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Weekly Astrology Forecast for April 30-May 6, 2023*  -  Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio

Hey star-gazers! This is your astrology forecast for the week ahead and a summary of the big transits this month.

The headliner is Jupiter entering Taurus — a transit that many of us are looking forward to with a hopeful glimmer in our eye. Will the benefic gas giant bring big windfalls and boundless prosperity? Some signs definitely stand to benefit from this transit, so be sure you check out my Jupiter-in-Taurus forecast for the full deets on what your sign could expect.

For many of us, having Jupiter in fixed earth could be a boon to our staying power, especially with Vesta already having brought her enduring flame to burn in the sign of the bull. This could be a consequential transit expanding our income stream, diversifying our resource base, and potentially learning that there’s wisdom in self-care.

The early weeks of the month see Mercury wrapping up its retrograde motion, which brings relief to any of us inconvenienced by the backward movement of the planetary messenger. Next week, Mercury returns to visibility in the sky, so we’ll likely be in the clear to resume business as usual.

And, of course, our newly minted Pluto-in-Aquarius transit is changing directions; anticipate it to dip back into Capricorn over the next few weeks.

With the penultimate penumbral lunar eclipse in Scorpio taking place this week, May is chock full of notable events that make for gripping sky news, so let’s dig into the transits for the week.

We begin the week with Mercury’s inferior conjunction with Sol, initiating a new 116-day Mercury cycle. Imagine this aspect commencing a fresh beginning for Mercurial matters — intellectual pursuits, learning, communications, skill-building, and even money matters in dollar-sign Taurus.

But Mercury can also activate those Gemini- and Virgo-ruled sectors of our charts, so don’t discount those houses with Gemini and Virgo on the cusps. Expect them to light up and turbo-charge new manifestation potential over the next three-and-a-half months.

Over this period, Mercury will cruise through Gemini, Cancer, Leo and the first part of Virgo where we will have a chance to look at situations through fresh eyes and nurture bright ideas before we’re asked to review, reconsider, and redo them at the next Mercury retrograde towards the middle of August.

This Mercury-Sun conjunction is an auspicious signature. With Mercury in the heart of the Sun, its powers are amplified, so if you’re broaching conversations concerning money matters, salary, relationships, or splashy luxury purchases, this is a great transit where you could feel clear-headed and aligned with your purpose. Just be aware that wildcard Uranus is still party crashing Taurus, bringing an element of unpredictability to this otherwise auspicious celestial signature.

Also taking place on May 1 is Pluto’s direction-shift, which is going to see the Chthonic Lord eke his way back into the sign of Capricorn in the first weeks of June. It will remain there for the balance of the year.

While the effects of outer planet retrogrades can be more subtle, just be aware that the sign-change that this Pluto retrograde will see can have cardinal signs feel the effects more acutely since Pluto will aspect your angles, reminding you that it’s back to take care of some unfinished business.

On May 4, Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces, making this a day replete with fogginess and heightened potential for misunderstandings. For some of you, Venus in Gemini could manifest as a blockage to your love language, especially as Venus slides into Saturn’s terms and bounds. You may find yourself more inhibited when it comes to expressing your emotional and relationship needs with a partner, and with Neptune in Pisces squaring the Alchemical Goddess, this could lead not only to a lack of clarity, but also to a certain unfair expectation that your partner simply ought to know what you need on an intuitive level.

For others, you could find yourself sliding into more daydreamy territory, propelled into creative realms and imaginative environs thanks to Neptune’s catalytic influence. If you happen to express your art through words, the influence of Neptune may be more productive for stimulating mental and emotional realms, rather than prolific output. Overall, however, this day should be fairly mild, but nonetheless one in which communications could see a little drag from one of Pisces’ current tenants.

On May 5, Venus in Gemini will sextile Jupiter in Aries, making this an auspicious aspect for financial endeavours, or for expanding your network of friends.

You may feel quite social under this transit, enjoying the expansive and ambitious pull of Jupiter in Aries, and with Venus in the naturally networking sign of Gemini, this could be a good day to get chatty with other people. Just note that Venus remains within Saturn’s bounds, and so the usual Mercurial buoyancy of Gemini may be slightly more restrained during this time.

But the real headline is the penumbral lunar eclipse taking place in the sign of Scorpio on May 5, making this the penultimate eclipse across the Taurus-Scorpio axis taking place this year.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are not quite perfectly aligned, and the Moon enters the outer part of the Earth’s shadow. In this upcoming eclipse, the Moon will just miss the darker part of the earth’s shadow, making this lunation more visible in the sky, since the earth’s penumbral shadow will cover a fraction of the Moon’s diameter.

Unlike the April annular solar eclipse, the May penumbral eclipse will be seen across a greater number of continents, including Asia, Australia, Africa and much of Central and Eastern Europe.

The eclipse itself is occurring around 15 degrees of Scorpio — a full moon that will be bringing to fruition the intentions seeded back under the Scorpio New Moon of October 25, 2022. If we toggle back to that chart, we can see the challenging energies at play under this lunation.

Both the Moon and Venus were conjunct the Sun and in the places of their fall and detriment respectively. However, at the moment of this lunation, both the Moon and Venus were supremely empowered, depending on whether we accept the Hellenistic rather than Medieval orb for a cazimi planet.

This lunation took place across the natural zodiac’s financial axis, which might have seen you shoring up your financial and emotional security, making plans for greater independence, or trying to take back greater financial power in the months that followed.

While this could have been a very powerful lunation for relationship matters, secrets coming to light, or new and profound emotional transformations boosting your personal power, the subsequent days and weeks may have been more challenging as these two celestial bodies navigated the remaining degrees of Scorpio.

Now, under the Full Moon eclipse, we may see the fruits of the seeds we sowed almost six months ago.

With Mars in Cancer, in mutual reception by trine to the Moon in Scorpio, I really like the emotional maturity that this lunation could portend to, seeing us potentially step out of any vulnerability we could otherwise experience with Mars in the crab’s domicile.

As this lunation is also taking place across the natural zodiac’s financial axis once again, this could be a Full Moon that continues to see financial themes take centre stage, demonstrating the effects of any transformative initiatives we undertook back in the fall of last year. However, as this is a Full Moon eclipse, it’s bringing a longer storyline to fruition for many of us.

If you have any natal or progressed luminaries conjunct this eclipse in your chart — and roughly within a degree on either side of this lunation — then this could be an especially impactful event for you, seeing something more material, direct, and tangible take place in your life. For the rest of us, this could simply represent a continued thematic backdrop, where we see the houses that have Taurus and Scorpio on the cusps of our chart bring some sort of a thematic climax or resolution to a longer eighteen-month topical storyline. Either way, this is sure to be a powerful and positive lunation for many of us — subject of course to natal and progressed placements — and so, we can really benefit from the more nuanced and mature energies that these planets will have on offer.

*DISCLAIMER: All astrological forecasts are for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. Any decisions that you might make as a result of reading this or any other astrological blog entry are YOURS ALONE and the creator of this blog will not be held responsible! For any legal issues, see a lawyer; for medical ones, consult a physician. None of the information in this blog constitutes actionable advice from a licensed professional. Once again, this forecast is for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!

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