May 2018 Newsletter
Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PST (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.
RUNE OF THE MONTH: Isa “ice”. The necessity this month to slow down, reflect and proceed more cautiously as danger could be lurking at any turn. A time to be clear in our choices and not act in a foolish manner, nor fall prey to the ups and downs of outer reality. The more we stand in the eye of the storm, grounded in our inner peace and joy, the more we anchor peace and light not just for ourselves, but also for others.
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Jupiter remains retrograde this whole month until July 11 with a shadow period continuing until October 7th. The degrees traveled this month (19º19’-15º39’ Scorpio) are symbolized by: “A woman drawing aside two dark curtains”, “A parrot listening and then talking repeats a conversation he has overheard”, “A path through woods rich in autumn coloring”, “A woman, filled with her own spirit, is the father of her own child”, “A girl’s face breaking into a smile”. The next 3 months, with repercussions until the beginning of October, require of us to reassess our belief system. In what, in whom do we place our faith? How solidly implanted in our integrity are we? How loyal are we to those who have always proven their support and commitment to us? A time also to be clear on what makes us happy, and if we have lost our joy, to remember, regain and celebrate it again.
Saturn remains retrograde this whole month until September 6th. Its shadow period lasts until December 13th, 2018. The degrees traveled this month (9º00’-7º44’ Capricorn) are represented by: “An Angel carrying a harp” and “Birds in the house singing happily”. We are being asked to honor our own mastery. As we stand, secure in our self-sufficiency, with discipline, focus and sobriety, we are able to tap into our wisdom and our personal power, regaining clear access to what we acquired as initiates in other lifetimes.
Uranus enters Taurus on 5/15 till November 7th, 2018 + March 6th 2019 till July 8th, 2025. This new cycle marks an important turning point in how we treat Mother Earth. More and more voices will raise ecological questions. More and more people will become concerned with the destruction of the rain forests, what is happening to natural resources and climate changes. The financial system is also likely to change quite dramatically. Corruptions in banking institutions could come to light. We could become more and more aware of how enslaved we are by money and create new ways to free ourselves from its dominion over our lives. Taurus natives and Taurus Ascendants will discover a huge sense of freedom brought about by creative changes in their awareness of who they are.
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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-):
- On Thursday 5/3 between 5:50 AM and 7:06 PM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
- On Sunday 5/6 between 6:48 AM and 7:48 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
- On Tuesday 5/8 between 7:29 PM and 8:11 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
- On Friday 5/11 between 2:02 AM and 5:40 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
- On Sunday 5/13 between 11:05 AM and 11:15 AM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
- On Tuesday 5/15 between 1:30 PM and 1:43 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
- On Thursday 5/17 between 11:18 AM and 2:47 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
- On Saturday 5/19 between 2:14 PM and 4:11 PM: when the Moon enters Leo.
- From Sunday 5/20 at 8:30 PM till Monday 5/21 at 7:00 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
- On Wednesday 5/23 between 7:55 AM and 11:52 PM: when the Moon enters Libra
- From Friday 5/25 at 2:03 PM till Saturday 5/26 at 6:39 AM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
- On Monday 5/28 between 10:25 AM and 3:29 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
- From Tuesday 5/29 at 11:26 PM (V/C all day Wednesday 5/30) till Thursday 5/31 at 2:26 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
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 Sagittarius between Tuesday 5/1 at 8:19 AM and Thursday 5/3 at 7:05 PM + between Monday 5/28 at 3:29 PM and Thursday 5/31 at 2:24 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 Thursday 5/3 at 7:06 PM and Sunday 5/6 at 7:47 AM + between Thursday 5/31 at 2:56 AM and Saturday 6/2 at 3:05 PM: 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 Sunday 5/6 at 7:48 AM and Tuesday 5/8 at 8:10 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….
Moon in Pisces between Tuesday 5/8 at 8:11 PM and Friday 5/11 at 5:39 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 5/11 at 5:40 AM and Sunday 5/13 at 11:14 AM : 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 5/13 at 11:15 AM and Tuesday 5/15 at 1:42 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…
Moon in Gemini between Tuesday 5/15 at 1:43 PM and Thursday 5/17 at 2:46 PM: 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 Thursday 5/17 at 2:47 PM and Saturday 5/19 at 4:10 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 Saturday 5/19 at 4:11 PM and Monday 5/21 at 7:02 PM and Monday 5/21 at 7:02 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 Monday 5/21 at 7:03 PM and Wednesday 5/23 at 11:51 PM: 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 Wednesday 5/23 at 11:52 PM and Saturday 5/26 at 6:38 AM: 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 Saturday 5/26 at 6:39 AM and Monday 5/28 at 3:28 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.
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This month’s intentional meditation started on Sunday 4/1 when we took out as many blank sheets of paper as you will have intentions and placed them near a window, on a balcony or in a garden so that they would bask in the light of the Full Moon in Scorpio. Once that moment had passed, we gathered our Full Moon charged blank sheets and placed them in a folder.
On Tuesday 5/15 on the New Moon in Taurus, 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 4:48 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…
Next month’s intentional meditation starts on Tuesday 5/29. Take out as many blank sheets of papers as you will have. intentions and place them near a window, on a balcony, or in a garden so that they bask in the light of the Full Moon in Sagittarius at exactly 7:19 AM. Once that moment has passed, gather your Full Moon charged blank sheets and place them in a folder.
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Sunday 5/6: Sun Sextile Neptune (6:57 AM)
Today, we could feel somewhat dreamy and unfocused. Artists however could be particularly inspired. Inasmuch as they do not fall into spiritual imagination, channelers, psychics and healers could find it easier to connect to the other side of the veil.
