Today is Monday, May 15, 2017
Hebrew date is 19 Iyyar 5777
Islamic date is 19 Sha’ban 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 11 Kimi
Mayan Long Count is 188.8.131.52.6
Julian Day is 2457889
Today’s Birthdays: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824), L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), Pierre Curie (1859-1906), Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), Ida Rhodes (1900-1986), Hilda Bernstein (1915-2006), Roy Stewart (1925-2008), Madeleine Albright (1937), Nancy Garden (1938-2014), Lenny Welch (1938), Freddie Perren (1943-2004), Brian Eno (1948), Mike Oldfield (1953), Rob Bowman (1960), Greg Wise (1966), Emmitt Smith (1969), Richard Blackwood (1972), David Krumholtz (1978), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (1981), Alexandra Breckenridge (1982).
“The arts do live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their names and their shapes and their uses and their basic meanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and the societies, even the very civilization that produced them. They cannot be destroyed altogether because they represent the substance of faith and the only reality.”
— Katherine Anne Porter
Let Your Body Talk — and Then Listen
We’re now in the last several days of solar Taurus. Fittingly, this week’s more prominent astrology is keeping some focus on the body; specifically, the role your body has in keeping you informed of the less tangible facets of your being — and your body’s ability to point you in the direction of healing and growth.
For instance, your solar plexus might heat up or feel ‘tingly’ or tight in certain types of interactions — such as when you’re giving up your power; or when you’re taking on someone else’s emotional baggage via guilt, self-criticism or the need for their approval.
Or consider chronically tight trapezius and neck muscles: while it might be due to bad posture at the computer, this could also manifest from a pattern of living someone else’s expectations and the tension that induces. Other examples abound, such as difficulty breathing or an upset stomach.
The Sun enters Gemini — a more mentally oriented sign — at the end of this week, on Saturday at 4:31 pm EDT (20:31 UTC). Gemini is the last sign of the current season. But before we get there, the Taurus Sun makes an auspicious and potentially very useful aspect to Chiron in Pisces.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Disseminating (waning gibbous) phase and enters Last Quarter phase on May 18-19 at 5:33 pm PDT / 8:33 pm EDT (00:32:44 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Gemini on May 25 at 12:44 pm PDT / 3:44 pm EDT (19:44:23 UTC).
Corresponding Full Moon in Sagittarius is on June 9 at 6:09 am PDT / 9:09 am EDT (13:09:31 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Capricorn and enters Aquarius on May 16 at 10:50 am PDT / 1:50 pm EDT (17:49:44 UTC).
Sun Degree: 25-26 Taurus.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Sun sextile Thereus at 9:13 pm May 14 PDT / 12:13 am EDT (04:13:26 UTC), and Manwe at 5:15 am PDT / 8:15 am EDT (12:15:30 UTC).
— Venus square Amycus at 1:58 pm PDT / 4:58 pm EDT (20:58:35 UTC).
— Venus semi-square Sedna at 2:18 pm PDT / 5:18 pm EDT (21:17:50 UTC).
— Sun square Rhiphonos at 3:10 pm PDT / 6:10 pm EDT (22:09:56 UTC).
If Your Birthday is May 15
(The Day of the Dreamweavers) | Taurus Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You appear to be stepping into some form of leadership role, probably because someone has noticed your competence. The recognition is no more than you’ve earned. If you feel unsure, take things a step at a time and allow yourself to adjust slowly to the added responsibility. You’ll still be you at the end of the process. Also, keeping an eye on your work-life balance may be wise.
Written in the Planets
The North Node has changed signs for the first time since November 2015. Mercury and the Sun are also both set to change signs this week. Amid all that, it would not be surprising if you’re feeling somewhat uncertain. One possible way of dealing with this is to attempt to understand what’s happening as clearly as you can. You may also trust your intuition, as well as your core principles; though to some extent the proof of these changes will be in their result. Go easy on yourself; but also stay aware as things progress.