One of the Sabian symbols associated with the Venus station Tuesday May 15 at 23 degrees of Gemini is ,”Three fledglings in a nest high up in a tree.” Often there is a lofty feeling about our spiritual or philosophical beliefs and that somehow those belief systems are above or separate from our everyday lives. This retrograde period (through late June) bodes well for reviewing our personal values (what we believe to be true- spiritually or philosophically) and how closely those values are actualized in our everyday lives. It is a good time to revisit core beliefs and whether they have been overly compromised due to events along the way and to move in a direction of more personal integrity and authenticity.
All times mentioned EDT, Sabian symbol references from 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill.
“Now he walks in quiet solitude – the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…” John Denver
One of the Sabian symbols associated with Sunday’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction is “A white dove flying fearlessly over troubled waters” – a beautiful image for our times. Under this influence it bodes well to visit places in the natural world where we can appreciate the harmony, abundance and inspiration that nature offers us. It is also a good time revisit the use of our personal resources and how they correlate to the well being of the planet and move in a wiser direction if necessary.
Sabian Symbol reference from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
One of the Sabian symbols associated with Saturday’s Full Moon in Scorpio is, “An old man is attempting with a degree of success unsuspected by him, to reveal the Mysteries to a motley group.” It is a time when mysteries can be revealed. Mars, Chiron and Neptune are all aspecting the Lunar Nodes now – creating pressures about life purpose and direction. A hidden wound – particularly one associated with creativity, or spirituality – may be revealed at this time which can shed considerable light on the path forward.
Sabian symbol reference from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom
“We cannot suspend our values during the workday and think we will have them when we get back home. We’re all interconnected. There is a spiritual dimension to business just as to individuals.” Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.
The month of May holds significant planetary activity. For the first two weeks Venus slows down in preparation for the retrograde station on the 16th. Venus retrograde periods are a good time to review and reflect on our values.
The effects of the upcoming Solar eclipse on the 20th can be felt in the early part of the month as well. Eclipses open evolutionary doorways and their influence can be felt before and after the actual event.May 1 – 5 The month starts off under a dynamic trine in earth signs. Use this energy of the Sun/ Mars/Pluto trine to make significant headway with goals. This group of planets is powerful and lends energy, drive and ambition.
May 5 – The Full Moon at 16 degrees of Scorpio. This is a good time to revisit what it is we feel passionate about and ascertain whether the time and attention we give it is appropriate. It is best to remember that passions do run high under the Scorpio Moon and to be aware when driving and elsewhere that there can be an uptick of reckless or irrational behavior under this influence.
May 13- 16 The Sun joins Jupiter the planet of hope and optimism as Mercury moves up to a trine to Pluto and Mars. This is a pragmatic and expansive combination – a very good time for making progress with endeavors and for social interaction.
May 16 – June 28 Venus retrograde. Venus stations retrograde at 23 degrees of Gemini on May 16. This retrograde period provides good timing to review issues related to self esteem and self image and how these beliefs correlate to the way we live and want to live. As Venus is in Gemini it is also a good time period to review how we use and direct mental energy – and whether customary thinking patterns facilitate growth in a positive direction or place obstacles in the path.
Venus will station retrograde while in aspect to Saturn and this brings up issues related to values and the appropriateness of commitments we are involved in. It is a good time to review how relationships influence our sense of self esteem and can influence our values.
Venus will station direct in late June. In general Venus retrograde periods are best used for rethinking and reviewing rather than initiating. Relationships – personal and professional born under this influence often do not last. Sometimes old lovers can resurface under this aspect as well.
There is a solar eclipse on the New Moon May 20 at 0 degrees of Gemini.
May 23 – May 30 During this time frame the influence of Neptune the planet of dreams and visions is strong in the sky. This is best used for creative visualization spiritual growth. It can make things other than what they seem. If possible it is best to avoid making serious legal agreements or making major purchases under this influence.
