The Low-Down on the Far-Out

New Moon in Taurus, May 2018

Chart for the New Moon in Taurus
Chart for the New Moon in Taurus

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~ Anaïs Nin

May.15 – NEW MOON in TAURUS (24:36 of Taurus)

As I write this, there is a volcano in Hawaii threatening to go from eruption to outright explosion. If Kilauea speaks for our planet, it may be to say that Mother Earth is NOT HAPPY and is in a state of agitation.

Astrologically, this New Moon in Taurus reflects that tension in numerous ways. For a sign that prefers life to be tranquil, relaxed and pleasurable, this Taurus lunation cycle may well be a bit more complicated, busy and "interesting" than Taurus usually likes it. There are several factors in the New Moon chart that speak to this.

Hmm... I feel another list coming on... ;-)

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Let's start with Uranus being just 3½ hours away from entering Taurus at the moment of the New Moon in the same sign. Uranus only changes signs about every 7 years or so, so this is a Big Deal.

Uranus is the planet of shaking things up, disruption, liberation, rebellion, technology, science, groups, and futuristic vision. Taurus, on the other hand, is a Fixed Earth sign, so it likes things to be down to earth, stable, real and uncomplicated. Rock, meet Hard Place.

The fact that Uranus is literally on the verge stepping into Taurus just as the New Moon is exact in that sign is a Big Deal. If Taurus is the stable earth beneath our feet from which nourishing things grow and flourish, then Uranus could bring an earthquake of sorts—and already the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea seems to be a living symbol for this transition.

Destruction of what was, isn't all bad, though. Uranus in Taurus could also be the plow that breaks up the earth, making it easier for new things to become planted and grow. Breaking up and shaking up that which has become too settled, stable and familiar is essential for the health and growth of the whole.

"Magic doesn’t require beauty," she said. "Easy magic is pretty. Great magic asks that you trouble the waters. It requires a disruption, something new."
~ Leigh Bardugo, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

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Uranus is currently in the last minute of the last degree of Aries! It's been in Aries since 2010, stirring up enormous controversy and upheaval on many levels—politically, socially, culturally, economically, spiritually—all across our planet.

Humanity seems to be in a time of great transition and change that must speak to the distant future if we are to survive our worst behaviour, practices and decisions. Uranus moving into Taurus represents the next step in our collective journey.

Meanwhile, at the moment of the New Moon, Uranus is still hovering with its foot poised in mid-stride, yet with its weight leaning toward where it will land. The action has been taken. The deed is done. The hand has been dealt. Whatever follows is a largely inevitable result from that which came before it.

Not much can be done right now to change the results over the next few months. Our point of power lies mostly in how we respond to it, perceive it, experience it and integrate it into what is . However, we will have a chance for a do-over from this Nov.06 to Mar.06.2019. Consider these next few months an introduction or dress rehearsal to Uranus in Taurus, where it will stay until 2025.

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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Mars, too, is at 29° of its sign—Capricorn, in this case. Also poised in mid-stride, Mars leaps into Aquarius less than 24 hours after the New Moon and Uranus landing in Taurus. So, Mars is exactly square to Uranus, both at a critical degree. If you're feeling a bit anxious, impatient, chaffing at the bit to get moving, or waiting for the other shoe to drop, now you know why!

Alternatively, you might be apprehensive about whatever comes next, feeling you're not adequately prepared. The final degree of any sign is an intense place to be, filled with eagerness or dread, celebration or sadness, sharp clarity about where you're going or murky ambiguity about an uncertain future.

There's little for it but to wait it out and stay aware of the changes. It can feel like listening to the sounds of a kettle of water that's just on the verge of boiling but isn't quite there yet. And Mars, the planet of taking action, can feel especially prickly, impatient and edgy at 29 degrees.

It's a good time to draw one last time on that patient Capricorn energy and spend this time going over your plans again. Or, think about what you can and will do with all that preparation you've been doing while Mars has been in Capricorn (since Mar.17).

