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Monthly Astrological Insights for May 2020
Date Posted: April 30, 2020

The manifestation of the Pluto's ingress in Capricorn and the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in sidereal Capricorn will continue to be reflected in painful, fearful and destructive world events (especially the Covid-19 outbreak, natural as well as man-made calamities, unfortunate deaths, violence, senseless killings, etc.,). The posting of March 17, 2020 on Coronavirus outbreak underscores the Pluto's Capricorn ingress.

The physical, social, political and economical  turmoil, especially in the United States will likely to continue during the entire month and beyond, especially due to the president Trump's governing style in uncertain political, economical and social environment. 

As I have alluded a few silver linings (drastic reduction in air pollution worldwide, improving the air quality, and perhaps favorably influencing the climate change fallouts) in the midst of this crisis in my last posting and a wake up call triggered by the Covid-19 crisis for us to reflect on where we are in our journey of human evolution, it seems to me that since the Pluto's ingress in Capricorn (February 13) the glimpse that it had provided us over last two and half months of what to come when Pluto returns to Capricorn by the end of 2020 (after being retrograde and returning to Sagittarius July 3 through December 26, 2020) to stay in Capricorn for next 19-20 years. 

One thing is certain.  As a result of Covid-19 experience and the wake up call it triggered, going forward, our life styles are very likely to be transformed and (hopefully) more aligned with "Nature".  The fact that people still reluctant to engage in going back to normal life even after the Covid-19 related restrictions are relaxed, suggests that people's perception about the "norms" of healthy and happy living might have been transformed.  Only the time will tell how far this transformation process will last.

Besides Pluto's ingress in Capricorn other important planetary aspects for May are:  Jupiter-Pluto conjunction and retrograde Venus as detailed below.

Jupiter's brief entry in sidereal Capricorn on Mar 29, 20 (Mar 29 - July 1)

On March 29, 2020, Jupiter entered Capricorn, it becomes retrograde in Capricorn on May 11 and with its retrograde motion returns to Sagittarius on July 1, 2020. Thereafter, it stays in Sagittarius until November 20, 2020. While in Capricorn, being a cardinal and earth sign ruled by Saturn, Jupiter in Capricorn (despite debilitated in Capricorn) has a tendency to enhance material prosperity of those who have well placed and well connected Saturn and Jupiter in their birth charts while others likely to experience their prosperity diminish.  However, given the Pluto's presence in Capricorn, the rate of destruction of material wealth far outweighs the material prosperity of Capricorn Jupiter.

 During this period of March 20 - July 1, 2020,  the influence of contemporary philosophers on society will shape the future direction of our social evolution through the philosophical and metaphysical debates. 

Since Jupiter will be in conjunction with Pluto during March 27 - April 15, 2020 in Capricorn, the possibility of a severe religious or morality crisis as well as financial crisis are very likely.  Certainly, the way we have the religious and morality based norms today will be challenged by the new forces of human evolution. And the world financial markets will exhibit unprecedented volatility.  The contemporary philosophers, reformers, industrialists, scientists, and all those who have power to influence people with their unique intelligence based talents will enjoy this period to its fullest.

Retrograde Venus  (May 13 - June 25)

On May 13, 2020 Venus becomes retrograde and remains in sidereal Taurus till it becomes direct on June 25.  Venus stays in Taurus all the time while retrograde. Venus becomes retrograde about once every 19 months, and stays retrograde for about six weeks.  On the 1st of August Venus enters sidereal Gemini. Venus transits through Taurus from March 28 through August 1, 2020.

In general, a retrograde Venus in Taurus (a sign ruled by Venus) means a very challenging period for women, marriages, home life, lovers, entertainment industries. During the retrograde period, expect the divorce rates to peak, fighting between spouses to intensify, and delays, frustrations, and misunderstandings to take a center-stage in domestic matters. Taurus being the earth sign (money matters, hard work) the retrograde Venus in Taurus also means challenges for entrepreneurs, blue class workers, small businesses (especially owned by women), restaurant and hotel owners; and also precious stones and jewelry business owners.

If you have a dominating Venus in your birth chart, and if your current planetary cycle influences your life via Venus then you are more likely to experience the effects of the retrograde Venus during May 13 - June 15. The entertainers like actors, actresses, musicians, comedians, movie directors and producers, entrepreneurs, blue class workers, small businesses (especially owned by women), restaurant and hotel owners; and precious stones and jewelry business owners may find themselves in a miserable situation during the retrograde Venus period especially if they are currently being influenced by Venus through their current progressive cycles.

 

About President Donald Trump and his current challenges

President Trump's operating planets (the planets that presently active for him) for May continue to be Saturn and Venus. And they will continue to be operating planets for him for several more years. In addition, Sun remains operating planet until May 10; and Neptune becomes operating planet thereafter.

During May Saturn will be in the sidereal Capricorn, in the eighth house  of his Gochar (transit) chart.  Saturn becomes retrograde on May 11. In his ninefold Gochar (transit) chart, Saturn will be in the 10th house for the entire month. Venus will be in sidereal Taurus (the 12th house of his Gochar Chart) for the entire month too. 

From Dasa standpoint, Saturn continues to be unfavorable, being in the eighth house of his Gochar (transit) and in the 10th house of his ninefold Gochar (transit) chart.  As a result, President Trump becomes self-destructive and continues to face challenges in dealing with his friends and adversaries alike. In addition to be frustrated and depressed, he is likely to be in the company of wrong people. In light of the on going Coronavirus crisis, he will continue to have friction with his cabinet members, members of the Coronavirus task force and political adversaries. Furthermore, he will be dealing with his self-created feud with congress men and women and others.  Overall chaos, fear,  confusion and disappointment will continue to dominate to describe his political experiences.

