Sidereal Insights Astrology
Welcome to Sidereal Insights, every month we explore the
of the current planetary transits across the heavens from
Be sure to read for your sidereal sun and rising sign, which may be different
than the sign you’re accustomed to. Sidereal astrology is different from traditional tropical astrology, so your regular sun and rising signs may not apply in a sidereal reading or forecast.
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May opens in the wake of our late April full moon, a time for finishing up joint projects and finalizing business dealings, and fulfilling our end of partnership arrangements.
A cooperative approach can work wonders now, especially where conflict or negotiations may be a focus. A willingness to compromise can lead to fair outcomes for all parties.
Mars moves into sidereal Capricorn on the 4th, entering his sign of exaltation for an extended stay. This is great news for making progress on ambitious goals and establishing structure where needed. Mars in Capricorn is for playing the long game, and any actions we take to do so are well supported in the coming months.
Mars typically takes about seven weeks to transit a sign, but every two years or so he retrogrades for nearly the same amount of time. In late June Mars will retrograde again, extending his time in Capricorn to six whole months--until November 5th.
This is a fantastic opportunity for making progress on any matters governed by the house Capricorn occupies in your sidereal natal chart, as well as furthering your ambitions and plans related to the house Aries rules.
There’s a caveat, though: Mars’ retrograde period is not a good time to break new ground, venture into unexplored territory, enter into competition, or to start conflicts of any kind, from minor arguments to all out war. Of course you can defend yourself if challenged, but the instigator often loses when Mars is retrograde.
What that means is that May represents our best opportunity for beginning pioneering new endeavors, for exploring new territory, and positioning ourselves to claim victory in contests. competitions, and conflicts of all kinds.
If you have anything of this nature you need to begin, consider using the May new moon in Aries to do so--otherwise I advise to wait until September if you can, after Mars resumes direct motion.
Venus wanders out of bounds on the 7th of May, just as she catches a challenge from Neptune. Any planet that ventures beyond 23° 27’ north or south of the equator is marching to the beat of its own drum, and Venus is no different.
In this case we’re more inclined to appreciate unconventional beauty, especially in art and music; to enter into unconventional relationships--those considered non-traditional, whether that means gender, age, partnership arrangement, etc, and to engage in unusual, novel, or even questionable business arrangements or dealings.
We can also tend to snobbishness though, and materialism, romantic obsession, and overindulgence in sensual pleasures or what you could call “pleasures of the flesh” -food, drink, drugs, sex, etc. Our hedonistic tendencies may come out when Venus is out of bounds.
Mercury finally leaves Pisces on the 9th, having exposed a good many secrets in the past ten weeks. He’ll move on to Aries for a much shorter stay, a mere three weeks this time.
Surprise news is possible on the 13th when Mercury meets up with Uranus in Aries.
Mid month brings a flurry of astrological activity when out of bounds Venus and the sun both change signs at the Taurus new moon. Venus begins her three and 1/2 week tour of Gemini in the early hours of May 15th, just hours before this year’s second new moon in Aries at 29°, right on the edge of the sign.
Then, just 15 hours later, the sun finally moves into Taurus for a four week stay. In fact, by the time the sun sets in New York the sun will have moved on to Taurus for his annual visit.
This new moon activates our drive to do, our desire to get things done, to make progress. We are inspired to act in pursuit of our dreams. We are on fire for our inner purpose, ready to take on and transform the world, to venture into new and unexplored territory.
If you weren’t able to take action at last month’s new moon in Aries, you have a second chance to make a new start this month.
If you need to take a test or qualify for something, try the 18th when Mercury receives a friendly beam from Saturn. If you sign a contract or make a promise this day, it’s for the duration.
The full moon in Scorpio at month’s end brings answers to our most probing questions, and sees us reaping the results of our most strategic decisions and actions. If you’ve been engaged in your own inner search for meaning, you could find rich fulfillment at this time.
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Phaedra Mitchell is a western sidereal astrologer with more than 20 years of experience working with spiritually conscious individuals to recognize their soul purpose, reveal karmic life lessons, and discover where they can be of joyful service in the world. For sidereal or tropical consultations, personal readings, or to learn more, visit https://mystickphysick.com.