*Any times indicated are for the Pacific Time Zone.
*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.
*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.
05/01/18 – 8:19 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
The void-of-course is over. It’s Tuesday morning and there are no major aspects between the planets today so you should be good to go if you have new projects, tasks or ideas to get started. This time is also good for working on any on-going projects or tasks and for reviewing them.
05/03/18 – 2:01 pm – Mercury leaves the Shadow
Mercury crosses the point at which it stationed retrograde on March 22, 16 Aries 54 and heads into new territory. This marks the end of the Mercury retrograde cycle and begins the process of setting things up for the next one. On July 25, 2018 Mercury will station retrograde again, this time at 23 Leo. Mercury will enter the “Shadow” period for that retrograde on July 12, 2018, so get busy. You know if you are susceptible to Mercury retrograde periods and how they seem to affect you so plan accordingly.
05/03/18 – 5:50 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waning or closing trine to Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over one hour. Allow yourself to be open to new insights or solutions to old or unresolved problems and issues. Try meditating, “day-dreaming” or just allowing your mind to flow freely.
05/03/18 – 7:06 pm – Moon enters Capricorn
The void-of-course is over. The Moon will be moving slowly through practical business oriented Capricorn so you do have some time to get down to business and put those new plans into action. You will have all day tomorrow and Saturday to get things started before the next void-of-course on Sunday.
05/05/18 – 12:52 am – Moon trine Sun
This is the waning or closing trine in their monthly cycle and the first of six exact aspects today all by the inconstant Moon. This is a time for reviewing and re-assessing what you have been working on and trying to complete. It’s a busy day with all the aspects by the Moon emotions may be on a roller-coaster so keep the tissue handy and cut yourself and others some slack.
Following this the Moon will sextile Neptune for the second exact aspect of the day. Be sure to note all dreams, insights and perceptions, no matter how vague they may seem at the time.
05/05/18 – 8:34 am – Venus goes Out-of-Bounds North
Venus will be out-of-bounds for over 33 days. When a planet is out-of-bounds, a person may feel as if the rules no longer apply to them or that they can get away with things they might not normally do. In this case, it’s Venus and so all things Venusian may be suspect. Avoid starting a new romantic relationship or making or committing to any high price purchases or long term purchase contracts. If you must buy or sign something, read the fine print. Be sure you understand all the potential ramifications and that it is within your budget. Keep the receipts in case you need to return the item or have problems with it.
05/05/18 – 9:00 am – Moon sextile retrograde Jupiter
This is the third exact aspect of the day. Focus! For any large or involved task or project, make a list and break it down into smaller more manageable parts or steps. Allow extra time to do things or get to wherever you may be going. Have a backup plan or alternate route available.
Following this the Moon will square Mercury and then conjunct retrograde Pluto for the fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day. New thoughts or understandings on old ideas may come to you. Be open to them and be sure to record them for further analysis before implementing them.
05/05/18 – 11:20 pm – Moon conjunct Mars
This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day. Are you feeling suddenly energized or perhaps exhausted, as if you have just finished a marathon? If you are feeling energized, know that it is temporary and it is important that you not over-exert yourself now. If you are feeling exhausted, then rehydrate and refuel. In either case, avoid stimulants and get a good night’s sleep.
05/06/18 – 6:48 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a closing or waning crisis of consciousness square to Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for one hour. It’s Sunday morning and most may sleep through this; if not, use the time to check your email, text messages or the Sunday paper. Have some coffee or tea and relax. Whatever your choice, it is best that you stick with your plan or routine, at least until after the Moon enters Capricorn.
05/06/18 – 6:57 am – Sun sextile Neptune
Dream time. This is the opening or waxing sextile in their annual cycle. Record any dreams, insights, visions, sights, sounds or other sensations as you experience or remember them. There is a message or lesson to be found in there. Since the Moon is void-of-course, this would be a good time for reflecting on them. Perhaps share them with a trusted friend or family member and get their thoughts on what they might mean.
05/06/18 – 7:48 am – Moon enters Capricorn
The void-of-course is over. It’s Sunday morning and you have the rest of the day to relax, enjoy, review or try something new. The choice is yours.
