In the month of May 2000, some extraordinary cosmic events reverberate through our consciousness. Early in the month the bulk of the major planets line up in Taurus, the fixed earth sign, a prelude to the rare conjunction (Mutation) of expansive Jupiter, Lord of Fortune, and serious Saturn, Lord of Karma, at the end of the month. Only Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are elsewhere in the zodiac. Uranus glowers in his retrograde station during May 2000 at 20° Aquarius, in conjunction with the malefic fixed star, Castra (destruction; uncontrollable temper; malevolence). This forms the difficult square aspect with both Saturn and Jupiter, the aspect being partile (exact) just days before their Mutation. Aquarius is a fixed, air sign.
This year is a year of momentous change and purification for the world, in the aftermath of the powerful total solar eclipse in Leo of August 11, 1999. Leo is a fixed, fire sign, which is in stressful square aspect to Taurus. The eclipse is restimulated by the mutation. This time of deep cleansing and healing for the world was signalled by the conjunction of Chiron (the wounded healer) and Pluto (deep transformation) in Sagittarius (spiritual journeys) on New Year's Eve, 1999, the very prelude to the new century (some would say to the new millenium). This conjunction of these two dark planets only occurs once every sixty years. The last conjunction of Pluto and Chiron occurred at the height of the agony of World War Two.
The conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter is always considered to be highly significant by astrologers, for it happens only once every twenty years or so. Now this year is no exception to the rule, for it presents us with a particularly important situation, insofar as this will be the final conjunction of these two massive forces in an earth sign (Taurus) for hundreds of years to come! Some astrologers hold that this is really the first light of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. This massive conjunction at 22° Taurus opposes the fixed star Unukalkhai (Alpha Serpentis), which at 22° Scorpio was associated with the gigantic earthquake in Turkey after the solar eclipse of August 1999. Unukalkhai was rising over Istanbul at the point of greatest eclipse. It will be setting at the end of May.
Each sign is affected somewhat differently by these remarkable cosmic events. We shall look at each sign in turn, to see which way the cosmic cookie crumbles.
Aries, the Ram
May sees a gathering of all the major planets in the fixed, earthy sign of Taurus, your second house of finances and personal values. This certainly is a year of big changes and confrontations in these areas. Some responsibilities may be lifted, but not before you have experienced major changes in your personal priorities and the way you perceive the world.
The strongest potential is for instability and unpredictable developments likely to bring about significant change in your role in the lives of others: as a spouse, lover, friend, child, parent, or member of a group or organization. New roles may suddenly begin, while old ones abruptly come to an end. If you were once content to be a loner, you may now decide you need the friendship of others. If you have always had many friends, you may now prefer the company of very few, or even none at all. Outside forces over which you have no control are the inspiration for drastic or unexpected changes. These may, at least in part, be triggered by the actions of those around you, new people you meet, or situations you never expected to encounter.
Mars bounces into Gemini early in May and the energized atmosphere brings more than the usual volume of communications and activities, especially with close relatives and neighbors. Information and ideas flow in and you are inspired to generate not a few of your own. Travel and transportation take your attention; you have some good ideas on public transport and you might buy or sell a car. New skills with machinery or computers can be developed. Writing, design, arts and crafts geared toward business enterprises or that serve a definite function (rather than a way of passing time) are stimulated. Under this influence you are apt to be more of a doer than a thinker, eager to turn ideas into physical reality -- and more than ready to speak your mind. You will not hesitate to use physical means to express yourself. Should ruffians push their way onto the set, you may be tempted to get a bit too physical, or you may become the victim of those who resort to fisticuffs. Rash action now can cause accidents, especially burns, cuts, or mishaps while driving.
Taurus, the Bull
This is a banner year for Taureans. May sees a gathering of all the major planets in your own sign. Only the three outermost, transpersonal planets are elsewhere. Now the stress from all this is intense. You need to really take control of loose ends and batten down the hatches now, for it's a time of intensity and change, some good, some dificult. As Saturn and Jupiter join at the end of the month, there could be a real resolution of the difficulties which have been coming to a head over the last few months.
You may experience a complete change of career, or if not a career, at least a significant alteration in one of the major directions of your life. You may be of an appropriate age and circumstance that you initiate such a change yourself as a normal phase of development, or at least would welcome it if it happened. Outside forces over which you have no control take over. New people and unexpected situations provoke changes in your self-image. Separation from home, family members, or those who have represented authority figures may occur during this time.
