May 2017 Monthly Forecast
Coming out of Shadow – Venus & Mercury
May is the month when all the recent Retro energy (since February when Venus stationed retrograde) completes. Both Mercury and Venus move away from their Retro shadow phases and will be fully back in normal Direct motion from later in the month. Venus went Direct on 15 April, and Mercury went Direct on 4 May, yet both are still moving slowly through their shadows.
There’s been some intensely deep soul-searching during these retrogrades. Venus is associated with relationships. The retrogrades have helped with discovering core value clashes. Some of these can be negotiated and ironed out. Others cannot be. Venus moves out of her Retro shadow phase on 19 May and Mercury moves out his on 21 May. Their movement forward helps us discover new people already in sync with our values or to negotiate new ways of relating to current people we like and love so much we still want to make things work, even though core values grate, like a vegan married to a meat eater.
Compatibility – Venus Values
Yet being out of alignment with values on too many levels can create chasms in relationships that might be too traumatising to persist with. Like electrons and neutrons in the wrong combination, it’s hard for either party to function let alone thrive.
Until the Venus and Mercury Retro shadow phases are over, on the 19th and 21st respectively, we still have a few weeks in May to discuss, negotiate, debate, argue, bargain, compromise, kick out a deal, come back to the drawing board, try again, seek points of connection and work out if the compatibilities are sufficient and sustainable enough to not be like nuclear reactors going off.
Heart Language – Love-Hate-Love Rollercoaster
Mercury Retro gave us a chance to communicate at the heart level, where even if you felt misunderstood on a verbal level, the heart language got the message across. As Mercury comes out of its shadow phase this subatomic language of the heart continues to be transmitted through energy and intention. Being a kaleidoscopic cauldron of emotions, the heart deals with hate as well as love. Hate is only a ‘bad’ emotion if we get stuck in it or act harmfully from this feeling. Otherwise, it’s as valid and necessary an emotion as bowels are as valid and necessary to the body.
Being real in the heart and taking time to understand feelings of anger, hate and rage etc and work them through into awareness, understanding and acceptance is something the dual Mercury and Venus Retro periods have been supporting growth with, especially while they’ve been in Aries. Aries is a zodiac sign that is honest about anger and conflict, and doesn’t pretend its body doesn’t have bowels, aka guts. It takes guts to admit to difficult feelings and work them through with strength and respect for self and others.
Nodes in New Zodiac Signs! – Leo & Aquarius
The Leo energy kicks off in a big way this month when the North Node moves into Leo (and the South Node into Aquarius) on 10 May. Whenever the Nodes shift zodiac signs (which they do once every 18 months) destiny arrangements hook and unhook. The North Node in fiery Leo magnetises us toward people and pathways who are on a similar wavelength with passions. For some people this is a hobby, so the next 18 months could be a great time to pursue a hobby you’ve been dreaming of. For others, this is a life purpose passion that burns so brightly within the soul, it’s impossible to ignore. The next 18 months are important to removing any sabotages or blocks to the fires of creativity. Hobbies are often a way to express life purpose passion, so if your purpose feels a bit dimmed, grab the Leo energy to explore some hobbies.
The Heart of Leo
Needless to say, if we follow the heart of Leo, the destiny vibe of the North Node helps us find the right soul mates, careers, pathways and lifestyle. If we exist on an unmotivated vibration of Leo, the North Node will bring us more of that vibration. Astrology in and of itself doesn’t wave any magic wands each time it shifts zodiac signs. Put effort into understanding yourself, your core needs and your true desires (scripted by life itself and your soul) (i.e. not the desires the world has scripted for you), and you are on track with your Leo.
18 Months – Blink and You’ll Miss Them
North Node in Leo is also all about fun, entertainment and lifestyle. It will be interesting to see what happens with entertainment over the next 18 months of the North Node in Leo. It’s a zodiac sign that says ‘Here I am, please notice me’. South Node in Aquarius is the group or the audience that gives Leo feedback. It’s also the pros and cons of technology. When Wi-Fi and Smart Technology arrived on the scene under the Uranus in Aries ingress (back in 2010), the collective (Aquarius) voted for an entertainment lifestyle featuring the ‘look at me’, ‘look at that person’, do you Like me, do you Like them possibilities of social media etc.
We’ve been a culture testing out new Smart toys (Leo = play & toys) these past seven years and under the next 18 months of North Node in Leo, it will interesting to see where we let the Smart toys take us next. Something to be mindful of as this new vibe kicks in is using entertainment to compensate for not having time to follow your personal ‘self’ creativity needs. Pursuing heart and soul true desires brings the deepest Leo rewards, the happiness and abundance of ‘living happily ever after’. It will be easy to get sidetracked by entertainment under this influence and 18 months later you might be pinching yourself wondering what happened to all your other plans.
Saturn meets the Galactic Black Hole
This month Saturn reaches exact conjunction with the Galactic Centre on the 6th, but we’ve all been experiencing this building up since mid-Feb and the energy lasts until the same time that Venus and Mercury come out of their shadow phases later in May. You might experience life gifting you with the launch of a dream, as breathtaking as the birth of a child. Or it might seem that life is not supporting you to go the next level and you find yourself having to release or put aside some of where you would’ve loved to journey. The Galactic Centre is literally the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way galaxy, the birth-death-rebirth point of our world.
There will be some life experiences you’ll be ready to drop into life’s black hole to say a big goodbye to. But you might find yourself grieving over others and need to work hard (Saturn) to find ways to bring them back to life. This Saturn-Galactic-Centre alignment happens again in November and December, so any efforts put in from now, could bring a rebirth then.
Saturn meets the Centaur Chiron
Saturn also squares Chiron this month, showing healing and celebration coming to some goals, but a possible blow to others. Life has a way of intervening if there’s a piece missing to our skill-set and we might even feel held-back or knee-capped for a bit. Work hard from now on improving/ healing whatever feels a bit sore, under-skilled or under-resourced, and at the final Saturn-Chiron square in early November, the ultimate healing might fall into place.
End of May Supermoon
The month ends with a New Moon Supermoon in Gemini on the 26th. This won’t be visible, as it’s when the moon is unseen (at that time, not even a fingernail crescent), but the bigger than usual moon energies will help with fresh decisions, and even set the scene for new love.
For a list of all this month’s key alignments and dates, go here.
Wishing you a rejuvenating month coming out of the Retros that have taken up most of the year so far, Michelle
May’s 1st Quarter Moon
For information on the 1st Quarter Moon in Leo on 3 May, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next 1st Quarter Moon four weeks later.
May’s Full Moon
For information on the Full Moon in Scorpio on 11 May, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next Full Moon four weeks later.
May’s 3rd Quarter Moon
For information on the 3rd Quarter Moon in Aquarius on 19 May, go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next 3rd Quarter Moon four weeks later.
May’s New Moon
For information on the New Moon in Gemini on 26 May (SUPERMOON), go here around that date. The interpretation will stay online until the next New Moon four weeks later.