May 5th Last Quarter Moon
This is an interesting crux of time, because the Sun and Moon occupy the middle of Fixed signs, 15 degrees of Taurus and Aquarius respectively. These are two of four points of the Zodiac that mark what are known as the "cross-quarter" holidays of the pagan world, since they come exactly between the solstice and equinox points, the 0 degree mark of the four Cardinal Signs, such as Aries. The pagan holiday of Beltane is celebrated at this time, at the Taurus midpoint. Since the Sun and Moon also square and oppose Mars in mid-Leo the energy for contention and confrontation is strong.
May 13th New Moon
This New Moon in Taurus is another in the series of powerful mid-month configurations that aspect the outer planets. In this case the aspects are far more minor than in recent months, but the relatively wide square to Neptune and the sesquiquadrate aspect to Pluto still pack a punch. Jupiter is drawing near to Uranus as well, which also serves to emphasize the polarization implied in its oppositions to Saturn. Mercury, now in direct motion, makes a trine to Pluto as well, with Chiron now in Pisces at the midpoint. This is could prove to be another indication that ideas and desires bubbling beneath the surface of our psyches might come to light in this timeframe.
May 20th First Quarter Moon
This is traditionally a time when the rubber meets the road with respect to changes that we are experiencing and that stem from the New Moon of the previous week. This Sun and Moon position are particularly telling since they are the last degree of their respective signs of Taurus and Leo. We are all trying to "get" Taurus one last time before the Sun moves on to Gemini. Additionally, these late degrees occupied by the Sun and Moon aspect the degree of Neptune in late Aquarius, and also of Uranus in late Pisces and of Saturn in late Virgo, emphasizing once more the polarity of their opposition. With Neptune configured there is bound to be a prevailing element of confusion as well.
May 27th Full Moon
This Full Moon in Sagittarius and Gemini represents another crucial turning point, a flowering of the impulse from the mid-month New Moon that preceded it. The Sun makes an inconjunct to Pluto, bringing the transforming effects of that powerhouse planet once more into consciousness. More importantly, Uranus enters Aries on the same day, where it will aspect Pluto more closely than at any time in the last forty years. Their conjunction in the mid-sixties signaled that watershed time period of revolution and ardor. The current square between them will undoubtedly characterize the tumultuous teens that we are embarking upon in much the same way. This month's configuration is one more giant step toward that inevitable direction.