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In the Stars May 5-12, 2024 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week

The Sun shines in Taurus, along with Jupiter, Uranus, and Venus. Mercury joins May 15th as the fifth planet in Taurus. The fixed earth sign Taurus’ interests are in growth, beauty, pleasure, security, money, and resources. Make these areas a focus in your life the next two weeks. Tend your garden and your money, and infuse your life with pleasure and all things lovely.


Pluto stationed this past Thursday and has now moved retrograde for the next five months until October 12th. Mercury moves out of its shadow May 13 when it gains full strength again. Full speed ahead with plans and projects!


Friday May 10th is Akshay Tritiya, an especially auspicious day in the Vedic tradition. Sidereally the Sun and Moon are both exalted (Sun in Aries and Moon in Taurus). It is regarded as the best day of the year in Vedic astrology. The belief is that everything done on this day is multiplied thousands of times. It is a day for good deeds, for helping others, and for donating money. This is a day to give back to society and make the world a better place. It is also considered a good day to make investments. We should all do something positive for the world around us so our good deeds, and our karma, are multiplied.



Sunday, May 5, calls for adventure in the light of the Aries Moon. There are no major exact planetary aspects to navigate. The Aries Moon loves spontaneity, engaging in vigorous physical exercise, and trying different things. Allow yourself to be drawn toward a new exploration. 


The Moon is void of course Monday morning and afternoon, May 6 (from 10:56 p.m. last night) until 2:42 p.m. PDT. We will want to get out the door and get some vigorous exercise with the drive of the Aries Moon. The void period is best used for insignificant routine tasks. When the Moon moves into Taurus at 2:42 p.m. PDT, our interests turn toward pleasure. With the Moon’s square to Pluto, and Mercury conjunct Chiron, we will want to engage in a deep, honest conversation. A Sun-Saturn sextile keeps the day focused on responsibilities and practical matters.


Tuesday, May 7, promises to be a lovely day, blessed by a Moon-Venus conjunction to start. There is little troubling planetary energy in this day. A New Moon perfects at 8:21 p.m. PDT at 18:02 degrees of Taurus. With Uranus and Jupiter’s close proximity to the New Moon we want to please our senses. There may be a few nice surprises!


Wednesday morning, May 8, unfolds with optimism and a drive to do something different. We might begin by changing our morning routine. The Taurus Moon hearkens a productive day. Yet, we want to take time to smell the roses and enjoy a delicious lunch. At 4:20 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into curious Gemini, and trines Pluto. We will feel more confident about the future and feel a drive to make a difference.


Thursday, May 9, is a light-hearted day with the Moon in Gemini. The Moon’s sextile to Mars excites minds and stirs up ideas. The day is light on planetary activity until evening when a Moon-Saturn square demands attention on responsibilities, or at least urges us to make plans for the next day before we shut off the lights and sleep.


Connection and conversation are again themes on Friday, May 10. One edgy aspect is an impulsive accident-prone Mars-Uranus semi-square, so proceed with caution. Friday also sports another semi-square between Venus and Neptune which is visionary, and also illusory. The planets involved in these semi-squares are creative, so use this energy to do something different and create or imagine something new, shiny, and exciting! A Moon-Neptune square amplifies the visionary energy. Dream wild and big!


Saturday and Sunday (May 11-12) are colored with the cozy, family-oriented energy of a Cancer Moon, perfect for Mother’s Day on Sunday. A Sun-Ceres trine (exact on Saturday) helps boost good feelings among family members and close loved ones. However, these good vibes may be countered by the testy, oppositional planetary aspects (Mercury conjunct Eris; Moon square Mars), so aim to keep your cool.


Mother’s Day Sunday May 12 holds numerous aspects, both supporting and challenging. The Cancer Moon is moody and fluctuates with the pulls of the tides. Supportive aspects foster familial connection (Moon trine Saturn; Moon sextile Sun, Uranus, and Jupiter). Challenging aspects may result in irritations and disagreements (Moon square Chiron, Eris, and Mercury; Moon opposite Ceres). I’ve always felt like the greatest gift for Mother’s Day is to support a mother with no obligations or requests, just appreciation. This would be a day to keep things simple and avoid situations that could flare up in conflict.


The work week starts off with a bang on Monday, May 13! The Sun and Uranus conjunct, an alignment that can hearken awakening, disruption, or change. The Moon moves into sunny, enthusiastic Leo, and in the early morning opposes Pluto, giving emotional drama. A Venus-Saturn sextile gives a stabilizing influence; however, there may be significant turning points on this day. Finally, a Moon-Mars trine in the evening encourages exuberance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Week in Short:

Sunday: Get some vigorous exercise and try a new activity or exploration.

Monday: Moon VoC until 2:42 p.m. PDT, during which focus on routine tasks. Take care of practical matters, and engage in meaningful conversations.

Tuesday: Lovely Day! New Moon! Indulge yourself with pleasure and expect some nice surprises!

Wednesday: Optimistic, grounded, productive day. Smell the roses. Abandon your routine and let your curiosity lead the way.

Thursday: Easy day. Ideas flow. Connect and converse.

Friday: Be careful and creative, and dream wild and big!

Saturday: Home and family-oriented day that may also be testy and oppositional. 

Sunday: Active day with great support and also contentious aspects. Keep things simple so as to avoid conflict and volatility.

Monday: This day invites change and awakening. Enthusiasm abounds, and yet there is practical restraint. 


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Taurus (April 29-May 23)

1.     Plant spring flowers in your garden.

2.     Review and tend to your finances

3.     Cook delicious food to delight your taste buds.

4.     Schedule a massage.

5.     Get a new haircut.

6.     Freshen your wardrobe.

7.     Spray a delightful fragrance around your face.

8.     Listen to love songs

9.     Adorn yourself with beautiful clothing and jewelry.

10.  Sing!



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Moon Void of Course:

This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it is difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle):Pacific Standard Time:

May 5 at 10:56 p.m. through May 6 at 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

May 8: 2:55 p.m.-4:20 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

May 10: 6:48 p.m.-8:12 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

May 13 (2:12 a.m.-3:35 a.m.) Moon into Leo

May 15: 9:40 a.m.-2:32 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

May 18: 2:08 a.m.-3:22 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

May 19 at 8:48 a.m. through May 20 at 3:33 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

May 23: 12:27 a.m.-1:23 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

May 25:7:46 a.m.-8:35 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

May 27: 1:01 p.m.-1:44 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

May 29: 7:19 a.m.-5:32 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

May 31: 7:54 p.m.-8:28 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

June 2: 3:03 p.m.-10:53 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

May 6 at 5:56-21:41 (Moon into Taurus)

May 8: 21:55-23:20 (Moon into Gemini)

May 11: 1:48-3:12 (Moon into Cancer)

May 13 9:12-10:35 (Moon into Leo)

May 15: 16:40-21:32 (Moon into Virgo)

May 18: 7:08-10:22 (Moon into Libra)

May 19 at 15:48 through May 20 at 22:33 (Moon into Scorpio)

May 23: 7:27-8:23 (Moon into Sagittarius)

May 25: 14:46-15:35 (Moon into Capricorn)

May 27: 20:01-20:44 (Moon into Aquarius)

May 29 at 14:19 through May 30 at 0:32 (Moon into Pisces)

June 1: 2:54-4:28 (Moon into Aries)

June 2 at 22:03 through June 3 at 5:53 (Moon into Taurus)


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