By Bernadette Evans
As of this writing, the world has been going through a massive shift. People have been self-isolating for weeks or months. It’s been difficult not seeing the people we love, connecting and hugging. Many people are becoming more creative in how they communicate and do business, but many others are scared and not sure what to expect.
Saturn begins its retrograde on May 10, followed by Venus going retrograde on May 13, and then Jupiter on May 14. Don’t panic, the sky isn’t falling. The outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde every year for approximately six months. Mercury retrogrades about every three months, Venus every 18 months and Mars every 24 months. I didn’t mean to give you an astrology lesson, but there you have it.
With three planets retrograding this month you can expect things to still be moving at a snail’s pace. If the quarantines are still in effect at the publishing of this article, I would say you can expect that people are examining their lives, making the best of the situation and trying to figure out how to build something new that will support themselves while potentially being beneficial for the collective. Please reach out to your friends and family or the crisis line. This is a whole new world my friends and all I can say is We Will All Get Through This Together.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete its orbit through the 12 signs, staying approximately two and a half days in each sign. When we say the Moon is Void of Course or VoC, it means the Moon makes no more major aspects to other planets before it leaves the sign it is in. At these times, it can be difficult to get focused and accomplish a task. You may want to relax, meditate or do something where your focus is turned inward. Don’t try and get a new project off the ground when the Moon is Void. If you want to find out more about the Void of Course Moon, check out moontracks.com.
The times below are listed in Central Daylight Time.
Friday, May 1
When the Moon opposes Mars, there’s the potential to become irritated by those around you and embroiled in a disagreement. Instead of stubbornly holding on to your opinion and lashing out, you could channel this energy into a physical activity that would let off steam. You could try working together instead of arguing and come up with solutions that benefit everyone, rather than focusing on what works just for you. Moon in Leo and VoC at 11:04 a.m.
Saturday, May 2
There’s a lot of energy in Earth signs today. You could pursue something that has practical applications. The Moon trines Uranus and Mercury as well as the Sun, which could put the focus on an unusual encounter, a surprise or tapping into your intuitive side by doing what you love. Taking a steady approach to your work will lead to growth. Moon enters the sign of Virgo at 12:35 a.m.
Sunday, May 3
The Venus-Neptune square puts the spotlight on romance, candlelight and daydreaming. You want all the bells and whistles that make your heart sing. You’re generous and want to bestow grand gestures on those you love. Be cautious starting a new romance right now, as the stars in your eyes could be clouding your vision. There’s a possibility of a relationship dissolving, and if that’s the case, it’s best to let it go. Venus and Neptune together could help you create some beautiful magic in the art studio. Moon VoC at 9:25 p.m.
Monday, May 4
When the Sun conjuncts Mercury, you could be more talkative than usual, steering the conversation in a certain direction. With a little patience and planning, you could create something that brings in money; I know you’re eager to get going. Speaking of going…get outside and go for a walk around the neighborhood. Moon enters the sign of Libra at 2:09 a.m.
Tuesday, May 5
When the Moon trines Venus, there’s a desire to connect with others, whether it’s in person, by phone or through live video chat. Interacting with others and sharing ideas and feelings are what keeps us going day to day. You may feel like indulging and having the extra piece of cake or the whole bowl of popcorn. Go ahead! You can get back on track tomorrow. Moon VoC at 9:31 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6
You could be looking for an escape-hatch as feelings of restlessness and wanting more freedom come to the surface during the Moon-Uranus opposition. Maybe you just need a little more space. Don’t do anything hasty that you’ll regret later. Explore healthy ways to deal with your restlessness and the need for something new and exciting. Moon enters the sign of Scorpio at 2:05 a.m.
Thursday, May 7
It may feel like the future is fraught with uncertainty. You could be mourning a loss and not sure how you’ll ever get over it. It’s okay to cry and grieve; there have been a lot of losses lately. This is a great time to examine your feelings about what’s happened. Confront your fears, your demons and know that there may be treasures in the darkness. Once you’ve had a good cry, screamed and railed against the Universe—or whatever it is you need to do—move forward. This too will pass. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Full Moon in Scorpio at 5:45 a.m. Moon VoC at 9:39 p.m.
Friday, May 8
There’s a seriousness to the day when the Moon sextiles Saturn. You may want to go off and have some time to yourself to think about life and your responsibilities. Your calm presence can help those around you breathe easier. Moon enters the sign of Sagittarius at 2:15 a.m.
Saturday, May 9
When Mercury trines Pluto and Jupiter, you have the opportunity to dig deep and explore some issues if you want. Is there someone or something from your past that’s holding you back? Conversations with others could be more complex; your thinking influences those around you, just as theirs has an impact on you. FYI…this is a great time to study something that’s always captured your interest.