05/07/18 – 1:49 am – Mercury square retrograde Pluto
This is the first of five exact aspects today. It is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the annual cycle between these two. What message might Mercury; messenger of the Gods and closest planet to the Sun have for Pluto, Lord of the Underworld and at one time, the planet farthest from the Sun? We know now that many worlds exist beyond the realm of Pluto and our own solar system. Allow your mind to go beyond your normal limits. The Universe doesn’t limit you so don’t limit yourself.
With three first quarter crisis of action squares today, the need to act may be strong. Consider the possible consequences before deciding on what action to take. Choosing not to act is also a choice.
05/07/18 – 2:59 am – Venus square Neptune
This is the second exact aspect of the day and is also a waxing first quarter crisis of action square. Together these two may take us to the ancient worlds of Camelot, to ideals of romantic and sometimes unrequited love. Acts of honor or kindness will always be the better choice. Keep your dream journal close and record all dreams, thoughts, insights, feelings and memories from the night, everything your senses are telling you. Allow the words to flow without a filter or restriction as you record them. You can analyze and make sense of them later. Need help with that? Talk with a trusted friend or family member; perhaps a tree or even a stranger
Following this the Moon will make a waning or closing trine to Venus for the third exact aspect of the day. There is an easy flow of energy between the two primary feminine archetypes of the zodiac. Nurture yourself and those you love and care most for. If you can’t be with them, send them a text, an email or give them a call, let them know you are thinking of them.
05/07/18 – 7:09 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square in the monthly Moon Sun cycle. Time to get serious about what you have and is working and what you don’t have and truly need. A new cycle will start soon (May 15 new Moon) and you want to be ready for it. Now is the time to finish things you’ve been working on so you will have time for any new projects or ideas that you may want to start around the time of the new Moon.
05/07/18 – 9:11 pm – Moon square retrograde Jupiter
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day and is the waxing first quarter crisis of action square in the monthly Moon Jupiter cycle. The Moon appears to be moving very slowly now so take your time. Trust your instincts. Make sure you haven’t missed or skipped any steps along the way. With Jupiter retrograde, this can be a good opportunity for reviewing your work and putting any finishing touches to it.
05/08/18 – 5:39 pm – Sun opposite retrograde Jupiter
This is the equivalent of the “full Moon” phase in the 13 month Sun Jupiter cycle. What “new seed” might you have “planted” late October or early November of 2017? That’s around the time of the previous Sun Jupiter conjunction (new Moon). Have you been working on it? Nurturing it and moving it forward? Jupiter may promise big rewards, but only if you do the work. You have to put in the effort if you expect to have a finished “product” worthy of reward or recognition. With Jupiter retrograde this can be an opportune time to re-do or re-evaluate what you are working on and start making any necessary corrections or adjustments.
05/08/18 – 7:29 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waning sextile to Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for 42 minutes. This is a short one; but with the last aspect involving unpredictable Uranus, you will want stay alert and open to insights or ideas coming from unexpected places or sources, even a stranger or “wrong turn” may lead you to the answer. Wait until after the Moon enters Pisces before starting anything new.
05/08/18 – 8:11 pm – Moon enters Pisces
The void-of-course is over. It’s Tuesday and tomorrow is “Hump Day” so get a good night’s sleep and prepare to get over the hump and the rest of the week should be all downhill and easier going.
05/10/18 – 3:28 am – Moon conjunct Neptune
This is the first of five exact aspects today, all by the Moon. The Moon has been moving slowly but appears to be picking up speed and so emotions may seem to build and then break as waves on the shore. Keep your tissue handy, for others if not yourself. Be sure to record all dreams, insights, feelings, a-ha moments, and whatever your senses are telling you. It’s just that kind of day so cut yourself and others some slack and avoid impulsive decisions.
Following this the Moon will trine retrograde Jupiter, make a third quarter square to Venus and then sextile the Sun for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day. These could give the day a sense of ease, tension and then ease again as the day progresses. The new Moon is only five days away. Get busy, get finished, make ready.
05/10/18 – 1:13 pm – Moon sextile retrograde Pluto
This is a waxing or growing sextile and the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. What are you “transforming,” is it yourself or some “thing” you are working on? Give it the attention it needs and deserves. The next aspect between these two will be the first quarter crisis of action square so be ready to act when the time is right.
