*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.
April ends with three conjunctions, including a New Moon Solar Eclipse, the first of 2022, followed by Venus conjunct Jupiter and ending with the Moon conjunct unpredictable, individualistic Uranus. Who knows what “new seeds” (intentions, things) may get planted with these powerful combinations? May begins with May Day, also known as Beltane. The first exact major aspect is a waxing sextile (which is the first major aspect after a conjunction) from Venus to retrograde Pluto. What things might they be revisiting? Remember, Pluto was the abductor of Persephone. On the 10th Mercury will join Pluto in retrograde motion followed by Jupiter’s return to Aries. Sunday the 8th is Mother’s Day and the following Sunday, the 15th is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. Saturday, May 21, is the retrograde Mercury Sun Inferior Conjunction, the beginning of a new Mercury Sun cycle. Mercury will return to Taurus on the 22nd, then there will be a short Mars void-of-course before His return to His home sign of Aries on the 24th. That day also has seven exact major aspects to add to the chaos and uncertainty. The month will wrap up with Venus’ return to Taurus and a New Moon. More than enough for everyone.
05/01/22 – 3:37 am – Venus waxing sextile retrograde Pluto
What happened during this night? Did something wake you? What was it? Record as much detail as you can. This is the “growing” cycle, when ideas can become actions and actions can lead to results. This pairing would suggest things of a personal nature involving your role in relationships. How are they? What can you do to make them better or stronger?
05/01/22 – Happy May Day!
05/01/22 – 4:33 pm – slow Moon waxing square Saturn
This is the first quarter crisis of action square. With a slow Moon and Saturn, be thoughtful and deliberate in your actions. Be considerate of others as about 30 minutes later, the Moon will make a waxing sextile to Neptune. How is it you imagined your actions would go? Be sure to note any dreams or, if it wasn’t your alarm, what it was that woke you.
05/02/22 – 12:19 am – slow Moon waxing sextile Jupiter
This is the first major aspect after their conjunction and the beginning of a very busy morning. It symbolizes a time to get to better know the new things you are working on, understanding what is required and expected of you and considering your options for what actions to take at the coming first quarter square. Note anything that came to you in the night, be it a dream, thought, sound, sight or feeling.
About 40 minutes later the Moon will make a waxing trine to retrograde Pluto. This is the aspect following the first quarter crisis of action square. Now it is time to review the actions taken, how have they developed and what, if any, adjustments need to be made.
05/02/22 – 3:13 am – slow Moon waxing sextile Venus
It is another waxing sextile and the third aspect of the night. If something woke you in the night, be sure to record everything you can recall about it. Following this, both the Moon and Venus will go void-of-course. They will be relatively short so should not create any major problems today. With the Moon, don’t start anything new, which should be easy, for most will be sleeping. If you aren’t one of them, remember, don’t start anything new during this 34-minute window.
With Venus void-of-course don’t start a new relationship or decide to make major changes to an existing one. You should also avoid making any major or impulsive purchases as Venus also rules money. Wait until Venus changes signs, then proceed with caution.
05/02/22 – 3:47 am – slow Moon enters Gemini
The shift from fixed earth Taurus to mutable air Gemini may be noticeable for some as people become more talkative or inquisitive. You may find yourself or others seeming to want to engage in conversation. Gemini is known as the information gatherer, so pay attention to the details for any that may be of use to you.
05/02/22 – 8:05 am – slow Moon conjunct Mercury
With this conjunction taking place in Mercury’s home sign Gemini, discussions may start easily but may not be so easy to get out of. Some may just want to talk while others may want quiet time. Mercury also rules our mental processes. It can be difficult to think when one is surrounded by multiple conversations. Take time to find a quiet place and give your brain and mouth a break.
05/02/22 – 9:10 am – Venus enters Aries
With Venus entrance into “I want it now” cardinal fire Aries, it may be more difficult to control your impulses. Good rule of thumb is to count to 10 or 100, before deciding. Engage your brain and consider the possible consequences of your actions before deciding. What is the worst possible outcome? What is the best? Is it worth the risk? Focus your intentions on the best possible outcome.
05/02/22 – 10:59 pm – slow Moon goes Out-of-Bounds North
The Moon is at 9 Gemini 38’ when She goes out-of-bounds. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “Airplane, after a nose-dive, rights itself gracefully.” Sounds scary or exciting for some, but what might we make of it? North represents the future, the unknown. Perhaps something will happen which at the time may seem almost disastrous, but if you keep a cool head you can figure out how to handle it and have a positive outcome.
