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Welcome May 2019


"The world's favourite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
- Edwin Way Teale

 
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Faery Guidance for May 2019

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Just look at that little Faery! You don't want to get on her bad side but she will give you the energy to stand up for yourself and help defend you. Tink speaks to us of independence, freedom of expression, and standing our ground.

For goodness sake, stand up for yourself! That is what Tink is telling us. She may be little, but she's feisty, and she knows how to tell people what she needs. It's good to listen, empathize, and agree with others' points of view. Most of the time. But sometimes. sometimes you've just got to stand up for yourself and say what you need to say; your opinion matters! It may not be right, it may not be popular, but it's yours, and you should be able to voice it. Just keep in mind that if you rant at someone everyday, you may be keeping them from being to voice their opinions and thoughts. And that could lead to pent up negative energy that explodes one day!

This may be the time to allow yourself a small rant. A day is not complete without at least one rant! Having Tink turn up for this month is a message that says we may either have something very important to say that we have been holding in or have been unable to articulate just yet. Or we may be voicing our opinion just a little too often. Stop and think about it. You'll know which of these describes your state of being at the moment. So for goodness sake, stand up for yourself or be quiet and let someone else voice an opinion for a change.

From The Heart Of Faerie Oracle - Brian & Wendy Froud.

 
Celtic Tree Month May 2019

April 15th through May 12th started the tree month of Saille (Willow) - When cut, the willow quickly grows again, representing the qualities of death and regeneration. It signifies flexibility and emotional balance, and the ability to bend rather than break under pressure, and to spring back after misfortune. It also evokes the power of intuition and the inner voice, and the healing of pain.

In Celtic Astrology Willow people are beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner. Willow tree characters are difficult people to get to know in any depth or detail, for people born under this sign touch upon all the mysterious aspects of nature associated with the moon. Their psychic antennae are switched on, so that they have recall to the remotest regions of memory.

The positive aspects of character generally are shown in their passive tenacity and shrewdness. People born during the first two weeks of the lunar month are more inclined to sudden mood changes, which encourage some unreliable traits of character. The positive aspects are shown by their receptiveness to change in being quick to take advantage of the opportunities presented.

People born in the last two weeks are inclined to disregard advice and their own reasoning powers can lack credibility. The positive aspects are demonstrated by their resourcefulness and excellent memories..

May 13th starts the month of Uath (Hawthorn)  - The hawthorn often grows close to ancient monuments, burial mounds, and other sacred sites. It is strongly associated with spiritual energies, ancestors, and “Faery Lore”. This small, thorny tree brings protection and is associated with chastity, yet it blossoms around the month of May, symbolizing fertility and the coming of summer, with the attendant qualities of hope and pleasure.

Hawthorn tree people are full of innovations and new ideas. They tend to be very beautiful in youth. People born under this sign are multi - talented and adapt easily to any changes in their lives. They have personal qualities akin to the Celtic bards and druids of old, often excelling in the performing arts and naturally drawn to spheres of influence. They can be tough to work with because they demand total business attitudes and so do not joke around but attend only to the business at hand. They can be shrewd business people. They are very dependable and stable Generally, their great strength is knowing the weaknesses of their adversaries or any opposing forces, but they are not ruthless people, merely clever strategists. They are protective of all they consider to be family.

People born during the first two weeks of the lunar month are more impulsive and have a more sensual nature. Their positive traits are, however, extremely consolidating once they have decided upon their course of action. People born in the last two weeks have a distinctly different approach to all things, and are much more difficult to pin down regarding personal relationships or commitments of any kind. Their positive traits are linked to a wider vision that opens the locked doors of the mind.
 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  May 2019

Aries
Rewarding Days: 1, 2, 3, 29, 30
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 4, 5, 31
Challenging Days: 17, 18

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  6, 7
Challenging Days:  19, 20

Cancer
Rewarding Days:  8, 9, 10
Challenging Days:  21, 22, 23

Leo
Rewarding Days:  11, 12
Challenging Days:  24, 25

Virgo

Rewarding Days:  13, 14
Challenging Days:  26, 27, 28

Libra
Rewarding Days:  15, 16
Challenging Days: 1, 2, 3, 29, 30

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 17, 18 
Challenging Days:  4, 5, 31

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days:  19, 20, 
Challenging Days:  6, 7

Capricorn
Rewarding Days:  21, 22, 23
Challenging Days:  8, 9, 10

Aquarius

Rewarding Days:  24, 25
Challenging Days:  11, 12

Pisces
Rewarding Days:  26, 27, 28 
Challenging Days:  13, 14
Void of Course Moon Schedule for May 2019

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
April 30th 22:57 May 1st 11:24 Aries
May 3rd 09:47 May 3rd 21:18 Taurus
May 5th 16:10 May 6th 04:40 Gemini
May 8th 00:50 May 8th 10:06 Cancer
May 10th 03:06 May 10th 15:14 Leo
May 12th 13:24 May 12th 17:22 Virgo
May 14th 18:19 May 14th 19:51 Libra
May 16th 10:37 May 16th 22:26 Scorpio
May 18th 22:11 May 19th 02:21 Sagittarius
May 20th 18:05 May 21st 08:56 Capricorn
May 23rd 04:58 May 23rd 18:49 Aquarius
May 25th 13:51 May 26th 07:08 Pisces
May 28th 05:21 May 28th 19:32 Aries
May 30th 16:08 May 31st 05:43 Taurus

 
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What's New This Month 

Blessed May Day and Beltaine everyone! Not sure what Mother Nature is doing.  We had a few fits and starts, gorgeous weather for a few days and then a plunge into chilliness.  Let's hope this is the last of the odd weather. This month we have Cinco De Mayo celebrations, Memorial Day, and Mother's Day in the U.S.A, so Happy Mother's Day to you all!

