May 2007: A Month of Transformations

May is a month of transformations. This is a time to reach within your soul and see the treasures that are there in the depths of your being. This is a month for understanding that you do have the power to make changes in your life that increase your well-being.

May is also a month where you can learn from your past experiences and use those to build your future. This is a time to release any limitations that are based on fears. Through economic forces and technological advances, you’ll see more signs on how the world is actually growing smaller. You’ll have increased opportunities to encounter individuals from diverse backgrounds and with differing viewpoints.

This month starts with a full Moon on May 2, 2007. The Sun is in Taurus and the Moon is in Scorpio. Emotionally, this is a good day to look within and see where you feel that your life can be transformed. When the Moon is in Scorpio, there is a need to understand what secrets you harbor that are unhealthy and cause pain. With this full Moon, it’s easier to let go of pain and heal your life.

On May 5th, Mercury makes several aspects: It forms a sextile to Uranus, a square to Saturn, and a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde. This is a day where revelations occur. You’ll look at things from a different perspective. You may feel some concern that these new concepts don’t quite fit into your plans right now. But that’s all right because today is also a day where you need to make some adjustments. Other people may want to help you as you go through your thinking process. While you may not want to give them too much information at this time, you may want to listen. Some of your friends will have valuable insights.

The following day, May 6th, Jupiter retrograde forms a trine to Saturn. This is one of two important aspects that occur this month indicating paradigm shifts that focus on global economic and technological shifts. (See Trends Analysis in the Year 2007 for detailed information.)

This cycle occurs approximately every 19 to 21 years, usually in a series of three. The first time this aspect occurred during this cycle was on March 16, 2007. The last time that this aspect will occur in this cycle is January 21, 2008.

Jupiter represents the need to push boundaries beyond the structure currently in place. Saturn represents the need to utilize past structures and build upon current foundations. Together, in a trine aspect, Jupiter and Saturn represent taking your life (or society) to its next level. This is the time for you to move beyond your current expectations by using the lessons you’ve learned from your past experiences.

Because this is the second time this aspect is occurring in this cycle, you may want to look back to March 2007. You may have considered options at that time that you didn’t really act on. It’s a good time to go back to those options to see if you need to reconsider taking any actions. Also, because this is the second time this aspect is occurring in this cycle, you may still not be ready to make changes in your life. You may still be in the planning phase. If you are still in the planning phase, that’s all right. What you need to do as you’re considering your options is just where all these concepts fit in both your own family and also in the broader global community.

It’s also important to evaluate your financial situation and debt structure. The availability of easy credit will start decreasing making it more difficult to find good loans. Technology will continue to improve in the areas of audio and video equipment making it easier to you to communicate with vast numbers of people on a global scale. This could even make it easier to you to develop telecommuting agreements with your place of employment.

If you’re interested in attending college, that will also become easier. More programs leading to actual baccalaureate and masters degrees will be offered through on-line learning that includes the use of video technology.

Unfortunately, this cycle always has scandals attached to it. So, during the rest of this year, more information regarding scandals with both business people and politicians will surface.

The good news is that you’ll find new ways to achieve your goals that are supported by technology or other means you just haven’t quite conceived of right now.

Later that evening Venus forms an opposition to Pluto retrograde and the following day, on May 7th, Mercury forms a square to Neptune. At that time, you may be asked to explain some of your decisions or plans. You’ll find that you receive support for them if they are realistic. Pay attention if people start questioning your plans. They may actually have some valid points.

This is not a good day for secrets, however. Any scandals or secrets will be revealed either today or over the next few days. These scandals will involve contracts and financial transactions.

On May 8th, Venus enters Cancer. Here the planet is more comfortable than it was in Gemini. You’ll experience more nurturing in your life. You’ll be more forgiving of your actions. Other people will be trying to give you emotional support.

May 10th is an important day because Jupiter retrograde forms a square to Uranus. Before that occurs, however, Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto indicating that communications may not be very clear between you and other people. It’s important not to let others cause you frustration. Also, it’s important that you try to communicate with others in a manner that is gentle.

Jupiter retrograde forming a square to Uranus is another instance where you can learn from your past experience and utilize this knowledge as you make changes for your future. This cycle occurs approximately every 14 years and usually in a series of three. The first time that Jupiter formed a square to Uranus in this cycle was on January 22, 2007. This is the second in this series. The final time this square forms in this cycle is on October 9, 2007.

Again Jupiter represents the need to go beyond the boundaries that were created in your life. Uranus represents either the flow of energy that makes it easier for you to go beyond your limitations or it represents the fears that prevent you from taking direct action. Sometimes, however, when this square occurs, you find that it’s too difficult to make the necessary changes. When that occurs, others may make those changes for you and a loss of control occurs in your life.

The best way to consider what changes need to be made is to think back to January 2007. Were you undergoing stress at that time? If you were, what were the causes of the stress? Since May is the month of transformation, it is also the month of regaining your personal sense of power. One way to do this is to understand what circumstances caused the stress and find ways to change those circumstances. When you can’t totally change those circumstances, see if you can find people who are willing to help you through the difficult times. Both Jupiter and Uranus are planets of friends and social activities. It may be that your friends are willing to help. All they are waiting for is for you to ask. And, because this square is the second in the series of three, you may not be able to implement your actions until October 2007. If that’s the case, don’t worry. Just take the time to start your actions. By doing so, the changes will occur before the year ends.

