Even though Pluto has been demoted to being a dwarf planet, many astrologers still use it when delineating an astrology chart because they see the significance of the influence that this little planet has had on the generations that have been born since its discovery on February 18, 1930.
What most people are unaware of is that there are categories of influence that each planet can be placed in. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars are considered “Personal planets”. Because they orbit the closest to the Earth, they have an effect on our physical bodies, but also our emotional and psychological state of being. An astrologer will look to them when helping you to understand who you are; how you handle love, anger, and other emotions; understanding your level of self-confidence and even your sense of self-esteem.
Jupiter and Saturn are considered by many as “Social planets” or, in other words, the urge to expand and the urge to withdraw. This includes the lesson of knowing when to say “no” and when to say “yes” to others for our own well-being and growth.
Finally, you have the planets that can’t be seen with the naked eye: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These are classified as “Transpersonal planets.” Because they move so slowly, their effect is imprinted on a whole generation as they transit from one sign to another. For the individual, these planets represent our spiritual consciousness and evolution. They are considered to be higher octaves of the personal planets, i.e., Uranus is considered a higher octave of Mercury. What this is telling us is that we have to go beyond the limits of the physical bodies we inhabit to understand the lessons they are trying to teach us.
There is so much more to astrology than the average person realizes and the planets have so much information to give us so that we can better understand our sojourn here…if we would but take the time to seek out those messages. You are far more than your Sun sign and the other eight planets would like the opportunity to give you their messages as well!
In the meantime, we have a New Moon happening on Monday, May 18th at 0:13 a.m. EDT in the sign of Taurus.
With the Sun and Moon both in Taurus, the energies being offered for any new beginning are the most solid and practical creating much determination that can aid you in not being thwarted in your efforts. These are friendly, cheerful energies that are fearless, persistent and hopeful.
Of course, this “double” Taurus New Moon will be about finances and resources, but if you look around you, you may see there are more available than you thought. “Wealth” means more than money. It can mean support from friends and family, health, even an abundance of food. Take care though. That abundance of good can lead to overeating during this time of the New Moon. Be grateful that you have “wealth” in many forms around you.
This is a time for slow, but steady, progress with determination and practical viewpoint to aid you.
Mercury, which is in Gemini right now, will go retrograde on Monday, May 18th at 9:50 p.m. EDT.
With Mercury in its home sign of Gemini, it obviously has to do with lesson concerning communication on all levels – this includes how you communicate with yourself. What’s really interesting with this retrograde is that it can cause those affected by it to pick up the thoughts of others and/or you may find yourself thinking on multiple planes of thought simultaneously. Interesting.
Karma here may have to do with relationships, especially with one or more persons with whom you were siblings in a past life. Most, however, of what this retrograde is trying to teach is about duality, whether within ourselves or others, and changeability. Like the element of mercury, we do change and sometimes it’s instantaneous. That’s okay and we need to understand that.
There is a restlessness with this retrograde motion of Mercury, so if you feel the urge to travel, do it. It may be that your soul is telling you that something lies elsewhere that needs your attention. Go with awareness and clarity in order to journey safely.
Finally, we have the Sun making its annual sojourn into Gemini on Thursday, May 21st at 4:45 a.m. EDT.
With Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, already retrograde, you may find more lessons concerning communication, learning, or traveling may present themselves.
The energies of the Sun in Gemini can cause people to be restless, nervous and even inconsistent but it can also create a talkative nature that is sometimes witty, logical and inquisitive.
This is definitely a time to be spontaneous and adaptable. Each of us has two sides to our nature. The Sun in Gemini, if we allow it, can help us to better understand the two sides that make up who we truly are. If you truly would like to understand who you are, invoke the energies of the Sun in Gemini and be willing to take an adventure into the unknown!