This month's specials include a Beltain Tarot reading, as well as a few spring themed readings like "The Spring Cleaning" and "Spring Flower" tarot readings.  I've also put a few Faeries Oracle readings on special offer....spring is not spring without our fine Faery folk after all.  So be sure to stop by and have a look at the May Monthly Specials section.  You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer. You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe. I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients.

If you're looking for some unique handcrafted items, come visit, Faery Trinkets where I will have my Barefoot Sandals, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and crochet items on display for sale. I'll be adding some crocheted items as well soon, and you can also find these items in my Etsy shop.  

In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

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And now to announce the April 2019 raffle winners:

M Nader and B. Thomas

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter May's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"Everything Does NOT Happen for a Reason"

This is one of the things that people tell us when we're down, when we're hurt, when we're grieving. "Everything happens for a reason," they say, meaning well. However, that kind of thinking often does more damage than good.

"Everything happens for a reason. You'll get over this, and things will get better." What a load of twaddle. When we're grieving, when we're in pain, we don't want to be told to get over it. This is the kind of 'brightsiding' that can actually make things seem impossible. As if we're not hurting enough, now we're made to feel guilty because we just can't get over it.

I remember when I lost a dear friend a few years ago. The people who were the most valuable to me at that time were not the ones who tried to console me, they were not the ones that tried to help me to 'get over' it. They were the ones that simply kept me company. They stood by my side at the funeral, when I was delivering the eulogy. They reminded me to eat, to breathe.

"Everything happens for a reason." I call bullshit on that. I used to be one that bought into all the optimism and the platitudes, but you know what? Realism gets more accomplished. Now, I don't mean that I've turned my back on happiness. I haven't. Happiness is a choice. However, emotions are there to be felt. and to try to turn your back on pain or grief or anger with statements like "Everything happens for a reason," or "You can always choose to be happy," is to deny your spirit that part of its human experience.

Instead of saying "Everything happens for a reason," let's just accept that stuff happens, and that some of that stuff isn't particularly welcome or pleasant. Let's encourage people not to 'get over' something, but to 'get through it.' Let's stop telling people to let things go, and rather support them while they work out how to make peace with what's happened so that they can let it rest. Only when the loss has been experienced and the pain has been acknowledged can the path back to healing and happiness be found.


Love,

Charlie

                                                                                               
  May 2019 Celebrations


 
BELTAINE/MAY DAY - May 1st

Beltaine is a pagan celebration held on May 1st. It celebrates the return of the sun and fertility. It was a time of fertility and unbridled merrymaking, when young and old would spend the night making love in the Greenwood. In the morning, they would return to the village bearing huge budding boughs of hawthorn (the may-tree) and other spring flowers with which to bedeck themselves, their families, and their houses. They would process back home, stopping at each house to leave flowers, and enjoy the best of food and drink that the home had to offer. In every village, the maypole - usually a birch or ash pole - was raised, and dancing and feasting began. Festivities were led by the May Queen and her consort, the King who was sometimes Jack-in-the-Green, or the Green Man, the old god of the wildwood. They were borne in state through the village in a cart covered with flowers and enthroned in a leafy arbor as the divine couple whose unity symbolized the sacred marriage of earth and sun.

For more information on Beltaine, please follow these links: Beltaine, May Day



 
CINCO DE MAYO - May 5th
- The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16. Cinco de Mayo is a time to recognize the bravery of those who fight against oppression. Perhaps that is why this holiday is popular wherever there are people of Mexican descent.

For more information about the history of Cinco de Mayo, please follow this link, Cinco de Mayo


 
 
MOTHER'S DAY USA - May 12th

On the second Sunday in May, American children of all ages treat their mothers to something special. It is the one day out of the year when children, young and old, try to show in a tangible way how much they appreciate their mothers. England was one of the first countries to set aside a day to recognize mothers. In the eighteenth century when many people worked as household servants for the rich, "Mothering Sunday" was reserved for them to return home to be with their mothers. Though this custom stopped when the Industrial Revolution altered the working and living patterns of the people, one Sunday for Mothers was established as a holiday in the twentieth century. But the origin of Mother's Day goes even further back to the era of ancient Greece and Roman times.

Click here to learn more about Mothers Day


 


MEMORIAL DAY - May 27th

- Memorial Day began as a memorial for Civil War veterans in the United States. It has become both, a National Decoration Day of family graves, and the holiday that opens the summer season. It is celebrated with backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics, and parades. Most important though, it is a time to remember and honour all those, in all countries, who have given their lives and dedication in both war and peace times.

For more history on Memorial Day please visit this link: Memorial Day  

Star Transits For May 2019


SUN TRANSITS

The Sun has been in Taurus since April 20th    
The Sun's entry into earthy Taurus brings our attention to material issues. Focusing on basic needs can put financial houses in order. Appreciating nature and indulging in physical pleasure makes us feel more at home in our bodies. However, stubborn behavior is possible in this sign where the need for simplicity can evoke simplistic thinking. A little bit of flexibility goes a long way toward reducing the rigidity that is an undesirable trait of this fixed sign.

The Sun brings a gentle warmth when it moves through Taurus, encouraging languorous, almost lazy and carefree, moments of relaxation that remind us of how sweet life can be when we stop for a moment to smell the roses. Taurus, as an Earth Sign, is all about tactile sensation -- the enjoyment you can receive from fine foods, good company, the rewarding warmth of a bubble bath...the simple pleasures in life.

