The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Libra #2, April 17 - May 4

Chart for the Full Moon in Libra
Chart for the Full Moon in Libra

It takes love to hold on when you want to let go.
It takes love to let go when you want to hold on.
~ Kate McGahan

Apr.19 – FULL MOON in LIBRA (29:06 of Libra)

The last degree of a sign—where the Full Moon in Libra is—marks an ending that leads to a new beginning.

It is a place of transition – progressing from one state to another. And ambiguity – you're no longer where you were, yet you're not yet where you will be. Anticipation – what comes next? Will it be better or worse than where you've been? And excitement – suddenly all you can imagine is the fulfilment of all the things you've hoped for, dreamed of and worked toward.

It can also be a place of stasis – hovering between states or being stuck, afraid to take the leap into whatever comes next. Apprehension – fearing what seems to be the logical next step and perhaps the consequences of what has happened in the past.

It is also a time of letting go, grieving and purging the old focus, and by lightening up you become ready to take on a new focus, hopefully unencumbered by leftover baggage from the old. That said, just like spring cleaning, all the dust, dirt, cobwebs and clutter that is no longer needed rarely gets swept away completely and perfectly, but it's important to do the best we can so we can make a clean start.

With endings, it can feel like all is lost, and yet energy is never destroyed – it just morphs into something else. It is reborn in a new form. So, your faith, hope and trust may be tested. Can you sustain a belief in the best possible outcome, and in your ability to handle whatever comes next, through this time of uncertainty?

Therefore, astrological events that take place at the final degree of a sign give us a lot to process. Transitions are complicated. Whatever happens has a motion, direction and agenda all its own, and in this liminal space we don't always know what it all means as we're going through it.

So you're giving up? That's it? Okay, okay. We'll leave you alone, Quasimodo. We just thought, maybe you're made up of something much stronger.
~ Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame Cathedral burningNotre-Dame Cathedral burning

I write this just after the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was tragically gutted by fire. At the same time, Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, also a beautiful and key religious architectural structure, was damaged by fire too, although thankfully that fire was quickly brought under control. In addition, three very old churches in Louisiana were also destroyed by fire a couple of weeks before Notre-Dame.

Al-Aksa mosque interior, chromolithographAl-Aksa Mosque interior, chromolithograph 1862

Clearly, the spiritual world has suffered several architectural losses recently, although the one perhaps most well-known and therefore most covered by news media is Notre-Dame. The full extent of the damage to its beautiful art and architecture is still unknown, although a surprising amount of the building and its contents have survived the fire.

This is a classic example of how endings don't mean that all is lost. Something of what was remains, be it a lot or a little. There's always some good news. No damage was reported to the Mosque. No one was hurt in any of these fires (to my knowledge). And the Notre-Dame and Al-Aqsa fires were accidents, not deliberate. Although the Louisiana fires were very deliberately set and now classified as hate crimes, donations to help rebuild Notre-Dame also inspired a $1.3M spike in donations to rebuild the Louisiana churches.

And yet, there's nothing easy about loss. If ever there was a collective symbol of an ending that compels a new beginning, the burning of Notre-Dame is a heart-wrenching example. No matter your religion, nationality or politics, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a poignant loss.

Certainly, reconstruction—and possibly some redesign—are already being planned, but it will never be quite the same. Once you've seen videos of the flames consuming the cathedral and her spire collapsing, it can't be unseen. You can't un-ring the bell, whomever it tolls for.

Symbolically, some are seeing the Notre-Dame fire as a sign of the collapse of the patriarchy – damage to such an iconic structure belonging to an ancient patriarchal institution which has often been regarded by many as unkind, unjust or abusive to women and others.

It is hoped that the ruin and rebuilding of Notre-Dame could be synchronous with the transformation and rebirth of policies and attitudes within the institution itself, bringing a more enlightened and compassionate configuration to both (starting with adding a sprinkler system).

