Americans will require the patience of Taurus the Bull to endure not just long weeks of quarantine and social isolation, but the escalating information and dis-information wars between cautious pragmatists and panicky risk-takers during May.
The Sun and Mercury in Taurus rely on solid facts, while the transit of Venus through information-junkie Gemini, and her square to dreamy, imaginative, and easily deluded Neptune in Pisces May 3 makes sparkly promises, dangling glimmering pearls of hope just overhead. Those lustrous promises will either come to pass or be exposed as faux by month's end.
May 7's Full Moon in Scorpio, the sign associated with the realms of death and the thin line between this life and the next, exposes the vast panoply of loss we've collectively suffered. Sun in Taurus trine Jupiter in Capricorn May 17 facilitates shared grief, collective resolve, and the healing energy of a common experience, building bonds not easily broken when the crisis abates.
May's greatest danger is restless energy and the temptation to succumb to impatience, especially in lovely weather. The planetary transits of May 20–29 will require tremendous self-control on the part of the population; if we've flattened the curve by then, resuming public life too soon will spike the curve, sending us all back into quarantine.
The challenge is distinguishing real information from wishful thinking, and the planetary mashup between Mercury and Venus in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces on the Gemini New Moon May 22 is less than helpful, bringing data without discernment, information without interpretation, or worse yet, skewed interpretation by those with an agenda to promote. Mars/Uranus sextile May 25 may bring surprising positive news. May sanity prevail and may our collective sacrifice pay off not be in vain. May we use May's celestial energies to Do the Right Thing.