May 5 at 5:56 PM, Mars in Gemini sees an opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius.
The opposition between Mars and Jupiter is part of a larger Mars-Jupiter cycle. Mars conjoined Jupiter in January 2018, when both were in Scorpio. At the end of 2018, in November, the two planets had just entered Pisces (Mars) and Sagittarius (Jupiter) and seen an exact square. That square was a point of release and optimism. On one hand, Mars had been through a retrograde in Capricorn and Aquarius for the majority of 2018, so its entrance into Pisces was very relieving. And then Jupiter’s entrance into Sagittarius was a homecoming, one of celebration! Their square occurred, and it was celebrated as a result of what came before it.
Now, the opposition takes place and we see the culmination of that earlier Mars-Jupiter conjunction.
When Mars and Jupiter make contact, there is a force willpower that drives us to reach a state of awareness. We seek understanding with action, we cut away distractions, we work hard to make the connections. With the original intent of the Mars-Jupiter energy in Scorpio, we sought depth of knowledge - emotional awareness - a connection to the internal defense system. Perhaps this shows up as energy healing, emotional healing, therapy, self-help, and of course all of the occult information we can get our hands on. This can also relate to psychology, research, investigation, true crime, and forensics. For more understanding of how this cycle unfolded in your life, considered the placement of Scorpio in your chart (hint: it is opposite Taurus).
For more than a year, we’ve only been in the first part of this cycle, and now it comes to a climactic opposition. On a superficial layer, there is combativeness around expression of ideas - perhaps a disagreement of beliefs or a battle of moralities. On a deeper layer, in the context of the larger cycle at play, we learn about our defense mechanisms, the way we use our environments and exchanges to protect ourselves. Jupiter in Sagittarius helps us absorb what we see of ourselves (whether bad or good) into a larger framework. Mars in Gemini displays the way that framework impacts our drive.
Ultimately this opposition leads us to a state of awareness around the energy we put into the world. If you’ve been behaving in a way that hurts yourself and others, this will become obvious today. Many of us do things without realizing the deeper roots at play, so it can be frightening to see the truth of it come to light. This is an opportunity to grow and become a more conscientious person.
May 6 at 2:10 PM, Venus in Aries sees a square to the Nodal Axis. Five minutes later, at 2:25 PM, Mercury enters Taurus.
A few days earlier, Mercury had been in the bend of the Nodal Axis, which was an opportunity to recognize the things we’ve been releasing this season. Now that Venus is in the bend moments before Mercury enters V’s sign, we get to rehash what was recognized in the context of relationships and authenticity. Questions come up: who am I without my old reality? Who am I in this reality? What kind of person do I want to be? Is who I am shaping my environment or is my environment shaping me? What do I need to be me, and how I can get those things? Am I restricting myself? If so, why?
Mercury in Taurus is a methodical state of mind and doesn’t flow well with lots of change and uncertainty. Because the ruling planet of Taurus is undergoing some energetic shifts via Venus’ square to the nodal axis, uncertainty is actually very prominent at the start Mercury’s journey through Taurus. Not to mention the fact that Mercury is applying to a very tight conjunction with Uranus in this moment. Panic is possible, but so is groundedness amidst the turmoil… It depends on how Mercury in Taurus impacts the rest of your chart.
Overall, this is a difficult day for relationships. We have to get a sense of our boundaries and where we stand in relation to others before effectively engaging. With Mercury in Taurus, it may be easy to get stuck in a certain perspective (stubbornness is common with this sign) and be unwilling to budge on an issue. Alternatively, if we do the work and allow for some reflection of our relational nature, we get to recreate the perspective, and then it can be very rewarding to share that paradigm shift with someone.
May 7 at 9:26 AM, Venus in Aries sees a square with Saturn in Capricorn.
The Venus-Saturn square is an added emphasis on the previous day’s activities. This dynamic is all about boundaries. Boundaries are ways to protect ourselves, and also ways to shut us out from society. Ideally, there is a balance where we get to engage with people we love and are able to say no to people who are working against us. This also works with the way we spend our time doing anything - saying yes to stuff we love and no to things that hurt us.
With the tension of the square and the added influence of the earlier nodal square, there is an urgent need to make sense of any misalignment we are experiencing. This can be made known to us via a feeling of resistance or fear. We may want to do one thing but feel forced to do something else. It is this moment of awareness - this feeling of obstruction or even oppression that forces us to recognize how our boundaries are being crossed or how they are too limiting.
