SATURDAY, 5/13/2023

ASTROLOGICAL SNAPSHOT

It is the 133rd day of 2023
39 days until the Summer Solstice
Mercury is Retrograde in Taurus
232 days until 2024

Sun is in Taurus
Moon is in Pisces
Mercury is Rx in Taurus
Venus is in Cancer
Mars is in Cancer
Jupiter is in Aries
Saturn is in Pisces
Uranus is in Taurus
Neptune is in Pisces
Pluto is Rx in Aquarius
Chiron is in Aries
Ceres is in Virgo
Node is in Taurus
Lilith is in Leo
Fortune is in Pisces
Ascendant is in Gemini
Midheaven is in Aquarius


MERCURY RETROGRADE IN TAURUS

April 21, 2023, to May 14, 2023
from 15º to 5º Taurus

Mercury goes Retrograde in Taurus from April 21 to May 14, 2023. This is the second of three Mercury Retrograde cycles of 2023 occurring solely in Earth signs. Mercury’s retracing of Earth sign themes this year asks us to reflect on just how impactful words or communication can be.  Additionally, it asks us to reexamine the tangible effect of our systems of organization and our thinking upon our lives.

To put it another way, Mercury’s earth sign tour teaches us that our cerebral lives can affect the real, material parts of our lives. In Taurus, we specifically consider our finances, our sense of stability, our bodies, and our value system.

When Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, we rethink our sense of security and all that contributes to it. Obviously, this includes the material realm of our personal belongings, assets, our financial situations, and our food, shelter, and bodies.

Mercury retrograde periods mark times when we review and rework the area of our chart that he is traveling through. You may find yourself creating new budgets, going over expenses, and considering what needs to be changed. You may consider what has and what hasn’t been working in your diet and your spending.

Venus-Ruled Taurus wants to feel good in its own skin. On a deeper level, Taurus rules our self-esteem, our self-sufficiency, and our value systems. That’s because self-esteem is derived from feeling like we can take care of ourselves and know what is important to us. Values may be theoretical (Air), but they have a very real impact on your material choices (Earth). In fact, values are the cutting edge of what we materialize and what we give energy to.

Our sense of what is important may be in flux at this time. It can be difficult to know what to put our energy into, what to invest in, and what to allow into our world. We may feel vaguely insecure in the very essence of who we are. As long as Mercury is retrograde, we are plunged into an introspective period with regard to our values. So, we may need to wait until Mercury is direct again for any uncertainty to clear. At this point, confidence in ourselves can be re-established.  



DAILY SPIRIT ANIMAL
BAT SPIRIT

What are you refusing to let die? Bat Spirit is gently nudging you to let go of your need to cling to the familiar story that has already run its course; a new story is poised to be born. Some dreams were only meant to last for a moment in time. Sometimes, they were only there to slow you down as you recalibrated in preparation for the new life that will give you what you really want.

Perhaps you need to grieve as you say goodbye to something—at least, you’re saying goodbye to its familiar form. Perhaps you must let go of a part of you that must die so you can be reborn. This temporary time in the dark doesn’t have to be scary or sad, though. Bat Spirit gives you her powers of perception and awareness as you learn to listen deeply and navigate these unknown caves of temporary emptiness. You will emerge with a new perspective, and Bat Spirit will witness your giving birth to the life that matches the intentions and desires of your heart and soul.


DAILY TAROT CARD
V. FIVE OF SWORDS

Swords represent the Air signs of the zodiac: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra

A feeling of imbalance and negativity prevails. Try not to be too quick to anger or jump to conclusions. Just because others may have a pessimistic sense of the world, their reality does not have to undermine yours. There is certainly no point in struggling or competing with them. Your challenge now is to learn how to sidestep confrontation and evoke a more evolved response from people. At the very least, be assertive about setting boundaries for yourself.

This card indicates that you are engaging in a conflict of some nature. It can also suggest a disagreement with others, which leads to hostility and tension. Despite the fact that you think you’ve won, you might still lose in the big picture, because you have annoyed or hurt those that you have argued with, and as a result, you are on the road to isolating yourself. Perhaps, at the moment, you believed that it was more important to be right rather than appreciate and understand where the other side was coming from.