Certainly, in the eyes of those who strive to help create that change, this ending may be a sign of encouragement that such change is possible. Change is not always so catastrophic, but unfortunately sometimes deep transformation may involve a price that can be painful to accept. Hence, the importance of letting go of old attachments that hold you back from future growth, as we step from one side of the transition to the other.

Who can say what symbolic significance the destruction of Notre-Dame portends? What we do know is that this cherished landmark will be rebuilt at a time when attitudes and policies within the Catholic Church are also undergoing a gradual, crucial and costly renovation.

And that is significant. The outer and inner processes mirror each other in synchronicity. And that brings us to Libra.

To create a beginning is to fashion an ending. And to experience an ending is to create space for a beginning. And in this choreographed cycle I can always have confidence that any wall is a door waiting to happen.
~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Libra is all about balance. It is an equation where one side is equivalent to the other side. And if you remember your high school algebra, solving an equation requires that both sides be treated equally in order to create equilibrium. If you add 5 to one side, you need to add 5 to the other side too, to keep them balanced. Or, if one side has more than the other side, you redistribute by subtracting from one side and adding it to the other.

The Libra dynamic is a classic manifestation of Newton's third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If Aries is about action (and it is) then the opposite sign of Libra is about reaction (and it is).

From one perspective, this is a zero-sum game. One side's gain is the other side's loss, and vice versa. Perhaps this is one reason why the Libra part of us wants to be a "we" instead of merely an "I" – that way it's hopefully a win-win no matter who wins or loses.

On the other hand, in a non-competitive context, the Libra dynamic reflects the interconnectivity between everything and everyone. What happens to one of us affects more than just those immediately involved, like an interpersonal Butterfly Effect that generates outcomes in often unanticipated, amplified ways.

This is a dynamic of the Air element (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). In communication-oriented Gemini, it's like the game we used to call Telephone where something whispered into a person's ear and passed along down the line becomes something dramatically different in what the last person hears. It's the viral nature of ideas that spawn even more ideas.

In collective-oriented Aquarius, experiences, perceptions and energy of one person in the group can affect the functioning of the whole group. For example, when one person in a classroom participates a lot, they might increase the involvement of others in the class—or it might have the opposite effect if they're perceived as just trying to show off or score points with the teacher. Either way, there is a reaction of some kind

In relationship-oriented Libra, the mood, attitude, body language and interaction with a person affects the other person, who often transmits their altered energy on to others. When we change one side of the equation, it affects the other side which must adjust in order to regain balance. Think of how being with someone who is feeling down in the dumps can often bring down your own mood to a more serious level. Or, when you're around someone who is irrepressibly optimistic, excited and enthusiastic, it can be infectious and lift your spirits too—or you might swing the other way and just wish you could smack them for being annoyingly syrupy-sweet. ;-)

The point is, in Libra you're always looking for the other end of the scales. What do you need to feel stable, balanced or at rest? When your life is spinning out of control, what helps you feel grounded and upright again? And when you're going along in your life, happy and at peace, what kinds of things can knock you for a loop? How do you react to that? Does that work for you? Is there a different way to react that might work better?

I don't know why it should be so hard
Giving up this circle dance
Worn out steps from long ago
Don't give love a chance
~ Bonnie Raitt, Circle Dance

The Full Moon and opposing Sun are at 29° of their signs. This is significant in many ways. First: being in the last degree of their signs, their energies are subject to the dynamics described earlier for the final degree. There is an ambiguous, anticipatory, transitional quality to this Full Moon.

Second: this is the second Full Moon in Libra in a row. The first one (Mar.20) was in the first degree of Libra, and now there is a second one in the same sign. Is this a Blue Moon, as I've seen some astrologers claim? Short answer: no. The original meaning of Blue Moon never had anything to do with astrology. Could two lunations in a row in the same sign still be significant? Short answer: sure! We get a double-dose of that sign, and a chance to experience and explore the raw, initial energy of Libra followed by its matured, developed, full-formed energy.

