RUNE OF THE MONTH: Hagalaz “challenges”. Bumps in the road
both test our resolve and keep us on our toes. Without them, our
journey would become stale and probably even downright boring.
Projection into the unknown helps us unearth the skills and talents we
may not even have known we had, which in turn promote inner growth.
Jupiter remains retrograde this whole month until August 11. Its
shadow period extends until November 6 th . The degrees covered in
May (23º41’ to 20º45’ Sagittarius) are represented in the Sabian
Symbols by: “A bluebird perched on the gate of a cottage”, “A group
of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into a new
country”, “A Chinese laundry”, “A child and a dog wearing borrowed
eyeglasses”. We are being asked to examine our level of ethics,
tolerance and compassion. What is our attitude towards foreigners
and people who are different from us, in general? What do we believe
in? Do we walk our talk? Are we as transparent as we would like to
think we are? Are we free from what others think, or do we fake it
so that we might be seen as belonging? How true to ourselves are we?
Saturn remains retrograde this whole month until September 18
between 20º31’ and 19º45’ Capricorn. Its shadow period lasts until
December 24. The images associated with these degrees are: “A
relay race”, “A hidden choir is singing during a religious service”. We
are being challenged in our mastery, our self-sufficiency and our
discipline in becoming all that we are in our divinity. As we help
ourselves, the heavens help us. Initially, we only have ourselves to
rely on. The journey towards enlightenment is paved with good
intentions, but only do our commitment and unrelenting efforts bring
us to inner and outer completion.
Pluto remains retrograde this whole month until October 3. Its
shadow period continues until January 24, 2020. The degrees
traveled in May (23º08’ – 22º50’ Capricorn) are symbolized by: “A
woman entering a convent” and “A soldier receiving two awards for
bravery in combat”. Passion and commitment are one and the same. No
matter what path we choose, it is by embracing it wholeheartedly
that we shall reap the laurels of recognition and find inner
The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect
with any planet before entering the following sign-):
Until Wednesday 5/1 at 3:23 AM: when the Moon enters
On Friday 5/3 between 1:47 AM and 1:18 PM: when the Moon
On Sunday 5/5 between 8:10 AM and 8:40 PM: when the
Moon enters Gemini.
From Tuesday 5/7 at 4:50 PM till Wednesday 5/8 at 2:06
AM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
From Thursday 5/9 at 7:06 PM till Friday 5/10 at 6:14 AM:
when the Moon enters Leo.
On Sunday 5/12 between 5:25 AM and 9:22 AM: when the
Moon enters Virgo
On Tuesday 5/14 between 10:19 Am and 11:51 AM: when
the Moon enters Libra.
On Thursday 5/16 between 2:37 AM and 2:26 PM: when the
Moon enters Scorpio.
On Saturday 5/18 between 2:11 PM and 6:21 PM: when the
Moon enters Sagittarius.
From Monday 5/20 at 10:05 AM till Tuesday 5/21 at 0:56
AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
From Wednesday 5/22 at 6:57 PM till Thursday 5/23 at
10:49 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
On Saturday 5/25 between 5:51 AM and 11:08 PM: when the
Moon enters Pisces.
From Monday 5/27 at 9:21 PM till Tuesday 5/28 at 11:32
AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
On Thursday 5/30 between 8:08 AM and 9:43 PM: when the
Moon enters Taurus.
Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling
anything of importance during these times as they would amount to…
Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:
Moon in Aries between Wednesday 5/1 at 3:24 AM and Friday 5/3 at
1:17 PM + between Tuesday 5/28 at 11:32 AM and Thursday 5/30 at
9:42 PM: Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring
forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership,
spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or
bringing our car to the mechanic….
Moon in Taurus between Friday 5/3 at 1:47 AM and Sunday 5/5 at
8:39 PM + between Thursday 5/30 at 9:43 PM and Sunday 6/2 at
4:47 AM: Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts,
asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate,
buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the
countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for
gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…
Moon in Gemini between Sunday 5/5 at 8:40 PM and Wednesday 5/8
at 2:05 AM: Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of
communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling
friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending
conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data
on various topics, connecting with new people….
Moon in Cancer between Wednesday 5/8 at 2:06 AM and Friday 5/10
at 6:13 AM: Perfect for family activities, especially those involving
children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing
ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for
dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and
anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….
