Astrological update for the week of May 1-8, 2023
Pluto turns retrograde May 1. Although the lunar eclipse on May 5th is the headline event, there’s a few other things going on too! First, Pluto makes its retrograde turn on Monday May 1st but you probably won’t even notice because Pluto has been stationary in the sky for over a month, and will continue to be virtually stationary for several more weeks. That makes the influence of Pluto more potent, and its transformative effect is likely to feel something like a sledgehammer especially if it’s hitting something sensitive in your own chart (around 0 degrees of the fixed signs Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and Leo).
Sun/Mercury conjunction May 1. The conjunction of the Sun and Mercury is an important part of the retrograde Mercury cycle, and when Mercury is retrograde as it is now the conjunction to the Sun marks the midpoint of the retrograde cycle. I know that conjunctions of the Sun to another planet (combust and cazimi) are supposed to be “bad” and burn up the planetary energies with solar light, but illumination from the Sun can shed light on events that may be misunderstood or mysterious. The Mercury retrograde review can help us to gain greater understanding which will help improve our progress when Mercury turns direct again.
Lunar eclipse May 5. The Scorpio Full Moon occurs at astrological Beltane: the midpoint between the solstice and the equinox. This is a magical time of power when in the northern hemisphere the world comes to life again after the winter and the heat of the summer begins to prevail.
This is a partial eclipse and the South Node is 11 degrees away […]