Third: This 29-degree Full Moon follows a series of 5 consecutive Full Moons at zero degrees:

We've had 5 months of manifestation energy (Full Moons) focused on the release and launch of something new that has been building gradually, step by step. Five months of being encouraged to envision a new beginning in yourself, in your life, in the world.

And yet, before something new can be born, the old must die or be let go of or be moved out of the way. The fact that it's taken 5 months of urging, pushing, inspiring, challenging, triggering, inviting and encouraging to get you to this point hints that maybe, just maybe, there is an unusually dense, resistant or deeply-rooted hindrance in your way that first needs to be moved out of your path.

In other words, perhaps it's taken 5 months of showing you the shining potential to convince you that there is something wonderful out there that will make it worthwhile to do the work of dealing with whatever is in your way. And this Full Moon at 29° may be showing you exactly what needs to be moved out of the way.

If the first degree of a sign is like a birth, the final degree before it morphs into the next sign is not a death but the first step in the subsequent journey. In a way, it's the end of the beginning, as it kicks you out of the nest. It's time to find your wings.

Having  five zero-degree Full Moons in a row is like having one brilliant idea after another. It's easy to become blinded by all that light. And without some focus or direction it would be easy to go, "Wow, look at all the possibilities!" and let them just fade away like fireworks. This 29-degree Moon invites you to envision the possible end result of what could be done with all those ideas—and, more to the point, to take the next step toward that end.

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.
~ Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption: A Story from Different Seasons

Uranus conjunct Sun, opposite Moon

Speaking of being kicked out of the nest, Uranus is only too happy to volunteer for the job, being conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon. If you're thinking you can just rest on your laurels with your popcorn and watch the fireworks, think again! Uranus is likely to jettison you out of your seat or shake you up a bit, at the very least. Uranus can loosen your grip on the past or whatever you might be holding onto that's holding you back.

That said, all this shaking up might come as a bit of a shock or jolt more than you were expecting. Or you might have an incredible ah-ha moment where suddenly the path before you is lit up, and you either realize you're on a good path for yourself ...or you're not and you need to change direction.

Uranus is the only planet in a Fixed sign right now (Taurus), so in a way it's saying the most effective way to find stability or continuity is through change. By staying open to something different, something new, something out of character, or something unexpected, you could perhaps ride the shock wave like surfer in to shore.

Wedge aspect pattern - Jupiter, Sun, Moon

So, Jupiter provides some relief—a way to wrap your head around whatever is happening, so you don't get completely swamped. Jupiter forms a Wedge aspect pattern through a sextile to the Moon (60°) and a trine to the Sun (120°). It also suggests where you might look for ways to ease and resolve the tension of the Sun-Moon opposition.

Jupiter is strongly placed in his own sign of Sagittarius, and just recently went retrograde (Apr.10). This is the Jupiter of wisdom, understanding, philosophy, faith, hope and expansion. Being retrograde hints that looking back on the past roots of those qualities in yourself might reveal areas that could be reconsidered or assessed for how true they still are for you.

Venus square Jupiter

In addition, Jupiter stationed (and still remains) in a stressful square to Venus (90°). Since Venus rules the Libra Full Moon, this is especially significant ...and confusing! On one hand, Jupiter's hope, faith and optimism can illuminate grand possibilities of what lies beyond this letting-go phase. Venus is still exalted (very well-placed) in Pisces, which shines a warm light of peace, creativity, love, forgiveness and acceptance on the Full Moon.

Irritation Wedge - Venus, Sun, Moon

Yet, Jupiter's square to Venus suggests this could be a time of disappointment, sadness, or a need to sacrifice something you enjoy or believe in. And Venus also makes stressful aspects to the Sun and Moon in an Irritation Wedge or Triangle, so tapping into that Venusian love, contentment and joy might mean you have to adjust your expectation of what that will look like.

One way this could manifest is through forgiveness, which could free you from past pain but doing so might also leave you with a feeling of vulnerability, failure or embarrassment. Or maybe the loss of something dear to you requires grieving that feels like it undermines your belief in the good in the world. Or in order to feel good about doing something scary, you might have to go a little on faith—both in yourself and those close to you.

