by Maya del Mar
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Note: A VOC Moon period is when the Moon is making no further major planetary aspects before it changes signs. Moon and its aspects are strongly associated with our everyday behavior, and without those aspects to direct our course, we are left much more free to pursue our own ends in our own way. It is like youre driving down the freeway and find the road signs removed for awhile. On the one hand, plans may go awry, you may miss your exit; on the other hand, inner work is greatly favored as those external "instructions" are reduced.
Times used are EST, because the overall influences for the United States are centered in Washington DC. UT, or Universal Time, is the time given in ephemerii, and it corresponds to Greenwich Mean Time, the time used at the Greenwich Observatory in London, England.
I use Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight time in Daykeeper, which corresponds to the time used in the eastern quarter of the United States. To get UT, add five hours to EST, and add four hours to EDT.
SUNDAY MAY 1. Last Quarter Moon at 11 Aquarius occurs at 2:24 a.m. EDT. We begin this May Day with a burst of energybecause of the quarter moon, because the moon is traveling in idea-ful Aquarius, and because this moon has a lovely trine to Jupiter, which signals that the sky is the limit. This can be a very pleasant day of connecting with others. It can also have conflictdue especially to confusion and mixed signals. Stubbornness can exacerbate any differences which may appear. Everyone wants to hold their ground. Fixed signs rule the day, and they do want to hang on.
This is the last quarter of the Aries lunar cycletime for us to figure out what is important for us to continue to work on, and what we can let go of. Aquarius will have its set ideas about this sorting, and Taurus and Scorpio will resist the release, each for their own reason. Just plain possessiveness is a major one. Its mine!
The instrumental energy now is Neptune, visionary and deceptive, most often both at the same time. Addictions are in Neptunes domain, whether they be to oil, drugs, consumerism, or whatever we find compulsive. Be conscious of focusing on healthful activities. This would be a great day to go to art exhibit, a concert, or a spiritual retreatas well as to work in your garden.
Two keys to good relationships today are focusing on clear communication, which means listening as well as talking, and being very conscious of a fair give and take. The urge to compromise may be stifled, and we may have to make a big effort in that direction. Librans have a natural talent for this; the rest of us have to work at it. Some time alone, away from the pressure of maintaining smooth relationships, might be helpful. Then we have to deal only with our own inner conflicts.
This is a long and stimulating day, with good work energy. Work which involves some completion is favored.
The U.S. Vesta return, which begins a new four-year financial cycle for the U.S., is in process. It will be completed just after the New Moon in Taurus. This is the week when the nation lets go of old economic paradigms. Keep a close eye on Congress and on GW.
The New Moon which started this Aquarian cycle occurred on February 1, 2003, the day the Columbia shuttle crashed in Palestine, TX. Just afterwards Bush was involved in another crash itemsubmitting to Congress a $2.2 trillion budget with a $1.1 trillion shortfall.
The Sabian Symbol for 11 Aquarius is
DURING A SILENT HOUR, A WOMAN RECEIVES A NEW INSPIRATION WHICH MAY CHANGE HER LIFE. The need to rely on inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments. What is implied here is the essential value of keeping open to the descent of spiritual or Soul forces, especially when a new period of activity is about to begin. There is a creative power within, which can be tapped. OVERSHADOWING of the individual consciousness by an inner, Transcendent, power.
MAY 2. This
is not your rush-out-to-work Monday morning. Moon is VOC this morning
until it enters Pisces at 10:43 a.m. EDT. It soon conjoins Mars,
which will energize it for the day. Imagination is queen today.
Use the next two days for your creative work. Taking a swim, or
even just sitting or walking by water would be inspiring. Tonight
can be exciting, and we may be up until late.
MAY 3. And
now were up early. We have a long, pleasant, and productive
day. Many things come together, as we finish up our current Moon
cycle. This is a day to let it all hang out. Give yourself to the
universe. Be spontaneous, and you can do no wrong.
MAY 4. This
is a free morning. Moon is VOC in mellow Pisces until 2:36 p.m.,
when it enters Aries. Fairness in partnerships is on our minds now.