05/11/18 – 2:02 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a sextile to Mars, the Moon goes void-of-course for almost four hours. Most may sleep through this one, but if you are up, Mars should give you a shot of energy to get through whatever you are working on. Avoid starting anything new or changing your routine, at least until after the Moon enters Aries. Mars enters the “Shadow” tomorrow so make sure all your “ducks are in a row.” Avoid impulsive decisions. Keep your temper in check; otherwise, you may find yourself wasting energy and needing to re-do things.
05/11/18 – 5:40 am – Moon enters Aries
The void-of-course is over. You should be good to go if you have any new projects, tasks or ideas you want to get started today. Keep in mind that “for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.” Consider your options and the possible consequences for each before making your choice.
05/11/18 – 4:07 pm – Sun trine retrograde Pluto
The trine is generally an easy flow of energy. Have you been working on yourself? This can be a good time to get back to the gym or start or restart that self-help program you were going to do. With effort come rewards. This aspect can help you “dig deep” and find the inspiration you need. Pluto appears to touch every point in the zodiac at least three times during His 247 year orbit around the Sun so it’s never too late to start.
05/12/18 – 6:30 am – Mercury square Mars
This is the third and final waxing first quarter crisis of action square between these two for their current two year cycle. The previous first quarter squares were February 28 and April 3 of this year. What have you been working on that falls within this time period, that is the last 3-4 months? What have you said or written that you have had to retract or rewrite? This is it! Enough with the re-do’s, re-starts or re-thinking. Time to do it, finish it or let it go and move on.
05/12/18 – 10:53 am – Mars enters the Shadow
Mars crosses 28 Capricorn 36’ 35”, the point at which He will station direct August 27, 2018 marking the end of his coming retrograde cycle. The “shadow” is that portion of the night sky that a planet appears to traverse three times during a retrograde cycle. With Mars, think “Mars” things such as actions, wants, accidents. Remember the old phrase, “haste makes waste.” Sometimes we have to make quick decisions or act quickly and other times we have time to more carefully consider our choices. Now and for the next four months avoid impulsive choices and actions. Take the time and consider your choices and possible consequences carefully.
05/13/18 – Happy Mother’s Day!
This looks to be a rather busy day energetically as we have four exact aspects, two void-of-course and a major sign change. It is best if you stick with your plans for the day.
05/13/18 – 3:49 am – Mercury goes Void-of-Course
Following a conjunction to unpredictable Uranus, Mercury goes void-of-course for about two hours. Allow yourself to be open to the unexpected, the unusual, even the unseen. Record your dreams, all thoughts, feelings and sensations when you wake. Don’t edit or analyze until after you have finished recording. Avoid sending texts or emails or making phone calls during this time. Wait until after Mercury enters Taurus and after you have reread and re-thought them before deciding whether to send the text or email or not. Sometimes expressing something to ourselves is enough. We don’t actually have to say it to anyone else.
05/13/18 – 5:40 am – Mercury enters Taurus
The Mercury void-of-course is over. With Mercury in Taurus our thoughts may turn to things that we value or make us feel good. Mercury’s transit of Taurus can be a good time to think about any remodeling or renovating you might want to do or perhaps just something nice you can do for yourself. Avoid bragging about what you have or criticizing others for what they have or may want. It’s OK to think about and do for yourself as long as it isn’t at the expense of others.
Following this the Moon will square Mars for the second exact aspect of the day. This is a waxing first quarter crisis of action square. Act if you must, but consider the consequences before doing so.
05/13/18 – 11:05 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a conjunction to Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for about ten minutes. This is a very short one so it should be easy to avoid starting anything new during this time. Focus on whatever you’ve been working on or just take a “coffee break.”
05/13/18 – 11:15 am – Moon enters Taurus
The Moon void-of-course ends as She joins Mercury in Taurus. Taurus is considered the Moon’s second home. She is happy here and may seek refuge from the demands for protecting or nurturing others or from our own emotions.
05/13/18 – 11:57 am – Moon conjunct Mercury
Both the Moon; now moving fast, and Mercury appear to be speeding up. It’s OK to talk with others about what you or they may want. Make plans or set goals, just be sure they are realistic as Taurus is the fixed (grounded, focused) earth (get/be real) sign.
