This is the "Care and feeding of a New World Age" report for Gregorian date of April 23rd 2016 and 1 – Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with Mercury turning retrograde, and Venus entering Taurus.
April 23rd is 1 – Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm carries the themes of rain, wind, lightning, giver of life, the cycles of the moon, the feminine, the warmth of home while inclement weather rages outside, purification, nourishment, compassion, emotions, seeing challenges as blessings, healing through the release of ego, clouds pregnant with rain followed by a flash of lightning and the release of the storm that cleanses the earth to prepare for new consciousness. This thirteen day period would be an important time to focus on what is truly important in life and hold loosely those things that are a distraction to your essence. Allow the waters of the storm trecena to wash away the false pride and rigid thinking to create fertile ground for the growth of your integrated and authentic self.
Since we begin a new Gregorian month during this trecena, I thought I'd discuss the metaphysics of the upcoming month. May is the fifth month and with the digits for 2016, when added together we get 14, then we add 1 + 4 to tell us that this is a fourteen/five month in numerology. Basic numerology reduces numbers to one through nine, so when we think about that arc the 5 represents a time of major shifts and breakthroughs as the 5 represents the peak of the numerological cycle such as reaching the top of the mountain and having a view of the upcoming descent down the other side of the 9 month cycle. Jupiter turns direct on the 9th which brings us opportunities that are the result of our review of how we are of service and how we have been organized over the past four months. Mercury turns direct on the 22nd supports the implementation of a new direction based on the information and experiences we were exposed to in April. A five month brings new opportunities, options, and choices through our creativity. The fourteen/five combination are represented by the Art/Temperance and the Hierophant in the Tarot cards, which is about integration of opposites to discover the ground that transcends them both, which we bring forth as teachers, who learn from what we share and the experience of those who honor us by implementing our guidance in their lives. This Ken Wilbur quote from No Boundaries provides a description of the Art/Temperance archetype, "The point is...to unify and harmonizes opposites both positive and negative, by discovering the ground that transcends them both." From the Course in Miracles comes this quote for the Hierophant, "'As you teach so will you learn.' If that is true, and it is true indeed, don't forget that what you teach is teaching you." So this May represents a breakthrough on many levels including integrating opposites and learning through teaching.
Before I get into the daily energy for 1 – Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm, on the 23rd all the planets appear to be moving forward from our vantage point on Earth, except Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto which appear to move retrograde or in reverse motion. Remember the themes of retrograde planets are the review the past, re-evaluate, reminisce and we can see these themes being played out. Mars representing drive and aggression, is in Sagittarius. Mars will retrograde back into Scorpio, the sign of its traditional rulership on May 27th. Retrograde Mars in Sagittarius has us reviewing our drives related to our beliefs, and in Scorpio the ethics of our actions are reviewed. Retrograde Mars can cause frustration as our energy to get things done is retarded, which can lead to irritability and aggression. Jupiter was the king of the gods, and the planet is about good fortune, opportunities, faith, religion, beliefs and expansion. Jupiter is in Virgo and Virgo is about organization, health, and service. Mostly what I find with Jupiter retrograde, as with any retrograde cycle there is a review of the past, and with Jupiter what gets reviewed are missed opportunities. Retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius delays success until perseverance and patience are learned. Sagittarius themes are travel, education, adventure, expanding our horizons, and planning for upcoming experiences. Saturn brings the details to the grand overview of Sagittarius. Saturn retrograde is a task master that demands we take responsibility to review our beliefs while in Sagittarius. Pluto the planet of transformation through a death and rebirth cycle, is retrograde, which is about reviewing the past, and is a time of releasing anything from the past that is a burden to our new path. Pluto represents death, completion, and in Capricorn, the breakdown of structures, to bring about transformation.
The big change in the Storm trecena is Mercury changing directions, as it moves retrograde on the 28th and direct on May 22nd, so the end of the month would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. That may seem impossible, so if you can avoid these activities a few days before and after Mercury changing directions on the 28th and May 22nd, when the energy is at its most potent, would be beneficial. Mercury retrogrades force us to slow down and pay more attention to our lives by making us focus on the details of our daily experience. When looking at a retrograde cycle of any of the personal or inner planets, it provides information about a correction to our present course. During this report period we have Mercury traveling through the first stage of the retrograde process since 4/14. There are two important points to be aware of in looking at the cycle. We look at the point where the planet appears to move backwards and the point where it appears to move forward again. The first stage represents the shadow time between passing 14 degrees Taurus, the point where the planet will eventually begin moving forward again and the point where the planet slows, stops, and begins moving in reverse, 23 degrees Taurus. During the first stage we receive information about needing to adjust our direction. The second stage is the actual retrograde phase and is a time to watch the events that occur related to the information received in the 1st stage. The 3rd stage begins when the planet is moving forward again until crossing the line where it originally turned retrograde. During the 3rd stage we move forward with a revision to our previous course. We entered the 1st stage for Mercury on April 14th, so from then until the 28th, we receive information about an adjustment that needs to be made in our lives. Mercury is retrograde from 4/28 at 23 Taurus until 5/22 at 14 Taurus which will be the time when we will notice events that shift our thinking, and from May 22nd to June 8th, we are in the 3rd stage where we implement the change in direction from the awareness gained through experiencing this process.
