How Prepared Are You For This?
Just after the May full Moon, an unusual series of retrograde planets kicks off- sparking many months of re-balancing, clean up, intensification, and shadow work.
Two of the most important planets, Saturn and Jupiter, have lengthy retrogrades starting this month- which will bring lasting changes and important insights for life and purpose. Because they are both slow moving, their impact is much more powerful.
Saturn retrogrades for five months in Capricorn, starting on May 10th. He won't go direct until end of September. This is an important time to clean up grief, structure, support, systems, and your dharmic offerings- or career if you are not sharing your dharmic gifts. Saturn doesn't tolerate excess or messiness so clean up the disorder in your life and start simplifying!
Jupiter is currently in Capricorn as well, beginning his retrograde motion on May 13th, returning to his own sign Sagittarius on June 29th. He continues to move in reverse until mid September. Whatever you missed these past months on your dharmic path, Jupiter will be requesting more of your awareness this time around.
This Jupiter retrograde is a vital transit for your path and purpose, for spirituality, and cleaning up impurities in your life. You will need more support, focused guidance, and a very clear intention for this next phase. Don't make the mistake of staying stuck where you are and refusing to take effective action. This transit is asking you to take a different approach in order for very different results. This opportunity won't come again. Jupiter does not tolerate adharma, so notice where he is nudging you to align more fully with your dharmic path.
Venus starts his return process on May 13th, continuing his transit through his own sign, Taurus. He will retrograde until June 25th, offering an unusually lengthy transit through one of his favorite signs. He won't enter Gemini until July 31st.
All retrograde planets are asking us to pay closer attention and attend to parts of ourselves and our lives that are challenged or imbalanced. Venus will be asking you to focus on the material world- finances, nourishment, wealth, speaking, manifesting, bringing desires into form. Relationships, love, and sensuality will request attention as well. What needs to change in order for you to feel more nourished in your life?
Later in June Mercury will retrograde as well. For a short time, four planets will be moving in reverse. Retrograde planets act like the shadow nodes Rahu and Ketu. That means they bring extremes, chaos, distortion, and intensification.
Be mindful that things often have to intensify so we can see them more fully. Wherever we've been ignoring the truth, bypassing or avoiding reality, the intensification can help us re-focus and re-align with more clarity and insight.
Notice where you are receiving a pinch in your life and take effective action. It's an important time to make necessary adjustments, and make new choices that support the outcome you desire. Rarely do we get such a powerful opportunity to clean up all areas of our life simultaneously. Thanks to Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and even Mercury, you will be asked to do many layers of clean up at the same time. Be vigilant!
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The new Moon in Aries and Bharani nakshatra sets up a waxing cycle of death, restraint and transformation. Yama forces accountability, focus and righteous actions- which he'll do brutally if he has to. As the Moon waxes, Sun shifts out of exaltation and into an enemies sign. Less than a week later, Venus joins the Sun here as well, but it's her own sign, which cancels some of the challenges between Sun and Venus. Still, the conjunction of Sun and Venus in Taurus will cause heat to increase within relationships. A theme that's present for the month ahead. Nourishment, comfort and increasing resources are a focus for the coming cycle. Notice where you are getting what you need. Honor the nourishment that is alive, present and awake in your life. Then look for the holes. The only way to increase more of what you do want, is to clear away and let go of that which is not nourishing and supportive to you. Get radical with your no's.
Jupiter goes direct in Leo at 06:07 MDT, Monday May 9th and has been retrograde for over four months now. Three planets are still in retrograde motion (Mars, Saturn and Mercury) but this does promote more forward momentum for power, strength, masculine energy and with regard to our light source, the Sun, ruler of Leo. Rahu and Jupiter, both in Leo, continue to move into close conjunction with each other. Now that Jupiter is moving in a forward direction, and Rahu continues in his always retrograde motion, the two will be moving into closer and closer conjunction in the coming days. Exact collision will be late June, but in the meantime, they are only several degrees apart.
The collision of Jupiter and Rahu in Leo will provoke an interesting dance between the god-self and human-self. Saturn gives his stern, forceful gaze to these two planets from his perch in Scorpio. This focused energy will add an extra layer of intensity to the already powerful force of Jupiter and Rahu. When the energy of Rahu and Saturn conjoin, a Rudra effect is stirred. This can bring power, potency and intense movement as well as quick changes. This combination increases the theme of working with power authentically and carefully which will intensify after Jupiter moves to Virgo in August.
Rahu and Jupiter invite an integration of opposing forces. This is a time for your inner god to meet your inner demon, your light to meet your darkness. These forces are at play within each one of us. What is your relationship with your darkness? With your light? This will be an opportunity to get more intimate with your modes of operation. Wherever you've been neglecting your darkness, spiritually by-passing, or avoiding it unconsciously, it will show up to test you and your power at this time.
Normally, Jupiter is a comfort and a support, yet the relationship between Jupiter and Rahu is contradictory. Your demon and god qualities will be forced to face each other in the first six months of this cycle. How can both get their needs met, in order for greater harmony within? Where have you been avoiding this integration of your human and god qualities? This is a great time to be aware of where you may be refusing to look at your human parts with authenticity. Simultaneously, spirit is a great ally and a wonderful resource for extra support. However, even spirit wants you to evolve as a human being. It's time to be a fully integrated human. Gather the resources you need for this process.