When the Sun is in Taurus, we are also given the strength and tenacity to follow through on all those projects that were initiated and probably deserted during that impetuous Aries Sun. Taurus may not be a time for brilliant ideas or innovation, but remember that saying about reaping and sowing! Someone's got to do the grunt work sometime -- and the Taurus Sun is that time. Tie up those loose ends! The Bull is also practical and hard working, sharpening our awareness of our needs and values and cultivating resources that will maximize the chances for material success in the future. The Bull motivates us to attain a level of very basic security, the kind of security garnered through routine and through taking things slowly.

The sign's shadow is a reflexive resistance to change. Pressuring Taurus will only encourage the Bull to hold its ground even more. A gentler, less direct approach is more effective in working around sticking points and obstacles rather than trying to overpower them.

The Sun in Taurus is a good time for:

  • Savoring rich, flavorful food
  • Engaging your creative side through painting or performing music
  • Taking bubble baths or enjoying other sensual pleasures


The Sun then moves into Gemini on May 21st 

Knowledge and diversity motivate us with the Sun in Gemini. We are more sociable, intellectual, and insatiably curious under this influence. We tend to scatter our energies as a result of this curiosity and awareness of all of our options. We are more communicative and versatile, but we can also be unreliable. Picture it as sun beams shining in many directions at once.

When the Sun is in Gemini, communication of all sorts becomes an effortless, instinctive and enjoyable activity, even for those of us who would usually feel reticent about speaking up or sharing our feelings. This Air Sign instills in us a restless energy and a thirst for new knowledge and experiences. Love initiated at this time will certainly be based on an intellectual connection; sparks will fly as freely as witticisms and ingenious ideas. While thoughts will flow easily, the Gemini Sun also brings with it a keen skepticism. This isn't cynical skepticism, though -- it's motivated by an urgent need to know the truth. The Gemini Twins are curious seekers. Gemini's influence also grants us some much-needed flexibility and a playfully realistic attitude about ourselves. Careful not to get irritable if everyone's not moving as quickly as you -- and watch for idle gossip!

The Sun in Gemini is a good time for:

  • Getting your point across, writing letters or speaking in public
  • Initiating flirtatious new friendships
  • Taking short trips



MOON TRANSITS

On May 4th we have a Taurus New Moon

When we have a New Moon we also have the Sun in the same sign, which is why these energies are so focused and potent. For those who do energy and spell work, the New Moon is the perfect time for setting intentions for the things you wish to create, cultivate, manifest and develop. Its energies differ from the Full Moon in that the New Moon looks inward. It is the void empty space between letting go of the old and waiting for the new, and this can be frightening for some. A Void is meant to be filled though and we need to not fill it with frightened and uncertain energies, but rather fill it with hopes, wishes and desires.

With the New Moon in Taurus we are given the opportunity to ground and settle any energies that we have unearthed. It brings a nurturing energy that allows us to move forward and guides us to physically engage in those things that nurture us.

Things like spending quality time with your family and engaging in activities that bring physical satisfaction, working with our hands in crafting, creating, cooking, gardening, cleaning and building all can bring a sense of deep satisfaction now. This also gives us a chance to pull back a bit and allow integration and rest after engaging in those new ideas and opportunities that Aries urged us to take action with.
 

On May 18th we have a Scorpio Full Moon

Full Moon's are great times for releasing, harvesting, and letting go. Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it's passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won't work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness. 

Sex, power, and money are compelling aphrodisiacs now. Secrets, taboos, and mysteries appeal to a deep instinctive yearning. Learning what makes people tick turns you on. Your instinctive orientation at this time is toward getting down to brass tacks and starting over from scratch - healing comes from destroying the roots of a disturbance. 

When the Moon in in Scorpio, we long for an end to the small talk. We crave deep conversations that unravel a dilemma or solve a psychological puzzle. It's time to get to the root causes of any current suffering. We're willing to go into dangerous psychic territory, because we know that's the only way to heal fully. 

This is a great time to sketch out characters for a detective novel. There's a fascination with the darker side of life and ourselves. In dreams and waking life, we go through the doors marked enter at your own risk. When we encounter what's intense and coiled up within, we release that primal power. It becomes the creative seeds of the new, and we've been transformed. 

Things to do under a Scorpio Moon:  keep a secret; tell a secret to a trusted friend or your healer; do a major purge (of your purse, closet, office); go scuba diving; plan for a night of sexual healing; do a detox or get a colonic treatment; take out the recycling; weed the garden; do a shamanic journey; get a deep tissue massage; be emotionally honest with a friend. 

 

PLANETARY TRANSITS


May 1st - Mercury sextile Mars (Mercury in Aries, Mars in Gemini)
This is a transit where we have the potential to dig down and find the courage needed to speak our minds and stand up for ourselves and what we feel is right. Thoughtful actions will produce positive results and by planning ahead for possible consequences we can minimize any potential conflicts.

This is a time when our ideas and words come so swiftly that we may find it hard to stop them from coming out before we have had a chance to think about the best way to present them. It's an opportune transit for some creative problem solving and testing out our decisions to see if they will fit into our plans and goals.

If we want our communication to flow more easily and be most effective then we need to be direct and to the point, especially in cases where we are faced with having to confront another about a difficult situation. However, we can tap into the courage of this transits energy and find a clear way to express what we need to get across. We just need to be careful with the more delicate situations that require less force.

May 1st - Mercury square Lunar North Node (Mercury in Aries, North Node in Cancer)
This is a transit where we can feel compelled to do a 360 about where we have been headed on our life's path. It's a time when information or facts turn up that are in total contradiction to what we believed was true or real about our sense of life purpose. In some instances we may feel as if someone else is just getting in our way. There is a temptation to deny, dismiss rationalize or totally avoid our way around these things, but, as in most cases, we would probably be missing out on some valuable info that we really need to take into consideration. This in no way means that you have to up and abandon your current life's path! Its more a matter of us being challenged to see that path more clearly.

