Happy Beltane, fellow travelers. Venus favors the bold this month as our Lady of Love, Beauty and lots of chocolate enters Aries on May third. Fleet footed Mercury is moving faster than quicksilver on a hot tin roof; entering Taurus on the fifth and exiting the earthly domain in favor of his home in Gemini on May 19th. Thats a movement of about two degrees a day. Things dont get much more fast-paced than this! So go with vigor, live, sing, dance and love it as it changes effervescently before your eyes. May 2006 is officially declared the month of the Quicksilver Avocado Seed Dharma: the more you try to grasp it in your hands, the more quickly it squirts away over the table, into the potted plant by the window where it sinks green roots and stretches opening leaves out under a bold Sun.
On May 7th Mars caps a water sign grand trine with Jupiter in sultry Scorpio and Uranus in mystical Pisces. Emotional energy rushes over us as waves pound onto a sandy beach. The depths are plumbed and insecurities revealed. This is a lot of juice to handle and some earth and air signs may shut down temporarily; but the opportunity for growth is tremendous. Bold rainbow warriors will array themselves to surf the wild waves of the collective unconscious. The Goddess Herself may indeed be met selling seashells by the seashore. All that is moving is moved by her hand; the building of thoughts, the shifting of sands.
Expect good news with the Mercury/Jupiter opposition on May 11th. Prepare for intense experiences on the afternoon of the 15th as Luna visits Pluto, God of transformation, in fiery Sagittarius.
The Sun enters Gemini at 12:31 AM EDT on May 21st. Neptune holds stationary, going retrograde at 19 degrees Aquarius on the 22nd. If you have planets near this point expect to be swept into mystical revelations which than which you will find no whicher. If Neptunes demand for altered perceptions is denied, confusion and loss of direction will result. Work together for peace.
Mays Full Moon peaks at 2:52 AM on the13th in Scorpio. The New Moon is on the 27th in Gemini at 1:26 AM EDT.
Theres a lot more to astrology than just Sun signs. If you know your rising sign, read the corresponding bit below for more accurate predictions. For example, if you are a Leo with Pisces rising read both the Leo and Pisces sections and blend them together.
Aries (March 21 - Apr. 19)
Last month was rich with initiatives. Now it is time for some disciplined action to keep the good things going while allowing the false starts to fade away. You have the gift of courage. Use it to keep on keeping on until good results are achieved. Your financial situation will resolve itself as soon as you believe you are really worth it. Property issues may demand immediate action. Your children need the guidance of your strong and loving heart. Saturn demands that you play the role of the responsible parent. Your grand creative endeavors can be realized through persistence and a well-grounded, practical attitude.
Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20)
Happy birthday, Taurus. You have a secret admirer who may reveal themselves toward the end of this month. There may be a conflict brewing with a sibling or neighbor. It is probably a good idea to go ahead and have it out before mid month arrives. Youll both be relieved to find mutual respect can clear the air. The peace of mind you seek can be realized by working in and around your home. Exercise your green thumb with some long-range gardening goals. Your perennials will flourish this year. Plant a tree and watch it grow. The three days surrounding May 19th should bring you the news youve been waiting for. A new technique applied to personal growth will enrich your life.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Congratulations, my Mercurial friend. You realize you really are good enough and you deserve the best of everything. Its about darn time! Courage holds the key to believe in your new found prosperity. Folks born between the 15th and 21st of June are experiencing deep and sometimes difficult transformation this year as Pluto opposes your Sun. The afternoon of the 15th could produce a very significant event which helps to redefine you at the core level. For all Geminis there are opportunities to evolve to a deeper, broader level of meaning. Your life can serve a goal far beyond the desires of your ego. A sense of wonder awaits you.
