May 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For Rocky Mountain Time (except AZ which is on the same time zone as CA) add 1 hour. For Central Time, add 2 hours. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich, add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours. For Eastern European time (EET), add 10 hours.



MAY 2014

RUNE OF THE MONTH:. Thorn. This month will require of us to make important choices. What we shall choose will shape our destiny. This rune asks us to focus on what will support our highest good. We have the free will to waste time and energy in matters in relative importance, or to truly focus on what will help us evolve to the next level. In May, let us choose growth, consciousness, gratitude, love and harmony!


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Mars turns direct on Monday May 19. Its shadow period (period of time until it reaches the exact same degree it started its retrogration on), continues until July 21st. The degrees is travels this month 11º17’-9º02’ Libra are represented in the Sabian Symbols by: “Miners are emerging from a deep coal mine”, “A professor peering over his glasses at his students”, “A canoe approaching safety through dangerous waters”. The worst is behind us. A long period of testing is coming to an end. We are not completely out of the water, yet our success is assured. These times of transition are always very fragile and sacred, times to be savored for the magic that they hold. The feeling of frustration we may have experienced, dissolves. Wisdom, maturity and consciousness guide our new emergence into activity.


Saturn remains retrograde this whole month until July 20th, 2014. Its shadow period extends until October 27th, 2014. The degrees it travels in May (20º43’-18º31’ Scorpio) are represented in the Sabian Symbols by “Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders”, “A woman drawing aside two dark curtains that closed the entrance to a sacred  pathway”, “A parrot listening and then talking, repeats a conversation he has heard”.  This is a strange time of truly coming into our own sense of authority. Do we believe blindly everything we see? How much are we waking up to the truth that has been hidden for too long? Are we ready to listen to our inner voice and stop following like sheep? The time has come for us to each take responsibility for what we live and how we live and do stand in our own truth no matter how it looks from the outside.


Pluto continues being retrograde this whole month until September 23. The shadow period will last until January 2015. This month, it travels from 13º31’ to 13º05’ Capricorn. This degree is symbolized in the Sabian Symbols by the following image: “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture”. Our true past is remembering itself. As we connect to our lineage, the initiations experienced in our parallel realities, and our deepest spiritual roots, we become anchored in our true power.


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The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):

  • From Thursday 5/1 at 4:32 PM till Friday 5/2 at 11:13 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
  • On Monday 5/5 between 1:46 AM and 10:56 AM: when the Moon enters Leo.
  • On Wednesday 5/7 between 3:51 AM and 11:24 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
  • From Friday 5/9 at 3:08 PM till Saturday 5/10 at 10:19 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
  • From Sunday 5/11 at 5:51 PM till Monday 5/12 at 6:07 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
  • On Wednesday 5/14 between 12:16 PM and 10:44 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
  • From Friday 5/16 at 0:43 AM till Saturday 5/17 at 1:12 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
  • On Monday 5/19 between 0:02 AM and 2:58 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
  • From Tuesday 5/20 at 3:21 PM till Wednesday 5/21 at 5:18 AM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
  • From Thursday 5/22 at 11:26 PM till Friday 5/23 at 9:01 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
  • On Sunday 5/25 between 8:58 AM and 2:28 PM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
  • On Tuesday 5/27 between 2:10 AM and 9:48 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
  • From Thursday 5/29 at 2:59 AM till Friday 5/30 at 7:13 AM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
  • From Saturday 5/31 at 11:32 PM till Monday 6/1 at 6:43 PM: when the Moon enters Leo.


Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… NO thing!

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Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:


Moon in Gemini until Friday 5/2 at 11:12 PM + between Tuesday 5/27 at 9:48 PM till Friday 5/30 at 7:12 AM: Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data on various topics, connecting with new people….


Moon in Cancer between Friday 5/2 at 11:13 PM till Monday 5/5 at 10:55 AM + between Friday 5/30 at 7:13 AM till Sunday 6/1 at 6:42 PM: Perfect for family activities, especially those involving children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….


Moon in Leo between Monday 5/5 at 10:56 AM till Wednesday 5/7 at 11:23 PM: Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances, being in the public’s eye, throwing or attending an elegant party, playing with children, romance and creativity in general…


Moon in Virgo between Wednesday 5/7 at 11:24 PM till Saturday 5/10 at 10:18 AM: Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning, healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home, reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….


Moon in Libra between Saturday 5/10 at 10:19 AM till Monday 5/12 at 6:06 PM: Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…), a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).


Moon in Scorpio between Monday 5/12 at 6:07 PM and Wednesday 5/14 at 10:43 PM: Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies, self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life, death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving personal power.


Moon in Sagittarius between Wednesday 5/14 at 10:44 PM and Saturday 5/17 at 1:11 AM: Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical activities or matters related to higher education and the law. Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language, exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and tending to large animals (horses….)


Moon in Capricorn between Saturday 5/17 at 1:12 AM and Monday 5/19 at 2:57 AM: Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority, making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining our long-term goals…


Moon in Aquarius between Monday 5/19 at 2:58 AM and Wednesday 5/21 at 5:17 AM: Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in general….


Moon in Pisces between Wednesday 5/21 at 5:18 AM and Friday 5/23 at 9:00 AM:  Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean, anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming, music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…


Moon in Aries between Friday 5/23 at 9:01 AM and Sunday 5/25 at 2:27 PM: Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership, spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or bringing our car to the mechanic….