We may also find at this time that we have to express some information or a point of view that isn't favourable or welcome to others, or it may feel like a real challenge to get our point across. If you find yourself in this kind of scenario, don't go overboard trying to stand your ground. Instead, focus on what needs to be said and how best to say it.

May 1st - Mercury square Saturn (Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn)
Getting from point A to point B can be a challenge during this transit due to obstacles and delays. Communications may be blocked or delayed, and negative thinking could dominate at this time causing feelings of irritation. Projects we thought were complete may need revision, and others could appear overly critical, insensitive, or sarcastic. In truth we are likely being more efficient that we actually feel right now because we tend to really pay attention to detail and feel a real need to be accurate and precise in all that we do. The trick is to not take everything so seriously that you end up looking for problems where there are none.

It's important to keep things in the proper perspective in order for us to get the necessary stuff done. By concentrating on learning one thing well today, you will retain it. You may be critical-especially of yourself-as you tend to seek perfection from everything you encounter. Words spoken may challenge what you have long-accepted, causing you to deny their significance. Stay focused yet listen carefully; important information is available.

May 2nd - Mercury square Pluto (Mercury in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn)
Square aspects usually bring challenges or obstacles that we need to overcome. Mercury Square Pluto is no exception here and we need to be cautious with this transit with impulsive and obsessive interaction between quick to speak Mercury and burn your bridges Pluto.

Hidden forces can be brought to light and also trigger some psychological energies within that could in effect change our lives. This is a time when our minds are more suspicious and perhaps negative. We may find that mistrust dominates the day--whether this is something we meet in others or deal with in our own thinking patterns. For example, we might be given the third degree, or we could badger someone ourselves!

This transit often brings some level of mental stress and pressure. Avoid the tendency to read between the lines with a negative slant, as it is bound to only stir up trouble. Consider that some situations call for keeping silent if only for the time being.

There are some positives with this transit too though. Positive introspection can help bring us a greater awareness and control of our inner being. And a compelling need to find answers can be put to good use in solving some older issues within ourselves. So, while this transit’s influence could involve having to face some difficult truths that are somewhat disturbing, it will also help us to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of ourselves, our situations in our lives, and our own role in it.

Just remember to keep an open mind right now and not become too obsessed with one idea or thought. It’s a transit where we feel that need to be heard and there is that danger of us pushing our beliefs and opinions on others, and vice versa. Showing a bit of restraint in our desires to persuade others is necessary or we could come across as a bit over eager and defeat our own cause.

Also, watch out for dramatic outbursts and events, both personally and globally.

May 2nd - Mercury trine Jupiter (Mercury in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
Under this transit we may find ourselves more talkative, filled with more ideas and wanting to share these with others. It’s a really good time for stepping back in order to get a broader overview of projects we are working on, especially business related ones. We find that we are drawn to expanding our ideas but less inclined to focus on the mundane details.

There is a visionary and optimistic flow to our stream of consciousness that makes us see new possibilities. With all of these ideas flooding through it may be a good idea to write things down now so that we can develop them later. But right now we want to play with these ideas, turn them and twist them around…not manifest them just yet in the real world.

If you are prone to pessimism, this transit’s optimistic energy can neutralize that for a bit. This means we are more open minded and may just find a solution or idea that we wouldn’t allow ourselves to consider before. To some, this may be seen as a lucky time with opportunities just cropping up everywhere.

Our thoughts and opinions are confident and optimistic right now, but we may not accurately portray a situation when talking with other people about it. It is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and exaggerate or embellish the truth and even though our intentions may be honourable, we may give others an inflated view of the potentials and possibilities of an idea or project.

It is also very easy now, especially with the Venus/Jupiter energies, to promise more than we can deliver because we just can’t envision things not falling into place according to our plans. So make sure you keep one foot on Terra Firma and be realistic about plans now.

May 5th - Mars opposite Jupiter (Mars in Gemini, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
This transit brings both a time of inspired action, as well as brash overconfidence. Its an energy we may feel for up to a week prior and a week after today, where we may experience an amplification of our anger, energy, ability to take action and libido.

The problem here is that this energy can be amplified to the point of us pushing ourselves beyond what is realistic, causing some to be unable to cope with boundaries that are reasonable and keep us from getting out of control. The way to work with this energy is to find that fine line of balance between our spiritual inspiration and our ego based desires.

May 6th - Mercury enters Taurus
Today communications planet Mercury moves into Taurus. When Mercury is in Taurus, our thinking is down to earth, solid, and grounded. Common sense reigns over more fanciful thinking. We communicate more deliberately under this influence, and our minds are oriented to the world of the five senses. We prefer the tried and true rather than new ways of thinking. Attention to one thing at a time can simplify our lives, but we may be in danger of narrow, overly conservative, or rigid thinking.

Our thoughts, analysis and communication works best when they are methodical and careful now. Our mental awareness and attitude can be a bit conservative and serious during this transit, or more relaxed, down to earth and grounded in life's simple pleasures.

Our perceptions can be a bit slower to form and we may have to look a bit longer to find the right words, but we also have an increased ability to appreciate and savour our experiences more. This can be a time when we can recharge our mental batteries and relax. We may find that our body instincts and sensory experience give us more information than our conscious thoughts do.
This is a good time for planning out how we want to manifest the ideas that sprang up from our imagination over the past few weeks. Now is the time to take our best ideas, words and perceptions and sow them like seeds, then step back and watch them grow over time.

