Astro-Notes on May 1, 2013 – Beltane

The month of May begins with the cross-quarter day Beltane, one of the eight Solar Sabbaths, that is named after the solar deity Bel and heralds the arrival of summer. With this festival we celebrate the fertility and growth of the season, which usually is at its peak now, symbolized by the erecting of the May-Pole. Here though, in my surroundings, it is only in its beginning stages this year due to a long, harsh winter that had held on tightly. Our neighboring province Manitoba is undergoing another cruel snow storm at the time of this writing. In the wheel of the year, Beltane is a high-point of manifested energy, which in a ‘normal’ spring is tangible and visible everywhere and therefore, necessitates us to actualize the intentions we set at the time of the Spring Equinox. So, if the outward climate didn’t have this effect upon our inner life, the eclipse season we’ve entered a few weeks ago certainly had. Today, Mars in Taurus opposes retrograde Saturn in Scorpio, which brings ‘impulses’ or drives that have been building up (whether in form of accumulated anger or geared up intentions etc.) to a head, confronting us with these “violated rules” and uncontrollable conditions as actions and intentions we’ve pursued encounter obstacles or the approach we’ve been using is met with ‘resistance’. The “stop sign” that halts our momentum is in truth an internalized conflict we failed to address or work out satisfyingly and this is coming back now with a ‘vengeance’ or at least in a way or manner where the situation cannot be avoided anymore. As always, awareness of our own motives and modus operanti is imperative to the resolving of this issue. With the Sun in Taurus forming a trine to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, the situation can be mastered and concluded. We might even manage to gain from the experience and as a result become more empowered, depending on our role under these circumstances. After the Moon’s ingress to Aquarius at 10:19 am EDT will we feel the first stirrings of change on the inside and be stimulated and inspired accordingly. Another ingress is made by Mercury to Taurus at 11:37 am EDT, where he will be traversing until May 15 (notice that even though he’ll be travelling through slow, mellow, serene Taurus he’ll be packing up speed), which corresponds to a sub-period when we seek to bring matters of communication to fruition, to cultivate ideas and plans, to secure and sustain valued connections and to ensure that we’re mobile, flexible and adaptable.

Tarot card of the day is “The Lovers”, indicating choices where moral values are questioned, especially in relationship situations. A decision must be made about which we feel divided. We may be struggling with temptations and need to remember that the most attractive option is not always the best one. Problems can be overcome via reconciliation, through harmony and cooperation.

In the news: Alberta jail guard union reaches deal to end strike – Exhausted parents leave autistic son at government office in Ottawa


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