T-square aspect pattern - Pluto, Sun, Moon

Add to this the fact that the Sun and Moon are still within orb to form a T-square aspect pattern with Pluto. Pluto is all about shedding the old in order to rebirth the new, so that can be a good thing in this case. However, the Pluto process is usually no picnic, since it asks us to dig deep into ourselves to uproot feelings, expectations and power dynamics, which can be kind of intense.

That said, the Pluto process enables your authentic self to emerge, and this ultimately liberates you from a lot of arduous, exhausting energy since you're not fighting hard to try to be something you're not. The end result is worth it, but it's not usually an easy road to get there.

So again: it's complicated.

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What leap of faith are you facing? What is coming to a close in your life that will make room for something new to come in? What visions of beginnings, restarts and launches have you had since last November that you are now in a position to move forward on?

What fears, misconceptions, misgivings or apprehension stand in your way of taking that next step? What unusual or unexpected resources could you draw on to help you do that? What helps you find the courage to let go of that which holds you back, while enabling you to reach out to others in mutual support?

Welcome to your next phase. Take a deep breath, exhale, relax. Now: what's your next step?

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
~ Marilyn Monroe

Apr.19 – Mercury conjunct Chiron (03:28 of Aries)  (Apr.20 in UK, AU)

Words can wound, but they can also heal. This transit may bring new awareness of the ways that you need to heal...and perhaps also the ways that you wound yourself or others, especially through thoughts, words and attitudes. You might become aware of harming yourself through negative self-talk or harsh self-criticism. Or, you might expect rigid perfection of yourself and forget that you are a multi-dimensional being who is, by your human nature, inconsistent and fallible. Your mental focus or attitude might have a sharp edge to it that is harsh, or you may encounter harsh attitudes from someone else that are hurtful, perhaps without meaning to be. Words and thoughts can be powerful tools. By reframing the message or situation in a different way, it is possible to turn hurt into healing and ignorance into wisdom. For example, it may help to eliminate either-or thinking by accepting that paradoxes and contradictions exist and may not have to be fully resolved for you to find a workable balance within them. By adopting a bit of a philosophical attitude, you may find it takes some of the pressure off the need for everything to fit together perfectly, which can leave some breathing room for everyone involved to be human.

Apr.20 – Sun enters Taurus (until May.21)  (Apr.19 in HAST)

Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of Taurus! This is a time when we all get in touch with the part of us that wants things tangible, practical, plentiful and pleasurable! Taurus is also connected to money, finances, possessions and resources of all kinds, so this is also a time to take stock of what you HAVE in your life – literally and figuratively. Take some time to examine your values. What people, things or principles are worth spending your time, effort, energy or money? It's also an opportunity to explore how separate or enmeshed your sense of self is from your possessions. Do you think less of yourself if you can't surround yourself with wealth? What forms of abundance and blessings are in your life, and are you consciously grateful for them or do you take them for granted? Use this Taurus energy to approach goals in a methodical way, appreciate your blessings, and understand life at its most concrete, basic level. This might sound about as exciting as watching the grass grow, but the Taurus way is to slow things down enough that you can experience and take pleasure in the simple things, in the Here and Now. Enjoy it!

Apr.20 – Venus enters Aries (until May.15)  (Apr.21 in AU)

Your style of handling relationships, finances, resources and values now take on an attitude of assertiveness, directness and the pursuit of freedom and independence. Impulse buying may be a stronger temptation than usual, so be sure you can afford whatever it is! Your way of interacting may be somewhat more direct, open or flirtatious during this transit. You may have opportunities to acquire money quickly and casually...and spend it too! You may also be more open to trying new things in the areas of finances, relationships, interactions and your values. Trying out new ideas can take you into uncharted territory...which may or may not be welcome depending on how comfortable you are with change. But this still may be just what you need to get you out of a rut in the affected areas. This can also be a good time to celebrate and appreciate yourself just as you are, as a unique individual.

