May 2019 Astrology Forecast:
At the start of this month, Saturn and Ketu, the shadowy lunar North Node whose effects are sharp and sudden, are conjoined within very close degree in sidereal Sagittarius. This is a volatile alignment that indicates a higher potential for destabilizing and extreme global events as of this past month and throughout this May.
Saturday, May 4:
The New Moon in May takes place today at 6:45PM EDT in sidereal Aries in the lunar mansion of Bharani Nakshatra. The planetary influences at the time of the New Moon give an indication of themes that will characterize the next 30 days.
On today’s New Moon Venus becomes an especially key planet. One reason for this is because Venus rules Bharani Nakshatra. Also, today Venus is in Pisces, its sign of exaltation where it becomes especially powerful. Additionally, Venus approaches its most-powerful degree of 27 degrees. Even more so, this New Moon takes place in Aries, a sign governed by Mars, and today Mars sits in Taurus, Venus’s sign. In other words, the planet that governs the Moon’s sign is under Venus’s underlying authority.
The Moon sign’s ruling planet of Mars in the sign of Taurus is placed in the 2nd house of this chart. This house governs everyday possessions and personal effects, such as the money and stuff in one’s purse, the food on one’s plate, and the clothes in one’s closet. The sign of Taurus is an earthy sign that gives a natural orientation towards the very practical and material. Thus, the month ahead may have a focus on sorting of these very basic areas of daily life.
From this Aries New Moon, Venus also governs the 7th house of partnership and relationship, where Libra sits in this chart. This being said, this experience of sorting out of the material stuff of life may be related to a situation of partnership, be it social, romantic or business. Also, there may be an experience of restructuring in one’s environment, and perhaps a situation of sorting out expenditures or a process of detaching, where Venus is in the 12th house that rules endings, loss, and also distant places.
The lunar mansion of Bharani Nakshatra where this New Moon takes place has connotations of suddenness, where for instance plans that have been hidden or quietly gestating may be suddenly revealed in ways that bring an element of surprise. Also, the fiery traits of this Aries New Moon in Aries may encourage energized or impulsive action.
Tuesday, May 7th (in both North America and in India):
This is a special day. Today marks Akshay Tritiya or ‘Never Diminishing Third Lunar Day’. This is considered as one of three and-a-half uniquely auspicious days of each year in the Vedic calendar. Among its numerous layers of mythical significance: Akshay Tritiya marks the day the sacred river Ganges first began flowing, as well as the day the sage Veda Vyasa began composing the well-known epic tale The Mahabharata. It is believed that on this day spiritual practices deliver increased benefit, items donated to others will be effortlessly replenished and new practical beginnings of all kinds, such as starting a business or major purchases get a solid, blessed start on this day. Some astrologers are even of the belief that the lucky nature of Akshay Tritiya over-rides other fundamental astrological considerations.
Akshay Tritiya occurs yearly on the day when the Sun and Moon are in sidereal Aries and Taurus respectively, their signs of ‘exaltation’ or maximum strength.
Wednesday, May 15:
At 1:30AM EDT the Sun enters sidereal Taurus: important new beginnings are traditionally avoided on days of solar ingress.
(Since this solar ingress takes place during very early morning hours of May15th, more specifically this observance would be in effect from throughout the evening of May 14th through the morning of May 15th).
Saturday, May 18:
The full Moon in sidereal Scorpio takes place today at 5:11PM EDT in the lunar mansion of Anuradha Nakshatra. Also today, the Moon is passing through the very early degrees of Scorpio where is most weakened or deeply ‘debilitated’ and gives unsteady effects. This may make for an emotionally sensitive day or an agitated atmosphere that is naturally suited to uncomplicated plans and room to go at one’s own natural pace. The Moon will be in its degree of maximum debilitation at 4:16PM EDT, or one hour before Full Moon. Later into this evening, the gentle and loyal-natured lunar mansion of Anuradha Nakshatra can more easily give more stable and desirable effects, which may play out within friendship and community.
Friday, May 31:
Today the Moon is graced by an uplifting conjunction with Venus, and a favorable combination that encourages accomplishment is formed by the Moon’s transit through the lunar mansion of Ashwini Nakshata on a Friday. Symbolized as a horse, this revitalizing nakshatra especially favors activities that improve one’s health and vitality. Its swift nature also naturally supports activities characterized by movement, such as travel and transporting things.
Jupiter Enters Scorpio in October 2018:
This month Jupiter the Great Benefic planet changes signs on Thursday, October 11, 2018 to enter sidereal Scorpio until November 4, 2019. As the planet of abundance, wisdom, and overall blessings, the house that coincides with the sign of Scorpio in one's individual birth chart receives a gracious planetary boost for the next one year. To offer a general overview as to how Jupiter's transit may play out for each rising sign (ascendant), please read on. If you don’t know your Vedic ascendant (a primary consideration), then you can instead read from your Vedic Sun sign, since this functions as an alternate ascendant that is especially revealing of one’s public life, profession as well as physical health. In Vedic astrology, the Ascendant, Sun and Moon signs all provide interrelating layers of important information. Remember that Vedic astrology uses the sidereal Zodiac that is based on the backdrop of the fixed stars, instead of the western Tropical zodiac that is based on the seasons.