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

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Mars just entered the retrograde shadow (May.12) and now goes bravely forth into the area where he will later be retrograde (from Jun.26 to Aug.27). Mars dips back into Capricorn from Aug.12 to Sep.10 and stations direct at 28:36 of Capricorn, so we will revisit this experience of Mars in the final degrees of Capricorn in a few months.

During his return to Capricorn in August and September, you will have a chance to revise the plans, goals and development you have been putting together since mid-March. By that time, you'll have a better idea of what is working and what needs some adjustment.

While going through his retrograde cycle, Mars makes 3 squares to Uranus: May.16, Aug.01 and Sep.18. The effects of this aspect that you are feeling now will evolve and shift over the coming months, turning a corner at each exact pass.

The exact passes of Mars square Uranus all take place in the first few degrees of Aquarius and Taurus. These are Fixed signs of Air and Earth, respectively. They are about planning for sustainability. Taking actions and making changes that help stabilize the long-term journey. Clearing away debris and obstacles, and repairing breaks in the path, to make the expedition a success.

It takes courage to speak or react
way slower than you think.
~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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However, for now the Mars-Uranus square is still applying, at 29° of Capricorn and Aries. These are Cardinal signs of Earth and Fire, respectively – goal driven, action oriented, filled with creativity and purpose. Although the Fixed square energies are so close we can smell the fragrant air, there may still be work to do in the Cardinal signs. For best results, stay focused with positive intention and resist trying to control the outcome too much.

At its most challenging, the current square aspect between Mars and Uranus in Capricorn and Aries can be a recipe for anxiety, over-reaction, impulsive decisions and irritation at the best of times. Combine that with both of them teetering on a cliff edge and you might sometimes feel like you're about to go over that cliff with them.

If you have a project you want to start, or you need the courage to make a difficult decision or take a risky course of action, this transit could be just the push you need to make your move. In fact, it might be difficult not to take the leap, ready or not.

So, it is much better if you have prepared well for what you need to do. Do your homework, review your notes, dot your t's and cross your i's. Then gird your loins and take your best shot. On the other hand, if you're not well prepared, you may find yourself falling back on old habits or simplified expectations based on past experience.

But here's the thing: Mars and Uranus are angling for some serious change, so defaulting to the been-there-done-that solution may not bring quite the results you're hoping for. Or, in the absence of mindful intention and clear foresight, you could be tempted to shut your eyes, hold your nose and jump—which might not get you where you're trying to go either. And even if you try to make your move based on intuition and divine impulse, it's still better to be well stocked with solid information and understanding of what you're trying to accomplish.

Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.
~ Bonnie Myotai Treace

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Just in case Mars and Uranus don't add enough spice to your soup, the New Moon is conjunct the fixed star Algol. Known as the Demon Star for millennia across many cultures, Algol is the eye in Medusa's severed head held up by Perseus in the constellation named after him. If you remember your Greek mythology, Medusa's gaze could turn you to stone, so the eye is the part of her you want to avoid! Bottom line: Algol has a reputation for more intensity and potential for calamity than you would want to encounter in a dark alley at midnight.

However, intensity isn't always a bad thing. By embraced it in the moment, it's actually a good quality to have if you're facing a difficult situation that requires a lot of concentration, determination and endurance. In a more modernized interpretation, Algol may be seen as the rage and outrage of being falsely accused or unfairly judged. This was the case with Medusa who was condemned by Athena for having been seduced (raped?) by Poseidon (Neptune) in her shrine.

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Precisely conjunct Algol is the dwarf planet Sedna (and therefore also conjunct the New Moon). Sedna being an extremely distant and slow minor planet (11,400-year orbit), this conjunction with Algol has been building for many years. They have been within a 5-degree orb since 2010 and will remain until 2025.

Sedna is named after an Inuit goddess of the sea. The core of her mythological story is about a young woman who is killed by her father, although the reasons for this vary considerably from region to region. In all versions she is thrown overboard by her father and clings to the edge of the boat for dear life, but her father uses his paddle to dislodge her, chopping off her fingers in the process which become sea creatures. She then lives at the bottom of the sea and controls the availability of her sea creatures to hunters.

