May 16-31 2015 Astrology Forecast: Wealth Adjustment!

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A Jupiter-Pluto quincunx opens wealth expansion possibilities during the second half of May. This half-month also supports resource accumulation with a Taurus New Moon.

Mercury turns retrograde, the Sun enters Gemini, and Mars and Uranus create an edgy semi-square. And abundant good fortune can flow from a Venus-Neptune trine!

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5/16 (Sat)

You can energize healing with new inspiration and diversity with Mars quintile Chiron (2°52′ Gemini-20°52′ Pisces). This aspect can also inspire your thinking and writing.

It’s always a pleasure when the two classic benefics (bringers of good fortune) make a harmonious aspect! A Venus-Neptune trine (9°37′ Cancer-Pisces) is wonderful for receiving creative inspiration, recognizing the divine essence in other beings, and connecting to your own divine source. With Venus in Cancer, there’s special support for flowing “highest good” energy to family members and nurturing others with spiritual energy.

How are your committed partnerships going? Whether they’re romantic, platonic or business relationships, a Jupiter-Juno conjunction (14°46′ Leo) can bring both strengths and challenges into the spotlight. If significant relationship issues are present, decide whether healing or release is the best strategy.

5/17 (Sun)

Things could get a bit edgy under a Mars-Uranus semi-square (3°39′ Gemini-18°39′ Aries). You can minimize any volatility by taking immediate action on your intuitive flashes.

5/18 (Mon)

5-18-15 new moonTaurus New Moon

May’s New Moon occurs at 12:13 AM US Eastern time (26°55′ Taurus). This supports new energies directed toward resource accumulation, improvement of self-esteem and enjoyment of the five senses. Taurus energy is also good for working at a steady, relaxed pace and letting yourself “just be.”


The Sun and Moon are loosely conjunct Mars, which reinforces the New Moon’s initiatory energy. Mars can also juice up warriorship, exploration and sexuality.

Saturn’s opposition to the luminaries might indicate obstacles to be overcome in the achievement of your New Moon goals. If challenges arise, a Saturnian approach can be helpful. Amp up your discipline, maturity, responsibility and time management skills!

This lunation’s tightest aspect is a quincunx to Pallas Athena. Make the required adjustments to step more fully into feminine assertiveness, strategic planning and/or practical creativity.

Sabian Symbol

This New Moon’s Sabian Symbol is, “An old Indian woman selling beads and trinkets.” It’s easy for this image to bring up a sense of poverty and scraping by, of someone who has lost connection with the dignity of her native culture.

Taurus rules resources gained through your own efforts. Do the circumstances of this Indian woman resonate in your own life? Are you working at something unconnected to your passion just to get by?

At some point, a life spent “selling beads and trinkets” can become profoundly unsatisfying. Are you already experiencing those gnawing seeds of dissatisfaction? Is it time to start working toward making your life purpose and your livelihood the same thing?

At the spiritual level, most of us have lost connection with our “native culture”: the awareness of the absolute peace that we are at the core. Some time spent with the Taurean idea of “just being” can help remedy this. (You may also find these free Heal and Awaken Invocations helpful.)

Tensions in committed partnerships could be triggered under a Pluto-Juno quincunx. If so, what adjustments and transformations would get things back on a more even keel?

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury turns retrograde at 9:49 PM US Eastern time (13°8′ Gemini). It will turn direct again on 6/11 at 6:33 PM (4°33′ Gemini).

Mercury retrograde seems to have a bad reputation, but there’s nothing inherently negative about it. When a planet appears to move backwards in the sky, it can simply indicate a time for deeper reflection around its archetypal themes.

Mercury rules learning and communication. So Mercury retrograde can be a great time to spend less energy transmitting information, and more time learning, absorbing and reflecting. Perhaps it’s Western society’s relentless emphasis on activity and doing that gives Mercury retrograde a bad rap.

General principles to follow during any Mercury retrograde include not signing major contracts or making large purchases. Doing so increases the likelihood that corrections or repairs may be required, since Mercury has an ancient association with commerce.

Mercury also rules local travel. With routine air travel, “local” now covers a whole lot more distance than it did in the ancient world! So it’s good to double-check travel arrangements.

Mercury retrograde also supports certain activities. These include completing projects already started and making repairs.

This Mercury retrograde occurs entirely within Gemini, so reflect on how you learn and communicate.

5-24-15 t-sq ve-ur-plT-square: Venus-Uranus-Pluto

What revolutionary changes would you like to see in your relationships, finances or creativity? Be sure to visualize them during the Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square that begins today, peaks 5/24 and ends 5/29.

With Venus in Cancer, this aspect pattern can specifically support positive changes in family relationships and family finances. Remember as always that you have more control over the outcome of any astrological alignment when you work with it consciously!

5/19 (Tue)

No major astrology events.

5/20 (Wed)

No major astrology events.

5/21 (Thu)

The Sun enters Gemini at 4:44 AM US Eastern time. The energies of learning, communication, variety and playfulness are boosted for the next month.

Jupiter-Pluto Quincunx

The expansion of wealth is one possible outcome of a Jupiter-Pluto quincunx (15°15′ Leo-Capricorn). But the quincunx, a 150° aspect, indicates that an adjustment is required.