05/03/22 – 7:41 am – slow Moon waxing square Mars
This first quarter crisis of action square is from the Moon in mutable Gemini to Mars in mutable Pisces. Mutable signs are known for their flexibility, but they can also have difficulty deciding. Avoid impulsive decision making. Weigh your options and the possible outcomes carefully. Deciding not to act is one action to consider.
05/03/22 – 3:33 pm – Jupiter waxing sextile retrograde Pluto
Theirs is a long cycle. This one began with a series of three conjunctions between April and November 2020. This was the time of the beginning of the pandemic. How has your life changed since then? Do you have a new “normal?” Take time to examine your life and how it has changed since April 2020. Are there other changes you would like to make in your life? Visualize your “new” life as if those changes have been made and what your new normal is.
05/04/22 – 4:51 am – slow Moon waxing trine Saturn
This is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon. Time to evaluate actions taken at the waxing first quarter, crisis of action squares. Are they developing as you expected? Are there adjustments or changes that you should make? Time to get busy as the oppositions are coming. Then it will be time to pare down, consolidate and complete them.
Twenty-five minutes later, the Moon will make a waxing square to Neptune for the second exact aspect of the day. What is at the top of your “to-do” list for today? What actions do you need to take to get it started or keep it moving, growing?
05/04/22 – 8:47 am – Mars waning sextile Uranus
This is the third exact aspect and the only one that isn’t a waxing aspect and that does not involve the Moon today. Mars is action and Uranus is unique, individualistic and unexpected. This can be a challenging combination or a very creative one. Set your intentions and make the most of your unique creativity.
05/04/22 – 1:37 pm – slow Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waxing square to Jupiter, the fourth exact aspect and second square of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for about 2 1/2 hours. Rather than starting something new, use this time to review whatever you are working on and decide what your next steps should be.
05/04/22 – 4:05 pm – slow Moon enters Cancer
The Moon makes Her monthly return to Her home sign. Cancer symbolizes the mother and the mothering instinct, appropriate as Mother’s Day is only 4 days away. How do you “mother” others and yourself? “Mothering” is not limited to women. By DNA, we are all half our mother and half our father. What are you doing to love, nurture, protect and support yourself and others in your life?
05/04/22 – 9:57 pm – slow Moon waxing square Venus
This is the third waxing first quarter crisis of action square and the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Take some time to review the actions you have taken or decided not to take today and consider what actions you might still take or take tomorrow.
05/05/22 – Happy Cinco de Mayo’
05/05/22 – 12:22 am – Sun conjunct Uranus
This marks the end of their cycle which began April 30, 2021, and the beginning of their next cycle. This conjunction is at 14 Taurus 48’. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A man with rakish silk hat, braves the storm.” Be prepared for this new cycle to start off “stormy.” That doesn’t mean expect a disaster, just be prepared for the unexpected, and possibly, in a not so nice way. Like every storm, this too shall pass.
05/05/22 – 5:38 pm – Mercury enters 4 Gemini
This is the degree at which Mercury will station retrograde on May 10. Those who are sensitive to Mercury retrogrades or who have planets or other sensitive points near 4 Gemini or 4 degrees of the other mutable signs, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, may feel this more than others. Mercury will spend over 9 days at 4 Gemini before finally retrograding back into 3 Gemini on the night of May 14.
05/05/22 – 10:13 pm – slow Moon waxing sextile Uranus
Did anything unexpected or surprising happen today? How did you handle it? What adjustments did you make to deal with it? Are there things that you still need to do tomorrow? Be sure to record any dreams, sensations, “a-ha” moments and feelings that come to you in the night.
05/05/22 – 11:01 pm – Venus waning sextile Mercury
With Venus moving faster than Mercury, this can be considered a waning, rather than a waxing sextile. If you haven’t done so, you should probably make a list of things that you need to finish this week. This aspect is about consolidating, paring down and finishing things in preparation for the coming new cycle.
05/06/22 – 12:03 am – slow Moon waxing sextile Sun
This is their first exact major aspect since the Solar Eclipse of April 30. If you are awake, consider what new thing or intent did you start or set at that time? It is Friday morning now. If you have anything that you want or need to finish this week, you may want to make it your top priority for today.
Thirty minutes later the Moon will make a waxing trine to Mars. This energy will last through most of the day. With Mars involved, this aspect is well suited to getting things done quickly. Just be sure that they are the things you need to be doing and that you are doing them correctly!