Sedna's story reflects several themes that are relevant today. One of them is the theme of empowerment and/or disempowerment of women. I have long wondered if Sedna conjunct Algol might bring out these themes in the collective. Sure enough, the #MeToo movement ignited in October 2017, as Sedna made the second exact pass to Algol. The phrase that sparked this movement originated in 2006, shortly after Sedna reached an 8-degree orb from Algol.

You wish to be called righteous rather than act right.
I say, wrong must not win by technicalities.
~ Aeschylus, The Oresteia (Athena)

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Speaking of the Algol/Medusa connection and Athena's role in Medusa's story, the asteroid Pallas-Athena is conjunct Venus at the New Moon. This is indeed an intriguing alignment, since Venus is the planetary ruler of the Taurus New Moon that conjoins Algol. Medusa's and Sedna's stories seem to echo through this chart in many ways.

Venus (a.k.a. the Greek Aphrodite) is a goddess of warmth, love, sensuality, pleasure, attraction and acquisition. By comparison, Athena is more emotionally detached, with a sharp mind and a passion for wisdom, justice, war and heroism. These two are invited to combine these diverse forces through their conjunction. They form a semi-sextile aspect to the New Moon (30°), an aspect that encourages a slight shift in perspective to see what is hiding in one's peripheral vision or awareness. This can work well for Venus, located in the cerebral Air sign of Gemini.

These alignments provide a strong potential for cool, strategic decision-making that allow you to defend against violations made to your autonomy, objectivity and integrity. In other words, the Venus-Athena duo can support your quest to strengthen your personal independence and confidence, especially in a situation where you might feel used, abused, vulnerable, or tempted to succumb to desires not in your best interest.

Athena not only condemned Medusa to a life of disfigured fury, she also wore the head of Medusa on her breastplate after Perseus slew her. As gross as this sounds, perhaps this symbolizes the conquering of uncontrolled wrath through wisdom, justice, courage and ingenuity, so that you can use it as a resource instead of being consumed by it.

With Athena aligned with Venus, it suggests there is a special alliance right now between dispassionate wisdom and passionate desire, which can be used to conquer and gain insight into our temptation to sabotage our growth away from victimhood into strength.

With so many themes around the empowerment of women, this lunar cycle may well see further developments in the #MeToo phenomenon and movement, or perhaps just deeper insight into how women are learning to stand up for their better interests.

Intimacy is not purely physical. It's the act of connecting with someone so deeply,
you feel like you can see into their soul.
~ Reshall Varsos

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In addition, Venus is currently Out of Bounds (OOB), meaning her declination is beyond how far the Sun can go—north, in this case. From May.05 to Jun.07, Venus gets to stretch her legs and go exploring beyond the bounds of conventional society.

The Taurus New Moon is likely to sensitize you to Venus and her OOB energy. As a result, you may be feeling a need for interpersonal connection and conversation that goes beyond the usual, ho-hum "Hi, how are you" into something more meaningful, cosmic, adventurous or visionary. You could also find your sense of values, appreciation, attraction and curiosity becoming hungry for experiences of a more cerebral, philosophical or exotic nature.

If you haven't already taken a look at the western sky lately, in the hours after sunset, make a point of doing this, especially if you're in the Northern Hemisphere. You'll see Venus shining brilliantly "like a diamond in the sky" in the northwest. She will strut her lovely stuff through most of this year, remaining visible increasingly longer after sunset and reaching the maximum elongation from the Sun in mid-August. All of this is in preparation for her retrograde cycle from Octo.05 to Nov.16.

Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years.
That means there's not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago.
~ Steven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts

With all these exciting, intense, extreme and "out there" energies flying around, is it any wonder Hawaii's Kilauea is blowing her top? I suspect many of us will feel a similar sensation over the coming weeks and months, as our minds and lives are opened up to new experiences.

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The stable, familiar landscape of our lives (or whatever is left of it) is breaking open in order to release pent-up pressures and tensions and flush old wounds clean. And just like lava gushing out of the earth, although it initially feels like turmoil and upset, the soil in that landscape will become rejuvenated and fertilize, ultimately allowing new growth to literally rise out of the ashes of the old.

