Sidereal Insights Astrology

                                                            Welcome to Sidereal Insights, every month we explore the  astrology
                                                          of the current planetary transits across the heavens from  a western
                                                          sidereal perspective. 
                                                       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.  If you need to look up your sidereal sign placements, use the easy online calculator at to find out for free.
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

Apr. 14 - May 15: Aries - Mars, your ruler, moves into Capricorn early in the month, enabling you to make great strides toward your career goals in the coming six months. Even better, you get two birthday new moons this year, dear Aries, so be sure to use this second birthday new moon to the fullest. Start something important to you in the days just after May 15th.

May 15 - June 15: Taurus - Your ruler, Venus, changes signs this month, taking a three and 1/2 week tour of your earned income sector. Use this time to evaluate your sense of self worth. The new moon in Aries opens up a path to self discovery through exploration of your own inner world. If you’d like to cultivate a new mindset you can introduce your new belief at this new moon.

June 15 - July 17: Gemini - Your attention shifts to your social life and friendship matters near the 9th when Mercury, your ruler, moves into your 11th House until later in the month. The new moon in Aries offers up a second chance to get out and make new social connections if you didn’t do that last month.

July 17 - Aug. 17: Cancer -   Watch for a career opportunity to come up within +/-4 days of the new moon May 15th--this could be your best opportunity all year to make major professional progress. If you don’t see an opportunity, make your own by taking the initiative in the days just after the new moon.

Aug. 17 - Sept. 17: Leo - If you’ve been considering taking a trip, going back to school, or writing a book, use the days just after the May 15th new moon to make your start. Then, put the finishing touches on a home improvement project at the end of the month. Or, visit your family--reach out to your parents, take a trip home, or have your family over for dinner.

Sept. 17 - Oct. 18: Virgo - You may find yourself focusing on debt, taxes or other financial matters once Mercury, your ruler, makes his entrance into your 8th House May 9th. Counseling and psychological introspection are favored at this time, as are research and investigation. You feel the urge to examine all the minute details or perhaps find yourself under the microscope in the coming three and 1/2 weeks. If you need to borrow money, submit your application in the days just after the May 15th new moon.

Oct. 18 -Nov. 17th: Libra - Venus, your ruler, enters your 9th House for a three and 1/2 week visit to your international sector. Take a trip, see a foreign film, find things to appreciate about other cultures. If you have a partner, go together and share your enjoyment. If you’re single and looking, you could meet someone in the days around May 15th, possibly someone from a culture very different from your own.

Nov. 17 - Dec. 16: Scorpio - If you start a new job this month it’s likely to be a lateral move rather than a step up. The new employer could be an improvement, though, so it may be worth making a switch, and if so, make your move in the days just after the May 15th new moon. An opportunity could arise within +/-4 days, or make your own. Alternatively, you can start a new health habit or way of eating at this new moon, or take other action in support of your health.

Dec. 16th - Jan. 15: Sagittarius - The May 15th new moon lights your solar 5th House of romance, children, and creativity, dear Sagittarius. If you’re single and looking, be sure to be out and about in the days around May 15th. Or, if you’re starting a family you can use this opportunity to make your try. A solo project could be coming to conclusion at the full moon May 29th. If you’ve been working on something behind the scenes, use the days after the full moon for the finishing touches.

Jan. 15th - Feb. 13: Capricorn - If you’d like to improve your living arrangements or begin a home improvement of some sort, use the new moon May 15th to begin your project. Alternatively you can use this time to search for a new home to lease or buy. A parent may embark on a new path or undertaking near this time. A dream of yours could come to fruition in the days around the full moon May 29th. Connect with a friend or go out and do something social.

Feb. 13 - Mar. 15: Aquarius - Your neighborhood and surroundings seem to be changing before your eyes, dear Aquarius. You could get a new neighbor or see some other change to your immediate environment or commute near mid month. Or, news could come your way. Watch the 15th and the days around it. Then at month’s end, the full moon spotlights your career sector as you take center stage. You could be recognized for your contributions in the days around May 29th.

Mar. 15 - Apr.14: Pisces - The new moon in Aries May 15th represents your best opportunity all year to increase your income, dear Pisces. Seek out a better paying position, take on a second job, or start a side hustle. Watch for an opportunity to come up within +/-4 days of the May 15th new moon, or make your own. The full moon in Scorpio lights up your travel sector, making month’s end a lovely time to take a trip to somewhere distant, near the ocean or sea.