Important astrological energies for the month of May:
- New Moon with Sun and Moon in Taurus occurs on May 4, 2019.
- Full Moon with Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio occurs on May 18, 2019.
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By Misty Kuceris ©2019
When you first look at the month of May 2019, it appears that not much will occur. There appear to be only two major astrological energies which occur this month, the new Moon on May 4th and the full Moon in May 18th. But there is a lot beneath the surface during this month which occurs on a very personal level. The reason is several folds: Jupiter retrograde is at 23º of Sagittarius; Saturn retrograde is at 20º of Capricorn; and Pluto retrograde is at 23º of Capricorn. In addition, the Moon’s Nodal Axis (North Node in Cancer and South Node in Capricorn) are also at 20º. That means that when one of the faster moving planets, such as Mercury, Venus, or Mars gets near 20º it may kick off the energies of the three slower moving planets and even the Moon’s Nodal Axis. For this reason, this is a month where you may want to consider long-term goals, but you need to determine how to implement those goals and whether they will support your financial and spiritual needs. You also need to evaluate how your past experiences help you move forward with your life or hinder your actions.
As the month starts, Mercury in Aries forms a square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis and a square to Saturn retrograde on May 1st. Mars in Gemini also forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde.
When Mercury forms the square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis, it’s important to consider looking at your past experiences in order to determine the direction you want to take for your future. You also don’t want to let any past fears interfere with your ability to move forward in your life. This is a good time to release fears from the past and understand what’s important about your future goals.
As Mercury moves into the square to Saturn retrograde, you may start taking things more seriously. You want to make sure you understand everything. But it’s also important that you don’t become critical of any of your past actions. Remember that you did the best you could at the time that you did it.
You may feel a bit frustrated as Mars moves into a quincunx with Saturn retrograde. You may have felt that because you understood your past and released some of those old negative fears that you were ready to move on. But now you feel stuck. That’s because you still haven’t determined the best action to take. The key is to move slowly and not feel as if you need to make a decision right now.
What’s more important is that Mercury and Mars are in mutual reception right now. Mutual reception occurs between two planets that are in each other’s rulership signs. With Mercury in the Aries, the ruler of Mars; and Mars in Gemini, the ruler of Mercury, a mutual reception is formed. This helps you understand how your decisions impact the actions you need to take.
On May 2nd, Mercury forms a square to Pluto retrograde and a trine to Jupiter retrograde a few hours later.
It’s difficult not to criticize yourself when Mercury is forming a square to Pluto retrograde. Yet the tension that you feel from this square could actually help you analyze the deeper thoughts behind your concerns. You may not be able to communicate your needs to others right now, but that’s all right. It’s actually a time for listening.
When Mercury forms the trine to Jupiter retrograde, you feel more confident about your ideas. Because you took the time to listen to others, you’re now able to articulate your thoughts. You can create better goals and bring other people into your network. You can engage other people to support your ideas and help you.
When the new Moon, with Sun and Moon in Taurus, occurs on May 4th, you find that it’s important to determine if you are living your life in a way that promotes your value systems. Because the new Moon is forming a quincunx to Ceres retrograde, you may want to re-evaluate those areas of your life where you felt that you needed to compromise. You may decide that those compromises helped you achieve more success. Or, you may decide that those compromises created more tension in your life. It the compromises created more tension, you need to take action today to make changes.
This is also a good day to review your environment and see if you’re holding on to too many things. This is a good day to clean your house or your office and remove anything which you no longer need. You may even decide that it’s time to let go of relationships which no longer give you the emotional support you need.
As Mars forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde and an opposition to Jupiter retrograde on May 5th, you want to move slowly and make some adjustments in your life.
When Mars forms the quincunx to Pluto retrograde, you may feel as if you’re frustrated with the world. You just can’t seem to get anything straight. You try to go in one direction and you’re foiled. You try to go in another direction and the same thing happens. Rather, it’s important for you to dig deep within yourself and understand what’s going on. You need to understand the rules before you take any action. You also need to understand that other people may try to change the rules if they don’t like the action you’re taking.
As Mars moves into the opposition to Jupiter retrograde, you see the perils of moving too quickly. You realize that you might miss something important. You also don’t want to take any risks which could put you in danger. The key is to hold back until you understand what action you need to take.
Before Mercury enters the sign of Taurus on May 6th, Venus forms a square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis. If you understand how valuable you are, this square will enable you to make some important discoveries about yourself. You look to your past and see if you’ve been living your life in a way that’s meaningful to you. You release any self-defeating behaviors which are standing in the way of your success. You understand that you can reach out to others and they will respond in a positive way if you truly love who you are and what you can do with your life.
