by Lina Elisabeth Preston 2 min read

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.

New Moon on May 4th

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.

Activity in Gemini

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.

Divisiveness and Fundamentalism

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.

What Does This Mean for You?

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.

Dates to Remember:

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



Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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