May 2021 is a huge month astrologically.
Jupiter enters Pisces, Mercury and Saturn go retrograde, and the Eclipse season starts, with a Total Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.
But what is particularly ‘unusual’ about May – which is the icing on the cake – is that we have a record number of out-of-bounds planets.
Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Moon are all out of bounds, with Mercury and Mars out of bounds for almost the entire month.
If you are not familiar with the concept of “out of bounds” planets, this is a special condition a planet is in, when its declination is more than 23⁰26’22” either North or South of the equator
The word “declination” may sound like maths, and you may be tempted to roll your eyes and say “I don’t get this”, but it is nothing complicated really.
When a planet is out of the bounds of the Sun, it is out of the rules of the Sun, which means it does pretty much whatever it wants! It is a bit like Uranus – free, creative and unpredictable.
Planets rarely go out of bounds, and we can have months on end with zero out-of-bound planets. And in May we have 4! The probability to have 3 or 4 out of bound planets is around 1%.
When we have such an incredible line-up of out-of-bound planets, we know we are onto something very special.
Basically, this month, no one listens to the Sun anymore. No one listens to “the boss”. Mercury, Venus, Mars, the Moon – they all pretty much do what they want.
We suddenly get all this freedom that will come to us, pretty much, all of a sudden. The question is – what do we do with it? We are up for quite a ride, that’s for sure!
But let’s take a look at the most important astrological events of the month:
May 3rd, 2021 – Mercury Enters Gemini
On May 3rd, 2021 Mercury enters Gemini. Mercury is in domicile in Gemini, so a great place to be in.
If in Taurus, Mercury slows down, if, in Cancer, Mercury gets emotional, when in Gemini, Mercury can be itself: articulate, factual, and logical. Our communication, thinking processes and awareness, in general, will function at optimal parameters.
We will find it easier to speak up your mind, and we will also find it easier to relate to other people. Things sometimes get lost in translation – but less so when Mercury is in Gemini.
May 8th, 2021 – Venus Enters Gemini
On May 8th, 2021 Venus joins the Gemini party. Venus is about feelings, and Gemini is about logic and communication. When Venus is in Gemini, we find it easier to articulate our feelings.
Of course, feelings are there to be felt, but sometimes knowing how to label, translate, and put your feelings into words can make a big difference.
May 10th, 2021 – Mercury Conjunct North Node
On May 10th, Mercury is conjunct the North Node at 10° Gemini. This is the first North Node conjunction of the month (Venus and Sun will also conjunct the North Node later in the month).
When multiple planets apply to the North Node, we feel destiny calling. There is a buzz, a pull, a drive to break through the limitations of the past.
Of course, any great adventure begins in our minds. When Mercury is conjunct the North Node, we will get our first clues on what this new adventure may be about. To ‘see’ it with our mind’s eyes.
This insight can come from within as an aha moment, or from the outside, in the form of news, an opportunity or an inspiration. Pay attention to whatever message comes your way around May 10th, because it is important.
May 11th, 2021 – New Moon In Taurus
On May 11th 202 we have a beautiful New Moon at 21° Taurus.
The New Moon is trine Pluto in Capricorn and has a very earthy feel. The New Moon in Taurus is great for new beginnings that are connected to Taurus topics: the earth, the body, money and possession, food and nutrition, land and properties.
May 13th, 2021 – Jupiter Enters Pisces
May is a very eventful month, full of twists and turns, but if we have to pick THE most important transit of the month of May, that’s Jupiter’s ingress into Pisces.
Jupiter only changes signs once a year and when it does, it pretty much sets the scene, and gives us that “one topic” to focus on.
Jupiter is only temporarily in Pisces. Jupiter goes retrograde in June and then moves back into Aquarius in July. However, these 2 and a half months of Jupiter in Pisces are a great drive run for 2022, when Jupiter moves into Pisces for good.
The great news about this transit is that Jupiter is in domicile in Pisces, so it feels great here. In Pisces, Jupiter can be as wise, spiritual, and big-picture as he wants.
The last 2 years or so haven’t been easy. That pile-up of energy in Capricorn has been heavy and confining. Jupiter in Aquarius is overall a better placement than Jupiter in Capricorn, but since Jupiter shares the sign with Saturn (in domicile in Aquarius) it gets to play by Saturn’s rules.
Now that Jupiter moves into Pisces, our sense of faith and optimism will finally be restored.
