Nine of Wands – The Nine of wands symbolizes hope even in the face of adversity. Although there have already been many trials and challenges and they will continue for a while, we collectively do have the strength to ultimately overcome them. There is an air of mistrust associated with this card, and we see that this is very prominent now but soon, we will be shown a much clearer picture of what we have really been dealing with and what is to come next. Despite so much fear right now, we are encouraged to stand strong and could be surprised at the outcome if we do make a move that is considered risky.
King of Pentacles – This King wants us to know that we are headed into a more prosperous time and that we need to have faith that we are protected and provided for in the here and now. The best thing we can do is to stay in control of our emotions and fears and look at the bigger picture. He encourages us to stay true to ourselves even amidst criticism from others.
King of Wands – This King represents pure energy. He wants us to take an idea that we currently have and run with it. He encourages us to take a leadership role and stick with our goals until we make them reality. There will of course be challenges but we must keep moving forward and remain on the path we have chosen, and we will over come them. There will no doubt be moments of exhaustion, but this is a time of great focus and perseverance and actions taken now, can bring great reward in the future.
The most used chart for Canada is set at Midnight, July 1st, 1867, which is the one I am using for October transits.
During October the transiting Ascendant is square natal Saturn so while the general populace is trying hard to get back to ‘normal’, Saturn wants to change that normal into something it sees as more worthwhile and beneficial to us. We are very much feeling a push me pull you energy for the entire month. Since the Ascendant is in Aries on the 1st house cusp, the injustices are causing anger on both sides of the fence. The secret though is to not be put off by any setbacks. Saturn is telling us that eventually it will get easier.
At the same time, Uranus is not a fan of the status quo and is determined to shake us up as a country. The ascendant is quite concerned with personal freedom and the more extreme things get, the more we strive for that independence. Uranus is the planet of change, and we may see them happening at a very fast pace this month, usually coming out of left field and knocking us sideways for a while. We may collectively and personally, see many of our views and opinions change in some ways this month. There will be a sense of instability and impermanence which will be unsettling, causing many of us to act unpredictably as well.
Transiting Venus means there will be many relationship difficulties this month too. This applies to all kinds of relationships, and you may find that if someone tries to hold you back or even challenges your opinions too much, you will walk away. This seems to be a time when people realize that they need to be true to themselves, rather than compromising their values and beliefs. There can be lots of hurt feelings. However, if we are interacting with people who share our perceptions, it will be easy to have polite conversation.
Mercury (retrograde until October 18th) governs communication and is keeping us all busy this month. We will be very focused on our own point of view, and it is important to allow others’ their own. It seems that there will be many conversations surrounding the situation we are currently in.
Mars is in Libra until October 30th. Mars is the planet of anger and action, and Libra is a little too peace loving for Mars’ liking. This will cause some tensions and with transiting Mars Squaring Canada’s natal mars, it will put our instincts into survival mode. Injuries and accidents are more likely for the rest of the month because of this and the ‘fighting spirit’ most of us are feeling. Overconfidence could also be a problem, leading to having to back track. Try to think before speaking or acting.
The last week has been a busy one astrologically and this will continue for the rest of May. We began last week with a New Moon in Taurus on the 11th, inspiring us all to look to the future and how we can grow. Whatever we ‘planted’ last week, is likely to come to fruition in six months time.
Jupiter Transit through Pisces
On May 13th, Jupiter moved from Aquarius into Pisces, where it will stay until July 28th. It will then spend almost the rest of the year in Aquarius before moving back to Pisces on December 28th. Jupiter is much happier in Pisces, so we should all feel a little more positive and less weighed down for the next couple of months. There will be more luck to be had than has been the case for the last couple of years. The atmosphere will feel lighter and there will be a sense of excitement, which the majority of us have definitely been missing. There will also be more love and romance around us! This is just a taste of what is in store for us next year, when things will start to properly move forward for us, finally. Mercury and Venus, currently in Gemini add to the lightness and a feeling of being more free.
