Risa’s Astrology: April 28-May4
The new moon occurs this week late close to midnight Monday night (Pacific), early morning hours (Eastern), 12 degrees Taurus. The Taurus personality building keynote is “Let struggle be undismayed.” While living in form and matter we learn not only about the nature of form itself, but, through encountering duality, we learn how to discriminate. Often this is a struggle.
Saturday, Venus opposes Saturn. We may feel isolated, separate from what we love and care for. Something new must be integrated.
Sunday is May Day, with various celebrations and commemorations, from early times to the present. May Day is the Festival of Flora (Roman Goddess of flowers), a five-day Roman celebration. For the Druids, a new fire was lit, lending life to the springtime sun. If Catholic, May is Mary’s month. On May 1st the Virgin Mary, Queen of May is crowned with flowers. A practice to revive is making of May baskets containing sweets, breads, fruits and flowers, given as gifts, left anonymously on doorsteps and doorknobs. In India, May 1st is International Workers Day. In China, Labour Day, a public holiday. In England (and in America) there’s Morris Dancing, fetes, community gatherings and festivities around a Maypole (circle dance with ribbons) celebrated springtime fertility.
May 1st is the Feast day of Sts. Philip and James, patron saints of workers. In Oxford, May Morning revelers gather at 6 am at Magdalen College for madrigals. In Scotland and Ireland, the Beltane Fire Festival is lit to summon the summer. In France, Lily of the Valley sprigs are exchanged for a kiss. As Germany “Dances into May,” Finland has picnics and in Hawaii it “Lei Day.” In America, May Day is International Workers Day, Loyalty Day, and Law Day. May Day marks the end of the unfarmable winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. We also know Mayday as an international distress signal, an emergency code word, from the French venez m’aider, meaning ‘Come help me’. The puritans frowned on May Day (celebrations).
ARIES: Be aware this month of defining your self-identity (a good thing) in terms of possessions (not necessarily reality). It’s good to have needs met, informing us of our financial capabilities. However, possessions don’t define identity or self as valuable – a spiritual lens that needs continual refreshing and remembering. What is the message here? You’re valuable not only in money but in spirit.
TAURUS: Attempt to express thoughts and feelings of love, appreciation, care and nurturance to those close to you. You’re considering ways of using resources for future investments. Yes, this is good. But first you must tend to unfinished business, communications, finances, and responsibilities. This may be difficult and will take discipline. But you must have order to have the presence of mind for your next endeavor that answers to world need.
GEMINI: Working quietly and in solitude (even if in the world), preparing to dream and remember those dreams, asking yourself serious questions and awaiting the revelatory answers is part of this week and month’s inner agenda. Simultaneously, something may appear that becomes a resource. It’s a group you finally identify with. Each day search for what’s hidden and valuable. Your values are becoming universal. Community beckons.
CANCER: You need to communicate more, share experiences, aspirations, hopes, wishes and dreams. You cannot keep yourself isolated. It is not healthy to do so. Who, beyond family, are your friends? They provide you with challenges, yes. However, they are your true family. You must take authentic steps toward them. Also, garden as if your life depended upon it.
LEO: You have a deep strength assisting you when everything seems strange, difficult, tedious or restricted. This strength holds you in safety and assurance that needs will be provided. Your accomplishments in the world are important, valuable and purposeful. But there’s one question. If you are unhappy, what do you wish you were doing instead? Where and why?
VIRGO: It’s possible you feel restrictions in your physical body coming from how you value and see yourself and perhaps in thinking of yourself as not free or creative. A new sense of internal structure is forming, providing you with a new perspective to overview who you would like to be. It’s possible previous philosophical beliefs will change. This leads to liberation of values.
LIBRA: Take time to assess friends, intimates, partnerships and environments. By participating with others and sharing resources, you’re creating deep and lasting connections (which releases Love) that provide comfort, care and regeneration. There are relationships of separation, however, that also must be assessed. What are they? You have ignored them too long. What we reject stays intimately with us. Sadness is the result.
SCORPIO: Very interesting times. It’s possible you’ve become (or want to) attracted to something deep and mysterious. Simultaneously you seek new experiences leading to safety and security, joint resources, and intimacy. You desire to experience the Art of Living. These are good. Do be aware though that if you attract what’s sad and moody, you too become this way. Be awake and aware of various levels of energy floating around. They are subtle.
SAGITTARIUS: You need freedom, a new level of harmony, a release from struggle and duality following you around. You’re waiting for a life change, resolution of conflict, and refinement of things financial. At work, tend carefully to those around you. Here is a little mantram that the New Group of World Servers recites at noon. Perhaps you will join us. “I know O Lord of life and love about the need. Touch my heart anew with love, so I may love and give.”
CAPRICORN: As everything of value centers around your domestic life, it’s important to realize that your goodness is about who and what you embrace, how you care, whom you include and nourish and what you create. Your goodness is not about what you do, deny, resist or exclude. Life is a great discipline. We live on multiple levels simultaneously and within paradox. This is a seed thought to meditate, rely upon and hum like a mantram.
AQUARIUS: As you feel grateful (and missing) for home and family, you create closer contact (releasing love) with everyone else. Looking into your past, you realize what choices and actions determine the quality of your present and future life. This is a mathematical equation. You are the foundation of your life. You will build from this position. Walk around your neighborhood. Take architectural and gardening notes.
PISCES: Tend to money carefully. Tell everyone of their value and worth. Know many will not understand. Speak anyway. It may be you have one good day and several confused and disoriented days. Rest within the confusion. A new harmony will come forth. Create a journal of the perfect village, community with gardens. Resources begin to be structured differently. A new rhythm of values emerges. You are valuable.