May 6th - Venus square Lunar North Node (Venus in Aries, North Node in Cancer)
With Venus in this challenging square to the North Lunar Node we may start noticing that the people in our lives are not giving us the encouragement and support we need where fulfilling our life purpose is concerned. We could run into situations where someone who was giving us support suddenly backs away. Or we find that their actions interfere with what we are trying to do.
Disagreements and upsets with others at this time could make us feel less positive about our life and if this is the case, we need to look a bit more closely at what it is that we are disagreeing about. We need to step back and ask ourselves if our responses to these things mirror our true values, or do we need to tweak our values at this time. Renegotiating our priorities in order to create balance may be needed as well. Venus also rules finances and resources so we could run into issues around possessions, resources and finances that call for adjustments now.

This isn't a very long transit, lasting only a few days. So the things we come across may not be major issues. But if something significant does rear its head at this time, it could be a sign that we have something that needs to be looked at more closely.

May 7 - Venus square Saturn (Venus in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn)
There may be difficulties relating to others under this influence. People may appear cool with their affections and emotionally distant. You could be feeling unappreciated, unloved, or unwanted. Avoid new financial undertakings, as they may prove to be "money pits" as time passes. There may be anxiety or troubles with regards to matters concerned with the feelings. Romantic disappointments, unrequited love, separations, and broken engagements are the more negative manifestations. You tend to lack social confidence at this time and adopt a shy, formal, or reserved social manner. Gaining what you want is challenging under this influence, due to negative attitudes and the tendency to need more than what is possible. Difficulties socializing with others stem from an increased sensitivity to rejection. Others might notice stiffness with your affections. Emotional distance in relationships is likely for the time being. You may be separated from someone you want to be with, or you could be concerned for a loved one. Try not to read too much into situations, particularly social and romantic circumstances. This transit is best used for reflection.

May 8 - Mercury conjunct Uranus (Both in Taurus)
This transit brings about spontaneous, radical, and unusual means of thinking and communicating. It may compel us to speak our mind or say things that we felt unable to say before. It can also cause us to speak without first thinking our thoughts through. Our perceptions are more flexible and open-minded, and this can have us seeing things with our eyes wide open...which can be a bit of a shock to the system for some. On a positive note, this transits energy can set lose our creativity and inspire us, especially when we are looking ahead at our future. It’s a good energy for gatherings which can include community, family, friends and groups.

May 8 - Sun sextile Neptune (Sun in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces)
This transit illuminates our intuition and gives us faith in the blessings around us. We tend to feel like we are flowing more easily with life as solutions appear all by themselves. We also become more receptive to how others think and feel, understanding their need and wanting to find ways to help them. And this is because the needs of our personal ego are low.

Let go of imagining what is not possible and focus on what is. It’s a good transit for pursuing mystical and spiritual matters, which is where our thoughts seem to drift at this time. If you have been feeling a bit out of tune or disconnected with the Universe/Divine, the energy of this transit can help you to reconnect again.

This is a mainly positive transit but we do need to be aware of becoming too immersed in our longings for what we feel is ideal, lest we struggle with situations that are less than ideal in reality. These things still need to be dealt with.

The sense of hope and optimism we feel now could also bring some relief from any depression or feelings of discouragement that we may have been feeling. It’s an energy that can temporarily lift us out of the mundane and into the sublime; creatively, romantically, and spiritually. Regaining a sense of self and our connection with the Universe can help break us out of a rut at this time and give us a sense of purpose again.

Enjoy this transits’ energies while they last, but keep in mind that this is a temporary influence. What feels like a permanent condition now may only be temporary and we still have to live within the boundaries of our physical reality once it passes.

May 9 - Venus trine Jupiter (Venus in Aries, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
This happy little trine can draw those to us who appreciate who we are and are willing to lend support. We may also feel as if we are finally getting some sort of break in life for the better. Optimism can be a bit contagious now too and it isn't too hard to draw others into our vision for the future. We want stimulating conversations now and feel a desire to both learn and teach. Some may find that money comes a bit more easily at this time or that their luck is better. However, we do need to be careful that we don't let that go to our heads and over indulge or fall into feelings of complacency.

May 9 - Venus square Pluto (Venus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn)
Under this transit we may find that our relationships and interactions tend to be a bit deeper, more intense and transformative. Other things that are affected are our sense of beauty, and any dealings around finances and material resources. We tend to find that there is a need to delve beneath the surface of situations in these areas to discover the truth where we are faced with a challenge or obstacle. This means we could encounter the darker shadows of our desires, the unconscious, secret or obscure hungers that we tend to hide away from most people.

These are challenges that we need to resolve and it could bring out any conflict that is rooted in jealousy or envy, more so if we find that someone has something we desire. Some of us may feel prompted to delve deeper down on a soul level in order to connect with our own inner beauty and sense of values.

Mainly, this transit can shed light on those problem areas in our lives that need to go through a bit of a transformative process in order to heal.

May 11 - Sun trine Saturn (Sun in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn)
The Sun is energy and Saturn is discipline, and the Trine is the most supportive transit of them all. We tend to feel more up to the challenge of tackling projects that require real discipline and organization. And our hard work can really pay off now! Keep in mind that we are still in Mercury retrograde though and this can cause some obstacles. Try not to give up at the first sign of resistance!

This can be a really down-to-earth transit. It brings us back into contact with ourselves and helps us to get to know ourselves through our relationship with, and our effect on, our environment. This is a time to examine your habits, your home situation, your work, and everything else that is important to you. Determine how they work on a practical level. Begin organizing your life and making an overall plan. Even your relationships should be supportive now.

