The May full Moon arrives on the 10th at 15:42 Mountain Time, while Moon transits Libra and the constellation of Vishaka. This portion of the sky is rooted in alliances, partnerships and building connections. The understanding that nothing is accomplished alone, without the help of support, guidance and others who share resources with you. Use this theme in the coming waning cycle to integrate and balance opposing forces.
This full Moon is harmonizing as well as celebratory. It is Buddha Jayanti (also called Buddha Purnima), the celebration of Lord Buddhas birthday. Auspiciously, the celebration falls on a Wednesday this year, day of Mercury, the mind. May Lord Buddha's strength in mind and liberation of being ignite within us! Jai Buddha!
Indragni rules Vishaka nakshatra- which expresses duality and a certain pluralism. Indra is the king, while Agni is the priest. Each entity brings a necessary element to the relationship, offering an inter-reliance or inter-dependence with each other. The king needs the wisdom and spiritual resources of the priest in order to align with deeper truth and power. The priest needs the physical and financial support and resources from the king in order to serve and deepen his wisdom. Thus both rely on each other for growth and dharma.
Notice this dynamic at play within you, your life and relationships. Where are you noticing a duality or polarization? What conflicts are at play between your opposing forces? Where are you needing more integration, balance and harmony?
At the time of the full Moon and moving into the waning Moon cycle, Venus is still exalted in Pisces, while Sun continues to exalt in Aries until the 14th. Jupiter is retrograde in Venus until June 9th, while Saturn will remain retrograde until August 25th- shifting back into Scorpio on June 21st.
Three gandantas remain open until May 22nd when Mercury moves to Bharani nakshatra. Until then, three gaps of deep uprooting are taking place. These junction points between fire and water bring big changes especially on the psycho-emotional body levels. So much is in flux and change right now. It may feel challenging to find grounding, connection and a sense of rooting. The medicine for this time is deep embodiment, very slow gentle steps and extra listening and landing within.
Moon in Libra is uncomfortable- there's too much movement and change, uncertainty and vacillation in this sign. As a result, the Moon feels unstable and ungrounded. Notice in the coming weeks how emotions shift constantly, confusion emerges suddenly and overwhelm sets in all too easily. There will be a strong need to ground, land and integrate opposing forces, polarities and conflicts- inner and outer. Identify these polarities and ask them to give you more information. What do each of these opposing forces need? What are they really asking you for?
Lean in and listen. Pause and check. Ask your body wisdom to support and stabilize your inner knowing. Don't rush, push or force outcomes. Right now, it's essential to dance with the opposing forces, the new ground emerging. Find your new inner balance, your new set point for integration and harmony. Don't rush this.
Read more about integrating polarities and finding yoga, union, with opposing forces.
More support for integrating and harmonizing your polarities:
1) Identify the polarities at play within you and your life. Make two distinct lists. What are the challenges? The resources? What is working? Not working? Name each category and identify the themes of each polarity that is arriving.
2) Create two images. One image is your challenge image. The other image is your resource image. Spend 10-20 minutes creating each image. Use craypas, paints, pens, collage or any medium that speaks to you. Title each image separately. Then ask each image to give you their message.
If this image could speak, what would it say to you?
3) Harvest from each image. Answer these questions for each image separately.
I am, I want, I need
What is your learning? What have you harvested from this process? What does each part of you need?
Deepen this process by using my Tapping Meditation for integrating polarities
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This Week's Intention: Opposing forces within you are forcing you to
address your inner pain, challenges and torments directly. Your only job is to find a way to honor all your parts, pieces, stories and conflicts. Resistance will only intensify these battles. Instead, try leaning in closer, listening, honoring the needs of both sides.
What does it mean to show up for yourself fully?
Moon continues to wax this week, expanding and growing into fullness later this week. Venus moves to its own sign, Taurus, just before the full Moon this weekend. As Venus lands in Taurus, it joins Sun here. These enemy planets will be combust for nearly a month, causing tension, turmoil and challenges with relationships, comforts, nourishment and money. Moon will be in its debilitation sign during the full Moon, causing an unusually inward experience for the externally charged full Moon energy. Use this week to be gentle with yourself and your needs. Tend to your emotional body with care and patience, honesty and tenderness. Grief will be stirring- before, during and after the full Moon, whether you're conscious of it or not. Let it move. Simultaneously, Jupiter and Rahu move into tighter conjunction, causing uncertainty and confusion with wisdom, support, teachers and spiritual matters. Over all, this is a delicate week for inner and outer needs. Polarities are intensifying, which will increase the need to address parts of yourself that need more harmony. Don't resist, lean in and listen closely.
