Spring Fever in Unprecedented times:
Dressed in House Cozies & Listening for the Deeper Callings
Every Spring, the arrival of May opens us to feeling the joy of heading towards longer, sunnier days and wanting to share outside activities with lovers, friends and family. This year, the movement of social distancing is creating a natural tension between how to direct all the uprising of energy of the season with the ask to retreat indoors.
Daily living has shifted for most… As always, the placement of the planets brings insight to help you work with the times.
The astrology for the month of May showcases the planetary influences of Mars, Venus and Neptune, directing you towards letting go of controlling outcomes, and instead listening for . . . and then trusting . . . the wisdom of the deeper internal processes moving through your being, without judgment. In exploring the placements of the planets, the message is: Focus less on material restrictions, and open more to spiritual/life lessons and your inner guidance.
I know, right?… doesn’t this sound like the same timeless wisdom spiritual guides have offered for millennia… stick with me here and you’ll see the planetary roundup of May really does offer this advice in a specific and timely way.
Consciously aligning with this astrological understanding will help bring meaningful action to finding your way(s) through this uniquely challenging time.
Lets break it down, but first…
It’s important to make sure that basic needs are being cared for in this time, and with that in place . . . it’s okay . . . even important . . . to trust the process of what is authentically emerging within you as a unique being.
Mars (♂) in Aquarius March 23rd - May 13th, 2020
The astrological nature of the planet Mars urges you to take action towards what you want in life, regardless of what sign or position it’s in.
Back in March, Mars moved into Aquarius and continues under quirky Aquarian influence through the first weeks of May until the 13th. You may find yourself in a free spirited state of mental engagement regarding how you want to be creating your life. During this current pandemic time of retreat from whatever your recent versions of “normal” life might have been, Mars in Aquarius prompts you to open up to new visions of how you want your life to be. These visions of new ways of living could be rising up inside of you, carrying long held dreams you hadn’t allowed yourself to take seriously.
Aquarius energy is progressive, forward thinking, you can feel yourself wanting to move to the beat of your own drum, express your individualism.
You can utilize this time to remember who you really are and what you already know. Clear out the clutter of what’s not you. Download the new visions. Write them down to anchor the intention and invite this energy into your life. Don’t stress about accomplishing your visions right now. It’s more important to use this retreat time to name and acknowledge what your spirit is really hungry for.
Mars (♂) in Pisces, May 14th - June 28th, 2020
As Mars enters Pisces on May 14th, the tide turns and directs you towards an inner reflective process, deepening your connection to what your soul is wanting you to do. We can often get so caught up in the mundane that there’s little attention given towards the guidance coming from your heart and soul. There’s a rhythm and a knowing to your being that will take you right to getting exactly what you need. If given the time and space to connect to this, you will find your intuition and gut instincts will offer guidance that keep you in alignment with your soul plan.
Your physical, get up and go energy, may feel slower than you’re used to during this Piscean Mars transit.
Mars is fiery, direct and forward. Pisces is watery, nebulous, deeply wise and intuitive. This shift with Mars can easily find you becoming more idealistic and dreamy and needing to anchor your attention towards activating your will in non-linear ways. Mars in Pisces awakens a deeper need to go with the flow and follow your intuition as you make you way through your day.
The visions you downloaded when Mars was in Aquarius, have an opportunity to now incubate and deepen inside you. As you allow your visions to mature in the “creative womb” of oceanic Pisces, you begin to find ways to naturally manifest these visions.
The best way to approach this time is to surrender to how your daily flow shifts the second half of the month. If you normally have everything all planned out and discover you don’t have enough energy to engage in that plan . . . surrender to it.
Let what truly wants to emerge have the space to emerge!
If your course of action wants to change mid-day, let it. If you need to take a nap, take one. If your feel called to read a certain book, read it. If you get a flash of a person you want to contact, contact them. If you have an idea come to mind, explore it. If you sense your day is needing to go a certain, unforeseen direction, let it happen. I think you can see where I am going with all of this. Don’t ignore these hunches. Mars in Pisces, softens the need to take immediate action on something, but takes a moment to ask, “is this in my highest and best interest to do this right now”. When you follow this flow, it may lead to you the thing, person or message that helps open your path to taking the next step.
This Coronavirus retreat is a unique time, honoring Mars’s influence on your will can help you discover the surprises and gifts in this strange time.
Venus (♀) retrograde, May 14th - June 25th, 2020
Venus (♀) square Neptune (♆) April 25th - May 30th
Another area of focus in May is on relationships and finances, but not in the manner you might be thinking.
Venus brings out a sense of wanting to create beauty in your home and life and rules the aspects of relationships, love, money and how we receive these gifts. The location of Venus in your personal astrology chart can point to how you’re flowing with these aspects in your life.
At the start of May, Venus’s movement slows and heads towards retrograde, which happens about every 18 months. Venus in retrograde influences your feelings towards relationships and money.
When planets shift into a retrograde motion, from the Earth’s vantage point, their night-to-night movement across the fixed stars appears to turn reverse, going backwards in the sky. Retrograding planets have their effect on us by shifting the outward expression of their energy and directing it towards a more inward process. It’s a good time to allow yourself space to internally work with the signature energies of the planet instead of trying to accomplish those energies outwardly in your life.