May 13th - Sun trine Pluto (Sun in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn)
Whether you're clearing out your closet or flushing out your brain, this transit is the time for getting rid of whatever has become unnecessary or outworn in our lives. And this can be anything from an unhealthy relationship to old and outworn beliefs that are holding you back. Or you just may need to chuck the rubbish out of your work space. We get to see what's below the surface in order to see things very clearly so don't be surprised if you discover, or re-discover, something lost, hidden, or forgotten during this process either.

The focus turns towards progress and self improvement that could help us make some important changes in our lives. We are able to tap into those deeper levels of determination by reconnecting with what motivates us. We ask ourselves "What do I want, and what changes do I need to make?" Pluto is the great transformer here so if Pluto can't fix the problem then that means it is time to tear it down and start fresh! And we often find the courage now to stand up and assert ourselves in situations that may have felt overwhelming or discouraging up till now.

One thing to be careful with is that our personalities can become a bit forceful under this transit. And this is fine if you are needing to make a strong impression. But it can be a bit too much in those situations that need a bit of subtlety. Using this energy for ruthless or selfish purposes is not the way to go either. By doing so you could end up setting into motion some powerful forces that will drag you down in the end. If the corrections that Pluto have guided you to make aren't benefiting those involved, then improvements will not be successful. Remember, Pluto only forces those changes that will be good for all. It's all about owning your own power!

 
May 14 - Venus sextile Mars (Venus in Aries, Mars in Gemini)
The Venus/Mars transit brings an opportune time to take a more balanced approach to any conflicts, problems, and goals that require a lot of effort. Having a good balance between a gentle approach and firm action will help quite a bit. It does make a good time for hashing out negotiations and issues because, even though some communication may feel aggressive and determined, it will be tempered with sensitivity and fairness.

May 15 - Venus enters Taurus
Venus is right of home in the sign of Taurus and is very sensual, content, and somewhat possessive here. This will bring a time of heightened pleasure and sensuality. But we need to be careful not to overindulge in our sensory delights. Some of us may feel the urge to be more grounded, practical and methodical under this transits influence. And you will see this occurring in how we handle relationships, possessions, money. and material things as well as how we attract what we desire. Desires can manifest tangibly or at least become more apparent to us. Be careful though that you don't fall into the shadow side on this transits energy though and become too attached to possession as a way to make yourself feel grounded, or just become too possessive of those around you.

May 15 - Mars enters Cancer
Fiery Mars now moves into the more sensitive and emotional waters of Cancer. And this is not an easy position for Mars as it's sharper edges become softer and a bit more diluted. This is a good time, however, for us to assert ourselves in a more proactive way where protection of ourselves and our loved ones is concerned, as Cancer does focus on hearth, home, and personal emotions. Just think of a mama bear protecting her cubs and you will get an idea of how this energy can work. But defending loved ones is not all this can affect. We become protective of our creative projects, our inner child, or anything we put time and emotion into. This can also be a time when some deep emotional issues can come to the surface and often time erupt. Anger that has been buried, feelings of repressed frustrations or our unconscious fears all hold the potential to explode like a hand grenade now. Our emotions can be a bit unstable and moody under this transit but it also provides us with an opportunity to express these feelings and vent frustrations. Pay attention to how you respond to any buried feelings that come up now. Try to avoid pushing these things back down. Instead, respond to these emotions in a caring and nurturing way for both yourself and those around you.

May 15 - Mercury sextile Neptune (Mercury in Taurus Neptune in Pisces)
Intuition runs high with Mercury sextile Neptune. We may feel more sensitive artistically, our imagination is stirred, and we have an increased appreciation for subtleties. We feel inspired and feel able to inspire others as well. It’s a very creative, where our ideas seem to flow magically and makes a great time for literary and artistic projects.

We do need to take care however, because it can be all too easy to get caught up in fantasizing and yearning for our hidden wishes. In some instances, we may want so badly to reach that stage where our outlook is magically and our intuition is inspired, that we allow ourselves to be deceived rather than let ourselves fall short of the things we are hoping for.

This is also a time when we are able to listen to the troubles of others in a more sympathetic way, or receive a compassionate response in regard to our own problems. There is a risk here though of finding it hard to draw firm and clear boundaries with others as we get drawn in by the gravity of their troubles.

Mainly, this is a good time for creativity, optimism, intuition and hope. We just need to make sure that we stay grounded.
 

May 16 - Mercury sextile North Lunar Node (Mercury in Taurus, North Node in Cancer)
Mercury represents our rational mind. Its the planet of everyday communication and expression. It signifies our curiosity and what areas of life we find stimulating and appealing on a mental level.

The Lunar North Node symbolizes a forward motion point in our lives, what our overall lesson is. Some believe it shows us our destiny. When Mercury interacts with either of the Nodes, it promises a highlight on movement. In this case, it focuses on how we communicate and plan our destiny. If you have something you need to tell the world, now is the time to do it!

May 16 - Mercury trine Saturn (Mercury in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn)
This transit is the opposite of mercury's trine with Neptune so it may help us to balance that airy, dreamy energy a bit more. While it is an excellent transit for mental work that involves accuracy and precision, these things may be a bit dulled down.

We will be able to better convey something significant or serious at this time and responsibilities could lighten up a bit. It may be best to look at ways you can bring closure to any finished goals and perhaps map out some plans for new ones. Blending this transit with Mercury's trine to Neptune can also give our imagination a boost that will help us think outside the box.

Under this transit it may be easier to take a more practical, logical approach to any goals that need a problem solving approach. We can better convey something significant or serious at this time and responsibilities may not feel so heavy due to this grounded and calming energy. Focusing on work that revolves around the logistics of getting from point A to B can be beneficial where pursuing our goals is concerned. We may also find that some goals can be bought to closure now. Looking back at past achievements can also help us now to support our current and future goals as we learn from the past. It’s all about bringing structure to how we think and communicate.
 