Sunday, May 10
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and to all who nurture us in their own way! The Sun-Neptune sextile heightens your intuition by allowing you to feel more empathy towards others and emphasizing your caring nature. Tap into your connection with the Universe, find your inner strength through compassion towards others and yourself. Your focus on others will bring you joy. Saturn begins its retrograde at 11:09 p.m. Moon VoC at 1:11 a.m. until 4:39 a.m. when it enters the sign of Capricorn.
Monday, May 11
Mercury is comfortable entering its sign of Gemini at 4:58 p.m. When Mercury’s in Gemini, you may be able to think on your feet and be ready to spar at a moment’s notice. Whoever said, “Variety is the spice of life” must have been talking about a Gemini or Mercury in Gemini. Your interests may be varied. Go with it! Have fun! Taste a little bit of everything!
Tuesday, May 12
You may be focused on business or practical matters when Saturn trines Mercury. Your mind is sharp and you’re trying to think of innovative and practical ways to earn money as well as save for a rainy day. Get an opinion from someone you trust if you feel it’s too much to figure out on your own. Mars enters the sign of Pisces at 11:17 p.m. When the planet of action is in watery Pisces, you could find that your actions are motivated by your intuition. There’s the possibility that you have a harder time asserting yourself; your energy is affected by your moods. Moon VoC at 5:30 a.m. until 10:39 a.m. when it enters the sign of Aquarius.
Wednesday, May 13
Venus begins its retrograde at 1:45 a.m. Venus will be retrograde until June 25, approximately six weeks. When the planet of love, relationships and money goes retrograde, you may want to spend some time reflecting on your relationships and how they’re going. You could feel conflicted and not sure in which direction to go. Take some time to go inward and discover what it is you want and need from your partnerships. What part do you play in all of this? You may be eager to move forward, but some soul searching and honest conversations with yourself and others could set you up for success down the road. Remember to also take a hard look at your finances and what you need to do moving forward.
Thursday, May 14
Jupiter goes retrograde at 9:32 a.m. Jupiter will Station Direct on Sept. 12. The Moon is Void in Aquarius for most of the day. A part of you may be wanting to get together with friends or even meet some new people. The other part of you may be needing some time away from everyone. Try to find a balance between enjoying your freedom and being in the company of friends. Moon VoC at 9:03 a.m. until 8:24 p.m. when it enters the sign of Pisces.
Friday, May 15
How do you want to transform yourself and the world around you? That’s the million-dollar question when the Sun trines Pluto. Is there something you need to let go of so you can move forward with your life? You’re in control and have the power to steer the course any way you want.
Saturday, May 16
When the Moon conjuncts Neptune today, It’s easy to lose yourself in daydreams. You may be inclined to see what you want and not what’s actually in front of you. You’re sensitive and could be picking up on everyone’s emotions, which makes you a great listener. Be aware of the energies around you and steer clear of anyone who seems like they are looking for a fight.
Sunday, May 17
The Sun-Jupiter trine may make you feel optimistic and positive about the day and the plans you’ve made. There’s a glimmer of hope as you figure out how to put your plans into place. You’ve been holding out, looking for a rainbow, keep your eyes open, today could be the day it appears. Moon VoC at 2:59 a.m. until 8:36 a.m. when it enters the sign of Aries.
Monday, May 18
Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian readers! When the Moon sextiles Mercury, you may be looking for different ways to get your point across. You get more work done when you collaborate with others; you can come up with new approaches to old problems. You may also want to gather with friends to just hang out, enjoying each other’s company.
Tuesday, May 19
The Moon squares Pluto and Jupiter which could amplify your emotions. You may be feeling reactive and want to bite someone’s head off; take a step back and examine what’s really going on for you at this moment. Buried feelings bubble up to the surface. It could involve you trying to control or manipulate another person or the other way around. You may be tempted to turn and walk away from the situation or the individual. Try and maintain your balance as you navigate through the day by taking a walk, breathwork, exercise, doodling or whatever else helps you decompress. Moon VoC at 3:33 p.m. until 9:10 p.m. when it enters the sign of Taurus.
Wednesday, May 20
Happy Birthday, dear Gemini! It’s your turn to shine! When Venus squares Neptune today, you may want to play and shut out and ignore anything ugly that is ruining your picture-perfect day. Sometimes life is messy and not exactly what you’d envisioned, but you could learn something about yourself and your relationships that help you in the long run. The Sun enters the sign of Gemini at 8:49 a.m.