Right now, it’s important to attempt to pick up the pieces. You still have the chance to act while the conflict is still fresh. You may feel as if everyone and everything is against you. You might also lose some friends along the way. This is why you will need to make a significant decision about your point of view. What is more important to you? Mutual progress, or winning? This might require you to stand up to a conflict within yourself.

What is more important to you? Mutual progress, or winning?

The card represents ambition in a way which is rather negative. Too much ambition without actual regard to the consequences or the people that you affect is never something good. Misplaced ambition such as the one depicted by this card can leave you as a dejected loser or a callous winner – in both cases, the connotation is rather negative. This card instead asks us to be more considerate of those that we surround ourselves with, to let go of ego.


MAY 2023 LUNAR CALENDAR

FRIDAY, MAY 18: NEW MOON IN TAURUS Your safety depends on the need for stability, which is not easy to satisfy now. You have to learn to accept change as part of your life. The basic problem is finding your own self-respect in order to ensure that you do not mistakenly seek it in material things. When you accept yourself for who you are, it will become easier for you to find peace and tranquility in the outside world.

SATURDAY, MAY 27: FIRST QUARTER MOON IN VIRGO Your feeling of safety is now related to order and clarity, even in emotions. You may have the need to organize everything chaotic and disorganized. Try being more tolerant and accepting the imperfections of life. It is better to trust life and let it run its own way, not everything must be according to our expectations.


MAY 2023 ASTROLOGICAL CALENDAR

MAY 15 — MARS IN CANCER TRINE NEPTUNE IN PISCES

Break out the Tarot cards, as this mystical aspect allows us all to embrace our spiritual side. A great day for divination, spiritual practices, and connecting with the overall universal vibe and your higher power.

MAY 16 — JUPITER ENTERS TAURUS

After the urgency of Aries, Jupiter slows down in grounded Taurus as we spend the next year learning to enjoy the ride of life. Over the next few months, we are here to appreciate the small sensual pleasures of life. Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination that matters. 

MAY 17 — JUPITER IN TAURUS SQUARE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This tense aspect can lead to a stand-off as people stubbornly stick with their convictions. There’s no point in trying to change minds when everyone thinks that they’re right.

MAY 18 — MERCURY IN TAURUS SEXTILE SATURN IN PISCES

Now that we’re finally out of Mercury retrograde, we can start wheeling and dealing as we can make the best decisions in business, finances, and our dreams. Use logic and keep a clear head today.

MAY 19 — NEW MOON IN TAURUS

Career ambitions are at an all-time high during this full moon as we’re all encouraged to make plans that will help us in the long run. Plant the seeds from business goals to romance, and watch them grow throughout the lunar cycle. Nurture them well.

MAY 20 — MARS ENTERS LEO

Summer starts a little early as Mars in Leo brings the heat over the next several weeks. With the planet of drive in the bold Lion, our actions become glamorous, generous, and pretty dramatic. A word of advice: don’t start fights you can’t finish. 

MAY 20 — MARS IN LEO OPPOSITION PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This moody aspect may make it hard for everyone to get along today. Avoid the crowds and do your own thing. 

MAY 21 — SUN ENTERS GEMINI

We’re all given the gift of gab over the next four weeks, when the sun shines in the sign of the Twins. As we transition from spring to summer, this is an ideal time to learn to adapt to new situations, ask plenty of questions, and finally make a decision!

MAY 21 — SUN IN GEMINI TRINE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This is a good connection to do some research, as we’ll be struck by questions that could keep us up at night. This aspect brings out our inner detective to investigate the truth of deeper issues.

MAY 21 — SUN IN GEMINI SEXTILE MARS IN LEO

This aspect gives a major boost of self-confidence, as we feel we are the star of the show. However, be careful not to be so competitive, as it can drive us to bite off more than we can chew. 

MAY 22 — MARS IN LEO SQUARES JUPITER IN TAURUS

Fights start easily during this stubborn aspect as everyone believes they are right. Old grudges can come back to the surface, too. Don’t engage with people who just want to cause problems on purpose.

MAY 26 — VENUS IN CANCER SEXTILE URANUS IN TAURUS

A great aspect for success in both love and money as you make your home a safe haven for your loved ones. 

MAY 28 — SUN IN GEMINI SQUARE SATURN IN PISCES

This lazy aspect won’t keep you busy with work but will allow you to have fun with your friends or get lost in a good book. 

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