It may seem a bit strange that these themes of rebirth from a volcanic eruption sound more like Scorpio than Taurus. But it makes sense when you think that Taurus and Scorpio form an archetypal axis of different yet complementary energies. If Scorpio is the phoenix rising from its ashes, then Taurus is the manifest earth composed of those ashes through which new life can replenish itself. Indeed, Jupiter in Scorpio is opposite the New Moon, which enhances and amplifies the Taurus-Scorpio axis.

The renewed growth in Taurus is about finding your strength and resilience in the face of change, turmoil or shifting foundations. This could mean having to let go of some of the comforting things you take for granted that may be sabotaging you from becoming more of who you are. You are the stalk that persistently pushes its roots into the hard ground, learning to stand tall and yet also bending with resilience against the wind.

Taurus says this is a time to seek stability, peace and security, although the rest of the chart suggests there is a lot more complexity involved. Struggle first, relax later. Keep bringing yourself back to your grounded centre as the changes unfold around you. Although this won't stop the change, it is an effective resource to keep you from getting too overwhelmed or out of sync with your inner strength.

There's a rough road ahead, and it's likely to get rougher over the next several years before it gets smoother. This is the first mile. Keep moving. Let the disruptions and shake-ups be the force that breaks up areas of your life that are impacted, so that new growth can emerge. And draw on your inner strength—it's probably sturdier than you think.

Sometimes in nature, fire caused pinecones to open and prairies to bloom.
Sometimes it cleared out old dead trees to make way for new life.
Sometimes fire wasn’t about destruction—sometimes it was about renewal.
Sometimes fire was necessary.
~ Emily Bleeker, Working Fire

May.15 – Uranus enters Taurus (until Nov.06)  (May.16 in AU)

After 8 years of Uranus in Aries breaking apart the places where we're stuck, it would be nice to believe that Uranus in Taurus will bring some stability, evenness and calm. More likely, Uranus in Taurus will bring the development of a "new normal" where the unconventional, unexpected and weird are the constants, albeit in a way that we adapt our rhythm to accommodate these changes.

On a collective level, we may well see upheavals in the economy, and the basis of global economy may change significantly over the next 7-8 years. Expect technology to take a front seat in upcoming advancements in agriculture, food, medicine and other resources that form the foundation on which societies must function.

Climate change is also likely to be front and centre as the planet of change and upheaval moves through the sign of organic systems. New technology may be developed or discovered that help us deal with the changes our planet is going through. No matter what you believe is the root cause of this phenomenon, the degree to which these issues are dismissed or ignored is likely to be fertile ground for Uranus to shake up and break up our resistance to them.

Uranus can complicate whatever it touches by breaking us out of our usual familiar routine, and yet Taurus seeks to simplify and systemize that which is complicated and erratic. The next several years could bring a struggle between those who pursue dramatic change and whose who seek stability and order. At best, these forces will learn to combine their priorities; at worst, it could be a very rocky road ahead.

This is a long-term process that will unravel the knots that have become so tight that they are strangling positive change. Sometimes the fastest way to get rid of a knot is simply to tear the rope apart, but if it tears the fabric that is necessary to support the foundation on which our lives—or our planet—rest, that's not good. Aim to find a balance between impulsively ripping apart that which requires change and procrastinating with those changes in the hope that they'll go away on their own.

May.16 – Mars enters Aquarius (until Aug.12)

This is a freedom quest! The assertive, forceful energy of Mars can be at its most rebellious, defiant and eccentric while in Aquarius. We may feel especially independent. Or perhaps more accurately, "counter-dependent" – whatever is perceived to be dependent or restrictive may trigger an automatic reaction in the opposite direction. On the other hand, you may be inclined to jump to liberate someone else who is in a dependent position – perhaps an "underdog" or a noble cause. Taking a leadership role to champion an unconventional cause may make you a lot more noticeable...which may or may not be to your advantage (depends whether you want to continue in that role). It can be a good time to invest your energy in activities involving groups, friends, community or Humanity as a whole. Motives, behaviour and energy can be a mixed bag of unstable, spontaneous, unpredictable, liberating, obstinate and/or humanitarian. Have fun with it, but it may be wise to keep a lifeline to something realistic and grounding.