Apr.20 – Mars goes Out of Bounds (13:28 Gemini to 17:37 Cancer; OOB until Jun.12)  (Apr.21 in AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Mars goes Out of Bounds (OOB) for about 7 weeks. During that time, you have the opportunity to encounter new experiences that challenge your courage, aggression or taking action, as well as expressing passion, anger and forcefulness. For example, you might let yourself be inspired to champion a cause, or you might decide that now is the time to do something you've been hesitating about for a while and were just waiting for the right moment. Or, you may find your temper burns a bit hotter or on a shorter fuse than usual. Or, you might lack patience and try to force the issues that don't unfold smoothly in your favour.

There is a less constructive side of Mars to watch for, as well. For instance, bold action could become reckless if it's not balanced with wisdom, realistic expectations and awareness of the consequences that you might have to live with afterwards. Anger and frustration could flare up more easily or intensely than usual, which is probably best expressed in constructive ways that don't leave ashes and ruins behind you.

Your instincts could be finely tuned during this time, picking up on distant or subtle signals and relaying these to your impulses which result in doing things without a lot of conscious forethought. This can feel exciting or energizing, but remember that you will still have to live with the results, so if you find this is creating problems it might be best to slow things down a bit so you can consider your best course of action before actually doing it.

It's also possible that during this time you won't notice much at all. Not everyone is attuned to the OOB Mars energy, although you still might observe it in others around you. Or, your experience of this Mars energy might be a quieter signal that you need to focus on more carefully to get a clear sense of it.

Apr.21 – Mercury at 0° Declination (06:17 Aries)  (Apr.22 in UK, AU)  ("What is Declination?"   "What's the Celestial Equator?")

Mercury crosses the Celestial Equator, which means it is at 0° of Declination (north or south relative to the Celestial Equator). When a planet crosses 0° declination, it's like a reset button is pushed in some way. In the case of Mercury, you might move into a fresh perspective about something. You could gain new information that fills in a piece of the puzzle. Perhaps you need to try a new approach to a problem, or you may discover that what you thought you knew isn't as clear or accurate as you thought.

When Mercury crosses the equator, it is always in Aries or Pisces, Libra or Virgo. The sign colours the reset quality. For example, in Aries, you might get a breakthrough or realization that allows you to move forward in a new direction. In Pisces, you may find your intuitive perceptions are especially strong and offer valuable insight that augments the factual information. In Virgo, you might feel the need to fine-tune your understanding by bringing new details into clearer focus. In Libra, you could make a fresh start in a relationship or clear the air of past assumptions.

This is the last of three passes of Mercury crossing 0° declination: Feb.27, Mar.16 and Apr.21. During this time, you may have noticed the Universe showing you a "different side of the story" than what you thought you knew. In what situations have you changed your mind about something or someone? What can you perceive now that you didn't 2 months ago? Have you figured out how to proceed in some opportunity that had previously been murky, confused or seemingly blocked?

Apr.22 – Sun conjunct Uranus (02:31 of Taurus)  (Apr.23 in UK, AU)

Spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants" characterize this transit. You are more open than usual to new experiences and open-minded to new perspectives. Your sense of humour and fun are finely tuned and may spring up unexpectedly and irreverently. It is more possible to break free of old habits and getting out of a rut you have been in. In fact, you may find it is fun to try doing something completely out of much so that it's wise to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. Have fun pushing the envelope, but try not to rip or shred that envelope. On the other hand, that might be the only way you can get out of a restrictive situation that's holding you back, and this transit could give you the impulsive courage to do just that. Your creativity may come in bursts and in unexpected ways, so try to take advantage of them when they present themselves or else write down your inspiration for future consideration.