Monday, May 16th
Moon in 11th tithi
Moon continue through Virgo today, outside of the gaze of the other planets. Aryaman still brings his physical and ancestral support, which strengthens today as a result of the Sun moving into stronger degrees. What is your relationship with your inner Sun? This will determine the results you feel- either nourishment or challenge. Late evening, Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra, Savitr's star. He brings a different sense of light. His energy is awakening, enlivening and invites greater awareness and knowledge as a result. Let your hands be a tool for this awakening process. Find ways to invite in more creativity, wisdom and knowledge. Align with your inner knowing and let Savitr bring you the light you need to shine more brightly. Reciting Gayatri Mantra will help with this.
Tuesday, May 17th
Moon in 12th tithi
Moon continues through Hasta the majority of the day. Savitr brings his light, wisdom and awakening through flashes of insight and brilliance. Pause to notice these moments or you'll miss them. You may find yourself re-visiting old stories, patterns and mental body cycles as Moon moves through Virgo- Mercury's sign, currently retrograde in Aries. These old stories may provoke emotional responses. Honor the mind by staying in the body. Move your physical body in order to transform the mental body. Get embodied using subtle and gentle movements- not forced, harsh or extreme. Allow the hands to create and get creative! Hasta invites extra magic and creative power through the hands, so let them be a healing resource for you today.
Just before midnight, Moon moves to Chitra nakshatra. This Mars ruled nakshatra may bring frustration, agitation or anger. Try to get some rest and get to be early- before the mind takes over and increases tension between thinking and doing.
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Wednesday, May 18th
Moon in 13th tithi
Moon moves through Chitra today, Vishva Karma's domain. He is action oriented, yet as Moon moves through Mercury's sign, Virgo, there is tension between thinking and doing. Ideas are strong, grande and passionate, but the next step is the action needed for movement, momentum and the creation process to take place. What action steps are you resisting? Where are you staying in thinking, rather than doing? Where are you stuck? Moon moves to Libra after noon, receiving gaze from both retrograde Mercury and Venus. Increased creativity arrives. Ketu's drishti on the Moon gives sudden insight, spiritual connection and unexpected changes. Expect ideas and visions to arrive, yet confusion about how to put them into action. Part of you wants to move forward and say yes, the other part of you is saying no and resisting. How can you honor both sides? What do both sides need from you?
Thursday, May 19th
Moon in 13th to 14th tithi
Trayodasi to Chaturdasi
Just as Thursday arrives, Moon shifts to Swati nakshatra, bringing powerful winds of change. Vayu, the wind god brings his Rudra energy to this constellation. There is movement here- both gentle and strong. Changes are inevitable, but which direction will the winds take you? Get in touch with your inner Prana today and channel this energy with consciousness, rather than using it frivolously. Ruling planet, Rahu, brings a certain level of uncertainty and unpredictability with this nakshatra. How will you use the power of change? Will you direct the currents or resist them? Resistance intensifies, while surrender can neutralize.
Just before the full Moon, Venus moves to its own sign, Taurus, joining enemy, Sun, here. Venus arrives in Taurus on May 19th at 07:56 am Mountain Time. This transit increases the themes that are present with Sun transiting the same sign. Venus is the karaka (indicator) of relationships, wealth, nourishment, vitality and creativity, as well as the feminine. Sun is shining its light on the sign of comfort and support, Taurus, challenging the needs you have for safety, support and stability. As Venus shifts to this sign as well, the comfort as well as the tension will increase simultaneously as Venus and Sun oppose each other energetically. Polarities will increase as a result, manifesting in challenges, conflicts, arguments, expenses or relationship tension. Part of you is not being authentic, clear and direct with your own needs. Where are you neglecting, subjugating and resisting your emotional body wisdom? This is where you'll find direct access to your needs. Challenges are mirrors of what is not working, so use them as a resource for making necessary change.
Read more about Venus in Taurus in my Waxing Moon Horoscopes
Friday, May 20th
Moon in 14th to 15th tithi
Chaturdasi to Purnima
Moon moves to Vishaka nakshatra mid morning, inviting in Indra and Agni's support for the day. These are dual gods, opposing forces, yet they find harmony within co-creation. Indra is the king, while Agni is the priest. One entity represents the material world, while the other represents the spiritual world. How can these two energies find a way to integrate and harmonize when they have different needs? Each one is reliant on the other and they know this. Just like all polarities within your own being. The yes needs the no, the no needs the yes. The dark needs the light, the light needs the dark. Your only job is to honor both, rather than resist one or the other. Today, find ways to honor all your many parts, pieces and differences. Embrace your totality. The ruling planet of this nakshatra is Jupiter, who is currently in tight conjunction with shadow, demon planet Rahu. The spiritual parts of yourself are being confronted by the demon parts, intensifying a battle between good and evil. Resisting your inner darkness will only intensify it. Instead, try another way. Try compassion, honesty and deep listening.