Its time to stop victim roles, and to do away with abuse of
whatever kind. This is one of those big adjustment days, and we
may feel blocked, irritated or frustrated. Foggy Neptune is also
prominent today. These next few days can be both difficult and exceptionally
creative. We are building up to a whole new deal beginning at New
Moon on the 8th.
MAY 5. Aries
moon always helps us to move into action. Now we look ahead to the
future, and today we prepare by concentrating on eliminating abuse.
Cinco de Mayo represents a fight for self-assertion and a push for
freedom from tyranny. The heavens today support this celebration.
Notice what parties win in British elections.
MAY 6. Moon
is VOC in Aries today, and we are doing a lot of thinking. Oil,
oil, oil and all of its ramifications is the big subject. Production
of oil, oil equity, safeguarding and increasing supply. Those of
us who talk about saving energy may begin to have a voice. This
is a fine day for nurturing those things which are dear to our hearts.
Feelings of fear and caution may be nibbling around the edges today.
MAY 7. Moon
is in Taurus, and we prepare for tomorrow mornings new moon
by sorting out those values which we truly want to protect and nurture
in the future. There is some very deep and penetrating thinking
going on regarding partnerships, resources, and lifestyle. Healing
is happening as we ponder possible changes. By tonight we may want
to just let it all drop, and escape into fantasyland.
MAY 8. New
Moon at 18 Taurus occurs at 4:45 a.m. EDT. During the coming
Taurus cycle we gather together our values, with the goal of helping
them to grow. This can be a very productive month, but perhaps not
exactly in the way we expect. Taurus is the years moon month
when we stake out our garden, when we decide our major focus for
the next year. Seedlings planted now will show culmination during
the last half of the year, when Mars travels slowly, and then retrogrades,
in Taurus, going over all of the territory which is now being markedprogrammed,
one might say.
Neptune and Vesta are the big supporting players now. Two words
for this combination are OIL and INVESTMENTS. Taurus is about all
material resources in general, but we can narrow it down. However,
oil is, in the U.S., the engine which runs the economy in multiple
ways. We are being faced with the need to make some major shifts.
(Interestingly, the U.S. uses 50% more energy per GDP than does
Europe!) This does give us all a lot to think about.
Important things are happening in the sky. Neptune in Aquarius squares
Sun-Moon now, giving us the opportunity to be idealistic and visionary
in regard to our values. Venus in Taurus squares Transpluto, opening
the way for resurrection of the heart. Jupiter quincunxes Uranus,
showing some optimism about the oil situation.
Chiron in Aquarius is stationary-retrograde, forcing our consciousness
to focus on energy, and how we use it now and in the future.
Saturn, the Teacher, conjoins the U.S. Mercury, putting reality
in front of our faces. Transiting Mercury in Aries squares them
both, showing a turning point in the nations thinking in regard
to looking at what is realistically possible regarding the nations
security. With Mercury in the martial sign of Aries, further military
action may seem to be a solution. Pallas in Virgo square Pluto in
Sag also indicates this strategy.
Vesta at 20 Taurus conjoins Sun and Moon. This is the degree of
the U.S. Vesta, and thus today is the exact day of beginning a new
46-month financial cycle for the U.S. Todays interplay of
celestial energies sets the tone for these next four years.
The tone of this Moon is exceedingly strong, and very focused on
economic matters. Taurus is a very robust and sturdy sign, and here
we have its strongest point of the yearthe Taurus New Moon.
In addition, it conjoins Vesta, which gives it tremendous focus
and concentration. Taurus ruler, Venus, is also in Taurus,
greatly fortifying it.
It is most unusual for the U.S. to have its Vesta return during
the Taurus moon cycle, let alone with the Taurus New Moon. This,
then, is a particularly potent money cycle, centered on oil, and
guided by elusive Neptune in Aquarius, which can be deceptive and
sabotaging. At the same time, Chiron brings up the whole issue of
This is a crucial month.