Mars bounds into Gemini early in May and the energized atmosphere brings increased communications and activities, especially with close relatives and neighbors. Information and ideas flow in. Physical efforts turn to financial and business matters, bringing more organization to your bank and financial papers. Go through bills and accounts and make payments. Take action regarding debts, assets, and income. Some energy will be required to increase income: finding overtime, seeking an additional job, or doing whatever necessary to earn money. Hold on to something or someone you deem highly worthwhile. Establishing new priorites and rethinking your attitudes is appropriate now.
Gemini, the Twins
May sees a gathering of all the major planets in the fixed, earthy sign of Taurus, your solar twelfth house. The twelfth house describes the private and hidden side of life; your subconscious mind, dreams, the past and those who wish you harm or work against your interests. Sorrow, disappointment, loss, solitude or confinement, hidden fears and worry can surface under this influence. It also has connection with the job or health of your marriage or business partner.
Common goals or dispute resolution will progress, but most likely only by letting others do their own thing independently, then bringing all the separate efforts together. You may decide to continue your education, or take advanced training -- or just as suddenly end such activities. You may suddenly begin (or end) travel abroad, or dealing with those of another race or culture. A second marriage presents unstable conditions, as do activities and relationships with in-laws. Court decisions tend to have unexpected or unusual outcomes, or be reversed. Broadcasting, writing, publishing, advertising, marketing, religious and political activities are still other areas targeted for change. Your ideas and methods may suddenly become more independent, or avant-garde. Outside forces over which you have no control should prove to be the deciding factor. Changes may be set in motion by the actions of others, new people you meet, or situations you never expected to encounter. Keep your cool!
Mars springs into Gemini early in May, arousing your competitive spirit and inspiring you to be more aggressive than usual. You love to give others the impression of being very busy, but you may be less patient and more restless. Personal needs and goals take the focus. Take care with sharp objects and hot or explosive materials, especially near your head or face. Imaginative solutions can emerge as Mars trines Neptune in the second week of May, but keep your eyes open for deception. Avoid fanatic and obsessive ideas, misplaced idealism and unrealistic schemes. Greater spiritual awareness, loftier ideals and inspiring cultural pursuits come to the fore. Transportation on or over water may take on dangerous aspects at times.
The transit into Gemini of Mercury on the 15th, the Sun on the 21st and Venus on the 26th signal more communication and an irresistible you, especially during the last week of the month. The Gemini New Moon in conjunction with Venus and in opposition to Pluto on Jun. 2 shows a fabulous potential for romance! If you are already involved with a loving partner, you can deepen the relationship and overcome some of the deeper obstacles that may have been bugging you recently.
Cancer, the Crab
The strongest potential is for instability and unpredictable developments likely to bring about significant change in your role in the lives of others: friendships, groups and associations will be affected. New roles may suddenly begin, while old ones abruptly come to an end. Change may be expected in the status of finances, and in particular, joint income and property, payment of debts you owe as well as the collection of debts owed to you, insurance, taxes, legacies and assets you manage for others. Reversals may be expected, but they reflect gain as well as loss. Your attitudes to sex, psychological analysis of motivation and behavior, use and development of your personal skills as well as family resources and connections will change in quantum leaps. The changes in your use of personal skills and resources are motivated for assessing your personal worth as a unique individual and/or to become more financially independent. Things are really in the lap of the gods now, while the influence of others is so strong. A quite unexpected situation is the key.
Mars slinks into your twelfth house early in May and the energy becomes more inward-looking. Past actions, good or bad, may catch up to you. You may prefer others not to pry into your activities, either because these efforts actually concern secret matters, or because you accomplish more by working alone. Opposing forces you encounter during this period have a paralyzing effect. A contest of wills is to be avoided, for efforts to gain control of any kind will probably fail. This is not the time to change or interfere with the status quo. Avoid secret romances and covert liaisons and do not antagonise people (especially colleagues, employees and physicians) without a clear idea of where things are heading. Manipulations are a waste of time, but then, so is the direct approach! Keep a low profile and stay out of war zones. Under this influence you can explore and develop inner strengths, and gain a deeper understanding of your childhood conditioning, subconscious mind, fears, and dreams. The opportunity arises for increased involvement with charitable organizations, hospitals, prisons, and institutions concerned with minorities and the underprivileged.
Leo, the Lion
Career changes are likely. Both your public and your private image will receive a shakeup. Big cats will experience an unstable period regarding the status of marriage, partnership alliances and joint ventures. Associations may suddenly or unexpectedly begin, come to an end, or undergo significant change of one sort or another. The potential includes forming alliances with those who may be regarded as unusual partners, at least for you. Expect to meet unconventional people and unusual situations. Contracts signed under this influence, as well as the status of legal matters may not only be changed but completely reversed. A key element has to do with outside forces over which you have no control and new people in your life.