05/06/22 – 6:13 pm – slow Moon waxing trine Neptune
It is Friday evening. With impulsive Mars energy leading into the dreamy Neptune energy, don’t let your dreams or desires get in the way of your good common sense. Considering the next aspects, extra caution may be required tonight. This could be a good evening for staying home with family or friends. Pay extra close attention to any daydreams, night dreams, visions or sensations this evening and tonight. Be sure to record them.
05/07/22 – 1:59 am – slow Moon opposite retrograde Pluto
This is the first of five exact aspects today, four by the Moon. It is the wee hours of Saturday morning. If you are still out and about, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If you are with a group, watch out for each other. In His darkest form, Pluto was the abductor of Persephone. Don’t be Him and don’t become His next victim.
05/07/22 – 2:48 am – Sun waxing sextile Mars
This is the second exact aspect and the only one not involving the Moon today. Mars symbolizes how we get what we want. Coming so soon after the Moon Pluto aspect, some may find this energy conducive to going after things they desire without regards for the possible consequences for others.
05/07/22 – 3:26 am – slow Moon waxing trine Jupiter
Following this both the Moon and Jupiter go void-of-course. The Moon’s will last less than 1 1/2 hours while Jupiter’s will last for about 85 hours. This trine is from the Moon in cardinal water Cancer to Jupiter in mutable water Pisces. The energy of this combination can support your religious or spiritual journey. Be sure to record any dreams.
For the Moon, this is a short void-of-course, and most will probably sleep through it. If you aren’t one of them, don’t start anything new. Stick with your routine or whatever plans you have made. With the long Jupiter void-of-course, don’t decide to start a new religious or spiritual journey during this time. It is a good time to continue on your path or any studies you may be working on. Jupiter is moving into Aries; however, it should be noted that His summer retrograde will take Him back into Pisces. This is not the best time to “go big or go home.” Expect obstacles so plan accordingly.
05/07/22 – 4:50 am – slow Moon enters Leo
Now in the sign of the Sun, the reflective Moon is moving toward their waxing square, a time for determined, well thought out action. Be sure to put your best foot forward when stepping out. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.
05/07/22 – 1:59 pm – slow Moon waxing sextile Mercury
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day. With the Moon in attention seeking Leo and Mercury in their home sign of Gemini, some may feel as if this is the time to take center stage. If you are one of them, be sure of your audience and your message.
05/07/22 – 5:02 pm – slow Moon waxing trine Venus
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. The fiery combination of Moon in fixed fire Leo and Venus in cardinal fire Aries could be incendiary this evening. Avoid confrontations! If you are going out, consider what message you are sending to those around you. Be careful not to attract unwanted attention.
05/07/22 – 6:56 pm – slow Moon returns In-Bounds
The Moon is at 7 Leo 03 when She returns in-bounds. Marking Her return from the North, the land of the future, might She have some insights to share in Her coming aspects? What do you want your future to be? You can either be active and create your future or be passive and wait for it to happen to you.
05/08/22 – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
05/08/22 – 10:41 am – slow Moon waxing square Uranus
With Uranus involved, you should be prepared in case you have to make last minute changes to any plans you may have. On the upside, this energy is well suited to surprising “Mom” on her special day.
05/08/22 – 5:21 pm – slow Moon waxing square Sun
This first quarter square is more important than most as it marks the midpoint between the New Moon Solar Eclipse of April 30 and the coming Full Moon total Lunar Eclipse of May 15. This action square relates to any new things or intentions you set in motion at the Solar Eclipse of April 30. If may also relate back to things started with the New Moon of August 9, 2021, which was at 16 Leo. The Sabian Symbols for today’s aspect are, Sun, 18 Taurus 21’, “A new continent rises out of the ocean.” For the Moon at 18 Leo 21’, the Sabian Symbol is “A houseboat party.” Certainly, a new continent would be occasion for a party, but then so is Mother’s Day today. Let the mothers in your life know how much you love and appreciate them today. There are only two types of people in the world, children and mothers of children. Everyone falls into one or both of these types.
05/09-15/22 – A Peek at the Week Ahead
The week starts with the Moon going void-of-course for most of the normal workday followed on Tuesday by Mercury stationing retrograde and then Jupiter enters Aries, ending His long void-of-course. We have one opposition on Wednesday and then two on Thursday indicating that we are entering into an energy shift from waxing expanding to waning contracting aspects. There is only one aspect on Friday 13th, it is a waning trine from the Moon to Saturn. Saturday is another one aspect day but then Sunday will make up for it with seven exact major aspects including a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio. At least you have a week to prepare your ritual for it.