May 17h, 2021 – Venus Conjunct North Node
On May 10th we had Mercury conjunct the North Node. At first, it was the thought.
Now that Venus joins the North Node at the same degree of Gemini, we will be like “Wait a minute: that idea, that thought, that opportunity I was presented last week is REALLY something. It actually feels right. Yes, it is a bit frightening, but there is also that feeling of “rightness”, I have those butterflies in the stomach that tell me yes, this time, I am onto something”.
The North Node spends quite a bit of time at the 10th degree of Gemini, and when that happens, we know that we are in the Eclipse season. Indeed, when we have the Eclipse season, the Nodes spend a lot of time at the same degree of the Zodiac.
If you have planets or angles around 10° Gemini or 10° Sagittarius, this transit, as well as the other Nodal transits, and the whole month of May, will be particularly important for you, and can come with incredible developments and opportunities.
May 20th, 2021 – Sun Enters Gemini
Happy birthday to all Geminis out there! On May 20th, the Sun enters Gemini and the Gemini season officially starts.
With Mercury, Venus and the North Node already in Gemini, you may feel that the Gemini season has started a long time ago. But it is really when the Sun is in the sign that we get the full experience.
Gemini is a very curious, witty, expressive, verbal and intellectual energy. Gemini is the Jack of all trades of the zodiac, without having the “know it all” Jupiter/Sag attitude.
Because Gemini energy is intrinsically curious, we will actually get to pay attention to what is going on, and approach things with a beginner’s mind. And this is when we usually finally find solutions to old problems that felt impossible to solve in the past.
May 23rd, 2021 – Saturn Goes Retrograde
When the slowest visible planet stations retrograde, the world doesn’t turn upside down as it does when Mercury or Mars go retrograde… but Saturn’s retrograde stations rarely go unnoticed, even if for different reasons.
If some things in your life went on by inertia, or they were kind of sluggish, now they will stop working altogether. Imagine you have an old car that takes ages to start.
You expect any moment to crash, and unsurprisingly, one day the car does crash. Is not that you haven’t seen it coming.
But the fact that it has stopped working will finally push you to do something about it.
Now the problem becomes obvious, it becomes tangible, it becomes a reality. You can’t just get away with it anymore.
When Saturn goes retrograde, you will finally stop, so you can reassess an area of your life that is not working as well as it could be.
Saturn retrograde is an opportunity to rethink and re-engineer that sector of your life. By the time Saturn goes direct, you will find a new solution, a new operating model, that will improve your life in the long run.
May 26th, 2021 – Lunar Eclipse In Sagittarius
One of the highlights of the month is, of course, the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius.
The eclipse is at 5° Sagittarius and it is a South Node eclipse, so it is a culmination of what we’ve been building and creating since the Nodes have shifted in Gemini and Sagittarius. But more about this extremely important event closer to the date!
May 29th, 2021 – Mercury Goes retrograde, Mercury Conjunct Venus
On May 29th, 2021 Mercury goes retrograde at 24° Gemini, and just before it changes direction, Mercury conjuncts Venus, also at 24° Gemini. Most of the time, Mercury is faster than Venus, but this time, it is Venus that applies to Mercury.
We will first “feel” or experience something (Venus), and then try to make sense of what happened (Mercury). You can have an experience that will turn you upside down.
This experience can be so powerful, so emotionally and sensorially stimulating, that you may need weeks to process it. But this is what we have Mercury retrograde for!
May 31st, 2021 – Sun Conjunct North Node
At the end of the month, the Sun is the last planet to greet the North Node of the Moon. The Sun has had quite a tough time this month: Mercury, Venus, and even Mars – planets that used to listen to Sun’s directives, have been totally out of control.
They have been out of the bounds of the Sun. The Sun is now left with the “What was that all about?” “What if – only if, it is ME that needs to change? “
The Sun is the most predictable ‘planet’ in astrology: it always rises and sets in the skies. It gives us the seasons, the signs and the houses.
The Sun is pretty much the backbone of astrology, and the “manager” of our natal chart. The Sun sets the direction. The Sun is our life purpose. And now, when the Sun meets with the North Node of purpose, this overall direction of our life is actualized and upgraded.
Just like when we install a new software update on our computer, Sun conjunct North Node can feel sluggish at the beginning. The new features may be difficult to learn at first.
But it won’t take long until we will not only get used to it, but wonder how we have been living without them all this time. In June, when we will have a total Solar Eclipse in Gemini, this new direction will become more clear.
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