Venus & Current Transits for May, 2016

By Barry Kerr

The Sun moved into Taurus on April 19.

Taurus is ruled by planet Venus. In our journey around the zodiac, after asserting our spiritual essence into physical human form via Mars in Aries, our Venus sets about gaining a healthy connection to the physical world. This includes how we relate to our body, to physical resources like food, clothes and shelter, and to nature.  At the same time we learn to enjoy the beauty and miracle of being in physical form, to delight in our five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Much of this learning is fundamental to surviving on the physical plane.  We strengthen our commitment to building and maintaining a self, claiming territory for our ego to grow.

Think of a seed planted in spring. Its life force is there, ready to actualize its growth into form and eventually bear fruit. Taurus is the early stage of the seed sprouting, sending roots into the earth and growing a shoot up into the world to engage with the environment around it.

The healthy result of our Taurus experience is to develop the ability to provide for our self, to gain the things (money) that we need to maintain existence and well-being. Yet that extends past the tangible needs into the other basic human needs of love and comfort. To do that, we first have to establish a sense of self-worth. Without the necessary feeling of intrinsic worth, we may not even make the effort to attain our needs, much less our comforts.

Venus is the part of us that wants and needs to relate, both to things and to people. When our Venus is doing well, we are willing to give ourselves the pleasures of life. That includes delicious food, comfortable and attractive surroundings, and a sense of abundance. We feel comfortable in our body. Through this process, our Venus forms our values: what do we like and not like? This applies to people, too, in a practical way, however it is in the sign of Libra that Venus explores the emotional dimensions of relationship.

When our Venus is wounded or undeveloped, we experience a lack of self-worth, lack of abundance, lack of values, and/or an unbalanced desire for money and possessions. We might feel overly dependent on others or extremely self-contained, needing no one.  We might feel unattractive or that our body does not support us.  

Current Transits

The New Moon is on May 6

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With the Moon, Sun, Venus and Mercury all in the earthy sign of Taurus, the focus is on paying attention to both the practical needs of your survival and to what delights your senses and gives you pleasure.  This new moon is a good time to set intentions on listening better to your body. What can your body “tell” you about how aligned your intentions and actions are with your values? As a spiritual being, what is the proper balance with materiality?

The above planets are in a pragmatic trine with Jupiter and Pluto.  Jupiter in Virgo supports your ability to discern your spiritual truths while Pluto in Capricorn empowers you to align those truths with practical action.

Jupiter also forms a T-square with Saturn and Neptune during most of May. Saturn in Sagittarius is challenging you to question your beliefs and take responsibility to move beyond what remains of any old religious and cultural programming that promotes the separateness of matter and spirit, body and soul.

The Sagittarius Full Moon on May 21 will shine a light on where your reasoning mind is out of alignment with your beliefs. The Sun in Gemini emphasizes information and data, while the Moon in opposing Sagittarius reflects your interpretation of that information, which is often an emotional “spin”. With Mars hugging the Moon closely, be careful not to be overconfident in your convictions. Take time to consider all perspectives.

There are currently five planets (half) in retrograde, with Saturn and Pluto continuing into summer. By summer’s end, they will be joined by Uranus and Neptune. One accumulative affect of these seemingly backward moving planets is to create very unpredictable events. The current election cycle is a prime example of that. We can expect to see many more surprises and “reversals” in the election and in world events. On a more personal level, the challenge is to keep an open mind and heart as to what is possible in this quickening of the collective human consciousness. Stay grounded in your body. This is a key to discerning your inner intuitive messages that will help you negotiate the coming changes.

Barry Kerr, a soul-based, evolutionary astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15-minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit for more information or email Barry at