05/09/22 – 5:39 am – accelerating Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following an opposition to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for over ten hours, which is most of the normal workday. If you are already up, you may have a little time to change your plans or start something new. Otherwise, this looks to be a day best suited for catching up on work in progress. If you can, set aside any new things until after the Moon enters Virgo this afternoon or tomorrow.
05/09/22 – 3:53 pm – accelerating Moon enters Virgo
With the move into mutable earth, analytical, critical Virgo, there may be a shift in how some approach their work and life. Mutable signs may have difficulty making decisions at times; however, they are more adaptable to changing circumstances. Take your time when considering your choices. Consider all your options and avoid impulsive decisions.
05/10/22 – 1:10 am – accelerating Moon waxing square Mercury
With Mercury in their mutable air home sign of Gemini and the Moon in Mercury’s other sign, mutable earth Virgo, this first quarter crisis of action square may present unique challenges when trying to decide what action is best. With Mercury getting ready to change direction, be sure to record everything that comes to you in the night. The value may not be evident until sometime later.
05/10/22 – 4:47 am – Mercury stations Retrograde
Mercury is at 4 Gemini 52’ as they appear to stop their forward motion and will prepare to begin backing up. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A radical magazine displays a sensational front page.” Is it real news, fake news, a conspiracy theory or just a flat out lie! This Mercury retrograde will be the longest in time, over 24 days and yet will cover the shortest distance, less than 9 degrees, making it the most intense one of the year. Be thankful that the Moon is still in analytical critical Virgo. You may need that energy to separate the true from the false today.
05/10/22 – 4:22 pm – Jupiter enters Aries
The Jupiter void-of-course is over. Aries wants to do it now and Jupiter wants more, bigger, flashier. This may be the “go big or go home,” combination, but going all in on an uncertain proposition, won’t give you the results you want. The Moon is in Virgo, an earth sign. Earth symbolizes the ground we stand on and being real, with others and more importantly, ourselves.
05/10/22 – 8:27 pm – average Moon waxing trine Uranus
This is the first major aspect after the crisis of action square. Take time this evening to reflect on any actions you have taken and how they are developing. In hindsight, was it the correct action? Are you getting the results you expected? If the answer to either is no, then time to rethink and reconsider your actions. Those “re” words are classic Mercury retrograde words. Perhaps that is what this Mercury retrograde is about for you.
05/11/22 – 5:17 am – average Moon opposite Mars
This is the midpoint in their current cycle. After this their aspects will all be waning. Turn the Mars energy inward. Time to start thinking about consolidating, refining, and getting things finished.
Less than two hours after this, the Moon will make a waxing trine to the Sun. This presents the opportunity to reflect on previous actions taken and what changes or adjustments you should make today.
05/11/22 – 2:17 pm – average Moon opposite Neptune
This is another cycle midpoint. When considering where to go from here, don’t allow yourself to be confused or misled by others. You are responsible for your actions and will be held accountable.
05/11/22 – 9:00 pm – average Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waning trine to retrograde Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for 2 1/2 hours. This is the first major waning aspect after the opposition. As you review your work and what lies ahead, use the last of the Virgo energy to take a hard critical look at things. Eliminate that which is not adding value to whatever you are working on.
05/11/22 – 11:34 pm – average Moon enters Libra
With the shift from mutable real Virgo to cardinal air, don’t let others into your head Libra; some may feel an increase in anxiety as the impossibility of pleasing everyone sets in. Take a note from the Hippocratic oath, first do no harm. Then do what is correct, but you should also be prepared to explain why.
05/12/22 – 12:02 am – average Moon opposite Jupiter
This is another cycle midpoint, but most will sleep through it and so the energy may not seem active until one wakes up. With Pluto and Mercury both retrograde, this is not go big or go home time. This is “get real time.” Eliminate the unnecessary. Reinforce the essential. Pay extra close attention to details. Don’t give into urges to add unnecessary embellishments to whatever you may be working on.
05/12/22 – 7:54 am – accelerating Moon waxing trine retrograde Mercury
As the Moon seems to be speeding up, moods and emotional swings may seem to be more frequent or more extreme. This waxing trine may bring up recent communications or things you may have signed. Retrace your steps. Don’t assume you were wrong or that the other person is right. Verify it for yourself. If you misspoke or misstated something, correct it now before it gets out of hand. Reread everything. Don’t sign anything until after any questions you may have are answered and you fully understand and agree with what you are signing.