It’s appropriate that Mercury enters the sign of Taurus on May 6th a few days after the new Moon in Taurus occurs. Now you can really focus on what’s important to you. With Mercury applying to a conjunction to Uranus in a couple of days, it’ll be easy to clean out your space and toss what’s no longer important.
Be very careful with your finances on May 7th when Venus forms the square to Saturn retrograde. This is a day to work on your budget and make certain that everything is in order. This is also a day where you may become too critical of your actions. While you may want to apply a critical “eye” to your actions, you don’t want to become so critical that you don’t begin taking care of important things in your life.
When Mercury forms a conjunction to Uranus on May 8th, the energy can go in any direction. Since Uranus rules the unexpected, it’s difficult to tell. You might gain some powerful insight which helps you resolve problems that you couldn’t resolve before. Or, you may say something without thinking. This can either help you or get you into trouble. Or, you may feel so optimistic about your abilities that you don’t take all the necessary facts into consideration: Meaning you operate without giving thought to the possible end results.
Because your mind is working so fast, you may not concentrate on the mundane aspects of life. So, if you need to take any journeys, be very cautious today. Try to pay attention to your environment.
May 9th can go either way as Venus forms a trine to Jupiter retrograde and a square to Pluto retrograde less than one hour later.
When Venus forms the trine to Jupiter retrograde, you feel lucky. You feel as if you can do anything and succeed. You’re willing to take risks, especially financial risks. But you still need to be careful. You may be so optimistic about situations that you don’t take all the critical facts into consideration before you make a financial decision.
With Venus forming the square to Pluto retrograde just a short while after Venus formed the trine to Jupiter retrograde, you could realize your mistakes. You may suddenly find yourself in a situation which needs to be corrected. Or, perhaps this energy can slow you down enough that you think about the long-term or potential impacts of your actions and you decide to proceed with caution.
It’s very important that you pay attention to your environment on May 12th when Mercury forms the quincunx to Ceres retrograde. You don’t want to take anything or anyone for granted. You may even find that you need to compromise to get things done.
Be cautious with your words today. Don’t make any commitments or promises. If someone asks you to do something which involves a commitment, tell that individual (if possible) that you’ll think about it and get back to them on another day. If it’s a situation where you have no choice and must make a commitment, try to make it in such a way that you can make changes as the various tasks go along.
May 15th is a day where you feel new energy and at the same time feel inspired in your actions. Venus enters the sign of Taurus, Mercury forms a sextile to Neptune, and Mars enters the sign of Cancer.
Venus is in the sign of its rulership and very comfortable here. You are willing to take care of yourself. You understand the value of treating yourself well. You even realize that you need to take care of financial matters over the next few weeks to improve your sense of security.
With Mercury forming the sextile to Neptune, you feel as if you can realize your dreams. This is a good day to make notes about your aspirations. Write down what’s important for you. This is also a good day for creative matters, especially if you’re an artist.
While Mars isn’t comfortable in the sign of Cancer, it does form a sextile to Venus as it enters this new sign. You feel a harmony between these two planets. You want to stay home and take care of your needs. You don’t want to put a lot of energy into external matters. You may even want to just clean your house to make it more comfortable.
You’re able to focus on many different tasks on May 16th when Mercury forms the trine to Saturn retrograde. You understand the importance of your daily routine. You realize that you can organize things into appropriate lists and complete those tasks. Just don’t take yourself so seriously that you forget to have some fun today.
Yesterday you were able to focus on your tasks. Today, May 17th is different. With Mercury forming a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde, your mind is just jumping from one project to another. You have difficulty concentrating. So, use that energy to your advantage. Take all the thoughts that are coming to you and write them down. Look at the list on another day and see what’s important. You’ll find that you actually came up with some good ideas.
Before the full Moon occurs on May 18th, Mercury forms a trine to Pluto retrograde and Venus forms a conjunction to Taurus. This energy will also be felt during the time of the full Moon.
Getting things done is very important as Mercury forms the trine to Pluto retrograde. You are able to concentrate. You also are able to delve into your subconscious mind to resolve some problems, especially old ones. You may take yourself very seriously, but you know that you can achieve whatever goals you set for yourself.
As Venus forms the conjunction to Uranus you find yourself open to new ideas. You are willing to hear what other people have to say. You’re willing to look at situations from a different perspective. You may even meet an exciting person who seems like a soul mate. Just be careful that this individual isn’t so unique that you tired of that person a few days later.