If you look at the house of your astrological chart that contains 14 to 23 degrees of Taurus, you can find the theme where you will experience revisions, reviews and rethinking of the characteristics represented by that house. For me it is the twelfth house of secrets, sorrows and self-undoing, the House of Karma, so I expect this cycle to provide new information about completions to prepare for new beginnings. No matter where the Mercury retrograde occurs in your chart, this often leads to changing choices, goals, and directions. In the world, look for the themes of completion through intellectual review of the past particularly related to communications about topics like dependability, security, wealth, love, stubbornness, patience, and being practical when Mercury moves through Taurus. In Taurus Mercury slows down communication and stabilizes thinking to be more practical and constructive. All the remaining Mercury retrogrades in 2016 will be in earth signs: Taurus, Virgo, and finally Capricorn.
At the end of April, Mercury slows down and turns retrograde at 23 degrees Taurus on the 28th. When a planet slows down to a stop from our perspective here on earth, that planet is considered to be at the peak of its power and Mercury being at the peak of its power reminds me that the Greek god Hermes, who the Romans renamed to Mercury, was also the trickster god. He was the messenger of the Gods and if you weren't on his good side you might not get your message or it might be altered to mean something different than was intended. In mythology the trickster is a god, goddess, woman, man, animal or spirit that creates mischief by playing tricks and acting outside of the accepted rules of their community. Joseph Campbell expressed that "Almost all non-literate mythology has a trickster-hero of some kind. . . . And there’s a very special property in the trickster: he always breaks in, just as the unconscious does, to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system. And the trickster represents all those possibilities of life that your mind hasn’t decided it wants to deal with. The mind structures a lifestyle, and the fool or trickster represents another whole range of possibilities. He doesn’t respect the values that you’ve set up for yourself, and smashes them. . . . The fool is the breakthrough of the absolute into the field of controlled social orders." And that is a great description for Mercury retrograde. It also contains a formula for confronting a much more powerful foe. Being cunning over fighting on their terms.
Ok let's look at the daily vibrational energy for this trecena.
April 23rd 2016 is 1 – Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm: unity experienced through recognizing the gifts in adversity in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with the Scorpion Moon the harmony with Pluto and opposed by Mercury bring the environmental emotional energy that changes from having deep emotions finding their way to the surface and felt on a profound level, to later some feeling a real conflict between feelings and reason and others having fruitful expressions of their deeper awareness either internally or with another.
The 24th is 2 – : duality experienced through "ah-how" honoring the wisdom and memory of our ancestors, while the Sagittarius Moon makes no angles, which does not favor major decisions or purchases, but is good to use for resting to assimilate this latest round of energy and experiences.
April 25th is 3 – Imix "e-meesh" or Crocodile: taking action through nurturing new beginnings, while the Moon in Sagittarius merges with Mars and Saturn, and is challenged by Neptune and Jupiter, activating the Mutable T-Square with the energy moving from experiencing irritable moods and critical communications, to later daydreams and fantasies feeling more important than reality, followed by benevolent and generous feelings for those in our immediate environment, and finally wanting to be alone in our thoughts and feelings.
The 26th is 4 – Ik "eek" or Wind: stability through communication, while the Sagittarius Moon finds support from Uranus and Venus which shifts from having the impulse to engage in activities that make us feel more alive, to later enjoying pleasant feelings and social interactions.
April 27th is 5 – Akbal "awk-bol" or Night: empowerment through contemplating the stars, with the Capricorn Moon supported by the Sun and Jupiter, and in harmony with Neptune which changes from feeling a sense of inner harmony which is mirrored in the outside world, to later having a greater sensitivity to others' emotions with possible psychic impressions for those who are open, and finally people having a pleasant sense of well-being.
