The Sun is in Taurus through May 20, when focus on the body’s overall sense of well-being is highlighted. Taurus is an earth sign, fixed, which sustains the season of Spring. This is a wonderful time for a gentle natural cleanse as the body sheds the need for insulation. We look forward to more fresh local foods as baby lettuces start to sprout.
Once the Sun moves into Gemini (10:59 p.m. ET on May 20) we glide into the last sign of the spring. Gemini is a mutable air sign, which means that it promotes a flexibility to change through verbal exchange. Since Mars goes direct the day before, we can expect fast-moving action the end of the month, so plan your strategies now.
FYI, for local readers, I will present an Astrology 101 at Wainwright House in Rye on May 21.
With Mars, Saturn and Pluto retrograde for the month, expect more backstage and under the radar movements. Now that Pluto has joined the movements the ability to dive deeply into unconscious awareness increases (or conversely, to retreat further into suppression). Let any frustration dissolve with meditative breath; underneath the surface a great deal is happening.
Mars retrograde ends on May 19 when it goes direct at 9:31 p.m. ET. Mars was the Roman god of war. In astrology, the energy of Mars is more dimensional than simply an impulse to attack and create strife. Mars signifies passion, anger and desire. It indicates how one asserts him/herself. When Mars is retrograde from Earth’s perspective, reflection carries more weight than action, as maddening as that can be. When you do act if it carries the weight of that deeper process, its impact increases.
People with Aries or Scorpio prevalent in their horoscope or born with a strongly placed Mars (like Mars rising), tend to become more measured with the expression of anger when Mars is retrograde. Others may feel a great deal of frustration or pent up desires; martial arts are highly recommended.
From a business perspective, when Mars is retrograde, people are less likely to feel a motivation to act, but they may be open to study or research. Yet keep in mind that for people born with retrograde Mars, this period can be quite dynamic.
Romances begun at this time tend to lose traction. If they make it through the whole retrograde period, when Mars goes direct the appeal may wane. This is a very long stint for Mars to be in the sign of Libra, which is because of the retrograde cycle. Since Libra is a sign which emulates the planet Venus (goddess of love) it emphasizes the focus of relationships during this Mars transit.
How do we take advantage of the Mars retrograde? We certainly don’t want to put our businesses on hold through mid-May. Work on projects already in motion. This is an excellent time to revitalize the passion in both business AND romantic relationships. Sometimes no matter how much we love what we do, something gets stale. It may be time to reengage with someone who stimulates another part of the business that has been dormant, or that you’ve put on the shelf. If things seem to slow down, then you have the opportunity to “get under the hood” of your business and see what it needs for maximum performance.
The one thing that is essential to keep in mind with the Mars retrograde is that it is best to avoid being the initiator in a situation. That’s why it works best when we stay with what’s already in process, or go back to an overture already made. If you’re in sales, you can show product but let the potential buyer initiate discussion; ask questions that invite disclosure. If you drive a lot, baby your car and well-worn destinations glean more fruit than new horizons. If you’ve been procrastinating on a creative project, this can be an ideal time to battle through the inner demons that have kept you stalled.
When Mars goes direct on May 19, there can be a sudden flash of the libido. Expect high creativity or a desire for sexual expression; weigh unexpected overtures carefully.
Saturn is retrograde through July 20. When the planet that signifies responsibility, discipline, boundaries and limitation goes retrograde, we need to reassess these themes. If you take on more than you are able to handle, expect a backslide. It is advisable to only agree to tasks you know you can accomplish because overextension cheats the whole picture. It is better instead to reign in your goals to achievable. The next several months support the ability to put strategies in place that maintain for the long run. Depending on your business, this may or may not be a time to initiate. Shortcuts are not recommended. Saturn in Scorpio demands a laser-like delving into finances, especially those shared with others.
Pluto retrograde through late September: More underground activity will be plumbed, explored and eventually exposed. If someone or something pulls strings on your fate, the next several months may bring the problem to closer revelation.
Mix it up! With Mars, Saturn and Pluto retrograde, it is critically important to take your time. Partnerships and financial obligations require particular attention. Keep optimistic for clarity as to why it’s important to do it right.