Throughout this Jupiter transit, we do have a few things to contend with, that will mute it’s energies a little. Mars is in watery Cancer until June 11th. During this time, emotions continue to be heightened and we can take things the wrong way much more easily that usual. We have a tendency to have unrealistic expectations of others during this transit. Then on May 26th we have the first eclipse of the year. This is a Full Moon in fiery Sagittarius opposite the Sun in Gemini. Eclipses always bring sudden changes, often accompanied by a shock or revelation of some kind. This eclipse is likely to bring about a sudden change in direction for most of us – look to your rising sign to see which house this occurs in for you personally. Remember that Sagittarius is optimistic and adventure loving, it would be a good idea to try to employ this mindset when dealing with the changes.
Here come the retrogrades
Lastly, May 23rd kicks off retrograde season. On this day, Saturn goes retrograde in Aquarius until October 10th. Retrogrades are a good time to revisit anything major that we have been dealing with. Now we have the opportunity to reevaluate and set new boundaries, or find new ways to deal with our responsibilities. Saturn is the taskmaster, so there may be times where we feel burdened, but by the end of this retrograde, we will find that we have grown enormously in these areas.
Mercury then goes retrograde on May 29th. We all know that communication can be a huge issue during a mercury retrograde, but this time, it falls in Gemini, which is the sign of communication. Make sure to think before you speak. Double check any words you want to say or texts/emails you send, as it will be easy to make mistakes or say something we will quickly regret. On the other hand, it is a great time to speak your truth, particularly in regards to your wants and needs. It is also a good opportunity to look at where you may have been influenced by others’ opinions and begin to form your own instead. As we know, this retrograde is also notorious for upsets with technology, so try to be as patient as you can for now.
In a nutshell, the rest of this month will bring changes at lightening speed, whether that is actual change, or else a change or mindset. June brings even more of this, as well as a Solar Eclipse in Gemini on June 10th and the third Saturn Uranus Square on June 14th. I will write more about all this at the end of May.
Pisces, your Tarot card for May is the Three of Coins. This signals that your goals are coming together and that the skills needed for something you have been working on, are readily available. However, you may need to reach out for help if you don’t have the required skills yourself. It is a great time to collaborate with others. You are encouraged to press on now and not be disheartened if you cannot accomplish everything alone. You will find that you enjoy working as part of a team and will quickly see that you are on your way to success. Asking for assistance, doesn’t take away from your accomplishments, but it can certainly enhance them.
Your Rune for the month is Mannaz, reversed. Mannaz is the Rune of self. If you are feeling blocked, turn inwards and be clear with yourself as to the reasons. Are you feeling chaotic, or is there an area of your life that is not completely streamlined? This could be stopping you progressing as quickly as you like in another area of your life. It might be a good time to look at ingrained habits and see if you can change some things to work more positively for you. Breaking the habits of a life time, is by no means an easy feat, but look at it this way – once you have, you are at the beginning of a new beginning.
Aquarius, your Tarot card for May is the Four of Swords. This indicates a time of stillness for you. Things may have been chaotic lately and you could be feeling quite exhausted. Whether this is from a time of great activity, or emotional stress that you may have been experiencing, now would be a great time to rest and take a break. It is time to re-evaluate and organize your life, as well as understanding your priorities. Do some things need to change? If you have been dealing with a crisis of sorts, it is time to nurture yourself and your soul. Once you have done so, you will see the glimmer of hope and happiness waiting to be revealed to you.
Your Rune for this month is Nauthiz, the Rune of constraint and necessity. The stillness you need, must not be seen as a constraint thrust upon you, but as something that will benefit you. It will help you to see your strengths and weaknesses and also to perhaps see your shadow side. Is there something within you that doesn’t believe that you deserve the best? If you truly look at yourself now, you may see a pattern to any troubles, then you can work on changing things for the future. Restore your energy and enthusiasm for life now, it will soon be time to make progress again.
