May 2016 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 PDT) 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 2016


RUNE OF THE MONTH: Perth “luck”. Luck just doesn’t happen to us. We happen to luck. Even if they seem to be coming out of nowhere, it is all our choices, efforts, and hard work that lead to unexpected positive opportunities. WE are really the creators of all the wonderful things that cross our path and keep carrying us forward towards the manifestation of all our dreams.


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Mercury remains retrograde until May 22. Its shadow period remains until June 7. This month, it travels between 23º16’ and 14º20 Taurus. 3 weeks to reassess our values, our resources, our finances, as well as our relationship to nature, beauty and our body.


Mars remains retrograde this whole month till June 29, between 7º41’ Sagittarius and 28º39’ Scorpio. Its shadow period remains until August 22. We could feel frustrated in our urges to move ahead, have a loss of physical energy, and experience challenges around anger and sexuality. We may need to ask ourselves how far we need to be pushed before fighting back.


Jupiter remains retrograde until May 9. Its shadow period lasts until August 8. The degree it travels in May (13º21’ Virgo) is represented in the Sabian Symbols by the following image: “An aristocratic family tree”. A month to simplify our lives, develop our skills with selfless humility, understand our family tree to break ancestral patterns that do not serve a positive evolution, and connect with our true spiritual lineage to anchor our consciousness.


Saturn remains retrograde this whole month (15º20’-13º19’ Sagittarius) and will remain so until August 13. Its shadow period lasts until November 19. These degrees are symbolized by “Sea gulls fly around a ship in expectation of food”, “The ground hog looking for its shadow on ground-hog day, Feb 2”, “The great pyramid and the sphinx”. A month to be clear on our priorities, duties and obligations, particularly in our relationships, educational matters and career. Buried insecurities, depression, and loneliness could emerge, making us aware of what within us needs transformation for both our survival and the emergence of our inner wisdom. We could be drawn to studying a topic we had forgotten about. A legal litigation could resurface. The connection to a foreign country or culture could become actual again. Issues around religious fanatism could also come to light.


Pluto remains retrograde this whole month until Monday September 26. Its shadow period remains until November 19, 2017. The degree traveled in May (17º26’-17º03’ Capricorn) is represented by “The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship”. Inner completion, a union of the inner and all that is, leads to 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 Monday 5/2 at 10:08 PM till Tuesday 5/3 at 10:03 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
  • From Wednesday 5/4 at 9:17 PM till Thursday 5/5 at 10:10 AM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
  • From Friday 5/6 at 7:10 PM till Saturday 5/7 at 9:34 AM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
  • From Sunday 5/8 at 9:15 PM till Monday 5/9 at 10:24 AM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
  • On Wednesday 5/11 between 0:34 AM and 2:32 PM: when the Moon enters Leo.
  • On Friday 5/13 between 10:02 AM and 10:52 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
  • On Monday 5/16 between 2:20 AM and 10:35 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
  • On Wednesday 5/18 between 8:23 AM and 11:30 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
  • On Saturday 5/21 between 4:40 AM and 11:48 AM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
  • On Monday 5/23 between 8:37 AM and 10:34 PM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
  • From Wednesday 5/25 at 6:17 PM till Thursday 5/26 at 7:27 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
  • On Saturday 5/28 between 1:19 PM and 2:06 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
  • On Monday 5/30 between 4:10 PM and 6:09 PM: when the Moon enters Aries.


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 Pisces until Tuesday 5/3 at 10:03 AM + between Saturday 5/28 at 2:06 PM and Monday 5/30 at 6:08 PM: 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…


in Aries between Tuesday 5/3 at 10:04 AM and Thursday 5/5 at 10:09 AM + between Monday 5/30 at 6:09 PM and Wednesday 6/1 at 7:45 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 Thursday 5/5 at 10:10 AM and Saturday 5/7 at 9:33 AM: 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…


Moon in Gemini between Saturday 5/7 at 9:34 AM and Monday 5/9 at 10:23 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 Monday 5/9 at 10:24 AM and Wednesday 5/11 at 2:31 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 Wednesday 5/11 at 2:32 PM and Friday 5/13 at 10:51 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 Friday 5/13 at 10:52 PM and Monday 5/16 at 10:32 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 Monday 5/16 at 10:33 AM and Wednesday 5/18 at 11:29 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 Wednesday 5/18 at 11:30 PM and Saturday 5/20 at 11:47 AM: 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 Saturday 5/21 at 11:48 AM and Monday 5/23 at 10:33 PM: 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 Monday 5/23 at 10:34 PM and Thursday 5/26 at 7:26 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 Thursday 5/26 at 7:27 AM and Saturday 5/28 at 2:05 PM: 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….