Enjoy being alive and all that today has to offer.
05/14/18 – It’s Monday and should be a relatively “easy” day for most. While there are four exact aspects by the Moon today, they are the easy flowing type and involve planets farther out. Emotions may be experienced more externally rather than felt internally as you may find themselves wondering what was that, is/was this my imagination or real?
05/15/18 – 4:48 am – New Moon conjunct Sun
This new Moon is at 24 Taurus 36. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A large well kept public park.” Taurus is the fixed earth sign and symbolizes our need to stay grounded, that is to be aware of our surroundings and connected with them and those closest to us and around us. This is a good time for some spring cleaning, to clear away any clutter that may be preventing us from moving forward or finding the comfort and safety, even solitude that we sometimes seek. While New Moons symbolize new beginnings; to begin something new one must first prepare the way which includes clearing away obstructions or anything that might be holding us back.
05/15/18 – 8:23 am – Uranus enters Taurus
Uranus’ last transit of Taurus was from June 1934 to October 1941. Much in the world has changed since that time. That transit saw the “dust bowl” and great migration of small farmers from the plains states to the big cities along with the continued rise of fascism and the start of WW II in Europe and the Pacific. On a positive note, the Social Security Administration was created during this time and television began to evolve with broadcast standards established in 1941 as Uranus made its return to Gemini, the sign of communication.
05/15/18 – 1:30 pm – Moon & Mars go Void-of-Course
Following a waxing trine by the Moon to Mars, both go void-of-course. The Moon will be void for only 13 minutes while Mars’ will last almost 8 1/2 hours. Dealing with a short Moon void-of-course should be easy. Take a break or spend the time reviewing whatever you’ve been working on. With Mars it could be a bit trickier. While it will only be for a few hours it is best to proceed with caution as accidents or events involving outbursts of rage or anger may be more prevalent. Keep your wits about you and keep your cool. Things should return to a level of “normalcy” by tomorrow.
05/15/18 – 1:43 pm – Moon enters Gemini
The Moon void-of-course is over. Since Mars is still void-of-course, watch your temper and select your words with care as the Moon can be very “talkative” when in Gemini and you don’t want to antagonize others.
05/15/18 – 9:55 pm – Mars enters Aquarius
The Mars void-of-course is over but with His return to “worldly justice” Aquarius, incidents of rage or anger may turn from the individual to larger entities such as companies, countries or groups. On the positive side, Mars in Aquarius may find people becoming more active in support of causes; but they may also then be more aggressive toward groups or causes that don’t align with their own. If you are passionate about a particular cause, channel your energy constructively, not destructively.
05/16/18 – 12:03 am – Mars square Uranus
The good news is that it is in the wee hours of the night and many will sleep through this. The bad news is that many won’t and because both Mars and Uranus move rather slowly, the energy of this aspect may last for a couple of days or longer. Be aware of your surroundings and suspicious behavior as sudden acts of violence, particularly against groups or organizations may be more prevalent. Stay safe.
05/17/18 – 11:18 am – Moon & Venus go Void-of-course
Following their conjunction, both go void-of-course. The Moon will be void for over three hours while Venus will be void until Saturday morning, a total of 43 hours. Focus your attention on any work in progress and if you can, set aside any new tasks until after the Moon enters Cancer. With Venus void-of-course and still out-of-bounds focus on your existing relationships. Wait until after Venus enters Cancer before considering a new relationship or taking a current relationship to the next level. With Venus out-of-bounds She may not play by the “rules” but prefer to venture into new or “unexplored” or unorthodox territory. Guard your heart.
05/17/18 – 2:47 pm – Moon enters Cancer
The Moon’s void-of-course ends as She returns to Her home sign. Thoughts and feelings of nurturing and protecting those closest to us may become more prevalent in our life. Don’t forget to nurture and protect yourself.
05/18/18 – 3:51 am – Moon sextile Mercury
This is the first of five exact aspects today; mostly easy flowing ones, with four by the Moon. The first three all involve Mercury and or Saturn. Honesty and integrity are essential at this time. Be truthful, but not hurtful. Choose your words carefully; speaking or communicating in an honest way that is considerate of others and their feelings.