The 28th is 6 – Kan "con" or Seed or Lizard: being in the flow through planting seeds and making new connections, while Mercury turns retrograde at 23 degrees Taurus. Even folks who don't follow astrology are aware of Mercury's retrograde effect on communication, technology and travel. This begins a time that shifts our review of information below the surface, with a focus on Mercury in Taurus slows down communication and stabilizes thinking to be more practical and constructive. From the 28th to May 22nd would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. The retrograde cycle provides information about a change or correction in our cosmic course. In the context of the retrograde cycle I think of Mercury retracing it's steps back in Taurus to gather information that will be needed to support the tasks and projects that move forward during the peak numerological five month of May when Mercury turns direct. Also on the 28th the Moon in Capricorn merges with Pluto, is challenged Uranus, and finds support from Mercury, which moves from having more intense moods rising to the surface from deep in our psyches, followed by folks acting hasty and jumping to conclusions that may not be correct, and finally being more in touch with our feelings and able to share them with others.
April 29th is 7 Chicchan "chee-chan" or Serpent: reflection through being flexible, with the last Quarter Moon challenged by Venus and the Sun, and in harmony Mars, which shifts from having pleasant energy for being with the others we want to know better, to later stimulating the desire to work independently from others, and finally we encounter challenges to our daily routines.
The 30th is 8 – Cimi "key-mee" or Transformation: balance through releasing what no longer serves us, while Venus enters Taurus which is beneficial because Taurus is more affectionate and sensual than Aries and is one of the signs Venus rules. Being an earth sign there is the realization about the damage a bad relationship can bring, so there is also a caution about entering into love too quickly. This could be a passionate energy that wants to please the significant other or lover. This is also about enjoying the arts and music along with fine food that nourishes body and soul over the next 3 plus weeks. The shift of Venus from Aries to Taurus favors comfort with soothing calm social interactions. Also on the 30th the Aquarius Moon harmonizes with Saturn and Uranus, and is challenged by Mercury, which changes from realistic expectations through being calm and reflective, followed by pleasant yet restless feelings craving emotional excitement to do something outside the daily routine, and finally has folks being critical in their communications particularly with the people they have intimate relationships with.
May 1st is 9 – man-eek" : patience experienced through being of service to others, with the Sun sextiles Neptune which lowers the demands of our egos allowing us to sense other people's energy and circumstances and makes us more willing to help out. This could be positive for fund raising for a charitable organization. This also encourages spiritual and mystical knowledge and experiences through spending time alone in a meditative state, particularly given that energy for physical activities will be lowered. Also on the 1st the Pisces Moon harmonizes the Venus, and is challenged by Mars which moves from wanting to be with friends and the people we love, to later people feeling irritable which could lead to needless disputes.
The 2nd is 10 – Lamat "la-maught" or Star or Rabbit: manifestation through being grateful for abundant relationships, with Mercury sextile Chiron brings understanding to and communication about our healing processes. Also on the 2nd the Moon in Pisces merges with Neptune, harmonizes with the Sun and Pluto, is opposed by Jupiter, and challenged by Saturn, which brings a busy emotional day which shifts from feelings of empathy for those around us, including the possibility of clairvoyance and telepathic experiences for those of us who are sensitive by nature, to feelings of inner and outer equanimity, followed by feelings of generosity, and later people feeling lonely or isolated, and finally experiencing deep emotions on a profound level.
May 3rd is 11 – Muluc "moo-luke" or Offering: resolution through appreciating creation, while the Sun trines Jupiter, which is one of the most positive transits bringing enthusiasm and optimism, it can have the effect of people feeling lazy, but I would encourage folks to use this energy to accomplish something good for yourself. This is a day to project positive energy into the environment that can have some influence on your affairs and accomplishing something you desire. Some will see this as "dumb luck", but this transit has its roots in something that was done in the recent past. This is great energy for making changes in your life without feeling a sense of loss. This is also good for studying something of interest to you, particularly subjects that help us to see the world as a whole. Also on the 3rd the Moon in Pisces harmonizes with Mercury which has people feeling chatty and having numerous conversations.
The 4th is 12 – Oc "awk" or Dog: understanding through enjoying family and friends, while the Moon in Aries finds support from Mars and Saturn, and is challenged by Pluto which changes from feeling a little more confident than usual with the ability to assert ourselves in a positive manner, to later having a sober realistic view of life, and finally having the compulsion to act in ways that may not be good for us in the long run.
May 5th is 13 – Chuen "shoe-in" or Monkey: movement to the next stage through creating something new, with the Moon in Aries merging with Uranus which may have people feeling impulsive and acting rashly, with moods changing quickly and unexpectedly.
So no matter what energies are affecting you during this 1 Storm trecena, take some time to be in the flow of the planet by being in nature, watching a sunrise or sunset, communing with the stars, being conscious of the moment through introspection, meditation or being with someone you love. Every day is a blessing no matter what dramas beckon to distract us. We are all giving the performance of a life time on this world stage, just take some time to observe the play as well as act your part. Remember you are a spiritual being having a human experience.