May is a busy and powerful month astrologically. Venus moves into its own sign of Taurus, followed by two eclipses, and finally Jupiter changes signs, moving into Gemini.
Venus moves into Taurus (its own sign) from May 4, 2013 through May 28, 2013, which increases the need for stability in love, closeness to family, and being in a comfortable and safe environment. Venus is very happy here, and giving strong commitment and purpose in relationships, as well as increased desire for artistic/creative endeavors. In addition, while Venus is in Taurus, it will join Jupiter. These two benefic planets together can give strong desires for love, generosity, and helpfulness. Just watch for over-indulgence. Also, Venus and Jupiter are the two teacher planets, so a good month for educational pursuits as well.
A solar eclipse occurs on May 9, 2013 at 25 degrees Aries in the nakshatra of Bharani. Eclipses describe times of change, new beginnings, and increased awareness, as things unknown to us are now revealed. This eclipse is in Bharani nakshatra ruled by the planet Venus, and translates to mean “she who bears,” denoting strong feminine energies. This is a fairly unpredictable nakshatra, which generates a sort of life, death, and rebirth energy. We may be ending one phase of life, and beginning a new one. This eclipse may bring about strong creative urges that need to be expressed. The deity of Bharani nakshatra is Yama, the lord of death and the king of justice, which signifies transformational qualities as well. We need to channel these energies through the appropriate channels. This nakshatra is called the “star of restraint,” so remedies are working with the qualities of understanding, patience and self-discipline in our interactions with others. This eclipse could also bring about some extreme forms of expression, as we learn to create more of a balance and neutrality inwardly within ourselves, then outwardly in the material world.
The next eclipse is a lunar one, possibly of a more emotional nature, occurring on May 25, 2013 at 10 degrees Scorpio in the nakshatra of Anuradha, called the “star of friendship.” Being a lunar eclipse, we may feel more intensity with our feelings and emotions, especially in dealing with friends and our personal commitments to them. We learn much about the power and the proper expression of our feelings and words, as we enjoy the present moment. We want to do things in good faith, as we go of self-righteousness and burdens, and solidify our relationship with the divine. Our deeper motivations come to light, helping us to understand, balance, and heal, if we allow it. Eclipses are catalysts for change, and are also days for spiritual practices, such as meditation, yoga, mantra, and contemplation. This helps us to integrate and properly understand these powerful energies.
Jupiter changes signs, moving from Taurus into Gemini on May 30, 2013 until June 18, 2014. This is a major shift, as it takes Jupiter approximately 13 months to change signs. Jupiter in Gemini values the mind, intellect, and learning. A big emphasis will be on communications and versatility. Jupiter will now aspect the transiting planets of Saturn and Rahu in Libra, adding some divine grace and understanding to those two malefic planets. We may feel less pressure in life, and increased protection.
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Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.