Human rights are a very important area of concern when Jupiter forms a square to Uranus. (See the book Trend Analysis for the Year 2007 for more detailed information on the mundane interpretations of this aspect.) Personally, this means that you need to make certain your rights are being met. On a global level this can impact how populations respond to their governments if they are treated unfairly. It represents greater concern over immigration matters and its impact in the daily lives of various populations.

As Mercury enters Gemini on May 11th, you feel more comfortable communicating with others. Mercury is well placed in its sign of Gemini. You’ll even feel more support from others and find that they are willing to listen to what you have to say.

You may feel a little frustrated on May 13th when Mars forms a square to Pluto. But this is really not all that bad. You’ve been trying to communicate with others and they are willing to lend you their support. What they may not be willing to do is actually participate in your decision-making. That could lead to frustration because on one hand you want them to give you advice. But, on the other hand, you really don’t want them to tell you what to do because you want to make your own decision. One good thing about a tension day like today: This is the type of tension where deadlocks can be broken.

As Mars enters it natural sign of Aries on May 15th, you feel another sense of relief. When Mars was in Pisces, especially forming the mutable T-square, you felt impotent. No matter what you tried to do, things didn’t necessarily work out the way you either planned or hoped. Now with Mars in Aries, you’ll have a better of chance of success.

The new Moon in Taurus that occurs on May 16th will continue this sense of optimism. Although it comes close to a quincunx to Pluto retrograde, this doesn’t deflate that optimistic state of mind. You may feel that your plans can finally reflect your values. This is a good time to meditate on the direction of your life. This is also a good time to meditate on how to share your values with other people.

May 20th is going to be an interesting day. Mercury forms an opposition to Jupiter retrograde and it also forms a square to Uranus. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your mind will be very active. You’ll find it easier to think quickly. You just need to be cautious when Jupiter is involved because you may find yourself taking risks today that you wouldn’t normally take.

What is also interesting about this opposition is that both planets are in their natural rulers. That means that they could both bring out the best in you. You might be willing to try something new. Or, you may be willing to meet with people in order to solve disagreements.

The Sun enters Gemini in the morning of May 21st just a few minutes before Mercury forms a sextile to Saturn. Over the past few days, you’ve seen how important communications are in this month of transformations. You’ve felt some tensions as you attempt to resolve difficulties with others. And, perhaps one of the most important things this month, you’re actually experiencing support from other people. Today you will be able to state your case very clearly. Any negotiations that you participate in will go well. If there are problems that need to be resolved, the resolution process will go easier than usual.

It’s interesting that two days later, May 23rd, Venus forms a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde. This means that any agreement made on May 21st may need slight alterations to make them more realistic. Just be careful when it comes to any contracts that involve financial commitments. You may be a little too optimistic and sign a contract that requires a higher financial commitment than necessary.

May 24th may be a lazy day and one where you need a lot more rest than normal. Neptune turns retrograde and it operates on a very subconscious level. Today is a good day to meditate in order to get in touch with your inner feelings.

When Venus forms a trine to Uranus on May 25th, this is a day of fun. Take the time to go out and play. You might meet someone very exciting who is so different from other people you know that you are able to bring out a side of you that normally isn’t there.

If you are having difficulties with any relationships, this will be the time when you say “enough is enough” and you get rid of those people. By doing so, you’ll feel free!

Just be a little careful with your finances because you’ll be willing to take more risks with your money than normal.

You may have noticed that every personal planet this month went through an aspect with Pluto retrograde before it left that sign and entered a new one. This occurrence is one of the major reasons that May is a month of transformation. Usually when that aspect occurred the underlying theme of transformation was operating on a subtle level. On May 27th, Mercury forms an opposition to Pluto retrograde and this time the sense of transformation is experienced on a more intense level. Today you may feel that people are trying to force you into their way of thinking. Or, you may feel that you really have to fight for your rights. Do the best you can not to pick any fights today because if you do you may make some very bad enemies. It’s better for you to keep your thoughts silent so that you don’t say something that will be held against you at a later date.

Confusion over your disagreements with people from the previous day may continue as Venus forms a quincunx to Neptune on May 28th, but this confusion will actually abate as the day continues because Mercury enters Cancer. The confusion you feel will come from wondering why some people were so hostile to your concepts yesterday. As you apply the energy of compassion that occurs when Mercury enters Cancer, you’ll see one of two possibilities concerning those arguments: Either people were reacting to their own fears, or your friends were trying to express their concern for you.

One thing, be very cautious with your money today. This is not a good time to sign any contracts that involve a financial commitment from you. You’ll fail to see any hidden costs in that contract.

May began with a full Moon and it ends with a second full Moon on May 31st. With the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius there can be a sense of optimism. Since May is the month of transformation, you may now see where you need to make changes in your life in order to increase your spiritual growth. You may also be able to express your thoughts to others in a way that they understand your concerns and support your goals.