Astrology Column

Belinda Dunn is a professional astrologer, trained at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, and has more than 35 years experience. See her bio and contact info at the end of this column.

What's Up: May 2015

Taurus Sun/Scorpio Full Moon
May 3 @ 11:42 p.m.

Mercury Retrograde
May 18 - June 11

Taurus New Moon
May 18 @ 12:13 a.m.

One of my favorite Rumi quotes reminds me of May. "Let the beauty we love, be what we do, there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

This 13th century mystic/poet really knew how to cut deeply through the mind, getting to the heart of life, and delivering wisdom for the ages. Truly, the beauty of spring has the potential to dissolve all cares, recharging and renewing body, mind and spirit.

Beltane May Day
*Historically, the first days of May are for celebration. Beltane is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 1 May, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Widely observed throughout ancient Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, it marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures.

Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire.

A feast would accompany these gatherings. The more familiar gatherings that involve walking around a May pole are a remnant of ancient ritual intended to bless creation and bring about fertility.

Wesak Festival Full Moon on May 3
Sometimes called Buddha’s birthday, Wesak is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in many parts of the world to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. In Nepal, considered the birth-country of Buddha, it is celebrated on the full moon day. Perhaps the recent earthquake devastation will intensify the inner focus. In 1999, the United Nations resolved to internationally observe the day of Wesak at its headquarters and offices.

This is an extremely powerful Full Moon, intensifying changes in the electromagnetic fields of the Earth and all of its inhabitants. This Full Moon highlights the polarity of Taurus (our current Sun sign) and Scorpio (the Full Moon), clarifying what we cherish and what we must transform.

Sensuality and Spirituality
Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon on May 3 brings up the strong contrast between tangible conditions in this material world, and apparently intangible conditions on the inner planes of consciousness. This is a mystical and magical time when veils between dimensions thin, and it is possible to see what is truly of value.

Taurus and Scorpio tell the truth of existence. It is common to react with holding, resistance and fear to these zodiac energies, but the interplay between temporal reality and eternity keeps humanity moving and evolving in the art of flowing on the spiral of ever expanding awareness.

Light from both the sun and moon have the potential to illuminate dark places and lighten the load of seriousness that humans tend to carry. Being the zodiac sign of sensuality, possessions, money, and all things physical, the key phrase for Taurus is "I have." Being the zodiac sign of death, sexuality and the occult, the key phrase for Scorpio is "I release."

The sign of Scorpio, especially in this Moon placement, is associated with intense psychic energies, emotion and physicality. We are being compelled to go deeply inward and question our personal beliefs about money, security and the purpose of our lives here on Earth.

New Moon, New Beginnings
A Taurus New Moon on May 18 offers a new beginning based on what has been released, and provides a much-needed stabilizing influence as summer months approach. Take time this New Moon to contemplate what is of value to you. While Taurus is about value on the material plane, in the form of money and possessions, it also is about self-worth.

This is the month to evaluate your skills and upgrade investments of resources, time and energy. Remember that your internal sense of worth is the personal foundation beneath the exchange of resources in the marketplace of life. Typically, our self-esteem is an expression of our self-talk.

This month begins with Venus in Gemini for the first week, and Mars enters Gemini on May 11. And if this isn’t enough Gemini, Sun enters Gemini on May 21 for its annual sojourn. It is a good time to be clear and life affirming in our communication - with our selves as well as with others.

This year Gemini takes center stage as Mercury transits this zodiac sign of travel and communication. Due to a retrograde phase, Mercury will remain in Gemini throughout May, June and the first week of July.

Mercury Retrograde, May 18 – June 11
First, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Mercury retrograde phase. More than likely, you will notice activity step up into higher gear on May 1 as Mercury enters Gemini. It may feel like full speed ahead with summer plans, but as Mercury goes retrograde on May 18 there is a slowing, readjustment phase that remains in place until mid-June.

Since Gemini is the zodiac sign of travel, relatives, neighbors, speaking/listening and technology, it is a month to stay flexible and keen to surroundings and potential change of plans. When Mercury goes direct on June 11, things will have sorted themselves out.

I repeatedly advise readers and clients that Mercury retrograde is best utilized for completion of projects, review and research. In other words, be open to receive more information or communication before you jump into things. It is a time of tending to that which we already have or hold.