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Sun in Taurus
On May 14th at 04:48 MDT, Sun moves to a challenging sign, Taurus for the coming month. Ruling planet of this earth sign is Venus, the water planet that gives life and fruitful existence- inside and out. Sun as fire, heat and all that burns, purifies and clarifies, doesn't mix well with the watery nature of Venus.
Sun in Taurus will increase the desire for more nourishment, comforts and support. Money, relationships and all things Venus get a sudden dose of light, causing increased focus and awareness. This may intensify challenges with these areas of your life, while also forcing you to make transformations and changes. Working with your creativity is a vital resource for this process of change. Where are you blocking this creative energy, your creative power? Where are you saying no to more nourishment from life? These blockages are your resistance to more life force energy. As Sun transits through Taurus, expect the light to help you identify what is not working, what needs to change. You may also gather new resources and support as a result of shifting your focus.
There is a lot of creativity available in this cycle, but you must know how to work with it in order for it to be used effectively. The power available to you is dharmic, ancestral and connected to Spirit. Are you allowing these resources of support to help you grow, change, heal and transform? It's crucial that you're brutally honest about what is working and what is not working. Release and let go of the stories, behaviors, relationships, possessions and desires that are strangling your progress and keeping you stuck. What happens when you free yourself of these attachments? Who can you be without this extra baggage? Saying yes to more nourishment requires that you are clear and aligned with all that is truly supportive- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Honor your needs and say yes to resources that increase your sense of being alive! Work diligently on your manifestation process. The truth is, you can create anything you want. So why aren't you?
Venus in Taurus
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.
The emotional body will be your ally in this cycle. Make friends with the power it offers you. Find ways to deepen your emotional body literacy and honor this wisdom within you. There's a powerful transformation process taking place if you step into the strength of your feelings and creative intelligence. Your creativity is your power. Your emotions are your strength. Find the edge between vulnerability and strength. Use the clarity within your knowing to manifest your exact desire into being. You have this ability! The only thing in your way is resistance to being nourished fully. This discomfort, avoidance and even withholding of what you need from your Self, from your life, from others, is keeping you malnourished. The attraction, repulsion dynamic of I want more and simultaneously resisting that desire, is taking away your power, purpose and clarity. It's essential you harmonize the polarities within so that you can be well fed by life. Everything starts with digestion. Transform the challenges into new resources.
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*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Aries: Creativity and relationships will have their challenges, but if you can turn down the heat, you'll find ample creative juiciness. Romance, child-like wonder and intuitive wisdom begin to move forward as Jupiter goes direct. You must continue to work with your hidden blockages and obstacles though. These are the places that are resisting a sense of ease, gentleness and your own sensitivity. Parts of you are refusing to get their needs met, instead opting for pain, struggle and suffering. Why live in the dark, when you can have more light? Fearlessly rip off the band-aids, the parts of yourself that refuse to go into your dark, murky inner landscape. The solutions are hidden here. Don't keep walking in circles.
Taurus: Light increases for you, once Sun emerges from its hiding place in the 12th house and moves into your head, the first house. Allow creativity, alone time and extra moments in bed to serve your self care practice. Relationships will feel unsatisfying- lurching forward at times, while stopping and slowing down at other times. Your heart is unclear about what it wants. Part of you is in and ready to say yes to more connecting and co-creating. The rest of you is resisting and saying no. Honor the part of you saying no and ask it to tell you what it needs for greater nourishment and ease. You must be willing to lean in closer and listen to your pain with tenderness. Begin this year long Sun cycle for yourself with clarity, pro-active measures and dedication to growth and change.
Gemini: As Sun moves out of your house of gains and into its place of reclusiveness, the 12th house, it's time to pause and check-in with yourself. This is not a cycle of external focus, so best not force this. Your time will be well spent in bed resting, meditating or taking extra alone time. Still, creative power is yours and in fact the extra rest will support you in recharging your batteries and increasing your creative potency. Attend to health matters and stomach, digestion and assimilation of all that you are eating- on all levels of life. Taking time for rest and rejuvenation will support this digestion process from the previous months. As you near the end of a year long Sun cycle, it's time to take stock of the previous year and let your body hit re-set fully.
Cancer: As Sun leaves your 10th house of career, it's a time of harvesting from your previous efforts and finding ways to fill your container with more resources. The conflicts and challenges you are facing are just your resistance to receiving. Why are you refusing to be nourished and supported from your work? Where are your limiting beliefs and self sabotage blocking you from greater success and fulfillment? Use your creative powers to imagine something more brilliant for yourself, then seek all the places within you that are saying no to these dreams and desires. Nourishment will move in a more forward direction after the 9th, but part of you still doesn't believe you deserve it. That negative self talk is the gateway to shifting into higher states of being. Are you ready to do the work, to follow those stories to their source, in order to change, transform and heal?