The dates of the Vedic Sun sign are here as follows (approximately, give or take a day or so depending on your exact birth year):
April 13- May 13 (Aries)
May 14 – June 13 (Taurus)
June 14 – July 15 (Gemini)
July 16 – August 15 (Cancer)
August 16 – September 15 (Leo)
September 16-October 15 (Virgo)
October 16 –November 14 (Libra)
November 15 – December 14 (Scorpio)
December 15 – January 12 (Sagittarius)
January 13 – February 11 (Capricorn)
February 12 – March 13 (Aquarius)
March 14 – April 12 (Pisces)
ARIES: Jupiter's transit through the deeply transformative yet intense 8th house may bring gains that come from unusual or secret sources like inheritance or receiving gifts with complex strings attached. There may be radical acts of free-thinking independence, and secretive or possibly controversial interests (like in shamanism, the occult or psychic development). As the house of the sub-conscious mind, this 8th house transit may also give an attraction to psychotherapy or unearthing the very roots of what makes one tick.
TAURUS: Jupiter's transit through the 7th house of romantic relationship and marriage encourages a love-interest commitment or may bring clearer discernment and more sensitivity in relationship, and this transit may improve the life situation of one's spouse in various ways. This is also a house of general one-to-one partnership, where this transit encourages business partnership and colleagues. For those who work intimately with others in fields such as counseling or other one-to-one therapeutic work, this transit encourages healing potential for clients and patients, as well as encourages natural suitability with them.
GEMINI: Jupiter's transit takes place through the 6th house of service work, daily habits, tests of endurance and efforts to improve one’s station in life. This influence may bring uniquely fitting opportunities to be of caring service to others and new capacity to face life’s challenges with patience, enthusiasm and compassion for all. Those in healing, health care or social work professions may especially benefit professionally from this transit. There may be the welcome reversal of a nagging life situation or chronic health condition that is born out of new steadfast resolve to overcome unproductive tendencies, as this transit encourages fresh and welcome understanding of the smaller daily routines or attitudes that have shaped a bigger life situation.
CANCER: Jupiter's transit through the expansive 5th house of creativity, intellect and devotion may motivate one to be a student for the love of it. As a primary house of poorva punya or 'past-life merit', this transit encourages the expression of unique and uncanny creative gifts that may have been cultivated over lifetimes. This is also the house of children, where Jupiter's transit may support fertility, benefit one's young ones or enhance one's relationship with them. It is also a house of financial speculation, which may give an opportunity or desire to invest money in stocks or other forms of taking a gamble.
LEO: Jupiter’s transit through the 4th house of one's environment, land, home (and other fixed assets) as well as vehicle related matters may bring changes in this area in the form of a possible move, gain, or significant home improvements. Among one's other family members, this transit is over the house of one’s mother, where either this person’s life situation or the relationship with her may undergo a transformation.
VIRGO: Jupiter through the 3rd house of short travels, uprooting and enterprising energy may take one to new locations on trips, and give one the opportunity and personal drive to learn a new set of practical skills, especially those that involve manual technique, such as playing musical instruments or painting. Also, this may be a good transit for those who are writers, and also for those in technology professions this transit may be professionally fortunate. Among various family members, this transit may also generally benefit one's siblings (especially those younger).
LIBRA: Jupiter rules the 2nd house, whose various meanings include speech, food and money. This transit encourages more eloquent and conscious communication, fitting improvements to one's diet, nicer personal belongings, and the inspired building of prosperity. The 2nd house also governs ancient wisdom that was originally passed down verbally, where one may become committed to studying a subject that has a strong sense of lineage and tradition. With the house of speech empowered, there may be a natural tendency to speak up freely with greater clarity and discernment.
SCORPIO: Jupiter's transit over the 1st house of the physical self imparts stronger personal autonomy and direction, and this transit may increase overall vitality, help stabilize a health condition, support enthusiasm, confidence, and impart a deeper maturity and a clearer sense of individuality. The 1st house represents the chart’s owner and is a microcosm of the whole chart, so this transit may be beneficial in numerous ways.
For those with the Moon in Scorpio: while this transiting effect might seem quite counter-intuitive, the transit of Jupiter over the house of the natal Moon itself is one of the fewer instances where this is actually regarded as one of the less-favorable transiting placements of Jupiter.
SAGITTARIUS: Jupiter's transit takes place over the 12th house that governs places of retreat or seclusion, foreign travel, the ego’s death, and expenditures of all kinds. This may bring necessary and desirable endings, bring financial spending under control through simplification, and may give a needed and deeply meaningful stepping away from the main-stream world. Those who work in fields that involve hospitals, monasteries, spas, or regular foreign travel may especially benefit professionally from this transit. Since Jupiter governs the 4th house of residence for this ascendant, this transit gives a higher probability of a move or travel.
CAPRICORN: Jupiter's transit over the abundant 11th house of gains and wealth, and friends and community brings more potential to feel more socially connected, to be drawn to big group projects, and to fulfill one's strongest worldly desires. For those in non-profit fields who receive professional endowments and financial grants this transit may be especially helpful. This is the house of one's older sibling, where this family member also receives overall benefit from this transit, which may improve the relationship with them of this person’s life situation.
AQUARIUS: Jupiter's transit through the 10th house of profession and public life is likely to breathe new life and opportunity as well as creativity into one's work life, bring more luck to interactions with the general public, more protection to one’s reputation, and may bring new avenues for professional networking and promotion. This is a year to step into greater personal authority. Also, since Jupiter governs the financial 2nd house for this ascendant, there may be a pay-raise at work, or the start of receiving incoming for a work project.
PISCES: Jupiter's transit through the 9th house of wisdom, ethics, higher education, pilgrimage, teachers, and general Grace encourages noble undertakings motivated by a sense of dharma (or one's most innately suitable path of right action). This transit facilitates greater proximity to spiritual teachers or clarity around spiritual practice. Also, for those working in fields of higher education, this transit may be especially professionally favorable. Among one's family members, the 9th house governs one's father, where he may generally benefit this year, or this relationship becomes more significant.