‘Same player shoots again’ – if you have ever played a pinball machine, you have seen these words light up. We could say the same about May: Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, all planets associated with male energy, share Gates and make Channels together as they did in April, with Earth and Sun joining them. ‘Find your direction and then put it into practice’ is a good motto this month.
Until the third, the Sun, Mars and Pluto form the Channel of the Thinker (24-61). With Pluto the whole month in the mystical first Line, there is a pressure to find meaning in life: why am I here, what is my place in the universe, and who is the one thinking about this? Some people could come up with deep thought systems, or research esoteric traditions. At the end of all thought is a silent mind.
Creativity shows the way
Two days later, on the fifth, Jupiter moves into Gate 1, Creativity, Line 6 ‘The Hollow Bamboo’ and stands there together with Earth until May 9. It is a beautiful time to let meditation help you to allow creativity to flow freely. This happens during the Life Theme of the Sphinx, which is about finding and giving direction. You could follow a creative flow to find new directions in life.
However, on May 7 Mars enters Gate 60, Limitation, and activates the Channel of Mutation with Uranus in Gate 3, Beginnings, until May 21. Mutation indicates a sudden change after a time where things seemed to be stuck. Here Mars is impatient, insisting on direction so that he can move into action. Remember that the insights which came to you in the period of creativity need some time to percolate into your system. Sometimes shocks in our outer circumstances serve to create an opening for new developments.
Then, in the third week of May, Mars moves into the higher Lines of Gate 60 and can actually help to establish and protect the newly born. From May 15-20, Jupiter and the Sun activate Channel 1-8, Inspiration. What was born can expand and inspire others to live more in tune with their individuality (Mutation and Inspiration are both individual Channels).
Stay focused and get it done
During the whole month the planets are almost all the time in the central part of the Chart, with very few placements in the Emotions or Spleen. The message seems to be: stay focused on realizing the guidance from within in the world. The juice is in getting things done in accordance with what you have found. This does not mean that for us as individuals emotions or the sensory perceptions and intuition of the Spleen do not matter. It depends on our personal Chart and with whom we interact. The unconscious part of the transit Chart is quite emotional: when you see that you are in an emotional wave, also remember the work you are doing.
The mood of getting things done is emphasized by Sun and Earth forming the Channel of Being Busy (that really is its name, 20-34) from May 21-26. It is also called the Channel of Charisma, because something magnetic happens when we use our total energy to manifest a certain project. Other people take note. In these days, the unconscious Sun and Earth in Gates 55 and 59 are on a deeply romantic quest for intimacy, in individual relationships or with life in general. So it could be that our manifesting power moves into a romantic direction. This combination of Gates is called the Incarnation Theme of the Sleeping Phoenix, which is a mythical bird that rises from its own ashes. People born during this period dive deep into experiences of intimacy, only to see one relationship crash after another. The Phoenix wakes up when you realize that true intimacy starts with the one within you.
On May 22, Mars moves from Gate 60, Limitation into Gate 41, Imagination. With Gate 41 begins a new cycle of experience: another seed willing to flower, another dream with the potential to become reality. Combined with the change of Moon Nodes on May 29 we will be looking at a new picture in June.