Three more planets join Pluto in retrograde motion this month: Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Astrologically, this symbolizes the reversal of a planet’s archetypal energy, when its qualities blossom within. Saturn was the first of the three, stationing retrograde on May 11. Saturn consolidates, cutting away the extraneous in order to strengthen the core essence. By trimming our branches, we strengthen our roots and maintain healthier growth over time. Venus stationed retrograde next, on May 13. These periods are characterized by roadblocks in our relationships. These checkpoints allow us to consider where the compass of our heart is pointing, to ensure we are headed in the direction of true love. Venus also rules our finances, so watch your pocketbook and be conservative with your purchases. Venus retrograde asks us to get real about what and whom we want to invite into our space. Jupiter reverses the following day, May 14. This planet is associated with the social order, and on a personal level, speaks to how we relate to the philosophy, religion, and laws of our society. Jupiter rules intellectual and spiritual aspirants, and when in retrograde, inspires us to seek answers to life’s deeper questions. The time is now ripe to shine light on our personal shadows, clarify our inner vision, and seek guidance from our inner well of wisdom.
It’s springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, the perfect time to acquaint ourselves with the celestial herdsman, Boötes! This constellation sows his seeds using the Big Dipper as his plow. The most prominent star in Boötes is Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in our sky. To find Arcturus, locate the Big Dipper (aka the plow), and follow the arc of the handle outward until your eyes land upon a bright orange star. This is Arcturus, at the bottom of the Boötes constellation. To see its full shape, which looks like a kite, pinpoint the two stars diagonally above it that mark the hip points. From the “hips,” the constellation then broadens toward the two “shoulder” stars, before narrowing toward the crown star, Nekkar, derived from an Arabic word meaning “cattle driver.” Two additional stars branch out from either side of Arcturus, as legs/feet. Another star between the top right shoulder and the handle of the Big Dipper is the hand holding the plow steady as it spins through the sky.
~Dawn Andreoni is a yoga teacher and astrologer living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. You can find more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.