Vedic Astrology for May: Here’s What’s In Store As Mercury Goes Direct

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May is a month of mentally moving forward, experiencing clearer perceptions, and letting go of old mental clutter, as Mercury goes direct and gives us a fresh start. The Sun in Aries the first half of the month portends increased vitality and inner resolve. With the transit of Mars this month, it will be beneficial to be more disciplined and patient, and less reactive. And with Venus exactly opposite Jupiter mid-month, try to be open and invite divine grace and inner guidance to flow through your life.

On May 3, 2017, Mercury, planet of communications, the intellect, and discrimination, goes direct at 0 degrees Aries – the very first degree of the zodiac. This is a gandanta degree (spiritual knot), located on the cusp between a water and fire sign, which is noteworthy, because it puts even more emphasis on letting go of past memories, worries, or beliefs that no longer serve you. This is a time to be very discerning with how you communicate with others, and to do so with honesty, clarity, and no hidden agenda.

With Mercury transiting Mars-ruled Aries until June 3, watch for impatient speech or reacting too forcefully, and instead become a creative problem-solver. Realize we are not our thoughts. You don’t have to belief or react to any thoughts that move through your mind.


Instead, focus on clearing up any misunderstandings you have had in the past, and do so with no expectations and an open heart.  This is a good time to commit to a regular meditation practice or take that class you have been putting off. You can slowly begin to move forward now with more certainty and confidence.

The Sun transits its exalted sign of Aries until May 14, 2017, which will bring more energy, vitality, and directness. The Sun here is very individualistic and this transit can begin a cycle of self-discovery. Aries is self-initiating and pioneering, but sometimes needs to learn patience, moderation, and sharing. The Sun in Aries likes to inspire others and brings forth new ideas, so participate in uplifting activities.

The Sun begins its transit through the fixed earth sign of Taurus from May 14 to June 14, 2017. During this time, your inspirations become more grounded and real. You can focus on what is truly valuable to you, and let go of the superficial. You may find that you long for more stability and commitment in your life. If you can be more adaptable and less stubborn, this can be a very creative and fertile time. Spend more time in natural surroundings and connect with dear friends and family.

On May 18-19, 2017, Venus exalted in Pisces will exactly oppose Jupiter retrograde in Virgo at exactly 19 degrees. These two planets have been opposite each other for quite a while now — since January 27 when Venus moved into Pisces, and this will end on May 30, 2017 when Venus moves to Aries. But they will aspect exactly on May 18-19, connecting these two, different teacher planets (Jupiter is the teacher of the gods, Venus is the teacher of the demons). This can increase our interests in higher knowledge, esoteric subjects, and healing modalities. And with Venus in the sign of Pisces for such a long time (four months), we are all more likely to strive to understand and express the higher vibrations of Venus like unconditional love, compassion, devotion, and deep healing.

Luckily, during this time, Saturn is aspecting retrograde Jupiter, which may temper the indulgence and excess that the Jupiter-Venus combination can sometimes express. This will create some restraint and maturity and help us all to sense our “inner prosperity” and motivate us to express our “abundance” outwardly by donating our time to worthy causes, or by simply helping our friends or family members in need.

On May 26, 2017, Mars, planet of action and energy, moves to Gemini until July 11, 2017. Mars and Mercury will create a Parivartana Yoga, with Mars in the sign of Mercury (Gemini) and Mercury in the sign of Mars (Aries) for a few days – from May 26 to June 3. Parivartana Yoga joins these two planetary energies tightly together. Mars sees Mercury as an enemy, while Mercury sees Mars as being neutral. So watch for frustrating communications, angry words, or taking things too personally. Stop and think things through before speaking. This can be a positive combination for analyzing situations and being a good problem-solver – IF you are patient. Take the time to include others in your decision-making.

In addition, as Mars begins its transit through Gemini, it will oppose Saturn in Sagittarius at 1 degree on May 28 and 29. These two planets are not very friendly with each other, so as they face off you may experience increased frustrations and possible delays in the actions you take. It’s important not to give up, but move through these barriers with grace and peace. During this time, you may need to be more responsible, truthful, and learn from the seeds you have sown. Take more time to understand all sides of an issue before making important decisions.

Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has been teaching Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ since 2002. Debra, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 for astrological consultations, by phone or in person. You can also find her HERE.

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