Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse + Mercury going Direct
Welcome, May! Magnolias are blooming beautifully in the Pacific Northwest; our season of renewal has sprung into life. Are you feeling the urge to burst into new pathways? The astrology over the next few weeks can help you navigate what you're considering and the timing on when and how to move into new terrain.
5/3/23 - 5/5/23
Venus Square Neptune
Venus Sextile Jupiter
On May 3rd - 5th, Venus makes aspects with Neptune and Jupiter. This is an interesting combo, as all three planets are the money planets; when we look at the astrology chart to see into money, one of the things we look to see is the planetary placements and aspects of Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune. Therefore, if money has been a strong topic in your life recently, whether you want to save, invest, sort out debts, or make an expensive purchase, then it’s essential to consider the astrological aspects occurring during the 3rd through the 5th.
Mercury continues to be in retrograde until the 14th. It would be advisable not to make big decisions until after the 14th. Decision-making and processing may not be as clear during Mercury retrograde. We are also in eclipse season, making it not the best time to start new things. (More on the May 5th Eclipse below)
Amidst Mercury's retrograde and a Lunar eclipse, Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune present interesting dynamics: On May 3rd - 5th, Venus is simultaneously making both an easy and positive aspect (Sextile to Jupiter) and a challenging aspect (Square to Neptune). If you are thinking about money decisions (spending or making) during these days, it would be wise to consider what’s happening astrologically.
Venus and Jupiter are the benefics of astrology, meaning they open you up to experiences that can bring good things. Venus allows for ease, love, beauty, and receiving of gifts. Venus and Jupiter in Sextile can open you up to feeling optimistic and seeing the good things that can come your way. However, when Venus makes a Square with Neptune, the things you feel good about can glow brightly with allurement that is idealized and illusionary. It’s wise to enjoy the grandeur of what may be possible and take care not to lean too far from your own center of gravity and grounded sensibility for what is truly possible. This is a great time to catch a vision and let it settle before acting.
Therefore, I recommend noticing what’s coming up for you and your ideas and feelings about your money from the 3rd through the 5th. You may be able to open up to ideas you haven’t thought of, opportunities that are now available to you… and it is astrologically indicated to give it more time and thought before you jump in. In addition, if you can hold off until Mercury goes direct on or after the 14th, you may enjoy a clearer sense of what is the right move for you. These aspects can have us jumping in too big or biting off more than we can chew, so before you decide to execute big ideas, wait until this transit is over (after the 5th) to see what is still real for you.
Full Moon Scorpio 10:34 AM, PDT
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 10:22 AM, PDT
We are in an eclipse season. First, there was a Solar Eclipse on the New Moon of April 19th. Then a Lunar Eclipse, two weeks later, on May 5th, as the Full Moon in Scorpio occurs with a Lunar Eclipse.
(Solar Eclipses always occur on a New Moon; Lunar Eclipses always happen on a Full Moon.)
During eclipses, it’s best not to start new things, especially on the day of, as the energy is more about releasing old things versus building or creating new things. Unexpected things can happen when adventuring onto a new path during the Eclipse time, so it is good to heed this oft-cited astrological advice. FYI, the type of eclipse on the 5th is called a penumbral Lunar eclipse, where the Moon’s light isn’t entirely blocked (as is with a total eclipse) due to its position with Earth at this particular time. Although you won’t see a total eclipse of the Moon, the energy of an eclipse still holds sway.
(see the image above, the Moon will be positioned in the penumbral zone on May 5th)
Full Moons are good times for releasing, and the Scorpio energy is good support for letting things and emotions go. It would be helpful to hold this understanding on and around May 5th and work on releasing what you know in your life is showing you it’s time to let it go. The energy of eclipses can linger on for weeks to months, depending on how it interacts with your personal natal chart.
The Eclipse on May 5th is happening at 14 degrees Scorpio. If you know how to look at your birth/natal astrology chart, you can see if the eclipse energy touches or influences particular personal realms of your life.
5/11/23 - 5/13/23
Mercury Sextile Saturn
Mercury Sextile Venus
Venus Trine Saturn
The astrological transits for May 11th - 13th, involving Mercury, Venus, and Saturn, emphasize getting grounded in communications and relationships. These are also good days to create positive and stimulating conversations.
Three transits are happening, and the first one - Mercury Sextile Saturn, can turn your attention towards having matter-of-fact conversations and feeling mentally focused on the practical matters of life. Mercury also makes a Sextile with Venus, with the second transit, and is helpful in business, negotiations, and communication aimed at profitable activities. People will want to hear what you have to say. Venus also influences our connection to relationships, and you may have opportunities for good chats with those close to you or in your intimate relationships. The energy supports mental processing with others in loving ways.
Venus will make a Trine with Saturn in the third transit from the 11th to the 13th. Beauty and practicality come together nicely— these are good days to experience relationship balance and harmony in close friendships and intimate relationships.
Mercury goes Direct
Mercury has retrograded since April 21st and will go direct on May 14th. When planets are retrograde, they appear to move backward in the sky from Earth’s vantage point. Mercury’s retrograde motion that began on April 21st covered the same celestial sky terrain as it did on April 7th - 21st. This retrograde energy can put you in rewind, review, and rework mode regarding the matters of your life during these April dates. Mercury goes direct on the 14th, so you may continue to work out the same things as it covers the same terrain again for a 3rd and last time in forward motion. Mercury will take until June 1st to return to the same place it was in Taurus before retrograding. June 1st will be when Mercury "gets out of its shadow”.
This whole time from April 7th - June 1st may ask for your mental patience. The decision-making and communications you’re involved in may take longer to work out. If things have been confusing or you’ve been uncertain about how you will wrap your brain around situations in your life, things should become more apparent the closer we get to June 1st.
Until Mercury goes Direct on the 14th, I recommend following the guidelines for Mercury retrograde; refer to my last blog post (April 17th - 30th) for tips on how to focus your time.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for over 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.