May 2021 Astrology Forecast

May is a busy month in this year’s astrological calendar. We begin with a strained Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius on May 3 which comes right on the heels of a Sun-Saturn square. With the Moon tightly conjunct Saturn, the feeling of social duty and responsibility and restrictions around freedom may feel heavy compared to the ease that the Sun in Taurus longs for. Somehow we need to find a happy medium between the fast pace of a technological world and the slow pace of the natural world.

Mercury’s entry into home sign Gemini on May 4 puts the onus on communication, neighbourliness, making connections, education, clarity of thought. However, this is going to be a longer than usual transit through this sign as Mercury will station here later in the month. It means that there will be more questions over what we know for sure, perhaps missing information or uncertainty over our decisions. It’s best that we keep an open mind and dialogue during this time to make room for reassessment later down the line.

May 5 sees Jupiter moving to the last, critical, anaretic degree of Aquarius where it will remain for the next 9 days. We may find that issues connected to Aquarius are magnified – everything from big scientific breakthroughs to rule-breaking due to radical beliefs is possible during this time. We could find ourselves feeling like it’s all too much, too people-y (as a friend would say!), overwhelmed by social media, straining at the bit to be free, free, free. There’s electric anticipation which can turn to anxiety if we don’t ground ourselves.

Chiron moves into a sextile with the North Node on May 6, giving us an opportunity to pursue individual healing work necessary for collective evolution. Maybe we decide to initiate a conversation that makes us feel vulnerable, share our problems, write down our story. Obviously with the pandemic still present in our lives, we are still very conscious of health matters generally. Hopefully this aspect will see us feeling more optimistic than of late.

Mercury, the dispositor of the North Node, goes out of bounds on May 7 though and this puts us in touch with the Trickster side of our Cosmic Messenger. In the myths, Mercury’s clever mind managed to undo many a misdeed by naughty Gods, but he could also incite the wrath of others by his antics. Mercury Out of Bounds can certainly trigger some brilliant ideas, enlightening conversation or bring up information from unusual sources. But we can also be misled by this influence or taken by surprise. The mental realms are working in unconventional ways which can lead to genius thinking or bizarre brainstorms.

Venus then moves out of home sign Taurus and into Gemini on May 9. Whilst some may be driven wild by a lover’s vacillating, we might enjoy a bit of a break from things getting too serious. For pleasure we like reading, learning, talking to friends, meetings, writing letters. For a date to keep our interest, we need to bond on an intellectual level. It’s not the cosiest of transits but it can be a sociable time.

May 11 is the date of the New Moon in Taurus which is wrapped up with Black Moon Lilith (True position). The need for tangible security and comfort feels visceral. Lilith carries with her issues connected to being exiled and demonised so the wide square from this lunation to Saturn could exacerbate a feeling of being denied something we desperately need. A square between Mars and Chiron also forms on the same date as this lunation which also brings up feelings of vulnerability, defensiveness and not feeling strong enough. Yet the Moon and Sun are sextile Neptune and trine Pluto suggesting that the more connected we feel on a spiritual level, the more chance we see that we have the power to provide for our own needs. Pluto also invites us to eradicate that which disempowers and keeps us feeling unworthy. Any new start now is about building security, inner and outer and needs to be a practical step towards survival.

As Mars moves away from the square to Chiron, it engages in a sextile with Uranus on May 12. What hurt yesterday may have fired us up to see new possibilities and different goals. We have a chance to take some kind of new action to jump start us out of perceived weakness and failure and get life moving again.

May 13 is the biggest day of the month as this is the date that Jupiter enters Pisces. This will be a preview initially though as Jupiter will station retrograde on June 20 and re-enter Aquarius on July 28, 2021. Jupiter will then remain in Aquarius right up until the end of the year, only re-entering Pisces on December 29.