05/12/22 – 8:49 pm – accelerating Moon opposite Venus
This is another cycle midpoint. Don’t let it be about pitting the two Grand Ladies of the Zodiac against each other. You may want to take some time tonight to evaluate your relationships, particularly with the women in your life.
05/13/22 – 6:54 pm – fast Moon waning trine Saturn
This consolidating aspect is the only major aspect on this Friday the 13th. Have you completed your work for the week? Saturn expects us to adhere to the details and follow the rules. If you have done this, then all should be alright. Keep this in mind if you are going out tonight. The Moon is almost full, so She should provide some extra light this night. Don’ take any chances or do anything out of character for you.
05/14/22 – 1:07 am – fast Moon goes Void-of-Course
Saturday may start with the Moon going void-of-course, but it will be a short one that most will sleep through. Following a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Pluto, the Moon goes void-of-course for about 2 1/2 hours. Don’t start anything new. Stick with whatever plans you have made.
05/14/22 – 3:34 am – fast Moon enters Scorpio
The shift from cardinal air Libra into fixed water Scorpio may be palpable for some, even though they may be sleeping. For some, the next couple of days may bring up old hurts or other difficult issues. With both Pluto, Lord of the underworld and Mercury retrograde, this may be the right time to deal with those issues or old hurts. How much “baggage” do you want to carry with you wherever you go?
05/14/22 – 9:29 pm – retrograde Mercury leaves 4 Gemini
After over 9 days, Mercury finally leaves the degree of their station, 4 Gemini. Does this mean you can expect some relief? Probably not as they are now at 3 Gemini 59’ 59”. It won’t be until May 22, that Mercury finally retrogrades out of Gemini and back into Taurus and before that, they will be going void-of-course.
05/15/22 – 5:04 am – fast Moon opposite Uranus
This is the first of seven exact major aspects today, five by the Moon and two by the Sun. This looks to be a very busy Sunday. Emotions may be more raw for many. Be considerate of others and yourself. Avoid impulsive actions. Stay alert and be prepared for the unexpected.
05/15/22 – 11:49 am – Sun waxing square Saturn
This crisis of action square is the second exact aspect today. Choose your actions carefully. With Pluto and Mercury retrograde you don’t want to make any impulsive decisions. Consider the motives of others very carefully. Don’t be misled or allow others to “pull the wool over your eyes” as less than 1/2 hour later, the Sun will make a waxing sextile to Neptune, master of illusion, for the third exact aspect of the day. Saturn wants clarity while Neptune is OK with some fog or illusions. Know which is which.
05/15/22 – 6:02 pm – fast Moon waning trine Mars
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day. This aspect symbolizes a time for reviewing what one is working on and what actions need to be taken to finish them.
Less than three hours later the Moon will make a waning, third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Saturn. Then two minutes later the Moon will make another waning trine, this time to Neptune for the fifth and sixth exact aspects of the day. This doesn’t mean you need to be taking these actions tonight, but if not, you should be planning your actions and when you will complete them. Pay close attention to any dreams tonight. Record them!
05/15/22 – 9:14 pm – fast Total Full Moon Lunar Eclipse opposite Sun
This is the seventh and last exact aspect of the day. This full Moon is known as the Flower Moon and also as the Corn Planting and Milk Moon. The Moon is at 25 Scorpio 18’. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “Indians making camp.” The Sun is exactly opposite at 25 Taurus 18’, and the Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A Spaniard serenading his senorita.” These two seem to compliment each other. Two things to keep in mind, when making camp, be sure that it is in a safe secure place. When “serenading,” that is speaking or delivering messages, be sure that your message is clear and truthful. Do not become complacent!
This full Moon relates back to the New Moon Solar Eclipse of April 30, and any new things started around that time. It may also relate back to the new Moon of November 14, 2020. For many, that was a very chaotic time with the pandemic and the recent election. How have things changed for you? Where are you in your life now? Have your choices taken you to where you expected to be?
05/16-22/22 – A Peek at the Week Ahead
This is a week of predominantly waning aspects and offers five exact major aspects on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Should be an active week. The Sun will go void-of-course for 37 hours before entering Gemini on Friday evening. Retrograde Mercury will go void-of-course for 30 hours on Saturday before returning to Taurus Sunday evening. That suggests that the weekend could be like Mercury retrograde on steroids so plan on being on your best behavior or perhaps go into seclusion and take a vow of silence.