It is very possible that the boundaries you are living within come from yourself. But it is equally possible that they are coming from someone else. The question, regardless of who is setting boundaries, is how to change the boundaries such that you are able to do what you want to do?
In being able to identify and answer the question, you are able to take a step closer to your own authority and authenticity.
May 8 at 10:22 AM, Mercury conjoins Uranus in Taurus.
Mercury’s conjunction with Uranus is an exciting day of inspiration and downloads. Like the Sun’s conjunction in the beginning of Taurus Season, there is much potential for paradigm shifts. It may be very shocking, but ultimately creates space for us to tune into truth.
Another potentiality of this aspect is a message received. Perhaps you or someone else came to a sense of enlightened awareness and wanted to share the new understanding with a friend or a partner or a community. This is possibly the moment when the message is received (or maybe when it finally makes sense).
While I like to lean on positive outcomes, there is always the possibility that the news is bad and the truth is traumatizing. Knowing this, we might want to brace ourselves - but - with Uranus’ involvement it is actually better to stay open and loose. When we are tense and stuck is when shock can feel the worst.
May 8 at 10:52 PM, the Sun in Taurus sees a sextile with Neptune in Pisces.
This is a drifty experience, but not as much as it once was when Mercury was retrograde in Pisces. This is a brief and subtle aspect. We can receive a boon in will power via fantasy and dreams. Perhaps we need to soften the plodding nature of Taurus so that there is more of a meandering, stopping to smell the flowers kind of an energy.
May 9 at 12:55 PM, Venus in Aries sees a trine with Jupiter in Sagittarius. Almost 30 minutes later at 1:20 PM, Venus in Aries sees a square with Pluto in Capricorn.
Mirroring Mercury’s transit from the previous week, Venus gets to aspect both Pluto and Jupiter in a 30 minute window. However, unlike Mercury, the order is different. First Venus gets to feel the supportive trine of Jupiter - a beneficial boost of optimism, like a pat on the back or a nice squeeze of the hand from a dear friend. And as soon as that feel-good trine is over, Venus immediately confronts Pluto and all of the fears and darknesses associated with this heavy planet. A bit like having your friend walk you to your final battle and then entering the scene with a heart full of love. It isn’t the optimal situation, but it’s nice to have had the support before the challenge.
In a felt sense, we get to experience a boost of love and optimism - a sense of accomplishment even, like all of this hard work has been for something very meaningful. And as soon as we get to that level of confidence, we are immediately struck with a sense of uncertainty and possibly fear around what we had thought we let go of. It’s like two steps forward, one step back. We are growing and changing and seeing the success of our own accomplishments come forward, but then we fall back into a negative pattern or a bad habit. Maybe we don’t fall back into that habit and instead we feel the pain of that final release.
It is an intense for feelings to come through. Relationships get a hit if they are in any way representative of these ongoing changes within us.
May 11 at 5:19 AM, the Sun in Taurus sees a trine with Saturn in Capricorn.
As the Sun begins its trek through the last ten degrees of Taurus, it meets Saturn in a supportive trine. After all of the turmoil we’ve been facing with the Aries-Capricorn squares, it is nice to receive some support from the planets in Capricorn. This earthy trine is a moment of peace amidst the emotional and possibly physical upheavals. This can show up as a state of recuperation after a hearty challenge, or a pause to make plans in order to re-orient something to better fit the internal shifts.
As it falls on the day of the first quarter moon, there is potential for opportunity in this momentary stability. The focal point is on the Sun’s placement in Taurus, so if you have a personal planet around 20 degrees of Taurus, then this might be a good time to plant something related to Taurus’ placement in your chart.
May 11 at 9:12 PM, the First Quarter Moon is exact in Leo.
The first quarter moon is a moment of opportunity. An awakening occurs, and the first buds of the lunar cycle are sprouting. We have planned and now it is time to act. How does the idea fit into reality?
The Leo moon puts emphasis on expression - how can we effectively display what we has been developing under the surface? With the Sun (Leo’s ruler) in Taurus, there is some added emphasis on the relational nature of what is being expressed and how it is impacting the original intention. If what you are expressing doesn’t quite align with the original seed of pursuit, then you need to go back to the drawing board. The point here is authenticity.