Mars is in Aquarius an unusually long time because it spends the vast majority of its time in that sign during this retrograde cycle. It crosses into Aquarius just after it enters the retrograde shadow (May.12), then dips back into Capricorn for a few weeks for the direct station (Aug.12-Sep.10), and continues in Aquarius until Nov.15 – that's a total of 5 months in a 6-month period. This is the perfect time to cultivate your ability to become more aware of how much your actions may simply follow those of the people around you, and how much your actions resist that flow and pull in a contrary direction. There's a time and place for both – the question is how much you're able to choose which to go with in a given moment.

May.16 – Mars square Uranus (00:02 of Aquarius/Taurus)  (May.15 in HAST, AKDT)

Erratic action and unpredictable impulses can surface under this transit. Active energy is more available now, but it can be very hard to control its direction, speed, intensity or predictability. Under this volatile atmosphere, unconscious or suppressed emotions (like anger, frustration, fear or desire) can jump out when you least expect them. Being accident prone is not uncommon. This can be great if you're trying to release inhibitions, find courage to sprint forward or break out of an old habit. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that your actions won't turn out to be destructive, counter-productive or too much of a good thing. You might be tempted to take greater risks than is wise, but this risk-taking impulse can also break you out of a rut too. It's important to use your best judgment when faced with this kind of potent yet volatile energy.

May.18 – Mercury trine Saturn (08:24 of Taurus/Capricorn)  (May.19 in AU)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and pursuit of your goals now. Your mental outlook is likely to be calm and grounded. This is a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your goals. You may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the process of pursuing those past goals. Or, you might find you are able to draw on past achievements to assist and support your current goals and plans. It is a good transit to bring structure to your thoughts and communication. You may find it's a little easier to accept authority – yours or someone else's – and that you are able to speak authoritatively about things about which you have knowledge or experience.

May.18 – Mercury square North Lunar Node (08:26 of Taurus/Leo)  (May.19 in AU)  ("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.

May.19 – Venus enters Cancer (until Jun.13)

Your focus in relationships may shift for a while to family, loved ones and people in your support system. You may also find that your interactions with others takes on a quality that echoes the past, perhaps childhood, and you want to reach out to connect with others more than usual – or to avoid it if those echoes are not pleasant ones. You could be especially sensitive to getting your emotional needs met, or how others want their needs to be met. Interactions with others may bring up a deep need to belong and to connect and bond with others on a personal level. The need to feel secure and safe could come up in a variety of forms now – either directly as a feeling of vulnerability, or indirectly disguised as defensiveness or manipulation. This could also a time when you want to be somewhat protective and cautious in your handling of money, possessions and other resources, striving to conserve and cultivate these areas in order to nurture them for future growth.

May.19 – Venus sextile Uranus (00:12 of Cancer/Taurus)  (May.20 in AU)

Relationships, finances, resources and pleasures could benefit from spontaneously trying a completely different approach. If these areas of your life have been getting a little stale or too routine, this transit could shake things up a little...just enough to make things interesting and breathe some fresh air into your familiar routine. Unexpected income could come your way, or you might discover something you just can't resist buying, or you might have an opportunity to make new social connections. The upside of this transit is that it's possible to break free of old habits and enjoy spontaneous interaction. The downside could come in the form of impulse purchases that are beyond your budget, or behaving a bit recklessly or making snap decisions that you can't live with later. This energy is best used to break free of what restricts you, without shattering the foundation you're standing on.

May.20 – Mars sextile Chiron (01:32 of Aquarius/Aries)  (May.19 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT)

This transit gives you the opportunity to take action that can bring some healing resolution to some ongoing problems you've been having. For example, if you've been suffering from weakened energy or chronic health problems, this transit could bring a bit of relief, especially if you're willing to invest some effort to move yourself forward. Or you might find that you have extra self-confidence to deal with a dilemma that has not wanted to go away. You might also find yourself in a position where you can help others find some relief or empowerment related to their suffering and chronic struggles. Problem solving of all kinds can benefit by taking an attitude of proactively doing what you can do, and then let go of what you can't.

