From an astrological perspective, we are moving into the most intense part of the year, with dramatic upcoming transits in May and June. The energy of the planets heats up during May and reaches a culmination in mid-June with major planetary confrontations.
Mercury is making his transit in Aries between May 3rd and May 18th. The new Moon in Aries on May 4th marks the beginning of a new cycle of activities.
Mars joins Rahu and in Gemini on May 6th. Mars is a technical planet and Gemini is the sign of communication. The exchange of signs between Mercury and Mars also connects the two planets.
Rahu amplifies and enlarges everything he comes in contact with while Mercury rules communication and trade.
Mars and Rahu in Gemini are opposed by Saturn, Ketu and Pluto transiting Sagittarius. This results in a high degree of confrontational energy.
Saturn and Ketu are transiting the nakshatra called Purva Ashadha. Purva Ashadha has the power to energize, but Saturn has the power to block and delay. The deity for Purva Ashadha is Apas - the water god - and Saturn/Ketu in Purva Ashadha can cause drought, or stir up storms––both figuratively and literally.
The close conjunction between Ketu and Saturn can make us doubt our foundations. Sagittarius governs law and the legal system and important battles are now being fought within the legal system.
Saturn/Ketu in Purva Ashadha can also give rise to a higher degree of extremism and fundamentalism. The tension culminates around mid June with a Mars and Rahu conjunction at 24 degrees in Gemini. Saturn conjuncts Ketu at 24 degrees Sagittarius. All four malefic planets will line up on the same degree in the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. The combination indicates explosive energy, power struggles and attempts to gain control. The potential for anger, violence and accidents are much higher than normal.
Some people may experience a feeling of being blocked during this time, while others will find it easy to get a lot done. This depends on your personal chart and what area of your life these planets will activate. However, everyone needs to pay special attention to how they communicate with others, because arguments can be unusually explosive right now. Take extra care if you travel, both short distances and long journeys. If possible, avoid being in crowded places. This is an excellent time to simplify your lifestyle, be open to your intuition, and work on staying calm and centered.
May 3rd - May 18th Mercury in Aries
May 4th New Moon in Aries, Bharani 20 degrees
May 6th - June 22 Mars in Gemini
May 8th - July 11th Rahu in Punarvasu, Taurus Pada, Pushkara
May 8th - Dec 26th Ketu joins Saturn in Purva Ashadha
May 10th - June 3rd Venus in Aries
May 15th - June 15th Sun in Taurus
May 18th Full Moon in Scorpio, Anuradha 3’30”
May 18th - June 1st Mercury in Taurus
Atmakaraka translates as indicator of the soul. The atmakaraka reveals the unfulfilled desires that we carry with us and which have brought us into this incarnation. These deep desires need to be addressed and reveal our dharma, or soul purpose, in this life.