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Astro Report for May 2015

Saturn still Retro in Sagittarius – 3 degrees
Friday, May 1, 2015 – 12:01 am EDT
Goes Direct on Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 4:55 am EDT
The Planet of caution takes a break from its conservative ways. When it goes retrograde, the Planet actually lightens up on the reins a bit. It allows people to explore further than they normally would. Sagittarius allows it to open its mouth and to say things out of control. It’s time to make sure the brain is engaged before the mouth blurts away. Saturn goes Direct again in August.

Pluto goes Retrograde in Capricorn – 15 degrees
Friday, May 1, 2015 – 12:01 am EDT
Goes Direct on Friday, September 25, 2015 – 3:00 am EDT
Pluto resonates with mystery and transformation. While it is Retrograde, the energies become more stagnating, unchanging and powerless. When Pluto is Retrograde, mysteries and secrets are difficult to keep and sometimes are leaked to the world.

Beltaine (traditional) – Sun in Taurus – 10 degrees
Friday, May 1, 2015 – sunrise, 6:12 am EDT

Beltaine (Rudemas)
Names: Beltane, Beltaine, Baltein, May Day, Rood Day, Walpurgisnacht, Rudemas, Gwyl Galan Mai (Welsh)

Date: May 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Apr 30th)
Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Taurus
Color: reds for (menstrual) blood of the Goddess, whites for semen of the God
Food: fresh fruit and veggies, veal, ham, chicken, (but rarely any meat), pasta, breads, cakes, jams/jellies, wine/mead
Common Info: Maypole dancing to entwine the ribbons of red and white representing Goddess and God (phallic symbol and World Tree lore), Handfasting, Spiral Dancing, Bel Fires, last Fertility Fest, Decorating the Bush/Tree, Fairies return, Chaplets,

Beltaine is the Festival of Flowers, which tends to mark the first day of the Celtic Summer or growing season. The date is usually May 1st or when the Sun is 15′ degrees Taurus. As it is also called May Day, many celebrations surround the early flowers of the season. Belinos, Flora and Blodeuwedd are the deities celebrated most. The May Pole is erected and flower sprays are placed atop. Music and dancing is typical. Taliesin is typically honored, although the marriage of the God and Goddess is best described. Hedonistic license is prominent among the folk. Wearing of the “green” symbolized the fresh green Earth in growth and bloom. Foods sacred to the Sabbat were always fresh fruits and vegetables of the season and rarely any meat. Fresh scents of lilac, apple blossoms and heather lingered in the air. Women make rings of flowers (Chaplets) and wear them on their heads.

Bale Fires are typically burned at this time to honor the God Ba’al, a Mesopotamian God of Fire.

Full Moon in Scorpio – xx degrees
Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 11:52 pm EDT
A Full Moon tends to shine light on any subject and bring fruition to anything we have begun at New Moon. Scorpio doesn’t allow the Moon to feel comfortable though. If you started a project at New Moon, the result at Full Moon is not exactly what you had planned. It kind of irks and rubs you the wrong way. No worries though – make do with what you have, because in the long run, those results are what you needed, although not what you desired. The universe moves in a mysterious way like that.

Native Lore
The month of May brings us many delightful flowers after all the April showers. When the Moon is Full, the gravitational pull of the Moon brings the sap up thru plants faster, thus the Full Moon in May is also known as the Flower Moon.

May also marks a time of births of many mammals. Nature is full of mother animals milking their babies. The Full Moon of May is also known as the Milk Moon. Typically, animals bear only one or two sets of babies per year and the spring is full of babies, who are breast feeding from their mothers.

Venus enters Cancer
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 6:43 pm EDT
Love is blissful when Venus enters Cancer. There is deep concern and caring between partners. Love making is true to heart and offers emotional connections. Until Venus exits Cancer, be passionate and compassionate with your partner and the benefits will astound you.

Mother’s Day – Moon in Aquarius – 2 degrees
Sunday, May 10, 2015 – 12:01 am EDT
The mothering and nurturing aspect of the Moon seems to beckon to our emotions and how we feel about “mom”. Her mothering instinct seems to be spot on, offering advice with precision and care. She can take of herself – no problem – but offer her kind assistance in whatever she’s doing. Don’t ask, if she needs help; just jump right in.

Mars enters Gemini
Monday, May 11, 2015 – 10:26 pm EDT
The Planet of action moves into the Sign of versatility. Warriors can be impractical and superficial when Mars enters Gemini. They will weigh their words carefully and try to trap you in your words. When they do, they will make you eat your own words. Avoid giving them ammunition by side tracking the conversation. They will often trap themselves in their own words.

New Moon in Taurus – 26 degrees
Monday, May 18, 2015 – 12:13 am EDT
New Creativity abounds during a New Moon. Taurus makes sure your process is traditional, though. When you are in the creative mood, go with what you know best. Creativity lies within the right brain and your left hand. If you set your ideas and inspirations down on paper, you only need to tweak them afterwards.

Mercury goes Retrograde in Gemini – 4 degrees
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 2:06 am EDT
Goes Direct on Thursday, June 11, 2015 – 10:51 pm EDT
The Planet of Communication enters the Sign of Communication… Hmmm… Interesting how conversations go from subject to subject. It’s a wonder how each segues into the next. And while you’re talking, be wary of what you say about others not part of the conversation. Gossip can bite you in the end. However, when Mercury goes Retrograde, conversations can definitely be uncontrolled. The proverbial foot fits in the proverbial mouth too often.

Sun enters Gemini – Happy Birthday, Gemini!!
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 4:33 am EDT
The Sun’s energy will change from conservative Taurus to versatile Gemini on the 20th. This mingling of energy, communications, generosity and banishing emotions can get folks to blast their enemies and confrontations to the point of releasing them. That new Sun in Gemini allows personal conversations to thrust that energy into effect, especially where reputations are concerned.

Memorial Day – Sun in Gemini – 3 degrees
Monday, May 26, 2014 – 12:01 am EDT
The Sun in Gemini can be lead to confusions of the mind, if you aren’t paying attention. Gemini likes to see both sides of an issue. So, when you are engaged in lofty conversations, keep a vigil eye out for anything out of sync. Be cautious when debating with a Gemini, though; they will trap you and use your words against you, when you least expect it.

Retrograde Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Gemini – 8 degrees
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 12:35 pm EDT
When you mix miscommunication with personality, you get a state of confusion. People will not understand you, who you are or what you stand for. When Mercury crosses the face of the Sun, the energy is exponentially stronger. If you have to express who you are and what you stand for, be sure to enunciate clearly and think thru your thoughts before you verbalize.

No Planets go Direct in May.