We start off the month of May with new Moon energy in the sign of Aries, bringing us action, courage and dynamism. On the last day of April there was a partial solar eclipse that occurred and on May 15th we will be seeing a total lunar eclipse. One should ideally avoid starting new projects or making any big life changes during the two week period between the partial solar eclipse and the total lunar eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse will take place during the Full Moon in Scorpio and will be visible from both North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The eclipse will give the Moon a reddish hue which is why a full Moon that occurs during a lunar eclipse is often called a Blood Moon.
If we consider that Rahu and Ketu, the north and south nodes of the Moon, are causing the eclipse, then we see that these malefic (bad) influences are “swallowing” (bringing darkness to) the Sun and the Moon – the king and queen of the planetary cabinet, ruling our minds and emotions, hearts and souls.
Resting, fasting, meditation and listening to spiritual chants and music is encouraged for a few hours around the time of an eclipse, whether the eclipse is viewable from your area of the world, or not. It is said that spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation are much more profound and evolutionary when performed during the time of the full Moon and even more so during an eclipse.
With Saturn having just taken a detour into the sign of Aquarius, where it remains weak and retrograde, be patient with problems regarding manufacturing, agriculture and the oil, gas and minerals industries. The weakness of Saturn is also not ideal for the masses, immigrants, the elderly, and working-class persons. Your trust and patience in others may be being tested. Protect your teeth, neck, back, spine, knees, joints and ankles during this time.
Luckily, by May 6th, Jupiter ruling husbands, children, banking, religion, education, teaching, publishing, advisory roles, wisdom, morality and divine grace will finally be strong in degrees in its own sign of Pisces, where it will remain for approximately one year. This represents a positive lift worldwide especially in the realms of law and justice. This transit is particularly helpful for the Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces rising sign persons, companies, and countries as this placement is considered a rare “panch mahapurush yoga” (Hamsa yoga) and will bless these signs with even more support.
Mercury goes retrograde, this time in the sign of Taurus from May 10th – June 3rd. Aries, Libra and Aquarius rising signs may be vulnerable from time to time. Be careful with stocks, writing, business, brokering, finance, technology, communications, and intellectual property.
May 30th, we will see another New Moon, this time in the sign of Taurus. Taurus is an earth sign ruled by Venus. Venus is the significator for materialistic pursuits and comforts. The Moon, the significator for caring, tenderness and affluence, is exalted in this sign. Your emotions should be steady and gentle, full of love and generosity. It’s a good time to make plans, communicate with others, and to analyze. You may need to fight feelings of laziness and overindulgence.
The Full Moon will take place again (just as it did during the lunar eclipse in May) in the sign of Scorpio June 14th. The Full Moon in Scorpio is debilitated. When the Moon is debilitated it weakens our mind and emotions. Some positives of Moon in Scorpio may be that you feel extra private, quiet, and intuitive, but watch your emotional state and be vigilant around volatile person’s and situations.
We will see another New Moon this time in the sign of Gemini June 28th. You may be feeling more confident, powerful, and communicative during this New Moon. Remember that new Moons bring with them opportunities to grow, learn, and teach. Thus, they are a great time to start a new project, learn a new skill, and boost your energy and thinking. Aim high and expect some smoother sailing coming out of this somewhat difficult two month period full of eclipses and weak, debilitated and retrograde planets.