The Sabian Symbol for 18 Taurus is
AIRING AN OLD BAG THROUGH THE OPEN WINDOW OF HER ROOM. The cleansing
of the ego-consciousness. The traditional teachings of human nature
are somehow reconciled with the youthful enthusiasm that sees
in every problem of growth an issue between the 'good' and the
'bad.' The symbol suggests that the real enemy is within the mind;
it is the ego and its attachment to possessions. The mind is shown
in the likeness of a 'bag,' now empty and needing to be aired
in the sunlight. But the 'window' must first be opened and the
bag emptied. PURIFICATION.
Mothers Day can be very loving, and sensual. Enjoy good food.
MAY 9. Moon
in Gemini enlivens our minds and bodies. In fact, our nervous systems
might be a little jumpy with this high stimulation in the midst
of our shifting orientations. This day calls for mental challenges.
MAY 10. Curious
Gemini energy is building up, as Venus also enters Gemini. We have
an urge to communicate our current perceptions, opinions, and conclusions.
Sun Conjoins Vesta today to vitalize the New Moon process. Strategic
power is a major component. Watch for power struggles tonight.
WEDNESDAY MAY 11. Our
financial-security action continues. Moon is VOC in Gemini from
10:58 a.m. EDT until it enters Cancer at 1:20 p.m. In the meantime,
Ceres is squaring Neptune. Ceres in Scorpio is a keeper of secrets,
and producer of oil. Neptune diffuses reality, and is also correlated
with oil. This adds up to oil secrets. Strategist Pallas is also
stimulating the U.S. Neptune (in the 9th house of foreign lands)
as she stations on it, and turns direct. The oil saga continues,
with probably much of it out of sight of the public. Moon in Cancer
encourages us to focus on home and family.
MAY 12. This
is a fine day to secure the ramparts. Moon is traveling in Cancer
with active, helpful aspects. Mercury has just moved into Taurus,
and security is on our minds.
MAY 13. This
morning is great for hard work. Try to complete something. At 11:04
a.m. EDT, Moon goes VOC. Ambition may slack off for the rest of
the day. TGIF!
MAY 14. Moon
is in expressive Leo, and we will have a powerful weekend. Moon
in Leo completes a grand fixed cross, giving us a preview of autumns
configurations. The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
They are all occupied, and each of them is stubborn in holding onto
their power centersalthough the cross pushes them to release.
Resistance, power struggles, and conflicting pressures can result.
Hard creative work is a good outlet for excess energy.
Mercury in Taurus squares a nearly stationary Chiron in Aquarius,
to give us an idea of what Chiron retrograde in Aquarius is all
about. Chiron is the Wounded Healer. Energy itself is probably one
of the main focuses.
There are many comfortable aspects today, and Leo Moon helps us
to have a good time, and to enjoy the day. However, the months
underlying tensions remain.
MAY 15. Today
Mars conjoins Uranus to give us the months major action aspect.
Mars plus Uranus means sudden, forceful action. It is an accident-prone
combination. Pisces, however, is the sign of this meeting, and Pisces
takes the starch out of both of them. Pisces is more concerned with
the spiritual side of life than with physical energy. Pisces also
relates to oil.
At the same timeand for the entire monthJupiter quincunxes
Uranus. This is an aspect of overexpectation, and of being caught
up in a world of optimistic dreams, unwarranted by reality. The
result is, at some point, disappointment and disillusion. There
will be a tendency to make a move towards a hoped-for goal. A few
reality checks are in order before we make that move. This quincunx
aspect is in orb through July.
Mars leaves Pisces on June 11.
Moon continues in Leo, and this is a super-creative day.
MAY 16. First
Quarter Moon at 26 Leo occurs at 4:57 a.m. EDT. Taurus is the
sign of green plants, Leo the sign of flowers. Our garden begins
now to flourish
Moon now conjoins Transpluto, to stimulate the energy of rebirth.
This theme is enhanced by first quarter itself, which helps us put
the new moon energies out into the world, as well as by Moons
trine to Pluto, the planet of renovation.
Besides Pluto and Transpluto, Sun and Vesta are major supporters
of Moon now. So here we have the financial-investment complex embedded
in a transformation process.
