by Karin Ugander
The month of May has just begun and perhaps you are already feeling the intensity that the time ahead will offer us. We have a Mercury retrograde coming up, a Lunar eclipse in the intense sign of Scorpio, and the always intense and surprising Black Moon Lilith will make her voice heard as she is about to team up with Ceres. But, as always, a lot of energy in motion also means great opportunities for higher awareness and healing. So let’s take a look among the stars and see how we can navigate forward in a wise way.
What’s going on inside the House?
Black Moon Lilith has just entered the sign of Cancer. In the horoscope, the sign of Cancer rules the 4th house and our most private life. This is who we are when we close the door to the outer, more public, world. A person with a Saggitarius 4th house may walk around at home naked amongst exotic plants surrounded by souvenirs from faraway places. Someone with 4th house in Capricorn may live in a mansion, castle, or another kind of public house, always ready for visitors and guests and therefore never really being private in their own home. Someone with a 4th house in Gemini may not be home much at all and live in what others might consider chaos, always on the move, ready for the next adventure with their friends.
And then we have the sign of Cancer ruling the 4th house, the most private of all the signs. With this placement it may be difficult to have strangers coming into the house for renovations, people showing up unannounced. Even mail and deliveries can feel like an intrusion. It may take a long time before a person with the fourth house in Cancer invites you into their home, but once you become their guests they offer friendship, a sanctuary, and a home filled with love, loyalty, and trust.
Now we have Black Moon Lilith (what is hidden) moving into the sign of Cancer. There she will reveal the private secrets no one thought ever would reach the public eye. Opposite the 4th house we have the 10th house, connected to Capricorn that rules the public, also our official face and persona. People who are known in public usually have strong placements in the 10th house.
We can expect the homes of celebrities, royalties, politicians, and the like to be revealed to the public. Private details, secret affairs, and personal likes and dislikes. This may also apply to companies and organizations. Basically, what has been going on behind closed doors may become public.
Do I really want to know?
On the good side of this transit is that what we may call bad or harmful things may be revealed. Wrongdoers being caught in the act so justice can be done. On the other side of this transit we need to ask ourselves if there are secrets perhaps are best left alone, for the sake of people’s right to privacy?
On a personal level this can be things like: Do I really want to know intimate details of my parents’ sex life? Is it important for me to know if my boss or favourite artist is a happy nudist at home? And does it really matter? With Black Moon Lilith we are wise to be careful when consuming news and information. What kind of journalism and social platforms do I support? How and when do I engage in gossip and am I aware when it happens? Do I respect my own and other peoples boundaries and rights to a private sphere? But also, how do I deal with the information about crimes and harmful things taking place behind closed doors?
Both the sign of Cancer and its opposite sign of Capricorn are connected to security, protection, and safety. On a collective plane, Black Moon Lilith’s movement into the sign of Cancer makes weaknesses and blind spots show themselves regarding those things.
What feeds my Soul and what do I feed it with?
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is a very emotionally hungry placement. The Moon in Cancer has an emotional hunger and with Black Moon Lilith it is deeper, darker, and even more intense. To make sense of this we must stop for a moment and ask ourselves the question: What feeds my soul and what do I feed it with? When we have found out what it is that can satisfy the hunger in our souls, we have a responsibility to become self-sufficient.
As children we are totally dependent upon our parents to nourish us, to give us food, protection, and safety. As we grow up, we learn (hopefully) to nourish our own needs and become independent and functional adults. With Black Moon Lilith going even deeper we enter into the realm of the soul, how do we expect the world, religion, organizations, or our spiritual teachers to feed our souls? What do you do when your soul hungers for more energy, connection, and meaning? Do you binge-watch a whole season of something on Netflix? Spend a whole evening on TikTok? Call your ex after a night out on the town? And is this really working out for you? My guess is no, not in the long run.
What if you instead were to meditate deeper? Do a more advanced ceremony? Make the effort to learn more about yourself and the world around you?
This transit with Black Moon Lilith in Cancer can be draining for parents, spiritual teachers, healers, and people involved in community and social work. When Black Moon Lilith is only working in her shadow side she can be like a dark hole consuming everything, in this case emotions. But when she is balanced she also reveals insights, hidden gifts, soul treasures, and deep healing.
Black Moon Lilith is in the sign of Cancer until the 9th of January 2023.
Ceres Joining In
The goddess asteroid Ceres (parenthood, nurturing, support) is joining Black Moon Lilith in Cancer. This makes the theme of nourishment stronger, but at the same time Ceres can make things more understandable and compassionate. She can help us to see what is hidden (Black Moon Lilith) and find ways to deal with them. What habits do I need to let go of? How can I find healthy support and nourishment for myself and my family (Cancer). What relationships are draining me and how can I change that?
Ceres and Black Moon Lilith travels together until the 18th of June. At that time, Ceres is at 14 degrees in Cancer directly at the fixed star Sirius, also called the Star of Isis or the Dog Star.
The Lunar Eclipse
On the 16th of May things can get intense. We have a Full Moon with a lot of energy at 25 degrees in the sign of Scorpio. The Sun, opposite the Moon, is at 25 degrees in Taurus. That degree in Taurus is connected to earth-based religions and native tribes all over the world.
The sign of Scorpio is known for being dramatic and transformative. At this full moon we also have a total lunar eclipse, making things even more intense. On top of that, the asteroid Hekate, sometimes called the Queen of Witches, is right next to the Sun at 28 degrees in Taurus. The 28th degree is connected to initiation, intensive fire, and transformation. If you are in some way connected to the Goddess Hekate and her energy, this event may be extra strong for you.
Unexpected Help and Structure
Saturn, known as the guardian, blocker, and forces that limits things, can be of unexpected help in this turmoil of energy. Saturn at 24 degrees in Aquarius is right next to Vesta (fire, protection, priest/ess) at 27 degrees in Aquarius. Together they make a good aspect to both Ceres and Black Moon Lilith (mentioned above). With this aspect they can assist in limiting the emotional hunger. They may also help to transform the need for something greater into usable energy in ceremony, reaching perhaps both higher and deeper.
It should be said though, that doing ceremony during an eclipse is traditionally not recommended because the energy is considered wild and unpredictable. If one should engage in such an activity despite the warnings, Vesta and Saturn could help to ground the energy being transmitted and make it less unpredictable, although there are no guarantees.
Giving the Goddess a Voice
At the full Moon, Venus is at 15 degrees (goddess, magick, female) traveling together with Chiron at 14 degrees (healing, transformation, wisdom) in the sign of Aries (bravery, power, ability). When Venus and Chiron join together, healing the Sacred Feminine is a theme. In the sign of Aries they can make the voices of women and the Goddess heard and messages reach out far and wide. At that time they are not making aspects to any other traditional planets which can help them to work undisturbed and with more clarity. On a personal level this period is good for healing wounds connected to the Mother, the Goddess and all feminine things.
Venus and Chiron are travelling together until the 22nd of May.
Other things to consider:
- Mercury retrograde begins on the 10th of May and ends on the 3rd of June. During this time be careful with signing contracts and be prepared for delays and problems with communication and technical things.
- On the 10th of May, Jupiter moves into the fiery sign of Aries and can cause hubris. Being joined by Mars in the same sign on the 24th, that intensifies.
- The Sun enters Gemini on the 20th of May
To summarize, we have an interesting period ahead of us. A lot of feminine and magickal energies on all levels of life. Remember your training and remember to breath, center, and ground yourself. Most people are wise when taking the time to connect with what is really important in life.
Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.