Material rewards and the tangible recognition for your efforts concern you this month. You are into shaking fruit from the money tree career-wise, or from work in other areas. What (or who) do you need in your life to be a happy, productive individual? Part of the answer lies in your role in the lives of others; the satisfaction you derive from just being a friend, a lover, parent, child, club member, or business associate. The quality and importance of these relationships becomes more vital, so you seek out the companionship of others. You tend to assess your personal influence or status with friends and contacts and so may become more assertive, or even manipulative in these relationships. Avoid stubborn pride and arrogance, or run the risk of severely straining relationships and affiliations. Situations arise in which you can exhibit personal generosity, integrity and inspiring leadership.
Trying a different or unique approach to things works to your advantage and, in fact, might succeed better than you ever dreamed possible. However, being different just to be different is not likely to work at all. Your plan or idea has to have a solid foundation. Participation in group efforts, organizational or club meetings, fund-raising and political activities is favoured at this time. Under this influence you are also encouraged to socialize with friends and spend time with children and their activities.
Virgo, the Virgin
Long distance travel, international business, or diplomatic endeavors, cultural events, court decisions, higher education, advanced training, study or use of foreign languages, religious or political interests, publishing, direct-mail promotions, or advertising are all affected by these changes. Increased correspondence or discussion comes your way regarding a second marriage, in-laws, or a relative's health or job, especially earlier in the month, since Mercury changes sign to Gemini after the 14th. After this date you are likely to seek a public forum to express your ideas or share your knowledge and skills. This can involve writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper, making a speech, or expanding the use of your skills and knowledge beyond your immediate circle. Circumstances increase your communications with superiors, clients and a parent. Be sure to comply with government regulations or those imposed by other authorities.
Mars strides across your mid-heaven from early in May, so enthusiasm is heightened for your career or other long range goals. You can take important actions which affect your future. You work hard to get attention from the public and those with power and influence and although you may not necessarily desire to call attention to yourself, your efforts will gain public attention one way or another now. Even if you have no access to a public forum, you may experience an increased urge to have others notice what you are doing. What you hear or read is likely to motivate you to take some sort of physical action, although your more or less public actions may be carried out on behalf of another person, or a cause in which you believe.
Plans and methods can be put into action and ideas turned into physical reality. You may also have a much greater urge, or some pressing practical need to travel. Business transactions at this time are apt to include the sale or purchase of an automobile or other vehicles, computers, and communications or sports equipment. Activities and discussions can involve you one way or another in education, military service, hair cutting, dental work, or surgery and cctivities involving superiors or authority figures are stimulated. You may either do a lot of extra work with your boss, or for the government, or those with similar authority. Largely because of your efforts, a male relative or superior may receive recognition or status.
Libra, the Scales
May sees a gathering of all the major planets in the fixed, earthy sign of Taurus, your solar eighth house, emphasising shared investments, joint ventures, insurances, inheritances, sexual assignments, matters to do with end of life and the like.
Unusual or nontraditional social contacts, romantic encounters, organisational meetings, as well as proposals for partnership or other alliances are in the air. Sieze the chance to be a part of something outside of yourself, while still retaining your own individuality. You may be more egalitarian when it comes to accepting (or judging) others. Others bring out this humanitarian attitude in you, while you are also able to inspire it in them. You may, for instance, unexpectedly begin a new romance, or just as suddenly break off with a romantic partner. Attitudes and activities related to children, speculative ventures, and the pursuit of pleasure may be suddenly reversed or significantly altered. Your social life and social contacts can follow the same unpredictable path; there may be sudden periods of increased interest, as well as times when there is a total lack of anything going on, or complete disinterest in socializing. Artistic and creative talents are vulnerable to the same unstable pattern. You may experience a preference for the unorthodox or avant garde in art, music, or design. A key element has to do with situations and people over which you have no control.
Mars jumps into Gemini early in May, and physical efforts turn to higher education, religion, politics, travel, cultural pursuits, foreign languages, writing and publishing. Other categories can just as easily arouse your interest and physical participation -- speculative ventures, sports, court decisions, a second marriage, and activities or relations with in-laws. Broaden your spiritual and intellectual horizons.
The transit into Gemini of Mercury on the 15th, the Sun on the 21st and Venus on the 26th signal a fascination with travel, faraway places and cultural pursuits, especially during the last week of the month. The Gemini New Moon in conjunction with Venus and in opposition to Pluto on Jun. 2 shows a fabulous potential for romance! There is every likelihood of a dark assignation with a sexy stranger, or a fillip with a fascinating foreigner!