Action now is whole-hearted, for most of the celestial bodies are
interconnected and working together. And Leo enthusiastically puts
its whole self into a situation.
In the chart set for Washington DC, all four of the anglesthe
most expressive places in a chartare occupied. In the midheaven,
where the world sees the action, is Chiron. Chiron in Aquarius means
new electronics and technology. The U.S. government tends to apply
those inventions to weapons. Keep an eye on what comes out of the
At the bottom, the nadir, is Saturn, showing that security at home
is a major goal. This urge of the people can be manipulated by the
Administration in any number of ways, and has been. And will be.
For Mercury is on the Taurus Ascendant, communicating insecurity
Ceres in Scorpio is in the seventh house of partnership. Ceres is
productive, and Scorpio is another oil sign. This is excellent energy
for working with resources generallydiscovering, producing,
and recycling. Mother Ceres is also associated with labor, the work,
basically, to get food on the table. Labor, and labor issues may
The Sabian Symbol for 26 Leo is
HEAVY STORM, A RAINBOW. Linking above and below, the Covenant
with ones divine nature, promise of immortality. In the
Bible, the rainbow in the sign of the Covenant established by
God with Noah (the cyclic 'seed man') guaranteeing that no longer
shall the destructive power of Spirit (the Shiva aspect of the
Divine) be used to destroy life on earth. As we come to this scene
of release, we fine the person who has been able to weather the
cathartic storm face-to-face with their divine Archetype. Because
he/she has been victorious, a link has been established with the
Divine Soul-being. Both the human and the divine partners should
remain linked. H.P. Blavatskys last words are said to have
been, 'Keep the Link unbroken.' This is the Link she forged with
the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood that had sent her into the darkness
of 19th century materialism for this purpose.
The symbol of
the rainbow shows us the need to maintain a state of open communication
between the Sky and the Earth within our total beingnot
for the sake of finding an ever-elusive pot of gold
at the end of the rainbow, for this end is never to be reached,
but in order to face the totality of our individual selfhood as
it is projected in the many-hued dome of our sky-flung consciousness.
After every successfully-met crisis, the REVELATION OF WORTH comes
to us, and with it comes the promise of success, if only we do
After the quarter,
Moon is VOC until it enters Virgo at 1:46 p.m. EDT. Use the morning
to assimilate these energies, and recreate your own rainbow within
yourself. Afternoon will be busy.
TUESDAY MAY 17. Virgo Moon encourages us to be industriously working on security problems. We may run into obstacles early in the day, but by early afternoon, they can be resolved. Evening will be pleasant and harmonious. Conversation and discussion are favored.
WEDNESDAY MAY 18. Moon continues in problem-solving Virgo. And we do have plenty of problems this month. This is a day of bright ideas, which can help us in the problem-solving department. We also have a need to be independent.
THURSDAY MAY 19. Moon closes the week by traveling in sociable Libra. This evening at 6:06 p.m. EDT, Moon occults Jupiter. This eclipse is visible in the Caribbean, Central America, and Venezuela, areas where there is much social ferment right now. At around the same time, Neptune is stationing to turn retrograde. Both Jupiter and Neptune are sky planets, holding big ideas. Such ideas now receive a setback. A Neptune station emphasizes Neptune concerns. Music and the arts are such a concern, and we may want to indulge ourselves in entertainment tonight.
FRIDAY MAY 20. As I said in General Influences, many of this months aspects endure throughout the month. At the same time they are complex and inter-connected. On different days, different parts of the complex whole are emphasized. However, this same complexity underlies all of the months activities. The Loch Ness Monster comes to mind, where different observers at different times see different parts, but no one sees the whole thing.
With Moon in Libra, lets talk today, perhaps seriously, about heavy things. Sun enters Gemini at 6:47 p.m. EDT, and our urge to communicate grows.
SATURDAY MAY 21. Moon in intense Scorpio introduces us to a dynamic Full Moon weekend. Politics and power will be two subjects on our minds. However, with Mercury square Neptune, we must focus on grounding and practicality to avoid getting caught up in cobwebs. It might be more productive to focus on tangible goals today.
