ASTRONOMY

Virgo rises this spring, ready to sow the seeds that will later bear the fruit of the harvest season of which she reigns. Virgo is large, the second largest constellation in the sky, in fact. Since Babylonian times, this constellation has been associated with grain and the crops of the earth. In fact, its brightest star, Spica, means “ear of grain” in Latin. Located between the Leo and Libra constellations, Virgo bears the distinction of holding the point where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect. That means it is most easily found by locating Spica, which has a distinctly blue color. An old astronomer’s turn of phrase will help — from the handle of the Big Dipper, “arc to Arcturus, then straight on to Spica.” The rest of the stars in this constellation are fainter; however, on a dark night you can see that the Celestial Maiden appears to lie across the sky, with a rectangular body of which Spica forms the lower hip. Two legs and two arms protrude from each corner. In May, Virgo appears in the southeastern sky at sunset. Look for the moon to pass by Spica on the evenings of May 19 and 20.

ASTROLOGY

After all the celestial commotion of April, May is a relatively benign month in terms of astrological transits. The cluster of planets in the sky begins to loosen, and with this movement comes more conversation. The main event of the month is Jupiter’s ingress into the sign of Gemini, after a year in Taurus. At first glance, Jupiter is well suited to the mutable air sign. Both are associated with the mental realm and share a convivial nature. However, Jupiter actually rules Gemini’s opposing sign, Sagittarius. Jupiter’s quest for an overarching philosophy can become distracted in Gemini, which is constantly looking for new perspectives. Jupiter in Gemini points to our social network as the key to success, but only when it aligns with our true path. Indecisiveness can thwart our goals if left unchecked. Remember there is more to you than the mind. Use the breath as a gauge, check in with the compass of the heart and the North Star of the soul when you find yourself vacillating upon which direction to take.


~ Dawn Andreoni is a yoga teacher and astrologer. You can find out more about her offerings at celestialdawnastrology.com or follow her at facebook.com/astronotions.