Cancer (June 21 - Jul. 22)
The newly reawakened passion in your life reveals a need to keep growing. You have a lot to juggle this month with the Sun and Mercury pulling you toward self reflection while Mars in Cancer encourages enthusiastic expression. The down side of Mars involves quibbling over petty issues due to low self esteem. The blessing Mars brings is the ability to believe in yourself. You are OK just as you are now. Sometimes its better to just let go of the pain, rather than try to work through it with weeks of detailed self analysis. Form alliances now and lay future plans.
Leo (Jul. 23 - Aug. 22)
Saturn continues to teach the lessons of discipline and practicality; rewarding hard work with incremental success. This is especially true for Leos born in July. Career issues generate a need to shoulder the yoke of responsibility as your reputation continues to become more wide spread. Expect plenty of work to go along with the new promotion or a broader market base for the self employed. Attention to those pesky little details will be rewarded. Romance looms on the horizon. Remember to keep a playful heart and get out in the Sun often. Find love while traveling far from home.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
This month is an excellent time to work on your higher education, whether through the structured university system or by traveling abroad. The process of learning to see things through the eyes of a different culture will enrich your life greatly. Learn new techniques to expand your capacity to serve. You know youre very hard on yourself sometimes. Release the critical analysis and flow. Attend the Full and New Moon pot lucks to meet people who will assist you in moving toward your goals. Intense family issues must be confronted around the fifteenth of May.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
You might as well let yourself go ahead and fall in love. Take a chance on the wheel of broken hearts and roses. If your car is still limping along after mid-month, it may be time to get another one. Some part of your life is ready to end now, while a new beginning awaits. You are the rainbow serpent, shedding her skin. Change happens at the proper time. You cant rip the skin off the snake; neither can you resist the transformation life presents to you now. Your creative self manifests best through right brain spontaneity this month.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 22)
YUncle Jupiter smiles on you this month. May twelfth and thirteenth could bring love, money, and lots of chocolate as Luna triggers on expansive warm fuzzy. Late October Scorpios will feel the need to consolidate gains as the limits to growth are reached. Beware the dark side of the force. Jealousy or manipulation could weaken your position as the Sun opposes you between May Day and the twenty-first of the month. Any setback at this time is a message for your next personal growth project. The integrity of your intention is tested with rewards or challenges following.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Sail on, you grand dreamer. Surging creativity blends with a good dose of common sense to help your plans succeed. Your children bring joy and meaning to your busy days. Your artistic expressions are more appreciated by others now. Its a good time to publish. Personal relationships take center stage after the twentieth of May. See yourself through the eyes of others and come to new insights. Projects begun about six months ago now reveal themselves as successful or in need of major adjustments. If it breaks down in the last week of May, let it go.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
The hole in the bucket where your money oughtta be is teaching you to let go and let flow. Spend some time entertaining in the comfort of your home and you will gain the riches you deserve. Its likely that one of your parents would benefit greatly by a visit from you. Go back over your five-year plan and make adjustments based on the new acquaintances youve found. Your talent is a gift to others and by uplifting those around you, you find the meaning of life, the universe, and everything is much more than the sum of forty-two.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
There can be several rumors around you about your company and work environment. No You are becoming increasingly aware of how closely your relationships are tied to your quality of life. Marriage and friendship entail responsibility and you enjoy rising to the challenge. It may be that some friendships are no longer appropriate for the new you. Sever the cords. Youll travel lighter. Care for your health by keeping a daily routine of exercise and good food. There may be a necessary confrontation brewing with an employee or perhaps with someone who is a sort of aunt or uncle figure to you. Hold fast to your dreams. You will soon live them.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20)
Am I a fish dreaming of a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming of a fish? Life continues
to be fast paced, demanding the adaptability for which you are so well known. Bold initiatives could produce an increase in your income. Love yourself enough and soon you will be in love again. Travel to expand the heart and free your mind. An exotic friend who speaks with a pleasant accent may bring you wisdom and joy as Uncle Jupiter trines you from the ninth house. It is indeed time to publish your book. Visualize your goal and let the details sort themselves out fluidly.
Joseph Banks, a graduate of UNC-A, is the founder of The Down to Earth
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