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Taurus is your polar opposite, representing marriage, partnerships and open enemies. Expect major confrontations in these areas. The strongest potential is for instability and unpredictable developments related to your home, domestic environment and family relationships. Circumstances may bring a sudden change in residence, while family relationships themselves are a target for upheaval. The distance between you may be altered geographically, emotionally, or for other reasons. You need to become more independent of family ties and responsibilities -- or alternatively, you may extend your family circle to include non-relatives. New cycles of action can abruptly begin, or come to an end, the outcome being vastly different from what was anticipated. A key element features outside forces over which you have little control. Drastic or unexpected changes may, at least in part, be triggered by the actions of those around you, new people you meet, or situations which arrive out of the blue.
Mars, your life-ruler, leaps into Gemini early in May, bringing a livelier energy to your social life. The focus turns to sex, money, financial and psychological analysis. A partner's income or jointly-held property may require more attention. You may be forced to collect debts and favours owed, or make arrangements for the repayment of your own debts. Imaginative solutions can emerge as Mars trines Neptune in the second week of May, but keep your eyes open for deception.
Issues concerning insurance, taxes, inheritance, or money that you manage for others demand more of your time and attention. Intriguing possibilities develop along the sexual front: the physical act itself, counselling, or surgical procedures. The transit into the eighth of Mercury on the 16th, the Sun on the 21st and Venus on the 26th signal more communication and a sexier you, especially during the last week of the month. The warning against being overwhelmed by passion and desire is now more sharply articulated, as your inclination turns to multiple sexual interactions. Circumstances will determine where and what you actually do, but close attention to detail and enhanced awareness of subtleties mark all your physical efforts.
Sagittarius, the Archer
Expect disruptions and significant changes in your ideas and methods. This period tends to bring circumstances over which you have no control. The actions and decisions of others may cause disruption of education or other intellectual endeavours such as writing or publishing.
News and information resources may suddenly disappear, or new ones suddenly become established. Long distance travel may be interrupted, or suddenly become a necessity. The status of your spiritual development or economic expansion may be upset and your generosity may be erratic or misplaced: indulgent when you need to be more prudent and too prudent when you need to be more generous. Increased status or recognition may be given to you even though it may not be deserved, or if it is deserved, you unaccountably fail to receive it. Your basic mechanical or technological abilities will also be used in new ways, or circumstances force you develop new skills to keep pace with new information and communications systems. Travel patterns may be reversed or altered. Contact with siblings and neighbors are also a target of change, as they move into or away from your immediate environment. A key element of the influence during this period has to do with outside forces over which you have no control. Changes may, at least in part, be triggered by the people around you, new people you meet and unexpected situations.
Mars bounces into Gemini early in May, bringing enthusiastic energy to partnership and other alliances, cooperative efforts and any interaction with others people. Getting things done will be more difficult to accomplish by yourself than with a partner or partners. Even if you want to be left alone, other people will find a way to intrude. In most situations other people make the first move, leaving you to react. More than one open confrontation is apt to occur.
Capricorn, the Sea-Goat
Things may become frustrating during this period, especially when dealing with older people. You'll be in trouble if you are too liberal, and yet stymied by taking a too conservative approach. Too much emphasis on the future with no consideration for tradition and past experience is apt to be as unsuccessful as being stuck in the past unable to consider the future. Stand back and let things settle of their own accord to a level that seems comfortable for everyone.
Your financial status is the area most likely to undergo change, including the potential of experiencing one or more complete reversals. Unstable conditions that surround your income and finances suggest that money may be gained and lost and even gained again. This is not necessarily negative. The loss of money in one enterprise may inspire you to make it up in another. Your expenditures may change as new or unexpected situations develop. The major influence during this period is not concerned solely with money and material wealth, it encompasses whatever you value, and that includes relationships. The loss or gain of an important relationship can cause you to establish new values, or shift old priorities. New circumstances challenge your basic principles, or as the case may be, place such an emphasis on what is really important that you abandon whatever is no longer meaningful.
Mars strides into your sixth house early in May and the energy boost brings plenty of things for you to do in the way of physical exercise and work-- on the job as well as around the house. Circumstances may put you in a position to hire others. The flow of physical energy these days can make you more aggressive or competitive concerning work, co-workers, or employees. You may be required to get a medical and dental check up if you have not recently had one. There is potential to experience headache, fever, inflammation, or flare up of chronic illness; it's a good time begin a program of physical fitness. Be sure to consult a physician and other health experts before you start. Under this influence enthusiasm can easily get out of hand. If your body is not used to regular or vigorous exercise be careful not to overexert yourself.