Apr.23 – Venus conjunct Chiron (03:40 of Aries)  (Apr.24 in AU)

Unresolved problems and old wounds in relationships and finances may be in the foreground now, with potential for a new beginning and healing. However, in order to heal something, it is first necessary to become more aware of what is out of balance, which can make a situation seem to get worse before it gets better. You have the ability to wound those close to you, as well as to bring healing, as you explore what is and isn't working in your relationships. It is also a time when your approach to finances and resources may require that you face some hard realities that may not be easily or quickly resolved, but dealing with any problems will give you the chance to achieve a new balance. This is especially true when it comes to the ways that you see your physical resources as a reflection of your self-worth, and the relationships in your life as a reflection of your lovability. These issues may become aggravated under this transit, but ultimately this is meant to increase your awareness of these issues so that you can start to heal them in new ways.

Apr.24 – Pluto Stationary Retrograde (23:09 of Capricorn; until Oct.03)  (Apr.25 in AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

For up to a week before and after this date, Pluto's energy is especially strong and intense. You might experience this in the form of intensity, power struggles, deep psychological awareness or strong libido. You could encounter the need to face aspects of yourself or others that are disturbing or difficult to accept. There may also be some part of yourself or your life that has fulfilled its purpose and needs to be shed like a snake's skin. Over the next 5 months (while Pluto is retrograde), you will work at loosening and letting go of that "skin," and working toward the rebirth that will come out of it. This can also be a time when you become aware of the areas where you need to strengthen your personal empowerment or possibly need to tone down the way you wield power.


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Apr.27 – Mars square Neptune (17:55 of Gemini/Pisces)

For up to a week before and after today, you have a chance to discover and work with your blind spots and the hidden motives that trip you up. It may feel like you are spinning your wheels or "shadow-boxing" and not even sure why. You may be fighting a hidden agenda or unconscious motives (yours or someone else's). You might also be trying to apply a concrete solution to an ambiguous situation, and then wondering why it isn't working very well. Responding to conflicts in a passive-aggressive or manipulative way can be tempting under this transit, since you may not know how to take direct and effective action. Resentment might become a defiant way to express toothless anger. Part of the problem may be that you are fighting against your own idealism, and resisting the acceptance that the other person or situation can't be the way you want them to be. Feelings of disappointment or helplessness may trigger much deeper feelings from your unconscious, making it difficult for you to know how to respond effectively in the here-and-now. It will probably help to work on owning your feelings, needs, longings and (hidden) agendas. Being honest with yourself about what's really going on inside you will go a long way toward increasing your empowerment.

Apr.29 – Saturn Stationary Retrograde (20:31 of Capricorn; until Sep.18)  Apr.30 in UK, AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

For up to a week before and after this date, your physical and emotional energy may feel a bit heavy, stuck, serious or sad. You might feel held back by circumstances or pressured by people or situations involving structure, rules, authority figures, expectations and responsibilities. For about the next four months, your ambitions and goals can benefit from planning and development at a deeper level. It is a time to rework and refine your goals to figure out how you are going to achieve them. You may also need to examine your motives for wanting to achieve these goals, as well as how feasible they are. You may therefore look at how your goals, or your method of achieving them, ought to be changed. This can also be a time of improving how you deal with authority, expectations, obligations or discipline. Toward that end, today's station could trigger these issues through events, conflicts, challenges or additional "homework." If you've been having problems or are uncomfortable with these areas, especially during the last 3 months, this retrograde period can allow you to gradually build a new way of dealing with them or problem-solving the difficulties. After Saturn turns Direct in 4 months, you will be in a better position to apply what you've learned and developed more fully.

Apr.30 – Saturn conjunct South Lunar Node (20:31 of Capricorn)  (May.01 in AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Saturn is opposite the North Lunar Node and therefore conjunct the South Node. There is something you need to let go of. Perhaps something must end, or you may need to detach yourself from something or someone. Saturn could be like a stop-sign saying, "You can't get there from here," leading you to pull back, regroup and reassess. Or, there's a lesson to be learned by facing, confronting or dealing with a difficult situation that leaves little room for compromise. You might find it's the right time to reorganize or restructure in some way, allowing you to find a better way forward. Or it might be time to take a situation you've been struggling with, and change its priority in your life; you could move it into the background so that room is made for something else to step into the foreground of your life, making more effective use of your time and energy.

