May 2012 Astrocast

Key Events:  

Full Moon (16:01 Scorpio): 5 May 2012

New Moon/Solar Eclipse (00:21 Gemini): 20 May 2011

Retrograde Planets

Saturn (29:30 Libra - 22:46 Libra): 7 February 2012 - 25 June 2012

Pluto (09:34 Capricorn - 06:57 Capricorn): 10 April 2012 - 18 September 2012

Venus: (23:59 Gemini - 07:32 Gemini): 15 May 2012 - 27 June 2012

Mars (23:05 Virgo - 03:41 Virgo):  Shadow Period Ends: 20 June 2012

Easy Reference

Sun   Moon  Mercury   Venus   Mars   Jupiter   Saturn   Uranus   Neptune   Pluto  

1st House   2nd House   3rd House   4th House   5th House   6th House   7th House   8th House   9th House   10th House   11th House   12th House

Aspects     Sign Rulers     Fire-Earth-Air-Water     Cardinal-Fixed-Mutable

Eclipses  Solar Returns  Retrograde Planets

Long-term Aspects and Lunations

This month Venus goes retrograde, something she only does approximately every two years. The last time she did this was between October - November 2010. You might want to think back to what was going on at that time and see if it is coming back, perhaps like a bad penny. More information on Venus retrograde can be found here. For the most part, this cycle relates to your values given that Venus is the natural ruler of love and money. However, while retrograde she is the Warrior Goddess as opposed to the Love Goddess, suggesting that you will have no trouble donning your armor as necessary to fight for what you want or need. This retrograde cycles takes place in Gemini, your polar sign and 7th house of relationships, bringing the "love" portion into focus. If you are not getting what you need in this part of your life, now is a good time to think about it and what needs to be done. Venus rules your 6th house of work, health, service and pets and your 11th house of groups, organizations, friends and goals, so these are likely to be involved as well, so take note. Tying these houses together points toward relationships as work generally as one possible target so take a close look at what is going on there. If this part of your life is stressful then think about what needs to be done to lighten things up. If your birthday is right around December 15 Venus will station retrograde opposing your natal Sun, giving this cycle additional punch. If your birthday is right around November 29 she will station direct opposing your Sun and will likewise have more influence.

A long-term aspect to keep an eye on over the next few months is a square between Pluto and Uranus. Uranus is in fellow Fire sign, Aries, your 5th house of ego definition, creativity, children, romance, entertainment and speculations. Uranus tends to stir things up a bit given that his energy relates to such things as surprises, disruptions, disturbances, freedom, breakthroughs, rebellion, and innovation. Of course all of this can be put to good use in a creative sense, though perhaps not so much in the other areas, unless you thrive on unexpected events to keep life interesting. This being your house of ego, it could imbue you with an strong need to break away from any restrictions in your life and pursue your own agenda. Pluto in Capricorn will be influencing your 2nd house of income, finances, possessions, needs, comforts, pleasures and values.

Pluto may be in cahoots with Venus' retrograde cycle to some degree, so give that consideration as well. Pluto's primary function is eliminating anything you no longer needs which you need to ditch in order to move on. He is also about power trips, your own as well as that of others, and likewise control. In this particular house you may encounter a complete transformation of your financial life. The square with Uranus doesn't bode particularly well. Worst case, a past lover may suddenly appear and come after you for something and have a rather unfortunate impact on your finances, or this could just as easily be one of your children. On the other hand you may come up with the idea of the century but not have the financial resources to pursue it as you would like. At any rate, be aware that this aspect is out there and manage it accordingly.  More on this square will be addressed below regarding the Full Moon.

The Full Moon this month on May 5th is in nextdoor neighbor sign, Scorpio, your 12th house of angels and demons. In other words, it contains such things as spirituality, enlightenment, dreams, inspiration, seclusion, confinement, institutions, the collective consciousness, hidden enemies and self-undoing. The Sun is in Taurus, your 6th house of work, health, service and pets, thus also influencing this part of your life. Note that your sign ruler, Jupiter, is currently in that sign as well which should be favorable. The Sun for this lunation is also conjunct one of the Lilith entities which can provide some raw determination to pursue something in this part of your life as required.

One of the aspect patterns to keep in mind is a triangle of potential comprising Venus, Mercury and Saturn. Venus was already addressed above and while she is not yet retrograde for the lunation, she will be soon. Mercury in fellow Fire sign, Aries, your 5th house of creativity, can provide a lot of mental energy which may prove useful. This also bodes well for communications with those close to you. Saturn retrograde in Libra is in your 11th house of friends and goals and also under the influence of Venus retrograde. Saturn RX is all about restructuring something in this part of your life and ties in nicely. However, some of the underlying implications here are perhaps that you are spending too much time with friends and neglecting those closest to you. Give this some thought.

The other aspect, which is also a closed loop and includes Pluto and Uranus has Mars for the third component. Mars is in Virgo, your 10th house career, public image, status and reputation. He has recently come out of retrograde and is still in the shadow period which is when he catches up to the zodiacal degree where he went retrograde back in January. Note that Mars also stationed RX around 23 degrees so those of you born around December 15 may feel as if you're being hit with all these planets like rotten tomatoes, though of course there will ultimately be a more favorable outcome. At any rate, during this shadow period which lasts until June 20 you should be getting your ducks in a row toward either moving in a new direction or perhaps redoing something. I, personally, found a correlation between this Mars RX cycle and the last one which occurred between December 2009 and March 2010 when I bought two rather expensive items with which I am having to deal again, one of which I'm sorry I bought in the first place. So think back to that time period to see if perhaps there is something from your past as well which you need to redo in some way. One thing to look at is whether you hate your job or perhaps, less dramatically, aren't finding enough satisfaction or creative expression with it to keep you happy. Maybe you're working strictly for the money which can actually make you feel as if you're prostituting yourself. Now is an excellent time to figure out how much money you really need and what is more important, "things" or personal satisfaction. Maybe you need to take that job that makes your heart sing and move to a cheaper part of town. Think about it.

The New Moon on May 20 is also a solar eclipse, increasing its influence and duration, which means the results may not show up for months, by which time you will have entirely forgotten about this eclipse. It is also in Gemini, where Venus is doing her thing, and thus giving your 7th house of relationships even more punch. Mercury and your sign ruler, Jupiter, are in your 6th house of work, which should bode nicely for some favorable developments there. If working too many hours has been a problem for your relationships, then you may be able to figure out some adjustments. Be aware, however, the Neptune is squaring this eclipse which could bring some delusions or confusion into play. Neptune is in Pisces, your 4th house of home environment, cultural roots, memories and endings, so perhaps some challenges will come from that part of your life. Nonetheless, career and income matters may be settling down to some degree, even if no more than in the form of resolution and focus on what you really want.

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