The new moon May 15 falls at 24º Taurus decan 3. The new moon may 2018 astrology activates the notorious beheading star Algol. Uh oh… When I wrote this, Trump was beating his chest about sending bombs to Syria. The US president has Algol on his Midheaven, so all eyes will be on him in the run-up to this new moon. The new moon falls closer to Capulus, which falls in the beheading arm of Perseus, rather than Medusa’s head itself which is where Algol is situated.
Back in 2016, I looked at Trump’s chart to make the US Presidential election prediction. Trump made big claims about draining the swamp and recited lines from the song “the Snake”. Mythically speaking Trump wore the heroic Perseus mask pretty well with his “America 1st” rallying cry. With his Regulus Mars rising the populous hoped Trump was not a guy that would easily be pushed around by some shadowy deep state.
However, last year when Trump first played the “Syria is gassing children card” it became obvious that either Trump had been lead into Bill Hick’s room, or had played a very clever double-bluff as the supposedly anti-establishment candidate. Anyway, it’s groundhog day again now with Algol and Trump’s MC being triggered by this New Moon.
Almost exactly a year ago on April 11, I also looked at the interesting Algol activations between Trump’s chart and Israel’s national chart (which has Sun on Algol) in the YouTube video Trump, Israel & Algol.
The new moon May 2018 makes one wide trine to power political Pluto. But the main standout aspect is not attached to the new moon at all. Mars, the planet of war, is square Uranus at the very last minute of Aries! Mercury will have already triggered that aspect (on May 13). I really hope this Moon does not portend an announcement of some military action. UPDATE! Very good news. On May 4 it was announced the Trump would freeze funding dubious “humanitarian” group the White Helmets.
New Moon May 2018 Astrology
Usually, the moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus, but it is not such a guarantee in this decan, as Saturn’s influence as the decan’s ruler often means there are great obstacles to surmount on life’s testing path. However, Moon Taurus 3 does not totally prevent success. At this new moon, any fame will come with a certain amount of notoriety. The Moon is susceptible to the melancholia of its Saturn rulership.
This period is good for those who can make a career out of doom and gloom. Others could find the pain that comes with such a sensitive moon intolerable.
State Of Head Of States
The temptation to self-medicate with drugs (Especially alcohol) can be high at this time and depression could be a problem too. There is a tendency to self-destruction and those touched by this moon might feel their lives are fated, even cursed for the next month. However, at the end of this period, you might realize that if fate hasn’t killed you then it has actually made you stronger! Generally, the Moon in Taurus 3 supports those who are life’s troopers! Bruised and sometimes battered, they will get back up to proudly show off their battle scars.
Around this new moon, there can be night terrors, dreams will be extremely vivid and can sometimes be prophetic. (Especially if the media are banging war drums about evil Russia and the threat of nuclear war!) On the positive side, dreams can also be uplifting and inspiring if we switch off the news for long enough. A ritual to banish phobias and paranoia would be good at this time.
New Moon May Fixed Stars ~ Capulus & Algol
Capulus 24º ~ “To be in or have to deal with a hostile environment. Difficulties with women, or being concerned with the difficulties that women experience.”  Algol 26º ~ “Violent death or extreme sickness.”  “Plagued by personal tragedies, one’s own or other peoples. To have a strong social conscience.” 
Algol is found in the decapitated head of Medusa, which Perseus is holding. This star has a terrible reputation as you can see from the traditional interpretations “Of the nature of Saturn and Jupiter. It causes misfortune, violence, decapitation, hanging, electrocution and mob violence, and gives a dogged and violent nature that causes death to the native or others. It is the evilest star in the heavens.” I have written a contemporary interpretation of this star (See full Algol post), but I think it is important to look at the original interpretations because in mundane astrology they sometimes can be astoundingly accurate.
Algol was known as the blinking demon as it is a binary star. The Chinese gave Algol the grim title ‘Piled up corpses’. The Hebrews called it ‘Satans Head’ and it is also associated with Adams first wife Lilith, branded as a nocturnal vampire and succubus from the underworld. Algol’s contribution towards Taurus 3 could be perhaps an abnormal sex drive, too much or too little. Some keywords from my article on this fixed star; Creating monsters, splicing, plastic surgery, mutation, playing god, weird heads, unusual hair, perversion, deformities, potency versus impotence, stunning, spine-tingling.
