The Astrology Company: May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016
By Bob Mulligan
(a personal note is at the end of the newsletter)

We enter May with Mercury Retrograde until the 22nd. On the 9th Mercury transits across the disk of the Sun. This only happens about 13-14 times in a century.  It is a moment to realign our heart and mind with the Divine intention for our lives.  All month we have a T-Square of Saturn Square both Jupiter and Neptune which are opposite each other.  This pattern occurs in the mutable signs; this requires constant mental adjustment for us.  Cardinal signs have to do with physical motion, Fixed signs have to do with emotions, and mutable signs refer to our mental life.
Jupiter (in Virgo) and Pluto (in Capricorn) are Trine each other all month.  With Jupiter turning direct on the 9th this aspect is strengthened. Mercury, Venus, and the New Moon are all in the third earth sign, Taurus, forming a Grand Trine with this pair.  We have many opportunities all month to make real progress along practical lines.

The New Moon on May 6th is on the 16th degree of Taurus at 9:29 AM EDT. With Retrograde Mercury close and the New Moon completing the Grand Trine with Jupiter and Pluto, we are apt to see many opportunities to make practical, productive progress.  Saturn in Sagittarius is Quincunx the New Moon reminding us to make sure that our values are aligned with our overall life purpose. Saturn's Square to Jupiter is a warning to make sure that our foundations are firm before we start a grand new project and that our reach does not exceed our grasp.

The Sun enters Gemini May 20th at 10:37 AM EDT.  With the Sun Opposite Retrograde Mars and the Moon Opposite Retrograde Mercury we find ourselves in a month where we have to avoid mistakes in judgment.  It will be all too easy to jump to the wrong conclusion or to miscommunicate important information.  Jupiter in Virgo Trining Mercury and Sextiling the Moon reminds us to check our facts and choose our battles wisely.

The Full Moon on May 21st is on the 1st degree of Gemini/Sagittarius at 12:14 AM EDT.  This is the time of year to get our ideas in tune with our actions, to have fun, enjoy life.  The Moon is Conjunct Mars and the Sun is Conjunct Venus.  Harnessing the masculine and feminine energy to this apex moment may be just the emphasis on relating that we need in our lives to push us forward.  Mercury is Stationary Direct in close Trine with Jupiter and Pluto.  This is a lucky moment for getting our thinking and actions in tune with the story that we tell others.

From the 1st to the 8th we experience genuine luck.  There are some difficulties in close personal relationships but any disagreements can be cleared in a mutually beneficial manner when time is invested in finding real solutions.

From the 9th to the 15th creative self expression and pleasant conversation propel us forward.  This is a perfect week for clearing up a project or chore that we have set aside some time back. Now is the moment to act.

From the 16th to the 22nd we are sorting out our lives but also our personal possessions.  It is a great week for getting rid of stuff that we don't need anymore.  We need to be cautious with our interpersonal energy as misunderstanding can lead to avoidable violent eruptions.

From the 23rd to the 31st we may find ourselves struggling to rectify past mistakes.  Opportunities are presented to us so that we can clear up difficulties but trouble in romantic relationships will require more than just pleasant sentiments.  Real commitment is necessary.

1st – Sunday – Sun Sextile Neptune - This can be a day of a fresh start if we concentrate on solving practical problems in a new way.  Endless rethinking the past is a waste of time and solid imaginative energy.

2nd – Monday – Although we may spend time re-assessing our foundations in life, we have a unique opportunity to re-align our spiritual resources.  Direct exposure to Sunlight is cleansing and rebalancing.

3rd – Tuesday – Sun Trine Jupiter - Much is accomplished when we move forward with confidence.  We have a unique opportunity to make rapid practical progress over the next few days. Put ideas into action now.

4th – Wednesday – Uranus Contra-parallel Neptune, Sun Quincunx Saturn -  We have the vague feeling that something isn't working as it should.  If we are not enjoying the task at hand, then listen to the message from the cosmos, we are somehow out of touch with our core values. Correction may be as simple as slowing down.

5th – Thursday - Mercury Semi-sextile Uranus, Mars Sesquiquadrate Uranus, Venus Quincunx Mars -  Enthusiasm and luck are in abundance.  Our problems can stem from not being able to "get with the program"...The best way forward is listening to others and looking for common ground.

6th – Friday – The New Moon is on the 16th degree of Taurus at 3:29 PM EDT -  In order to start over, we need to finish something we have been working on for the last couple of days.  We can complete something of personal importance and move into focusing on unqualified good.  Our heart's desire is close at hand.

7th – Saturday – Sun Trine Pluto - Powerful doctrinaire forces seem to control tangible circumstances.  Are we going to surf a wave or be annihilated by a tsunami? We may struggle with our own impatience and frustration.  But much is accomplished quickly is we can corral the energy of the moment.

8th – Sunday – Lots of talk and plans are made but we don't easily come to any firm conclusions.  Enjoy the exchange of information and ideas without an agenda; this is a time of gestation.

9th – Monday – Jupiter turns direct, Sun Parallel Mercury, Venus Sextile Neptune, Sun Conjunct Mercury - We have a rare opportunity to look directly into our own heart and to see clearly how to attune to the divine plan...all we need is to be willing.

10th – Tuesday – Venus Trine Jupiter - Regardless of how much or how little we have, the good in our life grows when we share it with others. "Real happiness lies in making others happy". - Meher Baba

11th – Wednesday – Venus Quincunx Saturn - Shaving our expectations can help us enjoy the day.  The real question now is what is worth our time, money, and energy?

