Moonletter May 2020

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on April 23rd 2020 with the new moon in Taurus, and spanning the full moon in Scorpio on May 7th, 2020.

New Moon in Taurus – 23 April

The new moon in Taurus is backed up by Uranus, the planet of radical change. Taurus is about material possessions and values, so this change requires a shift in inner attitude towards material possessions. It’s not just a personal matter, it’s also collective as Uranus is a transpersonal planet. What is important to me / to us? What does money mean to me / to us? What are my / our resources? How do I / we manage them?

Meanwhile in Capricorn, Jupiter and Pluto have made the first of their three conjunctions (5th April). And there are two more to come this year, 30th June and 12th November. These conjunctions are about becoming aware of the full impact of the changes that we’re going through – the increasing awareness that there is no going back to how things were; no return to what we have been given to think of as ‘normal’.

In addition, we’re seeing another side of Capricorn, the face of social control. Capricorn’s remit is the social structure as it is upheld by the rule of law, the fundamentals that sit in the background for most of us, most of the time. Now they have become issues that we confront every time we go out.

All this is going on in the earth signs, the signs that deal with the practicalities of life and material reality. But earth needs water to balance it and at the new moon, the only planet in the water element is Neptune in its own sign of Pisces.

Pisces doesn’t do boundaries very well. The fish is in the sea or river of emotion. That’s its world. You cannot ask a fish to ‘bubble up’, to protect itself against whatever is in the water. Each of us has to be aware how much news we can take in without going into overload. And dare I say to value the solitude as a way of coming back to ourselves.


Full Moon in Scorpio – 7 May

The full moon in Scorpio shows us another side of Neptune; not the paranoid side that gives credence to conspiracy theories (I’m not naming them as I do not wish to add any more BS to the world), but as the planet of imagination, enabling us to see beyond the current situation, to imagine new possibilities and a positive outcome to the crisis.

Scorpio gives us the acuity to do this and also the courage to look at the immensity of the task before us. It’s also helped by Mercury close to the sun in Taurus in an easy angle to Pluto, granting us the power to think what was previously unthinkable, to speak one’s truth and the truth of the situation in which we find ourselves. Mercury is the psychopomp, the guide leading us to a new state of awareness.


Key Dates this month:

19-AprSun enters Taurus14:47
22-AprEarth Day
23-AprNew Moon in Taurus02:27
24-AprFast of Ramadan begins for Muslims
25-AprPluto turns retrograde in Capricorn
01-MayLabour Day
Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Beltane
07-MayFull Moon in Scorpio10:45
11-MaySaturn turns retrograde in Aquarius
13-MayVenus turns retrograde in Gemini until June 25th
Mars enters Pisces
14-MayJupiter turns retrograde in Capricorn
20-MaySun Enters Gemini13:50
22-MayNew Moon in Gemini17:40
23-MayMuslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr, the end of Ramadan

All Key Date times are GMT

Saturn in Aquarius – some preliminary thoughts

Saturn left Capricorn and moved into Aquarius on 22nd March. It has just popped in for a quick visit, turning retrograde on 11th May and tracking back into Capricorn on 1st June. It then moves properly into Aquarius on 17th December. This quick visit gives us a preview of its influence in Aquarius.

In our own birthcharts, the sign that Saturn is in tells us where we must get real and take responsibility. It does this by limiting us. By putting us under pressure. The pressure we are under is what we have to carry. It is our responsibility and nobody else can do it for us. More than that, it is more than just personal responsibility, it’s what we have to carry in this world with our attitudes, our words and our deeds. We may reject this responsibility, hide from it in fear, look for cop-outs. But when we accept it, that is when we can carry our bit of the world and find our place in the scheme of things.

Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn is charged with the responsibility for the structures of society, the hierarchies of government, bureaucracy and business, the rules and regulations that keep things going. In medical astrology, Saturn rules the skeleton.

The pressure that Saturn has placed, is placing on these structures, deepened and intensified by the influence of Pluto is showing us the cracks in the system, the fault lines in our societies: the obscene inequalities of wealth, the corruption, the triumph of ideology over pragmatism, in some cases the despotism, the institutionalised criminality, the incompetence and callousness of governments and businesses.

While Capricorn is concerned with the system, Aquarius is concerned with the world. It deals with democracy and community. In medical terms (always a useful metaphor) Aquarius deals with the circulatory systems, the flow of blood and energy to all parts of the body and by analogy, the flow of resources to all parts of society. Not in a top-down, exclusive, rule-based Capricornian way, but from the community level.

Saturn in Aquarius places on us the responsibility to be part of the community as we move towards a more accepting, fluid, inclusive mindset that encourages social justice on every level, for every member of society. For as the virus is ruthlessly democratic regarding who it infects, so must our response be based on democracy.


I cannot predict when the current crisis will end. My own hopes and fears are too involved. Besides, my astrological understanding, such as it is, allows me to translate the play of planetary energies into meanings rather than actual events. Just to repeat, there is no going back to how things were; no return to what we have been given to think of as ‘normal’.

Thanks to Bev for sparking some of these ideas and to EP for additional material.

Go well and stay well



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