Kate Arbon is an astrologer, writer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for over 20 years she gives personal consultations locally and internationally using traditional natal and Horary astrology. email: astro@katearbon www.katearbon.com
The last several weeks and all through April has given us intense planetary action with the Full Moon in Scorpio to finish up. It’s been a testing time. Early May is a refreshing break from such relentless pressure. The second week of May brings us a change of focus and sets the tone for the next few years. The theme this month is strongly influenced by all things Taurus which is usual for this time of year. But it’s especially significant this year. The New Moon in Taurus on the 15th is followed only a few hours later by a major planet shift. Unlike the nature of Taurus this urges action, disruption and new beginnings.
The planet Uranus moves out of Aries to be in Taurus until July 2025. Uranus represents the need to break free from constraints that keep us within a life style or way of thinking that limits our personal expression in some way. It’s the rebel or revolutionary, the sudden breakthrough, the flash of insight or inspiration that gives us a new option not available before. Taurus is a fixed earth sign which is known for it’s slow and steady way of approaching life. This sign is naturally associated with the material world, what we possess in earthly terms i.e. the body, practical resources and also our relationship to the surroundings through the five senses. The next seven years will see shifts and changes in the way we use our natural resources, monetary systems and practical skills. There may be advances in the use of technology in these areas and in the way we interact with our environment.
The planetary scenario around the mid month speaks of a time for cutting loose and making new starts. Each New Moon is naturally the beginning of a new cycle and a perfect time to set out the intention for the following weeks. Because of the other planets involved the days from around the 12th through to 16th May is likely to bring endings and departures and by default, beginnings and new opportunities. Along with the disruptive energy of Uranus we have both Mercury and Mars to consider. Mercury is in a challenging position to Mars on the 12th and this can mean that our communications can be impatient or sharp in tone which can cause disruption between people. There maybe disagreements as minds clash or opinions differ.
Mercury joins with Uranus on the 13th which can bring moments of sudden insight or a flash of inspiration. A new opinion can be formed or a complete turn around in attitude can occur. Just after Uranus makes the shift into Taurus, assertive Mars moves into Aquarius and these two form a challenging square aspect on the 16th. This is a strong theme for cutting out any old ideas or beliefs that limit self expression. Making a radical turnaround in thinking or having a realisation that puts you at odds with what was taken for granted may be disruptive but certainly not necessarily a negative experience. The wheels are in motion for change over the next few months as Mars and Uranus clash two more times, in early August and just after mid September. This month could start a process or bring the inspiration which disrupts the original way forward and the following months deliver the events or ideas to carry out new plans. Expect the unexpected and be flexible with your thoughts so the “New You” can be liberated.
New Moon is at 25° Taurus on the 15th May at 12.49pm. Full Moon is at 9° Sagittarius on the 29th May at 3.20pm.
Aries: You may receive special attention from your friends and people around you. Maybe it’s time to reassess the relationships you have with the people in your local area. Women, younger people, and your home environment may contribute somehow to improve your financial standings giving you a sense that you have backing and reserves. This is a good time to respond to new ideas and find a footing on which you can build firm a foundation. You may be gathering your resources, with the desire to act on vital ideas or impulses that you’ve experienced. Projects benefit from nurturing and growth.
Taurus: You may feel more self-centred and concerned with appearances than usual. You may appear in a good light in a group or social gathering. Friends and family unite to support you. Use that security to turn away from the outer world, focusing now on personal and inner changes. This is a good time to let go of anything that is worn out and superficial and only bring what you need into your improved personal life. New information available now sparks your imagination. Your mind and ideas may turn to questions of finance and material support. You could come up with new ideas relating to money, possessions, values, and potential investments.
Gemini: Understanding and generosity may be forthcoming from friends or family. Your own efforts to be helpful and give freely of yourself are well rewarded. Put up with minor inconveniences and irritations for the sake of what is really important in your life. Sacrifices made now will be more than repaid by an increased ability on your part to bring things to life and make dreams real. You could find yourself in an understanding mood, able to appreciate and value the humility and sublimation that goes into any effort with goals which reach beyond the personal. You may generally feel more inclusive and want to create a harmonious environment by dissolving outworn defences.