Mars Supports Bold Action
Now, let’s consider Mars in Gemini (May 11 - June 23). Mars has a two-year orbit, so the last time Mars transited through Gemini was summer 2013. Mars is the planet of motivation and bold action. Gemini is naturally curious, restless, changeable, frank and clever.

If you have a Gemini in your life, then you know from experience. Geminis are sociable, enjoy a variety of interests, interact with many people of diverse backgrounds, and they prefer to be on the go.

As Mars in Gemini energizes planet Earth, we will experience an acceleration and exchange of information. This exchange will take place boldly, bravely, abruptly and spontaneously. There is no holding back the truth when Mars transits Gemini.

Mars was in Gemini on July 4, 1776, and the astrological chart of the United States shows a prominent Mars. We don’t have to look far to see the warrior side of Mars in this country’s attitude.

Another noticeable characteristic of Mars in Gemini is how the news media covers current events. From radio to television and the Internet, this country has led the way in sharing news with the public. However, the combative, argumentative and positional approach is ready to be changed.

Connecting Communication
Metaphysically, Gemini plays a very important role as communicator. As Gemini moves through a multitude of experiences and tries on a variety of perspectives, Gemini develops wisdom for what is essentially true.

Gemini has the amazing gift of being able to relate to many different types of people, and connect with others based on similarities rather than differences. Therefore, Gemini has the potential to sidestep the pitfall of discrimination and judgment that gets so many people bogged down in relationship problems.

A hallmark of the digital era, technology is making it possible to tap into many different streams of consciousness at the touch of a finger. Isolation is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as boundaries between family, community, race, culture, religion and politics are dissolving and a global society emerges.

In 1970 author Alvin Toffler predicted this process as "shattering stress and disorientation" in his popular bestseller "Future Shock." Humanity and the entire planetary organism is experiencing stress along with the urgent necessity to make adjustments for survival. The future Toffler wrote about is now.

As Gemini aspires toward wisdom, this zodiac sign activates the potential for synergy, the universal law of intrinsic connectivity and cooperation among seemingly divergent parts. This takes consciousness from the apparently separate to behind the scenes of a cohesive and synchronous universe.

Expanding Consciousness & Intuitive Knowing
Over the next several months, planetary forces provide a unique opportunity for breakthrough into expanded and universal states of consciousness. During Mercury’s retrograde phase, it contacts the planet Neptune three times (May 9, 29 and June 23).

Symbolically and actually, this means the limitations of linear and programmed concepts are melting via release and surrender to a higher blueprint, possibly beyond current human understanding.

This deep letting go is facilitated during the week of May 25-31. As Mercury joins Mars in Gemini, Mars and Sun activate Neptune. There will be tremendous activity, and it is essential to keep one’s grounding, otherwise frenetic action leads to running around in circles.

Some people may be more accident-prone. Those individuals with a tendency for mental/emotional instability may experience their condition aggravated. It can all be very confusing and disorienting, so by all means, keep your wits about you.

Grounding Awareness
This is a high-energy, high voltage week with strong highs and potential lows. With Neptune in the mix, emotions run idealistically and intensely. See conflicting differences as an opportunity to let go of prejudice, opinion and judgment. Watch dreams, visions and imagination for breakthroughs. This is a universal download, a power surge of pure, divine, intuitive knowing.

As always, it depends on each individual’s state of consciousness, preparation and response. Many people can experience these planetary influences as confusing, confounding, nebulous and disorienting, while others will experience a numinous, uplifting attunement to that which is beyond conceptualization.

For most of us, it will be a combination of both. Thus, the highs and lows provide another shake, rattle and roll of planetary awakening in the breaking dawn and grounding of a new civilization.

Integrity of Being
As the Sun moves through Taurus, an almost tangible grounding and stabilizing energy can be experienced. It’s time to throw off socks and shoes to feel the earth beneath your toes. It’s time to throw down the picnic blanket and enjoy our own presence.

In our increasingly technology driven world, it is essential to establish and maintain a close connection with the magnetic energies streaming upward from the earth’s core. This is a sacred and healing connection, and lying down on the ground has been known to cure many an ailment. It is time to honor and bless our fullness of being.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 35 years experience. She is available for personal consultations. A full listing of her services can be found on her site: or phone her at: 828-215-2101.

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