May.20 – Venus square Chiron (01:33mm of Cancer/Aries)  (May.21 in AU)

You may be forced to make adjustments to relationships and/or finances now, as you face situations in these areas that just don't want to balance out the way you want them to. You may feel a bit like you're in a catch-22 (no-win situation), where the more you try to find balance and harmony, the more you feel like you're chasing your own tail around in circles. This is a time when healing in relationships and financial problems may be difficult to obtain. Harmony in these areas can seem impossible or blocked, yet it is still necessary to keep trying. By trying anyway, it may be possible to find a solution that meets your needs, even if it may not be what you wanted, hoped for or expected. Strive to find a creative solution that draws on your best side.

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May.20 – Sun enters Gemini (until Jun.21)  (May.21 in UK, AU)

Happy Solar Return to everyone born in the sign of Gemini! This is the time of year for the cosmic Twins to party, but it is also a time for all of us to explore our dual nature and our sentient awareness that emerges from it. Communication and exchange of information and ideas are specialties of Gemini, and this period brings these areas into focus for everyone. If you're looking for ideas to explore your Gemini nature, try writing your thoughts down, or listen to the buzz of activity around you, or express your observations in both verbal and non-verbal ways. Pay special attention to conversations with others, and be alert to the new information that can be learned there. Connect with your Inner Imp and let yourself be playful, clever, cheerful and fun! Learn a new word every day. Find out the names of things you never even noticed before. Read a book or newspaper or newsletter...or write one! Ride the bus to an area of town you've never been to and see what you find. And remember that it is largely through our interactions with other people and with the immediate world around us that we develop consciousness, perception and mental focus. Therefore, use this as an opportunity to increase your awareness of your immediate surroundings. Exchange information and ideas with others. Use your ability to communicate in every way you can think of. And let yourself be curious, clever and playful!

May.22 – Sun sextile Chiron (01:37 of Cancer/Pisces)  (May.23 in AU)

This is a time when you have an opportunity to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life. You may find new inspiration, motivation or confidence that can help rejuvenate waning enthusiasm or reconcile persistent problems, although you'll still have to apply effort to bring it all together. You might get the chance to demonstrate your ability to walk your own path in a new way. Or, you might get a peek inside the hidden shadow of your worries and discouragement, giving you new insight into how you might be unconsciously sabotaging your conscious efforts. You may have to face a bit of your own fear of failure or low self-esteem before you can get beyond these feelings and tap into the benefits of this transit – not because you are failing but because these concerns may arise in response to the new potential now available to you. By tapping into this potential for creative problem solving, you can bring some healing to whatever your situation is.

May.22 – Mercury sextile Neptune (16:17 of Taurus/Pisces)  (May.23 in UK, AU)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit, with a little applied effort and focus. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) The possible disadvantage is that you might want so much to reach a state of inspired intuition, magical outlook and effortless communication, that you are willing to be deceived rather than fall short of what you are hoping for. Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.

May.23 – Mercury opposite Jupiter (16:34 of Taurus/Scorpio)  (May.22 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT)

Your thoughts and words can become amplified under this transit, which could bring a sense of adventure, a surge of ideas, and/or imbalance due to exaggeration. You may find it's hard to stop talking (or writing), your head is filled with so many possibilities. However, your judgment about the validity of your ideas may be a bit off, or you might feel the urge to overstate your position to keep from being misunderstood. Blame and judgment could creep into your perceptions of others or the other way around. This might spring from a need to find a greater meaning or truth in the facts, having difficulty bridging the gap between the raw information and the big picture. The trick is to keep a balance between simplicity and elaborate complexity. The challenge is to find ways to express, think about and understand the vast range of possibilities and meaning within the perceptions of everyday life. Not all of it will survive the translation, but enormous spiritual creativity can be generated in the trying.