Monday 5/7: Mercury Square Pluto (1:49 AM), Venus Square Neptune (2:59 PM)
Voicing our opinions a little too strongly, issuing ultimatums, forcing our way through obstacles, all lead today to major impasses or passive resistance from others. Best to lay low, keep our ideas to ourselves and do everything in our power to maintain a sense of unity. We could feel that someone is deceitful or evasive. We could ourselves be tempted to tell white lies or mask the truth. More than ever today should we strive to remain in integrity.
Tuesday 5/8: Sun Opposition Jupiter (5:39 PM)
A day to re-evaluate our spiritual journey up to now and gain greater self-confidence. A day to not fall into over-enthusiasm, but to remain dignified and elegant. Great for a long distance journey that expands our horizons and exposes us to new ways of being.
Friday 5/11: Sun Trine Pluto (4:07 PM)
Others respect our power and leadership. Discord should be dealt with openly with dignity and elegance. Our ability to X-ray situations and people from a deep knowingness, a sense of self-confidence and natural authority, rally people to our decisions and elicit a cooperation beneficial for all involved.
Saturday 5/12: Mercury Square Mars (6:30 AM)
A day to be careful while driving. We could be tempted to speed through red lights and to insist on having priority at all times. Impatience, rash behavior, impulsive reactions should also be watched for. We could speak our mind a little too freely, causing enmities. Best to channel our energy in constructive projects requiring energy and enthusiasm.
Sunday 5/13: Mercury Conjunct Uranus (3:49 AM), Mercury enters Taurus (5:40 AM till 5/29)
A day to expect the unexpected. Plans could change on a moment’s notice, disruptions could redirect our projects, unusual news could open new possibilities. We could feel the need to break away from those who seem to be constantly caught in the same dramas while becoming drawn to new people walking to the sound of their own drummer. During the next 3 weeks, our thinking and way of communicating is slower, more grounded, and practical. We need to reevaluate everything we learn based on our own experience.
Tuesday 5/15: Uranus enters Taurus (8:23 AM), Mars enters Aquarius (9:55 PM till August 14, 2018)
Regarding Uranus in Taurus, kindly refer to the opening paragraph. During the next three months our energy is best channeled into humanitarian projects. We could take an active interest in reactivating inventions from the distant past or tapping into what people will need in the future. Technologies using solar energy or using earth’s natural resources in harmony with nature, could return to the forefront.
Wednesday 5/16: Mars Square Uranus (0:03 AM),
Unusual, unexpected, sudden new situations could disrupt our course of action. Impatience, impulsive behavior are likely to disturb our peace. We could feel restless, explosive even, and prone to foolish risks. Important to assert our independence, but through constructive changes.
Friday 5/18: Mercury Trine Saturn (9:49 AM)
A wonderful day to clear our desk of backlogged work. We are focused, disciplined and hard working. Great also for focusing on our goals and objectives, mapping our future and re-defining our ambitions. We seek the advice of wiser, successful individuals and are interested in meaningful conversations.
Saturday 5/19: Venus enters Cancer (6:11 AM till June 14th), Venus Sextile Uranus (10:29 AM),
During this coming month, we could become more emotionally involved in matters relating to home and family. Our relationship with children should improve and bring much mutual nurturing and joy. Our artistic abilities are enhanced, especially drawing and painting. Our sense of humor is heightened. Today, more specifically, is great for new, exciting social contacts. A love affair could be very freeing and develop fast. It is only if we remain independent and good friends that it has a chance of developing into something more serious and long lasting. In general, our relationships should remain drama, control and jealousy free. A love could turn into a friendship and a friendship into love.
Sunday 5/20: Sun enters Gemini (7:15 PM till June 22nd)
Four weeks during which communication, teaching, learning, studying as well as short trips are highlighted. We could feel more curious than usual and open to new social encounters.
Monday 5/22: Mercury Sextile Neptune (7:14 PM), Mercury Opposition Jupiter (10:54 PM)
Not a good day to sign legally binding documents. We could miss the fine print. Important facts could be either distorted or hidden from view. A person close to us could prove deceitful. If someone or a proposition seems too good to be true, it may just be that. Easy today to bite more than we can chew and allow our over-optimism to grow things out of proportion. Important to remain as grounded and moderate as possible. Artists and healers could find this day particularly inspiring. Imagination is enhanced and meditation, encouraged.
Wednesday 5/23: Sun Trine Mars (7:39 PM)
A very good day for starting a new exercise program. Excellent also for an endeavor requiring leadership abilities and physical stamina. Our approach is direct, positive and energetic. Our enthusiasm and dynamism inspire others to action.
Friday 5/25: Jupiter Trine Neptune (2:49 AM), Mercury Trine Pluto (6:36 AM), Venus Opposition Saturn (11:40 PM)
A day to pay attention to our night dreams and our visions. We could feel particularly inspired spiritually, compassionate and generous towards those less fortunate than ourselves. We could be called to becoming the spokesperson of a silent majority. Others listen to us because they feel that what we are saying today does not come from a book, but from the depths of our inner knowingness. Our natural authority rallies people to our ideas. We may need to re-evaluate a love relationship and be very honest with ourselves and our partner. A shaky relationship could end under this transit, while a good one becomes stronger.
Tuesday 5/29: Mercury enters Gemini (4:49 PM till June 12th)
Two weeks during which our curiosity is heightened. We may feel more communicative and social than usual, be interested in new topics that stimulate our intellect and open to exciting short trips.
Wishing you a month of May filled with magic!
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)
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