Following this the Moon will oppose Saturn for the second exact aspect of the day. Record any dreams, “a-ha” moments, thoughts or feelings when you wake. Your first thoughts or feelings of the day may prove to be the most “honest” and very helpful as the day progresses.
05/18/18 – 9:49 am – Mercury trine Saturn
This is the third exact aspect of the day and the second involving Mercury and also the second for Saturn, both of which were previously aspected by the Moon. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will do now. However, choose your truths carefully as others; even you, may not be able to handle the truth. Just because you feel a need to share it doesn’t mean that they need to hear it. First do no harm. If you must speak a potentially hurtful truth; consider saying it to the trees or the wind rather that the person you may hurt.
Following this the Moon will trine Neptune for the fourth exact aspect of the day. Be wary of any “smooth-talkers” or “great deals” that may seem to be too good to be true, they probably are.
05/18/18 – 6:47 pm – Moon trine Jupiter
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day and is the waning or closing trine in their monthly cycle. Consider the events of the day. What have you heard or felt? What is the “truth” of your day? Did you nurture or protect yourself or others or did you not? Actions may speak louder than words, but words can also wound deeply and may have a long lasting effect.
05/19/18 – 1:26 am – Moon opposite Pluto
It looks to be a good day for a Royal Wedding. It will be a busy Saturday as this the first of five exact aspects, a planetary sign change and a Moon void-of-course today. Pluto is often referred to as the planet of transformation and one thing is for certain, the Royal Wedding today has and will continue to transform the British monarchy and; most likely, American and British relations for years to come.
What transformation would you like to make in yourself? Record any dreams, insights, thoughts, sensations or feelings on waking. Don’t think about them, just record them. Analyze them later in the “light of day.”
05/19/18 – 6:11 am – Venus enters Cancer
The Venus void-of-course is over. It’s early Saturday morning. Go ahead make plans with that someone special, or perhaps it’s with that someone you would like to be “special” in your life. Remember, Venus is still out-of-bounds so the “rules” of love and relationships may seem more fluid.
05/19/18 – 10:29 am – Venus sextile Uranus
This is the second exact aspect today and the waxing or opening sextile in the annual Venus Uranus cycle. Be bold and creative. Try something or somewhere new or different. Allow your natural romantic and nurturing juices to flow.
05/19/18 – 2:14 pm – Moon & Sun go Void-of-Course
Following a waxing or opening sextile to the Sun; the third exact aspect of the day, both go void-of-course. The Moon will only be void for two hours but the Sun will be void for 29 hours.
05/19/18 – 4:11 pm – Moon enters Leo
The Moon’s void-of-course ends as She enters the Sun’s home sign. It may seem as if everyone wants attention. We all need attention and recognition sometimes. When you receive attention or recognition from others be sure to return the favor and acknowledge and recognize them. Greet others; even strangers, with a smile and a “Hello” or a “Good day.” Don’t be offended or put-off if they don’t return it. Just know that you did what was right for you.
Following this the Moon will make a waxing first quarter crisis of action square to Uranus for the fourth exact aspect of the day. Allow yourself to be open to new inspirations and ideas.
05/19/18 – 6:37 pm – Moon opposite Mars
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Take time to relax and reflect on your day. What did you learn about yourself today? What about others? How will you apply these lessons in life now and in the future? It’s best not to start them just yet. Wait until tomorrow evening, after the Sun enters Gemini before you finalize any plans and get started.
05/20/18 – 7:15 pm – Sun enters Gemini
Do you feel the shift as the Sun moves from fixed earth Taurus to mutable air Gemini? Thoughts and words may flow more freely now. Be open to new ideas or insights. Be ready to talk things through and share ideas with others. Plan your work and then work your plan.
05/20/18 – 8:30 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waning or closing third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course for 22 1/2 hours. Tomorrow is Monday so it is best to plan on spending the day focusing on any works in progress rather than starting something new. Make a to-do list and then prioritize it. Focus on things already in progress with the intent of “freeing” up the rest of your week to deal with any new projects or tasks that come your way. Be flexible.