Moon in Taurus between Sunday 5/25 at 2:28 PM and Tuesday 5/27 at 9:47 PM: Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts, asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate, buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…


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Our intentional meditation starts on Wednesday 5/14. Place as many blank sheets as you will have intentions out to be charged by the Full Moon in Scorpio at exactly  12:16 PM (you can put them out up to several hours prior to that time). Once that moment has passed (up to several hours later if necessary), put them away in a folder.


On the New Moon in Gemini on Wednesday 5/28, take out your blank full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window so that they are out at exactly 11:40 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…


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Friday 5/2: Mercury Opposition Saturn (5:56 PM), Venus enters Aries (6:21 PM till 5/28)

We could feel more serious than usual today and be particularly disciplined and efficient in dealing with backlogged work. During the next 3 weeks, we feel emotionally spontaneous and enthusiastic. We may spend a little more than usual and start or leave a romantic relationship somewhat impulsively. A great transit for innovative artistic endeavors.


Saturday 5/3: Sun Trine Pluto (5:34 PM)

A wonderful day to transmute habits that do not serve our highest good. Our power is enhanced, so is our charisma and our ability for leadership. We very much become a law unto ourselves.


Tuesday 5/6: Sun Sextile Jupiter (2:54 AM)

A day of enhanced optimism, enthusiasm and faith in life and our own abilities. We could easily feel that the sky is the limit. Important however not to overexert ourselves nor indulge in excesses.


Wednesday 5/7: Mercury enters Gemini (7:57 AM till 5/29)

During the next 3 weeks, our minds are sharper. Varied topics become of interest. Our social life could become greatly enhanced. Short trips are favored. Great for learning faster than usual and opening ourselves to new ideas and dynamic people.


Saturday 5/10: Sun Opposition Saturn (11:28 AM)

A day when discouragement could set in. We could feel drained, mistrusting and pessimistic. Best to focus on the work at hand, with discipline, focus and dignity, and rest as much as possible.


Sunday 5/11: Venus Opposition Mars (2:27 AM), Mercury Square Neptune (5:35 AM)

Not a good day to start a new relationship. We could get involved too hastily to an inappropriate partner, or trust the wrong person and later feel betrayed. Emotional excesses are not advised. We could feel woolly headed today and miss the small print. Definitely not the best for signing important documents or making significant decisions. A day best spent keeping ourselves to ourselves, in quiet meditation and inspired artistic creativity.


Monday 5/12: Mercury Trine Mars (9:02 AM)

A day of dynamic communication. We are able to courageously express what we feel in a way that is both direct and compelling. Our words lead to action and inspire others to be honest and energetic. A wonderful day to start a new project requiring enthusiasm and intelligence.


Wednesday 5/14: Full Moon at 23º55’ Scorpio (12:16 PM), Venus Square Pluto (10:47 AM)

Kindly refer to “the Moon in signs” section. Compromising in the face of adversity, manipulations and power games helps us get through this day which is challenging at best. Particularly if we are feeling unseen and unappreciated, far from making us weaker, lying low for the sake of peace strengthens our position.


Thursday 5/15: Mercury Sextile Venus (2:54 PM), Mercury Sextile Uranus (4:22 PM), Venus Conjunct Uranus (4:54 PM)

Our social life is very exciting today, with unusual, charismatic people walking to the sound of their own drummer who introduce us to new ideas. Friends we haven’t seen in a while could resurface in unexpected ways. A very freeing relationship may start suddenly, yet not be very long lasting. A day to investigate strange topics and explore concepts coming both from the distant past and the faraway future.


Sunday 5/18: Venus Square Jupiter  (8:31 AM)

Overeating, over spending and indulging in too many pleasurable activities should be avoided today. Not a good day for financial investments nor signing legal documents.


Monday 5/19: Mars turns direct (6:31 PM)

Kindly refer to the opening paragraph.


Tuesday 5/20: Sun enters Gemini (7:59 PM till June 21st)

During the next month, we are likely to feel lighter, more curious and more restless than usual. We may wish to travel, learn new things and be more social. Wonderful for any intellectual activity: writing, public speaking and/or publishing.


Saturday 5/24: Jupiter Trine Saturn (10:48 AM)

A wonderful day to balance the old and the new. We are able to expand in healthy and grounded ways. Financial investments create solid growth. The confidence, self-control, dignity and enthusiasm we exert lead us to great success.


Wednesday 5/28: Mercury Sextile Venus (6:58 AM), New Moon at 7º21’ Gemini (11:40 AM), Sun Square Neptune (4:44 PM), Venus enters Taurus (6:46 PM till June 23rd)

During the next month we may feel particularly drawn to nature. Our sensuality awakens. We need to take time to smell the roses, nurture ourselves and experience more peace, balance and harmony within and without. Today, more specifically communications are pleasant and diplomatic. Social gatherings are easy and flowing. We are able to state our truth kindly with respect and appreciation for others. We could feel mellow and dreamy. A good day to go with the flow with simplicity, in gratitude for every moment.


Thursday 5/29: Mercury enters Cancer (2:12 AM till June 17)

During the next 2 weeks, our thinking is more emotional and subjective. Our intuition is likely to be enhanced as is our need to nurture and feel nurtured. Family, home, food, security and children are of great interest. Painting and drawing feel very attractive.


Saturday 5/31: Sun Trine Mars (1:01 AM)

A day when our leadership abilities are enhanced. New endeavors, especially those requiring physical exertion and dynamic energy are particularly appealing.


In Loving Light.


Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.

Astrologer, shaman, international conference speaker

Author of Astrology for Enlightenment (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, NY)

110 S. Fairfax Ave, A11-60

Los Angeles, CA 90036-2178