Moon in Leo between Friday 5/10 at 6:14 AM and Sunday 5/12 at
9:21 AM: Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances,
being in the public’s eye, throwing or attending an elegant party,
playing with children, romance and creativity in general…
Moon in Virgo between Sunday 5/12 at 9:22 AM and Tuesday 5/14 at
11:50 AM: Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning,
healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home,
reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the
focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….
Moon in Libra between Tuesday 5/14 at 11:51 AM and Thursday 5/16
at 2:25 PM: Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic
exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying
new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…),
a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).
Moon in Scorpio between Thursday 5/16 at 2:26 PM and Saturday
5/18 at 6:20 PM: Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies,
self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life,
death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving
Moon in Sagittarius between Saturday 5/18 at 6:21 PM and Tuesday
5/21 at 0:55 AM: Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical
activities or matters related to higher education and the law.
Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language,
exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and
tending to large animals (horses….).
Moon in Capricorn between Tuesday 5/21 at 0:56 AM and Thursday
5/23 at 10:48 AM: Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a
promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority,
making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining
our long-term goals…
Moon in Aquarius between Thursday 5/23 at 10:49 AM and Saturday
5/25 at 11:07 PM: Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable
organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good
also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and
time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in
Moon in Pisces between Saturday 5/25 at 11:08 PM and Tuesday
5/28 at 11:31 AM: Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean,
anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming,
music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the
mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…
This month’s intentional meditation started on Friday 4/19, when
we took out as many blank sheets of paper as we would have
intentions and placed them near a window, on a balcony or in a garden
so that they would bask in the light of the Full Moon in Libra. Once
that moment had passed, we gathered our Full Moon charged blank
sheets and placed them in a folder.
On Saturday 5/4 on the New Moon in Taurus, take out your blank
full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive
intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window so
that they are out by exactly 3:46 PM. Once that moment has
passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting
the manifestation of all your dreams…
Next month’s intentional meditation, begins on Saturday 5/18. Take
out as many blank sheets of papers as you will have. intentions and
place them near a window, on a balcony, or in a garden so that they
bask in the light of the Full Moon in Scorpio at exactly 2:11 PM.
Once that moment has passed, gather your Full Moon charged blank
sheets and place them in a folder.
Wednesday 5/1: Mercury Square Saturn (1:50 AM)
We could feel laden with responsibilities, somewhat discouraged and
having to deal with tasks requiring great seriousness of purpose. Best
to keep quiet, tackle the work that needs to be done with focus and
Thursday 5/2: Mercury Square Pluto (2:49 PM), Mercury Trine
Jupiter (8:59 PM)
Communications could lead to dead-ends. We are likely to come up
against strong personalities. Forcing issues is not helpful. Best to lay
low, keep our opinions to ourselves and focus on unity. Later tonight,
we have to be careful not to give in to the opposite and promise more
than we can deliver. Our exuberance and positive energy open new
Sunday 5/5: Mars Opposition Jupiter (2:57 PM)
Not a good day to gamble, nor go on a shopping spree as we could end
up foolishly spending more money than what we are buying is worth.
Great for a dynamic adventure. Our vital energy is at an all times
high. Excellent also for defending our ideas with courage and
Monday 5/6: Mercury enters Taurus (11:25 AM) till 5/21
During the next 3 weeks, our thinking is practical. We tend to stay
with our thoughts and ideas for a while before making an enlightened
decision. We could be drawn to nature and inspired to protect
Tuesday 5/7: Venus Square Saturn (6:26 AM)
Social encounters could feel more like work than fun. Our
relationships could be strained and somewhat disappointing when not
downright depressing. We could feel lonelier than usual. Best to rely
on ourselves, plan a project with attention to its details and focus on
insuring our security.
Wednesday 5/8: Mercury Conjunct Uranus (7:22 AM), Sun
Sextile Neptune (7:53 PM)
A day to expect the unexpected. Changes in plans disrupt our
schedule. Unusual social encounters open new doors. Exciting ideas
free us from the known. We could feel particularly inspired. Artists
could come up with some of their best work. Channelers and healers
are likely to experience major breakthroughs in their perceptions.
Thursday 5/9: Venus Trine Jupiter (9:56 AM), Venus Square
Pluto (10:18 AM)
Our social life is particularly enriching and adventurous today. We
feel generous, warm hearted, tolerant and positive. We could be
invited to some elegant event that enables us to dress up and mingle
with interesting people, some of whom are connected to other
countries. We should however be careful not to give in to jealousy,
envy or possessiveness. Emotional insecurities could surface either in
ourselves or others, revealing where blocks to intimacy lie. Using
common sense in our financial transactions is a must today as we
could be drawn into spending more than we have or fall prey to a
scheme that is not as honest as it looks.