Jupiter co-rules Pisces alongside modern ruler Neptune so the Great God is familiar and comfortable in this place. Positively, we could see an increase in compassion, a growth in meaningful connection, spirituality, intuition, faith and charitability. Jupiter in Aquarius has been working on society learning about one another, developing groups and humanitarianism and progress in the fields of science and technology. But Aquarius is an unemotional sign so all the work we are doing here must be balanced by a strong sense of spiritual and emotional connection – something that Jupiter in Pisces will encourage. This transit will teach us the benefits of peace and unity – indeed, help us believe in the very possibility of that happening! But the downside of this transit is that there is an increased idealism. Mix together Jupiter’s natural optimism with the Piscean tendency towards escapism and fantasy, this can become a colourful mix of losing ourselves in dreams, drinking too much, floating off on waves of wishes and plenty of spiritual bypassing. There can also be an increased sense of victimhood and self-deception as well as emotional overwhelm so we need to keep revisiting Saturn, wherever he is in our chart, to ensure that we aren’t getting carried away – or running away.

On May 15, Mercury will enter the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde period so we start to experience a slow down as Mercury himself slows in the skies. We are also now covering ground that will be revisited later so it’s important that we bare this in mind as any decisions made now may also need to be revisited at a later date.

May 19 is the date of the First Quarter Moon in Leo, the first turn of the lunar cycle. The Sun is still in slow moving Taurus, a sign that prefers to take a safe and well-trodden path. But the Moon is in entertaining, playful Leo so we could feel torn between carrying on with what we are doing which doesn’t expose us to insecurity or taking a risk to get life moving again. As the Moon opposes newly ingressed Jupiter there’s more chance of taking a gamble as we could feel like fortune is on our side. But it’s important that any risks we take are calculated ones as Jupiter’s optimism could tempt us to risk too much. Note that the Sun is about to enter the anaretic degree of Taurus, a point associated with ‘the weeping sisters’. We don’t want to give ourselves something to cry about.

Gemini season begins on May 20 as the Sun moves into the sign of The Twins. The spotlight is now on what we think and how attached we are to our thoughts and ideas. During this period, we naturally absorb information that helps us understand ourselves better. Maybe we can use this time to consider the language we use to describe ourselves, the labels we wear – willingly or unwillingly. Naturally, as Gemini is symbolised by The Twins, we are also looking into the nature of duality, our ‘evil twin’, the parts of ourselves that are conflicted. We need to get a dialogue going to find a way to meet in the middle. Generally speaking, when the Sun is in Gemini, we’re drawn towards being more sociable and light-hearted. Even if we are still socially distancing, it’s likely that we want to catch up with friends by phone and keep our minds occupied.

Saturn begins its yearly retrograde on May 23. The station of Saturn allows us time to contemplate our responsibilities, consider our priorities and how we are doing at the game of life. We become aware of the consequences as to how we have spent our time in the last seven months. During this period of reflection, we have a chance to mull over mistakes, make new plans and tie up loose ends. As Saturn is travelling through Aquarius, we are working on issues such as our responsibilities to the group, our contribution to humanity, the part we play in the whole. Some may find themselves doubting their position or feel out of step with what is ‘normal; or indeed the ‘new normal’ that Saturn’s transit in Aquarius has created. Still, whatever the situation, Saturn simply presses that we acknowledge what is difficult and commit to working on it.

Also on May 23 Venus goes out of bounds and for 24 hours we have an unusual situation as both Mars and Mercury too are still out of bounds. With all these personal planets beyond the ecliptic, beyond the guardianship of the Sun, beyond rules, regulations and norms, this could feel like a very strange day where nothing goes as we expected. Venus out of bounds tends towards doing her own thing when it comes to relationships. Positively, it could mean that we are no longer glued to convention and free to explore different types of relationships if we’re drawn to experiment. But negatively, it could also manifest as not knowing where we stand, more so with Venus currently in dithering Gemini. Once Mars returns in bounds on May 24, hopefully we may feel clearer as to what we want or more decisive about our actions.

But – we are headed into eclipse season with the first eclipse on May 26, a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. Lunar eclipses tend to bring realisations as Earth’s shadow blocks out the light of the Moon. The dynamic of this eclipse is concerned with thoughts, education, facts and figures (Gemini) and higher truths, beliefs and philosophy (Sagittarius). The eclipse brings a realisation that shifts our belief system which then challenges what we thought we knew. But allowing for new vision and insight will lead us to a more accurate conclusion.