One of the entire months aspects is a close square from Pallas Athena to Pluto. Squares are stressful. They are challenging, but they do inspire creative activity. Today Pallas in Virgo makes its exact hit in squaring Pluto in Sagittarius. Pluto always means deep power. It is lawless, and obeys only its inner urge to power. Pluto is now traveling through the first housethe house of selfof the United States (for the first time), and this nation is illustrating Plutos ruthless qualities. Pluto is inexorable. Its action transforms whatever it contacts.
Pallas Athena is a strategist, and also a defender of a civilized social order. In Virgo she is concerned with health, with labor, and with the military. Power struggles are occurring now in all of those areas, and they may be coming to a head. This includes our own health, especially our immune systems, and the stress leaves us open to disease. Take especially good care of yourself during May. Take time to completely relax.
SUNDAY MAY 22. Moon continues in dynamic Scorpio. Its both a dreaming and a doing day, so take your choice of activities. Tonight Venus square Mars may promote an outburst of passion, mental or physical. This is a creative, brainy combination, and should be fun. Both events on May 15 and on May 18 are part of this day, and ramifications will continue through the week.
MONDAY MAY 23. Full Moon at 3 Sagittarius occurs at 4:18 p.m. EDT. Gemini is an information junkie, and is tuned into the details. Sag, with a wide view, puts the relevant pieces together into a coherent system. We are continuing the Taurus moon cycle, and it is time now to take a look at finances, possessions, needs, and values with some objectivity, to use our minds to find an overview and greater understanding of what is occurring. Full moons illuminate the seeds planted at new moons.
We need to look at Chiron at 4 Aquarius for some light on these times. Both this full moon, and the full moon of a month ago (Eclipse in Scorpio) most closely aspect Chiron. Chiron opens us to new vibrations, particularly in Aquarius, and the world is changed.
Another of the months long-lasting aspects, Pluto quincunx Saturn, is exact today. Saturn is ready to take on much responsibility. Pluto can add to its willingness to push ahead, but at the same time, (1) Saturn can take on too much, and burn out, and (2) subtle power plays can put obstacles in Saturns path. With this aspect we must push aheadbut watch your back, maintain your boundaries, and put contractual agreements in black and white.
This moon sequence began with a Total Solar Eclipse at 2 Sag on November 23, 2003. On this day Congress passed the horrendous Medicare bill which is very complex, not serving people well, and costing twice as much as projected. (Many called it a giveaway to the big drug companieswho have become perhaps the largest contributors to the political process.) Now that Congress sees those consequences, what will they do about it? Anything?
The Sabian Symbol for 3 Sagittarius is
TWO MEN PLAYING CHESS. The transcendent ritualization of conflict. Essential to sociocultural living is the transmutation of mans natural aggressiveness under most conditions of existence. Many rituals, sports, and games have no other basic aim. In chess the complex types of energies which, in their togetherness, constitute a human person are symbolized by six kinds of pieces. The struggle between Light and Darkness is ritualized, ending in most cases with the checkmating of the king (the ego, conscious self). In a dualistic world such a contest between polarized forces is omnipresent. The basic realities in interpersonal INTERPLAY.
Chess requires strategy, which is Pallas Athenas forte. In contest now with Pluto, she may be sharpening her methods. Sagittarius (the U.S. rising sign) is a gambler and a risk-taker, but there are times when strategy is more effectual than blind optimism.
We may be up late tonight, as Moon continues its lively trip through Sagittarius.
TUESDAY MAY 24. Moon in Sagittarius continues to open the path of adventure for us. Heres an adventure: check the low southwest sky at 4:00 a.m. EDT to watch the Moon cross over the red-orange star in Scorpius, Antares. This Mars-like star will be part of the influence of this full moon. Today is apt to be very energetic. Twelve hours after the occultation, transiting Moon squares Mars itself.
WEDNESDAY MAY 25 AND 26. Moon is VOC in spontaneous Sagittarius this morning. At 1:11 p.m. EDT, Moon enters Capricorn, and we come down to earth. We do some very good thinking and planning from now through THURSDAYand we probably need to do that at this stage in our hectic month.
