On the 22nd May, Mars at 1-2° Sagittarius stands in exact opposition to the Sun at 1-2° Gemini, marking the midpoint of the Mars retrograde cycle and the time when any grievances, anger or lack of integrity will be forced out into the open. The 22nd is a particularly important date, being the day Mercury stations retrograde and starts moving forward again and also the day of the May full moon
Mars has been travelling backwards through Sagittarius since the 17th April and will continue to do so until the end of June dipping back into Scorpio from the 27th May onwards. As discussed in last month’s column, the symbolic purpose of the Mars retrograde cycle is to show where our actions and goals (Mars) are out of alignment with our true nature and purpose (Sun). Once we understand this, we can take steps to balance these opposing forces and live a life of integrity. The best way to deal with the Marsretrograde transit is to think about any area of your life where you are doing things out of duty, habit or lack of will or energy to change and then take action to improve things. May and June are ideal months to tie up loose ends and complete unfinished business.
On the 22nd May, Mars at 1-2° Sagittarius stands in exact opposition to the Sun at 1-2° Gemini, marking the midpoint of the Mars retrograde cycle and the time when any grievances, anger or lack of integrity will be forced out into the open. The 22nd is a particularly important date, being the day Mercury stations retrograde and starts moving forward again and also the day of the May full moon.
All About Gemini – The Light & Dark Twin
From the 21st May to the 21st June the Sun travels through mutable air sign Gemini. Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac with keywords “I think” and “I communicate”. Gemini’s symbol is the twins, one mortal, one immortal, the dark side and the light side. Geminis are extremely curious and like to accumulate information and process data. They think at lightning speed, are versatile and adaptable and love gadgets, mobile phones, books and surfing the net. Easily bored, Geminis need lots of intellectual stimulation and often have a youthful appearance. Negatively, the Gemini individual can be fickle and nervous with scattered energy and a tendency to gossip or make cutting remarks. Some are over-reliant on logic and dismiss emotions as irrational or unimportant. When Geminis are out of balance they suffer from nervous tension or problems in the lungs, arms, shoulders and hands. Gemini’s greatest challenge is to learn constancy and mental discipline and to accept the importance of emotions and feelings in both themselves and others.
Happy birthday to all Geminis – here’s wishing you a fantastic year ahead!
May Full Moon
A power packed full moon in Sagittarius on the 22nd May conjuncts retrograde Mars and opposes the Sun in early Gemini and Venus in late Taurus. The opposition between Venus and Mars perfects on the 25th. With the Sun and Moon opposing each other and Venus and Mars opposing each other over a 2-3 day period, this full moon will highlight any imbalances in personal relationships, but also offer the opportunity to strike a balance between yin and yang; masculine and feminine. The Sabian Symbol for 1-2 ° Sagittarius shows Santa filling Christmas stockings for children, symbolising the importance of pureness of heart, innocence and faith. Given that May is a month of introspection, this full moon offers the gift of trust to those who feel caught up in the hurly burly of the physical world.
May Moon Calendar
Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.
Full Moon 22nd
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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