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The Wheel of Light

Monthly Newsletter - May 2013

Every year there are some months in which there are no major astrological events. This year, May is one of those months. However, after an alignment of 6 planets in Pisces in March, and 5 planets in Aries is April, an ďaverageĒ month might be just the thing.

The new Moon in Pisces could have given birth to intense intuitive clarity, profoundly lucid dreams, inspiring creativity, transcendent spiritual awakening or just a lot of confusion. What Pisces might bring in terms of internal abundance it can take away in terms of material functionality. Whenever planets come together in a conjunction is provides energy and opportunity for a new beginning. Hopefully we were able to take advantage of the major conjunction in March to begin or new our focus on the inner planes.

The new Moon in Aries was more about being active on the material plane. Aries can be bold and comfortable with uncertainty, risk and change. Aries is also the sign of new beginnings anyway, so the alignment in April could have been used to throw off winterís lethargy or boredom and get started on fun spring projects or activities that pertain to whatever house (area of life experience) that those planets activated in our personal chart. The drawback to all this energy to act is that sometimes Aries can be impulsive, acting based on feelings of frustration or restlessness rather than a well thought out plan. Sometimes it may be necessary to do something over again that was originally done in haste. Now would actually be a good time to either start over again with more deliberation, or continue to build on what was begun and is working just fine. Thatís because four planets (including the Moon) will be in Taurus this month. Taurus, an earth sign, is methodical, cautious and practical. By nature Taurus is a builder with an orientation to preserve and protect what it has. Taurusí focus is to create a comfortable, stable material reality that will last.

One of the interesting phenomena this month is the annular solar eclipse on the 9th. An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks all the light from the Sun except for a narrow ring extending beyond the lunar mask. It will only be visible to that extent in the South Pacific. It can be viewed in places like Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. There are generally two annular eclipses each year, the other will occur in November.

People have paid attention to eclipses since they have been looking at the heavens and been able to track planetary motion. We can only imagine how terrifying an eclipse must have been to cultures that had no understanding of cycles and orbits of the heavenly bodies. Suddenly, in the middle of the day, the sun is disappearing. Thereís an old story of a time when priests in Egypt told the people that they had not paid enough taxes to the priests. They announced that if they didnít put more produce or coins or whatever they had in the priestly coffers, these powerful and holy men would block out the Sun on a certain day. I assume that most people, hard working but poor, simply scoffed at this request and assumed it was a hollow threat. The priests knew about a coming eclipse, hence the timing of their edict. Sure enough on the given day, the Moon slowly covered the Sun. No doubt the people ran to provide the priests whatever they had that they assumed these men wanted. At a certain point it was announced that the people had given enough and that therefore the Sun could return. And it did.

In modern times we look at an eclipse as a rare event, but not something that is likely to be life altering. An eclipse can, however, portend rare or unusual events. For example, the Sun can pertain to the leader. In ancient times this would have been the pharaoh or king. These days itís more likely to suggest a president or prime minister. An eclipse might suggest an unexpected event that can significantly affect a leader, often to the point of him leaving office because of death or revolution. Iím not sure how frequently that type of event actually coincides with an eclipse. If it does, I would assume that, like the eclipse itself, it would be rare. It could, however, be more frequent than at times when no eclipse takes place. Perhaps we can assume that the fear of such an event taking place is simply a remnant of the fear that grabbed the people in times when people were unaware. Nevertheless, we might still assume that in places where a leader is in a weakened position, such as Syria or, that the overthrow of the king is more likely to happen at or near the time of a solar eclipse.

AriesAries (March 21-April 20)
Aries: This is a good time to share ideas and information with others. Growth for you comes from slowing down and seeking a deeper, more thorough understanding of things prior to communicating them. Early month might some obstacles or challenges to what you are saying or how you are saying. Use that as an opportunity to shift gears in your mind and mouth.

TaurusTaurus (April 21-May 21)
Taurus: Spend some time gathering information about your financial situation and issues involving long-range material security. The last week of May could bring beneficial financial opportunities or an actual increase of earned income. This is also a good time to take stock of your artistic and creative tools and talents with the intention of making use of what you have.

GeminiGemini (May 22-June 21)
Gemini: Lots of changes for you this month as your ruling planet, Mercury, transits into 3 different signs. This will provide you with the opportunity to maximize your ability to see different aspects of yourself and your life from an interesting variety of perspectives. Growth comes from avoiding the extremes of trying to hang on to any one perspective or being so accommodating that you get fragmented and confused.

CancerCancer (June 22-July 22)
Cancer: This is a period that could extend some of the internal clarity and spiritual inspiration that occurred for you in March. Take some time to tune into and work with your dreams. Meditate. Take walks in nature. Cultivate your inner vision by spending quality alone time frequently.

LeoLeo (July 23-August 23)
Leo: The eclipse could bring some unexpected events and changes with friends or colleagues. If nothing else, it could bring new insight and awareness about the people you hang out with. What you do with these realizations could also lead to changes in your behavior with certain people. Lots of energy to communicate this information and to act on what comes out of the conversations.

VirgoVirgo (August 24-Sept 22)
Virgo: You could get fragmented this month if you try to do too much or be all things to all people. By nature you enjoy serving others. Growth for you this month comes from being able to establish and consistently enforce the limits about how much time, energy, interest and motivation you have to help others. Being realistic about these issues prevents the fragmentation and any ensuing guilt that it may cause.

LibraLibra (Sept 23-Oct 23)
Libra: Take a trip. Take a class. Read a book. This is a great time to work on expanding your intellectual horizons. Better yet, read a book while on a flight to a university! Be open to variety and spontaneous in responding to unexpected opportunities that could come up this month.

ScorpioScorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Scorpio: This is a good time to create new behaviors or routines in an important relationship. Communication of important information should be clear. Sense of commitment to the relationship should be strong. Even the willingness to alter old patterns that arenít working should seem obvious. Growth comes from not getting into a power struggle with the other person by insisting thatís itís your way or now way. That could be part of the change.

SagittariusSagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Sagittarius: The full Moon in Sagittarius on the 24th stimulates emotional awareness and can provide insight into what might transpire when your ruling planet, Jupiter, transits into Cancer next month. The bottom line is to seek to become more emotionally available, both to yourself as well as to others.

CapricornCapricorn (Dec 22-Jan 20)
Capricorn: Two points of focus for you this month. One is to become more focused on emotional, psychological and spiritual stability. Taking time out of your mundane life, spending time alone or with a counselor would be beneficial. The other is by striving to be either more efficient with your time or being more serviceful to others. This is a good time to seek transcendence of self.

AquariusAquarius (Jan 21 to Feb 19)
Aquarius: This is a good time to play and enjoy your life. Get in touch with the ďinner childĒ and find out what he/she wants to do. This could involve being creative, athletic or romantic. This could also include actually spending more time with children. A wonderful time of year to have such enjoyable energy available.

PiscesPisces (Feb 20-March 20)
Pisces: Feelings of emotional stability can enable you to take advantage of some interesting social situations this month. This might specifically involve family members or a desire to do some entertaining in your home. Growth comes from taking the time to become aware of the inner strength and then taking advantage of it, sometimes in spontaneous ways.

Rio Olesky has been a professional astrologer since 1976. He is the author of A Manual for the Modern Mystic and Astrology and Consciousness. He offers both private readings as well as classes for both beginning and intermediate students. To make an appointment for a reading or to find out more information about classes and lectures, call Rio at 707-887-1820. Check out his website:

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