Saturn opposite the North Node last occurred in 2007, and the next occurrence after this year will be 2030/31.

May.01 – Mercury sextile Mars (20:21 of Aries/Gemini)  (Apr.30 in HAST, AKDT, PDT)

There is a potential now to find the courage to speak your mind and say what needs to be said, if you focus consciously on doing so. In fact, your ideas and words may come so quickly and easily that it's hard to stop them from tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to evaluate the best way to say them. Communication is probably easiest and most effective when it's direct, concise and quick, although it might also be a bit blunt or pointed. If you need to confront someone about a difficult situation, this transit can provide courage and clear words to help you do that – although perhaps a bit too forceful when a more delicate, sensitive touch is called for. It is a time when you might find the nerve to take risks, or to defend yourself if the need arises (especially verbally). This is a good transit for creative problem solving and trying on decisions to see if they fit.

May.01 – Mercury square North Lunar Node (20:26 of Aries/Cancer)  (Apr.30 in HAST, AKDT)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

Under this transit, you might find you need to, or are compelled to, change your mind about where you are heading in your life. You could be confronted with facts or information that contradicts what you thought was real or true about your sense of life purpose, or it might seem like someone is getting in your way. You may be tempted to dismiss this, deny it, avoid it or rationalize your way around it. However, there is probably valuable information coming to you that is important to take into consideration. It doesn't necessarily mean your life destination should be abandoned; rather, you are challenged to see it more clearly. You might also need to communicate information or a point of view that could be unwelcome or unpopular, or difficult to get your point across. In that case, try not to go overboard in standing your ground and focus primarily on what needs to be said and the best way to say it.

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May.01 – Mercury square Saturn (20:31 of Aries/Capricorn)  (Apr.30 in HAST)

Your thoughts, ideas and communication need to become structured, rational and discreet, although this may not be easy to achieve. You may have to work extra hard to get your point across now, since others might be resistant to your ideas or may not be familiar with the basic concepts. It is a time to be clear, objective and down-to-earth in your communication and thinking, but equally important to do this without going overboard and becoming rigid, autocratic or over-cautious. If you find yourself stuck in a "glass half empty" frame of mind, you might be sagging under the weight of melancholy ...Or, it might mean you are coming to terms with some hard realities and decisions and feeling the gravity of the implications. But also check to be sure you're not taking yourself and your situation too seriously. By applying your best efforts, this can be a very productive time, especially with anything involving communication, writing, organising or logic.

May.02 – Mercury square Pluto (23:08 of Aries/Capricorn)  (May.03 in AU)

You are faced now with a challenge to empower your communication and perceptions, although this may not come easily. It could involve having to face some rather difficult truths that might be a bit disturbing or hard to accept. However in doing so, you gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself, your situation and your role within it. Obsessive or persistent thoughts that are morbid or paranoid are possible, which could be helped by finding something more positive to focus on or a creative outlet. Communication (from others or yourself or both) could be intense, intimidating or even downright damaging, since it may be tempting to get caught up in power struggles and domination. But communication can also be used now to heal, by cutting through hypocrisy and insincerity in order to reach a deeper authenticity and truth – like lancing a boil so that healing can take place.

May.02 – Mercury trine Jupiter (23:34 of Aries/Sagittarius)  (May.03 in ADT, NDT, UK, AU)

This transit can make you quite talkative and flooded with ideas, along with those around you. Your stream of consciousness can flow abundantly with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun now playing with ideas to want to stop and make them manifest just yet. Your outlook is usually optimistic and open-minded under this transit, although it might simply neutralize an already pessimistic frame of mind. You are likely to be more open to spiritual or philosophical perspectives, being more able to see yourself as part of something greater than yourself. You might even find that luck comes your way because you are more receptive to opportunities and possibilities.

Next Update:  NEW MOON in TAURUS. Available by May 4, 2019.

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