You may be wondering whether anything is going to happen this month, if you have been reading various reports about the unusual amount of retrograde activity that is occurring now. But before you think you will give May a miss because nothing important is going to happen, think again because all of the retro activity is an invitation to engage in, not retreat from, our own empowerment and to do that final energetic housecleaning that we may have been putting off. May offers many gifts, some of them hidden, others very obvious. It’s a month to dig deep and fly high, as the past, present, and future will all be features on the ascension horizon, and if we’re paying attention we could reap some big benefits this month.
When I look at May’s energy I think about little packages placed in bigger ones. When my kids were little if they had a small present I would often wrap it in a bigger box. Since they were more impressed by the size of the box than the present it contained, having a big box to open was more exciting, even if the small gift was important or something they really wanted. Sometimes we need a bigger box to appreciate the value of the gift, and that’s one of the things we will have with May’s full-on energy. A lot of what it brings may arrive in shipping container-size packages that hold a tiny spark of new enlightenment, awareness, ascension, and joy.
One of the things that will be tested in May is our ability stand in both sides of our lives, in the past and in the present and sift through our experiences so we can choose what we want to keep and what we are willing to let go of. The decision point is where we want to be in the future and our willingness to learn to be in our own power, without fear of judgment or criticism, or of disappointing other people. So often we live in our own polarized realities – the world we live in, and the world we wish we lived in. How many of our choices do we make for ourselves and what percentage of our choice power is given over to what we want to do on behalf of others, either for their love, approval, or connection? How often do we look at our ‘other’ world and wonder if we’ll ever be able to live there? We can, if we’re willing to do a little excavating.
This isn’t about this lifetime alone, though, this is a review of our karmic partners, soul groups, soul commitments, and karmic cycles. When do we fully release ourselves from those obligations and realize that no matter what happened in another time and place, the other person had a choice too and could have taken action in other ways? We take on karmic obligations when we believe that we have been a source of harm to others but we can no longer assume responsibility for others’ choices, or their inaction, past or present. This is one of the gifts of May’s retrogrades and it is the difference between raking lightly over the surface of our individual and collective karmic past and bringing in the front end loader to really dig down deep.
The Mars retrograde this month is important because from now until early August it covers the same Scorpio degrees that Saturn covered from December 2014 to September 2015. If you remember, Saturn stayed in the final degrees of Scorpio for four months then, putting us through some very challenging times. Mars’ action is a little less intense but no less demanding. Whatever we worked on then comes back around for a final review. Is it time to let it go? Only we can make that choice and we need to look at what we want now to decide. The old energy will no longer fit into our lives but we have to decide whether we are going to try once again, or move on.
Jupiter goes direct this month, after being retrograde since early January but it is now where it was in October 2015, so the theme of going back and sifting through the past appears again, which will be a recurring theme in May. Its position in Virgo, which always marks the beginning of a 12 year spiritual awakening cycle, is heightened by the North node in Virgo, and Chiron and Neptune in Pisces. And with Pluto in Capricorn and this month’s Taurus activity, we have a triple earth energy at work – anyone need some extra grounding?
This is spiritual awakening on steroids, and we are on the cusp of a profound energetic expansion that is grounded in the reality of our humanity, while expanding our awareness into our divinity. But this doesn’t happen to us while we wait with bated breath hoping that it will all turn out well, we’re in the driver’s seat here. The energy is there waiting for us to take control. And it is what we are willing to sift through and release that determines how much transformation we will have the energetic space, vibration, and frequency for.
Mercury’s retrograde also bears mentioning because it’s in Taurus, and joined by Venus and the Sun. Usually, a Sun/Venus/Mercury conjunction is a rare opportunity to indulge ourselves but this time, Mercury rains a little on that parade. Before we indulge, we need to make sure we have taken care of the important business in our lives. Since Mercury retrograde supports release, review, reconsideration, re-dos, and re-negotiation, expect to see some of your past spring forward from its dark corners. The Mercury retro lasts all month, so we’ll have plenty of time to work with its energy.
May’s new moon in Taurus on the 6th arrives with a promise of universal support but since it is also exactly conjunct Pluto, the support comes at a price (the energies are relentless this month). While the 2nd house, Taurus, is said to rule money, it actually rules value, how we value ourselves and how we relate to others with respect to our value. And it is close to the degree of a full moon eclipse in October 2004, when Jupiter had just completed its 2003/2004 Virgo cycle, another invitation to step back into the past so we can move forwarded unimpeded. Pluto demands total transformation – no going back, no second guessing, no regrets. What was going on in 2004 that may be coming up for you again? What choices or decisions did you make then that are now up for review? The past has a funny way of popping up when we least expect it and this month’s energy is putting the past and the present side by side so we can see which one is more appealing to us now and what we want for our future.
Of course there’s the Uranus/Eris conjunction that is gaining in strength although it isn’t exact until June. When you put the planet of revolution together with the planet of discord, the fur will fly. Expect more revelations and upsets in every area of the world now, not necessarily geographic but in the political and corporate worlds too. We have known for a long time that the world is run by a small, secret group of people who care little about humanity unless it’s within the scope of fulfilling their insatiable agenda for power, money, and control. Well, with Uranus/Eris, secrets cannot be kept and explosive change is the name of this game.
I think between now and July we are going to learn new information that will reveal a lot about how little we know about what really goes on behind those closed doors. Ascension has reached critical momentum and while that means it can’t be stopped, it does require our constant effort to keep the momentum happening at light speed.
But the purpose of the Uranus/Eris connection is to help us galvanize our life purpose into a more focused intention for the kind of world we want to live in. We, as the collective family of humanity, dictate the energy of our individual and collective worlds. It is those who know that we have a synergistic relationship with the Earth and the Universe who are the most aligned and powerful energy containers for universal energy. The ‘meek’ who inherit the earth are not the self-effacing, humbled, downtrodden victims, in this case ‘meek’ actually means self-aware. It is those who know, own, and acknowledge their power who can own the earth and dictate the energy flows and vibrations here. It’s time to face our own music now, are we dancing to a funeral dirge or to a more upbeat tune?
The full moon of the 21st, at 1 Sagittarius is important too, as it is conjunct the retro Mars. That is unusual, especially since Mars goes retro once every two years, so expect some more fur flying then too. As I said, the energies this month are relentless but it in the best way. While we ‘say’ we want peace on earth, we feel powerless to create it. While we ‘say’ we want love and abundance, we feel ineffective in making it happen.
That’s because we’re approaching the situation from the problem and not from the solution, which is us. When we decide that this is what we want, and we create space in our energy containers for it, when we are very clear about who we are, what we are capable of creating, and release our own toxic energy burdens in the form of our karma, obligations, soul contracts, commitments, regret, guilt, shame, and self blame, then we become the self aware inheritors of the earth and the masters of our individual and collective universes.
It’s going to be a busy month and the retros actually speed everything up, they don’t slow it down. But we’re going to have to do some digging to make the best use of this energy. We have many blessings coming our way, some in very small packages, some in huge cartons, but they all point us in the same direction. Jupiter’s Virgo cycle in 2003 was our initiation, the 2015/2016 cycle is about graduation. When Jupiter moves into Libra in September, we will be prepared to step confidently into the next level of this process.
Batten down the hatches, clear the decks, full speed ahead, and have a great month.
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