Cancer: Community concerns and altruism in general, may get an added boost during this time. People around you unite to make long-term goals and ideals seem more possible. This is a good time for resolutions and attempting to put into practice your heartfelt desires. You may feel moved to co-operate and work together with others on community and long-term projects. You want to make your dreams a reality. Your business sense is enhanced, and you are able to really get down to what is important when it comes to making decisions affecting your material welfare. Superficial possessions may no longer interest you. Instead, things of lasting value appeal.
Leo: There is a lot of support for you to make job-related and practical decisions. Your ambitions could receive encouragement from friends, co-workers, and those around you. This is a time when your practical vision may be at a high. You can see what needs to be done and just how to go about doing it. Long term goals and projects may benefit from the increased clarity you possess. You become aware that a little self-sacrifice and an understanding attitude on your part could have far-reaching effects on your own life-path and general direction during this time period. A little long-suffering and restraint now could really pay off later.
Virgo: This is a time to concentrate on essentials and to focus on the essence of your situation. “Take care of business” is the key to present moves. A good time for deep thinking, take a turn toward more lasting values. Right now, you can expect encouragement regarding all things candid and honest. A lack of superficiality finds you straight to the point, interested in the truth of things. Perhaps a rekindling of personal philosophical and religious thoughts is required also. The foundations of belief you lay down now are there to be built on in the future.
Libra: Now is a time for getting down to business, stripping away and discarding non essentials or even memories of things past. The situation you are in manages to support some mental or physical housecleaning on your part. You can now separate the wheat from the chaff, concentrating on important things. You are unsentimental about all of this. There is no place in your life for outworn or flimsy goods, ideas or relationships. Innovations, new and possibly unconventional approaches to being productive or making money are all in order. Your response to life becomes more original and innovative.
Scorpio: Perhaps this is a very social time, during which you receive all kinds of support from those around you. You may neglect individual concerns in favour of group or social affairs. Relationships are nourished and very much in focus. This is a time for turning away from your personal experiences by responding in a more spiritual and socially minded manner. You can handle your own past, and you want to share, especially by directly relating to others either intimately or through a joint project. You are able to love and care for both yourself and others.
Sagittarius: Efforts on your part to improve your health, diet, and physical condition show some results now. You are encouraged to attend to nagging details just to get them out of the way. This is a time of discrimination and possible self-examination. You are sorting through the experiences of the last several months, separating the worthwhile from the worthless and, in general, salvaging what you can. An inner drive may find you out and about, feeling like getting together and enjoying the social scene. You may be urged to adopt a more open or impersonal attitude toward yourself or others. Expect important relationships to take up more of your attention now.
Capricorn: The trend for you is to be more creative and expressive. Others may urge you on toward a more self-confident and outgoing attitude. You get a sense of having lived and experienced something important through these last months. Perhaps there is a dawning awareness of who you are and what you have of value. Together with a growing sense of self discovery you may find yourself very appreciative of your more imaginative qualities. You enjoy expression from the heart and real life dramas. Children, animals and physical expression may appeal. Soon your mind will turn towards matters of health as you take stock of your physical condition.
Aquarius: The focus is on your home and private life, which could be very rewarding now. Your feelings and sense of security may find you seeking seclusion for a time or losing yourself in past memories. This marks the end of a phase of questioning. Now you can get a sense of where you stand, secure your position, feel whatever limits there are, and move forward. You have a base to build upon. You’ve sent down roots. This could be a creative time for you, in particular regarding ideas, concepts, and expressing or communicating yourself. You can put your experience and feelings into words and may be at your most witty and dramatic.
Pisces: Your ideas, words and ability to communicate works well and you find needed support or backing from those around you. Your ideas and thoughts may be very deep and rich and memories are especially vivid. You are exploring and searching now, linking things together, following up connections, seeing where the ends meet, until finally you find the limits to the sense of connection with others. You may come full circle and once again have a feeling of being on your own but you are clearer about the supports you have. Next, begin to consider what aspects of your past you would like to put behind you.