After April's excess of Aries fire, May's New Moon in Taurus, May 2 at 11:52 PM PDT, arrived like a wee vacation, allowing us a few moments to breathe in some earthy solid Venusian energy. The breather was short-lived, however, for the backdrop was still the heartbeat of Aries, with Uranus, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars continuing their march through the warrior's sign.

A Taurus Sun is powerful fixed earth energy, wanting tomove us slowly and surely toward a solid outcome. For the first half of this month, however, the fiery initiative of Aries will continue to hold sway over Taurus. Aries urges us to brave immediate action and forward motion regardless of the outcome, as the balancing opposition from retrograde Saturn in Libra grows steadily weaker for Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars.

Pluto, too, is now retrograde and moving closer to an exact square with Uranus. I was reminded of this on May 3, watching as demonstrators, in nearby San Francisco, loudly demanded (a good Aries illustration as well as Pluto/Uranus) accountabiity NOW from Big Bank Wells Fargo. The anger at being "sold out" to big banks and corporations, the urge toward freedom from oppression, the need to make one's voice heard, is being echoed around the world.

Meanwhile retrograde Saturn also moves closer to an exact square to Pluto, and the polarizing energies of conservative vs liberal politics scream louder and louder in Washington and elsewhere, with little to no resolution for now.

In our own individual lives we feel the pressure of crisis, we feel the urge to take action. We can blend that with the increase in our intuition, gifts of Neptune and Chiron in early Pisces. That blend grants us all the potential to shed more of the old clothes in our closet, all of that in our lives which no longer fits with who we are becoming. Take a chance, make the change, or at least allow the thoughts of such action to take hold in your mind.

On May 11, Mercury moves out of its retrograde shadow. It's still in Aries, but definitely moving into new territory. It also happens to be exactly conjunct both Venus and Jupiter. New ideas, and the capacity for communicating in new ways, will be given added strength and charm, contributing to teamwork and project development.

Mars, in contrast, moves into Taurus that same day. This really changes the dynamic. Mars and Venus will then be in mutual reception, that is, in the sign ruled by the other. Mars, so intensely focused on action, freedom, and forward movement while in Aries, will slow down, and become more methodical. This doesn't mean less will be accomplished—it just means action will be less impulsive, and we will be more inclined to finish what we start.

From May 11 through to the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 17 at 4:08 AM PDT, we will also notice the strong sextile between the Mars, Venus and Mercury combo with Neptune in early Pisces. Venus and Mercury follow Mars into Taurus that wee, and teaming with Neptune, provide lots of intuitive power for planning projects or plotting action. Because Neptune is also paired with Chiron, we may seek some resolution of either short- or long-term difficulties in relationships.

The trine relationship between Pluto and the personal planets in the days following the Full Moon could bring some long sought out compromises, based on practicalities, in financial and/or environmental issues for individuals, groups, and/or governments. The Moon in Pisces May 24-25 is a brief time period, but will encourage a more compassionate look at the earth and its inhabitants, plus a willingness to take time for introspection. Be careful not to waste those precious moments in avoiding experience of your true feelings, or manipulating the truth of what you feel.

By the end of the month, the Sun in Gemini forms a trine with Saturn in Libra, allowing smooth transitions and resolutions based on focused communication and discipline, plus providing us a preview of the New Moon in Gemini on June 1.


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