With Venus retrograde you may find it difficult to find resolution with financial matters and I recommend not being hard on yourself if you’re unable to obtain a clear sense of financial security during this time. In terms of relationships, it’s not the best time to start new ones or try to resolve issues with partners. This is a powerful time to accept and allow the whole of ‘what is so’ in the landscape of partnership. It’s best to go easy on pushing forward with a need to change things. Compassion for each other and acceptance of how things are will go a long way. It’s okay to have movement in these areas, but things will be clearer once Venus moves out of retrograde. Allow for grace in the flow of time to help work things out.
Another feature of retrograde Venus is often times people of the past may re-surface in your life. It’s possible an ex-lover will contact you and or you may feel inspired to reach out and if things were left unfinished with them - this is a good time to resolve issues from the past.
Additionally, Venus is in a hard square aspect to Neptune the entire month of May, adding a flavor of confusion and uncertainty to money and relationships. Neptune is the planet that has you connecting to what’s meaningful and wants to dissolve the limitations of the ego-self into the beautiful experience of being truly at one with all that is. The catch is, when Neptune brings it’s great gift of merging with the one, it can create a blurring of boundaries and a lack of clarity for the ego. Hard aspects involving Neptune can lead to confusion over sorting out the material matters of life.
When Venus and Neptune are in aspect to each other as they are in May, this can influence your perceptions and create a tendency to be more idealistic and less realistic, especially in relationships and how you take care of your finances. Idealism brings a blessing of opening your heart and infusing your life with faith, joy and purpose and its important to nurture these feelings while also remaining grounded and connected to the reality and needs of your situation.
Utilize this time by tuning in and investigating your own belief systems, perceptions, fears, etc.. towards relationships to money and or how you spend money. If you’re in the category of your income being impacted, have patience through the month of May as you might not be able get your finances all resolved or sorted out this month. It’s likely many individuals will have to embrace a degree of uncertainty under the Neptune square Venus transit. It will be helpful to hold a level of acceptance and keep faith in the resolution even though you might not be able to see it or make it happen as quickly as you’d prefer. This also applies to making decisions regarding relationships, as well.
It terms of spending money, it’s a good time to not spend needlessly or impulsively. Before making either unnecessary or larger purchases, it’s advisable to take an extra measure of time to think it over twice or even check in with trusted confidants. Live your life as you need to, but if you can avoid overly spending money on things that can wait, I would suggest waiting until Venus is out of retrograde on June 25th.
Taking in these planetary influences of May together as a whole, a unified message becomes clear. While the collective call to practice social distancing is having massive unprecedented effects on our lives, the astrology helps us understand how to bring meaning and perspective to this time. Trust your process, keep faith, you don’t have to solve all the issues at once, cultivate compassion and acceptance.
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Time To Get Your Quarantined Self To Do What You Truly Want To
Just in time for Spring, when the energies of nature require an uprising of force to allow plants to push through the dirt and sprout, we have planetary energies in alignment, supporting this action in you. In this time of collective home quarantining, you may feel too confined to take advantage of this opportunity. However, the month of April begins with a week of Saturn and Mars joining in Aquarius, urging you to concentrate your energy on the most important work of your life right now. The planets urge us to make use of this quarantine as a retreat for greater personal focus.
Mars gets you going after what you want in life while Saturn gives focus and concentration to that energy, getting you working hard and taking all the steps necessary to achieve your goals. It is true that high energy Mars can feel a bit thwarted when it blends its energies with the slower, contracting energy of Saturn, however there’s a useful perspective to pay attention to, helping you make the most of this energy.
If you’re a person who tends to have many irons in the fire at once, you may find this big energy is hard to access in the first weeks of April. You may not be able to run the gantlet of your usual multitasking flow, but you could discover there is open energy available for certain tasks and these are the ones Saturn is calling you to accomplish and will support you in your efforts.
The simple way to understand this is by noticing how easy it is to get to business on certain areas calling your attention as well as noticing how difficult it might be to keep putting energy towards other areas. You may feel blocked in following though with some agendas, but then find there’s abundant energy for other plans. To be in alignment with this energy, I recommend going where the energy is flowing. Saturn has a way of taking away all the distracting noise so you can concentrate your efforts towards accomplishing the things that will most help you to achieve your goals.
As Mars conjunct Saturn heads off April, Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn will be hanging out together the entire month, allowing you to proceed with expanding upon what you have begin for the entire month. Jupiter, has the opposite energy of Saturn, providing expansive positive energy while Pluto is deep and strong driving force getting you to succeed.
A simple meditative practice to help you get clear for April:
Step 1 - Write a list of all the things calling to you to work on right now
Step 2 - Take some quiet meditative time, at least 15 minutes or more. Start with sitting quietly, settling your mind by focusing on your breath. When you feel you’ve come to a quieter place, follow the next step.
Step 3 - Think about each item on your list for a few minutes at a time and notice what’s happening in your body with each one. Feel in your body if there’s an openness to working towards that particular thing or a closed feeling. Take as much time as needed for each item on your list and give yourself adequate space between each one before moving on to the next to really feel and tune into your body.
Step 4 - Write down next to each item on your list how your body and inner being has responded. The body carries much wisdom and will let you know where the openness is, and where the most energy is available for putting towards the things your deeper self really wants to proceed with.
Step 5 - Trust your results!
Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 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.