May 18 - Mercury trine Pluto (Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn)
With Mercury and Pluto in this positive trine we know how to get to the heart of things. It's a great time for mental activities which involve research, concentration and investigation. We want to explore what’s under the surface and won’t be satisfied by superficial explanations. It's a good energy for focusing on ideas that require stages of development to be planned out. This is also a time when one can experience a breakthrough if they have been trying to understand the dynamics and deeper motivations going on in their lives. It’s like having that sudden light bulb moment that sheds light on the dark corner where those answers were hiding away. We also have the chance to shed and leave behind all of those outworn perception and forms of communication that have been ineffective for us up till now. During this transit it may be a good idea to write down our thoughts and ideas so that we can review them again once this transit has slipped by.

May 18 - Venus conjunct Uranus (Both in Taurus)
Under this transit we have a taste for the unusual and the avant garde. We may be itching for a change now on a social or romantic level and Aries brings out that impatient side that could have us being a bit impulsive. But it can also get us moving if w3e have been feeling stagnant. What makes us unique now is more attractive to others under this influence, so emphasize what makes you special. Excitement and newness is valued over permanence in social relationships. We lose our fear of taking risks in love and social situations. Romantic infatuations, gossip, unanticipated opportunities socially or financially are all possibilities. Sometimes this correlates with an unexpected income boost, a surprise visit or social event, a transient or sudden romantic attraction, or unpredictable experiences in matters of the heart. You have a greater need for self-expression, personal freedom, and social excitement. 

May 21 - Mercury enters Gemini
Messenger Mercury enters talkative Gemini to double the mental energy! Mercury is the planetary ruler of Gemini, so the mind wants to fly fast and free. Our perceptions and communications can come blowing through like a fresh breeze and this can create a variety of ideas in our heads, but not necessarily the productive application to putting those ideas in play. We can find it easier to articulate our words, collect and analyse our thoughts, and sharpen our focus.

Our minds are going so fast now that our hands and mouths can't keep up. And this can result in sloppy handwriting and even sloppier dialogue if we are not careful. The tendency to just blurt something out without thinking can happen more under this transit.

On the upside though, this transit turns our brain into an information super highway! A great time for any project that needs attention to details to find solutions or thinking outside the box. Just keep in mind that it will be important to give your brain some time to turn off from time to time under this transit. Let this be a time to explore possibilities and enjoy social interaction, rather than jump to final conclusions. Collect the raw data and exchange ideas, but be aware that understanding the broader meaning will likely come later.

May 21 - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Gemini)
We tend to have a lot to say when the Sun conjuncts Mercury. We are compelled to communicate; letters, memos, phone calls, texts...messages of all kinds have a stronger impact under this aspect than usual. We may find that we acquire and distribute information quite accurately. Some may choose to take some short trips now to keep themselves, and their minds, busy. However, because of the varied interests we have right now, we may find it hard to rest, or find the time to do it!

Many may find that they express their confidence through their plans and ideas now. We may choose to initiate new activities that involve sharing our ideas, teaching others, or writing. Whatever information comes our way at this time, we will surely be physically up for the challenge of sorting through it all.

May 22 - Mars sextile Uranus (Mars in Cancer, Uranus in Taurus)
When Mars mingles with Uranus our energy levels tend to be a bit higher and we feel more enthusiastic towards work (not sure what happened to me on that one). It also becomes a bit easier to manage and motivate others in a positive way so this energy is great for getting group projects planned, started, and worked on. We have the chance to move ahead via inspired action and we tend to be able to use creative problem solving for current challenges and conflicts in our lives.


This is the time for thinking outside of the box and for experimenting with new directions, responses, and actions. Some may find our spontaneity a bit out of character now, and for those who normally go overboard with spontaneity…well you may want to try to find some ways to channel this energy more constructively. The point here is to be refreshingly spontaneous…not impulsively reckless.


May 23 - Mercury sextile Chiron (Mercury in Gemini, Chiron in Aries)
Mercury sextile Chiron brings us the opportunity to think and reflect on our pain as well as to talk about it. And sometimes that is all that is needed to get the ball rolling on healing ourselves. However, we will need to put a bit of effort into healing if we want something positive to come from this transit. It’s a time where our spirits feel a bit more uplifted and buoyant because we feel, for once, that we can actually see that light at the end of the tunnel…and no it isn’t a train coming to run us down either!

We can see a light that will guide us forward helping us to see the path before us. Just keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that path will just go away without effort. We still need to walk it. With this transit however, we have a bit of a bounce in our step and our mental perspective allows us to be more accepting of all of those niggly inconsistencies and frustrations we need to face. It helps lessen the stress levels in order to make that journey forward a bit smoother. It’s also a transit that allows us to help others because we are able to listen and understand, to offer just the right thing to say that will help them on their own healing journey.

May 23 - Mars square Chiron (Mars in Cancer, Chiron in Aries)
This challenging transit between Mars and Chiron can bring a time where we need to confront the issues in our lives that involve why and how we tend to get hurt by others, how we hurt others, and how healing can now take place in either of these scenarios. Our awareness of this can be due to a conflict in our life, but this can also be a very valuable learning experience for us, more so than usual.

Part of the issue can be down to a need to tread our own path but we are avoiding doing so for whatever reason, possibly because circumstances are compelling us to satisfy the expectations of others, or because we are still struggling to muster up the courage to discover and walk our own path.

Whatever our reasons, this transit can give us the push we need to help steer us in a direction of healing, possibly by showing us why and how the path we have been on is not leading us to where we want to be. If you do start to feel overwhelmed, take some time to yourself from the stress to get grounded and re-centered.
 

