intensity. We’ll be feeling all the feels, and more. The most potent aspect with this Full Moon is an exact conjunction from Venus to Uranus, The Great Awakener. Expect the unexpected. This Full Moon can be a gamechanger for some, especially where relationships are concerned. If you or your loved one(s) have felt restricted, pinned down, and have been secretly yearning for more independence, this Full Moon might bring just the circumstances needed to make a break for freedom. And while this can be a good thing for unhealthy situations, be mindful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater in other situations. Avoid impulsive, hasty decisions, or words that you can’t take back. Try and wait until three days after the 18th, and some of that Full Moon intensity has dialed down before you press the release button.

Goddesses to work with on the Full Moon in Scorpio: Inanna, Ereshkigal, The Morrigan, Kali, Cerridwen, Hecate

Gemini season begins on May 21st.There is a quickening when the Sun moves from Taurus into Gemini. The cultivation of Taurus has taken root, and now seeks to move forward into the world. Gemini is a mutable air sign, meaning it is a threshold sign, which bridges one season into the next (in this case spring transitioning into summer), and is associated with the inquisitive, communicative element of air. And like the transitional nature of this time period, folks born during Gemini season often are brilliant networkers, versatile thinkers, and curious explorers of the spaces in between. Gemini is connected to the archetypes of the Shapeshifter, the Storyteller and the Alchemist. Trying on different personas and perspectives– Gemini creates with ideas and words, and in doing so, questions everything. Mercury also moves into its own sign Gemini today. There is a lightening quick energy about our communications now, and we may be feeling more social than usual. This is a great time for networking, meet-ups, taking a workshop, webinar, or class. Rather than diving deep, Mercury in Gemini prefers sampling a little bit of everything, stopping just long enough to get the gist, before off and running to the next fascinating person, place or thing.

Blessed Beltane!

 

Planetary Ingresses and Lunations May 2019 (All times Pacific)

May 4th – New Moon in Taurus 14:11 3:46 pm

May 6th – Mercury into Taurus 11:25 am

May 15th – Venus into Taurus 2:46 am

May 15th – Mars into Cancer 8:10 pm

May 18th – Full Moon in Scorpio 27:39 2:11 pm

May 21st – Sun into Gemini 12:59 am

May 21st – Mercury into Gemini 3:52 am

 

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