Capricorn, your tarot card for May 2021 is the 5 of Cups. You are encouraged to look at the positive side of things this month. It would appear that you may be dwelling on a disappointment and are finding it difficult to move past. It is possible that this same kind of thing has happened before. If that is the case, it would be wise to look back and try to connect the dots. Were there mistakes that you made and didn’t learn from? There is much joy to be had in your life right now but you must look around you to see it. Your emotions could be stopping you from doing this and moving into a happier and brighter future. It is normal to feel regret but feel it and let it go now.
Your Rune for this month is Ansuz. This is the Rune of signals and messages. The message seems to be that there is a new life unfolding for you and that there are connections to be made. Some of these will have surprising links that direct you on to new pathways. Ansuz also asks that you focus on some self change and integrate your unconscious motives with conscious intent. It is time for you to explore the depths and foundations of life. You must nourish your soul and then you will have more to give to others.
Sagittarius, your tarot card for this month is the Fool. It looks as though big things are in store for you this month Sagittarius. The Fool depicts the very beginning of a brand new and very long journey. At this point, everything about it, is unknown. Life seems to be a blank canvas for you this month and all things are possible. This is a month for living in the moment and trusting in the Universe. As a Sag, you are probably quite comfortable with taking a leap of faith and always open to new adventures. That will benefit you now. Don’t second guess any forward movement, just go with it. You don’t necessarily need all of the information right now, you will have that soon enough.
Your Rune for this month is blank. This is the Rune of the Unknowable, the end, the beginning. It is the Rune of total trust and should be taken as evidence that you are about to embark on your destiny. It suggests that there may be endings in your life right now, but that is all part of the plan. There is so much potential for you and so many possibilities. It can also be a time of karma and old debts will be paid, either by you, or to you. You will be evolving quickly now.
Scorpio, your Tarot card for May is the Queen of Wands. Your energy is enviable. You will be rushing around at top speed this month, juggling and keeping many balls in the air. You will be organizing your life and feeling passionate about something. Take care to stay positive though as you will be just as likely to feel chaotic and forgetful as you are confident and optimistic. If you stay on top of things and allow nothing to get you down now, you will find all the multi tasking easy. It is important to see the humour in things as this will keep you feeling cheerful and you will be able to clearly see the abundance you will have once things settle down.
Your Rune for this month is Berkana, reversed. There is the possibility of an event interfering with your growth now. It could be linked to a decision that you made some time ago. Try not to be dismayed, instead look at it again and vow to be more diligent. If you look back you will see that there was something specific that brought this about. You will be able to put things right, but you may have to go back to the beginning and start again.
Libra, your Tarot card for May is the Ace of Coins. You are at a turning point in your life and are beginning a new cycle. This card can refer to financial matters, but is as likely to mean anything related to the material world. This month you will be starting something new in relation to one of these areas, whether it is a new venture, a new job or just putting more care and thought in to your health. Whatever your focus is, you can be assured of opportunity and success as well as abundance. All you have to do now, is plant the seed and watch it grow into something stable and enduring. Make sure that you are in the right mindset now and are open to trying something new.
Your Rune for this month is Raido. This is the Rune of communication and journey. Your self esteem and sense of self worth will grow now and there will be help available to you if needed. Any inner healing that you need to do will seem easier, as will self change. Any burdens that you have been carrying will feel lighter and you can see an end in sight. Life seems to get easier now and you will sense a divine support.
Virgo, your Tarot card for May is the Eight of Coins. You will be doing things with confidence this month and showing the best version of yourself. There is a lot of hard work ahead of you right now and any new venture you undertake – such as a new job – will be demanding. However, you will thrive under all this responsibility and you already know that the rewards will be more than worth the effort. If you have been looking for financial assistance, or simply hoping for a larger income, you are quite likely to find it now. Just be aware of how you use or spend your resources this month and bear in mind that you have worked hard to get where you are. This is also a good month for beginning a new health regime.
Your Rune for this month is Wunjo, the Rune of Joy and Light. Any trials you have been dealing with, are now coming to an end. There is new energy available to you as well as new clarity. You will feel as though you are walking from the dark into the light this month and will have a renewed sense of joy. You are bearing the fruits of past labours and you feel that you have gained knowledge and understanding of a least one ongoing situation.