Today is Monday, May 1, 2017
Hebrew date is 5 Iyyar 5777
Islamic date is 5 Sha’ban 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 10 Eb’
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.12
Julian Day is 2457875
Today’s Birthdays: Jules Breton (1827-1906), Emily Stowe (1831-1903), Marcel Prevost (1862-1941), Walter Susskind (1913-1980), Glenn Ford (1916-2006), Joseph Heller (1923-1999), Scott Carpenter (1925-2013), Little Walter (1930-1968), Una Stubbs (1937), Judy Collins (1939), Charlie Allen (1942-1990), Joanna Lumley (1946), Ray Parker, Jr. (1954), Wes Anderson (1969), Julie Benz (1972), Drew Sidora (1985), Nicholas Braun (1988).
“Everyone in my book accuses everyone else of being crazy. Frankly, I think the whole society is nuts — and the question is: What does a sane man do in an insane society?”
— Joseph Heller
This Should be an Interesting Week
Many times reading natal charts, I’ve looked at the planets and thought: that must have been an interesting week to be alive.
We have just such a week coming up. The essence is that Mercury is stationing direct tucked right into the Uranus-Eris conjunction. The graphic to the right will give you an idea what that looks like.
Toward the top are three planets, one red, one green and one blue. The red one is Eris, which takes 558 Earth years to orbit the Sun once. (It’s also approximately 100 times the Earth-Sun distance from us — properly stated as 97 AU or astronomical units.)
The one in green is Mercury, which orbits the Sun in about 88 Earth days. In this diagram, it’s in its exact position of stationing direct. Then right next to that is Uranus, which takes about 84 Earth years to orbit the Sun once.
Note that Mercury is not merely passing through the territory. It’s doing a rare thing, which is stationing direct right in the crevice of Uranus-Eris. Before long this conjunction will be a memory, though we’ll still be living with its results for many years to come.
Yet this is a week when some of the underlying nature of the conjunction can manifest for us on the personal level. So while you might review all the usual precautions for how to handle Mercury retrograde, which can be especially intense the week of the station-direct, this is a time to keep your mind on large things.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Waxing Crescent phase and enters First Quarter phase on May 2-3 at 7:47 pm PDT / 10:47 pm EDT (02:46:47 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Scorpio on May 10 at 2:42 pm PDT / 5:42 pm EDT (21:42:25 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Gemini on May 25 at 12:44 pm PDT / 3:44 pm EDT (19:44:23 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Cancer and enters Leo tonight at 9:12 pm PDT / 12:12 am May 2 EDT (04:11:49 UTC).
Sun Degree: 11-12 Taurus.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Sun trine Amycus at 1:25 am PDT / 4:25 am EDT (08:24:41 UTC).
— Venus conjunct Salacia at noon PDT / 3:00 pm EDT (19:00:02 UTC).
— Mars square Orcus at 1:16 pm PDT / 4:16 pm EDT (20:16:33 UTC), and Nessus at 2:28 pm PDT / 5:28 pm EDT (21:27:59 UTC).
If Your Birthday is May 1
(The Day of Ironic Insight) | Taurus Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Emotional turbulence is rarely what it seems; often you can feel something on one level and you discover it was something else entirely. Let that thought guide you this year, as you go through some interesting, even exciting changes, in both circumstance and in temperament. The more you express yourself, the better you’ll understand yourself.
Written in the Planets
Aspects by Mars today afford an opportunity to confront and overcome certain challenges with roots in the past. That will likely give you additional freedom to steer your life in the direction you need to go. What this requires is knowledge of the facts. Problems cannot be solved until they are fully understood. Likewise, in order to follow the path best suited to you, it helps to be clear what that is and why. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde, and take all the time you need.