Saturday 5/11: Sun Trine Saturn (2:19 AM)
A day to get noticed by those in positions of power. We stand in our
mastery, are reliable, efficient, grounded and focused. Our excellent
organization helps us move closer to our ambitions and makes a good
impression on people in positions of power.
Monday 5/13: Sun Trine Pluto (8:04 PM)
Our inner knowingness helps us see through lies and illusions. A day to
stand in our power and mastery to make real changes both in
ourselves and our environment.
Tuesday 5/14: Venus Sextile Mars (6:58 AM)
A day of balance of the masculine and the feminine within us. Our
romantic relationships are peaceful and harmonious. Social contacts
are pleasant and uplifting. Moderate efforts create positive financial
Wednesday 5/15: Venus enters Taurus (2:46 AM) till June 8,
Mercury Sextile Neptune (6:21 PM), Mars enters Cancer (8:10
PM) till July 1
During the next two months, Cancer natives are favored. Our actions
aim towards ensuring our safety and security, as well as protecting
those we cherish. During the next month, our sensuality is enhanced.
We seek comfort, beauty and peace. We are attracted to nature and
the simple pleasures of the body. Nurturing ourselves brings a great
sense of contentment and well-being. Today, more specifically, is
particularly inspiring for artists, healers and channelers who are able
to access higher dimensions and perceive, as well as share, the magic
Thursday 5/16: Mercury Trine Saturn (4:09 PM)
A good day for clearing our desk of backlogged work. Our thoughts
and communications are serious and grounded. Our discipline and
focus are aimed at furthering our ambitions. We are particularly
Friday 5/17: Mercury Trine Pluto (10:46 PM)
We are able to X-ray situations and people. Our insights into existing
conditions are strong and clear. We could become the spokesperson
of a silent majority. Our words make a lasting impression on those we
meet. People trust what we say, sensing that it doesn’t come from
some book we read, but from the depths of our experience and
Saturday 5/18: Venus Conjunct Uranus (9:16 AM)
Our social life becomes interesting. We could encounter unusual,
highly individualistic characters enticing us to create more freedom
in our lives. We could get caught in a whirlwind romance that is fun
even if only short lived. Money comes to us unexpectedly, ushering
Tuesday 5/21: Sun enters Gemini (0:59 AM) till June 21,
Mercury enters Gemini (3:52 AM) till June 4, Sun Conjunct
Mercury (6:07 AM)
During the next month our curiosity is enhanced. We seek
communication, are attracted to learning, traveling and stimulating
new acquaintances. Today, more specifically, is very good for
attending a social event, mingling with new people, studying, reading
and exchanging interesting ideas.
Wednesday 5/22: Mars Sextile Uranus (7:46 AM)
We could feel bored with the usual routine. Bursts of physical energy
make us want to mix up our usual routine, try something new and/or
start an exciting new venture. Creative solutions are found to the
challenges at hand. We should however exercise caution when driving
or operating sharp objects.
Wednesday 5/29: Mercury Square Neptune (6:23 PM)
Not a good day to sign legal documents as we could miss the fine
print. We could feel a little confused, vaguely anxious and quite
dreamy. Misunderstandings might occur easily. A situation could seem
very different from what it really is. Someone could be less than
honest with us, revealing only half of the truth. Spiritual imagination
could take the place of common sense. Excellent really only for
artistic creativity. But otherwise, laying low may be a good choice
today, as we could also feel quite drained.
Thursday 5/30: Venus Sextile Neptune (9:51 AM), Mercury
Opposition Jupiter (8:12 PM)
Our senses are particularly elevated today, allowing us to see the
beauty in all things and connect in oneness to the divinity in all beings.
Artists are particularly inspired. A relationship begun today connects
us to another at a soul level. We should however beware of promising
more than we can deliver and falling for schemes too good to be true.
Thursday 5/31: Venus Trine Saturn (8:26 AM)
We don’t court illusions today and approach our relationships with
much realism. We are likely to walk away from a romantic involvement
that has been shaky for already some time, while a good one becomes
more solid. Sound financial decisions mark this day. We favor saving
rather than spending and are focused on ensuring our monetary
Wishing you a magical month of May!
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén, M.A.