But (again!), hold that thought because Mercury stations retrograde on May 29. Whatever was revealed at the lunar eclipse may bring one chapter to a close but also it opens the door to a new story. Something else needs time to unfold. I have an image in my mind to describe this movement from the Sagittarius eclipse to Mercury retrograde :-

Imagine you’re reading a book and suddenly you realise that the page you just read was the end of the story, the very last page! Huh? Oh no, looks like someone ripped some pages out of the book! But now you’ve read the last page anyway, you know how the story ends – right?

Wrong. Because when those errant pages turn up, they will throw a whole new light on what you thought of the ending.

The month ends on a quiet note as Mars forms a trine to Neptune. It aligns action with intuition, soul with passion. Maybe we might even want to take a rest from all the fighting, striving, goal setting and go after a little peace instead. Sometimes it’s best to surrender to the tide.

Painting – Eclipse of the Sunflower by Paul Nash

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Weekly Astrology Forecast May 3 – 9, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

03-May-21 Mercury square Jupiter, Sun square Saturn, Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius
Feeling boxed in. Mental overwhelm. Focus on what can be accomplished today, however small.

04-May-21 Mercury enters Gemini
Curiosity is aroused. A need to communicate. Make a connection.

05-May-21 Jupiter anaretic until 13th May, Jupiter sextile Ceres
Extreme focus on the future. A huge desire for freedom. A grounded , nurturing approach will take the edge off anxiety.

06-May-21 Venus trine Pluto. Chiron sextile North Node
Embrace change. Deepening feelings. Showing vulnerability brings a better understanding.

07-May-21 Mercury out of bounds
The mind works in wild ways. Brilliant and/or crazy ideas. Sudden silences.

08-May-21 Ceres enters Taurus. Venus square Jupiter
Over-indulgence. Stuffing down feelings. Nothing is enough. Nurture self-worth

09-May-21 Venus enters Gemini
Sociability. A desire for lightness and ease. Vacillation in matters of the heart.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast April 26 – May 2, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

26-Apr-21 Mercury sextile Pallas. Sun trine Vesta
Knowing what matters. Problem solving through gentle inquiry and quiet contemplation.

27-Apr-21 Full Moon in Scorpio. Pluto stations retrograde
An emotional high tide. Release is required. Change is necessary.

28-Apr-21 No major aspects

29-Apr-21 No major aspects

30-Apr-21 Mercury sextile Neptune. Sun conjunct Uranus. Pluto square Ceres
Inner awakening. Rebrand and reinvent. Forgive the past. Stop fighting change.

01-May-21 No major aspects

02-May-21 Mercury trine Pluto. Venus sextile Neptune
Mental strength and creative inspiration. Work your art. Speak your truth. Love unconditionally.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast April 19 – 25, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

19-Apr-21 Sun conjunct Mercury, Mercury and the Sun enter Taurus
A brilliant idea, conversation or revelation sparks urgency.
But you have time, relax. Let everything evolve naturally.

20-Apr-21 First Quarter Moon in Leo
A desire for romance, creativity and risk poses questions about security.
How much risk is too much?

22-Apr-21 Mercury trine Vesta
Mental focus. Concentrate on what you have to offer.

23-Apr-21 Venus conjunct Uranus. Mars enters Cancer
Sudden attractions. Pleasant surprises. Fierce love of family. An urge to nurture.

24-Apr-21 Mercury conjunct Uranus
Spontaneous or revolutionary ideas. Free the mind.

25-Apr-21 Venus square Saturn, Mercury square Saturn. Mercury conjunct Venus
Self-doubt. Am I good enough? Speak to yourself as you would speak to a loved one.

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Weekly Astrology Forecast April 12 – 18, 2021

This Week’s Major Aspects

12-Apr-21 New Moon in Aries, Venus square Pluto, Juno stations retrograde
Review commitments. Let go of what isn’t true for you. Start afresh. Take action on your goals.

13-Apr-21 Sun sextile Mars
Increased energy, dynamism and confidence. Stand strong. Assert yourself.

