Gemini, you find yourself with two paths to choose from now. While you make this decision, remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It is possible that you are bored with the way your life is right now and that you have wanderlust. In some cases, this can represent an opportunity over seas, or at least at some distance from your current location. It is clearly time for a change but make sure that you are absolutely certain that you want to close a door behind you, as once you do, it will remain shut. It is also possible that this is an internal change and if you are moving away from an unhealthy lifestyle, or attachments that aren’t good for you, you will find that it is easy to do now.
Taurus, either you are scared that you are going to fail a particular challenge you have set yourself, or there is some kind of delay which is stopping you from moving it forward. It is possible that you have made a mistake and are considering abandoning this, but mistakes are there to help us to learn. If others are involved, you are likely to be feeling a little hostile towards them or else there is some tension which needs to be dealt with. Whatever the situation, it is important to take action now in a positive way, even if it feels as though everything is against you. One final push forward, will bring you the success that you have been reaching for.
Aries, you seem to have been dealing with some trials and tribulations, but even though there will be things which still need to be dealt with, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. One challenge is either coming to an end or changing in a positive way, so keep going. Any decisions you make now, regarding this must be weighed carefully. If it is something that you previously had no control over, there will be a feeling of relief now as you finally get to take the reins. Try to spend some time alone and disconnect from the world for a while to hear your inner voice and use it as guidance to figure out your next step.
Mercury and Mars, both in Scorpio, are conjunct at 7 degrees today and are squaring the Moon and Saturn which are also conjunct at 7 degrees Aquarius. Scorpio will be causing us to feel restless, flighty and intense. Aquarius will be intensifying the intensity and giving us the need for independence, preferring to be left alone to do things our own way. It will perhaps be a day of narrow thinking and communication might feel forced and limited. Uranus is also involved and there could be shocks or surprises along the way. Although it is hard to know whether it will be good or bad, spend the day focusing on a clear goal. If you feel as though you are hitting brick walls, take a deep breath and wait it out, as this is a fast moving energy. If you have planets at 7 degrees in the fixed signs in your own chart, take extra care to control your temper today, as it could backfire and possibly in an unexpected way.
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.