For many people, this adjustment is needed first and foremost in their own minds. The universe seems quite solid, but is really an ingenious hologram created in real time by our collective thoughts. Your particular thoughts most powerfully shape the part of the world you personally interact with.

This Jupiter-Pluto quincunx empowers the use of the Law of Attraction to call in wealth. In financial manifestations, remember to specify the exact amount (net after taxes!) and the date by which it has arrived. Don’t just visualize the amount of your bank account balance – see the lifestyle that you’ll be living once you have this much money.

Remember also that wealth empowers philanthropy. If calling for wealth makes you feel greedy or selfish, remember that you can earmark as much of your bounty as you wish for the benefit of others.

Other archetypal possibilities of this Jupiter-Pluto quincunx include getting deeper insight into the meaning of life, juicing up your performances, and behaving more confidently in positions of leadership.

A Venus-Pluto opposition (15°15′ Cancer-Capricorn) can catalyze positive transformation in all kinds of relationships: romantic, family, platonic, business and more. This aspect can get your attention through challenge, but can also provide powerful opportunities for deepening relationship and wealth generation.

5/22 (Fri)

Hitting speed bumps or roadblocks in your projects? A Sun-Saturn opposition (1°38′ Gemini-Sagittarius) might be responsible. But you can make Saturn your ally by embodying his high-side qualities of maturity, responsibility, time management and disciplined planning and execution.With the Sun in Gemini, you can get especially productive in the areas of learning, writing and communicating.

5/23 (Sat)

No major astrology events.

5/24 (Sun)

Inspiration is available for healing and mentoring under a Sun-Chiron quintile (3°7′ Gemini-21°07′ Pisces).

T-square: Venus-Uranus-Pluto

(Repeated from 5/18.) What revolutionary changes would you like to see in your relationships, finances or creativity? Be sure to visualize them during the Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square that begins 5/18, peaks today and ends 5/29.

With Venus in Cancer, this aspect pattern can specifically support positive changes in family relationships and family finances. Remember as always that you have more control over the outcome of any astrological alignment when you work with it consciously!

5/25 (Mon)

Yet another aspect lines up to support thinking, writing and communication: a Sun-Jupiter quintile (3°43′ Gemini-15°43′ Leo). This quintile also amplifies vitality, enthusiasm and celebration!

A Venus-Uranus square (19°2′ Cancer-Aries) challenges you to think outside the box to set up the optimal framework for your relationships, creative expressions and finances. Don’t just slavishly do what you were taught to do or blindly imitate others. What are your intuitive flashes guiding you to do?

Both the more and less helpful expressions of Neptune are stimulated under a Mars-Neptune square (9°44′ Gemini-Pisces). The temptation can arise to overdo substances, escapism, victim behavior or aimlessness. But this square is better used by putting your focus on spiritual awakening practices or bringing your creative inspiration into manifestation. With Mars in Gemini, there’s special support for whatever communication you’re inspired to bring forth.

5/26 (Tue)

No major astrology events.

5/27 (Wed)

A Mercury-Mars conjunction (10°44′ Gemini) can draw forth a passionate desire to absorb new information and teach others what you feel they should know. Scattered thinking is possible, so maintain mental focus. Overly aggressive words are possible, so strive to communicate with compassion and sensitivity.

Heartfelt mentoring and emotional healing are prime uses for a Venus-Chiron trine (21°12′ Cancer-Pisces).

5/28 (Thu)

No major astrology events.

5/29 (Fri)

A Mercury-Neptune square (9°45′ Gemini-Pisces) can lead to mental confusion and drifting thoughts. But you can also use it to open your mind to divine guidance and higher states of consciousness.

6-3-15 yod ma-ju-plTaking enthusiastic action toward positive transformation can lead to new hope under a Mars-Jupiter-Pluto Yod. This aspect pattern begins on 5/29, peaks on 6/3 and ends on 6/6.

5/30 (Sat)

Let your thoughts roam far and wide under a Sun-Mercury conjunction in Gemini (8°58′ Gemini). And share your insights with the world if you’re so inclined!

5/31 (Sun)

Positive paradigm shifts in committed partnerships of all kinds are empowered with Uranus trine Juno (19°17′ Aries-Leo).

The boundaries between you and everything else can blur under a Sun-Neptune square (9°46′ Gemini-Pisces). Call in your divine consciousness to negotiate this expanded state more comfortably. This aspect can powerfully support spiritual awakening and inspired creativity. The Gemini Sun gives creative writing a special boost!

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

  • 5/15, 8:03:31 am – 5/16, 3:02:09 am (Taurus)
  • 5/18, 12:13:11 am – 5:27:00 am (Gemini)
  • 5/19, 1:57:19 pm – 5/20, 9:55:35 am (Cancer)
  • 5/21, 8:36:00 pm – 5/22, 5:42:05 pm (Leo)
  • 5/24, 6:49:28 am – 5/25, 4:51:34 am (Virgo)
  • 5/26, 10:21:13 pm – 5/27, 5:41:59 pm (Libra)
  • 5/29, 4:20:19 pm – 5/30, 5:33:42 am (Scorpio)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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