14-Apr-21 Venus enters Taurus
A need for security in relationships. Get comfortable in your skin. Simple pleasures

15-Apr-21 Sun sextile Jupiter
An opportunity to stretch yourself. Fortune favours the brave.

16-Apr-21 Sun square Pluto
An encounter with the shadow. Fears and unconscious material push us to eradicate old self concepts that no longer fit the person we are today.

17-Apr-21 Mars trine Jupiter, Mercury sextile Jupiter, Mercury sextile Mars, Mercury square Pluto
Big goals, ideas and conversations. Animation and vigour. No need to push. Speak your truth.

18-Apr-21 No major aspects

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Weekly Astrology Forecast April 5 – 11, 2021

April 7 sees a conjunction between the Sun and Ceres, a powerful illumination of themes around nurturing, thriving, crops, motherhood. At this point, Ceres will become invisible in the skies, lost in the glare of the Sun as she sits on the throne of our creator, raised to supreme status. Ceres will also be at her most distant from Earth, interesting if we think of how independent Aries is as a sign. It makes me think of a watchful mother, cheering on her child from afar but refusing to intervene unless it’s absolutely required! Ceres in Aries nurtures our confidence and it is this that the Sun now illuminates. We need to tend to new growth, whether inwardly or outwardly. Just as we breathe on a spark to get it to catch to make a fire, so too must we look after ourselves and our projects/relationships as they are just beginning.

This Week’s Major Aspects

05-Apr-21 No major aspects

06-Apr-21 Venus sextile Mars
The attraction factor. Kindness overrides conflict. Positive movement in relationships.

07-Apr-21 Sun conjunct Ceres
Nurture new growth and confidence. Mother Earth in the spotlight.

08-Apr-21 No major aspects

09-Apr-21 Mercury conjunct Chiron. Mars square Neptune
Talking about pain or painful conversations. Uncertain action. Dissipation of motivation/energy. Too much doubt – listen to your intuition.

10-Apr-21 Saturn trine North Node. Mercury sextile North Node. Mercury sextile Saturn. Venus sextile Jupiter
Constructive talks. Realistic thinking. Expressing oneself with authority opens doors. Bountiful blessings occur when the heart is open.

11-Apr-21 No major aspects

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April 2021 Astrology Forecast

Mercury enters Aries on April 4. It’s decisive and we’re quick to speak up. It’s easier now to express ideas with clarity and to be more assertive when it comes to saying what we want. Still, we do need to ensure we have all the information we need before making important decisions because impulsiveness can override rational thinking. The same goes for speech too as Aries can be quick to shoot its mouth off before having the full picture. Positively, this transit can bring us fun and animated conversation so as long as we don’t get too attached to defending our ideas, we can enjoy some vibrant conversation.

April 4 is also the date of the Last Quarter Moon. With the Moon in Capricorn square the Sun in Aries, the need to pace ourselves becomes an urgent issue. As we enter the last test of this lunar cycle, we feel the insistence of the Sun in Aries to spring into new challenges and start new projects. But first, we must finish what we started, tie up loose ends, accomplish what we set out to do.

Despite being in the thick of Aries season, a square between Aries ruler Mars with wishy-washy Neptune on April 9 is challenging as this combination can confuse us so much that we don’t know what to do. Motivation can be affected as energy levels dip and lethargy takes over. “Give me a reason to keep going and I will” says a tired Mars in Gemini who is trying to rationalise weird feelings that seem impossible to decipher. We don’t want to choose, we want to pursue every dream. We’re frustrated by having to decide because we don’t know what is best. The trick is to reacquaint ourselves with what is meaningful. If we feel like we’ve lost the reason for why we’re doing what we’re doing, it’s best we go back to the beginning and remember why we started what we started.

Saturn’s trine to the North Node on April 10 should help to stabilise us. With experienced Saturn in brainy Aquarius, it’s likely that we’ll realise there’s a way through the Mars-Neptune muddle. Saturn’s connection to the North Node sends us a signal that we are constantly in a state of evolution. There is always something new to try, an alternative method, a different path. For some, this aspect could manifest as a teacher or authority figure offering information that gives us a solid foundation for the future.

