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May Horoscopes
26 27 28 29 30 [FQM] 2
3 4 5 6 7 [FM] 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
[LQM] 18 19 20 21 22 23
[NM] 25 26 27 28 29 [FQM]
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
Current Astrology
[S] The Sun is in Gemini
[M] The Moon is in AquariusThe Disseminating Moon is in Aquarius: All day
[Hg] Next Mercury Retrograde
Aug 23 - Sep 15

Current Configurations

by Henry Seltzer


May 1st First Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon Chart
This dynamic configuration reflects the traditional reading as a “crisis in action,” namely that your progress in the first week after the creative impulse of the New Moon will hit some snags. The new shoot sticks its head above ground for the first time, but is very vulnerable at this stage and completely subject to environmental conditions that may limit it severely. The Taurus New Moon that we are working off of made a quintile aspect to the forming Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune triple conjunction, indicating a subtle and optimistic trend in our thinking. It also signaled the beginning of a weeks-long conjunction between Mars and Venus. This is an aggressive Venus, newly risen from the underworld in feisty Aries. Now, in this May timeframe, Venus is square to Pluto, meaning that we will be taking a closer look at the many forms of relationship in our lives with the growth-oriented idea of transforming them. Since Mercury is also newly in Gemini and about to turn retrograde this is a tentative time with respect to thought forms and communications in general.

May 6th Mercury retrograde MSR
This is the official start to the Mercury retrograde period that was already edging into being over the previous week or so. This is therefore likely to be a time of missed communications and mechanical breakdown, as inner contemplation is favored and outer form slows. Events begun under the retrograde will likely reverse or change direction in some way after the retrograde period is over. This retrograde period will be particularly intense since Mercury aspects Pluto and the Nodal Axis as it stations, and will last approximately five weeks, counting the period of the retrograde shadow. Mercury turns to direct motion on May 30th and returns to Gemini on June 13th, regaining its lost Zodiacal ground by June 15th.

May 8th Full Moon Full Moon Chart
This Full Moon represents the flowering of our ideas from the time when the Taurus New Moon took place during the last weekend of April. It occupies the middle of the opposite sign – Scorpio – and makes a T-square to Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius, indicating that creative solutions are possible. They begin with a simple gesture: we have only to turn toward the light of our higher Selves. There is a sextile to Saturn, plus a powerful sesquiquadrate and semi-square to Pluto in Capricorn, reminding us that on the other hand the fullness of our transformation requires slow and steady hard work to fulfill itself, that there is no free lunch.

May 17th Last Quarter Moon Last Quarter Moon Chart
This is a dynamic configuration since the Moon conjuncts the forming triple conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune, now within a degree of exact. The Sun also aspects Pluto in a subtle bi-quintile aspect indicative of harmony. Saturn stations just one day earlier, on the 16th and is therefore emphasized. The founding father of modern Western Humanistic astrology, Dane Rudhyar, called this Last Quarter Moon a “crisis of consciousness,” since with regard to the energy of the preceding New Moon we are now in a position to reap the benefits of our experience of what worked out, and what didn’t, in the form of higher awareness that becomes the seed of our next phase. With Saturn emphasized and aspecting Venus/Mars, difficulty and limitation are an important part of this picture, as well as the fundamental optimism that is another key to our current experience.

May 24th New Moon New Moon Chart
This New Moon accompanies the almost exact triple conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune referred to earlier. With Jupiter and Neptune in this picture, acting on Chiron, we have a tremendous impulse to take the high road in our dealing with each other, and indeed with ourselves, and to heal the wounds of the past. When we consider Chiron in action upon Jupiter and Neptune, we might find that there is a hesitation to move forward with our highest ideals for ourselves. Whatever we aspire to we can attain, except that the shadow of our doubt gets in the way. This Gemini New Moon aspects Pluto, reminding us that along with the graceful impulse toward a future that we can really live for, the road to our achievement necessarily involves deep transformation.

May 30th First Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon Chart
This First Quarter Moon once again symbolizes potential bumps in the road to actualizing our full potential, and represents a period of relative tension in our process of increasing awareness and growth. Venus is sextile to a stationing Neptune, while the Sun is quintile to Uranus, bringing the mutual reception of these two outer planets into sharper relief. Neptune together with Uranus and Jupiter indicates that the time might be ripe for the seeds of positive change to be planted.

June 2023
26 27 28 29 30 [FQM] 2
3 4 5 6 7 [FM] 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
[LQM] 18 19 20 21 22 23
[NM] 25 26 27 28 29 [FQM]
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
[S] The Sun is in
[M] The Moon is in
[Hg] Mercury is Retrograde

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