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This month’s intentional meditation started on Thursday 4/21 with the Full Moon in Scorpio. On the New Moon in Taurus on Friday 5/6, 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 by exactly 12:29 PM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…


Our next intentional meditation cycle will begin with the Full Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday 5/21 at exactly 2:14 PM. Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions to be charged by the rays of the Full Moon on a balcony, in a garden, or by a window. Once that moment has passed, put them away in a folder until the next New Moon in Gemini on 6/4 at 7:59 PM.

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Sunday 5/1: Sun Sextile Neptune (5:01 AM)

We could feel somewhat dreamy and spaced out today, as well as attracted to the ocean and beauty. Very good for artistic inspiration and the healing arts. Not so good however for anything requiring attention to practical details. We are likely to be more compassionate, sensitive, and withdrawn than usual, seeking silence and solitude to regenerate.

Tuesday 5/3: Sun Trine Jupiter (0:58 AM)

A very fortunate day for long distance travel, higher education, legal matters, and finances. Our optimism brings to us many positive, new opportunities. One of the happiest days of the year.


Saturday 5/7: Sun Trine Pluto (6:00 AM)

A day of focus and efficient action. It is easier than usual to transform the things needing to be changed. We are likely to be drawn to esoteric and scientific studies and seek a deeper understanding of life’s mysteries.


Monday 5/9: Jupiter turns direct (5:16 AM), Mercury Sextile Neptune (5:41 AM), Sun Conjunct Mercury (8:12 AM)

Regarding Jupiter, kindly refer to the opening paragraph. A wonderful day for imaginative mental work. We feel inspired, could be dreamy, but lack attention to details. Not the best day to sign legally binding documents. A day of great insights, small trips, positive communications with others and enhanced learning capacities.


Tuesday 5/10: Venus Trine Jupiter (12:00 PM)

An excellent day for pleasurable social encounters and beneficial financial dealings. One of the happiest days of the year. Everything flows effortlessly into place, inasmuch as it is an enterprise requiring very little energy as we may be somewhat lacking physical stamina and seriousness of purpose.


Friday 5/13: Mercury Conjunct Venus (12:11 PM), Venus Trine Pluto (7:18 PM)

A wonderful day for romance and an enjoyable social gathering. We express ourselves emotionally with an unusual depth and intensity. A feeling of destiny permeates an important relationship. We are able to express difficult things in a loving and considerate way.

Friday 5/20: Sun enters Gemini (7:37 AM till June 20th)

We may feel lighter this next month, more flexible, curious, filled with energy and spontaneity. A good period for small trips, expanding our social circle, furthering our education and being more open to the world we live in.


Sunday 5/22: Sun Opposition Mars (4:17 AM), Mercury turns direct (6:20 AM)

Anger could flare up easily, triggered by unrecognized shadows that we now have a chance to recognize and transmute. Important today to stay clear of situations that could potentially bring up violent reactions. Communication could still be a little wobbly today with lost messages, misplaced keys and misunderstandings. Tomorrow, all exchanges with others, will return to normal.


Tuesday 5/24: Venus enters Gemini (2:45 AM till June 17), Venus Opposition Mars (7:38 PM)

During the next 3 weeks, we seek lighter, more communicative relationships, possibly with younger people. We feel socially more spontaneous, fun loving and open.


Thursday 5/26: Jupiter Square Saturn (5:28 AM)

A day of balancing expansion and obligations. A day to ascertain what works and what doesn’t, as well as to accept limitations gracefully without letting them stop our need to move forward with faith and confidence.


Friday 5/27: Mars enters Scorpio (6:51 AM till August 2nd)

During the next 2 months and a half, Scorpio natives are favored. A sense of urgency and intensity fuels our actions. We move forward with confidence, passion, determination and somewhat ruthlessness, leaving no stone unturned and allowing no one and no circumstance to stand in the way of what we feel needs to be accomplished for our own survival.


Monday 5/30: Mercury Trine Pluto (8:05 PM)

A day of deep mental insights with an uncanny ability to X-ray situations and people. We exert a charismatic influence on others, and are attracted to life’s esoteric mysteries. What we learn or realize today could change our destiny forever.


Wishing you an enchanted month of May!


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)

110 S. Fairfax Ave, A 11-60

Los Angeles, CA 90036-2178