May.23 – Sun trine Mars (02:54 of Gemini/Aquarius)  (May.24 in NDT, UK, AU)

Your energy, purpose, vitality and health are likely to be strong and clear during this transit. Your sense of purpose is supported by your ability to assert yourself and take a stand for what you want and what you believe in. In general, this transit is a great time to take action, especially if you have prepared the way and have all your ducks in a row. If you've been waiting for a spurt of self-confidence or motivation, this transit could give you the push you need to move forward in your plans or goals. Strive to be spontaneous rather than impulsive, and confident rather than arrogant.

May.25 – Jupiter trine Neptune (16:19 of Scorpio/Pisces)  (May.24 in HAST)

This long-term process brings the opportunity to integrate healing, beauty, imagination, spirituality and uplifting optimism. You may also see yourself become so caught up in hope, optimism and euphoria that it's easy to get a bit too carried away, leaving realism behind. Although falling into fantasy and wishful thinking can make you more susceptible to illusion and deception, it can also bring healing inspiration and dedication when you need it most. This can be a time when you bring into clearer focus a new sense of faith (in terms of religious beliefs, or just faith in life and in yourself). You may now be able to see beyond your usual horizons to the distant possibilities open to you, if you can keep that new faith in focus. This inspiration may not last in its current form, but can be used to clarify and enhance the goals you have been pursuing for many years, as well as formulate some new ones.

This is the second of three passes of this transit: Dec.02.2017, May.25.2018, Aug.19.2018. Check to see if there is an opportunity you missed last December or since then, that could bring you a fresh sense of confidence and optimism. Or, check your memory to find to a sense of faith, hope, reassurance or well-being that uplifted you in the last several months, and rejuvenate that in the present. There may be more you can do with it now so that it's not just a passing fancy.

May.25 – Mercury trine Pluto (21:02 of Taurus/Capricorn)

It is possible to dive deep below the surface now, in your perception of situations, other people and yourself. If you have been working on trying to understand the deeper motivations and dynamics of what is happening in your life, there could be a breakthrough now. The light may finally go on in the darker corners that have eluded you, and your penetrating insight. You could find a way to articulate these perceptions and speak your mind in a way that is unusually powerful or intense (so be careful you don't inadvertently blow your audience out of the water). This transit can bring an opportunity to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions or ineffective forms of communication. Try writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit. This is the only exact pass for this transit, since Pluto was out of range when Mercury came through this area two months ago.

May.26 – Venus opposite Saturn (08:01 of Cancer/Capricorn)

There are realities to face and deal with, probably related to the way you handle relationships and/or finances. This is a time when you start to see a return on your investments – literally or figuratively. This could be an investment of energy, cooperation and good faith in a close relationship, or it might be the long-term development of a goal requiring financing or resources. It can be a time when "the bill comes in" and you are required to "put your money where your mouth is" and make a deeper commitment to that investment. Or, you might have to admit that the results are not what you had hoped for and you must decide whether to continue or reinvest your energies elsewhere. In other words, this is a time when something might come to an end or your situation becomes more stressful because you have some hard choices to make. The key is to take a long hard look at the realities before you – is it worth it to continue in the direction you're going? What is required if you decide to take it to the next step? The situation may demand effort, but there's also a more solid footing waiting on the other side.

May.28 – Sun sextile North Lunar Node (07:38 of Gemini/Leo)  (May.29 in UK, AU)  ("What's a Lunar Node?")

This can be a feel-good time when you feel like you're on your game. Your sense of purpose and direction feel like they're flowing just right. Opportunities may present themselves and you are in a good position to recognize them and know how to make them work to your advantage. Even if you encounter difficulties, you are likely to be more confident in approaching them and therefore better able to find effective solutions. Pay attention to people who cross your path for 2-3 days around this time, since they could offer resources, support or connections that could be helpful. Just be careful that you don't resort to manipulation to make things happy your way. If you have to force something to work then maybe there's a better solution.

Next Update:  FULL MOON in SAGITTARIUS. Available by May 29, 2018.

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