LUNATION AND ECLIPSE DAYS:
The New Moon Day begins the lunar month, and the Full
Moon Day shows the month’s unique qualities.
Amavasya (New Moon): Sunday, May 1 at 9: 54 P.M. until
Monday, May 2 at 11: 50 P.M. in sidereal Aries in agitating
star Bharani Nakshatra.
Poornima (Full Moon): Monday, May 16 at 7: 10 A.M. until
Tuesday, May 17 at 4:08 A.M. in sidereal Scorpio in debate
prone star Vishakha Nakshatra.
Amavasya (New Moon): Tuesday. May 31 at 1:08 P.M. until
Wednesday, June 1 at 2:02 P.M. in sidereal Taurus in steady
natured Rohini Nakshatra.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
Fiery Mars dominates the atmosphere and suggests a mood
of impatience, willfulness and all-or-nothing courage. Trusting one’s own quiet discernment in the thick of overpowering
directives may be an especially meaningful lesson. (Mars and
Jupiter are within one degree apart, forming the adverse close
conjunction ‘planetary war’.)
MONDAY, MAY 2
The shadowy yet very powerful north and south nodes of the
Moon termed Rahu and Ketu change signs today, entering
the Scorpio and Taurus axis until January 2013. Depending
on the specific areas of life (houses) activated by the nodes in
one’s birth chart, major life lessons get worked out through
dramatic polarity. In Scorpio, Rahu’s overly expansive influence brings infatuated entanglement while in Taurus Ketu’s
piercing nature creates introspection, detachment and sudden
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Today marks Akshay Tritiya or ‘Never Diminishing Third Lunar Day,’ one of the most uniquely favorable days of the Vedic
calendar. Among numerous layers of mythical significance: today marks the day the sacred river Ganges first began flowing.
Spiritual practices deliver increased benefit, items donated to
others will be effortlessly replenished and new beginnings of
all kinds get a solid start today. (Akshay Tritiya occurs when
Sun and Moon are in Aries and Taurus respectively, signs of
SUNDAY, MAY 8
Jupiter changes signs today and enters fiery sidereal Aries
until May, 2012 where this planet of optimism, wisdom and
Divine Grace is generally well-placed and encourages decisive
charitable action over abstract ideas.
MONDAY, MAY 9
Perhaps the most all-around favorable day this week, the especially excellent and nurturing star Pushya Nakshatra (
symbolized as a cow’s udder) forms a combination for uplifting
fruitful action and motherly compassion.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
Five planets gather in sidereal Aries until May 14, a fiery conjunction that fuels impatience or recklessness. The impulse to
forge ahead like a highly independent Mars-ruled Aries ram
may wreck havoc on collective decisions and group identity.
SATURDAY, MAY 14
Sun enters sidereal Taurus today: major beginnings are traditionally avoided on days of solar ingress.
TUESDAY, MAY 17
Today’s influences encourage solid accomplishment in an
atmosphere of gracious goodwill. (Humanitarian star Anu-radha Nakshatra occuring day after Full Moon forms an
SATURDAY, MAY 21
This month’s domineering Mars influence is especially pronounced today, suggestive of authoritarian situations where
the end justifies the means. Today’s most meaningful achievement may involve upholding tender ideals of sensitivity and
heartfelt communication. (Mars is in another adverse ‘
planetary war’ conjunct within one degree from both Mercury
MONDAY, MAY 30-TUESDAY, MAY 31
As a partial solar eclipse on Wednesday, June 1 swiftly ap-proaches, this is a time to hold off on important practical
beginnings of all kinds and to embrace simplicity and the
uplifting company of kind and sensible friends. LAYOGA
Tamiko Fischer is available for Vedic astrological chart readings and welcomes your
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The astrological forecast for May is based upon the Panchanga (Vedic calendar) whose five limbs include: 1. Day of the week (Vara) 2. Day in the lunar cycle (Tithi) 3. half-day in
the lunar cycle (Karana) 4. zodiacal position of the Moon in lunar mansion (Nakshatra) 5. Relationship between the positions of the Sun and Moon (Yoga).