President Trump wants businesses to open by May Day, despite a severe lack of coronavirus tests. And many agree with him! But without a testing plan in place, the President’s magical thinking will prove foolhardy, as Venus squares Neptune (unrealistic thinking), transiting Mars opposes Trump’s own assertive Mars (on his over-confident Leo Ascendant), provoking conflict, and transiting Mercury/Uranus squares Trump’s autocratic Pluto, sparking REVOLT as he threatens to prematurely open the country!
Mercury together with Uranus in early May brings erratic, “unhinged” ideas that trigger jumping to conclusions. Cognitive dissonance arises between what we are told and what’s really happening, AND what we are experiencing WITHIN. By rising above the turbulence of these troubling times and focusing spiritually, you can tune into your TRUE priorities at this special time… when the skies are clearing, the Earth is less assaulted by humans, and our less-cluttered minds tend to focus inward. Thoughts and memories surface for review, resolution, forgiveness, healing and release during such times of inner exploration.
On May 5th the Moon’s North Node exits Cancer, all about “home and family”, and moves backwards into Gemini, shifting its theme to “communications and new knowledge”. The South Node enters Sagittarius, sign of higher learning, adventure travel, politics, teaching and preaching. Watch our digital, virtual and blockchain worlds explode over the next 20 months. The internet, education, transportation, religion, and political parties will undergo significant makeovers as well through 2020 and 2021.
On May 5th Mars forms a Grand Trine with a Libra Moon and with Venus, in chatty Gemini, weakening social distancing as our desire for human contact (and sex) becomes harder to contain. Be cautious on May 7-8th under a Super Full Moon in Scorpio, as Scorpio Full Moons are known for increased violent crimes and domestic abuse.
Venus square Neptune
Neptune in Pisces (2012-2025), brings illusions, disappointments and betrayals. During this “social re-set”, allow yourself to express grief, catch up on much-needed sleep, and love yourself through these unprecedented times of upheaval and loss. Venus squares Neptune all month, directing us to think our loved ones should live up to our impossible expectations, as sheltering-in-place reveals A LOT about our primary relationships! Some couples will grow tighter, while others will inevitably break up.
Mid-month is chocked full of CHANGE as planets slow down and switch direction or enter a new sign. Pluto, which turned retrograde (Rx) late last month, will be joined by Saturn Rx on May 11th, Venus Rx on May 13th, and Jupiter Rx on May 14th. Let’s hope these 4 retrogrades help slow down the coronavirus as well as hasty decisions. Retrogrades promote inward reflections during quiet hours spent in isolation as well.
Meanwhile, both the North Node on May 5th and Mercury on May 12th, enter Gemini (from opposite ends of that sign so they are not conjunct until May 29th), strengthening our mental reasoning and increasing our desire for renewed social contact.
Pluto is all about power – who has it and how it is wielded. It can range from “power-over” to personal EMPOWERMENT. Jupiter is an amplifier, expanding Pluto’s range of transformative change, while increasing its impact. These 2 planets form 3 exact conjunctions – in April, the end of June, and in November – creating a broad theme for the entire year. Pluto and Jupiter together in Capricorn signal a global REBOOT, a re-working of the entire social, financial and political order!
Although the theme is year-long, the passionate Jupiter/Pluto conjunction (in a stellium with Saturn in Aquarius) is largely unaspected all month. There will be NO NEW MAJOR ASPECTS formed this month between Jupiter/Pluto and Venus, Mars, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune or the Moon’s Nodes and rarely with Sun, Moon or the Angles. This increases Pluto’s intense focus in persevering Capricorn. Expect the triumvirate of Jupiter/Pluto/Saturn to act deliberately and without mercy in seeking to undo “the wrongs” of the past with precision and force this year. And expect to see mighty clashes between giant corporations, global organizations, and governments, as well as between ambitious power-mongering individuals, trying to out-do one another!
Saturn places limitations and restrictions on manifestation, slows progress, prompts stern reprimands from authority figures, brings lessons of responsibility, and favors long-term goals. It acts as a “Reality Check”, and at 2 degrees Aquarius, more upsetting news may be on the horizon. The Sabian symbol for 2 Aquarius, An Unexpected Thunderstorm, suggests that a giant storm, featuring Nature in its raw, awe-inspiring power, may further unnerve us this month. This could refer to a resurgence in virus spread, terrible locust swarms in Africa, or an actual destructive weather event. However, the good news is that insight and illumination will follow.
Saturn is just beginning its 2-year trek through intellectual Aquarius (ruled by original Uranus) which opens us up to quantum, galactic or “higher” concepts, while re-evaluating new understandings about ourselves, our partners, our careers, our limiting beliefs, and our life’s path. With our outer world in suspended animation, inner realizations may be revealed, as we re-align our lives to deeper truths – AND to our Soul’s Mission.