Quote from Divine Sparks by Karen Speerstra
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“Enchanted and spellbound, in the silence they lingered
And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong
And the birds were silent as they listened for the heavenly music
And the river played the song…” Van Morrison, Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The influence of the Pluto/Uranus conjunction – one of the signatures of 2012 Astrology – is growing stronger and will be exact for the first time in June. This aspect has to do with the evolutionary changes occurring on the earth now, including the tsunamis, earthquakes and stronger than usual storms. One of the questions symbolized by this aspect concerns how we inhabit the earth and whether there are more harmonious ways to do so. Throughout time people have found inspiration and healing by visiting hidden springs and mystical sites. It is a good time now to visit or find special places that have that kind of meaning and significance for you. It can be as small as a local fountain – a place that can restore peace and tranquility in trying times and allow for a more meaningful spiritual and personal connection to the earth.
Ancient texts refer to lightning as the “hand of God” and say that if a person survives a lightning strike they can experience instantaneous enlightenment. One of the Sabian symbols associated with the new Moon at 1 degree of Taurus April 21 is “An Electrical Storm Illuminates the Heavens and Forests.” Lightning needs a ground and through the 26th it bodes well to provide extra down time and expect the unexpected – as the electrical Mercury/Uranus conjunction in Aries comes into play once again. The information coming through will likely not be easily integrated initially but will become clear over time.
Sabian Symbols from 360 Degrees of Wisdom by Lynda Hill
It is a good time to implement any lessons learned or new initiatives born under the recent Mars and Mercury retrograde periods (since late January) –particularly those associated with creating better health by improving daily routine. The Sun’s current opposition to Saturn now indicates progress will be made through careful planning, discipline and perseverance.
“The question is not who is better or more honest, but who will gain more freedom from all fear, who will gain the peace and joy the masters have spoken of.” George Fowler
As Mars prepares to station direct mid month, the first two weeks provide an excellent review period about personal empowerment and self esteem. During the retrograde period (since January 24) any obstacles encountered are best seen as a heads to up develop more awareness about how we customarily use our power and what our expectations are about that process. It has been a good time to look at how we create what we desire and to upgrade any assumptions or approaches we have outgrown.
Through midmonth is also a good time to look what role confusion, helplessness or a sense of victimhood have in our relationship to personal power. We live in a time when victimhood can seem to surround us in the world – even the people in power seem helpless. It is better not to buy into this kind of unhealthy paradigm but to look at what is falling away in our perceptions and in our lives which enables us to live from a more healthy and empowered perspective.
Venus enters Gemini on the third making the beginning of the month a good time for socializing – particularly after Mercury stations direct on the 4th.
The Moon waxes full on the 6th in Libra. This could be a romantic and sentimental time for relationships. Neptune does blur the lines between illusion and reality so enjoy the moment but it is best not to make any serious long term relationship decisions under this influence.
The Sun will be opposing Saturn from the 7th through the 19th. Use this time to execute plans and be pragmatic. Goals will be met through perseverance and persistence. Obstacles can occur during this time – make sure to leave extra time to deal with them and keep the focus on the long term.
On the 10th Pluto stations retrograde and on the 13th Mars stations direct. This is powerful planetary energy and is good for hard work and accomplishment. It is important to get plenty of exercise around this time. Power struggles can arise more easily but it is best to stay focused on the tasks at hand.
A diplomatic approach to others is the best strategy throughout the month. Relationship issues can be on the front burner. We are living in a time of shifting paradigms which can be challenging for relationships with rigid dynamics or expectations as personal growth and development can rock the boat. Keep in mind- not all the information is in until the end of April.
The Sun enters Taurus on the 19th followed by the New Moon in Taurus on the 21st. The end of the month provides excellent timing for getting energized about new ideas and projects.
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Saturday 3/24 the Sun in Aries moves up to an exact conjunction with Uranus making this an active time as well as a time for innovative and out of the box thinking. Retrograde Mercury re- enters Pisces and the Sabian symbol for this late degree is, “Light breaking into many colors as it passes through a prism.” This symbol is a reminder that wisdom and insight come through many sources. Create an open space for the path forward and let intuitive insights illuminate the way.
*Sabian symbol references from Lynda Hill’s 360 Degrees of Wisdom