Thursday, May 21
The Moon-Neptune sextile could add a sensuous and sultry element to the day. Spending time with someone you love may be just what the doctor ordered. Being playful is part of the energy, follow your intuition and you’ll know what to do. Lose yourself in a beautiful piece of art or music, just follow the flow of the day. The Taurus Moon encourages some luxuriating.
Friday, May 22
A lot is going on in the cosmos today, so get ready… The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and the North Node are all in Gemini. Communication and learning are highlighted when the New Moon is in Gemini. You may be learning to listen and how to have a conversation. You may be feeling called to begin studying something that’s been of interest to you for a while now, but you’d never got around to taking a class or reading up on it. Or, it could turn out that you’re the teacher and that students are eager to hear what you have to say.
The Mercury/Venus-Neptune square could play out as potential disagreements in your relationships. Really, they’re misunderstandings. Everyone is getting their wires crossed and not communicating clearly. Make sure your partner or friend knows exactly what you mean and double-check what they’re trying to tell you too. The Sun trines Saturn today making it a great day for getting work done. You may be excited about a new business opportunity; you could be singled out and given more responsibilities. There are great things ahead. The New Moon is about building up energy in a certain area of our life for the next month. What area would you like to shine a light on? Moon VoC at 3:01 a.m. until 8:36 a.m. when it enters the sign of Gemini. New Moon in Gemini at 12:39 p.m.
Saturday, May 23
With the energies of the New Moon in Gemini still playing, you may be focused on a new idea that could bring in money. Whatever you’re creating, you’re putting in a lot of effort. Come up for air at some point and remember to enjoy the company of friends however that looks. Put your feet up, enjoy a nice meal, watch a movie, relax, you deserve it.
Sunday, May 24
The Moon is Void for a good portion of the day. If you want to be productive you might want to go through some papers and sort out what you should keep and what you can throw away. Finishing up any work on a project that’s already begun is also a good use of the energy. You could also have a quiet day, go for a walk, meditate, read a book—whatever speaks to you. It’s a day for tying up loose ends or just chilling and enjoying the day. Moon VoC at 6:09 a.m. until 6:09 p.m. when it enters the sign of Cancer.
Monday, May 25
Happy Memorial Day to all my American Readers! Your intuition is on point when the Moon trines Mars. You’re enthusiastic and confident about your next move, whether it’s personal or professional. Life is an adventure and you never know what can happen when you step up and take charge.
Tuesday, May 26
The emphasis is on sensitivity, nurturing and creativity when the Moon trines Neptune. You’re caring and want to help others; people know they can trust you. I know you’re generous but try not to give away everything you own. Your sensitivity means you pick up on the energies around you. So, if someone is in a bad mood, you’ll feel it. Make your excuses and leave. Moon VoC at 8:06 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27
When the Moon sextiles the Sun, you could find you have the happy decision of too many opportunities in front of you. You may find it difficult to decide which choice is the right one. If you need to, make a list of the choices before you and the benefits and challenges of each, reflect on what feels like a fit for you and grab your opportunity. Moon enters the sign of Leo at 1:33 a.m.
Thursday, May 28
Mercury enters the sign of Cancer at 1:09 p.m. When Mercury is in the sensitive sign of Cancer, you intuitively know what to say and your speech could become softer. You let your feelings take the lead rather than your intellect. The Moon is Void early in the day and will be until tomorrow, so you may want to stop and take a breath. You may have been juggling a lot of balls in the air and now it’s time to slow down and rest. You can pick up where you left off tomorrow. Moon VoC at 8:30 a.m. and Void the rest of the day.
Friday, May 29
When Mercury inconjuncts Saturn, you may be having a challenging time integrating your ideas with the execution. Stop, look at your plans with new eyes and try and find a creative solution to handle the problem. Tackle this in small bites and remember to take breaks and get some fresh air, it could get the wheels turning. Moon enters the sign of Virgo at 6:40 a.m.
Saturday, May 30
The Moon is in Virgo today which can help us tackle a project we may have been putting off. It could be taxes or sorting through the closet and seeing what you want to keep and what needs to go. It’s a health sign, so you might want to cook a healthy and yummy treat or get some exercise. There’s magic in doing the mundane things that you put off. Being present to look after your environment, your body and mind can then free up space for you to relax.
Sunday, May 31
The Moon-Saturn trine focuses on stable relationships. You may want to connect with an older relative or friend who has lots of wisdom to share. You feel satisfied with your home and the people you’re surrounded with. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the ones you love how you feel but you show it in other ways. Moon VoC at 4:17 a.m. until 9:38 a.m. when it enters the sign of Libra.
Bernadette Evans is a counseling astrologer, hypnotherapist, Registered Professional Counselor and writer. She can be reached at 780-289-7398 or Bbevans001@gmail.com to schedule a consultation. Visit mindshiftcounselling.com.