12th – Thursday – Sun Semi-sextile Uranus, Mercury Trine Pluto -  It may seem like a very routine day but adventure is possible.  Take a new route to work, look deeper into the common place.  The inner meaning of ordinary events will open when we just keep probing.

13th – Friday –  Mercury Parallel Venus, Mercury Conjunct Venus, Venus Trine Pluto - Communication is just about as clear and as profound as it ever gets. We need to pay attention to what we say and to what is said to us.  Gather as much information is possible because there will be time for evaluation and clarification later.

14th – Saturday –  We can settle many disagreements and experience profound luck if we are smart enough and quick enough to embrace what is really important. We move forward with starts and jolts.  Getting a consistent rhythm is difficult but also really unnecessary.

15th – Sunday –  We may find ourselves caught between our enthusiasm and our fears.  Finding the middle way between the new and the familiar can catapult us into a new arena.

16th – Monday – Enlisting other people's help, (even when unexpected) gives us an extra boost of enthusiasm and remind us why we are doing what we are doing in the first place.

17th – Tuesday –  Relating isn't always easy but certain basic characteristics of the moment have a way of bringing us back to the reality of our situation.  There is a sense of grounding and comfort in the familiar.  Reconnecting with old friends brings joy.

18th – Wednesday – Venus Semi-sextile Uranus - Innovation allows us to cut a new path.  Thoughtful reaching out can overcome a sense of isolation.  We are all connected, even when we aren't able to see it.

19th – Thursday –  Adjusting our personal perspective and dedication to our primary objectives allows us to see shortcomings and opportunities.  We need patience and focus to further our cause.

20th – Friday –  Sun enters Gemini -  What we say, think, and feel matters.  Now is the time to let others know what is on our mind.  Productive conversation can head off disaster.  Potential violence and misunderstanding lurk in the surroundings.

21st – Saturday – Mars Semi-square Pluto, the Full Moon is on the first degree of Gemini/Sagittarius at 5:15 PM EDT -  We have no one to be angry at but ourselves.  This can be a great day for self-conquering if we are able to truly eliminate self-defeating habits.  This day belongs to the brave.  Remember that anger begins in the mind.

22nd – Sunday – Sun Opposite Mars, Mercury Turns Direct, Sun Sesquiquadrate Pluto - Channeling the forceful energy of the day into constructive outlets requires real finesse.  We can't please everyone but we also don't have to pick fights or augment negative emotions.  Standing still and looking at options can be a method for gaining a new and positive frame of mind.

23rd – Monday – Sun Parallel Saturn - Long term gains require some specific sacrifices now. Be happy with the opportunity to serve others without any recognition.  Our true character only emerges under pressure.

24th – Tuesday – Venus enters Gemini, Sun Contra-parallel Pluto, Venus Opposite Mars -  Rugged terrain and stiff opposition can make regular work a welcome relief from new pressures. We find attractions to situations that are out of reach.  This is a great time to look and learn; leave putting ideas into action for another day.

25th – Wednesday – Venus Sesquiquadrate Pluto -  We need to discuss important personal changes we are making with people who are significant in our lives.  Making a declaration or giving promises can be healthy but we need to be certain as to what we are really committing to.

26th – Thursday – Jupiter Square Saturn -  We may find the bridge to improving our relationships is to let go of things from the past.  Many habits hold us back.  When we get stuck we need to ask for help.

27th – Friday – Mars enters Scorpio, Venus Contra-parallel Saturn, Sun Contra-parallel Mars -  Big bursts of energy propel us forward.  Integrating our personal energy and desires with the necessities of the moment brings us to a balance point of acceptance.

28th – Saturday – Sun Semi-sextile Uranus, Venus Contra-parallel Pluto -  Passions run high.  We want to do something new and finding the right outlet takes some work.  Have courage.

29th – Sunday –  Rest.  It is a dreamy day and one worthy of our paying attention to the creative spirit of the moment. "Down time" is an important component of life.

30th – Monday – Venus Semi-square Uranus, Mercury Trine Pluto - Innovative ideas and adventuresome thoughts can carry us in a new direction.  We will manifest whatever we concentrate on now.  Profound thoughts can emerge when we follow the trail of logic.

31st – Tuesday – Venus Contra-parallel Mars - Someone we care about very much can be back in our life now.  We need to let go of the past in order to really enjoy the present.  A new day is dawning; we are emerging into sense of ourselves and the universe.

Bob Mulligan is available for personal appointments, astrology classes, and astrological material.  Call him at 239-261-2840 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Visit our web site,

Every year I take two times for spiritual renewal.  I go to the Meher Center at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in May, and to visit Meher Baba's Tomb in India in the fall, usually October.  From the 10th to the 17th of May I will be in Myrtle Beach.  My Spiritual Master Meher Baba would go to His home in the West (at Myrtle Beach) in May.

All five of my children are doing well.  My three siblings are all well and happy, and at  97 our mother is still alive. So, with family, friends, and neighbors all doing well, we can say this is a good period.  Oh, after my doctor gave me a clean bill of health I went to the Salt Cave with my dog Teddy.  Andrea (the owner of the Salt Cave) gave me a biofeedback session.  It turns out that my liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands were all blocked and I needed to make some dietary changes and start taking hydrogen peroxide at 35% solution three times a day...I'll let you know if it has a positive effect...I've started running every day again, so that is something.

We need to all be grateful for the beauty and joy in life.  This is the season of Love on the planet and our everyday concerns mean so little next to the backdrop of the Infinite.

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