New Moon May 2018 Aspects
Moon trine Pluto seems to have much more sinister undertones than one would expect from a soft aspect. This is still a Hades moon after all and Moon/Pluto aspects are never easy going. The sensitive moon combined with the sometimes hellish transformation of outer-planet Pluto is going to be hard for an individual to carry on a personal level. In the collective, this should be easier, depending on what events are transpiring at the time.
The harmonious aspects can at least channel this intense, penetrating and occasionally ruthless energy into something creative. Moon trine Pluto will always carry the tinge of the underworld and will make powerful political statements. Art will be profound and involve deep exploration of the shadow. Sometimes there is an obsession with exposing corruption. This new moon will give us the opportunity to explore these subjects and fits very well with the Algol theme also. We need to face the monster squarely and without fear.
Mars square Uranus. The square is a Mars aspect so we get the doubling up of sex and speed here, sometimes both at the same time.. Passionate, fast and furious is its style because of the square’s raging war to conquer and modernize. Uranus can cool Mars a little though, and the fast movement stirs up a refreshing breeze. Even though this is a square I don’t think it actually creates violence or malefic intent. What we get most of all is impulsiveness.
Those touched by this new moon will need freedom of movement. This aspect is a risk-taker and racer. It feeds off adrenaline and has very little patience. It is a revolutionary and can easily rouse a crowd to act with speed and efficiency. Mars in hard aspect to Uranus is so electrically charged that it works like a power battery,therefore they can really inspire and enthuse others into action.
New Moon Meaning
New Moons tend to make us want to plant new seeds and start afresh. But we are essentially working blind, however, without the illumination of the Sun’s wisdom. With a New Moon, we are working 100% on our instincts, so any decisions made at this time will be from habitual drives and infantile cravings which may not be in our best interests. We should listen to our body.
The more we tune into our guts, the more we can tell the difference between a wounded ancestor who is crying out for attention and a genuine gut-feeling that is one’s trusted intuition. Otherwise, discernment is needed, because the guidance of the Sun (the light of truth) is missing at the New Moon and one may easily be hoodwinked.
A new moon can work powerful manifestation magic because the Moon is furthest from the earth and this frees the imagination from material limits. Thought-seeds planted at the New Moon will grow, so be careful what you wish for! A Solar Eclipse is like a really powerful reboot. The blinding light of the Sun is blocked for just enough time to get a new perspective. It is mind-altering and refreshing, but it can turn your world upside down too.
NEW MOON MAY HEALING MEDITATION
To help prepare the earth for your new moon seeds, make the gods work for you by immersing yourself in Taurus decan 3 energy. If your ascendant, Sun or Moon are in the fixed signs decan 3 you might find that you attract speed freaks and war mongers into your life around this time. To ward them off and slow down any tailgaters, try focused meditation or yoga with a Taurus decan 3 theme.
Useful healing materials and props are: The 5 of pentacles to gaze at, artichokes to eat, lilac to adorn your table, emerald crystal to hold, music in the key of A to listen, vanilla, chamomile and rose essential oils in a bath.*
New Moon May 2018 Summary
Both the fixed stars and aspects for this New Moon May 2018 are more than a little worrying with the current Syria situation (April 13 as I’m writing this). The elites obviously cannot start a war by themselves and need ‘order-followers’ and patriots to do their dirty work. These Moon/Pluto and Mars/Uranus propagandizing and revolutionary aspects are just what they need to bewitch the majority of the proles into compliance. If only we could see a mobilization of anti-WAR protests against Trump, rather than the useless Pussy-hat wearing women’s marches. I’m generally not a big fan of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, but at least he is making some noises against the war in Syria. While suddenly, British PM Teresa May is Trump’s new best friend when it comes to war in the Middle East.
In the extended YouTube video below I look at the state of our heads of state, Trump’s strike on Syria, where are the anti-war protests? the law of karma v natural law, hierarchy and the caste system.
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1 Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology Vivian E. Robson, 1923. pg 124.
2 & 3. Star & Planet Combinations, Bernadette Brady. Pg 98 & Pg 143
* Reference for healing materials: Recipes Astrology ~ Tarot.com ~ Shaman Crystal