The manifestation of the 12th house resident transiting Venus is likely to be unfavorable for him when it comes to dealing with women and his personal finances. While the 11th house resident Aries Sun is favorable for him from political gains and success standpoint till May 10, after may 10, the 9th house resident Aquarius Neptune and the 12th house resident ninefold Neptune in his Gochar (transit) charts will likely to create deceptive atmosphere around him (either created by himself or some of the people  surrounding him)

The most severe challenge that has been going on since March is due to the opposition of transiting Pluto to his natal Saturn. During May it is likely to become more intensive than the previous month for him (due to Pluto turning retrograde in the 8th house of his Gochar (transit) chart) from governing the country standpoint for he would likely to be overwhelmed by defeat and humiliation due to his eccentric behavior.

Thus, during May, the challenging transit of Saturn will continue to present very intensive and painful time for him.  And the opposition of the transiting Pluto to his natal Saturn will certainly continue to create explosive political climate, governing failures, mishandling of coronavirus crisis, and therefore, resulting in  yet another trying and frustrating month.

However, when one looks at the close conjunction of Sun and Rahu, and Rahu and Uranus in the 10th house of his natal chart,  and Moon in very close conjunction with the lunar node Ketu in the 4th house of his natal chart, it's not surprising why he operates the way he does.  It seems to me, he is totally driven by the country's (USA) destiny (at least at this point in history) which is very closely tied with his own due to the Rahu-Uranus conjunction in the 10th house of his natal chart. 

It's the reflection of what collectively the country (USA) as a whole is going through at this point in time. Perhaps, it's a part of painful process of transformation and discovery of the next phase of its evolution, as reflected in constant churning (and becoming aware of them) of our die hard social prejudices and inherent, deeply rooted biases. If the country's destiny is at the crossroad of "CHANGE" at this point in history, that will certainly be reflected in political events of May. Perhaps, it seems more and more likely that the Coronavirus outbreak and its ultimate toll on Americans finally may bring that "CHANGE". 

 

Global Insights........

The important challenging planetary configurations for May include 

Uranus-Jupiter (Apr 8 - May 13) and Neptune-Rahu (May 18-26) ninefold oppositions; Saturn-Rahu (Apr 18 - May 17) quincunx; Pluto-Uranus (May 19-28) and Uranus-Saturn (May 24 - June 1) ninefold quincunxes; Saturn-Rahu/Ketu (Apr 26 - May 4) ninefold squares.

The Uranus-Jupiter (Apr 8 - May 13) ninefold opposition may become responsible for challenges the world religions (or religious leaders) must face with earthshaking ideas. Those religious leaders, who are willing to be open minded and ready to listen and act on new and fresh ideas, are the ones that going to be responsible to transform our religious world to a new level. Others will fade away with time. The new age philosophers are likely to emerge as lead contemporary philosophers.

The manifestation of the Neptune-Rahu (May 18-26) ninefold opposition may be reflected in social as well political turmoil in Russia and China. Covert activities around the world may find a new momentum (but because of Neptune's secretive character we may never know) with regard to coronavirus and other international conflicts.

The Saturn-Rahu (Apr 18 - May 17) quincunx may become responsible for political or social unrest in China or Russia (or both) and for the Republican Party and Republicans including President Trump in the United State. Also, USA and China may go through a crisis situation during this period.

The Pluto-Uranus (May 19-28) ninefold quincunx may become cause for a unique change in the way the current US administration deals with other nations with respect to its international agenda, and also with its domestic matters. There will be a transformation of a political strategy that might become responsible of a change in the current political agenda, and foreign policy matters of the Trump administration as the planet Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power of irreversibly transforming the field of politics to a new level or setting with a new set of norms. Expect some serious issues that the Trump administration could get tangled with.

The manifestation of the Uranus-Saturn (May 24 - June 1) ninefold quincunx may be reflected in social or political turmoil in the USA, Russia and/or China, as well as increased tensions among these nations.

The Saturn-Rahu/Ketu ninefold squares (Apr 26 - May 4) may become responsible for rise in barbaric activities all around the world. Terrorists are likely to be successful in creating confusion and chaos. Social turmoil in Europe and Russia is likely. Religious activities could get stalled for no apparent reason.

 

The important auspicious planetary configuration for May include Neptune-Jupiter (Apr 19 - May 24) ninefold trine; Pluto-Saturn (April 12 -May 7), Neptune-Uranus (April 20 - May 11), Rahu-Jupiter (May 19 - June 13) and Pluto-Saturn (May 26 - June 21) ninefold sextiles.

The manifestation of the Neptune-Jupiter (Apr 19 - May 24) ninefold trine may be reflected in positive changes occurring in religious, academic, and social fields.

The Pluto-Saturn (Apr 12 - May 7) ninefold sextile may become responsible for improvement in European and Russian economy, progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.

The Neptune-Uranus (Apr 20 - May 11) ninefold sextile may mean an extraordinary time for collective spiritual growth, technological discoveries and inventions.  Expect some new important technological breakthroughs during this month. For the United States, in general, it's going to be a remarkable and very successful period

The Rahu-Jupiter (May 19 - June 13) ninefold sextile is likely to be responsible for religions around the world enjoying positive experiences. People will likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values and will have no difficulty in maintaining their religious faith. 

The manifestation of the Pluto-Saturn (May 26 - June 21) ninefold sextile may be reflected in improvement in European and Russian economy, progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are: mostly all most all countries, but particularly United States, China,  Europe, Russia and Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Palestine-Israel regions).

 

      Natural and Man-made Calamities........

      The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as man made accidents are likely to occur through the entire month, more specifically during May 1-31

      Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model V, the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on May 4, 9-13, 15-17, 19, 21-23, 27-31. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2020 are provided at Earthquake Predictions 2020

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires