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The astrology of May features Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto. This is a complex month when inner planet retrogrades bring a sense of confusion and potential upset, switching gears, and when all three outer planets are once again very much in evidence, signaling transformation. Mercury is retrograde for the entire month, and then some, when you take the period of its retrograde shadow into account. Mercury stations direct on Sunday, May 22nd, one day after a dramatic Full Moon that is closely conjunct retrograde Mars, so that this is one particularly strong weekend of the entire Mercury retrograde period. Mercury finally escapes its retrograde shadow next month, on June 7th. It is also fascinating to note that when the New Moon comes along, on Friday, May 6th, the Sun and Moon make a grand trine in Earth signs with Jupiter and Pluto, bringing the volatile forming square between Jupiter and Saturn fully into the picture, and Uranus-Pluto as well. This grand trine is formed once again when Mercury stations two weeks later, at 14 degrees of Taurus. Jupiter in mid-Virgo stations this month also, and remains in all month in close contra-parallel with Neptune in Pisces, opposite Jupiter. With all the outer planets triggered in this way, what we have is another rather intense monthly cycle, with plenty of introspective moments and with other-dimensional intimations that nudge us into the personal evolution that our higher selves have apparently long ago signed up for.
Venus is the personal planet that pairs with Mars, as in female – male energies, and as exemplified also by the fact that they rule the opposite signs of Libra and Aries, Taurus and Scorpio. For almost the entire month of May, Venus is in Taurus, the sign she rules, and is therefore quite strong, especially at the time of the May 6th Taurus New Moon when she also makes an inconjunct aspect to retrograde Mars, now running backward through the sign of Sagittarius. Venus makes another contact with retrograde Mercury in Taurus, a conjunction, on Friday, May 13th, in the exact timing also of the First Quarter Moon. These interesting combinations with retrograde personal planets signify an emphasis on areas that Venus rules: art, beauty, earth magic, connecting with others around us and especially with important partners. These subjects are therefore on our minds and in our hearts for most of the month, when we will be looking beneath the covers of our artistic and our relationship dynamics for the underlying motivation.
With Jupiter and Saturn coming into the third and final pass of their perfect square alignment, this is also an exciting month for their own contrast in archetypal energies. Jupiter stations to direct motion on May 9th, the same morning when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, marking one peak of the retrograde period. The New Moon of May 6th makes a potent grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, repeated when Mercury stations direct on the 22nd, so that all through the month this dance of the social planets is very much emphasized. Everyone therefore gets a big hit of applied philosophy now, and of social responsibility, recognizing where they might be able to plug themselves in for the purpose of creating a better system. In the most positive way of seeing this, there is a sense of joy through limitation, as Jupiter enhances the normally depressing character of restrictive Saturn, as well as a sense of healthy grounding imparted to the Jupiter people in the group, those with strong Jupiter in their charts or a Sagittarius emphasis.
Uranus and Pluto remain in square, with no further exact hits, but still only separated by five or six degrees, as they receive an unusual level of emphasis also, throughout the month. Uranus and the new planet, Eris, are close to exactly conjunct, which will perfect next month. Pluto gets a boost as well, from Saturn all month long, and from the New Moon of the 6th, Mercury-Venus on the 13th, and by Mercury’s station to direct motion on the 22nd. Because Saturn and Pluto continue in their close parallel aspect, existing structures of society are dying and new ones arising to take their place, which is also happening on an individual level. There is inevitability to the sense of revolutionary progress indicated by these further developments of the Uranus-Pluto square, as this intense and pivotal year of our supremely fractious decade continues to unfold.
WHAT: The ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 returns to Sedona, AZ for its third year, June 1-5, 2016—presenting films that represent the best in Conscious Cinema. Complimenting the Festival is the Conscious Film Convergence, a series of inspirational and educational film workshops and panels.
Film Highlights include: Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Maya Angelou and Still I Rise, Sneak Previewsof Teal: The Making of a Spiritual Teacher and Mantra: Sounds Into Silence and the World Premiere ofLove, Sweat and Tears.
All-Access passes offer unlimited access to screenings, panels and parties, including opening and closing events, VIP receptions, spotlight screenings, and Reel Healing “View & Do” screenings, and priority ticketing access into theaters among other benefits.
Pi Gu Chi Kung by Mantak Chia and Christine Harkness-Giles
Chi produces chi; that is a very important concept to understand. It is producing chi for yourself that enables you to absorb more chi from elsewhere to help yourself. That is the importance of Chi Kung in Pi Gu. Chi will keep the body strong and the digestion working well. Some people try to achieve enlightenment at the cost of their bodies but in the end they achieve neither good physical health nor enlightenment.
Pi Gu is a very old way of fasting. Many thousands of Taoist masters have done Pi Gu for long periods without having a body breakdown, but the length of their Pi Gu fast would have depended on the strength of their chi. That is why Pi Gu is most efficient when used in a spiritual retreat and indeed the chi generated helps the concentration during the retreat. Taoists believe that physical health aids spiritual development and enlightenment. Taoism aims to produce chi through the physical body in order to feed the soul and spirit for spiritual work.
Digestive System Stimulation
It is important that the digestive system work well and we can do some Chi Kung to improve it. Taoists have done this exercise for a few thousand years and we teach this as part of the morning exercise session at Tao Garden. It is also known as Stem Cell Chi Kung as it stimulates stem cell production.
Medical Intuitive Corner
by Robin Eagle Sage, MI
Have you ever wondered if your physical pain is caused by unresolved emotional experiences? In this issue, world renowned Medical Intuitive Robin Eagle Sage will share one of her medical intuitive readings with you. Using her clairvoyant abilities, this wise Sage will unravel the causes and cures of a patient’s illness. In turn, you will discover the great healing power capable of every individual. Pseudonyms are used to protect the individual.
Lauren told me that besides having a lump near her armpit and a cyst on her ovary that all of her relationships are going awry. When I looked at her energy I saw that Lauren is in a state of cellular transition, not liking herself or her life right now and also not knowing where she is going. Because Lauren is in a transitory state, not fully in the present, yet not knowing the future either, her relationships won’t work. I explained to her that any time a person embarks on something new, such as becoming a vegetarian or a non-alcohol drinker, there can be a lag-time before the new lifestyle or pattern is fully established into the vibratory pattern of the person. Until a person becomes one with their new situation or habit on a cellular level, it will feel a bit like purgatory, because they are neither in hell nor have they arrived in heaven! This is never a fun place to be as one can feel lonely and without any support. When I first became a non-alcohol drinker, it took time before I found friends who were like me. For a while I felt lonely and out of place, but eventually, as I embraced my new lifestyle choice on a deeper level, I attracted people who were just like me.