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Saturday, May 21st
Moon in 15th to 1st tithi
Purnima to Pratipad
Just as Saturday morning begins, Moon moves into its debilitation sign, Scorpio, already in the 15th and final tithi (phase) of the waxing phase. Emotions will be deep and inward. Moon moves out of Vishaka nakshatra and into Anuradha late morning, moving into fullness and conjunction with Mars.
Full Moon is May 21st at 15:14 Mountain Time, with Virgo on the ascendant at the time of the fullest portion of the Moon. Three planets sit in Scorpio at this time- Moon and retrograde Mars and Saturn. Moon is in exact conjunction with Mars, which instigates charged emotions and a fiery inner landscape. Aggressive, warrior Mars, ripples the soft and gentle waters of the Moon, causing anger, frustrations, emotional outbursts and violence. The pressure from Saturn simultaneously increases the intensity, while inviting in grief, sadness and pain connected to loss. Repressed emotions will be surfacing, emerging from your depths- which is the nature and essence of Scorpio. Anger is often connected to repressed power, while frustration is the repeated cycle of repressed anger and lack of momentum, action steps and movement. Expect emotions that have been very hidden, to surface at this time as well as in the cycle to come. Uncomfortable, yet extremely vital to increase life force energy and the circulation of more space within your bodies. Find safe, healthy ways to release the emotional pressure.
The May full Moon brings a debilitated Moon with Anuradha nakshatra- stirring precision, focus and regeneration for the cycle to come. This is a mild, tender and soft constellation, which will deepen the introspection and inward focus of the full Moon energy. Expect a waning Moon cycle that takes you deeper than you thought possible. Have a life preserver ready if you aren't schooled in the ways of Scorpio and the 8th house! The full Moon also falls on Buddha Jayanti, the celebrated birthday of Lord Buddha. It's an excellent time to stay inward, in contemplation, meditation or spend time in nature.
Read more about the full Moon and the Waning Cycle to come
Sunday, May 22nd
Moon in 1st tithi
Moon moves to Jyestha nakshatra late morning, just before noon. This is Indra's nakshatra, as well as Mercury's domain. There is a profound sensitivity with the sense here- which can be a great strength or a great challenge. Attend diligently to your sensitivity today. Limit the input it receives, while spending time in nature to re-charge your receptors.
Mercury goes direct at 07:18 MDT, with a debilitated Moon conjunct two opposing forces- Mars and Saturn, both retrograde. Warring factions, Sun and Venus move through Taurus, while Jupiter and Rahu battle for the power in the King's sign, Leo. As the mental body begins to move forward, it will be facing challenges in the weeks to come, especially as it continues to move through it's enemies sign, Aries. Mercury has been transiting this fiery and aggressive sign since April 2nd. This mental body cycle has provoked the mind to feel fragile and agitated at times. A release process is being instigated. Notice where necessary clean-up and final release must take place. Honor this process of endings and beginnings. As Mercury begins forward movement, the mind plunges into acute awareness, confronting and identifying with diligence. Do you notice or do you push past the messages? The mind requires your witnessing in this cycle- in order to work more consciously with mental body. Fiercely sift through the stories in the conscious mind. Bravely use this information to navigate and pull up old stories from the subconscious and unconscious parts of your being. This takes vigilance and dedication, yet is the only way to re-write old patterns and behaviors.
Monday, May 23rd
Moon in 2nd tithi
Moon continues through Jyestha until noon. Let your morning be simple and clarify what you need for mental stamina this week. Write to-do lists, clarify and organize. Let meditation and nature be your morning resources in order to set the tone for the week to come. As Moon leaps to Mula midday, Nirrti arrives with her chaos and confusion. She is adharma, against dharma, meaning she can provoke challenges that will derail your best efforts for success. Often there is a silver lining and a spiritual purpose for this challenge and calamity, but it can also instigate the addiction to chaos that comes with systemic overwhelm, over stimulation and over attachment to the pain body. Mula nakshatra is a sharp and dreadful nakshatra (Tikshna) which means that strong actions will be supported, while gentle and soft actions will not. Whenever Mula arrives, it is a powerful opportunity to identify how you work with chaos in your life. Do you resist it? Get sucked in? Or do you find the center, where your stability and support is? Today, get embodied. Find your grounding cord. Align with your center.
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