The new Moon in May is also a Solar Eclipse. This confuses the energy as eclipses portend endings, not new growth. The Moon is in Gemini, a barren sign. Beneficent Jupiter will move into Gemini on June 11 and will bestow gifts of ideas and fluent communication, not earthiness and fertility as he did the past year. You will have to water more this month and use more compost to feed your plants.
Venus is now moving backwards in Gemini and will continue to do so this whole month. Venus rules gardens, flowers, fields and meadows, vineyards and orchards, all of botany and horticulture in general. She is the gardener’s friend but now she is in a barren sign and taking some time off. You need to get used to this change in fertility and that seedlings and plants need more help to grow right now.
This is a month to review and redo, not innovate. Give thoughts to the design of your garden and yard but don’t make any radical changes, as you probably won’t like them later on. Don’t spend big money on landscaping and plants for the same reason. It is a great time to think, plan, and gather information but not to act.
Very Good Days:
May – 23, 24, 25, 31
June – 1, 2
June – 5, 6, ½ 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16
May – 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28,
June – 3, 4, 7, 8, morning of 9, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19
About this column: Arlan Wise is a professional consulting astrologer. She does chart readings in person and on the phone and on Skype. She is available to teach classes, lecture, and tutor on a wide range of astrological topics. She travels round the country holding writing workshops for astrologers. The Astrology of Gardening will be published with the new moon and will feature that moon’s preferred planting days, as well as gardening tips and advice. You can learn more from Arlan at her website: www.arlanwise.com