Also, be very cautious with your finances today. You may purchase something on impulse and regret it later. If you want to buy something, wait for a few days and see if you still want it later.
As the full Moon occurs you find it very easy to clean your home and get rid of things which are no longer important. The Sun is in Taurus and the Moon is in Scorpio indicating that you don’t want extraneous things standing in your way. This is a great day to clear your mind as well as any other trash you may have. You realize that you don’t have to hold on to anything that stands in your way.
When the Sun and Mercury enter the sign of Gemini on May 21st, you have a lot more energy. When the planets were in the sign of Taurus, you felt as if you needed to stay home and take care of things. Now you want to go out and have some fun. You need that social interaction with others. You want to talk and you want to gossip. You want to know what’s going on.
Venus forms a quincunx to Ceres retrograde and Mars forms a sextile to Uranus a few minutes later on May 22nd.
With Venus forming the quincunx to Ceres retrograde, you feel as if you need to clean your home and put things in order. Because Venus rules the passionate side of relationships and Ceres rules the intellectual aspect of relationships, you don’t know whether to become personally involved in situations or hold back until you have more information.
The good news is that Mars forms a sextile to Uranus a few minutes later and you find that you can gain new insight into old situations. The only thing is that you don’t want to rush into situations too quickly. It’s important that you take time to process your new information and understand how to use it to your advantage.
Both Mercury and Mars form aspects to Chiron on May 23rd indicating that this is a day of healing. Mercury forms a sextile while Mars form a square.
With Mercury forming the sextile to Chiron you understand things and are sensitive to other people’s reactions. You don’t want to say anything which can hurt another individual. You want to do what you can to help their healing.
At the same time, with Mars forming a square to Chiron, you realize that sometimes all you can do is facilitate a situation when someone is going through a difficult time. While you’d like to directly help, you may need to stand back and let that person come up with their own answers.
Mars and Ceres have a symbiotic relationship. Mars represents Hades who kidnapped the daughter of Ceres, Persephone. When there is a quincunx between Mars and Ceres retrograde, as there is on May 27th, you feel a struggle between what you want to grab in life and what you need to receive through compromise. It’s important to learn that you can’t always have what you want. At the same time, it’s also important to understand that when you know how to use your strengths and understand the strengths of others, you can find a way to achieve your goals through working together and compromising. So, today is all about knowing your strength and how to use it.
Be very careful on May 29th because not all is as it seems when Mercury forms the square to Neptune. People may not be lying to you directly. They may be withholding important information making it more difficult for you to make the right choice. Don’t take anything that others say at face value. Question the information. Research the facts. Don’t sign any major contracts.
On May 30th, Mercury forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde and an opposition to Jupiter retrograde. Meanwhile Venus forms a sextile to Neptune between those two Mercury aspects.
When Mercury is in Gemini, one of its ruling signs, you just want to get as much information as possible. You don’t want to spend a lot of time knowing all the details, just the interesting points. However, when Mercury forms an aspect to Saturn retrograde, you’re forced to confront the reality of the information and what it means. Specifically, when Mercury forms the quincunx to Saturn retrograde, you need to make adjustments in your life as you begin to understand the impact of the information you receive.
It helps that Venus forms a sextile to Neptune because you may find some inspiration from the information you receive. You may be able to see how it benefits you and is of value.
This is a good day to spend with people you care for. And, it’s a good day to take some artistic approaches to life. If you are an artist, you may feel inspired to create something wonderful.
With Mercury forming the opposition to Jupiter, you’ll be excited about the inspiration you receive today. You’ll feel as if you’ve discovered some higher ideal. Perhaps you have. What’s important is to meditate on this information you receive before taking any action.
As the month of May ends, Venus forms a trine to Saturn retrograde while Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde on May 31st.
Venus forming a trine to Saturn retrograde can be a positive aspect, but Mercury forming the quincunx to Pluto retrograde can cause some difficulties. When Venus forms the trine to Saturn retrograde, you feel in control of your life. You feel good about any love that you’re receiving. You feel support from other people. You feel you can achieve anything.
When Mercury forms the quincunx to Pluto retrograde you feel as if you’re involved in some sort of power struggle with another individual. That person is trying to get you to do things their way. You need to be very careful.
It helps that Venus formed that trine to Saturn retrograde earlier in the day because you clearly know what you need. Maintain that clarity throughout the day and you’ll find that you can’t be manipulated by others.
The key to this month is to remember that you want to consider long-term goals and you want to find that balance between your spiritual and financial needs so you can move forward with your life.