Vedic Astrology for May 2017

May is a month of mentally moving forward, experiencing clearer perceptions, as we let go of old mental clutter, and start fresh as Mercury goes direct. The Sun in Aries the first half of the month can bring increased vitality and inner resolve. With the transit of Mars this month, we are directed to be more disciplined, and be less reactive and more patient.  With Venus exactly opposite Jupiter mid-month, be open and invite divine grace and inner guidance to flow through your life.
Aries by Dutch artist Jofra Bosschart

On May 3, 2017, Mercury, planet of communications, the intellect, and discrimination, goes direct at 0 degrees Aries – the very first degree of the zodiac which is also a gandanta degree (spiritual knot), located on the cusp between a water and fire sign. This seems significant, as it adds a greater emphasis on letting go of past memories, worries, or beliefs that no longer serve you. This is a time to be even more discerning with how we communicate with others – with honesty, clarity, and no hidden agenda.

With Mercury transiting Mars-ruled Aries until June 3, watch for impatient speech or reacting too forcefully, and instead become a creative problem-solver.  Realize we are not our thoughts. With Mercury in Aries, focus on clearing up any misunderstandings you have had in the past – and do so with no expectations and an open heart.  This is a good time to commit to a regular meditation practice or take that class you have been putting off. We can slowly begin to move forward now with more certainty and confidence.

The Sun transits its exalted sign of Aries until May 14, 2017, which brings energy, vitality, and directness. The Sun here is very individualistic and this transit can begin a cycle of self-discovery. Aries is self-initiating and pioneering, but sometimes need to learn patience, moderation, and sharing. The Sun in Aries likes to inspire others and brings forth new ideas. Participate in uplifting activities!

Next the Sun begins its transit through the fixed earth sign Taurus from May 14 to June 14, 2017. Our inspirations become more grounded and real. Now we focus on what is truly valuable to us, and let go of the superficial. We long for more stability and commitment in our lives. Be a little more adaptable and less stubborn. This is a creative and fertile time. Spending more time in natural surroundings and connecting with good friends and family are positive expressions.

On May 18-19, 2017, Venus exalted in Pisces will exactly oppose Jupiter retrograde in Virgo at exactly 19 degrees. These two planets have been opposite each other for quite a while – since January 27 when Venus moved into Pisces, and this will end on May 30, 2017 when Venus moves to Aries. But now they will aspect exactly on May 18-19, connecting these two teacher planets (Jupiter is the teacher of the gods, Venus is the teacher of the demons). This can increase our interests in higher knowledge, esoteric subjects, and healing modalities. And with Venus in the sign of Pisces for such a long time (four months), this indicates we are all striving to understand and express the higher vibrations of Venus – like unconditional love, compassion, devotion, and deep healing.

Also, Saturn is aspecting retrograde Jupiter, which can temper the indulgence and excess that the combination of Jupiter and Venus can sometimes express, giving us some restraint and maturity. This helps us to sense our “inner prosperity” and motivates us to express this “abundance” outwardly by donating our time to worthy causes, or by simply helping our friends or family members in need.

Jupiter photo by Nasa
On May 26, 2017, Mars, planet of action and energy, moves to Gemini until July 11, 2017. Mars and Mercury will create a Parivartana Yoga, with Mars in the sign of Mercury (Gemini) and Mercury in the sign of Mars (Aries) for a few days – from May 26 to June 3. Parivartana Yoga joins these two planetary energies tightly together.  Mars sees Mercury as an enemy, while Mercury sees Mars as being neutral. So watch for frustrating communications, angry words, or taking things too personally. Stop and think things through before speaking. This can be a positive combination for analyzing situations and being a good problem-solver if one is patient. Take the time to include others in decision-making.

In addition, as Mars begins its transit through Gemini it will oppose Saturn in Sagittarius at 1 degree on May 28 and 29. These two planets are not very friendly with each other, so as they face off we experience increased frustrations and possible delays in the actions we take. It’s important not to give up, but move through these barriers with grace and peace. We are asked to be more responsible, truthful, and learn from the seeds we have sown. Take more time to understand all sides of an issue before making important decisions.


Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.
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