I have been so reluctant to write my findings for the month of May, because this is certainly not a “feel good” month. Hence this article is rather late.
The month starts off with the Jupiter/Saturn/Mars conjunction still in effect.
The planet Mars is in its degree of exaltation and hopefully it is behaving in the best possible way. It has also moved little distance from stern and restricting Saturn. On the world stage we can hope that Mars, who signifies the police and army, doctors and medical personal, works with dignity now because of its beautiful placement in the Nakshatra of Dhanishta.
The difficulties and frustrations during the last two months have been severe when Saturn/Mars were in a tighter conjunction.
After the 4th or 5th of May Mars moves out of the quarantine control zone held by Saturn. We can breathe a small sigh of relief, but since Aquarius is also ruled by Saturn the restrictions won’t be over just yet. …Can we have some music and dancing please?…
Jupiter, the planet of expansion, optimism and fortune has been in the grip of limiting Saturn too.
For worldly affairs Jupiter rules travel, religious institution (churches, temples, mosques) and the economy. Due to the strong influence of Saturn, who gives hard work, poverty and deprivation, these Jupiter indications have been completely thrashed.
By mid month Jupiter and Saturn will both go retrograde together, thus we can expect a review of the effects of the world wide lockdown.
On a personal level, we will take stock of what just happened, before we can resolve how we go forward from here.
On the 13th this month Venus will also go retrograde. She will ask us to review what we really need to feel secure and comfortable. What possessions, how much money do we want or need? How much do we value our family, or our lovers?
All month in the Nakshatra of Mrigashira, Venus will behave soft and tender, gentle and peaceful. Under her influence we will truly want to search for what it is that brings us fulfilment. The stars of Mrigashira give us incredible perception and alertness, almost like a sixth sense. With Venus here we may feel a telepathic or extra-sensory bond with our loved ones.
From 21st to 28th Mercury joins Venus. These are particularly favourable days to explore all the above, as Mercury will enhance the innate curiosity of Mrigashira Nakshatra.
The Full Moon will fall in the Nakshatra of Vishakha on the 7th this month.
Known as the Star of Purpose, this Nakshatra gives great ambition and persistence in pursuing a particular goal. So this is a good time to consider what we want to achieve and how to go about it. Under this influence we might become so obsessed with reaching what we aim for that we can disregard the needs of those around us. Let’s not forget there are other people in our lives.
Vishaka is also known as “two branched”, meaning that we can have doubts about whether we pursued the right goal. “What if I had done this other thing instead?” On the world stage we will see a review of the situation and perhaps a change of track.
The New Moon, the start of a monthly cycle will take place on the 22nd in the (sidereal) sign of Taurus. On this day, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury and Venus are all together in Taurus. The emphasis will be on security and on gathering the materials we need for a comfortable life. For each individual what makes us feel secure will depend on which house Taurus represent in the birth chart. 8th House Taurus will want psychic connections and arcane knowledge. 2nd House Taurus needs money and family. 12th House Taurus wants some alone time to feel secure.
With 4 Grahas in this sign, this issue will be greatly highlighted. This is a powerful Moon.
The Stars of Krittika, where the New Moon falls, are the beautiful Pleiades. Have a look in the sky, just before or after the New Moon, it surely is a lovely sight to see a sliver of a Moon near the Pleiades
These stars in Vedic astrology indicate purification and independence. It gives us the ability to cut out or burn all useless things, thoughts, people, ideas that we needlessly carry around. It can bring a very hot, forceful and explosive energy. With Venus retrograde we will review what has gone before and adjust as necessary.
While you are purifying your life, please remember to be kind to others!
The Sun will be extra-ordinarily strong in the hot Nakshatra of Krittika from the 10th until the 25th this month. People or authority figures may want to show their power. Let’s all stay cool in the ego department. Drink lots of water. Don’t get sunburned.
Never the less, it’s a wonderful energy for purification, particularly by fire rituals.
(Sun in Krittika 10th – 25th May, Moves from Aries to Taurus on 14th)
Kala Sarpa Yoga, all planets being caught in between Rahu and Ketu, is still in operation nearly the whole month of May.
Times of Kala Sarpa are usually times when Karma plays out. By being forced to purify the Karma from the past, or in other terms: to live through the results of our past actions, we will eventually shape a new future.
With 4 planets going retrograde (if we include Pluto) and the Kala Sarpa Yoga in place, we can safely conclude that we are not going to make any progress this month. There will be a particularly heavy feeling on many levels in the 2nd week this month.
On the 23rd, Mercury will break out of the Kala Sarpa Yoga. I expect we will be let out to play and meet our friends. Conjunct Rahu, we will go quite over the top on the communication front. Crazy and illusionary articles and videos will circulate on the internet and social media.
Rejoice. Although difficult ~These are Powerful Times~
Best Wishes, and Greetings from Ireland