Moonletter May-June 2023

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 19 May 2023 with the new moon in Taurus and spanning the full moon in Sagittarius on 4 June 2023.


New Moon in Taurus – 19 May 


This new moon in Taurus, in fact right at the end of Taurus is conjunct a far-out solar system body by the name of Sedna. She was an Inuit woman who was betrayed by her family and ended up at the bottom of the sea as the goddess-guardian of the whales, seals and other sea creatures. Hunters would have to beg her to release one of her creatures so that they could feed their families and survive. Sedna, the dwarf planet has an orbital period of 10,000 to 11,000 years which means that the last time she was in the same position in the solar system in relation to Earth was at the end of the last ice age. Her issues lie beyond the human lifetime, beyond even the lifetime of civilisations; they relate to the hard realities of species survival – our own species as well as other species.

Sedna conjunct the new moon brings environmental issues into conscious awareness. But in this situation she looks to be a positive influence. How can that be? Well, the rest of the new moon chart is focussed around an unstable pattern known as a T-square. Mars and Pluto are opposite each other, in Roman mythology – Mars the god of war and Pluto the god of the underworld. The urge is for dominance and control in whatever arena: in relationships, in business, in politics. This energy is also being ramped up by a tense angle from Jupiter. Jupiter expands and amplifies whatever it contacts. In its positive mode, it teaches, it encourages – but it can push a situation over the top. Plus, Jupiter is backed by the moon’s north node which suggests that karma is at play and ancient grudges are driving the game.

In the middle of all this, Sedna acts as a force for good. Reminding us that whatever conflicts are happening, driven by whatever attempts at dominance and control, it is necessary to bear in mind our relationship to the planet and our survival as a species.

The T-square at the new moon has a balance point at the beginning of Scorpio. A balance point is an empty point in the chart that requires filling in order to achieve stability. This suggests that around the time of the new moon those with Scorpio figured in their charts (sun, moon or ascendant) may be called upon to hold the fort. Scorpio’s strength is sheer will-power, either by the power of doing or by the power of non-doing – for example, ignoring provocation, forgoing revenge. It also means not taking it out on yourself or beating yourself up. This is part of Scorpio’s learning to control the will. The other fixed signs, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius need to bear this in mind as well.

There’s help also in easing the tension at the new moon from a positive angle from Neptune in Pisces. Neptune as the planet of imagination is known for its sensitivity and the ability to put up a smokescreen to hide intentions. Neptune’s strength is the ability to manifest positive outcomes through affirmations, visualisation and positive thinking.

Full Moon in Sagittarius – 4 June 


By the time of the full moon in Sagittarius, things are a lot less conflictual. The sky has moved on and Pluto is no longer in opposition to Mars, rather it is in opposition to Venus. However, while Venus is usually characterised as the planet of love, looking deeper (Pluto always demands we look deeper), she is the planet of our sense of value, of what we hold dear. This can mean in the financial sense of investments, asset value, net worth etc. It can also mean what I am prepared to fight for and as Venus is in the sign of Cancer, what I am prepared to defend. Remember however, that whatever Pluto takes away, it always returns ten-fold.

Another manifestation of Pluto-Venus aspects can be passionate involvement in relationships. And with karma as part of the mix, a relationship could take on a karmic quality. But just because you feel an ‘I’ve met you before’, is no need to get involved again. Just note and recognize the connection and move on.

This karmic direction, as shown by the moon’s north node is towards Taurus, the sign of peaceful resolution. So, in this situation, it’s necessary to know what I have to surrender in order to maintain peace. The general atmosphere at the full moon is still tense, but tense in a different way from the new moon and with the moon in the sign of Sagittarius, we have a chance to move towards resolution by becoming aware of the bigger picture.

In general, and over the next few months we’re in a time of transition and transformation. Things need to end for new things to begin. The best way is to move with and adapt to the changes, letting go of the negative energies of the past and by accepting the process even if the way forward is not yet clear. If you try and resist, change will be forced upon you anyway and that will be more painful.

Go well and stay well


Painting of the Ascension of Christ from the Orthodox Christian tradition
Ascension of Christ from Orthodox Christian tradition

Key Dates this month:

15-MayMercury turns direct in Taurus
16-MayJupiter enters Taurus
18-MayJupiter squares Pluto
Christians celebrate Ascension Day
19-MayNew Moon in Taurus15:54
21-MaySun enters Gemini07:10
Mars opposite Pluto
25 – 27 MayJews celebrate Festival of Shavuot
28-MayChristians celebrate Pentecost (Whitsun)
04-JunFull Moon in Sagittarius03:41
11-JunPluto retrogrades back into Capricorn
17-JunSaturn turns retrograde in Pisces
18-JunNew Moon in Gemini04:38
19-JunJupiter sextiles Saturn
21-JunSun enters Cancer – Summer Solstice14:59
Pagans and Wiccans celebrate midsummer

All Key Date times are GMT


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