FRIDAY MAY 27. Moon continues in Capricorn, with excellent focusing power this morning. We have a change of orientation, and can think more clearly. At 11:22 a.m. EDT, Moon goes VOC, and at 2:10 p.m. it enters Aquarius. The good-feeling vibrations take us over, and perhaps a party is in the offing tonight.
SATURDAY MAY 28 and SUNDAY MAY 29. The party mood continues, and the sense of humor comes alive. Have a great weekend!
MONDAY MAY 30. Last Quarter Moon at 10 Pisces occurs at 7:47 a.m. EDT. Pisces, the sign of surrender, is perfect for a fourth quarter moon, which is signaling us to release something, and just keep the essentials as we let go of this Taurus cycle.
Uranus is the dominant planet, and that disruptor will insist, in fact, on breaking things up, or at least shaking them up. The chaff will loosen now, to be blown in the wind. Perhaps the public will become more conscious of the huge U.S. involvement in torture, and insist on humane treatment of prisoners.
Taurus is losing its grip for now, and we are moving into a time of greater flexibility, and a focus on the human being.
Moon is moving ahead to occult Mars early tomorrow morning, visible only in the far southern parts of the globe. Mars rises in the east in the early morning. At the time of this eclipse, Mars (with Moon) is squaring the U.S. Mars and opposing the U.S. Neptune.
This could be a very warlike moon for the U.S., and it may be that this interconnected, complex action of May has been the time for a war buildup. Pluto, prominent all month, can mean violence. Pallas in Virgo is a perfect symbol for the military. Several quincunxes have outletted on the U.S. Mars. The months four moon occultations can move us in a warlike direction. There are several other indications, but the major one is transiting Uranus.
Major Uranus transits historically figure in U.S. wars. The U.S. horoscope has both Uranus in Gemini and Mars in Gemini in the arena of relationships. Furthermore, the U.S. Uranus is in the position of the fixed star, Aldebaran, which has a Martian character. And it is opposite the position of Antares, another Mars-vibe star. Assertive energy clusters around U.S. relationships.
Beginning in March, transiting Uranus has been squaring the U.S. Uranus (and thus Aldeberan and Antares). This opens the final quarter of the 84-year Uranus cycle which began with the conclusion of WWII, in 1944-45.
That was when Pres. Roosevelt made the agreement with the Saudis that they would favor the U.S. in selling their oil in exchange for U.S. military protection.
This Moon features Uranus. In addition, Sun now conjoins the U.S. Uranus (and Aldeberan). In the chart set for Washington DC, Mars is on the midheaven, right out in front of the world, and in transit Mars is squaring the U.S. Mars.
Way too much Mars! (And this whole Uranian Moon complex sets off GWs own Mars like a firecacker!)
The New Moon which begins this moon family occurred on March 2, 2003. Bush was full of war talk then, against a number of nations, and the U.S. was poised to bomb Baghdad.
So we have 21 years of wind-up time. The new Uranus cycle for the U.S. will begin in 2027.
How will we finish out this cycle? What will be the effect of the U.S. progressed Mars turning retrograde soon?
Stay tuned. And stay centered. Difficult in these times.
The Sabian Symbol for 10 Pisces is
AN AVIATOR PURSUES HIS JOURNEY, FLYING THROUGH GROUND-OBSCURING CLOUDS. Mastery.
TUESDAY MAY 31. Moon continues in Pisces this morning with strong, constructive aspects. At 1:53 p.m. EDT, Moon goes VOC. We will not feel ambitious this afternoon. However, we will get a jolt of energy when Moon enters Aries at 8:07 p.m., and just afterwards Sun squares Uranus, to complete yesterdays Last Quarter Moon action.
Yes, we are moving into the fateful month of June on the greased skids of Mars and Uranus.
In two days Mars squares Pluto to really push power. On June 5, Jupiter turns direct to give new impetus to the U.S. On June 11, Mars moves into the martial sign of Aries.
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