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D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    May 2008



The Sun, traveling through Taurus this month, deepens our connection to the earth, inviting us to witness and partake of the beauty and delights of this world. . . until it enters Gemini on the 20th and we turn our focus and attention to new experiences. Taurus energy is where we all learn to enjoy more fully the sensual pleasures of life. The new moon on the 5th, also in Taurus, awakens our senses to the splendors surrounding us. The more we see and enjoy this world, the deeper we ground ourselves here. The full moon in Scorpio on the 19th compels us all to be more loving of our honesty. The more we all exist in truth, the more beautiful this world becomes.

Mercury enters Gemini on the 2nd, and begins traveling retrograde (until June 19th) on the 26th. Mars enters Leo on the 9th, as we feel our courage drive us to take new action. Venus enters Gemini on the 24th, opening our hearts to the beauty of others. Jupiter turns retrograde (until September) in Capricorn on the 9th and Saturn turns direct in Virgo on the 2nd, as the new forms we have been contemplating begin to take shape.

Chiron turns retrograde in Aquarius on the 25th (until October) and Neptune turns retrograde in Aquarius on the 26th (until November), as we contemplate the wounds we have experienced in our collective intolerance of spiritual authenticity.

Famous Taureans: Salvador Dali, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Happy birthday, Taurus! This is the perfect time to step out of the "ordinary" and move into a deeper awareness of your extraordinary nature. Allow life to show you things about yourself that you might have not even imagined were true. There is more to your soul than you have been embracing, and now you open up to greater levels of self-realization.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — There is a dance we all share where we give and take through the cycles of time, Gemini. Allow yourself to enter more fully into the dynamics of exchange with those in your world. The more receptive you can be, the more you allow others to give and exist in more expansive and balanced ways.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You shake off the negative and feel your spirits lifting higher, Cancer. We all get bogged down from time to time under the thoughtforms born of the judgments of the world. Conditions that are not really our own, but come from larger social standards, need to be sifted through. You move back into a sense of self-determination as you think twice before viewing your life through any lens that you don't truly value.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You have taken a lot of new steps inside your mind to open new avenues of possibility for your life, Leo. Now, you turn within to consider how to work with what has become possible. How do you begin to ground your visions? Concrete steps begin to form and you bring your attention down to the pragmatic and move in the direction of your heart.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You take a step out of the unending stream of the energies of others. Finding ways to tune out and give yourself the space to be with your own spirit is vital to your peace of mind and health. Give yourself the time you deserve to regenerate and tend to your own sacredness.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — It is true what they say about all possibilities existing right here in the same moment. You move now to embrace your beauty and honor the love that is your nature as turn the dial of the infinite to bear witness to the goodness of your soul. There is so much love you can pour into your own world as you honor yourself now.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — When you do not find yourself reflected in the world around you, it is a perfect time to consider moving beyond the limits you see to realize there is more to your nature than you may have been embracing. Take steps toward new things that are a better fit for you, Scorpio. There is nothing worthy to gain struggling inside parameters that do not match your soul.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You move your direction toward yourself now, Sag. You are so expansive by nature that it is key to your balance to return to your own center from time to time by drawing back away from all your engagements. This is how new cycles begin, with the strength born of great equilibrium.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You rise to the heights of your own mental capacities, Capricorn. You can cut through any obstacles by just putting your mind to the issues at hand. Where do you wish to direct your energies? This is important to consider. You can get anything done now, even those things that seemed out of reach before.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — The world is changing to become a more inclusive place for all. Your humanitarian nature will have more space to thrive and feel happy in such a place, Aquarius. As you turn to look around you, there are more people moving into greater levels of freedom, and this is what makes you happy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Your ability to connect to your own spiritual energy is something we all benefit from. Finding ways to be both etheric and of this world is part of your work in this world. Experiencing the beauty of our divinity in the here and now of this ordinary world is what so many people are consciously working to do everyday. You help to light the way.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You seek balance and a place to meet with others that works for all involved. What is a natural movement to you, Aries, can be a challenge for others to catch up with. You practice your ability to reel yourself in from time to time to give others the space to meet with you in balance. k

Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached at 534-1024 or moti@innerworlddesigns.com She written a book, The Edge of the World. . . the metaphysics of survival and the evolution of humanity; see www.innerworlddesigns.com for more information.

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