The New Moon that began this month's cycle () took place on April 27th. This New Moon squared Saturn and also Chiron, bringing up new recognition of where we are caught up in giving our power away to an outside authority that doesn't really serve us. Jupiter also squares the Chiron / Neptune midpoint at this time, bring spiritual process and uncertainty to the fore. We are all collectively trying to make the transition from the intuition of hypocritical religious forms to our own deeper understanding that may have nothing to do with the outer forms of religious practice but which has everything to do with their spiritual truth in our lives.
The First Quarter Moon of Thursday evening, May 4th, is a powerful one () which emphasizes the opposing planetary energies of Saturn and Chiron / Neptune once again, bringing some the above-mentioned issues to a head and bringing in also the sudden enlightenment of trickster Uranus, at the same degree of Pisces, and therefore aspected by this Sun and Moon. A Grand Trine of Jupiter, Uranus and Mars is constellated by this configuration, so optimistic action in support of our spiritual ideals can have surprising consequences.
The Full Moon of late Friday evening, May 12th, forms a T-square to Neptune () and triggers the idealism and also the uncertainty of this numinous otherworldly energy. We may be drawn to escapist fantasy, or else to the optimistic belief in ourselves and our world that make all things possible, as we seek to make manifest our most deeply held dreams for humanity.
The Last Quarter Moon of Saturday, May 20th, () takes place in the last degree of the sign of Taurus. This is the traditional "crisis of consciousness" that Dane Rudhyar speaks of, when we must evaluate our actions in the light of what is concretely possible for us at this time.
The New Moon in Gemini () takes place the last weekend of the month, on Friday night. May 26th, and again constellates Saturn although in a milder sextile aspect, while it trines Chiron. As we reflect on what we have been through over the previous four weeks, a new phase is opening up in our awareness of the world around us, and in our ability to communicate this awareness to others in our circle.