The Taurus – Scorpio Full Moon that nearly begins the month, on Wednesday, May 2nd (), makes a square with Chiron in Aquarius. The Chiron / Neptune midpoint is also activated during the first part of May, being exactly opposed to Saturn in Leo. Since Mars conjuncts Uranus in Pisces, as it aspects Jupiter and Saturn, this is an active and enlightening time when anything can happen.
Then the Last Quarter Moon of the middle of the next week, taking place on Wednesday, May 9th (), is definitely a time of testing. This is traditionally the time of the "crisis in consciousness" that Dane Rudhyar spoke of so eloquently, when we have the gift of seeing what does and does not work for us, and gain the concomitant wisdom in evaluating our situation. In addition to the square of Sun to Moon, the Moon exactly conjuncts Chiron and Neptune, opposing Saturn, and therefore brings the polarity of the forming Saturn – Neptune opposition neatly into the picture. Jupiter meanwhile continues to square Uranus, and trines Saturn exactly, so that a very lively configuration is formed. We definitely will grow in our understanding as we make our way through this mid-week period.
The New Moon of Wednesday, May 16th (), of course represents a fresh start. Coming in late Taurus, at the 25 plus degree mark, this New Moon squares Neptune and is inconjunct to Pluto. Mars enters its own sign of Aries, while Venus in Cancer reflects universal love. Another powerfully transformative New Moon, in which the unworldly symbolism of Neptune is emphasized over the real-world expediency of Saturn, and yet undercut by that same practical energy.
The First Quarter Moon of the following week, taking place on Wednesday, May 23rd (), has the usual overtones of making something happen, or failing in that attempt, a "crisis in action," and comes with the usual tension in the mix between the luminAries. The Sun is newly entered into Gemini, so the element balance has shifted, with Fire and Air, or process and communication, emphasized. Also, a Yod to Venus from Chiron and Jupiter gives a new twist to our relationship energy, bringing up old patterns of relationship dysfunction and the possibility of healing these patterns.
The Full Moon of the very last day of the month (called a "Blue Moon" since it is the second Full Moon in May ) takes place in Gemini and Sagittarius. It follows the New Moon of the 16th and represents a flowering of that impulse for change. It also presages the Gemini New Moon of the middle of next month, which opposes Pluto and the Galactic Center. Since it conjuncts Jupiter and trines Mars in Aries, this is another active lunation that will continue to keep us on our toes. The Sabian Symbol for the Moon degree is mystical, "The path of realism in experience," something that is very much with us right now, in this time of contrast, as we transition toward June and the perfecting Saturn – Neptune opposition. We must continue to seek to find the real in the magical unreal or we lose one important side of the equation.