A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change
the subject.~Winston Churchill
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
May is not nearly as boiling and swirly as April, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of complacency: The initiatives of April still need integration and a sort of slow-cooling process. The current brew is still sensitive to rapid fluctuations and not fully ready for use, either. And don’t mess with it too much; just let it simmer. On the other hand, we need to regroup and get our acts more caught up when and where possible.
The New Moon falls in mid-Taurus at 11:51 p.m. (Pacific) on the 2nd. It’s time to renew our commitment to our worlds. But this one is tricky because it’s not yet clear what has really been happening and to what we are committing. So, we need to contrive a means to get past the trivial complexities and keep our energies focused on the core issues at hand. Check in with your body and intuition, stay calm and recuperate.
Mercury conjoins Venus on the 9th, giving us another chance to encourage peace in the social-mental landscape: Enjoy beauty wherever it blossoms. Try to stop rehashing the supposed failures of the last couple months and tend to the growth at hand. And give yourself credit where it’s due.
Mars moves into Taurus on the 11th until the 20th of June. We can finally let off the gas a little and get an easier handle on the current trajectory. April was all push and now we can relax into a rhythm. Start to gently put more and more new styles into practice, but proceed with patience.
Venus conjoins Jupiter, also on the 11th, prompting some further adjustments to our belief/expectation systems. This combination loves to believe the hyped up and exaggerated, often to our detriment. Life is more fun when we don’t indulge the advertisements.
Mercury conjoins Jupiter, also on the 11th, offering clearer comprehension and acceptance of ongoing conundrums. As per usual, over-thinking against a backdrop of personal mythology is not very productive, however much time it passes. Choose to relinquish your stories and be present with what is in front of you. The rest is mostly in your head.
Mars sextiles Neptune on the 12th, bringing the undercurrent of bone-weariness to the surface. It seems that we humans often resist and struggle until we are too exhausted to keep fighting it. Mars-Neptune is reminding us that we can slow the pace down before we smash into a wall or maybe the ground.
Venus moves into Taurus on the 15th until June 9th. Stop rushing and take a deep breath. Connect with nature; relish tasty treats; take a hike and smell the flowers. The ‘trial by fire’ is now more done and, like many adventures; it is easier to appreciate it as it moves into the past.
Mercury also moves into Taurus on the 15th, until June 2nd. Calm the mind and give it healthy, practical things to work on. It will now be easier to stop ruminating on ourselves and how difficult it can be for us to feel truly seen by and connected to others. Now is the time for us to be more natural and fluidly responsive—like an animal.
Mercury conjoins Venus on the 16th; putting Humpty Dumpty back together again, or more preferably, prompting the realization that you never were an egg on a wall or any other story for that matter. Press the re-set button on the consciousness box and be narrative-free inside and narrative-neutral outside.
Mercury and Venus both sextile Neptune, also on the 16th, further exacerbating the mind’s desire to get it all—the answers and the pre-assurances. We must surrender to instinctual wisdom or risk getting very confused and/or thrown off-course; and this means acknowledging more of our blind spots. Too much awareness would spoil the fun anyways, so let paradox and chaos inspire awe instead of panicked flailing.
The Full Moon is in late Scorpio at 4:09 a.m. (Pacific) on the 17th. This is another tricky lunation. So much has shifted since the New Moon in Aries on April 3rd, but it’s still very hard to know what the hell to do with it in the real world. Just work step by step and figure it out as it winds along; avoid dramatizing situations by viewing them too futuristically.
Mars and Mercury both trine Pluto on the 20th. This would be best used to stop taking the actions/stories of others so personally. However, it could also froth up some frustration or anger towards things that don’t make sense. Look whatever scares you in the eye, ‘I’m not scared of you,’ and then keep walking, ‘but I’m going this way.’
Mercury conjoins Mars in the evening of the 20th. This could bring some relief to the mental sense of urgency of late. It’s not do-or-die, so let’s further relax our hyper-vigilance and find a more grounded stance.
The Sun moves into Gemini on the 21st, making us hungry for some more information and contemplation. It doesn’t mean we should resurrect outdated mental narratives, but we should definitely keep reworking our new scripts. Just keep it middle ground; make sure the characters are whole people, not fragments of humanity.
Venus trines Pluto on the 21st, taking us deeper into the labyrinth. This aspect demands that we enjoy what we love instead of fearing its loss or fretting about whether we deserve the grace that has been afforded us. Just dance with it.
The Sun squares Neptune on the 22nd, pushing us to stop carrying around last semester’s coursework and be more available for these new classes. If a ‘question’ doesn’t make sense, skip it and move onto the next one. There aren’t many great answers, especially to stupid questions.
Venus conjoins Mars on the 23rd, launching us into a new ‘what are we going for and how are we getting there’ cycle. The emphasis is on simplicity and functionality in how we make it through the days. Taking solid care of the basics is always crucial: good food, sleep, mental and emotional health, and caring for loved ones. Simple is sweet.
The Sun sextiles Uranus on the 24th, urging us to continue breaking out of old self-constructs and into a more cohesive unity of being. It’s not all that simple, but most of the complexities are contextual and created because of relativity. And ultimately, the key is whether we feel comfortable with ourselves; can we sleep comfortably with ourselves?
May is still pretty rich with essentialisms, even if it is mellower. We’re all still kind of distracted by our own processing and still grappling with our own habitual patterns and mental constructs. It should feel easier, whether you’ve relaxed a bit of the survival mode yet or not. If it feels tougher, then cut your losses and hit the reset button now. Either way, work it all out on the inside first and foremost. Be and allow.