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The first few days in the ‘merry month of May’ and the associated May Day celebrations mark the first cross quarter day of the astronomical year. Falling on May 5 this year, it’s the point that the Sun reaches when it’s half way between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In the past this was an important calendar event associated with peak fertility and all the vitality of early summer. Even though the present day celebrations are a few days out, it can still serve to remind us that tracking the steady progress of the sun through the year has always been significant. Whilst both the Sun and Moon always move forward predictably all the other planets appear to reverse for a while. This retrograde motion is often associated with frustration, delays, reviews, reflection and second chances in Astrology.
Usually fast paced, Mercury has been slowed by being in retrograde since early April. The planet of the mind and thinking, communications and information has had us trawling through old issues. Things that we thought we had dealt with have needed a second look. Progress has been slow, with projects, negotiations or dialogues taking more time and patience than planned. On May 3, Mercury starts to move forward once more whilst very close to the eccentric planet Uranus and they join together on the day of the Full Moon in Scorpio. This may bring some surprising and unexpected results. Something unusual or quite radical may be revealed as the solution to the unfolding drama that has occupied our minds lately.
Venus, the planet of love, social cohesion and the enjoyable things in life is now moving forward again but will take until May 18 before she moves out of the retrograde shadow and into new territory for the first time in months. She is currently in the sign of Aries again and the ‘no nonsense’ approach will dominate until she moves into Taurus, her own sign, in early June. Soon the areas of life that have felt uncomfortable and lacking in satisfaction should start to bear fruit once more.
The week before the New Moon on May 25 brings a peak in the Saturn Uranus trine that is a feature of this year and most of 2018. This speaks of balance or harmony between the old and the new, limitation and freedom, stability and change. This is a good time to focus on making long-term changes and to construct solid pathways for improved future experiences. Mercury also moves out of its retrograde shadow this week and the sense of making real forward motion can be felt once again.
You may feel that familiar frustration or sense of being stuck towards the month end when Mars is opposite retrograde Saturn for a few days around May 28. There may be a need to really give a final push just to be free of some limiting situations or internal pressures. Be constructive rather than allow tempers to flare just because you let something brew up under the surface. Use the force to blow out the old ways for good so you can move on to better things when June begins and Jupiter finally comes out of its retrograde phase on June 9.
Full Moon is at 21° Scorpio on May 10 at 10:44pm and New Moon is at 5° Gemini on May 25 at 8:45pm.
Aries: Over this Full Moon your experiences will confirm that you must not depend on other people or your possessions to provide emotional security for you. This could be a very transformative few days when you might unearth resources within yourself that you were previously unaware of. Allow yourself to stand aside for a moment and recognise where any deals and contracts have tied up your energy. You no longer need to rely on certain items or belongings as you become more emotionally stable. Clear out any useless things you’ve been hoarding, the sense of freedom will do you good.
Taurus: With the Sun shining in your own sign and the Full Moon focus on your relationships you have difficulty distinguishing between your own feelings and the people closest to you. Tune in to yourself, and allow your partner or close friends to have their moods without imagining they always have something to do with your own actions. Connecting with others in a special moment can be enjoyed when close allies or partners become your focus but you could be thinking that you have all got a little too involved or caught up with each other recently and soon you’ll need to stand back.
Gemini: You may waste too much energy on menial tasks, thus getting distracted from the broader visions in your life during this Full Moon. You are likely to make yourself indispensable through being of service to the physical needs of others, and generally happy to take on a lot of tasks - both in your career and around the house. If you are not careful however, other people will take advantage of you. Now though you should be really getting things together for yourself whilst you can keep the focus on the details. Once done, you’ll be able to stand back and take pride in your accomplishments.
Cancer: Spontaneity is the keyword for you this Full Moon and it’s time to loosen up and have some fun. Taking the lead and making some bold statements is also an option. Going just a little bit over the top will be acceptable now as this is a general time of celebration for all. Passion and intensity can run rampant as your enthusiasm overflows so get creative with your energy. You have a strong emotional need for some romantic encounters but you do know how to nurture and maintain the romance in an existing relationship too. So go the extra mile and enjoy!
Leo: This Full Moon you might find you needing to spend more time at home and you can find great pleasure in looking after children or family, cooking, making home improvements etc. You feel very sensitive to the moods of others, especially if you share your personal space. Although you’ll be strongly motivated to create a caring and secure environment, a crowd can be claustrophobic.You can get on each other’s nerves. This is a time to acknowledge the comfortable and familiar environment that supports you. Draw on it as a source of strength but avoid being over dominant or demanding.
Virgo: Any trying or difficult emotional experiences you have this Full Moon result from having strong differences of opinion with someone you have to deal with every day. When you argue your case you are easily swayed by irrational arguments and emotions. Could it be that everybody is trying to get their message through but no one is listening? Try not to get distracted whilst you tie up important loose ends and meet deadlines. You need to keep some time for a new project or mental challenge. You could be making plans for travelling or starting a new class or training programme.
Libra: This Full Moon will find you focusing on your personal resources and economic fluctuations. You can be a very kind and giving person but you also need to feel secure. Being a little more concerned with your financial status now is probably a good thing although some people may view you as unusually materialistic and possessive. This is a time to cash in on some of your hard earned investments and name your price for your efforts. Be confident in your skills and abilities and turn them to good use now as others will notice and reward you later.
Scorpio: With the Full Moon in your sign you are likely to be a glowing example of both vitality and attractiveness. Let your personality truly shine and you can expect to have a powerful impact on your surroundings through your moods and feelings. You may be seen as over-emotional or sentimental, but you know how to provide a truly nurturing environment for others. You’re motivated to show how much concern and care you have for them now. Bring any critical personal projects to a conclusion whilst you have the energy required to satisfy your own high standards.
Sagittarius: You need to withdraw from the world from time to time and commune with nature or your inner feelings. During this Full Moon you are extremely sensitive to your environment and could spend a lot of time enveloped in a very private emotional world. Ideally create a place of your own which is sacred to you where you can be alone. In this private retreat, you can become aware of your many dreams and longings. Try to work more consciously with the inner world of your imagination through creative work or meditative practice for a few days.
Capricorn: You have the desire for strong bonds with your friends and you are extremely sensitive to how they treat you over the Full Moon. You are both caring and concerned for their personal development, but easily hurt if they let you down in any way. Ensure that you spend time only with people that elevate and support you. Disconnect from the daily grind and tap into your lighter side for a while. Count your blessings and remember that enjoyment of the good life is more about your own sense of wellbeing, not money, friendship or possessions.
Aquarius: You have a strong sense of duty and you can feel that your role is primarily to live up to family or social expectations over this Full Moon. You may have been striving to achieve some predefined goals and you want the recognition now. Over the coming days you can reach out for what you want for yourself. Stand in the spotlight whilst acting the part of your unique self in all your glory. Ensure you take time out to wave your own flag and get noticed for your contribution before a new surge of personal creativity rolls in.
Pisces: Think big and stretch your imagination this Full Moon. In the past you will have unconsciously been affected by the convictions and values of those close to you. The powerful need for a strong belief to hold on to that is solid and true for you, demands your attention now. During these few days as your interest in philosophical and spiritual areas is heightened use the time to expand your inner window on the world and break new ground. The feeling of suddenly having understood something can have you wondering now what to do with it all, but that will take care of itself down the line.