Aquarius, the Water-Bearer
Your usual sources of information may dry up, or your general prosperity may be restricted. Cultural pursuits, your ideas and attitudes will be more serious, a change for the better. You must give back some of what you have been given in life; if you have gained wealth, it is time to be philanthropic. Share your knowledge and experience with others. Tradition and authority rule against you if you have been too free, or sought to break from structure and form in the past. Accept a slower return on your efforts during this period, which brings circumstances over which you have no control.
The decisions of others may cause disruption of education or other intellectual endeavours such as writing or publishing. Long distance travel may be interrupted, or suddenly become a necessity. Spiritual development, or economic expansion may be upset, especially if you try to impose your seniority or authority. Increased status or recognition may be given to you, even though it may not be deserved, or if it is deserved, you unaccountably fail to receive it. Changes are unlikely to prevent you from making further progress, but there will be some sense of a generational shift in affairs.
Mars bounces into Gemini early in May, and you need little urging to put a lot of effort and physical enthusiasm into speculative ventures, social events and activities related to entertainment or a vacation. Creative juices flow and romantic notions are apt to be physically carried out. Inspiration and imagination spark artistic endeavors. Activities related to children are apt to claim your time and attention. Keep physical aggression out of the picture and keep the unpleasant consequences of overindulgence and risk-taking adventures firmly in the forefront of your mind.
The transit into Gemini of Mercury on the 15th, the Sun on the 21st and Venus on the 26th put a little more romance in your life, especially during the last week of the month. Improve relationships with children, strengthen rapport with a romantic partner and expand social contacts. Curb that extravagance, or overindulgence in your pursuit of pleasure. The Gemini New Moon in conjunction with Venus and in opposition to Pluto on Jun. 2 shows a fabulous potential for romance, perhaps through the deepening of a relationship with a friend, or through someone you meet through children. The trine aspect from Mars to Uranus at this time can have some unusual or unexpected results. It is difficult to predict what will happen but the potential is for the outcome to be very beneficial. You may be inspired to do something unique, or quite out of character. Romance through a chance encounter, or a sudden infatuation is very much a possibility. It is also a good time to introduce changes in work schedules, implement new methods and procedures, or to deal with technical equipment, computers and inventions. Travel by air, activities with friends and organizing group efforts are other activities which are stimulated by this aspect.
Pisces, the Fishes
The actions and decisions of others may cause disruption of education, or other intellectual endeavours such as writing or publishing. Your usual informational resources may suddenly disappear, or new ones be suddenly established. Long distance travel may be interrupted, or unexpectedly become a necessity. The status of your spiritual development or economic expansion may be upset and your generosity may be erratic or misplaced: indulgent when you need to be more prudent and too prudent when you need to be more generous.
Increased status or recognition may be given to you, even though it may not be deserved -- or if it is deserved, you unaccountably fail to receive it. There is significant change, but subtle and unobserved by others. You may actively seek to break away from the burdens of the past. Matters you have deliberately hidden may need to be confronted openly. Subconscious resentments, secret fears, childhood conditioning, past failures, and disappointments must be confronted. You may, for instance, be unexpectedly confined or isolated for reasons of health, work, or whatever. A family member may unexpectedly suffer a serious work- or health-related difficulty and need your help. You are attracted to secret societies, or dealing with the confidential matters of a friend. It is a good time to develop more interest in the occult, interpretation of dreams, the subconscious mind, and psychic energy. A key element has to do with outside forces over which you have no control. Change may be triggered by the actions of those around you, new people you meet, or situations you never expected to encounter.
Venus cruises into Taurus too, bringing a rich vein of sensuality to the mix. The use of flattery, charm, and a sense of humor on your part can be most persuasive during this period. You should have little trouble in gaining favors from others. You'll have pleasant relations with neighbors and people with whom you come in daily contact. If such contacts have been troubled in the past this is a good time to improve them. Under this influence you may also have a greater urge or perhaps opportunity to increase contacts or improve relationships with brothers, sisters, cousins, and in-laws. You may visit or contact nieces or nephews away at college, but you'll find that some of your best social opportunities these days are right in your immediate environment.
Mars in Gemini over this period brings dual attractions and the potential for profit from domestic transactions, such as real estate, or selling the family home. Energy can be placed into family and domestic relationships, but your scintillations may lead to romantic activities, possibly more than one!