The New Moon on April 12 sees the Moon and Sun joined by Mercury, Venus and Ceres, a quintuplet in Aries which seems to burst with life and energy, especially as the New Moon is also sextile to boisterous Mars and bouncy Jupiter! It feels like a shot of courage, a dash of inspiration that urges us to set new goals. As the New Moon also squares Pluto there’s a whole lot of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.

Love Goddess Venus enters Taurus on Apr 14. Now that she is in one of her home signs, Venus feels more able to express herself. Love becomes a source of security. This transit is lovely for lovers and good for all of us to get in touch with our physical body. Have a massage, a haircut, curl up under clean sheets, use perfume, oils, incense and of course food – all these things reconnect us with our physical senses. The only downside to this transit is that it can bring out underlying issues of insecurity, especially in relationships. As a result, the shadow side of Venus here can trigger possessiveness and treating people like they are an object to be owned.

Mars trine Jupiter perfects on April 17. This is an aspect that magnifies desires, increases energy, amplifies courage. We may be more inclined to take a risk as there’s a sense that the wheel of fortune will spin in our favour. Generally it does – fortune favours the brave so they say – although we do need to be mindful of rushing opportunities for development or making a mistake due to over-optimism.

The pace begins to temper though as on April 19, both the Sun and Mercury enter Taurus after the superior conjunction between the two takes place on the anaretic degree of Aries. It’s like a moment of acute urgency is replaced by a realisation that nothing can be rushed. With Mercury, our thinking becomes more ponderous and deliberate and in communication we tend to be slower and more considerate in our speech. Thoughts turn to practical issues such as money matters and work. We also may need to include more rest time so that we have time to think through any problems as Taurus never likes to be pushed for an answer.

The solar transit through Taurus asks that we focus on practicalities and appreciate the simple life. Taurus likes things to be as uncomplicated as possible. Whether we’re tending the garden or doing the accounts, we need to just focus on the task at hand. Note that as we have the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Black Moon Lilith (True position) all in Taurus now, we’re encouraged to savour every precious moment. However, with Uranus travelling through this sign, we know that despite a desire to keep things the same, new growth and diversity is encouraged. Pay attention to what occurs on April 23 when Venus, Mercury and Uranus unite in a triple conjunction and trigger the ongoing Saturn-Uranus square.

We have the First Quarter Moon in Leo on April 20. Both these signs are fixed signs so there is a tendency towards stubbornness evident here. The Moon in Leo loves glitz and glamour, the thrill of the theatre, live performance, fun, fun, fun – not to mention lots of attention. But the Sun in Taurus isn’t interested in all that stuff, preferring the ease of a homecooked meal, comfortable clothes and the kind of love that doesn’t have to be announced every five minutes. A deeper interpretation of this turn in the lunar cycle involves recognising that we need to take risks to get life moving again.

Mars enters Cancer on Apr 23. This transit brings out our inner soldier’s nurturing side. We are motivated to create a home, a nest, a place where we feel safe and warm and loved. Anything that threatens our private life though can bring out the Crab’s claws in an instant! The challenge here is that Mars is on edge and sometimes we can be quick to react with defensiveness. Mood too can affect our ability to go after what we want and we can be more easily triggered. Our motivation is affected by our emotions and we may be more circumspect, approaching things indirectly rather than head on to minimise risk.

April 27 is full of depth and intensity as we have the Scorpio Full Moon just as Pluto stations retrograde. It’s a challenging picture as the Full Moon opposes Uranus and squares Saturn, turning the chart into a T-square. The Moon opposite Uranus may mean we’re struggling to maintain control under an influx of unexpected events. Yet the square to Saturn asks us to be calm and collected, adult our way through. Pluto, the ruler of this lunation, is stationary at the moment of the Full Moon giving it extra weight. Maybe it feels a little like we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. As Pluto then slowly turns retrograde, we move into the part of the year where we are given time to process the changes we have experienced whilst Pluto has been in direct motion. The action of the planet becomes internalised, slowly clearing the way so that we can continue with further changes later down the line. Pluto will remain in retrograde motion until October 6, 2021, giving us a long period of time to explore the deepest aspects of ourselves and deal with our shadows.

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