May 26 - Sun sextile Chiron (Sun in Gemini, Chiron in Aries)
Today the Sun is in a harmonious transit with Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing. Wherever Chiron falls in our natal chart will show us where we have been wounded and the key to healing. Having the Sun shed its light on those wounds can lead to a release from our bonds to our past bringing healing and wisdom.

Look at the chronic struggles you have had going on in your life. This transit can help you to find new inspiration, motivation, or the confidence to rejuvenate our waning enthusiasm. While this may be a gentler aspect, we still will have to make the effort to bring it all together. One of the positive effects of this transit is that it can bring us the opportunity to walk on our own path but in a new way. It also could allow us to take a deeper look at our worries and discouragements to bring a new insight into how we may be sabotaging our conscious efforts on a subconscious level.

Of course, this means having to face our fear of failure and low self esteem before we are able to move past those feelings. The thing to remember with this transit is that we are not tapping into its benefits because we are failing in our life. It’s the new potential that becomes available under this transit that brings a response to these new concerns that are rising to the surface.

May 29 - Mercury square Neptune (Mercury in Gemini, Neptune in Pisces)
Under this transit our mental focus can feel a bit clouded, confused or lethargic. Our mind struggles with trying to tackle and understand the limitless expanse of the Universe we live in along with what is formless and shifting. We can experience some disillusionment or disappointment in our observations or communication with others.

This is an important time however, to break through old and rigid expectations that may be blocking our ability to see the bigger picture. We find that what flows beneath the surface of the events in our life needs to break down the thin barrier of our old expectations which are barring the path and view of a truth that is greater.

Many of us may feel a bit out of whack and off balance. We'll need to balance our left brain analytical side with our intuitive right brain thinking by being less rigid and more open to a new perspective. Otherwise we will find the left brained analytical side a bit hard to work with right now. Listening more and talking less will help our inner sensitivity to be more receptive to what is being said. Sometimes it requires us to let go of what we think we know and understand about the situations in our lives in order to make ourselves more open to new perspectives that can change how we have been dealing with things.

May 30 - Venus sextile North Lunar Node (Venus in Taurus, North Node in Cancer)
Under this transit our charisma and charm shines more brightly. We tend to be more receptive to what others have to offer us and feel a bit more generous to those around us. We may discover resources that we hadn't realized we had, or come across that special gadget or thing that feels like the right thing to buy. This can be a good time for socializing, going out on dates, and doing some strategic schmoozing, negotiating, or coming to agreements.

What we need to make sure we do is keep it all in balance with a level of give and take that benefits everyone involved. Be careful of going overboard though with persuading others (or being persuaded) to do something that really isn't in their own best interest.

May 30 - Venus sextile Neptune (Venus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces)
Today Venus mingles with Neptune which can open the flow of artistry, romance, creativity and faith. We find ourselves inspired as our creative Muse comes to the surface. It doesn’t mean that it will all come easily though! You are still going to need to apply a bit of effort and elbow grease to manifest those dreams and ideas!

Socially and romantically, this is a time when things seem to run more smoothly and may even seem a bit magical. So it’s important to be clear in your intentions and what you truly want. It’s also a time of blessings and abundance in all areas of our lives). But, there is also that risk of overspending, over indulging, or being overly optimistic which can lead to disappointments if we aren’t careful.

Our own natural beauty and warmth is often brought out by this transit. Use this to enhance your own natural gifts rather than waste it on creating an outer façade of something we think other people want. This is the time to let the essence of your own inner beauty and spirit shine!

May 30 - Mercury opposite Jupiter (Mercury in Gemini, Jupiter in Sagittarius)
Under this transit our words seem to come easily, in some cases a bit too easily. Our thought and words tend to be amplified with this transits energy bringing with it a sense of adventure, an influx of new ideas, as well as some feelings of imbalance as a result of exaggeration. Some may find it hard to turn off the thoughts and the need to talk or write about all of the many possibilities we are seeing before us.

The problem here is our judgement regarding the validity of our ideas being a bit off right now. In some cases, we may feel a need to overstate our position because we don't want to be misunderstood. There is also a risk of judgement and blame that could creep into how we perceive others, and vice versa. Our challenge comes from trying to find ways to express, think and understand all of the possibilities before us and what it may mean in regard to our everyday life. So we need to find ways to bridge that gap between the raw information we are getting and how it fits into the bigger picture.
 
May 31 - Venus trine Saturn (Venus in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn)

This is a transit whose characteristics are about stability in both relationships and finances. We tend to have an increased ability to be a bit more disciplined where spending and investing our time is concerned. During this transit, taking care of the necessary, even unpleasant, tasks seems less of a burden. Assuming responsibility earns you the appreciation of others who admire your commitment. It’s a time where pleasure is made to last rather than immediate gratification. Some may feel an extra need to prove their responsibility to others.

We can also find it easier to focus on projects that are creative in nature. We have a better ability to grasp realistic, solid facts that can help us choose our investments more wisely in our interactions with others and money. Our self-worth can also benefit from this transits' energy because we tend to be less inclined in giving in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to bouts of depression, you may want to be cautious about becoming so stable and grounded that you lose touch with your sense of potential and hope. This is a good transit for making concrete progress in matters that involve love, balance, beauty and harmony.

What to watch for in June 2019!

Neptune goes retrograde, Mercury will be moving into watery Cancer for most of the month and Leo towards the end of it, and Venus moves into Gemini.  It's also time for the Summer Solstice!

Well my darlings, this wraps up our May newsletter!  Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!

Blessings!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

http://earthspirittarot.com. 


 

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