Leo: Your inner power and awareness begins to turn outward once again after the 9th. The inner strength you've been cultivating over the past four months, starts to find a way to externalize now. Diligently share your energy through actions, choices and behaviors that support your gifts, talents and abilities. Part of you is saying yes to a more brilliant and powerful life, while the rest of you is resisting and staying in the shadows. Your heart wisdom is a potent resource for radical inner and outer shifts if you use your resistance as a resource for change. Where are you refusing to be nourished, supported and in comfort and ease? What parts of you refuse to accept your big dreams, goals and desires? What can your fear and discomfort tell you about refusing intimacy and deeper relationship with yourself and others? Seek creative resources and guidance to support your change and transformation process.
Virgo: Once Sun shifts out of your 8th house, moving to your house of dharma on the 14th, a new level of illumination strikes you. The transformational process you've been in the past month will begin to pave the way for more dharmic support. Tap into your inner creative resources and channel this into projects, actions and imagine a bigger idea of what is possible for yourself and your life. Creativity is available to you in potent ways, but you must work diligently with the resistance simultaneously. The hands can be an ally of support for your self discovery. What can your hands share about what you need? What you want? What does your resistance need in order for more harmony to take place within you? Ask this part of yourself to share its challenges with you. Lean in and honor the needs of your pain. This is your radical liberation process taking place. Say yes.
Libra: As Sun dips into your 8th house on the 14th, you begin a month of inner transformation. There is potential for deeper inner work and healing to take place if you say yes to the change process and allow the challenges to support your shifts. Strong desires for relationship arrive, yet you're unclear how to direct this energy fully. Part of you is saying yes to more passion, creativity and inner power. The other part of you is stuck in the fear, challenge and conflict. You want more nourishment, yet you don't know how to make it happen. The fear of your own power is keeping you stuck, resisting the comfort, support and security you crave. If you can address the fear head on and use the challenge as a resource for self growth, you'll be using this Sun cycle to its fullest. Take a step forward.
Scorpio: Life is moving in jolts of stops and starts, yes and no, open and close. You are finding your dance with life in new ways, embrace the process. As Sun shifts to your 7th house of relationships on the 14th, looking in the mirror will do you good. Notice how relationships, the "other", are challenging you and causing amplified inner awareness- the comfortable kind and the uncomfortable variety. This is a time of healing heart and digesting old relationship wounds if you use the discomfort constructively. What works? What feels nourishing and supportive? Who and what does not? Listen carefully to your inner wisdom and investigate further. The painful mirrors are the door to self discovery, transformation and radical inner shifts. If you can clear the blockages effectively, you'll see shifts on all levels of life- personally and professionally.
Sagittarius: You experience power shifts once Sun moves to your 6th house on the 14th. Suddenly there's a change in your purpose, inner knowing and desires. It's time to radically address where you are stuck, frozen and resistant to greater comfort, stability and support within. There's powerful liberation available to you, but you must be willing to look at your own fear directly. The fear that is paralyzing you from living a more powerful and potent life, one that fulfills you and aligns you with dharma. Take action steps towards your personal development and allow spirit to support your growth process. Seek guidance, wisdom and support for your steps. Find ways to increase the nourishment by working directly with your resistance to receiving.
Capricorn: Let your heart swell with passion, creativity and inner wisdom. Your intuitive knowing and your creative power are directly connected to your heart, your ability to feel. Gains and increases come when you work with the heart blockages, the places within you that resist nourishment and feeling your emotional power. This receptivity is vital for manifestation, for bringing your visions, desires and goals into form. This power is yours when you say yes to feeling what you feel and honoring the needs that come with your emotional body landscape. This is a time of deep inner excavation. Learn from your inner depths so that you can more deeply honor and accept your full self. Say yes to all that is arriving and ask what your pain needs from you. Lean in closer.
Aquarius: Chip away the illusions and the false parts of yourself. Rip of the veils and masks that are hiding your true, raw self. What is keeping you in the shadows? You say you want more in this life, to feel more satisfied and sustained, yet you resist the necessary changes in order to make this happen. Certain people, relationships and partners are keeping you in the dark. It's time to cut the cords. These mirrors are your reminders. The challenges are your messengers. As Sun enters your 4th house on the 14th, new light enters your heart. Start seeing things as they are, not as you wish they were. Be bold, creative, courageous. Invision and imagine your dreams into reality. Start by letting go of all that doesn't serve the vision you are creating.
Pisces: Nourishment is key. Be fed, be well fed, by life. What are the ingredients you need to make a satisfying life, a life worth living? What are you missing for this recipe? Feed yourself well and let your digestion support your transformation and healing process. The mouth and gut are direct connections to your dharmic work. Are you paying attention to what feeds you? You are still clearing away and liberating yourself from past pain, digesting the emotions and strengthening your sense of self and power. Be courageous, creative and bold with your new life. How far are you willing to go in order to create a life of happiness and nourishment for yourself? How much are you ready to release and shed, in order to create space for your biggest desires to have room in your life? It's time to shed the old like a bad habit.
* All timing is in Mountain Daylight Time- one hour ahead of Pacific Time, one hour behind Central Time and two hours behind Eastern Time.
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