“Bear Love” acrylic on canvas painting by Sue Ewald Cedarholm
Tis the season, my favorite time of year, when the Grizzly Bear coys (cubs of the year) and yearling cubs appear more regularly for roadside viewing before they soon disappear into the backcountry. It’s a gift to watch both the wild ferocity of the mother Bears juxtaposed with the jubilant goofiness of the baby Bears. Watching Grizzlies is an obsession of mine, bringing a deep calm to my whole nervous system as I spend full days in quiet observation of these magnificent beings. I learn so much that I can never quite articulate. It is a sacrament of sorts. It reminds me of the energy of Taurus: grounded, visceral, calm. Taurus, and this New Moon reminds us to slow down enough to catch the finer details of life that is too often quickly passing us by.
With this post, I will now begin posting every seven days according to the cycles of the Moon. This will be a great way to help you attune to working with the natural supportive energies each lunar cycle brings, assisting you to go with the flow rather than against it. Each person will use these over-arching planetary energies in different ways, but I do feel it’s helpful to learn about the planetary weather that is universal to all of us. We are all under one sky, living on one Earth. In that realization lies the hope for our humanity.
Here’s a list of New Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza ~ http://www.lunarplanner.com/:
“Beginning the Sprouting Phase of the Lunar Cycle, expressing a New Theme: A new theme emerges. A new idea, a new concept sprouts forth. This is an inner message, an impulse expressing from a field of all possibilities deep within the unconscious mind. Often this process is one of discovery, slowly revealing a simple theme over a day or two, or it may be quite clear and specific, a spontanious message, even suggesting a major life change. The New Moon is a perfect time for meditation or a quite walk—to go within self and listen. A simple word or phrase may pop into your mind during this quite time describing the new lunar theme in a way that is unique to you, or perhaps a simple feeling or knowing will come over you. The ability to listen, honor and trust the inner is all that is required at this time. The ideal time to attune to your New Moon theme is exactly as the New Moon occurs, or at sunrise after the New Moon if the New Moon occurred during the night.”
This entire four week cycle will importantly, powerfully, aggressively see our Sun dancing in close tandem to Mars. Read about that advanced warning below.
Please note: I use the true sidereal astronomical alignments in my predictions. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link: https://www.earthwordskyword.com/astrology-readings/astrological-readings/
Sun May 17
New SolLunar cycle in Taurus: This New Moon is happening near midnight tonight and will be strongly felt all day Monday. We are entering our next lunar cycle as both Sun and Moon align in Taurus and also align with the Pleiades constellation. The Pleiadien storyline is associated with helping us depart, for good, our fear-based reality and realign to a more compassionate love–based reality. This really is happening to us, within us, all around us. And YOU are a key player in this planetary shift so keep finding ways to ditch your fears and recalibrate to the love field.
During this entire four week period, our illuminating Sun will be dancing closely with passionate, willful, combative Mars so we can expect this to be one dynamic SolLunar cycle for our entire planet. You can make startling advances in your plans, goals, confronting what you may have been avoiding, but you may need to monitor being too strident in your demands of others. Mars can sometimes get our attention by accidents, major bouts of inflammation, being attacked by someone to get you to stand up for yourself. Take your warrior stance and speak your truth with conviction. This is a healthy way to align with Mars, and your own personal inner Mars (it’s in your astrological chart, we all have one!).
Mon May 18
Moon/Mars conjunct in Taurus: Our newly hatched, not yet a sliver of Moon aligns with activating Mars, and this might very well trigger memories or open old wounds from last week’s very intense Mars/Saturn opposition. But because we are now in this next celestial cycle, hopefully, instead, this will manifest as actually taking steps that you decided to take out of last week’s frustrations. Remember, this is a very active period, like volcanoes going off inside of you and around you. You must MOVE with this energy so as not to implode or explode.
Mercury goes retrograde in sidereal Taurus: Mercury is our planetary ruler of social media, the internet, vehicles and office equipment, is going into reverse till June 11. You may decide to take a break from too much time on-line, either because you are overwhelmed and need to reset your brain, or because your actual computer or phone breaks down. Ah, Mercury, the trickster god, often plays havoc with us during the retrograde period. This will also be a fabulous time to clear your life of unnecessary physical clutter, so purge your storage and closets and make them organized and useable again. This celestial event is happening in earthy financial Taurus, you might want to revisit and revamp your budget during this period, spend extra blessed time in the garden, and just work on s l o w i n g d o w n.
Tue May 19
Moon/Mercury conjunct in Taurus: This aspect is taking place in the wee hours of the early morning, which means your mind can be very active, so you might as well get out of bed and get going with your day. The Moon is the ruler of emotions and Mercury rules our thoughts so when they fuse your decision making process can become more simple and direct, especially today as they align in simple, direct Taurus.
Wed May 20
Moon/Venus conjunct in Gemini: This is worth seeing in the dusk sky, bright Venus and a shining sliver of Moon paired with the binary stars of Gemini. Your wants and needs unite, yet Gemini is infinitely curious so it still might be hard to actually settle on a course of action. It’s a great day for socializing, following your instinct to visit a library or bookstore, search on-line, for what it is you are looking for, including a dating mate. Gemini also rules our sibling relationships so you might find yourself desirous of connecting with a brother or sister, or aunts and uncles reach out to their nieces and nephews.
Thu May 21
Venus in Gemini opposite Pluto in Sagittarius: Venus rules our creative longings, our heart’s desires in both who we love and what we most value. When Venus opposes obsessive Pluto, issues of control or obsession can arise but we can also use Pluto’s gifts to delve deeply into new levels of intimacy and understanding the totality of what makes us tick. Each of us is a complex unfathomable mystery, even to ourselves. Explore your depths today and come up richer for the underwater dive. Counselors, prepare for a deluge of clients calling last minute.
Jupiter in Cancer inconjunct Pluto in Sagittarius: This rare aspect can manifest as powerful turning points in our planetary field in regards to how power is being used/abused. Cancer speaks of tribal alignments and our historical ties while Sagittarius is always about the future vision. Today there can be a clash in world views or even in regards to how family members want to keep to the status quo or take a risk to evolve to a better place.
Fri May 22
Sun in Taurus opposite Saturn in Scorpio: This serious decision-making aspect happens once a year. You may be faced with an important choice, be delivered some tough news, or just feel an inner certainty to keep going when times are tough. You can and will get through. Use the determination, focus and discipline of Saturn, Scorpio and Taurus to keep on keepin’ on.
Cancer Moon sextile Taurus Sun: This is a delightful nurturing aspect sure to have many entertaining at home (Cancer Moon can make us want to stay home or in a cozy safe place), cooking a superb meal of comfort foods (Cancer loves the carbs and sugars!). If you have been strictly following some new diet (see above) this might be the one night to take a break and satisfy your craving, just for a day, then you can be back at it tomorrow!
Sat May 23
Moon/Jupiter/Juno conjunction in Cancer: Check out the night sky tonight to witness this beautiful coming together of gigantic Jupiter and a budding Moon. I mentioned in last week’s Signposts that we are now entering partnerships or new ways of relating with our core people as Juno ~ soul colleagues/beloveds ~ Jupiter ~ joy, optimism, faith ~ move us forward in love.
Sun May 24
Mars in Taurus trine Ceres in Capricorn: What a fabulous aspect this is for home and gardening projects or taking a long leisurely day in the mountains with your family members. It’s a very nurturing supportive kind of day so express your love freely in both word, deed and touch.
Thank you Sue Cedarholm for you delightful painting of the Bears. You can see more of Sue’s inspired creations of all sorts at http://www.inspiredwilddesigns.com/.